More of our old links pages

Below are our old pages of links to news sites (with a couple of things attached,) periodicals and web magazines, filters, and general interest and miscellaneous.  


(This page last updated 11 July 2010)

News, aggregator and blog maintained by right-wing peaceniks

Arts & Letters Daily

BagNewsNotes, news photos analyzed

BBC News



The Independent

National Public Radio News

News of the Weird, compiled by Chuck Shepherd

The New York Times, for what it’s worth

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Politico, US politics

Raw Story, investigative news and politics

San Jose Mercury News

Science Daily

Science Now, in case you’re too impatient for Science Daily

TomDispatch, “a regular antidote to the mainstream media”

Truthdig, “drilling beneath the headlines”

War is Boring, David Axe and associates report on military affairs

Periodicals and Web Magazines

(This page most recently updated 31 October 2012)

The American Conservative, voices from the antiwar Right

Ancient Warfare, “devoted to all aspects of warfare in the ancient world”

The Atlantic Monthly, respectable opinion since the 1850s

Autostraddle, “News, Entertainment, Opinion, and Girl-on-Girl Culture”

Chronicles, laments the decline of the peasantry

Counterpunch, tells the facts and names the names

Cracked, “America’s Only Humor Site”

The Daily Beast, US politics and corporate gossip

Distributist Review, for people who wonder whatever happened to the anticapitalist Right

The Funny Times, cartoons, humor columns, etc

HiLobrow, “Neither highbrows nor lowbrows, but elastic-brows”

The Huffington Post– US politics & celebrity gossip

io9, articles in the form of lists and slideshows, which is apparently what magazines are supposed to look like if you “come from the future”

The Journal of Academic Freedom, a publication of the American Association of University Professors

Lapham’s Quarterly, which seems to come from the past, but may represent the future

The Nation, a leading publication of the American Left

Old Magazine Articles, “a primary source website… designed to serve as a reference for students, educators, authors, researchers, dabblers, dilettantes, hacks and the merely curious”

Open Letters Monthly, “dedicated to the proposition that no writing which reviews the arts should be boring, back-patting, soft-pedaling, or personally compromised.”  It is just a matter of time before The New York Review of Books reorganizes itself into four editorial departments, titled Boring, Back-Patting, Soft-Pedaling, and Personally Compromised, so we view Open Letters Monthly as a direct response to the NYRB.  We may be the only ones who see it that way, though.

Quaker Life– the magazine, not the breakfast cereal

Quiche Moraine, three Minnesotans



SMITH, the home of “Six Word Memoirs”

Taki’s Magazine, which is not for the squeamish

Telos– it started in 1968 as a Marxist journal, and has moved off in an entirely unexpected direction

3 AM Magazine, which takes as its motto “Whatever it is, we’re against it” (a tribute to the great Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff) collects the archives of hundreds of American and British periodicals, including some that were hugely influential in their day (like The Century, Horizon, I.F. Stone’s Weekly, The North American Review, Politics, and The Saturday Review,) as well as a lot of odd, but interesting stuff (for example, Weird Tales and political journals espousing many viewpoints.)

Vingt Paris, advertising into which extremely interesting bits are sometimes tucked away


(This page was most recently updated 6 February 2012)

The world’s chief web filter is of course Twitter; we’re there.  So are most of the people below.

Arts and Letters Daily, perhaps the most intellectually ambitious of all links pages (on Twitter)

Barking Up the Wrong Tree, questions and answers (on Twitter)

BoingBoing, a filter blog with a lot of tech, some art, and occasionally a ukulele or two (on Twitter)

Crooked Brains, galleries featuring bold design and whimsical products (on Twitter)

Dark Roasted Blend, lots of little text linking to interesting things (on Twitter)

Fark, which began as a picture of a squirrel’s genitals, and now is a big traffic driver (on Twitter), mostly visuals

Jason Kottke, one of the oldest continuously updated sites on the web (on Twitter)

Joanne Casey says that she has “seen the whole of the internet”

Neatorama, funny stuff (on Twitter)

3quarksdaily, rather scholarly in its focus (on Twitter)

General Interest Blogs and Miscellaneous

(This page most recently updated 27 November 2012)

General Interest Blogs

Los Thunderlads itself is a general interest blog, so we defend this unfashionable category.

