David Cooper

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A middle-aged happily married developer being slowly ushered to the precipice of management, and the impending drudgery thereafter.

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Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Occupation: Software Developer
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David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.2

This article uses census data from 2000 and 2006 to discuss the implications of domestic and immigrant population movements within the US over the past 6 years. Mr. Barone extrapolates these shifts in population into their electoral college impacts assuming trends hold until the 2010 census. As he does not cite source on the extrapolated data, one has to assume he performed this work on his own. Given his qualifications (wikipedia michael barone-pundit), which are extensive to say the least, I think the other reviews citing weak sources are misplaced.

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NT Rating: 3.7 | See All NT Reviews »
David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
3.9

A good, broad piece on the efforts of the Chinese government to move Tibetan villagers into a more controlled living environment. Its hard to judge accuracy given the controlled climate of reportage from the region. The author clearly has an opinion on the motives of the Chinese government, but gives plenty of space to folks that think the move is positive. A link to HRW reports on the matter would make verification easier.

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NT Rating: 4.1 | See All NT Reviews »
David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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3.4

The format doesn't lend itself to critique along the same lines as a published article would, as it is informal and more of a stream-of-consciousness approach. The article relates a perceived lack of coverage regarding the recent French elections, citing a bias against reporting conservative gains. It moves from praising Sarkozy's strengths according to the author, to musing over similarities of failed French politicking to 'grassroots' efforts to steer the congressional majority. The article has value in showing a thought process in the raw, relatively unpolished, while stringing together tidbits of related information.

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NT Rating: 3.3 | See All NT Reviews »
David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.8

It is hard to do anything other than sing the praises of Mr. Yon's writing. It is compelling, immersing the reader in the sensations and situations endured by the coalition warfighters. It is a clean first-hand account, untarnished by political considerations, and showing the professionalism and bravery of the front line troops.

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NT Rating: 4.2 | See All NT Reviews »
David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
2.3

This is a very understated, minimally sourced (Source: Agencies?) summary of the escalations expected after a Sarkozy victory in the French elections. While numbers are available elsewhere relating to arrests, vehicles vandalized, injured officers, etc. they are lacking here.

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NT Rating: 3.0 | See All NT Reviews »
David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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3.1

While I might personally agree with the sentiment of surprise regarding a string of articles critical of the Democratically controlled Congress, I don't think there is a tremendous amount of information presented. While another reviewer thinks the author was taking the Washington Post to task, I think it is exactly the opposite. The author is astonished that this publication has released several articles with which the blog author agrees.

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NT Rating: 3.3 | See All NT Reviews »
David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
4.2

The story, written from a first hand look via embedding with the 1-4 Cav, is an informative portrait of the challenges facing our troops in managing the allegiances of Iraqi civilians with the forces of Al Sadr in Baghdad.

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NT Rating: 3.7 | See All NT Reviews »
David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
4.3

The article has a strong message of Sarkozy as young, aggressive, and quite a radical in the French political structure. It is constructive, avoiding a negative image of either Sarkozy or Royal which is refreshing in a political article. I think it is interesting to note the message of not resisting the global warming effort. This is an extremely poignant topic to the French people after several hot summers that have led to a staggering death toll. All in all I think it is a fair and informative look at the results of the French elections.

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NT Rating: 4.0 | See All NT Reviews »
David reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
David's Rating
2.8

I think the perspective is extremely narrow, but makes sufficient use of published reports on the topic to corroborate their narrative. The section on legal attack on journalists sensationalizes the plight of individuals that are protecting criminals under the auspice of freedom of the press. What the article tries to convey is that the journalists are being prosecuted for publishing the leaks, which is untrue. The journalists are being prosecuted for obstructing investigations by failing to identify the criminal leakers. No institution in the country should be immune to prosecution for abetting illegal activities, and certainly should not try to use 'privileges' which are a 'bedrock of free press' as an excuse for doing so. ... More »

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NT Rating: 4.2 | See All NT Reviews »
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