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August 21, 2010
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

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March 27, 2010
March 20, 2010
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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
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May 12, 2007
May 5, 2007
April 28, 2007
April 21, 2007
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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
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August 21, 2010

John Wilcock
the column of lasting insignificance

IT’S SAFE TO GUESS that the general public never hears about what really goes on in our hallowed halls of congress—the wasted time, the hypocrisies, the idiocies, the basic indifference to and contempt for the ordinary people that these inflated, god-like humans display. Some hint of it is displayed in George Packer’s piece, The Empty Chamber, in last week’s New Yorker:

“In general, when senators give speeches on the floor, their colleagues aren’t around and the two or three who might be present aren’t listening. They’re joking with aides, or e-mailing Twitter ideas to their press secretaries or getting their first look at a speech they’re about to give…
“Between speeches, there are quorum calls, time-killers in which a Senate clerk calls the roll at the rate of one name every few minutes…
“The press gallery, above the dais, is typically deserted, as journalists prefer to hunker down in the press lounge, surfing the Web…

We don’t hear about what really goes on because there aren’t any reporters gutsy enough, or foolhardy enough, to tell us. There was one once in England, Bernard Levin , who was the first writer in modern times to pull back the curtain and show us what fools and knaves most politicians are. He was Arianna’s early mentor and companion, and so you might think that her Huffington Post could be a suitable place for such a similar ongoing exposé.


End the Impossible War

EATING JELLYFISH is what we’ll all be doing in a few years time if the depredation of the world’s fish population continues unchecked. This gloomy prediction comes from the Smithsonian which points out that in many places there are now more jellyfish (“brainless, bloodless and mostly aimless”) than actual fish. Many of the 1,000+ types of medusa are already eaten (dried and seasoned with soy sauce) in China and Japan and one research paper has termed it “the ultimate modern diet food”. Jellyfish have been proliferating so fast they have wiped out salmon farms, helped to exterminate the beluga sturgeon in the Caspian Sea, shut down nuclear plants by clogging the cooling equipment and sting or kill thousands of swimmers every year. In the Black Sea there are estimated to be 900 million tons of them (not a good place to swim). Their expansion is attributed partly to the fact that their natural predators have been almost fished to extinction causing jellyfish, says the mag, “to assume dominance in one marine ecosystem after another”.

TODAY’S NOVELISTS ARE avoiding writing about sex because they’re scared of winning a famous British literary prize, the Bad Sex Award, suggests Andrew Motion, one of the judges for the annual Man Booker Prize. “If there is one thing worse than a lousy lover, it is undoubtedly a lousy describer of the act of love,” says an editorial in the Observer. “Maybe “embarrassment now achieves what censorship used to”

NOT BEFORE TIME, the concept of what’s known as “restorative justice”—rehabilitation rather than jail—is beginning to take hold here and there. “Some states and localities are…putting offenders to work to repair the damage they caused the community rather than simply warehousing them in prisons” writes Sasha Abramsky in the Nation. Notoriously prison-tough Texas has been investing in such things as residential drug treatment centers, mental health facilities, halfway houses; Kansas and Michigan have followed suit. “All told ten states have embraced ‘justice reinvestment’ strategies” says the mag, “reducing prison spending, investing a portion of the savings in a more effective anticrime infrastructure…The era of ‘lock ’em up and throw away the key’ seems slowly to be drawing to a close”.

 

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THE FAMOUS BURMA SHAVE signs which lined stretches of Route 66 finally came to an end in the mid-1960s (see sample to the right) but now some entrepreneur has recreated a few on them on portions of the highway between Seligman and Kingman, AZ.

