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Bob Herrschaft

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Due to the current credibility crisis in the mainstream media, I have increasingly been drawn to getting my news online. As a news junkie, I appreciate the journalistic integrity I've been able to find at the HuffingtonPost website and I am pleased to work together with the NewsTrust team to ensure its reliability.

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Location: Sonoma, California, United States
Interests: current events, travel, history, architecture,Euskara, finance,sociology
Expertise: I edited and self-published my own book( Low Risk High Tech)
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Journalism: None
Education: College graduate
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 60-90 minutes a day
Income: Decline to state
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Web Page: bobherrschaft.com
Address: Sonoma, CA, 95476, US
Last Visit: Sep 17, 2014 - 8:52 AM PDT
Last Edit: Jan 2, 2013 - 8:28 AM PST

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Bob reviewed this story - Sep 17, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.1

...it seems the modern version of bread and circus is fast food and spectator sports

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Bob reviewed this story - Sep 16, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.0

...convincing...

...the demoralized work force, the obscenely overpaid CEO, the disregard for public safety, the compromised regulators...an all too familiar pattern

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Bob reviewed this story - Sep 12, 2014
Bob's Rating
3.6

According to this article one would think the Obama administration's Mid-East policy was a direct continuation of the blustering failures of the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld policies of the past. Few would argue that Obama hasn't made foreign policy mistakes, the prolonged support of al-Maliki and the neglect of the ISIS threat being among the most egregious and(by extension) the acquiescence of Sunnis in Iraq and Syria being relegated to second class citizens. Nevertheless, the weakness of ... More »

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Bob reviewed this story - Aug 28, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.1
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Bob reviewed this story - Aug 25, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.4
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Bob commented on this review – Aug. 23, 2014
Sirajul Islam
4.2
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Reviewed by Sirajul Islam - Aug. 23, 2014

A report on possible U.S. airstrike in Syria (to do what to the ISIS militants is still unknown). But what is being reported, says that the U.S. may violate Syria's border to carry out its military mission but may not "punish Mr. Assad's government or to further his ouster but to cripple ISIS." The report is plain and inconclusive, but delivered some information without quoting any source.

We know, pirates aren't allowed to terrorize the ocean, but, in the name of pirate hunt, countries sovereignty aren't violated. It should be the same case here. If ISIS are pirates on land and the international community comes together to stop them, then it's one thing. But, if they want to violate Syria's sovereignty, or work in disfavour of the Syrian government, that's different.

“If you come after Americans, we’re going to come after you, wherever you are,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, the president’s deputy national security adviser, told reporters ... More »

Bob Herrschaft Comment:

All good points, Sirajul!

Bob reviewed this story - Aug 22, 2014
Bob's Rating
3.5

The headline figure of the settlement is misleading. There are too many loop holes and slip knots and, once again, nobody goes to jail for fraudulent practices...the settlement is more puny than punitive.

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Bob reviewed this story - Aug 22, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.2

, governments prefer the fantasy picture of al-Qa’ida because it enables them to claim victories when it succeeds in killing its better known members and allies. More »

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Bob reviewed this story - Jul 31, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.5

..and like the poor, they have larger families, while the middle class struggles with income from two wage earners and/or multiple jobs...a harbinger of even greater polarization!

But this is America, and kids from upper-class families and cushy private schools always manage to “fail up.” More »

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Bob reviewed this story - Jul 23, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.6

It has become fairly obvious that when it comes to foreign policy issues in particular MSNBC has muffled its reporters (although some including Rachel Maddow have gleefully propagated Heritage- type propaganda).This is why i often turn to the RT channel for another perspective. There is ,of course, bias there too, but it's not the mainstream dribble that gets parroted on most other channels.

“money speaks, but it also imposes silence”…Aldous Huxley More »

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Bob posted and reviewed this story - Jul 19, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.3

Stigliz puts a spotlight on the lack of transparency in TPP and what it could mean to the interests of global conglomerates that wish to circumvent environmental legisllation in particular.

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Bob posted and reviewed this story - Jul 19, 2014
Bob reviewed this story - Jul 17, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.2
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Bob commented on this story – Jun. 22, 2014

This is one reason why Paul most likely won’t be the Republican nominee in 2016. Even if he gets past the nomination process, it’s hard to believe that he could confront his critics in the Heritage Foundation and establish an anti-interventionist foreign policy.

Bob reviewed this story - Jun 12, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.2

The article not only shows the disparity of educational standards among certain states, but also nails another pitfall of privatization.

Thus, we see a familiar pattern of neoliberal “restructuring” in American school systems: Cut public institutions to the bone, leave them to fail without adequate ... More »

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Bob reviewed this story - May 31, 2014
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4.0
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Bob reviewed this story - Apr 6, 2014
Bob's Rating
3.9

...an interesting account with significant ramifications

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Bob posted and reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2014
Bob's Rating
3.7

What I found interesting here is that China is activating a CCS program of some magnitude.

I disagree with the author's(and Chu's) contention that fossil fuels "will be necessary[as primary sources of energy] for decades to come" as it ignores advances that are being made in storage technology that stand a better chance of providing the "steady power needed by a modern society". Nevertheless, the author makes a good case for why China is engaged in CCS technology.

