FRIENDS of the MIDDLE - LINKS
L+ - Farther Left
L - Left
M - Middle
R - Right
R+ - Farther Right
Absurd Report, The - Chasing liberals like villagers after Frankenstein. (R)
Accurate Marine Surveys - Jacksonville, Florida & farther.
Addicting Info - "The Knowledge You Crave", started as a resource to discredit all the lies & propaganda that the right-wing spreads. (L)
Advanced Control Technologies - Designing energy saving & environmentally friendly solutions.
Alan Grayson - Former & hopefully future Democratic U.S. Representative from Orlando, FL. (L)
Al Jazeera - News from an Arab perspective. (?)
AlterNet - Award-winning news magazine & online community that creates original journalism & amplifies the best of hundreds of other independent media sources. (L)
Amend 2012 - Robert Reich's attempt to overturn Citizens United by amending the Constitution. (M)
American Bridge 21st Century - PAC. A progressive research & communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words & actions & helping you ascertain when Republican candidates are pretending to be something they’re not. (L)
American Prospect, The - We're liberal, progressive, lefty—call it what you want, we're proud of it. If you put our vision on a bumper sticker, it would read: "Hey, We're in This Together" or "Hey, We Actually Care About People!" (L)
American Public Transportation Association - Support Public Transportation. (L)
American Thinker - National security in all its dimensions -- strategic, economic, diplomatic, & military -- is emphasized. The right to exist & the survival of the State of Israel are of great importance to us. (R)
American Worker Project - Conducts research to increase the wages, benefits & security of American workers & promote their rights at work. From the Center for American Progress Action Fund. (L)
Americas Report, The - The publication of the Menges Hemispheric Security Project. Latin American news. (M)
Arts & Letters Daily - From The Chronicle of Higher Education. (M)
Associated Press (AP) - International News Wire. (M)
ATLAH Media Newtork - "All Jesus, All the Time." (R)
Atlantic, The - News & analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national & international life. (L)
Bag the Box - Bolivia has lots of cereals in bags. What a great idea.
Barack Obama - The POTUS & 2012 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Barrett Duncan and Duncan Wealth Advisory Group - Carmel, Indiana. ($)
Barron's - "America's Premier Financial Magazine." ($)
BBC News - UK & the world. (M)
Big Eye, The - The revolutionary news portal - alternative news, anti-war news. (R/L)
Bipartisan Policy Center - Drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation & respectful dialogue. Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole & George Mitchell. (M)
Bloomberg - Financial, business & investment news. ($)
Boing Boing - General Blog with some good, hip writers (L)
BoliviaBella - Everything about Bolivia in English & Spanish.
Borowitz Report - View of U.S. current events. (L)
BuzzFeed - "The hottest, most social content on the web." (M)
Cagle Post, The - Cartoons & Commentary. (M)
Caribbean Island Imports - Delicious, fiery island sauces, spices & more. Sarasota, Florida.
Carpe Diem - Prof. Mark J. Perry's Blog for economics & finance. (M)
Center for American Progress Action Fund - Our mission is to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing & advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. (L)
Center for Public Integrity, The - iWatch News. Our mission: to reveal abuses of power, corruption & dereliction of duty by powerful public & private institutions in order to cause them to operate with honesty, integrity, accountability & to put the public interest first. (L)
Center for Responsive Politics - The nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics & its effect on elections and public policy. (L)
Centre for Research on Globalization - Publishes news articles, commentary, background research & analysis on a broad range of issues; focusing on social, economic, strategic & environmental processes. (L)
CEO Express - Business portal for executives - links, newsfeeds, information sources. ($)
Change.Org - Start your own petition for a good cause. (M)
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Illinois. (M)
Citizens for Tax Justice - CTJ's mission is to give ordinary people a greater voice in the development of tax laws, against the armies of special interest lobbyists for corporations & the wealthy. (L)
Clark Norton - Freelance travel writer, dedicated world traveler.
