Peter Henry

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Occupation: Teacher, South Lake High School
Interests: Politics, Geology, Classical music
Affiliations: Shoreline Neighbors for Peace
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Peter posted and reviewed this story - Sep 19, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.9

Nasser makes the point that despite President Obama's rhetoric, he is relying on Republican-type economic strategies, such as additional tax cuts to businesses, rather than directly putting people to work. As a result, things are continuing to go to Hell, and Obama is blaming Bush for getting us there.

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Peter posted and reviewed this story - Sep 19, 2010
Peter posted and reviewed this story - Aug 29, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.0

This is an example of the type of investigative journalism we need to see more of. The authors accompany a fisherman out to sea in an area declared officially safe by Mississippi and federal officials, and they proceed to check for oil by submerging rags, then they get the rags tested by an environmental laboratory. Needless to say, they find oil - lots of oil - putting the lie to the government officials.

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Peter posted and reviewed this story - Aug 29, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.9

This is a straightforward look at the contradiction between state laws which allow the medical use of marijuana and federal laws which ban all marijuana use, together with loopholes in state laws which don't prevent firing of employees for legally using marijuana for medical reasons. To be enterprising, the author could have added information on the different types of drug tests - common urinalysis documents past usage but not current state of intoxication. A blood test is available which directly measures the quantity of active THC in the blood, like a breathalyzer test does for alcohol.

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Peter reviewed this story - Aug 29, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.9

What an interesting piece! This is a "graphic article" - that is, an opinion piece written as a comic strip. But its points are dead serious, based in fact, and illustrated with strong black and white drawings. I heartily recommend it. This piece is not unbiased - it tells some of the story of what was lost due to the exodus of poor people due to Katrina, who have not been encouraged to return, and of the systemic discrimination against them.

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Peter posted and reviewed this story - Aug 29, 2010
Peter posted and reviewed this story - Aug 28, 2010
Peter reviewed this story - Aug 26, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.9

I like the magazine Miller McCune a lot. Its articles are thoughtful and well-researched, and one reason I read the article was based on where it was published. The article does not disappoint. It is of the "man bites dog" variety, where an unexpected result is presented, based on the results of a study of the effectiveness of public defenders in the Chicago area. Two items that stick out for me are: (1) One can infer that race is an important determination in whether or not bond is granted (2) public defenders are only 1/2 as successful as private attorneys in successfully plea bargaining defendants who aren't white. Since most charges are plea bargained and rarely brought to trial, this brings the entire argument into question.

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Peter posted and reviewed this story - Aug 23, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.0

This is an important article which goes a long way to document the actual story of the cleanup of the BP oil catastrophe, as it is playing out on the ground. The author goes to experience for herself what the situation is like - and finds the actual conditions contradict the feel-good statements issued together by our government and BP. A particularly significant piece is the author's interview of an employee of CTEH, a dodgy toxicology / risk assessment company being paid by BP to report on how well BP is doing preventing its workers and the public from being exposed to virulent chemicals (oil residues and dispersant chemicals). She makes a good case that we are being lied to.

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Peter posted and reviewed this story - Aug 23, 2010
Peter reviewed this story - Aug 22, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.0

The point of the article is Jewish support for Obama and the Democrats in general is dropping. The author uses poll results to make the point, illustrated with excellent graphics which compare how Obama is losing support in various subgroups including Jews. The article fails to make this point - and quotes various politicos like ex-Mayor Koch of NY to support the thesis, which is unsupported by data, that Obama is losing Jewish support because he is "harder on Israel" and trying to ingratiate himself with Arab countries. In fact, the U.S. continues to back Israel on every issue, whatever Israel does. I find the author disingenuous for failing to mention how the facts (as opposed to the rhetoric) back up his thesis.

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Peter reviewed this story - Aug 22, 2010
Peter's Rating
1.8

Is straightforward news coverage of a smear good journalism? At least, the story does get a response to the charges from Assange's colleague, but this story reads like "he says (the prosecutor)" / "she says (Assange's colleague." Other than the praiseworthy attempt to get a response from Assange's side, there's no attempt to investigate whether / why the prosecutor might bring such a charge. In light of the obvious and well-publicized attacks on Assange by the U.S. as well as its allies, it is pretty irresponsible to run a story like this without further investigation.

