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More progressives in the USA need to know and become better able to talk about the news that most effects not just The Common Good of 99% of Americans or which strenghtens and fortifies or which weakens or destroys Democracy in the USA, but which also affects us, our progressive parties and our candidates' campaigns. And we need to do so more intelligently and constructively if our progressive parties are to be more functional, efficient and effective in creating an emerging and lasting progressive majority of voters in the USA. And we must do so if our progressive party candidates are to be more successful in future elections at the local, county, state and national level.
I, JGW this site's founder, builder, administrator and so far sole site content provider have tried in my way to also be a 'news aggregator'. So far that term means I have found myself being more of a news collector, and news story contributor to this site. Were I not the only person doing this and there was at least one other, then I would also be the 'lead news aggregator' for this site. And for what its worth my "news aggregation efforts' have become more systematic over the years.
But more simply put my primary goal for this site has evolved to want this site to be a News History site, and that news history will show "trends" for better or worse in political, social and economic well being nationally and in all our US states and territories. To accomplish that goal I've learned that the news history must be, as it partially is now and will be a history "sorted" firstly by major news topic, but then also by sub-topic. To show trends over time, that news by major and minor news topic history must be extensive; it must cover decades of news and have multiple indexes "into" those news items so the site user can "browse" through news items at will and can educate him or herself in multiple ways about the topics and trends that become more obvious to him or her, be those trends for the better or worse for society and the planet. In detail then to achieve my primary goal requires I find and include on this web site web links to the most important main stream news stories I think are of most interest other to progressives. But I also monitor and collect news stories from some more reputable Alternative and Progressive news sources as well.
However I don't want to be the only such 'reporter', or news finder and news aggregator for this site. And I don't want to continue to be the only site article writer or ameatur news analyst either. I admit since the 2008 Financial Crisis and subsequent Great Recession, likely to recure again given the "Coronavirus Pandemic" at this writing, I have the need and make the effort to write down my thoughts and feelings about the "news of the day" and of recent weeks, months and years. But this site is NOT my personal blog. This is supposed to be or become a progressive educational 'public service' to everyone left of "the far right" conservatives and their very well financed national propaganda machine that have been brain washing, getting their 'drone like' legislators elected to state legislatures, the Red States, and to Congress. Those right wingers in public office haver rewritten so many and taking over this country and for the last 40+ years!
I have four college degrees but none of them in Journalism. And I am now 75. Since 'reporting' and site content development by myself has been such a tedious, time consuming, job for several years, as of Dec. 10, 2018, I changed my first priority for the continuing content development of this USGreenIdeas.org (USGI) site, and a companion California Green Ideas (CAGI) site, to finding more 'reporters'. To make a long story short, I still have not been successful recruiting any, let alone getting grants to them. But I have identified several.
Nevertheless since I continue to use only the Facebook social media platform and no others, I still want these reporters to at least be other progressive Facebook (FB) users who are obviously more observant, selective, and smarter than other 'political' news and opinions posters tend to be on FB, I look for those who also are stronger, more intelligent, articulate, and give more clear evidence of being real USA Green progressives determined to help educate other progressives via Facebook. Maybe in some next search for 'reporters' they will know like minded and enabled progressives on other social media platforms and help recruit them
To me that also means they: (1) are not haters. (2) They are progressives who are emotionally stable and... (3) That without any prompting to do so from me, or from future site content editors, they also are already finding and offering us other progressive users of Facebook important main-stream-media (MSM) and alternative news stories of-the-day and their comments about these stories. I.e. these prospective USGI and CAGI site reporters "stand out" because occasionally they offer to their social media friends and readers their personal news analysis of each story (as best they can). And sometimes also they have copied links to the mostly A+ most informative, and/or most alarming, main stream media news reports of interest, most of us would assume, to all progressives in the states and territories of the USA.
OUR BIGGER POLITICAL PROBLEM IN THE USA:
WE NEED MORE PROGRESSIVES IN LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.
In my opinion and the opinion of the few existing USGI and CAGI reporters' I've recruited who have shown interest in contributing news story content to this site, or to both sites, we believe the current and future news stories found and presented to site visitors of this USGI and the other CAGI web site need to be EDUCATIONAL. Hence I and the other potential 'reporters', if and when they accept their invitations, would have the opportunity on these sites to provide their comments -- perhaps in more detail -- saying why the news story they are submitting to this site is important to them.
In general we who are or will be reporting in this 'second-hand' way on one or both these sites will be sure the news stories collected here are very important for other progressives to know about, understand, remember, talk about with other progressives and with the general public. Very likely other progressives probably do not monitor their state's news and the nation's main stream news media like we do. Maybe this site's collection and re-presentation of those news stories -- some with progressive analyses and comments here -- will give all progressives a One Stop Shopping Opportunity to catch up on what some, perhaps more and more, progressives like them, are thinking about.
But that ideal said, I very much hope this site will soon allow progressives who have not volunteered to be 'reporters', but who also have login accounts on this site, to contribute their comments to each web linked news story. Some such progressives who ask for and are given (so far by me) "authoring" privileges on this site will also be able to write-up longer comments or essays as articles on this site saying why one or more or a special collection of news stories referenced on this site are so important. THAT kind of expanding progressive-public interaction with the news story content aggregated on this USGI and on the CAGI web site, if and when it happens, can become very politically EDUCATIONAL.
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