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Martha reviewed this story - Nov 2, 2011
Martha's Rating
4.3
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Martha reviewed this story - Aug 3, 2011
Martha's Rating
4.1

it is an opinion piece that gathers and links together several arguments relating to the strangely disconnected and apathetic younger generations (even the term apathetic has been dropped, as the condition suits commentators and advertisers just fine). All have been put forward before but it is helpful to see them summarized. I have some quibbles with it, and i think it fails to pay enough attention to social networking sites in a largely consumerist, suburbanized context, but on the whole it is refreshing to see someone taking a wider than usual view of social behavior. I also think that many of these arguments apply to those no-longer young, of course. These processes have pervaded the developed world through the latter half ... More »

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Martha reviewed this story - Aug 3, 2011
Martha's Rating
1.8

it is locked into the box of the 'what is'--mass-marketed food brands— instead of taking an approach untangled from competing claims of cereal and other food manufacturers. Its comparison of the sugary Nutella to an (adulterated, ie, sugar-added) peanut butter shows how superficial this article is, because the peanut butter still wins, and is more likely to produce a feeling of fullness or satiation. Linking criticisms of Nutella to a demonization of chocolate is merely a diversion. The suggestion is that parents don't control what their kids eat at breakfast and should bribe 'em with chocolate, but at least at the youngest ages that is far from the truth.

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Martha commented on this quote – Feb. 25, 2011

this is a case of misplaced, even distracting, punctiliousness. Maddow might be a journalist, she might be treading in a gray area,but the real issue is that it doesn’t matter. Walker is acting ideologically, with the full support and direction of the Koch brothers and other who ... More »

Martha commented on this quote – Feb. 25, 2011

why did that section of my comment get cross out, I wonder? I certainly did not edit it to appear that way… And it IS after 3 am; 3 20 to be exact.

Martha commented on this quote – Feb. 25, 2011

dear jon,
curious opinion!
i don’t in the least agree
Journalists may not have gone to J school, but they have done reportage on the ground.
In the moving-image media landscape, there are very very few journalists. I suppose Amy Goodman has earned her ... More »

Martha commented on this quote – Feb. 25, 2011

I have to agree with the commenters who note that in a sense this is a red herring. Maddow’s remarks are based on the information she had available, and she is just a TV personality. You (Jon) did not do a whole lot better yourself, with lots of second guessing. The real issue ... More »

Martha commented on this quote – Feb. 25, 2011

the rhetoric of the right flies straight out of your post. You probably shodlu research fascism, not to mention bloody. Ugly also is an interesting choice of adjective, and nany state is pure british disinformation. People voted out the democrats because the democrats were in power, ... More »

Martha reviewed this story - Oct 20, 2010
Martha's Rating
2.4

this is the Cameron goverment's talking points. no analysis is offered except a brief structural underpinning, and only Stiglitz in opposition. what about Miliband (Labour)'s response?

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Martha commented on this review – Oct. 20, 2010
Jon Mitchell
3.8
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Reviewed by Jon Mitchell - Oct. 20, 2010

Very informative, balanced reporting on the structure and potential impacts of these historic spending cuts. Much more balanced coverage than the BBC article, but still not much reaction from the public.

Martha Rosler Comment:

ps am always interested in the use of the word ‘bloated.’
It is generally applied by the right to spending on other people.

Martha commented on this review – Oct. 20, 2010
Jon Mitchell
3.8
(NT Rating: 3.6)
Reviewed by Jon Mitchell - Oct. 20, 2010

Very informative, balanced reporting on the structure and potential impacts of these historic spending cuts. Much more balanced coverage than the BBC article, but still not much reaction from the public.

Martha Rosler Comment:

sorry, but i am not sure what your criteria of balance might be, nor any assessment of the potential inpact.
I didn’t see the BBC article, but BBC worldservice did at least provide Miliband’s parliamentary response. ... More »

Martha reviewed this story - Sep 22, 2010
Martha's Rating
4.7

concise, well-argued, adequate analysis; traces the reasons for inflating a nonproblem into a problem to inflate oneself, or one's group and exposes the crazy incitements of the haters against the totally normal, even benign, and very American project.

