Just popping in here to say if you're at all interested in alternatives to mainstream news sources and in supporting independent news media, please consider supporting The New Standard, if you don't already. In recent years, it has been an exemplary model for alternative media. They do great independent reporting on many issues not usually presented in the normal outlets. And they are in trouble. They have been trying to raise money in order to stay in business, and it's only just now occurred to me to post about it. This Friday is their deadline. Please go here to take a look at their archives of news articles and to see how to pledge a modest monthly amount.
Update: Apparently they have reached their goal and will be able to stay afloat for another year. Excellent news. But of course they are still operating on a very tight budget and could still use any available help.