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July 12, 2008
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

  The column of lasting insignificance
     


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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

 

 



July
12, 2008

“The Palestinian national movement is not and never has been a national movement in the ordinary sense of the term. It was for a long time the vanguard of the Arab nationalist movement, and is today the front line of aggressive Islamism. The establishment of a state is not the goal. The elimination of a foreign, non-Arab, non-Muslim entity in the Levant is”Jonathan Keiler in a letter to the Atlantic

THE COMING WAVE is how the Economist punningly heads a story about how wave power is belatedly beginning to catch up with wind turbines and solar panels as a viable source of renewable energy. Pacific Gas & Electric is planning to install off the California coast the Aquabuoy, a long tube tethered to the ocean floor whose bobbing motion creates enough pressure to spin a turbine; Pelamis Wave Power operates a similar device currently off the coast of Portugal and will soon off Scotland and Cornwall;  Aquamarine Power promotes the Oyster, an oscillating metal flap close to shore which flexes backwards and forwards. A recurring problem,  the Economist says, is the power of the sea which has overcome some of the devices. Nevertheless, “big utilities are taking the technology seriously and are teaming up with wave-energy companies (and) venture capitalists are piling in too, as they look for new opportunities”.

IN HIS BLOG LAST week  Los Angeles Times’ columnist Al Martinez called the editor who last year fired him from the paper “a graceless little man…an anomaly on a staff of otherwise good, qualified people”. But that’s a mild criticism compared with comments from other staffers about his nemesis, John Montorio, a former  LATimes  m/e who himself was fired earlier this year. This decision was greeted with joy by Montorio’s former colleagues. who accused him of “ruling with arrogance, secretiveness and closed-door clubbiness” adding that he had a “toxic personality”  was “loathed” and called him “deceitful, anarchistic and charming like a snake”. Martinez had his column restored by Montorio’s successor, Russ Stanton, after a flood of reader complaints.

THE INFURIATING WAY that the New York Times treats page 2-6 as a dead zone for news, devoting most of the space to ‘article abstracts’, is the paper’s way of trying to compete with the Internet according to Nicholas Carr to in the Atlantic. But it’s dumb to pander to airheads at the expense of serious subscribers who buy the paper to read, not glance at it. Meanwhile, the beleaguered LA Times could save a few million inches of newsprint just by eliminating the surplus inch of margin on each page of the Book Review. They could use the savings to buy ink for the numerous pages too faint to read….

SINCE BEING RECLASSIFIED as a “curio” by the Bush administration, the 50-year-old semi-automatic carbine—once the mainstay of the Soviet army—has become the weapon of choice among criminals and can be bought for as little as $89 reports Mother Jones. And its even more lethal successor, the AK-47, while banned from import, is legally “made in this country” by manufacturers who simply import the parts and assemble them here. Miami police chief John Timoney describes how 20% of his city’s homicides are being killed with this weapon. “We’re being flooded with these AK-47s” he gripes.

IT’S JUST SNOBBRERY says a writer for the Spectator referring to the current craze for genealogy that has 10 per cent of the British population searching the archives for details about their ancestors to ”bring some color to their mundane lives”. Genealogy sites, writes Leo McKinstry, are the second most popular sites (after pornography) on the Internet which, of course, has made it so much easier for researchers “to find that they are descended from blue blood, criminal rogues and poor immigrant stock”. Elaine Collins of the company Find My Past explains: “The reason our society is so obsessed with genealogy is because identity politics is the only way of providing us with an anchor in an increasingly fragmented world”.

THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE wine appraiser, Robert Parker is not the favorite choice of Alice Feiring, 52, the title of whose book--The Battle for Wine and Love; Or How I saved the World from Parkerization-- says it all. Terming one of Parker’s favorites to resemble “Hawaian punch”, Fiering claims that winemakers are so focused on pleasing the 61-year-old arbiter (annual income: $6.2 million) that they produce what she terms “Frankenwines”, speeding up the fermentation process and flooding the grapes with sulphur to fend off natural airborne yeasts.

THE WILCOCK WEB: The Nation has been running a contest in which the winner gets a day (air fares & accommodations paid) at the magazine, attending editorial conferences and lunch with writers….If the Belgian brewer InBev really wants to make Budweiser into an internationally distributed drink, why not choose the original,  stronger and infinitely superior Budweiser of the Czech Republic?…..”It is sometimes said that the magician’s best friend is a good tailor” writes Alex Stone in an extensive piece “The Magic Olympics” in Harper’s about magicians’ hidden pockets….Is Joe Lieberman going to be the first person to lose as a potential vp twice?….As Spain faces recession, it is about to strip the half-million British expats on the Costa Rivera of free healthcare… How to Get Rich is a new book by multi-millionaire Felix Dennis, 61, who got his first break publishing a biography of kung fu star Bruce Lee, founded ‘laddie’ mag Maxim and the topnotch TheWeek and has authored four books of poetry…..The London Daily Mirror reports that Queen Elizabeth got up and danced to Abba’s Dancing Queen at a Windsor Castle party proclaiming, “because I am the Queen and I like to dance”….By next month, the number of mobile phones will be 3.3 billion—more than half the world’s population…..At least 75 golden eagles have been sliced to death each year since 1980 by the whirling blades of wind turbines in California’s Altamont Pass…...”You don’t get what you deserve” says Stephen Pollard, “you get what you negotiate”….Sales of men’s underwear have risen by 7.8% over the past couple of years, almost three times that of women’s underwear. Stores magazine attributes it to the increased male demand for “waist-trimming” spandex girdles….Foreign visitors can expect even more delays at airports if Homeland Security gets permission to add finger printing to its checking….Public smoking will be banned in Holland next month but marijuana smoking in the country’s 700 coffee shops will still be okay--“Beware the fury of a patient man”—John Dryden (1631-1700)

 

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