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Martha reviewed this story - Aug 9, 2010
Martha's Rating
1.6

The Wikileaks story is a political story. Giving Private Manning the Lee Harvey Oswald loner treatment hardly gets us anywhere. And now that I've actually BOUGHT the paper (yes, I do that), and I see it is a front-page item, I am even more disgusted with the Times.

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Martha commented on this story – Aug. 9, 2010

A terrible travesty of law, and a sad story to add to the many relating to the Iranian system of judgment. However, i am very leery indeed of stories guaranteed to seize the hearts of educated people in the West (ie, us) about countries our governments are designating as International ... More »

Martha reviewed this story - Aug 9, 2010
Martha's Rating
2.4

very long winded. there are some important points relevant to the headline, but the relationship of Tea Party activism to the Republicans and the right wing is not really laid out, and the analysis is rather low level.

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Martha commented on this quote – Aug. 8, 2010

Americans for Job Security (AJS) spun off in the late 1990s from a group called The Coalition: Americans Working for Real Change, a group that had been formed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to counteract the extensive soft money spending by the AFL-More »

Martha reviewed this story - Mar 31, 2010
Martha's Rating
1.6

typical New York mag story: high-end slap-dash splashy, playing to the prejudices of its readers. In the midst of a gigantic and endless problem with banking, we are supposed to think it's all about personality/hormones? Puleeze. These crises are structural, as any 2-bit economist can tell you. The risks would be the same if computers ran Wall Street/banking—oh, wait... they do, don't they? (Derivatives, derivatives...) If hormone therapy or gender reassignment were a quick fix, we'd see bankers from Summers and Geithner on down lining up for help (or phoning their manicurists for advice).

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Martha reviewed this story - Mar 31, 2010
Martha's Rating
2.2

shallow story that plays like a human interest story with focus on the riders and very little on the token booth clerks and their job conditions. I am not sure I buy the idea that clerks are searching for a reason to exist; where I live people are always going up to the booths, especially out-of- towners & young & old people. IN this telling though, it all seems to be occurring in a void. Just like a radio story; no surprise there.

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Martha commented on this story – Mar. 31, 2010

treats the resurgence of one sector as a valid indicator of the city’s over all employment health, thus confusing questions of overall statistical matters with the financial health of broad swaths of its citizens.

Martha reviewed this story - Mar 31, 2010
Martha's Rating
3.1
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Martha commented on this story – Mar. 31, 2010

reports on new york’s failure to win federal monies but establishes no case at all for why new york should adjust its policies other than to get money and fails to cite main parties other than elected officials and their appointees.

Martha reviewed this story - Mar 31, 2010
Martha's Rating
3.1
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Martha reviewed this story - Mar 29, 2010
Martha's Rating
3.0

just taken as it is, it is excellent—a well-written New York account of getting lucky after losing a job in a white-collar field that is imploding. But it is very class- and caste-specific. Not that many people in this field (including my relatives, actually) have been able to find secure free-lance or other, related jobs—or have partners with health insurance!, And years ago when I was laid off in publishing, eventually free-lancers were also out of luck as the economy worsened. The Post story is inspirational but classically "anecdotal": it does not speak to the experience of many or most in this recession/dpression, and certainly not to those in blue-collar industries. And the keyword links are ridiculous: no relation to ... More »

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Martha posted and reviewed this story - Mar 6, 2010
Martha's Rating
3.7

major framing error: "Education protesters gathering to voice their grievances to elected officials were reminiscent of the recent conservative Tea Party protests against government. But these activists were not demanding smaller government or decreased spending." should read Unlike recent right-wing Tea Party protests against government, education protesters gathering to voice their grievances to elected officials were not demanding smaller government or decreased spending..." the ... More »

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Martha posted and reviewed this story - Mar 4, 2010
Martha reviewed this story - Mar 20, 2009
Martha's Rating
1.8

in a nutshell, ideological spinmongering, or even more simply put, propaganda

articles like this simply stake out the extreme church of free marketeering, and that is what we should expect from the Heritage Foundation. I think a gigantic mount of stimulus money should be directed toward working people, not the riskiest units of corporations too big to fail

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Martha reviewed this story - Mar 19, 2009
Martha's Rating
4.6

Those of us not subscribers were unable to read the entire article. I have read this story in other sources, however, and knowing what I know about the leadership of Home Depot and corporate employers' fears of EFCA, I find it persuasive.

unions are necessary to uphold workers' rights; read the history books.

