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  1. Consider adding https://thegrayzone.com/ to your Selected Alternative Media list.

    Mostly original reporting and publication – lots of content – not a link sheet.

    Honest old left. News categories: U.S. Empire, Information Wars, China and the New Cold War, Russiagate Racket, Non-Profit Industrial Complex, Coronavirus Chaos.

    I don’t agree with it all, and I’m not tied in any way to the site. Just noticed that it was a quality effort.

    Also – Darren Beattie’s https://www.revolver.news/ Beattie (PhD dissertation on Heidegger and mathematics) is funny and smart. Site is mixture of original stories and lots of links – highbrow and lowbrow content.

  2. Dear Mr. Unz,

    I thought you might be interested to know….

    I wor k for an international corporation. For the last 5 years, I have been able to read Unz Review from work. Today, I was blocked. The reason was that the “Network Administrator” had deemed Unz.com a “hate/discrimination” website.

    Don’t be hubristic. The eye of Sauros can turn on you too. Remember we commenters are poor and need our jobs. Keep your systems secure…

    • Agree: Clyde
  3. Suggested article…

    Black-on-white homicide

    Ahren DeHart, age 1, died of intentional trauma in Texas
    https://thedailykenn.blogspot.com/2021/04/ahren-dehart-age-1-died-by-intentional.html

    • Agree: Liza
  4. Charlie says:

    Hi Ron… I was surprised I wasn’t permitted to send a Thanks to Ultrafart for a reply to my comment. I haven’t been commenting much lately as your filter noted, but this seems like a reasonable exception to the rule.

    https://www.unz.com/chopkins/the-covidian-cult-part-ii/#comment-4612288

    Anyway, thanks for all your work.

    C.

    • Replies: @Charlie
  5. Charlie says:
    @Charlie

    And suddenly it works! Thanks again.

  6. Yevardian says:

    @Ron Unz

    Would the commenting software allow for a “Bookmark Comment” feature, where one could highlight and save particularly interesting/useful comments to easily access in one place in the future?

    I was personally just looking for a 1-2 year old comment by ‘reiner tor’ concerning the collapse of the Hungarian left just prior to Orban’s/Fidesz’s meteoric comeback, but had to tinker around searching with keywords for a few minutes (mostly just loading times) in order to find it again.
    Perhaps there could be a ‘favourited comments’ bar in the comments section for established users? There are several commenters that occasionally make valuable contributions, but mostly rant on their set topic, or are just totally ignorant outside of a certain area, so I don’t want to ‘favourite’ them as a whole.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Ron Unz
  7. Ron Unz says:
    @Yevardian

    Would the commenting software allow for a “Bookmark Comment” feature, where one could highlight and save particularly interesting/useful comments to easily access in one place in the future?

    The system already allows that to a limited extent.

    If you add a Reaction (Agree/Thanks/LOL/etc) to someone else’s comment, it will be added to your own commenter archive, which can be stratified by date, making it much easier for you to track down. I myself use this feature in exactly the way you describe.

  8. Ron Unz says:
    @Yevardian

    Would the commenting software allow for a “Bookmark Comment” feature, where one could highlight and save particularly interesting/useful comments to easily access in one place in the future?

    Thinking about your issue, I decided to add a feature to make things much easier.

    Towards the upper right corner of your Commenter Archive, there’s now a drop-down Filter field that lets your restrict the displayed comments to those with particular Reactions like Agree, Thanks, etc. The filtered URL contains e.g. “&Reaction=Thanks”. So if you apply an Agree or Thanks to a comment, it’s in your archive and relatively easy to find using that filter, since the filtered numbers are so much lower.

    For example, although you have a total of nearly 1000 comments, you’ve only used Thanks 14 times, so all of those comments would be visible on the first page.

    Incidentally, since all the Commenter Archive pages are cached for performance reasons, it may take a little time for the new pages containing that field to be available.

    • Thanks: Polemos
    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @Bumpkin
  9. anon[327] • Disclaimer says:
    @bayviking

    Yes, important, but who trusts or even visits
    Counterpunch any more?

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  10. Lucy says:

    Mr Unz,
    Someone else is using my handle “Lucy”. Could you please cancel it.

  11. Ron, I am feeling particularly benevolent and constructive right now so proffer

    [MORE]

    1. Further to my suggestion as to how friendly inexpensive litigation could nail down some facts which would counter the bad impression created by UR’s Jim Fetzer thread o 9/11 I suggest you start with Googling something like “lawyers and 9/11′ [I didn’t bother to vary it but that would be a good idea]
    You will find plenty of lawyers to whom you could write

    “You may not be familiar with my webzine Unz Review but if you are you would be aware of how many commenter on threads assert alleged facts about the events and causes of 9/11 – particularly with respect to the World Trade Centre – that might well be distressing to the families of those killed in the Towers or as passengers or crew. Accordingly I ask your help in identifying people to whom I can write with due sensitivity to ask for their help in nailing down such elementary vital facts as to whether there were aircraft passengers and crew who took off on those on [list the four flights] and, further, that actual aircraft struck the WTC buildings……..”

    Then I am sure you could manage to write tactfully enough to people nominated and explain that you needed what they might regard as ridiculous standards of proof to quell the wilder flights of fancy, so……

    *** *** ****

    My benevolence extends to refraining from replying to a recent irritated comment of yours that said it would be “unkind” to comment on my reasoning. As I thought about it the temptation to substitute “unwise” grew as I thought of the case that could be made. However, I should say of your splenetic assertion that I seemed to rely in TV for my knowledge of the world that it is not only totally untrue, but couldn’t be true [because I didn’t have a TV set till the 70s and there wasn’t anything to watch in Oz for many more years – think more NYRB] and that it is precisely because it seems that you never watch it since you formed adverse opinions about it that it can occasionally offer something for you to consider Moreover my watching is the occasional 40 min from my exercise bike (of course I listen to equivalent podcasts on my walks) which I thoroughly recommend d to the over 60s.
    On the lighter side one gets to noting how often the sacred 6 million figure is repeated flatly and that a surprising exception was in a program on Jewish GIs where the figure was given as “nearly 6 million”. Watching with scepticism turned on has pluses and few minuses if one is also exercising or drifting off to sleep

  12. There is definitely a bug when I am told that I can’t post anonymously because of the limit on my anoymous posts and that I should try using a handle in the following circumstances

    About 5 commenters replied to me and I replied to three of them. Unfortunately one reply appeared in error as a reply to myself. I therefore went back and attempted an anonymous reply noting that the reply was as #122. That’s when I got the error message wrongly premised on my having posted anonymously in recent hours or days.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  13. @Wizard of Oz

    More evidence of either a bug or AI extending to psychic understanding of the Unz mind…..

    I tried another Anon posting after three quick regular replies but this time switched from WiFi Internet to 5G (or maybe 4G -anyway my phone’s connection). I lso changed my email address identifier.
    But I got the same erroneous response as if I had used Anon at all recently, which I had not. Then I changed the email identifier to a new fictitious one but the result was the same.

    FWIW I was trying to advise a Commenter that the number of the Comment which was a reply to his had been changed by the UR software to another one that I cited.

  14. Sparkon says:

    Ron, your email checking software ate my long comment to your current COVID article yesterday, destroying hours of work, because for some reason I hadn’t entered my email address entirely, and the email field was incomplete.

    I had several interruptions yesterday while I was working on that comment, so I assume I simply overlooked the incomplete field when I hit publish.

    A screen popped up noting the incorrect email address, and I clicked to return to the comment section, but my entire comment was gone by the time the page finally reloaded on my very slow connection.

    It was no doubt my mistake, but does the email checking subroutine have to trash the entire comment? Or is my slow connection possibly the culprit?

    Thanks.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  15. Ron Unz says:
    @Sparkon

    It was no doubt my mistake, but does the email checking subroutine have to trash the entire comment? Or is my slow connection possibly the culprit?

    Normally, the rejected comment should still be there, so maybe it was the problem with your connection.

    Frankly, I’d always advise drafting a long comment in some other program and then just copy/pasting it into the comment field, to avoid that sort of unfortunate mistake. That’s what I usually do.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  16. Sparkon says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks Ron. It’s very good advice.

    No doubt then it was my slow connection that caused the problem, and if I’d waited long enough, the comment probably would have have reappeared, but I did run out of patience.

    Normally, I copy the comment to the clipboard and sometimes into LibreOffice Writer before posting, but for some reason I didn’t do it this time. Charlie Foxtrot.

    I do like the WYSIWYG preview as I type, and it’s a very nice feature to have at UR, along with several others.

    Usually, I’m not dealing with a slow connection, but I went overboard earlier in the period, especially by watching an HD nest cam trained on Peregrine falcons. Apparently I left it on for an extended period of time when I switched to a different tab and forgot about it.

    It’s water under the bridge. Life goes on. Thanks again.

  17. Mr. Unz,

    I may have missed information about this here, so please pardon the question if it’s been addressed, but is it necessary to re-enter a poster’s name into the ignore filter after I close a thread within which he posts and then re-open that same thread?

    I was under the impression that once a poster’s name is saved in the bozo filter, the restriction will be saved across threads until I’ve left the site.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Thorfinnsson
  18. Ron Unz says:
    @AnonStarter

    It’s saved in a cookie, so it should only be necessary once. As long as you don’t clear your cookies, it should be permanent on that device, even if you come back a week later.

    • Thanks: AnonStarter
  19. profnasty says:

    Dear Ron, I could go on and on in complimenting your site. It is the best. Many thanks.
    Please consider: Adam Greene has just had his well considered but controversial site, KMN.org, cancelled. Please consider giving him a voice on your site. Second, Colin Flaherty is a great reporter centered on Black on White violent crime. Vdare is great, but Colin specializes.
    I don’t presume to have influence.
    Please know your work is muchly appreciated.
    Rock on Ron. -Dave Mende

  20. Okay, now I’m seeing that, on occasion, when I open a page running JavaScript, the posts in each thread are devoid of the “reply,” “agree/disagree,” “this commenter,” etc. buttons. Moreover, I cannot hide or ignore commenters and the usual column of articles that appears at the far right side of the page is absent.

    When I reload the page, the problem is fixed.

    This happens more than once across threads. Most recently, upon clicking on the option to see new comments in Taxi’s thread, the page loaded and didn’t lead me to the latest posts (as had typically occurred prior to this problem beginning).

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  21. Ron Unz says:
    @AnonStarter

    All those problems you mention are directly related to Javascript failing on that page. So it looks like your device is having episodic Javascript problems on our website.

