Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Democracy Man vs. The Last Pharoah

According to the BBC, the U.S. military's psy-ops specialists want to start a comic book in order to further democracy in the Middle East. An excerpt: A spokesman at Fort Bragg told BBC News website that the initiative for the comic-book project came from the US Department of Defense's Central Command, which is responsible for […]

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Investigating the murder of Georgiy Gongadze

This BBC story looks at the case of Georgiy Gongadze, the crusading Ukrainian investigative journalist who was murdered in 2000, and the continuing  fallout in Ukraine from it. Some exerpts: Two high-ranking police officers have … been charged in connection with the killing. The prosecutor general says they now know who gave the order. These new developments […]

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Pope John Paul II's legacy

As I write this, Pope John Paul II is apparently hovering near death; by the time you read it, he may well have already died. Here's a few things I've found talking about his legacy: From Democracy Now! Robert Ellsberg, editor, Orbis Books: I think that the way people perceive the Pope, you know, depends sort of […]

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Round-up of the U.S. WMD intelligence report

Here's a collection of news coverage on the report of The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, commonly known as the Silberman-Robb report. NYT, April 1: Former CIA chief disputes warning over Iraq data (Reuters) NYT, April 1: Negroponte faces hard intelligence mission (AP) NYT, April 1: Reaction to […]

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Abstinence pledges suck — literally

The acerbic Bill Maher takes aim at the 'just say no to intercourse' ethos that's sweeping America's teens and asks, Where was Bush when I was in high school? An excerpt from the Salon article (daypass or subscription required): New Rule: Abstinence pledges make you horny. A new eight-year study just released reveals that American teenagers who […]

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My great insight into the human condition for the year

I was having chatting with some folks on Wednesday night. The topic turned to television — a subject for which I am at a disadvantage, seeing as I don't have cable. Deadwood was a big favourite with this crowd (gotta go the DVD route to catch up, I guess). But the subject turned to the relative shortage […]

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