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November 22, 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 22, 2008

“Count on Bush to try to pardon the unpardonable—Like Karl Rove, Harriet Myers and others with whom he likely conspired to thwart the rule of law…James Madison, ”the father of the Constitution”, argued. ‘(If) the President be connected in any suspicious manner, with any person and there be grounds to believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him’

                –Sarah H. Arnold in The Nation

THOSE FAMILIAR DOT com and dot org addresses will begin to seem old-fashioned later next year when the Assigned Names and Numbers section of the Internet Corp. starts allowing people whatever domain names they want. “Everything from ‘soup’ to ‘nuts’ explains Forbes in a story amusingly headed Um.whatever.  The mag predicts it will force companies to register every possible variation on their Web brands before cyber squatters try to shake them down. The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (bet you never heard that group before!) estimates the cost of such defenses will run to $1.6 billion.

WHY SHOULD AIRLINES be charging for overweight baggage without taking into account the (over)weight of some of the passengers? asks a reader of the Independent. He claims that it’s unfair for passengers to all pay the same price for tickets, as long as there’s a surcharge for baggage. “The present pricing structure”, he complains,  “amounts to a subsidy of the obese by the healthy”.

EVEN THE QUEEN of England is eschewing new clothes in these recessionary times, it’s reported, making do with recycling her (huge) wardrobe, But London mayor Boris Johnson thinks she is not setting a good example. “This is not the moment for dowdiness and self-sufficiency” he writes in the Daily Telegraph. “This is the moment for a life-affirming splurge”.

NEW WAYS OF CREATING biofuels are clearly going to be an endless source of stories, many of them centering around the hitherto-unappreciated value of nasty, little bugs. Now it’s the turn of e-coli which apparently can be mixed with sugarcane in vats of water, producing what Popular Science calls “the same hydrocarbon configuration as petroleum”. This is the work of a San Francisco company called L59 which says the product, which can be skimmed off the top and poured right into a car’s gas tank, will be mass produced by 2011.

ALTHOUGH WIDELY USED for buying from vending machines or purchasing train tickets in Japan, cell phones have not taken off to that extent in the U.S. But a recent experiment by San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), was successful enough to give impetus to the trend, writes Stores columnist Tracy Mullin, who is CEO of the National Retail Federation. As it costs BART six cents to process every dollar bill taken in, cell phone payments could save substantial sums.

SPURRED BY THE FACT that there are twice as many slaves in the world today as when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, musician Justin Dillon and Fair Trade Pictures have produced a documentary, Call + Response  which investigates the trafficking in human labor which reportedly involves 27 million adults and children. It is a business said to be worth $32 billion a year. Dillon says he aims to jolt the public from its “obliviousness (and/or) despair” and have them actually take a stand. “Awareness is a 90s word” he declares. “It’s now about action”.

PERENNIALLY LISTED  among America’s top half-dozen novelists, Cormac McCarthy was the winner of a McArthur ‘genius’ award and won the Pulitzer prize last year for his novel, The Road. This year, the movie from  his book, No Country for Old Men, won four Academy Awards, inevitably reviving criticisms of his ‘excessive’ use of violence. But the 75-year-old author answered this accusation many years ago. “There’s no such thing as life without bloodshed” he explained. “I think the notion that the species can be improved in some way, that everybody would live in harmony, is a really dangerous idea. Those who are afflicted with this notion are the first ones to give up their souls, their freedom. Your desire that it be that way will enslave you and make your lie vacuous”.

THE WILCOCK WEB: If people can’t afford to buy cars, how does it help to give the auto makers billions of dollars?….. Columnist Thomas Friedman suggested Steve Jobs should be invited to run one of the auto companies, bringing the sort of innovation the companies seem incapable of implementing…..Rumors abound that a new administration will reintroduce broadcasting’s old Fairness Doctrine which would oblige stations to balance rants from the likes of Rush Limbaugh with opposite views, are now said to be unlikely…. Overheard: “I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but he turned out to be an optical Aleutian”…... Don't bigamists and polygamists have an equal right to have the marriage laws rearranged to their preference?....University of Alabama scientists have devised a spray which allows flowers to survive lower temperatures. This, they predict, could allow bananas to be grown 200 miles further north…. After wasting billions while continuing to counter growing opposition, the proponents of stuffing nuclear waste under Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, are now trying to digest the fact that the site “does not meet the international standards for a repository” says the NYT… Affluent home-owners in the gated Parisian community of Villa Montgomery are protesting in the streets about a plan to build low-income housing near to their exclusive community….Coming soon to cable: The Ski Channel…. Inspired by Oxford University research demonstrating that potato chips eaten to the sound of loud crunching taste better, chef Heston Blumenthal plays “seaside sounds” when he serves oysters… Fortune carried a story about a French watchmaker named Richard Mille whose wares sell for $525,000. Doubt that we’d shed many tears for a man who was mugged while wearing one… Importing the idea from Australia, British pubs may start selling ‘schooners’ of beer (2/3rds of a pint) for drinkers who think a pint is too much… Those insanely exorbitant hourly rates charged by lawyers may start being replaced by flat fees if unemployment keeps spreading in the legal profession predicts a top legal eagle….. “Tough times don’t last, tough people do. remember?--Gregory Peck (1916-2003)

11/15/08

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