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.

"Fake News" sources worth reading

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Having learned long ago that the (legacy) mainstream news media cannot be trusted, i turned to the web and the alternative news realm to find out what's really going on in the world. Over the course of a dozen years or more, i have evaluated and curated many alternative news sources which i found to be generally reputable. Though i believe the following list is comprised of generally trustworthy sources, keep in mind that all of them get things wrong on occasion, sometimes very wrong. For example many organizations have contributing writers and journalists and while the majority of them may be produce creditable work, others sometimes produce complete garbage. Ultimately it is up to you to research what you read and decide for yourself what is accurate. That said, it is my opinion that all of the sources below are far more trustworthy in general than any of the mainstream "news" organizations, including NPR.

Regarding YouTube links, i would highly suggest subscribing to the authors feed(s) on alternative video platforms if any are available. Because of the ongoing censorship and purging at sites like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc., more and more people are migrating to platforms such as BitChute, Diaspora, DTube and Steemit where their work is less likely to be censored. Even if they have a YouTube channel, they may not post all of their content there because of the fear of having their channel deleted.

news, general

21st Century Wire is a North American and Europe-based, grass-roots, independent hyper blog offering bold news, views and media analysis, working with a core team of writers, researchers, and an array of volunteer contributors who write and help to analyze news and provide a diverse perspective and opinions from around the world. 21st Century Wire writers have appeared internationally on TV, radio and in print, as well as keynote speakers at leading alternative conferences and events.

Activist Post covers many of the hottest political and activist topics of the day, as well as others such as health, environment, technology and more. Activist Post has many contributors and some of them publish provably false, poorly researched garbage, but i think the site is still a very good resource in general.

Anti-Media offers a fresh insight to all things political, as well as many other interesting topics.

Consortium News was founded by Robert Parry who contributed to uncovering the Iran-Contra scandal. Their posts are usually political nature and well worth reading.

Global Research out of Canada is a good source of general, international news.

Grayzone Project, run by Max Blumenthal, is dedicated to original investigative journalism and analysis.

Isegoria, founded by Ben Swann, is a project to create an uncensored, blockchain-based, decentralized news and entertainment platform with a funding mechanism for independent media.

Kim Iversen is a long time radio broadcaster who seems to have a fairly solid grip on politics and U.S. foreign policy. She is also interested in other matters, such as social and technological issues.

MintPress News is an excellent national and international news source.

Rachael Blevins, who currently works for RT, provides short and insightful video commentaries on a variety of current issues. She is particularly critical of the 'divide and conquer' strategy employed by the U.S. government as well as its foreign policy. Rachael is featured on the RT show, In Question.

Redress Information & Analysis is an independent, privately-funded, non-profit-making website dedicated to exposing injustice, disinformation and bigotry, and to providing thought-provoking interpretations of current affairs.

RT America is the U.S. division of RT International which is financed in part by the Russian government. RT provides generally accurate, harder hitting insight regarding U.S. politics and foreign affairs than the U.S. media, though their stories are still somewhat superficial. RT is likely the largest organization in this list having many departments and special programs.

Signs of the Times (SOTT) delivers national and international news and commentary. SOTT makes available more than two dozen specialized news feeds.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is a non-profit organization that speaks truth to power and publishes news from around the world.

The Grayzone, founded by Max Blumenthal, is a news and politics website dedicated to original investigative journalism and analysis on war and empire.

Truth In Media by Ben Swann, well known for his Reality Check series, offers short, entertaining and well researched news videos.

Veterans Today publishes primarily news and commentary related to current geopolitical and military happenings, but also some history, health and other information as well. One should be very careful when considering articles from VT. While there are several very good contributors to who write well-researched and referenced articles, there are several others whose work cannot be trusted and one of them is the senior editor, Gorden Duff.

WhoWhatWhy was founded by long-time investigative journalist, Russ Baker. Though i think WhoWhatWhy is often a decent source for general news, they do get things very wrong every once in a while.

news, specialized

Anti-Neocon Report (ANC Report) is run by Ryan Dawson who, despite his younger age, holds a vast amount of knowledge on wide array of historical and geopolitical topics, as well as current events, particularly with regard to Israel, Zionism and the plight of the Palestinians. Ryan is an excellent researcher and the producer of many hard-hitting documentary videos.

Antiwar.com publishes a great deal of information which is critical of U.S. foreign policy.

Blackstone Intelligence Network by Jake Morphonios is an interesting source of news and commentary regarding the middle east, financial crimes, human trafficking and more. Jake has worked on the Ron Paul campaign, as well as campaigns for other candidates, and apparently has a substantial network of insider sources.

