Beth Jones

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Beth reviewed this story - Feb 11, 2014
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4.5
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Beth reviewed this story - Jan 26, 2011
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3.6

Not very in-depth, scratching at the surface here and there and offering various quotes. But better than silence in the media (or worse, willful, ignorant denial).

I was surprised that no mention was made of earlier ice ages being triggered by the slowing/stoppage of the Gulf Stream in response to polar ice melting. Has that theory been rejected?

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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3.7

I don't appreciate the sensationalistic title, for the rest of the fabulous species trying to inhabit their natural niches on this planet are much more worthy of saving than selfish, destructive humanity. But I grasp the sad need for it in today's "shallow is good" media circus. I thought the article offered a very good, factual overview of CSP technology and its feasibility -- now to see if something this common-sensical can make any headway among America's petroleum-soaked, status-quo-clinging policy makers in time for it to make any real, rapid difference...

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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2.6

While this does sort of "speak truth to power" and is good news in my own opinion, I can't call this good journalism, because it doesn't really present many facts and certainly not according to tried and true 4th estate rules. It describes the facts -- or at least the ones the author wants me to know about (& crow about). A typical personal-political web log, but that's it.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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3.8

For what polls are worth, this one is relatively trustworthy ( I think). But it presents no surprises, so incredibly newsworthy it's not.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.5

Leave it to MoJo to turn over the right rocks and shed some light onto the shadowy, secretive world of international mercenaries. And lots more must come to light before we can adequately deal with this burgeoning threat to international peace, for what is to keep such "businesses" from working as hired terrorists? It would seem that that is what is already happening. But since they're making a tidy profit from it, Prince and his merry band of hired guns think that makes it OK.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.1

This article attempts to deflate the hype about biofuels by presenting facts and figures that the agribiz bigwigs would rather we not focus on. The negative impact of food crop/grain-based biofuels has been covered elsewhere, but this author does more of the math here than most to back it up.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.5
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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.6

A fairly decent if superficial summary of the consequences of our corporate-owned media paradigm.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.1

This nutshells an important but ignored media topic: the NOT-so-high costs of doing something (vs nothing) to combat climate change. It's high time this got more coverage, because people (finally) seem to want to DO something, while the mainstream media would rather give us turbo-capitalism-sponsored bread and circuses, e.g. Britney Spears's latest breakdown or "who's the richest man on earth". Like the heirs of Gates, Buffet, etc. will continue to have it made on a planet in the throes of turmoil brought about by the worldwide destruction of lives, landscapes, resources and economies....

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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3.8

So often this issue is reduced to righteous blather about the "institution of marriage", like it's the Fort Knox of Societal Norms. This op-ed brings up the more relevant points about the separate and unequal status accorded to those who for whatever reason don't or can't fulfill the stodgy requirements for a marriage "club membership".

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.8

A good wrap up of a perhaps pivotal occurrence.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.6

Starting locally and then expanding the story to include the national situation, offering lots of figures that are well presented. The story flows well, making its points with numerous examples and stats. Much appreciated given our usual, dumbed down, infotainment-poisoned national discourse.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.8

This is a mere compilation of (some of) the info about the (British) case -- so it seems more truncated than necessary. What it does not state (because of the UK slant), is that other, more in-depth articles about renewable electricity research done by the German physicist Gregor Czisch note that the U.S. is in an even better position than Europe to make the AC>DC switch successfully and save energy & CO2.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.9

Given the (long overdue) attention that climate change, clean energy and energy conservation have been gaining, I am appalled to note that the revolutionary yet viable solutions long proposed by this scientist and others have made nary a blip on the media radar. (Are Bush, Britney and Brangelina that riveting?) Not for journalists who seek to write informative articles on behalf of the public at large (IMHO). Given our collective, imperative need for such climactic climatic solutions, this article should/could have been more in-depth, for the reputable scientist involved is frequently published in both German and English. See esp.: "Global Renewable Energy Potential – Approaches to its Use" for an excellent overview of this ... More »

