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May 1, 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

 

 


May 8, 2010

John Wilcock
the column of lasting insignificance

“American is perilously close to the return of a 21st century McCarthyism…Step forward President-Elect Liz Cheney, the old fool’s elder daughter… in six or ten years’ time Liz Cheney, now still only 43, will no longer be a soccer mom; what could be more natural than a run for the White House?”
                   Andrew Stephen
                                    in the
New Statesman

ECONOMY IN CRISIS is the actual name of an organization that works to remind the public of why everything is in such bad shape. Its latest warning is a  two-page ad in The American Prospect blasting the World Trade Organization which it terms “this foreign undemocratic body…operating with comparatively little input or control by us and with no concern for what is in our best interest”. Under pressure from foreign lobbyists, charges E I C, the Feds “mistakenly invited the trade organization to rule over us when they signed the treaty”, since which we have lost nine out of every ten trade disputes brought before this body. Hearings are closed to the public and all its decisions are final and uncontestable. Because of NAFTA and the WTO (charges the website Economyincrisis.com), the kind of “free trade” practiced by such countries as China, Japan and Mexico puts U.S. companies out of business without the chance of appeal, and we must change or get out of these organizations.

THE FIRST PATENT for 3D film was filed in 1890. It’s an idea from the past (that has petered out twice previously) and should stay there, says Mark Kermode in the Observer. This is not some “creative leap on a par with the advent of color and sound” but a “con” designed to head off piracy and force us all to watch films in “over-priced multiplexes”. The writer terms it “a carnival side show” that adds nothing to narrative cinema.

Ivory Billed WoodpeckerTHAT ELUSIVE BIRD which may or may not exist caused quite a stir when it was supposedly observed in eastern Arkansas six years ago. The ivory-billed woodpecker (wingspan: 30 in.)  hadn’t been spotted for half a century before, was believed to be extinct and in fact hasn’t been seen since. Brinkley  (pop: 3,940), previously a mecca for duck-hunters, underwent a brief tourist boom with the local barber shop offering a duck-billed haircut (a modified Mohawk) and international bird-watchers falling over each other. Now, after five years of searching at a cost of $10million, there’s a new movie, Ghost Bird, which suggests that even the report of the original sighting might have gained undue credibility from a cover story in Science. Says director Scott Crocker: “Without that article and the magazine’s enormous clout, I don’t think the rediscovery would have had much traction…their editorial staff seemingly looked the other way and gave the ornithologists the benefit of the doubt”. Nevertheless, there’s a $50,000 reward for anybody who can prove the bird’s still around.

          
More Jewish Haiku

Jews on safari --
map, compass, elephant gun,
hard sucking candies.

Like a bonsai tree,
is your terrible posture
at my dinner table.

The same kimono
the top geishas are wearing:
I got it at Loehmann's.

AN AIR CONDITIONED tree house with chef’s kitchen, bath tub and heated floors is featured in that magazine for the rich and extravagant, Forbes Life which locates it in Ramona, CA. and says it cost the owner $300,000 to build. The story describes other luxury tree shelters and quotes New York designer Roderick Romero: “People think ‘tree house’ and imagine creaky plywood forts where kids sneak away to have their first kiss. But it’s moved so far beyond that”.

“Criticism doesn’t bother me—I think I’m being honest when I say that. I’ve never fumed over a bad review. The thing I don’t like is reviewers that say, ‘This is a nice book’. I would much prefer, ‘Who the fuck does this asshole think he is?’
Jonathan Safran Foer, author of a couple of near-impenetrable  novels, interviewed by the New Statesman

ALTHOUGH ARTIFICIAL TURF can cost as much as three times the cost of growing the real thing it’s becoming so widespread that 60 million square feet of it was installed last year in lawns across the country. The Association of Synthetic Grass Installers (who could have imagined their existence?) says that’s a 20% increase from a year or two back, a definite gain over the days when (says their vp Annie Costa) people used of think of artificial turf as little more than “Brillo pad on a sponge”. These days, claim its promoters, you have to get up really close to see it isn’t real.

AFTER STUDYING SOME gross ads-–one depicting a woman fishing a purse from a pool containing a floating corpse (Jimmy Choo shoes)— university researchers concluded that some women regarded fashion ads as a sort of form into which they could enter “transported into the story world set in motion by the ad’s pictures”. The merely pretty was merely passed over, concluded the Journal of Consumer Research. “Grotesque juxtapositions were required to stop and hold the fashion consumer flipping through Vogue”.

OUR BARBAROUS ALLY Saudi Arabia, a country which  thinks of itself as civilized, has just condemned to death by public beheading a visiting Lebanese TV psychic, Ali Sibat, 46, in whose Medina hotel room was discovered harmless medicinal herbs. Le Figaro reports that the sentence was imposed to discourage “foreign magicians” from entering the country.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Arizona’s 4m illegals, are unwelcome in that state yet San Francisco would love to have them. But who’ll pay the bus fares?…. By issuing 1.2bn identity cards, India becomes the latest of almost 100 countries (seven in Europe) to catalog all its citizens….Whoever it is in California law enforcement that’s so insistent on the return of Roman Polanski, must be about to run for office …. If Lehman Brothers’ Richard Fuld lied to Congress about his salary, shouldn’t he be in jail?…..Dow is experimenting with solar panels that can double as roof shingles. “(Could be) solar for the masses” predicts Dow ceo Andrew Liveris….Since cigarettes were banned in Isle of Man prisons, inmates have been smoking tea bags…. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still…..Workers at Carlsberg’s Copenhagen warehouse just ended a strike protesting that their daily three-bottles of beer ration had been cut to one….. It’s a blessing that security officials trying to stop suicide bombers believe in racial profiling. It’s only common sense. To pretend that the least likely-looking people are the most likely lawbreakers is ridiculous…..The new protective helmets being adopted by NFL teams include sensors that assess the strength of collisions and transmit the information to sideline computers…. Forbes cover story about Glenn Beck reveals the talk jock heads a $34m a year business including $13m from his books and Fusion magazine…. I respect faith, said Wilson Mizner, but doubt is what gets you an education….After more than 5,000 attacks by dogs on Brits last year, the government is contemplating mandatory insurance and microchips on every beast….If anyone’s keeping check of staggering new technological developments, they’ll already know about “augmented reality” which is holding objects up to your webcam and having hitherto unseen pictures pop up on your computer screen (such as Shaquille O’Neal emerging from a bottle of the sports drink Muscle Milk)…. And, by the way, real milk is now coming in bags with Canada’s lead being followed by England’s Sainsbury chain which is using them to replace cartons….The universe is change: our life is what our thoughts make it—Marcus Aurelius (121-180AD)

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