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February 16, 2008
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

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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

 

 

February 16, 2008

 (Katie Couric’s Evening News) ”has been a turkey since the (first) night a year and a half ago…(and) sexism was the obvious, first choice for culprit, and in a way that’s probably what it was. Choosing an anchor isn’t a journalistic decision; it’s a casting choice. And this one was abysmal…Katie’s mandate to lure women and young people to the nightly news was in itself ridiculous and doomed to fail—and a goal beneath her talent and ambitions…she thought she was taking a more powerful job but the Today show..is a far more culturally significant program

                      —Caitlin Flanagan in the Atlantic

THE ANTI-ABORTION MOVEMENT’S latest tactic is to support the ‘deprived’ would-be fathers who claim to be suffering from Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS) which the Nation calls “a political strategy masquerading as a psychological crisis” and “another argument for ending the 35-year-old reign of Roe v Wade”. Because a man’s instinct is to protect and provide for his off-spring, Sarah Blustain writes, his masculinity is challenged when his child, born or unborn is killed, ‘Lost Fatherhood’ was among the discussion panels at last year’s National Right to Life conference. “But PAS advocates aren’t talking about everyday ambivalence or even sadness; they’re talking about devastating, life-changing pathology, which mainstream research simply does not support”.

Just in time for the March 9 election, Spain’s Socialist Party (PSC) has launched its own perfume, whose creator describes it as the aromatic presentation of socialist values. A blend of Mediterranean herbs and fruit with ‘base notes from the Orient’ it is said to produce a bouquet of “confidence, equality, progress and efficiency”. Socialist VP Manuela de Madre claims it is ‘relaxing” and recommended that it would be beneficial for the opposition People’s Party sample it.

BUDDHISM IS NOT GETTING the attention it deserves according to Gugan Taguchi, 46, a priest who has been taking his message to bars and jazz clubs in Japan, in an attempt to find new recruits for a religion some say is in decline. “I can understand why younger people aren’t attracted” he says, “Most priests are getting on, and I’m not sure young people want their advice”. More than 1,200 years after Buddhism arrived in Japan, about 75% of the population—127 million—claim to be Buddhists but most of them appear inside a temple only for a traditional funeral , resulting in  a drastic decline in financial donations and a big drop in applications to Buddhist universities. One Tokyo temple staged a music fashion show—monks on the catwalk—to gain publicity. “We won’t change Buddha’s teachings” explained the organizer, Kosuke Kikkawa, “but perhaps we need to present things differently so that they touch the feelings of people today”.

THE SHORT SPAN of power that can keep those tiny spy planes—micro air vehicles, MAVs)-- in the air has promoted the U.S. Air Force Research Lab to consider landing them on utility lines for a recharge. Two problems remain to be solved: how to land them so lightly that they don’t short-circuit the current or damage the line, and how to make them look as unsuspicious as a pair of abandoned sneakers.

WHAT EXERCISE COULD BE simpler than just climbing the stairs? Capitalizing on this basic fact, a suburban London mall posted signs reading, Attention all shoppers: taking the stairs protects your heart. Then, over a six-week period, use of the stairway next to the elevator more than doubled according to a report in the American Journal of Health Promotion by Frank Eves, a psychology lecture at the University of Birmingham. “If we can persuade more people to take the stairs” says Eves, “then we might really have something in the war against obesity”.

MAKING FUN OF JIHADISTS is one way to deal with them writes Sam Leith in the Daily Telegraph, because for all its grandiose rhetoric about world domination, Islamic terrorism is essentially “a playground fad” embraced by narcissistic young men, Leith maintains, “infatuated with the glamour of resistance” and they would be less keen to be recruited if it meant becoming “a laughing stock”. His remarks were prompted by an announcement by satirist Chris Morris who is planning a movie emphasizing what idiots some terrorists are.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Why would anyone be surprised that Rupert Murdoch, after supporting Hillary, would have his NY Post endorse Obama? Totally unprincipled, Murdoch has always changed positions, changed nationalities, whatever necessary to be with the (presumed) winner….A Village Voice blog called “Runnin’ Scared” has been re-running columns that I wrote for the Voice 50 years ago…. HOPE YOU GET A WARM HAND ON YOUR OPENING said the telegram from Noel Coward to Gertrude Lawrence when Lady in the Dark opened on Broadway in 1944…..All those harmless prisoners who are serving terms for smoking pot would be far better candidates to be farm workers than illegal aliens….….”Some people even think ‘fame’ and infamy mean exactly the same thing. And maybe by now these people are right” wrote Tom Shales in TelevisionWeek…. Los Angeles Times three-times-a-week columnist Al Martinez who was fired, then re-hired for a Monday column after thousands of complaints from readers, now fills the gap with almartinezeverythingelse.blogspot.com ….. A letter writer to The Week says that public places are so polluted by sound that the government should ban all electronically-produced sound in any public place…Hallmark claims to have sold 85,000 ‘Happy 100th Birthday’ cards last year…...”Politicians campaign in poetry, but they have to govern in prose” observes Mario Cuomo, a veteran campaigner…. Do not retell in mediocre verse”, advised Ezra Pound, “what has already been done in good prose”….. “They say: ‘Dylan never talks’. What the hell is there to say? That’s not the reason an artist is in front of the people”—Bob Dylan….. French president Nicolas Sarkozy plans to copy the BBC by banning ads from state television… … Thirty gallon garbage cans weighing a quarter of a ton, costing $1,500 each and “blast-resistant” are being installed in airports, malls and federal buildings….After all is said and done, more is said than done – Henry (Saki)  Munro (1870-1916)

2/9/08

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