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June 16, 2012

Fundraising Update

Filed under: 'situation report',community — Max @ 12:54 am

Some kind and wonderful people have been generous enough to donate. We have enough in the kitty to stave off imminent disappearance, at least throughout the summer. Thank you!!!

However, we are going to continue asking for donations, for several reasons. One, expenses are ongoing (i.e. paying the host, re-registering the domains, etc). Two, we’re considering upgrading our hosting, which would go a long way towards ending the annoying downtime we’re suffering. Three, we want to resume some other adjunct services we have provided our users and contributors in the past, but have had to suspend due to financial constraints. (Wondering why you haven’t gotten an email update lately? This is why.) And lastly, we want to begin (finally!) working on the long-anticipated and much-needed app and site upgrade.

As always, our community of users and contributors are keeping us alive and kicking. We ask that you continue to donate, for all the above reasons and more. We have big plans for the future, both for new and expanded coverage (LGBTQ rights and Wikileaks are two big subjects that are planned for in-depth coverage) and for upgrading and modernizing the site for easier usage.

Thank you again.

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“Your timeline has been invaluable to me over the years.” — New York Times reporter, and 9/11 researcher and author Philip Shenon

May 19, 2012

Fundraising Alert #2

Filed under: 'situation report',community — Max @ 6:40 pm

This is the second of a small number of fundraising alerts. The History Commons needs your financial support like never before.

“Your timeline has been invaluable to me over the years.” — New York Times reporter, and 9/11 researcher and author Philip Shenon

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The History Commons is facing a financial emergency and we need your financial support like never before. While we have been working to upgrade the Web site and web application, we have been struggling financially with the costs to keep the site up and running. Without a strong influx of support, the History Commons may disappear from the Internet entirely before the end of the summer. That would be a tragedy, as the History Commons and its predecessor, CooperativeResearch.org, has been providing well-researched and timely information for citizen researchers, academics, and investigators for eleven years.

HistoryCommons.org receives thousands of visitors per month, but receives a relatively small amount of contributions. The History Commons and its parent organization, the Center for Grassroots Oversight, does not receive money from foundations, corporations, or governments. We accept no advertising whatsoever. We are 100% grassroots-supported.

Our initial target goal for donations is $10,000. That will allow us to keep the History Commons alive on the Internet, continue to post new material, and perform critical maintenance on the current application. Currently we are making regular and frequent additions to the Complete 9/11 Timeline (including the Day of 9/11, which is about to receive a large number of new entries), Civil Liberties, Domestic Propaganda, Domestic Terrorism, and the 2012 Elections projects, to name a few. We anticipate beginning an LGBT civil liberties project in the very near future, and we dearly want to expand our coverage of other issues, such as the global economic and environmental crises.

In the long(er) term, we have set a target goal of $100,000 in donations. That will allow us to begin the critical process of upgrading the application and the Web site, a goal we have worked towards for years but have continually lacked the funds to implement.

We have received some donations already. To those contributors, we would like to extend our thanks. The money helps to keep the History Commons functioning, and demonstrates a tangible interest in and concern for this project. Unfortunately, our financial need continues to be great, and our situation continues to be precarious.

Please make your tax-deductible donation today and help us remain a viable informational resource for the 21st century. We would also ask that you repost this request or a link to it on Twitter, Facebook, your own blog, or in emails to your contacts. Thank you for what you do to make the History Commons a viable resource for information and citizen activism.

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Thank you so much for your support!

