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March 21, 2009
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

  The column of lasting insignificance
     


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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

 

 



March 21, 2009

“So it has come to this. Every interest group that can organize itself and make excessive demands to limit speech seems to succeed in some form…The moment we accept that those who claim offence have the right to seek removal of offending words and images from the public domain, we give authority over our public discourse to those who were not elected by anybody to perform such duties”—Salil Tripathi in the Spectator

AS A PRE-TEENAGER Harry Reid joined his father working in a goldmine and most of his political life since has been devoted to supporting the mining industry and thus depriving the U.S. of billions of dollars in royalties. That’s the gist of a Mother Jones story which reveals that in the last 14 years, mining interests have given more than a quarter of a million dollars to the Nevada senator, two of his sons work for law firms representing mining companies and his son-in-law has earned $3.7 million lobbying for their interests. Key to this tale is Reid’s consistent blocking reform of the General Mining Law of 1872 which the magazine calls “a legal blank check that’s allowed miners to take $408 billion of gold from public lands without paying a single cent of federal royalties--ever”. Is there a name for a senator who’s also a lobbyist? Maybe this applies to Nancy Pelosi, too. These Dems would be more democratic if they were demoted.

ALTHOUGH U.S. UNIVERSITIES granted 37,000 history degrees in 2006, there were fewer than 500 job openings in that field (compared with 16,000 new jobs for plumbers). The statistics are part of Forbes story about how the cost of college is being enhanced by dishonest lenders burdening graduates with huge debts that take forever to repay. ”There are a lot of aspects of selling education that are tinged with conspiracy fraud” says UCLA law professor Richard Sander. “There is a definite conspiracy to lead students down a primrose path”. The magazine reports that the cost of acquiring a degree has risen at twice the rate of inflation “dramatically undermining any value a sheepskin has”.

CHINESE OFFICIALS IN NANJING have been pressured to close down a new mall whose stores include a McDnoalds (with its logo of three arches), Bucksstar Coffee  (logo on a familiar green background), a Haagen Bozs and a Pizza Huh. ‘To allow a mall to do business solely on the premise of cheating legitimate brands—and shoppers” comments Stores , “is downright revolting”.

WHITE COLLAR RAGE is what some psychologists are calling the more frequent bouts of bad temper being expressed by “meltdown magnates” who have become victims of the continuing economic crisis. “If you’re under stress because you think you might lose your job or you’re feeling a lack of control because your portfolio is dwindling” says University of South Florida professor Paul E. Spector, “that’s a recipe for aggressive behavior”.

IN AN ESSAY ON How the Crash Will Reshape America. Richard Florida pointed out that the percentage of Americans who moved in 2008 was the smallest for 60 years, his explanation being that rising home-ownership costs are “making our society less nimble”. But, with foreclosures forcing more people from their homes, he suggested (in the Atlantic) that banks taking back homes “be required to offer to rent each home to the previous owner at market rates—which are typically lower than mortgage payments”.

FRENCH GOVERNMENT RESEARCHERS are checking out a drug normally used to     treat muscle spasms, as a possible cure for alcohol addiction, after claims by a cardiologist, Dr. Olivier Amiesen, that it worked in his own case. The claim that a single drug—in this case Baclofen—can cure anything as complex is scoffed at by addiction experts but early reports say it has worked on mice. Drunken mice ?

THE WILCOCK WEB: With his latest gift of $145million to UC’s San Francisco Medical Center, philanthropist Charles F. Feeney mused: “Just think, if wealthy people had given away more of their money...they wouldn’t have lost it”…..Barely surfacing in the Bernie Madoff scandal so far, has been the Medici Bank of Venice’s boss Sonia Kohn of whom more will be heard….When jailbird Bernie writes his story it should be worth a few mill…“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make thee mad as hell” opined Aldous Huxley…..Los Angeles Weekly columnist Nikki Finke writes that It was Rupert Murdoch’s London-based daughter Elizabeth who battled to convince Fox TV’s bosses that Britain’s Pop Idol would be a hit over here, but that it took “nagging Daddy and a direct order from Rupert himself to launch American Idol”….CMS. a price-off coupon research firm in Winston Salem. reports that the biggest coupon users are now householders with annual incomes above $150,000…. In what Ad Age calls an “audacious and quite possibly unprecedentedpromotion, Coca Cola is offering a free bottle of its new drink Vault to anybody who buys Pepsi Cola’s Mountain Dew…. The American Society of Magazine Editors objects to front-page ads as unsuitable but makes no comment about the ugly, even-more commercial bar codes….Comic book genius Stan Lee, now 85 and with Spider-Man, the Hulk and W-Men I(among others) behind him, says he “never knew half the stuff I was writing about…I don’t know a damn thing about science. All I know, is what sounds cool”…. Dissing her former lover Ben Affleck, the boring Gwyneth Paltrow remarked; “His ideal woman would be a stripper with a Budweiser in each hand”…… In a survey conducted by a teen pregnancy prevention group, 20% of teenagers admitted posting nude pictures on the internet… Could there possibly be a more pretentious name among NYC’s social set than Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel?….. Out of the 34 countries measured, only Turkey has a bigger percentage of evolution-deniers reports the Skeptical Inquirer… . Classified ad in the Nation: Prison Picasso, 48, nonviolent marihuana farmer, seeks progressive Frida/O’Keefe for correspondence: myspace.com/jimmyrasta … Police forces around Britain have just invested $35,000 in life-size cardboard cops to discourage speeders…. Declaring that “crop waste”—the stalks and leaves left in fields after harvesting—contain two billion tons of carbon, New Scientist says carbon monoxide could be cut by drowning it deep in the ocean…. The men who make revolutions are always despised by those who profit from them—Francoise Guizot (1787-1874)

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