September 12th, 2005


Fuck reality, I need to watch some more Stargate

Help from abroad is apparently fine. Unless your politics don't agree with ours. Or "Fuck off you Cuban commies, we don't need no stinkin' doctors."
In separate Washington press briefings, both the White House and State Department spokesmen this week downplayed the Cuban government’s offer to send some 1,600 medics, field hospitals and 83 tons of medical supplies to ease the humanitarian disaster.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack asserted last week that the Cuban medical brigade would probably not be needed since there has been a “robust response from the American medical community.”

White House spokesman Scott McClellan scorned the Cuban proposal last Thursday when asked if the president would consider accepting the Cuban help.

“When it comes to Cuba,” said McClellan, “we have one message for Fidel Castro: He needs to offer the people of Cuba their freedom.”
They're free enough to offer to help and be nice to people, but apparently we're not free enough to accept it.

Still, the Administration has yet to give the Cuban government a flat yes or no. In fact, Havana never may get an answer.

For more than four decades, the two governments have barely communicated. Current relations, say observers, are at a low point.

This irritates Representative José Serrano (D-NY).

“If you have a flood in your home and a neighbor that you don’t like offers you a pump, you don’t turn them down and let your house continue being flooded,” said Serrano.
I have an idea. Let's flood the White House, and the Faux Ranch in Crawford, and Cheney's Secret Lap Dance Emporium, and have no one but the Cubans offer help. We'll see how quickly they'll change their tune.

Baby girl born to brain-dead woman dies. Can I point out how not-surprised I am?
The pregnancy became a race between the fetus’ development and the cancer that was ravaging the woman’s body. Doctors at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, where the baby was born, had said at the time that Torres’ health was deteriorating and that the risk of harm to the fetus finally outweighed the benefits of extending the pregnancy.
You know, maybe it's the lack of any kind of maternal instinct in me, but if I'm pregnant (let's just pretend for a second, okay? Suspension of disbelief is your friend) and I'm diagnosed with cancer, I'll just get an abortion and start the fucking chemo. If I get over the cancer I can always make another fetus. I don't know, maybe I'm just heartless that way, but what's better, giving a child the chance to be born full-term and have a mother who will take care of it, or yanking a half-baked larva out of a vegetable and have it be an orphan if it survives at all?

I'm tired of this 'quantity over quality' bullshit culture.

And while we're in that vein... FDA official quits over morning-after decision: Director of Women's Health Office resigns in protest over agency's delay

You know, I'd say 'good on her for standing up for the cause', but that just means one less sane person at the FDA.

“I have spent the last 15 years working to ensure that science informs good health-policy decisions,” Wood, director of FDA’s Office of Women’s Health, wrote in an e-mail about her departure to agency colleagues. “I can no longer serve as staff when scientific and clinical evidence, fully evaluated and recommended by the professional staff here, has been overruled.”
Down with science! *pumps fist*


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Doctor Who DVD

Doctor Who DVD News
'The Web Planet' DVD has been delayed for a month. This is because of clearance and classification problems at the BBFC; the panel couldn't stop laughing long enough to write their report.

Tachyon TV can also exclusively reveal the final details for the long-awaited Doctor Who 2005 boxset:

  • Commentaries on all the episodes by every single member of the production team, except the one you want.

  • Billie Piper's home-movie sex video (with Chris Evans): 3 mins

  • 'Thinking up Fart Gags' Featurette: 24 mins

  • 'Keeping the Doctor Gay' Featurette: 24 mins

  • 'Locating the Logo Designers (drama-documentary): 42 mins

  • 'Andrew Pixely Stalks the Production Team' (poor quality shaky-cam): 90 mins

  • 'Parting of the Ways' alternative ending when it wasn't planned like that from the start: 3 minutes

  • 'Shaun Lyon has a lie-down': (a few minutes)

  • 'Murray Gold drops some cymbals': (often)

  • 'Jack Barrowman Gushes Uncontrollably': 1 hour

  • 'Christopher Eccleston Interview': 37 seconds

  • Deleted scenes: including the one where 'Bad Wolf' makes sense.

  • All the BBC pre-publicity trailers and various crew appearances on a variety of naff chat-shows: seventeen hours over four discs

  • Easter Eggs: 'Eccleston threatens to lamp Keith Boak' and 'Jack's Glorious Arse': (20 seconds each)

  • TK Max Catalogue (PDF file)

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Music Giveaway

So far I have 6 people who requested free music, and there's a handful of others who are getting some no matter if they ask or not. 0:-)

Anyone else? I haven't even checked the drawer under my printer yet. There's bound to be treasures in there. :)

[Edit: Comments are screened now like the other update.]
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