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Roundup: The Bitch Is Back Edition

May 11th, 2007 · No Comments · Apple, Comedy, Comics, Culture, Doctor Who, Health, Healthcare Crisis, Human Rights, LGBT, Media, Music, New Wave, News, Peace, Pet Food, Politics, Science Fiction, Tech, Torture, TV


  • Michael Moore’s Sicko, which takes on the U.S. healthcare crisis, premieres May 19 at Cannes and arrives at U.S. theaters June 29. Meanwhile, he’s being “probed” by the U.S. Treasury for taking ailing Ground Zero rescue workers to Cuba to try to get them medical care they’ve been denied in the U.S. “The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control notified Moore in a letter dated May 2 that it was conducting a civil investigation for possible violations of the U.S. trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba.” Via this DKos diary.
  • Today, Michael Moore himself weighs in at DKos with a diary featuring his response to the Secretary of the Treasury. Also, a physician adds a little more context.
  • CBS fires “die-hard Republican” general for speaking out against Bush. Gen. John Batiste had been a consultant to CBS news till he made a VoteVets ad criticizing the Iraq War. Click through to see Keith Olbermann interviewing Batiste. Atrios sums it up well, as he so often does: “[L]ots of former generals and similar are on the cable networks cheering on the war, so anyone who criticizes former generals speaking up is essentially saying they can only express their opinions in one direction.”
  • In the Olbermann interview, Batiste says: “The president’s strategy relies almost wholly on the military and ignores the important components of diplomatic, political, and economic hard work. If we don’t get this right, we’re going to break our army and marine corps, and at this point in our history, that’s the last thing we can do.”
  • China apparently bans Internet access to one of the blogs covering the melamine scandal.
  • A graphic depiction of how Bush wants to spend your tax dollars for 2008.
  • Apple files for patent on a two-sided iPod, with display on one side and touch screen on the other.
  • Meanwhile, a new study says iPods can make pacemakers malfunction.
  • Where are all the 24-hour party people now? New Order has officially broken up. Meanwhile, Happy Mondays are going to play a gig in a chip shop.
  • Comics: Tom Tomorrow on the 00s version of a free surprise vacation.
  • A pox on Eurovision! The annual contest is pre-empting Doctor Who this Saturday night. Well, I’ll try to be brave and not let it ruin my birthday.
  • Wayland Flowers may be gone, but it turns out Madame is still kicking. Nice to know the old broad still has it in her. Who knows, maybe one day she’ll be as old as that other puppet who can’t die. (Here’s Madame’s official site. Warning: random bitchy audio snippets.)


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