Contributing writer for Wake Up World
The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox… There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock news… The revolution will not be right back after a message… The revolution will not go better with Coke… Because the revolution will not be televised. ~ Gil Scott Heron
Let’s face it, the mainstream media, like CNN, Fox News etc. are great at reporting on the surface understandings of surface issues; car accidents and plane crashes, shootings and robberies; as well as reinforcing why our latest foreign war or domestic loss-of-rights is good/necessary/the only way to peace and security. But if you really want to investigate and comprehend what is actually going on in the world, and why, you have to go past the mainstream.
Just look at the countless global events being reported by the underground news and compare it to the selective, politically-biased fear-fare of the mainstream; there is little journalistic integrity on display in the mainstream media, just the regurgitation of B.S. And lots of it. Even the surface events reported in the mainstream are often filtered, distorted and even blatantly constructed by media corporations that conceal their corporate and political alliances behind the guise of “news”.
So, if you desire to go past the simplified “what, where and when” of a situation, to explore the deeper aspects of the “who, why, how”, it’s crucial to look beyond the mainstream for your information. And, including this list of over 50 of the world’s best “alternative” news and information outlets, this article is going to help you do it…
The Paperclip Theory
No matter if it’s a situation of politic or esoteric significance, there are a lot of historical facts that go undiscussed in the mainstream. The ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima is a perfect example. If you believed the mainstream news, Fukushima stopped being an environmental disaster several years ago. But it didn’t. It is now approaching 6 years since the disaster began and it’s worsening by the day.
To the discerning mind, of course, this kind of omission opens a vacuum of new comprehension of old situations — that is to say, their omission raises a whole new ‘why’ of the ‘what’.
There are so many instances of this kind of white-washing in the mainstream media that the act itself, a cultural sleight of hand, deserves its own name and phraseology. I believe that the term Paperclip Theory is applicable. It’s as if there is an attachment to each story, paper-clipped to each “news” report, which outlines the real, whole story — the context that is not discussed and the agenda not disclosed on air.
Take for example the US space program. After World War 2, the U.S.A. imported as many as 1,500 Nazi scientists, technicians and engineers, as part of Operation Paperclip — and many of these would-be war criminals most famously became part of NASA (the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Nazi aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun, for example, was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany, where he was also a member of the Nazi Party and the paramilitary organization Schutzstaffel. Following WWII, he was brought to the US to develop the rockets that launched the first US space satellite (Explorer 1) and first series of manned lunar missions (Project Apollo). Since then NASA has been caught red-handed, distorting and doctoring its images before public release, and even faking ISS (International Space Station) footage.
That’s a bit of history you won’t see on television! And that’s how the Paperclip approach works. While the mainstream is quick to show footage of the latest rocket launch, garnering public support for the ongoing funding of NASA, the question of which other Nazi scientists ended up doing who-knows-what in the US space program, and to what end, is left to guesswork and research on websites through sources that are not part of the mainstream.
In the meantime, those of us who bother to follow the information trail are simply written off by the mainstream as “conspiracy theorists”… despite the blatant manipulation of the visual images we see on our TV screens, as outlined in the eye-opening article: Digital Deception – Can You Trust What You See?
Of course, the more one comprehends the more the seemingly nonsensical ways of the world, the more Paperclip Theories one encounters and the more things actually begin to make sense. But, if there is no understanding of the Paperclip Theory, of the story behind “the story”, then our understanding of the bigger picture is automatically limited in its focus and range. We become merely the observers of propaganda. The question then becomes, what is its purpose?
“We are in an information war and we are losing that war… and unfortunately we are paying a big price for it… We can’t allow ourselves to be out-communicated by our enemies… There is other information out there. There are other points of view and those points of view are profoundly damaging to a country that believes that its point of view is the only point of view.” ~ Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a 2011 congressional committee, asking for additional funding to spread US propaganda through the “alternative” media.
