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Friday, September 30th, 2005, 08:15 PM
Information Wars

It was said, of the age we now live in, that this was to be the "Information Age". And it's certainly true. In fact, too true, as
the amount of information is mind-boggling. The problem is, much of it is useless, incorrect or worse, propaganda.

We are told we have "freedom of the press", but to anyone who regularly compares the nightly TV news with what is available on
the internet, it's easy to dismiss the "freedom" part.

The Iraq war has largely dispelled any notion of press-freedom, especially when the press becomes "embedded" and is fed a one-
party line. That is why Aljazeera became such an important news source. The mainstream media in the West became compromised by a sense of national duty and false patriotism.

These days I don't read newspapers. I do read articles from some of them - online, but I wouldn't waste a dollar on a newspaper,
unless it was to look at the adverts! While in Australia a few months back, I began watching the world news programme on SBS TV. I found this an interesting experience, as they actually delivered a credible coverage of world events.

It was also obvious they were aware of what was being reported on the net, as their evening news often equated with what I had
read online that day. This cannot be said for most other news sources I am aware of, whether TV or newspapers.

For me, the internet in an invaluable source of alternative information. I say "alternative", because in many ways it is
truly different to what the mainstream media if offering. However, with all this online press freedom comes the need to
take care in what you read - to read with a critical eye. Just as there is a wealth of useful information, there is also an over-
supply of disinformation!

It's a case of "reader beware". Subscribers to The SovereignLife Report have often asked me where I go to read my news and commentaries, and what websites I regularly visit. So, in this Freedom Resources issue, I'm listing some of my favourite sites. Keep in mind this is quite an eclectic list. I don't just read free market or freedom related sites, but take the view that good information can be found from many different sources.

The list below represents some of my regular net destinations.

http://www.lewrockwell.com - a place I visit every day, for the intelligence of many of the articles. It also reflects my own
anarchist leanings.

http://www.counterpunch.org - another daily visit, and although this is a decidedly more left-wing site, I still find many
worthwhile articles.

http://www.strike-the-root.com - a hard-hitting source of freedom and anarchist commentary.

http://theautonomist.com - some good essays to be found here, on the themes of freedom. It has an Objectivist slant, but not to be
confused with some of the more rabid Objectivist sites.

http://www.escapeartist.com - a lot of interesting info here, and as the name suggests, usually related to assisting those who
want to expatriate from the USA.

http://www.aldaily.com - Arts and Letters Daily has a good spread of essays and news links. Always something worthy of reading.

http://www.kitco.com - for those with a keen interest in the yellow, shiny metal.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info - a place I visit from time to time, as they manage to publish sometimes hard-to-find

http://www.capitolhillblue.com - where I often find a good rant.

http://www.tax-news.com - for those of you who like to be kept up to date on the latest news regarding the crooks in government,
and what they intend to do with your tax dollars.

http://www.guardian.co.uk - a regular UK newspaper, and a left-leaning one at that! Nevertheless, I find it a regular source
of interesting articles.

http://www.independent.co.uk - another left-leaning UK newspaper, but like The Guardian, a much better source of thoughtful
articles than most other mainstream press.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk - if you like the occasional good read from the "other" side of the political spectrum.

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