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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2.8

This rather vague and rather alarming blurb describes a situation that bears watching and more specific data-gathering. I declined to rate its accuracy for that reason.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.3

While I agree the article should be more coherently edited to make its excellent points sooner and more effectively, let me make one thing clear (Soapbox Time): Anyone who defensively denies the truth of the obvious parallels between the fear-based, 'anti-Bolshevik' fanaticism in National-Sozialist (=Nazi) Germany and the terrorism hysteria in neo-conservative America is woefully, willfully uninformed about world history and in irrational denial about the basic truth that underlies humans’ Us vs. Them psychology. The human beings who shrieked "Sieg Heil" and committed atrocities under Hitler (and Stalin and every other nationalistic, would-be dictator) belong to the same human race that just burned down a house of worship ... More »

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.2

While 'just' an opinion piece, it accurately summarizes information that really should disturb more citizens -- including and especially (so-called) journalists.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.2

Typical of such churned-out stories by AP/UPI, it throws out a lot of content and one gains more context by the simple act of reading the next paragraph(s). While it's not exactly rousing reading, in today's politicized – ahem – *fair and balanced* news circus, this is actually a good thing. The "bad" thing is - given the content *and* the context – WHY has this information been given such ho-hum coverage? To quote the title of a related piece: Treason is Not Old News!

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.2
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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.4

A seemingly well-researched "nutshelling" of a vast and complex topic -- economists have been issuing warnings like this for a couple of years now, but this is one of the first articles I've come across that spells it out so concisely... in all its horrible ways, the good ol' boys of the Bush administration have 'Dun It Agin' -- and done the U.S. in.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.3

This is an observer's commentary on possible developments in the Cheney impeachment scenario, given the political and public mood. Some might put it down as a progressive's wishful thinking, but what the author writes also seems to make some real sense.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.2

I appreciate that this was written by someone knowledgable, who has been to Iran and who has access to high government officials both there and in the U.S. The missed opportunities have been needless and unfortunate --'inside' knowledge from sources such as this could/should be valuable in keeping similar missteps from happening. One hopes. 'Knowledge is power' only if it is sought and used wisely.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.0

An interesting and informative summary of a promising organization – (full disclosure) which I've watched and supported for some time.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.0

In following this story, I appreciate the author's willingness to be skeptically rational/rationally skeptical instead of playing the Pentagon's stenographer, which is clearly what is hoped by the powers that be (as usual). I'll be interested to see if Salla & other investigative journalists can follow up on their "something is rotten in Barksdale/Minot/Washington" instincts and find hard and fast evidence to (f)actually bend the "spear" back toward the White House. This is getting swept under the rug and it should not be.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.5

The short sampling time frame bothers me a bit -- a longer span of 'who paid how much to whom' would perhaps show the pattern(s) more accurately...? Otherwise, to quote LAUGH IN: "Interesting... very interesting -- not very funny, but very interesting!"

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.5

The rambling author uses an achingly long analogy to get to her terrifying point -- which is that the warp-speed with which Mother Earth is losing species (which leads to the co-loss of species, and unforeseeable consequences incl. further extinctions) makes the clear and present dangers of global warming look like a Katrina in a teapot. The author makes her journalistic and scientific points almost as asides within her "travel diary", often leaving the dedicated reader to make the far-flung connections. A (much!) tighter, more straightforward reporting style would (IMO) better serve the crucial information contained herein & therefore the readership, who, as the author points out, is virtually uninformed about this appalling development.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.8

A good overview of an alarming development.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.0

I think detailing the way governmental insiders are actively seeking to undermine the very sensible constitutional edict to maintain the separation between church and state is extremely important information for American citizens to receive and consider. But it is also why I detest the NYTimes elitist "TimesSelect" pay-to-read policy. I would have very much liked to read this crucial story -- but NYT would rather withhold it from the majority of people surfing their site and cash in instead -- so much for serving the public. Consequently I can only review Times Select and not the story.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.3