As Hillary spelled out so clearly, the US and the powers that control it believe their point of view is “the only point of view”. With funding from the US congress, this kind of thinking can only facilitate government-biased propaganda not a considered analysis of world events, the players behind the scenes, or their motives.
Unfolding the Paperclip
The Paperclip Theory suggests there is an attached underlying file that accompanies the surface file attached by paperclip to their carefully crafted “public perception” files, just like the Nazi war-engineers of World War 2 had secondary files outlining what was really going when they were brought to the US to continue their work.
So why doesn’t the mainstream media conduct more investigative journalism, and look beyond the paperclip, rather than just reporting on what they’re told? Well, there is a Paperclip Theory there too! And you can begin your own investigative journalism in regards to the reporting practices of the mainstream news by looking into who owns the major media institutions. Today, 90% of American media is owned by just 6 companies, each with divested interests in a range of money-making activities, not just “news.”
Let’s take General Electric for example. The failed reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power facility catastrophe were designed by General Electric. Their design had been criticized as far back as 1972. The byproducts of their nuclear facilities have been fueling the nuclear arms industry for decades. GE also has a history of large-scale air and water pollution, with researchers at the Political Economy Research Institute listing the corporation as the fourth-largest corporate producer of air pollution in the United States. It is no wonder, then, that the Fukushima nuclear disaster and other environmental calamities in which GE has an active and profitable hand, are not reported by NBC or Comcast, the largest broadcasting and cable company in the world. Nor is it a surprise that GE’s colleagues at CBS, Time Warner and News Corp aren’t reporting on them either — the companies behind the mainstream media protect themselves by applying the philosophy “you don’t report on my dodgy dealings, and I won’t report on yours.”
Explains Andreas Toupadakis Ph.D, a former nuclear scientist for classified government nuclear programs, the story that is paperclipped to “the nuclear story” goes a little like this:
So why is the US government still advocating for nuclear energy? While the nuclear power plant is producing nuclear energy, it is also producing… plutonium at the same time, which can be used to make nuclear bombs. That is very important for people to realize. In the United States, the Department of Energy finances and manages the nuclear weapons programs. In reality the Department of Energy is basically the Department of Weapons… The building of nuclear power plants in the U.S. began in 1943 to produce atomic bombs — it was not until 1957 that plants began to produce electricity, providing a continuous supply of plutonium to the nuclear weapons programs.
With the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, official production of nuclear materials solely for weapons use ceased in the United States, however US government policy and funding decisions since that time have actively encouraged the development of greater nuclear energy capacity which, of course, produces more plutonium waste for nuclear weapons development… If someone looks honestly at all of the facts, it is obvious that nuclear power fuels the nuclear bomb, which in turn fuels world domination.” ~ Andreas Toupadakis, Ph.D
So, while the mainstream media supports the false promotion of nuclear energy as “the future of green energy”, while it refuses to discuss the failures of the nuclear industry, and while it conceals the industry’s ties to government-led nuclear weapons development programs, it is clear — we need to look elsewhere for the real story…
Give Mainstream Propaganda the Flick
Working to corporate agendas and government allegiances, mainstream media has been found repeatedly obscuring and falsifying ‘news’, while blacking-out important stories completely. As a result, public confidence in mainstream news has steadily declined over recent years while “alternative media” (as it’s labelled in the mainstream) has risen in its place, filling the void of real news, views and analyses that go unheard and unexamined in mainstream circles. (*Really, how can facts be considered “alternative”?)
To help you on your search for the truth, I have assembled a list of 50+ of the most compelling “alternative” media sources available online. You can also download this list as a PDF here.
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The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), or more commonly Global Research, is an independent research and media organization based in Montreal. The CRG is a registered non-profit organization in the province of Quebec, Canada. In addition to the Global Research websites, the Centre is involved in book publishing, support to humanitarian projects as well as educational outreach activities including the organization of public conferences and lectures. The Centre also acts as a think tank on crucial economic and geopolitical issues. The Global Research website publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focusing on social, economic, strategic and environmental issues.