Alison Bechdel, the creator of “Dykes to Watch Out For,” presides over a mass of remarkably erudite commenters

Ben Bass and Beyond, man from Chicago who admires cleverness

Book Trek, “field notes on books, environmentalism, and found topics”

The Church of Rationality, random thoughts from some German dude

Colby Cosh, a Canadian of rightish views

Coyote Crossing, “writing and photography from the Mojave desert and elsewhere by Chris Clarke”

Duncan Mitchel, “making the world safe for people”

The Effect of Small Animals, Chicagoan Elizabeth Hildreth

Eve Tushnet, Washington, DC’s favorite native born Roman Catholic/ secular Jewish conservative lesbian writer

Face in the Blue, writer Geoff Micks

The Hannibal Blog, journalist Andreas Kluth makes frequent reference to Hannibal while discussing miscellaneous topics

Human Varieties, physical anthropology

John Scalzi’s Whatever, “taunting the tauntable since 1998″

Literally Unbelievable, people who have fallen for stories from The Onion

MetaWatershed, Maggie Jochild’s views

Susan Stinson, novelist, essayist, and person who wishes so many people weren’t uptight about body weight

Susie Bright’s Journal, which is mostly about sex

Uncouth Reflections, “a gang of idiots blowing off unsolicited steam”

What the Hedgehog Sang, Henning Makholm on politics, language, comics, and other stuff.

Zompist, Mark Rosenfelder’s Metaverse


Ancient World Bloggers Group

Barry Ritholtz, finance and economics

the CAMPVS, grad students in Classics at Bryn Mawr College

Damn You Autocorrect!, automated miscorrections

DVZine, why the Dvorak keyboard should be standard, why QWERTY is standard, and what we can do about it

Geocurrents, geographers show us what their discipline can teach us about the news of the day

hbd* chick, who includes us on her blogroll under the label “interesting”

I Used to Believe, the childhood beliefs website

The Irving Babbitt Project of the National Humanities Institute

Lowering the Bar, “Legal Humor.  Seriously.” from Kevin Underhill, Esquire.

Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator

Open Container II, Doc Haagen-Dazs on sailing

Rogue Classicism, a blogger trapped in “an abnormal state or condition resulting from the forced migration from a lengthy Classical education into a profoundly unClassical world”

Schneier on Security

Formerly attached to “News”:

What Harry Found

On 29 July 2008, a publication called Eureka Street ran an article by Harry Nicolaides, an Australian writer then resident in Thailand.  Nicolaides had visited Tachilek, a town on the Thai-Burmese border where child pornography was openly sold.  Neither the Burmese authorities or the Thai border guards showed the slightest interest in putting a stop to this trade.  Here is the link to Nicolaides’ article.  He describes a market in videos documenting the binding, rape, and torture of thousands of children, most of them apparently in Europe or North America, most of the rest in Asia.  Men from those regions travel freely through the area, not searched by Thai border guards.

On 29 August 2008, Thai officials arrested Nicolaides and charged him with lèse-majeste.  A novel he had published four years before, which had sold a grand total of seven copies, contained a brief passage about a fictional Crown Prince; Thai authorities claimed that this passage was insulting to the actual Crown Prince.  On 19 January 2009, Nicolaides was sentenced to three years in prison.  On 21 February 2009, the king of Thailandgranted Nicolaides a pardon and sent him home to Melbourne.

The quote below comes from an interview published in the Greek-Australian newspaperNeos Kosmos on 22 February 2009:

Harry admits that an article by him published in Eureka Street, a Melbourne based publication, alleging that Thai police turned a blind eye to the importation of child pornography from Burma, may have impacted on his situation, “It may have put me on the radar, I knew I was always provocative but at worst if anything at all happened I thought I would be deported, never jailed.”

While Nicolaides was in prison, none of his defenders mentioned a word about Tachilek in public, apparently for fear that it would alienate the Thais and hurt his chances of release.  Now that he is out, the time has come to say something about it. 

Cymast’s directory of child advocacy organizations

Our own Cymast has looked up addresses to which concerned indivivuals can send letters and messages about the situation Harry Nicolaides exposed in Tachilek. 






