Awesome Online Archives, Reference Materials and Free Courses – Art, Music, Science and More

HealthBase Is The Ultimate Medical Content Search Engine – TechCrunch 9/2/09

Calculator calculator calculator calculator calculator – via Metafilter 7/25/09

All the calculators you ever needed

Hiking and Biking Trails Wiki – Sierra Club

How-to Videos and Wikis – via Metafilter 5/26/09

Data.gov – a new toy for data geeks, librarians, and transparency advocates everywhere – Metafilter 5/21/09

Constellations of Words:Explore the Etymology and Symbolism of the Constellations – via Metafilter 2/25/09

Recipe Puppy Chooses Meals Based on the Ingredients You Have [Recipes] – LifeHacker 4/21/09

Don’t lecture me! Oh, wait, I mean DO lecture me – via Metafilter 2/25/09

Academic Earth has videos of “thousands” of lectures from professors at Ivy League and other top universities.

Online courses on Western history – Metafilter 11/23/09

Videos of university courses – via Metafilter 2/4/09

Academic Earth collects lectures on a wide variety of subjects from UC Berkely, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale that the universities have released under Creative Commons. The site is still in beta so it doesn’t quite have the thousands of lectures its frontpage promises. It has many full courses, for example Benjamin Polak teaching game theory, Amy Hungerford on the American novel since 1945, Charles Bailyn’s introduction to astrophysics, John Merriman on the history of France since 1871, Shelly Kagan on death and Oussama Khatib’s introduction to robotics.

MathTV is a real problem solver for many. It is also found on YouTube, and is free. Here is some background. – via Metafilter 3/25/09

How to Think About Science – Metafilter 11/30/09

“Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing, ordering and controlling the world. Everything was subject to science, but science itself largely escaped scrutiny. This situation has changed dramatically in recent years. Historians, sociologists, philosophers and sometimes scientists themselves have begun to ask fundamental questions about how the institution of science is structured and how it knows what it knows.” How to Think About Science is a 24-part series from CBC Radio’s Ideas, featuring interviews with Steven Shapin, Ian Hacking, Bruno Latour, and others. The streaming audio links on the show’s website seem to be out of commission, but direct links to all of the episodes can be found here.

The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination – via Metafilter 2/22/09

The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination was established to promote an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of creativity and the imaginative process.” To this end they hold regular roundtable discussions, streaming videos of which are available online.

PhilSci Archive – via Metafilter 4/7/09

The PhilSci Archive is an electronic archive for preprints in the philosophy of science. The goal of the Archive is to promote communication in the field by the rapid dissemination of new work.

Major German Idealists – via Metafilter 3/13/09

Selected Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society – via Metafilter 11/30/09

To celebrate the start of its 350th year, the Royal Society has put online 60 of its most memorable scientific papers.
The Royal Society’s head of archives, Keith Moore, talks about some of them in an audio slideshow.

The papers (warning – they’re all PDFs) include:

Isaac Newton’s New Theory on Light And Colors. (1672)

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek‘s observations of Little Animals in Rainwater. (1677)

The Electrical Kite of Benjamin Franklin. (1752)

Thomas Young‘s Wave theory of light. (1802)

Hans Geiger and Ernest Marsden’s gold foil experiment which led to the nuclear model of the atom. (1909)

Visual review of art history – Metafilter 3/25/09

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history…

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history review, and Art cyclopedia could be a bit more straight-forward? Then The Art Browser might be the thing for you. The site combines brief descriptions of movements and artists from wikipedia, classifications from Art cyclopedia, and large images from Art.com for compact visual overview of art history

BBC to put every publicly owned oil painting online – Guardian, UK 1/28/09

You say poe-TAY-toe. – via Metafilter 8/5/09

Forvo: All the words in the world, pronounced by native speakers. At the time of this post, the tally stands at: 327,492 words; 239,165 pronunciations; in 220 languages; with 25,040 users submitting.

