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July 26, 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

 

 



Jul
y 26, 2008

“If a state becomes thoroughly commercialized, this fact will probably betray itself in the public life. It will be increasingly difficult for officials to quit office with clean hands. The receipt of what is today called graft will affect both magistrates and citizens. If this tendency to make the public loss the private gain is not ultimately checked, it is likely there will be needed some violent change in the structure of government by which political bribery and corruption will be left less opportunity for their sinister work”—William Stearns Dean in The Influence of Wealth in Imperial Rome, 1910)

WITH ITS MILLIONS OF ACRES of still undeveloped land, Brazil is aiming to be the world’s main food provider in coming years. “The rise of Brazil as an agricultural powerhouse may be the most important story of globalization that many Americans have never heard of” says US News & World Report. ”What is unfolding on the plains at the center of South America probably qualifies as the most important transformation of land since the breaking of sod in the Midwest during America’s westward expansion”. With its four million small farms, bigger ones averaging 20,000 acres each and moderate weather allowing two or three crops a year, the country is already the top world producer of beef, soybeans, poultry, soybeans, sugar, coffee, orange juice and ethanol. And additional terrain for Brazilian crops is equal to all the land under cultivation in Europe. “The real story of Brazil” says Clifford Sobel, the U.S. ambassador in Brasilia, “is how much more they can grow”.

JAPANESE AUTOMAKER NISSAN is outfitting its designers with suits capable of simulating old-people ailments, to better understand what must be built into cars to make it easier for people who are, say, too fat or unable to raise legs because of arthritis. Cataract goggles will approximate what it is like to drive with failing eyesight. Nissan spokesman Steve Oldham explains: “We’re trying to get in touch with an older demographic, in terms of what they’re going through to get in and out of vehicles and to drive them”.

WHEN THE IRISH rejected The Lisbon Treaty, they knew what they were doing, suggests David Pryce-Jones in a National Review piece that the un-elected officials who run the EU aims at building a new continental empire that makes the nation state virtually obsolete. Irish maverick millionaire Declan Ganley, who led the fight, refers to it as “this wretched treaty” and says, “The Irish people have smelled a rat”. Few people have read the 500-page Treaty, (a rewrite of an earlier one which was rejected by France and Holland) and EU officials like it that way because their aim has been to prevent citizens having a referendum about whether they wanted it or not. “The Eurocrats had learned from their mistake”, NR writes. “Instead of referendums, presidential procedures and parliamentary majorities were now the way to ram the treaty through”. Ireland, however, did have a referendum—and said no.

PHILADELPHIA HAS COME to resemble the Third-world, such is the level of its “disorder and corruption” declares National Review in a story that accuses the City of Brotherly Love of possessing one of America’s “most backward and incompetent city governments”. Politics constantly hobbles the ability of the city’s capable police departments to address crime, the magazine alleges, pointing to the prevalence of ‘Stop Snitchin’ T-shirts which discourage any cooperation with the police. The blame, it says, is due to what it calls “the paranoid style in African American politics…the elevation of racial loyalty over citizenship.. Philadelphia stands as a warning to other big American cities: this is how you drown under a crime wave”.

COMING UP IN AUGUST: Largest Roach of the Year Contest (Plano, TX); National Mustard Day (Mt. Horeb, WI); Ugly Face Contest (Grand Junction, CO); Weird Contest Week (Ocean City, NJ); Office Olympics (Shreveport, LA); World Freefall Convention (Quincy, IL).

THE WILCOCK WEB: “Promises are too easy to make by politicians, too easily demanded by voters and too often unchallenged by the news media” write columnists Cal Thomas and Bob Beckell in US Today…. Gerry-mandering and term limits could both be curbed if legislators were obliged to run in an unfamiliar constituency when their terms expired….When women run for office, says The American Prospect, they perform at least as well as men. But they don’t run often enough and that’s why the U.S. is way down in 65th place among countries with women in their Congress…. The simpering visage of Michelle Malkin fills a full-page ad in National Review, offering a free poster of the misguided rightwing pundit….The New Yorker may or may not be ironic but, judging by its cartoons, it certainly lacks a sense of humor….After the South Korean government estimated that 168,000 children may require psychiatric treatment for over-the-top addiction to the Internet, Jerald Block suggested in the American Journal of Psychiatry that Web abuse be added to the approved list of mental disorders….. Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch invites customers to bring in their $600 tax refund check in return for which they offer “the $1,200 George Bush party, three girls and a bottle of champagne”….And just when the DMV thought they had accounted for all the impermissible license plate letter combinations, now they’re facing a new batch—teenage-generated text abbreviations that look innocent, but aren’t. WTF is being mentioned (what the fuck?)…. “It is the malady of our age” sighed Eric Hoffer, “that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn”…..The L.A. Opera’s winter schedule lists Woody Allen as its director for its production of Puccini’s Il Tabarro next month. It’s a tale of infidelity and murder…..After busting a score of thieves who stole hundreds of credit cards from parked cars outside gyms, soccer fields and similar recreational facilities, Aurora, CO. detective Bob Friel said that crooks had figured out that victims felt it safer to leave their valuables in their car rather than put them in their health club lockers…. Forbes Life reports that a firm called Eleven Forty will make cufflinks of your own profile (or favorite pet) in silver, gold or platinum for a mere $1,190…. To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it—Confucius

 

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