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 everyone should be able to use the new emailing feature to their heart’s content. Just as before, the Email button is located near the top of every page and article.
I’ve also made some major enhancements to the internal caching system used by the website, so visitors may notice that the response time is much snappier than before and the website can also bear much greater traffic loads before performance becomes noticeably degraded. These were merely the first set of such caching additions, and they do not even apply to the Mobile version, so as I implement the remainder in the next day or two, visitors may expect further improvements.
Major changes in the code, especially with regard to caching, always risk breaking things, so please notify me in the comments below if you suddenly notice any problems with the system.
Next, an entirely different matter. My overwhelming preoccupation with software issues for most of this last year has prevented me from participating in almost any of the ongoing policy debates or doing any significant writing of my own; but with software matters now much better in hand, that may soon change.
A recent topic of heated discussion was the matter of “conspiracy theories” and whether they should be given any consideration by the sober-minded. During nearly my entire life, I paid absolutely no attention to so-called “conspiracy theories,” vaguely assuming that almost all were total nonsense given the treatment they so uniformly received in our elite media. However, I have gradually grown far more cautious in believing those media sources in recent years and consequently am far more willing to consider other possibilities, however outlandish they might seem at first glance.
A crucial turning point in my personal evolution came with my happenstance discovery of Sydney Schanberg’s astonishing expose of the Vietnam POW/MIA issue, and the evidence he uncovered that all the “crazy theories” of Ross Perot and other members of the political fringe were almost certainly true: hundreds of American POWs had indeed been “left behind” in Vietnam with the full knowledge of top American government officials, and afterward the shameful official cover-up of that horrifying betrayal went on for decades.
Schanberg, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former top editor at The New York Times, is often ranked as the greatest American war correspondent of the second half of the twentieth century, and his writings formed the basis for the Oscar-winning film The Killing Fields, regarded as one of the most important cinematic treatments of America’s Indochina involvement. He spent years gathering a mountain of hard evidence both on the betrayal itself and also on the later cover-up, a cover-up in which supposed ultra-patriot Sen. John McCain played the leading role. Schanberg’s conclusions were fully endorsed by two former Republican members of Congress with an Intelligence background, and other top journalists, including additional Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times reporters have praised the quality of his research. If true, this incident would surely stand as perhaps the single most shameful episode in America’s entire military history, and probably be regarded by the American public as “the story of the Century.” Yet not a single mainstream journalist or media outlet has ever been willing to touch this explosive material. The deafening silence of Our American Pravda continues to reverberate to the this very day.
Recently a dozen years of lies and gross exaggerations by top NBC anchor Brian Williams finally caught up with him, and his career as one of America’s most trusted media figures now lies in ruins. Similar charges, perhaps founded, perhaps not, are now circling around FoxNews star Bill O’Reilly. And previous hints and rumors regarding the sexual misbehavior of Bill Cosby—”America’s Dad”—suddenly exploded into the headlines, with dozens of women coming forward to accuse him of decades of regular rape. Massive cover-ups and stonewalling appears more difficult in our current Age of Twitter.
Therefore, with Sen. John McCain now once again so frequently in the headlines and on television, using his reputation as a super-patriot to demand a military confrontation with Russia. I have exercised my editorial privilege and republished my short article from five years ago, summarizing the work of Sydney Schanberg and providing my own analysis of the likely historical facts. The piece served as one of the major prequels to my later American Pravda series and my considered judgment is that there is at least a 95% chance that the astonishing story is absolutely true.
Furthermore, the implications are devastating for any faith we may retain in our mainstream sources of information. If all American media outlets continue to avert their eyes from such a remarkable story, one involving so many bold-face names and public figures, they cannot be trusted to challenge the powerful or influential on any other matter. Unless and until the American media suitably investigates Schanberg’s facts, I will refuse to believe a single word our journalists write about anything else.