Justin Michels

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I joined NewsTrust because it's very hard to find quality journalism these days, and their format is the best idea I've seen. The other reason I joined is to help promote the discussion of a few topics which our corporate-controlled media often ignores, like hemp, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (www.leap.cc) and Nikola Tesla--who demonstrated the use of wireless power back in the 1930's. Information is no longer actively suppressed, it is simply ignored. But it's my opinion that NewsTrust and sites like it are leading the way towards a new, open and accountable internet-based government. Being able to trust the news is a necessary first step, and this site usually has lots of articles that actually earn that trust.

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Location: Missoula, Montana, United States
Interests: sustainable society, technology, politics, energy
Expertise: engineering
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Justin reviewed this story - Dec 7, 2011
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5.0

Holding these resource extraction companies accountable for the damage they are causing to our ecosystem is vital to our survival; but, sadly, none of our politicians appear to be accountable for anything anymore. High time to eliminate the need for lying politicians altogether by implementing a simple, transparent form of direct democracy through which people can help to influence whatever is important to them. Got any thoughts?

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Justin posted this story - Dec 2, 2011
Justin reviewed this story - Dec 2, 2011
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4.0

Deception by political leaders and ignorance/complacency from the media is nothing new. But talking about it in the media is definitely new and vital, so this piece deserves a lot of credit for addressing the situation too many others ignore.

We need look no further than our nation's failed drug war to see how deep this problem of deception among political leaders and media outlets has run for decades. Luckily, the internet has made transparency possible and already begun rebuilding media outlets from the ground up. Which is exactly why our fake two-party system isn't fooling a large segment of the population anymore either. Thanks to journalism like this, we are waking up! My only criticism is the author doesn't go ... More »

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Justin reviewed this story - Oct 17, 2011
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4.0
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Justin posted and reviewed this story - Oct 7, 2011
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4.1
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Justin posted this story - Sep 7, 2011
Justin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 17, 2011
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4.0
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Justin posted and reviewed and starred this story - Dec 16, 2009
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4.9

This opinion piece is very well-informed and well-written; anyone interested in what needs to happen with drug policy reform should listen to this former Seattle Police Chief.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a great organization that's driving current drug policy reform. Anyone interested in investing in a better future should visit their site and possibly make a donation to further their important work.

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Justin posted and reviewed and starred this story - Dec 16, 2009
Justin reviewed this story - Dec 16, 2009
Justin's Rating
5.0

This is a hugely important topic and the author provides a good unbiased opinion--well worth a read and some serious thought.

Sadly, biomass is only one example of environmental legislation being crafted for profit and manipulation rather than actually helping the environment. How many people are aware that corn ethanol has already become a huge environmental disaster--which actually requires more energy than it creates!

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Justin reviewed this story - Nov 17, 2009
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4.0

Sadly, google has become the mouthpieace for mediocrity and melodrama. As google continues catering to what's left of the mainstream media, a potentially useful search engine becomes nothing more than a worthless advertisement. Pretty freakin' lame.

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Justin reviewed this story - Oct 9, 2009
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3.5

Not bad for a short article about breaking news, but fails to ask any big and/or dangerous questions concerning the performance of our major media outlets.

FOX does not produce "news", per say; what they produce is called "infotainment." An actual word used in actual litigation when former reporters attempted to sue the network for NOT ALLOWING them to broadcast the news--why doesn't the White House want to focus on this? Could they also be afraid of that big, scary word: Transparency

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Justin reviewed and starred this story - Oct 4, 2009
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5.0

An incredibly well-written and in-depth piece about a problem that is far more widespread than just Kenya. There is a lot the U.S. and other countries can learn from this article and the findings of Kenya's special task force.

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Justin posted this story - Oct 3, 2009
Justin posted and reviewed this story - Aug 19, 2009
Justin's Rating
5.0

Some may say this is not 'objective', but since it comes from a respected police chief who's spent decades enforcing our laws; in this case objectivity seems like a worthless myth.

There is no way to possibly overstate the amount of damage our idiotic prohibition laws have caused and continue causing. The sooner our president and congress are forced to read this book and take action, the better off we all will be.

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Justin posted and reviewed this story - Aug 19, 2009
Justin posted and reviewed this story - Jul 29, 2009
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4.6
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Justin posted and reviewed this story - Jul 29, 2009
Justin reviewed this story - Jul 8, 2009
Justin's Rating
4.0

Overall a good article, but fails to even acknowledge Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy--the two organizations that are convincing local cops and U.N. officials that prohibition is simply a bad idea..

