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David Agnew

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MSM parroting of administration lies about Iraq - leading to support for an unwise war - convinced me that citizens are in dire need of a new model for news. I have experience - not expertise - with international development, grassroots organizing, education, nuclear energy, and health care policy.

About David Help
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Network Coordinator
Interests: Democracy, Iraq, nuclear energy, universal health care, foreign policy
Expertise: web authoring, boatbuilding
Affiliations: Cape Codders for Peace and Justice, Cape Care, Cape Downwinders
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Journalism: None
Education: Some college
News: 30-60 minutes a day
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Languages: English-only
Politics: Far Left
Age: 50-64
Gender: Male
Income: Decline to state
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Topics: World, Health
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Address: Cape Cod, MA, US
Last Visit: Oct 24, 2011 - 5:00 PM PDT
Last Edit: Oct 9, 2009 - 4:44 PM PDT

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David commented on this review – Sep. 20, 2011
Walter Cox
1.2
(NT Rating: 3.0)
Reviewed by Walter Cox - Sep. 18, 2011

An ideological rant that has no journalistic merit. Even that might be forgiven if it were more humorous and stuck to the facts; it doesn't.

David Agnew Comment:

Walter, yours sounds like a self-referential review.

David posted and reviewed this story - Sep 18, 2011
David's Rating
3.9

This article is an example of the growing awareness of corporate constitutional rights, "corporate personhood" under the 14th Amendment, as interpreted by modern Supreme Court decisions. It also highlights a few of the many ways that corporations are supported by the taxpayer.

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David posted and reviewed this story - Sep 18, 2011
David posted and reviewed this story - Apr 19, 2011
David's Rating
3.7

Good overview of the world reactor market. Unfortunately, commonsense may be less likely to prevail than the profit motive.

And what if the crisis at Fukushima drags on as appears likely? Could it still trigger the start of another ice age for nuclear power, like Chernobyl did in 1986? Or will ... More »

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David posted and reviewed this story - Apr 19, 2011
David posted and reviewed this story - Apr 6, 2011
David's Rating
4.3

Experts have said the Japanese need to continue to keep the fuel cool for many months until the plant can be stabilized, but there is growing awareness that the risks of ... More »

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David posted and reviewed this story - Apr 6, 2011
David commented on this review – Apr. 5, 2011
David Agnew
1.5
(NT Rating: 3.2)
Reviewed by David Agnew - Mar. 31, 2011

The author claims "As of mid-2005, however, fewer than 50 deaths had been directly attributed to radiation from the disaster" as if radiation leaves a calling card when it causes cancer - it doesn't. He ignores the foremost expert on radiation health effects, John Gofman, who estimated that Chernobyl would cause in one million cancers, half of them fatal (this is over many years, for many of the radionuclides spread around the globe have very long half-lives. Because there is no safe dose of radiation, any dose will increase cancer incidence - if the dose is spread over a large population, a small increase in incidence can cause many cancers. Mr. Lyons is not persuasive as he reassures us that the Chernobyl "explosion itself ... More »

the lesson to be learned is not that nuclear power is inherently dangerous More »

David Agnew Comment:

Gofman did research through 1999 http://www.ratical.org/radiation/CNR/RMP/ I say he was the foremost expert because his research on the risk of ionizing radiation done in the 60’s was ridiculed at the time but was proven ... More »

David reviewed this story - Mar 31, 2011
David's Rating
1.5

The author claims "As of mid-2005, however, fewer than 50 deaths had been directly attributed to radiation from the disaster" as if radiation leaves a calling card when it causes cancer - it doesn't. He ignores the foremost expert on radiation health effects, John Gofman, who estimated that Chernobyl would cause in one million cancers, half of them fatal (this is over many years, for many of the radionuclides spread around the globe have very long half-lives. Because there is no safe dose of radiation, any dose will increase cancer incidence - if the dose is spread over a large population, a small increase in incidence can cause many cancers. Mr. Lyons is not persuasive as he reassures us that the Chernobyl "explosion itself ... More »

the lesson to be learned is not that nuclear power is inherently dangerous More »

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David commented on this review – Mar. 28, 2011
Roland F. Hirsch
4.1
(NT Rating: 3.2)
Reviewed by Roland F. Hirsch - Jun. 8, 2010

This news analysis is excellent journalism. The author provides factual information, and discusses unscientific claims about Chernobyl that have come up over the years and the evidence against them. The latter part of the piece is specific to the U.K., but that portion is of general interest, too..