CNN - U.S. edition. (M)
CNN Business - Including Fortune & Money magazines. ($)
Coffee Party USA, The - Without adhering to any partisan or ideological framework, our aim is to provide a gathering place & a method for those who might not otherwise have a voice in our democracy. (L)
Common Cause - The citizens' lobby: Fighting for you in Washington, DC & at your state capitol. For more than 40 years, we've been leading the effort to put the people's voices ahead of the special interests. (M)
Common Dreams - We publish breaking news from a progressive perspective & the latest ideas, opinions & in-depth analysis by some of the world's best progressive writers, thinkers & activists. (L)
Common Sense Media - Dedicated to improving the lives of kids & families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media & technology. (M)
Confessions of a Political Junkie - Erick Erickson's Conservative Blog. (R)
Connect the Dots USA - "Civics & Policy Basics for the Busy Majority." Good charts & graphs. (M)
ConsortiumNews - "Independent Investigative Journalism." (L)
Consumers Union - Publisher of Consumer Reports. ($)
Creative Commons - Providers of the licensing agreement we use to republish many articles. Open Education. (M)
Creators Syndicate - "A Syndicate of Talent." (M)
CREDO Action - We're not driven by the bottom line; we're driven by a belief. A belief that we can make the world a better place — through automatic donations to progressive causes & easy activism tools like our progressive citizens lobby — CREDO Action. (L)
Crooks & Liars - Blog. (L)
Current TV - Al Gore's liberal cable channel featuring Keith Olbermann & Jennifer Granholm. (L)
Daily Beast, The - founded in 2008 as the vision of Tina Brown & IAC Chairman Barry Diller. Curated to avoid information overload, the site is dedicated to breaking news & sharp commentary. The online home of Newsweek. (M)
Daily Caller, The - Founded by Tucker Carlson, a 20-year veteran of print and broadcast media, & Neil Patel, former chief policy adviser to Vice President Cheney, The Daily Caller is a 24-hour news site providing original reporting from an experienced team of professional reporters, thought-provoking commentary & breaking news. (R)
Daily Kos - News, community, action. (L)
Daily Paul - "Dedicated to Restoring Constitutional Government to the United States of America." (R+)
Daily Reckoning, The - Literary economic perspective, global market analysis, & contrarian investment advice. (M)
Democratic Underground - Blog. (L)
Dennis Cox - Award-winning travel photography, stock photos of the world, photography tours.
Digg - A social news website. Its cornerstone function consists of letting people vote stories up or down, called "digging" & "burying", respectively. (M)
Drudge Report - A whole lot of news, some with a conservative slant. Links to most news sources on the planet. (R)
Economist, The - Authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics, business news & opinion. ($)
Edge - To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex & sophisticated minds, put them in a room together & have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves. (M)
El Deber - Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. (R)
FactCheck - A nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception & confusion in U.S. politics. (M)
Fail Blog - Epic fail funny videos & pictures.
FlackCheck - Uses parody & humor to debunk false political advertising, poke fun at extreme language & hold the media accountable for their reporting on political campaigns. (M)
Forbes - "Information for the World's Business leaders." ($)
Foreign Affairs - Published by the Council on Foreign Relations. (M)
Foreign Policy Association - Foreign Policy Blogs. (M)
France 24 - International News 24/7. (R)
Free Republic - Blog/Forum. (R+)
From the Bathroom Wall - Example: "Question everything." "Why?"
Gawker - "Today's Gossip Is Tomorrow's News." (L)
GlobalPost - World News. (M)
Greencastle Banner Graphic - "Indiana Is God's Country." (M)
Guardian - London. "The World's Leading Liberal Voice." (L)
Harper's Magazine - The oldest general interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation. (L)
Helium - Ezine: Where Knowledge Rules (M)
Hill, The - Reports on the intersection of politics & business, connecting Capitol Hill, K St., Wall St. & Pa. Av. for non-partisan coverage of all factors in legislative decisions. In-depth coverage of Congress, the Administration, business & lobbying, campaigns & more. (M)
Hot Air - A leading conservative blog for breaking news & commentary covering the Republican primary, the 2012 election, politics, media & culture. (R)
Huffington Post, The - Adriana's "internet newspaper". (M)
Human Events - "Powerful Conservative Voices." (R)
Indianapolis Star - Indianapolis, Indiana (M)
Individual.Com - Personalize your news.
International Living - The idea of living a happier, more fulfilling, more prosperous life offshore still strikes many as a radical idea simply because they don't have the whole story. ($)
In These Times - "With liberty and justice for all...", a nonprofit & independent newsmagazine committed to political and economic democracy & opposed to the tyranny of marketplace values over human values. (L)
Lilith eZine, The - In essence, you might say we believe in utopia - the idea of a perfect society where people, nature and technology live in harmony. Pro-women, of course. (L)
Little Green Footballs - Blog covering issues dear to both U.S. conservatives & liberals.
Lonely Planet - Travel guides.
Mahalo - "Learn Anything".
