Nov. 13, 2014 By Jack Jodell.
“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
– Chinese proverb –
The horrible, reactionary-tinged midterm election of 2014 is over. Rather than sitting idly by, feeling downcast over the results, it is now time for we progressives to renew our attack on the forces of greed and repression, and to combat their lies and denial of fact with TRUTH at every opportunity. The best way for us to overcome the massive disinformation campaign being waged daily through our corporate-owned media is for us to be well-informed and on top of the issues.
In this post, I will list a number of interesting and important websites that I am recommending everybody visit. Please save this post and refer to the websites shown below on occasion, and feel free to share them with everyone you know. If any of you readers can recommend other similar and equally very useful sites, please post them in my comments section and not only will I credit you for submitting them,; I will also feature them in subsequent posts! For knowledge is power, and our aim is to help equip future voters with as much knowledge and wisdom as possible! Here are a few of the worthwhile sites I recommend:
1). LAST HOURS OF HUMANITY
http://www.alternet.org/environment/last-hours-humanity Here, the brilliant journalist and talk show host Thom Hartmann warns us how life on earth nearly became extinct on five separate, prior occasions, and hows how the deadly, threatening man-made cause of the sixth may very well arise sooner than we think. Very thought-provoking!
2). EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY.ORG
Did you know there are 88 guns for every 100 people in the United States (and yet the National Rifle Association;s top leadership tells us we need even more)? Or that we are the world’s biggest weapons exporter? Go to http://www.everytown.org/ and scroll through their menu. It shows the progress this organization has made to end gun violence and also shows us what we ourselves can do to help! While you’re at it, view their impactful video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64G5FfG2Xpg This video has many notable stars in it, including Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Jason Bateman, Conan O’Brien, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rashida Jones, and many others who remind us of the horrid and senseless shootings at Columbine, Fort Hood, Sandy Hook, and elsewhere, and urge us to Demand A Plan to stop senseless gun violence. This is extremely powerful!
3). MOVE TO AMEND.ORG
If you HATE the ridiculous Extreme Court Citizens United decision and can’t stand the barrage of lying, slickly- produced by billionaires political ads for TV and radio we see each election season as much as I do, THIS is the site for you! Its noble aim is to pass a Constitutional Amendment emphatically stating that corporations are NOT people and that money is NOT free speech! Now why is this so important? It would overturn that horrid Extreme Court ruling by getting big money out of politics and endlmg the incessant clatter which has been polluting our airwaves and dumbing-down voters! Go to https://movetoamend.org/ and check them out, and see what you can do to help stop and even reverse our slide from a republic into an oligarchic state!
4). THE HIGHTOWER LOWDOWN
In his folksy and populist manner, Jim Hightower exposes little-known examples of corporate greed, poliyical nonsense, and outright chicanery. His efforts are reminiscent of the late great I.F. Stone. Go to http://www.hightowerlowdown.org for some vital and engrossing reading on the cpr[prate America we unfortunately don’t hear enough about!
5). THE INTERCEPT.ORG
This priceless online publication, begun by noted progressive investigative journalists Glenn Hreenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill, is an absolute MUST for those who crave accurate news that various sources are trying to keep from us! By going to https://firstlook.org/theintercept/, you can avail yourself to great articles like “How Voter Suppression Helped Produce the Lowest Turnout in Decades”; “Three Ways Courts Screw the Innocent into Pleading Guilty”; “The Justice Department Wants Wider Hacking Authorities for the FBI”, and MUCH more! While you’re at it, be sure to check out the brilliant documentary movie Citizen Four by Laura Poitras! It is currently , or will shortly be at, movie theaters everywhere. It contains actual footage from the interviews whistle blower Edward Snowden gave last year in Hong Kong to Ms. Poitras and Glenn Greenwald which created a total furor in American Intelligence circles. It shows the struggles Snowden and similar whistle blowers must go through to get the TRUTH out to the public – you won’t want to miss this gem!
6). FEEDING AMERICA.ORG
Did you know that 1 in 5 American children face hunger? With the uncaring blowhard Tea Party Congressman Paul Ryan in the majority and leading the fight to cut back on food stamps with his ridiculous and wholly unnecessary “austerity budget” he is trying to force onto our country, it is imperative that WE come to our hungry fellow citizens’ aid. Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks and the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, is one solid alternative. They help to provide food to more than 46 million people through food pantries and meal programs all across America. Feeding America works directly with major manufacturers, retailers, and other partners across this nation to secure healthy and nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste. Go to https://secure.feedingamerica.org/ to learn more about them and to see how you, too, can help!
7). FREE SPEECH.ORG
Many times in this blog I have referred to an utterly fabulous, viewer-supported TV network called FREE SPEECH TV. Regrettably, it is NOT found on Comcast Cable TV, Time-Warner Cable TV, or many other cable providers. Rather, it can be found on DIRECTV (which I have), DISH Network, ROKU, and a few other satellite providers. The great thing, though, is that by going yo https://freespeech.org , you can view much of the superlative programming they offer online, like Amy Goodman’s award-winning Democracy Now!; The Thom Hartmann Program; The Bill Press Show; The David Pakman Show; great satire and political discourse on The Stephanie Miller Show, plus much, MUCH more! Whereas corporate-owned commercial TV is overloaded with advertising and is totally beholden to its corporate shareholders, FREE SPEECH TV is beholden only to US, its viewers, and the only non=show items you’ll ever see are occasional public service announcements or plugs for other shows on the network.You will soon find yourself becoming as addicted as I am to the lack of constant commercial breaks every few minutes, plus the factual intelligence presented on each show. This is TV for the MAJORITY 99%. Bookmark this site and visit it often – you will never regret it!
These sites should serve as a good starter to provide you with food for thought on what this country needs pushing forward. I urge you to look them over, and supply me with other, equally useful sites. Thank you, my friends.