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Feb 28th Marks Five years of casting light where the MSM fail to go. Check out some of our old looks, articles, special pages, etc. We've come a long way.


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Happy Birthday OpEdNews
Tomorrow, Feb 28, is the fifth Birthday for OpEdNews.com. After a few weeks of gearing up for going live, OpEdNews opened just a few weeks before the start of the Iraq war.
Happy Birthday Present Donations are welcome. I'd guess, that in the first three years, OpEdNews received total funding of under $3000. Now, our monthly budget is higher than that. Donate here for OpEdNews' happy birthday. Now, enjoy some nostalgia:

Check out old, about three year old archive of regular contributors, no longer used after May 2005. Only a few of the articles have been transferred to the database. (we now have a system in place to transfer them and could use volunteers to help do the transfer.)

Our old sitemap is a must see. If you've never checked it out, you might be surprised with some of the resources we have on the site, kind of like finding an attic full of treasures.

Back when we started, we used a shared hosting platform. Then we grew, so we expanded to a server, for 7.99 a month, that provided 50 megabytes of storage and about 500 megabytes of bandwidth. Five or six hosting sites later, we now use a dedicated private server with a 500 Gigabyte hard drive, two gigabytes of RAM and 2.5 terabytes of monthly bandwidth, at a cost of about $320, including 24 hour tech coverage.

Some of the early articles from our First year of publishing.

Iraq War: Plan on 90,000-250,000 US Troop Casualties, long term costs of $150-$900 Billion by Rob Kall published March 6, 2003.
A few by Jesse Lee, one of our first writers, who went on to edit the DCCC blog, and now works as head of new media for the Speaker of the house.
The New American Century vs. The UN Jesse Lee
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Another American diplomat quits over Iraq Mary A. Wright's resignation letter to Colin Powell
And who would have thought that I'd get to know Ann Wright, publish multiple articles by her, and an interview with her done by one of our first editors, Amanda Lang.
Why is G.W. Bush Crushing the Nation of Iraq? Mike Berry
How to Take Back America Thom Hartmann
Is the President Nuts? Diagnosing Dubya Carol Wolman, M.D. (one of our first and still current valued writers.)
War is Not Viagra
At least 7 Oil Wells on Fire. Who set them? Saddam? or Cheney's Haliburton? >
Who Started The'91 Kuwait Oil Well Fires? 5 GI vets say U.S. Desert Post Weekly, 3/13/ 2003, Steve Brown, News Editor
Listen To Tommy Franks Carefully Damien Howard
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Myths and Facts About the War Rahul Mahajan and Robert Jensen
Urgent: Creation of A Progessive Counterpart to Conservative Think Tanks
Analysis: After Iraq, what's next?
When Democracy Failed Thom Hartmann
Questions pollsters are failing to ask that would really tell us what Americans think
The Misunderstood Link Between Al-Qaeda and Iraq Ahmad Faruqui
Give me totalitarian comfort and convenience at all costs......Even war? By Holly Berkowitz opednews.com
"AN HONEST MISTAKE" -- A One Act Play by Dick and Bush by Jesse Lee Based on actual fictional events. June 13, OpEdNews.com
The Minimum Requirements for 'Just' Warfare by Allen Snyder June 13, OpEdNews.com
You've Been Drafted written by Rob Kall, editor, OpEdNews.com Whatever your age........
Please Support OpEdNews.com With a Contribution. My pay is averaging under ten cents an hour. I love this work, but love to eat and pay our kids' college tuition too. I'm putting in about 10-15 hours a day and received a total of $105 in funds from supporters.
Bush Lied, People Died: All Hat and No Cattle Jim Caddell, opednews.com
Bill Moyers; Perhaps The Best Speech Of the Year. This is Your Story - The Progressive Story of America. Pass It On
Dems and Liberals: Don't Get Fooled Again Jesse Lee opednews.com
The Rash Lieboy Show Kayla Michaels opednews.com
Relative Human Worth & "Compassionate" Conservatism Dr. Gerry Lower opednews.com
Merge Left What progressives can learn from the right wing's rise. tomPaine.com
Bush's Brain by Mark Karlin
A Tough Liberal Stance on National Security by Bob Petrusak 6/9 opednews.com
Patriot Act Related Stories by Claudia Slate
The Nerve of the Federal Reserve
A. Scott Piraino OpEdNews
Memes to Beat Bush With: BushConomics and Bush Victories By Rob Kall OpEdNews.Com
Calling for a Media Crimes Tribunal by Danny Schecter OpEdNews.Com
The Doors Of Perception: Why Americans Will Believe Almost Anything by Dr. Tim O'Shea
Bush is a Genius Rob Kall
BUSH: The Stench of Corruption Jim Caddell
The Third Depression By A. Scott Piraino OpEdNews.com
Guts, Action, Standing Up to Tom DeLay, Saying NO...... Texas Democrats Set a Standard for the Whole Party By Robert Jensen