Media Matters - a web-based, not-for-profit, progressive research & information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing & correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. (L)
Mensa International - People from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population.
Mike Luckovich - Political cartoons by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Pulitzer Prize winner. (L)
Mitt Romney - 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
More Intelligent Life - The online version of Intelligent Life Magazine. (M)
Mother Jones - "Smart, Fearless Journalism." (L)
MoveOn.Org - "Democracy in Action." "The Best of the Progressive Web." (L)
Los Angeles Times, The - Los Angeles, California. (M)
Nation, The - The oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States. The periodical, devoted to politics & culture, is self-described as "the flagship of the left." (L)
Nation of Change - "Progressive Journalism for Positive Action". (L)
National Geographic - They get all over and take pictures too. (M)
National Memo, The - Daily newsletter & website that combines the spirit of investigative journalism with new technology & ideas, reflecting a clear, strong perspective without propaganda or partisanship. (L)
National Review - Provides a dose of conservative wisdom that everyone needs to keep their political sanity. (R)
New America Foundation - A nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers & new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. (L)
New Republic, The - Covers politics, culture & the arts with a focus on foreign policy, the Middle East, Congress, Capitol Hill & the White House. (L)
New York Review of Books, The - Biweekly book reviews & journal of intellectual currents. (L)
New York Times, The - New York City. (M)
New Yorker, The - Reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons & poetry, published by Condé Nast. (L)
News Junkie Post - "Making Sense of the News", a global news website featuring original articles written by the editing staff and contributors. (L)
NewsCenter - "What's Going On." (M)
Newsmax - "Independent. American." (R)
Newt Gingrich - 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
Newt Gingrich Newsletter - All the zany ideas somebody actually writes down. (R)
No Labels - a group of Republicans, Democrats & Independents dedicated to a simple proposition: We want our government to work again. (M)
Occupy Wall Street - "The Revolution Continues Worldwide!" (L+)
Onion, The - "America's Finest News Source." (M)
OpEdNews - Progressive, tough, liberal news & opinion. (L)
Passive-Aggressive Notes - "Funny Notes from Pi*sed-off People."
Physics Today - The flagship publication of The American Institute of Physics.
PhysicsWorld.Com - News, views & information for the global physics community.
Planned Parenthood - Sexual & reproductive health, sex education. (L)
POGO (Project on Government Oversight) - Has earned a solid reputation for uncovering deep-rooted systemic problems which threaten the integrity of the federal government. (M)
Political Cortex - "Brain Food for the Body Politic." (L)
Politico - U.S. political news only. (L)
Politics or Poppycock - Blog, a look from the left at politics, politicians, policies & issues of national concern. (L)
Politicus USA - "Real Liberal Politics, No Corporate Money, No Masters". (L)
PolitiFact by the Tampa Bay Times - Featuring the famous "Truth-O-Meter". (M)
Project Gutenberg - Over 38,000 free Ebooks.
Project Reason - "Spreading Science & Secular Values." (M)
ProPublica - An independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. (L)
PublicEye - From Political Research Associates, "Researching the Right for Progressive Changemakers." (L)
Raw Story, The - A progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media, while giving coverage to the big stories of the day. (L)
Real Clear Politics - Opinion, News, Analysis, Videos & Polls. An independent, non-partisan media company that is a trusted source for the best news, analysis and commentary. (M)
Real News Network, The - The movements for the rights of working people, women, children, immigrants, indigenous people, for freedom of religion & conscience, for moral & spiritual values & for peace and against racism are news. The health of our planet will be a story, day after day. (L)
RedState - Conservative blog & news source for right of center activists. (R)
Reuters - International News Wire. (M)
Rick Santorum - 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
Right Wing News - John Hawkins founded Right Wing News in 2001 & since then, it has been one of the premier conservative blogs on the Internet. (R)
Roadfood.Com - "Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats."
Rolling Stone - Music news, politics, reviews, photos, videos, interviews & more. (L)
Ron Paul - 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
Salon - Ezine: politics, entertainment & life. (L)
SciDev.Net - Science & Development Network: news, views & information about science, technology & the developing world.
Scientific American - "The Science That Matters." (M)
Shark Tank, The - "Florida's Political Feeding Frenzy." (M)
SignOn.Org - Create Your Own Petition.
Skeptic - The Skeptics Society & magazine - examining extraordinary claims & promoting science.
