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November 1, 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

 

 



November 1, 2008

“I do not admit to being ideologically right-wing. I have right-wing people like Sean Hannity. But I’d say we absolutely give equal time to both sides, whereas CNN doesn’t. When all the media was becoming increasingly liberal, to have something objective, or at least fair to both sides, I think it has changed the political equation slightly—in that people who were feeling isolated and conservative or felt they were being ignored, it’s given them something to hang on to”—Rupert Murdoch interviewed by Esquire

 

A PLANET THAT DOESN’T EXIST continues to be a constant source of angst to thousands of people who every day besiege the website Ask an Astrobiologist with questions about it. Nine out of ten of these queries  concern the fictitious planet Nibiru, reports NASA’s astrobiologist David Morrison, who declares: “Persistent claims about a planet that is nearby but invisible, are just plain silly”. The myth of Nibiru’s supposed “discovery” began with the Mesopotamians but was revived by a woman in 2003 who reportedly channeled information from “the Zetans” claiming that the planet’s impact would bring to an end the world, that year. The failed prediction was subsequently updated to 2012. Morrison’s frequent NASA-backed denials that Nibiru even existed, were met with daily abusive emails which, he says, baffle him. “While I hope that many people who read my replies are pleased to learn that the world is not about to end, I am surprised at so many angry responses. These appear to come from people who seem to want the world to end in 2012; who are upset to be told that this catastrophe will not happen”.

THE UNELECTED PEOPLE who run the European Union are not ‘dangerous ideologues’ but ‘second-rate branding consultants’ according to the Daily Telegraph’s  Sam Leith, explaining the recent edict: That every sheet of paper emanating from the European Parliament must carry the slogan University in Diversity. Leith says true symbols arise from political identity and you can’t “reverse engineer” an identity from them. He calls it a giant "self-regarding waste" of public funds.

DESCRIBED BY The American Prospect as somebody who “proves that liberals can attract viewers on television when they actually act like, well, liberals”, MSNBC pundit Rachel Maddow says she worries about being “a conventional-wisdom machine”. To that end, she told the magazine, she concentrates on absorbing facts and reporting, and eschews having a TV set in her New York apartment, because she tends to “at least subsconsciously agree with the last thing I heard that make sense.…I try to consume as little of other people’s analysis that I can”.

A FEW OF THE SECRETS of the legendary artists and writers retreat, Yaddo, in New York's Saratoga Springs are revealed in letters, films, books and art on display from this week at Manhattan's Public Library. "Something like a swanky monastery" was how Time described the 55-room mansion set on a pristine 400-acre estate, presided over for 40 years by Elizabeth Ames whose famously advised her Bohemian flock: "It is unwise to form youthful attachments". Scandals remained hushed up but Ames was once accused by Robert Lowell of "leading a Communist conspiracy".

ALWAYS KNOWN FOR its collection of classical Roman and Greek art, LA’s Getty Villa stages its first contemporary art project next month with the work of Jim Dine, a veteran of Happenings events in the early Sixties and one of the participants in the earliest show of Pop Art at Pasadena’s Walter Hopps Museum in 1962. “I have a great romance with the ancient world” Dine, 73, says. “I’m a failed Latin student and I’ve spent many years in Munich at Mad King Ludwig’s collection of Greek and Roman sculpture, drawing at night. I felt that art was the thing that would save me (and) this has. It’s the only thing I want to do. It keeps me here”.

COW FARTS, long blamed for polluting the atmosphere with excess amounts of methane gas, are to be measured by scientists in Argentina, a country blessed with more than 55 million cattle. The average cow produces 70 gallons of the poisonous fumes every day and researchers from the country’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology are attaching inflatable tanks to bovine stomachs to support the theory that changing cows’ diets from grass to grain can reduce that amount.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Strict vetting procedures such as psychological profiling which have followed the church’s sexual scandals, have discouraged all but nine new Catholic priests who could be ordained last year in Ireland. The church gloomily forecasts that its current body of 4,572 priests in the country, will drop by two-thirds within 20 years….. “Voters may thrill to the sound of brash outsiders vowing change”, wrote Norman Ornstein in the Sacramento Bee, “but the reality is that only competent insiders can actually get anything done”…..Failing to steal enough from the American taxpayer during this year’s third quarter, the Halliburton Company posted a $21 million loss…..”The Republicans are a party that says government doesn’t work” observes P.J. O’Rourke, “and then gets elected and proves it”… Rehabilitating druggies is anathema to the prison guards’ union, who prefer to have as many prisoners in jail as possible to enhance their exorbitant union salaries, so they have kicked in $1 million to defeat the initiative which would expand treatment programs…The subtitle of the book Nuclear Energy Now by Alan M. Herbst and George W. Hopley, is self-explanatory, Why the Time Has Come for the World’s Most Misunderstood Energy Source, but the authors amplify: “If the United States is to remain competitive in the 21st century, we have no choice but to aggressively construct new nuclear generation assets”….TelevisionWeek says 3-D television is on the way but it will be at least 2012 before it makes much impact. By  that time, forecasts TW, there will be 28 million sets able to receive it, compared with only two million at present….Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole—another winner in the Washington Post’s contest for new words….. With cigarette sales dropping, the tobacco companies are increasing their promotion of snus, thus shifting cancer from the lungs to the lips .… Alex Baldwin told the New Yorker  that he never gets to be a movie leading man and he’s sick of acting. “It’s getting to the point where  there’s just something else I want to do. I’m tired of being somebody else. I want to be me. I want to be myself….Bosnian prison officials closed down the inmates’ pigeon-breeding program when they came to believe the birds were smuggling in drugs… “Tis easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it" --Benjamin  Franklin (1706-90)

10/25/08

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