I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World – Boing Boing 7/13/09

10 Things You Need to Know to Live on the Streets – Alternet 7/28/09

Google Maps Shows Local Webcams [Webcams] – LifeHacker 4/17/09

20 Fascinating Ancient Maps – Free.edu

More awesome maps here

3D Mapping – Metafilter 7/24/09

With topics that include: 3D end-to-end tour of the Grand Canyon, the origin and formation of the Colorado River, and examples of river systems that cut through mountain ranges instead of taking easier routes around them in Ancestral Rivers of the World.
But if geology and 3D mapping isn’t your thing, Bill also entertains and informs with his evaluations of creationism and religious cultists, an energy/oil analysis, gaming probability analysis, graph and number theories and applied mathematics.

“The Categorical Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Industries” – Metafilter 9/1/09

The University of Michigan’s collaborative translation of Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encylopédie has completed some 650 selections from the Enlightenment keystone, including articles on California, vanilla, werewolves, the English language, beauty, and the complete structure of human knowledge. The project has an open call for translators to help with the 74,000 remaining articles. 

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street – BoingBoing 2/13/09

The entire Harper’s Index – via Metafilter 2/19/09

NSA Oral Histories – The Memory Hole 2/19/09

The National Security Agency has recently declassified and posted lengthy, formerly Top Secret oral history interviews with four of its most prominent personnel: Arthur J. Levenson, Dr. Solomon Kullback, Oliver R. Kirby, and Benson K. Buffham.

Geek Atlas: 128 nerdy must-sees and an education in science, technology and geek history – BoingBoing 7/23/09

Introducing the Atlas Obscura – BoingBoing 6/15/09

The Atlas is a collaborative project whose purpose is to catalog all of the “wondrous, curious, and esoteric places” that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist.

Anyone can enter new places into the Atlas Obscura, or edit content that someone else has already contributed. We’re counting on you, Boing Boing readers, to help us fill out the map and document all of the world’s wonders and curiosities!

What kind of places are we talking about? Here are a few that were recently added to the Atlas:

– A hidden spot in the Smoky Mountains where you can find fireflies that blink in unison

-A 70-year-old house made entirely out of paper

– A giant hole in the middle of the Turkmenistan desert that’s been burning for four decades

– A Czech church built of bones

– The world’s largest Tesla coil

– A museum filled with the genitals of every known mammal in Iceland

Free online archive of vintage TV commercials – BoingBoing 7/27/09

Know Your Mushrooms documentary – BoingBoing 7/16/09

Statistics by zipcode. – via Metafilter 6/23/09

NeighborhoodScout collects information on neighborhoods in the United States. Using data from local law enforcement agencies, it has compiled a list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the country.

Downloads in All Major – via Metafilter 3/9/09

Classical Music at the European Archive. Free and legal lossless downloads of out-of-copyright recordings. Formats include WAV, FLAC, MP3 & Ogg.

British Library’s world music archive goes online for free – via Metafilter 9/4/09 

Mountain Bluegrass – via Metafilter 3/8/09

Music in the Digital Library of Appalachia provides an unprecedented resource for study of repertoire, technique, lore, and the musical interchanges among the region’s traditional musicians. Once you know what you like, it’s easy to find the music live with Blue Ridge Music Trails. Meet musicians who have grown up with that music, visit settings in which Blue Ridge folk music thrives, see traditional dancing, and in many cases, take part in the festivities. The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, winds through the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Along the trail, the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Traditional Country music is as beautiful and rugged as the landscape itself.

Revival Revival – via Metafilter 2/16/09

The Folkways Collection is a downloadable, 24-part podcast series that “explores the remarkable collection of music, spoken word, and sound recordings that make up Folkways Records (now at the Smithsonian as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings).”

The Anthology, notated. – via Metafilter 2/12/09

“With this blog, I want to use the Folkways Anthology as a roadmap to explore American folk music and maybe other countries traditions along the way. I’ll use texts, images, music and videos gathered from my personal collection and from the net to…

“With this blog, I want to use the Folkways Anthology as a roadmap to explore American folk music and maybe other countries traditions along the way. I’ll use texts, images, music and videos gathered from my personal collection and from the net to make this work-in-progress enjoyable and educational the best I can.” (via)

Random Interesting TV, Music, Art and Literature Links
November 7, 2009, 7:01 am
Filed under: art, interesting, Miscellaneous, music, random, Uncategorized, video

One hundred and one Muppets – via Metafilter 7/14/09

Shockingly violent coffee commercials starring Muppets – Boing Boing 6/17/09

Surprising stories behind 20 Muppet characters. – via Metafilter 2/11/09

Example: “Miss Piggy is apparently from Iowa”.

