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David reviewed and starred this story - May 23, 2009
David's Rating
4.7

Ignatius has again taken a clear & concise evaluation to a valid conclusion. He is the opposite of Cheney in this. He also shows with equal clarity that Obama is doing a finer job of protecting the nation than Cheney could imagine doing. This reporting is why the Wash. Post is still a valuable newspaper.

The comments to the Post are revealing. There are a lot of people, thoughtless enough to follow Cheney. But there are also a lot of people able to think and able to see through the fog of fear Cheney attempts to spread.

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David reviewed this story - May 1, 2009
David's Rating
4.8

This piece identifies exactly the nature of the Republican protests of late. Facts are not considered relevant. The gentleman from Ohio may have actually read the report but that is not detectable from his comment. His comment is meant to arouse the the least thoughtful of his base.

I depend on Democracy Now for open and true analysis of events of the day. This example shows why.

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David reviewed this story - Jan 24, 2009
David's Rating
4.0

This is an excellent piece. The writer's collaborated well and some of the information came from a reporter on the ground in Islamabad. The piece feels like it is really meant to inform the reader and not show off the writer(s) in any way. It also seems to not be too constrained by secrecy or evasion as we have seen in recent times.

Dealing with Afghanistan and with Pakistan is going to be tough for the Obama administration. It has been tough for everyone from Alexander, the British, the Russians and any who dare. Obama can't ignore that, but he seems very aware.

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David reviewed this story - Jan 5, 2009
David's Rating
4.1

This piece is the material we need to evaluate Burris and others like him. Of course, this kind of injustice happens often enough and is under-reported in most media. The article is important beyond the selection of Burris.

Guantanamo is not the only place we incarcerate people with little or no justice.

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David reviewed this story - Jan 5, 2009
David's Rating
4.7

This is excellent information. It is hard enough for the persons in power to get this kind of information and advice and nearly impossible for ordinary people to follow the arcane regulations that the President must adhere to.

Obama has suggested that he has the chance to effect change and surely intelligence policy requires change. Bush blames faulty intelligence for any errors that may have occurred. We just point at Cheney and his influence.

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David reviewed this story - Dec 2, 2008
David's Rating
3.8

The article points out that Jones has views that are difficult to align with what many Obama supporters think he wishes to press forward. We do need to know these things so this is a good piece.

The impact of the diversity Obama is building in his cabinet and advisers is that the President-elect may find himself in the position of herding cats. Too much agreement is bad because it is blinding to reality, but too much dissent may prevent desired action going forward.

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David reviewed this story - Nov 5, 2008
David's Rating
3.1

The election is done. The selections for various posts are extremely important and largely determine how this presidency will go forth. But clearly, this is all speculation right now. Anyone can do this and may well select the same people and there is no surprise or big delight here.

Staff is important. Cabinet is more important. There is an urgency to get going; these must not be last moment selections. But the president-elect needs a little bit of time.

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David reviewed this story - Oct 17, 2008
David's Rating
4.6

The internet is invaluable but just like any other media, the reader/viewer must be responsible and attentive.

It is tricky to evaluate things and the pitfall is that you may like something (even if it is a lie) but the internet is the most diverse source, so balance is found if we try. Some things are fairly obvious on their face and some things are easily understood as prejudiced in favor of whatever if the author is known. Anything by Andy Martin is likely to be trash and if another posting echos what he has written, you know to discard. A little common sense and a search for diverse ... More »

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

The title of this indicates it is an Obama piece, but the content is actually about the failures attributed to the intelligence community that have more often been the failures to listen to what the spies had discovered. It only makes sense that the more thoughtful of that community prefer a new face with ideas that imply that their work will again be considered. There is more to the story, how one branch competes with another branch, real mistakes that were made, but, indeed change is difinately desirable.

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

All of these details have been available for a long time except the president's involvement. That was suggested but not strongly. Murray Waas seems to have secured his details. Why has nothing been done about these things? Since nothing has been done, the flag needs to fly or fly again, looking for justice and truth. Or not. The passion for prosecution that the Republicans have shown in the recent past seems to be missing from the Democratic forces.

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

It is hard not to pick on Sarah Palin when she gives the kinds of answers to serious questions that beauty pageant contestants give when asked how they would save the world. She sounds unprepared because she is unprepared. No one needs to exaggerate or excessively elaborate on what she says. We examine these things as voters because Palin's selection is a choice by McCain and we need to examine his acumen in such matters. If elected, who would he want for various cabinet positions and so forth.

