Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
Chief among climate scientists’ concerns is the loss of the reflective power of Arctic ice when it melts due to rising ocean temperature. The dark water that replaces reflective ice absorbs more solar radiation, warming the ocean even more. This process of “Arctic melt” is causing one-third of the increases in temperature, and climate […]
There’s a problem in the tech world. In the race to create the next superfluous billion-dollar sexting app or game saga, the tech community is failing to apply its workers’ prodigious skills for the betterment of society. Cole Peters, a Canadian designer, is pushing back. He’s created a manifesto, “First Things First 2014,” that urges designers, […]
Knowing the repercussions of climate change can motivate us to prepare for what is coming. And our best line of defense for a volatile future is resilience. Suzanne Lindgren reports five simple and enjoyable things anyone can do to prepare for a resilient future: The first step: cultivate diversity, i.e. genetic diversity is the […]
President Johnson’s War on Poverty (1964-1970) laid out an ambitious set of welfare programs for low-income families by treating the symptoms of poverty—hunger, lack of medical care and education. It also stigmatized and humiliated those in need. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) replaced welfare in the mid-‘90s. In this program, single mothers who […]
Media analysts observe how journalists refrain from using the word “rape” to describe incidents of sexual assault. Instead, news outlets downplay the humiliation and cruelty entailed in these acts by referring to them as “sex crimes,” “inappropriate sexual activity,” or “forced sex,” even though such acts are legally recognized as “rape.” “‘Rape’, along with […]