Monday, June 18, 2007


Michael Moore's new movie
"Sicko" was showing on the Google Video Player this morning. It is two hours long, but I managed to view the entire thing with only a few glitches. The footage of Nixon discussing the launching of Edgar Kaiser's "health management organization" with John Ehrlichman will be particularly powerful to any of us geezers who still have clear memories of those influential figures in 20th century American history.

Hat-tip to
Carol, a true "thinking blogger," for alerting me and providing the initial link. Democracy Now's Amy Goodman also spent most of today's program interviewing Michael Moore and showing clips from "Sicko."

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At 3:46 PM , Blogger Carol said...

Hi Don,
I am sorry to say that it has been pulled off the Net, at least off Google and You Tube. I am pleased that you were able to watch most of it. What I saw of it was fairly interesting. Thanks for the link back :)

At 4:28 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

That was fast. Google must have some ties to HMOs or something. On Democracy Now, Moore makes a strong pitch for YouTube. Supposedly, they are encouraging citizens to post videos about their experiences with the health care industry.

At 4:55 PM , Blogger Greg Laden said...

So much for a free ride on this one, but nice try...

At 5:37 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

It is opening in the theaters on June 29th. So either Moore himself or his producers may very well be behind pulling it down off of Google.

It was good enough, that I for one do plan to pay to see it in a theater in spite of that preview on the internet this morning.

At 8:56 PM , Anonymous Catherine, the redhead said...

I was just going to ask what you thought of it, and then you left a comment.
I plan to see it too, as I am self-employed with Hashimotos disease. TRY getting health insurance with a "pre-existing" condition. OI! Health care companies look up your prescription history to determine your health. I had no idea my prescription history was public information...
So I carry catostrophic on me and coverege with a huge deductable for my son. It is a crazy system.
Catherine, the redhead

At 9:34 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

I think this is his best film, partly because there is less Michael Moore in there. There are a lot of real people who just want to tell their story. I guess the closest comparison would be to parts of Fahrenheit 911.

I have no idea what Hashimoto's disease is, by the way.

At 11:11 PM , Blogger Nubia DuVall said...

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At 3:17 AM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

I swung by the opening at the Landmark Theater in Atlanta last Saturday on my way back here from Nashville. The tickets were already sold out by 3 PM in the afternoon.

It should be playing at a theater near both of us soon enough, though.


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