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

I enjoyed this piece very much, but then, I live without God. The people of faith will not like this because they are dependent on the crutch that religion and a belief in some god entity provides them. Weinberg touches on many of the usual arguments against the godless among us and shows how perfectly valid a godless life can be.

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

What does this reveal? Many people admired McCain because he was above the fray, his own man, a maverick, not just another Republican. And now, he is just the same, telling the same lies, using the same tactics, actually living out loud (as it were) the facts of his political life, which is right in accord with Rove versions of politics. Nothing new; no change here, more Bush style ... and a VP candidate that out Cheneys Cheney. It is quite amazing ... and disgusting.

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

This country apparently believes in magic, both black and white. The magic of words more than anything so that "socialism" is black magic and "American exceptionalism" is white. One wonders if Senator Bunning even has a passport or has ever actually spent any time in France. The quote from Krugman was perfectly phrased. All in all, Ridgeway's piece is a good if limited picture of both the kerfuffle of financial juggling and the mysterious reactions of the American public.

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

One wonders how carefully McCain vetted Sara Palin, then it occurs that he got just what he wanted. Anne Kilkenny gains no advantage from writing this and may even suffer from it. Her words ring true and Palin's ring false. The matters can be verified and some have been in other places.

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

Reports such as this one, really should receive greater distribution. Not enough people are aware of these police abuses. There are good police practices by good officers going on all the time, but when a coalition of forces perform in this way, the rights of all Americans are in trouble.

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

Fiscal matters tend to be difficult to understand. That is one reason why the falsehoods are not well addressed. This article explains these things very well and has trustworthy sources to validate several points. It is sad to see McCain going the way of prevaricators after having built a reputation as a straight shooter concerned about wasteful spending. Cheney might say that he has gone to the dark side.

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

Georgia is an arbitrarily drawn state. The lines look good on a map but the reality is that South Ossetia and Abkhazia are not truly Georgian. But the Georgian president wants these regions. The US wants what Georgia wants because of pipelines and power plays. Russia is not happy with missile bases in Poland and hegemonic control around it's borders. The stance of the Economist is the western capitalist stance. The attitude of Cheney is the attitude of an imperial power. These are dangers, powder keg places with people on both sides waving lighted matches.

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

This seems the best choice from the short list Obama apparently had. Obama is thoughtful and deliberate and that is frustrating to many. He probably cannot change that. By pairing with Biden whose main fault is described as, "He talks too much," but speaks from knowledge and is sharp and quick and really does study issues and also has the experience that Obama does not, the Dems have a good and forceful ticket. Vigor matters.

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

The story is informed so far as it goes in China. What may be missing is how usual this is everywhere, including in the United States. Falsely arrested victims of police assaults in NYC or LA probably can sue for a redress of grievances while similar situations in China probably do not have that option. But watch what happens to protesters at the Democratic and Republican conventions. This is a grievous misuse of power and denial of rights but we may not cast stones with impunity.

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David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
3.7

The piece is not great but the news in it is revealing. There can be no doubt that Limbaugh, Hannity, and especially O'Reilly are hate mongers. They do what they do for ratings and the earnings that go with that. They do not have sincerity and they arouse the least thoughtful and some of them go over the edge believing they are on some right side of some major conflict. They ignore the similarity to crying "Fire" in a crowded theater. The results of their actions are more often a spread of stupidity than of criminality. Both results are ill.

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

This good report specifically identifies problems that have been known for years. It explains some of how these things spread and some of the efforts to combat them. Inadvertently perhaps, it also shows the failures we have in this combat. For wrong reasons, government agencies fail to act and even act in the wrong ways similar to denying treatment for aids to men who have sex with men or to women prostitutes. Of course, the continued treatment of chickens and cows with antibiotics, becomes treatment of us and our children.

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

Very good and illuminating review of an important book. Mayer put things together and showed the connections. Beware American citizens. We are in grave peril.

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David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
2.5

I am embarrassed that I even read this thing. The article is OK but the subject is disgusting. McCain's team is out of material, maybe because of who their candidate is. The sad thing is that this stuff gets the attention of the voting public. Will they change their vote upon seeing this? Sometimes The Independent has news and sometimes they have this sort of trash.

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

OK, what's interesting here is that people do not know, never heard, do not remember ... so much stuff. Ask a group individually about Phil Gramm. No one knows anything. His deregulation efforts have caused more havoc than I will attempt to list. In California, the Enron mess with power is a big deal. All over the place the breakdown of loans for homes problem, is a Phil fiasco. David Corn is right on target. Gramm is grim and still around, Vote for McCain and you may, probably will, get Gramm.

