Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

The last Animal House

Gate House at Victoria University on the U of T, reportedly an inspiration for the toga party scenes in the 1978 frat classic Animal House, is going co-ed after going one prank too far. Victoria President Paul Gooch wrote: “Recent flagrant acts of defiance, and continued behaviour reasonably seen as disparaging and demeaning of women, will […]

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Wed, December 19 2007 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off

Wacky Christmas news round-up continues

As some might have noticed, I'm on something of an oddball Christmas news binge. I'm not sure why. Maybe it has something to do with the time of year. Anyway, more inside. From the BBC: Kyrgyzstan to name peak after Santa The government hopes some Santa publicity will boost tourism Kyrgyzstan is to name one […]

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'Copter-borne Brazilian Santa takes fire from gang

From the BBC: Drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have opened fire on a helicopter carrying a Santa Claus to one of the city's shanty towns. No one was hurt and it is thought the gunmen believed the helicopter belonged to the police. The helicopter was taking an actor dressed as Santa Claus to […]

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U.S. rich enjoy income share not seen since 1928 and 1929!

From the NYT: The increase in incomes of the top 1 percent of Americans from 2003 to 2005 exceeded the total income of the poorest 20 percent of Americans, data in a new report by the Congressional Budget Office shows. The poorest fifth of households had total income of $383.4 billion in 2005, while just […]

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World food supply shrinking: UN agency

From the NYT: In an “unforeseen and unprecedented” shift, the world food supply is dwindling rapidly and food prices are soaring to historic levels, the United Nations’ top food and agriculture official warned Monday. The changes created “a very serious risk that fewer people will be able to get food,” particularly in the developing world, […]

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