Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Publicizing suicide

Deborah Jones brought this Canadian Press story to the attention of CAJ-L. It's about whether the media, by covering those who wish to take their own lives, are active participants in the act. For background, see this CTV.ca story: Terminally ill man commits suicide, sparks debate. An excerpt: A terminally ill Ottawa man's public pronouncement […]

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'Collapse' – The NYT book review

Author Jared Diamond has been creating much buzz with his book Collapse, on how civilizations suddenly disappear (see here for an op-ed piece he wrote for the NYT). Here are some excerpts from the NYT book revew, but for background, remember that in 1997 Diamond wrote a well-received book called Guns, Germs and Steel: Diamond […]

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Suing a politician for a broken promise? The system would collapse!

An Ontario Superior Court judge has said voters and not courts should hold politicians accountable for broken election campaign promises. Here's some excerpts from the Globe and Mail story: An Ontario Superior Court judge has absolved Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty of breaking an elaborately signed contract promising not to raise or create new taxes, saying […]

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Some Iraq election links

Here's a potpourri of useful information leading up to the big day on Sunday. BBC Online: Who will vote in Sunday's election? Iraqi media urges high turnout Security stepped up for Iraq poll Iraqi election Q-and-A Life in post-Saddam Iraq (interactive) Iraq election log New York Times: The Middle East section has the important stories. […]

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Attention chop-sockey fans!

I'm just playing a hunch here, based on a trailer I saw, but on Feb. 11, keep your schedule open for Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior, starring Tony Jaa. He's being hyped as The Next One with respects to martial arts movie hero-dom (he actually practices muay thai, a thai form of martial arts, also known […]

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Third columnist received Bush administration non-payola

Add columnist Mike McManus to the list of commentators who received money from the Bush administration – $10,000 to train marriage counsellors. But apparently there's been a massive misunderstanding. Here's an excerpt from an Associated Press story on Yahoo! News: “There's a growing misperception that taxpayers' money is being used to pay columnists to use […]

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Guess what Canadian happenings are newsworthy to the Village Voice?

The rising dollar? Nope. Ballistic missile defence? Sorry. Peter MacKay dating fellow Tory MP Belinda Stronach? Wrong again! Your right to masturbate in your own living room with the blinds open? Now you're talkin' New York news judgment! As a bonus, name a second Canadian story, this one from the previous week (hint: There's no life like […]

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Canada slapped over al-Jazeera restrictions

Reporters without Borders (Reporters sans Frontieres) has lumped Canada in with Iraq and Iran as a country that censors al-Jazeera. I heard about this in an interview on CBC's As It Happens on Friday night. And here's a link to a BBC story. An excerpt from the release: Reporters Without Borders has protested at persistent […]

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Ronald McDonald as fitness guru?

Boy o' boy, the spectre of being blamed for the millions of bloating tots around the U.S. of A. has McDonalds reverting to extreme measures. Ronald McDonald, the company mascot and “chief happiness officer,” is going to become its public fitness guru. Some excerpts from the Washington Post article: Ronald, the company's newly dubbed “chief […]

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The Nation has Hersh's back on 'The Coming Wars'

'The Daily Outrage' column by Ari Berman at The Nation's website looks at the furious Pentagon response to Seymour Hersh's eye-opening New Yorker piece (still on the shelves!; I wrote about it) and how subsequent reportage is supporting Hersh's work. An excerpt: Instead of denying the existence of the secret teams outright, the Pentagon and […]

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