Interrupt your regularly scheduled programming! Covering topics of economy, war, politics, environment, health, activism and technology, Activist Post offers alternative news for enlightened minds.
Traveling the world and writing what the people need to know, The Last American Vagabond is a site by truth-seekers, for truth-seekers. Covering a broad range of topics, from conspiracy to cannabis, from spirituality to finance, and natural health to the police state, this site is a great resource. Its motto? “Follow the change. Be the change.”
Anti-Media is an independent media outlet with aims at producing original media content outside the confines of the corporate controlled media. They are very hard-hitting and in your face on a wide range of issues the mainstream media ignores. At Anti-Media, they offer a new paradigm—a bottom-up approach for real and diverse reporting. It seeks to establish a space where the people are the journalists and a venue where independent journalism moves forward on a larger and more truthful scale. All the while, this effort is driven and controlled by a community of journalists and truth-seekers around the world.
Truthout is a non profit organization that works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. With a powerful, independent voice, it will spur the revolution in consciousness and inspire the direct action that is necessary to save the planet and humanity.
Covering a broad range of topics, from spirituality to technology, health to conspiracy, The Mind Unleashed is a conscious news dissemination organization that seeks to inspire out-of-the-box thinking and act as a catalyst for people to discover the limitless potential that exists inside us all. Break free from the mold!
Red Ice delivers news, TV and online radio, including Red Ice Radio and Radio 3Fourteen. Founded by Henrik Palmgren in 2003, Red Ice reaches hundreds of thousands of people every month seeking an alternative to the mainstream, covering politics and social issues from a pro-European perspective. Truly independent and supported by members, Red Ice remains commercial and ad free. Red Ice is based in Sweden and North America.
Are you new to Red Ice? Start here.
Aaron and Melissa Dykes (formerly Melton) created Truthstream Media as an outlet to examine reality and the news, uncover the deceptions, pierce through the fabric of illusions, know the real enemy, unshackle from the system, and begin to imagine the path towards taking back our lives, one step at a time, so that one day we might truly be free…
The Corbett Report is an independent, listener-supported alternative news source. It operates on the principle of open source intelligence and provides podcasts, interviews, articles and videos about breaking news and important issues from 9/11 Truth and false flag terror to the Big Brother police state, eugenics, geopolitics, the central banking fraud and more. The Corbett Report is edited, webmastered, written, produced and hosted by James Corbett.
Founded by nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach Carolanne Wright, Thrive-Living.net offers a range of information for modern living. Thrive Living offers down-to-earth information on topics from natural health, spirituality, sustainability, herbal remedies, nutritious recipes, and more, to help encourage and support readers to live a healthy, ‘green’ lifestyle.
This site is a mix of both existential and politically driven information that ‘Exposes the Dreamworld, and exposes the lies of the current system and their corporate media. David Vaughan Icke is an English writer, public speaker, and former media personality best known for his views on what he calls “who and what is really controlling the world.”
GreenMedInfo.com exists in order to provide convenient and open access to the biomedical research available today on the therapeutic value of natural substances in disease prevention and treatment. Its website and video-based learning site GreenMedTV.com provides physicians, health care practitioners, clinicians, researchers and the layperson with an evidence-based resource through which the potential or actual therapeutic value of vitamins, minerals, herbs and foods can be determined.
Shift> is a website focused on conscious culture, spirituality, social transformation, self improvement, the nature of Reality, the environment, and wellness. It also encompasses the social transformation initiative, the Shift Collective, which is a network of new paradigm culture creators. Anchoring a conscious new paradigm that’s founded on harmony, unity and balance, Shift> was created to help humanity dissolve the imaginary boundaries that have been created, to help people realize the oneness and interconnectedness of everyone and everything, and to become co-creators of their own reality.