“For serious research, it’s hard to think of a more valuable resource than the timelines assembled by History Commons. The material they provide is a welcome antidote to the misinformation and disinformation that has been coming out of Washington in recent years and they are essential tools in assembling a counter-narrative that more honestly addresses the crises we face.” — author Craig Unger

The History Commons provides “a richly documented summary of [the Watergate] events.” — Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald

“Any researcher, reporter or scholar with an interest in the war on terror would consider the [History Commons] timelines a bonanza of open source information.” — Peter Lance

“The [History Commons] researchers are in many ways similar to the team Scott Armstrong, the former Washington Post reporter, recruited in the mid-1980s to uncover the roots of Reagan’s secret Iran-Contra deals.” — columnist James Ridgway

“The History Commons is one of the most important and technologically advanced projects of civil journalism there is today.” — Daniel Erlacher, founder of Austria’s Elevate Festival

“Endlessly informative.” — reporter Steve Perry

April 29, 2012

Fundraising Appeal for Spring/Summer 2012

Filed under: community,History Commons 2.0 — Max @ 8:33 pm

The History Commons is facing a financial emergency. While we have been working to upgrade the Web site and web application, we have been struggling to keep the site up and running. We may not have the money to keep the site hosted for the rest of the summer – which would mean the History Commons could disappear from the Internet. Now we need your financial support like never before. We accept donations through PayPal, credit cards, and personal checks. We sincerely appreciate all you do to make the History Commons a viable resource for information and citizen activism. Please make your tax-deductible donation today and help us remain a viable informational resource for the 21st century.

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Thank you so much for your support!

December 31, 2011

Stepping Up for 2012

Filed under: community — Max @ 1:31 pm

With the New Year starting in just a few hours, here’s some of what we want to do with the History Commons in 2012. We literally cannot do this without your support. Here’s how you can help:

You can go to the newly redesigned History Commons New Topics Listing for information on what we’d like to begin (or continue) covering in 2012. You can comment on these topics, or propose your own, at the HC Groups Blog, on the Facebook page, in a tweet, or by emailing us. We cannot cover all of this on our own. If it’s to be done, it will only get done with your help. Some of the topics we’re interested in covering include:

  • 2012 elections and earlier
  • the Abramoff lobbying scandal
  • Blackwater and the rise of private mercenary forces
  • the Citizens United decision
  • Guantanamo violations and depredations
  • History of the CIA
  • the Murdoch/News of the World hacking scandal
  • Operation Gladio and NATO’s secret armies in Western Europe
  • Political assassinations in the US
  • Social movements
  • SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act)
  • the US Attorney scandal and resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
  • Violence against women in the military
  • Wikileaks and Bradley Manning

Naturally, some of our best and most penetrating coverage comes from our community, in the form of suggestions and contributions. Many of our projects began with user suggestions.

And none of our currently active projects are “complete” by any stretch. Every project needs more information for a broader and more in-depth examination of the issues those projects cover. If you’re not interested in a new project, an older project could often use some attention. Here are some of the current projects we’d dearly love to see get some new attention:

  • War in Afghanistan
  • Prisoner Abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan and Elsewhere
  • Global Financial and Economic Crisis 2007-Present
  • US Electoral Politics
  • US Health Care System
  • Global Warming
  • US Environmental Issues
  • US International Relations

We appreciate your interest and your support. Let’s make this a banner year.

November 22, 2011

Proposing New Research Topics

Filed under: community — Max @ 10:54 pm

New Topic Listing

There’s a new page for History Commons contributors, users, and friends. Check it out and see if any of the proposed new topics interests you. If you have an idea for something not on this list, post it here!

September 11, 2011

Presentations w/Elevate’s Daniel Erlacher

Just finished a Skype presentation with Daniel Erlacher in Graz, Austria. Daniel runs the annual Elevate Festival in that lovely town, and is a huge HC supporter. I spoke for about 15 minutes on HC in general and our 9/11 coverage in specific. Kevin Fenton also did a presentation a bit earlier. I’ll let him discuss that.

What I’d really like to see is a more “international” presence for HC. We are very US-oriented, with the vast majority of our coverage focusing on events that primarily impact the US in one sense or another. (Two exceptions that come to mind are the Kosovar Albanian and European Football projects.)

We need more international coverage. I’d also like to see a version of HC in, say, German, either using our information in a translated form, and/or a version incorporating German-language original research.

Cross-posted at the History Commons blog.

