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Mike Carlson

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I Have been associated with American Marketing Assn, Decision Sciences Institute, ACLU, Libertarian Party, SDS, Democratic Party, and MoveOn.Org.

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Location: Peoria, Arizona, United States
Occupation: Principal, Strategic Perspectives
Interests: golf, travel, chess, meditation, info dissemination, epistemology, golf
Expertise: small business strategy, market research, applied secision science
Affiliations: Democratic Party, Golf clubs
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Mike reviewed this story - Mar 12, 2012
Mike's Rating
4.0

Professor Krugman proves his Nobel worthiness once again. While austerity proponents continue to ballyhoo captial crises as a panacea the simple logic of spending to keep people employed is berated as socialistic. When the social contract is trashed by those who would line their own pockets to the detriment of everyone else in society it's time to rewrite the contract.

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Mike reviewed this story - Dec 21, 2011
Mike's Rating
3.0

Like all those purporting to be truth tellers (including myself) one has to look to one own biases to interpret the results. In this case FactCheck has outdone itself on blowing the whistle on the End Medicare facts. In fact, the Ryan plan would end Medicare for those still working and paying into the system. The only reason they didn't touch current Medicare recipients' benefits is that they want to be reelected. Had the Ryan plan been implemented anyone paying into the system ... More »

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Mike reviewed this story - Dec 21, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.1

An excellent review of the logic behind the simple fact that your freedoms end at the tip of my nose. Ayn Rand was a hedonist that believed in one thing: Ayn Rand. This insistence of Freedom Uber Alles ignores the fact that we are social creatures and it is our society that keeps us from destroying human kind.

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Mike reviewed this story - Dec 21, 2011
Mike's Rating
2.0

The WSJ used to be the source of timely, unbiased business focused news. Since the Murdock purchase the opinion pages have spread to all sections of the paper. This is evidenced by refering to the 2013 expiration of the Bush tax breaks as Obama hitting "the economy with one of the largest tax increases ever in 2013."

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Mike reviewed this story - Sep 3, 2011
Mike's Rating
3.8

Glad to see the Justice Dept start questionning the value of these too-big-to-fail mergers. Allowing these two providers to merger would likely moved them into diseconomies of scale. Neither AT&T not T-Mobile get very high marks for service. Their claims of better service due to greater tower control is disingenous since all companies must provide local market access to other providers. Not all mergers result in greater market efficiency ... note the junk bond fiascos of the 1980's.

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Mike posted this story - Aug 24, 2011
Mike posted and reviewed this story - Aug 12, 2011
Mike's Rating
3.9

Dr. Chomsky again displays his ability to distill large scale trends into suscinct conclusions. As with the Roman, Spanish, Dutch, & English hegemonies, the USA seems to be traveling down a well worn path of decline.

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Mike posted and reviewed this story - Aug 12, 2011
Mike reviewed this story - Aug 10, 2011
Mike's Rating
3.8

Mr. Chait's criticisms of Mr. Westen's criticisms of President Obama support the key premise of Mr. Westen's article -- President Obama has NOT used the bully pulpit of the US Presidency to lead the country out of the Great Recession. Mr. Westen's article may have "mistakes" but those misconcemtptions are held by a majority of those in the US & are evidence of the failure of the Whitehouse to sell its agenda.

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Mike reviewed this story - Jul 7, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.1

It is a one-sided presentation.

While one sided, this article makes a very strong argument against government interference in personal choice in the name of religion.

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Mike reviewed this story - Jul 2, 2011
Mike's Rating
3.8

An insightful historical review of social media. It's accuracy is evidenced by the vitrolic comments by those exposed by Mr. Newmark's observations.

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Mike posted and reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.0

John Dean is on point with his analysis of how to remove Thomas for improprieties ... and why Dems will fail to do so.

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Mike posted and reviewed this story - Jun 30, 2011
Mike commented on this story – Jun. 4, 2011

So, since we’ve eaten our infrastructure through depreciation expense w/o matching investment & shipped our jobs overseas, this means that the sensible German approach is to be ignored. That approach avoids rather than embraces rational problem solving.

