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October 20, 2007
John Wilcock - October 20, 2007

 

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August 27, 2011
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March 19, 2011
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March 5, 2011
February 26, 2011
February 19, 2011
February 12, 2011
February 5, 2011
February 5, 2011
January 29, 2011
January 22, 2011
January 15, 2011
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2010
December 25, 2010
December 18, 2010
December 11, 2010
December 4, 2010
November 27, 2010
November 20, 2010
November 13, 2010
November 6, 2010
October 30, 2010
October 23, 2010
October 16, 2010
October 9, 2010
October 2, 2010
September 25, 2010
September 18, 2010
September 11, 2010
September 4, 2010
August 28, 2010
August 21, 2010
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June 26, 2010
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May 29, 2010
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May 8, 2010
May 1, 2010
April 24, 2010
April 17, 2010
April 10, 2010
April 3, 2010
March 27, 2010
March 20, 2010
March 13, 2010
March 6, 2010
February 27, 2010
February 20, 2010
February 13, 2010
February 6, 2010
January 30, 2010
January 23, 2010
January 16, 2010
January 9, 2010
January 2, 2010

2009
December 26, 2009
December 19, 2009
December 12, 2009
December 5, 2009
November 28, 2009
November 21, 2009
November 14, 2009
November 7, 2009
October 31, 2009
October 24, 2009
October 17, 2009
October 10, 2009
October 3, 2009
September 26, 2009
September 19, 2009
September 12, 2009
September 5, 2009
August 29, 2009
August 22, 2009
August 15, 2009
August 8, 2009
August 1, 2009
July 25, 2009
July 18, 2009
July 11, 2009
July 4, 2009
June 27, 2009
June 20, 2009
June 13, 2009
June 6, 2009
May 30, 2009
May 23, 2009
May 16, 2009
May 9, 2009
May 2, 2009
April 25, 2009
April 18, 2009
April 11, 2009
April 4, 2009
March 28, 2009
March 21, 2009
March 14, 2009
March 7, 2009
February 28, 2009
February 21, 2009
February 14, 2009
February 7, 2009
January 31, 2009
January 24, 2009
January 17, 2009
January 3, 2009

2008
December 27, 2008
December 20, 2008
December 13, 2008
December 6, 2008
November 29, 2008
November 22, 2008
November 15, 2008
November 8, 2008
November 5, 2008
November 1, 2008
October 25, 2008
October 18, 2008
October 11, 2008
October 4, 2008
September 27, 2008
September 20, 2008
September 13, 2008
September 6, 2008
August 30, 2008
August 23, 2008
August 16, 2008
August 9, 2008
August 2, 2008
July 26, 2008
July 19, 2008
July 12, 2008
July 5, 2008
June 28, 2008
June 21, 2008
June 14, 2008
June 7, 2008
May 31, 2008
May 24, 2008
May 17, 2008
May 10, 2008
May 3, 2008
April 26, 2008
April 19, 2008
April 12, 2008
April 5, 2008
March 29, 2008
March 22, 2008
March 15, 2008
March 8, 2008
March 1, 2008
February 23, 2008
February 16, 2008
February 9, 2008
February 2, 2008
January 26, 2008
January 19, 2008
January 12, 2008
January 5, 2008

2007
December 29, 2007
December 22, 2007
December 15, 2007
December 8, 2007
December 1, 2007
November 24, 2007
November 17, 2007
November 10, 2007
November 3, 2007
October 27, 2007
October 20, 2007
October 13, 2007
October 6, 2007
September 29, 2007
September 22, 2007
September 15, 2007
September 8, 2007
September 1, 2007
August 25, 2007
August 18, 2007
August 11, 2007
August 4, 2007
July 28, 2007
July 21, 2007
July 14, 2007
July 7, 2007
June 30, 2007
June 23, 2007
June 16, 2007
June 9, 2007
June 2, 2007
May 19, 2007
May 12, 2007
May 5, 2007
April 28, 2007
April 21, 2007
April 14, 2007
April 7, 2007
March 31, 2007
March 24, 2007
March 17, 2007
March 10, 2007
March 3, 2007
February 24, 2007
February 17, 2007
February 10, 2007
February 3, 2007
January 20, 2007
January 13, 2007
January 6, 2007

2006
December 30, 2006
December 23, 2006
December 16, 2006
December 9, 2006
December 2, 2006
November 25, 2006
November 18, 2006
November 11, 2006
November 4, 2006
October 28, 2006
October 21, 2006
October 14, 2006
October 7, 2006
September 30, 2006
September 23, 2006
September 16, 2006
September 9, 2006
September 2, 2006
August 26, 2006
August 19, 2006
August 12, 2006
August 5, 2006
July 29, 2006
July 22, 2006
July 15, 2006

 

 


October 20, 2007

KEEPING MARIHUANA ILLEGAL makes a lot of money for a lot of people including dealers, judges, lawyers and the entire police establishment. Most of them know full well that the drug is less harmful than liquor but, against all common sense, politicians are aware that to advocate legalizing it would end their careers. “Futile rhetoric about winning ‘a war on drugs’ persists”, declares the October issue of Foreign Policy, “despite mountains of evidence documenting its moral and ideological bankruptcy… Today global production of (cocaine, cannabis and opium) are roughly the same as they were a decade ago and cocaine and heroin have become purer and cheaper”.

