MODELS have called the shots in Argentina for too long say the officials
in Buenos Aires province who have recently passed a law of sizes
which stipulates that fashion retailers must stock a full range of clothing
sizes for women. The law has been passed, says the New Statesman,
to break the fashion tyranny imposed by designers
and manufacturers which practically forces women to starve themselves
to fit into their microscopic clothing. Gabriella Ancha,
19, blames the sick beauty industry we have in our country
for the anorexia that blighted her earlier teenage years because it
was difficult to find anything in the stores that fitted her. But the
industry is fighting to overturn the new restrictions. The fashion
designers have too much money and too much sway to make this law really
successful says Dr. Mabel Bello, founder of the capitals
biggest anorexia and bulimia clinic.
THE NEXT BILLION is the catchall phrase the computer
industry has adopted for making the rest of the world computer-literate,
But how do you design a PC thats affordable to almost anyone
asks Business Week pointing out some of the conditions such as
desert heat and sand and frequent electricity outages that mitigate
against success. One solution is Intels new community PC,
car-battery-powered computer with protective cover and with dust filters that
can be set up in Indian villages and used by everybody.
BOTTLED WATER IS NOT ONLY a waste of money, especially in places
where the tap water is at least as pure, but is bad for the health of
the planet. So says a report by the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute
(EPI) which claims that the U.S. market alone requires more than 1.5
million gallons of oil each year to produce. For a fraction of the $100billion
the world spends annually on bottled water, EPI concludes, everyone
on earth could have access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation.
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SEVEN OF THE TEN poorest US counties are found on Indian reservations
in Arizona and North and South Dakota reports the Wall Street Journal
explaining that because tribal law dictates that land is owned collectively
individuals are denied even the first rung on the economic ladder because
they cannot put up land as collateral for mortgages or loans. The
time has come to abolish reservations for the good of the people who
live on them, the paper concludes.
NORWEGIAN CROP SCIENTISTS plan to carve a $3 million doomsday
vaulta kind of genetic Noahs Art--out of a sandstone
mountain on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen to store two million seeds
representing all known varieties of the worlds crops.
If the worst came to the worst says Cary Fowler of
the Global Crop Diversity Trust, this would allow the world to
reconstruct agriculture on this planet.
A WORLDWIDE TREASURE HUNT is expected to ensue at the publication
next month of Michael Stadthers book which will give clues
to finding hidden tokens which can be redeemed for a $1million diamond
ring. More than 150,000 copies of a similar book detailing a U.S. treasure
hunt sold so well that Stadther created, A Treasures Trove: Secrets
of the Alchemist Dar with international scope (the rings could be anywhere)
and the new book will be launched with fanfare like a movie premiere.
SINCE THE 1950s radio telescopes have been sweeping the skies
in search of life in outer space. Of course, they can only scan a mere
50 light years (sounds like a lot) and a tiny part of the universe,
but theyve heard nothing. Nada. Not a word. So maybe its
time to start thinking that theres nobody out there speculated
Peter Schenkel in the Skeptical Inquirer who, nevertheless,
quotes Russian rocket expert Konstantin Tsiolkoyske as saying:
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Of course,
evolution takes a long time. Even though the earth is four billion years
old, the first human-like being didnt appear on earth until 18
million years ago and some scientists claim it will be another two or
three hundred years before we can achieve the speed of light. Skeptics
suggest another reason why we havent found any outer space creatures:
they may have developed more than us and dont want to get involved
with an inferior species.
THE WILCOCK WEB: Having sex with robots is a distinct possibility
within five years or so according to Stockholms Dr. Henrik Christensen,
described by National Review as a high-level roboticist,
and who says: People are willing to have sex with inflatable dolls,
so initially anything that moves will be an improvement
the eventual cost of the Iraq war $1.27 trillion. The American
Prospect explains that a trillion is what you get if you spend
a million dollars a day for a million days, 2,737 years
the anti-Wal-Mart film, Victoria Segal said that Bill
Gates has devoted 58 per cent of his income to charity whereas surviving
members of the Wal-Mart family (among the ten richest people in America)
had donated 1% of theirs
.An unidentified Chinese man from Jiaxing,
who offered his soul for sale, received 60 offers before Taobao (Chinas
eBay) pulled the posting stating that it would be allowed only if he
could provide permission from a higher authority
car battery now costs the same to buy as 14 new cars were a decade ago,
says a report on inflation in Zimbabwe
.I used to talk street
slang and do the whole rap thing muses millionaire pop star Mary
J. Blige, but I know that is just ignorance. I want to speak
properly; I want people to understand me. I dont want to be part
of that life anymore
. Many people would sooner die than
think. In fact they doBertrand Russell (1872-1970)
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It was the first handwritten letter I'd received in 5 years. Or maybe 10. Signed by John Wilcock, a man I'd never heard of, and postmarked Ojai, Calif., it was waiting for me when I returned from my São Paulo-to-New York summer trip. Mr. Wilcock wrote that he had been an assistant editor at The Times Travel section back in the 1950s, and had written the first editions of “Mexico on $5 a Day,” “Greece on $5 a Day” and “Japan on $5 a Day” for Arthur Frommer in the 1960s.
By George, I thought. This man was the original Frugal Traveler.
Forty years ago the second of my three books about magic was published, A Guide to Occult Britain (Sidgwick & Jackson) covering a wide range of sites from Stonehenge to Loch Ness and King Arthur country to the witches of Pendle Hill. It is now available as an eBook on amazon.com.
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“A GOOD WAY to describe John Wilcock is to say that he is a talented bohemian counter-culture journalist who once played a major role in the emergence of America’s underground press. Born 1927 in Sheffield, England, he left school aged 16 to work on various newspapers in England, and on Toronto periodicals before moving to New York City. There in 1955 he became one of the five founders of the Village Voice in which he and co-founder Norman Mailer wrote weekly columns. Wilcock called his column “The Village Square”, an intended pun. He and young Mailer were not quite friends, although Wilcock was at times annoyed, but always amused, by Mailer’s monstrous ego.”
-From the preface of Manhattan Memories, by Martin Gardner