Muppet Bloopers – Metafilter 11/6/09

The Giving Tree – via Metafilter 3/19/09

The Giving Tree (1973), animated short based on Shel Silverstein’s 1964 children’s story and narrated by the author.
Once you’re done crying, here are a few related links:

The Giving Tree: A Symposium (a collection of thoughts on the story by some American religion scholars.)

The Misgiving Tree (a parody)

A couple of parody videos: “The Really, Really Giving Tree” and “The Taking Boy”

Jazzy covers of Mister Rogers’ songs – BoingBoing 4/6/09

Folk Music from 1947 – via Metafilter 5/23/09

To Hear Your Banjo Play is a documentary by Alan Lomax from 1947. It is narrated by Pete Seeger and features Woody Guthrie, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee among others.

“Mighty Uke” trailer – via BoingBoing 5/23/09

Mighty Uke is a feature documentary that travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past, and with each other. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of New York, from swinging London through Tokyos highrise canyons to Hawaii, ukers tell the story of the peoples instrument: The Mighty Uke.”

Visual review of art history – Metafilter 3/25/09

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history…

Are you looking to review your art history knowledge but find google too chaotic, and Prof. Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe’s site is overwhelming and has a few too many dead links? Maybe wikipedia lacks the visuals you associate with an art history review, and Art cyclopedia could be a bit more straight-forward? Then The Art Browser might be the thing for you. The site combines brief descriptions of movements and artists from wikipedia, classifications from Art cyclopedia, and large images from Art.com for compact visual overview of art history

Contemporary photographers of Detroit – BoingBoing 8/1/09

Color photographs from early 1900s Russia – via Metafilter 6/18/09

“Exactly one hundred years ago a Russian photographer, began a remarkable project. With the blessing – and funding – of the Tsar, Nicholas II, he embarked on an extraordinary journey to capture the essence of Russia in full color photographs.”
More photos from the collection.

Abandoned Creations – Metafilter 5/16/09

Artificial Owl is a blog about about decommissioned/abandoned modern structures, from beautiful shipwrecks to abandoned factories that look like they’re straight out of a Miyazaki movie.

2008: Year in Review, and a look ahead

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009 – Project Censored.org

Change, but at what price? The environmental year in review – Guardian, UK 12/18/08

Top Ten Myths about Iraq, 2008  – JuanCole 12/26/08

Top Top Top Ten 2008 – Metafilter 12/27/08

The 10 Most Popular Stories of 2008  – Alternet 12/27/08

Top 10 political scoops of 2008 – Raw Story 12/26/08

The top ten media blunders of 2008 – Politico 12/22/08

The year 2008 in photographs (part 1 of 3) – Big Picture blog / Boston Globe 12/17/08

Announcing the 2008 P.U.-litzer Prizes – Alternet 12/30/08

The 10 Greediest People of 2008 – Alternet 12/23/08

Robert Weissman : The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008 – CounterPunch 12/29/08

Top 10 political upsets of 2008 – Politico 12/29/08

HuffPo’s Top 10 You Tube clips of 2008 – Raw Story 12/27/08

Top Technology Breakthroughs of 2008 – Wired 12/25/08

2008 Passages: Lives lost this year – USA Today 12/25/08

2008 marks the end for VHS tapes – Raw Story 12/27/08

China’s momentous 2008: the year in video – Guardian, UK 12/25/08

TOP TEN ANIMAL FINDS: Most Read of 2008 – National Geographic 12/23/08

TOP TEN SPACE PHOTOS: Most Viewed of 2008 – National Geographic 12/22/08

TOP TEN DINOSAUR & FOSSIL FINDS: Most Read of 2008 – National Geographic 12/18/08

Bizarre prehistoric creatures–sea monsters, gargantuan rodents, a redheaded Neanderthal–are among the stars of the most read stories on dinosaurs and fossils

TOP TEN ARCHAEOLOGY FINDS: Most Read of 2008  – National Geographic 12/18/08

Lost cities, baffling pyramids, and ancient graveyards are just some of the mysteries covered in National Geographic News’s most viewed archaeology stories of 2008.

