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May 10, 2008
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

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November 19, 2011
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November 5, 2011
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October 22, 2011
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April 30, 2011
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February 26, 2011
February 19, 2011
February 12, 2011
February 5, 2011
February 5, 2011
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January 22, 2011
January 15, 2011
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2010
December 25, 2010
December 18, 2010
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December 4, 2010
November 27, 2010
November 20, 2010
November 13, 2010
November 6, 2010
October 30, 2010
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October 16, 2010
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September 25, 2010
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August 28, 2010
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June 26, 2010
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April 24, 2010
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April 10, 2010
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March 27, 2010
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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
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July 4, 2009
June 27, 2009
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June 6, 2009
May 30, 2009
May 23, 2009
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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

 

 


May 10, 2008

“Despite an estimated million civilians killed, 5 million displaced and the country hollowed and destroyed by sanctions and bombs, too many of our Congressional representatives seem to conceive of the war as something we did for the Iraqis, not something we did to them”—Nation editorial

THE MYTH OF THE MORAL MAJORITY is kept alive by America’s newsrooms which are “determinedly secular and self-consciously so” according to Christine Wicker, author of a recent book. “Afraid of being tagged as godless liberals, most journalists would never dream of calling BS on believers” she writes in The Fall of the Evangelical Nation: The Surprising Crisis Inside the Church. Wicker, a veteran Texas reporter, followed up a Gallup Poll which maintained that 40% of Americans attend church and found it not to be true. Southern Baptist claims of 16million members included some who had been double and triple counted, she alleges, with the true figure being a quarter of that. And an initial claim of 30 million members by the National Association of Evangelicals was amended to 4.5 million when she checked. “The idea that evangelicals are taking over America is one of the greatest publicity scams in history” Wicker concludes.

EVERY TIME THE PRESIDENT did something stupid (which was often enough)” says Ryan Red Corn, “we’d get a spike in our sales. That really catapulted our business”. Ryan, an American Indian carpenter, is talking about a T-shirt he printed mocking Bush, which sold so well that now he has his own printing press, two employees and lots of business. His tale is told by Inc. magazine describing The Hate-Bush Economy, comprised of peddlers selling dog biscuits, anti-Bush thongs, golf balls and tons of other merchandise (much of it emblazoned with 1.20.09) deriding our most unpopular commander-in-chief. “He’s been such an easy target.”  comments Richard Parr, a Santa Monica businessman who owns Anti-BushBumperStickers.com.  It’s going to be hard for some businesses to adjust”.  And Ryan Red Corn adds: “Right now all the Bush stuff is on clearance”.

REFUSING TO SIGN a pledge never to criticize the Tribune company when he left as editor of the Los Angeles Times, Dean Baquet says the Chicago-based Tribune did not like the Times and during his term “was not a good steward, but (Sam) Zell seems to be worse….  (He) seems to be flailing and making it up as he goes along. At least with the Tribune”, he told Los Angeles magazine, “you could have a rational fight—they never shouted obscenities at me”. Baquet, one of four editors at the paper since the turn of the century, returned to his old job at the New York Times 18 months ago.

The Scottish National Party paid advertising consultants $250,000 to come up with an inspiring new slogan for the country. Six months later, the agency produced: Welcome to Scotland which failed to impress the SNP. “It sounds more like a road sign” complained Scottish MP Jackie Baillie.

SINCE THE RAPPER Jay-Z incorporated paintings by Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst into Blue Magic, one of his music videos, there have been other crossovers between art and hip hop reports Art News. Kanye West commissioned Murakami to design the cover for his new album, Graduation, and has been buying Andy Warhol works, for example. “They’re not going crazy trying to buy everything” one consultant to hip hop stars says, “but they are very interested in educating themselves about the contemporary art world". Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art is about to open a show containing life size paintings of such stars as 50-Cent, Snoop Dog and Russell Simmons.

WHO OWNS THE ARCTIC? and the huge, undiscovered reserves of oil and gas that lie deep underneath its icy surface? Claimants so far include Russia, Canada, the U.S., Denmark and Norway and a UN Commission has been trying to sort out the conflicting claims. A NATO summit in Bucharest later this month is scheduled to discuss the dispute although The Week says it won’t be able to compel obedience “and there are many ominous signs that power, not international law, will be used to settle the issue”. A U.S. Geological Survey estimates there is more untapped fuel under the North Pole region than in Saudi Arabia.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Now that John Yoo, who handed George Bush his legal excuse for condoning torture is at back at UC Berkeley, what exactly is he teaching his law students there?…. TelevisionWeek claims that “multiple networks” want to make a series about surviving in the urban jungle from Cody Lundin’s book, When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You need to Survive When Disaster Strikes…. After hiring an aroma therapist, Credit Suisse installed “a subtle blend” of peppermint, grapefruit and green tea in three pilot “sensory branches’ to enhance customer satisfaction and is now extending the idea to 35 more of its banks…..For at least 20 years, Annie Liebowitz has been America’s most overrated photographer….Guardian columnist Peter Preston says there’s such a “melee of contradictions” about tipping in 27 European countries that the EU ought to set a single standard….Some Silicon Valley firms are proposing more and more “topless meetings” which has nothing to with clothes but a request for attendees to leave their laptops back in their offices…. Just standing still for 500 years has caused cracks in the legs of Michelangelo’s David statue reveals Science News. The software that discovered this while scanning the statue in Florence, suggests the mag, may soon help orthopedic surgeons study stress on human bodies….. For about $8,000, Spanish surgeon Luis de la Cruz will raise a person’s height with a silicone implant between  top of the skull and the scalp. The doctor’s 17 patients to date, have each added about two inches….A Miami music company is battling in court with London-based Apple Corps Ltd which is trying to prevent them issuing long-lost Beatles’ recordings made in Hamburg in 1962…In the latest excavation of Stonehenge archaeologists now theorize that the reasons the bluestones were brought from 140 miles away is because they were believed to have healing properties….Virtue has never been as respectable as money—Mark Twain (1835-1910)

5/3/08

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