random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  Abigail Pogrebin shouldn't worry so much about Christmas trees.

The decorated tree is a pagan tradition from North European "tree god" traditions. For most of recorded history, the Christmas tree didn't feature at all in Christian celebrations. In fact, the festival of Christmas itself, coming as it does so close to midwinter solstice, is pagan in origin.

The Victorians rediscovered the Christmas tree in the mid-19th century, and for some reason (the looks and the lovely pine smell?) the idea caught on.

True, a Christmas tree isn't Jewish. But then it isn't Christian either.

Is it unrealistic to imagine that everyone, including atheists such as myself, can enjoy Christmas for what it is, a midwinter festival featuring lots of presents, food and booze?

tagged: Christmas, religion
  —Kirkham Roger, Salon.com, response to an article about Christmas, http://salon.com/mwt/letters/2003/12/23/strom_hanukkah/print.html.

Gulf Oil Spill math

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

One of the best articles I’ve read on the math used to estimate Gulf Oil Spill quantities: Jenn Kepka’s “Putting the Gulf oil spill in perspective”, Salon.com, 5/28.

right-wing oil fantasies

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Peter Dizikes writes about a number of right-wing myths about oil in today’s Salon.com. Unbelievably enough, there are people who believe: # There’s more oil in Alaska than in the Middle East # The Chinese are about to start drilling — or are already drilling — off the coast of Florida (the Cuba/China menace — […]


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