David Agnew Comment:

Speaking of unscientific claims, my favorite line from the article was that ‘nuclear energy is not inherently dangerous’. Does that really strike you as “excellent journalism”?

David commented on this review – Mar. 28, 2011
Kaizar Campwala
3.9
(NT Rating: 3.2)
Reviewed by Kaizar Campwala - Jun. 8, 2010

Lyons offers a compelling argument that the Chernobyl disaster isn't the demon some of made it out to be (though I haven't really seen too much demonization of the accident in current debate anyway).

David Agnew Comment:

Compelling?! It’s an opinion piece with very little evidence to back up his claims.

David posted this story - Mar 28, 2011
David posted and reviewed this story - Mar 27, 2011
David's Rating
4.6

The author does not cite experts, however he is very expert - he was the senior Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner at the time of the Three Mile Island accident.

“we did not learn the degree of [TMI] melting until several years later, when the reactor vessel’s radioactivity had decayed sufficiently to open it. Similarly, the ... More »

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David posted and reviewed this story - Mar 27, 2011
David reviewed this story - Mar 27, 2011
David's Rating
3.4

“…a day after three workers were exposed to water containing radioactive materials 10,000 times the normal level at the turbine building connected to the No. 3 ... More »

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David posted and reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2011
David's Rating
2.4

Beyond news that radioactive iodine levels are 1,250 times normal in seawater near the reactors, this article offers no new information. Of course it offers multiple reassurances of "little risk" that seem to be required in all mainstream news articles about nuclear accidents, and there are no outside expert comment was sought.

"…the nuclear safety agency said tests Friday showed radioactive iodine had spiked 1,250 times higher than normal in the seawater just offshore from the ... More »

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David reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2011
David's Rating
3.3

Better than most on the Daiichi disaster because it gives specific facts (as reported by the utility) rather than giving general assurances of 'little risk' while providing few facts.

"Meanwhile, other experts said that even in the best-case scenario, it would take at least one month to bring the No. 1 to No. 3 reactors to a cold shutdown in which ... More »

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David commented on this review – Mar. 26, 2011
David Agnew
1.8
(NT Rating: 2.8)
Reviewed by David Agnew - Mar. 26, 2011

This appears to have been written by a PR firm for the nuclear industry. It is full of half-truths, misleading statements, and falsities. The glib opening - that no one has died from Fukushima radiation and it is unlikely they will - is premature, and quite probably unsupportable. Similiarly it states that there were no known deaths at TMI and just 43 at Chernobyl. The industry takes full advantage of the fact that radiation leaves no calling card when it causes cancer. The world authority on radiation health effects, Dr. John Gofman, estimated that Chernobyl will cause one million cancers (many still in the future). Contrary to what is stated in this article, potassium WAS used after Chernobyl - although not consistently. And a ... More »

David Agnew Comment:

I meant to write potassium IODIDE.

