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Activists, phony

Air America Radio

Alliance for Human Research Protection

Alternative energy sources
Living off the grid

Alternative technologies Rex Research

American Civil Liberties Union

American Friends Service Committee
(The Quakers)
Friends Committee on National Legislation
(The Quakers' lobby)
Eyes Wide Open (Iraq war memorial)

American Peace
(U.S. military actions through history)

Americans for All The Bill Of Rights

Anonymous blogging

Arab-Israel conflict (timeline)

Asian Development Bank

Assorted outrages
Ashraf Al-Jailani & Michele Swensen
Derek Bentley
Google refuses our ad
Stephen Sutton
Pat Tillman
The Voith family story
Ted White
Working Assets works for Bush

Atheists, discrimination against

Atheists for Jesus

Backwoods Home
practical ideas for self-reliant living

The Battle of Athens, Tenn.

Better than Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

Bill of Rights

Billionaire search engine

Biological weapons, opposition to
Sunshine Project

Black Box Voting (opposing rigged elections)

Blogging anonymously

Bush-Cheney administration
Controversies - Wikipedia's overview
Environmental record
Lies of the Bush administration
Signing statements

Bush ain't no Christian

Bush family's Nazi connections

Bush's National Guard service

Bush's skeleton closet

Buy American

Buy Blue
(tracking corporations' political donations)

Carnegie Endowment for Int'l Peace

Castle Coalition
(opposes government abuse of eminent domain)

Casualties in Afghanistan & Iraq

Center for Cooperative Research

Center for Land Use Interpretation

Cheap dates

Chickenhawks (pro-war draft-dodgers)

Chilling effects of 'war on terror'

Christmas, history of

(public domain literary works)

Computer TakeBack Campaign (against e-waste)

(Consumer news, advice, & commentary)

Conversion calculator

Cool Graphics (resources for webmasters)

Corporate rights, reversing
(against corporatocracy)

Corporations (research into)

CorpWatch (corporate crime)

CouchSurfing Project (lodging exchange for travel)

Courage to Resist (against Iraq occupation)

Crypto-Gram Newsletter (security issues)

Cryptome (free speech trumps national security)


Cup-holder for tremors or Parkinson's

Declaration of Independence

Depleted Uranium Education Project

Diabetes (possible tips, tricks, and leads regarding diabetes prevention, treatment, and cures — some of which you (and even your doctor!) may be unaware)

Dictator Watch

Disability links

DIY Media (pirate radio)

Downing Street memo (Iraq war "smoking gun")

Downloads (old versions)

Drug Policy Alliance (against prohibition)

Earth Liberation Front

Eigen's Political & Historical Quotations
(better than Bartlett's)

Election 2000:
Our final tally and Frequently asked questions

Living off the grid

Electronic waste, opposed to
Computer TakeBack Campaign

Emergency supplies

Eminent domain, opposition to Castle Coalition

Eyeglasses, affordable

Exxonsecrets.org (lying about science)

Fair trade

Federation of American Scientists
(Science with a conscience)

Food Not Bombs (feeding the hungry)

Foreign Policy in Focus

Fourth Freedom Forum

Freeware, best ever list

Freedom from Religion Foundation
(help with FOIA requests)

Freedom of Information Advocates
(separation of church and state)

Free State Project

Front groups (phony activists)

Geneva Convention relative to
the Treatment of Prisoners of War

Gilmore v. US DoJ (freedom to travel)

Glasses, affordable

Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria

Graffiti (quotations which should be familiar)

Greed (well-written economics primer)

HandSteady (cup-holder for tremors, Parkinson's)

Health care: DoctorYourself.com

Forgotten research in medicine

History of Christmas

(per the American Psychological Ass'n)

The Hospitality Club (lodging exchange for travel)

Human Rights Watch

Hussein: Made by America

Identity Project
(against mandatory ID, "Your papers please?")

