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December is a busy month for celebrations. We wish you a ……..

Happy and Merry (or solemn and dignified – you choose) holidays, Christmas, Kwanzza (Kwanza), Hanukkah (Feast of Lights, Feast of Dedication, Chanukah, Chanukkah, Hanukah), Winter Solstice, Alban Arthuan, Saturnalia, Return of Osiris to Isis, Day of Hathor, Night of Lamps, Birthday of Horus, Lenaea, Feast of Frau Holle (Germanic weather goddess), De Temporum Ratione (‘Night of the Mothers’ aka Modresnach), Dies Natalis Invicti Solis (Birthday of the Unconquered Sun), Day of the Geniae, The Faunalia and Astraea (including Greek Athene and Semetic Astarte), Great North Texas Infidel Bash, Festival of Lux Mundi, end of Ramadan, The Opalia, Festival of Neith, Deepavali (Diwali) (Festival of Lights), Bodhi Day (Rohatsu), Inti Raymi, Mithras, Shabe-Yalda, Birthday of Freyja, St. Lucia, Feast of Bona Dea, Celebration of the death of Aleister Crowley, Soyal, Yule, and those-that-believe-in-nothing, excluding those that do not believe in greetings or celebrations.

  • A Peruvian site previously reported as the oldest city in the Americas actually is a much larger and older complex.
  • An ancient bronze disc that looks a bit like a freckled smiley face may show the world’s earliest known depiction of a rainbow.
  • The first American civilization sprang up fast.
  • Archaeologists are digging against the clock in an Iranian gorge, striving to learn as much as possible about sites around ancient Persia’s “Royal Road” before they are submerged by flooding.
  • Archaeologists identify traces of a ‘miracle’ pool where Jesus was said to cure the blind.
  • Is ‘Anasazi’ a politically incorrect term? Archeologists are accusing the officials at Mesa Verde National Park of banning books.
  • A Stone Age hand axe which is more than 500,000-years old has gone on display in Warwick. 500,000-years?
  • More Americans are dreaming of a Green Christmas.
  • One of north China’s largest lakes dries up.
  • Europe again ignores scientists’ advice on fish.
  • Giving her perfume? Would you like to know the downstream dangers?
  • The first cloned-to-order pet sold in the United States is a $50,000 cat reigniting debate over the ethics of commercial cloning.. (No, I’ll let you make the comments.)
  • Vaccination could protect against heart disease.
  • Researchers find clues to ‘pack-rat’ urge.
  • Radioactive people are a cause for alarm.
  • Just in time for New Year’s: A proposal for a better calendar.
  • A parachute-system has been designed to rescue airplanes.
  • Solar power aircraft will make broadband available to all.
  • The Supreme Court of Canada is being asked to hear arguments on whether the word Kemosabe is racist to native people. Hi ho Silver, away.
  • In a poll, 73% of doctors say miracles can happen.
  • Genetics researchers have taken a big step closer to a whole new kind of medicine with the gene machine.
  • Disappearing in dry quicksand is just in movies, right? Maybe not.
  • Here’s the Top 10 Net Hoaxes & Urban Legends of 2004.
  • Greenhouse-gas emissions from new coal plants will bury ‘Kyoto’.
  • Virgin birth? Christians debate the circumstances surrounding Mary and the Christ child.
  • Oh yes he can, Virginia. The Physics of Santa Claus and how physics saved Christmas. Once again, from high-security stronghold deep inside Cheyene Mountin, defense specialists at the NORAD will track Santa.
  • Coffee can cure baldness.
  • A UFO photographed of a over Chili has been confirmed by ufologists from the U.S., France and Mexico to be a UFO. (Read that again.) With pic of UFO.
  • Although Bigfoot and ‘hoax’ go hand-in-hand, a Bigfoot museum open its doors for the public to view the evidence.
  • Reantimators try to grasp the afterlife mystery.
  • Someone in deep black space deliberately bombards the Earth with meteorites.
  • The world’s most powerful infrared camera opens its eyes to the heavens.
  • NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity gets a carwash and unexpected boosts in the electrical power. Spirit gets nothing. What’s going on?
  • On Xmas day, Cassini will release the Huygens probe that will parachute through the atmosphere of Saturn’s smog-shrouded moon Titan.
  • ‘We’ll detect an extraterrestrial transmission within 20 years’.
  • Is our solar system’s red, mysterious Sedna an alien planetoid?
  • There’s a big asteroid that could smack into to us, but 300:1 odds say it’s going to be okay.

Thanks Rick for help on the intro.

Quote of the Day:

I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.

Taylor Caldwell