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Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol

I love this cartoon, which was the first animated Christmas special. The wonderful score was written by Broadway tunesters Jule Steyn and Bob Merrill:

Rejoice, fellow pagans

Acknowledging the solstice as a literal turning point makes more sense than celebrating the notion of a Jewish guy founding an anti-materialist (and soon to be anti-Semitic) religion, then returning centuries later as Santa Claus, the poster boy for materialism. More here.

The singer

My parents both loved great singers, so I was exposed to a lot of them. One of my favorites then and now is the great Tony Bennett. Here’s a link to a 2002 appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime

Jonathan Coulton:

The liberation of Ebenezer Scrooge

I’m not going to ruin this by pulling an excerpt. Just go read Fred Clark’s essay about Ebenezer Scrooge – and Jamie Dimon.

Virtually Speaking tonight

Beginning 5pm pacific, 8pm eastern

Hour 1: Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd discuss this week in movement liberalism.

Hour 2: CW Anderson,  an ethnographer who studies the news, and how changes in technology, culture and economics are shaping journalism, will join us to discuss the concept of Hacking Journalism.   You can find Chris at http://www.cwanderson.org/ or follow @chanders



A Christmas Song

David Roberts of Grist does a nice job of summing up the importance of the new EPA rule regarding the emission of mercury and other toxins from coal- and oil-fired power plants:

… This one is a Big Deal. It’s worth lifting our heads out of the news cycle and taking a moment to appreciate that history is being made. Finally controlling mercury and toxics will be an advance on par with getting lead out of gasoline. It will save save tens of thousands of lives every year and prevent birth defects, learning disabilities, and respiratory diseases. It will make America a more decent, just, and humane place to live.

More here.

Side 1

The only Christmas album you’ll ever need! A Phil Spector Christmas:


And it was Jane who spoke
she said, it’s true, your cousin’s not a Christian
“But we love trees, we love the snow, the friends we have,
the world we share
And you find magic from your God
And we find magic everywhere.”

“The Christians and the Pagans,” Dar Williams.

A very happy holiday season to everyone who’s celebrating. I dedicate this song to you and yours:

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able
Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and
Making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold.

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