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Our website traffic has been growing very nicely over the last few months, both in absolute and relative terms. We have also expanded our coverage a bit, publishing the articles and archives of eminent Russia scholar Prof. Stephen Cohen of The Nation and outstanding investigative journalist Whitney Webb of MintPress News.

In addition, I recently published my 20,000 word analysis of the actual history of World War II, summarizing and extending many of my previous American Pravda columns of the last year or two, and it has done very drawing, drawing more early readership than almost anything else I’ve published in recent years along with a remarkable 250,000 words of contentious comments.

Aside from doing a great deal of background reading while exploring possible new article topics, I’ve also been doing some work on the website software, and thought I’d provide this thread as an opportunity for readers to set forth their various comments, complaints, and suggestions, either on the system itself or the content currently offered by our webzine.

I should mention that I’m strongly considering returning the comments/thread/hour limit back down to three, so as to avoid having particular individuals overly monopolize discussions. Another possible change might be to restrict Anonymous commenters to just two comments per hour so as to encourage them to start using Handles. I also might expand the top menu from two lines to three in order to better accommodate the full range of different website sections.

 
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  1. Kali says:

    Although my suggestion doesn’t strictly apply to this website, I’d find it really helpful if, on your facebook page, you identified the author when sharing articles there.
    No only would that mean I could avoid Patrick Cockburn ( 😀 ) but I would never miss anything by yourself or Gilad Atzmon, amongst many others.

    Thank you for such an excellent website! One of the few news and opinion outlets around worth checking every day!

    With love,
    Kali

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  2. Your site is a wonderful resource that provides a platform for voices that might otherwise go unheard. Even if I think that some contributors have some screws loose, I read all of them conscientiously.

    I have no suggestions for contributors or changes, but I like the idea of limiting comments to three per thread per hour. That will prevent endless exchanges.

  3. JackOH says:

    Suggestion: Try to formulate a 2020 Unzian platform, or at least a few planks, to energize current readers, add new readers, and gain a further purchase on real-world political discourse. I know you’ve been a working politician, and a big intellectual influencer. A well-crafted platform, or a few planks, will extend your rep, and I’m not seeing any down side..

    Extraordinary achievement here, Ron. Hat’s off, buddy.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  4. aela says:

    Keep on keepin on. It’s excellent as is.

    • Agree: Iris, Miggle, renfro
  5. Anonymous[419] • Disclaimer says:

    The website’s search function really needs to be revamped. When I search for a multiword phrase, the search results are a sum of the words searched separately. For example if I search “apple pie” I get results for “apple” and results for “pie” even though I am specifically searching for “apple pie.” I would like an option to search for specific multiword phrases.

    The search function also can’t be accessed on the mobile version, even if i try for the desktop version on my phone.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Ron Unz
    , @Johan
  6. Suggestion: include a simple ‘thanks’ along with ‘agree’, ‘disagree’, ‘lol’ and ‘troll’.

    There are many comments deserving it.

  7. @Haruto Rat

    Additional suggestions: Chad; Virgin; Big Brain; Happy Merchant; Sheeit; Final Stage; American Bear; Rainbow.

    • LOL: reiner Tor
    • Troll: Anatoly Karlin
    • Replies: @Reality Cheque
  8. peterAUS says:
    @JackOH

    Try to formulate a 2020 Unzian platform…gain a further purchase on real-world political discourse….

    Good idea.Won’t work.The current crop of authors and, more importantly, commentators/readers don’t have much in common.

    ….and I’m not seeing any down side……

    Now, that’s just funny.

    • Replies: @JackOH
    , @Johan
  9. Anon[405] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    I would like an option to search for specific multiword phrases.

    There is one, just keep the quotes in: http://www.unz.com/?s=%22apple+pie%22&Action=Search&ptype=all&commentsearch=only&commenter=+

    • Replies: @Hail
  10. Ron Unz says:
    @Anonymous

    The website’s search function really needs to be revamped. When I search for a multiword phrase, the search results are a sum of the words searched separately. For example if I search “apple pie” I get results for “apple” and results for “pie” even though I am specifically searching for “apple pie.” I would like an option to search for specific multiword phrases.

    Just put double quotes around the phrase you want to use. And I’ll see about adding the Search option to the Mobile version.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  11. Ron Unz says:
    @Haruto Rat

    Suggestion: include a simple ‘thanks’ along with ‘agree’, ‘disagree’, ‘lol’ and ‘troll’.

    I try to minimize unnecessary options. Wouldn’t “Agree” provide pretty much the same implications as “Thanks”?

    • Agree: Carolyn Yeager
    • Replies: @Haruto Rat
    , @Bill Jones
    , @Rurik
  12. Ron Unz says:
    @Kali

    Although my suggestion doesn’t strictly apply to this website, I’d find it really helpful if, on your facebook page, you identified the author when sharing articles there.

    I don’t use Facebook myself, and our published articles are posted automatically by some sort of small plugin. I’ll see if there’s some way to have it include the name of the author.

    • Replies: @Miggle
  13. JackOH says:
    @peterAUS

    “The current crop of authors and, more importantly, commentators/readers don’t have much in common.”

    Wrong. What they and their millions of words have in common is that they’re all gathered on this site. Did you miss comment #2 where a reader claims to read even the writers he regards as crackpots?

    “Now, that’s just funny.”

    peterAUS, get some meaningful political experience to understand the suggestive power of political platforms.

    Thanks for your comment.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @PetrOldSack
  14. Please consider creating a page on MeWe. Many people have moved there from FB. It is far better–no censorship, banning, filtering, spying, ads . . . No nonsense at all. It is well established and stable. There are many of “our people” there. And there is nothing there like your site. It is easy, fast, free, unobtrusive to create an account, group, or page. No downside.

    I’d be glad to help you do it if you’d like. I’d be glad to do it for you and then hand it over to you. Just let me know if you would want that.

    Many thanks for your wonderful site.

  15. wesmouch says:

    All I can say Mr Unz is that you have created the best website for independent news. Kudos. Thanks you for your work

    • Replies: @Miggle
  16. peterAUS says:
    @JackOH

    What they and their millions of words have in common is that they’re all gathered on this site.

    Gathered? Oh my.

    …the suggestive power of political platforms….

    Which one? C’mon, spell it out: what platform, exactly, this online pub represents? There are around 80% of viewpoints here I wouldn’t touch with a shitty pole. Hehe…I just have a feeling you wouldn’t touch mine, should I spell it out here.

    Thanks for your comment.

    Pleasure.

    Now, not to sound negative, here is a suggestion. Positive won’t get implemented but anyway.

    How about the owner of this place, with people around/behind him, tries to create an online Think Tank to address the pressing issues “we” are facing? Pick up the smartest authors and commentors (for example definitely not me; I am not smart enough for that role) and go at it.
    Say…..assemble the people, give them online space (for them only……) and coordinate the effort in order to …say…..produce…let me think…ah, yes….an open letter to POTUS, 2 months before the election. Just spell out what “we” need and want.
    If feeling really ambitious how about creating a platform for POTUS to win the election based on “our” pressing needs? And…hehe…even more importantly: should he win, how to implement all the promised?
    Something like that.

    Can’t wait.

  17. Tusk says:

    As a constant reader of your HTML books the only suggestion I have is to add additional titles. I think that it is a very useful resource, obviously I am unsure as to how many people do read the books you have but it is invaluable to be able to easily read important works here, so whatever support that received I am grateful for.

    • Agree: SolontoCroesus
    • Replies: @Marc Allen
  18. Yes to 3 comments per hour and 2 for Anonymous. That’s actually plenty generous.
    Anything you can do to eliminate abusers is moving in the right direction.

    As you already know, and everyone can see, the WW2 (or 1) and Holocaust revisionist articles are the most popular, so keep them coming. Maybe even some responsible, serious articles specifically about Adolf Hitler and National Socialism (possibly vs other leaders and political ideologies) could be posted. The interest would be through the roof.

    Thanks for the site and all your work. It is much appreciated.

    • Replies: @Anon
  19. @Anatoly Karlin

    Wat, no Putinbot? Or Ayatrolla? Or Muqawamatard?

  20. Good work Ron, Im sure which alterations you make it will always be a great site.

  21. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:

    1. As I have asked before, please make clear who — the author and/or someone else — moderates the comments under each article, as is done under Mr. Sailer’s postings. This is an important issue of privacy: because of the platform used, moderators can see the email address of any commenter, whether anonymous or Handled.

    2. I hope that the option of anonymity won’t be further curtailed. Please consider that Handles on other websites have accelerated the natural decline in the quality of comments, as people feel that they have to register their presence, renew and pick fresh fights with their foes, etc., instead of focusing on the article. (I’ve felt that way at times, too, more so since being numbered.)

    3. On the other hand, if a long-standing anon like me relents to your apparent preference, could all his prior comments — even pre-“340” — on request be refreshed with the new Handle? If so, would we send you an email with the particulars, including all prior email addresses?

    Thank you. This website is a great gift to your readership, a fortress for free speech and inquiry in increasingly repressive times.

    P. S. – it looks like I’m now #128!

  22. There was a “Google Ad” that appeared this evening between comments #89 and #90 under Trevor Lynch’s excellent review of Breakfast at Tiffanys. It even had a gold box around it. One does not know if this happened across UR or just on one’s personal computer, but it was surprising. The ad had something to do with publishing one’s own book or something. Whatever, it was disturbing to find here, and one hopes it will not be repeated.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Ron Unz
  23. Now we see gold-boxed advertisements appearing on several comment threads, even this one, at the very top.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Erebus
  24. Your suggestions for limits might have some effect on curbing carelessness like failing to identify the comment which is being replied to and then immediately making up for it. That’s two comments immediately. Then, after having to rush off a reply rather than risk losing it as one is interrupted or catching a train that is three. Maybe the result would be to prompt a number of commenters to decide that it was all just a bit of intellectual stimulation of insufficient importance to bother with the hassle – would you really know what you were misding except amongst the most entrenched commenters?

    And there is the irritation of having to choose not to reply to some complete idiot whom one might – true it is probably vainly – hope to bring round to sense. Anyway one doesn’t want to leave some misguided comments unanswered on the basis that not to answer is to concede or seem to concede (courts often take that view). Moreover there is the personal misrepresentation that should not go unanswered whereby I, for example, am roundly declared to be Jewish, assumed to be American (God forbid!) or to make this or that incorrect statement. More than one of those considerations was involved, for example, in a crass refusal to admit stupid error and turn it into an insult when I was accused of not knowing that the Crown and the Corporation of the City of London were one – such a bizarro (but explicable) bit of nonsense that it surely deserves to be clobbered – and leaves your website impoverished if it is not.

    As for Agree that doesn’t fuss me at all, though occasionally I like to make a supportive or it could be conciliatory gesture. But you will obviously see how an Agree might be witheld while 50 Comments are read so that the limit of three Comments doesn’t have to be confronted by using a Comment to courteously say “I agree”.

    As to the Anons….. can you do it? Different ISPs, different Wifi, turning off Wifi in favour of Mobile Data, grabbing one’s spouses or mate’s phone in the café or club…..

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    , @res
  25. Hail says: • Website

    A stray idea:

    Translations of articles from English originals into other languages. Submitted by readers. Hosted on their own pages to allow search engines to pick them up. Not in any kind of separate section(s), just embedded links from a main article.

    I am sure there would be plenty of volunteers to do this. It would take advantage of the kind of “crowdsourcing” that encourages people to feel they are part of the community (without being active commenters, which takes a special sort, not to mention that most comments are of questionable usefuless in any case).

    I can see pro and con to this translation proposal, but just want to put out the idea, as I haven’t seen it mentioned before. An illustrative example:

    [MORE]

    _________________

    The Unz Review mission statement reads in part:

    The handful of columnists and bloggers whose work I am herein providing represent merely the smallest slice of the enormous range of unconventional ideas that lie just a mouse-click or a Google search away from each of us, and my particular selection is certainly not intended to be comprehensive.

    “Just a mouse-click away” is incorrect for those interacting with the Internet in a non-English language and in the case of a topic being something fairly specific and political.

    Say, for example, that an educated Spaniard, maybe a journalist or academic, with adequate English but who does not necessarily feel comfortable reading long and involved long texts in English, is searching for material on the Charlottesville, Virginia, incident of August 2017, in particular anything from the attendees’ side. This kind of search has probably occurred hundreds of millions of times by now by non-English speakers who follow US politics, because the mythology around “Charlottesville” has become so important a part of US political culture. We see major presidential candidates using it in their campaign material (e.g., it was the centerpiece of Joe Biden’s campaign announcement video).

    Needless to say, with something that was as politicized from the start as the Charlottesville protest, a narrative developed that was not necessarily in line with the facts but has been enforced by the media and influential activist groups. The Unz Review hosts some dissident, non-MSM material and perspectives on Charlottesville (call it “revisionist,” in that it goes against the dominant, top-down narrative) , in line with UR‘s mission statement, but it is all in English.