    • Thanks: AnonStarter
  22. Clyde says:

    Mr. Ron
    I have a white albino whale for you, that happened 4 days ago. I made three posts that did not show up. Finally I looked at me posting header and I saw that me name Clyde and me email address were not there. Instead what was there was the name of an often poster and his email address. So I was posting as him! Though I think your software blocked the three posts I made under poster X’s name.

    More details if you want them. I have been on other forums and your forum has the best design, so Thanks are in order! I really like your easy HTML for B and I and

    Blockquote

    ____Clyde from the river Clyde___

    The River Clyde is a river that flows into the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. It is the eighth-longest river in the United Kingdom, and the second-longest in Scotland. It runs through the major city of Glasgow. Historically, it was important to the British Empire because of its role in shipbuilding and trade. To the Romans, it was Clota, and in the early medieval Cumbric language, it was known as Clud or Clut. It was central to the Kingdom of Strathclyde (Teyrnas Ystrad Clut).

  23. Clyde says:
    @Ron Unz

    Mr. Ron

    Your agree, disagree and troll buttons

    For fun and giggles why not put up a new button each month to see how popular it is? So May gets a new novelty button. Then is replaced in June by another one…and so on.

    I have two suggestions to add (add on for one month) to your agree, disagree and troll buttons—
    How about these buttons?
    “Fat Bastard”
    “You Rascal You”

    Thanks
    Clyde

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
  24. Charlie says:

    Good on you for adding mp3 download links. Thanks!

    Another suggestion. The Advanced Search is great but I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve set up a search only to hit Clear at the form bottom. There should be a Submit button next to Clear, probably in the bottom-right corner. Ought to be simple enough to add.

    Thanks again for all your work!

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  25. Ron Unz says:
    @Charlie

    Okay. Some other things were giving me lots of trouble, so I took a few minutes to add an additional Search button down at the bottom as you suggested. It works just like the regular Search button at the top.

  26. Bumpkin says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks, I just used that new feature to find some old newslinks that I had thanked before. However, I was looking for one of the old newslinks that I hadn’t thanked at unz.com/news and there doesn’t seem to be any way to search for those. They just don’t turn up in your search engine.

    Could you add the submitted newslinks to your search engine?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  27. Ron Unz says:
    @Bumpkin

    Okay, it’s done.

    In the “From?” field, there’s now an option called “Newslinks” which you would select.

    Since Newslinks are technically comments, set “Comments?” to “Include” or “Only”. Then put in the desired text string for which you’re searching. You can also restrict the search to a particular Commenter or use a date range.

    • Replies: @Bumpkin
  28. Bumpkin says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks, they’re indexed in the search now, but the results are in a strange format where you can only see fragments of the link and description. If I click on the link given, it goes to a link placeholder page, where there’s no hint of the posted link. Can you reformat the search results for the newslinks or generate proper URLs for them?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  29. Ron Unz says:
    @Bumpkin

    Okay, I think I fixed the problem. Newslinks are displayed very differently than regular comments, and I hadn’t taken that into account.

    • Replies: @Bumpkin
    , @Bumpkin
  30. Bumpkin says:
    @Ron Unz

    Yep, works now. The link I was searching for is in the first page of search results and is easily clickable, thanks.

  31. In trying to give “Thanks” to an article in the Agg. Newslinks queue, I received this:

    “Only Only Five Reaction-Comments Allowed per Eight Hour Window.”

    Previously, it seemed the “thanks” limitations were separate from those imposed upon reaction-comments outside the Agg. Newslinks section.

    Has there been a policy update of which I’m not aware?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  32. Ron Unz says:
    @AnonStarter

    I think I fixed the problem.

    • Thanks: AnonStarter
  33. @AnonStarter

    Do not use the ignore filter. This feature is for cowards and should be removed.

    There is a scroll wheel on nearly every mouse manufactured.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  34. I’m not sure if this comment is more appropriate for the open thread or this one, as it doesn’t concern any issues with existing website features (generally excellent–only issues are that the ignore function, comments per hour limit, comment approval, and “troll” button need to be removed). However, it is a suggestion for an addition to the website, so I will make it here.

    David Irving makes many of his books freely available to download and read in PDF format: http://fpp.co.uk/books/

    For those not in the know, PDFs are not easy to read on ereaders other than expensive specialist devices the size of a letter pad. Converting PDFs, especially Irving’s PDFs, to ebook formats like .epub is often problematic.

    However, not all of his books are so available, and as many here are well familiar there is a war against his books by mainstream publishers and distributors. Irving does make his print books available for purchase and also runs his own publisher, but they’re very expensive and often take months to ship. His print books can be purchased here: https://irvingbooks.com/xcart/home.php?cat=3

    My suggestion is the formation of an Unz-Irving partnership to publish his books as ebooks. This would help Irving achieve a wider distribution of his books to new generations of readers, and it would also help preserve the increasingly censored books of a very old man for posterity. It could also produce some welcome income for Irving (and, for that matter, Unz).

    If this suggestion is beyond the scope of what you wish to do with this site then perhaps a better partnership would be with Vox Day (Castalia House, has recently published Martin van Creveld).

  35. George says:

    Content UNZ should link to:

    Apparently a PRC Chinese youtube channel discussing world issues.

    Difference Frames the World
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEx3_ZX9jTZHimMMrQ4aGsA

    Can They Have Human Rights?

    Who Is Behind All Of These?

  36. Sparkon says:
    @Thorfinnsson

    Not at all. It’s good time management. The day is only so long, and one can read only so much.

    The easiest way to avoid getting into flame wars is to put those faceless entitities making personal attacks on ‘ignore’.

    After all, in most civilized meetings there are rules of order.

    How do you even know that “Clovis” or Anon (999) is not a roomful of people sitting somewhere?

    Beyond that, some commenters here typically spam the discussion with numerous long comments laden with photos, diagrams, and what not. When I’ve been following the discussion, I see no need to reread all that, nor the walls of text, nor to tire my index finger scrolling past them.

    I think ‘ignore’ is an excellent feature, and I commend Ron Unz for making it available here.

    I mean, are people cowards who don’t want to listen to rap music? Too bad there’s not an ‘ignore’ feature for that, eh?

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
  37. @Sparkon

    The problem here is that you seem to think that avoiding flame wars and personal attacks is a worthy goal.

    In fact flame wars and personal attacks are core purposes of the internet and merit celebration and elevation.

    • Agree: Max Payne
  38. @Ron Unz

    Ron, did you find no bug such as I reported at #13 and #14? Not very important to health and happiness, but, definitely, I think a bug.

  39. On the ‘Columnists’ vs ‘Archive’ categories of your writers at the bottom of the pages –

    Although in ‘Archives’, C. J. Hopkins and Larry Romanoff have both done interesting recent material … perhaps better in the ‘Columnists’ category?

    3 of the ‘Columnists’ have nothing more recent than 2017 – Eamonn Fingleton, Norman Finkelstein and Jayman – Archive perhaps?

    3 others are cold since 2019 – Paul Gottfried, James Petras, and Bonnie Faulker

    Cheers

  40. Sparkon says:

    For the last hour or two, I’ve been getting this message when I try to show comments for Laurent Guyénot’s “Barbarossa: Suvorov’s Revisionism Goes Mainstream” article.

    We’re sorry. That page could not be found.

    Meanwhile, the number of comments under that article has grown from 1110 to 1113, so I guess somebody is finding that page…

    I can see my comment from earlier today in my commenting history,

    Sparkon says:
    May 20, 2021 at 3:18 pm GMT • 11.4 hours ago • 200 Words ↑

    but when I try to follow the permalink to the article, I get that same message.

  41. @Ron Unz

    Now here’s something contemporary on which your intellect could really help people cope with what a lot of quite smart people are threatening them with.

    I could be suggesting man-made climate change but there’s probably 15 years reading in that to prepare to say anyhing new with your usual confidence. No, I refer to privatec digital currencies like Bitcoin. You may remember me telling you how a bright chap from your neighbourhood I shall call GC told me in 2013 that the Valleys Six Sigmas were going to destroy all sorts of legacies via Netflix, MOOCS etc and government generally would be rendered helpless by Bitcoin. That last I thought was BS though GC himself is said to have made \$350 ,million.

    Now my provocation comes from the mouth of a junior windbag who seems to have made a lot more money than most of his smarter contemporaries helped no doubt by having got into Oxford where his father’s truly famous and successful windbaggery took shape before Harvard, McKinsey and much more by revolutionising training for the Oxford-Ca.bridge boat race. You probably can’t open the Australian Financial Review website so I have copied what he is reported to have said. Moi, I continue to believe that China could prevent the total madness of a tulip mania so might even manage to guide the Fed and US Treasury in the prevention of digital excess – or DeFi, decentralised finance, as Wikipedia knows it.

    Anyway I hope this irritates you enough to have a go….

    [MORE]

    https://www.afr.com/markets/currencies/bitcoin-just-a-sideshow-carnegie-s-crypto-warning-20210521-p57tv9

    Bitcoin just a ‘sideshow’: Carnegie’s crypto warning

    Don’t let people set up their own account and get their

    James EyersSenior Reporter

    May 21, 2021 – 2.39pm

    Venture capitalist Mark Carnegie is urging financial advisers get a sophisticated understanding of crypto asset markets to ensure clients don’t make bad bets on bitcoin or get lured into scams.

    Venture capitalist Mark Carnegie describes himself as a bitcoin minimalist, but a “crypto maximalist”. Ben Rushton

    In a provocative presentation on Friday morning, Mr Carnegie described bitcoin – which crashed in value earlier this week – as a “sideshow” compared to disruptive new business models appearing on the ethereum blockchain that are also issuing cryptocurrencies to fund their development.

    This new world of ‘decentralised finance’ (DeFi) will force advisers to distinguish between real investment opportunities and frauds and gimmicks, after the government said this week it would take a light-touch approach to regulation of the space.

    “Don’t let [clients] buy the ‘shitcoins’,” Mr Carnegie told the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association conference.

    The comments came after Financial Services Minister Jane Hume told the same event a day earlier the government won’t prevent investors investing in dogecoin, raising concerns from Labor about a lack of consumer protection in these highly volatile new markets.

    Many speculators who jumped on the bitcoin bandwagon in recent months were badly burned this week, as its price fell 30 per cent to around \$US35,000 on concerns about energy usage and regulation, before bouncing back to about \$US41,000 by Friday afternoon – still double the level at the start of December.

    Dogecoin was wildly volatile, as the market took its cues from tweets by Tesla founder Elon Musk.

    “Don’t let people set up their own account and get their mates at the pub to put them into shitcoin after shitcoin,” Mr Carnegie told the room of advisers and brokers.

    [Bitcoin] is going to be the gateway drug for everybody to get in … but for anybody who has spent any decent time in this space, it is really a sideshow.

