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WE get spitting crazy-haired ANGRY at the News so YOU don’t have to. . .


(YES OFFICER) I'VE GOT MY EYE ON BUSH. . .

“Casting around for more dragons to slay, The Bush administration is taking an incresingly hard look at Cuba. Its expulsion this week of 14 Cuban diplomats on what appear to be trumped-up charges may be but a forestaste of things to come.
Bush is expected to mark Cuba’s Independence Day with a speech tightening existing trade and travel sanctions and imposing new ones.

Cuba claims [such action] would amount to a calculated US attempt to foster social unrest on the island and could lead to a repeat of the mass “rafter” exoduses of the mid-90s. This, warns Cuba’s head of mission in Washington, Dagoberto Rodriguez, may then be used as a pretext for US intervention. He says Cuba has already been told, officially, that a new wave of illegal immigration would be considered “an act of war”.

Fidel Castro's refusal to observe international human rights norms is indeed insupportable. But Congressional Democrats and others should also be questioning Mr Bush’s motives in deliberately stirring up trouble as the US approaches an election year. [As in 2000, Florida will be a key swing state.]
{frm Guardian editorial 16.5.03


BOYS and GIRLS (and BUNNIES and ‘DWARVES’)

After the PB’s comments on Channel 4’s increasingly depth-plumbing programming in general, and the not-so-cheap 'n' sleazy Girls + Boys in particular {SEE BELOW}, and how it reminded us of nothing so much as mid-90s satellite/pay TV, a report in the Guardian [16.5.03] flags the possible imminent return of Live TV.
Kelvin MacKenzie, former head of TV at the Mirror Group, comments:
“Bouncing weather dwarfs were a major milestone in British TV. Their weather forecasts will be five years old now. We used to shoot them in batches . . . and it was just luck if the forecast actually coincided with the weather. We were really ahead of our time. If Channel 5 put on Topless Darts at 10pm they would double their ratings.”
Out of the mouths of Lads. . .

On a related, but slightly more concerning note. . .

FOX IN THE COUP

“The war in Iraq has sharpened fears among US media pundits that objectivity has gone out of the window in the service of a handful of media tycoons […]
The conservative media meanwhile cling to the notion that the media are over-run by the liberal agenda.
Against this backdrop, the US is intending to relax media ownership laws further, allowing the largest media companies to deepen their presence in established markets and expand into new ones […] allowing the same company to own a broadcaster and a newspaper in all but the smallest markets.
The relaxation of owenership rules seems certain to further stifle voices in a country where, with the exception of New York and LA, there is scant opposition to the prevailing view handed down by the White House.

[Rupert] Murdoch this week described the British and Australian media as a “little bit paranoid” about his acquisiton plans. {Guardian 16.5.03

Well, just because you’re a little bit paranoid, don’t mean They aren’t out to gag you with their octopus tentacle timed-release brain-death X gas. . .


LATEST REPORTS INDICATE LABOUR SPOKESMAN 'MAY BE AFFECTED' BY BRAIN DEATH X GAS. . .

“Britain’s attempts to excuse its failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq descended into farce yesterday when the leader of the Commons, John Reid, dragged in the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs.
Speaking after the government admitted that hard evidence may never be found, Dr Reid said people should {now, WAIT FOR THIS, this is worth RELISHING!} remember that nobody questioned Biggs’ guilt, even though the stolen money was never found.”
{Guardian 16.5.03

No answer to that, really, is there?
Or: none that doesn’t drag you down to THEIR level. . .
Talking of which. . .


NEVER MIND THE neos, HERE’S THE nutso-CONSERVATIVES!

“Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education? Free medical care? Free whatever? It comes from Moscow. From Russia. It comes straight from the pit of hell.”
Texas Republican representative Debbie Riddle
{who probably thinks of the likes of Anne Coulter as crypto pinko kidglove wimps…

and. . .

R.I.P.
to an older, nicer kind of American:
June Carter Cash
1929-2003

posted by Ian 5/18/2003 11:18:00 PM

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