Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

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. (more…)

Mon, February 20 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Old fake news about Trump

Click on the Twitter link within to see the quote that Ms. Maples refuted.

Mon, February 20 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, politics » No Comments

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. (more…)

Sun, February 19 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Swedes confused by Trump’s terrorism remarks

The lede: “Donald Trump’s comments during a rally in Florida on Saturday night that seemed to suggest a non-existent terrorist attack had taken place in Sweden have pitted the Scandinavian nation against some fervent supporters of the US president.” (more…)

Sun, February 19 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

Alex Jones of Infowars an infosource for Trump

Alex Jones is one of the most lunatic right-wing truthers out there. And now he apparently has telephone access to U.S. President Donald Trump. (more…)

Sun, February 19 2017 » Main Page, Media, politics » No Comments

Canada’s populist wave might not be white

Columnist Doug Saunders says if you look closely at Rob Ford’s success in becoming a populist mayor of Toronto seven years ago, one can see how a Canadian populist swell could occur with significant recent immigrant participation. (more…)

Sat, February 18 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » No Comments

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. (more…)

Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » No Comments

A pioneering Islamist terrorist dies in U.S. prison

Omar Abdel Rahman

Islamic cleric Omar Abdel Rahman, who blessed the assassins of Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and is believed to be linked to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York, has died in a U.S. federal prison. (more…)

Sat, February 18 2017 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

Trump continues to lash out at media during Fla. rally

In Melbourne, Fla., before about 9,000 true believers, U.S. President Donald Trump kept up his attack on the news media from earlier in the week. (more…)

Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, politics » No Comments

Facebook’s next phase further threatens journalism

Craigslist started the unbundling process of separating services from news that helped lead to journalism’s precarious financial situation today. Facebook’s new strategy will make things worse. (more…)

Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments