Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

IPCC meets in Bangkok to talk fighting climate change

From the BBC: A final draft seen by the BBC will say nations can protect the climate, but only if they make policies to halt the global growth in emissions by 2030. The draft refers to stabilising emissions between 450 and 550 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere. Anything less is unrealistic, economists […]

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Mon, April 30 2007 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Former ABC News political director moves to <em>Time</em>

From the NYT: Mark Halperin, who stepped down last month as the political director of ABC News, is moving to Time magazine. Mr. Halperin, a pioneer of online reporting who founded ABCnews.com’s political memo, The Note, will join Time as an editor-at-large and senior political analyst effective next Monday, the magazine said. ABC said that […]

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Mon, April 30 2007 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

'The Latest Must-Have for Yuppies: A Blog About the Neighborhood'

From the NYT: First come the renovated condominiums, the latte bars and the expensive baby strollers. Next, apparently, come the bloggers. One Web site’s survey of the prevalence of blogs in urban neighborhoods found a link between gentrification and the number of people who feel compelled to think out loud about the changes in their […]

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Mon, April 30 2007 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

This lede'll get you reading!

From the NYT story on the new Viagra campaign (only in Canada!): How much sexual innuendo can an advertiser pack into 15 seconds? Where's my manners? The headline should have come first: Minky Viagra? Pfizer Doesn’t Want You to Understand It, Just Buy It

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Mon, April 30 2007 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

All the president's dinner guests

The NYT's Frank Rich takes a look at the sorry spectacle of  the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. An excerpt: (TimesSelect) SOMEHOW it’s hard to imagine David Halberstam yukking it up with Alberto Gonzales, Paul Wolfowitz and two discarded “American Idol” contestants at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Before there was a Woodward […]

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Sun, April 29 2007 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Carbon-neutral — it's the new black

From the NYT: THE rush to go on a carbon diet, even if by proxy, is in overdrive. In addition to the celebrities — Leo, Brad, George — politicians like John Edwards and Hillary Clinton are now running, at least part of the time, carbon-neutral campaigns. A lengthening list of big businesses — international banks, […]

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Sun, April 29 2007 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

The big issue in the French election

The BBC's Caroline Wyatt: This one small town (Donzy) still had a butchers, three bakers, two doctors' surgeries, several hairdressers and two beauty salons. Yet unemployment was the same as most similar French towns, hovering around 10%, far higher for the young. And all here wondered if there was some magic middle way that France can […]

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Sat, April 28 2007 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » 4 Comments

Momma mia, there's some bad Italian food outside of Italy!

From the BBC: The Italian Academy of Cooking has launched a scathing attack on the standard of Italian restaurants abroad. It says two-thirds of the restaurants they reviewed mistook the ingredients or the preparations. Italians are very proud of their cooking and their recipes, rooted in many different regions and traditions. But when they travel, […]

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Sat, April 28 2007 » Main Page, Minutiae » 4 Comments

Yeltsin's legacy

Boris Yeltsin, the former president of Russia who died earlier this week, leaves a decidedly mixed bag behind for his legacy. An excerpt from the BBC story: For many Russians, it is a huge paradox that the current government has not only given Boris Yeltsin a nearly royal funeral but has even described him as […]

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Sat, April 28 2007 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Moyers to yak with Jon Stewart

Got cable? Then watch PBS at 9 p.m. EDT today for Bill Moyers’ Journal. Jonno will be on!

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Fri, April 27 2007 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off