A FAMILIAR PROBLEM surfaces across the world as China tries to cope with illegal immigrants pouring across its border with Vietnam. Also among the undocumented are Cambodian and Burmese workers in search of a $5-a-day jobs in sugarcane fields, garment workshops and construction sites. Although the wages are meager they are sometimes triple what the immigrants can make back home and, fortuitously for employers, coincide with a time when Chinese factory workers are beginning to strike for higher pay. And Newsmax reports that the same nations that protest when the U.S. tries to enforce its immigration laws, have themselves some of the world’s harshest immigration policies. It names China, Egypt, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

“Being on the left is really a no-brainer” (because) “you don’t have to do anything to be on the left…you just have to keep your mouth shut and go along with the crowd”
—Jon Voigt, father of Angelina Jolie

WHAT MAY BE the world’s most dangerous city, Ciudad Juarez, logged 1,300 homicides in the first six months of this year, but its neighbor across the border, El Paso, had only one. Why the difference? asks Duncan Currie in National Review, suggesting that “community policing” might be the answer, coupled with the fact that smugglers coming through “jump on the interstate highway and head for more lucrative drug markets”. But the picture is not quite as rosy as it might appear. What El Paso lacks in murders, it makes up for in kidnappings of which some estimate there are “dozens”, although this is downplayed by the FBI.

Tuli

YOUR DOG A STAR is the business model of a Santa Monica company, A Dog’s Life, which holds monthly contests inviting its customers to submit photos of their pets and vote on others on the company’s website. Winning pooches end up adorning the
packets of such organic treats as jerky or lamb stew, and the owners say the extra $30,000 in sales from changing the packets every month is well worth the 20% extra printing costs.

THE WILCOCK WEB: So now that we’re (almost ready for) leaving Iraq, expect the age-old civil war to resume, something that was scheduled to happen several years ago (before the thousands of people we lost and killed in the meantime)…. Following its boring television blitz, hardly a day goes by when the JPMorganChase bank doesn’t run extravagant full-page ads in both Times….. Protestors have offered a $50,000 reward to anybody who succeeds in arresting former British prime minister Tony Blair when he attends a signing of his autobiography at a London bookstore next month. The Daily Mail says it will cost “a fortune” of taxpayers’ money to protect him….Union organizers are zeroing in on fast-food restaurants which, claims the Labor Relations Institute’s Philip Wilson, are “sitting ducks" for his recruiters.... When a war criminal who should have been shot at first sight. is on trial for three years, it just makes “justice” look ridiculous…. If both parties really want to erase the filibuster (“an absurd and destructive anachronism” says the Nation) why don’t they mutually agree to stop using it?…. Digital noises that match a car’s various sounds such as idling or accelerating, needed to warn unwary pedestrians or cyclists of the approach of otherwise silent electric models, have been devised by Harman International….. Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?…. Legal costs would be less exorbitant if law firms didn’t pay such ridiculously inflated salaries….Almost ready for testing is the male equivalent of a birth control pill which will work for up to three months at a time…. If marihuana was encouraged in jails instead of being banned, the ambience for both prisoners and guards would be much more serene …. Gloomy mosaics from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment dot the walls of Moscow’s new subway station, named for the novelist ….Children aged five and up are being given condoms at schools in Provincetown, MA.….. AccessMyID allows travelers to upload images of their passports, health insurance and other documents to a site from which you can print out temporary copies if you lose the originals… UNCOMPLIMENT: “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music”Billy Wilder…. Procter & Gamble is backing Oprah Winfrey’s new cable channel with $100m worth of advertising over its first three years reports the Wall Street Journal …. The loveliest birthday cards I’ve ever seen are crafted in a tiny southern English village by jacquielawson.com…. When Obama is blamed by both sides of the same thing (health/Wall Street, not enough/too much), maybe that means he’s doing something right…. The search for someone to blame is always successful opined Robert Hall...Examine carefully unemployment benefit checks on official-looking state letterheads because many of them are fakes…. “Historically, Islam has always built mosques on the most sacred sites of the people they conquered” says Frank Gaffrey Jr., prexy of the Center for Security Policy…. This week, the UK removed the Holocaust and the death camp pictures from its school curriculum because it 'offended' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred…. “In the mountains of truth, you never climb in vain”—Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)


sperm
This vertical structure will be placed in Cotonduba Island .
It will be both a observation Tower , and a welcome sign for the visitors arriving by air and by Sea at Rio de Janeiro , where the Olympic Games 2016 will take place.
The project is from Zurique, and utilizes solar energy during the day with its solo Power panels, to pump the sea water as seen in the model.
The movement of the water will be also utilized ! to turn the turbines And produce the power to work the system at night time.

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