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Cathie Bird

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I'm a writer, researcher, citizen scientist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and conscious evolutionary living in the Cumberland Mountains of east Tennessee. Freedom of speech and good journalism are a dynamic duo. NT is a great tool for discrediting bad journalism, and encouraging good journalism. The Tao te Ching supports such a strategy as both wise and more likely to bring progress (see Hexagram 43).

About Cathie Help
Occupation: psychoanalytic psychotherapist, SoulWorks
Interests: environmental sciences, environmental justice, social justice, economic justice, earth sciences, psychoanalysis, affective neuroscience, political psychology
Expertise: psychoanalysis, psychology, environmental interpretation, watershed ecosystems, emergency medical services, firefighting
Affiliations: APA Division 39, Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM)
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Journalism: None
Education: Post-graduate school
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Languages: English-only
Politics: Left
Age: 50-64
Gender: Female
Income: $25K to $49K
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Last Visit: Dec 26, 2012 - 5:36 AM PST
Last Edit: May 24, 2012 - 1:09 PM PDT

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Cathie posted and reviewed this story - Nov 2, 2012
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4.3
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Cathie posted and reviewed this story - Nov 2, 2012
Cathie reviewed this story - May 24, 2012
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3.9
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Cathie reviewed this story - Dec 21, 2011
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3.9
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Cathie reviewed this story - Aug 31, 2011
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3.9

It challenges hasty attempts by many to connect the dots between hydrofracturing and a recent earthquake in Virginia by exploring the earthquake with an expert and presenting facts.

The hasty and unsubstantiated responses to the Virginia quake that attempted to link it to fracking were troubling. Such shoddy journalism and misappropriation of scientific information does not help serious citizen scientists and activists who are trying to end destructive resource extraction strategies. I'm grateful that the author took up the challenge to question those responses.

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Cathie reviewed this story - Aug 17, 2011
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4.1

The author capitalized really well on a perfect storm of events over the past few days that have drawn national attention to mountaintop removal mining. She draws them all together in the text and includes links to major news sources. The article also weaves in events that have not necessarily made headlines, such as the action taken by an activist to confront Sen. Manchin on his collusion to downplay real impacts of mountaintop removal mining on real people.

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Cathie reviewed this story - Nov 23, 2010
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4.0
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Cathie reviewed this story - Oct 15, 2010
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3.9
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Cathie reviewed this story - Aug 20, 2010
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3.7
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Cathie posted this story - Aug 1, 2010
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Cathie reviewed this story - Jul 16, 2010
Cathie's Rating
4.2

I always root for good films on how coal mining impacts people and nature to get national exposure. Coal Country is a good film -- I agree with Wellington that it's one of the more "even-handed" ones -- and I think PBS viewers would have appreciated it. Beyond that, I think films like this need to be seen: People and nature in Appalachia are suffering because of this deadly practice of mountaintop removal mining, just as other Americans are suffering out of sight and out of mind ... More »

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Cathie reviewed this story - Jun 29, 2010
  • Byrd's Life Of Learning

Cathie's Rating
3.9

At least two (left-leaning) talk shows picked up on Byrd's changing views on coal mining in West Virginia (see links below).

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Cathie posted this story - Jun 29, 2010
Cathie posted this story - Jun 29, 2010
Cathie reviewed this story - Jun 22, 2010
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3.4
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Cathie reviewed this story - May 31, 2010
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4.1
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Cathie reviewed and starred this story - Apr 12, 2010
Cathie's Rating
4.4

This article not only reflects my own experience trying to get mine safety data, but data on mine permits from an Office of Surface Mining database as well. Based on my experience, the author is spot on concerning the search interface and the need to cut and paste one record at a time.

“…the information is hidden behind a cumbersome search interface, one that’s geared more to users who know the name of the mine or the company that ... More »

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Cathie reviewed this story - Apr 12, 2010
Cathie's Rating
4.5

This article zeros in on a wide variety of issues relative to the explosion at this mine and its owner, Massey Energy. That the reporters were able to do this so soon after the disaster with a fair amount of accuracy speaks to their hussle and to a good use of helpl from colleagues mentioned at the end of the article.

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Cathie posted and reviewed this story - Apr 12, 2010
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3.3
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Cathie posted and reviewed this story - Apr 12, 2010
Cathie's Rating
3.7

I think the author of this article makes some interesting points and asks some good questions. I was interested also in comments posted by readers as they reflect the mistrust and uncertainty that is present in coalfield communities, and grows when disasters like these continue to happen. I would like to see some organized effort to keep pressure on the Obama Administration for transparency of the Upper Big Branch investigation.

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Cathie posted and reviewed this story - Apr 12, 2010
Cathie reviewed and starred this story - Apr 12, 2010
Cathie's Rating
4.7

Since moving to the east Tennessee coalfields I have relied on journalists like Ken Ward to fill gaps in my understanding of the bigger picture of coal mining. As often happens, this article gave me a chance to gauge what I know and don't know yet. It's been useful to me to acquire a number of different lenses through which to view coalfield communities, the coal industry, and the policy and regulatory structure that surrounds (or impinges upon) both. It's clear to me that we're ... More »

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Cathie posted and reviewed this story - Apr 12, 2010
Cathie reviewed this story - Apr 12, 2010
Cathie's Rating
4.2

I thought Democracy Now made a great choice in having these two very knowledgeable and courageous people say what they know from experience about coalfield community and mining industry dynamics.

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Cathie reviewed this story - Apr 8, 2010
Cathie's Rating
4.5

Dionne's connection of several different disasters in this article through a common link of environmental justice really made this article for me. The issue at the heart of these disasters is the exploitation and oppression of people and nature. He leaves the reader with a challenge to look into this idea more deeply.

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