05? Did I step into a time machine?
I think someone has already done a little bit of drunk posting.
My prediction is that between now and Jan 1 there will be:
-at least three Jesus is the reason for the season threads
-at least one thread about Chanukah
-at least two threads on Seasonal beers
-at least two threads on macrobrewed rice beers enthusiasts versus beer snobs
-at least one thread asking what kind of beer to ask mom & pop for for Christmas
-at least two "what kind of beer should I buy for New Year's Eve" threads
"Sandstorms inflict damage of about $540 million per year, and losses of crops and forests due to acid rain amount to about $730 million per year. More serious are the $6 billion costs of the "green wall" of trees being built to shield Beijing against sand and dust, and the $7 billion per year of losses created by pest species. We enter the zone of impressive numbers when we consider the onetime cost of the 1996 floods ($27 billion, but still cheaper than the 1998 floods), the annual direct losses due to desertification ($42 billion), and the annual losses due to water and air pollution ($54 billion). The combination of the latter two items alone costs China the equivalent of 14% of its GDP each year." - Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed