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December 29, 2007
John Wilcock - December 15, 2007

 

  The column of lasting insignificance
     


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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 29, 2007

“Without any meaningful incentive from the US to be friendly, Iran will keep meddling in Iraq and installing nuclear centrifuges. This will trigger a response from the hardliners in the White House who feel it is their moral duty to deal with Iran before the Democrats take over American foreign policy.”

             ==The Secret History of the Impending War with Iran that the White House doesn’t want you to Know by John H. Richardson in the November Esquire

THE DAY WHEN every one of us will be sending our avatars into cyberspace to live a parallel life is fast approaching, according to Forbes which reports the growing success of Kaneva virtual world which, unlike Second Life, encourages participants to represent their actual selves. Geared to the 18-34 age group (but doubtless to be emulated by other worlds for the rest of us) is “a virtual world version of MySpace”, the mag says, in  which “you will walk through virtual malls together and dance the night away at virtual nightclubs”. Kaneva, launched last March, claims to have 800,000 members, compared with Linden Lab’s Second Life of 11 million.

IMAGINE OPENING YOUR bottled soft drink and feeling it getting colder in your hand. That’s what will happen when Coca Cola launches its new technology next year—a mechanism inside the bottle allowing ice cubes to form when the cap is twisted off. The experiment will begin in the U.K. and eventually spread to all Coca Cola brands in the U.S.

CURRENTLY BEING EDITED is the feature-length documentary Give It Up, the first inside look at some of the aggressive papparazi whose aggressively ubiquitous stalking have been helping to turn the American Dream into the American nightmare. It will probably be a revelation to most viewers to realize how many of these in-your-face thugs are former gang members, complete with the tattoos and predatory ways, that have merely changed direction. Give It Up focuses on JFX Direct-- one of an estimated 50 LA photo agencies-- whose 30-ish partners have traded their 9mm automatics for cameras merely to continue their predatory ways in a different guise on the celebrity-filled streets of Hollywood. Directed by Frank Ruy, the documentary is executive produced by Richard Rubinstein, whose former films have included Dawn of the Dead and Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and Manhattan real estate tycoon Douglas Durst whose company is currently building the $1 billion, 54-story Bank of America Tower.

ANY THOUGHT THAT we were ever planning to leave Iraq has been dispelled by the continuous building of enormous bases throughout the country capable of holding US forces indefinitely says The American Prospect which says the plan marks a return to the discredited imperialistic policies that prevailed a century ago. And then there’s that multi-billion dollar embassy in Baghdad, the biggest in the world. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that $4-$10 billion annually will be needed to pay for our presence in a country more than a three-quarters of whose inhabitants want us to go.  Bush’s plan which apparently is to leave the problems to his successor “represents a return ”, writes John B. Judis “to the imperial strategy that the great powers of Europe—and, for a brief period America, too—followed and that resulted in utter disaster”.

MAKING UP HALF of the voters in the SC primary and as much as one quarter of Democratic voters overall, “it is as if Black voters have become the political equivalent of wallpaper, suddenly torn among all those suitors wanting to dance” says Essence magazine. Ronald Walter, a U of Maryland professor adds; “We have uncommon power right now and we’re enjoying the attention”. Polls show that 80% of Blacks favor Barack Obama but only 22% think he can win although Clinton can take nothing for granted. “I don’t think this situation (with African Americans) has ever happened before,” says senior political analyst David Bositis, “where whoever is instrumental in choosing the Democratic nominee is likely to be choosing the next president”.

THE DEMISE OF the whacky tabloid Weekly World News that specialized in Elvis sightings and encounters with the Loch Ness Monster was noted by the Skeptical Inquirer whose function is to examine the myths and superstitions that WWN constantly parodied.

“The tabloid that mocked the tabloids” is now only on the Web, wrote David Park Musella, adding: “I always wondered if everybody who was reading (it) got the joke”.

THE WILCOCK WEB:Media critic Jon Fine predicts (in Business Week) that 2008 will be the year when daily papers start to drop their ad-thin Saturday editions… Who was it decided that a simple majority was not enough to win in the Senate, but that a two-thirds majority was required? And how did they get away with it? And why can’t it be repealed?…. The Village Voice now devotes ten back-of-the-book color pages to hooker ads, mostly under the category of “Asian body work”….Spreading fast are cashless vending machines which take credit cards instead. Pennsylvania-based USA Technologies already has 20,000 of them in service….Gastropubs, an idea imported from England, are a growing trend, explained by Ken. D. Friedman of NYC’s Spotted Pig as “Take over an old bar; keep it the same with a better chef”….With Dubai as its first test market, London’s Ad-Air agency is starting to install advertising signs the size of three football fields on the flight paths of airports around the world….”Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it” quoth William Arthur Ward….Harper’s magazine says plants can warn each other of danger…. Contradicting the notion that the 14,000-strong Starbucks chain is putting mo-and-pop coffee houses out of business Taylor Clark’s book about the company says there were 585 coffee houses in the U.S. 20 years ago and now there are 24,000 (10,000 of them Starbucks)….Of the U.S. Tax Courts’ 450,000 employees and retirees, 5% owe a collective $3billion in back taxes according to the US Senate Finance Committee…Motorola is planning a cell phone that can be recharged via embedded solar cells…. Some say that cell phones are causing the death of the bees by interfering with their navigation…. Cautionary palindrome: Ron I’m a minor …. You always become the thing you fight the most—Carl Jung(1865-1961)

           Happy Holidays to all my  readers

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