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October 11, 2009

Recent Focus — Your Thoughts?


In recent weeks, we’ve been featuring two projects in addition to the 9/11 project: the Prisoner Abuse and the US Health Care projects. The Prisoner Abuse project is currently focusing on issues centering around the recent Justice Department documents released by the Obama administration and the Senate Armed Service Committee’s recent report. The US Health Care, in conjunction with the Domestic Propaganda project, is focusing on the recent health care debate. (We’re also moving forward with other projects as well, particularly the War in Afghanistan and Kosovar Albanian projects.)

What are your thoughts? Would you like to see more extensive coverage of these topics? Would you rather see other projects focused on and these given less attention? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Update: I’m “stickying” this post to the top of the page. I see this as a key element of the evolution towards HC 2.0. So folks, let your voice be heard.

August 12, 2009

Tracking the Health Care Controversy

Filed under: Propaganda,US Health Care — Max @ 11:09 pm
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I’ve been spending a lot of time lately writing on the various events and issues surrounding the health care reform controversy. You haven’t seen any of those entries yet, though I’ve written (by my count) 54 so far, with plenty more coming. I haven’t posted any of them yet, and probably won’t for a few days yet. It is truly astonishing.

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July 7, 2009

History Commons Newsletter, July 7, 2009


History Commons Newsletter, July 7, 2009

Raising Funds for History Commons 2.0

Over the next few months, the History Commons will begin working towards making some dramatic upgrades in the website, including revamping the web application, and adding much more content and information. These changes will, we trust, make the History Commons a much more effective resource for you and your fellow users. While you may not see the results of these changes for some time, they will, when finished, completely transform the site to make it far more usable and comprehensive. To help move this process forward, 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.

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June 26, 2009

History Commons Projects, Update for June 25, 2009


Over the next few months, the History Commons will begin working towards making some dramatic upgrades in the website, including revamping the web application, and adding much more content and information. These changes will, we trust, make the History Commons a much more effective resource for you and your fellow users. While you may not see the results of these changes for some time, they will, when finished, completely transform the site to make it far more usable and comprehensive. To help move this process forward, we need your financial support like never before. We accept donations through PayPal, credit cards, and personal checks.

Please make your tax-deductible donation today.

We sincerely appreciate all you do to make the History Commons a viable resource for information and citizen activism.

You can help steer the transformation of the History Commons by making your comments and observations on this blog. Over the next few weeks, we will begin polling our users to determine what they want to see in the new and improved “History Commons 2.0.” You are a valuable part of the History Commons, and we want to know what you think. Look for posts soliciting your thoughts and opinions very soon — hopefully by the time you read this.


About a dozen timelines have been updated in the past week, and one of the most active was the Economic Crisis project. One contributor points out that unemployment is already at 21 million peole in the European Union, whereas globally it could reach 51 million, according to the International Labor Organization. Another highlights the fictitious “light switch tax,” as well as much-needed tax cuts for millionaires.
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In the US Health Care Timeline, a contributor has started to cover the recent murder of late-term abortion provider George Tiller.
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In the Neoliberalism and Globalization Timeline, a contributor has started to document the cultural diversity movement, beginning with a group of entries about a UNESCO agreement on cultural diversity.
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A contributor to the Global Warming Timeline has added entries about recent comments by Republican Congressmen on global warming.
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Similarly, in the Domestic Propaganda Timeline a contributor has input more material about criticism of President Obama, and more about the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.
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Finally, in the Loss of Civil Liberties Timeline, a contributor highlights a recent statement by former Defense official Douglas Feith, who said he had nothing to do with the Bush administration’s torture policy.
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