Roger Powelson

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Location: Corte Madera, California, United States
Occupation: Margo Nanny & Associates
Interests: politics, wine, education
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Roger posted and reviewed this story - Jul 12, 2010
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4.0

I never knew that so many men shared my resentment around the forced upgrades of razor blades. The best shaving year I remember was back in 1989. Couldn't find razor blades for the razor in the city I live in, and had to throw it away. Great Story, if a little short on importance to the rest of the world who doesn't care..

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Roger posted and reviewed this story - Jul 12, 2010
Roger reviewed this story - Jul 10, 2010
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3.9
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Roger reviewed this story - Jul 10, 2010
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4.0

This article impressed me. I had not thought before about how much energy is used in air conditioning in the United States.

However the truth is, people could give up refrigerators or stoves or drive 9,000 miles less a year or stop using electric lighting, but none of those things would cut ... More »

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Roger posted and reviewed this story - Jul 8, 2010
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4.8

I think this is a great article for a simple reason; it shifts the narrative about the Obama Presidency from one of broken promises, White House mafia, betrayal of principal, etc. to one of a President limited to what he can change because of the power structures around him. This is important for progressives because at this point, the Republicans look poised to win back many seats in both houses of Congress, with serious repercussions for whatever progressive legislation has been ... More »

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Roger posted and reviewed this story - Jul 8, 2010
Roger reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2010
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4.0
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Roger posted and reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
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4.0

A.T.&T. has just enraged the customers Apple most wants to cultivate. Should be interesting to see what the outcome of this story is....

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Roger posted and reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2010
Roger posted and reviewed this story - Aug 13, 2009
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4.8

When I first read this extremely unsettling article about Dick Cheney, I was alarmed not only by the content,but by the number of anonymous sources quoted. I also noted that even when describing Mr. Cheney's more outrageous beliefs and actions, there was never a note of blame. I had forgotten that Mr. Gellman had written one of the definitive books on the Cheney Vice Presidency. My bad.

It has been a remarkable experience to watch Mr. Cheney to continue to damage the Republican party even after he has left office.

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Roger posted and reviewed this story - Aug 13, 2009
Roger posted this story - May 31, 2009
Roger reviewed this story - May 29, 2009
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3.5

I find this article to be like many I read today; in an attempt to be even-handed, they need to make a case for hard to believe theories on what is going on today. Yes, it is extremely odd that Ted Olson would try to be the public legal face of gay rights. But there is no hard evidence offered. Ted Olson may have the wrong motives, but this article doesn't make the case for it. Still, an extremely interesting article.

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Roger reviewed this story - May 20, 2009
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3.6

I would not argue over Mr. Scheer's facts. They seem incontrovertible. His tone, however, is strident without being uplifting. Like a more mature Maureen Dowd.

This is a very perturbing view of what is happening to the taxpayer's money under Obama. It is an example the behavior of what Jamie Galbraith calls "The Predator State". The whole TARP debacle, in my opinion, is becoming more and more embarassing for the Democrats.

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Roger reviewed this story - May 20, 2009
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4.1

I thought this was a very perceptive article on Justice Roberts. It also had details about his career I had not read about in any other articles I've seen about him. That being said, it is clear that Mr. Toobin is no fan of Justice Roberts from the tone of this piece.

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Roger reviewed this story - May 8, 2009
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3.9

This struck me as a thoughtful attempt to fix what's wrong with American education with out any of the usual jargon, except for the obligatory union bashing.

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Roger reviewed this story - May 6, 2009
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3.2

I felt this was a good news article that told not only the dollar amounts of the stimulus money, but how it would be used in different school districts. That Oakland was planning on spending their money on training rather than teachers will be controversial, and was a surprise to me(if true). I would like to know the source of that fact. I would have appreciated a link to the source of the figures at the end of the piece.

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Roger reviewed this story - May 5, 2009
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3.8

I thought this was important for what it said about the conventional wisdom about Education Reform. Every eight years, a new fad emerges as the savior of the"failing" American school system. Eight years ago, George Bush George Miller, and Teddy Kennedy were the saviors. For Bill Gates, that turned into "National Standards." Now I'm seeing more and more articles about how online education can transform American education. My personal belief is that school boards exist partially to ... More »

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Roger posted and reviewed this story - Feb 7, 2009
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3.9

Nanette seems to be the first one to get the news out. That's always good. However, Ali's selection to this post tells us much about the new direction of the DOE. Unfortunately, the article doesn't address this. Also, why doesn't Nanette link to Ali's site, Education Trust-West?

