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Walter Cox

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The concept intrigues me, and I suspect the overall quality of NewsTrust featured articles will be quite high. My intense interest in politics began during the era of U.S./Soviet citizen diplomacy (1982-88), and ever since I have found the drama of international relations fascinating. Full exposure to the Soviet reality demanded that I question my leftist roots; today my philosophy is more a selective amalgam of libertarian spirit, objectivist thought and creative socialism. No friend of ideologues from the right or the left, some might call me a non-absolutist deontologist.

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Location: San Rafael, California, United States
Occupation: Designer, General Contractor, Master Builders of Marin
Interests: Politics, international affairs, design, architecture, writing.
Expertise: Background in Soviet Studies, architecture, residential design. Have authored one book.
Affiliations: Marin Builders Exchange; Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at U.C. Berkeley; Wikipedia editor
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Journalism: 1-4 years
Education: Post-graduate school
News: 30-60 minutes a day
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Languages: Spanish
Politics: Center
Age: 50-64
Gender: Male
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Address: POB 150089, San Rafael, CA, 94915, US
Phone: (415) 328-0521
Last Visit: Feb 12, 2013 - 3:30 AM PST
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2011 - 9:51 PM PDT

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Walter commented on this review – Sep. 19, 2012
Dwight Rousu
1.8
(NT Rating: 1.8)
Reviewed by Dwight Rousu - Sep. 19, 2012

A feature story about climate science that interviews a non-climate-science meteorologist who is in conflict with 99% of the climate scientists suggests a bias or at least a lack of balance. The article fails to note that the urbanization warming effect has been allowed for in the better climate studies, and the result still stands. Disinformation comes to mind as an adjective.

Walter Cox Comment:

Your oblique use of the word “disinformation” implies purpose. I see no evidence of that.

Walter posted and reviewed this story - Aug 10, 2012

A story with good sourcing and a cohesive argument.

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Aug 10, 2012
Walter reviewed this story - Jul 24, 2012
Walter's Rating
2.4

There are a number of problems with this article. The first is that there is no mention of Japan's overall homicide rates by means unrelated to guns--the reader has no way to compare homicide rates. A second problem has to do with how homicides are reported in Japan; homicides that are "crimes of passion" (jealous spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, and so on) are not included in homicide statistics. Additionally, here in the United States most gun homicides are committed in ghetto situations and involve drug-related battles over turf, vendettas, and gang loyalty. Japan does not have "ghettos" in the American sense.

For this article to be rated higher, it would have to provide much more context.

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Walter reviewed this story - May 23, 2012
Walter's Rating
1.9

This story is almost TWELVE YEARS OLD!!! Since when do we feature such ancient articles? That said, much of the information in the article has been superceded by subsequent research. Low-dose (certainly not fatal) doses of ecstasy, taken only occasionally, do not cause a longterm drop-off in serotonin receptors. Similarly, memory is not impacted for any length of time.

Belongs in the same dustbin as "Reefer Madness"

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Walter posted this story - May 23, 2012
Walter reviewed this story - Mar 9, 2012
Walter's Rating
2.0

Full of entirely unsupported assertions, this story is remarkable mainly for its tone of resentment toward, and hatred of, white men. I am surprised anyone would consider this "journalism." Any commentator who pretends to know what motivates individuals lumped together as "white male conservatives" is immediately suspect.

It would be difficult to accurately label me a "conservative" (them's fighting words!), however I am getting a little weary of gratuitous attacks against white men--always accompanied by obvious gloating that, demographically, our days of disproportionate influence are numbered.

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Walter reviewed this story - Feb 21, 2012
Walter's Rating
2.2
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Walter reviewed this story - Feb 20, 2012
Walter's Rating
4.5
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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Feb 20, 2012
Walter's Rating
4.0

A well-rounded story that references hard satellite data to correct the common misperception that all of the world's glaciers are rapidly receding. This misperception is partially the result a 2009 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that mistakenly claimed Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035. Current methods of monitoring glacier melt have also improved--previous projections were based almost entirely on monitoring just a few low-altitude glaciers, which biased the estimate. Current observations are from the GRACE satellites, which directly measure ice loss, or gain, on all of the world's 200,000 glaciers.

