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For decades I've been closely reading several major newspapers every morning, and for the last few years have noticed a striking decline in the quality of their scientific coverage, as exemplified in the weekly Science Section of the New York Times. Whereas in the past, dramatic discoveries in evolutionary biology or physics might be broken... Read More
Although I've been totally preoccupied with software issues for the last couple of months, I was very proud to see that the Washington Post included The Review in the official list of America's major "Fake News" Russian propaganda websites, apparently used by the Kremlin to subvert American democracy and thereby foster the spread of Godless... Read More
For most of the last year I've been too preoccupied with other matters to spend much time working on the software of our small webzine, which therefore remained largedly unchanged. But I've now spent the last week or two cleaning up the commenting archives and also adding some powerful new features, partly inspired by suggestions... Read More
Although I've been overwhelmingly preoccupied with software-related issues over the last couple of weeks, I'm been pleased to note that our small webzine has attracted a bit of notice from the mainstream public policy community, with an article in The American Interest on the conservative intellectual world of California characterizing The Review as "a Trump-friendly,... Read More
As many of you probably noticed, our website had been sluggish or even occasionally unavailable over the last few days. Although we'd initially assumed it was some sort of software problem, we gradually began suspecting that it was on the hardware side, and then suddenly late yesterday our server completely died. Since the server was... Read More
Just a few days ago I'd published an Announcement noting the millionth comment at our small webzine, and mentioning that stylistic standards would henceforth be tightened up a bit for commenters. In particular, poor spelling, grammar, or punctuation might cause comments to be trashed, as would the use of profanity or ethnic/racial slurs. We do... Read More
I'm very pleased to announce that our small webzine has now broken the million comment mark, with readership traffic also growing very nicely. Further, the comments are hardly the short and totally trivial dross so often found elsewhere, with the accumulated comment text being well over ninety million words, the equivalent of perhaps 500 good... Read More
America's mainstream media universally portrays John McCain as one of our country's greatest national patriots, a military hero who steadfastly stayed loyal despite suffering unspeakable torture at the hands of his Communist captors during the Vietnam War. Last year, I published a major article pulling together the strands of evidence suggesting that this widespread narrative... Read More
I'm pleased to announce that July was a record-breaking month of traffic for our small webzine, with readership nearly reaching 2.2m pageviews, especially propelled by the heated presidential race and various terrorist attacks. This tends to demonstrate the widespread desire for a website providing a wide variety of different ideological perspectives not regularly found within... Read More
As many of you have probably already heard, our Free Harvard/Fair Harvard campaign for the Board of Overseers failed yesterday, with none of the five candidates on our slate being successful. The highly contentious nature of this year's contest did boost the vote-by-mail turnout to 11%, considerably higher than the more usual 7%. But with... Read More
Palo Alto, CA---Dr. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning former Republican congressman and presidential candidate, has endorsed Ron Unz in his current U.S. Senate race in California. Mr. Unz, a software developer and former theoretical physicist with degrees from Harvard University and Cambridge University, is a leading Republican candidate for the Senate seat held by California's retiring... Read More
I was totally shocked and very pleased a couple of hours ago to learn that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had declared himself open to raising the minimum wage, an issue that has long been one of my own main policy suggestions: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/278778-trump-expresses-openness-to-raising-minimum-wage By adopting this sensible position, he joins a number of other... Read More
For most of the past year, California's ongoing U.S. Senate race for the seat held by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer has received virtually no public attention, partly because the lack of the usual millions in television advertising led few people to even realize it was even happening. More recently, the total focus on the Republican... Read More
As readers know, the "Diversity" opposition to our Free Harvard/Fair Harvard Overseer campaign did absolutely everything it could to avoid allowing a public debate between our respective positions, refusing to participate themselves and then heavily pressuring Harvard's Chinese Students Association to withdraw their sponsorship of a public debate. Fortunately, they failed, and the two hour... Read More
But I'm still trailing "Undecided" by over 40 points!
