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Benjamin Slade

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About Benjamin Help
Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland
Occupation: Senior Database Admin, National Center for Biotechnology at NIH
Expertise: Electrical engineering, computer science, general technology, coral reef aquaria
Affiliations: I'm the volunteer webmaster for BikesfortheWorld.org
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Web Page: www.benslade.com
Address: Chevy Chase, MD
Last Visit: Mar 20, 2012 - 10:27 AM PDT
Last Edit: Feb 19, 2010 - 1:07 PM PST

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jul 10, 2011
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4.5

Re: Is this good journalism? No, this is a great rant, that I happen to think is true.

One reason sometimes I use Digg.com instead of NewsTrust is because NewTrust has no way to give an "I agree" or an "I think this is important" vote for an article. I.e., this article doesn't give new information, but it's purpose is to motivate people to save the country. That's important. Maybe, in addition to the "insightful" question, there should be an "Is it inciteful?" question >;)

“I was aghast, dumbfounded, sickened, and enraged” [that Obama offered up Social Security and Medicare cuts] More »

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Benjamin reviewed this story - May 31, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.8

A cogent criticism of widespread, but unexamined, central themes in societal goals: the importance of self versus the importance of contributing to society.

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Benjamin reviewed this story - May 3, 2011
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5.0

Very interesting legal case requiring *technological* common sense, which is surprisingly lacking sometimes.

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Apr 21, 2011
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5.0

“There are so many breaks that 45 percent of U.S. households will pay no federal income tax for 2010” More »

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Apr 10, 2011
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1.9

“his base on the left complains about his buildup in Afghanistan and his deal with Republicans to extend tax cuts for the wealthy” More »

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Apr 5, 2011
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4.0

So how come nobody reported the Transportation Dept's report when it came out? (asked rhetorically)

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Apr 5, 2011
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4.8

This article makes me wonder if Obama is trading poltical victories for the good of the country. It sure feels like he's doing that. I mean with victories like this, who needs losses (said with sarcasm). On the other hand, maybe this is a very very very dangerous game of chicken being played to divide the Republicans.

“What made this [politically out maneuvering Republicans] possible was Obama’s willingness to betray progressives in Congress even before the budget conflict ... More »

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Apr 4, 2011
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5.0
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Apr 3, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.8

Insightful article highlighting a fundamentally important problem. The article mentions, but doesn't explore the causes of this problem. I.e., "unemployment still high, poverty and home repossessions growing". Does this sounds like the economic trauma post WWI Germany?

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2011
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5.0
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Mar 17, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.1
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Mar 4, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
5.0

One way I calibrate my trust in professor Krugman is to look at his past opinion pieces. Past issues where Krugman has been on the mark include the Iraq war, irresponsible financial deregulation, and tax cuts for the rich. So is this good journalism? Wrong question. Is it another deeply insightful opinion piece by a slightly cranky, but brilliant nobel winning economist? Yes.

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Feb 25, 2011
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4.8
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Feb 25, 2011
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4.8
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Feb 21, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
5.0

The paragraph on how failure equates to a lack of discipline really does get to the "losing is for losers and they deserve it" mentality of the conservatives. Very insightful.

"The way to understand the conservative moral system is to consider a strict father family. The father is The Decider, the ultimate moral authority in the family. His ... More »

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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
1.4

This article gets it mostly wrong by concentrating on a long known to be insecure technology and then making an incomplete statement (but scary) about the current state of wireless password hacking. If you have a long (8+ character) password that doesn't use words from a dictionary, common names, or routine abbreviations with the new WPA wireless encryption protocol, then you're still very secure. See "NY TImes Wrong about WPA Cracking" at: http://wifinetnews.com/archives/2011/02/ny_times_wrong_about_wpa_cracking.html

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Benjamin posted this story - Feb 19, 2011
Benjamin reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2011
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4.8
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2011
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3.6

I think the point it makes is reasonable, but I think there are better ways of making the point.

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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Feb 16, 2011
Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Feb 12, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.5

A review of dysfunctional financial system in the US, how it's responsible for the recent recession, and how the problem may repeat since the system isn't getting fixed.

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Feb 7, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
4.1

This sounds wonderful, but it hasn't been submitted to a big name journal yet for publication and peer review. Exceptional claims require exceptional proof.

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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Feb 6, 2011
Benjamin's Rating
5.0

This is covering financial regulation failures that should be one of the most important stories of the year, but which isn't getting much coverage.

the [Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission] report still makes for compelling reading because so little has changed as a result of the debacle, in both banking and in its ... More »

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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Feb 5, 2011
Benjamin reviewed this story - Feb 3, 2011
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2.2
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Benjamin reviewed this story - Feb 1, 2011
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5.0
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Benjamin posted and reviewed this story - Jan 29, 2011
Benjamin reviewed this story - Dec 4, 2010
Benjamin's Rating
4.8

A technical note, the pay freeze is actually a cost of living freeze. Automatic seniority-based pay increases (in step promotions) would still result in pay increases. Given that the Fed is dumping billions into the economy to prevent deflation, maybe a cost-of-living freeze isn't that big a concession.

[Obama’s statement was] transparently cynical; it was trivial in scale, but misguided in direction" More »

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2010
Benjamin's Rating
2.8

An interesting article, but there are lots of other solutions on the table the author didn't talk about. For example, there are several 1st choice/2nd choice voting schemes that permit people to vote for candidates they like, rather than for candidates they think will win. Likewise, the current primary system produces only candidates who cater to the extremes. Would open primaries be another solution? The Brookings Fellow is quoted as saying "I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and doing research on this problem", but there are no references that might provide details about she came to her "radical" solution. Lastly, maybe the partisanship in politics represents real divisions in the popular opinion? Although one ... More »

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Jun 21, 2010
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5.0
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Benjamin reviewed this story - May 21, 2010
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5.0
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Benjamin reviewed this story - May 5, 2010
Benjamin's Rating
4.2
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Benjamin posted and reviewed and starred this story - Apr 16, 2010
Benjamin's Rating
4.8

Pithy analysis of Geithner's strengths and (economically) fatal weaknesses.

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Benjamin posted and reviewed and starred this story - Apr 16, 2010
Benjamin's Rating
4.8

Pithy analysis of Geithner's strengths and (economically) fatal weaknesses.

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Benjamin posted and reviewed and starred this story - Apr 13, 2010
Benjamin reviewed and starred this story - Mar 14, 2010
Benjamin's Rating
3.8

Clearly a story about a very important issue. But the article doesn't get to the essential question. It says there number of DC properties that could go into foreclosure constitutes an "11-month supply". But not included in the calculation are how many homes are significantly underwater. Hope it's not another 12 months worth.

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Feb 21, 2010
Benjamin's Rating
1.8

The first several paragraphs are basically repetitions of each other.

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Benjamin reviewed this story - Feb 12, 2010
Benjamin's Rating
4.8

An opinion piece that's so depressingly insightful, nobody will want to read it, thus proving it's point. Oh well. But Mr Weisberg doesn't discuss whether this is new to US politics (except for post-WWII, it's actually the norm) and why it's happening now (eg., declining industrial base gutting the heartland, etc)

…the biggest culprit in our current [political paralysis] predicament: the childishness, ignorance, and growing incoherence of the public at large More »

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4 out of 5 rating - click to see review from Ellie Kesselman | 08/01/2011
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