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December 1, 2007
John Wilcock - November 24, 2007

 

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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

 

 


December 1, 2007

The hard right turned former pin-up girl Fonda into a poster girl for their caricature of liberalism ..…has also fired its share of broadsides at Hillary Clinton, George Soros and Nancy Pelosi. But Jane Fonda remains the figurehead that cuts the prow of their idea of a ship of fools.

                            —Russ Wellen, OpEdNews

THE MOTHER OF ALL family feuds is the one between Viacom/CBS boss Sumner Redstone, 84, and his daughter Shari, 54, who was set to take over the company when the media tycoon died—until the old man changed his mind. “Now they barely speak” says Forbes, “choosing to communicate via faxes and lawyers….the saga is a Shakespearian tragedy”. The mag says that the conflict over succession was created by Redstone (worth $7.6 billion) who has a history of anointing senior executives only to banish them later, and in this case he feels his daughter has rankled the heads of Viacom and CBS by being too assertive and meddlesome. “She wants power and she doesn’t want to wait” says a Sumner supporter, according to Forbes which says that although the pair have been communicating via lawyers, a face to face meeting may be imminent.

OTAKU MEANS “GEEK” in Japanese and its origin in the Tokyo suburb of Akihabara (Akiba, for short) has made the formerly home appliance district the hippest part of town. Stores selling cheap electronics have been supplanted by chic restaurants, luxury condos and “maid cafes” where the waitresses dress in dainty Victorian costumes and call customers master or mistress. Manufacturers have been studying the callow culture of the area for clues to food and fashion fads. The Japan Journal calls the otaku culture “Japan’s coolest export product” and there are plans for a new subway line to connect Akiba in the east with Harajuku, the teen mecca in the western part of town, what the paper calls “the twin neighborhoods of J-Pop cool”.

ONE OF ONLY FOUR copies of the Magna Carta created in 1297 is expected to fetch $30 million at a Sotheby’s auction this month. An updated version of the original vellum document that King John was forced by angry barons angered by the abuse of the king’s powers to sign in 1215, the Magna Carta was the origin of the Habeas Corpus principle which guaranteed that freemen would not “be imprisoned or derived of property without due process”. The copy to be sold has been owned by H. Ross Perot since 1984.

THE ASSUMPTION THAT affirmative action is the reason why better qualified students are not entering college is nonsense according to the Boston Globe reporting that it was not the reason why college admissions were not based purely on merit. A five year study of 146 top colleges found that white students with sub-par qualifications were “nearly twice as prevalent on such campuses as Black and Hispanic students who received an admissions break based on their ethnicity or race”. Most of these white students, explained Peter Schmidt, has connections to alumni, donors and politicians and had jumped the queue “by knowing the management or flashing cash”.

UNDER THE GUISE OF being a religious organization, the Moonies have built a multi-billion dollar business comprising real estate, shipbuilding, seafood distribution, soccer teams, auto-making in North Korea, land in Brazil, the Washington Times and the wire service, UPI. But most ominous of all, says a lengthy story in Portfolio, is Kahr Arms, a gun company started by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s eldest son, Justin, who seems likely to be the future head of the Unification Church. Kahr Arms markets 13 types of guns of which the most deadly is a palm-sized weapon, some of which have been smuggled out of its Worcester, MA. factory without serial numbers (“untraceable, perfect for criminals”) and involved in murders. “The church says it’s for peace but that’s all part of the deception” says former Moonie Steve Hassan who predicts that Moon’s ultimate plan is to take over when the global economy falls apart.

ATTEMPTING TO PARE the huge production costs ($22 billion last year) from 435  offshore drilling rigs in the seas north of Scotland, oil companies are installing fiber optic cables which enable geologists onshore to analyze data from drilling as it occurs. This means it can suffice with only a fraction of the 300 staff usually needed for each platform (each of whom costs $2,000 to ferry back and forth by helicopter). Drilling at an angle so that multiple fields can be served from a single platform and the installation of more pipelines are also helping to reduce costs. “Fifteen years from now” predicts GE’s Claudi Santiagh, “the vision is that offshore platforms will disappear”.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Greedy billionaire Rupert Murdoch is a notable absentee from Business Week’s “50 Most Generous Philanthropists”. Could the media tycoon even be included in the Top 1,000?….In its continuing quest to be the Middle East’s most “Western” center, Abu Dhabi plans to launch an English-language daily next year having already recruited a former Daily Telegraph editor along with 200 other European and American journalists…….What was the best thing before sliced bread?… After Sao Paulo banned advertising billboards, Clear Channel -–the world’s biggest outdoor advertising agency—sued, as its worries mounted that other cities might get the same idea…. The New Yorker reports that it receives 600 poems each week…..Probing the recent scandal in which Brit TV viewers made telephone calls trying for a jackpot, investigators claimed that $15 million had been earned by false pretences…. Big decisions are taken at small meetings, small decisions are taken at big meetings goes a Chinese proverb…. Japan’s low 1.4 birth rate coupled with its opposition to immigration is shrinking its population by one million people per year and within two decades the economy will face collapse forecasts Paris’ Le Monde….The Spanish government is showing in Senegal a movie it made to dissuade immigrants from making the perilous trip to the Canary Islands.... “Modern government is no longer interested in getting things done” says Roland White, "but in giving the impression of activity"....It may be 15 more years before it’s complete, but plans are in place for a 12-mile underground expressway—the nation’s longest —under the Santa Ana mountains connecting California’s Riverside and Orange counties….. A new Japanese camera automatically takes a picture only when it detects a smile…. The more things are forbidden the more popular they become—Mark Twain (1835-1910)

JOHN WILCOCK IS CURRENTLY VISITING THE CARIBBEAN

11/24/07

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