Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Satire round-up

John Gushue, who blogs at Dot Dot Dot, has compiled a handy little round-up of satirical sites on the Internet. Another tidbit I saw there: Stephen Colbert will be leaving The Daily Show for his own show on Comedy Central. Good for Stephen. Bad for Daily Show viewers. :)

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Hey Montreal: Why the crappy beer scene?

A short holiday trip to New York had to be revised into a trip to Montreal after I couldn't find my birth certificate (and my passport is out of date. Grrrr.) So, instead of seeing the Diane Arbus exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I went to the Eternal Egypt exhibit at the Museum of […]

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Nash to be named NBA's MVP

I don't normally care very much about sports, but I posted an excerpt from a Toronto Star column about NBA superstar (and Canadian!) Steve Nash, who might have hurt his ability to earn big marketing bucks by speaking out against the Iraq war. Well, Mr. Nash may well be named the NBA's most valuable player, […]

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Sudan editor denies dissing Muhammad

A Sudanese editor rejects charges that he questioned the parentage of the Prophet Muhammad — an accusation that can get a person killed in deeply Muslim Sudan. An excerpt from the BBC story: Mohamed Taha Mohamed Ahmed told the BBC that he had merely written an essay to dispute such allegations by medieval historian al-Maqrizi. […]

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U.S. Catholic editor tossed

The Vatican ordered the removal of the Jesuit editor of an American Catholic magazine because he criticized the church, the NYT is reporting. An excerpt: An American Jesuit who is a frequent television commentator on Roman Catholic issues resigned yesterday under orders from the Vatican as editor of the Catholic magazine America because he had […]

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Darwinism on trial in Kansas

First, there was the Scopes Monkey trial in 1925. And in 2005, the Kansas State Board of Education is holding hearings on a proposal to require the challenging of the theory of evolution in the classroom. An excerpt from the NYT story: Six years after Kansas ignited a national debate over the teaching of evolution, […]

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Friedman and Doskoch on ‘The Daily Show’

The NYT’s Thomas L. Friedman holds forth (in part)¬†on Jon Stewart and the Daily Show as a source of news. I add my own thoughts.

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The 'Coalition of the Willing' party is breaking up in Iraq

This BBC Online story looks at the countries who are planning to pull out of the U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq. An excerpt: The Bulgarian parliament has endorsed the decision to pull the country's 450 troops out of Iraq by the end of the year. Japan is reported to be planning to do the same […]

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UN nuke chief freaking out over possible NK nuke test

Mohamed ElBaradei  is blowing a proverbial head gasket over North Korea's apparent preparations for a nuclear weapons test. But some are wondering if this is all part of a very high-stakes bluff by North Korea to force concessions out of the U.S. Some excerpts from the BBC story: Mohamed ElBaradei said a test would have “disastrous […]

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Top al Qaeda operative taken down

Abu Faraj Farj al-Libbi was taken into custody earlier this week, and the BBC reports that Pakistani authorities claim the interrogation is proceeding apace. An excerpt: Speaking in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Aziz told reporters that Libbi's capture was a “good development” in the US-led war on terror. Libbi is wanted in […]

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