    It’s likely that anyone doing a keyword search in a non-English language will never find any Charlottesville “revisionist” information at all, and will be thereby compelled to believe in the US MSM version and that the attendees’ side were just monstrous, semi-illiterate, faceless goons who attacked police and protesters out of nowhere, perhaps in a militia-like fashion. (This view bears just about no resemblance to reality, but the chances of someone honestly coming upon the truth in English is low; the chance in a non-English language is near zero.)

    To illustrate the above point in general terms, here is the top result for a simple keyword search for “Charlottesville racismo”:

    “Venían literalmente a matarnos”: Charlottesville, la violenta …
    https://www.bbc.com › noticias-internacional-45150258

    Aug 11, 2018 – “Venían literalmente a matarnos”: Charlottesville, la violenta marcha de supremacistas blancos que revivió el odio racista en Estados Unidos.

    It doesn’t take great Spanish skill (“They literally came to kill us” — “The violent march of white supremacists that revived racist hate in the United States”) to realize this is an intensely biased presentation of the matter.

    Some googling for Spanish-language keywords and the name “Greg Conte” (a Charlotesville attendee) yields no results on his writing on the matter.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  26. Now here would be my second comment for the hour. Not a big deal on this particular thread but it serves to make the point that afterthoughts and corrections could cjew up one’s allotted air time.

    I recall that, aside from a few verb frolics, Incitatus is an evidence based commenter on subjects on which he is demonstrably well read. So, what do you do when, exceptionally, he aplears to be caught out in error that he doesn’t discuss or admit? Do I have to use a one of three Comments to ask him simply whether he concedes error?

    • Replies: @Wally
  27. Anon[467] • Disclaimer says:

    Mr. Unz,

    I am a longtime reader and have never commented, but I would like to take this opportunity to express my immense gratitude for your work. I am unsure as to your motivations behind unearthing these incredibly volatile facts of history, but I can say without reservation that your endeavors are the single most important undertaking in the world today.

    I want to live in a world where I can state empirical facts without threat of imprisonment, and I believe your work is crucial in bringing about such a world.

    As a fellow scientist, I hope you continue on your path for the elucidation of empirical truth.

    Best regards

    • Agree: Ron Unz
  28. Anonymous[298] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I am seeing them too.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  29. Hail says: • Website
    @Haruto Rat

    Re functionality of the Reaction buttons:

    One of the more common short comment types you see is some variant of (to the effect): “Hi [commenter handle], I’ve just used up my ‘Agree,’ but I’m going to say here, in thirty or forty words, that I agree with you, rather than saying so using the ‘Agree’ button as I cannot do that again for another 55 minutes.”

    Does anyone else share my view that rather than the “one per 60 minutes” quota that a “multiple per 24-hour window” allotment would work better? So a person could use five in a half-hour’s reading and be done for the day, where in the current system this would require a person to wait over a period of five hours (at least). Would this really cause the problem of “ganging up on unpopular commenters” problem about which Ron has expressed concern?

    • Agree: Haruto Rat
    • Replies: @Tusk
    , @Ron Unz
    , @Ron Unz
  30. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I also see an ad between those comments #89 and #90, but mine’s for a balsamic vinegar.

    fka #340

  31. Ron Unz, This site is terrific.

    I would suggest, rather, caution, that you not add too many more features, or at least if you do, cut out deadwood at the same time; for example, probably no need to keep Ask a Mexican.
    Or maybe set up the articles so that, for example, Wednesdays are Foreign Policy + X + Y, but not Environment, which would be on Tuesdays, etc.

    The point is to keep the magazine from becoming too crowded / looking jumbled.

    Have you thought about creating a logo for your brand?

    Also, noticed ads for the first time.
    Will they be a regular feature?
    If Yes, would you consider polling the Unz community as to their preference: Subscriptions, Increased use of Patreon, or Ads?

    Can’t tell you how essential is the information on this webzine, but it’s really a spoiler: almost every other media outlet seems like a different world.

    Thanks.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  32. Anon[338] • Disclaimer says:
    @Carolyn Yeager

    There is no necessary linkage between posting more than 3 comments in a hour, or more than 2 anonymously, and being abusers.
    Certainly some types of minds may miss this point. After all, it is possible that what the Frankfurt School said about the authoritarian personality wasn’t wrong in all cases and for all people. Who knows if it’s been, actually, a lucky thing they have won so many cultural battles as they have.

  33. Anon[338] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    Well, someone who was wise enough said truth can be said only posthumously, or anonymously.

    On the other hand, you see this site popularity is growing. When popularity grows, things tend to be given the direction the populace likes best, so as to keep popularity growing.
    Now, we know the possibility of anonymous comments must always be a bother to bullies. It’s natural they ask it to be curtailed, until it’s removed. And if bullies are many, and the prime objective is to make the site more popular, their requests may be met.

    But this wouldn’t be much of a trouble. Because this site (and its comments sections) have already gradually become more similar to the sites/magazines it sees itself as a diverse alternative to, and if the similarity, and popularity keep growing, why would someone interested in saying truth (thus in making anonymous comments) want to keep commenting here?

    It’ll be fine either case, then.

  34. Mr. Unz,

    Why does my browser tell me that the connection to this site is insecure?

    • Replies: @Pericles
  35. Hail says: • Website

    Minor technical problems on the mobile version (I have seen others comment on these occasionally so it is not only me):

    – The “Bloggers” button” and “Categories” buttons at the top of the main page, unz.com, have long been broken and unclickable on the mobile version. (They do work nicely at the bottom.)

    – “Columnists” and “Settings” sometimes do not work. With “Bloggers,” “Categories” and “Columnists,” and “Settings,” what happens is, rather than acting as it should (either a link or opening a clockable menu), the word itself is highlighted, as if one wants to copy the word. Strange. In any case, it makes the Blogs a lot harder to access via mobile. The back entrance, other that direct input of the URL, is via unz.com/summary and scrolling way down, but you have to know how to find that.

    – The “About” button and “More…” buttons now seem to be pushed onto a third line and not easy to click, as they overlap with the “<– [Previous article by author]" button on article pages, and with the current top article on the main unz.com page.

    – In "Summary," on some screens the left-hand margin is cut off. Here is what I see, as of now, on unz.com/summary on a mobile device:

    [MORE]

    OLUMNISTS

    ON UNZ / Editor-in-Chief
    merican Pravda: Understanding World
    Var II | 1,433 Comments

    ILAD ATZMON / The Wandering Who
    an, Israel and Destiny | 93 comments

    EVIN BARRETT / Truth Jihadist
    he Legal Lynching of a Truth-Seekers:
    m Fester’s Stalinist-Style Show Trial
    287 comments

    ATRICK COCKBURN / Independent Foreign Correspondent
    urkey’s Syria Invasion Rapidly Backfiring
    r Ankara | 43 Comments

    STEPHEN F. COHEN / The Nation’s Anti-Cold Warrior
    nasked Questions About US-Ukrainian
    relations | 207 Comments

    (etc.)

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Ron Unz
  36. Tusk says:
    @Hail

    Hi Hail, I’ve just used up my ‘Agree’ ironically but I do agree with you.

    • LOL: Hail
  37. JasonT says:

    Comment:
    I like this website because it contains many differences of view point. Keep this an ethos for future contributors.

  38. Wally says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    said:
    “So what do you do when, exceptionally, he appears to be caught out in error that he doesn’t discuss or admit?”

    Ah yes, projection.

    That would be like when I ask you for proof of your beloved impossible ‘Nazi gas chambers’ and when I ask you to show us the alleged millions upon millions of allegedly murdered Jew & ‘others’ remains supposedly in known locations which you also believe in, but cannot prove and simply dodge when challenged.

  39. Nine times out of ten, my attempt to publish a comment results in receiving a blank php page as a response. I then use the browser to back up and my comment is still there and I try again. This second attempt also periodically gets the same blank php page but more often I get the article page loaded but my comment isn’t shown. Rarely, extremely rarely, does everything works as expected AND my comment appears on the article page.

    In addition, when replying to a comment this blank page syndrome loses the reference to the comment I was replying to, so the thread is broken.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  40. turtle says:

    Perhaps it would be helpful to have an “Off Topic” button, as well as the ability for moderators to move comments to other, more appropriate threads.
    While I generally applaud the policy here of more or less allowing comments to proceed however they will, and concede that “thread drift” is inevitable in human conversation, I nonetheless believe it might contribute to raising the standards of discussion by (perhaps gently) reminding commenters to stick to the topic at hand, whilst providing an alternative for tangential topics and long “side conversations.”

    Before anyone responds, I plead guilty to having violated my own suggestions by wandering off topic on occasion. Perhaps a gentle reminder by other commenters would have been helpful.

    • Agree: davidgmillsatty
    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  41. Hail says: • Website

    The “Most Popular and Most Comments” box are nice features.

    Possible ideas for expansion of functionality:

    – Increase from six articles/blog posts [per period] to some number more than six (e.g., ten), and/or keep the default at six but allow users to manually increase the number (or time period) that they want to see;

    – Add a Most Popular / Most Comments” boxes to category pages, e.g. a new reader browsing through may want to see the top-read and top-engaged articles published under the category Foreign Policy, in addition to the chronological list as now.

    – Possibly increase the visibility of the Most Popular Articles (by time period) box, and/or make Most Popular into a subpage of its own, clickable on the top banner to accomplish some/all of the above.

    Granted, much of the above, at least day-to-day and to some extent for the week, is accomplished elegantly on the Current Digest page (which is not accessible in any case by mobile because the “More…” button is broken), but a clickable table version, in sidebar form, is also always useful.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Ron Unz
  42. anon[380] • Disclaimer says:

    “Yes to 3 comments per hour and 2 for Anonymous.”

    That would be unfortunate. Very likely, some anonymous posters would no longer bother posting. As one other poster already noted, there are good reasons why someone might post anonymously, even eschewing a handle and a fake email. There are others. In fact, I once wrote a post to one of your particularly doxx-adverse contributors detailing how a state agency (or one of its proxies like the ADL) might conceivably dox someone using a regular handle, even if they’re using a VPN. Granted, that’s not an issue for 99.9% of posters, but you never know. He never approved the comment — either lost in a junk filter (rare) or it spooked him. The comment system is mostly fine as is. Further, despite the misconception, anon commenters often have some of the best comments I’ve read here. Karlin claims otherwise, but I’ve seen him “Agree” with several well-written anonymous posts.

    • Replies: @Other Side
  43. Saggy says: • Website

    I believe in the ‘Categories’ section there should be a category devoted to the censorship that is overtaking the web. And to the extent possible, a catalog of censored YouTube channels and videos.

    • Replies: @Fran Taubman
  44. Make anonymous users actually have a name. Permitting them to use numbers is confusing.

    • Replies: @Ash Williams
  45. @davidgmillsatty

    Make anonymous users actually have a name. Permitting them to use numbers is confusing.

    Or assign them a random name and store it with a cookie on their computer.

    • Replies: @anon
  46. @Tusk

    I agree whole-heartedly.
    I have down loaded a few already and read one so far.

    • Replies: @Miggle
  47. I love this site.

    This is my goto.

    It’s a winner and growing, so I wouldn’t tamper with it too much.

  48. @anonymous

    1. As I have asked before, please make clear who — the author and/or someone else — moderates the comments under each article, as is done under Mr. Sailer’s postings.

    This has been asked many times but never answered.

    For example, Jeff Sryker was recently given another aka in parenthesis for a while (while he was on some kind of probation) but I’m not sure if only on one thread, or several, but definitely not on all threads. So who was responsible for that (RU I’d guess but if so why not on all threads? Or maybe just the author cum moderator of one article/thread?).

  49. Erebus says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Hmm, whether I set my adblocker on or off for this site, I see nothing but a very slim gold box with nothing in it. Ditto for the one between 89 & 90 at Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  50. Anon[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hail

    A Most Popular Comments box would be useful. There are plenty of authors and commentators I never glance at, or don’t have time to look at, and seeing the most insightful comments about a discussion in a side panel or something would let readers get at the heart of a discussion very quickly.

    The other thing that would be useful would be a longer time edit window of 10 minutes. I’ve often made high-speed edits to comments while on the last 10 seconds of the time allotted, being very ADD and not seeing the grammatical mistakes in my posts until after I submit, and it would cut down on those afterthoughts I tend to toss into a second post, if I could just tack them onto my first post.

  51. Do you know how readers use your webzine – that is the division of time between computer and mobile app? I ask because I use an app nearly allthe time (sorry, it contributes to spelling mistakes) and I have just scrolled through your longest article and comments in about 20 seconds. How does this bear on your reasons for considering cutting comments to three per hour? I find it difficult to see the point of having an arbitrary rule.

