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Patricia L'Herrou

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I have recently left my professional work , of about 15 years, as a court-certified mediator, working primarily with family-oriented cases. I have also worked in social research, a health-related field, and as an administrator. NewsTrust appealed to me because i have been disappointed in how the media and journalists seemed for quite some time to be barely skimming the surface of events in our nation and around the world. in today's interconnected world, both physical, political and cultural, more than ever it is vital that all citizens have the most factual, in-depth news on all that connects us both within and beyond our borders. My interest in and curiosity about news and information is quite eclectic and broad-based, both in geography and type.

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Location: Virginia, United States
Occupation: I have retired from work as a mediator. volunteer for literacy volunteers of america
Interests: science, politics, government, world events, smart, informed opinions
Affiliations: previous professional affiliation as a state supreme court -certified mediator, tutor for literacy volunteers of america
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Education: Post-graduate school
News: 60-90 minutes a day
Internet: 30-60 minutes a day
Politics: Left
Gender: Female
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Topics: Sci/Tech, World, U.S. Politics, Environment
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Last Edit: Mar 16, 2012 - 8:49 AM PDT

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Patricia commented on this story – Jul. 11, 2014
in these numbers (even if half this showed up) and including so many sectors, this clearly can’t happen here; it would already have happened. many reasons: much larger country, more scattered effects of income disparity, policing in U. S cities somewhat dangerous to ... More »
Patricia reviewed this story - Jul 11, 2014
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3.7
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Patricia reviewed this story - May 31, 2014
Patricia's Rating
4.5

what i like about this article is that is offers a much broader look at the issue it addresses than any current news article i've seen. the author cites many sources, documents, of info going back many years of presidential administrations of the same problems, and including the current administration. much of this information is new to the general public, as the msm does not include it. an objective, fair piece.

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Patricia reviewed this story - May 4, 2014
Patricia's Rating
4.0

this is a book review and not a news story. however, it does provide some insight into the book's primary ideas, and it particularly involves the most popular criticisms of those ideas. there are no particular voices offered for support of those ideas, although the reviewer offers a couple himself. what comes through in the review is the impact of the ideas, and the thought that they are likely to be influential.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Apr 17, 2014
Patricia's Rating
3.6

recommending this story because there is a link to the study upon which the article is based . it is complex and sometimes difficult to follow, yet includes sources of much relevant information from which their analytical conclusion follows. it is worth looking at for a better understanding of what has occurred in this nation over time.

in my opinion, it isn't just the u.s. which is reflected throughout this study, the implications in the near term are relevant; it is many western societies and spreading around the world. the future (that beyond my own lifetime) for the factors of the study eventually quite likely will end up to be quite different from the present, and i believe we cannot predict it except in the near term

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Patricia reviewed this story - Apr 15, 2014
Patricia's Rating
4.6

following up with new facts on a major financial story as this one does is what newspapers should be doing for their consumers as a matter of course.

the story here illustrates the symptoms of our nation's ills: most of the public servants and general public seem morbidly reluctant to demand of or criticize corporations. we are much more likely it seems to criticize government than to disallow corporations to 'walk all over us' in so many ways which costs us financial secruity, jobs, consumer choice, privacy and our voice.

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Patricia commented on this review – Apr. 4, 2014
Jack Powers
3.3
(NT Rating: 3.3)
Reviewed by Jack Powers - Apr. 3, 2014

An 8-year-old South Carolina girl’s dream of having the woolly mammoth become the official state fossil has been put on hold while lawmakers debate an amendment that ... More »

Patricia L'herrou Comment:

perhaps a few other “beasts of the field” ‘fossils’ could then be found and the best preserved can be the state fossil, or alternatively, all can be part of the state names!

Patricia reviewed this story - Apr 4, 2014
Patricia's Rating
4.0

what i like about this piece is the thoughtfulness in revisiting the question; also i like the research and efforts to discover information which relates to that question. in this case, the basic result is the same, and i like that as well.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Mar 14, 2014
Patricia's Rating
4.0

there are many of us who see the political scene as ms ball does. she is offering here the message, the spread of which, the understanding of which, is the only path to speeding up the change it offers all of us. there is an inevitability in its content, but clearly it can take a long time, even more years than she mentions the conditions have been around, to create changes. recognition of the message and growing its spread would seem to be the only process to speeding it ... More »

