Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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More on the Linda McQuaig-tarsands controversy

I came across two interesting articles on Twitter tonight:

Sat, August 15 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Leaving bitumen in the ground; we’ll need to do this

A kerfuffle erupted over the weekend in Canada’s interminable election campaign: NDP candidate Linda McQuaig reportedly said that some of Canada’s oilsands may have to stay in the ground in order for Canada to meet its climate commitments. (more…)

Tue, August 11 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Remembering the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing

From AP via (“Hiroshima observes 70th anniversary of atomic bombing“):

Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewing calls for U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to step up efforts toward making a nuclear-weapons-free world. (more…)

Thu, August 6 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Thank you and goodbye, Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart on the set of the Daily Show

Jon Stewart bade us farewell after more than 16 years of anchoring the Daily Show, which will carry on with new host Trevor Noah. Stewart left us with this salient piece of advice:

The best defence against bullshit is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something. (more…)

Thu, August 6 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

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 » Comments Off

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