David posted and reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2011
David's Rating
1.8

This appears to have been written by a PR firm for the nuclear industry. It is full of half-truths, misleading statements, and falsities. The glib opening - that no one has died from Fukushima radiation and it is unlikely they will - is premature, and quite probably unsupportable. Similiarly it states that there were no known deaths at TMI and just 43 at Chernobyl. The industry takes full advantage of the fact that radiation leaves no calling card when it causes cancer. The world authority on radiation health effects, Dr. John Gofman, estimated that Chernobyl will cause one million cancers (many still in the future). Contrary to what is stated in this article, potassium WAS used after Chernobyl - although not consistently. And a ... More »

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David reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2011
David's Rating
3.8

“…handling of the crisis by Japanese government and corporate authorities is consistent with a culture that guards information from the public and leaves ... More »

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David posted and reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2011
David posted and reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2011
David reviewed this story - Feb 17, 2011
David's Rating
4.1
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David posted and reviewed this story - Sep 6, 2010
David's Rating
4.1

Massachusetts' 2008 Green Communities Act "requires electricity suppliers to get 15 percent of the power they sell from renewable sources by 2020." But there's a lot of opposition to changing the energy industry, and this continues legal battles that have been raging for many years.

On Tuesday, hearings begin at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, which will decide whether utility National Grid’s 15-year contract to buy half the ... More »

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David reviewed this story - Sep 6, 2010
David's Rating
3.2

…the rise of this national-security state has entailed a vast expansion in the government’s powers that now touches every aspect of American life, even when ... More »

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David posted and reviewed this story - Sep 6, 2010
David posted and reviewed this story - Aug 31, 2010
David's Rating
4.0

Well explained with many sources and about an important topic (corruption), I believe this story has previously received little publicity. But there's little investigation of why the administration is delaying transparency.

“Companies don’t have a Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination'’. Hooray for that, I wonder how long it will last.

Within days of Obama signing the war funding bill, industry groups began urging the administration to exclude some information they contend could be damaging. For ... More »

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David posted this story - Aug 31, 2010
David posted and reviewed this story - Aug 30, 2010
David reviewed this story - Aug 12, 2010
David's Rating
4.1

This presents 2 (?) years of investigation into a conspiracy by right wingers to game the Digg system. It begs the question of how prevalent such activity is, by ideologues of whatever stripe, commenting on news sites, etc.

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David reviewed this story - Aug 9, 2010
David's Rating
4.2

The U.S. has been marching toward this point of tearing up roads it can't afford to maintain, and cutting spending on education for a long time, but when someone like Paul Krugman points out that we're going "in reverse", people should listen. And as usual, he makes a compelling point - we can't reduce the deficit AND maintain the Bush tax cuts for the rich without abandoning essential public services - with straightforward plain speaking.

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David reviewed this story - Aug 9, 2010
David's Rating
4.5

This is a synopsis of three articles from last July by the Washington Post titled "Top Secret America". It's an excellent introduction to the Post's 13,000-word report.

“An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.” and "an unending, ... More »

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David posted and reviewed this story - Aug 9, 2010
David's Rating
4.7

This examines the story behind the story. Moral culpability in 'collateral damage', and the hypocrisy of our leaders in addressing this issue.

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David posted and reviewed this story - Aug 9, 2010
David's Rating
3.8

"The spokesman... rejected charges that their release threatened national security and put lives at risk."

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David reviewed this story - Aug 8, 2010
David's Rating
2.0

nothing wrong with the journalism, but there's not much news here.

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David reviewed this story - Aug 8, 2010
David's Rating
4.5

I was intimidated by over 70,000 military reports, but in reading the 'cover letter' (which is all that I'm reviewing), I found that Wikileaks has made these documents as accessible as possible by putting them into a user-friendly searchable database, and providing pop-up tips to explain many acronyms. With escalation of the longest war in U.S. history in the midst of a 'great recession', it's imperative that the public get the full story, and this is a key tool.

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David posted and reviewed this story - Aug 7, 2010
David reviewed this story - Aug 6, 2010
David's Rating
1.8

1 in 300 Americans have 'top-secret' security clearances and Salon figures it's not a story because it lacks "compelling visuals" and doesn't have a direct impact on readers. US taxpayer money given to Pakistan is spent to assassinate Afghan leaders and Salon figures there's no simple "takeaway point". I believe this story misses the point - namely that MSM, being big business, profits from the war machine and it's brother, the "intelligence" machine, so these stories are downplayed.

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David posted and reviewed this story - Aug 6, 2010
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