Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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2015 on track to being hottest year in recorded history

From the Guardian (“Climate scientists say 2015 on track to be warmest year on record“:

The Earth experienced its hottest June and the hottest first half of the year since records began, according to scientists. (more…)

Tue, July 21 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

The Tories’ tortured relationship with the news media

A foolish controversy involving an obscure backbench B.C. Tory MP named Wai Young erupted in the past week. One part of it was her telling her evangelical church audience that she doesn’t read the newspapers anymore because they aren’t factual.

Former Sun Media executive Kory Teneycke, now a communications staffer for the federal Conservatives, rather amusingly told Global TV’s Tom Clark that Tory attack ads, unlike the news media, are truthful (I personally believe he meant to say truthy).

Parliamentary reporter Jeremy Nuttall, writing at the Tyee (“Understanding Tories’ Two-Faced Relationship with Media“) breaks down the source of the animus.

Sat, July 18 2015 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off

Crazy Twitter harassment trial awaits verdict

Christie Blatchford of the National Post has a great column on a bizarre case out of Toronto that you’ll definitely want to read if you use Twitter. (more…)

Wed, July 15 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Iran signs historic deal limiting its nuclear ambitions

From the Globe and Mail (“Iran nuclear deal aims to end decades of antagonism“):

In a historic move that recasts the balance of power in the Middle East and may end Iran’s isolation as a pariah state, Tehran and key Western nations signed a pact Tuesday to curb the country’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. (more…)

Tue, July 14 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Globe editorial blasts Greece’s ‘bailout’ deal

The Globe and Mail wrote a strong editorial condemning the deal reached between Greece and its creditor nations, particularly Germany, saying austerity alone won’t put Greece back on a strong economic track. (more…)

Mon, July 13 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Greece’s poor suffer most in austerity-induced depression

From the New York Times (“Greece Financial Crisis Hits Poorest and Hungriest the Hardest“):

As Athens takes on the aura of Soviet Russia, with lines of people outside banks waiting to receive their daily cash allowance, some aid groups are seeing their supply channels narrow. By some accounts, lines for food, clothing and medicine have grown fivefold in parts of the capital in the last two weeks alone. (more…)

Sat, July 11 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Climate scientists growing weary of taking punches

An arresting article in this month’s EsquireWhen the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job. The subhead: “Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can’t really talk about it.”

It’s a long read, but worth it.

An accompanying commentary is Killing Us Softly: The Industry of Lies Around Climate Change. The closer:

This really should be the only issue in 2016—that the planet is dying and half of our political process is being paid to pretend that it’s not happening at all.

Fri, July 10 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Conrad Black scolds Postmedia during conference call

Conrad Black, once Canada’s most powerful newspaper owner before his “troubles,” argued during a Postmedia conference call that the chain had to invest in quality in order to arrest its decline. (more…)

Thu, July 9 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Toronto Star reporter quits after being banned from reporting on story

This doesn’t happen every day. Paul Watson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, announced he had resigned from the Toronto Star over a “do-not-report” order he had been given by his editors. (more…)

Wed, July 8 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

A splendid end to the glorious career of the Grateful Dead


Grateful Dead in Chicago waving goodbye

Formed in San Francisco in 1965, the Grateful Dead capped its 50-year performing career with its five-show Fare Thee Well tour, the last of which occurred Sunday night at Chicago’s Soldier Field. (more…)

Mon, July 6 2015 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off