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July 25, 2009
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

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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
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July 31, 2010
July 24, 2010
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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

 

 



July 25, 2009

“The justices of the Supreme Court have become far more than the referees in constitutional disputes than the framers intended. They have gone beyond interpreting the rules—they have come to create them…too often the Supreme Court has seemed to be fighting the progress of history”
from Packing the Court: The rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court” by James MacGregor Burns

Torture by Americans is continuing despite any claims or   announcements to the contrary. Much of its takes the form of force-feeding (tube forced up the nose, liquid food pumped through it) which is still happening to at least 30 prisoners at Guantanamo despite it being forbidden by the Geneva Convention. “It feels like a nail going into his nostril and like a knife down his throat” is how one prisoner’s lawyer reported a client’s description to the Atlantic, which also quoted Red Cross adviser Hernán Reyes: “Such actions can be considered a form of torture and under no circumstances should doctors participate in them, on the pretext of saving the hunger striker’s life”. The magazine commented that we had seen too much in the past eight years “to pretend any longer that the United States is incapable of criminal abuse or to trust the ‘experts’ to act secretly in what they believe, sincerely or not, to be in our best interests”.

        “Cheney is, in fact, one of the most charming, good-natured, engaging and even jolly men you’d ever be privileged to meet”—Andrew Roberts, sycophantic British author of a recent book about World War II

To the annoyance of local residents, St. Andrews, the Scottish town which calls itself “the home of golf” (despite the fact that Turnberry is older) is about to install its first parking meters on downtown streets, reports Scottish Life. The council claims the new machines are more cost-effective and efficient than the previous system “which involved popping into one of the local shops, having a chat and then purchasing a parking voucher”.

DEFYING ALL PREDICTIONS that the bad would drive out the good, Wikipedia has proved to be a big success: half a million of its 2.9 million entries were added in the past 12 months. It was thought at the beginning that allowing its entries to be tampered with by anybody would be its undoing. “But it turns out that the people who believe in truth and objectivity” writes David Runciman in the London Review of Books, “are at least as numerous as all the crazies, pranksters and time-wasters, and they are often considerably more tenacious, ruthless and monomaniacal”. Runciman’s comments are part of his review of The Wikipedia Revolution by Andrew Lih, which was published on both sides of the Atlantic this spring. “Still”, he writes, “it takes a lot of policing”, referring to the volunteers who check out recent changes in search of “endless obscenities and absurdities”. There are now more than 250 versions of Wikipedia in different languages, all of which have at least half a million entries.

David Kupfer: What pushed you into the role of provocateur?

Paul Krassner: I couldn’t help but notice the difference between what I experienced in the streets and the way it was reported in the mainstream media which acted as cheerleaders for the suppression of dissent
from an interview in The Sun magazine

HISTORICALLY USED AS a substitute for—and sometimes additive to—coffee, the bitter herb chicory assumes an added importance on St. James Day, July 25. Legendarily on that date it has the capacity to make its possessor invisible and to unlock boxes and open doors. There is a catch: it has to be harvested at either noon or midnight, cut with golden scissors and in absolute silence. at the risk of instant death if the silence is broken. Adding authority to the herb’s magical worth is a curious book, Dyett’s Dry Dinner, which in 1599 affirmed that anointing the body with chicory juice would help the wearer “to obtaine the favor of great persons”. 

THE WILCOCK WEB:  The corrupt presidents of both Afghanistan and Pakistan would have to solve their own problems if we got the hell out. Are we killing (and dying) to stop the Taliban coming over here?…. Clocking in third, ahead of the Labor party, in a recent local election in Cambridgeshire, was the veteran Monster Raving Loony Party, whose proposals include: “All socks should be sold in packs of three against the possibility of losing one …...”The defining pop star of 2009” is how the Observer Magazine describes 23-year-old Lady Gaga aka Stephanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta whose platinum hit Poker Face concerns bisexuality…. The European Union is pressing cell phone makers to establish a standard re-charger to eliminate the 30 different models (and dispose of the 50,000 surplus ones still lying around)… What Archaeology magazine defines as the “twitchy energy” and greed of meth freaks, is prompting their compulsive search for American Indian artifacts which they loot and sell on the black market….After a teacher unsuccessfully sued, German schoolchildren were granted the right to rate their teachers at a local website”English culture is basically homosexual”, claims Germaine Greer, “in the sense that the men only really care about other men”…. White supremacists and neo-Nazis have been joining the U.S. military to learn combat training and weapons skills warns Intelligence Report, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center …. The billionaire owner of a battery factory at Silmar, CA, wants to enlarge his factory so he’s asking the government for stimulus funds ….The 40th anniversary of Woodstock is next month…. In the New Statesman, London’s former mayor Ken (“Red Ken”) Livingstone trashes his rightwing successor Boris Johnson— “(his) administration is backward-looking and committed to small shrunken government” …..Unsurprisingly, the idea of having a centrally located hookah with tubes accessing it from all over the house, is high on the list of suggestions submitted to Highideas.com. Another suggestion: a fridge with glass doors so you can see what’s inside….”We have it in our power to begin the world over again”—Thomas Paine (who died 200 years ago last month, aged 72).

Flashback /July 21/06

THE WILCOCK WEB: 24 per cent of the bottled water Americans buy is ordinary tap water repackaged by Coke and Pepsi…

7/18/09

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