Dear patient readers,
I trust you have something enjoyable planned for the festive season, or at least are able to take a break and relax a bit during the holiday period.
We will be going on reduced schedule starting today, with only three posts in addition to Links and Water Cooler, and only two plus those regular features through and including New Year’s Day.
We will also be having one of our two annual comments holidays to give everyone, particularly our critically important comments wrangler Jules, some time off. We miss comments as much as you do but we need some recovery time. Comments will be off starting on Christmas through and including New Year’s Day.
It is possible that a particular post author may relent and enable comments on just that post. Please be advised that if that happens, we are most decidedly not on our normal timetable for liberating comments. So please do not be surprised if your comment winds up in moderation, that it will likely be quite a while before someone gets around to freeing it.
Again, best wishes for your holiday and the New Year!
Sweet dreams of sugar plums.
Have fun in this holidays!!!
I, and surely all the rest of the community, really appreciate the work you are doing!
I am amazed every time I see new content on sundays, and everytime I hope you prepared it in advance.
I hope you can spend some good time with families and friends
you deserve your break :)
Compliments Of The Season To Everyone!! Hope the NC Editorial and “wrangler” teams get some deserved time off and rest!!!
Best wishes to you and the staff who make this site the best on the internet. Thank you, Yves, for the knowledge you share and the community you create. Happy holidays to all.
And a much deserved break it is.
“And to all a good night…”
A big thank you to Yves and the NC community for all their efforts. Merry Christmas. Joyeux Noel et bons baisers de l’Ile Maurice.
Thanks to NC and the community – and best wishes to all of you for the holiday and 2020.
Thanks for the antidote too – reminds me of when the dogs we had would run under the Christmas tree and come out with a few assorted decorations dangling from their fur!
Have a great break all & much in the way of fun, which in this world run by alpha baboon impersonators it is I believe an act of resistance in itself.
When an elite gorged itself to death :
Seasons greetings to everyone here in the NC community.
And particular best wishes to our hosts and their helpers, I hope they all have a very well deserved rest.
Merry Christmas everyone and may Yves, Lambert and the rest of NC crew have a well and truly deserved rest after a very long year. We are into Christmas Eve here and the big, red fellow will be on his way here in a few hours.
That being the case, it is time for some ancient, traditional music that is rumoured to have its origins in the Dreamtime of the Aborigines tens of thousands of years ago-
Merry Crimble Tiddings to each and every one!!!!
As they say at FFRF*, “Heathens’ Greetings” to all!
*Freedom From Religion Foundation
Edgy. Check this out:
The pope has said that “darkness in human hearts” results in religious persecution, social injustice, armed conflicts and fear of migrants.
In his Christmas Day message to the world, Pope Francis said: “There is darkness in human hearts, yet the light of Christ is greater still. There is darkness in economic, geopolitical and ecological conflicts, yet greater still is the light of Christ.”
How exactly are we supposed to square the circle of “religious persecution is bad” with talk about “the light of Christ”? If Christ is real and His light is the most powerful thing, than surely that means all non-Christians are hellbound.
It’s basically saying “I won’t persecute you (but you’re wrong and you’re going to hell)”. It’s like the ultimate form of passive aggressiveness.
Heathenism involves gods and non-physical planes and, notably, keeping one’s oaths. So much for Evangelical Rationality™ if they can’t even keep themselves from making category errors.
Anyway, that’s the last of my ingenerosity for today. Best o the season to all!
For heaven’s (!) sake get some rest you guys. Well done to all and see you next year.
Thanks for all you do and allowing minds to mingle in a setting so unusual on the internet nowadays, where the discourse is sharp, but not sharpened to a fine point where everybody is ready to pounce on one another with word daggers.
Have a well deserved recess and see you next year!
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Xmas from the family here and best wishes for the New Year. Many happy returns!
Thank you all for one of the sanest places on the internet. Enjoy the break.
Encountering NC was the highlight of an otherwise dismal year (H/T Cory Doctorow). I particularly appreciate the effort to spur critical thinking – both by posters and the commentariat. Wishing one and all a peaceful holiday season.
Thanks Yves and everyone. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Have a happy comments vacation and Holidays! I love your post and all the comments but will spend this time with family (when We can. Our kids have lots of family these days) and knitting. I’m learning Fair Isle knitting!
Love to all!
Thank you all!
Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, Woof, Woof!
Tizzy seas on melon collie!
Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, Goof, Goof!
Best wishes to the Naked Capitalism peeps, with a special salute to Jules, who seldom makes his presence known.
I’m off this evening to the house of one of my nieces for the traditional Italian-American Dinner of Seven Fishes. She makes an outstanding version of cod in “salsa scarsa” (thin tomato sauce). So there are compensations for the non-observant.
Happy New Year to all.
Thanks DJG! Best wishes to you and all the NC commenters. Here’s to a new year of thought provoking discussion and debate.
Enjoy the holidays!!! If it was for me I would recommend shutting off until the second of january.
Best regards for everybody here from,
Mr. Scrooge in Madrid
Have a cool Yule!
Much appreciation to Yves, Lambert, Jerri-Lynn, the invisible, indomitable and indispensable Jules, and the excellent commentariat. If my comments are grumpy, cynical, acerbic, and utopian, in turn, it is due to having read the posts and comments here over the past ten year, and having my delusions, illusions and supporting myths, mercilessly shredded.
Merry Christmas to all!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the central European peanut gallery! Enjoy a well-deserved breather everyone and see y’all in 2020.
Merry Christmas and happy Holidays to all; especially Yves, Lambert, J-LS, Jules, and others involved in keeping NC going!
Joy to the world!
God knows we could use some of that.
Peace to all of good will.
From the land of absurdity, where if its not on fire, its pouring down, and our pollies lend credibility to David Ickes musings …
Enjoy yourselves …
Thanks to all those who bring NC into the world, and to all who cherish it.
Happy holidays to the entire NC community. Thanks for a 2019 full of informative (and often entertaining) articles and posts. Cheers to all!
Happy Holidays to everyone who makes this site the terrific cyber place to be! :-) Happy New Year and may Bernie Sanders win in November. Then maybe I will start believing in miracles again. May you all take good care!!
It’s 8:59 PSTime and it’s nearly 12/26 at NC HQ so:
Best of the New Year to all the talented people who run and comment at the most informative, prescient, and precocious web site around. Thanks, all!