Jackson Farewell Tour Cancelled

Show “overtaken by crushing irony” says press agent.

Pop singer and freaky side-show attraction Michael Jackson gamely announcing his “final curtain call” tour back in March at the O2 Arena:

This is it. This is it. These will be my final shows, performances, in London. This is it. And when I say this is it, I mean this is it.

This is really it. This is the final curtain call, OK? See you in July.

Ah, but not so much “it” as things turned out…

In other “thrilling” news from the celebrity obits this week, Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon also kicked the bucket with unceremonious aplomb.

Déjà Vu All Over Again?

It would probably be a safe bet that going forward into the next election the Liberals’ will disavow any connection with the doomed Greenshift® (aka the “tax on everything” according to the Harperettes) which proved to be such a disastrous liability at the ballot box last fall. But what instead will they be advocating to limit carbon emissions? Perhaps a complex trading scheme such as the one favoured by the current U.S. administration… What could possibly go wrong with that?

Newswipe S1E1P2

Danielle Ward looks on the bright side of the credit crunch with a money making idea, Charlie looks at the Week in Bullshit, Nick Davies talks about how PR spin can change the media’s view and Dermot Murnaghan rides round on a bike in search of tales of economic woe.

Stray Steyn

In his “Random Rush” segment, Sam Seder takes on substitute host Mark Steyn (!) on the issue of Iran.

As was demonstrated so ably yesterday by Paul Wells on the Macleans blog, the fact-challenged Steyn is thoroughly delusional.