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May 29, 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
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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 29, 2010

John Wilcock
the column of lasting insignificance

THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL business book is still selling hundreds of thousands of copies a year and recently became a big hit as an iPhone app. IT will be republished next year to mark its 75th anniversary. Maybe the success of How to Win Friends and Influence People is due to its popularity among all the folk (30m so far) who didn’t buy it just for business but because they thought it could improve their lives. “The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it” and ”Let the other person do a great deal of the talking” are a couple of the 30 principles laid out by author Dale Carnegie who first developed them while teaching a class at the Harlem YMCA. The book, which has been translated into 47 languages,  became the foundation stone of what Fortune describes as “a self-improvement empire”—Dale Carnegie Training, whose eight million graduates include Warren Buffett, Frank Perdue and Lee Iacocca.I’ve never claimed to have a new idea” Carnegie (who died in 1955) once explained. “Of course I deal with the obvious. I present, reiterate, and glorify the obvious, because the obvious is what people need to be told”.

THE REASON WHY it’s so hard to get a handle on simplifying the tax code, says the Economist, is that there are too many contradictory loopholes, each representing a favor to some different group. “A typical loophole has passionate defenders but no opponents” explains the mag. “Those who benefit from it, benefit a lot. Those who would gain from its repeal (ie taxpayers in general) have never heard of it. And so the mess get messier”.

THE LATEST DAREDeVIL to announce a death-defying stunt is Felix Baumgartner who plans to jump out of a balloon 22 miles above the earth and float not-so-gently to the ground. His project is being guided by U.S. test pilot  Joe Kittinger who  made a similar drop from 102,800 feet half a century ago. Baumgartner, 41, is aiming at a new record of 120,000 feet. This kind of stunt offers helpful research for future astronauts and space tourists. In the first 30 seconds of his jump, Baumgartner will break the sound barrier at 690mph before being slowed down to about 120mph  by denser air.  A special parachute will slow any potential spin and a regular chute will kick in at 5,000 feet carrying him as far as 150 miles from his starting point.  Austrian-born, he holds the record for the highest parachute dive from a building (the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and in 2007 became the first person to jump 1,280 ft from the then tallest completed building in the world in, Taiwan.

A BIODEGRABLE PEN that will decompose in soil or water after its useful life is over is the first of a raft of products made from plastic by a Cambridge, MA company.  Metabolix  has genetically engineered a microbe that eats sugar from corn to generate a new molecule. Next, the company  plans to phase out the corn and use nonfood material such as switchgrass which grows in profusion on the prairie.

DESCRIBED AS THE INVENTOR of one of this century’s most famous flops, Dean Kamen, is said to have spent more than $100m to commercialize the Segway. But although it proved too expensive and too impractical for the mass market says Fortune, it hasn’t cured Kamen., 59, of his risk-taking. More than 300 engineers are employed at his invention factory, DEKA Research in Manchester. N.H., among them an arm “that revolutionizes artificial limbs”, an engine that makes electricity from cow dung and grass clippings,  and a vapor compression water distiller than can turn sludge into drinkable water. “I need those day jobs to fund my fantasies supplying clean water and power to the world” he told the magazine.

UPSCALE SHOPPING MALLS, once so choosy, are finding that being less exclusive can be very helpful in these parlous times. A tattoo parlor, for example, is the newest tenant of Tampa’s ritzy Westfield Brandon Mall which has found that it generates a good deal of foot traffic. “A tattoo can also take up to a couple of hours and require multiple visits” says Stores magazine, “which keeps folks at—and coming back to—the mall”.

TWENTY SEVEN YEARS after first opening in Charleston, IL, Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shops launched its 1,000th outlet in Beaverton, OR. But its main item (says Stores magazine) goes by many different names in different regions: sub, torpedo, grinder hoagie, wedge or blimp.

THE COUNTRY OF MICRONESIA is suing a power station in the Czech Republic—8,000 miles away—citing the international law principle of trans-boundary harm, applying it for the first time to climate change. “We would like to make it a precedent” declares environmental lawyer Jim Nezhyba, expressing hopes that it will encourage similar challenges and resulting with (says Mother Jones ) “industries bracing for a tide o climate lawsuits”. Another one now in the works is the Inupiat Native American community of Kivalina, Alaska, suing a score of oil and utility companies whose carbon emissions, they claim, is helping to melt the ice on which the community sits. The subject will be a hot topic when 65 world leaders meet for environmental talks at Cancun in November.

WHAT LOOKED LIKE good fortune when a huge new source of oil was found beneath the sea off Rio de Janeiro is now causing major anxiety in Brazil’s capital as 27 state governors and 5,600 mayors are all fighting for the country’s oil wealth to be redistributed. Up to now the $4bn in annual oil revenues has accounted for 15% of Rio’s budget but a fairer redistribution would  bring Rio a mere $130m which the city says would jeopardize the 2016 Olympic Games. “Oil is like a pretty woman on a dance floor full of men” says Brazil president Lula da Silva vividly, “Everybody wants a go”.


End the Impossible War

THE WILCOCK WEB: As is so often the case, it was the governments (and not the citizens) of European countries that rammed through the use of the Euro to replace all those gorgeously decorative, multicolored bank-notes. But we might yet see the day when the situation is reversed…..

Euros
Will the Euro become obsolete?
There should be a law mandating that any election in which less than 50% of the electorate votes, is automatically declared invalid….Never Enough by William Voegeli is the perfect title for a book about greedy Republicans. But no! It’s a book about welfare. (Blaming your adversary for your own faults is known as the Nixon Defense)….. With a Bionic Power device strapped to the knee, a one-minute walk produces enough kinetic energy to power a cell phone or prosthetic limb…..”The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet” wrote Edward Thomas…. Did you ever hear of swapping a movie star for a tattooed, trailer park slut?…..Even religion-inspired murders won’t delay the depiction of pictorial representations of Muhammad indefinitely…. …. So many Russian drivers mount flashing blue lights atop their cars to speed their way through traffic there’s a new law that prohibits it…. The infamous Blackwater company, kicked out of Iraq after its mercenaries murdered a bunch of civilians, is asking thePentagon to give it another $1bn contract under its new name Xe….. … Newsmax estimates that the Mexican drug cartels control the trade in more than 200 U.S. cities….Employing more temps would surely be cheaper than spending millions on paying overtime…Top of the list of 1.3 million complaints to the Federal Trade Commission is identify theft (runner up: debt collection)….. Why are the “rights” of foreigners to break the law any business of the ACLU?….Placebos work best in treating depression, experts explain,  because “they offer hope”…..Factories making everything from Cuban-type cigars, popcorn and banjos and visits to nut farms and gold mines are available on free tours in all 50 states (www.factorytoursusa.com.)….Brazil’s Rio Archdiocese, which holds the copyright on the mountaintop Christ the Redeemer statue is suing Columbia Pictures for depicting its destruction in the movie 2012……A school on Tyneside in northern England tried starting lessons an hour later in the morning and reported “significant” improvements in math and English results…. Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices--Voltaire 1694-1778)

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