TheGrowler
Why we are here - Old-School Journalism is dead, long live the New School! - MORE
A little about us... -

THE GROWLER: a years late followup to some heated discussions about the future of journalism ...

which led to a process diagram sketched on the back of an envelope that was promptly ignored for years.

During the decade that followed, journalism went into a tailspin and is now, effectively, neutered at the traditional point of origin, Main Stream Media, who are now too beholding to the entities they should report on that even the pretense of speaking truth to power is gone.

Then a media echo chamber of silliness on all sides effectively cauterized a Democratic-leaning populace into a zombie-like apathy at the polls.

Since then things have only gotten worse as no side substantively interacts with the brainstems of the American populace.

Not only must objective critical analysis occur (whether or not we call it journalism), that work needs to be given a fertile and sustainable soil from which to spring.

The Growler is that soil.

Read on to see what we want to become.

Percolating stories
Short descriptions of works in process - a little light of day helps make the world go round - MORE
Topics -


      1. Pro Se in the Boro of Brooklyn
      2. FIP - A cat tragedy
      3. Underneath the Transit covers
      4. Smarter than the Founding Fathers?
      5. Banks should fear BlockChain, not BitCoin

all things GROWLER
grrrr - making waves everywhere
Everywhere a GROWLER -

We chose the name theGrowler from our remembrances of the our long-since left this mortal coil pet Alaskan Malamute, Attu, named after the western-most Aleutian island.

Attu took great pleasure in growling when she sensed danger.

That being said, here are some links to growlers and some discussion tabs.

MUSIC - The Growlers - http://thegrowlers.com/

BEER - The Growler Guys - https://www.thegrowlerguys.com

UnElecteds
When the system give you a lemon, return it! - Remove judges who ... are not smarter than a 5th grader - MORE
Political machine inertia ... -

... is the primary force in elections.

With so much going on in everyone's lives outside the election of judges, very rarely is the public informed enough to make an informed decision when an attorney is first up for election as a judge, resulting in party-line votes without any substantive evaluation of the candidates.

But in the Kings County Supreme Court, they must come up for re-election every 14 years for Supreme Court and 10 years for Civil Court.

After a decade or more of being a judge, one has more than party-backing to go by.

Until recently, reviews of how a judge did during his or her 10/14 year term were hard to come by.

Now we present scorecard of sorts.


the HARUCHAI
a bloodguard for politics? - come to pillage, stay to serve - MORE
Early Millenium Migration -

Early in the millenium, educated young people migrated to (cheap) places where they could congregate.

They sought adventure there, in the coastal cities, places where many of there parents had fled in the decades long exodus to the suburbs (Levittown, Naperville, ...)

Then the recession struck, a by product of specious financial regulation and billions and billions on questionable wars to protect, mostly, oil interests.

This may have just been a blip in history, but those young-ish needed to eat, and put a roof over their heads.

Once congregated, they became a market unto themselves with critical mass enough to support almost anything as long as they were willing to live in the abandoned carcass of the cities.

Being a recession and all, they created their own economies by reinventing artisanal craftsmanship everywhere there had been just bland commodities for decades.

Beer, Pizza, chocolate, coffee, COFFEE, soda, mustard, mayonnaise, peppers, cupcakes, barbeque, whiskey, theater, music,  ...

It was if a great cry arose and said, YUCK!

Nowhere was this most evident than in Brooklyn, close enough to the wellspring of all media, Manhattan, but far away enough for cheap rents in nearly abandoned neighborhoods (Bushwick?).

They worked this for awhile and even elected the first black president, in part, by using nascent social media and sending droves of people to toss-up states door to door. 

Then they went about their non-political business as the economy slowly recovered.

Until 2016, the vote heard round the world.

All the media championed a candidate that had a several million vote advantage OVERALL, but failed to address the chess game afoot, the ELECTORAL COLLEGE, the only game that mattered (whether you agreed with the rules or not, they are the rules in play).

It is often said that votes are yards and states are touchdowns.

Who hasn't seen a team garner massive yardage but fail in the red zone.

The losers complained that they didn't know it was about touchdowns, but that yards should be the only metric.

They then complained that social media was used to influence voters, as if that hadn't been the case in 2008, whether foreign backed or not.  Disingenuous at best.

But then came the 2018 mid-terms and a shift in the firmament occurred.  Longstanding politicians saw the handwriting on the wall and did not run for re-election.  Other long time elected officials played the same old game and got beat by any other perspective than holding on to power for the boomer generation.

Thus, Ocasio-Cortez.

It is with this background HARUCHAI.com exists to rock the vote by removing elected officials who are demonstrably, not smarter than a 5th grader.


Old Guard still standing ...