Even if it is done so to perhaps befriend or gain credit with cynical readers, it is in poor taste to poke fun at the "hemp hucksters" you clearly have not taken the time to listen to..

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Justin reviewed this story - Jun 4, 2009
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4.9

This is well-written, and offers a bit of hope for substantial change in the law.

Like Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, and a growing list of experts from all fields, I am an advocate for a complete and total end to the FAILED prohibition of drugs...

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Justin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 4, 2009
Justin's Rating
4.6

I am the author, so what I think seems irrelevant.

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Justin posted and reviewed this story - Jun 4, 2009
Justin reviewed this story - Apr 30, 2009
Justin's Rating
4.0

The trillion dollar fix will require the trillion dollar crop: hemp. Also, ending the drug wars according to the recommendations of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (www.leap.cc) and the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy is essential for defeating the military industrial complex--the beast responsible for this whole mess...

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Justin reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2009
Justin's Rating
2.1

This is garbage, why not talk about the reasons past efforts to promote real clean energy--like wind and solar--have not been funded by billions of taxpayers dollars? What about all the problems we are having with the nuclear waste we've already created?

If our government wants to fix our energy problems, first it should end the (failed) war on drugs. Then domestic hemp will revitalize our economy and give us a way to store carbon while producing our own plastic (and many other) goods. Please visit Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (www.leap.cc) to help spread the word: prohibition doesn't work--education and regulation does.

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Justin reviewed this story - Apr 17, 2009
Justin's Rating
1.5

Sadly, this article takes a given set of facts and completely misconstrues them in order to bash a particular political party. The tea parties are not about one party or the other, they are about both!! NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION, get it?!

Our ruling elite have overplayed their pathetic hand; and have already resorted to cheap, sloppy propaganda. I recommended this garbage only so others can see how distorted some of our "news" has become.

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Justin reviewed this story - Apr 13, 2009
Justin's Rating
2.6

this is not journalism, it is merely a poll asking the opinion of "media elites" concerning the effects of the internet on the journalism industry. But if most of us already don't trust these same people to deliver the news, why should we care about what they call the "balanced judgment" of old journalism?

If there had been any integrity in the media for the past century, we would not be in this mess right now. Propaganda is a big word, but it's not fooling nearly as many people anymore--thanks in large part to the internet...

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Justin reviewed this story - Apr 5, 2009
Justin's Rating
4.7

Good questions and answers, notably concerning the racism which these laws encourage. As this piece demonstrates, Norm Stamper and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition bring much needed credibility and sensibility to this debate.

Once all drugs have been legalized, out of work prison guards and newly freed drug offenders can go to work in the American hemp industry, which also offers a solution to the many problems caused by E85 and coal-based fuels...

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Justin reviewed this story - Apr 1, 2009
Justin's Rating
3.3

Netanyahu is a bully and a coward; if Obama follows his orders instead of respecting international law, he is guilty of treason.

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Justin reviewed this story - Apr 1, 2009
Justin's Rating
4.5

Why are we in Afghanistan? Such a great question, and a scary gauge of incompetence.

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Justin reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2009
Justin's Rating
3.2

Not bad, but fails to address how devastating this would be to the landscape, air, water, food supply...

Hemp grows in all fifty states, reaches heights of 16 ft in 3 months and actually helps rejuvenate soil. Methanol from hemp would be a superior fuel to both E85 and liquid coal in many ways, and all other products made from the plant are an extremely safe and efficient way to store carbon.

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Justin reviewed this story - Mar 22, 2009
Justin's Rating
4.7

Makes the valuable point that our War on Drugs can be fixed at the same time we address the economy, but in my opinion does not discuss the urgency of this situation nearly enough. Good news and worth a read, but leaves a lot to be desired.

Honestly, how hard is it to come out against a racist and corrupt policy which does nothing but create violence, bloodshed and more disrespect for our government?

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Justin reviewed this story - Mar 21, 2009
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3.7
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Justin posted and reviewed this story - Mar 20, 2009
Justin's Rating
4.5

Not an in-depth article, but definitely gives a good assessment of the currently improving situation. With news this big (and good), it's hard to believe there aren't more people taking the author's approach to the coming hemp industry. This is well worth a read for anyone interested in solutions to our current economic and environmental crises.

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Justin posted and reviewed this story - Mar 20, 2009
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