An Alternet story this morning gave birth to the idea for this topic. While contemplating, I did stop to wonder if I should go back in time for matters that belong on this list. But then I thought that more then enough is going on right now, as we speak, to fill up this list. And, current events are far more important then this history of it all, which, presumably, has already been logged into historical records. That being the case, researchers can can sort out how we arrived at this point.
Years ago, I wrote urgently, some might say frantically, to call attention to a problem I observed in the 60's regarding small town newspapers, that they were political tools in bed with special interests that extended throughout the power centers of the country. It's a giant propaganda machine. It doesn't exist to give you news and information, it exists for the benefit of it's interests, not yours.
Today, it's easy for anyone who has any interest at all to gain an appreciation for the scope and magnitude of this problem simply by reading the MSM "news" and listening to it's TV shows, and then reading the "alternate" news sources, which I'm very pleased to say are growing in numbers and getting stronger by the day, and by comparing notes it wouldn't take long to figure out who is telling the truth and who is peddling propaganda. A very interesting thing about these alternate organizations is that they aren't well funded, but they are sure standing on pillars of strength. It's amazing how strong something as simple and elementary as the truth can be! Methinks the power of the Internet went right over their heads, otherwise they'd already be controlling it. But it's too late now. This genie is out of the bottle, and it ain't going back.
I'd say Alternet is certainly one such "truth bearer", but judge for yourself, or make your own list, but do some homework and find some websites that match your interests and follow them. I have my list, which I've already published, and I'm very pleased to say how nicely it's grown over the years. I have every expectation that there will be a "battle of the titans" between the MSM and the Internet at some point when very large collisions between truth and self-serving propaganda occur and hit the fan.
These days I don't write as much, but then events keep demanding *some* response, so here I am again.
So, with no further ado, starting with this outstanding candidate for the list of what's outrageous:
1. 75-Year Prison Sentence for Taping the Police? The Absurd Laws That Criminalize Audio and Video Recording in America By Lauren Kelley
2.Uprisings in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt -- America Is Paying the Price for Supporting Corrupt Dictatorships in the Muslim World." Paranoia about Muslim fundamentalist movements and terrorism is causing Washington to make bad choices that will ultimately harm American interests and standing abroad." By Juan Cole