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New article: Non ‘Fake News’ news sources worth looking at

I wrote a new article for those seeking reputable news sources. In light of all the censorship taking place at YouTube, Google, Twitter, Facebook, etc., i think it’s worthwhile compiling a list of people and organizations that publish generally trustworthy news and commentary. I say “generally” because no news source gets everything right all the time.

So please go ahead and read Non ‘Fake News’ news sources worth looking at and if you have any comments or sources you’d like added, let me know. You need not be logged in to comment.

RT: Google executives called Trump voters ‘extremists’ & vowed to fight populism (video)

A disturbing hour long video which captured a mass meeting of Google employees and leadership after the 2016 presidential election was apparently recently leaked to Breitbart and then removed from the original post. The video can be found in the RT post, Google executives called Trump voters ‘extremists’ & vowed to fight populism.

Regardless of ones political preference, or the absence thereof in my case, the video is very disturbing in that it clearly demonstrates the desire of Google’s leadership to push their political views upon the rest of the company’s employees with the obvious goal of influencing employees to think a certain way while maintaining and developing Google’s various platforms. This apparently unprecedented meeting as far as the number of employees reached, appears to have been broadcast internationally to all of Google’s offices within 24 hours after the 2016 election and was, in essence, a giant Google ultra-left wing hug-box event which even included having the employees turn and hug their fellow coworkers. That this kind of meeting took place is perhaps understandable, but the scope of the meeting, and the left-leaning political agenda that flavored it with the clear intention of influencing how Google should work for its users, is incredibly offensive.

Following are some highlights of the meeting:

  • (00:00:00 – 00:01:12) Google co-founder Sergey Brin states that the weekly meeting is “probably not the most joyous we’ve had” and that “most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad.”
  • (00:00:24) Brin contrasts the disappointment of Trump’s election with his excitement at the legalization of cannabis in California, triggering laughs and applause from the audience of Google employees.
  • (00:01:12) Returning to seriousness, Brin says he is “deeply offen[ded]” by the election of Trump, and that the election “conflicts with many of [Google’s] values.”
  • (00:09:10) Trying to explain the motivations of Trump supporters, Senior VP for Global Affairs, Kent Walker concludes: “fear, not just in the United States, but around the world is fueling concerns, xenophobia, hatred, and a desire for answers that may or may not be there.”
  • (00:09:35) Walker goes on to describe the Trump phenomenon as a sign of “tribalism that’s self-destructive [in] the long-term.”
  • (00:09:55) Striking an optimistic tone, Walker assures Google employees that despite the election, “history is on our side” and that the “moral arc of history bends towards progress.”
  • (00:10:45) Walker approvingly quotes former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s comparison between “the world of the wall” with its “isolation and defensiveness” and the “world of the square, the piazza, the marketplace, where people come together into a community and enrich each other’s lives.”
  • (00:13:10) CFO Ruth Porat appears to break down in tears when discussing the election result.
  • (00:15:20) Porat promises that Google will “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values.”
  • (00:16:50) Stating “we all need a hug,” she then instructs the audience of Google employees to hug the person closest to them.
  • (00:20:24) Eileen Noughton, VP of People Operations, promises that Google’s policy team in DC is “all over” the immigration issue and that the company will “keep a close watch on it.”
  • (00:21:26) Noughton jokes about Google employees asking, ‘Can I move to Canada?’ after the election. She goes on to seriously discuss the options available to Google employees who wish to leave the country.
  • (00:23:12) Noughton does acknowledge “diversity of opinion and political persuasion” and notes that she has heard from conservative Google employees who say they “haven’t felt entirely comfortable revealing who [they] are.” and urged “tolerance.” (Several months later, the company would fire James Damore allegedly for disagreeing with progressive narratives.)
  • (00:27:00) Responding to a question about “filter bubbles,” Sundar Pichai promises to work towards “correcting” Google’s role in them
  • (00:27:30) Sergey Brin praises an audience member’s suggestion of increasing matched Google employee donations to progressive groups.
  • (00:34:40) Brin compares Trump voters to “extremists,” arguing for a correlation between the economic background of Trump supporters and the kinds of voters who back extremist movements. Brin says that “voting is not a rational act” and that not all of Trump’s support can be attributed to “income disparity.” He suggests that Trump voters might have been motivated by boredom rather than legitimate concerns.
  • (00:49:10) An employee asks if Google is willing to “invest in grassroots, hyper-local efforts to bring tools and services and understanding of Google products and knowledge” so that people can “make informed decisions that are best for themselves.” Pichai’s response: Google will ensure its “educational products” reach “segments of the population [they] are not [currently] fully reaching.”
  • (00:54:33) An employee asks what Google is going to do about “misinformation” and “fake news” shared by “low-information voters.” Pichai responds by stating that “investments in machine learning and AI” are a “big opportunity” to fix the problem.
  • (00:56:12) Responding to an audience member, Walker says Google must ensure the rise of populism doesn’t turn into “a world war or something catastrophic … and instead is a blip, a hiccup.”
  • (00:58:22) Brin compares Trump voters to supporters of fascism and communism, linking the former movement to “boredom,” which Brin previously linked to Trump voters. “It sort of sneaks up sometimes, really bad things” says Brin.
  • (01:01:15) A Google employee states: “speaking to white men, there’s an opportunity for you right now to understand your privilege” and urges employees to “go through the bias-busting training, read about privilege, read about the real history of oppression in our country.” He urges employees to “discuss the issues you are passionate about during Thanksgiving dinner and don’t back down and laugh it off when you hear the voice of oppression speak through metaphors.” Every executive on stage – the CEO, CFO, two VPs and the two Co-founders – applaud the employee.
  • (01:01:57) An audience member asks if the executives see “anything positive from this election result.” The audience of Google employees, and the executives on stage, burst into laughter. “Boy, that’s a really tough one right now” says Brin.
Finally! News we can trust!