For assistance with reporting cases involving child abuse, a missing or abducted child, rape or incest, a runaway youth, victims of violent crime, and family violence, please call Child Help USA: 800–4–A–CHILD

Child Abuse


800-4-A-CHILD     Child Help USA

800-HIT-HOME     Youth Crisis Hotline

Family Violence


800-799-SAFE     National Domestic Violence Hotline

Missing and Abducted Children


800-I-AM-LOST     Child Find of American

800-A-WAY-OUT     Child Find of America- Mediation

800-818-4673     Child Quest International Sighting Line

800-543-5687     National Center for Missing  and Exploited Children

800-LOOK-OUT     Operation Lookout National Center for Missing Youth 



Rape and Incest


800-656-HOPE ext. 1     Rape Abuse and Incest National Network


Relief for Caregivers


800-677-1116     National Respite Locator Service


Youth in Trouble and Runaways


800-448-3000     Boys Town

800-999-9999     Covenant House

800-KID-SAVE     National Referral Network for Kids in Crisis

800-621-4000     National Runaway Switchboard

800-HIT-HOME     National Youth Crisis Hotline



Victims of Violent Crime


800-FYI-CALL     National Center for Victims of Crime



The following services are available to (1) members of the armed services who are on active duty and their family members who are eligible for treatment in a military treatment facility, and (2) members of a reserve or National Guard component who are on active duty and their family members who are eligible for treatment in a military treatment facility:


Army Family Advocacy Program Manager HQDA, CFSC–FPA Department of the Army 4700 King Street, Fourth Floor Alexandria, VA 22302–4418

Phone: 703–681–7393

Fax: 703–681–7239

Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training U.S. Army Military Police School 401 MANSCEN Loop Thurman Hall, Suite 1721 Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473

Phone: 573–563–8061

Fax: 573–563–8062


Air Force

Chief, Family Advocacy Division HQ AFMSA/SGOF 2664 Flight Nurse Road, Building 801 Brooks City Base, TX 78235–5254

Phone: (210) 536–2031

Fax: (210) 536–9032


Fleet & Family Support Programs Personnel Support Department (N2) Commander, Navy Installations (CN1) 2713 Mitscher Road SW., Suite 300 Anacostia Annex, DC 20373–5802

Phone: 202–433–4593

Fax: 202–433–0481

Marine Corps

Marine Corps Family Advocacy Program Manager Marine & Family Services Branch Headquarters USMC 3280 Russell Road Quantico, VA 22134–5009

Phone: 703–784–9546

Fax: 703–784–9825

The following legal advice is available to active-duty and retired service members and their family members who are parents of children who have been abducted. In all other cases, services are limited to assistance in locating the service member and coordinating with the local legal office or commander. Representation in civilian court is not provided. Services may be obtained directly by a parent at the service’s legal assistance agency or through the legal office where the service member is stationed. The parent seeking assistance must have a valid court order for custody or visitation:


Legal Assistance Policy Division Office of the Judge Advocate General 1777 North Kent Street, Ninth Floor Arlington, VA 22209

Phone: 703–588–6708


Naval Legal Service Command Department of the Navy 1322 Patterson Street SE., Suite 3000 Washington Navy Yard Washington, DC 20374–5016

Phone: 202–685–5190

Air Force

Air Force Legal Services Agency AFLSA/JACA 1420 Air Force Pentagon, Room 5C263 Washington, DC 20330–1420

Phone: 202–697–0413

Marine Corps

Commandant of the Marine Corps Headquarters, USMC (Code JAL) 3000 Marine Corps Pentagon Washington, DC 20350–3000

Phone: 703–614–1266

The Gateway answers queries from public and private agency personnel, professionals working in related fields, and the general public:

Office on Child Abuse and Neglect Administration on Children,

Youth and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

330 C Street SW.

Washington, DC 20447

Phone: 202–205–1723

Fax: 202–260–9345

Child Welfare Information Gateway Children’s Bureau/ACYF

1250 Maryland Avenue SW.

Eighth Floor Washington, DC 20024

Phone: 703–385–7565 or 800–394–3366


Web site:

Children’s Bureau Web site:



Services provided by FYSB are directed to runaway and homeless youth and their families. To locate a service provider in your community or to secure services, contact the regional center serving your area. Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs may also be located via the Family and Youth Services Bureau Web site:

Family and Youth Services Bureau

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Portals Building, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20024

Phone: 202–205–8102

Fax: 202–260–9333

National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth

P.O. Box 13505

Silver Spring, MD 20911–3505

Phone: 301–608–8098 Fax: 301–608–8721

National Runaway Switchboard Hotline Phone: 800–RUNAWAY

Services available through ICE are directed to federal, state, and local law enforcement officials and investigators involved in cases of child pornography and child sex tourism. Services can be accessed by contacting the nearest domestic ICE Office of Investigations. Members of the public can receive assistance by calling a domestic office or 800–DHS–2ICE (347–2423). For overseas locations, please contact your nearest domestic office or the ICE Cyber Crimes Center:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Cyber Crimes Center Child Exploitation Unit

