Being Proud of What We Are Not

A Few Notes on Boiling Frogs Post in Wrapping Up Our Countdown

tobeI think it is appropriate to revisit the purpose and some of the main characteristics of Boiling Frogs Post as we are getting ready to wrap up and finalize our countdown month. Usually, as we have done, organizations and various forums list adjectives on what they are: independent, nonpartisan, etc. I believe equally important are those characteristics and objectives that are not part of a website or a forum’s content or theme; especially those by design. I want to go on record and talk about a few things that I’ve made sure this site is not about and does not provide a platform for, and all that by design and unrelenting adamancy.

Not Providing Platforms to Undeserved Petty Personalities

One of the reasons for years I stayed away from blogs and various forums was their general tendency, a willing tendency that is, to extensively cover and meddle in some ridiculous ‘popular’ personalities with even more ridiculous context or quotes. By this I mean both positive and negative coverage, because negative coverage is coverage, in other words, negative publicity for those ‘pop political figures’ is far better than getting no coverage-no publicity. Frankly I find this continuous trend sickening, and I refuse to consider these sites respect worthy-visit worthy.

I am not just talking the talk here. I have ensured that Boiling Frogs Post never gives coverage, even the slightest, to these personalities, scandals or petty headlines. And, I invite you to review the content of our website and check it out for yourself. You will not find a single word or even the name of some Female Pop-Political Figurehead from Alaska, nor will you see any mentioning of some strange lady with an Adam’s apple, nor the name or coverage of some crying-wailing Pop-Political Radio-TV clown … Please don’t take my word for it, instead take a few minutes and search this site, and you’ll come up empty-handed! Next, take a few more minutes and visit sites that have been selling themselves as ‘alternative news,’ search their present content and past archives, and take a note of the  amount of coverage dedicated to that kind of garbage, packaged and sold to their readers as ‘alternative news and coverage.’ Well, we are proud not to be one of those, and will remain this way for as long as this site is able to continue.

Not Intimidated by the Taboo-Setting Popular Media Boogie Men

One of the major pitfalls faced by many start-up forums is the tendency to give in to the fear of being labeled-marginalized-made an outcast, based on topics of coverage. What starts, usually, as alternative, quickly transforms into conformity, becomes mainstream, which in turn changes into coverage appeasing the powers. The no-no topics of the powers-governed mainstream media become the no-no topics of wanna-be alternative media, and from there the trend mushrooms out into many smaller forums. Like it or not this is the sad reality applicable to most.  Let me give you a few examples: [Read more...]

Podcast Show #37

The Boiling Frogs Presents Corey Pein

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Corey Pein recounts the creation of the recently launched groundbreaking site warisbusiness.com, a nonpartisan site covering military contracting, the global arms trade and the lobby, and how he began the project with two assumptions: The first- a lot of people are making money from war, while enjoying the comforts of anonymity (such people were once plainly called profiteers), and the second: Privatizing war inevitably prolongs it, creating what economists call a “perverse incentive.” Mr. Pein discusses the bought out generals and the militarization of the economy, and the latest on the ‘Rent-A-Generals’ exposé. He talks about scandals such as Mina Corp and the subsequent cover up, US Embassies as marketing arms of military corporations, the win-win outcome of elections for the Pentagon contractors and arms makers, Wikileaks, and more!

CoreyPein Corey Pein is an award-winning investigative reporter and long-form narrative journalist who writes about the military industrial complex, money, politics and violence from London, UK. Previously, he has lived in New Mexico, Oregon, Georgia and in Southeast Asia. His latest project is warisbusiness.com, a startup news site covering military contracting and the global arms trade. Mr. Pein has worked on staff at Columbia Journalism Review, Willamette Week, the Santa Fe Reporter and IHT ThaiDay, and contributed to Salon, Slate, The American Prospect, and CounterPunch, among others.

Here is our guest Corey Pein unplugged!

Note- Boiling Frogs selects warisbusiness.com as the best website of 2010!

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Boiling Frogs Post Countdown: Week 2

Please Join & Help Us Reach Our First Benchmark of 1000 Donations

Update - March 3: We are one third of the way there; 700 more needed! We can do it - together.

Sibel EdmondsIn October 2009 I launched Boiling Frogs Post with one purpose in mind: To establish a venue for investigative articles, editorials, analyses, discussions, and interviews on issues largely censored and blacked out by the media. After four months of a successful trial phase this venue is now ready to enter its next stage, and for that it needs your support.

Boiling Frogs Post is solely dependent on its readers, and has no ties to any institution, foundation, organization or corporation. This is the only model I see fit to be called an independent news and views venue, untainted by external pressures, special interests or partisan flavoring.

Sibel Lighthouse Our authors and analysts present their work, not agenda scripts or special recipes handed to them for creation of a particular propaganda to serve a particular interest. And, our weekly commercial-free Podcast Show hosts the voices of noteworthy guests on topics long-muffled and quashed by the mainstream media and their minions on lower levels posing as alternatives.

I’m happy to report that in the four months since the launching of Boiling Frogs Post we have accomplished and delivered every single objective set prior to the launching this site. I am proud to have established a distinguished team of journalists, analysts, authors, and an editorial cartoonist whose work is based on truth and real issues.

Whether it is going after hypocrisy-ridden foreign policy practices, the ever revolving doors of foreign lobbies, or our stomped upon and continuously assaulted civil liberties, our work transcends the webs put in place by partisanship and special interests and agendas.

Here are a few examples of our work:

Sibel Edmonds- The Makings of a Police State Series

Dr. Nafeez Ahmed- Yemen, Energy Crisis & the Nigerian Crutch Bomber Series

Mizgin Yilmaz- Richard Armitage Series

Dr. William Weaver – The Impulse to Secrecy: The Glomar Response

Peter Lance: Fort Hood & the KSM Trial Series

Sibel Edmonds- Op-ed Series

In this short time span the Boiling Frogs Show has been able to present you with over 20 distinguished experts and whistleblowers from the fields of journalism, intelligence, grassroots activism, academia, and foreign policy. Here is a list of select interviews:

James Bamford on NSA & Illegal Domestic Wiretapping

Pepe Escobar on the Current Energy Crisis & the Quest for Central Asia-Caspian Region

Russ Baker on the Concept of Shadow Government and the Real Power Centers in the US

Daniel Ellsberg on Obama Presidency & Whistleblowers

Andy Worthington on America’s Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay

Chris Hedges on the US Media & the Empire of Illusion

Coleen Rowley on Accountability, Whistleblowers & Activism

I believe during this four-month trial phase Boiling Frogs Post has established a solid track record with what it has accomplished, and a view of what it can accomplish given your support and backing. We are now ready to begin our next phase, during which we will continue to provide what you have seen, read, and listened to thus far, and additionally, will present exclusive video clips and investigative stories.

This site will continue and expand only with your direct support. I am asking every one of you to consider yourself as the one who can make this possible, that without your active support this real alternative site will not continue or exist, and that without your help those who consider truly independent channels like this ‘impossible to survive and flourish’ will be proven right, and with that we will all lose. So please do your share, and contribute whatever you can now.

Our countdown to receive your support and donations begins today. No donation is either too small or too large. Please donate what you can to keep this home of the irate minority alive, and thank you for all you do.

Sibel Edmonds

Founder & Publisher, Boiling Frogs Post

 

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