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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 -

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      3. Underneath the Transit covers
      4. Smarter than the Founding Fathers?
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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

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.

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.

Btu 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.

Old Guard still standing ...

  • --Todd Frazier looks back fondly on his days with the White Sox: ‘It was a crazy time.’
  • --Zack Collins goes long, Yolmer Sanchez goes short to lead the White Sox past the Rangers 5-4 in 10 i
  • --Blackhawks trade John Hayden to the Devils for John Quenneville
  • --'We Are Unstoppable, Another World Is Possible!': Hundreds Storm Police Lines to Shut Down Massive C
  • --McDonald's to scrap McFlurry lids and single use plastic salad bowls - The change will come into for
  • --Anti-vaxxer movement in Spain: Spanish doctor suspended for claiming vaccines cause autism | The Mad
  • --Trump: 'We're Moving Forward With Additional Sanctions On Iran'
  • --How Iranians View Escalating Tensions
  • --Forced To Demolish Their Own Homes, Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Seek New Shelter
  • --Facing Intensifying Confrontation With Iran, Trump Has Few Appealing Options
  • --Iranian Force Exults in Downing of U.S. Drone With a Feast and a Prayer
  • --Urged to Launch an Attack, Trump Listened to the Skeptics Who Said It Would Be a Costly Mistake

Indie news of note ...

  • --My Quixotic Quest for Quiet in New York City
  • --CityLab Daily: Can Historic Preservation Cool Down a Hot Neighborhood?
  • --A Brazilian Vision Blooms Anew in the Bronx
  • --City Largely Stands Pat on NYCHA Funding in 2020 Budget
  • --Opinion: Queens DA Primary is a Chance for Truly Bold Change
  • --NYC’s Seniors Get Solid Wins in City’s Budget
  • --Residents Sound Off To Land Bank Following Release Of New Report
  • --Growing Pains Yield Gains For The Mütter Museum
  • --Italian-American Heritage & Industrial Landmarks Go Under Review For Historic Designation Recommenda
  • --How We Tracked Down the Information to Answer Questions About Tenant Complaints
  • --City Takes Step That Could Expand Housing on the Westside
  • --Power Switch: S.F. Builds Case for Pushing Out PG&E

Science feeds of note ...

  • --People Keep Spotting Teslas With Snoozing Drivers On the Freeway
  • --Will Hot-Desking Kill Your Company?
  • --Intel Developing 'Data Parallel C++' As Part of OneAPI Initiative
  • --On This Day in Space! June 22, 2000: Possible Evidence of Liquid Found on Mars
  • --Philadelphia Refinery Explosion Shoots Fireball Visible from Space
  • --Gorgeous 'Atlas of Space' Smashes the Textbook View of the Solar System
  • --Parasites ruin some finches’ songs by chewing through the birds’ beaks
  • --The cosmic ‘Cow’ may be a strange supernova
  • --How NASA’s portable atomic clock could revolutionize space travel
  • --Countries that added rotavirus vaccine to their national immunization programs saw a 40% drop in rot
  • --High School Seniors Losing Trust in Law Enforcement, Justice System
  • --Couples who communicate more about sex tend to have better sex, suggests a new study (total n=12,145

Evolution feeds of note ...

  • --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
  • --A Blurred Future: How Our Eyes Are Changing To Meet Modern Visual Demands
  • --Is Shame a Bug or a Feature? An Applied Evolutionary Approach
  • --What Bret Weinstein Gets Wrong About Group Selection
  • --Biodiversity Conservation Requires Management of Feral Domestic Animals
  • --Long-Distance Marine Connectivity: Poorly Understood but Potentially Important
  • --Untangling the Multiple Ecological Radiations of Early Mammals
  • --1 billion-year-old cell contents preserved in monazite and xenotime
  • --Gene expression profiling suggests differences in molecular mechanisms of fin elongation between cic
  • --Sex ratios at birth vary with environmental harshness but not maternal condition

Espresso feeds of note ...

  • --I was in a coffee course today. I can highly recommend to anybody who is not too deep into world of
  • --Are manual espresso machines any good?
  • --How much should milk expand when steaming for latte art?
  • --Get Hired And Wired At The World’s First Coffee Job Fair
  • --Build-Outs of Summer: Southdown Coffee In Oyster Bay, NY
  • --I Donut *Not* Want These Cafe Du Monde Beignet-Inspired Sneakers
  • --How And When to Clean Your Coffee Roaster
  • --Tostadores: 5 Preguntas Que Deben Hacer a su Importador de Café
  • --Los Beneficios Del Modelo de Empresa Social en el Café
  • --hopper.: Illustrations Make Nice, Oliver’s Newsletter, Curtis Harding Makes Coffee Look Gucci
  • --coffee.: Saint Frank’s Little Brother x Wolf’s Brew, Long Beach, CA.
  • --coffeetography.: Alyssa, near You Decide, Paris, France