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Peter reviewed this story - Aug 21, 2010
Peter's Rating
2.6

This is an opinion piece. I can't rate it as good or awful, but Karen Hughes' presentation is surely interesting, in the same way that something disgusting can be fascinating as well. How, for example, does she make the jump from civility to bigotry? In writing about the project to build a mosque / community center near the 9/11 site, her advice to the congregation - not that they are asking - is for the them to bow down to xenophobia and fear - oops, to show uncommon courtesy - and build elsewhere. She makes the strained analogy of the Danish anti-Mohammed cartoons (created on purpose to offend) and the fact that building the mosque would offend "most Americans ... [who] just don't believe it's respectful." Doesn't Hughes get ... More »

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Peter reviewed this story - Aug 20, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.1

Story that analyzes the "energy intensity" of food in terms of energy costs for transportation, fertilizer and food prep/storage. What's amazing isn't so much the conclusions (the locavore movement is full of it because transportation costs are relatively very low) as the author takes this dry information and truly does make it interesting. The story is flawed in that the data is unsourced and incomplete - it's impossible to know what the author left out (energy costs of water/irrigation, for instance).

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Peter reviewed this story - Aug 19, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.3

Straightforward report of oceanographic survey of oil plume derived from the BP oil "volcano". More research and reports like this are needed to fill in the information about what really happened to all the oil that BP leaked. The joint government/BP announcement that 75% of the oil has already been removed was based on assumptions and wishful thinking (already contradicted by similar studies). Now, slowly, we will get to find out what actually happened.

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Peter reviewed this story - Aug 10, 2010
Peter's Rating
2.9

Not good journalism, but this article carries the significant news that "the empire strikes back" against Wikileaks. The important news from this story is that the U.S. is now attempting to strike back at Wikileaks by leaning on its European allies to refuse freedom of movement to Assange. Small countries like Sweden and Iceland will be hard pressed to maintain independence in the face of heavy U.S. pressure. Per usual, anonymous "official sources" are relied upon for data, as well as edited tweets issued by Assange. No attempt was made by the author to press Wikileaks for an explanation of their side of the story, and a "joint letter" issued by 5 NGOs was referenced but not quoted nor was it linked to. An overall very poor job ... More »

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

Krugman lets his anger show - against Representative Paul Ryan, who he calls a charlatan, and against the mainstream media pundits, who he blasts for their willingness to be taken in by Ryan's bogus arguments. It isn't hard to point out that Ryan's proposals are fraudulent - all you need to do is look at the proposals and then look for factual backup. The media certainly knows this, but refuses an honest critique, because it is in bed with the right wing.

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Peter posted and reviewed this story - Aug 2, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.8

I recommend this story highly - Ann Jones embeds with the army in Afghanistan and keeps her wits about her, observing and writing about the futility and absolute folly of what the army thinks it is doing "winning the hearts and minds" of the Afghans.

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Peter posted and reviewed this story - Aug 2, 2010
Peter reviewed this story - Jul 28, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.5

A scattered story which brings together several pieces of hazards that veterans of Gulf War I continue to face. The story would be improved if explicit connections were made between the various topics, and the allegations were better documented, including what is considered harmful about DU. - A 1993 document (did it recently surface or was it available for years?) indicating General Shinseki had ordered medical testing of personnel exposed to depleted uranium (DU), but this directive was ignored. - Historical data regarding incidence of cancer in various branches of the armed forces, without making connection to exposure to DU and/or in what forms - Some statistics related to Gulf War syndrome (about 1 out of 3 Gulf War ... More »

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Peter reviewed this story - Jul 28, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.1

This is commentary, written by a moderate Republican, about how the Democrats and Obama can be successful - basically, by being moderate Republicans. Brooks' low-key take is that Obama is getting government to work where it counts - bailing out banks and car companies, "reforming" education (I'm a teacher and I don't care for some of these reforms), etc. His prescription for Obama is to "sidestep the fruitless stimulus debate" and focus on the long term - that is, tax simplification and entitlement reform. Can anyone say, "Catfood commission?" Ouch.

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Peter reviewed this story - Jul 23, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.0

It is refreshing to read a story about marijuana in the mainstream press that isn't obviously biased. The question which is explored - what is the relationship between marijuana use and schizophrenia - is looked at from different points of view, including the idea that schizophrenics may be more likely than non-schizophrenics to get high (I didn't see any actual data to support this idea) because schizophrenics report feeling better, with fewer negative feelings. I was bemused to see links to other unrelated articles on marijuana scattered through the piece, such as, "read about how to grow medical marijuana" and "see photos of the great American smoke-out." I guess marijuana use has not only reached the mainstream (which it did ... More »

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Peter reviewed this story - Jul 20, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.7

Democracy Now! does it again - they report how BP was forced to allow open viewing of their undersea oil gusher, which put the lie to their earlier claims about the low leakage rate, and they report how their use of the oil dispersant, Corexit, is having harmful effects on life in the gulf and on people exposed to it - in contradiction of tainted BP and US government claims.

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Peter reviewed this story - Jul 18, 2010
Peter's Rating
2.9

This is a bizarre story about how Egypt remains a U.S. agent in the Middle East - quite a prize for America but expensive as well - $60 billion and counting. The bizarre bit is the author evidently isn't troubled by the fact that Mubarak is a dictator who maintains power with the police and military, with a fraudulent election thrown in now and again. His only acknowledgment that actual people live in Egypt is, "Egyptians are only intermittently interested in foreign affairs, and many remain grateful that Mr Mubarak, unlike his predecessors, has shunned risk." To the author, it is clear there is only one valid viewpoint - from the top, and from the perspective of the "great powers."

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Peter reviewed this story - Jul 18, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.2

Interesting comparison of Exxon Valdez oil spill and BP catastrophe. The common thread is that there was no effective oversight enforcing safety and response standards prior to either event, and BP was at the heart of costcutting for both, which affected preparedness and response. The fact that both Exxon and BP are still allowed to remain in business is all we need to know, I guess.

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Peter reviewed this story - Jul 18, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.6

Reich, Labor Secretary under Clinton, writes in this opinion piece that the ownership of society's wealth is becoming ever more concentrated, just like in the period before the Great Depression. He and others have written before to raise concern about average people's decreasing wages / stagnant or decreasing standard of living and increasing levels of anxiety, increasing influence of wealthy interests on politics, etc. What makes this piece noteworthy is his warning that the tide will turn, but it could very well turn in the direction of demagaugery, when an "increasingly mad-as-hell populace [is] determined to 'take back America'" from the "establishment." He lays much of the blame on Obama and the Democratic Congressional ... More »

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Peter reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2010
Peter's Rating
2.2

Big surprise - a WaPo columnist argues for low capital gains taxes and low taxes on the rich. The novel argument is that Obama is about to follow FDR's example in the recession of 1937 which was caused, in Shlaes' view, by being too hard on the rich and entrepeneurs. The more accepted viewpoint is FDR restricted stimulus spending in order to "cut the deficit," which sent the economy into a tailspin. Sound familiar?

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Peter reviewed this story - Jul 8, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.6

This is a news commentary, not a news report, but Jon Stewart's "comedy" program again points out the hypocrisy of Fox's (and ABC's) Muslim bashing, with spirit, humor and enough sarcasm to choke a pig. To turn the tables, Fox News is at least funny (though unintentionally) while ABC news is merely boring.

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Peter reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.7

Police exceed their authority every day, but it isn't every day that police officers are held accountable for abuse of their office. This is an important article documenting acts of torture perpetrated by members of the Chicago Police Department and covered up for years. Burge was convicted of obstruction of justice - the statute of limitations had run out on torture (!)

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Peter reviewed this story - Jun 7, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.6

Story features the Israeli capture of the Rachel Corrie, but it includes several small follow-up items to the attack last Monday on the main flotilla. The headline is not pertinent. The major news is held till last: "Autopsy reports on the dead activists revealed that five had gunshot wounds to the head." Other reports I have read indicate that the coroner determined the shots were fired from close range. This is important because it indicates the passengers may have been killed deliberately by the Israeli commandos rather than as the effects of a melee.

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Peter reviewed this story - Jun 2, 2010
Peter's Rating
1.7

I don't have time or patience for a well-written review. This is a rehash of previous alarmist nonsense, attributed, as usual by David Sanger, to anonymous sources and interpreted in the worst possible light. The headline seems to suggest that Iran is capable of producing 2 nuclear weapons - an outright fabrication.

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Peter reviewed this story - Jun 1, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.7

The value of this story is that it seems based largely on first-person accounts of the Israeli invasion. Certain parts conflict with other stories, such as whether the protesters were armed or not - Israelis claim that protesters were armed with metal rods, pepper spray, slingshots and perhaps firearms. This article categorically denies the protesters were armed. This article would be stronger if it included links to the videos referenced.

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Peter reviewed this story - May 31, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.0

This is a really important story about a nonviolent protest challenge to Israel's imposed blockade of Gaza. Israel decided to enforce the blockade by staging an armed attack on the ships in the convoy carrying humanitarian supplies, in which many protesters/passengers were killed and wounded. More context would be nice but that's not the fault of Al Jazeera which has been covering this story widely, complete with journalists on board the boats. The story has been widely ignored up to now in the U.S. press, and recent reports I have seen paint the violence as somehow caused by the passengers. Al Jazeera is much more impartial, and it presents the Israeli official position as well as reports of people on board.

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Peter reviewed this story - May 31, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.3

This commentary is a reflection, by an Israeli Jew, of what the country of Israel is doing to itself with its extreme actions and reactions to provocations. A telling quote: "In going to war in Gaza ... leaders hoped to teach Hamas a lesson. They succeeded... Hamas, and no less, Iran and Hezbollah, learned early on that Israel's own embargo against Hamas-ruled Gaza was the most sophisticated and powerful weapon they could have deployed against the Jewish state." A very thoughtful piece written from inside.

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Peter reviewed this story - May 30, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.0

A straightforward story that attempts to document safety shortcomings taken by BP in order to lower costs. An underlying problem seems to be that standards for drilling do not exist or are not adhered to, and this point is alluded to several times.

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Peter reviewed this story - May 30, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.6

The main newsworthy item is that Israel is specifically requested to get rid of its nuclear weapons to establish a nuclear-weapons free Middle East. This is despite "deep regrets" by the U.S. that the report singled out Israel and didn't blame Iran. Since this report requires consensus, the U.S. was in a position to reject the criticism of Israel, but the U.S. evidently felt it was more important to get an agreement than to mollify Israel.

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Peter reviewed this story - May 30, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.9

Abe Foxman is rarely called to account in mainstream media, so this interchange is an important rebuttal to his view that the Israeli government must always be supported. Beinart responds to Foxman's claims that Israel has continually reached out to offer solutions to Palestinian leadership, and these offers have always been greeted with refusal and violence. This is a tired interpretation that the rest of the world - including much of the American Jewish community - is rejecting as simplistic and convenient justification for expanding land grabs and settlement building by Israel. Beinart asks Foxman where are his, and mainstream American Jewish criticisms of the overt racism of Lieberman and the growing authoritarianism of the ... More »

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Peter posted and reviewed this story - May 25, 2010
Peter's Rating
4.6

A charming interview with Shig-Tung Yao who almost succeeds in clarifying some of the reasons behind the math that explains string theory. Now for the first time I feel that, with work, I might be able to understand the basics. This piece gets high marks for creativity, for maintaining connections and interest between Yau's life story and his mathematics and (a little bit) the physics, and just for being about mathematics, in a non-trivial way!

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Peter posted and reviewed this story - May 25, 2010
Peter reviewed this story - May 23, 2010
Peter's Rating
3.5

Article speculates that a new unmanned space shuttle is being developed, originally by NASA and now by the Air Force, primarily as a facility for testing new surveillance techniques which could be used in spy satellites or (implied) to help develop surveillance for a shooting war, perhaps to identify targets or help guide missiles (this last is speculation on my part).

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