    — Mark Carnegie, venture capitalist

    “Find some way to put your arm around those people and come up with simple, old-fashioned, dollar-cost-averaging strategies, that slows them down and protects them from absolute scuz-buckets.”

    Mr Carnegie empathised with advisers struggling to keep up with the fast-moving world of blockchain, but advised them to spend some time on the sector, which he tipped to grow rapidly. “I would urge people to be off zero here,” he said.

    [Bitcoin] is going to be the gateway drug for everybody to get in … but for anybody who has spent any decent time in this space, it is really a sideshow.

    — Mark Carnegie, venture capitalist

    “Find some way to put your arm around those people and come up with simple, old-fashioned, dollar-cost-averaging strategies, that slows them down and protects them from absolute scuz-buckets.”

    Mr Carnegie empathised with advisers struggling to keep up with the fast-moving world of blockchain, but advised them to spend some time on the sector, which he tipped to grow rapidly. “I would urge people to be off zero here,” he said.

    He recently set up a new fund, the MHC Digital Asset Fund, which holds some bitcoin as a “momentum trade”, but is looking for better opportunities in other blockchain ideas being built using smart contracts running on ethereum.

    “I am a crypto maximalist and a bitcoin minimalist,” Mr Carnegie declared.

    “Unfortunately for you guys, [bitcoin] is going to be the gateway drug for everybody to get in and will be 90 per cent of the conversation – but for anybody who has spent any decent time in this space, it is really a sideshow.”

    Banks beware

    The amount of entrepreneurial talent being invested in redesigning a new architecture for the financial system will put the major banks under real pressure over the coming decade, he suggested.

    Pointing to ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin and, outside of blockchain, Stripe founders Patrick and John Collison, Mr Carnegie said: “These guys are absolutely world-class, Jesse Owens-quality businessmen” and, comparing them to the “board of directors and guys running the existing four banks in Australia, it is kick-a-cripple day”.

    “The existing banking system, the ability for them to stop the dam burst, is finished,” he added. “These guys are absolutely going to clean the floor with the existing banking system … The world financial system is changing unbelievably fast.”

    Crypto today was like the internet in the late 1990s, where “it was established it is not going to go away, it was just not clear what was coming at you”. He said its promise beyond bitcoin is to “take the speed of all financial transactions to instantaneous and the security to nearly perfect … at zero marginal cost”.

    For sophisticated investors, he said there was plenty of opportunity in crypto-derivative markets given “there is a tonne of dumb retail money in this which creates skew in the options book” and despite the massive volatility this week, the US dollar hedging strategies his fund had put in place held firm as selling pressure came on – a positive sign. “Most of the pegs held last night.”

  42. When I try to register THANKS under a Newslink, a window opens to say something like “Oops, duplicate comment detected. Looks like you’ve already said that.”

    Maybe you can clear this up when getting back to us about the departure of C. J. Hopkins.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  43. Ron Unz says:
    @Greta Handel

    I’m puzzled by your “Thanks” problem. It seems to be working with other people, and the mechanism used is identical to the “Reaction comments” used everywhere else, so maybe it’s a temporary issue or somehow connected with your device/browser.

    As for C.J. Hopkins, I already explained his departure a couple of weeks ago, and can’t endlessly repeat the same comment:

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/open-thread-5/#comment-4655487

    • Thanks: Greta Handel
    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  44. @Ron Unz

    By the way, I had repeatedly asked about Mr. Hopkins by then, including on May 2 in that same thread, with another commenter registering agreement.

  45. Ko says:

    Insouciance

    Will you please tell Roberts to stop using this word for every damn thing he complains about?

    What next, squirrels are insouciant about the loss of nuts that worked in government?

    He can mix up his bitchy complaints about Americans with synonyms like these: apathy, casualness, complacence, disinterestedness, disregard, incuriosity, incuriousness, indifference, nonchalance, torpor, unconcern.

    But beating the dead horse of a once underused word that was impactful if used in the right place, in a sentence when you wanted to grab the readers attention by the back of the neck and push their faces down to see what the hell it is you wanted them to see, has all but destroyed the word for me, and I resent that. I can never use it again.

    But worse, Roberts is a insouciant crank who can’t stomach comments behind his moaning diatribes.
    No balls sir? Seems so.

    Ko

  46. MBlanc46 says:

    My Commenters to Follow list has disappeared, yet again. Can someone please tell me whether it is intended that this function is being supported? Thank you.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    , @Ron Unz
  47. Lot says:

    Ron, content looks fine but the “publish comment” and reactions are both currently broke on ios Chrome. Switching to safari resolved it.

    The following troubleshooting did not work:

    Full page reload
    Switch to desktop site
    Hit preview first then publish

    There was no timeout or failure to load, the button just did nothing.

  48. Anastasia says:

    https://www.brighteon.com/31777bc5-2096-46eb-8030-3b507e431047

    https://apiject.com/

    https://www.technocracy.news/trifecta-darpa-iarpa-and-now-harpa-to-complete-digital-dictatorship/

    Here’s more information your audience will not be reading explaining all the governments’ obsession with everyone getting the vaccine.

  49. MBlanc46 says:
    @MBlanc46

    Apparently, this bug report is not considered important enough to be addressed.

  50. Charlie says:

    You recently introduced a bug with the pop-up comment. On my Android tablet, at the bottom of a comment, I click forward to a reply then click back to the original comment. The pop-up comment with the reply is still visible and does not disappear when I tap in the original comment or the pop-up. I have to tap in another comment, either above or below the original comment to hide the pop-up and the pop-up can overlay a number of subsequent comments. I think a better behavior would be to hide all pop-ups anytime any comment or the pop-up itself were clicked. Better yet, don’t display the pop-up at all if the link forward is taken.

    Thanks!

    • Replies: @Charlie
  51. anon[391] • Disclaimer says:

    Hi Ron,

    There appears to be a commenting bug that’s causing new comments on some articles to become inaccessible. Taxi’s latest article exhibits this bug/error.

    On the UR’s homepage currently, it says there are “870 Comments” and “68 New” comments on Taxi’s latest article:

    [MORE]

    From Here On, Palestine Calls the ShotsTaxi870 Comments • 68 New

    In the “Taxi Archive” it also says there are “870 Comments” and “68 New” comments on Taxi’s latest article:

    From Here On, Palestine Calls the ShotsTaxi • May 27, 2021 • 2,200 Words  • 870 Comments • 68 NewReply
    https://www.unz.com/author/taxi/

    If you try to access the comments via any of the provided links, however, only “802 comments” can be viewed:

    From Here On, Palestine Calls the ShotsTaxi • May 27, 2021 • 2,200 Words  • 802 CommentsReply

    https://www.unz.com/article/from-here-on-palestine-calls-the-shots/?showcomments#comments
    https://www.unz.com/article/from-here-on-palestine-calls-the-shots/?showcomments#new_comments
    https://www.unz.com/article/from-here-on-palestine-calls-the-shots/?showcomments#respond

    If you access the article via the main link, it says “870 Comments” and “68 New” comments are available for the article:

    From Here On, Palestine Calls the ShotsTaxi • May 27, 2021 • 2,200 Words  • 870 Comments • 68 NewReply

    https://www.unz.com/article/from-here-on-palestine-calls-the-shots/

    But these “870 Comments” and “68 New” comments are all hidden, so instead of comments under the article, the following “Show” options are provided:

    All Comments Hidden • Show  870 Comments  870 CommentsReply

    None of the provided links actually “Show 870 Comments” when you click on them though, they only ever show the same “802 Comments” you were able to access previously:

    From Here On, Palestine Calls the ShotsTaxi • May 27, 2021 • 2,200 Words  • 802 CommentsReply

    https://www.unz.com/article/from-here-on-palestine-calls-the-shots/?showcomments#comments
    https://www.unz.com/article/from-here-on-palestine-calls-the-shots/?showcomments#new_comments
    https://www.unz.com/article/from-here-on-palestine-calls-the-shots/?showcomments#respond

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  52. Ron Unz says:
    @MBlanc46

    My Commenters to Follow list has disappeared, yet again. Can someone please tell me whether it is intended that this function is being supported? Thank you.

    It’s saved in a local cookie, along with your Ignore list. Probably your cookies are getting clogged up, so try clearing them or something like that.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  53. Ron Unz says:
    @anon

    There appears to be a commenting bug that’s causing new comments on some articles to become inaccessible. Taxi’s latest article exhibits this bug/error.

    Everything looks fine to me. Extremely Agitated and very long-winded people have clogged up that thread with so much verbiage that the page has become enormously large, so there might be a caching delay issue or something. Maybe if you wait a little while, the problem will go away.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @anon
    , @anon
    , @anonymous
  54. anon[603] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    Everything looks fine to me. Extremely Agitated and very long-winded people have clogged up that thread with so much verbiage that the page has become enormously large, so there might be a caching delay issue or something. Maybe if you wait a little while, the problem will go away.

    Yes, all “874 Comments” are now showing on the article. 👍

  55. anon[146] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    It’s doing it again, Ron.

    There should be “884 COMMENTS” and “10 NEW” comments according to the comment count(s) on the UR’s homepage, but there are only “874 comments” showing under the article when you click the link on the homepage.

  56. anon[659] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    I think it might be a cookie/caching delay issue.

    The missing comments on Taxi’s article magically appeared after I submitted comment #56 earlier.

    Clearing my cookies took me back to “874 COMMENTS” on the actual article, when there should be “894 COMMENTS” and “20 NEW” comments according to the comment counts I’m seeing on the homepage.

    Is a local cookie saved when you begin entering text in the “Comment Text” field, or if you click on the “Preview Comment” button, or do you have to click the “Publish Comment” button for that to happen?

  57. Just in case anyone’s unsure as to which side they’re on:

    ‘Last summer’s historic protests reverberated across the country and the Jewish world has been struggling to meet the moment. How effective have the efforts been? What else can Jews do to fight for racial justice?

    ‘Rabbi Sandra Lawson of Reconstructing Judaism and Tema Smith, a Forward contributing columnist, will join our editor-in-chief, Jodi Rudoren, for their second annual Juneteenth conversation…’

  58. The Georgia ballot fraud case meanders on. Now looks as though that “water main break” that stalled counting provided the Democrats enough time to produce 100,000 additional ballots.

    Problem: How do you come up with 100,000 pieces of paper in only a few hours? The answer is you mark up a few and then used photocopiers.

    Problem: How do you keep poll watchers from spotting the fraud? The answer is you don’t let them see the ballots.

    Now it looks as though this mess is going to explode. Would be nice to have a thread about ballot fraud. Meaning, how it’s done, how to spot it and prove it. Consequences.

