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Benjamin Mossbarger

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I first heard of NewsTrust through a good friend who shares my concern about the direction of modern journalism. News media today focuses entirely too much on sensationalist fluff stories about celebrities behaving badly and on talking heads presenting their frequently baseless and ludicrous beliefs as fact. The world today needs an organization like NewsTrust dedicated to finding and presenting news which is relevant, well-written, objective, and factually based.

About Benjamin Help
Location: Toronto, Canada
Occupation: Ph.D. student in Laser-Plasma Physics, University of Toronto
Interests: Science, Technology, the Environment, Climate Change, Drug Policy, Progressivism
Expertise: Science, Technology
Affiliations: I have been a devoted member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy since my freshman year in undergrad. SSDP is an organization dedicated to minimizing the effects of drug abuse on American communities with a specific focus on campus-related issues. However, SSDP also acknowledges the failure of the War on Drugs in reducing drug abuse among Americans and its great success in turning America into a police state with the world's largest (officially counted) prison population--higher than that of the Soviet Union at the height of Stalin's reign. Visit http://ssdp.org/about/ to learn more. Since moving to Canada for my graduate studies, I have moved into SSDP's sister organization Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
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Journalism: None
Education: College graduate
News: 30-60 minutes a day
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Languages: French
Politics: Far Left
Age: 18-24
Gender: Male
Income: Less than $25K
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Address: Toronto, CA
Last Visit: Sep 11, 2011 - 10:41 AM PDT
Last Edit: Apr 26, 2011 - 6:26 PM PDT

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jul 25, 2011
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4.0

Spot on, but quite obvious to anyone who pays even the slightest attention to Fox News and their actions.

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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jul 25, 2011
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4.1
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jul 25, 2011
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4.2
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jul 25, 2011
Benjamin reviewed this story - Jul 25, 2011
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3.7
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 28, 2011
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4.4

Excellent science journalism! The author takes Karzai's claim and assesses it based on the best possible available information from reputable sources. A stellar article!

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 26, 2011
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3.3

The author presents an interesting idea, but the article isn't nearly in-depth enough for the reader to make a reasoned assessment of its merits.

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 25, 2011
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4.3
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 23, 2011
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3.7
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 23, 2011
Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 22, 2011
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4.2
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 22, 2011
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3.8
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 22, 2011
Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 19, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.3
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 18, 2011
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4.6
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 18, 2011
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4.5
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 14, 2011
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4.4
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 13, 2011
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4.0
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.2
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2011
Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
3.8
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.3

This piece, penned by a former senior military interrogator, succinctly puts forward all the argument for why the US should not torture its prisoners of war. A quick and informative read.

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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2011
Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
3.8
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.0

This is by no means a damning expose of the tropical forestry industry. However, it does provide a bit of context into the issue of tropical deforestation and the difficulties surrounding the sustainability of the industry.

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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2011
Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.1
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Apr 30, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.5

This is a shocking portrayal of the state of the nuclear power industry in the United States, along with the captured regulatory agency that's supposed to be overseeing it. This article presents a fine example of investigative journalism--it presents a terrifying problem which has been overlooked by the American people with the depth and breadth necessary to serve as a call to action.

Why is it that some of the best investigative journalism in this country is found time and time again in a magazine about rock and roll? Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of respect for Rolling Stone--it's just a little aggravating that we have to rely on a "music" magazine for the type of hard-hitting journalism that our actual news media refuses to provide.

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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Apr 27, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
3.8
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Apr 27, 2011
Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
3.4
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2011
Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.0
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2011
Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
3.8
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2011
Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.2
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2011
Benjamin reviewed this story - Apr 24, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
3.9
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Apr 24, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
3.7
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