It was the last of times; it was the first of times. The world was ending, and Winter was beginning on the same day. No longer would people be thrilled by violence, political insanity, or any of the other events that people are awakened to on a daily basis. No more would we be blessed with the following delights;
1 The Lookout
Sister of Newtown victim makes gun-control plea in letter to Obama
The tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have increased the calls for gun control around the nation and in Congress, but perhaps none have been as poignant as that from 10-year-old Natalie Barden, sister of victim Daniel Barden. Natalie’s letter, written to President Barack Obama and read by Anderson Cooper on […] More »Sister of Newtown victim makes gun-control plea in letter to Obama
2 The Ticket
Lacking GOP support, Republicans yank ‘fiscal cliff’ ‘Plan B’
In a stinging setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, a lack of support from inside his own party for his “fiscal cliff” fall-back plan forced him late Thursday to cancel a much-trumpeted vote on the measure. “The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from […] More »Lacking GOP support, Republicans yank ‘fiscal cliff’ ‘Plan B’
3 The Ticket
Biden urges law enforcement to help halt gun violence
Vice President Joe Biden urged top law enforcement representatives from around the country to lobby for proposals designed to battle gun violence in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. “The president is absolutely committed to keeping his promise that we will act, and we will act in a way that is designed—even […] More »Biden urges law enforcement to help halt gun violence
Mexico’s ethnic Maya unmoved by 2012 “Armageddon” hysteria
IZAMAL, Mexico (Reuters) – Thousands of mystics, New Age dreamers and fans of pre-Hispanic culture have been drawn to Mexico in hopes of witnessing great things when the day in an old Maya calendar dubbed “the end of the world” dawns on Friday. But many of today’s ethnic Maya cannot understand the fuss. Mostly Christian, they have looked on in wonder at the influx of foreign tourists to ancient cities in southern Mexico and Central America whose heyday passed hundreds of years ago.
5 The Ticket
Texas lawmaker: ‘Ping-pongs’ deadlier than guns
Incoming Texas State Rep. Kyle Kacal says guns don’t kill people—ping-pong kills people. “I’ve heard of people being killed playing ping-pong—ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns,” he says. “Flat-screen TVs are injuring more kids today than anything.” The Consumer Product Safety Commission does warn that some sports equipment may have unexpected hazards—for instance, brands of […] More »Texas lawmaker: ‘Ping-pongs’ deadlier than guns
6 The Ticket
Republicans won’t leave Washington after ‘Plan B’ vote
House Republicans plan to forge ahead on Thursday with “Plan B,” their “fiscal cliff” fallback plan, but they will not be skipping town after voting on the measures because they still hope for a broader deal with the White House. “We do not intend to send members home,” Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told […] More »Republicans won’t leave Washington after ‘Plan B’ vote
7 The Sideshow
Boiling water turns to snow in Siberia
Baby, it’s cold outside. And to prove it, we offer up this video shot by a man in Siberia in -41 degrees Celsius weather. The man boiled water and then tossed it over the balcony of his apartment. Normally, that sort of thing would get you arrested. But in arctic-like temperatures, Boiling water turns to snow in Siberia
Texas town allows teachers to carry concealed guns
HARROLD, Texas (AP) — In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don’t give much thought to safety at the community’s lone school — mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons.
Well, you get the picture. Now that the world is ending today, we will not be able to enjoy the tasty tidbits on how dreadful life really is. However, if perchance the world does not end today. We are in for a new beginning. Today winter begins. It is the shortest day of the year. Winter is climate change you can believe in!
The Earth is tilted and the changed position of the Earth completely faces the Sun as it orbits. This is the reason for the season. When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Hemisphere faces the Sun, thus the temperature is warmer than the Northern Hemisphere.
According to Wikipedia, we get to view winter in 3 different ways.
A) Meteorological winter is the method of measuring the winter season used by meteorologists based on “sensible weather patterns” for record keeping purposes, so the start of meteorological winter can change depending on how far north one lives. Winter is often defined by meteorologists to be the three calendar months with the lowest average temperatures. This corresponds to the months of December, January and February in the Northern Hemisphere, and June, July and August in the Southern Hemisphere
B) Astronomically, the winter solstice, being the day of the year which has fewest hours of daylight, ought to be the middle of the season, but seasonal lag means that the coldest period normally follows the solstice by a few weeks. In the USA and Canada (and sometimes in Britain) the season is regarded as beginning at the solstice and ending on the following equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, depending on the year, this corresponds to the period between 21 or 22 December and 20 or 21 March. In the UK.
C) Ecological reckoning of winter differs from calendar-based methods by avoiding the use of fixed dates. It is one of six seasons recognized by most ecologists who customarily use the term hibernal for this period of the year (the other ecological seasons being prevernal, vernal, estival, serotinal, and autumnal). The hibernal season coincides with the main period of biolological dormancy each year whose dates vary according to local and regional climates in temperate zones of the Earth. The appearance of flowering plants like the crocus can mark the end of the ecological winter as early as late January in mild temperate climates.
What do you think will occur on this very unique day? Will we be coming or going? Whatever you believe, sit back and relax, just take your time with your answer. Ponder over a cup of coffee whether you will call friends to say good-bye, or season’s greetings (in the true sense of the phrase!). The majority will likely lean toward the latter.
From this season, on this side of heaven, wishing you and yours warm and wonderful holidays.