the way a person sees things. Now, don't get me wrong, if there is a major natural disaster or something of that nature, then I believe the initial reporting by the major TV news medias is accurate and fair. But since modern day news of the three biggies appears to be just one giant opinion and this opinion, in my humble opinion, has now just turned into a mouthpiece for the government. But, that is still where the vast majority of people get their daily dose of news, which is why part of the reason this large group of people appears to be so grossly misinformed about their surroundings.
A slightly different slant here, but a number of years ago, and this is going to sound a little odd, I took a class in college about great literature and poetry. One day I came across this piece about a child
getting milk from it's mother's breast, and it was by some guy named McCartney. There was no death date. It was a beautiful work. Then it dawned on me that this was Paul McCartney of the Beatles. I had probably heard the song Lady Madonna, several hundred times, not by choice, because I never did like the Beatles. But what dawned on me was, it's not that I didn't like the music, I didn't care for the medium that it was presented in - the jumping around, the long hair - it's just not my style. But the poetry was beautiful.
So, where is this leading? There are news sources out there, that I don't care for at all. I'm not going to name them here. But sometimes it's difficult to separate the presentation of the news and what the person is actually saying. Okay, one example. There's a guy down in Austin, Texas named Alex Jones. On occasion I will read a
column of his. Most of the time, it is a good story, but I just cannot bring myself to watch him on the internet. Many of you probably liked the Beatles. Many of you probably like Alex Jones. That's why we have Ford and Chevrolet. Nobody is right or wrong. I just like more peaceful quiet news.
Okay. So much for the long spiel. Where do I get my news?
I like a fella named Chris Martensen. He has an interesting website. Most of it is free, or you can pay a fee and receive a deeper analysis about financial events. He has a wide variety of guest authors and speakers.
News? For just everyday general news I go to Fox News online. A little warning here. Fox News can get a little sexually graphic for my taste. As far as, main stream type news, these are the people I shop with.
ol' remus at the Woodpile Report has a different perspective and an intellectual flair that is not found in today's writings. He shares other people's news and writes a weekly opinion. I find his site to be entertaining and enlightening. His opinions can be very thought provoking.
Another thought provoking site is James Wesley Rawles' SurvivalBlog. His is a daily blog about various topics and is well, well worth a look. He is also an accomplished author and his books have a survival type theme. He has a nonfiction book titled How To Survive the End of the World As We Know It. I would recommend that everyone read this and buy a copy for a friend. We are reading it again, right now.
James Howard Kunsler is an interesting, up-tempo type Northeasterner. Here in the South we call them Yankees. He also has a number of novels out that are adult themes with adult language. His books deal with society after a collapse. I have read all of his current books. He also wrote a nonfiction a few years back about peak oil called The Long Emergency. I would recommend this as a good foundational book. He has an interesting blog and puts out a Monday morning opinion piece. His website is not necessarily one you share with little children. But if you are an adult, and you don't mind some adult language, he writes a very good Monday morning read.
To round off my news media choices, local newspapers and online TV sites finish off my sources. Here in southeast Oklahoma we read a news site from Oklahoma City, where our state capitol is, that covers most of the local political news.
So, this is where I get my news. Sometimes it's hard to separate what's real and what is a lie, or as some politicians say 'mis-spoke'. The inspiration from this post came from a reader that asked where we get our news. Hope this helps.
We'll talk more later. Frank