Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Happy 60th birthday

Picture: Los Alamos National Laboratory Sixty years ago today, before dawn arose, the age of nuclear weapons was born at the Trinity Site near Alamogordo, New Mexico. An excerpt from the BBC story: Asked for his first thought after the test, top scientist J Robert Oppenheimer quoted from his favourite Hindu poem, The Bhagavad-Gita: “I am […]

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An argument for a systematic U.S. withdrawal from Iraq

John Deutch, a former deputy secretary of defence and director of central intelligence during the Clinton years, thinks the U.S. has to start seriously thinking about getting out of Iraq: An excerpt from his NYT commentary: Our best strategy now is a prompt withdrawal plan consisting of clearly defined political, military and economic elements. Politically, […]

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'Real Women Seek Dates, Must Love Technology'

An amusingly catty NYT story on a five-part documentary that features online dating. An excerpt from the July 14 story: The women here – these daters – look familiar. You know the type. Trim, breezy, frank, supremely at ease making confessions to cameras. They're recognizable anywhere now: reality-show Jens and Amys, spirited representatives of that plucky work […]

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Islam has a pluralist past

This was an interesting piece from the Daily Times in Pakistan by Dr. Farish A. Noor, a Malaysian political scientist and human rights activist based in Berlin: An excerpt: The attacks on London have allowed the neo-cons and Islamophobes to re-invent Islam as a threat to humanity itself, and all its attendant positive values such as […]

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The explosives' formulation an al Qaeda trademark: Times of London

The notion of just what type of explosive was used in the London attacks may finally be starting to clarify with the detection of the bomb laboratory in Leeds. The story has flipped around a bit: First, authorities said low-grade explosives were used. Then they said it appeared plastic explosives from the Balkans or Eastern […]

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A Brit Gitmo detainee opines on Muslim anger

Moazzam Begg spent two years in detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba after being picked up in Afghanistan. The U.S. accused him of being an aide to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden; he says he was in Afghanistan to run a school. He offered some thoughts about Muslim anger in an interview with the Associated […]

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