Looking for a shred of truth not to shred it? Here ya go! But, please know that this is a work in progress.


We will not claim these recommended sites are “objective” but they are honest and spur critical thinking and have an independent edge.

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Thank you, independent critical thinkers and open government advocates! We recommend you add these to your reading lists:

National News

Consortium News:  the first investigative journalism on the net, founded by Robert Parry (deceased) and journalists who broke the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s. They came from and still work in “mainstream media” with honesty and intellectual integrity.

Ballot Access News:  written by the premiere ballot access expert for independents and minor parties in the country, Richard Winger. Take a look at the miles of work they do every month to chronicle lawsuits, petition drives, legislative changes, book reviews and more to open up and clean up elections in the USA. Subscribe if you care, about competitive elections like we do!


Blog Maverick -- The Mark Cuban Weblog: Know any billionaires who do their own weblog? This is one reason why some people call Mark Cuban the “people’s billionaire” or “shark for democracy.”  “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.”


Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity: The Institute and Paul are the most reliable anti-interventionist policy centers that we’re aware of. They also regularly reference

Democracy Now!: is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Free Speech TV ch. 348 and Link TV ch. 375); and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.


Charles Hugh Smith:  A progressive independent thinker who deep dives into the “deep state” that is doing great harm to our country’s economic and security well-being. a little doomsdayish, but who isn’t having come off of Wall Street (their names are fictitious). Moreover, if you don’t feel that way about the peril of the continuation of debt growth to keep our economy going, you’re not paying attention.


Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden’s attorney, and one of the most important independent journalists in the world is now at Substack.


Edward Snowden is at Substack. Snowden and Greenwald call the mainstream media on fake news with brilliance and finesse as leaders in the battle for the right to dissent.


Texas News

Grits for Breakfast:  Scott Henson is an ace researcher, writer and policy guy on civil liberties and criminal justice in Texas. He also recently founded Just Liberty, a 501c4 organization that is pushing for common sense and very needed reforms winding their way through the sausage maker, otherwise known as the Texas legislature.

Texas Monthly:  Texas Monthly one of the best and most fun magazines around that continues to grow in popularity. Great stuff!

Quorum Report: Harvey Kronberg has our respect as a, if not THE, top-notch political analyst of Texas politics. Though you have to subscribe for his worthy deep analysis dives, you can get the “Buzz” for free.


Texas Tribune: For the best of Texas online news and political coverage. Though many of us continue to read the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle – the latter is beefing up their investigative journalism.


Your Local Press


If you’re lucky enough to have a local newspaper, we hope you will subscribe. Though many people are reading their news online, in rural communities, newspapers you can hold in your hand still play a very important role.

In Austin, we love The Austin Bulldog longtime professional writer, Ken Martin, is still the best around for local Austin news with a bite.



"Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop," by Lee Drutman. Here’s this great review that Rich Winger of Ballot Access News wrote about the “Doom Loop” book.