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Ben Ross

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I am a mid westerner transplanted to new england. I feel life is a gift and the way to honor it is to seek truth and the betterment of life for all. I strive to be humble. I am saddened by greed ,violence and lies of self interest. As humans we can do much better. The News Trust helps me get out of the rut of thinking/opining without the input of others. i love the wide array of sources and opinions. A cool side effect of taking part in this group is an improved ability to read the news and also express myself. I don't watch TV.

About Ben Help
Location: Hamden, Connecticut, United States
Occupation: small time self employed contractor, Fresh Paint
Interests: permaculture, religious freedom, democracy
Expertise: civil right activest, war protester, 4F draft dogger
Affiliations: Ist UU New Haven, AA, New Haven Bioregional Committee
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Journalism: Decline to state
Internet: 60-90 minutes a day
Languages: English-only
Politics: Far Left
Age: 50-64
Gender: Male
Income: $25K to $49K
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Links: Grennwald
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Address: Hamden, CT, 06514, US
Last Visit: Mar 20, 2015 - 5:13 AM PDT
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2010 - 8:04 PM PDT

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Ben reviewed this story - Mar 20, 2015
Ben's Rating
4.8

Strong fearless look at rich hedge funder's sneaky attempted to take over of Eduction in NY. many charts/ link/ quotes/ historical view.

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2015
Ben's Rating
5.0

Offers counter balance to 47 congressperson's letter..Asks the question , do US elected officials know International law.

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Ben reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2015
Ben's Rating
4.5

Good ? yes. Current topic and a bit of the back story...with a great picture of the smiling warrior.

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2015
Ben commented on this review – Mar. 6, 2015
Ellie Kesselman
3.8
(NT Rating: 3.7)
Reviewed by Ellie Kesselman - Mar. 2, 2015

A petition from Sanders aiming to stop TPP said, “If TPP was such a good deal for America, the administration should ... More »

Ben Ross Comment:

Can you be a little more specific ….. you give this new reoprt a credibiltiy rating of 2.0 …seems pretty low , is there a reason? Or is Sanders hiding something about his interest in TPP or his wish to make Main Stream Media cover it with greater ... More »

Ben commented on this review – Mar. 6, 2015
Francis Lilly
2.0
(NT Rating: 2.9)
Reviewed by Francis Lilly - Mar. 6, 2015

In my opinion it is not if good if journalism functions to meet the criteria included in this review process toward providing citizens with reliable unbiased information from which informed conclusions can be made. This blog is a one sided presentation that in Nicholas Capaldi's frame work (The Art of Deception; critical thinking) is an effective "Argument" to "Defend" his "Case" against the "Army" and he does it with a single "paper" from the institution he obviously has little respect for ("finally a claim from the Army I'm prepared to take seriously".) That is pretty tough filtering.

Mr. Swanson's mission seems to be one of tunnel vision. While "lying" is in fact (in all institutions and societies) he has let his tunnel vision go a little farther to include "blinders" to context. His final catch phrase "War Is A Lie" could instead be simply stated "War Is A Tool". But then he would have to delve into the dark side of truth about the sacred and untouchable highest motivation for the US Army he excoriates: to carry out the international policies necessary to ... More »

Ben Ross Comment:

Wonderful thought provoking look at Swanson’s myopic rant on US armies war on the truth , one blithe study which uses a false flag headline to gain readership..

Ben posted and reviewed this story - Mar 4, 2015
Ben's Rating
5.0

Good subject not covered with appropriate intensity layed bare.Swanson's wit bleeds through

Soldiers realize pretty quickly that they’re not benefiting the people of Iraq or Afghanistan or whatever country they’re terrorizing. More »

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Mar 4, 2015
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Feb 21, 2015
Ben's Rating
4.9

Fun response to outrageous claims of egomaniac/patriot Rudy Giuliani

Is it fair to splash a persons family background in the media and use it for a heavy bag? Cole takes off the gloves on Guilini's family and background.

“I don’t know, maybe Harold raised Mr. Giuliani to love the country that offered him the opportunity to break people’s legs for not paying their vig” More »

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Feb 20, 2015
Ben reviewed this story - Feb 11, 2015
Ben's Rating
1.2

Script written by neo cons..... who was the US first choice for president?...did the US undermine the elected gov....pay the protestors .....

misses even handed reporting ...reminds me of the Main Stream Media run up to the invasion of Iraq....fabricated

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Ben reviewed this story - Feb 11, 2015
Ben's Rating
1.2

This is a biased hack job....no scope of the situation or the parties involved.