  59. Hi Ron, I recently posted a comment that included a couple of html dot points (ol and li). The Preview Comment view displayed as expected, however once published the html had been stripped.

    Would you consider adding support for lists? Alternatively, perhaps fix the Preview Comment view so that it behaves as per the Publish Comment view.

    Regards, Steve.

  60. meera says:

    Dear Ron & Team,

    I have not gotten my newsletter from your amazing site for more than a month I think. I thought maybe my email address (cited above) was dropped for some reason. I went to sign up again for the newsletter and I got some error message. Entered fictitious addresses to test the cause, but they all been rejected as well.
    So which is it? was I dropped or technical difficulties are the cause to my ‘misfortune’?

    I need the newsletter. Please allow me the privilege to enjoy reading it.

    Thank you so much.

    Most Sincerely.💐💙,

  61. Tom Verso says:

    TUR has done a great job reporting and discussing “Origins of Covid”.

    May I suggest that you now turn you attention to subject of the negative affects of vaccine.

    You may begin with the very objective and biological scientific YouTube “Bret Weinstein’s DarkHorse podcast” discussion on the subject this past week.

    Emphasis on biological scientific hardcore objective data discussions…. this is not conspiracy rants.

    Best

  62. Here’s a thought: what if unz.com had a threshold number of comments without a rejection beyond which a commenter didn’t go into the moderation queue? It would be a distinction that would tend to promote self-moderation and encourage quality content.

    I don’t know what the exact criteria are for accepting/rejecting a comment, but I suppose it is a combination of eliminating the flat-out illegal (soliciting the murder-for-hire of your congressman, for example) and rejecting anything that lowers content standards (rambling, incoherent, and so on). But, whatever they are, if someone has posted, say, one hundred comments in a row that neither lowered standards nor broke the law, you could probably be pretty sure they just aren’t the type of person who posts illegal or low quality content. From then on, after the five-minute edit period expires, their comments go live directly with the understanding the trust could be broken and the privilege rescinded at any time.

    It seems like it would be an easy implementation on the back end. It could be publicly noted (with, say, a green doughnut), or not. And what should make it especially appealing to you, it seems to me, is that it would relieve a great deal of the labor involved in running this site.

  63. THE THORFINNSSON PROGRAM

    The Unz Review is a great site, and Ron Unz has done the world a great service. But that does not mean that it cannot be made greater. After many years of studying this matter, I present a comprehensive program which will make the Unz Review the greatest website of all time.

    The planks are presented in no particular order. Failure to implement this program will result in the site’s collapse, and failure to agree with my vision will result in deep dissatisfaction and personal life failure.

    Eliminate the Ignore Feature

    This feature enables cowardice and caters to the spiritually feminine. No one should be permitted to hide.

    Remove the “Troll” Button

    Trolling is the purpose of the internet and should thus never be discouraged nor misconstrued as negative. The troll button seems to be inspired by a mistaken notion that trolling is a bad thing.

    Institute Emoji Reacts from Meme Culture

    Chad, Virgin, Yes, Pinky, etc. are the lingua franca of the based.

    Force Audacious Epigone to Make Investments in Line with his Predictions

    Self-explanatory. Doomerists need to put their money where their mouths are.

    Eliminate the Commenting Limit

    Extremely irritating feature which is liable to result in righteous retribution one of these days. Wally is harmless.

    Force Paul Craig Roberts to Accept Comments

    As stated previously, no one should be allowed to hide. Disallowing comments is despicable cowardice. The guy impersonating Paul Craig Roberts was funny. Typical of old people online.

    Eliminate Comment Approval

    Boomer nonsense that inhibits the natural flow of conservation. Disruptive comments, which I define very narrowly, can simply be removed later.

    Hall of Shame

    A section of the site should highlight wrongists, cowards (for instance known users of the ignore feature), the incompetent (e.g. commenters unable to use BLOCKQUOTE), and of course the insane.

    • LOL: Anatoly Karlin
    • Replies: @anon
  64. anon[825] • Disclaimer says:
    @Thorfinnsson

    agree with comment limit.

    My limit is unpredictable: anon – 1,2,3/day.
    Used only when handle not being accepted.
    Handle-??? Sometimes zero per week(s)/UR total site.

    5 dancing shlomos/bjondo

  65. Mark Hunter says: • Website

    1. Sometimes the Reply button is missing. It usually appears if I refresh the page in the browser (Firefox on Windows 7). This has been occurring frequently.

    2. Just now I posted a reply and it disappeared, no “moderation” message. I tried refreshing several times, waiting a bit in between times, still gone.

    So I tried reposting, and lo and behold, the first attempt appeared, and there was no action on the repost.

    This has happened only once so far.

    By the way, your website is a nice piece of design and programming work.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  66. Ron Unz says:
    @Mark Hunter

    Both the features giving you problems are using Javascript, so that seems to be intermittently failing on your browser. Maybe the Javascript include files aren’t loading properly or something like that.

    It sounds like refreshing your browser tends to fix the problem, but if it begins happening to more people I’ll try to determine the pattern.

  67. bruce county says:

    How do I remove my profile from this site?

  68. My email address is popping up among the com boxes. Is there a way to opt out of these solicitations?

  69. bruce county says:
    @WorkingClass

    I have the same problem!!… Sent both Paul Kersey and Ron Unz emails with a screen shot of the page…I wonder only we can see them tho?

  70. bruce county says:
    @WorkingClass

    Hey Working Class.. tell me what story and comment number it is and I will see if I can see it.
    It could be just that ourselves can see our own email address on the comment.

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  71. Ron Unz says:
    @WorkingClass

    My email address is popping up among the com boxes. Is there a way to opt out of these solicitations?

    Sorry for the confusion. As I mentioned in the Announcement this morning, I’ve now added the option of subscribing to our digests or articles by email, much like is offered by SubStack, a recently popular blogging website.

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/an-orwellian-anniversary-and-adding-email-subscriptions-to-our-website/

    This website has always saved the email your use for comments in a cookie, and the system defaults to using it to fill that field of your commenting box. It now also uses the same email to fill the subscription-box . Since your email is saved in a cookie on your local browser, only you can see it.

    There’s always been a Digest subscription box on the right Sidebar of the Home page, and there’s now an additional subscription box just below each main article and post. Additional copies of that subscription box are scattered throughout especially long articles and comment-threads, roughly every 50 paragraphs or comments, and (very occasionally) an additional popup subscription window will open.

    If you click on any of those subscription boxes, you’re then directed to the Subscription page, where you can decide which if any subscriptions to select:

    https://www.unz.com/subscribe/

  72. @bruce county

    Thank you. But I am not going to publically reveal my address as you suggest. I assume that Mr. Unz is not publically revealing it either and that it is for my eyes only. Still. There it is on my screen. In two separate threads so far. I don’t want it there. I can’t delete it. And it will not result in my subscribing to anything. There must be a better way to solicit subscriptions.

    • Replies: @bruce county
  73. bruce county says:
    @WorkingClass

    Understood… I cannot delete it either.

  74. anon[129] • Disclaimer says:

    What happened to the Ron Unz Gold Star of Excellence that used to appear alongside the handles of the handful (?) of commenters that you had chosen for such honor? No longer see it when they post.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  75. Anon[409] • Disclaimer says:

    I seem to be unable to find the Comments section where recent comments are displayed in reverse chronological order, filterable by blogger/author, and with the ability to turn on and off the post summary. I seem to remember the COMMENTS link at the right side of the third line of the masthead menu at the top of the screen on any post page. Now that line ends in POPULAR – ANNOUNCEMENTS – SUBSCRIBE.

    Has this be removed?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  76. Ron Unz says:
    @Anon

    I seem to be unable to find the Comments section where recent comments are displayed in reverse chronological order, filterable by blogger/author, and with the ability to turn on and off the post summary.

    Thanks for catching that. I replaced it on the main menu with the Subscribe page, but forgot to add it to the “More…” Submenu on the left. It’s now up so look for it there.

  77. Ron Unz says:
    @anon

    What happened to the Ron Unz Gold Star of Excellence that used to appear alongside the handles of the handful (?) of commenters that you had chosen for such honor? No longer see it when they post.

    It’s explained at the bottom of my new Announcement:

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/an-orwellian-anniversary-and-adding-email-subscriptions-to-our-website/

  78. I subscribed to a few feeds, like you suggested recently. I do get the mails, and the mails have active links (through a proxy?) and my search engine (mozilla) won’t display the pages. As you can see, I access all Unz content effortlessly without the (proxy?).

  79. Charlie says:
    @Charlie

    And suddenly my issue with the pop-up comments is resolved. I’m pretty sure I was still seeing the problem as recently as yesterday. I should also mention that it was only a problem on my 2013-era Nexus tablet and was one of many web presentation issues I’m starting to run into on the device.

    Thanks!

  80. Hey Ron. I think folks (to use a favorite term of Barry the Kenyan) might benefit if you could squeeze in an energy focused site, The wokels are determined to return us to the dark ages,
    and apologies if you already have such a beast.

  81. MEH 0910 says:

    There is something messed up with the link to this page:

    https://www.unz.com/jtaylor/two-cheers-for-charles-murray/

    We’re sorry. That page could not be found.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  82. Anonymous[382] • Disclaimer says:
    @MEH 0910

    It’s working for me — try it again, seems like it may have just been an intermittent issue.

    I’ve noticed that same message appear as well when navigating to different parts of the site, such as the other day when trying to visit https://www.unz.com/bloggers/

    Everything is working now for the time being so maybe it only happens when TUR is under heavy load and the database gets a bit overwhelmed — in which case maybe it’s time to grow that server instance!

    That said, anyone know what backend Ron likes to use? Is this a PHP site and did Ron build it all himself?

  83. Ron Unz says:
    @Bumpkin

    Something has changed and the news links can’t be searched again.

    I think the problem’s been fixed.

    • Replies: @Bumpkin
  84. A123 says:

    I just received

    Wrong Post Type; Use Instead
    RETURN TO CORRECT ADMIN SECTION

    While posting this item:
    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-157/#comment-4777557

    The post is successful, but the 5 minute edit window is lost. This has been an intermittent error for some time, but it seems to be happening more frequently.

    Thanks.

  85. A123 says:

    One of the items in Newslinks is broken, URL displaying instead of headline:

    realclearinvestigations.com / jamie b. • Culture/Society35m
    https://Www.Realclearinvestigations.Com/Articles/2021/07/15/Microaggression_studies_rooted_in_macro_subjectivity_785074.Html

    PEACE 😇

  86. Hi Ron, I think there’s a rare bug (I’ve seen it only twice over the last couple of months) involving editing a comment during the edit countdown window. As I was editing the comment the edit text box closed, my original comment was marked as awaiting moderation (my edits were lost) and there was no edit countdown.