The 10 best indie movies of 2008 – Salon 12/27/08

Leading journal names the top 10 scientific breakthroughs of 2008 – Guardian, UK 12/18/08

The Year’s Scene-Stealers  – Forbes 12/17/08

It took a lot to grab the spotlight in 2008, but these 10 people, events and trends managed to do just that. 

Seven Things I Learned from Pop Culture in 2008 – Alternet 12/23/08

Business year in review: A-Z of 2008 – Guardian, UK 12/22/08

2008’s Best Pictures – MotherJones 12/29/08

10 biggest green tech wins of 2008 – CNN 12/29/08

21 Dumbest Moments in Business – CNN 12/29/08

AlterNet’s Top 10 Hottest Videos of 2008 – Alternet 12/29/08

Top health stories of ’08: Stress, drugs and chemical lows – USA Today 12/26/08

The Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2008 – The Progressive 12/30/08

The Top 10 Health Breakthroughs of 2008 – Natural News 12/30/08

2008: Gone in Forty Seconds – Treehugger 12/30/08

The year in 40 seconds

Top 10 righty blogger stories of 2008 – Raw Story 12/30/08

25% of Retailers May Go Bankrupt  in 2009 – ClusterStock 12/27/08

The 10 Most Awesomely Bad Moments of the Bush Presidency  – Alternet 7/1/08

A shorter version of our long national nightmare.

America’s New Year Resolution: Stop Being Stupid – Alternet 12/29/08

We have behaved in ways that were incredibly and embarrassingly stupid for much too long. It’s time to stop the self-destruction.

What 2009 holds – BBC 12/29/08

2009: Imaginary retrospective – Raw Story 12/28/08

Financial Times looks ‘back’ at the ‘Great Repression.’


UPDATE 1/2/09

2008’s Best Progressive Films/ Filmmakers – The Progressive 12/31/08

Top 10 Cryptozoology Stories of 2008 – BoingBoing 12/31/08

Most-read of 2008 – BBC 12/31/08

The top 10 weirdest moments of 2008 – Politico 1/1/09

The Ten AlterNet Stories from 2008 That Outraged Readers the Most – Alternet 12/31/08

Timothy Garton Ash: 2009 brings hard choices over the future of capitalism – Guardian, UK 12/31/08

Either a large part of humankind has to be excluded from the happy benefits of growth or our way of life has to change

Awesome Internet Finds: Art, Books, Music, TV & Movies
December 6, 2008, 5:40 pm
Filed under: interesting, Miscellaneous, music, random, Uncategorized, video

Europa Film Treasures – BoingBoing 11/18/08


LIFE and Google bring us 10 million historic images – Boing Boing 11/19/08


Rocky loses the fight, Rocky wins the fight, Rocky loses the fight but also wins a fight – Metafilter 11/20/08

100 Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes.


The Archive of American Television – Metafilter 11/12/08

The Archive of American Television “produces extensive video oral history interviews with television legends of all professions and makes them available online.


Needs. More. Cowbell. – Metafilter 9/10/08

Morecowbell takes any MP3 file and adds synchronized cowbell along with random Christopher Walken clips. 


Trumpeteer Videos – Metafilter 9/26/08

Trumpet Kings is a blog dedicated to videos of trumpeteers, mostly jazz but there are a few classical ones. On the companion youtube channel there are 184 videos  


It’s such a good feeling to know you’re alive. – via Metafilter 2/2/08

Fred Rogers wrote two hundred songs during his career. Here are fourteen of them, accompanied by the amazing Johnny Costa.


