"How can one expect men to love Truth when it is often so shocking and painful?"
I used to think that bumper stickers were philosophy for the masses; but now the masses seem not even able to read them, so how are the masses supposed to understand political, economic and news events, which are much more complicated than simply reading bumper stickers considering some of the web sites referred to for information and news? Let's take truth.org, for example, using Wikipedia as a first reference:
Truthout is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, progressive news organization that operates a web site and distributes a daily newsletter. Registered in September 2001, Truthout.org is ranked in the top 6,000 web sites on the Internet, with an estimated 2.5 million visits per month. Truthout publishes original political news articles, opinion pieces, video reports and artwork. According to its web site, "As an organization, Truthout works to broaden and diversify the political discussion by introducing independent voices and focusing on undercovered issues and unconventional thinking."
Some of Truthout's prominent contributors include Dahr Jamail, Henry Giroux, Howard Zinn, Jason Leopold, Bill Moyers, Andy Worthington, Kathy Kelly, Norman Solomon, Joshua Frank, Anne Elizabeth Moore, William Rivers Pitt, Art Levin, Kelpie Wilson and Dean Baker. The organization has reported extensively on the torture policies of the Bush administration, the health care debate, veterans' issues, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the labor movement, prison reform and election politics.
What is always so amazing to me is, wherever I go on the web to find 'truth' about 9/11, financial fraud, the drug war, the war on terrorism, the further I look and begin to think I understand events even at a rudimentary level, it seems that the best test of truth is how much money you can make with it? Now, if you understand that demented statement you just broke down half the battle at trying to find the truth behind anything.
One observation or 'truth' about the internet is that there are some amazing sites out here in all this subspace chatter where truth can be found. It then becomes a matter of proper application: in this case, a website forwarded to me which allows you to do a database search called .org advance your mission (WHOIS details). With this tool at our disposal to "advance our mission" through proper application to find 'truth', here's the description of WHOIS Details:
NOTICE: Access to .ORG WHOIS information is provided to assist persons in determining the contents of a domain name registration record in the Public Interest Registry registry database. The data in this record is provided by Public Interest Registry for informational purposes only, and Public Interest Registry does not guarantee its accuracy. This service is intended only for query-based access. You agree that you will use this data only for lawful purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use this data to: (a) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission by e-mail, telephone, or facsimile of mass unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations to entities other than the data recipient's own existing customers; or (b) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that send queries or data to the systems of Registry Operator or any ICANN-Accredited Registrar, except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or modify existing registrations. All rights reserved. Public Interest Registry reserves the right to modify these terms at any time. By submitting this query, you agree to abide by this policy.
So using Wikipedia for some background information and then using WHOIS Detail to determine the domain name registration record, here is what you will find when truthout.org is searched:
You Searched For: "truthout.org"
Domain ID: D77145985-LROR
Domain Name: TRUTHOUT.ORG
Created On: 10-Sep-2001 22: 56: 42 UTC
Last Updated On: 11-Mar-2010 10: 20: 41 UTC
Expiration Date: 10-Sep-2011 22: 56: 42 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar: Safenames Ltd. (R130-LROR)
Status: CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Status: TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Registrant ID: r42448orgf63504
Registrant Name: Marc Ash
Registrant Organization: Artfix
Registrant Street1: 1042-B North El Camino Real #394
Registrant City: Encinitas
Registrant Postal Code: 92024
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.2132108042
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email: email@example.com
Admin ID: a42448org09c88c
Admin Name: International Domain Administrator
Admin Organization: Safenames Ltd
Admin Street1: PO Box 5085
Admin City: Milton Keynes MLO
Admin Postal Code: MK6 3ZE
Admin Country: GB
Admin Phone: +44.1908200022
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Admin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech ID: t42448orge08b72
Tech Name: International Domain Tech
Tech Organization: International Domain Tech
Tech Street1: PO Box 5085
Tech City: Milton Keynes MLO
Tech Postal Code: MK6 3ZE
Tech Country: GB
Tech Phone: +44.1908200022
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX Ext.:
Tech Email: email@example.com
Name Server: NS2.RACKSPACE.COM
Name Server: NS.RACKSPACE.COM
Alright, in our proper application to find truth as laymen forensic economists, go back and read the Wikipedia entry for truthout.org, see the description about truthout.org being a progressive news organization? Progressive for whom? Well, let me help answer that question, did you read my comment about "it seems the best test of truth is how much money you can make with it" being a demented comment? Now, look carefully at this chart and you will come to realize quickly how the flow of money makes finding the 'truth' richly rewarding.
Kind of looks like "All roads [of 'truth'] lead to Rome." Or is it all roads of 'truth' lead to George Soros and truthout.org - its England-based domain "Created on: 10-Sep-2001" Just in time to set up shop to begin vectoring your thinking about the 'truth.'
"Truth has a double value: First, the value of what it says, and second, the value of the bravery it encourages in those who wish to speak it."