    The magazine says the U.S., with less than 5% of the world’s population but almost 25% of its prisoners, has exported its “highly punitive and moralistic approach” to drug prohibition internationally. “Rarely has one nation so successfully promoted its own failed policies to the rest of the world. There’s virtually never been a drug-free society (and) legalization is a far more pragmatic option than living with the corruption, violence and organized crime of the current system”.

ACCORDING TO Eccentric America, a book by Jan Friedman, a sign in a Las Vegas hemp store reads--“You will be refused service for saying any of the following words: bong, weed, pot pipe or any other illegal references. All items are intended to use with tobacco only. If you don’t know what to say, point”.

OPENING NEXT MONTH near Abbott, Texas, the showy new truck stop by Willie Nelson with its restaurant, bars and 800-seat theater, is the latest phase of the singer’s campaign to promote the use of biodiesel fuel. “It’s going to be an incredible place to go” says Nelson. “I want to start a farmers’ market there where local producers can bring in farm produce, and have a place to sell it. Before we started on the new truck stop we did a few shows there. We’ll be doing those kind of things again”.

THE BATTLE  BETWEEN MYSPACE and Facebook caught the attention of Fortune which says that although the former was on the lips of every teenager last year, “now Facebook is growing faster, usurping the buzz”. But Rupert Murdoch apparently is not worried, having bought MySpace when its revenues were $23 million but are estimated now to be about $800 million. And ad revenue for this year is anticipated to be $525 million—more than four times that of its rival. “Murdoch visits the hipster-filled headquarters at least once a month” Fortune reports, “peppering (founder Chris) DeWolfe with membership numbers and sign up rates”.

HEART ATTACK SURVIVORS who pray or regularly attend religious services might hope that it helps, but according to Duke University’s Medical Center it doesn’t. A research team monitored such patients over an 18-month period and reported that the specifically religious ones showed no health advantages over the others.

“The first time acting appealed to me was when I was very young. I’d done something emotional on stage and my father picked me up and showed me off to all his friends. ‘This is Billy who just made you cry’ he said. I was the apple of his eye. What better motivation could a child have? From that simple start, I still explore new possibilities, travel a great deal and have a great time doing it all”—William Shatner

IN A STORY about the recovery of France’s Beaujolais industry after a precipitous decline in interest, vintner Mathieu Lapierre told the New York Times that “Nouveau really contributed to the problems here. People overproduced and made really bad wine”. The Times reported that nouveau now accounts for about 30% of the Beaujolais produced, but growers in lesser regions are stuck with an oversupply of poor wine.” And the public is stuck with an image of insipid wine meant to be drunk immediately”.

ANSWERING A CORRESPONDENT in Archaeology, Heather Pringle charges that short-sighted treasure hunters “may have ruined it for us all”. UNESCO,  she writes, “stresses the importance of protecting shipwrecks intact on the floor (of the sea) wherever possible so that future generations of researchers can study them”.

THE WILCOCK WEB: In his new novel, The Uncommon Reader in which he imagines Queen Elizabeth II becoming addicted to reading, Alan Bennett sympathizes with her lack of actual power writing “she often felt not unlike an air hostess going through the safety procedures”…. A lady doctor from the U.S., aged 47, and a Russian colonel, 45, just began a six-month stay in the International Space Station together. Wonder what they’ll do for fun….Nearly six million of the 16m visitors to the Guardian.co.uk website are from the U.S.—and that was before the newspaper last month launched GuardianAmerica.com…”If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents” cynically observed H.L. Mencken, “he would promise them missionaries for dinner”….Jerry Seinfeld used to be funny until he started doing those stupid Bee movie commercials….At eBay headquarters in northern California, employees are invited to spend a couple of hours a week with company chefs preparing take-home dinners. “It de-stresses them” explains eBay spokesman Bob Worthen…. What’s another word for thesaurus ?….The star of the Japanese video game, Mushiking ,a Turkish stag beetle, has been hunted almost to extinction by fans of the game, with one million of them imported into the country each year…. The star of the Cockroach Hall of Fame in Plano, TX, is Liberoachie wearing a white mink cape and sitting at a tiny piano…Beating the $4.4 billion made by the 22 James Bond films, the five Harry Potter movies have brought in $4.47billion…And incidentally, surely J.K. Rowling has made enough money from her creation that she doesn’t need to sue an Indian religious group for erecting a model of Hogwarts for its four-day festival?…. China is to stop its so-called “panda diplomacy”—renting out the animals to friendly countries for as much as a million a year—allowing some of the remaining 1,6000 pandas out of the country only for research and breeding purposes….The e-mail of the species, quips Stephen Fry, “is deadlier than the mail”….Hamburg SV, a soccer club, is building a cemetery, its entrance in the form of a goalmouth and 500 graves arranged in tiers like a stadium….Virtue has never been as respectable as money—Mark Twain (1835-1910)

10/13/07

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