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July 24, 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

 

 


July 24, 2010

John Wilcock
the column of lasting insignificance

Tuli
credit: Tuli

A FOND FAREWELL to my old friend Tuli Kupferberg (September 28, 1923 – July 12, 2010), musician, poet, philosopher, anarchist and underground icon even before there was an underground.

IF YOU THOUGHT that 3D television sets were the latest thing, you’re behind the curve. Now the Japanese are at work developing holographic TV in which images will be beamed into the center of the room. They will be viewed “as a cloud” reports The Week, “which can be viewed from any angle and without the need for special glasses”. Long before the 2022 World Cup in Tokyo, engineers hope to have installations mounted on the floor from which lasers pointing upwards can fill the room with footballers who could be playing anywhere in the world.

A PISSING MATCH is the literal and all-too-true description of the ongoing battle between the inventors of the waterless toilet and the plumbers’ union. The tale is told in Wired which describes how former Disney vp James Krug has sold 200,000 devices that capture urine in a plastic capsule beneath a blue chemical that traps the smell. Theoretically the $40 capsule needs replacing after 7,000 uses but early experiments have shown that the device needs regular maintenance to avoid clogging. “Plumbers don’t like the waterless urinal” says Charles Berba, an environmental microbiology professor, “because with no moving parts to repair and no pipes to install, it cuts down on their work tremendously”. Krug sees them as a wave of he future and says the Rose Bowl and the Las Vegas Moor Speedway are among the places where they have been located.

SIX REASONS WHY legalization of marijuana is on the way are the subject of NORML’s executive director Allen St. Pierre who declares that after 73 years of unsuccessful prohibition and 20 million arrests, “a national weariness in setting in. Hundreds of millions of tax dollars have been wasted or collected” he writes, “children having more access to cannabis than alcohol or tobacco, and the destabilization of America’s borders—all basically for naught”. Medical acceptance of marihuana; baby boomers becoming “baby bongers”; the sinking economy; opposition to reforming the laws receding, and the dissemination of information via the internet (norml.org) have all helped to change American attitudes he writes in the current issue of High Times.


sperm
credit:  Tuli

AS IF THEY DIDN’T have enough to dispute, Israel and Lebanon are arguing about who invented hummus, the sticky dip comprised of chick peas, tahini, lemon juice and olive oil. A couple of months ago, 300 Lebanese chefs got into the Guinness Book of Records by making a 10-ton batch of it, and now think it should be protected like feta cheese, which the EU mandates should be made in Greece. But it’s the Israelis who have done the most promotion. Supermarket sales have increased by more than a third in the past few years. ”Israel has succeeded in marketing hummus around he world” says David Abithol, who runs a blog Jewlicious.

WHO KNEW THAT using a different type font—in this case Century Gothic—could save ink? That’s one of the 99 Great Ways To Save in the AARP Bulletin which also says, if your hospital will allow it, buy and take your own drugs to save money…compare supermarket prices at mygrocerydeals.com…. and check out globalgreeternetwork.info to find a free local guide when you travel.


End the Impossible War

A LETTER WRITER from Washington state suggested to the Atlantic that a fast food tax would solve a lot of economic problems in addition to reducing obesity. But doesn’t this schlub know how the system works? At the first hint of such a tax, the industry’s lobbyists would be emailing legislators asking how big a bribe was needed for their vote.

MY FIFTEEN MINUTES of fame while promoting my Warhol book in New York didn’t actually produce any tangible results so far as work is concerned. So this is a humble reminder to any editors or publishers that, as a long-experienced freelancer writer with 38 books, 1,000 columns and 800 video programs behind me,  I’m available for commissions to write anything that interests me for anybody and, of course, for payment. Which doesn’t have to be money.  (A vacation would be nice).

THE WILCOCK WEB: If somebody would compile a list of how much it costs to bribe each legislator, lobbyists could be abolished, thus allowing corporations (and others) to save money by paying politicians directly…. If you want to write and tell him what a crook he is,  the NYT  says Goldman Sach’s boss Lloyd Blankfein lives at 15 Central Park West in Manhattan…. At the Navy Marine Institute in San Diego, they’re training sea lions to locate enemy divers and capture them with snap-on shackles…. Sob stories about life in Gaza never mention that the population voted overwhelmingly for Hamas…. A list of several hundred alleged illegals in Utah would theoretically be a template for checking who should be deported, but apparently it’s more important to know where the list came from…..The hypocritical nonsense that bans racial profiling would suggest that everybody but Latinos are most likely to be illegal aliens… Painting dogs to look like tigers or pandas is a current Chinese fad…. The National Mah Jongg League says the number of players has doubled in the past decade…. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it… With a change in the law, New York becomes the last of 50 states to allow “no-fault” divorces (i.e. neither party has to accept blame)…. Cell-phones that can detect dangerous chemicals in the air are being developed by scientists at the Department of Homeland Security…. If just one mile of highway was paved with his Solar Roadway panels, claims Scott Brusaw, four hours of sunlight would produce enough power to light up 500 homes….What kind of idiots would waste five million bucks on erecting signs saying that stimulus funds were providing jobs?….Under various rubrics in eight states, A&P ‘s 429 stores last week loaded $10-worth of coupons onto customers’ club cards in return for texting $5 to the Children’s Miracle Network which supports hospitals If she really wanted to help the state, the $100million Meg  Whitman has spent promoting her massive ego would have gone a long way to solving some of California’s financial problems …. Commenting on the decline of British television, Observer columnist Nick Cohen comments: “Once we gave the world The Jewel in the Crown; now we give it Piers Morgan”…. AARP Bulletin is urging San Francisco seniors to adopt aging dogs (“calmer, quieter, housebroken”) from a nonprofit animal rescue group called Muttville, a friendship it says it will be of mutual benefit…. British writer Andrew O’Hagan wrote a novel about Marilyn Monroe’s dog (given to her by Frank Sinatra).”About his owner, Maf “feels tenderness, admiration, sorrow and bewilderment” O’Hagan writes….“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness’’—Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

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