Yet another story that demonstrates the difficulty of accurately monitoring factors that influence climate change. Rigorous adherence to hard scientific data will ensure that the reality of climate change is neither minimized nor exaggerated. A good example of exaggeration is the linked story, which is severely fact-challenged and which offers almost no context. What is the average reader to think?

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Walter commented on this review – Feb. 20, 2012
Dwight Rousu
4.4
(NT Rating: 3.9)
Reviewed by Dwight Rousu - Feb. 18, 2012

A horribly misleading subject line, but the guts of the article are pretty good once you get past what the editor apparently did to the title.

I seem to recall models calling for more precipitation and ice at high altitudes based on the extra moisture in the warmer air, which would indicate the models were correct. A related story which presents a more clear and present danger is the acidification of the oceans due to them absorbing carbon dioxide out of the polluted air. The food chain is being threatened.

“Our results and those of everyone else show we are losing a huge amount of water into the oceans every year,” said Prof John Wahr of the University of ... More »

Walter Cox Comment:

Far from being “horribly misleading,” the subject line is spot-on factual, with no bias in one direction or another.

Walter reviewed this story - Feb 20, 2012
Walter's Rating
1.7

I watched three of the short videos before giving up. This is one of the most disappointingly shallow stories I have ever seen. Lots COULD have been said about the 1% and how they benefit through an alliance between themselves and major players in the U.S. government. This story fell short of the mark and ended up explaining nothing.

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Walter reviewed this story - Feb 14, 2012
Walter's Rating
4.3

A very clear exposition of the facts.

If the facts of this story are true, America has truly lost its way. The provision discussed is unconstitutional on its face.

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Walter reviewed this story - Feb 13, 2012
Walter's Rating
4.0

More than any other presentation I have seen, these charts tell the story of our present economic reality. Those who are upple-middle-class and above have profited disproportionately as their political influence, and the political influence of multinational corporations, have increased.

Even those who have prospered during recent decades might do well to remember history--whenever economic inequality becomes too drastic, the imbalance causes political instability and everyone loses, even the wealthy.

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Walter reviewed this story - Feb 12, 2012
Walter's Rating
2.2

A single photograph really means nothing. Yes, the United States enjoyed a dry January. On the other hand, the European continent is buried in snow--neither fact counts for much in the larger discussion of climate change. This story is full of facile statements that have almost become cliche--NO real science.

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Feb 12, 2012
Walter's Rating
2.2

This story is factually challenged. It refers to an annual rise in global sea level of 0.4 millimeters, which is 0.016 inches--about 1/64 of an inch. At that rate sea levels would rise only about 1.6 inches during the next century.Even those scientists who believe global warming will not be catastrophic would consider this estimate too low, since observed sea level rise during the past twenty years has been about 1/8 inch per year--the current rate of change would yield a sea level rise of about 12 inches during the next century.

Quite aside from being factually challenged, this story offers no context that would allow the reader to grasp the significance of the new information gleaned from the GRACE satellite observations. By contrast, the linked story is much better, though even it falls short by failing to report projected sea level increases from the various sources.

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Feb 9, 2012
Walter posted and reviewed this story - Feb 8, 2012
Walter reviewed this story - Feb 7, 2012
Walter's Rating
4.8

This is "can't put it down" journalism that leaves one with a clear sense of the problem and all of its ramifications.

I am so glad that Bachmann is out of the presidential race. Her husband, who acts all the world like a repressed, self-hating gay man, was even worse. Thank God they won't be using the White House as a bully pulpit to spread their agenda of hate.

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Walter reviewed this story - Feb 6, 2012
Walter's Rating
2.6

A remarkably superficial story that is guilty of the same type of data cherry-picking that it so blithely criticizes.

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Feb 6, 2012
Walter's Rating
3.8

A story that supports the reality of warming because of increased carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere, and which simultaneously supports the opinion held by many scientists that such warming will not be catastrophic during the foreseeable future, because the sun is now heading towards a "grand minimum" in its output.

A bit of scientific realism to counter global warming hysteria. The complexities of climate science continue to challenge those who believe they can accurately predict outcomes based on the many factors that affect climate change.

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Feb 6, 2012
Walter's Rating
4.1

The "Occupy" movement has been badly damaged by the appearance of "Black Bloc" anarchists in Oakland and at demonstrations nationwide. This article highlights the problem and mentions that among the anarchists we are sure to find agents provacateurs.