Starting a Progressive Counterpart to the Neocon's Most Powerful Weapon-- the Policy Creation and Advocacy Think Tank; Join the Grassroots Effort to Build One Rob Kall

" Are You a Tough Talking Liberal? We want tough talking editorials-- tough on the right, tough on Limbaugh sycophants, tough on stupidity. Send your articles, letters, rants, anecdotes to Tough Talk

Is Dubya the Antichrist? Jim Caddell, OpEdNews.Com May 28

The New War For Independence: Part I Kayla Michaels OpEdNews.Com May 28, 2003

The Forgotten Deficit By A. Scott Piraino Has the global economy created our trade deficits, or have our trade deficits created the global economy? OpEdNews.com May 28

Where are the Real Patriots While Bush Rapes and Trashes America? by Rob Kall

Standards for Measuring George's Morality Dr. Gerry Lower OpEdNews.com

A Political Philosophy based on Lying: Bush, Willie Nelson Share much in Philosophy, Texas, Past Drunkenness By Mike Hudson OpedNews.com 5/26

If Wealthy Liberals and Liberal Foundations Don't Fund Think Tanks to Take on the Right, then We Might as Well Throw in the Towel. Rob Kall
OpEdNews.com May, 25, 2003

" Some Courageous mainstream journalists still stand up to censorship By Jackson Thoreau OpEdNews.Com May 24, 2003

Thoughts On Our Waking Nightmare by Allen Snyder OpEdNews.com May 24, 2003

Do you want to know who the Americans running Iraq really are? By Jan Oberg opednews.com May 24, 2003

Language Barrier: How "Blood Money" Becomes "Business Opportunities" By Chris Floyd OpEdNews.com May 24, 2003" The Bush Tax HIKE Jesse Lee, OpEdNews.com 5/23

" Graham's God and George's Evolution Depression & Devotion: the Bush Pathology Dr. Gerry Lower OpEdNews.com 5/23

" Blacks, Jews and Uncle Sam Seth Sandronsky OpEdNews.Com May 23, 2003

" Whither American Nationalism? by Ahmad Faruqui opednews.com May 22, 2003

And here's the earliest article, in our articles, that I linked to:

Press Dropping the Ball Molly Ivins:
and here's the link to archive page with hundreds of links to articles on other sites that we posted the firest six or eight months of our existence. Don't expect them to all still be working five years later.


Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

Rob Kall Wikipedia Page

Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the (more...)

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Two of my favorites from my archive, i like trying... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 7:00:06 PM
I am only one year old+ on opednews, but it has be... by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 7:48:19 PM
My best to the best and keep stretching our brains... by tjb on Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008 at 9:51:45 PM
Looking slick. This site is gaining energy and gra... by Ferdinand on Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 1:02:13 AM
Happy birthday OEN I remember sitting on the ... by Ben Kall on Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 4:52:49 AM
Hope this is the year you can start making a livin... by Russ Wellen on Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 11:36:56 AM
I really mean it, this place is amazing. Happy Bir... by Tony Forest on Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 12:11:01 PM
Happy Birthday to OEN.Rob,You have been an extraor... by aberamsay on Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 1:40:30 PM
Thanks for putting together a great community of w... by Kathlyn Stone on Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 2:07:53 PM
Welcome Ben Kall!And congrats to his dad on buildi... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 2:08:50 PM
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America, young and beautiful is a wonderful place.... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 2:23:54 PM
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