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Patricia reviewed this story - Dec 11, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.3

this is the beginning of an important story, in-depth of a young girl living in poverty in nyc. it is frustrating, unconscionable and poignant. what is unconscionable is not the poverty or resultant life-style alone, many around this world live in similar ways. no, it is that it is in the usa, the richest, most powerful nation on the earth, by so many standards. how can this be? the story tells us a lot of how it came to be for this family, the dynamics of personality, the limitations of help, about those around this girl who do offer some help. it is the first installment and readers await the rest of the story to assess our final judgment. bravo to the nyt for this.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Dec 7, 2013
Patricia's Rating
2.7

the article seems as rushed as the representatives noted within it. there is minimal content here and it seems confusing as the context isn't extensive enough to cover what is actually being negotiated. details are few and seem somewhat contradictory. it is a disappointment. if there isn't enough info for a reporter to cover the topic, it should be stated.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Dec 6, 2013
Patricia's Rating
3.7

the article is based upon documents from one source which is include for readers. it is a piece of info which could be linked to many similar strategies of the same type. the tax-exempt organizations coordinated by this source are primarily using the monies to target individual states in its goals. the primary goal in the documents is to cut taxes of all types in the states' governments, which would cut back benefits to their citizenry, and the docs show strategies and cost to implement them. the article would be better if it provided more context on a coordinated effect shown in these docs as being not new to the right-wing republican groups and their wealthy membership and how effective some groups already have been ... More »

is any of this info from these documents in the mainstream media of the u.s.?

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Patricia reviewed this story - Nov 16, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.3

this is good journalism based upon the factors checked in newstrust ratings criteria. the conclusion here is that there are many but not all factors of the two programs which had similar problems, even if a couple had a different basis for a similar problem

it seems to me that those in the government's programs in charge of aspects of implementation did not exercise enough imagination about what factors might possibly not follow an ideal model, and that they didn't understand that this bill encompasses a much larger group of citizens with disparate needs and that the time necessary for it's start would be much longer than that which they anticipated. nevertheless, the reasons for the seemingly large morass at the moment is that ... More »

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Patricia reviewed this story - Oct 18, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.0
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Patricia reviewed this story - Oct 17, 2013
Patricia's Rating
3.6

this seems more opinion than news. although based upon a number of news facts, the writer offers her best analysis of how these facts interact and explains some information is unavailable and some speculative.. the topic is journalism and funding in a market falling apart, and pointing out what's missing.

while i too believe that there's great need for funding for investigative journalism, it's also clear that just as necessary is funding for the purpose of reporting of fact, by those who believe it is their work to make those facts clear in spite of a source's obfuscation of facts, is missing in most msm. and directly effects public understanding and therefore our democracy.

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Patricia reviewed this story - May 17, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.0
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Patricia reviewed this story - May 17, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.0

much of the real information here is missing from most of the mainstream media news, to the detriment of the country and our ability to make sense of what contexts and facts are, without false sensationalism

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Patricia reviewed this story - May 17, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.6

very good journalism. not only does it analyze the papers' conclusions, the reasons why these results are important in being disseminated are stated clearly

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Patricia commented on this story – Apr. 27, 2013

fortunately or unfortunately in the western world, as a whole, i think we have become too accustomed to our weatlh, incomparable as it may be with that of the financiers, even the poorest of us, to ever support any revolutionary change which would bring down the structure of ... More »

Patricia reviewed this story - Apr 24, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.0

the article expands the context from which journalism should and rarely does, draw conclusions. the writer explores whether the violence we call terrorism is in its name or its act, or simply used to discredit the religion of islam. motives for the many seemingly senseless acts of violence in recent times--senseless because the motives of those committing them are not clearly known or understood. we should infer here that much of our perception comes from reporting with a bias, which obscures the larger context of understanding violence; how can it be limited, except by understanding without prejudice.

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Patricia posted and reviewed this story - Apr 20, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.6

knowledge of children's development tells us that children growing up in a culture and history of violence and hate and injustice (at a minimum, for the children) will in their innocence, incorporate much of this. in this country we don't usually take this into account in our own use of violence, or in our own reaction to it.

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Patricia posted and reviewed this story - Apr 20, 2013
Patricia reviewed this story - Apr 18, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.3

no one could have make these extraordinary points as well as giffords.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Apr 8, 2013
Patricia's Rating
3.8

the article demonstrates how far this democracy has yet to go to respect animals, and even further to go allowing corporations to write legislation whose only goal is to protect their powerful profit interests.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Apr 4, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.1

this is an overall look, or summary, of the current senatorial immigration reform. the arguments being debated as 'hurdles' to a bill, analyzing particular pieces of the 'framework' the senators are creating, are included here, with sources representing various proposals named. what's missing are the voices of those eleven million persons whose lives would be most effected by any of the potential legislation.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Mar 16, 2013

the agenda described here is aimed at winning at any cost., almost mimicing the 'thousand small cuts" of the sequester, the states of the republican governors (not quite all of them) are placed on the front lines of battle, and the billionaires funding this war don't care if republicans lose some elected posts for the moment, in order to keep their distorted message pure, and this article describes the tactics to keep them from losing in the future. all of this is ... More »