  52. Rueful says: • Website

    @peterAUS

    The think-thank idea you mentioned is needed in this space especially with the minds of the writers on this platform. Exactly what we need to do – the communist politicians need to be served. If I had a platform such a this, I would be an activist. Press is activism yes I agree and understand but I feel many writers have become complacent on this asking action against these corrupt politicians.

    One idea that comes to mind is sending these articles to politicians in our communities. I would love to send Schumer a nice little friendly reminded of how his legislation decisions affect everyone.

    My 1st post
    Rueful Eddy

    • Replies: @Hail
  53. Anonymous[291] • Disclaimer says:

    Best way is to go back to the original format. It had downsides, but it’s the only way to have a truly free exchange of ideas. Comment control is like price control. It ends up doing more harm than good.

    The only people who should be banned are spammers and those who push the same message regardless of the topic of conversation. Wally, for instance, gratuitously injected rants about the holocaust into every thread.

    • Agree: Fran Taubman
    • Disagree: Tusk
    • Replies: @Tusk
    , @Wally
  54. Hail says: • Website
    @Anon

    A phrase in quotes can also be excluded:

    Unz Review internal search for | apple AND pie -“apple pie” |, i.e., all articles and blogposts that have both “apple” and “pie” without any that have “apple pie.”

  55. Anonymous[443] • Disclaimer says:

    With political cartoon being banned in many outlets, how about some funny graphics on this site?

    • Replies: @Hail
  56. Alvin says:

    Great website Mr Unz. You’re a hero.

    One request. Would it be possible to have some podcasts between the regular authors on this site and that are easily downloadable mp3 format? I am often in my car and I like to go on walks – both times when I could be listening to a podcast on my mp3 player.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  57. Miggle says:

    It’s a great site, Ron. Thanks!

    I should mention that I’m strongly considering returning the comments/thread/hour limit back down to three, so as to avoid having particular individuals overly monopolize discussions. Another possible change might be to restrict Anonymous commenters to just two comments per hour so as to encourage them to start using Handles. I also might expand the top menu from two lines to three in order to better accommodate the full range of different website sections.

    Restriction of Anonymous to two per hour is fine.

    But your site is so close to perfect that you need to be very careful. It’s not easy to improve on perfection.

    I am doubtful about restricting non-anonymous comments to three per hour.

    Though, it typically takes me more than half an hour to make a comment. So maybe I’m wrong.

    Top menu … over my head.

    Your restriction on the Agree/Disagree/Troll etc. is already a bit much. Too often we see a reply, “I agree, but I’ve used up my Agree ration.”

    Still, you are doing a wonderful job.
    Best regards,
    Miggle

    • Replies: @Miggle
  58. Miggle says:
    @Ron Unz

    I also don’t use social media. May be because I’m unsociable. But I think the addiction, and making billions for a few who brought advertising to the Web when anyone could have done that years earlier is dumb, and … well, I don’t like it and won’t be sucked into it.

    And we now have their censorship. Why? Because they advertise so are not independent.

  59. And what do you say policy should be on dealing with stuff like this – which coild use a whole Comment?

    “You are such a fraud. Note the title of this article you are blabbing on: Understanding WWII History … not Chinese history.” Is there somethimg to be said in using up Comments replying to such misguided nonsense, as was turtle”s though more polite? OK I”ll give Carolyn Yeager a pass as beyond hope: she probably wouldn’t even notice if one took the trouble to deliver an elegant put down. Enough that Incitatus is not letting go. Still, should one turn the other cheek?

  60. Checking in a 500+ thread for new comments let alone 1000+ thread requires loading the whole thing again is slow.

    1. I would want a special place to see only new or recent posts in a thread.

    2. Pages in comments

    3. Comments stored in SQL database and textbox to send custom queries
    Example:
    SELECT * from UnzReview
    WHERE Commenter=”Steve Sailer”
    AND
    date > “10/20/2019”
    AND
    CONTAINS (comment_text, ‘golf’)

    • Replies: @Erebus
  61. I still have my problem of not being able to edit on my default browser so multoplying comments is inevitable. Of course one could put several replies in a single comment but, unfortumately, not so as to alert eacjh person replied to.

  62. Miggle says:
    @Marc Allen

    I found I could not download them, other than one page at a time.

    I would like to try something like wget –recursive but that is no good, at least for clueless me, tries to download the whole site. And Unz disallows wget anyway. I’m still looking for a way to download one of those books.

  63. @Ron Unz

    “Agree” works for “thanks for your support” but not for e.g. “thanks for the link”.

    On a more general level, whatever can entice people to click buttons instead of writing low information comments is good and necessary (see also Hail’s post on reaction limits).

  64. Miggle says:
    @wesmouch

    I agree, but I pressed Agree a few minutes ago, so I can’t even signal Troll now.

    I think that’s a shortcoming, though to quibble about that on a near-perfect site … I’ll just shut up.

  65. Consider including psychical research articles and books. This important field concerns nothing less than the meaning of life and death, with evidence from mediumship and near-death experiences. The subject is without doubt “interesting, important, and controversial” and “largely excluded from the American mainstream media.”

    Important, serious authors include, besides A. Conan Doyle (I’m glad you have featured several of his books on spiritualism), Sir William Barrett, Camille Flammarion, James Hyslop, Sir Oliver Lodge, Cesare Lombroso, Lord Hugh Dowding, Allan Kardec, and many others. Most of their books are out of copyright. A current writer who could provide high-quality articles is Michael Tymn.

    • Agree: Hail
  66. BenKenobi says:

    Could we have some insight into the mechanics behind the “Troll” button?

    My understanding is that enough commenters pressing the “Troll” button on a particular user’s posts would result in that user being muted for X amount of time. Is this still the case? If so, how many button-presses result in how much mute time? Etc, etc.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  67. Nodwink says:

    Freethought Blogs has the ten most-recent articles grouped together on the sidebar of most pages there. I usually look for the ‘NEW!’ posts when I get to this site’s homepage, it would be helpful to have the same here (perhaps with separate groupings for long-form articles, and the Sailer/Audacious Epigone blogs).

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Ron Unz
  68. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    4. It appears that this website is now selling ads, further compromising readers’ privacy. Why wasn’t this Announced?

    5. Would my questions have been answered by now if I had a Handle?

  69. Tom Verso says:

    Just wonder’n:

    What’s up with the “Easy to Trade Options” ad.

    I thought this site does not accept advertisement. No criticism implied. Just wonder’n about what seems to be a contradiction.
    ……..
    And, as I often write in my comments: Thank you Ron Unz of this site.

    If I had only one site that I could read in the whole of the internet … It would be this one. After every day’s read, I think I should sue my college for tuition refund. I learn more from Unz Review than I did in both my undergraduate and graduate so-called humanities/social science education.

  70. Biff says:

    I should mention that I’m strongly considering returning the comments/thread/hour limit back down to three, so as to avoid having particular individuals overly monopolize discussions. Another possible change might be to restrict Anonymous commenters to just two comments per hour so as to encourage them to start using Handles.

    Yes

  71. @Erebus

    Erebus,

    I see nothing but a very slim gold box with nothing in it

    Same here. I thought the gold borders were used in the past to box certain comments – not sure why – maybe that was the Most Popular Comment. So how come others see ads? Does this mean the UR has gone commercial as it has become more popular? Or some failure in the site’s own ad-blocking algorithm.

  72. Anonymous[362] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Alas, I’m seeing two ads: one at the top of the comments thread and another below comment #29. I guess there’s some hacking going on.

  73. Anonymous[362] • Disclaimer says:

    I have a suggestion: is it possible to make sure the iPad’s “reader” function is always active. I mean the button with lines of text to the left of Safari’s URL field. My eyesight is weak, so it would be tremendously helpful for me.

  74. Only thing I’ve noticed is, I check the box for “Email Replies to my Comment” and the past few months, it doesn’t email the notification to my email that someone replied to my post to (usually) dump on something I wrote, usually justifiably.

    Is there another toggle for that?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  75. Trevor23 says:

    Is there any way to contact the Unz Review, other than by comments to articles?
    Please publish a postal address for snail mail, and an address for emails directly to Ron Unz or to the site (and not simply via the comments section).
    If any of this already exists, I have been unable to locate it on the site.
    Note: I prefer postal communication.
    Also, one can send checks by mail . . .

    • Replies: @Miggle
    , @Hail
    , @Ron Unz
  76. Anonymous[217] • Disclaimer says:

    Coverage of Brexit could be a lot better, it’s almost non-existent at the moment. I get the general sense that Brexit is being ignored on this site, I’ve seen more articles about politics in the Balkans of all places than anything to do with Brexit.

    I would have expected a right-leaning American website to take somewhat of an interest in British politics, at least in proportion to coverage of other countries, but apparently not.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  77. anon[262] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ash Williams

    Permitting them to use numbers is a misnomer; the Unz website—not the commenter—assigns the numbers, apparently from differing IP addresses. A cookie on the computer can be cleared in a second on most browsers, Control/Shift/Delete, that is, if one even allows them onto their computer. It doesn’t matter if Ron Unz is an honest fellow, the hacker or AI scraper considers this sweetly delicious website a honey-pot to be cracked. If you’re posting comments here from your home IP, you’re crazy. Restriction to two posts per hour will elevate the worth of Anonymous and lower the status of the namefags.

    • Replies: @Ash Williams
  78. onebornfree says: • Website

    Get rid of A. Karlin!

    This sword-wielding moron banned me from commenting in his threads merely because I pointed out that nationalism is just another label for socialism! No obscenities, no insults were in my original post, just facts/quotes given.

    This site does not need closed minded idiots like him, there’s more than enough in this world as it is.

    “Regards” onebornfree

    • Disagree: Hail
    • LOL: Iris
    • Replies: @Wally
    , @Daniel Chieh
  79. Pericles says:
    @AnonStarter

    Because this site is not using https but unencrypted http to communicate with you.

    Personally, I think Unz probably should be updated to provide https. It’s the modern thing to do. (Use LetsEncrypt to get a free TLS certificate.)

    • Replies: @Miggle
    , @Ron Unz
  80. Pericles says:

    Some minor technical stuff you could do:

    1. Fix editing of comments so you use the regular comment editor when you “Click to Edit” instead of just a text box. Also, when an edited comment is redisplayed, an included image is often shown as just the URL, which is probably a bug. (Even if it was properly shown as an image prior to editing.)

    2. Add a ‘Delete’ button for your new comment and retire the awkward “delete all text and press save”.

    3. Add support for Mathjax (https://www.mathjax.org/), might be useful in the more technical parts of your site.

    4. I’ve suggested it before, but provide some simple way to format tables and maybe even insert graphs into comments. Perhaps attach CSV files too? D3.js (https://d3js.org/) might provide a starting point for such an effort.

    5. When clicking on an existing comment, I often end up only in a location near the comment, presumably because the various images and such are expanded while the article loads and the text thus scrolls away. Not sure how to fix that but it would be nice.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Ron Unz
  81. Unz.com is my favorite website, bar none. I probably spend at least an hour here daily, mostly reading articles and comments, and occasionally posting a comment myself.

    Nevertheless, I think there are a few aspects that could be tweaked to make the reader’s experience better.

    1) Last time I checked, I had to make something like 10 comments/replies in a month before I could use the Agree/LOL /etc. feature. I simply do not understand this requirement. I often just want to leave some positive feedback for a comment without having to bog things down by writing an additional comment just to do so. Also, as far as I can tell, this 10 comments threshold is not a rolling total, but returns one to 0 comments at the start of a new month. Annoying.

    2) One feature I most appreciate in your comments system is the ability to read replies to specific comments by hovering my cursor over the commenter’s handle at the bottom of a comment. This speeds up my reading experience and helps keep brief exchanges between commenters easy to follow. However, I have not been able to duplicate this experience when using an iPad. This keeps me from reading Unz.com very much on mobile devices.

    3) Finally, I also have problems with the Search function. I like to occasionally check back to see my own comments and whether they were replied to. I invariably have to waste five minutes trying to figure out how to make a successful search for my own Handle. Even when I find it after three or four levels of hunting, the search results often seem incomplete. It may just be that I have to reinvent the wheel each time because it is often months between searches, but it would be helpful to have a top level explicit search for one’s own comments/replies.

    Thanks.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Hail
  82. Theodore [AKA "Theodore2"] says:

    Suggestion:

    Host an “official” Holocaust debate. Something with rules like a maximum 1000 or 2000 words per post, not including quoted documents, no just spamming a bunch of links either. 2 or 3 revisionists versuses the same number of exterminationists.

