Month: December 2006

Article: Is That a Bow on the Christmas Goat, or a Bullseye?

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From the December 18, 2006, New York Times:

Is That a Bow on the Christmas Goat, or a Bullseye?
By Tom Zeller Jr.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, a good-news story (so far, at least) from Gävle, Sweden, where the town’s giant Christmas goat (a 40-year tradition) survived its first attack by arsonists (also a 40-year tradition) and remains standing today in Castle Square.

According to news agency reports, since 1966 when the town first erected a 43-foot wood-and-straw goat, the seasonal sculpture has “been hit by flaming arrows, run over by a car and even had its legs cut off” and has made it intact past Christmas Day only 10 times.

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Ediorial: Meat and the Planet

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From the December 27, 2006, New York Times:

Meat and the Planet

When you think about the growth of human population over the last century or so, it is all too easy to imagine it merely as an increase in the number of humans. But as we multiply, so do all the things associated with us, including our livestock. At present, there are about 1.5 billion cattle and domestic buffalo and about 1.7 billion sheep and goats. With pigs and poultry, they form a critical part of our enormous biological footprint upon this planet.

Just how enormous was not really apparent until the publication of a new report, called “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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Article: Helping the Poor, the British Way

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From the December 25, 2006, New York Times

Helping the Poor, the British Way
By PAUL KRUGMAN

It’s the season for charitable giving. And far too many Americans, particularly children, need that charity.

Scenes of a devastated New Orleans reminded us that many of our fellow citizens remain poor, four decades after L.B.J. declared war on poverty. But I’m not sure whether people understand how little progress we’ve made. In 1969, fewer than one in every seven American children lived below the poverty line. Last year, although the country was far wealthier, more than one in every six American children were poor.

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Article: Helping the Poor, the British Way

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From the December 25, 2006, New York Times

Helping the Poor, the British Way
By PAUL KRUGMAN

It’s the season for charitable giving. And far too many Americans, particularly children, need that charity.

Scenes of a devastated New Orleans reminded us that many of our fellow citizens remain poor, four decades after L.B.J. declared war on poverty. But I’m not sure whether people understand how little progress we’ve made. In 1969, fewer than one in every seven American children lived below the poverty line. Last year, although the country was far wealthier, more than one in every six American children were poor.

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Christmas Gift From Bush: U.S. deaths in Iraq exceed 9-11 count

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U.S. deaths in Iraq exceed 9-11 count
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The number of U.S. military service members killed in Iraq has exceeded the number of victims in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to an Associated Press count. Car bomb attacks, meanwhile, killed at least 25 Iraqis.

Six more American soldiers were killed in Iraq, officials said Tuesday, pushing the U.S. military death toll since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003 to at least 2,978 — five more than the number killed in the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

The milestone came with the deaths of the three soldiers Monday and three more Tuesday in roadside bomb attacks near Baghdad, the military said.

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