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Roundup: Forest for the Trees Edition

April 23rd, 2007 · 2 Comments · Activism, Apple, Blogs, Business, Climate Change, Comedy, Culture, Food, Health, Heroes, Labor, LGBT, Music, Nature, News, Peace, Pet Food, Politics, Science, Tech, TV


  • France heads for a runoff election between right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy and left-winger Ségolène Royal. The country’s future hangs in the balance, and a lot depends on where the defeated centrist candidate steers his followers.
  • Right wing blogs are now trying to push the idea that there was a massive conspiracy to hide WMDs in Iraq. Also, this just in: The moon landing was a fake! Did you know?
  • Melamine-tainted grain protein makes its way into the human food supply, via pork. Meanwhile, Royal Canin is the latest pet food brand to recall a number of varieties, in the US and elsewhere.
  • Sheryl Crow in toilet paper brawl with Sideshow Karl Rove. I think Sheryl is on the right track, but long before we start talking about limiting how many squares of toilet paper a person can use, we should be requiring that all toilet paper be made out of recycled fibers. It’s beyond ridiculous to be using virgin fiber for toilet paper, facial tissue, and so forth. We’re literally cutting down irreplaceable old-growth forests so people can wipe various parts of their bodies on them. In the process we lose precious biodiversity (including potential medical cures) and further damage the earth’s ability to handle greenhouse gases.
  • Just in case you didn’t see this clip last week: John McCain thinks the idea of bombing Iran is just hilarious.
  • Is there finally a conservative backlash against Dinesh D’Souza? (D’Souza, for those who may not know, is the guy who launched his career in college by printing the names of gay students who hadn’t come out to their families and friends yet. He’s pretty much just gotten nastier and crazier from there.)
  • 29-year-old Mexican labor organizer found tortured and murdered. “Many fear [the murder] was retribution for attempting to organize agricultural guest workers across borders.”
  • Evidence is growing for a link between pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease.
  • The FDA may be about to water down the standards for chocolate. Certain corporate concerns are arguing that people won’t be able to tell the difference between real chocolate and waxy crap. Me, I like Endangered Species dark chocolate with a cocoa content starting at about 70%.
  • Heroes is back from hiatus tonight. I have to remember to set the VCR. (Dan T., you didn’t hear that.) I can almost remember the cliffhanger before the break. Did anyone else think Mohinder’s confrontation with Sylar had a certain Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? quality, if you know what I mean?
  • I dare you to play this record: Lost in the 80s has the definitive post on EBN-OZN, complete with the videos for both “AEIOU” and “Bag Lady.”
  • Via WARP, some amusing outtakes from 30 Rock. Go ahead, have a little sippy sip.


2 Comments so far ↓

  • Dan Telfer

    Don’t be shy. You get nothing but bonus points, because you actually remembered and acknowledged that I don’t like the show.

    I actually tried to watch it tonight. I’m trying to figure out the WHtBJ? reference!

  • Ocelopotamus

    Let’s just say that the actors involved, and their chemistry together, have a certain … quality, that makes me think of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and for that matter George Sanders as Addison DeWitt, Bette Middler, Judy Garland, Waylon Flowers, and Cher. IYKWIM.