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News Roundup: Amber Waves of Tainted Grain Edition

April 4th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Activism, Blogs, Business, Climate Change, Culture, Doctor Who, Food, Foreign Policy, Health, Human Rights, LGBT, Media, News, Politics, Science, Science Fiction, Supreme Court, TV

wheatBush thinks he has the right to “attach conditions” to the Supreme Court’s ruling on greenhouse gases.

Bush also said China and India must get on board the international effort to combat global warming.

“Unless there is an accord with China,” he said, “China will produce greenhouse gases that will offset anything we do in a brief period of time.”

[Senator] Boxer jumped on that remark.

“I find it offensive that the president is still using China as an excuse to do nothing when the U.S. has always been a leader in environmental protection,” she said.

Right on, Senator. The Bush administration might just as well argue that there’s no point in us bothering to have a Bill of Rights as long as China isn’t allowing its citizens to speak and assemble freely. Oh, wait — come to think of it, that’s probably already their position.

Pet food recall: the Boston Globe is asking whether some of the tainted wheat might have made its way into human food as well. According to the Globe, FDA says they “can’t completely rule out contamination of human food by the suspect wheat gluten.” Gluten-free diets are looking better and better. Via the Consumerist. Also see this DKos diary for much more info and perspective.

Bush’s new tactic: counting the days since he sent Congress his war funding request. Reason it won’t work: nobody will believe Bush can count to 57.

The Bush administration is placing a new gag rule on government scientists, who now must obtain prior approval in order to speak or write on any scientific topic “of official interest.”

David Mixner on why Pakistan “should scare the hell out of you.”

The Glass Closet: Out magazine unceremoniously hauls Anderson Cooper, Jodie Foster, and possibly a few others out of the closet.

Did you know that Hillary Clinton was on the board of Wal-Mart for six years?

China’s first TV show dedicated to gay issues premieres this Thursday.

Activist and blogger Josh Wolf, jailed for refusing to hand over a video he shot of WTO protests to federal prosecutors, has been released from prison.

Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood will get its US premiere on BBC America this fall. It’ll be part of their “Supernatural Saturday” lineup, which already includes Doctor Who and Life on Mars.


One Comment so far ↓

  • Aaron

    “China’s first TV show dedicated to gay issues premieres this Thursday”

    Are they hung by their heels and beaten, or just skinned and burned? :-)

    Leave it to Bush to say that we can’t do anything about greenhouse gases unless other countries do their bit. Ironic, since he sure as hell has no problem conducting this war without international support.