Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Old fake news about Trump

Click on the Twitter link within to see the quote that Ms. Maples refuted. The day after this story ran, Marla Maples said the quote was a blatant lie. https://t.co/HhS2GM5qfY — Mark Mooney (@mxmooney) February 20, 2017

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Mon, February 20 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, politics » Comments Off on Old fake news about Trump

The ‘funky drummer’ has died

Clyde Stubblefield, drummer for soul and funk legend James Brown, wielded the sticks in 1970 on a largely instrumental tune called Funky Drummer, a solo from which would go on to be one of the most sampled bits of music ever. He has died at age 73.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on The ‘funky drummer’ has died

Burger King loses a whopper of a wrongful dismissal suit

Usha Ram, a veteran Burger King employee in the Vancouver, B.C. area has won a $46,000 judgment after she took home a fish sandwich, fries and pop without paying — mistakenly thinking she had permission.

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Thu, February 16 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Burger King loses a whopper of a wrongful dismissal suit

South Park can’t keep up with Trump’s self-satire

From the story: “While the current U.S. President Donald Trump seems ripe for parody, it looks like South Park say they’re more are likely than ever to lay off him.”

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Thu, February 2 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, politics » Comments Off on South Park can’t keep up with Trump’s self-satire

‘We’re not shutting up’

ProPublica is a non-profit U.S. group that does investigative reporting in the public public interest. The t-shirt is its rejoinder to Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who said the U.S. media should “keep its mouth shut.”

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Fri, January 27 2017 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on ‘We’re not shutting up’

So long Mary Tyler Moore: Comedic whiz and feminist icon

I can’t remember if the Mary Tyler Moore Show was the first to spoof the eccentric hothouse atmosphere of a newsroom, but it remains one of the best. For columnist Margaret Sullivan, the show supplied more than yucks during its seven-year run; it provided a role model.

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Wed, January 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on So long Mary Tyler Moore: Comedic whiz and feminist icon

Ringling Brothers circus to call it quits

An American institution is folding after 146 years. It seems than not even lion-taming can hold the attention of today’s children. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus will hold its final performances in May.

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Sat, January 14 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Ringling Brothers circus to call it quits

Toronto the bad is dying out

Columnist Marcus Gee pins a column on the premise that Hooker Harvey’s (its unofficial nickname) at 278 Jarvis St. was going to be redeveloped into condos, setting off a mild panic among the cognoscenti of Toronto the Bad.

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Wed, January 4 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Toronto the bad is dying out

The timely death of Honest Ed’s

If my grandmother were still alive today (she passed in early 2000), she would be mourning the coming closing of Honest Ed’s, the discount department store that was built to serve poor, thrifty immigrants such as her. One family legend holds that in her senior years, she found a steal of a deal on a […]

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Fri, December 30 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on The timely death of Honest Ed’s

A great social media cartoon

From Rob Cottingham:

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Sat, December 17 2016 » Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on A great social media cartoon