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January 31, 2009
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

 

 



January 31, 2009

Implementation is what may bedevil Barack Obama as it has presidents before him. His policy mandate is clear—to get the economy moving and get us out of Iraq—but how to make these happen is the hard part….Increasingly the government causes things to be done, and pays for things to be done but it no longer does those things itself”—Elaine C. Kamarck reviewing  The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How To Fix Them in The American Prospect

A FRUSTRATED WORLD stands by wringing its hands, charges Martin Fletcher while a brutal ruling elite practices something “not far short of genocide” in Zimbabwe. The existing security forces could be toppled with ease—most of them would simply melt away at the first sign of resistance—he writes in the Times. “Yet our leaders still baulk from taking the one step that would save this dying nation”.

IT SOUNDS LIKE an old movie plot but a group of eminent scientists are urging the UN to set up a network to search for asteroids which may be  on their way to collide with earth. Even the fact that such encounters are likely to occur only two or three times every thousand years is too big a risk to take without some kind of preparation, reports the International Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation. It warns that missions to destroy such threats will have to be launched well ahead of a predicted impact.

ONE OF THE most productive things that the Utne Reader (“the best of the alternative press”) did was to initiate a series of nationwide “salons’ a decade ago, in which like-minded people met for intelligent conversation.  Now, founder Eric Utne is organizing Community Earth Councils which he hopes will bring together thinkers of different generations for similar discussions. At 62, he’s decided that he’s an “elder” and that communities have always needed councils of elders (60+) connecting with youngers (16-28) “to address local social and environmental challengers at the local level”. (www.EarthCouncils.org)

Writing in Forbes, the chief partner in one of Manhattan’s top law firms, Evan R. Chesler, suggests that maybe it’s time to abandon the much-reviled method by which attorneys are rewarded—the “billable hour” when “the clients feel they have no control, that there is no correlation between cost and quality”. Comparing the way in which customers hire a contractor, Chesler proposes that once the price has been agreed upon, “the billable hours should be relevant”. But because litigation is often predictable, the price should be periodically revisited.

DRUG ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS seized what they claimed is a street value crop of $16 billion of marihuana in northern California last year, another indication (comments Fortune) that pot is booming. The reports that there are 350,000 medial marihuana users in the nation, served by 400 cannabis clubs in California alone which is the top using state. Almost 9% of Californians have toked in the past month and the going rate for top-grade medical weed is $3,000 per pound.

FROM YEARS OF cross-breeding experiments, Manila’s International Rice Research Institute has evolved a strain of rice that can survive under flood waters two weeks or more—at least four times as long as the regular variety which is inedible after being deprived of light and oxygen for four days. The Institute’s Dave Mackill explains that typhoons typically destroy millions of tons of rice in Southeast Asia every year, “and floods will only increase”.

BRITISH PUBLISHERS Mills & Boon whose ten “Romance” categories include Modern, Medical and Historical, are about to introduce a new genre, Spice, dealing with casual sex and bondage. The first title, Spies, Lies and Naked Thighs, goes on sale next month and is expected to do at least as well as the other titles which, collectively sell 200 million books a year in 25 languages and more than 100 countries. Owned by the Canadian publisher Harlequin, the company releases 50 titles each month, all written (reports The Week) to “a tried and tested romantic formula”.

CAN’T DECIDE ON the best wedding present? The World reports on a trend for renting ATM machines for the reception which can print ‘deposit’ slips. These, guests place in envelopes with a congratulatory note, and leave for the couple to retrieve. The ATM machine costs $155 a day to rent.

THE WILCOCK WEB: For $30 you can buy a huge calendar with a bubble to pop for every day of this year (bubblecalendar.com)….  Advocates of delaying the switch to digital television (Feb 17) because not enough viewers are ready, are opposed by stations that claim it will cost them an extra thousands of dollars a month to maintain dual signals….Having just banned advertising on state-owned TV channels after 8pm, France hope to eventually ban it altogether in a year or two in hopes of ending ’fruitless battles” with commercial television….And now that smoking is banned in Amsterdam bars, business is booming for the Rain Showtechniek company that sells a machine which reproduces the smell of cigarettes without the smoke… Kevin Alderman, better known as Stroker Serpentine at the sex shop he runs on Second Life, is devising an alternative online sex world called Eros 3-D where he claims sexual encounters will be almost real….Atheism is a non-prophet organization……The world’s best-known clock, London’s Big Ben, just began a year’s worth of celebrating its 150th birthday….Voters want a fraud they can believe in says the cynical Will Durst…. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says there are currently 33 people looking for work in the U.S. for every ten openings…. Memo from the Cowboy Palace Saloon “Your garbage disposal probably eats better than 30% of the people in the world…..What’s been termed President Abraham Lincoln’s “death warrant”—the handwritten pass sending his bodyguard on an out-of-town mission three days before his assassination—is among the exhibits at the just-opened Huntington Library exhibition till April 27) celebrating the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth…SAD is what’s being reported in the Rockies, meaning “sudden aspen decline” due to the bark beetle killing off hundreds of thousands of trees….The karaoke machine was voted “most annoying gadget’ in a British poll….Education authorities schools in Yorkshire ruled the word ‘schools’ had “negative connotations” and now describe themselves as “advanced learning centers”:….Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern despotism—Mary McCarthy (1912-89)

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