    The first time this happened I assumed that the timer had expired while I was doing my edit (though presumably the timer should have been deactivated once the edit button was pressed??), but this time it happened just a few seconds after the original comment had been posted.

    Regards, Steve.

  87. eah says:

    If you appear to be the first person to comment on an article, meaning no comments are visible/have been published yet, while your comment appears to be accepted, it disappears — i.e. there is no direct evidence/confirmation your comment was entered, and there is no 5m editing window — perhaps this can be changed/fixed.

    • Replies: @A123
  88. A123 says: • Website
    @eah

    The “first comment” issue has been reported in the past. Apparently there is no easy software fix.

    Karlin conquered this problem on his blog. After publishing an article, he posts & approves Comment #1 himself.

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-158/#comment-4783408

    Anatoly Karlin says: • Website
    July 16, 2021 at 8:45 pm GMT • 14.9 days ago ↑
    This is the current Open Thread, where anything goes – within reason.

    If you are new to my work, start here.

    Commenting rules. Please note that anonymous comments are not allowed.

    Why haven’t other authors adopted this method?

    PEACE 😇

  89. Marty says:

    Ron,

    For iSteve, I’m no longer getting the “new” comments broken out separately on my iPad, just the total.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  90. anonymous[961] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    If you could have a way to suggest a commenter is an allegedly “extremely agitated”person, like you have that button, or whatever it is (I have never used it) to suggest a commenter is an alleged “troll”, you would do all of us a favor…..It would be a kindness, a good Christian deed, or a mitzvah, as they say.
    If it worked, it would be a signal to all your readers to think about avoiding overlong, self-indulgent “walls of text” and it would be a nice nudge to the poor agitated person to step back a little bit and try and better understand the world …..

    Nearly 100 percent of the commenters here are male and a large majority of them are more or less on their own in this world, so maybe you could have some way of nudging the “extremely agitated” to look into getting MRIs or something like that, just to make sure the bees in their bonnets are not simply remnants of physical damage to their brains , perhaps from foolish ideas of invincibility in their youth …. I seriously doubt that more than a very few of your “extremely agitated” commenters are getting useful mental health advice in the real world.

  91. Ron Unz says:
    @Marty

    For iSteve, I’m no longer getting the “new” comments broken out separately on my iPad, just the total.

    It sounds like a Javascript problem. Maybe your JS is clogged up somehow or the OS on your device is getting old.

  92. Gordo says:

    This news report was complete with a photo of Obama and his team intently watching a TV screen while Obama was being terminated.

    Obama terminated eh? No wonder you don’t have comments on Mr Roberts’ articles.

  93. A123 says: • Website

    For the AE open thread — The Post Count at the top of the article shows 405, while the actual number of posts is 415.

    https://www.unz.com/anepigone/ae-open-thread/

    PEACE 😇

  94. Raches says:

    Raches here, from a different web browser than usual. I have used for this comment my usual “Real or Fictitious Email” field, which you should consider to be the only forgery-resistant nonpublic identifier for me. (Take a look. I should somehow establish better means of proving my identity.)

    After a browser update, my saved user information does not show up in the comment form. When I examine my cookies, I see that they are still there. I am reluctant to experiment with this, because I have previously reset my comment counter by accident by restoring backed-up cookies. I infer that if I mess this up by trying to publish another comment, I will need to do without the reaction buttons for awhile.

    Is there any way for me to fix this?

    Thanks.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  95. A123 says: • Website

    Due to timing, I duped a news link a post by Miro23.

    Would you please reject my submission?

    PEACE 😇

    dailymail.co.uk / Miro23 • Culture/Society2h

    Oregon Gov Kate Brown Scraps Need for High School Students to Prove Proficiency in Math, Reading and Writing to Get Diploma in Bid to Bolster Minority Students Who ‘Don’t Test Well’

  96. Ron Unz says:
    @Raches

    I have used for this comment my usual “Real or Fictitious Email” field, which you should consider to be the only forgery-resistant nonpublic identifier for me. (Take a look. I should somehow establish better means of proving my identity.)

    Actually, your browser or cookies have nothing to do with it. The system already uses your Email or your IP to verify your identity, so just go back to using “Raches” as your name and everything will be fine.

    • Thanks: Raches
  97. Ron,

    Is it technically feasible to export all of a particular commenter’s comments? Perhaps to .txt or .csv

    People could archive their own comments off-site, or those of a commenter they found particularly insightful. It might also help with searching for a specific comment.

    Cheers

  98. When I try to hyperlink to an image in my comment, the image appears in the preview of my comment, but disappears when I publish the comment.

    Has anyone else had this problem?

  99. I have just tried sending an Anonymous comment, my first for months,. I used a real email address as identifier, one I have often used for anonymous comments over the years. I got an error message which said I was limited to three anonymous messages a day and that I should use a moniker or handle before inviting me to return to the thread. It was a comment on Jared Taylor’s latest piece on Lewontin think.

  100. ‘Chris Wallace: If Afghanistan Is Again Used As A Base To Attack The U.S, That Could Be “Curtains For The Biden Presidency” ‘

    Maybe — but can we count on this happening?

  101. That’s reassuring.

    ‘…It was nerve-wracking, tense, emotional and harrowing, but it finally happened. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and US President Joe Biden met at the White House. The two men met first one-on-one for 50 minutes, officially cementing their new relationship, after which their top staff joined them for an expanded session. “We’ve become close friends,” Biden said during the Oval Office photo op with his guest, allowing Bennett’s aides to happily declare mission accomplished on one of their long list of tasks: giving off a sense that the 78-year-old president and 49-year-old prime minister had become buddies.

    “This will be the start of a beautiful friendship,” one of the prime minister’s advisers told Al-Monitor, on condition of anonymity, in an upbeat note following the meeting.

    Bennett got everything he wanted from Biden in terms of public pledges, first and foremost the president’s declared “commitment to ensure Iran never develops a nuclear weapon.” Bennett’s people breathed sighs of relief and exchanged smiles, and then heard Biden add that while the United States would prioritize diplomacy to block Iran’s nuclear program, “If diplomacy fails, we’re ready to turn to other options.”…’

    As Pelosi said, the capital may lie in ruins, but we’ll serve Israel to our dying breath.

  102. meamjojo says:

    I heard their was poster ignore functionality buried here somewhere. Where is it? I can’t seem to find it.

    • Replies: @A123
  103. Frances says:

    RSS feeds aren’t rendering certain characters correctly (namely ” and ‘) when viewing the full body of an article (using macOS Big Sur + NetNewsWire, but this doesn’t seem like an OS/software-specific issue).

  104. A123 says: • Website
    @meamjojo

    I heard their was poster ignore functionality buried here somewhere. Where is it? I can’t seem to find it.

    It is part of the controls within each thread, even though it has site wide impact.

    Look above comment #1 in any thread. You should see the Commenters to Ignore button. That will allow you to create a list of blocked names.

    This creates a cookie, so browser clean-up will eliminate the list. I save a copy of the names to a text file. If anything damages the cookie, I can easily paste the names back into the Ignore feature.

    PEACE 😇

  105. Anon[221] • Disclaimer says:

    Mr. Unz, you’re one of my personal heroes, and your notion about the origins of covid-19 needs to become much better known.

    Have you thought about appearing on Chris Hedges’ RT program, ‘On Contact’ ?

    Anyway, thanks for all that you do.

  106. Sparkon says:

    The “New” bug or glitch is back again.

    Currently, a/o 16:08 GMT, Laurent Guyénot’s 9/11 article is marked with “2 New” comments, but there are only 700 showing after one goes through the process of expanding hidden comments.

    9/11 Was a Straussian Coup
    Laurent Guyénot • 702 Comments • 2 New

    Similarly, Steve Sailor’s Salad article

    Salad Maker Denounced for Encouraging Weight Loss
    September 3, 2021 • 28 Comments • 5 New

    claims there are 28 comments, but there are only 23 comments when one opens the article.

    Additionally, my earlier comment to Steve’s article is missing entirely.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  107. Ron Unz says:
    @Sparkon

    I wouldn’t be totally surprised about the problem with the 9/11 thread, since the comments are filled with videos and therefore very “heavy.” However, the page works fine for me.

    Your problems with the Steve Sailer thread are much stranger, since it’s so small. But I just tried it with three different browsers, and everything seems fine.

    I’d assume it’s some sort of temporary caching issue, perhaps related to your local Internet service. I’d assume the comments “catch up” pretty quickly, probably within an hour or so.

    Otherwise, I don’t really have any ideas.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
    , @Wizard of Oz
  108. Sparkon says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks Ron. I see all the new comments now under both articles I mentioned, and my comment under Sailer’s salad article has reappeared and is “awaiting moderation,” my usual experience with Mr. Sailer.

  109. CJ Hopkins has just posted the third part of his Covidian Cult article on Zerohedge:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/covidian-cult-part-iii-theres-reality-theres-reality

    I think he is a worthwhile alternative view poster. Perhaps I missed an explanation, but why does he not feature on this site anymore?

  110. @Ron Unz

    Ron, excuse me if I seem to be harassing yo to do something really useful that you are quite unusually qualified to do. Amidst all the nonsense , including comments, that you know you publish, there is a great gap for rational analysis of AGW issues. I have advocated getting numerate bright sparks from Stanford on to analysing the IPCC models for
    validity. Now I proffer a very simple issue for your consideration.

    Every day I get emails from one Cap Allon in Portugal via Electroverse.net. The theme is that the earth is getting colder. It is said that changes in solar activity are key and that an important part of the mechanism for that is changes in the jetstream. The jetstream as presented by Electroverse is the usual “Zonal” jetstream which is more or less a single straight stream relatively close to the poles and what it is changing into currently which is the “Meridional” jetstream. That is supposedly further towards the tropics and meanders, variously heating recently in the US NW and SW Canada while dumping cold polar air elsewhere in the US.

    Contrast that with the infinitely more complex picture of jetstreams in Wikipedia. The article is not outstandingly clear and comprehensible but strongly suggests that Cap Allon is not playing things straight in plugging his simplified version.

    So…. what about “Is Cap Allon’s Jetstream a Con?”. Why not offer a \$500 prize for an essay on (more neutrally) on “Electroverse’s Jet Streams and more complex reality: do the differences matter?”.