In the school reform arena these days, you have two competing views of what the problem is in education, and what the solution might be. On one side, you have Bill Gates and Mr. Broad, who believe that by collecting better data and using it to aid administrators to inform better teaching methods, you can turn failing schools around with out putting any more money in them. On the other hand, you have people like Larry Cuban, (seeTinkering towards Utopia) who believe that the frantic ... More »

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Roger posted this story - Feb 7, 2009
Roger posted and reviewed this story - Feb 7, 2009
Roger reviewed this story - Dec 5, 2008
Roger's Rating
4.3

This article was sent to me originally by a friend and global warming denier. I read it, and thought that it backed my belief: that global climate change is occuring, but at a variable rate. To my mind, it's a great article that leaves both of us convinced that we're correct.

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Roger posted this story - Dec 5, 2008
Roger reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Roger's Rating
1.8

`I'm not familiar with Mr. Woods work; but if this piece is any indication it 's not good. Back when General Petraeus had been nominated to head the U.S. Central Command, one of the important issues raised was how the war in Iraq was affecting the war in Afghanistan. I'm not going to go back to look for Petraeus' analysis at that time, but here's part of the answer: It's hurting us in what to many military analysts is the more important battle. That's important, and it's not mentioned in this article. The Marine Corps, up until this announcement, has been able to do a better job of rotating their trooops through combat with sufficient time off to recover from combat fatigue on a regular schedule than the Army has been able to ... More »

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Roger reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.5

This is a great piece examining how a rumour spreads through the internet. Rather than point fingers, it shows how a false story, like topsy, "just growed" on the internet. I thought this was fair and well-balanced enough that even the right wing sources he interviewed would agree that Mr. Mosk has an even-handed approach. I was especially interested in his information on the "freepers". a group I have run across before that had me puzzled as to it's origin and purpose. This article has given me useful information about them.

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Roger posted and reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.8

This story reveals something I did not know: that tomatoes from Mexico and California are commingled in packing sheds all over America. The FDA is quoted as saying "We are learning that this is a very common practice." As a one time food scientist who was taught in college that the food industry was well regulated, this came as a shock. I thought the

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

Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba declares that Bush's team committed war crimes? That's an amazing accusation coming from a man who devoted his entire life to service to his country. This should be front page news. As I said before, McClatchy was doing the hard reporting on Iraq before it was it was popular to do so. I note again that not only is this report well-sourced, but as always, the reporter asks the Administration for their response. And as always, they deny that they ever tortured anyone. But this time, their accuser is retired Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who did the original Abu Ghraib investigation for the army. This is a difficult subject to write about. As a vietnam veteran, I remember a time when the United States ... More »

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Roger reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.7

McClatchy has always been out in front with the whole story about what was wrong with our war in Iraq. Doubly impressive because editorially, they've always struck me as rather conservative(check out the columnists for the Sac Bee, their original hometown newspaper). This article uses all original sources.People reported doing immoral or illegal acts were given the chance to respond to the reporter.

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Roger reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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5.0

This article by George Packer is remarkable for many things, but to me, the most remarkable was the amount of sourcing from the conservative movement-Pat Buchanan, David Brooks, Ed Rollins, and many more. And this sourcing was was from interviews given to Mr. Packer from these people,who, for the most part, are on the other side of the fence on many issues. This will be a "must " read for some time to come for people wishing to understand some of the important dynamics of the upcoming '08 elections.

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Roger reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Roger's Rating
2.2

This story is indicative of what's wrong with educational reporting these days:Bias is so ingrained it's no longer viewed as wrong. The positive spin is all reported in the first half of the article; only the diligent reader who finishes the article will read that there are significant concerns from important players in the field about the conclusions reached by this . The Teachers Union's concerns are not even addressed in this article. Although it says it is a bipartisan report, this report was in fact commissioned by the the more "conservative" side of the school reform movement. One example: the graph at the bottom the the article compares test scores and dollars per student per year from1984 to 2002,with the implication ... More »

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Roger reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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3.6
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Roger reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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2.4
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Roger reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Roger's Rating
2.4

This blog quotes only one anonymous source to back his claim that " Hezbollah is training the shiites". Other blogs have speculated that this "senior intelligence officer" is tied to Dick Cheney, and that the leak is aimed at cutting off the legs of that faction of the Bush Presidency that wants to start talks with Iran and Syria. I think it's worthwhile to point out that the latter group seems to include James Baker, not exactly your garden variety liberal....

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

Kevin has always seemed to be careful about sourcing his material and cautious about what conclusions to draw from it. You can argue about whether or not sudden withdrawal is anyone's best interest, given the blood bath that both Sunnis and Shias also said they expect in the poll that's quoted here. But on at least one important front, the continued presence of US troops has not helped improve the chance of the U.S. reaching its goals; the troops presence is actually less appreciated than it was a year ago. I might add that this fits perfectly with the description Thomas Ricks gives in Fiasco as to the backfiring of our "neighborhood patrolling."

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Roger posted this story - Jul 6, 2008
Roger posted this story - Jul 6, 2008
Roger posted and reviewed this story - Jun 28, 2008
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