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road.jpg Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier: 'therapeutic' AIDS vaccine in 3 or 4 years.

Pirateroad.jpg British gay pub hit by "butt pirate" graffiti. Landlord: "I don’t think it’s homophobic, it’s just little minds, 11 or 12 year old boys who think ‘there’s a gay pub, let’s write on it’. They’ll probably be in here in 10 years’ time. If they want to hide in their closets let them. The people that are most anti are normally hiding from their gayness."

road.jpg Saturday Night Live working to book Sarah Palin for spoof of Tina Fey.

road.jpg Tax experts: Todd and Sarah Palin owe thousands of dollars in back taxes.

road.jpg World Conservation Union: 1 in 4 mammals being pushed to extinction.

road.jpg Gay Guatemalan man who changed a story about political persecution in his home country to one of sexual persecution loses U.S. asylum appeal: "Two judges with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said in an opinion filed Monday that it would be a 'manifest injustice' to allow Saul Martinez to benefit from gaming the system after he lied under oath. A third judge disagreed, arguing that it was easy to understand how a man who was persecuted because of his sexual orientation felt compelled to invent a story to escape from that persecution."

road.jpg FOX planning remake of Absolutely Fabulous.

road.jpg Kevin Sessums on J Lo's nervous breakdown and her relationship with Scientology: "I do know a lot about Scientology. And I know about the practices. I know all about what the technology is and all that kind of stuff. It’s very helpful. So in a sense, yeah, you do call on it."

Dubairoad.jpg New 'world's tallest skyscraper' planned for Dubai.

road.jpg Dubai resort Palm Atlantis refuses to release whale shark captured in the waters of the UAE: "Whale Sharks are protected by CITES (Convention for the International Trade of Endangered Species) and apparently the hotel was urged to release the animal. Environmentalists have hit out at the management of Atlantis hotel for performing an apparent change of mind by deciding to keep a whale shark caught off Jebel Ali."

road.jpg Fish filmed alive at greatest-ever depth.

road.jpg Trial underway for former Mr. Gay UK who killed his lover and the tried to eat him.

road.jpg Hollywood Reporter reviews W: "It's a gutsy movie but not necessarily a good one. Its greatest strength is that it wants to talk about what's on our minds right now and not wait for historians. In an election season, people will have opinions about 'W.' before even seeing it -- or not -- so boxoffice may be erratic. It deserves a fair hearing by American audiences, for Stone goes out of his way to give Bush a fair hearing."

Chasezroad.jpg Lance Bass wants to be in a sitcom as J.C. Chasez launches acting career...

road.jpg Scientists detect massive baffling object around distant star.

road.jpg Georgia Supreme Court finds that transgender candidate did not mislead voters when she ran as a woman: "In their suit, Fuller and Harris allege Bruce’s name is Michael Bruce. Their attorney, new Clayton school board member Michael King, argued that Bruce’s birth certificate lists her as Mickey Dwayne Bruce and a man. Bruce, who identifies herself as transgender and a woman, said she changed her name in Clayton County Superior Court in 1980 to Mickey Michelle Bruce and goes by Michelle Mickey Bruce."

road.jpg David Geffen ends relationship with DreamWorks.

road.jpg Arkansas judges oppose ban on foster care, gay adoption: "Thirteen retired Arkansas judges, including three former chief justices of the state Supreme Court, announced their opposition Monday to a ballot initiative that would ban unmarried couples from adopting or foster parenting children in Arkansas. Proposed Initiated Act No. 1 would limit the ability of every Arkansas judge to choose custodial parents who would serve the best interests of vulnerable children, the group said in a statement."

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  1. Ab Fab... Again? What happened to the US remake that was planned a few years ago with Rosanne Barr and Carrie Fisher?

    Posted by: gavin Elster | Oct 7, 2008 3:36:48 PM

  2. So now that he's out of the movie business what shoudl David Geffen do next?



    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 7, 2008 4:36:22 PM

  3. If sexual persecution in Guatemala was the claim, it should have been denied as it did. While there is prejudice, like everywhere else, there is no sexual persecution.

    A gay man would probably be safer there than in the US, considering the amount of bashings and killings we have seen lately. Bad for him, good for the truth.

    Posted by: Erick | Oct 7, 2008 5:22:04 PM

  4. Just wanted to add that the campaign fighting the Arkansas Foster Care ban (aka "Initiated Act One") is Arkansas Families First, a coalition of local groups (Interfaith alliance, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Stonewall Democrats, and Arkansas ACLU, among others).

    We really, really need help in these last 30 days or so till the election. This Act is bad for gay rights and is another instance of right-wing groups trying to legislate morality... but most of all, it's bad for Arkansan foster children, who need as many homes as possible!

    Posted by: Chris Hota | Oct 7, 2008 5:40:49 PM

  5. Andy, can I just say how much I appreciate all the fun space/science/nature stuff you post? You seem to enjoy that kind of stuff so much, and it's stuff I would probably never come across in my spheres of music and politics.

    That's all, the end.

    Posted by: Evan | Oct 7, 2008 5:52:24 PM

  6. "SNL working to book Sarah Palin for spoof of Tina Fey." What the fuck?

    Just one of the many reasons Lorne Michaels should be euthanized. Sarah Palinolithic is not just the punchline of a joke. Her Stepford Candidate fangs are deep into actual life and death issues. Michaels and his herd need to climb out of their Too Cool for School NYC bubble.

    Next you'll be telling us Ellen is going to invite Laura Bush and one of the twins on her show, "normalize" them, and make a dead-on-arrival joke about calling the Commander-In-Thief. What? She already did that? Nevermind.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Oct 7, 2008 5:55:42 PM

  7. Re: AbFab. American tv always fucks up good British programs. Always.

    Posted by: shane | Oct 8, 2008 7:47:56 AM

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