Bombard's Body Language is quite an interesting resource. It is run by Mandy Bombard, a woman who seems to be very talented at reading body language, though it is not clear if she's had any formal training in that area.

Brasscheck TV publishes the videos the establishment doesn't want you to see, though not all are creditable.

Carey Wedler, editor-in-chief of Anti-Media, is an anarchist at heart, i.e. one that subscribes to a well functioning society absent government.

Collective Evolution is not a great source for general political news or historical topics as writers who post there often get it wrong, however they publish many uplifting stories that are worth a read, particularly about natural healthcare and the world we live in from interesting perspectives.

Courage Foundation is an international organization that supports those who risk life or liberty to make significant contributions to the historical record. We fundraise for the legal and public defense of specific individuals who fit these criteria and are subject to serious prosecution or persecution. We also campaign for the protection of truth-tellers and the public's right to know generally.

Empire Files, hosted by Abby Martin, produces generally short documentaries addressing the U.S. empire, it's foreign policy, Israel and current events in the middle east.

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) is a national media watch group that exposes bias and under-reporting in the media.

Helen of desTroy (Helen Buyniski) publishes articles and insightful commentary on a variety of topics including the police state, foreign policy, surveillance, propaganda, and immigration. Many of her articles have appeared on RT.

In Gaza by Eva Bartlett is an excellent source for middle east news, particularly with regard to Palestine and Syria. Eva is an award winning independent journalist with a strong focus on human rights.

JFK Facts is a great resource for in-depth information, both old and recent, related to the November 22nd, 1963 assassination of then president John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The website is run by Jefferson Morley who is a former reporter for the Washington Post.

Liz Crokin is an investigative journalist whose primary interest is exposing human trafficking and pedophilia, though she occasionally touches on other topics of interest.

Mondoweiss is an excellent resource for current events regarding Israel, the Palestinians and U.S. foreign policy.

MuckRock specializes in the procurement and publishing of public documents, such as those they obtain through the Freedom of Information Act.

National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications (RSOE) operates Emergency and Disaster Information Service (EDIS) within the frame of his own web site which has the objective to monitor and document all the events on Earth which may cause disaster or emergency.

Peter Joseph, who once worked on Wall Street, has become a powerful and admired force in what i might call the alternative society movement. He is widely known for his popular and hard-hitting Zeitgeist documentary trilogy. Peter is also the founder of The Zeitgeist Movement which is comprised of members around the world who are working on and implementing sustainable alternatives to the old order of top-down government and corporate control.

Project Veritas, founded by James O'Keefe, uses old fashioned, undercover, investigative journalism to record and expose what is often horrendous corruption in various corporate and government sectors.

Redress Information & Analysis is a non-profit, anti-Zionist organization that currently concentrates on events in the middle east, Israel and Palestine, though they hope to expand their scope in the future.

Ron Paul Liberty Report focuses on U.S. foreign policy and finance and other issues that affect our everyday lives.

Russia Insider, which is heavily anti-Zionist in nature, focuses primarily on Russian political issues but publishes other content of interest to non-Russians as well.

Sirius Disclosure is an umbrella organization housing several different projects related to extraterrestrial presence, alternative energy. The organization is headed by Dr. Steven Greer who founded The Disclosure Project, The Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI), The Orion Project and Sirius Technology Advanced Research.

SyrianGirl Partisan is an excellent resource for news and commentary regarding middle east affairs, especially with regard to Syria and U.S. and Israeli foreign policy.

Techdirt is an interesting source of political and economic news with regard to technology.

The Black Vault is dedicated to exposing government secrets.

The Conscious Resistance Network is an independent media organization focused on empowering individuals through education, philosophy, health, and community organizing.

The Corbett Report, run by James Corbett, is one of my favorite sources of unique content and commentary. Along with James Evan Pilato of Media Monarchy, the two James' broadcast regular video podcasts including the weekly New World Next Week episodes in which they address several of the current top stories, as well as the annual New World Next Year episodes in which they predict future trends and events. A solid, in-depth researcher, James has also produced several hard-hitting documentary and short films including 9/11: A Conspiracy Theory, a five minute parody video that does an excellent job of challenging the official government narrative regarding the 2001 terrorist attack upon the U.S..

The Electronic Intifada is an independent online news publication focusing on Palestine.

The Empire Files, hosted by long time political activist, Abby Martin, is a popular program that is highly critical of U.S. foreign policy. The show has appeared on several large news networks including RT and, most recently, TeleSUR, a news company that was apparently founded by Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

The Farsight Institute, headed by Courtney Brown, is a collective of remote viewers who gather information about past, present and future events. Farsight publishes its material under different project names, each dedicated to a particular topic. Some of their publications are free while other are not.