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Patricia reviewed this story - Mar 9, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.0

mr. hart's analysis is primarily focused on filling in the gaps he's seen in the nyt and wapo articles about the legacy of hugo chavez. those articles saw little to praise about pres. chavez, even within his own country. clearly he achieved real changes for the better in venezuela, one outstanding is in reducing the poverty of masses of people. not a small feat as compared to other s.american nations. the writer here points that out, but his own piece is not balanced either as much of the chavez dictatorship left behind much of an undemocratic legacy.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Mar 4, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.2

a personal experience combined with a historical perspective gives this piece great validity. i wish he had included some info on what shelby county has been doing as means to even greater conviction.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Mar 3, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.3

this is an opinion by a writer for whom i have respect, as i do for this one. he lays out quotes and other known facts in order to conclude with pvt. manning's brave action as a courageous one, likely to be, unfairly, very costly to him.

it may seem justifiable for a gov't to take action against such revelation of confidential information, but somewhere in our democracy, we must also examine the larger picture of what makes us believe in justice, not simply laws.

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Patricia commented on this review – Jan. 25, 2013
Dwight Rousu
1.9
(NT Rating: 1.9)
Reviewed by Dwight Rousu - Jan. 27, 2013

Basically, I do not believe his cherry picked counter-examples. The Wall Street Journal is no longer a reputable source. This is propaganda for big business interests. This is cleverly written propaganda. The first clue is the widespread use of pejorative adjectives. The second clue is a focus on his personal cost-benefit analysis. He says we should not invest in green energy because not enough progress in green energy is predicted at the present rate of expenditures. An ... More »

Patricia L'herrou Comment:

i agree re: the wsj. however even if some of his sources are somewhat accurate regarding stats of these particulars, his conclusions about how to act seem valid, even if his reasoning is not. the cost of switching to new energy sources for our large landscape in particular would ... More »

Patricia reviewed this story - Jan 23, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.0

whle quoting mayor johnson's take on global warming, the artilce also places it in context: the context of mr. johnson's politics and history within the quite conservative politics of england, giving readers the means and motive, if they don't already know, for the remarks he makes on this issue.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Jan 16, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.5

with many examples for his assertions, the writer lays out why we are both unwilling and unable to see or contain the catastrophic fate upon which we fall.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Jan 14, 2013
Patricia's Rating
2.7

this is an important issue, but it's not presented here with the facts and figures of how colleges and universities are hiring presidents and others to fulfill the demands of big corporations. the whole story is much more than logos; its about what curriculum will students be offered and by whom will they be taught. and, as more corporate money comes in, how does this impact the intellectual, creative, milieu for students. i wish this piece had more substance

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Patricia reviewed this story - Jan 10, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.7

a careful analysis of why it's so difficult to effect not simply change, but a societal turn-around in the global warming of our planet is offered here. the author includes the potential but unlikely solution to a catastrophic outcome.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Jan 8, 2013
Patricia's Rating
4.1

i agree with the opinion about the speedy need for action on the climate and hope that the words in it spread so that the protest become so large they cannot be ignored. i also hope that the speedy actions to take are well thought through and that all world leaders will recognize their viability and necessity.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Dec 31, 2012
Patricia's Rating
4.0

i don't understand why this issue is not at the top of all msm's list of important stories about how our democractic system is deteriorating. this one leaves out another important piece to be included in every media outlet --how citizens, congress and anyone in the electoral process can fight back before the next election to create a system for voting which is nonpartisan.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Dec 29, 2012
Patricia's Rating
3.6

while the article gives some factual information, too much here is missing. information and comments from families of the elderly are not included. statistics on those choosing and those reluctant to relocate are also not here. overall, the article demonstrates something vital: what the lack of financial support for good care facilities for an aging population, including the one in this country, mayl mean for the future. something not mentioned here, is that in europe the distances from country to country is not insurmountable for families who need to relocate their elders.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Dec 20, 2012
Patricia's Rating
2.7

this writer presents the same type of bias as on the oppostie side of the political spectrum: that any type of compromise, or CHANGE, works against the side. that may be the case but clearly each side cannot take all, unless we want to continue with this side wanting the gov't paying for everything we want and the other side wanting the gov't to pay for almost nothing we want. and the gov't monies comes from all of us, and if we want democracy for all of us, not just ... More »

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Patricia reviewed this story - Dec 19, 2012
Patricia's Rating
4.1

what a list is here! the article shows how far the nation has gone in keeping the peace.

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Patricia reviewed this story - Dec 5, 2012
Patricia's Rating
3.1

while it does offer the basic facts of the latest gop offer, the analysis here is incomplete. it leaves out information which gives some meaning to what the stated numbers proposed by each side represent, which would give more actual information. i believe the most insidious piece of it is in this statement " the president's most-recent budget proposal, one that was heavy on tax increases and light on spending cuts". there is no comparison to support this statement, which stands here as if it is fact.

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