In January, the Obama administration proposed blocking the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they use CCS. The same coal ... More »

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Bob posted and reviewed this story - Mar 25, 2014
Bob reviewed this story - Mar 4, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.3

An excellent debate on a very serious situation in my opinion.

Both sides make good points. Ray McGovern does well to emphasize Russia's historical interests in the Ukraine as well as the G8 hypocrisy, but leans too far towards Kissinger's "sphere of influence" foreign policy. Despite the residue of neocon politics in the state dept. I don't believe John Kerry is a neocon and I'm glad he's there and not Condoleezza Rice. Everything depends on some backing down on both sides and diplomacy behind the scenes. The idea of a Nato expansion into ... More »

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Bob reviewed this story - Mar 3, 2014
Bob's Rating
3.9
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Bob reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.5

An articulate essay that defines links between the power centers of what the author terms the "deep state". Long, but worth the read.

The essay is brilliantly presented, however,I would take exception to lumping Libya with other foreign interventions. There were no U.S. troops that participated in the action and there were humanitarian reasons involved as well as a justified payback for Qaddafi's destruction of a civilian aircraft over Lockerbie. Benghazi was an unfortunate occurrence that has become a myth perpetuated for political purposes. Chemical weapons have been destroyed and whatever happens in Libya is ... More »

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Bob commented on this story – Feb. 22, 2014

I wholeheartedly agree with Randy and Dwight’s comments and will look forward to First Look Media’s inclusion on NewsTrust.

Bob reviewed this story - Feb 18, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.5
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Bob reviewed this story - Feb 4, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.4

...a detailed historical synopsis that sheds light on the background for many of today's conflicts in the Middle East.

I believe Woodrow Wilson deserves more respect than he is currently given in historical accounts just on the basis of his principle of self determination which has often been derided by historians and diplomats of the major powers. He may have been a sanctimonious hypocrite in other respects but with his vision in foreign policy he was ahead of his time.

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Bob reviewed this story - Jan 23, 2014
Bob's Rating
3.9

...unfortunately there are enough unscrupulous power grabbers to replace him...this one's the devil we know.

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Bob reviewed this story - Jan 15, 2014
Bob's Rating
3.9
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Bob reviewed this story - Jan 15, 2014
Bob's Rating
4.2

ELLEN SIEGEL: I think what should happen to him is what has happened in our history, in Jewish history. Ever since I was ... More »

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Bob posted and reviewed this story - Jan 9, 2014
Bob's Rating
3.6

...a positive prospect among all the turbulent protests around the world.

For the first time in the history of an Arabic-speaking country, a freely elected assembly is publicly debating and finalizing a constitution without an occupying army, a ... More »

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Bob posted and reviewed this story - Jan 9, 2014
Bob reviewed this story - Dec 6, 2013
Bob's Rating
4.7

Without transparency on company ownership, he says, “you’re only going to catch the real idiots who are maintaining bank accounts in their own names — the real ... More »

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Bob posted and reviewed this story - Nov 14, 2013
Bob's Rating
3.9

Interesting background article, particularly on Saudi motives

What remains a mystery is why the Saudis are so antagonistic towards the Iranian regime...it seems to me that Sunni extremists are much more of a threat to the regime than any sectarian differences with the Iranians... and Saudi Arabia is a known breeding ground for Sunni extremists.

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Bob posted and reviewed this story - Nov 10, 2013
Bob reviewed this story - Nov 9, 2013
Bob's Rating
4.1
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Bob reviewed this story - Nov 7, 2013
Bob's Rating
4.1

...a thoughtful essay on the disdain the right wing elite show for any government programs that would advance the common good... including the infrastructure

...I assume the author is the same Thom Hartman that can be seen locally(here in No. Ca.) on the RT television channel. His program offers interesting interviews and commentary without the hype. He also has a sector on advances in "green" technology that is well worth watching.

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Bob posted and reviewed this story - Nov 7, 2013
Bob's Rating
4.0

The authors analyze recent problems of the Mondragon cooperative in the light of the global economic bust and make suggestions about how they might be avoided in the future so that cooperatives in general can better shield themselves from economic bubbles.

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Bob posted and reviewed this story - Nov 6, 2013
Bob commented on this story – Nov. 2, 2013

…worth watching, in case anyone was worried Stewart was edging toward false balance with his satirical reviews

Bob reviewed this story - Nov 2, 2013
Bob's Rating
3.9

Although the blogger gives a nicely condensed version of the report, one needs to click on the "518 page" link to know the identity of the "ballsy" woman who created it(Christy L. Romero). May her exile be in sybaritic splendor!

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Bob reviewed this story - Oct 27, 2013
Bob's Rating
3.7

...a brilliant, but dilusionary diatribe

...apart from the call for a spiritual awakening of the left I find little in Brand's argument that is constructive. He doesn't vote because" it just encourages them", but what is the alternative? chaos? ...more of the same? The argument here just reinforces anti government sentiment without indicating that government can and should work for the people, and in a democracy you need to vote...revolution is not a viable alternative...protests in the streets need a goal and I seriously ... More »

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