DailyDirt: Here Comes Santa Claus

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It's that time of year again, when parents warn their kids to be good, because a big old guy with a white beard in a red suit is watching their every move and is going to find out if they've been naughty or nice. Well, Santa, we've got news for you. We're watching you too, sort of. Both Microsoft and Google have "Santa trackers" that will let kids and parents monitor Santa's location on a map on Christmas Eve as he delivers presents all over the world. For even more Santa fun, check out these links. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.


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    out_of_the_blue, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 5:13pm

    " kids who are too smart for their own good."????? You mean know reality?

    I'm sure you'll say was just wit, lighten up, but it's stoopid and promoting stoopid like that which will bring down the human race. As Heinlein wrote, it's yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value -- but I'm afraid the real horror is that stoopid does have survival value; at the least, it's the dominant characteristic. See the documentary movie "Idiocracy".

    Visit Mike's other sites at least once a year, fanboys!
    http://insightcommunity.com/

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 5:14pm

    Microsoft and Google have "Santa trackers" that will let kids and parents monitor Santa's location on a map on Christmas Eve as he delivers presents all over the world..

    Don't forget the NSA Santa tracker at NSAnta dot com

     

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    CK20XX (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 5:37pm

    For how long has the legend of Santa Claus been so widespread? It may be significant as one of the first things to be shared and loved by darn near the entire world.

     

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    Paul Renault (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 5:53pm

    I say give them the unvarnished lie!

    Tell them Santa Claus is real.

    At some point they'll figure out that their parents and just about every other figure of authority lied to them about Santa. And they'll begin to wonder what other lies they've been told...

    Then they'll be on the path to wisdom.

     

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    CK20XX (profile), Dec 17th, 2013 @ 6:10pm

    Re: I say give them the unvarnished lie!

    Bah, that's awfully Scroogey of you, don't you think? I think it's less of a lie and more of a game of pretend parents play with their kids. Who doesn't love doing things like that? Then when you grow up and you're no longer eligible to play (at least in theory), you feel kind of sad but somehow you're still glad that you had the chance to participate.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 6:30pm

    Re: I say give them the unvarnished lie!

    Tell them Santa is white, even though they know he is not real. This will be a good introduction to the concept of bigotry.

     

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    MrPendent, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 6:36pm

    "Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness."


    I'm fairly sure that, even at the age of 5, I would have vomited on my mother if she had ever said that to me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 6:38pm

    I because of my religious beliefs will not take any photos of gay/lesbian people sitting on Santas lap

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 6:50pm

    I like this Santa carol: The NSA Is Coming To Town:

    https://www.aclu.org/secure/stopnsa

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:18pm

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    Why would you take any photos of people on Santa's lap regardless of prejudice? Do you work as a seasonal Santa photographer or are you some sort of weird stalker?

     

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    CharlieBrown, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 7:45pm

    "'Malcolm Gladwell' explains Santa Claus to satirist Craig Brown."

    I have very low standards when it comes to comedy, but that still fell in to the category of "Dumbest articles I've ever read". Satire? More like comedy leftovers!

     

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    pixelation, Dec 17th, 2013 @ 9:56pm

    Re: I say give them the unvarnished lie!

    "And they'll begin to wonder what other lies they've been told..."

    You mean things like the NSA is actively spying on only 60 Americans?

     

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    Richard (profile), Dec 18th, 2013 @ 6:22am

    Re: I say give them the unvarnished lie!

    Tell them Santa Claus is real.

    No tell them about the real person (St Nicholas of Myra) who is behind the mythical Santa. Tell them the true stories about how he fought against injustice and corruption.

    Tell them about how business interests is the Netherlands and the US transformed the inconvenient real person into the commercially useful Santa.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Dec 18th, 2013 @ 12:12pm

    Re: Re: I say give them the unvarnished lie!

    When you play pretend, everyone involved knows that you're playing pretend. If they don't, then you're just lying.

    Yes, I lied to my kids about Santa Claus due to social pressure, but I felt really, really shitty about the whole thing. I was so glad when my kids were old enough that I didn't have to do that anymore.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 29th, 2013 @ 5:58pm

    Re: " kids who are too smart for their own good."????? You mean know reality?

    That is not a documentary, it is a MOCKumentary. A piece of fiction. Now I fully understand just how big of an idiot you truly are. Stop living in your little fantasy world, put on your big boy pants, and try to learn the difference between reality and fantasy.

     

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