Welcome to Chiron Return: Mentorship opportunities in journalism and broadcasting

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Dear Visitor:

This is the website of Chiron Return. Our mission is to provide real-life mentorship in classical investigative reporting, news reporting, feature writing, photojournalism and broadcast journalism.

Our projects include a weekly radio program (Planet Waves FM), Investigative Reporting from the Kitchen Table (interview series), a model editorial policy for online news organizations, and a diversity of other opportunities to learn through experience.

We also offer editorial consulting.

If you’re interested in training with Chiron Return, please write to [email protected], or call (845) 481-5616.

Thanks for reaching out.

Yours truly,

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Eric Francis Coppolino
Executive Editor

Attorney Ralph Kirk to reporter Eric F. Coppolino

Haz-Mat workers in level B and level C containment suits outside Bliss Hall, SUNY New Paltz, January 1992. This was one of the most contaminated areas on the whole campus after a dozen PCB transformers catastrophically failed.

I am not a writer, so forgive my inexperience but picture the intro: the explosion, what you experienced on site on the day following, the cleanup by state employees without hazmat suits; the 50 million dollar bungled cleanup; the hidden danger to students who lived in the dorms after, your dogged research; your initial articles, the temperature controlled storage of documents at your personal expense. It seems to me, the hook is your response when our office contacted you in May of 2020, along the lines of, “I have been waiting for this call” — We are talking about 29 years later!!!

— Attorney Ralph Kirk

In 2021, I served as an expert witness in a wrongful death disability case involving an employee of the State University of New York at New Paltz who was exposed to PCBs while working and developed multiple illnesses. This matter related back to a PCB contamination incident on Dec. 29, 1991 at the time covered by Student Leader News Service. I provided the claimant’s counsel with documents from the State of New York files obtained under the Freedom of Information Law, photographs that I had taken in December 1991 and January 1992, and expert testimony. The case was decided in favor of the claimant’s widow and estate. I received this letter from their attorney on June 3, 2021. — efc

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Eric Francis with Dr. Sam Bailey — How Digital Conditions Influenced the Lockdown Crisis

Eric Francis in a new appearance on the Sam Bailey Channel

Dear Friend and Reader:

This week I am again the guest on Dr. Sam Bailey’s channel, talking about how full digital conditions influenced the lockdown crisis. This discussion is based on my study of the work of philosophers Marshall and Eric McLuhan, who pioneered the field of media studies and taught me about life under full digital conditions.

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Don’t Look Back | By Eric Francis Coppolino

This photo of a man purportedly laying dead on the street of Wuhan, China, was taken Jan. 30, 2020 as the “virus” was being rolled out in the international media. Photograph by Héctor Retamal.

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“To most people reading the news, the fact of the governor shutting down Broadway and the rest of New York’s world-famous entertainment and professional sports industries was proof enough of a serious problem.”

“To most astrologers, the aspect associated with what was called a coronavirus pandemic was Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. The conjunction, which happens about once every 38 years, was exact on Jan. 12, 2020. It was the “great reset” of the Saturn-Pluto cycle most famous in recent memory for its presence in the chart for Sept. 11, 2001.”

And Now it’s Time for Monkeypox!

Meme illustrating response to “monkeypox,” showing where Bill Gates found the virus.

By Eric F. Coppolino | Updates at Covid19 News
Research by Cindy Tice Ragusa

We are tracking the “monkeypox” situation that emerged last week, seemingly out of nowhere. It has not; it has a long history. We’re following both mainstream news developments, as well as our reliable sources, and reaching out to our scientific contacts for specific information related to the nature of the test.

This story emerged May 7, just as New York was bringing back “mask” recommendations. Nobody has been talking lockdown, yet; we wonder if that much terror or sense of phony civic duty could be mustered up a second time. However, they are trying to ruin the first seemingly normal summer festival scene since 2019.

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What does it mean to follow the science? Lessons from IBT Labs

From the civil testimony of toxicologist Phillip S.Smith in a lawsuit against Monsanto for fraud in safety studies used for FDA and EPA certifications.
From the civil testimony of toxicologist Phillip S. Smith in a lawsuit against Monsanto for fraud in safety studies used for FDA and EPA certifications.

Dear Friend and Listener:

Last week on Planet Waves FM, we featured an interview with Peter von Stackelberg (player above), who in the late 1970s was busy covering grain futures for the Regina, Saskatchewan Leader-Post. He heard that there were some pesticides that may have had their registration pulled, and he looked into it.

As a result of that one decision, he broke open one of the strangest, most far-reaching scandals in scientific history — though today few people have heard of it. It involved a total regulatory failure of the FDA and EPA approval process for agricultural chemicals, food and cosmetic additives, industrial chemicals and many others.

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