Images of Resistance

Innocence Project
(Righting wrongful convictions)

Institute for Policy Studies

Intentional Community Database

International Society for Individual Liberty

Invisible Web

IQ and politics
(state-by-state 2004 election results)

Iraq Wall (peace park project)

Iraq war resistance

Iraq war "smoking gun" (Downing Street memo)

Iroquois Constitution
(The Great Law is the founding constitution of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy)

Israel-Palestine conflict (timeline)

Jewish Friends of Palestine

Jews Not Zionists

Judges, ratings of

Judicial Watch

Katrina charities
Common Ground Collective
MoveOn's Hurricane Housing
Don't give to Red Cross

Kindness, the power of

Kiva (microloans)

Legal guide for bloggers

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Living off the grid

Loans (Kiva microloans)

Lodging exchange
CouchSurfing Project
The Hospitality Club

logo design (do-it-yourself for free)


Low-tech living (Primitive Ways)

Lucid dreaming (playing God)

Lynch, Jessica

MacArthur Justice Center
(social justice through litigation)

McSpotlight (anti-McDonald's)

Media Matters (search)

Media ownership (corporate journalism)

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Mercenary companies & war profiteers

Mining campaign

More lies you paid for

MoveOn's progressive media strategy

Mozilla (free downloadable browser, so very, very much better than Microsoft's IE broswer)

The myth of the spat-upon veteran

National Lawyers Guild (know your rights)

Nike Watch

9/11 WTC Environmental Health News

Nuclear Test Watch

No NAIS (opposing mandatory ID for livestock)

Notable Names Database (biographies à la snark)

NORML (against prohibition)

Not In Our Name
Nova M Radio
Nuclear Weapons Image Gallery

The occupation of Iraq
End the War
Iraq Body Count
Iraqi Resistance Report
Photos from Iraq
Today in Iraq
Webloggers from Iraq

OpenNet Initiative (against on-line censorship)

Operation Northwoods

Outsourcing the U.S. economy

Outlaws Legal Service

Palestine-Israel conflict (timeline)

Parkinson's, cup-holder for

Path to Freedom (do-it-yourself)

Pharmacy Checker (price comparison and customer reviews for on-line pharmacies)

Phony groups (fake activists)

Playing God (lucid dreaming)

Pope Benedict, observations of

Police, abuse of power

Poverty survival (low-cost living)

Primitive Ways (low-tech living)

Prisoners held without charges

Privacy (excellent collection of articles on the topic)

The Private Advantage Club
(privacy, security, legal protections)

Project for a New American Century

Who's who in PNAC

Project Gutenberg (free electronic library)

Propaganda in theory and practice

Proper English, common errors in

Protest kit

Quackpot Watch
(AMA discredits alternative medicine)

Quotations (our 'wall of fame')

Radio Lovers (old-time radio)

Real ID rebellion

Recipes: Quick and easy

Refugee rights campaign

Rex Research
(alternative technologies, unconventional science)

Rip-Off Report

Rotten Library
(excellent resource for odd information)

Rove, Karl (debunking the 'Karl Roverer' myth)

Rumsfeld & North Korea

Scroogle (Google without tracks)

Backwoods Home magazine

(Counterculture resource on current events)

Sex in Christ

Sex information (S.F. Sex Information)

Sisters, by Lynne Cheney

Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy Constitution
(The Great Law is the founding constitution of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy)

Snopes (urban legends reference pages)

Sodomy Laws Around the World

Software (old versions)

Soulforce (Christians for Christ)

SourceWatch (non-corporate encycopedia)

Spartacus Educational
(an excellent historical reference site)

State constitutions that
discriminate against atheists

StillMadeinUSA.com (buy American)

The Straight Dope, by Cecil Adams

Sugar-free candy

Sunshine Project (opposes biological weapons)

Sweet Jesus, I hate Bill O'Reilly, Int'l
(an organization of hope)

Taxpayers for Common Sense

TerraServer USA (you are there)

Things only Americans worry about (compared to the citizenry of other modern democracies)

"Torture warrants", by Alan Dershowitz

Travel: lodging exchange
CouchSurfing Project
The Hospitality Club

Tremors, cup-holder for

Truth in Justice (against false convictions)

Unblocking your computer or e-mail

Unconventional science Rex Research

United for Peace and Justice

U.S. foreign policy

U.S. vetoes in United Nations

Veterinary medicine
Cat care
Cats' kidney problems
Spay-neuter clinics
(free and low-cost)

Vietnam memorial

Vision (affordable eyeglasses)

Waco: What happened here?

"War on terror"
Background and threat assessments
Chilling effects
Criminal enforcement against terrorists

War profiteers

War is a Racket, by Smedley Butler

War resistance

Wars based on lies

Wayback Machine (the way the web was)

Weather forecast & conditions

Whizzinator (for beating urine tests)

Whole Again (resource guide)

Who's a rat? (narcs & snitches)

Wikipedia (open-source encyclopedia)

Words of wisdom from U.S. leaders

Working America (AFL-CIO for non-union workers)

Yaktrax snow & ice walkers

Zen stories to tell your friends

Zine World
(a readers' guide to the underground press)

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Our mystery links
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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.

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