The NATO threat is great ....yet unmentioned. Total demonetization of Putin.... EU and US missiles pointed at Moscow

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Ben reviewed this story - Feb 9, 2015
Ben's Rating
1.5

It is as if Putin has never spoken....no background.could the NATO reticence to arm have any reasons?...if so what are they This is US propaganda and a set up for more war making. .

NATO is trying to start a bigger war in Ukraine. The obscene amount of $ the US is spending to undermine that would shock most people... using the usual media suspects.to hid the motive of big $ and military ...as in Iraq...this story could never pass an honest edit.

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Ben posted this story - Feb 8, 2015
Ben reviewed this story - Jan 24, 2015
Ben's Rating
4.3

Good vanilla reporting...little spin....

I was surprised at flat /straight forward reporting...I must have had a prejudice ...a feeling Slate was radically right wing....time to take a second look at my own preconceived opinions.

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 21, 2015
Ben's Rating
4.9

Short news flash ...little known litigation by vet of Iraq...winding thru the court...no spin no frills

Does me good to think KBR and Halburton do not walk away free for all the stuff they did....I do not like mercenaries or corporations that prey on us behind a cloak of secrets. let there be litght.

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NT Rating: 4.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 21, 2015
Ben reviewed this story - Dec 12, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.8

reporting with out much analysis....quite a bit better than apology.....

NY times shares a big part in the coverups criminal war making, murder torture ....still gives way unequal pass to government officials to anonymously leak favorable "news". What would media look like if they stop pedaling rumors?

require the United States to prosecute or extradite any person “reasonably accused of having criminal responsibility” for the documented instances of torture. More »

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NT Rating: 4.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben reviewed this story - Dec 12, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.8

Well written...interesting info...striking headline.

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Dec 12, 2014
Ben's Rating
5.0

Academic and legal review of Bush era crimes and criminal complicity of present Department of Justice....in recent senate torture report. report

If we lived in a nation ruled by law....many new cases would be generated as of now....most likely in the international court!

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Ben reviewed this story - Dec 12, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.9

Ray McGovern pulls no punches. reports what MSM turns it's head for.

...needs larger audience

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Dec 12, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Nov 10, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.0

Science .and interesting at the same time...could be written from a conservative point of view as effectively

Additional research using larger samples and more specific methods would provide an even clearer picture, they said. More »

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Oct 29, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.9

V good....fearless and bald truth ..in reporters own words. from one of the best sources of news anywhere.

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Ben reviewed this story - Oct 29, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.0
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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Oct 29, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Oct 29, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.2

too hot for MSM

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Ben reviewed this story - Oct 23, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.4

So very sad....murder for profit and the silent black hand goes unacknowledged...by most media. Important story.

I hope this reporter gets to question Hilary Clinton before the Dem nomination.

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Ben reviewed this story - Oct 23, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.0

Partisan and advocating....reveals questionable ethics and clearly asks for help defeating candidate Rounds.

Glad to have found supporting evidence in MSM

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Ben posted this story - Oct 23, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Oct 23, 2014
Ben's Rating
2.9

Not sure if this is 'good' journalism....the last sentence seems accurate.

Definitely a hit piece on Chris bridge gate Christie. Not the least surprising considering the audience he was hired to speak to/for.

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Ben reviewed this story - Oct 23, 2014
Ben's Rating
2.9

Digestion of a digestion....with a slant. Original story worth reading..

..Good to consider the historical H Clinton.

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Sep 4, 2014
Ben's Rating
2.2

The details of an add....without and mention of other adds...how could that be good journalism?

The text may be accurate...the truth of the stated position....that the GOP is for austerity,corporate profit and the status quo, are not.

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Sep 3, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Jul 28, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.8

Best Dish I ever read....bravely mentions that the emperor wears no cloths.

Hillary not an honest bone in her political closet, is in no way in touch with my or anyone I knows political agenda.

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Ben reviewed this story - Jun 11, 2014
Ben's Rating
2.3

not untrue....just a peep at primary , does not even mention reason or issues at stake.

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Ben reviewed this story - May 29, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.5

Best Brian Williams ever....NBC to be commended. The important story covered like never before in Main Stream Media. Snowden no longer swept under the rug....DARING!

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - May 25, 2014
Ben's Rating
5.0

Open handed look at sad VA mess. Suprizingly found on real Clear Politics.

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Ben reviewed this story - May 25, 2014
Ben's Rating
3.9

Dr. tells a story of frustration and whistle blowing. Gives the current administration credit for $ short fall. Sounds like the real thing....one citizen telling it like he see's it. Good

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - May 25, 2014
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