Those who dismiss the likelihood that agents provocateurs are active in the "Occupy" movement should remember that during the 1960s Hoover sent FBI agents into every civil rights and anti-Vietnam War group under his COINTELPRO program. Their mission was, quite specifically, to disrupt these groups and incite violence that would discredit them. Today, I doubt the FBI is involved--the more likely source of "Occupy" agents provacateurs would be those allied with international ... More »

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Feb 6, 2012
Walter commented on this review – Feb. 5, 2012
Barry Grossheim
4.0
(NT Rating: 4.5)
Reviewed by Barry Grossheim - Feb. 5, 2012

This report is devastatingly sad and at the same time infuriating. The behavior of the professional school administrators and the school board members can only be described as criminal. The supposedly Christian groups (and Michelle Bachmann) pushing their anti-gay agenda have blood on their hands and they revel in it. Christ, save us from your followers!

Walter Cox Comment:

I must take exception to your comment “Save us from your followers!” If you mean the Roman church (whose focus became wealth and power) and its Protestant offspring, I can heartily agree. However there are many of us who actually DO attempt to discern, and live in accord ... More »

Walter posted and reviewed this story - Jan 30, 2012
Walter's Rating
3.9

If you wonder why Ron Paul is proposing that the Department of Homeland Security be abolished, this article should provide a bit of insight. If this were an isolated incident, one might just laugh at the insanity of it all. Unfortunately this sort of thing happens all too often, and we are rapidly gaining a reputation as a nation that has lost perspective.

These two visitors from the UK are due a full apology, free plane tickets, and free lodging as recompense for being the victims of DHS abuse. "You've really fucked up with that tweet boy," is the statement of a cop who thinks his position entitles him to push others around. He, and the DHS in general, give America a bad name, discourage tourism, and ultimately detract from the ability of America to provide global leadership.

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Jan 29, 2012
Walter reviewed this story - Nov 29, 2011
Walter's Rating
3.0

This article raises many issues, yet resolves nothing and leaves the reader hanging. The many questions include: 1./ Why did the police arrive at a family's house in an armored vehicle with heavily armed men wearing body armor to execute a search warrant in a marijuana-dealing case? 2../ Why did Jose Guerena not open the door himself instead of assuming, despite the "Police!" announcement, that his family was in danger? 3./ Why did the police immediately escalate by using a battering ram to break down the front door? 4./ Why, after the door was broken down, didn't Jose Guerena surrender with his hands up? 5./ Why does the story lean heavily in the direction of assuming that the police wantonly murdered Jose Guerena by ... More »

That police departments all over America have taken on the appearance of police-state storm troopers is a terrible thing that should be reversed as quickly as possible. Nevertheless, any person who believes he is being mistakenly targeted by police must understand that if he raises a weapon, instead of surrendering, the police are duty-bound to shoot to kill. Without this policy of self-defense, no policeman anywhere in this country could do his job, day in and day out, with any ... More »

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Oct 23, 2011
Walter's Rating
4.1

An excellent story that identifies exactly which corporate entities perpetrated the ongoing economic crash.

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Oct 23, 2011
Walter commented on this review – Oct. 11, 2011
G.D.Wymer
1.0
(NT Rating: 2.9)
Reviewed by G.D.Wymer - Oct. 10, 2011

Do we really care about Steve Jobs that much? Anyone who makes a fortune in America, or anywhere else for that matter, does not do this on his or her own. And these people are not iconoclasts so much as knowing how to play the market, when to take opportunities and they become the newest members of the capitalist establishment. Gates and Jobs may be seen as visionaries, inventors, heroes, but in what ways have they made this world a better place to live in any significant social or political aspect? They made billions off their proprietary technology. And the rest of us for the most part must go along, trying to survive in systems of incompatibility and non-standardization of applications, software, operating systems.Things ... More »

Walter Cox Comment:

To be sure, Steve Jobs was no saint. Yet he touched the lives of nearly every living human being in one way or another. Don’t believe it?…the fact that we consider it commonplace to possess and use computers that were once considered unbelievably powerful is proof enough. ... More »

Walter reviewed this story - Oct 10, 2011
Walter's Rating
2.7

That Steve Jobs used psychedelics, including LSD, is not really news to anyone who has read much about him, yet it is important and relevant. The book, WHAT THE DOORMOUSE SAID, is quite good; anyone who thinks hippie culture was a passing phenomenon just hasn't been paying attention.

