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Ben Ross

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I am a mid westerner transplanted to new england. I feel life is a gift and the way to honor it is to seek truth and the betterment of life for all. I strive to be humble. I am saddened by greed ,violence and lies of self interest. As humans we can do much better. The News Trust helps me get out of the rut of thinking/opining without the input of others. i love the wide array of sources and opinions. A cool side effect of taking part in this group is an improved ability to read the news and also express myself. I don't watch TV.

About Ben Help
Location: Hamden, Connecticut, United States
Occupation: small time self employed contractor, Fresh Paint
Interests: permaculture, religious freedom, democracy
Expertise: civil right activest, war protester, 4F draft dogger
Affiliations: Ist UU New Haven, AA, New Haven Bioregional Committee
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Journalism: Decline to state
Internet: 60-90 minutes a day
Languages: English-only
Politics: Far Left
Age: 50-64
Gender: Male
Income: $25K to $49K
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Links: Grennwald
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Address: Hamden, CT, 06514, US
Last Visit: Apr 11, 2014 - 7:37 AM PDT
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2010 - 8:04 PM PDT

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Ben posted and reviewed this story - Feb 26, 2014
Ben's Rating
5.0

Wow different sources ...different news

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NT Rating: 2.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Feb 26, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.9

Gushie goodbye with a bit of history of Taibbi's life in journalism.....tip of the media iceburg....firstlook.org has begun .

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NT Rating: 3.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2014
Ben's Rating
5.0

This is the first story I have read in the new media start up firstlook.org the talented reporters include Glenn Greenwald ... this is a well reported event and very scary

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NT Rating: 4.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Feb 2, 2014
Ben's Rating
3.9

I have linked a different view of the State of the union address..........powerful

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NT Rating: 4.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted this story - Feb 2, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Jan 31, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.8

not as funny as his comics

Good points....

Hillary Clinton isn’t a candidate — she’s a brand. She doesn’t offer a set of ideas What would President Clinton II do? More »

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NT Rating: 4.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 29, 2014
Ben's Rating
5.0

must see...progressive speech ...bald talk!

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NT Rating: 4.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 29, 2014
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 29, 2014
Ben's Rating
5.0

Solid reporting....tree lovers are pitted against giant power companies...mayors standing up...interesting unfolding story here in CT

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NT Rating: 4.9 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 29, 2014
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 28, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.6

CARL M. LEVIN and ANGUS S. KING JR. share my view on Iran...without telling much truth...offer practical position for talks....as everyone that thinks agrees it's about time to start talking....

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NT Rating: 4.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 27, 2014
Ben's Rating
5.0

Great site...5th estate at work.... reporters group protecting freedom of speech ....2004 case finally settled....many links .

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NT Rating: 4.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 27, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Jan 27, 2014
Ben's Rating
5.0

good ! seldom discussed capitalist funding for repression....and environmental degradation ...in my name.

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NT Rating: 4.5 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 27, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Jan 16, 2014

I get a blank page ....security will not let me open...that is my guess...or is a paywall.....anyway bad news

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NT Rating: 3.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben commented on this review – Jan. 15, 2014
Ben Ross
2.5
(NT Rating: 3.8)
Reviewed by Ben Ross - Jan. 15, 2014

I can't seem to get past the ads which take up the entire screen....alternet ...has it been hacked? DSCC should know better

Ben Ross Comment:

I wonder what it will take to get the story about drunkenness off the featured header here at NewTrust

Ben reviewed this story - Jan 15, 2014
Ben's Rating
2.5

I can't seem to get past the ads which take up the entire screen....alternet ...has it been hacked? DSCC should know better

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NT Rating: 3.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 15, 2014
Ben's Rating
5.0

While researching Judge Judy Kessler i found this story... I think I gotta look into it....If it is true ...the situation is not so good. More noise is needed about unbalance in the Justice department....even if it is a big job

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NT Rating: 4.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted this story - Jan 15, 2014
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 15, 2014
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 14, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.9

even tempered look at coal cleaning chemical disaster in W. Va links /images / pols are quoted

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NT Rating: 4.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 14, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Jan 14, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.9

Good and Obvious....I do not think it will change anyone's mind

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NT Rating: 4.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben reviewed this story - Jan 14, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.8

...I play a synth...that said ...well written story about restart of production and sales older tech musical instruments...lot's of evidence of trend...even if it is strictly boutique

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NT Rating: 4.0 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 12, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.8

This is an insiders straight talk....Gates' and the US media do not fair well

As secretary of Defense, Gates could meet the president whenever he needed to. And yet, by his own admission, he never mentioned his concerns. More »

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NT Rating: 4.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 12, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Jan 9, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.1

USA today.....covers the story up to a point....where is the moral imperative....prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. the article fails to compare USA's largest bank/crook and never questions their ability to continue to turn a blind eye to the suffering to regular folks....that face blind justice

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NT Rating: 3.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben reviewed this story - Jan 9, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.8

Good ...opinion and part of the American narrative.... has-been hack finger pointing and alternative media calling them out. Rich pol completely out of touch ...with public opinion and facts of life

He indicated that the U.S. “had won with a great sacrifice,” but the Obama administration “blew the whole thing.” More »

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NT Rating: 4.0 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben reviewed this story - Jan 9, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.9

Two times good....reporting on news paper correction... teases out info and gives credit where it is due...the link is included and I added it for fun....good look at news done well....even if it takes second look

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NT Rating: 4.4 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted this story - Jan 9, 2014
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 9, 2014
Ben's Rating
5.0

good back round ....takes the time to explain issue and it's ramifications

As summed up by the pension fund’s legal team in an interview with Pando, the Louisiana sheriffs argue that the company’s positive pronouncements were deliberately ... More »

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NT Rating: 4.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 9, 2014
Ben reviewed this story - Jan 7, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.9

Labor rep sounds off on NAFTA and the political aspects of "Trade agreements"....ie screw workers and the american way of life....Points well considered and well sourced....worth a read.

NAFTA and numerous subsequent trade deals perform very well for investors and global businesses, while leaving most workers and communities at a ... More »

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NT Rating: 4.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben commented on this review – Jan. 7, 2014
maham malik
2.3
(NT Rating: 4.1)
Reviewed by maham malik - Jan. 6, 2014

it is knowledgeable and informative...

Ben Ross Comment:

I wonder about giving a story a grade of 2.3 if it is Knowledgeable and informative…..getting a " D" for first rate work would rankle with me…., so why the low mark?

Ben reviewed this story - Jan 7, 2014
Ben's Rating
5.0

good.... links are included/ many aspect are considered.

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NT Rating: 4.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 7, 2014
Ben's Rating
4.5

A political breath of fresh air....open to allow pol to make his case....makes me interested in interviewer as well as the interviewee

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NT Rating: 4.5 | See All NT Reviews »
Ben posted and reviewed this story - Jan 6, 2014
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