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December 26, 2009
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

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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
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August 15, 2009
August 8, 2009
August 1, 2009
July 25, 2009
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June 27, 2009
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April 25, 2009
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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
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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
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July 28, 2007
July 21, 2007
July 14, 2007
July 7, 2007
June 30, 2007
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May 12, 2007
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April 28, 2007
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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
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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
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September 2, 2006
August 26, 2006
August 19, 2006
August 12, 2006
August 5, 2006
July 29, 2006
July 22, 2006
July 15, 2006

 

 



December 26, 2009

John Wilcock
the column of lasting insignificance

 “There’s no other way to say it: Barack Obama…has for some reason allowed his presidency to be hijacked by sniveling, low-rent shitheads. Instead of reining in Wall Street, Obama has allowed himself to be seduced by it….an economic team made up exclusively of callous millionaire assholes, that has absolutely zero interest in reforming the gamed system that made them rich in the first place. ‘You can’t expect these people to do anything other than protect Wall Street’ says Rep. Cliff Stearns, a Republican from Florida”
—Matt Taibbi, pointing out in Rolling Stone that Obama has packed the key economic positions in the White House “with the very people who caused the crisis in the first place”.

JUST SUPPOSE THAT you wanted your Congressman  to vote for something you needed, what would you do? Well, obviously, you’d go and give him some money. And if you wanted him to vote for something that would affect a lot of other people adversely, then your bribe would have to be a lot bigger. Doesn’t this sound a little….er…. unethical ? Yet it’s what lobbyists do every single day, and it’s so commonplace that everybody takes it for granted. But what if lobbyists were to be banned altogether, forcing  legislators and their staffs to do their own research—and then vote on the idea’s merits? Glory, be! That would be a real democracy, folks.

impossible war
AT LEAST TEN PER CENT of the millions the Pentagon pays to military contractors in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban is handed over to the Taliban to “protect” the passage of convoys that carry the weapons to fight them. “The American soldier in me is repulsed by it”  Col. David Haight told the Nation. “I know that it is what is essentially paying the enemy saying ‘Hey, don’t hassle me’. I don’t like it, but it is what it is”.

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OLD-FASHIONED JOB APPLICATIONS are becoming extinct says Anne Kadet who went in search of a sales job to write about it for Smart Money. “Even Fredericks of Hollywood told me to go home and download an application”. Ms. Kadet reports that retail applications over 55 have jumped by 25% in the past year, that retailers are hiring only three workers for every 100 applications, and a new gimmick is the group interview. She quotes Restoration Hardware’s DeMonty Price who explains that group interviews “reveal high-energy people who can energize others”.

Former Marvel Comics artist Stan Lee ( the Hulk, Spider Man ) confesses: “I was never a  businessman. I remember the board asked me to come up with a three-year plan for the company. I said, ‘Guys, I don’t even know how to predict where we’ll be in three years. I don’t even know what I’m going to have for breakfast tomorrow’. I resigned as president after about a year. I mean, I can add and subtract, but I hate to read sheets of numbers. I like to write stories”.

NARCISSISM AND GRANDIOSITY are among the reasons why so many celebrities act like know-it-alls in the opinion of Dr. Gad Saad. Expressing his views in Psychology Today, he writes: “Most celebrities  have at best graduated from high school. Hence it is quite extraordinary that they should feel sufficiently knowledgeable to contribute to complex issues in physics, psychiatry, medicine and biology…the problem has gotten so out of hand that there is now an organization, Sense About Science, that seeks to combat such celebrity-driven idiocy”. Dr. (of philosophy) Saad suggests that a lack of negative feedback from those close to them plus “existential guilt”, contribute to the stars’  misguided cockiness, i.e. a need to demonstrate to the world that they are more than ‘mere celebrities’.

EUROPEAN CRITICS ARE raving about another of those almost impenetrable books that literary eggheads love so much. This is Poison, Shadow and Farewell, the final volume of  the trilogy by the Spanish novelist Javier Marias,  and described by one critic as a “work of sublime lunacy”.

WHEN COPYRIGHT IS WRONG is the title of Forbes’ piece about William Patry and his view that “unjustified expansion” of the copyright laws have squelched creativity. A copyright now protects works for the author’s life plus 70 years which, says Google’s intellectual property expert, “is inefficient because it wildly exceeds necessary incentives”.

The copyright industries, particularly the motion picture and record companies, want to control customers, not satisfy them, Patry told the  magazine. “They seek ever-expanding rights and draconian penalties to solve their problems…they’d rather litigate than innovate”.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Global warming would be reduced if all the politicians going to Copenhagen to talk about carbon emissions would stay home and keep quiet” wrote Timothy Stroud in the Daily Telegraph. “The hot air being produced by politicians to show that they care is ludicrous”….. That snake Joe Lieberman thinks he’s invulnerable at present, but that advantage won’t last forever…...How much will Hustler's Larry Flynt be offering for a pageful of Tiger's ex-lovers?....Now that we know that Harvard law school grads start work at around $160,000 it’s easy to see why lawyers charge such rip-off hourly rates…. Eddie Murphy’s 2002 movie Adventures of Pluto Nash which reeled in a pathetic $7.2 million, and basketball star Michael Jackson’s 1904 dud baseball career are among Parade magazine’s list of 50 Biggest Flops…...The latest in an apparently endless stream of variations is Sheila Kohler’s novel Becoming Jane Eyre in which the author re-imagines the childhood of Charlotte Bronte’s fictitious  heroine…. After 62 years, the last of the weekly  crossword puzzles constructed for the Nation  by Frank W. Lewis appeared this week….. And the 125-year-old Orient Express between Paris and Istanbul (1,400 miles) closed down….Five white tigers newly installed at China’s Chongqing Wild Animal Park which had lost their savage instincts while starring in a circus, ran away in terror when a supposedly ‘dead’ chicken--thrown to them for food--woke up and squawked….. British police have started tracking, and taking to court, hackers who steal “virtual goods” from such cyber games as Runescape…. A  new version of Rubik’s Cube entails twisting a plastic globe until six colored balls drop into their correct slots….. The ancient art of crafting dry stone walls without any reinforcement, is under threat in England by theft of the stones for garden decoration. Now some walls are being strengthened with cement …Research scientists in China claim that fruit bats practice oral sex…. The expensive dual cameras needed to create 3-D television may be bypassed by a company called Hdlogix, reports Communications Technology. The firm “has developed mathematical logarithms” to synthesize the first view with a duplicate…. Somebody should make a 21st c. version of Citizen Kane, but with the acquisitive Rupert Murdoch as its anti-hero…..What we have in this country is socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor—Gore Vidal (1925--)

Happy Holidays
(if there are any)

12/19/09

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