August 15, 2011

Good friend to HC research efforts

Filed under: community,Propaganda,US Domestic Terrorism — Max @ 2:33 am

@karoli, as she’s called on Twitter:

Odd Time Signatures

Gave me an EXCELLENT link to a research project that links the John Birch Society and Freedomworks. That info will be posted very soon. Thanks, Karoli.

If you have links to info that you think HC should cover, post them in here or email them to me: mtuck AT historycommons DOT org.

May 1, 2011

New Project at the History Commons

Hi all,

Recently we added something quite different to the History Commons, a project titled European Football and Politics. It doesn’t attempt to cover results, won-lost records, and so forth, but examines the economics, politics and maneuvering behind the scenes of the sport. It’s a creation of site admin Kevin, who’s been writing entries for months and placing them in Miscellaneous, where many users couldn’t get to them. The other day we decided to go for it and create a separate project for it. We announced it in an emailer. I’ve been curious as to what, if any, response we might get.


April 15, 2011

History Commons Is Changing its Updates….

Filed under: 'situation report',community,Entry Update,Miscellanenous — Max @ 10:56 am

Hi, Commons community,

You haven’t seen an email update from us in a while. That’s because there haven’t been any. I won’t go into they whys, except they center mostly around personal and family issues that have precluded the admins (i.e. me) from getting them done. And they’re not coming back! (Okay, yes they are, but not in the way they have been. Keep reading to find out more.)

Instead, we’re using Twitter, Facebook, and our History Commons Groups blog to inform you of new updates, initiatives, and outreach. We’ll post irregular, but frequent, updates as to what new material is being posted, what new things are coming up, and how you can get involved.

I can tell you that something potentially big is brewing with HC. I can’t tell you what, because that would a) spoil the fun and more importantly, b) nothing’s firm yet. I don’t want to jump the gun and tell you all about something that may not, in fact, take place. As with all new and exciting changes, they cost resources. If you can, please donate to the cause. We are entirely user-supported, and everything you donate goes directly into keeping History Commons up, running, and expanding its knowledge base.

Here are some very important, and semi-permanent, links for you. They’ve all been shortened, so tweet, Facebook, Stumble, Digg, what have you, at will to spread the word.

History Commons Groups Blog: http://is.gd/AYjCzX
History Commons on Twitter: @historycommons and http://is.gd/VOWKG1
Supporters of History Commons at Facebook: http://is.gd/ZXeN6I
How to Volunteer at HC: http://is.gd/D33rOc
How to Donate to HC: http://is.gd/K9drCP

Email updates are not entirely a thing of the past. On an irregular basis, specific updates will come via email, particularly from the 9/11 Timeline admins. So if you’re used to getting emails on that topic, don’t smack your monitor in frustration, they are still going to hit your inbox. But not as often! So make a point of bookmarking the blog, following HC on Twitter and Facebook, and most important, get involved! Write for HC. Donate. Share the site with friends, journalists, scholars, professors, your family, anyone. We pride ourselves on having a factually accurate, expansive and ever-growing repository of information on subjects that we all care about. (And if you don’t see HC covering a topic you’re interested in, that’s where you come in — you can cover it, and we will help!)

We value your involvement, and we appreciate your support, whether you’re sending a donation, writing an entry, sending a link to someone, or reading and using HC material. Thank you, and make sure you drop us a note via Twitter, Facebook, the blog, or, yes, an email, to let us know what you think.


February 13, 2011

New Posts This Week

Hm, I thought “biweekly” meant twice a week, not once every two weeks. Sorry about that.

Many more entries in the Plame-Niger timeline.

1 new entry in the Complete 9/11 Timeline; look for more in this project coming soon.

Tons more in the Domestic Terrorism timeline, one of my personal pet projects at the moment.

Many more entries in the Domestic Propaganda timeline.

After a hiatus, the Kosovar Albanian Self-Determination timeline is active again.

And finally, lots of entries related to football (soccer to the Yanks out there) and football-related economics in the Miscellaneous timeline. These will form the basis of a new, standalone project soon.

Let us know what you think, what you’d like to see, and most importantly, if you’d like to step up and start contributing.

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