Mike posted and reviewed this story - Jun 1, 2011
Mike's Rating
5.0

When we stop assuming that its the workers' fault, then programs like Germany's lead to higher overall social return on equity. Adam Smith's sociobiological assumptions lead to a collaps of demand and the flight of capital and credit.

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Mike posted and reviewed this story - Jun 1, 2011
Mike reviewed this story - May 18, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.0

Another instance where the Roberts/Scalia/Alito court is taking us to the extreme right. It is not the left that is forcing big government into our homes it is the extreme conservatives who are crawling through our windows and into our bedrooms.

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Mike reviewed this story - May 15, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.0

Business schools were bought & paid for in the 1980's. The only difference now is that it's more obvious. Grants, funded chairs, & student driven evaluations have driven standards out of "higher education.

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Mike commented on this review – May. 10, 2011
Jon Mitchell
3.1
(NT Rating: 3.7)
Reviewed by Jon Mitchell - May. 9, 2011

Boilerplate Krugman: highly ideological statements without factual backup, general, sweeping views instead of specifics, and moral certitude where nuance is needed.

Mike Carlson Comment:

Mr Mitchell’s has hoisted himself on his own critical pitard. His own comment is knee-jerk “boilerplate” that is “highly ideological … without factual backup, general, (and) sweeping” froufrou. Mr. Krugman has historical fact on his side. Mr. ... More »

Mike reviewed this story - May 10, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.0

As per his norm, Mr. Krugman once again presents a logical explanation of our economic morass that is based on observation of actual facts as opposed to partisan illogic. Republican & Tea Pary apologists defend those who trashed the economies of the world with ahistorical, short term, knee-jerk, ideological froufrou motivated by personal greed and fear. Mr. Krugman logically points out the foolishness of following the lemmings over the cliff.

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Mike reviewed this story - May 1, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.1

Mr Ghemawat's evidence flies in the face of media reports. Yet, who is the expert in matters economic? I applaud Mr. Ghemawat's wide ranging analysis in an area where a the available raw data is questionnable and limited source analyses are destined to be stained by observational bias.

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Mike reviewed this story - Apr 20, 2011
Mike's Rating
3.1

This article, like others on the same day, imply that S&P is the final arbiter of value. These are the same people who gave AAA ratings to the trash CDOs that helped bring down the world's economy.

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Mike reviewed this story - Apr 9, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.0

This article is consistent with my own experience as an online professor (MBA courses) with University of Phoenix. There are few quality checks available in the online environment. There are sites at which students can purchase prepared reports to fit virtually every assignment meant to test the student's thinking abilities. In the most eggregious cases of which I am aware I failed sutdents for gross plagiarism only to have UoP simply turn around and re-enroll the offenders with ... More »

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Mike reviewed this story - Mar 24, 2011
Mike's Rating
2.0

This article is self-defeating. In their own words the signees "don't agree" with the details while citing the fact that many of the recommendations (like health care limitations) are "incomplete." So let's take a whole set of incomplete measures to solve a systemic problem of the failure of our representatives to do anything but focus on re-election.

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Mike reviewed this story - Mar 17, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.0

This is simply additional evidence of the short sighted's willingness to ignore that which they are unwilling to understand. Greed, fear & ignorance are all at play in the minds of these "representatives".

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Mike reviewed this story - Mar 14, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.0

Simply amazing what we can experience indirectly through technology. I can't imagine what it was like to be on the eastern shore of Japan at the time of this tragedy.

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Mike reviewed this story - Mar 3, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.2

Penson funds proved too strong an attractor for the ethically challenged in this country. Matt Taibbi has been documenting the spreading fraud that has been perpetrated since the Social Security "reform" of the 1980's. Personal & public funds meant for baby boomer retirement has been funneled into finaciers' bonuses and now that the annuities are maturing we have a "crisis" which the middle class has to pay off. Keep up the good work, Matt.

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Mike reviewed this story - Feb 20, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.0

As reported here,Mr Madoff, while morally bankrupt, is also correct. Either those who he dealt with were complicit in their silence or they were the members of the most incompetent financial industry of all times.

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Mike reviewed this story - Jan 29, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.0

This bill reflects male and religious chauvanism at its worst. Why don't we allow all male rapists go free since it's only the testosterone that is to blame?

