Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Milblogging in Iraq

The Beeb has a story on U.S. milbloggers, looking at the angle that the golden age may have already come and gone. Not a bad read, but not essential either. Wired's The Blogs of War is the essential one.

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Naive, stupid or plucky? Maybe a combination of all three

Farris Hassan showed good journalistic instincts — he wanted to go to where the story was happening for his high school journalism project. Unfortunately, the story was in Iraq. Some excerpts from the CTV.ca story: The father of Florida teenager Farris Hassan, who ran away to Iraq on a dangerous trip that cost hundreds of […]

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U.S. White House, NSA websites track visitors

The U.S. White House and National Security Agency websites have been quietly snooping on visitors. An excerpt from the BBC story: Federal rules do allow government agencies to use session cookies that exist only as long as a visit to a particular website. Many online stores use them to remember the contents of a visitor's […]

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Africa: The good news and bad news from 2005

National incomes are up. Democracy, life expectancies and social equality are slumping. Next continent! :^) More in this BBC story: After a decade of triumphs for Africa's democrats – the ending of apartheid in South Africa, the ousting of Congolese tyrant Mobutu Sese Seko and free multiparty elections in Ghana, Kenya and Senegal – several regimes have reverted […]

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Beijing News journalists protest editor's firing

About 100 journalists from the Beijing News have walked off the job to protest the firing of their editor. An excerpt from the BBC story: The highly unusual move follows the ousting of editor-in-chief Yang Bin and two senior editors, as Communist Party officials moved to rein in the paper. The paper appeared on Friday, […]

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Bush administration to investigate leaks over NSA spying program

The Bush administration wants to know how the New York Times found out about a domestic NSA spying program that Dubya authorized. An excerpt from the NYT story: The investigation apparently began in recent days following a formal referral from the agency regarding the leak, federal officials said on condition of anonymity. The program, whose […]

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Kid, many 20-somethings struggle with the same question

On the 506 streetcar this time, heading east: A five-year-old asks his mother: “But if I have to pay rent, how can I buy toys?”

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TTC <em>Jeopardy!</em>

Dundas West station, 504 streetcar: Operator – I've got a quiz question for the entire street car. Does anyone know the stop closest to St. Casimir's Church? Wag at back – I'll take Roncesvalles stops for five hundred, Alex! Yes, it's a west-Toronto-centric anecdote. So sue me.

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