Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

'Left of boom: The struggle to defeat roadside bombs'

This Washington Post series first ran in late September, but it's worth revisiting given the bad week that Canadian soldiers seem to be having in Afghanistan. From the intro: … Despite nearly $10 billion spent in the past four years by the department's main IED-fighting agency, with an additional $4.5 billion budgeted for fiscal 2008, […]

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If you don't know how to screw …

Go to Canadian Tire and look at the back of the package of (in my case) wood screws for a refresher course. Here, generally speaking, are the three steps: 1. Create a starter hole, if necessary 2. Rotate the screw with the appropriate tool so it screws into the wood 3. Stop when it reaches the […]

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Jack Handey would agree wholeheartedly

From globeandmail.com: Bad news for Coco and Blinko — children don't like clowns and even older kids are scared of them. The news that will no doubt have clowns shedding tears was revealed in a poll of youngsters by researchers from the University of Sheffield who were examining how to improve the decor of hospital […]

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Former NYT editor Raines gets media columnist gig

Howell Raines, who left the NYT in disgrace after the Jayson Blair affair, will be writing a media column for Conde Nast Portfolio. From the Jan. 15 NYT story: “He knows politics extremely well, so the timing is fortuitous,” said Joanne Lipman, editor in chief of the magazine. But she said that his primary role, […]

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The human cost of downsizing in southeastern Ohio

For some living in the region where the Rust Belt meets Appalachia who lost blue-collar manufacturing jobs and had them replaced with low-paying retail or service ones, economic reality means moving in with relatives or even their elderly parents. From the NYT: After 30 years at a factory making truck parts, Jeffrey Evans was earning $14.55 an […]

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'Confessions of a juiced sports writer'

From Time's Bill Saporito: Yeah, it's true about me and steroids. I have to admit it now. Even though the Mitchell report didn't have a section on sports writers, ask yourself this: the Senator's staff spends months to produce a 400-plus page report documenting his investigation of steroid abuse in Major League Baseball, and within […]

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Strike possible at Toronto Star?

I just heard on the CTV Toronto newscast that the Toronto Star could be on strike as of Saturday. Late Wednesday night, union members voted 96 per cent in favour of strike action. If they do hit the bricks, it would be the first strike at the paper since 1992. But both sides say they […]

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The Globe and Mail and the Ice Storm: What was written

Someone in Globeland dug up the piece I referred to earlier on the Ice Storm (thank you very much!). The story ran on Jan. 10, 1998 and was written by Andre Picard, who is currently the paper's public health reporter. Some excerpts: IT'S Hell, La Presse said. “A war zone,” CKAC radio said. Reality check: […]

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