    • Replies: @gandydancer
  111. Your comment response notifications would be much improved if they contained a link to the response. It ought to be more helpful than it is that you provide the article title in quotes in the subject line, but using that as a search term doesn’t work well, at least on duckduckgo, which is my default since Google is Evil. Even adding “unz” leaves articles not containing the quoted title filling the page. Sailer’s crossposts to VDARE come up, but not you! Even “site:unz.com” in conjunction with the title don’t bring up the right page.

    OT: Disqus, which is also evil (see the deplatforming of Frontpage at the behest of the \$PLC) still has this functionality (taking you to a thread segment containing the reply) though they’ve otherwise screwed up their emails so that you can’t see the reply you might want to respond to, apparently in the name of mobile-friendliness. Please don’t do that.

    I’ve only recently discovered the functionality of hovering over the name of the responded-to poster and responding posters. Is that relatively new? Anyway, very good, though I wish your comments had an alternate tree structure.

    And is there any way to better center the yellowish windows popped up by the hover on the visible page?

    And I wish comments could be edited, for the benefit of latecomers to the thread (fixing typos and adding material). Yes, there’s the possibility of deceptive practices, but that can largely be obviated by comment version tracking and, particularly if a tree form is possible, crowd-sourcing the rebukes to those who engage in the practice. Such version tracking used to be available on some bulletin board software — why the devolution? (The only place it’s available nowadays, sort of, AFAIK, is on Wikipedia.)

    Anyway, Mr. Unz, yours is a very valuable site, though I sometimes question your choices in whom to platform.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @schnellandine
  112. @Wizard of Oz

    I believe you are posting in the wrong place, and that this thread is for technical suggestions. But I could be wrong. However, “Open Thread” [currently #5] was, iirc, started to ghettoize some subject Mr. Unz wanted to ghettoize, and that might have been AGW. I don’t quite recall. As to the \$500 prize, are you volunteering to put it or contribute to it?

    • Replies: @gandydancer
  113. @gandydancer

    … I take it back. Looking again I’m pretty sure I was thinking of the “COVID Vaxxing” debate thread, so maybe this IS the place to suggest an AGW project.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  114. Ron Unz says:
    @gandydancer

    Your comment response notifications would be much improved if they contained a link to the response.

    The Emails obviously do contain such a link in the Date/Time line. It’s very odd you haven’t noticed it. Just click and you’ll jump right there.

    I’ve only recently discovered the functionality of hovering over the name of the responded-to poster and responding posters. Is that relatively new? Anyway, very good, though I wish your comments had an alternate tree structure.

    The functionality has been there for four or five years and I’m surprised you’ve only now just discovered it.

    Assuming you have Javascript enabled, you can click on the “This Thread” button and everything except the particular thread containing that comment will be temporarily hidden, converting the entire comment-page into “tree display” mode. Afterwards, clicking the “Display All Comments” button returns the page to normal display mode.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @gandydancer
  115. Reading through this thread I think the time has come for you to have a User Technical Help, or similar, explaining the ins and outs of the user interface with this site, instead of relying on experiment and haphazard discovery of existing capabilities. Some of us are not intuitively gifted. Since such interface does change, it would be useful if one can refer to such section in your main topics banner at the top of the site for the latest interface guidance; after “Settings” perhaps?
    If the site is intuitive and simple, then compiling such an up to date technical section should not be a major chore. If it is not that simple, then all the more the need for help. Such section should also include your latest technical rules or criteria for editing such as for allowing the use of reaction buttons. That can still be supplemented by any in use help.

    Incidentally, is there a way to save one’s comment in progress, until ready to publish? At present it disappears on leaving the page.

  116. A123 says: • Website

    Mr. Unz,

    Have you considered adding REMIX NEWS to your links for “SELECTED ALTERNATIVE MEDIA”?

    https://rmx.news/

    They present a great deal of interesting material, primarily from Poland & Hungary.

    PEACE 😇

  117. A123 says: • Website

    Is there a way to get Rumble videos to embed the same way YouTube does?


    Thanks

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  118. Ron Unz says:
    @A123

    Is there a way to get Rumble videos to embed the same way YouTube does?

    Sure, I’d noticed that people are starting to include more Rumble videos, so it’s done.

    I’m not sure how heavy they are, so right now I’m expanding all of them in a thread, but if that starts to be a problem, I might just expand the first half-dozen or so.

    • Thanks: A123
  119. @gandydancer

    With your record of not noticing things that Ron has just exposed you run the serious risk of his applying one of his deadliest terms of abuse, to wit “elderly”😎

    Yes, I would put up the \$500 if Ron arranged to run the comp effectively.

    PS. You may have escaped “elderly”. The poor old bugger may have recently heard adult grandchildren of contemporaries laughing at 60 year olds’ fossilised views.

    • Replies: @gandydancer
  120. @Ron Unz

    “Hovrring over” presumably refers to use of mouse. What’s the smartphone version?

    • Replies: @gandydancer
  121. Not sure whether this has been mentioned as an idea before, but maybe have a little link to a light-hearted meme section of the website? I’m enjoying some lols, over ten thousand word expositions on occasion, and maybe if a voting system could be implemented to exclude low grade humour (don’t ask how, maybe X number of troll clicks = death of meme), we could build up a compendium of high quality political memes!

    I don’t know if such a hook would get someone like my brother to then transfer his mind to the chunkier main articles, but I think it wouldn’t put people off the webazine, and may get some more recruits!

  122. Ron, As you are so good at organising online stuff so that it is accessible would you please consider making a UR archive of the 20 odd years H’bd, albeit with some modest restrictions on access by people who were not on the H-bd list, I haven’t asked him, but I can’t believe Steve has wiped it all.

  123. @gandydancer

    And I wish comments could be edited, for the benefit of latecomers to the thread (fixing typos and adding material).

    The inability to edit/delete after publishing+5 is one of my favorite parts of UR. I hope it remains.

    The hard publication inspires discipline and keeps timelines/arguments clear of undercover backpedaling. Comments may be amended, and that’s all clarity requires. The comments one leaves in this environment tell much about a person.

    Have seen several people complaining that comments may only be edited for 5 minutes. None has replied to my pointing out that comments may be edited indefinitely… before publishing. The twitchers.

    • Replies: @A123
  124. A123 says: • Website
    @schnellandine

    The fact that even single character issues cannot be fixed is an ongoing problem.

    Changing :
        From — U235–>Pu239 breeder reactors
        To — U238–>Pu239 breeder reactors
    Corrects an obvious technical inaccuracy without “retconning” a prior message.

    What is needed is a way to make minor corrections without massive, content changing edits.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  125. @Ron Unz

    The Emails obviously do contain such a link in the Date/Time line.

    Yes, that works, but it is not at all obvious that the date and time is the right place to put the link. Putting it under the “says” would be a clue to the significance of the blueing.

    I’ve encountered a bug on a Steve Sailer post which had, when I posted a comment to it, no approved comments. The “awaiting moderation” version (and the opportunity for a time to edit) did not show up when I published the comment. Tried this three times with no effect on what was displayed. But when I came back later they had been approved and posted after a number of other comments by others.

  126. @A123

    The fact that even single character issues cannot be fixed is an ongoing problem.

    For slobs, sure. A beautiful system—intellectual blockchain. Non-slobs may simply reply to their own comment after a rare error worthy of correction. It’s all there up front.

    Intelligent and sound people don’t require explanation/correction for obvious typos, so what’s left is occasional minor inconvenience and miles of insight into commenters. The ‘problem’ is in the operators and culture, not the unsurpassed UR comment system.

    • Replies: @gandydancer
  127. @schnellandine

    I haven’t bothered to read this thread, but stumbled across your last post and looked at what you were responding to. A123 is right and you are wrong. It’s a subject I’d already mentioned in one of my comments here (#115). There’s no reason to leave jarring typos on the page, and little reason to block expansion and revision. The retcon problem can be almost completely solved by supplying a version history for the comment. Reply-to-self is inelegant and and an unnecessary stumbling block for non-participants, among other faults. I remember bulletin board software that allowed version examination, and don’t know why it has fallen out of fashion.

    edit: I now see your comment directly to me. My comment to your response to A123 is on point.

    Had I missed the window and been unable to add this that would have been a disimprovement.

    • LOL: schnellandine
    • Replies: @A123
  128. @Wizard of Oz

    Yes, mouse. Have you tried press and tap? (Hover and click have different functionality.)

    Unz was a bit defensive despite my praising the functionality. But the interface should be intuitive, not an exercise in searching out Easter Eggs and accumulating expertise in such obscurities. Sofware is to be used, not unnecessarily learned.

  129. @Wizard of Oz

    With your record of not noticing things that Ron has just exposed you run the serious risk of his applying one of his deadliest terms of abuse, to wit “elderly”

    Any suggestion that I am an elderly naïf might prove embarrassing for him. I’m 70 y/o, but in my case that merely means that my use of software goes back to tweaking mainframe assembly code output by a Fortran 2 compiler. I even made my living as a programmer of sorts for a few years. (I wrote an interpreter in DIBOL for EPROM programming convenience, though the target machines were calculators and not computers.) And I remember when links existed before the World Wide Web (hyperlinks in HyperCard). I have absolutely no doubt, none, that he is a far, far, far more functional coder than I, but he appears to have a blind spot about interfaces. And to be a bit touchy about the perfection of his products.

  130. A123 says: • Website
    @gandydancer

    I remember bulletin board software that allowed version examination, and don’t know why it has fallen out of fashion.

    Your suggestion is a much better solution:

        — Typos and bizarre autocorrect failures could be repaired improving readability.
        — Any attempt to distort the initial post in terms of content would be easy to discover.

    Perhaps @schnellandine is incredibly rich & obsessive compulsive. Having a personal copy editor available 24/7 to review all material before posting is an “ideal” solution. However, this highly expensive form of rigid absolutism does not work for most people.

    For 99.99% of the population the ability to repair errors in a tracable way seems like an extremely reasonable accommodation for human fallibility.

    PEACE 😇

    • Thanks: gandydancer
    • Replies: @schnellandine
  131. @A123

    Your suggestion is a much better solution:

    Sounds wonderful. In practice it shields weasels.

    — Any attempt to distort the initial post in terms of content would be easy to discover.

    It requires discovery. Do you have any idea how easily misled is an upper-midwit? Good god, ever edited Wikipedia? Ha! Audit logs aren’t the magic intellectual umbrella of integrity portrayed. Necessary there, but not here.

    Having a personal copy editor available 24/7 to review all material before posting is an “ideal” solution.

    I loathe the smell of strawman in the evening.

    Uh, speaking of obsessive, seems here that someone other than me is painfully sensitive to typos—perhaps obsessively so. Hmm.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @gandydancer
  132. A123 says: • Website
    @schnellandine

    I admit that I hate typos, especially terrible autocorrect mangling. I also frequently spot construction problems (e.g. “A” vs. “An”) after the fact. Wanting to fix these readability issues and deliver a better product is hardly OCD. Your demand for “utter & absolute perfection at the moment of submission” is much more indicative of an OCD condition.