    🙂

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Anon
  83. 1. appreciate the unz rev as a last bastion of semi-free speech, thanks and good luck…
    2. also appreciate that your site is usable with adblock, ghostery, noscript turned on and your site not whitelisted… (adblock shows nothing to be blocked, ghostery says no jiggerypokery, noscript lists unz.com, facebook.net, googlesyndication.com, googletagmanager.com, responsivevoice.org, and twitter.com as trying to run scripts which were blocked…)
    3. various writers including senor unz frequently mention the quality of *some* of their posters (other than mine) comments, questions, etc.. what i have always thought is a shame, is how an interesting, lively, informative, and ongoing debate among commenters and/or the author always fade out with a whimper as the story the comment thread was attached to gets pushed down the stack…
    forget about the background noise of various hecklers (like me), know-nothings, and partisans, which can be easily sorted through to follow the meat of the debate; it is more often simple time which pushes the good debates off the front page…
    would be great if somehow these good debates could be continued and given some priority such that they didn’t disappear until the debate itself played itself out one way or tother… maybe even anoint a couple/few debate participants to continue the dialog with the author with minimal background static…
    just sayin’…
    Empire must fall; the sooner the fall, the gentler for all…

  84. Mr. Unz, I want to thank you for a wonderful web site. I have just one observation. There has not been a single American Pravda article on the First World War. Since we’ve been remembering one 100 year anniversary after another and since World War Two was really just a continuation (part 2) of World War One, it would be very helpful and interesting to expose the many myths and truths about World War One that have been kept hidden from the public.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  85. In addition to citing when (GMT) a response was submitted, the time when it was publicly released would also be helpful.

  86. Miggle says:
    @Miggle

    Now I see a problem. I hit the limit. This comes up, filling the window:

    Too Much Commenting on This Thread (Limit of 4/Hour). Take a Break.

    RETURN TO COMMENTING SECTION

    That would be okay if the rejection message also contained the draft that I had attempted to post, so I could put it up after that break.

    It didn’t. Wiped out. Lost. Bad.

    Deliberating over whether to reduce the 4/hour limit to a 3/hour limit is …

    Well, something more significant here to fix, Ron.

  87. Ace says:

    I prefer just being able to upvote or downvote any comment ad lib. Limiting responses based on number of recent comments serves no purpose that I can see.

    LOL and Troll can be left to body of the comment. I don’t see either misused on other sites. The more downvotes the more likely it is that it’s a troll, for that matter. ZeroHedge has a sortof aristocracy based on length of membership but even rank new commenters can comment and upvote/downvote freely.

    Your site is a tour de force, however, no matter the rules of participation. Truly a gift of intellectual stimulation and honesty, esp. in lunatic times.

    • Replies: @Tusk
  88. Miggle says:
    @Trevor23

    I agree on the snail mail part. But he wouldn’t be reading a million emails a day. Forget that.

  89. Miggle says:
    @Pericles

    I have trouble connecting to any https server from my smartphone. Incessant “Not a secure connection” (or something like that) messages, or dropped.

    So maybe UR is better as it is, on that issue. Unless there are to be financial transfers.

  90. Ron, run for President, and I’ll vote for you and the American Falun Gong leader.

  91. Erebus says:
    @Hippopotamusdrome

    2. Pages in comments

    Agreed.

    The only complaint I have about the site turns up when the comments grow to some large number. Depending on my internet service at the time, that can be as few as 2-300 comments. Comment pagination would solve that problem as one could go directly to the last page rather than bring in the whole thread.

    Other than that, the site’s comment UI is simply as good as it gets.

    A suggestion, rather than complaint, is automation of the moderating function, perhaps restricted to “established” commentors. Alternatively, a post facto protocol could be established. We on Asian time sometimes can’t talk to each other for ~8 hrs (give or take), apparently ebecause no-one is on duty in the Western hemisphere.

    Those of us who may not be able to get back to the site for a few days simply have to drop the conversation, even though we may be talking to someone nearby. As the site grows its international audience, that will become increasingly noticeable.

  92. Ron Unz says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    There was a “Google Ad” that appeared this evening between comments #89 and #90 under Trevor Lynch’s excellent review of Breakfast at Tiffanys. It even had a gold box around it. One does not know if this happened across UR or just on one’s personal computer, but it was surprising.

    Yes, I just added ads yesterday, and didn’t mention anything because I was curious how many people would even notice and their unfiltered reactions.

    I’d always been very skeptical about running ads, mostly because I thought they would occupy too much screen space in exchange for absolutely negligible revenue. I also was concerned they might be too trashy and annoying.

    But as I mentioned our traffic has been rising quite a lot recently, and a couple of weeks ago I got a note from a Google AdSense guy saying he’d like to have a phone call with me. I just ignored it and the next week he sent me another email, which I also ignored, but after I got the third email, I finally responded and spoke with him.

    He claimed that their ads weren’t that trashy and their advertising system gave us a great deal of control over placement, frequency, and all sorts of other things. Also, the estimated revenue he mentioned based on our traffic was much higher than I’d expected, and might potentially cover a substantial fraction of our website operating costs. So I decided to give it a try and see how things went.

    Over the next few days, I’ll be experimenting with different settings and options, so don’t be too surprised if something occasionally goes wrong. Right now, I’m looking at avoiding ads in the middle of articles, but running one ad at the bottom and ads spaced every 30 comments or so, which should hardly be extreme.

    Personally, I’ve used AdBlocker for the last couple of years, but I don’t have it installed on my iPad, and some of the ads I see there are really trashy, like “See These Fat Celebrities.” Fortunately, the AdSense ads generally seem stupid or boring rather than trashy.

    Anyway, if people really hate them, they can just install AdBlocker or something, and they’ll all disappear.

    Maybe I’ll keep them or maybe I’ll get rid of them after some more testing.

  93. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    Translations of articles from English originals into other languages. Submitted by readers. Hosted on their own pages to allow search engines to pick them up. Not in any kind of separate section(s), just embedded links from a main article.

    I am sure there would be plenty of volunteers to do this. It would take advantage of the kind of “crowdsourcing” that encourages people to feel they are part of the community (without being active commenters, which takes a special sort, not to mention that most comments are of questionable usefuless in any case).

    Sure, that sounds like a fine idea if people would like to do that. They could even host the translations on their own websites, and we could just provide links at the bottom of the article.

    I know that some French activists have already been translating some of my American Pravda articles and HTML books into French. I think they put them up on that Identity/Reconciliation website, or whatever it’s called.

    • Replies: @Iris
    , @Spaniard
  94. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    Does anyone else share my view that rather than the “one per 60 minutes” quota that a “multiple per 24-hour window” allotment would work better? So a person could use five in a half-hour’s reading and be done for the day, where in the current system this would require a person to wait over a period of five hours (at least). Would this really cause the problem of “ganging up on unpopular commenters” problem about which Ron has expressed concern?

    Scarcity lends value, and I think the Reaction buttons on this website carry vastly more weight than if people could use them much more frequently.

    However, you do have a good point about rationing them somewhat differently. Maybe I should give people e.g. 5 Reactions per 24 hours instead of 1 per hour. One problem is that implementing the necessary software is actually quite a bit trickier with something like that.

    • Replies: @Yevardian
  95. Ron Unz says:
    @Pericles

    Why does my browser tell me that the connection to this site is insecure?

    Because this site is not using https but unencrypted http to communicate with you.

    Personally, I think Unz probably should be updated to provide https. It’s the modern thing to do. (Use LetsEncrypt to get a free TLS certificate.)

    Actually, we added https to this website a couple of years ago. Just use e.g. “https://www.unz.com/&#8221; and all the pages will be https. It’s just that I kept the default as “http.”

    The reason for it is that a certain fraction of the images linked from external websites were using “http” and they didn’t render properly in https mode, which left holes on the pages. But maybe I’ll check if that problem has been fixed, and if so, we’ll finally switch the default to https.

    Personally, unless you’re buying things with credit cards, I don’t really see why https is necessary.

  96. Currently, when you highlight some text in an article two buttons pop up, one for Link and another for Bookmark.

    I’d like to suggest a third button for Copy to make it easier to cut and paste.

    Thank you.

  97. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    Minor technical problems on the mobile version (I have seen others comment on these occasionally so it is not only me):

    I don’t use Mobile myself, so thanks for letting me know about some of those problems, which I’ll try to fix over the next couple of days or so.

  98. @Wizard of Oz

    there is the irritation of having to choose not to reply to some complete idiot whom one might – true it is probably vainly – hope to bring round to sense.

    lol

    I only respond when I think the poster is smart enough to _possibly_ “get it”.

    That seems to work. The real crazies (who I ignore) are the ones most likely to resort to name calling, finger pointing and other hysteria.

    There are some very sharp folks who post here–brings me way back to the best of the college dining hall discussions (at an “elite” school that shall not be named).

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  99. Ron Unz says:
    @RoatanBill

    Nine times out of ten, my attempt to publish a comment results in receiving a blank php page as a response.

    That’s very strange. I’ve never had that problem, and others haven’t mentioned it. Maybe there’s some sort of difficulty with your Internet connection.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  100. @anon

    That wasn’t my point, my point was to address the relative difficulty for most in following a number vs. a name in a response thread.

  101. Ron Unz says:
    @turtle

    Perhaps it would be helpful to have an “Off Topic” button, as well as the ability for moderators to move comments to other, more appropriate threads.

    That’s an interesting possibility. Let me give it a little thought. But moving comments might be a problem, since someone would have to decide where to send them and the commenter might think they’d just disappeared.

    • Replies: @iffen
  102. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    Possible ideas for expansion of functionality:

    – Increase from six articles/blog posts [per period] to some number more than six (e.g., ten), and/or keep the default at six but allow users to manually increase the number (or time period) that they want to see;

    – Add a Most Popular / Most Comments” boxes to category pages, e.g. a new reader browsing through may want to see the top-read and top-engaged articles published under the category Foreign Policy, in addition to the chronological list as now.

    Increasing the Most Popular list to 10 would be easy. Having them also filtered by Category might be doable, but more difficult.

  103. Ron Unz says:
    @Alvin

    One request. Would it be possible to have some podcasts between the regular authors on this site and that are easily downloadable mp3 format? I am often in my car and I like to go on walks – both times when I could be listening to a podcast on my mp3 player.

    A few people have sometimes asked about doing podcasts and maybe I should look into it.

  104. Ron Unz says:
    @BenKenobi

    My understanding is that enough commenters pressing the “Troll” button on a particular user’s posts would result in that user being muted for X amount of time. Is this still the case? If so, how many button-presses result in how much mute time? Etc, etc.

    Not really. All the Troll button does is warn other commenters.

  105. Ron Unz says:
    @Nodwink

    Freethought Blogs has the ten most-recent articles grouped together on the sidebar of most pages there. I usually look for the ‘NEW!’ posts when I get to this site’s homepage, it would be helpful to have the same here (perhaps with separate groupings for long-form articles, and the Sailer/Audacious Epigone blogs).

    Sure, there’s plenty of potential space on the Sidebar, so maybe I’ll think about implementing something like that. The most recent blog posts by Sailer/Karlin/etc are already displayed on the Sidebar, as are the most recent articles by Category, though those are restricted to just the most prominent subset of total articles.

  106. Ron Unz says:
    @anonymous

    3. On the other hand, if a long-standing anon like me relents to your apparent preference, could all his prior comments — even pre-“340” — on request be refreshed with the new Handle? If so, would we send you an email with the particulars, including all prior email addresses?

    Sure, if you’d like to adopt a Handle and so authorize me, I’d be glad to try to hunt down and add the Handle to as many of your old comments as possible.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  107. Ron Unz says:
    @Jim Christian

    Only thing I’ve noticed is, I check the box for “Email Replies to my Comment” and the past few months, it doesn’t email the notification to my email that someone replied to my post to (usually) dump on something I wrote, usually justifiably.

    That’s odd, it should be working. Have other people had this same problem recently?

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  108. @Ron Unz

    Understood. The ads are unobtrusive in their present form. Despite my initial surprised reaction, I gladly approve of them if they help support your great work here, and as long as there is no interference with your editorial decisions. I’m sure most readers would agree.

    UR is a precious island of free speech, open discussion, and intelligent coverage of important subjects. You are doing something very important here, Mr. Unz. This publication definitely lives up to your mission statement. We are grateful to you, and we are glad that you have found a source of revenue for this effort.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
  109. Ron Unz says:
    @Anonymous

    Coverage of Brexit could be a lot better, it’s almost non-existent at the moment. I get the general sense that Brexit is being ignored on this site, I’ve seen more articles about politics in the Balkans of all places than anything to do with Brexit.

    I would have expected a right-leaning American website to take somewhat of an interest in British politics, at least in proportion to coverage of other countries, but apparently not.

    Well, we’ve actually published 87 articles on Brexit and only 1 or 2 on the Balkans, so I think you’re exaggerating a bit:

    http://www.unz.com/topic/brexit/

    Frankly, nothing much seems to ever happen with Brexit except endless political arguments and deadlocks, so I personally don’t find it very interesting. Anyway, the bulk of our published content from from a group of about 15-20 regular writers and webzines, so unless they write something about Brexit or someone else sends us an article, there’s not much I can do.

