November 25, 2004


Judi McLeod on Helen Caldicott, whom she dubs Michael Moore in a skirt:

Just as the re-election of Bush is sending outraged, confused and depressed Democrats for stress therapy treatment, the children of another generation were traumatized when school boards made watching Caldicott’s 1982 film If You Love This Planet mandatory viewing.

Parents in Toronto complained that their elementary school children who had watched the film woke up screaming with nightmares and could not be convinced that the end of the world was not imminent.

As reckless in comments on the environment as she is in the nuclear arms department, Caldicott told environmentalist Theodore Roszak: "Every time you turn on an electric light, you are making another brainless baby".

Zombie babies! Cool. Here’s what happens if you use other electrical appliances:

Toaster: liverless baby with no feet

Washing machine: totally normal kid ... except for the x-ray vision!

Radio: more arms than a Fallujah mosque

DVD player: conjoined twins named Pedro and Orson

Posted by Tim Blair at November 25, 2004 11:30 PM

Giant walk-in refrigerator: Michael Moore
Drink mixer: Molly Ivins
What about SUV's?

Posted by: bc at November 25, 2004 at 11:58 PM

"Helen Caldicott gave a controversial speech...suggest(ing) the Department of Defense be renamed the `Department of Annihilation’"

even a broken moondope is right twice a day...

Posted by: guinsPen at November 26, 2004 at 12:20 AM

I prefer the Department of War, thank you very much.

Hey Tim -- it's Thanksgiving again, any progress on that Plastic Turkey scandal?

Posted by: Andrew at November 26, 2004 at 12:47 AM

Hey, the thought of Michael Moore in a skirt is enough to make me wake up screaming with nightmares that the end of the world is immanent (Michael Moore in a tank-top would make me think I'm in purgatory already).

Posted by: John at November 26, 2004 at 01:12 AM

John — How 'bout Michael Moore in a belly-shirt and low-rider jeans...?

Posted by: richard mcenroe at November 26, 2004 at 03:33 AM

Michael Moore in a belly-shirt and low-rider jeans

My eyes! My eyes!

Posted by: Pious Agnostic at November 26, 2004 at 03:39 AM

I suggest "Department of Shock and Awe"

Posted by: Quentin George at November 26, 2004 at 05:46 AM

When my wife & I made our kids, we turned the lights off, not on. But maybe that's just our unique and distinctive culture or something.

Posted by: ras at November 26, 2004 at 06:02 AM

Okay. I guess that explains some of the things my kids do.

Posted by: Rebecca at November 26, 2004 at 10:22 AM

I turned on my microwave today and it destroyed an acre in the Amazon rain forest. I was heating up some Kentucky Fried Chicken though so it was worth it.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at November 26, 2004 at 05:58 PM

Stop being unkind to me an' my bruddah, Orson.

We haven't even GOT a DVD player.

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at November 26, 2004 at 09:12 PM

sorry i have met this women in 1984 when she was arguing we should all surrender to the ussr to save us from imminent and certain nuclear war. she is on an insane level above moore i can asure you. we are talking totally insane here peoples. i have talked to her and she is deranged no question.

Posted by: madmax at November 26, 2004 at 09:17 PM

and of course the subject of a soft focus doco with our Helen struggling against adversity supported all the way by a bewieldered but admiring extended family back home in good old Oz.What a tearjerker.Was it ABC or SBS ?Does it matter? She means well you see.

Posted by: crash at November 26, 2004 at 09:55 PM