Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

'Seeing Terrorism as Drama With Sequels and Prequels'

Critic Edward Rothstein takes on the thesis of director Steven Spielberg's new film Munich, which is basically that violence begets violence. Some excerpts from the NYT article: Though said to be “inspired by real events,” Mr. Spielberg's film taps into a highly influential theory about terrorism that itself bears little relation to what is known about […]

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Winning hearts and minds in the Philippines

Prosecutors in the Philippines are set to charge four U.S. Marines with sexual assault over an alleged incident from November. An excerpt: Prosecutor Prudencio Jalandoni is seeking an arrest warrant and jurisdiction over the marines. The four, who are in the custody of the US embassy in Manila, deny the charges. Mr Jalandoni is due […]

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London's mayor on terror threats facing his city

Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, tells the BBC that the terror threats to his city mainly come from disorganized groups of disaffected people. An excerpt: Ken Livingstone told the BBC London was not the focus of a “great organised international conspiracy with orders flowing down the chain”. But he said there had been 10 […]

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'Crypto Man' says the NSA's spying is illegal

Salon speaks with James Bamford, the pre-eminent American journalist when it comes to investigating the National Security Agency. He says the agency's latest shenanigans are illegal. An excerpt (free with a day pass): While politicians bicker over legal shades of gray, Bamford believes the president clearly broke the law, and he has called for a […]

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One possible airborne etiquette breach isn't so bad

I arrived back in Toronto at 6:55 p.m. ET after a totally uneventful flight from Edmonton. However, I did doze off for a brief period, and that could have triggered some snoring, which if true, would have been unpleasant for the people in the seats around me. If so, screw 'em. Karmic balance for the two screeching infants […]

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