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'[OT] Physics denies existence of Santa Claus.'
2006\12\02@130705 by Carey Fisher

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2006\12\02@200854 by Tony Smith

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Are you insane?  The man is clearly there!  That's a better shot than the
one of bigfoot!  Is that Rudolph I see in the background?

Humfph.  Your 'so-called' evidence to disprove Santa has backfired, it
clearly shows that he does exist.  How can you take a photo of something
that doesn't?  The camera never lies, you know.

Guess who's on the naughty list this year.

Tony

2006\12\03@013247 by James Newtons Massmind

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As I have eventually explained to my (younger) children...

Santa Claus exists, and truly so, because so many of us will it into
existence. Anyone who has loved purely enough to want to see, in clarity,
the joy in a child, without the fog of pride, has found the reality of St.
Nick. And who else can we credit that will not further the cause of some
religion, some company, or some other vested interest? The Kris Kingle is
probably the least damaging image to blame something nice on, although
consumerism has tried hard to hitch its wagon to him; they have a dilemma:
Wal Mart can't take credit for the presents that came from the home of Mrs
Claus now can they?

http://www.massmind.org/techref/ecommerce/xmas.htm

Anyway, the best presents are the ones you make yourself. My daughter is
giving pillows, my mother gave quilts (nothing is stronger than the
grandmother love that warms you under a hand made quilt), and my wife gives
herbal creams.

All the plastic crap is broken by New Years.

Mall Wart doesn't believe.

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James.



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2006\12\03@120358 by David VanHorn

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> Anyway, the best presents are the ones you make yourself. My daughter is
> giving pillows, my mother gave quilts (nothing is stronger than the
> grandmother love that warms you under a hand made quilt), and my wife
> gives
> herbal creams.
>
> All the plastic crap is broken by New Years.



On this issue at least, we are in complete agreement.
Wouldn't it be nice if christmas was about love, instead of buying plastic
crap at the mall?

:)  I do remember some jewish guy who said a lot about love.  A carpenter by
trade.

2006\12\04@102436 by Mike Hord

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> http://www.massmind.org/techref/ecommerce/xmas.htm
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> Anyway, the best presents are the ones you make yourself. My daughter is
> giving pillows, my mother gave quilts (nothing is stronger than the
> grandmother love that warms you under a hand made quilt), and my wife gives
> herbal creams.
>
> All the plastic crap is broken by New Years.
>
> Mall Wart doesn't believe.

This Christmas, why not spread the BEST element of capitalism (a
way for the determined to lever themselves out of poverty in a way that
helps them maintain their pride in themselves) rather than the worst
element of capitalism (cheap crap made overseas that the media has
convinced us we need)?

I found a website called kiva.org that facilitates micro-economic loans.
For those who don't know what this is, the principle is pretty simple:
I make a loan through Kiva to an entrepreneur in another country
(probably a third-world nation).  That person starts or improves his or
her business.  Ultimately, they pay me back after having set up a
means to provide for themselves and their family.

Sort of a "teach a man to fish..." philosophy.

The attentive will note that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this
year for essentially this very thing.

Mike H.

2006\12\04@124023 by James Newtons Massmind

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> This Christmas, why not spread the BEST element of capitalism
> (a way for the determined to lever themselves out of poverty
> in a way that helps them maintain their pride in themselves)
> rather than the worst element of capitalism (cheap crap made
> overseas that the media has convinced us we need)?
>
> I found a website called kiva.org that facilitates
> micro-economic loans.
> For those who don't know what this is, the principle is pretty simple:
> I make a loan through Kiva to an entrepreneur in another
> country (probably a third-world nation).  That person starts
> or improves his or her business.  Ultimately, they pay me
> back after having set up a means to provide for themselves
> and their family.
>
> Sort of a "teach a man to fish..." philosophy.
>
> The attentive will note that the Nobel Peace Prize was
> awarded this year for essentially this very thing.

I like that idea!

It also reminds me of my favorite charity: Heifer, where they teach third or
forth world villagers to keep and care for livestock, bees, trees, or
something they need in a sustainable, healthy way, then give them a pregnant
female cow, goat, etc... In return, the recipient is required to pass on the
babies AND the knowledge to others in the village. The end result is that
when Heifer leaves, the village is self sufficient. And when you don't
depend on someone else for something, you are less likely to be influenced
to do what they want. So it promotes independence in more ways than one.

Every year, there are people who I don't want to make something for, and I
don't want to buy some junk for, so I donate to heifer in their name. My
favorites are the chickens, ducks and bees. Mostly because I have enjoyed
our chickens so much and would love to try ducks and bees myself. Also, they
are animals that you can use to feed yourself without killing them. You can
eat the eggs, bake with the eggs, and gather the honey while enjoying the
other benefits of the animal. My chickens turn the compost pile, keep the
lawn fertilized and there are NO snails in our garden. Ducks would be better
in the garden since they don't have to be watched to keep them from digging
up the crop. I have this huge cotton wood tree that the bees just flock to:
It sounds like you are under a power line from beneath that tree. As long as
they are on my property, why not have a hive and enjoy the honey as well?
But no, my local government doesn't like that idea! <grin> Oh well. Someday
I'll move to the country.

http://www.heifer.org

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James.


2006\12\05@173042 by Nate Duehr

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James Newtons Massmind wrote:

> Mall Wart doesn't believe.

It's much more fun to visit WalMart mentally prepared with some good ideas:

<http://www.natetech.com/?p=225>

Nate

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