Veterans Today (VT) is an online journal representing the position of members of the military and veteran community in areas of national security, geopolitical stability and domestic policy. VT is the only independent, unaligned voice of its kind in America, accepting no financial support from any organization or individual, existing solely for news, opinion, and educational purposes. Spanning the political spectrum, we support the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. VT is part of the Veterans Today Network, a network independently operated and owned serving the U.S. Military-Veterans Community. VT writers and editors are veterans or proven veterans’ advocates.
Conscious Life News is published in Sedona, AZ and written and edited by big-hearted, spiritually-oriented souls from all over the world. We believe the planetary consciousness is shifting into a more aware, collectively-connected state and we want to be an instrument of that movement. Our mission, our “raison d’être” is to ELEVATE.
True Activist was created to find an easy way to bring thought-provoking, educational, and entertaining media to anyone with an Internet connection. They believe that the mainstream media increasingly practices self-censorship, and that it ignores many opinions and historical events. With the media distorting or ignoring information, it’s often very hard to get an accurate picture of a problem, even while watching the news.
It is the mission of The Free Thought Project to foster the creation and expansion of liberty minded solutions to modern day tyrannical oppression. They feel the internet has given way to a revolution of consciousness by providing for the massive and instantaneous exchange of information across the globe. The Free Thought Project feels that the internet is a place that can either ruin or expand the minds of individuals and that choice is up to you. Hateful and obstinate ideologies cloud the web and often the minds of those who can’t see through them. They want to change this paradigm by providing a beacon of truth amongst all the lies.
EducateInspireChange was created in 2012 to help keep people informed, to encourage people to expand their consciousness and to inspire people to reach for their dreams.
They believe that to create real positive change in this world we need to first change ourselves, this might mean living more sustainably, eating more healthy, understanding yourself better…ultimately anything that improves your state of mind as this will help to make the world a better place.
Their mission – To inform, inspire and ignite change for the common good. Common Dreams is a non-profit independent news center created in 1997 as a new media model. Common Dreams maintains an editorial independence their readers can count on. They are optimists. They believe real change is possible. But only if enough well-informed, well intentioned — and just plain fed up and fired-up — people demand it. They believe that together we can attain our common dreams.
The Truth In Media Project, founded by award-winning journalist Ben Swann, is THE source for uninfluenced, reliable and fearless news. Mainstream media has failed to provide an honest representation of current and past events, and the public is fully aware. Your news or vision of current events at home or across the globe must not be leveraged. Earning his master’s degree in history at age 16, amassing journalistic awards including Emmy’s and Edward R. Murrow awards, Ben’s mission has always been clear: journalism, the Fourth Estate, must be free from undue or corrupting influence. Whether challenging the “Left vs. Right paradigm” or witnessing firsthand the misrepresentations of the Mexican drug war, Ben’s mission is focused, intentional and highly credible.
Higher Perspective seeks to bring together like-minded individuals focused on personal growth and expanding their consciousness. The internet has given the wonderful gift of instant communication. Through the sharing of pictures, art, music, ideas, stories, history, and other information, readers can help the population gain a higher perspective on life and improve the global situation. They seek to discuss the things actually happening in the world; from political corruption to home-grown healthcare tips. Everywhere you look, there are big stories not being reported by the mainstream media and they hope to break through that barrier and cover issues important to the people.
It is a hybrid news, community blog and article aggregation site that publishes opinion-based articles, news stories, and diaries with a mission to support progressive communications resources and tools for activism and advocacy organizations. OpedNews covers a range of topics from politics, arts, sciences, health, environment, mass media, business, technology, sports, citizen journalism and more, and regularly features articles by journalists, politicians, commentators and activists, as well as first time writers.
Geoengineering Watch is a site dedicated to keeping the public informed of what is actually taking place in our ionosphere. The site is run by Dane Wigington who has a background in solar energy. He is the lead researcher for the site and has investigated all levels of geoengineering, solar radiation management, and global ionosphere heaters like HAARP. Dane has appeared on an extensive number of interviews and films to explain the environmental dangers we face on a global level from the ongoing climate engineering assault.
