Ojai Orange.com | home | archives | press | contact us

Ojai Orange | The Column of Lasting Insignificance | Books | Wait-A-Minute

February 20, 2010
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

  The column of lasting insignificance  
       


also posted:



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 20, 2010

John Wilcock
the column of lasting insignificance

UNTIL AMERICA CAN re-establish some sort of industrial or manufacturing base, its future looks pretty hopeless in too many ways, is the claim of The American Prospect which contends that we can expect more growing trade deficits, no uplift for millions stranded in low-paying jobs and increasing dependence on foreign manufacturers even for key military technology. In a 24pp segment examining what it feels is the wrong direction the nation is taking, the magazine wrote: ”The forces arrayed against American manufacturing—chiefly Wall Street and Wal-Mart—have tremendous political clout”.
      It points out that both China and Japan now make more cars than the U.S.; that the solar and wind-energy industries barely exist compared with other countries; that China makes more steel, and that none of the 1.2 billion cell phones sold throughout the world in 2008 were made in the U.S. In the past decade, machine-tool consumption in the U.S. fell by 23% while in China it rose by 714%. “Our government exists to serve the people and not just the corporations that are so anxious to outsource the economy to China” declares TAP “(We) helped rebuild the manufacturing capacity of Germany and Japan. Why not help rebuild U.S. manufacturing now?”

THE NUMBER OF corporate gurus who are “experts at telling suits that they’re doing everything wrong” are described as “the rock stars of the business world” by Details. It writes that although it might be tempting to dismiss these advisers as “self-promoting blowhards” that would be a mistake because they are articulating some fundamental truths about the sweeping changes brought about by recent technology. Mentioned in the story are Timothy Ferris (The 4-Hour Workweek); Laura Day (Practical Intuition); Seth Godin (Unleashing the Idea Virus) and Gary Vaynerchuk (Crush It!).

AN AD IN THE Spectator announces that the proposal England Should be a Catholic Country Again is the subject of a debate in London next week (admission $50) with a Catholic Cardinal on one side opposed by a former bishop, an MP and a columnist on the other. (England ceased to be a Catholic country back in 1533 on the order of Henry VIII because Pope Clement VII didn't accept the questionable "annulment" of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. The King married Anne Boleyn anyway --after screwing her sister, Mary--but she was queen for only three years before she was executed.)

A GROWING TREND is for couples who live together to invest separately reports Smart Money,  especially now that the recession has caused them to argue more often. A survey by Pay Pal in 2009 disclosed that 57% of couples had some financial accounts separate from each other compared with 46% the year before. Of course, it hasn’t stopped the arguments. “Experts warn that competing coupes could get into trouble if one is trying to outperform the other and taking higher risks than they should” SM explains.

impossible war
     “The government has not prosecuted a single successful case for killings by armed contractors overseas…(what’s) fundamental is that the government can not—or will not—keep a handle on its freelance gunmen. A nation of laws cannot go to war like that.”
                   -- from a New York Times editorial

************************************************


INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVISED
by the military used to filter down pretty soon to the video games industry, but the situation has reversed. That’s the gist of a story in the Economist which reveals that consumer products are increasingly being appropriated for military use. One example it gives is the Air Force’s purchase of Sony play stations which it will link up into a supercomputer and will cost about one-tenth as much as a conventional one. “A new piece of military kit can take years to specify, test and acquire using a traditional procurement process, only to arrive outdated” the mag explains. “So, where possible, it is quicker and cheaper to buy commercial off-the-shelf items”.

THE REASON WHY British banks have announced they want to phase out the use of checks, explains Peter Wilby in the New Statesman,  is because new regulations no longer allow them to steal the interest during  the week it takes to “transfer” money from one account to another while the sum remains in limbo.

THE VISIONARY WHO didn’t quite achieve his dream of providing a free computer to every school kid in the Third World, is back with a less expensive plan. Nicholas Negroponte now aims at producing a touch screen tablet PC that uses less power than a light bulb, is unbreakable and waterproof—all for $75. As with the earlier plan, the device would be paid for by governments, education authorities and benefactors and produced by ambitious but public-spirited companies. The difference is that although the dream of distributing seven million computers wasn’t achieved (Latin American governments passed out 1.7million of them) because the lowest production cost was still too high, their very existence spurred research into cheaper PCs. Hence the netbook. And so, says Negroponte, 66, just the idea of producing a cheap tablet will be similarly catalytic. “We want to create downward pressure on the market”.

Why do teapots always drip? Apparently it’s due to a “hydro-capillary” effect which, in layman’s terms, means that the liquid flows unevenly by “sticking’ to the spout at intervals.  The cure, say scientists at Lyon University, is to smooth the spout’s exterior with some water-repelling substance. Butter is good.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Instead of funding the rebels, the late Charlie Wilson should have encouraged the Russians to stay in Afghanistan and then the Taliban would have been their problem, not ours…. It makes no sense to complain about “racial profiling’ if the profiling is of the people most likely to be guilty…. Communications Technology announced that Direct TV is about to launch three 3D channels and ESPN will transmit the World Cup matches in 3D Columnist Matthew Norman avers that English professional soccer is “buoyantly venal, mercenary and corrupt” charging (in the Independent) that the players are “drinkers and shaggers, braggarts, bullies, cheats and thugs”…..Will the late  Jerome David Salinger’s literary standing be enhanced or diminished when some of his unpublished novels appear in print?…. Now they’ve invented stainless steel robotic bees that can transfer pollen from one flower to another…”The surest sign that intelligent life exists somewhere in the universe” claims cartoonist Bill Watterson,is that it has never tried to contact us”…... There’s another new drug to worry about—the Chinese-made mephedrone, currently legal (because sold as a plant food) but becoming dangerously popular with teenagers who know it as “meow-meow”…… At least 50 children have been taken sick after kissing frogs says The Week, believed to have been inspired by copying Tiana, heroine of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog…. Improve your vocabulary by defining the meaning of random words at Freerice.com which donates rice to the World Food Program for every correct answer…“The mullahs of Iran would have been much easier to handle today if Iraq had not been destabilized by the misguided folly of George W. Bush and Tony Blair wrote Daljit Sehbai in a letter to the Daily Telegraph….Because the famous statistic-filled black box often falls into the sea and is lost when an aircraft crashes, the FAA is looking into ways that a compressed air attachment will force it to the surface….Danish and British manufacturers are working on building turbines for wind energy towers whose spinning will not interfere with the radar of passing aircraft as so many at present do…. The lack of money is the root of all evil—Mark Twain (1835-1910)

2/13/10

===========================

Email this link to a friend

comments? send an email to John Wilcock

===========================

TOP

      return to top
       

© 2006-2013 ojaiorange.com | web design by David Buehrens