Video of Big Bird singing at Jim Henson’s funeral – BoingBoing 10/22/08


Little Shop Of Horrors Alternate Ending – Metafilter 11/10/08


Everyone gather ’round the piano! – Metafilter 10/10/08

Snoop Doggy Dogg and The Dogg Pound freestyling over Dre playing the piano.


The young Dylan on TV – Metafilter 10/4/08


Michael Moores latest film free online, ‘Slacker Uprising’ – Metafilter 9/23/08

The Typewriter Tape – Metafilter 11/13/08

On June 25, 1964, Janis Joplin visited Jorma Kaukonen at his home in San Francisco. Accompanied by Jorma’s wife on typewriter, they recorded six songs.


The Weather Underground documentary film – via Metafilter 6/23/08


Reverse Grafitti in San Francisco: Dirty Art – Treehugger 6/13/08

The Reverse Grafitti Project in San Francisco is creating environmental art by cleaning up dirt and grime from walls. In the video above, you can see them making a 140 feet long mural in the Broadway tunnel. It shows native species of native plants that would be living in the area of that tunnel if it wasn’t currently the city’s downtown.


Eat, for this is my body – Salon 10/23/08

In the amazing new film “Stranded,” survivors of the legendary 1972 Andes plane crash talk about the moral and spiritual implications of eating their friends.


Fifty People, One Question – Metafilter 9/16/08

New Orleans filmmaker Benjamin Reece asks fifty New Orlean’s residents a single question: “If you could wish for one thing to happen by the end of the day, what would it be?”.


ABC3D: the best pop-up book in the world – BoingBoing 5/31/08


Banksy’s Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill – Metafilter 10/9/08

Prankster artist Banksy opened the Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill on New York City’s 7th Avenue between West 4th and Bleeker Street. The shop is stocked with an animatronic-powered menagerie teeming with the likes of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets drinking barbecue sauce, a CCTV camera and its offspring, a bunny at a vanity, and other faux furry friends.


Time Management for Anarchists — the free comic – BoingBoing 10/24/08


Chinese political cartoon art, 1958-60. – BoingBoing 8/29/08

Comic strips translated into Middle English. – Metafilter 9/23/08 

Liquid Awesome – Metafilter 9/3/08

The ferrofluid art of Sachiko Kodama

Miscellanea: How-To and Media, Japanese humor, Contagious Cancer, early George Carlin and more
August 29, 2008, 6:25 am
Filed under: astronomy, interesting, Miscellaneous, music, physics, random, reference, science, Uncategorized, video

WonderHowTo.com – a directory of how-to videos – BoingBoing 1/30/08


Clean Any Surface in Your House [How To]  – LifeHacker 8/24/08


FreeCulture TV and Yes We’re Open: Two new free and open Internet TV channels – BoingBoing 7/26/08


THIS LOOKS HANDY: How to Open Locks with Improvised Tools…. – InstaPundit 3/12/08


How to Use Herbs Safely and Effectively – Natural News 8/11/08

Yobler. A video repository and community for instructional learning.

Also includes still developing audio and article directories. – via Metafilter 8/9/08

Science Hack is a unique search engine for science videos focusing on Physics, Chemistry, and Space. –via Metafilter 8/7/08  

The Times Machine – via Metafilter 2/25/08

The Times Machine allows easy browsing of every edition from 70 years (1851-1922) worth of New York Times in the original format.


Physics milestones of the past 50 years – via Metafilter 2/27/08


The Contextuality of Quantum Theory in Ten Minutes [The Quantum Pontiff] – Science Blogs 1/17/08


Robert Jensen : Technological Fundamentalism – CounterPunch 8/25/08


Tiny Galaxies Shed New Light on Dark Matter – Nat’l Geographic 8/26/08

Perhaps the world’s most ambitious nanotech project is underway at Hewlett-Packard. Stan Williams’ lab aims to build ‘a central nervous system for the earth.’ – CNN 7/18/08   

The Manhattan Project Poll on the Use of Atomic Weapons, July 1945. – BoingBoing 8/6/08


National Geographic Map of the Day – via Metafilter 8/15/08


Masterpieces of early photography – via Metafilter 8/15/08


George Carlin, 1957 – 1970. – via Metafilter 8/17/08


John Curran posts Great Diagrams in Anthropology, Linguistics, and Social Theory – via Metafilter 8/21/08


