|"News that's not known, or not known enough."
Helen & Harry Highwater's cranky weblog of news and opinion.
Like the URL says, this website is about unknown news.
Our news comes only from mainstream, professional journalists or (rarely) other sources we trust entirely, with no nuttiness and no interest in the same news you see everywhere else.
"No nuttiness" means that we're not at all interested in:
• Area 51
• the Bilderberg Group
• the Bohemian Grove
• the Council on Foreign Relations
• denial of the holocaust
• denial of science (including evolution, global climate change, the efficacy of vaccines, etc.)
• eyeballs inside pyramids
• flying saucers
• Vince Foster's suicide
• anyone named Gosselin
• the Illuminati
• JFK's assassination
• the New World Order
• the North American Union or its alleged Amero
• Planet X
• President Obama's birthplace or his fascism or communism or whatever other rot they're pushing on Fox News
• prophecies of the End Times
• Protocols of the Elders
• the Rockefellers
• Skull & Bones
• space aliens
• technologies supposedly suppressed
• the Trilateral Commission
• theories you don't really understand about the collapse of the World Trade Center
• or the latest fake news we've already debunked. Emails about these and similar matters will be chuckled at but quickly deleted.
"No nuttiness" means that we never link to 'news' from unreliable sources such as:
• Art Bell
• Carolina Journal
• Dandelion Books
• Executive Intelligence Review
• Tom Flocco
• Free World Alliance
• From the Wilderness
• Stephan Grossman
• Tom Heneghan
• David Icke
• Idaho Observer
• David Irving
• Alex Jones
• Lyndon LaRouche
• Wayne Madsen
• Henry Makow
• Al Martin
• Leuren Moret
• "Dr" Richard Morgan
• Eustace Mullins
• Prison Planet
• Michael Ruppert
• Mary Schneider
• Ralph Schoenman
• Michael Shrimpton
• Sherman Skolnick
• Edgar Steele
• Webster Tarpley
• or your brother-in-law, and we never knowingly link to sites that find such sources newsworthy. Due to time constraints, if you send links or references to any of the above we'll probably be unable to take you or your comments seriously.
We believe in liberty and justice for all, so of course, we oppose many US government policies. This doesn't mean we're anti-American, redneck scum, pinko commies, militia members, or terrorist-sympathizers. It means we believe in freedom, as more than merely a cliché.
We believe you have the right to live your own life as you choose, and others have the equal right to live their lives as they choose. It's not complicated.
We believe freedom leads to peace, progress, and prosperity, while its opposite -- oppression -- leads to war, terrorism, poverty, and misery.
We believe it's preposterously stupid to hate people because of their appearance, their race or nationality, their religion or lack of religion, how they have sex with other consenting adults, etc. There are far more apropos reasons to hate most people.
We believe in questioning ourselves, our assumptions, each other -- and we especially believe in questioning authority (the more authority, the more questions). We believe obedience is a fine quality in dogs and young children, but not in adults.
Like America's right-wingers, we believe in individual responsibility, hard work to get ahead, and stern punishment for serious crimes. We believe big government should not be blindly trusted.
But unlike most right-wing leaders, we mean it.
Like America's left-wingers, we believe in equal treatment under law, war as a last (not first) resort, and sensible stewardship of natural resources. We believe big business should not be blindly trusted.
But unlike most left-wing leaders, we mean it.
Like libertarians, we believe it's wrong and reprehensible to arrest people for what they think, believe, look like, wear, eat, smoke, drink, inhale, inject, or otherwise do to themselves.
But unlike many libertarians, we're not obsessed with the gold standard, we don't believe incorporation is humanity's highest achievement, and we don't believe everything in life comes down to dollars and cents. We've read and enjoyed Ayn Rand's novels, but we understand that they're works of fiction.
We're skeptical, and we're sick of so-called 'journalists' who aren't skeptical at all.
A reader asks, what are our solutions?
We propose no solutions except common sense, which is never common. We like the principles of democracy, and the ideals broadly described as 'American'. The US Constitution is a fine and workable framework for solutions, when it's actually read and thoughtfully understood by intelligent statesmen and women. So, no manifestos from us. We don't dream that big, and if there's one thing the world doesn't need it's yet another manifesto.
Our suggestion is: think.
A fact-based instead of faith-based approach leads to solutions for most of the recurring issues of our time, from abortion to global climate change, pollution to universal health care, careful but real regulation of industry and economy, hunger, war, terror, human rights for humans not for corporations, science not religious doctrine in public schools, equal protection and prosecution under law, etc. Approach problems without glorifying stupidity, without demonizing intelligence, and answers usually come into focus.
These pages are published by Harry and Helen Highwater, happily married low-income nom de plumes and rabble-rousers from Madison, Wisconsin (with a few friends scattered around the world helping out).
We try to spotlight news that hasn't gotten enough (or appropriate) attention in American media, along with our opinions and yours.
We bang our keyboards against the wall, because it doesn't hurt as much as banging our heads.