The world today, as we all know, is one of lying and deceit throughout the public domain. 
This condition makes it extremely difficult to know what is actually going on. It serves the interests of the elites who are better able to maniplate the population at large. Governments and mega-corporations employ the services of 'public relations' and 'legal' firms for the express purpose of generating disinformation campaigns -- supposedly within the limits allowed by law -- to confuse and mislead the general public.
In opposition to the wealth of deliberately generated ignorance and misinformation stands the uniquely human trait, the natural desire to understand, to comprehend the world. We are, not just in name but in fact, the species homo sapiens.  Historically, every available mode of communicating information (and of course misinformation) was seized upon as soon as it became available. Both by those who wanted to maintain their control over society and those who were struggling to gain their freedom to thrive, in opposition to the ruling power structure. Now, with the development of high speed communication technology, epitomized by the global internet, we are seeing another example of the same contest between the dominant and the dominated. Information is a key component of our lives.
Because of the ease with which enormous quantities of information and disinformation can be (and are being) disseminated over the internet, the question of distinguishing truth from falsehoods takes on a possibly new urgency. For me it's a particular problem because I'm a very slow reader and my memory is not so great. That's why I'm hopeful of getting help in doping out contemporary reality from a small circle of people who are intellectually astute, well informed, and who share my humanitarian concerns. John Spritzler characterized such a group as a 'Circle of Trust'.
The Circle of Trust that I've been trying to initiate is the most recent of my attempts at systematic communication using the internet. Prior to this effort I set up
1. Websites I and II of an anarchist physicist, , and
2. a weblog that is a 'mirror' site of the above Website II .
3. On the homepages of Websites I and II of an anarchist physicist I had written: Additional earlier materials are on 1. a weblog "For Better lives for our children's grandchildren", at http://pwgd.org/gs/, where you are welcome to post appropriate items. However the link is inoperative as of 2009-09-07. 
4. I set up a listserv Notes of an anarchist physicist [noaap] with open archives, at https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/noaap. 
5. I set up a listserv Oaxaca pro-Palestinians group [oppg] with open archives, at https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/oppg. 
As is evident, I felt compelled to try to communicate with many other people. In addition to the above initiatives, I maintained a substantial e-mail correspondence. Eventually -- within the past few months -- I decided to try to concentrate on a smaller group than the thousand-odd subscribers to my Notes of an anarchist physicist list. For this purpose I use five categories that I chose arbitrarily: 1 Anarchy and Theory; 2 Ecology and Food; 3 General, Varied foci; 4 Oaxaca and Mexico; 5 Paestine-Israel focus. These categories, totaling 129 individual addresses as of 15 August 2009, make up my 'small group list'. And more selective still is my 'circle of trust' list with 38 people as of 2009-08-31.
I hope to avoid making people 'sick and tired' of being flooded with stuff from me. Lately I've received only a few requests to be removed from my [noaap] list and none from either the 'small list' (129) or the 'circle of trust' (38). That's encouraging, though I realize that sometimes people get annoyed, but not enough to bother asking to be removed. At any rate, my urge to reach out remains, and I'm ready to modify what I try doing.
Prominent on my list of ‘truth tellers’
It's always heartening to find another person who I can feel confident says only what he or she truly believes. Here's a partial list of my 'truth tellers', arranged in no particular order. Alan Hart, William Blum, Mazin Qumsiyeh, John Pilger, Naomi Klein, James Herod, John Spritzler, Gordon Arnaut, James Petras, Immanuel Wallerstein, Jeffrey Blankfort, Manuel Garcia Jr., John Ross, Norman G. Finkelstein, Dahr Jamail, Mohammed Omer, Joe Bageant, Robert Fisk, Khalid Amyreh, Al Giordano, and of course others, many others. Today's note is intended to specifically introduce Alan Hart to those who are, as I was until recently, not familiar with his work.
 'sacrifice'. Alan Hart as an ally on the need to 'sacrifice' in the essay's title arose right after I sent him my essay "Another dimension — indigenous! Seeking a true civilization" and he responded enthusiastically to the entire piece, in which I took up the issue of privileged people's behavior and its social consequences. In that essay, at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-09-03.htm I wrote, "Finally, I've got to tackle the hardest obstacle, trying to convince [privileged] friends to think hard about some of the things they enjoy, the social consequences of those pleaures, and whether perhaps they ought to consider giving some of them up."
 Early correspondance. See note  at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-08-05N.htm
 Ilan Pappe. See note  at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-08-05N.htm
 Panel discussion, "Why anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism". See note  at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-08-05N.htm
 Lying and deceipt in the public domain. In an essay, Changing History, 1, I acknowledge "Of course one can't change what has happened in the past. One can only wish it had been different. What's done is done." I then continue, "But for the present and the future, we do have choices. This paper is the start of an effort to discover how we, the entire human species, can maximize our chances for robust humane survival here on the earth." This essay makes as strong a case as I can for the value of continuing our efforts to change the course of history. It is at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/t/2009-09-05.htm.
 homo sapiens. My old (1963) Funk and Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary, published by Harcourt, Brace & World, New York, defines it: The scientific name for the only surviving species of the genus Homo; modern man. And indicates its Latin derivation: homo man + sapiens wise.
 Websites I and II of an anarchist physicist. These are, respectively, at
 weblog as a 'mirror' site of Website II of an anarchist physicist, at
 The weblog "For Better lives for our children's grandchildren". The first item was 1. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Evo Morales, Indigenism and Identity Politics, posted 15 Feb 2006. The blog was very active for at least some months, perhaps for more than a year, with postings by a few other contributors besides me. I am trying to have access restored. As of 9 September 2009 I do not know why it was made inaccessible.
 Notes of an anarchist physicist [noaap]. This listserve, begun with an initial posting on 28 November 2007, currently goes to about 1,200 e-mail addresses. I use it to let this group know about new postings on my website and of other announcements that seem timely. My goal is to post to it more or less monthly -- not more than twice a month, in order not to inundate subscribers with e-mail.
 Oaxaca pro-Palestinians group [oppg]. This listserve, begun with an initial posting on 1 February 2008, was intended to be bilingual (Spanish and English), aimed at mobilizing support among the sympathetic population here for the struggle by Palestinians. This listserv has been inactive since 5 July 2008.
George Salzman is a former American Jew living in Oaxaca, Mexico, an Emeritus Prof of Physics, Univ of Massachusetts-Boston.
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