Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Super Companies may play role in reducing workers’ share of the GDP pie

Amazon. Costco. Walmart. All are lean, mean, cost-cutting machines. But given that their customer-level jobs don’t pay so well, and they’ve eviscerated the middle-management ranks, are they at least partly responsible for workers receiving a smaller share of the GDP?

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Could Russia’s clandestine ‘guns’ be turning on Canada?

Scott Gilmore attempts to lay out a scenario whereby the mischief that Russia has been up to with Western powers will find its way to Canada’s shores and cyber-byways. One example, the Russians digging up dirt on Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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Will social media make it impossible to determine the true ‘truth’?

U.S. President Donald Trump would love to make his version of reality the official version, fact-free though it may be. Leah McLaren talks of some technologies that could help make that happen.

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Father of U.S. Navy SEAL refused to meet with Trump

William Owens said he refused to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump back on Feb. 1 when his son’s body was returned from a mission gone awry in Yemen — the first such special mission of Trump’s presidency.

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‘Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin’

Here’s a long read about one of the most-talked-about dictators of our time, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. The subhead: “Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin?”

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‘This Century Is Broken’

Columnist David Brooks says the 21st century’s lack of economic growth means we are looking at a much nastier world in the coming decades, compared to what we had in the latter 20th century.

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‘Why facts don’t change our minds’

The subhead: “New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.”

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Meet Trump adviser Seb Gorka

A man once so far on the fringes of Washington foreign policy conversation he had a job with Breitbart News, Seb Gorka now has the president’s ear on such sensitive topics as dealing with Islamist terrorism.

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Europe fights fake news as election season underway

An office in Brussels pours through hundreds of potentially fake news reports in a typical day, trying to identify them as such as Europeans in the Netherlands, Germany and France prepare to go to the polls this coming spring.

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Russian city of toxic booze fame still favours Putin

In the Siberian city of Irkutsk, 76 people recently died as a result of poisoning, victims of a toxic form of rotgut sold as bath oil but known as the poor man’s vodka. It’s but one marker of social distress hitting Russian cities and towns as the 2014 oil price recession grinds on.

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