Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

So, Afghan interior minister, just how many Taliban are there?

From AP via CTV.ca: Afghanistan's interior minister says there may be between 10,000 and 15,000 Taliban fighting inside his country, and the insurgent group is operating across about 17 provinces. Mohammad Hanif Atmar offered a rare estimate of the size of his government's most organized and potent opponent during a visit to Washington. So, the […]

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Sat, February 28 2009 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

A funereal day for the <em>Rocky Mountain News</em>

This is going to be a grim day for the history books in Denver. The Rocky Mountain News will publish its last edition a few months shy of its 150th birthday. Here's a Poynter.org post. Robert Niles, editor of Online Journalism Review and a former RMN staffer, tweeted that he will have a post up in […]

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Fri, February 27 2009 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

A song for our j-times

@100000words has the following contest going: Have you submitted your pick for the song that best describes the state of journalism? Winner gets a $25 Amazon GC http://tinyurl.com/ak6wdb Here's my pick: Why? Maybe it's the pints from earlier this evening talking, but the notion of an island civilization of poets and explorers doomed to sink beneath […]

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Fri, February 27 2009 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off

Down in the Park

Gary Numan in the pretty-much-unavailable-but-not-forgotten film Urgh! A Music War. It fits my mood this evening, so here you go: Marilyn Manson and the Foo Fighters, to name two, have covered this song. But I like this version.

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Fri, February 27 2009 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off

The case for global cooling just gets stronger and stronger :^)

From AP via CTV.ca: Antarctic glaciers are melting faster than previously thought, which could lead to an unprecedented rise in sea levels, scientists said Wednesday.

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Wed, February 25 2009 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

‘Agencies downgrade CanWest’

From the Feb. 24 Globe and Mail: Two leading credit rating agencies are taking a grimmer view of CanWest Global Communications Corp., downgrading the company’s debt and scaling back estimates on what lenders can expect to recover if the company defaults on its $3.9-billion in loans. CanWest is in the midst of negotiations on a […]

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Wed, February 25 2009 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

'CBC faces $65-million revenue shortfall'

The CBC is expecting a revenue shortfall this budget year, one related to the plunging ad revenues affecting all media companies. But the really scary thing is coming up with a budget for 2009-10. From The Globe and Mail: The CBC is heading toward a new fiscal year with little clarity about its funding from […]

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Wed, February 25 2009 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘Bloc asks Ottawa to protect Globe reporter’

From The Globe and Mail: The Bloc Québécois is asking the federal government to protect a Globe and Mail reporter from being forced to provide information about the source who helped him unveil the sponsorship scandal.

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Tue, February 24 2009 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Another warning that the global warming train is picking up speed

From AP via TheStar.com: An international team of climate experts has taken a new look at the threat of global warming, and they do not like what they see.

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Tue, February 24 2009 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

So much for the inaugural bounce

Sometime after the stock market collapse of last fall, I remember reading somewhere that the markets usually start taking flight about a month after a new U.S. president is sworn in. Fortunately, instead of investing in the stock market based on that advice, I pissed away $2 on a Lotto 6/49 ticket last Saturday. As […]

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Tue, February 24 2009 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off