fontleroy

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Became a news junkie about 15 years ago. Got very tired of Television news. Mostly get information from printed paper, radio, and internet. I like to triangulate new stories and viewpoint to reinforce what I may already believe. Sometimes my opinions change because of the differing viewpoints or additional information I otherwise would not have been exposed to if I had read only one source. Polarization of our country is the gravest danger to our democracy. Unfortunately, you cannot have a conversation with an individual or group who stick their fingers in their ears going, nah-nah-nah-nah-nah. . .

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Location: Georgia, United States
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News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: Decline to state
Age: 50-64
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fontleroy reviewed this story - Jun 13, 2010
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3.7

Here's what happens when people vote down taxes for basic services, they get cut. Colorado Springs has done just that loosing 2/3 of their street lights. Several interviews tell the story of how people are affected by the cuts in service. Would have been nice to see someone speak out in favor of the reduced services, Perhaps they couldn't be found.

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fontleroy posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 13, 2010
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fontleroy posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 12, 2010
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fontleroy posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 12, 2010
fontleroy commented on this story – Jun. 12, 2010

The conversation about reducing our oil dependence is meaningless until we talk about big energy lobbies and their connection to our government, and how world economies are based upon unlimited growth. This economic model is not sustainable. The only way for this model to continue ... More »

fontleroy reviewed this story - Jun 12, 2010
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3.0

I can't find who the article is by, just that it is from Associated Press. The article starts with a straw man: (paraphrase) "So, your ready to give up oil? Well you can't! Ho-ho-ho. Man, that funny." Yes oil products are in everything that we buy and use. It would be a much more interesting article if it disclosed why, even in the face a catastrophe we can't reduce our consumption. It would be even more interesting to show how we can.

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fontleroy posted and reviewed this story - Jun 12, 2010
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3.5

From this model it looks like oil will hit the Atlantic Coast in about 20 to 25 days.

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fontleroy commented on this story – Jun. 12, 2010

Points all around about the lack of photos & reference to “people told me”. Yet, because it is on a trusted news site and because the story is in keeping with the history of BP’s modus operandi it is likely factual. I will concede that we can’t know from ... More »

fontleroy posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 12, 2010
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5.0

Yes, it is journalism. Any time a story can come out into the light of day involving wrongful death it is journalism. Say what you want about state secrets or time of war or national security, you only have to look to history to see how covering up stories like this lead to atrocities most societies cannot abide. This story concerning the Pentagon putting pressure on keeping stories like this from reaching the public IS journalism.

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fontleroy commented on this story – Jun. 11, 2010

Alex, Mining uranium is not low carbon, nor is all of the transportation of waste products etc, etc. Low carbon nuclear energy is a myth.

fontleroy reviewed this story - Jun 11, 2010
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4.0

Tampering with evidence in a crime? Of course it's journalism. BP had lied, down played the numbers from the very beginning, made fisherman sign bogus hold harmless clauses, tried to influence judges and congressmen, and denied the massive plumes that are adrift under water. The story goes from worse to worser.

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fontleroy posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 11, 2010
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5.0

Yes, it is journalism. Any time a story can come out into the light of day involving wrongful death it is journalism. Say what you want about state secrets or time of war or national security, you only have to look to history to see how covering up stories like this lead to atrocities most societies cannot abide. This story concerning the Pentagon putting pressure on keeping stories like this from reaching the public IS journalism.

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fontleroy posted and reviewed this story - Jun 11, 2010
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4.0

This article tells the inside story of the treatment and prosecution of whistle blowers within the government. It sheds light that there is little change on treatment of whistle blowers from Bush to Obama. An objective view that runs contrary to the popular meme that Obama supports openness and transparency in government. The article points out that on the subject of prosecution, "They have shown no hesitation, . . ."

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fontleroy posted and reviewed and starred this story - Jun 11, 2010
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fontleroy reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2010
fontleroy's Rating
4.0

The video is fairly clear that shots are being fired and civilians are being killed or wounded. The interview appears to be authentic and the information seems valid. Quite an emotional story told as straight forward as one could expect.

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fontleroy posted and reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2010
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5.0

Great factual information about the underwater oil plumes whose existence until now has been called into question by BP & NOAA.

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fontleroy posted and reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2010
fontleroy reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2010
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4.0

Fairly well presented arguments.

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fontleroy reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2010
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2.0

O.K. I'm not a fan of nuclear energy so that's my disclaimer. My question is: Has Rob Lyons ever been to Chernobyl? No I didn't think so. Does that mean unless you visit the place you write about your opinion shouldn't be considered. But let's face it, this is OPINION, not fact, not journalism. It is disingenuous to continually claim that "nuclear energy is low carbon." This is not a supportable claim and the mining of uranium is one of the most polluting industries there is. There are documentaries that describe in detail the cancers of the people who live around Chernobyl who could not afford to go somewhere else to live. Some of those folks are still alive, but many have passed from cancer. The article is shameless ... More »

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fontleroy reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2010
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5.0

Interesting technology that can be seen from large energy providers as a benefit. The problem with solar isn't that it is expensive, the problem is that big energy providers don't see an advantage to loosing their guaranteed profit margins from people who provide their own energy. Without the support of big energy, individual solar generation will die. The article points out a technology that can be seen as mutually beneficial to the homeowner and the energy provider. This may breath life into the expanded use of Solar at Home.

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fontleroy posted and reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
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5.0

Proof that the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe has had no ill affect on the oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. So, no big deal right? Right??

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fontleroy posted and reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
fontleroy posted and reviewed this story - Jun 8, 2010
fontleroy's Rating
4.0

It gives factual information that is otherwise being repressed. Judge for yourself. Trust BP with furnishing the data? Also see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/08/noaas-dual-mission-puts-s_n_603221.html

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fontleroy reviewed this story - Jun 8, 2010
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4.2

It presents a clear story of factual history of building nuclear reactors. That in fact, there isn't a big resurgence has been in financial market news. An excerpt: "MidAmerican Nuclear Energy Company, owned by billionaire Warren Buffett's investment group, announced it will no loner seek to build a nuclear power plant near Payette. (BW, Feature, "The Nuclear Option," Jan. 16, 2008). "We at MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, the parent of MidAmerican Nuclear Energy Company, continue to believe that nuclear energy must be an important part of the nation's energy future. However, consumers expect reasonably priced energy, and the company's due diligence process has led to the conclusion that it does not make economic sense ... More »

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fontleroy posted and reviewed this story - Jun 8, 2010
fontleroy reviewed this story - Jun 8, 2010
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1.0

THere is NO story, and therefore NO journalism. This piece by Market Watch is written by the industry financial insiders who want to push the idea of nuclear energy so that they can make money off of trading nuclear energy stocks. For instance: Do you favor the expanded use of nuclear power to meet the world's growing energy needs? This is a push poll designed to make people come to the conclusion that nuclear energy is necessary. "Do you favor the expanded use of nuclear power?", would have been a much more honest question without the loaded expected response. Besides the pablum & graphics there is no story or insightful information. Poor.

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fontleroy posted and reviewed this story - Jun 8, 2010
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4.3

It presents information that has not been available in the media. It provides more to consider for an existing news story. The story is bigger than has previously been presented.

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fontleroy posted and reviewed this story - Jun 8, 2010
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