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  •  Good Grief!!! (7+ / 0-)
    I only get what I get on dKos
    That is scary.

    What do you think of those people who proudly proclaim they only watch FOX?

    One source, especially a very opinionated and one sided source such as DK is a very unhealthy way to become informed. Actually it's a great way to become misinformed.

    I'd recommend reality therapy. Erase DK from your favorites or bookmarks and come back in a month. There's a whole world out there. Maybe the Guardian or the BBC or Google News or just go to the NYT and get around the paywall.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:52:38 AM PST

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    •  Don't forget peeking at... (5+ / 0-)

      ....the Daily Telegraph, sometimes, to REALLY catch what the 'other' side of life is like! :)

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:00:16 AM PST

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      •  You guys all complain about the BBC but it's the (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        The Marti, SilentBrook, grover

        best source of international news I've run across, and it can be listened to on short wave in place without internet.

        How big is your personal carbon footprint?

        by ban nock on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:59:33 AM PST

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        •  Most Public Radio stations play some BBC: (1+ / 0-)
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          glorificus

          At least an hour or two (and often right in the middle of the day)  as well as the very globally-focused "The World."

          "The World" is a great tonic for American navel-gazing.

          © grover


          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 10:24:21 AM PST

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    •  Yup. Totally agree. (10+ / 0-)

      Dkos is a news aggregator, basically. But it's a particular very biased kind of news.

      LA Times, Seattle Times, Sac Bee, The Hill, Chicago Sun-Times,  Arizona Republic, WaPo (for starters) all have free sites. I read most of these daily on my phone.  Most TV news stations have free websites too (and they have free apps too. NYT gives you the top stories of the day free too). TV news stations issue the same canned press releases on national news, but do local news pretty well, usually with video. Pick a few from across the country and check in every few days. It's a nice way to see how the rest of the country is faring; and to confirm that we're all pretty much the same in how we'll turn out for important bake sales, to rescue deer stuck in icy lakes, and we all love new babies at the zoo.

      There is simply no reason to not be broadly informed, especially if you have a smart phone. While your coffee brews, you can see how the same story is covered in Chicago, Atlanta and DC. Sit down to enjoy your coffee, and check out how AJE, London and the Financial Press is covering it. Before you finish your coffee, you'll have a more thorough understanding of the issue than you would reading a single diary with comments on most topics at dkos (dkos has great experts on some topics and does some issues incredibly well, but not all; frankly, not even most: and there is a lot of static to sift through too. The more one knows from outside, the easier it is to screen out the noise.)

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:27:41 AM PST

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      •  Excellent list (1+ / 0-)
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        grover

        Understand and appreciate HappyinNM expanding the quick comment. There are easily other readers who might be interested in new options. Have to add Atlantic Journal Constitution and make clear that AJE is Al Jazeera English. I remember finding it in the '04 election and thinking, 'this is journalism the way it used to be here'. Some of our experts on scientific issues who don't get US ink or air are published by AJE.

        Dad and his wife spent a total of 7 years in Peace Corps because after the volunteer tour in Kenya, Ellen spent 5 years in admin positions for Kyrgyzstan and Kiev. My oldest sister and bil lived in Tokyo for 7 years, traveling Asia for business and pleasure. When home on visits they all complained about the American media ignoring the rest of the world and doing a lousy job on the US.

        I unfortunately have a stupid phone. The only option on mine that doesn't take a ridiculous amount of time to download is CNN, which I do resort to on the bus or waiting for something. The screen and print are also a challenge.

        The main thing I miss about Comcast was the News drop down in the bookmarks bar.

        Years ago I read a reference in a news article about an editor who had received a years sabbatical, and spent it at the NYC library. I was so green. Then we got the first Mac. Then the Internet. My kids give me trouble about how little time they spend gaming.

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 10:59:09 AM PST

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