The Mind Unleashed seeks to unlock our human potential.

The Ugly Truth is an anti-Zionist website dedicated to informing people about Zionist philosophies, criminal activities and political influence as well as current events regarding the ongoing Israeli genocide of the Palestinian people.

Truthstream Media, run by Aaron and Melissa Dykes, is dedicated to waking up the masses which they accomplish by publishing entertaining and provocative short and documentary videos covering a wide variety of subjects.

Waking Times, founded by Dylan Charles and Anna Hunt, is primarily dedicated to human enlightenment and evolution.

entertainment

I Am Kawehi is essentially a one-woman band. She is a 'looper' musician that records the different tracks of a song, mostly covers, and mixes them together while adding her own vocals and she does all this as part of her music videos. Kawehi has become quite popular while remaining disconnected from the music industry at large, thus preserving her creative freedom.

Matthias Wandel is a woodworker that makes instructional videos. Matthias also has a comical side which can be seen in many of videos, such as his 'how to build a better mouse trap' videos.

Samson Boat Co., run by Leo Sampson Goolden, is in the business of boat building. Though Leo is young, his knowledge of boat building is formidable and his videos are quite entertaining.

This Old Tony is a very good machinist with a quirky and fun sense of humor.

UFO TV posts conspiratorial, paranormal and other videos on their YouTube channel. Some are very good, others not so much.

health

Children's Health Defense, chaired by Robert Kennedy, and environmental lawyer and activist, is largely dedicated to exposing the risks regarding vaccines as well as the conflicts of interest and blatant criminality that exist within the mainstream media, the CDC and Big Pharma.

Dr. Rath Health Foundation publishes information regarding traditional and natural healthcare.

Health Impact News publishes information regarding traditional and natural healthcare.

Health Nut News publishes information regarding traditional and natural healthcare.

Hotze Health & Wellness Center publishes information regarding traditional and natural healthcare.

SSRI Stories published information regarding potential connections between people committing violent acts, such as mass shootings, and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants.

The Alliance for of Natural Health publishes information regarding traditional and natural healthcare.

The Highwire, Run by Del Bigtree, is part of the Vaccine Risk Awareness Movement. Del was an Emmy winning producer of the CBS talk show, The Doctors, and producer of the documentary VAXXED, which is credited with igniting a revolution against Pharmaceutical Tyranny around the world.

The Vaccine Reaction is an online subscription journal newspaper published by the National Vaccine Information Center. The organization is dedicated to exposing concerns regarding vaccines.

VAXXED, produced by Polly Tommy, a mother with a vaccine injured child, is an activist organization dedicated to exposing concerns regarding vaccines. Polly has gone on the road to personally interview hundreds (perhaps thousands) of parents with vaccine injured children.

Well Org publishes information regarding traditional and natural healthcare.

history

Ancient Origins covers news items regarding ancient history, largely of an archeological nature.

Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODOH) is dedicated to historical revisionism regarding the holocaust and Germany's role in World War II. CODOH has an extensive library of books and videos as well as a public forum.

lifestyle / social

Anarchast, headed by Jeff Berwick, is your home for "anarchy on the internet". While many might associate anarchy with a free-for-all, everyone for them self philosophy, this is not the case. Most anarchists are interested in freedom from government oppression, corporatocracy and endless war through sustainable, educated communities and voluntarism. Each year there is a massive gathering of anarchists in Mexico known as Anarchapulco.

Anarchapulco

AwakeningJourney is dedicated to sharing the work of the late Terence McKenna and Alan Watts, both very original thinkers, writers and philosophers who used hallucinogens to gain a better understanding of consciousness. Personally i find their work and insight absolutely fascinating.

My Self Reliance is run by Shawn James, a guy who was at one point somewhere around $750,000 in the hole before he decided to make some radical changes in his life. Shawn builds log structures such as cabins and is an avid outdoorsman with a genuine and easygoing personality. His beautiful dog Cali "helps" him wherever she can.

Open Source Ecology, run by Marcin Jakubowsk, develops open source machines that can be made for a fraction of commercial cost and shares their designs on the Internet for free.

Primitive Technology is about a guy in Australia who builds things all kinds of interesting structures and tools with his hands using nothing but natural resources.

The Venus Project, founded by the late Jacque Fresco, envisions and promotes a radically different, technology based and sustainable version of our future where human life, reaching our potential, and our coexistence with our environment and each other are of the upmost importance.

The Zeitgeist Movement, founded by Peter Joseph, is an international movement that advocates a transformation of society and our economic systems to a non-monetary system based on resource allocation and environmentalism.

Transition Network is an international movement that describes itself as "a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world".

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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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