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Mike reviewed this story - Jan 28, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.0

A good outline of the actors and (in)actions that led to the Great Recession. We're still far from being out of the woods. $23 trilion paper mache mask placed over banks' fetid loan portfolios may yet crack & expose us to a double dip recession.

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Mike reviewed this story - Jan 25, 2011
Mike's Rating
3.9

As a warning this article is right on. There's more at play than just anti-progressiviism ... which is why it is likely that the progressive voice in mass communications will likely decline, as Mr. Parry predicts.

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Mike posted and reviewed this story - Jan 23, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.1

Those who have been intent on stripping value from our society for the past 1/2 century don't seem to understand that the only flaw in Marx/Engels dialectic was not foreseeing the rise of the middle class. Trash the middle class and the rich lose their moat.

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Mike posted and reviewed this story - Jan 23, 2011
Mike commented on this review – Jan. 18, 2011
Ellie Kesselman
2.0
(NT Rating: 3.8)
Reviewed by Ellie Kesselman - Jan. 16, 2011

First, note that this article was written in July 2010, not January 2011 as indicated in the information section. The metadata in the URL confirms this. Secondly, the article condemns not only the government of the State of Arizona, but the history and entire populace as well. And there are numerous inaccuracies. I know this because I am a former employee of the State of Arizona Department of Health Services, furloughed since March 2009. I am a resident of the State of Arizona at present. This article, despite being an opinion piece, is so biased that perhaps I should consider myself as having a conflict of interest merely by living in the state.

Mike Carlson Comment:

Ms. Kesselman does not list the “numerous inaccuracies” she states are in the article. I am also an AZ resident who is not a furloughed state employee who would like to know what are the inaccuracies that Ms. Kesselman says exists.

Mike commented on this review – Jan. 13, 2011
Roland F. Hirsch
1.0
(NT Rating: 3.8)
Reviewed by Roland F. Hirsch - Jan. 12, 2011

This opinion piece has no journalistic merit. The author is totally consumed with hatred of people who disagree with him. His religious bigotry is also notable: most people even on the left do not hate Mormons at all, while this person conspicuously does hate them. Not clear why this way out of date piece from a far-left magazine was posted on NewsTrust.

Mike Carlson Comment:

Mr. Hirsch shows no knowledge on the subject of the article and apparently did not read anything but the third paragraph that is highlighted in the reviews summary.

Mike commented on this review – Jan. 12, 2011
Jim Lang
3.7
(NT Rating: 3.8)
Reviewed by Jim Lang - Jan. 11, 2011

This is an article that presents a lot of data but is written like a hatchet job -- which leads me to view the data skeptically.

This article appeals to and agrees with all my prejudices. That always sets off my alarm gong. I thought that it was a fun read but I wouldn't rely on it for accuracy or quote it as a source.

Mike Carlson Comment:

I agree that the language is shocking … and meant to be so. What Mr. Silverstein describes passes for gentile banter on the golf courses of the Northwest Valley of the Sun … an area infused with snowbirds from all over the country. We need to reset the discourse in this ... More »

Mike reviewed this story - Jan 11, 2011
Mike's Rating
4.0

As an AZ resident I can attest that Mr. Silverstein has all his facts right. This is a state where HOA board members are killed because angry whites want their country back. Magical thinking and brain frozen officials are preferred over rational, problem oriented decision making.

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Mike reviewed this story - Dec 11, 2010
Mike's Rating
4.0

I find myself in agreement with Professor Krugman once again. Obama let someone hip deep in the creatiion of the financial crisis (Geithner) negotiate a deal where Republicans get what they want for two years & Democrats have to fight for the working class once again in a year ... a Presidential election year. If you can't spot the sucker at the card table, Obama, you're it!

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Mike commented on this quote – Dec. 3, 2010

The CPI that is reported includes energy costs. That introduces some volatility that economists wish to remove and analyse separately … thus the “core” & energy indexes. Fact: the CPI tracked for decades ... More »

Mike reviewed this story - Nov 29, 2010
Mike's Rating
4.0

As has frequently been the case in recent months, an increase in the energy index was the major factor in the all items seasonally adjusted increase. More »

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