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April 19, 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

 

 

April 19, 2008

The God of the Old Testament is "arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it, a petty, unjust unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomachistic, capriciously malevolent bully"--Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion (2006)


WHO HAS INHERITED the dream? asked Ebony magazine reporting on the battle between Martin Luther King's heir for control of the Center for Non Violent Social Change that bears his name. All King's surviving children are on the board along with his sister, Christine King Farris, but her son--King's nephew, Isaac N. Farris--has a different vision for the Center's future according to Ebony. Meanwhile, another dispute centers on the three-story granite statue of King by the Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin scheduled to rise on the National Mall. Atlanta-based artist Gilbert Young calls the assignment "a national disgrace" and asserts that the job should have gone to Black sculptor Ed Dwight who, in turn, says the statue doesn't even look like King who would be 'spinning in his grave' if he could see it.

THE SWEDISH STORE Ikea, with its reputation for innovations, last month introduced the world to the husselmarkt, or organized furniture swap, to which 250 customers in Amsterdam brought items they could exchange with each other. Ikea's rationale was that having rearranged their living space, participants might then be prompted to buy some new items to complete the makeover.

OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE ARMIES, "but Pakistan's army has a country" declares the Spectator in a story revealing that the army owns 12% of the land and the 100 most senior military officials are worth at least $7 billion. Most of its data comes from a 2007 book, Military Inc: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy which has been banned in the country itself for disclosing that in a country where average incomes are $3,000 a year, top brass (including President Musharraf) are billionaires and the military runs everything from bakeries and banks to heavy industry. "Its flagrant profiteering engenders huge resentment in rural and smaller provinces", says the mag, "where the army is increasingly seen as an invading force rather than a protector".

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. 

 "I get asked a lot, 'What's it like to write in Brooklyn?' I get invited to do panels with other Brooklyn writers to discuss what it's like to be a writer in Brooklyn. I expect it's like writing in Manhattan but there aren't many tourists walking very slowly in front of you when you step out for a coffee"--Colson Whitehead in a New York Times piece entitled "I Write In Brooklyn. Get Over It".

ASKED BY THE MAGAZINE Psychology Today why he is always silent onstage, 60-year-old, single-named magician Teller replied: "To strip away absolutely everything except the purest action, Occasionally in college I did fraternity parties and I found out that if I didn't talk, didn't use music and just got these compelling stories going that people had to put together, there was a power to that, a power that completely disabled hecklers". The former Latin teacher said he and his partner Penn Jilette shared artistic taste but fought their way to new ideas. "We disagree all the time and we don't disagree very politely".

AN EARLIER ART PIECE called Make a Salad will be revived at London's Tate Modern museum next month to the music of Mozart and the sounds of chopping the ingredients (lettuce, cucumber, carrots, tomatoes) relayed over loudspeakers to the 300-strong audience. Head chef will be Fluxus artist Allison Knowles, assisted by members of the museum's catering department. An earlier Knowles' performance consisted of her eating a tuna fish sandwich at the same time every day.

DESPITE WORLDWIDE PROTESTS, Japan has promised to kill 1,000 whales this year, ostensibly for "scientific research" although critics claim that this is a cover for the industrial-scale hunting of whales for food. After the whales are killed and processed at sea, the meat is sold and served in restaurants. "Some humpback experts point out that it is not necessary to kill whales to study them" writes Virginia Morrell in the Smithsonian. Adult humpbacks grow as long as 50 feet and weigh up to 50 tons.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Fifty years ago this week, textile designer Gerald Holton devised the peace symbol first publicly unveiled on the 52-mile march from London to Aldermaston where the A-bomb was being planned....After a spate of thefts of medieval icons from churches north of Moscow, police have advised priests to buy guns....Christie's expects to raise $4,000 at next month's auction of a 15-year-old nude photograph of former model Carla Bruni, now married to French premier Nicolas Sarkovy.... Among the items for sale ($2million) at the Millionaire Fair at Korteijk, Belgium, this week is a rare Bugatti Veyron car (it average 8miles per gallon).... On a local route north of Glasgow the diesel-operating Stagecoach bus line offers passengers 40c off their fare for every container of used cooking oil...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 a few million.... Barbara Walters says it's important to maintain an optimistic point of view. "It's the ability to accept loss. It's the ability to move on...those who live to be very old aren't necessarily religious but they are spiritual...Within two years scientists hope that a new chemical solution tagged C-KAD might act as a substitute for surgical operations, clearing the eyes of cataracts and relieving glaucoma.... "I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty" reminisced George Burns.... Britain imports more champagne each year than Japan, Spain and the U.S. combined, around five bottles for every home in the country.... Every artist is an intellectual outlaw ... "There's always something suspect about an intellectual on the winning side"--Vaclav Havel (b.1936)

4/12/2008

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