Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Happy birthday, King!

Back on Aug. 16, I wrote this: Next Jan. 8 will mark the day when Elvis would have turned 70. I hope I remember to say, “thanks, King. Happy birthday and rest in peace.” So happy birthday! And rest in peace.

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North Korea launches campaign against non-socialist hair

You'd think the officials of a bankrupt, starving country would have better things to do, but in North Korea, they've decided to crack down on long hair. But to them, there is a link between nutrition and hair length, according to this BBC story. On the TV program Common Sense, the hosts noted that long […]

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Aid yes, immigration … maybe not, poll seems to say

A CTV/Globe and Mail/Ipsos-Reid poll has found Canadians think the Liberal government of Paul Martin responded appropriately to the tsunami disaster. But when it comes to opening the doors to tsunami victims to immigrate, that's a different matter. An excerpt: When asked whether the federal proposal to fast-track immigrants was a good one, 52 per […]

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Blogging about one's job

This BBC Online piece is about people who anonymously blog about their jobs. Read these excerpts, and then I'll tell you about my policy. Blogs – or online diaries – which chronicle people's life at work are becoming increasingly common. Here, two bloggers explain why they write about their daily lives at work. Random Acts […]

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Words to ponder

This is from a May 2004 speech by Los Angeles Times editor John S. Carroll given at the University of Oregon. Yes, that is a relative while ago, but I still think it's worth noting: All across America, there are offices that resemble newsrooms, and in those offices there are people who resemble journalists, but […]

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Leave no commentator's palm ungreased

USA Today broke a story on Friday about a prominent African-American conservative commentator who admits he was paid $240,000 US by the U.S. Department of Education to tout Dubya's No Child Left Behind program. An excerpt:  The campaign, part of an effort to promote No Child Left Behind (NCLB), required commentator Armstrong Williams “to regularly […]

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