  110. Ron Unz says:
    @Pericles

    1. Fix editing of comments so you use the regular comment editor when you “Click to Edit” instead of just a text box. Also, when an edited comment is redisplayed, an included image is often shown as just the URL, which is probably a bug. (Even if it was properly shown as an image prior to editing.)

    Comment editing uses a third-party plugin, which would be very difficult to modify in that fashion.

    5. When clicking on an existing comment, I often end up only in a location near the comment, presumably because the various images and such are expanded while the article loads and the text thus scrolls away. Not sure how to fix that but it would be nice.

    I’ll see about trying to fix that.

  111. Ron Unz says:
    @Laugh Track

    One feature I most appreciate in your comments system is the ability to read replies to specific comments by hovering my cursor over the commenter’s handle at the bottom of a comment…However, I have not been able to duplicate this experience when using an iPad.

    The problem is that “hover” obviously doesn’t exist on Mobile devices, and if you click, you’ll go to the link.

    Finally, I also have problems with the Search function. I like to occasionally check back to see my own comments and whether they were replied to. I invariably have to waste five minutes trying to figure out how to make a successful search for my own Handle.

    Don’t use Search. Just click on your own commenter Handle and you’ll get your Archive page, that shows all your recent comments, allowing you to check for replies and that sort of thing.

    • Replies: @Laugh Track
  112. Ron Unz says:
    @Theodore

    Host an “official” Holocaust debate. Something with rules like a maximum 1000 or 2000 words per post, not including quoted documents, no just spamming a bunch of links either. 2 or 3 revisionists versuses the same number of exterminationists.

    Sure, having occasional formal debates on that or various other major topics would be interesting. But it might be difficult to recruit the necessary participants on both sides.

    • Replies: @Theodore
    , @Wally
  113. Ron Unz says:
    @Real History

    I have just one observation. There has not been a single American Pravda article on the First World War. Since we’ve been remembering one 100 year anniversary after another and since World War Two was really just a continuation (part 2) of World War One, it would be very helpful and interesting to expose the many myths and truths about World War One that have been kept hidden from the public.

    Well, I think the problem is that my views on WWI are pretty orthodox, and none of the various books I’ve read over the years dealing with the conflict have much changed that, including the many of the “purged” authors from the 1920s and 1930s. For example, just a few months ago I read Christopher Clark’s widely-praised 600 page The Sleepwalkers, and although it’s exceptionally detailed, it pretty much says the same thing I found in my high school textbooks decades ago.

    By contrast, I started reading the Docherty/Macgregor Hidden History book earlier this year, and I found it so totally ridiculous, I gave up after just a couple of chapters.

    http://www.unz.com/ishamir/do-spies-run-the-world/#comment-3231465

  114. Ron Unz says:
    @Miggle

    That would be okay if the rejection message also contained the draft that I had attempted to post, so I could put it up after that break.

    It didn’t. Wiped out. Lost. Bad.

    Yes, that’s a nasty problem but a pretty difficult one to fix. The underlying core of this website is WordPress, which is extremely complex and convoluted, and makes it difficult for me to fix those sorts of things. I tried a couple of times, but maybe I’ll try again.

    • Replies: @Miggle
    , @Wizard of Oz
  115. peterAUS says:
    @Ron Unz

    ….Personally, unless you’re buying things with credit cards, I don’t really see why https is necessary….

    Interesting.

  116. Here are my complaints:
    Information overload on the main page and haphazard organization.

    Too many articles about hebrew conspiracies. It honestly gives the website a creep feel and turns readers off to the more quality articles.

    Not enough criticisms of mainstream conservative and libertarian theories. There is an inclination within right-alternative or populist circles to tolerate libertarian thinking when it has just as many problems as liberalism. For example the MSM has completely ignored the failed restoration of Detroit which has been largely centered around market-focused theories. Maybe bring in writers that focus on this area.

    • Disagree: Robert Dolan
    • Replies: @utu
    , @Wally
  117. @JackOH

    Critical sense, through-sight, then the need for civil disobedience, going outside of the consumer bandwidth? That being the platform?
    (sic)

    See the above as a joke, or see the estimate of numbers versus quality as anything else as democracy.

  118. Anonymous[332] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    > Personally, unless you’re buying things with credit cards, I don’t really see why https is necessary.

    I’d be more likely to pick a handle, rather than posting Anonymously, if you upgraded to https. It’s not just for money/health/personal sensitive data.

    One common misconception about HTTPS is that the only websites that need HTTPS are those that handle sensitive communications. Every unprotected HTTP request can potentially reveal information about the behaviors and identities of your users. Although a single visit to one of your unprotected websites may seem benign, some intruders look at the aggregate browsing activities of your users to make inferences about their behaviors and intentions, and to de-anonymize their identities. For example, employees might inadvertently disclose sensitive health conditions to their employers just by reading unprotected medical articles.

    Web Fundamentals: Why HTTPS Matters
    https://developers.google.com/web/fundamentals/security/encrypt-in-transit/why-https

    Upgrading to HTTPS may keep some fellow who posts at a workplace or public hotspot from being fired for saying the wrong things. And that is a simplified problem of what besets us from AI development.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  119. @Ron Unz

    I’m on an island in the Caribbean and connectivity isn’t the greatest. I pay through the nose for 2MBPS.

    However, I comment on numerous sites (zerohedge, The Burning Platform, hardware forums, software forums, welding forums, flying forums, etc) and yours is the only one I have difficulty with. All the other sites react in a flash and I never have to resubmit.

    My impression is the more comments already exist on a particular article, the worse my chances are of getting an upload first try. On articles with just a few existing comments chances are very good the upload will work first try.

    I’m a professional software developer / EE hardware geek if someone would care to run some tests.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  120. Iris says:
    @Ron Unz

    It is “Egalite et Reconciliation“, Mr Unz. Here is your article on the ADL translated to French by Laurent Guyenot:

    https://www.egaliteetreconciliation.fr/L-Anti-Defamation-League-dans-la-societe-americaine-ou-la-Pravda-de-l-Empire-52833.html

    Sinceres remerciements pour votre site, qui est remarquable tant par la qualite des articles que par la variete des sujets.

  121. Spaniard says:
    @Ron Unz

    I’m a certified ENG->ESP translator and I would definitely volunteer to translate some articles into Spanish. I don’t have a website of my own, though, so how should I proceed?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  122. utu says:
    @John Johnson

    “Not enough criticisms of mainstream conservative and libertarian theories. There is an inclination within right-alternative or populist circles to tolerate libertarian thinking when it has just as many problems as liberalism.” – Great point. I have a very low opinion on libertarianism and always ask the question qui bono, who benefits from the libertarian indoctrination. The libertarian intoxication affects chiefly young males and fortunately many of them grow out of it eventually but still the damage they make is significant.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Wally
  123. Wally says:
    @onebornfree

    Indeed, Karlin is ridiculous, a true hypocrite who really doesn’t belong here.

    I suggest that he be prevented from censoring comments that he disagrees with by removing his moderating / overseer rights.

  124. Wally says:
    @John Johnson

    That must be why this site is exploding with ever increasing readers.

    Good try, hasbarist

  125. Ron Unz says:
    @RoatanBill

    My impression is the more comments already exist on a particular article, the worse my chances are of getting an upload first try. On articles with just a few existing comments chances are very good the upload will work first try.

    Unfortunately, the underlying commenting system is handled by the WordPress back-end, which is huge, convoluted, and complex, and therefore probably responsible for the problem. I’m sure the issue also relates to the huge size of our comment database, since we now have nearly 3 million comments.

    I’m not really sure what can be done about it, and it doesn’t seem like most other people have encountered that particular problem.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @RoatanBill
  126. Ron Unz says:
    @Spaniard

    I’m a certified ENG->ESP translator and I would definitely volunteer to translate some articles into Spanish. I don’t have a website of my own, though, so how should I proceed?

    Well, that sounds nice, and I could certainly host the translations on this website if you sent me the text in a Word file or something like that.

    Here’s a pretty short and simple early piece in my American Pravda series, so maybe it would be a good item to start with:

    http://www.unz.com/runz/chinese-melamine-and-american-vioxx-a-comparison/

    • Replies: @Spaniard
  127. peterAUS says:
    @Ron Unz

    ….huge size of our comment database, since we now have nearly 3 million comments……..I’m not really sure what can be done about it…..

    Delete most of it.

    The interested parties already have the relevant data classified and stored for future use.
    If really sentimental, get a (proper) backup and delete the most.

    Simple.

  128. Theodore [AKA "Theodore2"] says:
    @Ron Unz

    Other possible debate idea: race realism / “are human races real?” / are homo sapiens polytypic with regards to subspecies?

    Basically however it can best be worded

    I would volunteer for either debate. It would not be hard to recruit at all, just make a post and ask about it. 🙂

    And of course there are other less politically incorrect topics. Like gun control, climate change, etc. I am sure you can find people to debate if you just ask around.

  129. Spaniard says:
    @Ron Unz

    That’s perfect. I will start with that one and then translate more from your American Pravda series, either liberally or going from newest to oldest. I just need an email address to send the Word files to as I finish them, or something to that effect.
    I’d also like to thank you for creating this website, as many other readers have too. It is an invaluable resource.

    • Agree: Hail
  130. Tusk says:
    @Anonymous

    Just filter Wally as commenters to ignore if he is that annoying, there is that functionality for a reason.

  131. Wally says:
    @Ron Unz

    I’m in if you do it.

    I would think we could get Germar Rudolf as well.

    But who will dare from the True Believer side?

    http://www.codoh.com

  132. Anon[271] • Disclaimer says:
    @Theodore

    Suggestion:

    Host an “official” Holocaust debate. Something with rules like a maximum 1000 or 2000 words per post, not including quoted documents, no just spamming a bunch of links either. 2 or 3 revisionists versuses the same number of exterminationists.

    That’s a bad idea.

    1. It would be intensely repetitive of the public information and claims already available. Essentially, the debate already exists in the form of the public information given by both sides.

    Moreover, one side will necessarily begin to rely on specious claims and other devices of fallacy in an attempt to surmount harder counter-evidence.

    It is a predictable exercise and, given that we don’t have an official UN debate judge who would bring some kind of official weight to the debate, it is pointless.

    2. It would lend credence to the theory that there is some kind of “debate” on the topic. There isn’t, not counting blunt force enforcement of the official narrative and self-interested Jewish claims.

    3. It would draw a lot more of the wrong kind of people to this website. Many would stick around.

    4. Why? Given the above, there should be a very compelling reason.

    • Agree: utu
    • Replies: @Theodore
    , @Wally
  133. Here Ron is a casual add on to my listing of the reasons why your proposed Comment limit may be counterproductive – *not that I could care less* – if I wanted to find workarounds I could and would. From another thread:

    That is a big plus for Dershowitz even after you have cynically discounted for its deliberate effect. (Amusing to divide his Jewish audience hypothetically into those who would have said “OMG Alan:you mustn’t say that” and the sophisticates who would have given a smile or chuckle).

    And here Ron is a question. Do you want to stop me, by a three Comment an hour limit, from tossing in an appreciative comment consisting say, of *just the first sentence*? (I’ll post this on the Announcement I think).

  134. Anon[271] • Disclaimer says:

    Another possible change might be to restrict Anonymous commenters to just two comments per hour so as to encourage them to start using Handles.

    I use Tor and post anonymously. Not to do that, in my opinion, isn’t smart. I’m also one of the better people here at beating back establishment trolls, to talk myself up for once and in a warranted context. I think that restricting posters like me would give a vocal advantage to politically correct (ie: Hasbara) posters.

  135. @Ron Unz

    Well, Ron, I checked the two boxes, “Update My Information” AND “Email Replies to my Comment” and your reply came to my mailbox. Maybe something with Comcast, more likely my Firefox not remembering the boxes are checked. I don’t comment all that much, no hardship. With each comments, I’ll just check the boxes.

    Mine is a minor nit-and-pick, the software for this board allowing viewing comments with a hover rather than clicks to other tabs makes it the very best comments board there is. Do any sites ever come along trying to license it? Anywho, thanks for all your efforts.

  136. Tusk says:
    @Ace

    Upvoting and downvoting is the fastest way to a horrible site. Allowing people to have control on what information is available is ridiculous, if you don’t like a posters comments add them to the ‘commenters to ignore’ box and move on with your day. What you then encourage is like minded pepole who come to the site and upvote their preferred positions and downvote ones they dislike forcing away controversial comments, which would go against the position of this site.

    • Agree: Triumph104
    • Replies: @Miro23
    , @Ace
  137. Hail says: • Website
    @Rueful

    Welcome, Rueful Eddy (a.k.a. Rueful).

    Now that you’re “in,” I hope you’ll comment more.

    As for the think tank idea, the Unz Review should not it directly (CNN, etc., do not directly run think tanks, either, of course) but certain kind(s) of think tank, which are pretty thin on the ground as of now, would be able to effectively use material published here.