Slate - Ezine: politics, business, technology & the arts. (L)
Smithsonian Magazine - The official journal of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (M)
Smoking Gun, The - Brings you exclusive documents--cool, confidential, quirky--that can't be found elsewhere on the Web. Using material obtained from government & law enforcement sources, via Freedom of Information requests & from court files nationwide. Everything is 100% authentic. (M)
Snopes - The definitive internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors & misinformation. (M)
South China Morning Post - Hong Kong. (M)
Stratfor - "Global Intelligence", our goal is to make the complexity of the world understandable to an intelligent readership, without ideology, agenda, or national bias. (M)
Stuff Kids Write - Kids often compose side-achingly hilarious quips with no real intention of being humorous.
Suite101 - Ezine & Writers' Network. A community-powered web publication where writers & experts publish articles for a worldwide audience of millions of readers per month. Our vast array of topics attracts a wide-ranging group of readers seeking authoritative articles, reviews & commentary. (M)
TED - "Ideas Worth Spreading", riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world. (M)
Think Progress - Voted “Best Liberal Blog” in the 2006 Weblog Awards and chosen as an "Official Honoree" in the 2009 Webby awards. From the Center for American Progress Action Fund. (L)
Throw the Bums Out - Walking 2700 miles from Spokane, WA to Washington, DC, dedicated to removing all 435 U.S. Representatives & 33 Senators this year. (M)
Times, The - London. (M)
Toronto Star, The - Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (M)
Townhall - Conservative news, politics, opinion, breaking news analysis, political cartoons & commentary. (R)
Transparency International - The Global Coalition Against Corruption. (M)
Truthdig - "Drilling Beneath the Headlines." (L)
Truthout - "Fearless, Independent News & Opinion". (L)
USAction - Builds power by uniting people locally & nationally, on-the-ground and online, to win a more just & progressive America. (L)
Vanity Fair - Pop culture, fashion & current affairs, published by Condé Nast. (M)
Wall Street Journal, The - New York City. ($)
Washington Monthly, The - Telling fascinating, deeply reported stories about the ideas & characters that animate America’s government. (L)
Washington Post, The - Washington, DC. (M)
Washingtonian Magazine - Washington's most trusted guide to living, working & playing in the area. (M)
Week, The - Political News & Cartoons, Current Events & Entertainment Magazine. (M)
Weird News (MSNBC) - Pretty self-explanatory. (M)
Wealth Daily - Investment advice & stock market commentary ($)
Wired - Reports on how new & developing technology affects culture, the economy & politics. (M)
Wizbang - A new media network focused on news, politics & entertainment. (M)
Worldcrunch - All News Is Global. (L)
YourMorals.Org - Morality Quiz: Test Your Morals, Values & Ethics. Why is there such hostility & incomprehension between members of different political parties? By filling out a few of our surveys, you'll help us answer those questions. (M)
FRIENDS of the MIDDLE - BOOKS
Caputo, Philip (2005). Acts of Faith (novel). ISBN 0-37-572597-0.
Judt, Tony (2005). Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. Penguin Press. ISBN 1-59-420065-3.
Murdock, Iris (1974). The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (novel). ISBN 0-14-004111-7.
Woolf, Virginia (1931). The Waves (novel). ISBN 1-84-022410-X.
Zinn, Howard (1995). A People's History of the United States: 1492-present. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-092643-0.
FRIENDS of the MIDDLE - MOVIES
American Beauty (1999). Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening.
Five Easy Pieces (1970). Jack Nicholson, Karen Black.
Lake House, The (2006). Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock.
Langoliers, The (1995-TV). Written by Stephen King. Patricia Wettig, Dean Stockwell.
Matrix, The (1999). Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003). Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Enrique Iglesias, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Rubén Blades.
Original Sin (2001). Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie.
Public Enemies (2009). Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, James Russo.
Straw Dogs (1971). Directed by Sam Peckinpah. Dustin Hoffman, Susan George.
Wicker Man, The (2006). Hilarious because it doesn't quite work. Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn.
FRIENDS of the MIDDLE - MUSIC
Collective Soul - Heavy 1 (live acoustic, Morocco), Heavy 2 (live with symphony orchestra), Heavy 3 (live electric).
Collective Soul - Youth (2004)
don Omar - The Last Don (2003)
Dube, Lucky - Slave (1989)
Fonsi, Luis - Abrazar La Vida (2003)
Gomez - "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone" (2009 live single B-side)
Gomez - How We Operate (2006)
Leontiou, Kristian - Some Day Soon (2005)
Little Feat - Sailin' Shoes (1972)
Reik - Un Día Más (2008)
Shakira - Fijación Oral Vol. 1 (2005)
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