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Martha reviewed this story - Mar 19, 2009
Martha's Rating
5.0

carefully written, clearly sourced, and reinforced by danner's previous writings and reports by many other sources, including the torturer John Kiriakou, cited within the article.

Torture is against all international legal conventions and all moral ones as well. Our national narrative hinged on our being different from the Nazis, yet here we are, acting like with the worst of 'em in treatment of detainees (excluding, always excluding, the so-called final solution of the so-called Jewish problem).

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Martha reviewed this story - Nov 26, 2008
Martha's Rating
4.7

it provides a succinct rundown on the great jump in hunger, or 'food insecurity' in the US in light of current economic conditions and the growing need for food assistance and the inability of the food stamp and charity programs to satisfy the demand.

Need a national mobilization alongside a government commitment to 'bailing out' the poor residents alongside the rich institutions.

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Martha reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Martha's Rating
2.6

a human interest story, no more. If it is meant to prove that the US doesn't just stomp in and lay waste the are but actually tries to make nice and even offers more US taxpayer dollars as restitution for property and lives destroyed by the taxpayer-funded bombs dropped, point taken. Question: Would such a tack be welcome in relation to our war in Colombia and the FARC's drug-dealing operations? Afghanistan supplies some vast percentage of the world's heroin

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Martha reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Martha's Rating
2.9

The story is typically well written for the Times, but the politics of this region are too tangled for me to have a serious opinion. Karzai's government has no purchase outside Kabul, and it would not surprise me if the ISI were trying to kill him, but I for one would not know how to judge the truth of Karzai's accusation.

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Martha reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Martha's Rating
2.9

explains a strategy; in effect a press release. As someone else wrote, kinda old news on the blogs, recycled for the Village

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

The only fault with this excellent screed is the underlying assumption that any TV organization *could* conduct a fair, important, or relevant debate. The commercial broadcast media have managed to destroy the possibility of any important issues' being discussed or even mentioned without bizarre , invariably right-of-center slant.

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

what can one add? FAIR gets the goods on this shameful but not particularly unusual faux event. And the article supports its points with background data. terrific.

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Martha reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Martha's Rating
2.9

Marc Cooper may have THOUGHT he was explaining why people now in the mainstream might in the 60s have been associated with radical leftists of one sort or another, and therefore one should take such accusations with a grain of salt, but after HuffPo slapped that headline on it, it is not worth reading. Arianna hates Hillary, so this is the wrong place to look for any kind of serious discussion. (About pretty much anything, come to think of it: it's a tabloid website!)

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

A good survey but the program was dismissable because it wrote off the idea of single-payer, with no other reason except that 'Americans wouldn't go for it." So the program supported the idea of insurance intermediaries, a ridiculous development in the world history of medical delivery.

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Martha reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Martha's Rating
4.9

Thanks to the Times for not only reporting on this but running it as their lead story. When you think things can't get any worse, they get worse. What next? Robbing the poor to line the pockets of the rich? oh wait....

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

a concise and pointed thrust at the deeply ideological frame of 'no ideology' that cripples the self-described mission of Pro Publica and limits it to the remediation of partial wrongs in the nonpolitical parts of daily life; that is what 'investigative journalism' became in the post-watergate, Geraldo Rivera era : go after nursing homes, not politicians and governments. The NY Times actually does a very good job in this arena (see their story on RR grade crossings as anexample)-- no need for Pro Publica imo.

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

straightforward report of the reaction of the "UN's chief torture investigator," a special rapporteur on torture, There are errors in it, however, or verbal dodges. waterboarding is not simply 'often described as a form of torture' but is widely acknowledged legally and otherwise as torture, and the technique does not 'create a sensation of drowning' but is a form of drowning that is controlled by the torturer.

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Martha reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Martha's Rating
1.3

childish and clueless. the few good insights are buried in a sea of drivel. As usual , also, poor Hillary comes in as the baseline demon of the piece. Also, nonsensical to put Obama and McCain in the same bag. This is what passes for blogging from the networks--a very low standard indeed.

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