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 lives of nearly 200 of his countrymen. Western MSM accounts have been almost unanimous in blaming the deaths on rebel forces, even though there is virtually no hard evidence supporting that theory, and the piece was a very necessary corrective to this totally one-sided presentation, being used to launch a new Cold War against Russia.
Within just a couple of days, van Wolferen’s article attracted more traffic than anything else we had previously published, while generating nearly 200 comments in conjunction with my own accompanying column. Even more remarkably, the 600+ Tweets it received are many times our previous record, indicating distribute comparable to that for a major New York Times article. I believe this demonstrates the huge hunger for alternative media narratives, the exactly reason I launched this publication.
Meanwhile, our star blogger Steve Sailer has been attracting enormous readership in his relentless pursuit of the Ferguson, Missouri cover-up, in which state and federal authorities did their best to suppress the videotape evidence showing Michael Brown robbing a local convenience stores just minutes before he allegedly attacked a local police officer and was shot dead as a consequence. Once again, a fabricated narrative heavily promoted by virtually all mainstream publications and public figures, ranging from the New York Times and Attorney General Eric Holder to National Review and Sen. Rand Paul, has apparently turned out to be a total pack of lies. With my own knowledge of the case drawn from the exceptionally biased coverage in the NYT+WSJ, I was as shocked as anyone else to see the stills and YouTube video of the huge black thug man-handling the clerk and looting the local store just before he met his demise. It appears that we have another Trayvon Martin Media Hoax, which would have probably become established fact in the pre-YouTube era.
Despite the record-setting traffic, our website’s caching system held up very well, with the load rarely exceeding 1% of maximum, while I have been mostly preoccupied with developing certain new software systems for the website.
I am very pleased at the readership, distribution, and impact of our articles, as well as the 6500 comments we have so far received in August, likely headed for a monthly record. However, I have also noticed an unfortunate recent increase in sock-puppetry, which I hope does not continue. The standard WordPress Comment Administrator always shows the IP address of a commenter, along with his name-handle, and the same one or two IP addresses are regularly used for a considerable number of different handles, which may therefore mislead other commenters and reduce the possibility of honest and sustained long-term dialogue.
Although this behavior will not necessarily prevent any such comments from being approved, I would urge that the individuals involved curb this behavior before such harsh measures become necessary. Selecting a single handle and generally sticking to it is hardly an unreasonable request on a website that allows such free-wheeling discussion on all sorts of controversial issues.