Covering many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the global conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance, Tools For Freedom is an avid promoter of freedom, truth and health. This site’s mission is to expose the truth, raise awareness about the conspiracy to enslave mankind and to help create a critical mass of people to stand up against it – and thus restore peace and freedom to the world.
Dr. Joseph Mercola is an osteopathic physician trained in both traditional and natural medicine and board-certified in family medicine. While in practice in the late 80s, Dr. Mercola realized the drugs he was prescribing to chronically ill patients were not working. By the early 90s, he began exploring the world of natural medicine, and soon changed the way he practiced medicine. In 1997 he founded Mercola.com, which is now among the top health sites online. “You want practical health solutions without the hype, and that’s what I offer.”
Founded by researcher and lecturer Pao L Chang, the main goals of this empowering blog are to educate readers about the power of thought and to teach them knowledge of empowerment so they can free their minds and become awake and aware. Everything we do starts with the power of thought; therefore, if we want to achieve world peace or evolve into a state of higher consciousness, we must first change how we think.
ENENews.com is an online service dedicated to covering the latest energy-related developments, from progressive energy developments to the failures of the nuclear industry (which aren’t reported in the mainstream.) Established shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in March 2011, ENENews has grown rapidly to serve approximately 2,000,000 page views per month — and with over 200,000 comments and counting, its active community of users is one of the most engaged on the internet. These figures represent a vast audience that includes not only nuclear industry professionals, but also scientists, researchers, journalists, opinion and policy-makers, as well as the general public.
In5d is one the internet’s largest resources for articles and videos about spiritual awakening, meditation, indigo children and adults, starseeds, walk-ins, soul groups, why we are here, where we came from and where we are going. Covering all things esoteric, metaphysical and spiritual, In5D is one of the most popular “alternative” information sources on the net.
A leading news site for global finance, economics, market, and political analysis, Zero Hedge‘s mission is to widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public; to skeptically examine and, where necessary, attack the flaccid institution that financial journalism has become; to liberate oppressed knowledge; to provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint; and to facilitate information’s unending quest for freedom.
WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit media organization. Its goal is to bring important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information to our journalists (our electronic drop box). One of our most important activities is to publish original source material alongside our news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth.
Waking Times is an independently owned and operated online magazine that seizes on the transformational power of information to trigger personal revolution and influence humanity’s evolution. Personal revolution begins with awakening from contemporary consciousness. They provide ideas to help you imagine a more sustainable, more free, and more loving world. They author and aggregate mind-opening articles, editorials and videos that inspire our readers and liberate them from the status quo.
This site is devoted to the cause of non-interventionism and is read by libertarians, pacifists, leftists, “greens,” and independents alike, as well as many on the Right who agree with our opposition to imperialism. The site’s politics are libertarian: their opposition to war is rooted in Randolph Bourne’s concept that “War is the health of the State.” With every war, America has made a “great leap” into statism, and as Bourne emphasized, “it is during war that one best understands the nature of that institution [the State].” At its core, that nature includes an ever increasing threat to individual liberty and the centralization of political power.
Evolve and Ascend is all about growth through dialogue and sharing. We started this blog with the firm belief that individuals can truly unlock their full potential through communicating and getting exposed to new ideas and insights that could change their outlook on life! This is a virtual crossroads where artists, entrepreneurs, (forward) thinkers and visionaries can converge into one place and start something unique.
This site is an international group of independent journalists, photographers, artists, translators and activists reporting on international news with a focus on human rights. They speak 15 languages and have backgrounds as varied as their locations.
Power of Positivity (PoP) is changing the world, one positive thought at a time. Through an amazing journey thus far, we’ve come to realize that by changing the most minute, measurable human action (thought), we can create an immense and immeasurable impact in the world through that thought.
