What: A clipping service (or “Drudge for right-minders”) in which volunteers read assigned (usually self-chosen) periodicals (domestic, foreign, and technical, where relevant), providing links to original source and a brief (4-5 sentences, max) synopsis that will be posted to the website (which opens within the next week).
Later upgrades (on a crawl-walk-run evolution) will include analysis and synthesis, each with an emphasis on good reporting, citations to source materials, and sober fact-facing.
Why: A lot of hard work goes into maintaining existing internet resources for the FreeFor. More eyes and brains will help make sure that we don’t miss key information from around the world, especially as things devolve here in the States and the American propaganda organs increase volume to 11.
Who: You, if you are willing. Folks with relevant backgrounds and/or deep interest may get to choose specific periodicals and/or subjects. The editors will do what we can to make sure you can make a meaningful contribution.
When: No promises, but we hope to be live within the next week (i.e., by Christmas Eve Eastern standard time).
Where: The editors maintain email@example.com as the project’s email address. Volunteers should report there if they have not yet received an acknowledgment from us.
How: Let’s assume I have chosen/been assigned the Japan Times. Each day, I will scan the edition (at least twice a day, to catch updates) for stories of interest in the following areas (these will evolve over time):
African Economics and Politics
Domestic (US and Canadian) Economy and Politics
Domestic Space Activities
Eurasian Economics and Politics
Foreign Military Issues
Foreign Space Activities
Pan Asian Economics and Politics
South/Central American and Mexican Economics and Politics
Terrorism, with an emphasis on Islamic terror
US Freedom Issues
US Military Issues
World Freedom Issues
Let’s assume today, I see a story in the JT regarding Islamists gaining greater control in the Philippines.
I’d assemble a brief, factual synopsis, ending with the direct link to the story:
Muslim terror forces gain increasing leverage in Mindanao, Panawan, and Samar by exploiting public officials’ corruption. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/philippines/islamistsgain.html
Once that’s done, I’d just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Terrorism – Philippines”. The editors will then review, correct any typos, and include in the next blog post.
We’ll be evolving as time proceeds, and we may even find that no one gets any benefits from the effort.
But let’s try it for a while.