    • Replies: @Miro23
  138. @Ron Unz

    I understand.

    As your site continues to grow, I would suggest getting some local tech support capable of weaning you off of your existing provider platform and on to something you control. Linux servers are robust and inexpensive. That’s why the bulk of the Internet uses Linux as its foundation. Disks are cheap as dirt.

    You’ve got a great site.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  139. Hail says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Re political cartoons,

    Given a magic wand, I’d suggest commissioning a good artist to illustrate accompanying cartoons for some of the original columns published here, and have them posted alongside certain new columns, instead of using a generic image.

    A Philip Giraldi column, “Trump Wants to End the ‘Stupid Wars’?” for example, has a generic image of armed Middle Eastern men patrolling a street, which is simply labeled “uploads/2019/10/Kurds.jpg.” Imagine what more reach and power the column would have if a good cartoonist got it 12 hours before publication and came up with something to illustrate the content.

    Here is a Ben Garrison cartoon something like what I have in mind (a simpler version would do, and probably better):

    [MORE]

    Good political-cartooning is an underrated creative skill and, if done well, would bolster/magnify the message many times over (in the tradition of “a picture speaks a thousand words”).

    • Replies: @onebornfree
  140. Hail says: • Website
    @Trevor23

    an address for emails directly to Ron Unz or to the site (and not simply via the comments section).

    An email address is available at the bottom of this page:

    http://www.unz.com/masthead/

    Please publish a postal address for snail mail

    A physical PO Box is a very good idea.

  141. Hail says: • Website
    @Laugh Track

    I like to occasionally check back to see my own comments and whether they were replied to. I invariably have to waste five minutes trying to figure out how to make a successful search for my own Handle. Even when I find it after three or four levels of hunting, the search results often seem incomplete.

    This is the link to all your comments and replies to them:

    http://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=Laugh+Track

    • Replies: @Laugh Track
  142. Theodore says:
    @Anon

    I officially challenge YOU, Anon[271], to a debate on any “Holocaust” subject.

    “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate.” – Joseph Joubert

    That’s a bad idea.

    Debate is never a bad idea. If you don’t want anything to do with it, just don’t read it. It’s that simple

    1. It would be intensely repetitive of the public information and claims already available. Essentially, the debate already exists in the form of the public information given by both sides.

    Well, I didn’t know I was talking to a psychic here. You could say that about any of the debates going on here, or anywhere.

    [MORE]

    Moreover, one side will necessarily begin to rely on specious claims and other devices of fallacy in an attempt to surmount harder counter-evidence.

    Ok mr. psychic, then it would make their position look weak. The horror!

    It is a predictable exercise and, given that we don’t have an official UN debate judge who would bring some kind of official weight to the debate, it is pointless.

    No, it wouldn’t be. We don’t need any “Official UN debate judge” at all. In fact, no judge whatsoever is required. Just a moderator (Unz staff) to keep the rules followed. And then put the debate up and have the comments section open and let the people decide. It is certainly not pointless at all. If you don’t want to read it, close your eyes! It’s time to grow up.

    2. It would lend credence to the theory that there is some kind of “debate” on the topic. There isn’t, not counting blunt force enforcement of the official narrative and self-interested Jewish claims.

    There actually IS debate on the topic, and should be much more. Check any article on this website that mentions the Holocaust. Check the recent article by John Wear on the T4 euthanasia program.

    3. It would draw a lot more of the wrong kind of people to this website. Many would stick around.

    Who are the “wrong kind of people” exactly? Be specific. It would be an organized debate, with 2-3 people on each side making arguments and counter-arguments with certain word limits. You’re not making any sense. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been posting at Unz for a long time and every post I make must be approved by the moderators. I assume that’s true for everyone. Therefore, there is no issue whatsoever, if someone makes a terrible post it won’t get posted. If some “bad people” come on this website and read the articles, what’s the issue?

    And, based on this comment about “the wrong kind of people” coming to this website, it makes me think that you’re a regular commenter on here, with an actual account, but you choose not to post with your usual username. I wonder why?

    4. Why? Given the above, there should be a very compelling reason.

    Your arguments are quite weak. You’re not making one bit of sense.

    Truth does not fear investigation. Only lies need to be shielded from debate, truth welcomes it!

    If you don’t like the idea of people debating subjects you think shouldn’t debated, you should probably leave the internet or just go stay on facebook or something.

    “Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself… she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them” – Thomas Jefferson

  143. utu says:

    Perhaps Mr. Unz could include TruNews channel in the Featured Video Channel section of UR.

    TruNews seems to be Christian but very ANTI-Zionist channel. They spent lots of time on the Epstein affair.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/TRUNEWSofficial

    Kurdish-Israeli Alliance: Solomon’s Genies, Jewish Mamas & Nephilim Babies

    Today on TruNews we discuss the secret alliance between Israel and the Kurds, and how that deep seated friendship, including a shared history involving a Talmudic prophecy where King Solomon directed demons to have sex with Jewish women, may be the true reason neocons have now joined a bipartisan push to impeach the President Trump by Christmas. We also speak with geopolitical analyst Maram Susli, aka Syrian Girl, about the the standoff in Syria between NATO-ally Turkey and the warmongering West.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz0GSzYThT0

  144. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks for the partial response. But the repeated disregard of #1 is troubling.

  145. Hail says: • Website
    @utu

    John Johnson wrote:

    Not enough criticisms of mainstream conservative and libertarian theories

    utu wrote:

    I have a very low opinion on libertarianism and always ask the question qui bono, who benefits from the libertarian indoctrination

    I notice that under categories ‘Economics’ and ‘Ideology,’ a ctrl-f for “libertarian” produces no results, as of today. Articles on the topic are a very good suggestion.

    Ron or other UR editors might consider reaching out to right-wing think tank leader, author, and critic of libertarianism Curt Doolittle to produce a short article for publication on the matter (perhaps, specifically, an essay answering exactly utu’s question above, “Who benefits from libertarianism?” — which could even be a working title, to put the cart a mile ahead of the horse). Doolittle is a man whose work has been getting millions of Youtube views as of 2019 via his media man John Mark.

    (Doolittle was life-banned from Facebook a few months ago, but is still on Twitter @CurtDoolittle. An email sent to his think tank contact point, [email protected], will presumably reach him.)

    • Replies: @utu
  146. Yevardian says:
    @Haruto Rat

    I think we have all the buttons anybody would want, except perhaps for ‘Jew’.

  147. Wally says:
    @Anon

    What a joke, you’re fooling no one.

    – You don’t want free speech on the laughably impossible “holocaust” narrative because it would reach more people.

    – Your excuses are feeble and you come of as a typical censoring Zionist, aka: Usual Enemy of Free Speech.

    Truth is a very compelling reason.

    The ‘holocaust’ storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. That is why privileged Jews demand censorship.

    Only liars demand censorship.

    • Replies: @Fran Taubman
  148. Saggy says: • Website

    This one is important – Add William F. Engdahl to you list of list of authors …..

  149. Wally says:
    @utu

    Indeed, big government authoritarian Communists despise Libertarians.

    Communism intoxication affects chiefly the lazy who want a free ride at others expense.

  150. I have been blocked by a writer. I think that should not be allowed because a writer does not like a contributors comments. Isn’t this all about free speech?
    Censorship of any kind is really really onerous.
    Not enough credit is given to the dissenters, or pro Jewish Zionist. We put a lot of work into our writing which is thoughtful, intellectual and challenging.
    I think it has created a lot more interest in your site. As opposed to all the same flavor of contributors comments.

    • Replies: @Saggy
  151. utu says:
    @Hail

    My takes on libertarian ideology:

    [MORE]

    https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/why-is-the-gop-terrified-of-tariffs/#comment-2234429
    Libertarianism regardless of its provenance whether from Ayn Rand or Ron Paul has only one function which is to promote egoism, individualism leading to atomization of society in which individual optimization of individual merit functions prevents ever attaining better global optimum (this stems from Prisoner’s Dilemma). In the end the strongest win which leads to oligarchy and neoliberalism. The masters and the owners of the world like libertarians very much.

    Example of not optimizing individual merit function comes from Switzerland. In Switzerland they just had a referendum whether to continue to pay a fee for state TV which is about 400 CHF annually. The argument against it that would fly and most likely win in America: I want to pay for only what I want to watch. And the more communitarian argument was: if there is no Swiss state television then people with money form outside like Berlusconi or Murdoch will come and make TV the way they want for us. All cantons voted for keeping the state TV.

    Complex civilization is possible only when natural human instincts like egoism is controlled. Ayn Rand ideology puts egoism in the driving seat and extolls it: Greed is good and so on. This is not the way to build a society. It is a possible way but it leads to hell. American is on the way to it with the help of Satan little helpers, the libertarians useful idiots.

    https://www.unz.com/article/libertarianism-the-alt-right-and-antifa/#comment-2055027
    Americans lost faith that rational cooperation can be beneficial. It requires too much hard thinking that involves too many details for their short attention span to hold in their minds. So the libertarian phantasy comes to the rescue and offers a pain free (in terms of no thinking) solution: no government, no regulations and let the hidden hand do its job. All it requires a belief that market forces will create Libertopia and if something is not to your liking you can always blame insufficient liberty for it. And most importantly you let the rich slide. The oligarchs are the ones that Ayn Rand extolled. I hope one day libertarians will be held responsible for the neo-slavery and neo-feudalism that they keep helping (as useful idiots) to bring under the guise of neoliberalism.

    • LOL: Wally
    • Replies: @redmudhooch
  152. Well, your website would do a lot better if instead of just the 2 featured articles you change out daily, you had a separate column of Headline News-Breaking News over on the side, that updates when new news breaks, at least 4-6 for the day. I think you miss out on a lot of good stories that happen daily, especially with things like the Saudi Oil bombing, Israel airstrikes on Syria, events in Venezuela/Latin America, mass shootings, or even a couple of days ago when Tulsi was layin da smack down on Hillary. Present them in a non-biased way. Maybe even just put it up as a link to some other website like you do sometimes. Your site misses out on a lot of important things happening daily. I don’t even remember seeing any articles when Trump put Venezuela under near total blockade, same with Cuba, Nicaragua…..

    People like to comment on things as they’re happening. Even though I don’t have the time to keep my nose in the screen all day, I’m sure it would probably attract a lot more people to comment and visit your site. Personally I think the writers like Paul Kersey mess up your site. I think you need more writers like Godfree Roberts, Max Parry, James Petras, more real left, not just right wing blame the Jews and blacks for literally everything writers.. Its boring and only appeals to the very low IQ boomer short bus types and the partisan sock puppets. I think the Zionists deserve calling out for a lot of terrible things they do, but sometimes it goes off the rails and fails to address the financial or geopolitical aspects of it. Its divisive and only serves the interests of the CIA and capitalist ruling class they serve. Just because some on the other side do it, doesn’t mean you should sink to their level and do the same.

    Other than that your site is OK, I miss you posting NOI’s stuff, would like to see you write some more on Zionist, Nazi and American Nazi/CIA collaboration if you get the chance. I was reading some stuff the other day about Nazi’s that the CIA moved to South America after WW2 actually helping to start the drug cartels that are raising hell there now, Carlos Lehder, Pablo Escobars guy was a diehard Nazi, and Nazi Klaus Barbie was also involved and helped overthrow the Socialist Bolivian govt back in the day, as well as taking part in the murder of Che Guevara, the Zionist Mossad was involved from the start as well. Israel was training and selling weapons to the cartels, still are! They’re all the same people!

    Seems George Carlin was right when he said that Germany lost the war, but the fascists won. I think that the CIA, Zionists and Nazis were partners throughout the whole war. They were doing the same thing then as they are now, same tactics. Same thing with ISIS/Al Qaeda/Mujaheddin, most of America, most of the world, believes we’re over there fighting them, not using them to terrorize and overthrow govts that don’t allow them to loot the country. Why would it be hard to believe they did the same thing with the Nazis during WW2? No internet then, so the information could be easily controlled. If we didn’t have the internet today, who would ever know we were not over there fighting ISIS and the various other groups? If we only got our info from tv, papers or books would we know about their support of ISIS? Probably not. Not helping that they also own all the mass media!

    Just muh opinion of course! Go and research this stuff, it starts to add up after a while. But its the Chinese bringing in all the Fentanyl! Yeah right!

    https://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/moon6.html

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3177385/The-second-life-Nazi-war-criminal-German-documentary-reveals-butcher-Lyon-Klaus-Barbie-fixer-drug-lords-went-run-South-America.html

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/dec/23/world.secondworldwar

    https://www.fort-russ.com/2018/10/41-years-ago-israel-helped-the-cia-murder-revolutionary-icon-che-guevara-a-shahid-of-the-highest-ranking/

    https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-08-30-mn-1305-story.html

    • Disagree: utu
    • Replies: @Tusk
  153. @Miggle

    Your last 4 comments have all been unnecessary indulgence on your part. You’re a example of why a 3 comments per hour restriction is a good idea. Ron, don’t let yourself be talked out of it.

