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August 1, 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

 

 



August 1, 2009

Research volunteers, healthy male and female marihuana smokers (age 21-50) needed to evaluate the effects of marihuana on mood and performance. Live on a research unit at the NYC Psychiatric Institute for 10-12 days. Compensation for time: $415-$1,015….
--back page ad in the Village Voice

MORE THAN 75% of Americans think the so-called war on drugs hasn’t worked and won’t work in the future according to The American Prospect which asserts that almost half the people in the country have admitted having tried illegal drugs. “We are already at the tipping point societally in terms of ending the drug war” says Sanho Tree of the Center for Policy Studies. “But the people who have to act on this are Congress, and they won’t do so because they have to face re-election. A lot of these politicians have fairly reptilian brains, you know.” Of the 2.3 million behind bars—more than in any other country—almost one quarter are there for drug offenses while “pot-smoking popular-culture figures are everywhere”. TAP forecasts that change will have to come from the states, many of which are liberalizing their marihuana laws. It expresses optimism about the appointment of Seattle’s former police chief Gil Kirlikowske as the nation’s latest “drug czar” who once declared “We’re not at war with the people of this country” and calls illegal drugs “a public health problem where law enforcement is key player”.

THE ELUSIVE AND mostly invisible Thomas Pynchon will be back in the news next week when his L.A.-based novel about a weed-toking detective, and the plot to kidnap a billionaire developer, is published on both sides of the Atlantic. Inherent Vice is set in L.A. in the late Sixties, when Pynchon lived there writing Gravity’s Rainbow which Wired described as “the Moby Dick of rocket science novels”. The magazine (which refers to Pynchon as “the paranoid poet of the information age”) includes in its current issue a map of the author’s early haunts. They include Benedict Canyon, scene of the 1969 Manson murders, and the 1893 Bradbury Building downtown which is widely known for its role in the sci-fi classic film Blade Runner.

WERE BUSINESS SCHOOLS RESPONSIBLE for our economic crisis? Maybe to some extent, in the opinion of the New Republic. “But across the country”, comments the Utne Reader, “they are grappling with the possibility that they have been instilling generations of students with a naive faith in free markets, teaching them to focus on short-term profits and justifying some of the more outrageous executive-compensation schemes”. The end result was to suspend criticism and go along with the business community.

AN URGENT PLEA went out to the publishers of the Washington Post and the New York Times to erect a wall around their web content and allow access only to subscribers. No one can act if the Post and Times do not” writes David Simon. “You must act together…inform(ing) readers…it is a requirement for acquiring the contents of the news organizations that spend millions to properly acquire, edit and present that work”. Simon, a former Baltimore Sun reporter-turned TV producer (The Wire) writes in Columbia Journalism Review that the decline of newspapers is so severe that it may be too late for some to survive, but that starting to charge for content may be the only solution for the rest. He blames short-sighted management—“by and large, reared in boardrooms rather than newsrooms”—for focusing on short-term profit over the years rather than re-investing in the product.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Burma’s universally admired heroine Daw Aung Sa Suu Kyi could hugely advance the cause of the country’s freedom if she could escape long enough to make a worldwide tour….”It’s not enough to drill a well and then walk away” says a report by the World Water Forum, complaining that $300 million spent on drilling wells in Ghana and Mali has been wasted because villagers can’t afford to maintain them…..The touristy Somerset village of Wookey Hole is auditioning witches this weekend, offering a $75,000 job to live in its famous cave…. Michigan has become the fifth state to adopt the concept of the Living Library which presents human “books” who attend functions to answer questions about their expertise ….Deft Definition: Cashtration -- The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time….Tasmania’s opium fields have been invaded by a surplus of wallabies which are eating the crop (used for pharmaceuticals)….And Asia Times reports that switching Afghan farmers from opium crops to saffron could bring in ten times the income….….”Every national park on the west coast” has been infiltrated by marihuana growing, charges Terrain, the eco-news magazine of Berkeley’s Ecology Center….”Listed in Smart Money’s Underpaid column is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos whose $1.3million salary is relatively low but supplemented by the $8.2billion value of his 23% stake in the company ….Britain’s wretched Justice Secretary Jack Straw who sent Chile’s Pinochet home in 2000 because he was supposedly too sick to strand trial, has denied parole to 80-year-old Ronnie Biggs, surviving (but barely) Great Train Robber (1963) who remains in jail speechless after a series of strokes….Mandatory work projects instead of jail sentences would save every state millions of dollars in prisoner upkeep….”I plant trees for people” says Tom Selleck. “Oak trees, sycamores, California peppers. On my own I’ve probably planted over 2,000 trees. And you know, they eat carbon” ….“A gateway drug for vegetarians” is what restaurateur Ron Silver calls bacon in Detail’s piece about the delicious porcine pleasure whose sales have risen 42% in the past year…. As part of its campaign to end world hunger, Heifer International (that organization that enables you to buy a goat for a poor community) publishes an inspiring magazine, WorldArk (www.heifer.org)….--The wise and brave dares own that he was wrong—-Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)

 Flashback /Aug 4, 2007

THE WILCOCK WEB: Major pharmaceutical companies are researching the cannabis plant, seeking pain-killing and anti-nausea compounds that can be patented. Simultaneously they are spending millions on PR hoping to keep the plant illegal.

7/25/09

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