This morning's newspapers announced that the latest statewide poll showed that I was now in first place among Republicans in the California U.S. Senate race, despite having jumped into the race on the absolutely last day for filing. Given that my own support in the poll was merely 5%, placing me over 40 points behind... Read More
Without doubt the current election for the Harvard Board of Overseers must rank as the most significant and substantive of the last twenty-five years, perhaps even the last century. The results of our Free Harvard/Fair Harvard campaign could have tremendous national implications for tuition and admissions policy at our most elite colleges, with ripple effects... Read More
Earlier this month, The Nation, America's premier left-liberal opinion magazine, carried a long article about America's elite colleges that opened by describing Harvard as "a hedge fund with a university attached": Universities Are Becoming Billion-Dollar Hedge Funds with Schools Attached Astra Taylor, The Nation, March 8, 2016 Now where, I wonder, have I previously heard... Read More
Last summer when I began planning our current Free Harvard/Fair Harvard campaign for the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, I decided it would be helpful to collect together some of my related writings and publish them in book form. After all, much of the basis for my critique of Harvard and our other elite... Read More
I'm pleased to report that Harvard administrators yesterday informed us that our submitted petitions had contained sufficient valid alumni signatures that our names will appear on the forthcoming Overseer Ballot, and this morning the Harvard Crimson carried the story as their front-page lead article, appropriately titled "Unconventional Overseers Candidates Qualify for Ballot." We had had... Read More
For decades, the standard for astonishing scientific autobiography has undoubtedly been Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, which provides the zestful flavor of the remarkable life and times of perhaps the greatest theoretical physicist of the second half of the twentieth century. Now Robert Trivers, one of the most influential evolutionary biologists of the last half-century,... Read More
As regular visitors to The Review have surely noticed, I have never permitted Internet advertising on our website, and have no plans to change this policy in the future. I regard typical display ads as garish, distracting, and totally wasteful of screen space, while sometimes greatly increasing the load time of pages. Plus these days... Read More
As technologies and systems evolve, once important distinctions often become insignificant or entirely disappear. When I first launched The Review in late 2013, I made a sharp distinction between "bloggers" and "columnists," the former usually publishing one or more short "posts" per day, while the latter produced much lengthier and more substantial columns or articles,... Read More
I'm very pleased to announce that JayMan has now joined The Review as one of our regular Columnists, bearing the appropriate moniker "A Troublemaker for the Truth." JayMan first came to my attention in a 2014 column by John Derbyshire, who also more recently suggested that he would make an excellent addition to our stable... Read More
As regular readers of our webzine have probably discovered, I'm very reluctant to ban any commenters, regardless of how many crazy or stupid things they say. Among other reasons, a tendency to ban often becomes a slippery slope, and if I banned everyone who said things I regarded as crazy or stupid I might soon... Read More
So far this week, our small webzine has scored record-breaking traffic due to the ongoing media controversy regarding the doubts expressed by Donald Trump regarding Sen. John McCain's Vietnam War record. Although over the last few decades our dishonest national media has established Sen. McCain as perhaps America's greatest living war hero, the actual facts... Read More
Over the last year or so, the commenting technology I have developed has proven itself quite useful in facilitating discussions. But in most cases, these exchanges has been limited to the particular articles and topics selected by our various bloggers and other writers. At times, various commenters have complained about the lack of coverage afforded... Read More
As some visitors may have noticed, over the last couple of days I've released some new software changes on the website, mostly associated with commenting. (1) Commenter Authentication There was a slightly worrisome development last week, namely the case of one or two individuals leaving comments under the names of other, regular commenters. Although the... Read More
[Note Additions at Bottom] I've released a new version of the website software, incorporating various changes. As usual, please refresh your browser so that the updated CSS and Javascript files will load and your pages will render properly. (1) Based on a suggestion by Steve, I spent a couple of days building an "infinite scrolling"... Read More
I've just released another iteration of the website software. With luck, this will reduce some of the rendering problems people had encountered, while generating a minimal number of new problems. I've tested both the Desktop and Mobile versions on a wide variety of different devices, both via Google Simulator and on actual hardware, and they... Read More
Some software projects go less smoothly than others, and for the last three weeks I've been totally preoccupied with a frustrating major overhaul of the website code at The Review, by far the biggest since I originally launched the webzine in late 2013. My intent was to modify the design to accommodate a substantial expansion... Read More
I'm very pleased to report that our small webzine once again broke records last month, both in total readership and in comments. Steve Sailer's results were particularly impressive, with his April comment total coming in nearly 2,000 above his previous March record, a truly remarkable result given that the time period was one day shorter.... Read More
