On the night that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on some of the things he said/did during his life among us - especially as it relates to things that are topics of discussion today.
Cool Christmas science video from Rebecca Watson
As always, Fairytale of New York makes me realize what time of the year it is.
This is hilarious, but only if you actually watch the video and not just listen to what they’re saying. Its some guy in for Mark Levin, and man who calls the show, neither he nor the caller seem to have any real understanding of the science behind climate change.
Let’s Listen To … Right Wing Talk Radio
Video created by ArguingFromIgnorance
Note : the guy that was in for Mark Levin was Bryan Sessmen. I don’t know how to spell his name so I just took a guess.
Update 12/25/13 at 6:06pm
freetoken just told me who the guy’s name is.
I suspect it is “Sussman”, as in this guy:
I also re-watched the video and It also turns out, ArguingFromIgnorance showed us the guys name in the video, but I missed it somehow.
Alex Pareene teaches all us lefty pinko commies how to argue with our conservative relatives and win.
Happy holidays, fellow soldiers in the War on Christmas. It is the time of year when many Americans are expected to spend some time with people they are related to. Maybe some of the people you are related to listen to talk radio or read Twitchy. That doesn’t have to be a problem — as always, the first rule of arguing politics over the holidays is never ever do it ever — but if some things come up, and you want to have your say, perhaps you need some help countering the easily digestible sound bytes of the conservative media machine. Here is a guide.
It has only been a few weeks since the last holiday argument guide, but in those weeks the right has moved on from criticizing the nationwide launch of a complex series of health insurance markets to … complaining about the persecution of a homophobic television character and making fun of a stock photo model. So let’s move on with them, I guess.
I also want to thank Mary at Skepchicks for alerting me to this
MST3K - Patrick Swayze Christmas
A cute little educational video about several colorful holiday characters from around the world, other than Santa Claus, via, The New York Times
Mark Thompson at Discovery News takes a look at an enduring Christmas mystery. What was the star that according to the Bible, guided the three wise men to Jesus?
Star Of Bethlehem
Like many children, I was brought up with the magical story of The Star of Bethlehem that led the Three Wise Men to the baby Jesus. The same story that captivated generations of children has kept astronomers guessing as to the nature of the mysterious star — if it was indeed a ‘star.’ Reliable and accurate observational and historical records are limited, so instead scientists have turned to computer simulations of the sky during that time to investigate the possible celestial suspects. There are a number of possible explanations that have been mulled over the years, but four of them seem most likely.
Image: Illustration of Three Wise Men Viewing Star of Bethlehem by W.L. Taylor
We should all encourage our children to read more. Black Friday maybe over, and Christmas maybe only a couple days away, but if you’re in a hurry it may not be too late to buy your kids a good book. How about a graphic novel?
Great Graphic Novels for Kids gift list
At this point in our cultural history, it’s pretty much well-acknowledged that graphic novels are cool, legitimate vehicles for storytelling. Comics aren’t just Superman and Batman beating up on villains and/or each other every month. There are sports comics and mystery comics and autobiographical comics and love stories and war stories and stories that will make your heart hurt so badly that you may feel truly alive for the first time in forever. The medium has grown and matured—and for the last ten years has been bursting with life. And as the storytelling has improved for adults, it has also cultivated a beautiful selection of books for our kids.
With Black Friday looming, some of us may be looking for gifts that are a little different from the electronic toys and gadgets that will draw consumers out even as early as Thanksgiving night in the search for bargains. Graphic novels can make a unique and inspiring gift for a child. After all, if you spark a child’s interest in the medium with good, solid storytelling and non-exploitative narrative, what better chance of converting them to the medium when they’re older, right? Because of this, many parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, and friends are wondering what graphic novels, if any, would be appropriate for the young people in their lives.