Monthly Archives: March 2013

Two-empire paradigm: Homeric conquest tales distort history

An idea and an outline for further investigation: By Joel Thurtell joelthurtell(at)gmail.com It’s hard to shake off the feeling that historians of Latin America have bedeviled themselves for centuries with a self-perpetuated myth that makes it impossible for them to … Continue reading

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Free Press to deliver NY Times

By Joel Thurtell Note to newspaper publishers: Can’t make money on your own news product? Peddle somebody else’s. A note in today’s (March 24, 2013) New York Times states: “Starting on Monday April 1st we will no longer be your … Continue reading

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Antique oboist plays Denison Hall

By Joel Thurtell This tale is all about a joke, really, but it begins with my chirimía. For years, this curious musical instrument sat atop the hutch in our kitchen. It was made by a musician from the Lake Pátzcuaro … Continue reading

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Did beaver ever leave Detroit?

By Joel Thurtell If you believe the Detroit Free Press, beaver were trapped to extinction in the Detroit area, and “then industrial pollution in the mid-20th Century made the Detroit River too toxic for beaver and many other species to … Continue reading

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Beaver logic again

Once again, a federal agency is claiming the arrival of a lone beaver in Detroit signals less-polluted waterways. The claim was first made by a US Fish and Wildlife spokesman in 2009, when a beaver was seen at DTE’s Conner … Continue reading

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‘Michigan blogger’ to speak in Sacramento

Michigan journalist  Joel Thurtell will speak in Sacramento about how he broke last year’s major story about California’s Capital Appreciation Bonds. Thurtell is scheduled to address the annual conference of the California League of Bond Oversight Committees between 2:15-3:15 P.M. on May … Continue reading

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Thank you, Jimmy Boegle

By Joel Thurtell Thank you, Jimmy Boegle of the Coachella Valley Independent, for setting the record straight regarding the history of reporting on Capital Appreciation Bonds in California.

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California’s wake-up call from “Michigan blogger”

By Joel Thurtell How does it happen that a retired reporter in Michigan breaks news that could change the way schools are financed in California? On March 27, 2012, I found a comment here on JOTR warning that a financial … Continue reading

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