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Kevin Barry

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I joined NewsTrust because I, like many others, am increasingly frustrated by the glut of non-news that exists and how it often overshadows news that really does matter to us. I like the concept of peer-reviewed journalism, and how it forms a partnership between journalists and readers.

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Location: Wisconsin, United States
Occupation: Software Engineer
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Education: College graduate
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Last Visit: Feb 4, 2012 - 2:53 PM PST
Last Edit: Feb 12, 2009 - 10:05 PM PST

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Kevin reviewed this story - May 21, 2010
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Kevin reviewed this story - May 19, 2010
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4.1
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Kevin reviewed this story - May 18, 2010
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4.1
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Kevin reviewed this story - May 18, 2010
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3.8
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Kevin reviewed this story - May 18, 2010
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4.2
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Kevin reviewed this story - May 20, 2009
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4.0
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Kevin reviewed this story - May 19, 2009
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3.5
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Kevin reviewed this story - May 19, 2009
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3.0
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Kevin reviewed this story - May 19, 2009
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2.4

This article points out a potential backpedaling of the health care industry on commitments to control costs. However, it does so in a childish way (in the end it basically degenerates into name-calling), that I feel it begins to adversely affect the argument that is being made.

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Kevin reviewed this story - May 19, 2009
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3.8
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Kevin reviewed this story - Apr 14, 2009
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3.4
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Kevin reviewed this story - Apr 14, 2009
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2.4
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Kevin reviewed this story - Apr 14, 2009
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3.2
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Kevin reviewed this story - Apr 14, 2009
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3.1
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Kevin reviewed this story - Apr 12, 2009
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2.9
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Kevin reviewed this story - Apr 10, 2009
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4.5
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Kevin reviewed this story - Apr 8, 2009
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4.3

This is a well-written article that explains a not-gerenally discussed, but important hurdle in integrating renewable sources of energy to the power grid: the infrastructure of the grid itself. To make solar and wind farms from distant locations a reality, the power grid needs new lines that can carry power over long distances. It excellently explains the technical side at a level accessible to non-tech readers, and is packed with supporting facts. Highly recommended.

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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 30, 2009
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3.5
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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 30, 2009
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3.2
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Kevin posted and reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2009
Kevin's Rating
3.9

An interesting and fairly-balanced article that talks about an alternative fuel for cars that can be produced from coal. Whereas "alternative" recently has been associated with "green", this fuel could produce double the CO2 of normal petroleum fuels when consumed. The focus of the article is on the issues this could have on the fight against cliimate change.

Personally, I say one of the best ways to avoid consuming fuels is to ditch your car - ride a bike or walk whenever you can. There, problem solved. :)

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Kevin posted and reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2009
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3.3

Effectively a press release from a scientific group hosting a symposium, it provides some information on harvesting methane from deep ocean ice chunks. Unfortunately, while the headline mentions that it could be clean and sustainable, it really doesn't explain how. It concludes with a brief explanation of government investigation in this potential fuel source over the last few years, and provides links to related articles. Interesting for a quick read.

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Kevin posted and reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2009
Kevin posted and reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2009
Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 25, 2009
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3.5
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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 24, 2009
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3.4
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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 23, 2009
Kevin's Rating
4.1

A good article talking about a potential turning point in the US war on drugs. Backed by plenty of facts, it makes a compelling case that prosecution of marijuana offenses could give way to treatment programs, and that would be more beneficial in multiple areas of American society. It's definitely slanted toward an pro-legalize position, but overall I feel it's a good read.

Simple - legalize it. From ethical, moral, political, and economic standpoints, there are so many reasons why this should not be criminalized in our society. Ironically, while writing this review, I saw an anti-pot commerical on TV.

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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 22, 2009
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3.7
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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 22, 2009
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3.4
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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 21, 2009
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3.5
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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 20, 2009
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3.9
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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 20, 2009
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3.3
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Kevin posted and reviewed this story - Mar 20, 2009
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3.6

This opinion piece makes an interesting argument that a way to revive the economy is for a new bank to rise up, lacking the toxic assets plaguing other banks, and that the nation's largest retailer Wal-Mart is best positioned to do such a thing. The article makes interesting arguments for this scenario, and rounds out with the challenges that could occur if such a thing were to occur.

If Wal-Mart were to get into banking, would the potential benefit of stabilizing the economy outweigh the dominance they would effectively have over it?

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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 19, 2009
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3.9

A fair and factual article on the divergent paths different states are taking in either legalizing or repealing capital punishment. It doesn't get into arguments for or against, but rather sticks to the facts on the topic.

The book Freakonomics talks about the effectiveness of capital punishment in regards to crime prevention briefly. The argument it makes is that while harsher punishments enacted on a wider basis can impact crime, the death penalty as currently implemented in our country (only about 100 executions per year, years of appeals and court battles over what's cruel and unusual) has no real effect on reducing crime. Outside of the moral and political issues of the topic, does our ... More »

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Kevin posted and reviewed this story - Mar 19, 2009
Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 19, 2009
Kevin's Rating
4.3

A compelling article that details the poor conditions that foreign workers face working the US through the visa program. It backs its claims with plenty of facts, and effectively makes a case that the program is rife with abuse. Definitely a recommended read.

I'd point to articles like this when I hear others say that unionization is outdated or harmful to business. It's one of the few ways workers can protect themselves against predatory corporate interests.

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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 16, 2009
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3.1
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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 14, 2009
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3.8
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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 12, 2009
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3.5
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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 12, 2009
Kevin's Rating
3.3

This transcript covers the advocacy of a recently formed union of nurses pushing for a single-payer healthcare system (as they mention, like Medicare, for everyone). It makes an interesting case for single-payer, but lacks detail on its benefit (i.e. more detail would have been beneficial on the claim of how it would create 2.6 million new jobs). Also, being an interview with a proponent of single-payer, it focuses on the pro- side, and doesn't really get into alternative viewpoints. Still, an overall interesting read on the topic.

I do agree with the concept that we should have universally available healthcare for all, with limitations (meaning if you don't take care of yourself decently, you should have more responsibility in footing the bill). To me, the concept of how to deal with preventable ailments never gets considered - it's either cover everything, or cover nothing.

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Kevin reviewed this story - Mar 11, 2009
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3.6
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