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February 6, 2010
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

 

 


February 6, 2010

John Wilcock
the column of lasting insignificance

“Whenever the word sex is involved, people kind of lose their consciousness immediately. It’s like the red rag to the bull. Whatever constructive or educational dialog that might come out of it—I haven’t found yet the waters are actually calm enough to have that conversation”—

ROWING ACROSS THE ATLANIC is a kind of jaw-dropping prospect to contemplate and the idea becomes even more sensational when the swashbuckler planning to do it is a 22-year-old girl, Katie Spotz whose 19-foot rowboat was featured in the January Popular Mechanics. The boat is big enough to house watertight cabins for supplies and sleeping plus a desalinization machine that will convert sea water for drinking. Her 2,500-mile route-- from Dakar, Senegal to Cayenne, French Guyana—is targeted for 70-100 days all of which time she plans to be “100 percent focused and aware”. Quite an adventurer young Katie: she’s already swum all 352 miles of the Allegheny River and cycled 3,300 miles across the U.S.

IF SHEPHARD FAIREY unsuccessfully loses to the Associated Press  the case for transforming an AP photograph into his Obama poster, say goodbye to the art of collage. For hundreds of years artists have improvised on original images to create something new (Andy Warhol’s Flower paintings originated in Patricia Caulfield’s photograph). “Bad poets (artists) copy” says the old adage. “Good poets steal”.

THE  TROUBLE WITH TINTIN, the legendary hero of dozens of best-selling Belgian books, is that their author, Georges Rémi, was a racist who was prone to referring to blacks as “stupid”. This might present something of a problem when the books are published in the U.S. later this year. Brussels daily Le Soir suggests that, as a “dignified gesture”, publishers might like to explain in an apologetic foreword to Rémi’s books that attitudes were different in the 1930s when they were written. The politically incorrect author/illustrator (known as Hergé) who died in 1983, produced most of his work in the 1930s when attitudes were more permissive. More than 200 million of the books—collections of the serial strip—have been sold in 50 different languages.

COMMENTING IN A LETTER to Wired about the opposition to vaccination, a Colorado reader wrote: It’s an “attitude which combines stunning intellectual laziness, the erroneous concept that all information is equal and the internet to create a witches’ brew that we’re using to commit national suicide”.

STAR SPONSORSHIP ISN’T looking so good these days. “Drug cheating, thuggery and sleaze have taken their toll” says Forbes. “Marketers are wondering whether they’re getting their money’s worth from their dollars”. For years sponsorship spending rose dependably by 10% a year, but that was before the Tiger Woods scandal and the growing  realization that people began to suspect that celebrities didn’t necessarily use the products they endorsed. Last year sponsorship dropped  by $100 million (although it still tops $11bn). There’s recognition that “having a star is too risky” says sports attorney Matthew Pace. “You may hitch your wagon to  person who can hurt you”.

impossible war
“The question is how come these terrorists are able to come all the way from the border to Kabul with all their ammunition and stuff?” asked Noor ul-Haq Uloumi, a member of Parliament. He said that corruption was involved. There are many reports of cases where guards have been bribed to enable criminals or insurgents to move through the area” --The New York Times commenting on last month’s report by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime

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A LAND SPEED RECORD in the seven hundreds--763 mph--is not fast enough for rival teams of racers which are aiming at 800mph—and then, of course, 1,000mph. The current record, 763 mph, set in  Nevada’s Black Rock desert  in 1997 by  Richard Noble’s twin-engine Thrust SSC (driver: Andy Green), is what Noble will try to surpass this year. But months before his Fall attempt, he’ll face a challenge from  Keith Zanghi and Ed Shadle,  whose North American Eagle car was  previously a supersonic Lockheed attack jet.  “You can compare (our venture) with people who want to climb Mt. Rainier or Mt. Everest or whatever” Shadle told Popular Science.
      [Why do these egomaniacs do this? What are the benefits?]

THE WILCOCK WEB: If suicide bombers, caught just before they exploded their charge, were shot on the spot, they would get the heavenly reward they were eagerly anticipating while saving the cost of a trial… Researchers at Philadelphia’s Temple University says that it’s just an illusion to believe that a cup of coffee will sober you up….. A hangover is the wrath of grapes ….Medics have discovered a gene through which they may be able to predict how late in life women could delay getting pregnant…. Just when successful women are reportedly anxious to share living quarters with supportive men who’ll do the housework, I’m too old to benefit from it….…. As bonuses are obligatory when bankers exceed their quota, shouldn’t salary deductions be made when they don’t?….How could it possibly be cheaper to build and maintain Mexican prisons in which to keep the million illegal immigrant criminals currently in California jails, than simply deporting them?…..Can those airport body scanners detect a bomb hidden in the ass?… Enough oil to supply the world until the end of the century still lies underground in tar sands and shale, says New Scientist, but unfortunately it is difficult to extract, in a polluting process that is currently not economic ….Although the Supreme Court still seems sacrosanct, even Obama has publicly joined the growing number of critics. Can it be long before widespread demands for their terms to be limited?….A full page ad in National Review is offering (for $375) “a priceless historical experience” —attending a two-day high school conference in March at the Ronald Reagan ranch near Santa Barbara…. The father of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, is called Homer…,Questions about Social Security, Medicare, immigration matters—now they can all be answered by calling a single government number: 800 FED-INFO…. It’s ludicrous for the killer of the abortion doctor to plead justification unless all murderers are allowed the same defense….How to feed dogs and cats in shelters without it costing you anything and without moving from your computer: click on Freekibble.com or FreekibbleKat.com ….. The days when people were eager to pay $3 for 15 seconds of sound seem to be over, says Fortune, as buyers of ring tones decline and the number of text messages doubles….. Britain’s Channel Four TV is seeking a terminally-ill man or woman who will agree to donate their body for mummification…..”The special relationship is so special that only the English know it exists” declared former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder …“There’s no money in poetry said Robert Graves, “but there’s no poetry in money either”… The AMA wants hospital doctors to stop wearing ties which it says are a source of infection…. The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men—George Eliot (1819-80)

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