How other predictions for 2013 fared

You Cranach readers did much better in your predictions for 2013 than the professionals did.  After the jump, links to what the psychics and the pundits predicted. [Read more…]

The best books of 2013?

What were the best books of 2013?  Or, to propose a second category, what were the best books you read during the last year (whether or not they were published in 2013)?  These can be in any genre or field.

The most admired men and women of 2013

Gallup has released its poll results of the top 10 most admired men and women of 2013.  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton take the top spots.  Some of the others may be surprising or even depressing.  See the lists after the jump.

Who are YOUR most admired men and women of the year?  You are not limited to naming public figures.  [Read more…]

Top religion stories of 2013

After the jump, the top religion news stories of 2013, based on a  poll of the Religion Newswriters Association.  Strangely downplayed or omitted:  the persecution of Christians in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East; the new assaults on religious liberty; the new prominence of aggressive atheism; the rise of the “nones.”

What do you think should be included?  What do you think of this list?  Was 2013 a good year or a bad year for religion? [Read more…]

Outlawing light bulbs

The manufacture of traditional incandescent light bulbs will be illegal, as of January 1.   Compact flourescent bulbs (those with the corkscrew shape) and Light Emitting Diodes, which look something like the old bulbs invented by Thomas Edison, will have to replace them.  You can still buy the old bulbs and stores can still sell them until they run out of stock, but it will be against the law to manufacture or import them.  The new bulbs use less energy and last longer, but they are more expensive.

If the new lighting technology saves so much money in the long run, shouldn’t the free market take care of this?  As opposed to a legal prohibition?  Or is this a case in which the free market doesn’t meet a social good, in this case, saving energy? [Read more…]

The myth of the Christmas myth

It’s still Christmas, there being 12 days of that season, so thanks to Truth Unites. . .and Divides for posting in the comments to another thread this video from Rev. Hans Fiene at Lutheran Satire.  You all need to see it: