Terry Gamble

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I was brought up in a family that had a strong sense of history, community, and responsibility. Now, as a parent of two, these values hold even deeper meaning for me. Through my experience with non-profits and philanthropy, I have come into contact with individuals and organizations that have broadened my world and deepened my commitment. Among these organizations and individuals are Pathfinders International founded by Clarence Gamble (family planning in developing countries), Ploughshares Fund founded by Sally Lilienthal (working to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons and landmines), The Union of Concerned Scientists (working for environmental sustainability and science education), UCSF (stem cell research), and the California Academy of Science. I believe that democracy thrives when resources are shared and when a population is well and accurately informed. News Trust addresses the latter, helping us to discern the wheat from the chaff among myriad news sources.

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Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Occupation: writer, Ayrshire Foundation (www.AyrshireFoundation.org)
Interests: war in Iraq, climate change, science, family planning, nuclear proliferation
Expertise: grantmaking, writing, non-profit organization
Affiliations: Trustee, Honorary Trustee, or Past Board Member: Urban School of San Francisco, The San Francisco School, University of Michigan English Advisory Board, The Ayrshire Foundation, Project Open Hand, Magic Theatre, Little Traverse Conservancy
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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jan 25, 2011
Terry's Rating
4.0

This article tackles the apparent contradiction in cold weather patterns with the concept of global warming. A highlight of the article is how it illustrates the conservative and skeptical nature of most scientists in putting forth theories until they have enough data to support the claim. The author succinctly sums up the nuances of climate science in describing meta-changes that may contribute to "global weirding" or radical shifts in weather patterns resulting from overall warming.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jan 24, 2011
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Dec 15, 2010
Terry's Rating
4.3
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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Dec 14, 2010
Terry posted this story - Nov 19, 2010
Terry reviewed this story - Aug 21, 2010
Terry's Rating
3.2

Good documentation about the funding behind AB23. Article would have benefited from more discussion on the costs of reversing AB32 (which is already underway) as well as both the positive and negative impact to the state near term and long term of the environmental initiatives that AB23 is attempting to overturn in November's election.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Aug 15, 2010
Terry's Rating
3.7

This story discusses how many of the weather events in the last few years are consistent with the predictions of climate scientists. The data show that increased greenhouse gases will create more exaggerated weather such as heavier snow over shorter periods, wetter weather resulting in floods, drier weather resulting in drought. The article reports on the case made by climate skeptics that there have always been periods of extreme weather, but asserts that the trends now are more pronounced and far reaching. The article could have benefited from a brief description of how heat trapping gases effect wind and currents.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Aug 14, 2010
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Aug 14, 2010
Terry's Rating
3.9

Article fairly depicts differing points of view about the economic feasibility and environmental ramifications of coal vs. wind. Good examples of how a community is impacted by the current course and the potential changes.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Aug 14, 2010
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Aug 8, 2010
Terry's Rating
3.4

Story highlights the different approaches that environmental groups may take now that climate and energy legislation, specifically "cap and trade" has stalled in the Senate. Well sourced as far as quotations, but a deeper discussion is warranted. Like many articles touching upon the subject, it fails to include background on the theory behind pricing carbon. However, it makes an excellent point about "cap and trade" legislation having originally been put forth by George H.W. Bush to effectively combat acid rain.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Aug 7, 2010
Terry reviewed this story - Jul 13, 2010
Terry's Rating
1.6

A stunningly reductive opinion piece that latches onto an out-of-context statement by an administration advisor, seemingly in an effort to minimize the environmental impact of the Gulf oil spill. While the examples the author cites are of interest and worth noting,his concluding remark that "To compare the Gulf oil spill to the Dust Bowl is to compare a summer shower to a hurricane" is glib at best.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jul 10, 2010
Terry's Rating
3.4

Article isn't particularly strong or in depth on its own, but is a useful adjunct to the conversation about climate science and the relevancy of the hacked e-mails. The article quotes Francesca Grifo, the director of the Union of Concerned Scientists Integrity Program.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2010
Terry's Rating
3.3

Article explains several of the controversial statements in scientists e-mails hacked by climate skeptics. The article doesn't go far enough in analyzing why the scientists used the tone and terms, nor does it give enough emphasis to the significance of the exoneration. By saying that "mainstream science has not emerged from the turmoil unscathed," it implies the science itself may still be in question. Rather, it is more the tone and attitude of some of the scientists, NOT the science, that was criticized by the panel. More could be said about why the scientists are highlighting the negative impacts of climate change. It would also be interesting to dig deeper into who is behind the drive to discredit the science and what ... More »

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NT Rating: 3.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2010
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jul 7, 2010
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jul 4, 2010
Terry's Rating
4.2

Article examines the various subsidy practices of the oil industry as well as why they were implemented. Also discussed is the difficulty of eliminating such tax breaks when Congress is beholden to business interests. The article might have benefited from a cost comparison of the oil subsidies and true costs of externalities (see Gulf spill) to some of the subsidies required to start up wind, solar, tidal, biomass and distributed power models.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jul 3, 2010
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jun 13, 2010
Terry's Rating
4.3
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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jun 13, 2010
Terry reviewed this story - Apr 4, 2010
Terry's Rating
3.2

Some viewers may see flashes of Ronald Reagan in this TV valentine to self-starting and ingenious Americans (she says of George Weiss, “There’s such power in ... More »

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Terry posted this story - Apr 4, 2010
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Apr 4, 2010
Terry's Rating
3.8

In his Sunday opinion piece, Rich compares Obama's actions to the rhetoric of his campaign and sees more consistency than departure. The piece is neither hagiographic nor condemning. The author posits that perceptions of Obama are more indicative of the perceiver's needs and biases. Because of the limitations of column size, it scratches the surface of what could be a deeper discussion of presidents and their promises. Fortunately, as Rich mentions, several such books are coming out, including David Remnick's THE BRIDGE.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Apr 3, 2010
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2010
Terry's Rating
3.9

In an interest slant, author Mike Signer places the current Tea Party trends in the context of history, drawing lessons from the 1930's in particular. The article is both historically and currently relevant. It is also edifying in that it demonstrates that everything old is new again.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2010
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Mar 17, 2010
Terry's Rating
4.1

An interesting study of the character of Mitch McConnell and the political choices made by the minority party. While even handed, the story conveys the imperative of politics over leadership and cooperation.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Mar 16, 2010
Terry reviewed this story - Mar 13, 2010
Terry's Rating
4.4

The story includes the points of view of many of the members on the school board. The story could actually be a smaller part of a larger discussion about ideology and pedagogy. The story is a profound comment on the power of a small group to influence the way information is disseminated, with possible reverberations into future generations. Perhaps the most striking fact is that, because one of the board members disagrees with the notion of separation of church and state, Thomas Jefferson was cut from a list of figures whose writings influenced the concept of liberty and democracy.

I recommend reading THE SCIENCE OF LIBERTY by Timothy Ferris.

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Terry reviewed this story - Feb 2, 2010
Terry's Rating
4.4

In depth discussion on the Obama administration's approach to revitalizing and empowering the regulatory agencies with the appropriate personnel and expertise. The article discusses the philosophy, stemming from the beginning of the 20th Century, in the "Fourth Branch of Government" that moderates some of the more egregious externalities created by a capitalist system.

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Terry reviewed this story - Jan 25, 2010
Terry's Rating
4.2

Tells an interesting story about the rise of Fox News and the ideology of its head. Would love an even more in depth article or series describing the evolution of the channel, and some media analysis on what makes its appealing to so many viewers.

“I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes’s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards ... More »

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jan 25, 2010
Terry's Rating
3.9

While I would like to hear more about precedent and a discussion of how this legislation could effect political races and candidates from all sides, the article clarifies the ideology driving the lawyers pressing this case and what their plans are going forward.

Mr. Bopp's plan to next attack transparency and disclosure laws should send a chill up the spine of those who believe an informed citizenry is necessary for democracy.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jan 24, 2010
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jan 13, 2010
Terry's Rating
4.6

This interview by Terri Gross with Jonathan Cohn analyzes in very clear detail the state and implications of the healthcare bills coming out of the Senate and the House. Gives context and perspective and much needed clarification to this misunderstood and often misrepresented subject.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jan 13, 2010
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jan 12, 2010
Terry's Rating
4.3

This analysis gets down into the weeds about the strategy and effectiveness of the Obama administration in negotiating with Congress. It discusses both the tactics and the trade-offs required to achieve legislative success.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jan 12, 2010
Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jan 11, 2010
Terry's Rating
3.9

In contrast to much of the hyperbolic reporting and punditry following the attempted attack on Christmas Day, Steve Coll gives a concise summation on the real status of Al Qaeda and a "long run" view of counterterrorism policy.

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Terry posted and reviewed this story - Jan 11, 2010
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