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February 14, 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

 

 



February 14, 2009

How many years will it take for our new president to see what a mistake it is to get even more involved in Afghanistan, a war that history shows we cannot possibly win? Nixon’s Vietnam, and Bush’s Iraq are lessons from which we have failed to learn.

THE MAJOR U.S. NEWSPAPERSseem more interested in reinforcing official U.S. policy” than objectively comparing the human rights records of Colombia and Venezuela, charges the newsletter of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). “Although Columbia’s human rights record ranks among the worst of the worst, it is Venezuela’s record that seems to grip the attention of U.S. newspaper editors”. Quoting  a spokesman for Human Rights Watch describing Colombia as “the murder capital of the world for trade unionists”, FAIR comments that by comparison Venezuelan journalists, trade union activists and innocent civilians “do not live in fear of government-linked death squads”. Editors’ “almost obsessive concern” about the perilous state of Venezuelan democracy, suggests FAIR, helps to sustain political support for a number of military, anti-drug and trade projects the U.S. shares with Colombia.

YOU MIGHT THINK that the difficulty of selling houses in the current economic downturn would be good for the rental business but that isn’t necessarily true according to Smart Money which examines some of  the communities that ban owners from becoming landlords. Sometimes, along with renters, the mag says, come “rowdy tenants” and “crime and vandalism” and although a few communities are beginning to realize that a row of empty houses may be a threat to property values, the idea that renters are about as good for a neighborhood as “an infestation of termites” has been around for a long time”.

Those old rumors about Nazi secret weapons capable of turning energy into anti-gravity have resurfaced, reports Skeptical Inquirer.  In his new book, The Rise of the Fourth Reich, conspiracy author Jim Marrs refers to the bell-shaped device, which has been associated with time travel, invisibility, teleporting, UFO sightings and other questionable happenings.  Marrs claims that Nazi knowledge was derived from their contact with extra-terrestrials.  The Bell supposedly powered by mercury, had rotating inner chambers to increase the energy field, and it’s reported existence has obviously excited gullible believers in the impossible.  The SI, noting that the device first popped up in an earlier book, The Hunt for Zero Point says, “ a classic example of how to spin an exciting yarn from practically nothing.”

ACCUSING THE PROGRAMMERS of daytime television of “dumbing down” their wares and giving viewers “the same old boring fluff”, Judge Judy Sheindlin, says they have been underestimating their audiences. “They want to be smarter. They want information. They want to be able to negotiate  the world a little better”, she declares.  Chosen as TelevisionWeek’s “Syndication Personality of the Year” the outspoken former New York City Family Court judge, now 66, whose legal career goes back 42 years, began her syndicated program in 1996. Her experiences on the bench prompted her first book, Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining.

WHEN IT COMES TO expensive bogus art, nobody can touch the Russians reports Forbes in a piece, Scamsky Inc, which details what it terms “an entrenched network of fraud” which makes any dealing with Russian art questionable. Even some of the art exhibited in prominent museums has subsequently proved to be bogus with works by the noted constructivist Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1956) and Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935), founder of the Russian avant garde,  being particular favorites of forgers. One art dealer, Ezra Chowaiki, who operates galleries in both New York and Moscow says he is offered fakes, even collections of them, every week, adding: “When you get offered (such) works you have to start out with a cynical eye”.

Disneyland for dudes is what Wired calls its report on a 17-acre German amusement park near Kassel where visitors can spend the day operating 29-ton backhoes and other heavy machines--when they’re not riding quad bikes through the mud.  Customers, report the mag, are “pasty executives” who pay $280 to get in touch with their inner ditch digger.  Owner Alexander Bammer says: “Most men these days don’t work at a construction site; they work at a desk.  They dream about experiences like these.”

THE WILCOCK WEB: The main bridge through which supplies were funneled from Pakistan into Afghanistan was blown up by rebels--and it didn’t occur to anybody to guard it?….Did you hear about anybody at the watchdog SEC being fired for not acting on warnings about the criminality of Bernie Madoff as long as 15 years ago?.…”If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody is not thinking” wisely observed General George S. Patton…..In dropping Michael Phelps from its ads, Kellogg’s underestimates how many of its customers smoke pot….The New York Times now devotes nine of the 14 pages in its Arts section art to advertising, five to editorial…Google says it gets more than 700,000 job applications every year….Reed Hastings, the man who founded Netflix, says it began after he found himself with a $40 late fee after renting Apollo 13 from his local store….The French oil giant, Total, has invested $45 million in the Lowell, MA. company Konarka whose flexible film-like solar panels can be stuck on everything from cell phones to beach umbrellas….Luxury goods offered for half-price demonstrates how excessive the profit margin was originally…A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion…… If that brainless baby breeder gets millions from the media for her story, shouldn’t it go to the hospital and/or the taxpayers who will have to pay for her folly? ….Joan Rivers claims that she’s had so much plastic surgery that “when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware”…. Speculation on just how  involved The Paris Review was with the CIA back in the Fifties pops up in Scott Sherman’s lengthy review of the George Plimpton letters in the Nation….Investigating the cause of hallucinations, researchers at Durham University concluded that multiple coffee drinkers are most likely to hear “non-existent voices”…. Two hats were hanging on a rack in the hallway. One said to the other, 'You stay here, I'll go on a-head.'…So-called “bark-tenders” at the Dog Bar in Charlotte, NC. will serve doggy drinks to your pets as they socialize in a fenced-off enclosure while you drink indoors…“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves”—Abraham Lincoln (b. Feb. 12, 1809, d. Apr. 15, 1865)

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