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

The article highlights some items of interest to anyone caring about separation of church and state, either side, without pretending to answer complex questions. So it is a good report although with little depth.

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David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
1.5

This is silly and false. One thing does not relate to the other. The writer seems not to know what he is talking about. There is no information in the piece, not even in the "supporting" aside.

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David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
3.7

This is another display of the arrogance and single-minded procedure used by the administration. Ashcroft had no taint of liberal thought about him but he was an honest and honorable man. He may have been guided by an excessive and narrow religious perspective, but he seems to have had great respect for law. The nation has not been well served by ignoring this particular piece of advice from this Attorney General.

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David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
3.1

People do odd and sometimes regrettable things in their private lives. It should not matter to everyone, but when a Democrat does it the religious right foams at the mouth while saying nothing at all when a Republican missteps. That is a nasty and unfortunate pattern. This kind of mess matters to some but does it affect how McCain thinks about war, the economy, health plans, or any other important matter? I think not.

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

This is a fun piece and is very good as humor with just a touch of serious content. The title is perhaps misleading because it is about how other people use (and misuse) English trying to inform English speakers. It is not a change of English as Americans use it, or not much. English is the great melting pot of language though, borrowing from everyone and saying Urdu and French and whatever else in ways that might cause natives to despair. We take and twist and turn and butcher languages. Why shouldn't others do the same.

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David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
3.7

If the reader knows nothing about these issues this story will not fully inform. The differences between photovoltaic and concentrating are critical. PV plants can be small, placed on top of buildings, locally funded and have very little environmental impact. The huge concentrators have the problem of any huge construction. Regardless of that, these are viable ways to go forward with much less problem than nuclear. There is no such thing as "wasteland" so there is no place that big things can be built that don't bother someone or some thing. Windmills have had to evolve because earlier ones devastated birds, were seen by some as ugly (or worse) and often could not be located where most needed. That is getting better and ... More »

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

This is good journalism because it is well written and does not pretend to present some final answer. We really do need to fly for many reasons so incremental improvements are valuable. It mentions that there is "green-washing" just as GM and Ford do that. Industries are generally ahead of governments when their bottom line is affected. We need all the approaches we can obtain.

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

James Risen again does excellent work. A problem we have is that it will take a long time to inform a significant portion of us citizens of these connections. We really don't want to believe our leaders are as deliberately misguided as they so clearly are. The hubris, arrogance, disconnectedness and possibly evilness of the neocons who engineered these terrible things is difficult for many people to believe. Some knew all of this long ago. Feith just shows more of the same in his twist and spin. He may really believe he is a good guy. That is scary!

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

There was a time, I have heard, when a number of newspapers did the kind of good journalism that the McClatchy Newspapers do now. This is the information we need to be responsible and informed citizens and voters. Most people do not have the time or real interest to pursue facts so they read the local paper and watch a popular TV reporter repeat the spin of those with a vested interest in hiding their misdeeds. That is why NewsTrust is valuable, to collect from these diverse sources and offer facts. Thank you.

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David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
5.0

Americans often seem blind to the reality before them, so this piece is a good, clear show of McCain's actual stance and is well sourced and accurate. The adage that if it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck it must be a duck holds here. McCain has advisers who accept the neocon label happily. His positions are exactly the positions of such neocons as Irving Kristol. The wry comments that he is different than Bush are smoke and mirrors, spin meant to obfuscate what he fully intends to do as president.

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David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
5.0

This is an excellent article by a trustworthy analyst. I will not repeat the plaudits of other reviewers, but simply point out that our election system must surely be in trouble when good men with good histories must turn about so radically in order to gain the votes to attain our highest office. Is it the system or the education of the public or some kind of overweening cynical attitude? Very hard to answer that but clearly there is a problem.

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David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
3.7

This is a good report, but there are also many Native Americans still holding the attitude that all the politicians have always lied to the Indian and have taken the valuable lands, stuck people on reservations with promises of aid that never came. These people are saying that there is little value in voting since one is as bad as another. If Obama can overcome that and then actually do something for this neglected segment of our society, he will be treasured and honored for a long time.

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

I am glad somebody is reporting on these really scary people. The use of the tricks and techniques of modern music and media to warp the minds of young people is diabolic. Actually, these teachings are dangerous because religion is used to first coerce and brainwash people and eventually to justify injustice and antidemocratic behavior. How to assure future war? Teach that god is real and my version is better than your version. It has worked for a long time and political leaders adopt the techniques.

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David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
2.5

This is a hit piece. There is no content or value.

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