I see the war on Christmas in the reduction of SNAP benefits to millions of families, maintaining the status quo of hunger. I see the war on Christmas in the fight against the Affordable Care Act, maintaining the status quo of sickness. I see the war on Christmas in the systematic destruction of Public Housing in Chicago, maintaining the status quo of housing insecurity and homelessness. I see the war on Christmas in the battles against raising the minimum wage, maintaining the status quo of poverty. I see the war on Christmas in “get tough on crime” policies that incarcerate Americans at unprecedented rates and in the denial of basic rights to those who have been imprisoned and “paid their debt to society.” I see the war on Christmas in the break up of families through deportation and the unwillingness to fix a broken immigration policy. I see the war on Christmas in the continued drumbeats of those who call for the use of lethal force and war to bring peace to the earth.
-Pastor Bruce Ray, Kimball Avenue Church
Being the last day of “the 12 Days of Christmas” today, I thought we should revisit some poignant points regarding what Christmas should stand for and what the world has lost by glossing over Advent and the holiday season with consumerism.
For full context, read the whole sermon.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.