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Walter commented on this review – Oct. 8, 2011
Walter Cox
3.3
(NT Rating: 2.6)
Reviewed by Walter Cox - Oct. 7, 2011

Not a great story, yet the subject matter is quite relevant. The facts clearly demonstrate that the fault line between the Left and Tea Partiers has nothing to do with race--it has everything to do with ideology.

As a white man I know a lot of white people, yet I have never met an out-and-out white racist--by that I mean someone who dislikes black people and wishes them ill. I find it interesting that I know relatively few black people, yet I have met quite a number of out-and-out black racists who DO have it in for white people. No doubt white racists exist, and they make the news from time to time. But I would submit that black-on-white racism is more prevalent than white-on-black ... More »

Walter Cox Comment:

In my opinion Van Jones remains a dangerous radical, and I am glad he was ejected. I have been appalled by Eric Holder’s refusal to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party after they clearly and deliberately intimidated white voters; Holder’s general tolerance of ... More »

Walter posted and reviewed this story - Oct 8, 2011
Walter's Rating
3.8

A fine editorial that underscores the severity of the problems we are facing as a global economy.

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Oct 8, 2011
Walter commented on this review – Oct. 8, 2011
Walter Cox
3.3
(NT Rating: 2.6)
Reviewed by Walter Cox - Oct. 7, 2011

Not a great story, yet the subject matter is quite relevant. The facts clearly demonstrate that the fault line between the Left and Tea Partiers has nothing to do with race--it has everything to do with ideology.

As a white man I know a lot of white people, yet I have never met an out-and-out white racist--by that I mean someone who dislikes black people and wishes them ill. I find it interesting that I know relatively few black people, yet I have met quite a number of out-and-out black racists who DO have it in for white people. No doubt white racists exist, and they make the news from time to time. But I would submit that black-on-white racism is more prevalent than white-on-black ... More »

Walter Cox Comment:

With respect to Tea Party activity, I think there are at least two things going on. You are entirely correct that some of it is contrived by cynical operators like the Koch brothers who are willing to exploit the ignorance and/or racism of those on the margins. There is another ... More »

Walter reviewed this story - Oct 7, 2011
Walter's Rating
3.3

Not a great story, yet the subject matter is quite relevant. The facts clearly demonstrate that the fault line between the Left and Tea Partiers has nothing to do with race--it has everything to do with ideology.

As a white man I know a lot of white people, yet I have never met an out-and-out white racist--by that I mean someone who dislikes black people and wishes them ill. I find it interesting that I know relatively few black people, yet I have met quite a number of out-and-out black racists who DO have it in for white people. No doubt white racists exist, and they make the news from time to time. But I would submit that black-on-white racism is more prevalent than white-on-black ... More »

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2011
Walter's Rating
4.2

A well-written, acerbic opinion piece that gets to the heart of the economic crisis still unfolding worldwide. Think the worst is over?....Wait until the benefits run out completely, then think again.

It may be time to replace corporations with publicly accountable think tanks that perform some of the same functions--amass capital for research and product development, then produce the goods and services that we all depend on. The corporate model may have run its course now that the average person has come to realize that IT IS ENTIRELY UNACCOUNTABLE AND HAS NO ETHICAL CENTER!!!

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Walter posted and reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2011
Walter reviewed this story - Oct 4, 2011
Walter's Rating
4.0

An excellent and highly relevent story. Incontrovertible evidence has been presented at repeated intervals during the past forty years that voting machines have been routinely rigged. This most recent story discusses work that was conducted by highly reputable researchers at Argonne National Laboratory. All that is missing is context: voting machines are not only vulnerable to hacking, they are routinely hacked in ways that sway important elections--including presidential elections.

I first became aware of this issue in 1996 when I conducted a telephone interview with James Collier to discuss his recently published book, VOTESCAM. James and his brother Kenneth presented incontrovertible evidence that Dade County, Florida elections had been rigged for more than two decades through the manipulation of voting machines. Since then, the proliferation of electronic voting machines and vote-counting machines has made our electoral system so vulnerable as to discredit ... More »

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