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June 19, 2010
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

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2010
December 25, 2010
December 18, 2010
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December 4, 2010
November 27, 2010
November 20, 2010
November 13, 2010
November 6, 2010
October 30, 2010
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October 16, 2010
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August 28, 2010
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May 29, 2010
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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

 

 


June 19, 2010

John Wilcock
the column of lasting insignificance

“My take is that you cannot speak the truth about as many things as I do without incurring the wrath of some people who vow every year not to vote for me”

SOME OF THESE so-called miracle foods aren’t actually much help says Forbes in a feature titled “Snake Oil In Your Snacks”. The mag states that foods masquerading as drugs are currently “the hot spot” in the packaged food business, quoting the opinion of a cardiologist that most of the claims are unsubstantiated. Particular attention  is devoted to the reputed “energy drinks” such as Red Bull. “It’s the marketing folks with these companies that make decisions, not scientists” declares the University of Georgia’s Kirk Cureton. “When the marketing people decide what they want to say, they go try and find some evidence to back it up”.

BLOCKED BY GOVERNMENT censors from accessing critical sites on the Internet, Iranians are now able to bypass such restrictions via software devised by San Francisco webmaster Austin Heap. He claims that his remedy has been so successful that he’s fielding requests from human rights activists in Cuba and China, hoping to replicate the process in those countries.

A SALUTARY WARNING about what’s likely to happen if your innocent flying adventure strays a few feet into federally-protected territory is spelled out in the Smithsonian’s Air&Space  magazine which reports  that infractions have sometimes numbered three per day. Don’t Cross That Line warns author Craig Mellow, an editor at Bloomberg News, who recounts how even a careless pilot can come within seconds of being shot down by  ever-alert traffic controllers. “Since 9/11 the U.S, government has been in no mood to take chances in the sky, or assume that suicide pilots won’t destroy their targets” the mag says, affirming that spending $1,711 per hour to deploy a couple of $15million jets is not considered an extravagance. “A little Cessna with 250 pounds of explosives behind the pilot is all it would take to ruin Washington’s day”.

WATCHING TOO MANY television procedurals is prompting what criminologists describe as “the CSI effect” according to the Economist quoting one expert who defines it as “the phenomenon in which jurors hold unrealistic expectations of forensic evidence and investigation techniques”. Not only have jurors been seduced by television ‘science’, the mag says, but criminals themselves are changing their behavior having learned to seal envelopes with tape rather than saliva and that bleach effectively destroys DNA.

The Good Wife’s Joanna Margulies says she was surprised that CBS picked up (what has proved to be a hit series). “I felt that network TV had mostly embraced reality TV or franchise shows with a formulaic approach. As much as I thought the writers were trying to incorporate a procedural, Alicia was a very complex character in a multilayered dramatic series”.

LAST MONTH’S WARNING from the American Academy of Pediatrics that hot dogs should come with a warning label because in their present form they might choke kids, is a bit over the top writes Lenore Skenazy. About one out of every six million eaters choke to death on franks, she says in Funny Times, which is tragic but to call it ‘high risk’ means calling most of life high risk. “Especially getting in a car! About 1,300 kids die each year as car passengers, compared with 10 a year from hot dogs. What’s happening is that the concept of ‘risk’ is broadening to encompass almost everything a kid ever does, from running to sitting to sleeping”.

THAT LITTLE BLACK DRESS that women have always deemed indispensable becomes electrified in Diana Eng’s  LED version, embedded as it is with tiny microphones which pick up the wearer’s voice and light up when she speaks. The dress, embroidered with conductive, silverized thread, introduces us to the concept of “piezo-electric” materials which transfer vibrations from movement into electricity, and are turning up in other designs to the delight of the fashion-conscious.

Funny Times asked readers to come up with suggested chapter titles for a history book approved by the antediluvian Texas Board of Education. Some of the winners were:

  • Mission Accomplished: The Alamo
  • The War on Indian Aggression
  • 1835-1850: Americans Liberate Texas Territory
    from Mexican Illegal Immigrants
  • Victory in Vietnam

ALBERT EINSTEIN who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1971 will be the subject of a movie written by Stephen Schiff, currently responsible for scripting the new Wall Street film. Some help will come from Walter Isaacson’s 2007 bio of Einstein (1879-1955) who once declared: “Imagination is more important than knowledge”.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Shareholders in oil companies don’t give a shit about the environment, so why should anybody care about them losing money when BP acts irresponsibly, breaks the law and befouls the landscape?…And btw, does BP really need to spend oodles of cash repeating that insincere commercial?…. Robot-driven cars will soon be taking to the highways. The fastest way to get California drivers to shift to public transport says a letter in the Los Angeles Times would be to allow anybody with a driver’s license to travel free…. The Professional Elvis Impersonators Association says membership now tops 500…. How many different types of 3D glasses are you going to eventually need?….The original point and click interface was a Smith & Weston...”If I had committed all the crimes that appear in my films and books” John Waters told the Times Deborah Solomon, I would have been given the death penalty 20,000 times”….The Pentagon has invested $10milion to develop an anti-flu vaccine from specially-treated tobacco leaves which are then ground up to extract the protein…Marketing guru Seth Godin says Amazon should produce a $49 Kindle which could be given away to readers who signed up for a $10 book-a-month….Is there something suspect about those Smile Train ads picturing kids with cleft palates ubiquitous in every magazine in existence? Donated space, we hope, else it’s costing millions…. What’s badly needed is an app that will provide explanations of New Yorker cartoons when shown to a cell phone camera…The original list of 801 Jews whom Oskar Schindler saved from Nazi death camps is on sale for $2.2m……You might think it would be almost impossible to make a subject as fascinating as journalism boring, but somehow the Columbia Journalism Review manages it….Britain’s Ministry of Defence is urging women soldiers to carry condoms…. “Wine makes a man mistake words for thoughts”—Samuel Johnson (1709-84)

6/12/10

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