LIKE 78 million items are on sale at eBay at any given time, with
6m being posted every day, with an increasing number of retailers complaining
that too many products bearing their name are faked and that eBay wont
do enough about it. New Yorks Tiffany company has filed a lawsuit
which is due to be heard this fall. The company spent a year buying
goods labeled with its name and says that 73% proved to be blatant
counterfeits, and that they notified eBay of 19,000 efforts to
sell suspected Tiffany goods. There is very obvious illegal stuff
going on that (eBay) should have known about says Louis
Ederer, an intellectual property rights attorney. In response,
Catherine England says eBay remains confident in its position
in the case and looks forward to the opportunity to make its case before
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN to us on earth if space aliens kidnapped the
moon and dragged it away? was the fanciful question a reader asked New
Scientist. Without commenting on the likeliness of such a disaster,
the magazine explained that first the tides would disappear and then
the world would swing from being six months sweltering under the
unending blaze of the sun to then shivering for the next six months
hidden on the frigid surface of the Earths dark side.
DENYING THAT hes an obsessive partygoer, Salman Rushdie
explains: I do not have a wardrobe of gold lamé clothes,
you know. I spend most of my life doing serious things. I am not a disco
boy. I am not some Travolta-like animal who is always on the dance floor.
Ask any of the people who have danced with me and they will tell you
I am hopeless.
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SOME COMPANIES are earning credibility with the green crowd,
says Stores magazine by buying firms with business practices
tied to social responsibility It lists as examples Colgates
acquisition for $100m of Toms of Maine (an all-natural personal
care brand) and LOreals purchase of The Body Shop known
for eschewing animal testing.
WITH THE U.S. TRYING to outlaw online gambling, Britain is apparently
keen to become the market leader in what the New Statesman describes
as the worlds fastest-growing and most lucrative market.
Having de-stigmatized gambling with its National Lottery
and fewer restrictions (British bookmakers took in $1.7bn in bets during
the World Cup) the government is licensing more casinos, beginning with
the huge Thames-side Millennium Dome which has been a hugely expensive
white elephant since opening six years ago. It has been taken over by
the man the Economist recently called the greediest executive
in America, billionaire Philip Anschutz, who, despite his
pious religiosity (the LA Times calls him a moral conservative)
apparently plans to make a mint from gambling. According to the UKs
Gambling Prevalence Survey the country already has more than 275,000
SPELLING BEES, which originated in the early 1800s, were once
the domain of brainyusually unpopularkids says Rose Madeline
Mula, but the contests have become so popular that ESPN annually televises
the Super Bowl of bees, the Scripps finals. There have even
been hit shows and movies about them. It is ironic, she
writes in the Saturday Evening Post, that spelling bees
have become so popular in an age when misspellings are not only tolerated,
they proliferate, ie. phat pharm, ho, C U later, gangsta.
THERES SUCH A SHORTAGE of long range truck drivers reports
the Wall Street Journal that freight companies are turning to
mom and pop teams of the RV generation and training them
to handle the big rigs. At some companies the roster of these older
couples has reached 20%, and because of their age (plus stability and
background) truck stops have begun to supplement their hot rod mags
and girlie books with more sophisticated reading, as well as salons
where trucker moms can get their hair and nails done.
WHY CONFINE OUTSOURCING just to business? asks Jim Trimmer
in a letter to the Spectator. There must be plenty of developing
countries whose costs are a fraction of our own who would
be happy to earn some hard currency by accommodating some of our prisoners
and a Jamaican drug dealer would surely think twice before risking
another five years (jail) in, say, Uzbekistan.
THE WILCOCK WEB: More and more supermarkets are adopting the
use of the Smart Label that monitors freshness through plastic packaging,
turning its orange Q to grey when the bacteria count reaches a critical
.Red grapefruit is healthier than white, credited with reducing
. Nomadic herdsmen could be given a good living
if more people would show a taste for camels milk says BBC Online
which says the milk is not only rich in vitamins B and C as well as
iron, but helps fight hepatitis C and AIDS
. Polyester is
a fabulous fabric. It has characteristics of elasticity, fit and non-crease
that are fantasticGiorgio Armani in an interview
with the Wall Street Journal
. Invented by irrigation expert
Brian Burnett, the Solar Flow collects rainwater in a barrel
and then pumps it to where needed by energy from a solar panel
snake charmers, banned in 1972, are being encouraged to return to
help householders get rid of serpentine intruders
issue of the American Psychological Associations Monitor on
Psychology contains 65 pages of jobs-vacant ads, including one from
. Reporting that more instant coffee than tea was sold
in England last year, the Guardian said young people think tea
has a dated image
. If violence on TV is not influential,
why do TV commercials persuade people to buy useless things?
engineers in Japan have pioneered a new way of checking identity by
scanning the pattern of veins in peoples index fingers which they
say are as unique as fingerprints
.Britains Channel 4 launches
a six-part drama series in which viewers will be invited to vote on
what happens next
. Civilizations die from suicide, not by murderArnold
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