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‘Operation Christmas': Colombian Army Installs Giant Christmas Tree in Rebel-Held Territory (Video)

Operation ChristmasThe BBC reports:
The Colombian army says it has installed a giant Christmas tree in Farc rebel territory, to encourage guerrilla fighters to demobilize. Special forces infiltrated the remote Macarena mountain range to dress a 25m (82 ft) high tree with 2,000 lights. Movement sensors will make the tree light up when guerrillas approach. The army says it will put up trees in nine other rebel-held zones to spread the message that Christmas is a good time to abandon armed struggle. The Colombian government says more than 2,000 guerrillas demobilized this year under a scheme that gives them amnesty and help to return to civilian life. "Operation Christmas," as it was code named, was carried out by elite troops using Blackhawk helicopters.
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‘A Klingon Christmas Carol’ Attacks A Holiday Classic (Video)

Klingon Christmas CarolFirst a Klingon opera, now this. Klingon (the language) sure has a lot of traction for one invented for a Star Trek movie in the '80s. And this is also a non-Christianized version of the Dickens classic, because as I learned from the story, the Klingons killed their gods. Douglas Belkin reports in the Wall Street Journal:
The arc of "A Klingon Christmas Carol" follows the familiar Dickens script: An old miser is visited on a hallowed night by three ghosts who shepherd him through a voyage of self-discovery. The narrative has been rejiggered to match the Klingon world view. For starters, since there is neither a messiah nor a celebration of his birth on the Klingon planet of Kronos, the action is pegged to the Klingon Feast of the Long Night. Carols and trees are replaced with drinking, fighting and mating rituals. And because Klingons are more concerned with bravery than kindness, the main character's quest is for courage.
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For the Christmas Season, It Costs $82,000/Month To Light This House

Christmas LightsCasey Chan writes on Gizmodo:
The Faucher Family in Delaware have built extravagant Christmas lights setups for 25 years now. How extravagant? They use 1,000,000 lights. So how much does it cost them to run the lights for a month? $82,320. Gulp. HouseLogic estimated the total cost by using the average price per kWh in the Faucher Family's region and assumed each of their 1,000,000 bulbs were the average 5 watt C7 bulb. They then figured the lights to run for 4 hours each night and 30 nights in total. The estimated cost came out to be $686/hour and $82,320 for those bright 30 nights. A lot of money to get in the Christmas spirit!
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The Lost Ads of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Of Yesteryear

The first Peanuts TV special followed six years of animated advertisements selling Ford motor cars, and originally, even "A Charlie Brown Christmas" featured two scenes advertising Coca-Cola! One of the deleted scenes still appears in a YouTube video, which shows Snoopy tossing Linus into a sign which reads "Danger." (According to Wikipedia, that sign originally read: "Coca-Cola" — and the hymn at the end of the program was interrupted by a voice-over thanking "the people in your town who bottle Coca Cola.") Maybe "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was ultimately the cartoonist's own silent protest against the commercialization of his work...
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Mall Fever: Will Christmas Shopping Revive The Economy This Year As It Hasn’t In Years Past?

Funny how, back in 1929, we had a black Thursday and then a Black Friday as the market crashed, plunging the country into a depression. Now we have every retailer in every mall in America on their knees praying for a prosperous black Friday the day after Thanksgiving.

The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Photo: Wdwic Pictures (CC)

The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Photo: Wdwic Pictures (CC)

If you read this argument before, it’s because I have been making it since 2007, year in and year out.  That’s on account of the reality that our economy is driven more by consumption than production, and most consuming takes place during the holidays.

So once again we are being asked to join a global ritual even if we are broke.

Get in gear people, and get your wallets back to the mall: do your duty for Santa and Wall Street. It will be difficult for the economic recovery to make much headway without a pick-up in consumer spending as it accounts for two-thirds of the economy.… Read the rest

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Christmas With A Capital C Trailer

The weather's growing a little colder, and before we know it, the holidays will be upon us. One of the seasonal highlights this year will be Christmas With A Capital C, starring a Baldwin brother and the Bundys' neighbor from Married With Children, an insane film about spiteful atheists attempting to hijack Christmas. This is going to be big among the tea-partier crowd in three months.
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Tesla Christmas Tree

Are you a lover of a weird science with a knack for holiday decorating? Next year you might want to try creating a Tesla coil Christmas tree.

Amateur physicist Peter creates jaw-dropping Christmas displays using Tesla coils. I don’t understand how these work, but I’m guessing they may be semi-dangerous.

He comments:

This year I did another Xmas tree based on the success of the one I did in 2007. I made it bigger (30 ft) and more spectacular by using a different technique. It still uses a long exposure and a rotating colored filter but the tree shape is outlined by sparks from a rotating rod on top of the Tesla coil. This gives the “Eye of Sauron” effect. Imagine then if that rotating rod is able to be raised from horizontal to vertical while still rotating.

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Santa Bank Robbery

Authorities in Nashville are reporting that a man dressed as Santa Claus committed a gunpoint bank robbery on Christmas Eve. A witness says that Santa was "actually jovial, which was scary. He explained that he was robbing the bank because Santa had to pay his elves." There have been a number of infamous crimes in U.S. history involving Santa Claus; perhaps the worst occurred when a "Santa" shot dead six people during a bank robbery in Texas in 1927.
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