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Kate Braun : Winter Solstice Falls on Saturn’s Day

Saturnalia by Ernesto Biondi, 1909. Io Saturnalia! Winter Solstice 2013 This seasonal celebration takes from many traditions, including the Roman Saturnalia, Druid customs, the German ‘Yule,’ and the birth of Jesus; and Queen Victoria popularized the lighted Christmas tree. By … finish reading Kate Braun : Winter Solstice Falls on Saturn’s Day

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Lamar W. Hankins : Right-Wing Rants and the Abominable Straw Man

The abominable Straw Man argument. Image from Linda’s Bees. Frosty the Straw Man: How right-wing rants poison political discussion If we could have civil discourse about our disagreements and try to understand why we have differences of opinion, perhaps we … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : Right-Wing Rants and the Abominable Straw Man

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Jim Rigby : Christmas Cancelled as Security Measure!

Three wise men arrested for illegal possession of “frankincense” and “myrrh.” Art from Dare to Create.Christmas is no time totalk about war and peace When the angels sang, ‘peace on earth good will to all,’ they were expressing the song … finish reading Jim Rigby : Christmas Cancelled as Security Measure!

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Lamar W. Hankins : A Humanist Looks at Christmas

Orator and humanist Robert G. Ingersoll. Image from the Council for Secular Humanism.Robert Green Ingersoll:A humanist looks at Christmas By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | December 22, 2011 Robert Green Ingersoll is one of the least known … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : A Humanist Looks at Christmas

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Bruce Melton : I Want a Sequestration Machine for Christmas!

Photo by Bruce Melton / The Rag Blog.Climate intrigue and a change in prosperity:I want a sequestration machine for Christmas By Bruce Melton / The Rag Blog / December 23, 2010 Climate change is not just another dangerous dead-end road … finish reading Bruce Melton : I Want a Sequestration Machine for Christmas!

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Dr. Stephen R. Keister : Christmas Spirit and the Compassionate Doctor

“The Family Doctor,” lithograph by Grant Wood, 1941.Christmas past:The compassionate doctorand today’s medical culture By Dr. Stephen R. Keister / The Rag Blog / December 22, 2010 The Christmas season means many things to many people; however, as I approach … finish reading Dr. Stephen R. Keister : Christmas Spirit and the Compassionate Doctor

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Mariann G. Wizard : You Eat Too Much!

Image from diettogo.Stayin’ Alive:The reason for the season is not food If what we love becomes the act of eating in itself, we’re shortchanging ourselves on the rest of life. By Mariann G. Wizard / The Rag Blog / December … finish reading Mariann G. Wizard : You Eat Too Much!

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Mariann G. Wizard : Grinch Winning in ‘War on Christmas’

Santa gets busted. This particular holiday pat-down took place in Akron, Ohio in 1978. But we’re just saying… Image © Bettmann / CORBIS.Carnivores, male hookers, and the Grinchmake advances in ‘War on Christmas’ By Mariann G. Wizard / The Rag … finish reading Mariann G. Wizard : Grinch Winning in ‘War on Christmas’

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James Retherford : Sweeping Away the Snow

Art by Mark Fiore. See link to animation below.Citizens of the earth:Best wishes in bad times By James Retherford / The Rag Blog / December 29, 2009 Pardon me if I use this greeting to sweep away the usual seasonal … finish reading James Retherford : Sweeping Away the Snow

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Yes, Virginia : The Truth About Santa Claus

Does Santa exist? Coke thinks so.The truth about Santa Claus The hope of us all is not that children will finally learn that Santa Claus is not real but rather that adults will finally realize that he is very real. … finish reading Yes, Virginia : The Truth About Santa Claus

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James Howard Kunstler : A Blue Christmas with Avatar and Tiger

Blue Christmas What is most amazing about Mr. Cameron’s holiday blockbuster is the explicit message that America is a society that deserves to be punished (and humiliated!) by others who manage their own relations with reality better than we do. … finish reading James Howard Kunstler : A Blue Christmas with Avatar and Tiger

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Mexico City : Christmas not so Merry for Out of Work ‘Electricistas’

At top, Mexico City’s giant Christmas tree. Photo by Gary Denness / Creative Commons. Below, members of the electrical union protest the government’s decision to dissolve the state-run electricity company Luz y Fuerza del Centro in Mexico City on Oct. … finish reading Mexico City : Christmas not so Merry for Out of Work ‘Electricistas’

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