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March 13, 2010
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

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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

 

 


March 13, 2010

John Wilcock
the column of lasting insignificance

“Since the time of Rome, historians have taught that while corruption is a part of every society, the only truly dangerous corruption comes when the society has lost any sense of shame. Washington has lost its sense of shame.” —Lawrence LessigNation

BLUEFIN TUNA was once so ubiquitous that it was used for cat food, but its popularity among sushi fans has turned it into a global delicacy fetching thousands of dollars for fish as heavy as hundreds of pounds. Unfortunately demand has also brought the fish almost to extinction. Its possible inclusion on the list of endangered species will be discussed at a convention in Qatar next week.

INTERNET POKER IS UNDER renewed threat with the Justice Department’s resolve to implement a law that has largely been in abeyance since it was passed four years ago. “What the government usually cares most about” says Forbes, “is whether gambling is providing a forum for other criminal activity like money-laundering, underage gambling or cheating” and thus at risk is an industry involving 2.5 million Americans who play and bet $20 billion annually. Most of the internet betting sites are located abroad—such as the one in Costa Rica operated by 76-year-old Doyle Brunson, the so-called “Godfather of Poker— but occasionally their owners have been arrested when they were careless enough to come ashore. However, among their supporters is Rep. Barney Frank (D.Mass) who is backing a bill to make online poker legal—and taxed.

CAN WE DISPOSE OF radioactive waste in volcanoes? That’s the question a New Jersey reader submitted to Popular Mechanics which replied that the temperature inside volcanoes “only” reaches 2,400°F whereas the melting point of uranium oxide, the fuel used at most nuclear power plants, is more than twice that, 5,189 degrees.

LIKE THE JEWISH eruv system which allows Orthodox Jews to ignore their Sabbath laws within a symbolic enclave marked off with wire, the Sharia laws that forbid lenders earning interest also demonstrate the hypocrisy of religions. How do the Muslims obey the law? They just finagle a way around it.

DREAMS OF FUSION never go away in the scientific community and although nuclear fusion already exists—the combining of atomic nuclei to create heat—the ultimate aim of imitating the power of the sun lives on.

Skeptics have long scoffed that fusion “is the energy source of the future and always will be”. But that was before the emergence in France of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor which will attempt to fuse together two heavy isotopes of hydrogen inducing temperatures of 15m kelvin (the temperature at the sun’s core) thus creating huge amounts of energy. The drawback, explains the New Scientist, is that “nuclei themselves are reluctant participants: each carries a positive electrical charge and these repel one another”. Overcoming this problem is why, even after the expenditure of $10bn, nobody is expecting success in the immediate future.

Zero Rupees
ON A VISIT back to his native India, a professor from the University of Maryland was so annoyed at constant demands for bribes, that he designed and had printed a fake “banknote” which he hands out in response. He says some corrupt officials are not used to resistance to their requests and, scared by his gift, change their ways.

ON THE WAY to the fabulously expensive-to-produce home 3D television, viewers may be treated to a simpler version known to the trade as “synthesized 3D” which is basically a way to convert existing 2D. (Maybe that’s what the new Alice movie is). It will cost half as much as the real thing to transmit, but there’s a twist: it sometimes can give the illusion that objects are moving away from rather than toward the viewer. And, “It lacks the ‘wow’ factor” Motorola’s Ajay Luthra told Communications Technology.

impossible war
     “The importance of a people not wanting to be occupied cannot be underestimated…We don’t like to admit that in the case of Afghanistan, maybe our presence is making the situation worse. That maybe these people are fighting because they don’t like to be occupied.” American Prospect

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CUTTING THE THROAT of a helpless animal clearly causes pain says a report by researchers at a New Zealand University who say it should be preceded by stunning the defenseless beast. But just slitting the throats of the terrified animals and letting them bleed to death is how some Jews and Muslims interpret the demands of their religion. A Massey University team led by Craig Johnson conducted brain wave tests showing that stunning the animals right after incision made the pain disappear instantly. “but the religious community are adamant (animals) don’t experience any pain” Johnson says.

SINCE 1978 a British trade magazine, The Bookseller, has made an annual award for The Oddest Title of the Year. The 2009 winner will be announced on March 26, with nominations (which close next week) including the following:

* Afterthoughts of a Worm Hunter
by David Crompton. (Glenstrae Press)

* Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich
by James A. Yannes. (Trafford Publishing)

* Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes
by Daina Taimina. (A K Peters, Ltd.)

* Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots
by Ronald C. Arkin. (CRC Press)

* The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
by Ellen Scherl and Maria Dubinsky. (SLACK Inc.)

* What Kind of Bean is This Chihuahua?
by Tara Jansen-Meyer. (Mirror)

THE WILCOCK WEB: If we had gotten out of Iraq years ago—before hundreds of thousands of deaths—the inevitable civil war would have been over by now….Only a clueless vulgarian such as Tim Burton would think that sensationalizing a beloved classic such a Alice in Wonderland would be admirable…. In a story about how widely disliked are the ticket-selling agencies, the Economist quotes a music industry veteran: “Every story you have ever heard about the greed of musicians is true”…. How could the imaginative Jerry Steinfeld have dreamed up something as feeble as The Marriage Ref?…Being bribed by somebody for whom you do favors isn’t necessarily unethical ruled the pols who decide these matters…. Chevron is just the latest of the major oil companies to de-brand itself from hundreds of attached retail shops, reports the trade magazine, Stores ….Criminal activities by terrorist groups in the tri-border area between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil earns them $100 million a year claims James Conway, a former FBI counter-terrorism agent, who told Newsmax: “It’s Hezbollah’s Western capital for fund-raising”…. And the porous U.S.-Canada border enables a billion-dollar cigarette smuggling business … With most of its citizens earning less than $2 a day, Nigeria allows 80% of its vast oil wealth to be shared by one per cent of the population…. How is it possible to have civil war? And why is there an expiration date to sour cream?…..New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has cats named Albert Einstein and Doris Lessing….Google forecasts that within a few years its new phone that not only recognizes your voice but can translate it immediately into a foreign language will be ready …. Maybe instead of wasting entire pages to advertising itself, the Los Angeles Times might consider donating the pages to charity?… If mortgages can so readily be adjusted upwards, couldn’t the contracts be written so that they automatically adjust downwards when values drop?…..In the course of researching blast injuries, Britain’s Porton Down military laboratory has blown up 119 pigs since 2006….Actors who’ve wanted to play Holden Caulfield have included Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson and Leonard di Caprio, but the late J.D. Salinger never gave permission for a movie version of Catcher in the Rye. Now his family might sell the rights…. Another of those “rare currency” ads aimed at suckers in National Review offers a package of four $2 bills for $12 plus shipping….How many firms allow their employees to spend most of their time and derive much of their income from working another job? And yet it’s conventional for members of congress. Full time pay for part time work…. Imagination is more important than knowledge --Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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