    [MORE]

    Real World posting for most of the human population resembles the image below.
    ___

    I tried to edit in Wikipedia once, and only once. Trying to fix errors on a mildly controversial topic became open warfare where edit logs were not particularly meaningful.

    That problem should not occur here. Only the original author would be able to Edit their own work. UR logs would be vastly simpler than Wikipedia logs, and thus be much more useful for detecting wholesale replacement. Some weasels may try to !is use such a system, and be caught.

    PEACE 😇

     

    • LOL: gandydancer
    • Replies: @schnellandine
  133. @A123

    Your demand for “utter & absolute perfection at the moment of submission”

    Strawman in the morning too? Y’know, one can bitch about strawmen, as I do, but they are awfully easy to knock over. Good times.

    • LOL: A123
    • Replies: @A123
  134. A123 says: • Website
    @schnellandine

    Using a strawman to attack the TRUTH? Wow! Your Chutzpah is massive.

    I can tell that this stretches your capability, but at least TRY to be serious…

    PEACE 😇

  135. @A123

    You’ve won this argument. Snowflakeandine wants to freeze jarring but innocent mistakes in amber b/c you might “weasel” and get away with it, ignoring the fact that your interlocutors in any disagreement will be motivated to embarrass you should you try that. (And they ought of course to get notifications of any changes to comments they’ve already replied to.) At this point it’s only his fragile ego that’s showing — he can’t come up with a good argument but he can’t admit that he’s wrong.

    • Thanks: A123
  136. @schnellandine

    Good god, ever edited Wikipedia? Ha! Audit logs aren’t the magic intellectual umbrella of integrity portrayed. Necessary there, but not here.

    “Desirable here” is the contention. And the truth.

    The “portrayal you imagine is entirely imaginary, btw. No one has said that.

    In fact I have edited Wikipedia. And the edit logs were quite useful. Though the admins can interfere with them I’ve only had that happen to me once, that I know of, and it didn’t remain concealed, though it remains unfixed.

  137. @A123

    Was awake all last night thinking of a way that you might be able to get by using Ron’s supposedly deficient commenting system. Didn’t come to me until the sun was up, but I figured it out.

    Ready? It’s good! Here we go:

    [MORE]

    Post less.

    • Troll: A123
  138. @Ron Unz

    When 9/11 is wrapped up and forgotten for another 20 years how about a really useful thread or two on AGW, specifically the validity of IPCC models. Listening to the podcast of this completely spoiled mu siesta:

    https://www.economist.com/briefing/2021/07/24/three-degrees-of-global-warming-is-quite-plausible-and-truly-disastrous?utm_campaign=a_21americanpower_prospect_20210914&utm_medium=email-owned&utm_source=salesforce-marketing-cloud&utm_term=9/14/2021&utm_id=871298&sfmc_id=0033z00002rlAvsAAE

  139. A123 says: • Website

    Mr. Unz,

    I am posting this on behalf of another user:

    Triteleia Laxa

    She has had technical difficulties and used at least two alternate handles while trying to resolve the issues.

    TL
    testingtosee

    She is now reporting that she is experiencing a near total “site ban”

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-163/#comment-4904964

    Given that you have not banned me, I find it extremely unlikely (dare I say inconceivable) that this is deliberate on your part. My guess is that her hardware/connection has been red flagged as “attempting to have more than one handle”

    Anything you can do to resolve the problem would be appreciated.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  140. @Ron Unz

    Again, I have tried to post my first Anonymous comment in many months. It was rejected with this message
    “Anonymous Comments Limited to 3/Day. Use a Handle for More Commenting.”
    What’s the problem? Can it be fixed?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  141. Ron Unz says:
    @A123

    She has had technical difficulties and used at least two alternate handles while trying to resolve the issues.

    TL
    testingtosee

    She is now reporting that she is experiencing a near total “site ban”

    That’s total nonsense, she hasn’t banned, since if you just check her archive, you can see that she left several comments yesterday:

    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Triteleia+Laxa

    However, commenters are strictly prohibited from using multiple handles, and if she continues doing that, her future comments may very well get trashed.

    She was trying to derail various threads in a disruptive manner, so her commenting limit has been lowered, but she’s certainly not “banned.”

    • Thanks: A123
  142. Ron Unz says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Again, I have tried to post my first Anonymous comment in many months. It was rejected

    Anonymous/Anon comments are limited to 3/day, with the same users non-anonymous comments counted towards that low limit. This is to discourage regular commenters from using anonymous comments.

  143. Well understood. But it makes it hard if one wants to post an insult that is eneath one’s dignity or to some nitwit one doesn’t want to admit to readin😎
    But the error message is inaccurate so no doubt will be changed. No matter. I won’t be seeing it.

  144. I’d like to see added, to UR areas controlled by criticism cowards, a recognizable mark of shame which alerts observers they’re present at a speech warp, where intellectual children may present a false picture of non-opposition to their far-from-stalwart ramblings. Ideally, the notice would disable any attempt of the coward to hide behind abused words (e.g. ‘ad hominem’, discussion, civil).

    Similarly, I think heinous acts by commenters who’re allowed to remain (e.g. Revusky the dox threatener) should be branded on their names, like having a tattooed forehead. Anyone interacting with someone like JR should know what he did to another commenter, which was basically to threaten a plausible attempt to ruin his life because of verbal insult.

  145. Why are comments closed for the “blogger” Raches?

    • LOL: Raches
    • Replies: @Max Payne
    , @Dumbo
  146. Raches says:

    I have been trying to set my website link as a commentator:
    https://www.unz.com/proems/

    I entered the link in the appropriate field, checked the “Update My Information” box, and tried commenting.  The link does not show.  I deleted my commentary (which I have saved in a textfile), and will repost later.  The link does now show by default in the comment fields; I presume that may be a matter of my browser cookies?

    On a related note, I wish that there were a way to change my email address.  I tried to do so long ago; but I received an error message saying that to use the same name, I must give the email associated with that name.  I probably don’t want to set it to whatever email I am now using, since I will just need to bug you to change it again later…  I suggest that a secure session cookie in the browser could be used to validate the \(\{ Name, Email_0 \}\) tuple, and permit updating it to the new \(\{ Name, Email_1 \}\).  From the outset, that was how I inferred it must work.

    Thank you for your kindly assistance with these technical issues.  (Now, watch this:  Setting the website link will suddenly work, but the database change won’t kick in until after the edit window for the comment is over…) ®

    • Replies: @Raches
  147. Raches says: • Website
    @Raches

    I fixed it, using—magic!

    There is definitely a bug—or maybe a little design foible, which should be documented for authors.  I am leaving this test message, editing it to something somewhat sensible, just in case Mr. Unz may be able to glean diagnostic info from it.  I had intended to delete it, then realized I shouldn’t. ®

  148. Max Payne says:
    @New Dealer

    Ronald fell for the Mossad long con. Flatter a developer and watch doors open.

    Unless, truly, the Mahdi is upon us. Memetic virus. I like that… very Metal Gear.

    Next it’ll talk about how the internet is designed to imprint a “type of mind” onto the people. That’s always a good hook.

    A whopping 200k words, all well written and sourced, in less than 3 months. Tonally very similar to “The Greatest Story Never Told”.

    Yet so far hasn’t said anything new.

  149. Elsewhere says:

    I don’t see the light-blue background highlighting for new comments on my computer today, with Brave browser. I still see them on my phone running Android.

    • Replies: @Elsewhere
  150. Elsewhere says:
    @Elsewhere

    Hmm… I’m seeing it again. Maybe it was my external monitor. I’ll check that out tomorrow.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  151. Ron Unz says:
    @Elsewhere

    Hmm… I’m seeing it again. Maybe it was my external monitor. I’ll check that out tomorrow.

    That’s good to hear. If other features like the “New Comments” link are also broken, it’s possible that your local cookies got clogged up, and you should clear some or all of them.

  152. https://www.bitchute.com/video/yucEjupdKx7x/

    You have to see this.

    It’s Devon’s analysis of “The Breakfast Club.”

  153. Dumbo says:
    @New Dealer

    Why is there even a “blogger” Raches, to begin with?

    Why is Mr. Unz silent on the issue? Is he Raches? Or is he just his boyfriend?

    Why are negative comments about this swamp creature not allowed anywhere at UR?

    Very weird…

    Mystery…

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @A123
  154. Ron Unz says:
    @Dumbo

    Why is there even a “blogger” Raches, to begin with?…Mystery…

    Actually, I’d meant to include mention of Raches’ addition as a blogger to my current column on the Covid outbreak, but it had slipped my mind. I’ve now appended it to the bottom, so you can take a look.

    • Troll: Dumbo
    • Replies: @Dumbo
  155. Dumbo says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks, but no, thanks. I think it’s pretty clear that I have zero interest in the writings of this creature, Mr. Unz, and I had already put him weeks ago in the list of “ignored commenters”.

    By the way, have you no sense of humor or irony?

    Who will be the next “blogger” added, “That Would Be Trolling”?

    Perhaps it is time to leave the Unz Review for good… Thanks for the fun times, though.

  156. A123 says: • Website
    @Dumbo

    Why is there even a “blogger” Raches, to begin with?

    Why are negative comments about this swamp creature not allowed anywhere at UR?

    Karlin provides a fair forum for disassembling Raches The TROLL’s absurd gibberng:

    https://www.unz.com/akarlin/open-thread-167/#comment-4939973

    The TROLL does not get a veto there. Feel free to join in the fun shredding him. No need to agree with me. Raches The TROLL is so patently incompetent and offensive, the field is wide open for you to blast him for other reasons. He is unlikely to last long, so get your entertainment while you can.

    2nd Worst author that Mr. Unz has added recently.

    PEACE 😇

  157. I’d like to report a bug. An insufferably pompous Hitlerian, even more of an adolescent drama queen than Nietzsche, has somehow hacked into Unz Review.

  158. There has recently been a strange occurrence on Raches’ blog post “Magnitude of Foresight” (https://www.unz.com/proems/magnitude-of-foresight/) which I am curious about. Commenter Dumbo complained of having been impersonated:

    What is this? I did not make this weird comment with a number.
    Who is this?!? Mr. Unz??? Nurse Ratched?
    Who is impersonating me?
    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?

    https://www.unz.com/proems/magnitude-of-foresight/#comment-4941265

    Another funny occurrence was a double agree by Dumbo on another comment:

    • Agree: Dumbo, Dumbo

    https://www.unz.com/proems/magnitude-of-foresight/#comment-4928160

    The “comment with a number” is visible in Dumbo’s comment page, but not on the blog post page. Raches’ reply was:

    Nobody is impersonating you. You are jumping to conclusions, per [sic] your usual custom. ®

    https://www.unz.com/proems/magnitude-of-foresight/#comment-4941306

    As this reply does not explain what happened, I thought I might take my doubt to you.

