Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a technique that takes chemically treated water and sand to open rock and release natural gas. The rock (shale) layers are more than a mile deep below the surface, and the process takes two to four million gallons of water and up to 60,000 gallons of chemicals to obtain the […]
Permaculture is an ecological way of thinking and designing human interactions for resilient, sustainable living. It is a promising path to creating sustainable communities, founded on a system of ethics emphasizing shared values that embrace care for the Earth, care for the people, and sharing the excess. Permaculture principles are often applied to gardens and […]
Communities in California and Mexico have organized to oppose a cap-and-trade plan that could shift the burden from polluters to poor communities. California leads the United States in energy efficiency and is often hailed as a global beacon of environmental protection; at the same time, it is the 12th largest emitter of carbon dioxide worldwide, […]
The Postal Service has been under constant assault for years from the conservative Republicans, who views this as an epic battle of finally taking down the strongest union in the country, the second largest employer in the United States (second only to Wal-Mart,) and a means to roll the country ever closer towards full privatization. […]
The Pentagon has paid $1.1 trillion to hundreds of defense contractors and their parent companies that have defrauded the government over the past ten years, according to a Department of Defense report. More than 300 contractors involved in civil and criminal fraud cases that resulted in judgments of $1 million or more during the last […]