11320 Random Hills Road, Suite 400 Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703–293–8005

Fax: 703–293–9127

Web site:

CEOS provides litigation support, technical assistance, and training to federal investigators and prosecutors who work on obscenity cases and child sexual exploitation cases, including child pornography, trafficking, child prostitution, sexual tourism, and sexual abuse occurring on federal lands:

Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section Criminal Division

U.S. Department of Justice

1400 New York Avenue NW., Suite 600 Washington, DC 20530

Phone: 202–514–5780

Fax: 202–514–1793

Web site:

CAC coordinators investigate crimes against children by using all available FBI investigative, forensic, tactical, informational, and behavioral science resources and by coordinating their investigations with appropriate federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors. CAC resource teams are able to effectively investigate and prosecute incidents that cross legal, geographical, and jurisdictional boundaries. Recipients of FBI services include law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Government (hence the citizens of the United States). Services can be accessed by a request from a law enforcement agency, either through NCAVC or through the local FBI field office or legal attaché:

Crimes Against Children Unit

FBI Headquarters

935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 11163 Washington, DC 20535–0001

Phone: 202–324–3666

Fax: 202–324–2731

Web site:

Innocent Images Unit

11700 Beltsville Drive, Suite 200 Beltsville, MD 20750

Phone: 301–572–5400

Fax: 301–586–1623

Web site:

National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime Behavioral Analysis

Unit III – Crimes Against Children

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Quantico, VA 22135

Phone: 703–632–4400

Fax: 703–632–4350

Web site:

OVC supports direct services to people who have been victimized on tribal and federal lands, such as military bases and national parks, and to U.S. citizens who have been victimized in foreign countries, including U.S. nationals and federal government employees who are victims of terrorism abroad. OVC supports emergency funds to provide victims of federal crimes with needed services, such as crisis counseling, temporary shelter, and travel expenses to court, when these services are otherwise unavailable. These programs provide crisis intervention, counseling, emergency shelter, criminal justice advocacy, emergency transportation, and related services:

Office for Victims of Crime Office of Justice Programs

U.S. Department of Justice

810 Seventh Street NW. Washington, DC 20531

Phone: 202–307–5983

Fax: 202–514–6383

Web site:

OVC Resource Center National Criminal Justice Reference Service

P.O. Box 6000 Rockville, MD 20849

Phone: 800–851–3420

TTY: 877–712–9279

Web site:

Ask OVC:

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center

10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 400 Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 866–OVC–TTAC (682–8822)

TTY: 866–682–8880

Web site:


CA/OCS/CI works closely with parents, attorneys, private organizations, and government agencies in the United States and abroad to prevent and resolve international parental child abductions. In cases involving international abduction, services are directed to the parents or the attorneys of children who have been abducted internationally or to those parents, attorneys, or courts that fear a child may be abducted from the United States by another parent.

CA/OCS/CI cannot reabduct a child, help a parent in any way that violates the laws of another country, or give refuge to a parent who is involved in a reabduction.

The Office of Children’s Issues provides services to assist in preventing and resolving international parental child abduction cases:

Office of Children’s Issues (CA/OCS/CI)

U.S. Department of State

2201 C Street NW. SA–29, Fourth Floor Washington, DC 20520–2818

Phone: 202–736–9130 (general information)

202–736–9124 (general abduction number)

202–736–9156 (general international abduction prevention number)

Fax: 202–736–9133

Web site: (Children & Family section)

Investigative assistance by the Postal Inspection Service is available and should be sought under the following circumstances:

  • When a subject may be using the U.S. mail to exchange, send, receive, buy, loan, advertise, solicit, or sell child pornography.
  • When a subject is believed to be using the U.S. mail to correspond with others concerning child sexual exploitation, child pornography, or child erotica.
  • When a subject is believed to be using a computer network and the Internet to traffic child pornography or to correspond with others concerning child sexual exploitation and the U.S. mail is also being used.
  • When a subject is believed to be clearly predisposed to receive or purchase child pornography and a reverse sting investigative approach appears warranted.
  • When there is a need to execute a “controlled delivery” of child pornography.
  • When the activities of a subject warrant further investigation and there is a need for assistance from a postal inspector who is trained in the investigation of child pornography or child sexual exploitation cases.
  • When other local investigative leads have been exhausted and a postal inspector is needed to use additional resources.