    • Replies: @Raches
  159. Raches says: • Website
    @Brás Cubas

    When someone hurls wild accusations at me, and demands answers IN ALL CAPS while also insulting me, he will not get from me any answer beyond what I already said:  Nobody was impersonating him.

    Thanks for bringing this to Mr. Unz’s attention, with many links to my blog on a thread that is watched by many people.  Now, Mr. Unz can fix the bug—probably by telling me, “Raches, don’t click whatever you clicked.”  (I have a special talent for hitting corner cases in software.)

    The technically minded will immediately notice that the mysterious comment’s text of “1633474911” is obviously a Unix timestamp for October 5, 2021 at 23:01:51 UTC.  For the record, if I were to impersonate Dumbo, I would say something more interesting; e.g., “Hello, I am a Dumbo.”  The name speaks for itself; thus, no further comment should be required.

    Now, here is another bug:

    Nobody is impersonating you. You are jumping to conclusions, per [sic] your usual custom. ®

    Your use of “sic” is hypercorrecting my correct use of the word “per”.  A quick glance at the dictionary shows that modern Portuguese “por” shares the same etymology, from Latin “per”; but I do not know if any of its senses denote ‘according to’, as English “per” may, and hereby does.

    I do sometimes make typographical errors.  This was not one of them.

    HTH, HAND. ®

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  160. Bug report.

    I figured out why periodically, one of my replies gets disassociated from the comment I’m replying to. It has to do with poor internet connectivity, but also because the site software is not taking connectivity into consideration.

    When I hit the reply button on an existing comment, write up my reply and then hit the Publish button, sometimes this fails due to latency and other connectivity issues resulting in a nearly blank screen just sporting a browser error message. Hitting the back control on the browser returns the previous TUR screen, complete with my prose, but it no longer contains the connection to the comment the reply is for. The screen now has no connection and thus when the subsequent Publish button is successful, the post shows up as a disconnected comment – a comment on the article and not a reply to a comment.

    If the connection information were stored as part of a cookie, …

    • Replies: @A123
  161. @Raches

    Thanks for the reply. Regarding my grammatical correction, I won’t argue with you, and (if I remember) will no longer correct you in this matter, but in my own writings I will continue to follow the usage ruling as per the Oxford dictionary:

    [MORE]

    According to Oxford dictionary, per is a preposition and means: for each and by means of. While as per is a phrase, which means in accordance with.

    Gas is 2 USD per gallon
    Send it per express

    As per example

    I made it as per your instructions

    https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/54864/use-of-as-per-vs-per

    I have no idea what the final acronym or acronyms mean.

  162. A123 says: • Website
    @RoatanBill

    I figured out why periodically, one of my replies gets disassociated from the comment I’m replying to. It has to do with poor internet connectivity, but also because the site software is not taking connectivity into consideration.

    Even if connectivity is good, this can occur. For example — Multiple, resource intensive, open browser tabs can cause the UR tab to undergo a ‘refresh’ that breaks the “Reply to” association.

    There is also a genuine, rare, and un-repeatable technical bug (site or browser) that can cause de-threading. I know I have seen it, but I cannot replicate the event for trouble shooting. This problem only seems to happen when trying to reply to the “last” visible comment.

    It is probably 95% human error / 5% technology.

    Either way, There is an Easy Solution… If you catch it during the 5 minute Edit period. In the Edit window, you can *cut* 100% of your unlinked post. Saving an empty edit box DELETES the current comment.

    You can then start a new post with the correct Reply To association and *paste* the cut material in that message.

    PEACE 😇

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  163. “As per” is abominated by all observers, regardless of whatever accommodation was carved somewhere for mynas who warbled it often enough to make handy an explanation, further corrupting language. ‘Correcting’ someone for a correct ‘per’ is beyond pedantry, into ouroborosianasticism. There was no grammatical correction on your part.

    • LOL: Raches
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  164. @A123

    I never noticed the bug before today. All I ever noticed was that sometimes my reply was uncoupled and I only discovered it if I was browsing the other comments in the article I hadn’t seen and then wondered how I managed to publish incorrectly. That was always far past the 5 minute window. It didn’t occur to me it wasn’t my fault, but an error due to connectivity.

    Today, my ISP went out numerous times and I was just in the process of the original Publish when I got the Chrome error of no connectivity. Because these connectivity issues occur quite frequently, I normally do a ctrl-a / copy before I hit Publish to insure I have a copy. I tried the back control and my text was there and I just happened to notice that the box above noting who the reply was to wasn’t there. That’s when I finally understood how this happened before.

    It’s a bug probably not worth the time to fix it, but I wanted to make note of it anyway. Most people have much better connectivity and speed than I do, so the chances of encountering my situation is probably rare.

  165. @schnellandine

    “As per” is abominated by all observers

    This is patently untrue, as the Oxford dictionary was cited as a reference by me, and obviously qualifies as an “observer”.

    [MORE]

    ‘Correcting’ someone for a correct ‘per’ is beyond pedantry

    This is possibly true, and I wouldn’t do this with most anyone except Raches; if you check my comment history you will see I have corrected others before in (perhaps) more serious mistakes; I don’t do this often any longer, as I don’t have the energy. I did it to Raches because he has praised pedantry several times on his comments, and has welcomed pedantic corrections addressed at him. By the way, I also welcome such corrections, and non-pedantic ones as well, seeing as I am Brazilian, and learning English is very useful to me. Here’s an example of one of those manifestations by Raches which I mentioned:

    Thanks for getting pedantic over my dog Latin (bitch Latin?). I mean that thanks sincerely: The world needs more of this.

    https://www.unz.com/proems/letters-to-the-editor/?#comment-4923085
    Obiter dictum, I’ve now opened your comment history, and seen that you don’t seem to like Raches, and has taken a humorous crack at disclosing his real identity. I, for one, find him a pleasant reading, and consider him an allied in the promotion of bitcoin. He also seems to be very knowledgeable in some topics which I want to learn about. With this learning purpose in mind, I am now reading everything written by him, and also everything by a guy with remarkable similarities in style, ideas, and cultural references who wrote at the bitcointalk.org forum under the handle nullius.
    https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=976210
    I recommend him very highly.
    P.S.: “obiter dictum” is one of the many expressions I have learned by reading Raches’ and nullius’ posts. I probably am not making a habit of using it instead of the more usual “by the way”, though.

  166. A123 says: • Website

    Mr. Unz,

    Various “new” posts show up without the “light blue” background.

    Everything posted by @AaronB exhibits this bug. It also showed up recently for:

    @sudden death — https://www.unz.com/akarlin/last-reaction/#comment-4946560

    @Coconuts — https://www.unz.com/akarlin/last-reaction/#comment-4946643

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  167. @A123

    Various “new” posts show up without the “light blue” background.

    You’re aware that non-sequential post approval can do this? Appears you might not frequent iSteve, where that’s the norm, but it can apparently happen anywhere, though most other moderation is usually in sequence.

    Maybe you know, but many people wrongly assume that post numbers are permanent, so they use them for indexing, which at Sailer’s blog is futile. Post numbers are slipped whenever an old comment gets approved after a newer, and skips in highlighting follow similar pattern, depending on each user’s visits. You’d rarely see it if not reading comments on Sailer posts.

  168. Raches says: • Website

    (schnellandine, since I cannot award gold boxes in this thread, I will just file your comment away for potential future blogging.  —As per schnellandine’s comment, I consider the quibbling over my “per” to be a hypercorrection; and I do not wish to derail this thread with off-topic discussion.)

    A feature request—which may rather constitute a few doc bugs, if I missed something despite experimentation, searching, and observing the HTML produced by various buttons in the “visual” editor that I never otherwise use:

    Please change the CSS so that <pre> tags use a monospaced font—or if that would break existing usage, provide a way to invoke a non-default monospaced-font class.  In both comments and blog posts, I have tried every trick I can imagine to force a monospaced font—both inline (<tt> or similar), and as a block.  I will need both in the future—for code snippets, etc.

    Example usage:

    https://www.unz.com/proems/untouchable/#pgp-key

    <pre> does not work at all in comments.  Thus in the following example, the only way that I know to avoid wrongful fancy-dashes for U+002D HYPHEN-MINUS would be to escape as &#x2d.

    https://www.unz.com/proems/untouchable/?showcomments#comment-4948615

    For the intended usage there, I could fix that manually when copying the text to a file—and if I am copying from the moderation interface, I can evade the fancy-stuff altogether.  But there are sometimes other reasons why commentators may want to include “verbatim” text with no automagic mangling.

    Of course, Mr. Unz, I understand if such features are not your priority; but adding some way to get both block and inline monospaced fonts should be relatively easy (a change of CSS, and allow at least <tt> inline), and that should satisfy most of my needs for now.

    Permitting authors to use the HTML style attribute for inline CSS would also satisfy my needs; but I do not know if the potential security implications may be unacceptable to you.  It would invest some trust in authors not to abuse it for malicious purposes.

    Thanks. ®

    • Thanks: schnellandine
  169. F0r what it’s worth, some article thumbnails on the front page (and elsewhere if same problem) are dead for at least some Tor users. Example, two pics today, one hosted at amren, the other globalresearch. I don’t know Cloudflare details, but it appears that they sense Tor (and/or possibly JavaScript disabled) and require the solving of a monkey puzzle, even for hotlinks. Obviously, a lower than low priority problem, but figured you’d be interested just as info.

    Another minuscule Cloudflare thing: passing the test for UR is sometimes into 6 or 7 iterations. Usually doesn’t make it unless I stomp the page manually with the enter button and click one more 2-page puzzle. Admittedly, I keep Tor browser settings pretty tight, so maybe that’s the problem. It begins, of course, with my discarding cookies after the occasional unavoidable browser close. Using a different Tor browser on my phone, have never been able to get through the puzzles; just loops and loops. Again, irrelevant except as curiosity data.

  170. Anonymous[865] • Disclaimer says:

    Good piece, but let me correct: Johnson does not serve Jews. He serves Zionists. And I suspect I don’t need to explain this distinction to you. For the record, I am jewish and neither Johnson nor Zionists serve me. It’s a pity that you would taint an otherwise very good analysis with unnecessary blunders that put off people like me, antizionist Jews, who could be your allies.

    Thank you for considering my recommendation.

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