Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The million-snowman march

  From The Onion

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Pushing the comedy edge in NYC

The edgiest of young New York comics have abandoned Seinfeldian observational humour and are moving in whatever direction their abrasive little minds will take them. As one said: “You're paying five bucks. We can take some chances.” :) An excerpt from the NYT story: IT was about halfway through a comedy show at the East […]

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A belated happy birthday to John Crosbie

John Gushue, from his Dot Dot Dot cyberperch on the Rock, noted yesterday that John Crosbie turned 75. Some remarks of his I remember from the election 2006 coverage of NTV: Crosbie said of the Liberals: “Power corrupts, and fear of losing power corrupts absolutely.” His Liberal foil, Sen. George Baker — and a man of considerably […]

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Uprooting and replanting an Onion

The Onion after five years in the Big Apple. An excerpt from the NYT story: WHEN Joe Garden, the 35-year-old features editor of the satirical paper The Onion, thinks about the publication's move five years ago this month from Madison, Wis., to New York, he thinks about his first encounter with a staff member of […]

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'Lawmaker Condemns NASA Over Scientist's Accusations of Censorship '

A natural follow to the NYT story from Saturday, although it's interesting to note the complaining lawmaker is a Republican. An excerpt from the NYT story: The chairman of the House Science Committee sharply criticized NASA yesterday after the agency's top climate scientist and several public affairs officers complained of political pressure intended to prevent […]

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Drinking etiquette question

Is mixing Jack Daniels with Coke a sin? It would be taboo to do that to a fine single-malt scotch, but is there a general prohibition with JD or any of the bourbons?

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Squat and deliver

As I'm roaring under east Toronto on my way home from work tonight with my co-worker Tyrone, the train stops at a subway station and the doors open, which is typical. There are two young women standing in front of the doors, even perfectly framed by them, which again is not unusual. One even has a […]

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Great minds think alike

Editor and Publisher also noticed the prominent play given to two climate change stories by the Washington Post and the NYT: Two Top Papers Ask: Is the Earth Heading for Doom–With an Assist from the White House? While most Americans remain preoccupied with war, terrorism, high gas prices–or the coming Pitt-Jolie baby–an issue that may […]

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Ted Koppel blasts U.S. television news

In a (firewall-protected) NYT op-ed piece, Ted Koppel, late of ABC News, lambastes U.S. television news. Editor and Publisher has the highlights: Koppel raps the new “calculated subjectivity” and forced empathy of cable news, and adds: “The accusation that television news has a political agenda misses the point. Right now, the main agenda is to […]

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Note to self: Pizza in Naples

An NYT piece has the following recommendations about 'za in the land that gave birth to the world's most perfect form of food: Going to Naples without eating pizza, its best-known culinary invention, is heresy. Pizza is a religion there, and the Neapolitans have solved its most common challenge with the quattro stagioni, which is […]

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