Annotated Links

[Originally part of Morgan’s Reality Check]

This page will always be a work in progress. If you notice any dead or changed links, or have any suggested additions or comments, please contact me. [ed note: Or not, since this is an archive :-)]

[ed. note: There was a news feed in the right margin, but it doesn’t fit in this space so I’m just linking to them.]

News and Information

Alternative Media

  • AlterNet: Top Stories — " is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism."
  • Common Dreams — "Breaking News and Views for the Progressive Community"
  • CounterPunch — "CounterPunch is the bi-weekly muckraking newsletter…. Twice a month we bring our readers the stories that the corporate press never prints. We aren’t side-line journalists here at CounterPunch. Ours is muckraking with a radical attitude and nothing makes us happier than when CounterPunch readers write in to say how useful they’ve found our newsletter in their battles against the war machine, big business and the rapers of nature."
  • Independent Media Center — "Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth."
  • Media Whores Online — "Media Whores Online takes an unbiased, in-depth look at the vast myriad of whores who call themselves ‘journalists.’"
  • The Memory Hole [rescuing knowledge, freeing information]
  • Mother Jones: "A legacy of raising hell, a commitment to JOURNALISM"
  • The Nation
  • News Is Free
  • Reporters without borders — front page
  • Common Sense; A Public Interest Journal
  • The Village Voice



  • CNN
  • The New York Times on the Web — Requires a free subscription.
  • News Headlines From 1stHeadlines — Just what it says: a compilation of headlines from several other news sources.
  • Reuters
  • C-SPAN — coverage of the US Congress, and sometimes other things of note like UN Security Council meetings. Especially useful if you don’t get C-SPAN on cable but still want to watch/listen
  • NPR : News — National Public Radio
  • Intelligence Brief — "We integrate newsfeeds and references from over 2000 sources, organized into 200 categories, all focused on providing operational, actionable intelligence to decision makers. Our goal: provide insight into the pressing, urgent issues of today and tomorrow, distilled into brief, cogent overviews."
  • Jane’s IntelWeb: Intelligence and Terrorism Watch Reports — Some sections are for paid subscribers, others offer free content but you still have to register. I haven’t; I’m mainly inlcuding this because Jane’s is a respected name and some people may find it interesting.
  • STRATFOR.COM — Most of the content is pay, but the free bits are sometimes worth the read.
  • — Information on news and issues that affect people’s security. Scary sometimes, but only because it’s not watered down.
  • Terrorism Research Center, Inc.



1st Amendment and Constitutional Rights


  • — Look up the text of controversial bills for yourself. (formerly

Humor (for when it’s laugh or scream)

Know thine enemy (often disturbing)

  • The Project for the New American Century — PNC "is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle; and that too few political leaders today are making the case for global leadership." This isn’t satire, this is the group behind the push to a glorious Pax Americana, many of whom are high in the current administration. An example of the way they think, from p. 63 of the PDF file "Rebuilding America’s Defences: Strategy, Forces and resources for a New Century" (Sep. 2000):

    Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.

  • The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) — a neoconservative think tank
  • ~ The Premier Conservative News Forum (home of the eponymous Freepers)

Web Rings

Web rings of interest to non-fans of the smirking chimp who was appointed President of the Unites States. The numbers are membership as of 2003-08-21. I checked WebRing and RingSurf; if you know of another ring I could check, .

I should note that I did find a small number of pro-Bush rings — and don’t blame my search parameters, I only entered "Bush." :-).

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