    • Agree: Fran Taubman
    • Replies: @Miggle
  154. @utu

    This documentary shows what happens when foreign countries let their media be controlled by a handful of oligarchs, yep Libertarians want control by corporations, or they want what will lead to it, which is pretty much what we already have. We have no govt of the people, we have a govt of the corporations. Facebook/social media has also been instrumental in the CIA overthrowing many govts

  155. @Wally
    That must be why this site is exploding with ever increasing readers.

    Good try, hasbarist

    So if I don’t think it is a good idea to have half the headlines about Jewish conspiracies I must be part of a Jewish conspiracy. Got it.

    The vast majority of my posts here are criticisms of liberal and libertarian theory. In fact I’ve never stated my position on Zionism.

    Do I need to send you a pic of me eating a McRib? Or is it possible for you to imagine that some of us don’t see much value in going over all the bagel theories? Take away Jewish left wingers or globalists and you still have plenty non-Jewish liberals and globalists. I know this because I had plenty of non-Jewish Anglos lie to me in school.

    This is what annoys me about White nationalism. This underlying assumption that Whites are telling each other the truth and on the same side. Yea right. The colleges are filled with tens of thousands of O’Connors and Jennings that will happily line up to indoctrinate the students. Take out professor Goldberg and you’ll have a thousand Jamie McWhitersons lined up for the position. It’s the ideology that is the problem. The focus here on Jewish conspiracies does nothing to undermine the ideology.

    • Replies: @Wally
  156. Ron Unz says:
    @RoatanBill

    Linux servers are robust and inexpensive. That’s why the bulk of the Internet uses Linux as its foundation. Disks are cheap as dirt.

    Well, of course, our server runs on Linux, as do (I think) almost all servers these days…

    But our *software* backend is WordPress, and that’s what may be possibly causing the problems due to your poor quality Internet connection.

  157. Tusk says:
    @redmudhooch

    There is about a couple million left-wing sites out there that would have no problem publishing left-wing articles considering that the modern discourse is absolutely controlled by the left-liberal ruling class. In fact going on any aggregate news site such as Google News inundates you with the same boring opinions over and over. Considering that the point of the site is to publish alternative news, things not picked up by other sites, why publish articles that the Guardian or NYT would easily accept? Just go to the Guardian and you’ll get everything you need from there. Part of the issue is that the current discourse is completely controlled by Jews, and their pet blacks, so most reactionaries regardless of political alignment are going to be fighting against the same people albeit from their different perspectives on the nature of it.

    • Replies: @utu
  158. @Wally
    Indeed, big government authoritarian Communists despise Libertarians.

    Communism intoxication affects chiefly the lazy who want a free ride at others expense.

    We aren’t fighting Communists. We are fighting leftists that don’t really care about economic systems. All they care about is control.

    Liberals and leftists actually don’t mind libertarians because they agree on abortion, drugs and open borders.

    If anything the left views libertarians as ideal opposition since everything becomes an economic debate. There is really no questioning of open borders or cultural destruction. The libertarian is also forced to argue against new taxes for even the wealthiest which plays into liberal hands.

  159. Ron Unz says:
    @Trevor23

    Please publish a postal address for snail mail

    Okay, I went ahead and added a physical mailing address to the Contacts section:

    http://www.unz.com/masthead/#contact-us

    Also, based on the commenter reactions, I’ve now reduced the limit of comments per thread per hour back down to 3.

    I’ve also reduced the limit of Anonymous comments to 2 per hour. We’ve really been starting to get far too many long-winded Anonymous commenters on some threads, sometimes arguing with other Anonymous commenters, and this may encourage some of them to start using Handles.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  160. Saggy says: • Website
    @Fran Taubman

    I have been blocked by a writer.

    Hasbara should be blocked. Jews pollute every internet discussion, with specious argument, and endless idiocy, with the purpose of controlling and that failing destroying internet debate. For Christ’s sake they are spending millions for just that purpose ….I personally would block all hasbara. If that is unacceptable then the next remedy would be to severely limit their posts, say to collectively one post per hour, and tagging each of their posts as hasbara.

  161. @Wally

    Wally let me take this opportunity to tell you, that yeah you are the most hated person on this site.
    Even the complete holocaust deniers hate you. You are insufferable, unbearable. It is not your ideology. Yes the Holocaust is fake. I get that.
    It is the sheer stupidity that you exhibit when putting down your opponents like an 8 year old.

    [MORE]

    The ‘holocaust’ storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. That is why privileged Jews demand censorship.

    Only liars demand censorship.

    Really Wally the most easily debunked narratives ever ever contrived?
    just think we have you to thank for explaining how easy it is.
    Because everyone that thinks it is true is just stupid. Right?
    Your brain stopped at like at like 8 years of age, you are incapable of any critical thinking beyond 8 years of age.

  162. The Scalpel says: • Website

    Complaint.

    I think the color of US currency is boring. It should be rainbow colored to reflect changes in society. Why should all the backs be green anyway? That’s narrow minded.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  163. utu says:
    @Tusk

    While I am not sure where the redmudhooch person stands on the left-right spectrum he turned me off by his nonsensical babbling about the problem of Nazis in South America and so on which is a pure disinfo-distraction for silly masses.

    However the issue of having leftist point of view presented here is legitimate. I would call it anti-left left or populist left. Something along the lines of C.J. Hopkins. The traditional left is not an enemy, the left that cared about workers and national economy and was not for open border and would use protective tariffs if needed. But the traditional left does not exist anymore in the US. The left turned into the neoliberal left. They are the useful idiots of oligarchy who sold out for the identity politics and open borders. The only chance of salvation is in populism that must have strong leftist component. The same leftist component that allowed NSDAP to turn the economic basket case of Germany in 1933 into economic miracle by 1938. For this reason I strongly believe that libertarian nuts are the greatest obstacle to making a real change.

    • Replies: @Tusk
    , @onebornfree
  164. K. W. says:

    Love your site, Mr. Unz. Just keep up the good work!!

  165. @Ron Unz

    Also, based on the commenter reactions, I’ve now reduced the limit of comments per thread per down back down to 3.

    Hello Ron. Since the iSteve blog has its own moderation, am I wrong to assume the new three-comments-per-thread limit does not apply there? Sometimes there are interesting extended discussions that would be prematurely truncated by the three comments rule.

    ( One example—this recent subthread spawned by a Twinkie comment: #72, etc. )

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/chinese-vs-indians-columbus-will-have-been-right-about-who-lives-here/#comment-3466695

  166. Tusk says:
    @utu

    Well I have two main points of reply to this, I’ll start with libertarianism first.

    While libertarianism has some merits, especially the libertarian to fascist pipeline which I strongly believe in, the biggest downside for me is that I see it as a proto-Jewish evolutionary tactic. I do not disagree in many ways with the arguments of Rothbard, but it is hard not to see that Jews benefited from ethnocentric policies coupled with a high barrier of entry for Jews to join the ‘jewish nation’. Now that gentiles, especially Whites, are waking upto ethnocentrism it’s not hard to see that it is beneficial to deny ethnocentric/nationalist positions and embrace neo-liberalism and libertarianism. By changing society to this structure they will have benefited from group tactics while destroying group tactics in the future for a reversal. Sneaky sneaky! Though I do think libertarianism is at least intellectually valuable in that it provides a foundation in way for theories of natural aristocracy, which whites will benefit from, instead of neoliberal heirachy that promotes non-whites.

    Secondly as for populist leftism or traditional left positions I agree that there should be genuinewriters I find it increasingly hard, at least personally, to support leftists such as Sanders simply because their platforms usually provide a number of ridiculous concessions such as free medical care for illegal aliens, pro-LGBT out the wazoo, taxpayer funded abortions. I think that an economic left posiiton grounded in native populations is a real and legitimate position that should be discussed, but many leftists also fall into the proposition nation ideal that anyone in the country should have their say, which is just defunct.

    I do enjoy reading articles regardless of the political lean as long as they’re well written and logical as compared to rabid and ridiculous.

    Cheers.

  167. Wally says:
    @John Johnson

    “I’ve never stated my position on Zionism. ”

    No need, your position is obvious, you are no ‘John Johnson’.

    Your hackneyed use of “Jewish conspiracies”, “white nationalism” give your game away.

    In fact your covered rather well here:

    “Do Jews Think Differently?”: Aspects of Jewish Self-Glorification
    http://www.unz.com/article/do-jews-think-differently-aspects-of-jewish-self-glorification/

  168. @Saggy

    Wait you want to censor Hasbara!! but no one can censor you!!

    • Replies: @Saggy
  169. Ron, the site is terrific! Many thanks.

    I am glad for the ads, because I would like to support the site– but I am unwilling, on principle, to let Patreon get one red cent from me after they deplatformed so many people for crimethink.

    Of course Google might decide to drop your site from their AdSense program just like they abruptly dropped the crimethinkers at vdare.com, some of whose content appears here as well. I would hate for that to disrupt the site’s operation.

    So I hope you will continue to explore new ways for readers to support the site, ideally ones that advance the cause of free expression online and diminish the sway of authoritarian Woke Capital.

    • Replies: @anon
  170. @Hail

    This is the link to all your comments and replies to them

    Thanks, Hail. Much appreciated.

    I guess now my main remaining gripe is the ten-posting requirement to qualify for being able to LOL/Agree, etc. AFAIK, I’ve not received a response from Ron on that.

  171. Don’t change too much. This is by far the most important website on earth, with lewrockwell.com in second. Tragically there are no comment sections on Lew’s site. I greatly look forward to them here, the crowd being incredibly knowledgeable, anti-war, and entirely unplugged from main stream brainwashing and drivel without crossing into koo-koo land (lizard people, hillary is a robot or something). I am intensely grateful to have found this site, along with Lew’s site, antiwar.com and Tom Wood’s and Dave Smith’s shows, all of which rescued me from being a confused neocon who always thought something was sort of off with the prepackaged conservative bullet points I was parroting (Sowell randomly obsessing with attacking Iran in his interviews/writings, for example).

  172. tbd says:

    to Ron Unz.

    Hello Ron,

    1. Some of the worthy articles here, I want to save them with all the readers’ comments as a whole pdf document. But when I hit the print option and select “microsoft print to pdf ” option, I get only the article, without the readers’ comments. ( the readers’ comments are not displayed/captured under the article). Can you configure/code the articles such that I can “save” them with the readers comments as one whole pdf, when i do “microsoft print to pdf”.

    2. I want to email you my suggestion for an article topic, with some background info as to why I am suggesting it. What is your email?

    Thanks

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  173. Miro23 says:
    @Tusk

    Upvoting and downvoting is the fastest way to a horrible site.

    Agree with that. Some article writers are more interesting, same as some commenters are more interesting . The search function for a full listing of a someone’s comments is there if you need a better understanding of their viewpoint.

  174. Miro23 says:
    @Hail

    As for the think tank idea, the Unz Review should not do it directly (CNN, etc., do not directly run think tanks, either, of course) but certain kind(s) of think tank, which are pretty thin on the ground as of now, would be able to effectively use material published here.

    A free press and political action are different concepts.

    A free press (nothing like what we have now) has traditionally encouraged different viewpoints to help a reader make informed decisions.

    Political action comes after a decision has been reached and people form a party (lock onto a set of ideas) to enact policy.

    IMO Unz Review is concerned with the former – and actually deals with very varied viewpoints on most issues.

  175. Miggle says:
    @Carolyn Yeager

    Your last 4 comments have all been unnecessary indulgence on your part.

    It may be reasonable to say that concerning my “I also don’t use social media” comment. And this one. But I personally think you are going a bit far in saying that of all my “last 4 comments.”

    Only my vain personal opinion, of course.

    I would still urge Ron to stay with 4. And soften the Agree/Disagree/Troll etc. restrictions.

  176. @Justvisiting

    Yes it should be possible to exercise dignified restraint 😉

  177. Welp, I’m getting ads for IFCJ. Seriously, what’s next, NYANA?

  178. @The Scalpel

    I think the color of US currency is boring. It should be rainbow colored to reflect changes in society.

    Don’t worry, it’s coming. And how about police uniforms, military uniforms, battle flags?

  179. eah says:

    At the moment, it seems the site is ‘eating’ comments in the sense that after you publish a comment it disappears — there is no 5m editing window — however if/when approved later the comment is visible — ? — has anyone else experienced this?

    Comment moderation is somewhat onerous — seems if someone has time to moderate each and every comment, you can also later read each and every comment and delete anything offensive — I don’t see why something offensive that is only up for a very short while should be a problem.