U.S. Postal Inspection Service Special Investigations Division

475 L’Enfant Plaza West SW., Room 3800 Washington, DC 20260–2112

Phone: 202–268–2988

Fax: 202–268–6650

NCMEC offers a variety of services to aid in the national and international search for a missing child, including a toll-free hotline; photograph and poster distribution; age-enhancement, facial reconstruction, and imaging-identification services; technical case analysis and assistance; recovery assistance; online computer networks; training and coursework for investigators; and legal strategies.

NCMEC’s Call Center receives toll-free calls from Canada, Europe, Mexico, and the United States on its telephone hotline 800–THE–LOST (800–843–5678). Specially trained staff handle lead and sighting information, provide assistance to families and professionals in their search for missing children, attempt to assist sexually exploited children, assist hearing impaired (TDD 800–826–7653) callers, facilitate communication with callers in 140 different languages, process requests from families with travel reunification needs, provide direct after-hours assistance to law enforcement, and provide safety information to help prevent the abduction and sexual exploitation of children.

Services provided by NCMEC are directed to the following:

  • Parents and families of missing and exploited children.
  • Local, state, and federal law enforcement investigators and agencies handling cases of missing and exploited children.
  • Child care staff, child protection and social service personnel, criminal justice professionals, and legal practitioners who work with missing and exploited children and their families.
  • Nonprofit organizations that seek access to a national network of resources and information.
  • Members of the general public who have an interest in child safety. Services are provided for the following:
  • Cases of missing children, including endangered runaways; victims of family and non-family abduction; and those who have been lost, injured, or are otherwise missing.
  • Reports of sightings of missing children.
  • Other cases handled by law enforcement agencies that involve the victimization and possible exploitation of children.
  • Reports of child exploitation and child pornography.


National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Charles B. Wang International Children’s Building

699 Prince Street Alexandria, VA 22314–3175

Hotline: 800–THE–LOST (800–843–5678) in the United States and Canada

001–800–843–5678 in Mexico

00–800–0843–5678 in Europe

Phone (business): 703–274–3900

TDD: 800–826–7653

Fax: 703–274–2222

Web site:


The CyberTipline allows online computer users and electronic service providers to report information on the possession, manufacture, and distribution of sexually exploitive images of children; online enticement of children for sexual acts; child victims of prostitution; sexual tourism involving child victims; molestation of children by unrelated individuals; misleading domain names; and unsolicited obscene material sent to

The Family Advocacy Division houses Team H.O.P.E., which functions as a support network for families with missing children. Team H.O.P.E. (Help Offering Parents Empowerment) was created to provide parent-to-parent mentoring services for parents of missing children, resources, counseling, and emotional support and empowerment to families with missing children:

Team H.O.P.E.

310 Pensdale Philadelphia, PA 19128

Phone: 866–305–HOPE (4673)

Fax: 215–483–1713

Web site:

To obtain the most up-to-date information on child safety, view pictures of missing children, and learn more about available resources, visit

The Global Missing Children’s Network are Web sites from 16 countries that feed information about and photographs of missing children into a central, multilingual database.

Current participating Web sites include the following:







Costa Rica:






South Africa:


United Kingdom:

United States:

Additional Resources:

Safe Horizon



Safe Horizon

2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10007

Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-HOPE

Crime Victims Hotline: 866-689-HELP

Rape & Sexual Assault Hotline: 212-227-3000

TDD phone number for all hotlines: 866-604-5350

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Federal Resources on Missing and Exploited Children

American Bar Association


American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654-7598
312-988-5522 or 800-285-2221

American Bar Association
Service Center
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654-7598


American Bar Association
740 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-1019

American Humane Society

800-227-4645 or 303-792-9900
American Humane Society
63 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112

Child Welfare League of America


Child Welfare League of America

2345 Crystal Drive, Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22202

Children’s Defense Fund


Children’s Defense Fund
25 E Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

International Society Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

International Society Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

245 W. Roosevelt Road
Building 6, Suite 39
West Chicago, IL 60185

The Kempe Center

for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect


The Kempe Center and Foundation
The Gary Pavilion
at The Children’s Hospital
Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 E 16th Ave B390
Aurora, CO 80045

National Association of Counsel for Children


National Association of Counsel for Children

13123 E. 16th Avenue, B390

Aurora, CO 80045

National Children’s Alliance

800-239-9950 or 202-548-0090

National Children’s Alliance
516 C Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Prevent Child Abuse America


Prevent Child Abuse America
500 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60611-3703

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