Washington’s Blog strives to provide real-time, well-researched and actionable information. Washington’s Blog has an insatiable curiosity for new discoveries, new information and new insights. Despite its passion for what’s new, there are themes that it keeps reporting on year after year, as they reflect a bigger picture which remains fairly constant, root causes of problems that have still not been addressed, and potentially powerful solutions that have still never been tried.
Founded by whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, Boiling Frogs Post provides independent online news, editorials, analyses, and multimedia programs which include exclusive weekly video reports and daily podcast shows. It covers select but significant blacked-out stories and issues, while defying blinded partisanship and propaganda-driven mainstream views. This site has been created to bring together those who have gotten tired of the very-dependent mainstream media and take back our hijacked nation.
We Are Change is a nonpartisan, independent media organization comprised of individuals and groups working to expose corruption worldwide. Founded by Luke Rudkowski, We Are Change is comprised of independent journalists, concerned citizens, activists, and anyone who wants to shape the direction our world is going in. We seek to expose the lies of governments and the corporate elite who constantly trash our humanity.
Press For Truth is a media outlet that centers its efforts to awaken the masses primarily on documentary films as well as broadcast journalism and written articles. The outlet is run by Dan Dicks who is a producer and director, known for Into the Fire (2011), United We Fall (2010) and Of the Land (2015). Press For Truth is here to bring down the wall of the establishment, “Smashing the pyramid one brick at a time.”
First published in 1991, New Dawn magazine explores ancient wisdom and new thinking while encouraging greater awareness and open-mindedness. Each though-provoking issue examines the hidden dimensions of society, culture, history, religion and current events in a non-dogmatic manner. From lost civilisations and ancient knowledge, to secret societies and higher states of consciousness, New Dawn is a fascinating blend of cutting-edge articles on unexplained and behind-the-scenes events. New Dawn also presents alternative news and views on global trends and world affairs, tackling issues and subjects the mainstream media often refuses to touch.
The Little Green Book of Revolution
Ethan Indigo Smith’s The Little Green Book of Revolution is an inspirational book based on ideas of peaceful revolution, historical activism and caring for the Earth like Native Americans.
A pro-individual and anti-institutional look at the history of peaceful proactive revolution, it explores the environmental destruction inherent to our present energy distribution systems and offers ideas to counter the oligarchical institutions of the failing ‘New World Order’.
The Little Green Book of Revolution is available here on Amazon.
About the author:
Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.
Ethan’s publications include:
- The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Oligarchical Collectivism, an insightful exploration of history, philosophy and contemporary politics.
- Tibetan Fusion a book of simple meditative practices and movements that can help you access and balance your energy.
- The Little Green Book of Revolution an inspirational book based on ideas of peaceful revolution, historical activism and caring for the Earth like Native Americans.
- The Matrix of Four, The Philosophy of the Duality of Polarity on the subject of the development of individual consciousness.
- 108 Steps to Be in The Zone a set of 108 meditative practices and steps toward self discovery and individual betterment, including techniques to develop balance, transmute sexual energy and better the self.
- The controversial book, Terra-ist Letters, a work that humorously contrasts the very serious issues of global nuclear experimentation promotion and global marijuana prohibition.
Previous articles by Ethan Indigo Smith:
- The Netherworld Oligarchy – Who is Your Government Really Serving?
- The Big “If” – What If Marijuana and Hemp Had Never Been Prohibited?
- Understanding Ascension: The Geometry of Energy
- Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation: a Guide to Meditation and Breath
- The Matrix of Four Forms of Meditative Breath
- Individuality and Spirituality in the Age of Institutional Rule
- A Little Green Revolution: the Rainbow Warriors will Heal the Earth Mother
- The Dangers of Institutional Thinking – Lessons from 1984, The Matrix, and The Allegory of The Cave
- Why Governments Promote Deadly Nuclear Energy and Ban Beneficial Hemp
- Hate: The Ultimate Social Control Mechanism
- Oligarchy and the War on Individualism