    NPR
  • --Putin To Russian Military: 'Prepare A Symmetrical Response' To U.S. Missile Test
  • --The Invisible Children With Cancer
  • --Trade War Heats Up Again As China Sets Tariffs On $75 Billion In U.S. Goods, Autos
    NEW YORK TIMES
  • --As Trump Calls for Cuts, Powell Stresses Limits of Fed Policy
  • --China Threatens New Tariffs on $75 Billion in U.S. Goods if Trump Escalates Trade War
  • --Stocks Dip After China Announces Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Goods
    BBC
  • --Amazon fires: France and Ireland threaten to block EU trade deal
  • --'I will give my last drop of blood for this forest'
  • --David Koch: Billionaire Republican donor dies aged 79
    LA TIMES
  • --Ireland threatens to block Mercosur trade deal unless Brazil protects Amazon
  • --Macron says France will block EU trade deal with Brazil over Amazon forest fires
  • --French President Emmanuel Macron has said the record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest is an

Indie news of note ...

    HIDDEN CITY PHILADELPHIA
  • --A Reconstructionist Synagogue Weaves Itself Into Manayunk’s Industrial Fabric
  • --African-American Abolitionist & Son Of Former Vice President Aaron Burr Receives Formal Recognition
  • --Historic Maritime Landmark Under Threat After Construction Mishap
    BALTIMORE BREW
  • --Employee who posted racist, anti-Semitic tweets “no longer employed by City of Baltimore”
  • --Associated Black Charities thumbs its nose at Baltimore’s comptroller
  • --Baltimore County reports a sewage spill it claims really didn’t happen
    CITY LAB
  • --Does L.A.’s Scooter Data Program Violate State Privacy Laws?
  • --Indian Cities Are Becoming Urban Heat Islands
  • --The Children’s Book Map That Led Me Out of Depression

Science feeds of note ...

    SLASHDOT
  • --Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site. The Result: Thousands of Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled Products
  • --Members of Facebook's 'Crypto Mafia' Reportedly Getting Cold Feet About Libra Currency
  • --Oracle Directors Give Blessing To Shareholder Lawsuit Against Larry Ellison, Safra Catz
    REDDIT - SCIENCE
  • --Repeated semen exposure promotes host resistance to infection, which provides a potential explanatio
  • --Physicists have shown that time itself can exist in a state of superposition. The work is among the
  • --Like humans, crows are more optimistic after making tools to solve a problem
    SPACE.COM
  • --Biodiversity on Some Alien Planets May Dwarf That of Earth
  • --Pictures from Space! Our Image of the Day
  • --Wet, Frozen Conditions on Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life
    POPULAR SCIENCE
  • --Menstrual cups were invented in 1867. What took them so long to gain popularity?
  • --You can stop bots and spammers from calling you so freaking much
  • --The nuclear mutant is still evolving

Evolution feeds of note ...

    NYTIMES:EVOLUTION
  • --Evolution Gave Us Heart Disease. We’re Not Stuck With It.
  • --A Battle Is Raging in the Tree of Life
  • --Frances Arnold Turns Microbes Into Living Factories
    FRONTIERS IN
  • --Does Long-Term Selection for Development Time Result in Canalization: A Test Using Drosophila melano
  • --A Toggle-Switch and a Feed-Forward Loop Engage in the Control of the Drosophila Retinal Determinatio
  • --Phenotypic Plasticity, Developmental Instability, and Robustness: The Concepts and How They Are Conn
    CELL.COM
  • --Dissecting Trait Variation across Species Barriers
  • --IPBES Promotes Integration of Multiple Threats to Biodiversity
  • --Climate Change Is Breaking Earth’s Beat
    EVOLUTION INSTITUTE
  • --Girls Who Grow Up Without Their Father Start Their Periods Earlier, Or Do They?
  • --Morality Regulates Our Social Physiology
  • --The Human Social Organism and a Parliament of Genes

Espresso feeds of note ...

    I NEED COFFEE
  • --Making Cold Brew Coffee With the Primula Coffee Maker
  • --Inanimate Objects Comics #70
  • --The Coffee Lover’s Diet – 10 Ideas from the Book
    SPRUDGE
  • --Devoción Coffee To Open First Of Its Kind Cascara Bar In New York City
  • --Stumptown Coffee Debuts A New Short Film And A Fresh, New Bag Design
  • --Chicago: Crush The Rush Is Coming Your Way Friday
    REDDIT COFFEE
  • --A £20 bladed grinder + any whole beans is 100% better than ground supermarket coffee
  • --Is there an Untappd for coffee?
  • --How common it is to drink coffe after a meal in your country?
    PERFECT DAILY FEED
  • --¿Qué es la Prueba de Corte Del Cacao y Cuándo Puede Ser Útil?
  • --Tips For Calibrating Palates Between Origin & Consuming Countries
  • --Nuevos Retos y Soluciones Para Los Caficultores Guatemaltecos