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The State of PoliSource

December 31, 2001

It's been about one year since I began building PoliSource, and I'm just about ready to submit it to the search engines. An entire year may seem like a long time to complete what I have, but there are three main reasons for the delay:

  1. This is the first website that I ever built. I had to learn HTML and a bit of the scripting languages JavaScript and Perl to get the site functioning as I wanted. HTML is a "mark-up language" used to build web pages that's supposedly easy to learn, but it's not so easy if you want a home page that looks like mine to be compatible with several different browsers. 
  2. It's one thing to discover that you've bought a bad product or service despite all your research. It's another to have this happen four times! That's how many web hosts I've tried (providers of website space) before settling on FutureQuest. This doesn't include the three free hosts that I began with. Apparently, those who write reviews of web hosts either don't care about fully functioning controls or haven't noticed the bugs I've noticed. 
  3. I don't own a computer. I have to go to public libraries, cyber cafes or Kinkos to use one. To learn how you can help, click the donations link on the homepage, or click here.

Unfortunately, PoliSource was virtually unknown during some major political events over the last year. I believed it would be wasteful to spend time writing editorials about those events when few people would reap the reward of reading them. Instead, I spent the time building the infrastructure, compiling the political links, creating a banner ad, etc. The war on terrorism, however, will be around for a while. I feel obligated to censor myself from sharing any insight that could help terrorists (yes, I'm that insightful!), but I've already written a war-related editorial and will be posting it soon.

I realize that this has been more of a PoliSource progress report than a political editorial, but I wanted to create a record of the creation of PoliSource for posterity, and I intend to keep all editorials archived indefinitely. I also want to make the homepage look complete, which means replacing the "editorial goes here" place holders with actual titles. But I'll close this "editorial" with something a little more topical.

Neither PoliSource editorials nor any "me-zine" should be used as a substitute for information obtained by conventional media that is generally respected, such as the New York Times, national network news broadcasts, and even some weekend television panel discussions. I sometimes take interest in certain issues that aren't given complete coverage in conventional media, and I sometimes use a search engine to get more information, but I always keep in mind that more information doesn't necessarily bring you closer to the truth. Information obtained through the fringe media can be a good source of leads and ideas, but it rarely makes me feel well informed, especially when the source is clearly biased. If you ever need to choose between reading a PoliSource editorial or learning about the same topic from Tom Brokaw, choose Tom Brokaw.