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Paul Belle-Isle

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Paul reviewed this story - Nov 29, 2012
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1.8
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Paul reviewed this story - Nov 14, 2012
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3.8
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Paul reviewed this story - Aug 30, 2012
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4.7
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Paul reviewed this story - Aug 1, 2012
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4.5
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Paul reviewed this story - Jul 16, 2012
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4.8
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Paul reviewed this story - Nov 18, 2011
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4.0
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Paul reviewed this story - Nov 10, 2011
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4.6
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Paul reviewed this story - Jul 29, 2011
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4.3
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Paul reviewed this story - Jul 29, 2011
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4.1
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Paul reviewed this story - Jul 20, 2011
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4.3
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Paul reviewed this story - Jul 19, 2011
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4.4
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Paul reviewed this story - Jul 13, 2011
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4.2
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Paul reviewed this story - Jul 8, 2011
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4.2
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Paul reviewed this story - Jul 1, 2011
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4.3
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Paul reviewed this story - Jun 28, 2011
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4.3
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Paul reviewed this story - Jun 23, 2011
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2.2
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Paul reviewed this story - Jun 20, 2011
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4.2
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Paul posted and reviewed this story - Jun 19, 2011
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4.2

The author writes with a point of view, but the article's arguments are well-supported with data and credible citations.

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Paul posted and reviewed this story - Jun 19, 2011
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Paul reviewed this story - Jun 8, 2011
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4.4

Can one even imagine how much different — and better — our political culture would be if our establishment media devoted even a fraction of the critical ... More »

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Paul reviewed this story - Jun 8, 2011
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3.9
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Paul reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2011
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4.3

It is the sad height of hypocrisy when the United States, whose leaders claim to have the secret to world salvation (both politically and economically), not only corrupts ... More »

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Paul reviewed this story - Jun 6, 2011
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4.2
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Paul commented on this review – Jun. 6, 2011
Roland F. Hirsch
1.6
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Reviewed by Roland F. Hirsch - Jun. 5, 2011

This blog post has modest journalistic merit. The author ignores the major causes of unemployment today: Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and the EPA's planned regulations on carbon dioxide. The 1200+ waivers of Obamacare already issued should be a clue that it is a big drag on job-creation. Most experts agree that repealing it completely rather than piece-by-piece as currently is happening, would stimulate the economy. The author does not realize that even Obama has agreed that the stimulus was a mistake, that $830 billion dollars were largely wasted as job creators.

Paul Belle Isle Comment:

Saying he thought there were a lot of shovel-ready when they weren’t and “admitting the stimulus was a mistake” are not the same thing, and the non-partisan CBO has stated that the stimulus reduced unemployment by between 1.4 and 3.3 million ... More »

Paul commented on this review – Jun. 5, 2011
Roland F. Hirsch
1.6
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Reviewed by Roland F. Hirsch - Jun. 5, 2011

This blog post has modest journalistic merit. The author ignores the major causes of unemployment today: Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and the EPA's planned regulations on carbon dioxide. The 1200+ waivers of Obamacare already issued should be a clue that it is a big drag on job-creation. Most experts agree that repealing it completely rather than piece-by-piece as currently is happening, would stimulate the economy. The author does not realize that even Obama has agreed that the stimulus was a mistake, that $830 billion dollars were largely wasted as job creators.

Paul Belle Isle Comment:

This review is of minimal journalistic merit, including as it does numerous, easily-verified falsehoods. President Obama has not “admitted” the stimulus was a mistake, unemployment was ballooning well before the president’s healthcare initiative and there has been ... More »

Paul commented on this review – Jun. 5, 2011
Steven P Orlowski
2.5
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Reviewed by Steven P Orlowski - Jun. 5, 2011

An opinion piece.

"Additional government spending will unquestionably increase the budget deficit and the national debt in the short term, but both of those are readily addressed once demand has been reignited, consumption resumed, and taxation of that economic activity commences." "Readily addressed"? This is a fallacy. The national debt is never addressed and the budget rarely balanced. Unfortunately the authors cry for more of what has been dealt over the last three years as a solution to the ... More »

Paul Belle Isle Comment:

“Unfortunately the authors [sic] cry for more of what has been dealt over the last three years as a solution to the problem which has yet to be resolved by that which he asks for is juvenile.”
– Paul Krugman and Joseph Stigltz – both Nobel ... More »

Paul posted and reviewed this story - Jun 5, 2011
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4.2

The author writes with a point of view, but the article's arguments are well-supported with data and credible citations.

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Paul posted and reviewed this story - Jun 5, 2011
Paul reviewed this story - May 26, 2011
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1.5
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Paul posted this story - May 21, 2011
Paul posted and reviewed this story - May 16, 2011
Paul's Rating
4.4

Taibbi memorably covered Wall Street malfeasance in general and Goldman Sachs misdeeds in particular in his book "Griftopia" to excellent effect. This article serves as somewhat of a follow up, and contains specifics about the manner in which Goldman has broken the law. The author is considered by many - including myself - to be the heir to Hunter S. Thompson in his writing style, but it is important not to be put off by his occasional profanity or gonzo descriptions; Taibbi is a first rate investigative journalist who deals in facts, and this article is no exception.

To recap: Goldman, to get $1.2 billion in crap off its books, dumps a huge lot of deadly mortgages on its clients, lies about where that crap came from and claims it ... More »

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Paul reviewed this story - May 13, 2011
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4.3
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Paul posted and reviewed this story - May 12, 2011
Paul commented on this review – May. 9, 2011
Tom Reeve
4.0
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Reviewed by Tom Reeve - May. 8, 2011

The topic is an importqant one. This article, while poorly sourced and incomplete, is an atempt to stimulate conversation. It is no more political that what I see on MSM. Fox TV for example. I expect to see the energy behind the issue to grow significantly over the comming months as a taboo is broken

Paul Belle Isle Comment:

Thanks, Tom. I think I understand the distinction you make, although the important stuff in the article – i.e. the charts – all comes from government data. The graphs don’t actually HAVE any assumptions in them – they’re just ... More »

Paul commented on this review – May. 8, 2011
Tom Reeve
4.0
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Reviewed by Tom Reeve - May. 8, 2011

The topic is an importqant one. This article, while poorly sourced and incomplete, is an atempt to stimulate conversation. It is no more political that what I see on MSM. Fox TV for example. I expect to see the energy behind the issue to grow significantly over the comming months as a taboo is broken

Paul Belle Isle Comment:

Thank you for the positive review. As the author, however, I have a quick question: Can you help me understand the comment that the material within this article is poorly sourced? All the graphs either link to the source data or are marked with the source of the data points within ... More »

Paul posted and reviewed this story - May 8, 2011
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4.2

The author writes with a point of view, but the article's arguments are well-supported with data and credible citations.

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Paul posted and reviewed this story - May 8, 2011
Paul posted and reviewed this story - Apr 29, 2011
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4.0

This is an opinion piece, but one whose position is well-supported by linked citations.

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Paul posted and reviewed this story - Apr 29, 2011
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