Thomas Jefferson Papers – via Metafilter 8/22/08


Portal to Maya Underworld Found in Mexico? – Nat’l Geographic 8/21/08


Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes: is it possible to get to understand such a man – and his extraordinary working methods – by looking through the hundreds of boxes he left behind? – via Metafilter 8/2/08

Cool demographic data by zip code – via Metafilter 5/10/08

Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses – via Metafilter 8/20/08

“A People’s History for the Classroom is a high school history lesson plan/workbook based on Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. The entire 124-page workbook available for free as a downloadable PDF”


Nine AMAZING bridges – via Metafilter 8/27/08


with many more links to interesting bridges in the comments


Ancient Urban Network Mapped in Amazon Forests – Nat’l Geographic 8/27/08


Kimya Dawson’s “Alphabutt” — weird, jangly, hilarious awesome music for kids – BoingBoing 8/26/08

Anti-folk icon Kimya Dawson’s latest album is Alphabutt, a collection of hilarious, catchy, scatological kids’ music that’s sure to delight parents who are weary of treacly children’s songs.


The ultimate Japanese Shakespeare spaghetti western! – Salon 8/28/08

Takashi Miike’s “Sukiyaki Western Django” offers a spectacular mashup of Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, Tarantino and the Bard — and it’s weirder than that sounds.


A quick and dirty Japanese humor tutorial – BoingBoing 8/27/08


How Governmental Vaccine Policies Made Cancer Contagious – NaturalNews 8/27/08


Militarism and a Uni-polar World – Global Research 8/26/08


We drive as we live – Salon 8/27/08

No wonder traffic will never improve. We are doomed by our behavior, as a drive in New York with “Traffic” author Tom Vanderbilt reveals.


Animated Short Movies – via Metafilter 3/4/08 

Ron Paul Update
January 5, 2008, 8:31 am
Filed under: 2008 election, Huckabee, Iran, Middle East, music, news, politics, ron paul

This Week on The Candidates:
Campaign ’08 Update: Candidate Views on the Issues
Campaign ’08 Update: Republicans

Campaign ’08: Democrats

Ron Paul’s 10% in Iowa shocks mainstream media (Infowars)

Ron Paul vs. The Dirty Tricksters: Ron Paul Haters Left and Right Unite (Antiwar)


Ron Paul’s Campaign So Poorly Understood (via MParent 12/23/07)


Kristol calls Paul a crackpot (Fox ‘News’ via YouTube 12/24/07)

Now that’s an endorsement! 


Ron Paul won’t rule out third party run (Politico 12/23/07)


Paul says Iran as likely to attack Israel as Mars; Israeli government pushing US to invade Iran (PressTV 12/25/07)

GREAT VIDEO: Rise, Consise, Krookid Rap “Ron Paul 2008” (YouTube)

“Ron Paul for President – Two Thousand and Eight

There’s still hope for America / It’s almost too late

Ron Paul for President – Two Thousand and Eight

It’s time to stand up for freedom / While we still got a say”

Can Paul Go Mainstream? (SwampPolitics 12/27/07)


NYTimes prints retraction of Ron Paul smear, with acknowledgement that they were unverified assertions and they should have included a response from Paul. (12/27/07)


Paul on MSNBC: “We’re getting ready to bomb Iran (via Raw Story 12/27/07)


Paul’s fundraising 4th Quarter: $19M – to Hillary’s $20M (Wall St Journal)


Paul excluded from Fox debate on Sunday, included in ABC debate on Saturday. Paul campaign planning Sunday counter-event (Politico 1/1/08)

All I gotta say is I think Alan Keyes has been on 90% of the debates I’ve ever watched, and never polled over 3% 


The Left and Ron Paul (CounterPunch 1/2/08)

This guy seems to support Paul out of default, not necessarily because he agrees with him on the issues.  I feel the same way.  I don’t agree with all of Paul’s positions, but he actually understands the Constitution, which places limits on presidential power, in case we’ve forgotten.  He also votes on principles, not convenience.  He’s a straight shooter from South Texas; my kind of guy.

