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Hotdocs blog

Brett Lamb, one-half of the duo behind Better Living Centre (now on hiatus), has a blog about the HotDocs film festival. He's also the festival's art director. Here's a link to the main HotDocs website.

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Now that's salesmanship!

After eight years of service, my printer is done. As a result, I thought I'd use part of my day off to shop for a new one. I go into this one shop. There's a group of sales people standing around, yukking it ip. As I stand forlornly in the printing area about 12 feet away […]

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Sgrena speaks on the U.S. review of her shooting

Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena spoke with Democracy Now! on Wednesday about a coming report on a March 4 incident in which the car taking her to Baghdad International Airport was shot up by U.S. troops. Nicola Calipari, a senior Italian intelligence agent who helped free Sgrena from some Iraqi militants, was killed in the incident. […]

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Iraq through the eyes of an unembedded journalist

The Democracy Now! blurb: Dahr Jamail, one of the few independent, unembedded journalists reporting in Iraq for months, joins us in our firehouse studio to discuss the siege of Fallujah, detention of Iraqis, so-called “reconstruction” and much more. An excerpt: We turn now to Iraq. An article in the British newspaper the Guardian titled “This […]

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Low-risk places for business travel

So you're not an adventure businessperson, and the thought of getting shot up in Baghdad or Orlando (see below) leaves you queasy. So where are the really, really, really safe places to go in this crazy world and hawk your services and/or wares? Read this BBC article and find out! An excerpt: This week, a […]

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It certainly makes me want to jump on the next plane to the Sunshine State

The state of Florida has passed a “stand your ground law,” which allows people to blast away at potential threats in public spaces without trying to escape first. An excerpt from the NYT story: Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill on Tuesday giving Florida citizens more leeway to use deadly force in their homes and […]

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Dim sum under attack in Hong Kong

Okay, so dim sum only covers off a few parts of the food pyramid, like meat, seafood and rice noodles. But a claim by Hong Kong's government that eating certain types of dim sum a little too regularly is bad for you has provoked a backlash. An excerpt from the NYT story: Practically every Chinese-language newspaper […]

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Rupert Murdoch's digital fearmongering

On April 13, global media titan Rupert Murdoch gave a speech to the American Association of Newspaper Editors that didn't paint an optimistic picture for the future of the newsprint medium. Here are some excerpts from the speech, posted at News Corp.'s website: What is happening is, in short, a revolution in the way young […]

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