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August 30, 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

 

 



August 30, 2008

DESPITE INVESTING $72 million apiece in the Turin Winter Games and this month’s Beijing Olympics, a dozen advertising sponsors (Coca Cola, Samsung) may be disappointed with the results, according to Business Week which quotes a survey by London’s Fournaise Marketing Group. In a poll of 1,500 Chinese city dwellers earlier this year, the mag reports, only 40% could name one sponsor and 15% just two. “If you are a traditional marketer” says Fournaise CEO Jerome Fontaine, “it’s a big waste of money”.

THE INFILTRATION OF huge numbers into somebody else’s country with a subsequent demand for autonomy is a surefire recipe for war, as has been  demonstrated by the Tamils moving from Madras into Sri Lanka; the Albanians into the Serbian province of Kosovo and now the Russians into Georgia. Should we eventually expect the Mexicans to insist on self-rule in California?

THE SYMBOL FOR the British pound sterling (£ )has turned out to be worth many $$$, in fact more than a million of them, according to an unconfirmed report of the recent sale of the internet symbol for use as an Internet address. Sold by the company Moneyedge headed by Richard Haig (who described it as ‘the world’s most exclusive financial domain”), £.com joins an exclusive group which includes (the sign for) Euro.com, owned by a Dutch firm; Money.co.uk which fetched $2.4 million and Business.com which was bought by the Yellow Pages company, RH Donnelly, for $345million last year. For unexplained reasons, $.com is unavailable but may be connected to the fact that the internet was originally developed by the US Defense Dept.

“If Christianity were the new religion, we would consider it as crazy as Scientology” claims Bill Maher, discussing his new movie Religion, to be released next spring. “In the 21st century it doesn’t make sense to me that people lead these otherwise quite rational lives, and then one day a week go someplace and think they’re drinking the blood of a 2,000-year-old space god”.

THE LIFEWORK OF the saintly Dorothy Day, a pacifist who embraced the cause of the poor and infirm with the founding of The Catholic Worker, 75 years ago, did not die when she did in 1980. Today there are still more than 180 Catholic Worker houses operating in 37 states and ten countries, the one in NYC named after the staunch Ammon Hennacy who spent his days with humor and goodwill selling the 1c paper to passers-by (accused of being a Communist, on one occasion, he responded: “I’m worse than that, madam; I’m an anarchist”). Arrested many times for civil disobedience, Day, the much-admired human  rights advocate is the subject of September’s The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day (Orbis Books)  by Robert Ellsberg.

THE TWO MAIN AUCTION HOUSES, Sotheby’s and Christie’s sold $12.5bn in artworks last year—a rise of more than 40%--and although there are constant predictions that the bubble is about to burst, The Week reports that some analysts are convinced that the boom will continue. Some of their confidence is due to the influx of Russian, Asian and Middle East buyers who have been relatively unaffected by the West’s financial meltdown. But “crazy prices” won’t necessarily last forever. “Art isn’t like a bond or a share—each piece is simply worth what you can persuade somebody else to pay for it” says the mag, and not everybody is true believer. “(art dealer) Richard Feigen would argue that the likes of Koons and Hirst ‘have no place in the history of art’ and that their value is dictated by the ‘mafia’ of the art world—dealers and curators who lead the gullible rich into paying absurd prices”.

FALL LOOKS LIKE being golden time for business biographies with books scheduled about Ted Turner, T. Boone Pickens, Warren Buffett, Hugh Hefner and Richard Branson. And that rogue trader, Jérôme Kerviel. 31. who caused the French bank Société Générale to lose $7.6 million will be the subject of a 40-page French comic book.

DOZENS OF COMPANIES as well as individual prospects are staking out claims in the Mojave Desert, says Fortune, not for gold but to get in on the “solar land rush”, seeking long-worthless land for the site of future solar power plants. More than 100 claims for nearly a million acres of land have led to predictions that Big Solar could be a $45 billion market in the next decade. Prices have shot through the roof with one Spanish company, Abengoa, recently paying  Arizona farmers $45 million for 1,820 acres recently assessed as worth  a few hundred thousand dollars.

Of course, not everything is plain sailing. “We’re going to challenge these big solar projects” says “green” activist Phil Klasky, “and there are going to be tremendous environmental battles”.

THE WILCOCK WEB: The alleged advantage swimmers gain from those corset-like body suits are described by the Italian coach as “technical doping”….Goodbye to Kinkos as its new owner begins renaming 1,600 stores as FedEx Office…America’s 4.8 million notaries—one for every 62 people—are welcoming the agreement signed with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) which guarantees the security of signatures transmitted electronically to the 27 nations of the European Union…. Asked by the NYT’s Deborah Solomon what playground bullies grow up to be, former labor secretary Robert Reich replied: Right-wing Republicans”….A Colombian clothing store selling $2,000 bulletproof business suits has opened a branch in Mexico City….. Have Bob Dylan hold up your personal message on nine successive cards by inserting it at www.dylanmessaging.com….After merging with the “intimate apparel” manufacturer, Movie Star, the doyen of sexy underwear, Fredericks of Hollywood, is planning to open 50 new stores….Ding Dong the Witch is Dead  is a popular choice for funerals in Australia according to a poll in that country….“You’re only young once” explains Germaine Greer. “but you can be immature for ever”….”Two Bums Up” is the slogan of the Great Elephant Poo Poo Company which processes  the 250 pounds of dung produced each day by elephants in the Thai village of Baan Chang and turns it into odorless paper and greeting cards ($4 apiece) sold in the gift shop of the Toronto Zoo and other outlets … ForbesLife 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…. London’s weekly Publishing News bit the dust last month after 29 years, attributing its demise to advertisers shifting to the Internet…”Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”—George Carlin (1937-2008)

8/23/08

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