I'm extremely pleased to announce the original publication of a 6,000 word article by Prof. Robert Trivers, one of the most influential evolutionary theorists of the last few decades. He provides a series of fascinating personal vignettes describing some of the famous evolutionary biologists he has known over the last half century, including such celebrated... Read More
After many months of difficult work, I've now finally released my new content-archiving website UNZ.org, providing convenient access to over a million readable articles and books written by hundreds of thousands of authors. The system also provides links and references to another million articles not readable for copyright reasons. The collection includes the near-complete archives... Read More
Since much of the website software has now stabilized, I finally got around to implementing additional caching intended to greatly improve the loading speed of most of the pages, especially the main ones. This included moving many of the standard files and nearly all the images to external Cloud servers, which should especially improve performance... Read More
Over the last few days I've made some major enhancements to the processing code of the Emailing Module, which now transforms a webpage into fully-emailable HTML several times faster than had previously been the case. Also, our server hosting company has increased our daily limit of outgoing Emails to 10,000 from the 1,000 default, so... Read More
[Update: Use of the new Emailing system has been so widespread that we quickly reached the normal email limit imposed by our rented server, temporarily suspending service. On Monday, we'll make arrangements to have our limit raised much higher, restoring our email service. Obviously it's an encouraging sign that we reached the normal email limit... Read More
I've had a great interest in China for at least the last forty years, and the exponential rise of the world's largest populous nation to enormous international importance during that exact period has hardly diminished my interest. Almost three years ago, I published China's Rise, America's Fall, a major article comparing and contrasting the situation... Read More
Over the last week or so I've added quite a number of new software features to the website system, many of them related to commenting. Although most users are likely to have noticed some of them, others may have passed unobserved, so I thought I'd provide a listing and description of most of these, followed... Read More
With readership and comments regularly setting new records, our small webzine is now undergoing some expansion of its personnel and content. First, I'm very pleased to announce that Peter Frost, whose anthropology-focused columns have become such an important part of our webzine over the last six months, has now decided to officially join The Review... Read More
Although in recent years, Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal and perhaps one or two British newspapers have begun to provide strong competition, it is undeniable that The New York Times currently ranks as the world's most influential and prestigious English-language newspaper. Therefore, I am very pleased to announce that Saturday's Times carried another op-ed by... Read More
Last week, several of the commenters on the most recent John Derbyshire column expressed tremendous enthusiasm for his writing and one of them mentioned how nice it would be if his collected articles and columns were somehow made available at The Review. The idea seemed like a good one to me as well, and I... Read More
The large number of different RSS Feed software clients apparently renders the the software technology much more variable and "kludgy" than most, and this problem is compounded because I've never used the system myself. But it seems that we've finally tracked down and eliminated the remaining, intermittent bugs in the new Custom Feed we added... Read More
Over the last few days, our young webzine has achieved remarkable results, reflected in its record-breaking traffic over the week-end. Late last week we published a long original article by distinguished Dutch journalist Karel van Wolferen, providing a very skeptical look at the circumstances surrounding the shooting-down of Flight MH17 in Ukraine, which cost the... Read More
Over the last week I've taken advantage of the expanded hardware resources provided by our new server to build and install a powerful caching system, intended to reduce load on the central database choke-point, thereby increasing the responsiveness of most website pages and more importantly allowing the system to handle far greater traffic loads without... Read More
This last weekend we migrated our website to a much more powerful server, able to handle vastly greater quantities of content material and traffic, and therefore providing plenty of room for future growth. We immediately began making use of these extra hardware resources by importing the entire archives of Razib Khan's old GNXP.com blogsite, which... Read More
A couple of days ago I finally completed integrating a very powerful new search technology into the website, providing both much greater flexibility and far greater speed and performance, while allowing almost unlimited room for future growth. Not only does the new system allow text searches of the 450,000 comments on the same footing as... Read More
Based on user suggestions, I've now changed the default ordering of the Comment Archive pages to "descending," while adding a toggle-button at the top to reverse that order. Also, the Comment Archive pages along with various toggle buttons have now been added to the Mobile Edition as well as the regular website. Opening the Comment... Read More
The over 400,000 comments on this website constitute perhaps 75% of the total content material, so supporting the effective production and reading of comments must obviously be a central goal of our software. Over the years, a few longtime Sailerites have produced many thousands of comments each, reaching into the hundreds of thousands of words,... Read More
I've been very preoccupied the last few weeks adding software enhancements to The Unz Review, and several important ones have now been released. Advanced Search Capability With tens of thousands of major articles and blog posts now in the website archives, finding the material you are seeking has become a much more difficult and important... Read More