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December 27, 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

 

 



December 27, 2008

“By every measure of American interest in international relations, Condoleeza Rice has failed…Historians will have to explain now a mediocre student of international relations managed to sweet-talk herself into the highest offices of government”—letter from a Harvard professor in the New York Times magazine

COWBOYS AND POETS, sometimes the same thing, will meet for their 25th anniversary gathering in Elko (pop: 17,000) next month when thousands of visitors descend on the tiny Nevada town for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. “The bone-jarring job of herding cattle and the ceaseless demands of life on the ranch and range rend to bring out the philosophical nature of the cowpuncher” declares Cowboys & Indians  magazine. “For generations these sons and daughters of the prairie have found an outlet for their hopes, fears, longings and loves in poems and songs honoring a life of challenge and reward that is unique to the American West”. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will deliver the keynote address on January 24 and 53 poets plus 24 musicians and musical groups will attend.

A ONE-PAGE STORY in Forbes attracted a lot of thoughtful attention. The title says it all: NEIGHBORHOOD NUKES - Nuclear plants are shrinking to the point where they could power remote towns or a factory one at a time.

MICROSOFT, ONE OF the most profitable companies of all time, just can’t seem to make a progress against Google when it comes to the competition for “search queries” reports Fortune, listing the respective percentages as 8.5% vs 63%.  “It is quite possible that Microsoft is going after the Internet with too much energy” the mag suggests, “or at least attacking in too many directions….And Facebook, MySpace, Google’s YouTube and other, newer sites have reduced MSN to also-ran status in terms of web popularity”.

MORE CONTENTED CREWS and happier cruise passengers have resulted from the increasing use of satellite services  that have enabled emails and cell phone calls to be made from out in the ocean. So reports Via Satellite magazine which says that in addition to enhancing a ship’s information technology, satellites will enable all seagoing vessels to have instant access to electronic charting display information (it reveals buoys and the depths of the shifting sea floor) replacing the often out-of-date paper charts.

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Anthony Haden-Guest: What are the characteristics an artist needs for success?

Damien Hirst: First of all you’ve got to be oblivious to other people.—the push and pull of other people’s opinions, the way other people measure success. It’s then that you realize that you are 100% who you are and you have to use that 100% in order to create great things. And that’s very difficult, because everyone wants to be better than they are. You’ve really got to get down on the floor with yourself and get in order to make great art

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RONALD REAGAN’s MISGUIDED missile scheme has so far cost the country $160 billion, is still leaking $10 billion a year and, apart from its futility, “has prompted America’s opponents to build up their own nuclear arsenals” charges Johann Hari in the Independent. “One of the great things about Barack Obama’s victory is that we might finally see the back of Americas absurd ‘Star Wars’ fantasy”.

A football-sized field in the center of Royal Caribbean’s 220,000-ton Oasis of the Seas when it debuts soon, will be “Central Park” a tropical landscape with cafes,  boutiques, bars, a sculpture garden, an area for chess players, and all overlooked by six decks of cabins.

THE WILCOCK WEB: So there never were any billions after all? Just vast columns of duplicitous figures on paper, manipulated by criminals known as financiers (plus endless print runs of $$$ bills backed by nothing but faith)…. Heading Advertising Age’s “Dubious Attempts at Public Relations” list for 2008 was RECESSION SPECIAL—“a godsend for flacks everywhere(giving) them the hook they needed for lame press releases claiming that some marketing solution was the cure”….London’s biggest white elephant, the Milennium Dome, will be the scene this year of an $8 million production of Ben Hur with a live chariot race, crucifixion, sea battles and a staged orgy…. Starting early, Frankfurt stages its annual trade fair for the suppliers of Christmas decorations on Jan 30…. Deft definition: Glibido: All talk and no action…..Computer experts at UC San Diego showed that a locksmith provided with the right software can duplicate keys from a photograph…. Canada’s Iboga Therapy House reports encouraging success with using the West African psychotropic herb to wean addicts off heroin….When the organizations that do this sort of thing ranked female representation in the world’s legislatures for 2008, the U.S. came in 69th—below Cuba, Nepal and Kyrhgyzstan….. Almost 90 years after getting the vote, women now hold 15% of Congressional seats….Another bargain provoked by the money crunch: the 164ft yacht Alibella is for sale at a mere $30 million, a reduction of almost $12 million over last year’s price…. A Mintel survey notes that 134 new beers have been introduced in the U.S. this year… My person of the year would be that seductive, bewitching blonde violinist with the Celtic singers on PBS…Writing in the Nation, Robert Dreyfuss reports the rumor that General David Petraus may run for political office… A neo-fascist party in Italy hoping that Benito Mussolini’s name will live on, is offering couples $2500 to give their babies the former Fascist dictator’s name…..New: a bicycle lock that screeches at 100 decibels when tampered with (www.sglocks.co.uk)…. All the Art That’s Fit to Print is an appropriate title for the new book by Jerelle Kraus, art director of the NYT’s Op Ed page for 25+ years but the subtitle points to the most interesting part: And Some That Wasn’t….And seven pages in last Thursday’s New York Times were devoted to printing reviews for Revolutionary Road—one full page for each review….A new T-shirt in the color of London’s major business paper bears the slogan Financial Crimes ….”Force and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues”—Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

12/20/08

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