Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The war against Islamic State doesn’t make sense

CBC’s Washington correspondent Neil Macdonald has penned an analysis wondering why the U.S. has its fright on so much over Islamic State, considering it poses no credible threat to the U.S. at this time. (more…)

Wed, September 17 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Trade fights are hampering battle against climate change

Author Naomi Klein (No Logo, the Shock Doctrine) noticed that a funny thing happened when she gave up reporting on world trade reforms to concentrate on climate change — trade fights kept getting in the way of good green energy policies that would help stop the planet from burning.

It’s an excerpt from her forthcoming book: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. (more…)

Sat, September 13 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

New Islamic State video claims to show beheading of British captive

Aid worker David Haines with one of his two children. (Twitter)

Aid worker David Haines with one of his two children. (Twitter)

From the Guardian:

Islamic militants have released a video showing the apparent beheading of a British hostage, David Haines. (more…)

Sat, September 13 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

CBC wants to abandon ‘free’ broadcasting

From the Globe and Mail:

Canada’s public broadcaster says it can no longer afford to offer its television programming for free over the air as its advertising revenue deteriorates, and it wants cable and satellite companies to start paying for its signals. (more…)

Sat, September 13 2014 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Does a new quagmire await the anti-Islamic State coalition?

From CP via the Winnipeg Free Press:

The Obama administration has committed itself — and by extension its allies, including Canada — to an open-ended conflict in the Middle East in precisely the kind of foreign entanglement Stephen Harper has sought to avoid. (more…)

Thu, September 11 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Obama sets out his Islamic State game plan

U.S. President Barack Obama laid out the broad brush strokes of his plan for attacking Islamic State militants in Iraq and, in a new turn, Syria. (more…)

Wed, September 10 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Bell Media wants viewers to pay for local newscasts

Bell Media president Kevin Krull tells the CRTC his local newscasts are losing money. He wants consumers to start paying for the privilege of watching those shows. (more…)

Wed, September 10 2014 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

Destroy Islamic State? That would be Mission Impossible

An article in Foreign Policy makes the point that “destroying” the brutal Islamic State militant group is literally impossible. Defeating them? Only slightly more doable. (more…)

Tue, September 9 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Today’s forecasting tools could have predicted global warming hiatus

From the Guardian:

Australian and US researchers have shown that the slowdown in the rate of global warming in the early 2000s, known as a so-called “global warming hiatus”, could have been predicted if today’s tools for decade-by-decade climate forecasting had been available in the 1990s. (more…)

Tue, September 9 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Greenhouse gas concentrations in atmosphere hit record high: WMO

From the Guardian:

Surging carbon dioxide levels have pushed greenhouse gases to record highs in the atmosphere, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said. (more…)

Tue, September 9 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments