Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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One reason why losing weight is so tough – our bodies fight it

On Season Eight of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” highly motivated contestants lost, in some cases, hundreds of pounds each.

Six years later, virtually all the contestants had regained some or most of the weight they lost.

The news is in why they lost the fight against keeping unwanted pounds off. (more…)

Mon, May 2 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

The downside of reporting honestly on the WHCD crowd

Patrick Gavin says in this commentary that reporting honestly on the week-long party scene that surrounds the White House Correspondents’ Dinner has made him persona non grata with the crowd. (more…)

Sat, April 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Some voices sympathetic to Margaret Wente emerge

Terence Corcoran of the Financial Post and Emma Rose Teitel, national columnist with the Toronto Star, tried to offer counter-opinions to those who believe Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente is a serial plagiarist who should be fired. (more…)

Sat, April 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Notley finally honest about climate change plan

In a trip to Washington, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley made a statement about her climate-change plan that raised my eyebrows: (more…)

Fri, April 29 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Reaction to latest Margaret Wente plagiarism allegations

Here’s a round-up of commentary about the latest plagiarism shitstorm surrounding Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente. Here is my post from Monday – Margaret Wente in plagiarism hot water again.

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Wed, April 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Can the world economy grow in a low-carbon environment?

Globe and Mail columnist Konrad Yakabuski wonders if eliminating carbon from the economy will also mean squelching economic growth. (more…)

Tue, April 26 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Notley takes pipeline pitch to federal cabinet

Alberta’s Premier Rachel Notley took her desperate push for pipelines to the federal cabinet retreat in Kananaskis Country, but some question how much extra capacity is needed. (more…)

Mon, April 25 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Margaret Wente in plagiarism hot water again

On Saturday, Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente had a column published saying how The Great Global Greening is Happening Now.

Unfortunately for Wente, Carole Wainio was one of its readers. She noticed some striking similarities between Wente’s writing and what appeared to be unattributed source material — as she did in 2012.

As a result, Wente is under fire for plagiarism — as she was in 2012. (more…)

Mon, April 25 2016 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Notley tries to sell pipelines as green-transition funders

Stacked pipeline pipe.

In an interview with CBC Radio’s The House, Alberta’s NDP Premier Rachel Notley is trying to draw a perplexing link between pipelines and transitioning to greener energy infrastructure. (more…)

Sat, April 23 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Columnist manages expectations for the Paris agreement

Eric Reguly said Friday’s signing of the Paris agreement on climate change was a political victory, but it was mainly ceremonial with respects to the actual task of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. (more…)

Fri, April 22 2016 » Main Page » No Comments