Non ‘Fake News’ news sources worth looking at

Having learned long ago that the (legacy) mainstream news media cannot be trusted, i turned to the web and the alternative news realm. Over the course of a dozen years or more, i have added and removed many news sources from my ever-changing list of alternative news sources as i discovered new ones and purged those which i thought were generally untrustworthy. Though i believe the following sources of alternative news are generally accurate, keep in mind that all of them get things wrong at times. For example, larger organizations usually have many contributing writers and some of those writers may produce garbage, so it is up to you to research what you read and decide who to believe.

General news sources

Note that all of the news sources here focus largely on politics and foreign policy.

Specialized sews sources

How to get feed URL’s

Many websites and several video platforms do not make their news feeds easily accessible, but you can often find or assemble them quite easily.

Getting news feeds for YouTube

YouTube apparently no longer makes their news feeds for user channel easily available, yet creating the feed URL is easy enough. Using Carey Wedler’s YouTube channel as an example, preform the following steps:

  1. On Carey’s YouTube channel, click on any of Carey’s videos to load the video page.
  2. On the video page, mouse over the name of the channel author, in this case ‘Carey Wedler’, right-click on her name and from your browser context menu, select ‘Copy Link Location’ (or similar) and paste the URL somewhere, such as a text editor. In this case the URL is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs84giQmEVI8NXXg78Fvk2g
  3. It is the channel ID that we need, so delete everything up to and including the last slash which in this case leaves us with UCs84giQmEVI8NXXg78Fvk2g
  4. Using the template https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id= paste Carey’s channel ID after the ‘=’ character and this will give us the URL of Carey’s news feed for her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UCs84giQmEVI8NXXg78Fvk2g

Getting news feeds for BitChute

Like YouTube, BitChute also does not make their news feeds for channel authors easily available, but they are easy to build. Here we will use The Corbett Report BitChute channel as our example:

  1. On the channel page, copy the URL in your browser address bar, in this case https://www.bitchute.com/channel/corbettreport/
  2. The channel ID is what we need which, in this case, is obviously corbettreport
  3. Using the following template, paste corbettreport after https://www.bitchute.com/feeds/rss/channel/ and add a trailing slash which gives us the news feed URL for The Corbett Report BitChute channel: https://www.bitchute.com/feeds/rss/channel/corbettreport/

Getting news feeds for Vimeo

Vimeo uses a format similar to YouTube. Using the Truthstream Media Vimeo channel as an example, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to the channel page and copy the user name or numeric channel ID from the URL in your browser address bar, in this case truthstreammedia.
  2. Using the template https://vimeo.com/[CHANNELID]/videos/rss, replace “[CHANNELID]” with the user name or numeric ID, which in this case gives us the Truthstream Media Vimeo feed URL: https://vimeo.com/truthstreammedia/videos/rss. You can also try using another template for pulling the channel feed instead of the user feed. This template here is https://vimeo.com/channels/[CHANNELID]/videos/rss.

Getting news feeds for websites that don’t advertise one

Even though a website does not make their news feed easily available, and even if your browser does not detect one, you may still be able to pull a news feed if their publishing platform produces one by simply adding feed/ or rss/ or atom/ (try with and without the trailing slash) after the base domain name. For example, the The Bureau of Investigative Journalism website does not seem to offer a link to their news feeds, nor does my browser detect one, but if we add feed after https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/, which results in https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/feed/, we will be forwarded to their RSS news feed, https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/feed.rss. We can also add feed/atom to the domain and we can then pull their ATOM news feed: https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/feed.atom. You can try this little hack with any website, though it will not work if their publishing platform does not produce a feed.

Also see the article, Find an RSS Feed URL, from ‘Gloo’.

If a website does not produce a news feed at all and you don’t want to have to visit it regularly to see if anything new was posted, then some sort of 3rd party service or browser extension can be utilized. In the case of Firefox there are a few add-ons that can monitor a website for changes and one such add-on is Update Scanner.

Faked Syrian gas attack video surfaces

21-Sep-2018

It appears that a video has been leaked which apparently shows the faking of the aftermath of a yet to happen gas attack in Syria in Idlib which RT, Veterans Today and others have been warning about.

While the Trump administration and the lapdog mainstream (legacy) media have been warning that yet another gas attack orchestrated by Assad is imminent, several alternative news outlets have been warning that this attack, like all of the previous alleged gas attacks, would be faked in order to justify further U.S.-Israeli aggression in Syria with the goal of ousting Assad.

The video is damning indeed if that is what we are seeing. The Arabic title of the video translates to something along the lines of ‘Video lexicon showing the preparation of terrorists “White Helmets” for the fabricated fabrication of the use of chemical weapons in Idlib‘.

In the video we see several instances of what appears to be dead or incapacitated “victims” who are obviously not dead nor incapacitated. In one instance, an apparently “dead victim” adjusts his shirt after being loaded into an ambulance. We also see “victims” being reused in different videos or scenes in different places and “victims” being loaded into ambulances multiple times.

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