While garbled at times due it being an interview, this is an excellent compendium of who knew what and when they knew it. I'm reminded of a quote by Ray McGovern on Tom Paine.com in Dec. 2005: "... The Bush administration's willful deception of the American people and Congress into backing the invasion of Iraq and their conduct of the war since has revealed that the war in Iraq is, pure and simple, a war of aggression. The post-World War II Nuremberg Tribunal, largely a creature of the United States, declared: "To initiate a war of aggression...is the supreme international crime differing from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." I'm hoping this whole evil mess eventually ... More »

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.8

A pithy piece by a good journalist, offering viable alternatives. I'm going to send it to my congressmen.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.5

What a breath of fresh air to finally encounter a dyed-in-the-wool journalist who takes her responsibility to serve the public (& not her own ego) seriously. Such "old-fashioned" professionals are derided and fired by the likes of Rupert Murdoch & other infotainment czars who wouldn't touch Jim Lehrer with latex gloves on (or Walter Cronkite, for that matter).

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.9

The author blathers a bit, but makes some excellent points on the whole. I can't say I agree that journalists' coverage is improving/becoming tougher to the degree that the author believes it is, but then this is an op/ed piece and therefore a subjective issue.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.4

An in-depth look at the Bush administration's spin for political gain vs. established (but often un(der)reported) fact. Includes substantiated details e.g. Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein's adversarial relationship and Iraq's attempts to apprehend and expel al-Qaeda operatives vs. Dick Cheney's wishful-but-erroneous soundbites for sycophantic, right-wing echo chambers, or Bush's 'don't trouble me with facts, do and believe what I tell you' style of governing . It's high time that Bush and Cheney's revisionst fantasies are trumpeted from the rooftops -- not as fact by yes-men in the MSM, but as the baldfaced, manipulative lies that they are. Exposés like this are way too few and far between.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
2.7

The author appears uninformed on this issue, considering that nearly a dozen states have already introduced such legislation (source: http://www.fairvote.org/?page=1958). And while she quotes (mostly) the bill's opponents, she isn't savvy (unbiased?) enough to find not only equivalent counter-quotes but cogent analysis of the issue's pros and cons. E.g. is it true that it would be unconstitutional? Other sources (not offered in the article) pooh-pooh that claim and can back it up -- why did she not find that out? Too short a deadline? MD slant? If she were my journalism student, Ms. Skalka would get a C- for this effort.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.8

Although it's "only" an op/ed piece, it is hopefully a precursor of mainstream exposés to come. This is an extremely important topic, however, IMO, the piece only touched on the most chilling facet of the issue: the woeful ignorance and willful apathy of a jingoistic general public eager to impugn someone's patriotism for wanting to get our sons and daughters out of harm's way, while blithely cheering on the chickenhawks who have openly robbed them of their right of habeas corpus, a.o.. Makes for a good book title and a depressing prediction for our society: 'When Dummies Rule -- the Downfall of American Democracy'....

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.3

More of a one-source blurb than a full-blown story, but it serves its purpose of informing the reader about NewsTrust.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.2

While a more politically neutral, "just the facts" format would be better and lend full credibility, at least the story certainly offers many statistics and plausible background / explanations.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
3.6

It's hard to make a call on the accuracy of an opinion piece. But it does seem to present the matter from various sides, while not making a case for any one viewpoint. Since I was one of those who decided against participating in MoveOn's poll (because it seemed so poorly presented and one-sided), I found the piece informative. It was interesting to read Pariser's standpoint, but again -- seeking "truth" in something so subjective as one opinion during an ongoing controversy... Ya might as well try herding cats.

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Beth reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Beth's Rating
4.1

Begins in a taunting manner, but thankfully evolves into a mostly factual piece that casts light into some needlessly dark corners.

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