Ojai Orange.com | home | archives | press | contact us

Ojai Orange | The Column of Lasting Insignificance | Books | Wait-A-Minute

May 17, 2008
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

  The column of lasting insignificance
     


also posted:



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

 

 


May 17, 2008

“The most basic function of journalism in (Nick) Davies’ view is to check facts. Journalists don’t just pass on what they are told without making an effort to check it first. At least in theory they don’t. In practice, contemporary journalism has been corrupted by an endemic failure to verify facts and stories in a manner so fundamental it almost defies belief”review of Flat Earth News by Nick Davies in London Review of Books

MARIHUANA GROWING currently employs 100,000 workers in the Canadian province of British Columbia and accounts for more than 5% of the GDP. Seven years ago the BC Organized Crime Agency valued the crop at $4billion and it is now worth one-third more, in addition to having spread eastward to almost every other province. These are statistics from the Guardian Weekly which reports that after George Bush dealt the local economy a “punishing blow” by imposing a 27% tax on imports of Canadian softwood, many redeployed their skills by moving into cannabis production which now provides more jobs than logging, mining, oil and gas combined. “The bottleneck has always been in getting the stuff into the US”, says one distributor. “There’s close to 300 million Americans and that’s a big market. But there’s (also) 30 million Canadians and everyone either grows it themselves or has a buddy that does”.

THAT INNOCENT-LOOKING COMPUTER, just sitting there glowing on your desk is wasting energy, suggests US News & World Report. It’s burning up fuel and should be turned off when not in use. “It’s as if every household has a big gas-guzzling vehicle (or two) in its driveway, all with engines racing” says Bruce Norman of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “It’s like we’re all driving sports utility computers”.

LIBERAL GUILT sparked by the fact that an ethical lifestyle is the “new way of keeping up with the Jones” can lead to a form of burnout for activists declares the Utne Reader. It reiterates the argument that now that people consider “unethical living” to be as socially unacceptable as drunk driving, with “when people are motivated by guilt they fail to make long-term change”. Merely by being born, the magazine says, we’re consuming resources, burning carbon dioxide and exacting a toll on the world around us, so it’s sensible to acknowledge this before “exonerating ourselves and others and then stepping calmly into the future with the best of intentions”.

WHEN YOU PLAN to have a vasectomy, the best thing to do is to schedule it to coincide with some major sports classic such as Super Bowl or Masters golf tournament. That’s what a lot of men have been doing to ease the discomfort of sitting around waiting for the operation to heal. “It gives people something to look forward to” says urologist Richard Bevan-Thomas who reports an increase in vasectomy bookings for all major golf tournaments. “The sports angle has even become a marketing angle for some clinics” Forbes reveals, The Oregon Urology Institute ran promotions prior to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, selling it as an excuse “to stay home in front of the big screen”.

So many people’s ashes are being scattered on the summit of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis (4,406 ft), that it is changing the chemical balance of the soil “fertilizing it with phosphorus and calcium, to the detriment of rare alpine plants”. So states Kathleen Jamie in the London Review of Books writing about Robert Macfarlane’s The Wild Places.  Ms. Jamie reveals that The John Muir Trust which administers the mountain has become so concerned, that it has constructed a Memorial Site for Contemplation for such ashes which ought to be “thrown into the air on a windy day”.

THE WILCOCK WEB: After rejecting hundreds of would-be students and raising tuition for the rest, why is UCLA paying the New York Times a quarter of a million bucks for full-page ads praising itself?….. Using cells extracted from mouse embryos, Tokyo University of Science professor Takashi Tsuji has succeeded in growing teeth in other mice…. Federal prosecutors have described those $100-a-month virtual offices as “a more elaborate version of an old-fashioned post office box”. And those springing up all over lower Manhattan as, “a breeding ground for fraud”….Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune will appear on the screen for the third time, the latest film by Richard Rubinstein who earlier produced a six-hour version for the Sci Fi channel….. American children, which make up 4% of the world’s population, consume more than 40% of the world’s toys…..Wheat straw is in short supply for re-thatching village cottages and English Heritage has threatened $40,000 fines and jail sentences for thatchers who use substitutes…. …“I can’t hit on a girl in public like I used to” Jack Nicholson told AARP magazine. “I never thought words like undignified would come into my own reflections on myself, but—I can’t do it any more”….. Researchers at the University of Minnesota say that during their studies cat owners were 40% less likely to die from heart attacks although it might just be related to the personality of the animal lovers…. “The only way an investor can get killed”, declares Warren Buffett “is by high fees or trying to outsmart the market”…. Computerized shopping carts at all ShopRite stores will soon carry advertising on their screens. And Rite Aid stores are selling a $30 DNA paternity test, although lab tests cost a further $119…. Solar-cell garments with which you can power the gadgets in your pockets, will be here before next year….“If at first the idea is not absurd” declared Albert Einstein, ”then there is no hope for it”….. Organic carrots and Lebanese soap are among the items to be sold in the shop opened by Prince Charles at the Gloucestershire town of Tetbury (pop: 5,250) which dates back to the 7th century. All profits will go to charity…..The Guardian Weekly called Salman Rushdie’s new book, The Enchantress of Florence, a “sumptuous, impetuous mixture of history and fable…a brilliant, gorgeous and fascinating novel”. But the Economist panned its “mediocre writing”, adding: “Mr Rushdie ought to bear in mind that a novelist is at heart a story teller, not a serial creator of self-delighting sentences”….. “There is nothing new except what has been forgotten”—Marie Antoinette (1755-93)

5/10/08

===================

comments? send an email to John Wilcock

=======================================

TOP

     

© 2006-2013 ojaiorange.com | web design by David Buehrens