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March 8, 2008
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

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September 10, 2011
September 4, 2011
August 27, 2011
August 20, 2011
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August 6, 2011
July 30, 2011
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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
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July 31, 2010
July 24, 2010
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June 26, 2010
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June 5, 2010
May 29, 2010
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May 8, 2010
May 1, 2010
April 24, 2010
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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

 

 

March 8, 2008

SOME PEOPLE ARE so eager to revive long-dead relationships, they’re willing to pay thousands of dollars to companies that can help them get their old lovers back. About 70% of the customers of Tokyo’s Ladies Secret Service, a private detective agency, have been paying up to $6,500 a month for its agents to research and implement how to break up a new relationship so they can repair the old—usually defunct—one.

Even phony fortune tellers are being brought into play to convince clients that the original breakup was a mistake. One of the reunion experts, Satoyo Nakamura, explains: “It’s a job that requires being able to assume the role of counselor who can bring about radical changes in thinking, not just in the target but also in the client”.

IN A STORY headed Beltway Bacchanal, Congress lives high on the Contributor’s Dime, Harper’s details some of the extravagances of Washington pols who have transformed a seat in Congress “from a comfortable but relatively modest office into a sort of modern-day lordship”. Listing examples of $300 meals and $50,000 parties, the magazine concludes:” If there is any single group in America that lives high on funds donated for the purposes, it is our 535 members of Congress”.

INTERNET USERS WHO arrive at China’s Olympics might wonder what all the talk of censorship was all about. That’s because they’ll be treated very differently to the Chinese people within a sort of Potemkin Village façade of unfettered access as compared to the rest of the population writes James Fallowes. Chinese authorities monitor all cyber traffic in and out of the country, blocking access, closing down sites and regularly sending the police to visit outspoken bloggers. Writing in the Atlantic, Fallowes says it’s possible to get around the firewall with its thousands of censors, but so much trouble most people don’t bother. “How long can the regime control what people are allowed to know, without the people caring enough to object? On current evidence, for quite a while.”

BUY AMERICAN! Is the advice we’re always being given, but as Consumer Reports points out, it’s not quite as simple as all that. They display a padlock labeled American Lock that was assembled in Mexico…the colorful banner of an American flag was made here, with the pole and bracket imported….Pennsylvania Dutchman brand--“America’s favorite mushroom”--comes from China, which is where an Apple-designed computer was assembled…and Chicken of the Sea pink salmon, though from Alaskan waters, “took a detour to Thailand for processing and packaging before being returned to the U.S. for sale”.

TREATING A WEAPON like a fashion accessory “seems to trivialize the power it has to inflict harm” comments Stores magazine discussing the “unsettling” news about women hosting home Taser parties at which they buy $350 weapons. The magazine reports that the Taser C2 is now available in leopard print or “red hot red” and its holster can hold music “allowing wearers to listen to a variety of songs while carrying stun guns on their hips”.

ENTREPRENEUR, A MAGAZINE devoted to helping fledgling businesses ran a five-page feature in its March issue to eBay “one of the few ways almost anyone can become a business owner in minutes with no upfront investment”. Pointing out that there are 247 million registered users, the story included a nine-point plan for success, mostly common sense but suggesting starting with used items, developing a specialty, comparison shopping to set a price level, acquiring a regulation postage scale, growing slowly and being accurate in descriptions and reliable in delivery. “In comparison to the cost of placing a single classified ad in a newspaper, eBay is still a steal”.

IT WILL BE A DECADE before work starts on a subterranean city under the streets of Amsterdam but city councilors have agree it is the only solution for the congested streets and escalating prices. The canals will have to be drained—but only temporarily—to enable work in the clay beneath them.

ALTHOUGH THE GUARDS of Blackwater have sometimes been depicted as notorious blackguards because the innocent casualties of their work in Iraq, their subsidiary, Greystone, “has managed to stay almost entirely out of public view” comments Mother Jones. And yet it is this “international affiliate” (as Blackstone founder Eric Prince describes it) that would seemingly be likely to be even more hazardous. Incorporated in the tax haven of Barbados, Greystone has been aggressively recruiting for mercenaries in Third-World countries, the magazine says, a practice that serves Blackstone “as a convenient firewall, shielding U.S.-based companies from direct liability for the actions of their sub-contractors”.

THE MAN WHO founded Blogger and then sold it to Google for a reported $50 million, moved on to invent Twitter which is a stupid website enabling anyone to send 140-character text to cell phones. Naturally this has been a big hit with advertisers, always eager to corral another captive audience. Now, reports Inc., the man, Evan Williams, 37, has invested millions in something initially called Odio, then Obvious. Trouble is he doesn’t know what it is or what to do with it, so he’s hired a bunch of techies to “experiment” and come up with a purpose. Such is today’s superficial internet world of immature millionaires.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Columnist Steve Forbes explains that the reason why Starbucks eliminated breakfast sandwiches was not because of their aroma but because “haughty” critics said they made the brand appear “common”….Successive claims by Holocaust survivors for the return of artwork they claim was stolen by the Nazis, have so alarmed the world’s museums that they are increasingly seeking “declaratory judgments” from the courts so they can hang on to the disputed works…. After all those TV appearances beside the Donald, it surely can’t be long before the stunning Ivanka Trump is offered a movie role …A new, light “sport-aircraft, the Cirrus, is billed as “a starter plane”. It costs a mere $105,000….Snake fans will assemble at the oddly-named Alabama City of Opp on April 5 for the Rattlesnake Rodeo ….. All sensible people told London authorities it was madness to split up the organization of the Metro (Underground) years ago and now, predictably, the taxpayers will foot the cost of $3billion worth of failures for which private companies invested merely a few million….The silent era was comparatively a golden age for women, with female screenwriters penning half of all movies copyrighted between 1911 and 1925…..A British engineer has invented a collapsible bicycle wheel….“The happy ending“ asserts Mary McCarthy, “is our national belief”…An obesity problem with a quarter of its 1,600 police officers has prompted the Mexican city of Aguascalienties to offer them ten bucks for every kilo they shed….Every artist is an intellectual outlaw …German law mandates that only barley, hops, yeast and water are allowed in the brewing of beer….Whenever people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong—Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
John Wilcock is currently in Europe

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3/1/2008

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