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March 28, 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 28, 2009

“Uncertain times cause us to cast about more widely for explanations of our circumstances and rational reasoning, alas, does not always come naturally when we are desperate for answers....Human beings have a natural inclination for religious belief, especially in hard times…the more insecure we feel, the harder it is to resist the pull of (the) supernatural world. It seems that our minds are finely tuned to believe in gods”—Michael Brooks in the New Scientist

WITH 175 MILLION USERS currently registered—more than 70% of them overseas—maybe Facebook is taking over our lives suggests Jessi Hempe, and yet its owners don’t seem to “feel any urgency” about putting the company in the black. With banner ads selling for as little as 15c per thousand clicks, he writes in Fortune, Facebook’s attempts to sell traditional ads online have failed miserably. And even the new approach, Facebook Connect, which lets users log on to company sites couldn’t have come at a worst time with online advertising predicted to drop in half in the current year.

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS of e-books from Sony and Amazon we’ll next see a bigger model, an 8 by 11-inch plastic screen, on which to read magazines. Fortune reports that Hewlett Packard and Fujitsu are among several companies developing the project although color is said to be still a couple of years away. “Our device is the size of a magazine” says CEO Richard Archuleta of Plastic Logic, “so it offers a way to maintain all the layout, the mages and the design—and all the advertising—that are part of the publication’s brand”. The magazine says Plastic Logic’s device, on sale next spring, “has the feel of a clipboard”.

SENDING SUPERSONIC JET aircraft into the eye of a hurricane could choke off the impending storm, according to a theory dreamed up by the University of Akron’s Arkady Leonov, an engineer in the study of fluid dynamics. But there are skeptics, reports Popular Science, among whom is Hugh Willoughby, a hurricane researcher at Florida Inter-national University. He scoffs that Leonov’s plan would be “like trying to stop the wind with a tennis racket”.

“Blogs are vanity ‘publications’. They are not news. They are not factual. They are opinion—most often disguised as thoughtful, fair and balanced. Many blog entries on accumulation sites like Huffington Post do not contain original writing but come from other posts”—Peter Stekel in a letter to Extra!, a media watch group newsletter.

A GROWING NUMBER of television viewers are seeking analysis along with their news explains Alissa Quart, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the Rachel Maddow Show which, she claims, embodies the rise of “sarcasm news”. Additionally, today’s audience is a more sophisticated “one that sees more clearly behind the manipulations and stagecraft of its political leaders”.

IRELAND MAY BE the first of the European Union countries to drop the euro and revert to its original currency after observers have predicted it may become “the next Iceland”. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Gordon Rayner says the country now has 350,000 empty homes, its construction boom has collapsed and companies have seen business evaporate as customers cross the border into British-run Northern Ireland where goods in sterling cost less since the euro’s rise in value.

A few questions:

(1) Why not allocate one specific bill to earmarks and remove them from everything else?

(2) If politicians are incapable of saying anything without reading it, why are we never allowed to see the teleprompter?

(3) If AIG’s bonuses were paid to retain the ‘experts’ , why wasn’t it a provision of the contract?

(4) Why does it make sense to prohibit jurors from learning everything they can about the case they’re judging?

(5) Why is it fair that when a medical marihuana vendor appears in court that the jury is barred from hearing that he had acted legally according to state law? Because the law is rigged (see #4)

THE WILCOCK WEB: If the recession deepens, “the jobs that Americans won’t do” may soon be done by Americans…When unconscionable things  are “legally contracted”, doesn’t anybody have the guts to illegally un-contract them? Let ‘em sue and hopefully appear before a judge with some common sense…. The obnoxious Dennis Rodman, Apprentice contestant, is this season’s Omarosa…..With fewer and fewer young readers, why does the NYTimes devote so much space to covering immature teenybopper pop groups?…..Couldn’t the folk who do “closed captioning” be taught to spell and not add additional, irrelevant letters?….Before returning to urbane academic life maybe Condoleeza Rice should apologize for condoning torture…. Rush Limbaugh called the president a joke. Surely this makes more sense the other way round?….Speaking of drug addicts, Iran has 1.7 million heroin addicts according to Hong Kong’s Asia Times, which adds that there are 100,000 prostitutes in Tehran alone and more than a third of the 15-29-year-olds would like to emigrate…. ”Idealism gets replaced by fashion” says Paul Krassner. “The whole baby boomer demographic has become a marketing demographic”….. “Research has proved that it is absolutely essential to express emotion and anger, declares Sarah Lavely who runs San Diego’s Smash Shack where customers go to shatter plates and glasses ….“Scientists need to hire good marketing people” wrote a reader to the New Scientist. “The crazy people are already spending millions to promote crazy ideas. Scientists need to counter this and promote sanity….Mikhail Bartyshnikov told Details that it didn’t matter to society any more about whether a dancer was gay or straight. “The dance world was always much more open about being queer.”…. Deft definition: Inoculatte  -- To take coffee intravenously when you are running late…. Because parasites and mosquitoes have grown resistant to insecticides and anti-malarial drugs, GlaxonSmithKline has developed a vaccine which it plans to test on 16,000 infants in four African countries next month…. Thieves who have been convicted of stealing more than once from NYC’s Staten Island Mall, have their mug shots posted on electronic billboards…. The Las Vegas shoe and leather goods company Zappos offers new employees a bonus to quit after four weeks training to gauge their commitment to the company….“What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself”— Roland Barthes (1915-1980)

3/21/09

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