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April 12, 2008
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

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February 5, 2011
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December 25, 2010
December 18, 2010
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November 27, 2010
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February 27, 2010
February 20, 2010
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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
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September 5, 2009
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August 8, 2009
August 1, 2009
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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

 

 

April 12, 2008

"Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on 'I am not too sure'" -H.L. Mencken

EVEN IF YOU CAN'T afford the $100 million fee that the Russians want to charge in 2013 for your trip to the moon, Discover lists a few cheaper alternatives for a taste of space. Virgin Galactic, and other companies, are offering $200,000 suborbital trips next year (200 have already signed up); Las Vegas Zero Gravity Corporation charges $3,500 for flights with periods of weightlessness;  Russia's In Orbit's fee is $30 million for a trip to the International Space Station (with an optional space walk for an added $15m); and for $29,000 you can head 13 miles high, far enough to view the earth's curvature, in a 50-minute flight from Nizhniy Novgorod.

DESCRIBED BY THE Getty Foundation as "a witty form of performance art designed to turn viewers into participants", the 1960s phenomenon Happenings is being restaged by the LA's Museum of Contemporary Art over the next few weeks. The late Allan Kaprow (1927-2006) was their original instigator but other artists--notably Robert Whitman--followed his lead, staging fascinating events that (in the words of MOCA director Jeremy Strick) "blurred the line between art and life".

EVERYONE'S GONE NUTS says Harper's, devoting a two-page spread to an allegation that the rash of fatal food allergies "is mostly myth". Sensational news coverage, aided by pharmaceutical companies claiming to provide remedies have, says the mag, produced a cultural hysteria (fed by) a coterie of well-placed advocates whose dubious science has led the frenzy." By overwhelming children with anxiety, suggests Meredith Broussard, the threat may have been as harmful as the allergies themselves.

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 to take place in the clay beneath them.

THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS sucked in by unscrupulous "tithe-happy televangelists" are under investigation by the Senate Finance Committee which has zeroed in on six of the "prosperity preachers". So reports the Skeptical Inquirer, revealing that a substantial proportion of the $30 billion that Americans give to charity every year actually fill the pockets of these so-called faith healers. A letter from Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) asks for detailed information about their finances with particular attention directed at the lifestyle of the World Changers Ministries' Creflo Dollar who flies a private Gulf Stream and owns a Rolls Royce and two mansions.

DESPITE  CRITICISM FROM the FDA which prompted the earlier recall of its energy drink called Cocaine, Nevada's Redux Beverages has reissued the drink along with a video (drinkcocaine.com/social) in which the red cans ambush and crush a blue and silver can of Red Bull.

THE WILCOCK WEB: ...."A letter writer to the New York Times magazine advises President Obama to fill the first Supreme Court vacancy with Hillary Clinton.... The Times now wastes three pages listing its contents and correcting errors. No wonder people are getting tired of such editorial misjudgment....Apple ceo Steve Jobs' appearance on Fortune's cover last month was his 11th....In a New Yorker story about the cost of creating coinage, David Owen writes: "Breaking stride to pick up a penny, if it takes more than 6.15 seconds, it pays less than the federal minimum wage.... The Italian papers are advertising new sunglasses from Giorgio Armani as Accesorio Must Have (a mere $300 a pair).... "The AK was once my baby, but it has got out of my control" 85-year-old General Kalshnikov told author Michael Hodges on learning that there are 70 million of the assault rifle that he designed in 1947 to win a competition...."The best exercise for losing weight" says Joan Collins, "is pushing yourself away from the table"....British surfer Ted Deerhurst says that challenging a notorious 50ft wave off Ireland's West Coast is like "jumping off a three-story house and then having the house chase you down the street"...."In the end game" said chess wiz Jose Raul Capablanca, "don't think in terms of moves but in terms of plans".... "If you don't have an understanding of your opponent" cautions Donald Trump, "things aren't going to work out very well for you"....The influence of his movie Sicko, Michael Moore claims, has mostly helped journalists realize "there's a whole other side to this story--the non-corporate side, the side of nurses, the side of working people, the side of people who have no insurance"....An experimental bridge built of processed bamboo at the Chinese city of Leiyang has proved durable enough to carry trucks weighing up to 90 tons and is forecast to last for 20 years....By offering a 40% tax incentive, Louisiana has leapt into the third most popular state to make movies of which 53 were made there last year.... The Kiplinger Letter says that a drought typically hits the Midwest every 19 years and it's been 20 years since the last one.... Some of those laser eye doctors claim to have performed 80,000 operations. Let's see, that would be three every single day for the past 80 years....Claiming that the bus schedule in Bristol is "a work of fiction that bears absolutely no relation to the actual times or frequencies of the buses' journeys", a disgruntled passenger has nominated the schedule for the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction.... "There's always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side"--Vaclav Havel (b.1936)

4/5/2008

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