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Lost Fortnight — Free Fire Zone

The past two weeks have been the worst we’ve ever experienced for our kind of news. Every day has been a struggle to find something to blog about, and today is no exception. What’s going on?

Either the creationists have given up trying to generate activity we find amusing, or the press has decided to ignore their foolishness, or Google has decided not to index such things. Whatever it is, this has been a difficult time for your Curmudgeon.

To add to our difficulties, there’s been some kind of accidental change in the WordPress software. If you’ve visited our Table of Contents lately, or any of the other listings of our posts, you’ve noticed that all the items are double-spaced. WordPress says they’re looking into it, but it’s been like that for at least four days, and it may never get fixed. Nevertheless, we shall persevere without grumbling too much. [Addendum: The problem seems to have been fixed.]

Because of the lack of news, it’s up to you to keep things going during this interval, and so we declare another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.

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Free Fire Zone for August First

You know what we do when our global news sweeps produce nothing we can blog about. Yes, that’s right — we take advantage of the lull and declare another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone.

But before we get started, we found something interesting at the Fox News website: The world’s weirdest tourist attractions. Their list includes only five places. You’ll be amazed at the second item. Apparently the park is called “World’s Biggest Dinosaurs.” It originally consisted of only two huge T-rex replicas. Fox says:

[S]ince [the designer’s] death in 1988, the World’s Biggest Dinosaurs have been taken over by a religious group who also set up a Creationist museum at the site.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Fox News says a creationist museum is among the world’s weirdest tourist attractions.

We’ll mention one other item. We recently stumbled across one of the earliest things we wrote for this humble blog. Most of you have probably never seen it, but we think it’s rather good: When Gravity was a Theory in Crisis.

That’s all we’ve got, so now we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

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Fourth of July Weekend Free Fire Zone

Liberty Enlightening the World

As we always do on this occasion, we ask our non-US readers to indulge us as we celebrate America’s Independence Day.

There wasn’t much news today, and there won’t be much over the weekend, but if we find something, we’ll certainly post about it. One thing we always watch for is when the Discoveroids, as they usually do on the Fourth, continue their gruesome campaign of intellectual body-snatching and quote-mining by hijacking one of America’s Founders and claiming him as one of their own. They did it last year with Jefferson when they wrote On Independence Day, Recalling the Intelligent-Design Views of the Man Who Wrote the Declaration of Independence. They did it the year before too — see Discoveroids Again Hijack the Fourth of July.

Regardless of what creationist websites may claim, there was nothing biblical about the Revolution. Most of the clergy opposed it — divine right of kings, you know. The bible is all about monarchy, on Earth as it is in heaven. It’s not much of a blueprint for the American Revolution, or the Constitution — see Is America a “Christian Nation”?

We always take this occasion to load you up with a bunch of historical links, so we’ll do that once again. Here’s a link to the Declaration of Independence, plus the Articles of Confederation, which — except for a few tweaks — was also drafted in July of 1776, but it wasn’t ratified until 1781. No collection would be complete without Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

Those links are about the Revolution. The time when we were living under the Articles is the often-neglected period when we had ten Presidents before George Washington — see President of the United States in Congress assembled. Finally we come to the Constitution.

Here’s the Federalist Papers — that splendid and still authoritative series of essays by the Constitution’s principal authors, who explain the meaning and purpose of its every clause. The website has a search feature at the bottom of the page. For some wholesome family amusement, invite someone over who insists that the nation was founded on religious principles. Encourage your friend to search through the entire thing for all the religious words he can think of, and then let him ponder the results.

After that, check out our post on Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and then our post on The Unknown Bill of Rights.

It’s astounding what you can find at Primary Documents in American History (1763-1815). And you ought to be aware of this: Veto of federal public works bill by James Madison, because pork barrel spending is unconstitutional. Hey –it’s always handy to have a link to Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. Searchable!

Because we’re not expecting any of our kind of news this weekend, it’s up to us to entertain ourselves. Therefore, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

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News Famine Free Fire Zone

There’s a ghastly absence of news we can blog about. We have no intention of posting about the Pope and global warming — and that’s been way over half the stories our scans have found this week. Nor are we interested in some strange conflict over yoga and religion that seems to be getting a lot of attention.

Ol’ Hambo is boring. So are the Discoveroids. There’s been no word for weeks about David McConaghie. His trial for bathroom voyeurism should have come and gone by now, but it’s starting to look like we’ll never know the outcome.

Therefore, we are declaring this to be an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.

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