Harley Griffin

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(Harley Griffin is also known as Ardent Voyager, an online pseudonym.)
In politics, I consider myself fiercely independent, but I don't hardly ever agree with anything from "the right", and frequently find myself further from "the center" than many who think of themselves as being on "the left".

In education, I may have quit college before it could do me any more damage, but I never have stopped studying and learning.

There is no political solution which can be accomodated by the existing framework of government and finance.

The economy should be the tool of government; not the reverse as it is today in the U.S.
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Interests: spirituality, virtue
Expertise: scientist, professional, thinker
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Age: 50-64
Gender: Male
Last Visit: Nov 3, 2006 - 2:19 PM PST
Last Edit: Nov 3, 2006 - 2:19 PM PST

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Harley posted and reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
3.9

more illumination of the Republican culture of corruption

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Harley posted and reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
5.0

A thoughtful 2000 word examination, beyond politics and economics, of the cultural heart and soul within one of legendary America's most positively contributing influences.

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Harley posted and reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
4.8

"Despite today’s highly politicized national security environment, the index results show striking consensus across political party lines." and that consensus is not favorable to the ruling group.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
2.9

This opinion piece identifies the case of support for detention of those deemed dangerous. It does not however address the impartiality of those who adjuge; and it blatantly overlooks the despicable conditions into which detainees are forced, while convicted corporate white collar criminals are incarcerated in relative splendor.

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Harley posted and reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
3.2

Appropriate to an obituary, the piece is mostly a 1200 word synopsis of PNAC's 9 year history as "a "letter-head organisation" that acted more as a mechanism for developing consensus on issues among different political forces -- in its case, Republican hawks -- and then pushing them in public" which now finds "it far more difficult to forge consensus -- and compose letters."

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Harley posted and reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
3.0

a different perspective

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Harley posted and reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
3.9

includes excerpt from his new book; overall, the piece rambles over Rather, Bush, media cowardice, priviledge and payback; it's as quick as it is fun to read.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
1.8

Let's see ... there was no evidence, no threat, and no danger. Oh! ... there was entrapment. But who put the Sears Tower into this story, and why? We have a lame story about an "alleged plot" which "may have been the early stages" of something.

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Harley posted and reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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3.5
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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
4.6

Another look at "The Israel Lobby" in the context of [its] response to the Juan Cole consideration for an appointment at Yale University, with emphasis on how it influences freedom of academia, in a "take back the campuses" campaign identified by the "Lobby" authors.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.0
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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
1.0

I find this to be a worthless piece which hops all over the place without laying out a clear path of story or logic, or ever addressing the central issues, while presenting no evidence or reference for its statements of fact.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
4.9

Upbeat not dry analysis, quick and easy to read, conveying the importance of these news-bits to the current political situation in the U.S.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
3.5

yawn

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
4.8

This story does a nice job of presenting the individual stories within, as well as, the larger context. Readers and viewers are presented with the controversy over the pill, the attitude of fundamentalists who advocate that God is responsible for their dirty work, and the influence of an Administration which rejects both science and process, and ultimately just insists upon having its way.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
1.4

After twice making the point that "his policy pronouncements have more weight if he is seen as a potential presidential candidate", the article reads like a promotional press release. "When Americans look at the current roster of Republican and Democratic leaders, Gingrich said, they face an unappealing dilemma." Well, he got *that* right. "We have a choice between those who are failing to deliver and those who are unthinkable," he said. But he didn't bother specifying who was who.

(comment refers to full article) More »

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
4.9

Raimondo reminds us that Zarqawi, who the White House refused to strike in 2002, has been a convenient U.S. "propaganda icon" since early attempts to justify the Iraq invasion as associated with Al-Qaeda and the attack on the World Trade Center. He points out, with evidence and reference (including Pentagon admission that "insiders" provided the actionable intel), that all credit for killing the "mad car bomber" who nobody liked belongs with the Iraqi insurgency, which benefits, and that Al-Qaeda benefits as well.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
4.6

Balanced and entertaining portrayal of the controversy. "But when you step into the realm of the skeptics, you find yourself on a parallel Earth. It is a planet where global warming isn't happening -- or, if it is happening, isn't happening because of human beings. Or, if it is happening because of human beings, isn't going to be a big problem. And, even if it is a big problem, we can't realistically do anything about it other than adapt."

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.9
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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
1.0

The blogger determins that "cynicism about democracy" is "unreasonable" and that the Kennedy article somehow, which he doesn't explain, "undermined real electoral reform."

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
2.7

The article introduces the concept .... "Unity08's founders said they do not want to create a third party but, rather, force Democrats and Republicans to revamp themselves by becoming more issue-focused, responsive and candid." .... but sheds no light on its implementation. While it's nice to learn of this initiative, you'll need to find the website on your own, because it's not (why?) linked from the article.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
2.0

"These are among the surprising findings reported". I wonder why they cite these particular two conclusions as "surprising"; and if I could find a way into their website, perhaps I'd discover what other surprises were reported.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
3.3

The article contrasts media coverage of the Enron trial to trials of Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, and Martha Stewart, noting the relative importance of the Enron situation. It's good to have this story in circulation, provoking wonderment about how this extreme level of corruption is nourished in our civilization, and discussion about what, if anything, should really be done to make permanent changes for the better. This is journalism with encourages thought and discussion of significantly important questions, and does so by covering important, not trivial, matters for attention.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
3.8

Author effortlessly reminds us of all the times when Congress failed to stand up together, against the Executive, on very important issues of national concern. Additionally, in a dated Addendum, the author notes that when Congress has stood upagainst the Executive, the Executive held firm against them, until this time, when Exec. gave in, further exposing its own moral rot.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
4.2

Author presents a clear overview of the historical development, and convergence of different Christian ideologies into a zealous political movement; one with aspirations.

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
4.5

"The central thesis of this essay is that giant transnational corporations today have become so dominant they now control our lives and the world, and they exploit both fully and ruthlessly" and they control governments and militaries. In almost 10,000 words, with only a single passing reference to "the notorious Carlyle Group", the author concludes with a call to unite in an effort to "save the republic" .

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
4.6
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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
5.0

Klein starts with a current news item ("Fittingly, a government devoted to perpetual pre-emptive deconstruction now has a standing office of perpetual pre-emptive reconstruction.") and expands it through the use of several sources and examples to show the big picture and its context to common trends in policy, politics, finance, and social order globally. Quoted sources include voices from victims, perpetrators, researchers, analysts, and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice describing the tsunami as "a wonderful opportunity" that "has paid great dividends for us", and A group calling itself Thailand Tsunami Survivors and Supporters says that for "businessmen-politicians, the tsunami was the answer to their prayers, since ... More »

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
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4.5
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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
3.8
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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
1.0

This isn't a story at all; merely a blog opinion, not even a rant. I agree however with the disconnected consideration that a third political party is "may be the only party left".

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Harley reviewed this story - Oct 1, 2008
Harley's Rating
1.3

What a laugh. The authors, clearly from a perspective that the press is already too liberal, can't find anything more important for the media to disclose than an incendiary religious cartoon which can be, and was sufficiently, simply described to the visually impaired; while important facts, not for instance the propaganda lie that "the main reason for the attack [on the World Trade Center] was that Islamists hated our way of life, our virtues, our freedoms" are promulgated, as in this article, without correction or analysis.

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Harley posted and reviewed this story - Jul 11, 2006
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