Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The NYT's 36 hours in Montreal

This article hits the high points, but how it could skip over Schwartz's, the Taj Mahal of smoked meat, is beyond me. :) Here's an N-P article on Schwartz's. The Gobe and Mail did an Oct. 21 story on the new documentary Chez Schwartz's.

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Bias at the Beeb!

Here was the story from the Mail on Sunday: Yes, we are biased on religion and politics, admit BBC executives By PAUL REVOIR Last updated at 22:23pm on 22nd October 2006 BBC executives have been forced to admit what critics have known for years – that the corporation is institutionally biased. The revelation came after […]

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We're consuming ourselves out of planetary house and home

If the global population continues to chew up resources at the current rate, then two Earths will be needed to sustain the global population by 2050, claims a new report by the World Wildlife Fund. An excerpt from the BBC story: Current global consumption levels could result in a large-scale ecosystem collapse by the middle […]

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Stay off the cellphone if you want your boys to swim

From the Beeb: Heavy mobile use 'damages sperm' Experts are calling for further research into the effect of mobiles on fertility Heavy use of mobile phones may damage men's fertility, a study has suggested. Researchers found those men who used a phone for four hours or more a day had fewer sperm and those they […]

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A new report urges changes in Afghanistan

A group called the Senlis Council released a report Tuesday that says why Canada should stay and help stabilize Afghanistan, it might well be going about it the wrong way. Some excerpts from the CTV.ca story: Norine MacDonald, the Canadian who founded the think tank, described Kandahar province as “a complete war zone.” She is […]

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Hangin' with the Taliban in Helmand

Beeb reporter David Loyn managed to gain access to a group of Taliban in Helmand province. It sits just to the west of Kandahar, the province in which Canada's armed forces are operating. Some excerpts: There is no army on earth as mobile as the Taleban. Taleban fighters are highly mobile I remember it as their secret […]

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How Borat punk'd America

A primer on British actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's technique for duping his victims in 'Borat.' An excerpt: The Veteran Feminists of America were among Borat's victims When a gangly foreign reporter with broken English, bushy moustache and crumpled suit turned up at artist Linda Stein's New York studio, she thought she was helping spread the […]

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That giant sucking sound you hear is the cost of conflict

Just one conflict in a low-income country can cost almost as much as the world spends on global aid in a year, says a committee of British MPs.

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