Ron Paul’s Revolution: Monkeywrenching the System (CounterPunch 1/4/08)

Ron Paul is Scary, but those who cheer him on are even scarier (Alternet 1/3/08)

Paul Hits Huckabee on Taxes (Washington Post)

Bank predicts Paul win, US slump (PressTV, Iran)

Denmark-based Saxo Bank predicts Ron Paul presidency in 2008, saying US economy will plunge into a depression prior to the election. The Bank predicted that Ron Paul, US congressman and Republican presidential candidate, will win the US 2008 presidential election. Saxo Bank says the US economy will shrink by 25% and the Chinese economy will decrease by 40%. The economic downturn will come about as a result of the housing crash. Ron Paul has been critical of the Federal Reserve and has blamed the Federal Reserve for causing the real estate bubble and crash. Paul has said that the loose monetary policy of the Fed had artificially inflated real estate prices which lead to the collapse. Paul supports ‘Sound Money’ and opposes the Federal Reserve’s ‘Inflation Tax’ and says that he wants to prevent a dollar collapse. Saxo Bank also predicts $175 a barrel for oil and the price of grain will double. Some have predicted that oil will climb to $250 a barrel if the US attacks Iran. The bank also predicts that 30% of large building companies will go bankrupt.”


Part 1: Campaign Round-up

Part 2: The ‘Democrats’

Part 3: Ron Paul Special

Part 4: Giuliani and Romney

Part 5: Huckabee and McCain

Holiday Special: History of Christmas, Talking Jesus Action Figures, Santa on the Cross, What Would Jesus Buy? and more
December 24, 2007, 9:12 am
Filed under: christmas, consumerism, history, hypocrisy, interesting, music, news, Uncategorized

The History of Christmas  (BenBest)


Holiday Season Hypocrisy: Consumptive Consumerism (Global Research)


Archibishop of Canterbury Hates Christmas (Telegraph, UK)

The Archbishop declares the Three Wise Men “work well as a legend”, there were no asses or oxen in the stable, it doesn’t snow in Bethlehem in December, and “in a final blow to the traditional nativity story, Dr Williams concluded that Jesus was probably not born in December at all. He said: “Christmas was when it was because it fitted well with the winter festival.”


What Would Jesus Buy?” – Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping and Radical Forgiveness (USA Today and RevBilly.com) 

Rev. Billy on Nightline, with video (via Raw Story)


The Shopocalypse Is Coming: “What Would Jesus Buy?” The Movie now in theaters.  Interview with Morgan Spurlock, director of ‘WWJB?’ and ‘SuperSize Me’ (WWJB and Treehugger)


MUSIC VIDEO: They’ve Cancelled Christmas in Bethlehem (via MParent)


MUSIC VIDEO: The Twisted Chipmunk Song (Global Wonder Inc)


MUSIC VIDEO: White Trash Christmas (Global Wonder Inc


Anarchists in the Aisles? Stores provide a stage (NYTimes)

EXCERPT: “Otherwise known as reverse shoplifting, shopdropping involves surreptitiously putting things in stores, rather than illegally taking them out, and the motivations vary. Anti-consumerist artists slip replica products packaged with political messages onto shelves while religious proselytizers insert pamphlets between the pages of gay-and-lesbian readings at book stores. Self-published authors sneak their works into the “new releases” section, while personal trainers put their business cards into weight-loss books, and aspiring professional photographers make homemade cards — their Web site address included, of course — and covertly plant them into stationery-store racks.”


Talking Jesus action figure sells out at Wal-Mart (Consumerist) 

Pope laments materialistic Christmas (AP/Raw Story)


Pastor: Let’s Take the Christ Out Of Christmas (CounterPunch)

Consumer Driven Culture is Killing Our Democracy (Alternet)

Interview with Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, author of ‘SuperCapitalism’ 

[Satire] Merry Nothing: Noted Atheist Debunks Christmas Delusion in PBS Special (Ridiculopathy)

Santa on the Cross Protests Christmas Commercialism (AP/Yahoo)