Ojai Orange.com | home | archives | press | contact us

Ojai Orange | The Column of Lasting Insignificance | Books | Wait-A-Minute

November 17, 2007
John Wilcock - November 10, 2007

 

  The column of lasting insignificance
     


also posted:



2011
November 26 2011
November 19, 2011
November 12, 2011
November 5, 2011
October 29, 2011
October 22, 2011
October 15, 2011
October 8, 2011
October 1, 2011
September 24, 2011
September 17, 2011
September 10, 2011
September 4, 2011
August 27, 2011
August 20, 2011
August 13, 2011
August 6, 2011
July 30, 2011
July 23, 2011
July 16, 2011
July 9, 2011
July 2, 2011
June 25, 2011
June 18, 2011
June 11, 2011
June 4, 2011
May 28, 2011
May 21, 2011
May 14, 2011
May 7, 2011
April 30, 2011
April 23, 2011
April 16, 2011
April 9, 2011
April 2, 2011
March 26, 2011
March 19, 2011
March 12, 2011
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
January 6, 2011

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
August 14, 2010
August 7, 2010
July 31, 2010
July 24, 2010
July 17, 2010
July 10, 2010
July 3, 2010
June 26, 2010
June 19, 2010
June 12, 2010
June 5, 2010
May 29, 2010
May 22, 2010
May 15, 2010
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

 

 


November 17, 2007

“Roman history suggests that the short, happy life of the American republic may be coming to its end…The United States today, like the Roman republic in the 1st century BC, is threatened by an out-of-control military industrial complex and a huge secret government controlled exclusively by the president…Our political system may no longer be capable of saving the United States as we know it, since it is hard to imagine any president or Congress standing up to the powerful vested interests (which also include)  the Pentagon and, the secret intelligence agencies” –Chalmers Johnson in Nemesis, the last days of the American Republic

WHEN YOU THINK OF those carbon offsets as a sort of guilt trip to compensate for polluting, then what Ecuador is offering is the mother of all such opportunities. If wealthy nations agree to pay the country $350 million a year, Ecuador promises to leave its oil in the ground, suggesting the fee would be a bargain if the world hopes to protect the Amazon from further devastation. The region is already so messed up from past oil production—at least 1,000 waste pits of black sludge leaking into the water supply—that Texaco, and now Chevron, are embroiled in a $6 billion class action suit from 30,000 indigenous people, and most of the country’s remaining one billion  barrels of oil are right underneath the Yasuni national park, a biosphere reserve. At current prices the oil is probably worth $700 million a year. which the impoverished government could certainly use but will refrain from drilling if the bribe offer is accepted.

A VERY DIFFERENT Kazakhstan from the one ridiculed by Borat is the country in which more than 100 US companies have invested more than $15 billion in recent years. "(It ) has been riding a free-market boom of a magnitude few countries have ever seen, buoyed along on its elephantine oil reserves" reveals Fast Company magazine. But it's no place for the reckless or fainthearted explains Jonathan Green who reveals in the mag’s November issue the cautionary tale of what seems to be a typical shakedown of an American businessman. He  found little help from US authorities who need the country as a strategic ally thus requiring "tacit approval or at least some tolerance of systemic corruption". Criminal charges by local government officials are often used, says a report, "as a pressure tactic".

WHAT’S BEEN DESCRIBED AS  the biggest jigsaw of all time is the reassembly—from 400 bags of shredded pieces of paper—the secret files of East Germany’s Stasi organization whose spooks hurriedly tried to destroy them at the end of the Cold War. There are 16,000 bags in all but aided by colleagues and computers, Bertram Nickolay of Berlin’s Fraunhofer Institute will spend the next two years working on this initial batch, trying to piece together the discredited Secret Service’s files on millions of innocent Germans.

AMERICA’S BEST TV CRITIC, Marvin Kitman, praised television’s best news anchor, Keith Olbermann as an example of the form that news should take instead of the so-called “objectivity” that’s the current mode. “The problem with objective journalism” Kitman wrote in the Nation, “is that it doesn’t exist and never did…What the evening news shows need is more analysis”. TV is an art form that suffers from kleptomania, the critic continued, “that would rather steal something that works than try anything original”. The networks were still copying each other’s outdated style. “What I like about Olbermann as a newscaster”, writes Kitman,  “is that he makes the evening news like life itself, very absurd yet serious, very angry, very stupid, very silly, very snarky, much like pop culture”.

“IT STILL COSTS more than double to produce kilowatt-hours from the sun than that from regular electricity sources, but huge subsidies in Germany and Japan make it practicable. And although the U.S. solar industry provides a mere 1% of electricity at present, one German research analyst forecasts that costs will be brought down drastically within four to eight years. “The Holy Grail of solar is a concept known as grid parity” says Fortune, “meaning that it costs no more to generate your own solar energy than it does to buy electricity retail off the grid”. Although fragmented between 100 companies, the biggest, SunPower, thinks it can do this without subsidies by 2012.

THE WILCOCK WEB: If the gap between rich and poor in China keeps widening, history may repeat itself once the 700 million exploited peasants find another Mao to lead them…..C’mon Pfizer: now you’ve made billions from Lipitor how about lowering the price before we all switch to the new generics?….. The difference between American so-called ‘football’ and the football played in the rest of the world is the difference between brute force and skill …..….“Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable” wrote J.K. Galbraith….. A local hotel owner provides the food for the annual banquet (Nov 25) at Lop Buri, Thailand, where the guests who chow at the long tables are 600 long-tailed monkeys…Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due wrote Dean Inge…. When an insect lands on you out of the blue do you ever suspect some former human might be trying to make contact?..... In an interview with Esquire, gorgeous TV chef Nigella Lawson, 47, raved about hairy men. “I like an animal. Hairy back, hairy everywhere. I don’t understand why a woman would want to be with a hairless man. If I was going to go for someone smooth I might as well be a lesbian”…. Sean Penn, however, doesn’t like paparazzi.“They should be put in a cage where they can be poked at with a stick for a quarter” he told the Sunday Telegraph…. Why is abbreviation such a long word? ….Title for Smelliest Magazine of the Month goes to the November Men's Vogue which contains four separate scratch 'n sniff pages, each devoted to a different perfume….“Sex is like money” intones John Updike, “only too much is enough”…Published this month by London’s Running Press: Skinny Bitch in the Kitch: Kickass Recipes for Hungry Girls Who Want to Stop Cooking Crap (and start looking hot)…When you’re sending someone Styrofoam, what do you pack it in?….. Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear—Marcus Aurelius (AD120-180)

11/10/07

comments? send an email to John Wilcock

=======================================

TOP

     

© 2006-2013 ojaiorange.com | web design by David Buehrens