    Commenting as ‘Anonymous[XXX]’ should not be allowed — not because anonymous commenting should not be allowed — but because a moniker/handle is just as anonymous — and anyone too dumb to realize that should not be commenting.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  180. JQ says:

    M. Unz,

    Your website opened my eyes to a reality that I considered absolutely nonsense only a few months back. I’ts a pill very hard to swallow, Im not completly sure about all this yet, but I enjoyed most and specially your own articles.

    I always understood that history, as told by ‘historians’, cannot
    be completly 100% accurate, but from having that opinion to feeling to have been completly lied to and cheated, it takes times to diggest.

    My only fear is that one day I might hit the “This page cannot be found” message.
    As I can I save your articles in pdf from time to time. My only humble suggestion would be to limit
    somehow the quality of the comments (even my own) as this dilutes the quality of the overall contents. Intelectually Im at the bottom of the barrel compared to you and other authors, and even most commenters, but I have read some that really have no place in this quality of material.

    Keep on going!

    • Disagree: Miggle
  181. JackOH says:

    Suggestion to Unz Review readers who haven’t done so already—

    “Sell” Unz Review. “Sell” to civic-minded folks in your circle of friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues, and others who you think might be interested. Keep it light, keep it friendly, let them decide if it’s their cuppa. Include a caution if you want, “Y’know, I don’t agree with everything . . .”.

    I’ve “sold” to a few folks, junior faculty and staffers, people who I think have grown up with standard-issue derivative thoughts. I think they come to appreciate the incisive analyses in the American Pravda series, Steve’s “noticings”, and so on. The comfortable, pat template inside their heads may not get shattered, but it’ll get shoved around a bit. That’s a good thing.

  182. Allow for direct inclusion of images interspersed in a post by allowing the upload of an image from the users computer, not some link to a foreign web site.

    A picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes an image succinctly delivers a message that can then be copied by the reader to upload again as they see fit to spread the message.

  183. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:

    Have you lost interest in the Videos? Two more of the channels (Brother Nathanael, Red Ice) have been banished from YouTube since this was launched, but there’s been no apparent effort to refresh access via the UR website.

  184. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    Minor technical problems on the mobile version (I have seen others comment on these occasionally so it is not only me):

    – The “Bloggers” button” and “Categories” buttons at the top of the main page, unz.com, have long been broken and unclickable on the mobile version. (They do work nicely at the bottom.)

    – “Columnists” and “Settings” sometimes do not work.

    On the Mobile top menu, those buttons opened popup windows, and although everything seemed to work fine on a couple of Mobile devices I tested, maybe they failed on others, with the system being unnecessary complex.

    Therefore, I’ve just replaced those with simple direct links to the Columnists, Bloggers, Categories pages, just like on the bottom menu, which should fix the problem.

    Also, I added a link to Search page in the Mobile “More…” popup, so Search should now be accessible in Mobile.

  185. anon[299] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mike in Boston

    It’s obvious that to create a revenue stream to support the site, Unz should create a sports venue with betting on sports contests.

    I suggest Mud Wrestling, and would nominate Fran Taubman vs Incitatus in an inaugural event.

    There would be
    — Admission fees
    — Betting pool
    — After-event comedy shows, also w/ admission fee

    Sheldon Adelson, suck.on.this.

    • Replies: @Tusk
  186. Please interview, post the name of Larry Silverstein’s never named 9/11 dermatolgist

  187. Saggy says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    By contrast, I started reading the Docherty/Macgregor Hidden History book earlier this year, and I found it so totally ridiculous, I gave up after just a couple of chapters.

    Say what? Would you mind supplying some justification for this remark? I haven’t read the book, but I did watch the Corbett Report’s two videos based on the book ….

    And, I do have my kid’s high school AP US history textbook … ‘The American Pageant’ by Kennedy, Cohen, which reads …

    War by Act of Germany
    Destiny dealt cruelly with Woodrow Wilson. The lover of peace, as fate would have it, was forced to lead a hesitant and peace loving nation to war.

    This is just pure idiocy. My take away from the Corbett series was that there was a Rothschild dominated cabal in Britain, the Round Table group, that wanted the war. This is just a fact. The last person who wanted a was the German Kaiser, and he did everything in his power to avoid it including last minute appeals to all the parties involved, also factual. The war was set in motion when the Russian Czar mobilized this military. Fact. And that the British marshaled a large group of prominent authors, including H.G. Wells, to write war propaganda that was pure fantasy, like this British poster …Also, Engdahl’s ‘Century of War’ gives the geopolitical reasons for the British instigation of the war, the shift of the navy from coal to oil, the German rail route into the middle east, etc.

    • Replies: @Peter Grafström
  188. Saggy says: • Website
    @Fran Taubman

    Wait you want to censor Hasbara!! but no one can censor you!!

    I don’t own the mainstream media and I don’t get to monitor Facebook, Google, Amazon, and YouTube. If I did I could live with being censored on Unz.

    If outright banning is too much for Unz.com, I suggest a new button for Hasbara.

  189. onebornfree says: • Website
    @Hail

    But but but but……. Garrison’s a “libertarian”,and we can’t have that here now, can we ? 🙂

    Regards, onebornfree

  190. Ron Unz says:
    @Nodwink

    Freethought Blogs has the ten most-recent articles grouped together on the sidebar of most pages there. I usually look for the ‘NEW!’ posts when I get to this site’s homepage, it would be helpful to have the same here

    On second thought, I don’t think this makes much sense. The most recent articles are flagged with NEW! for each columnist and the more substantial ones also listed by Category, all provided on the Sidebar. Since (excluding blog posts) we probably publish around 10 new pieces each day, how would a separate listing add anything?

    • Replies: @Nodwink
  191. onebornfree says: • Website
    @utu

    utu says: “While I am not sure where the redmudhooch person stands on the left-right spectrum”

    Have no fear, he/she is on the same idiotic, pro-state , pro-big government, pro-“government can solve the problem- whatever it is”, “side” as yourself. 🙂

    “Regards” onebornfree

  192. Don’t you think that your page has acquired a monomaniacal character? It is tiresome to read incessant screeches by losers about their supposed ill-treatment at the hands or behest of “the joos.” Speaking as one who is not Jewish but is smart enough to see the world as the messy and complex thing that it is, I find the medieval primitivism and Jew-hatred not only false but declasse.

    • Agree: Fran Taubman
    • Replies: @Simply Simon
    , @Saggy
  193. @Ron Unz

    The problem is that “hover” obviously doesn’t exist on Mobile devices, and if you click, you’ll go to the link.

    I figured that was the case. I guess there is no work-around.

    Don’t use Search. Just click on your own commenter Handle and you’ll get your Archive page, that shows all your recent comments, allowing you to check for replies and that sort of thing.

    Righto.

    But what about the 10 comment requirement in order to use Agree/LOL as brief positive feedback for comments one appreciates? I still don’t get the rationale.

  194. Saggy says: • Website

    Speaking as one who is not Jewish but is smart enough to see the world as the messy and complex thing that it is,

    At last someone who understands the world. Now, explain why the US has been bombing the ME daily, even during the Clinton years, for 30 years, dropping 40,000+ bombs in 2017 – https://www.vox.com/world/2018/1/30/16925544/trump-state-union-2018-military-2017 – and remember, it has nothing to do with “the joos”.

    Then, perhaps you will wake up.

    • Replies: @Pilgrim786
  195. @Saggy

    But, of course, it has nothing to do with a bloated and entrenched security state and its fabled “MIC,” or the pork and attendant votes provided by the MIC, nor does it have anything to do with Petrodollars and the wholesale bribery of the U.S. establishment (among other diverse causes.).

    No, the reason American Near East policy is in a self-destructive shambles is because “the joos” mind-control weak and pathetic Aryan-Supermen who would immediately wake up as if from a fever dream as soon as a bombastic comedian with questionable taste in facial hair is resurrected and “the joos” are dispatched in a manner akin to the holocaust (which, of course, never happened.).

    Fuck off, cunt. So tired of obsessive paranoiacs.

    • Replies: @Saggy
  196. Saggy says: • Website
    @Pilgrim786

    Fuck off, cunt. So tired of obsessive paranoiacs.

    Where is the Hasbara button when you need it?

    As for your argument, I thought you were agreeing with me till the last line ….. 🙂 … but now that I see you were not, I’ll give you and anyone interested a dissection of the ‘oil’ argument, that is, Israel Shamir will ….. “Hasbara – Blame it on the Wasps’ – http://www.israelshamir.net/Contributors/Contributor30.htm


    Thirdly, the baseline reality that needs to be considered when assessing America’s strategic interests in the Middle East is that the Jos has no oil whereas Arab/Islamic countries have a super-abundance of oil. Transparently, objectively, and overwhelmingly, America’s strategic interests lay with the Arab/Islamic world not with the Jos.

    …..Fourthly, Zunes promotes the traditional, left wing proposition that the foreign policies of America’s Wasp elite are preoccupied by oil. “Indeed, oil companies and the arms industry exert far more economic and ideological influence over Washington’s policy in the Persian Gulf region than does the Israel lobby.” He doesn’t bother to explain why America is preoccupied with oil only in the Middle East rather than in South America or Africa or Russia.

    • Replies: @Pilgrim786
  197. bjondo says:

    I haven’t figured out why
    many of my comments
    aren’t accepted.

    The ones deleted for
    caps, punc. understood.

    The others are curious.

    Can some clue be given?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  198. willem1 says:

    Even though I read a lot here that I don’t agree with, this is one of my favorite websites just as it is. What I like best is that its content is essentially uncensored, and it is unafraid to go against the prevailing orthodoxy.

    And this is just as it should be. Put those alternative viewpoints and versions of history up there, and let me decide which ones I do and don’t agree with.

    Also, love the HTML books–keep ’em coming. I recently read “Into the Darkness” here completely on-line, a thoroughly interesting and absorbing commentary I never would have been exposed to had it not been for this website. Some of it I had to take with a grain of salt and keep the background and known sympathies of the author in mind as I read, but the important thing is that his words were here to be evaluated, rather than just being cancelled by the “curators” of today’s history.

  199. Ron Unz says:
    @bjondo

    I haven’t figured out why
    many of my comments
    aren’t accepted.

    Well, I hate to be harsh, but anyone who examines your Commenter archive would notice that the overwhelming majority of your comments are quite short, weak in line-spacing/punctuation/capitalization, and generally rather content-free.

    This strongly suggests that you should put much more time and thought into your comments, in which case they’d be much more likely to be published.

    • Replies: @Nodwink
  200. @Saggy

    I apologize. It is entirely my fault for not reading your response properly and correctly. Once again, my most sincere apologies (we be of one blood, ye and I).

    This used to be a nice neighborhood. Then, for some immeasurably complex and probably irrelevant reason, its Jewish proprietor allowed it turn into a nest of medieval Jew hatred complete with “on the other hand” equivocation justifying the most scurrilous accusations against the Jews and their religion.

    I do love this site but primarily for Steve Sailer and Anatoly Karlin. Once in a while some non-obsessive types get to submit a well-written essay. However, this has become a cesspol, a ghetto even, of disaffected losers who want to reduce everything down to “the joos.” A slightly – very slight- more cerebral version of the TRS.biz guys.

    • Troll: Tusk
    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Cat Hierophant
  201. Ron Unz says:
    @tbd

    Some of the worthy articles here, I want to save them with all the readers’ comments as a whole pdf document. But when I hit the print option and select “microsoft print to pdf ” option, I get only the article, without the readers’ comments. ( the readers’ comments are not displayed/captured under the article). Can you configure/code the articles such that I can “save” them with the readers comments as one whole pdf, when i do “microsoft print to pdf”.

    Actually, I added that option to the system a year or two ago. Just append “?display=print-comments” to the page you’re working with, and the comments should remain visible when you print. For example, try:

    http://www.unz.com/tlynch/breakfast-at-tiffanys/?display=print-comments

  202. Charlie says:
    @Ron Unz

    You wonder if there might be advertisers concerned their brands appear embedded in some of the comment threads, e.g. an ad for Goldstein Bullion in a lively Giraldi thread.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  203. iffen says:
    @Ron Unz

    I know that I have made some nasty comments over the years, but I am truly sorry that your very important software work is not providing enough Benjamins and you have been forced to start accepting advertising Benjamins.

    Have you considered some sort of open comment/forum where interested commenters can take interesting threads that spin out of the comment sections but are not on topic for that article or post?

  204. @Pilgrim786

    Agree completely. I assume the Unz Review is a compilation of all the contributors, i.e, Fred Reed, Steve Sailer,etc., to the UR, so Mr Unz is not personally responsible for some of the nonsense that occasionally creeps into some of the articles. One of the conspiracy theories that completely galls me is the contention it was a missile rather than a commercial jet that hit the Pentagon. The evidence that it was Flight 77 is so overwhelming it defies logic that it could have been otherwise. Most of all it dishonors the memory of those killed or injured in that tragedy. I feel sure Theodore Olson whose wife Barbara died inside the aircraft would agree.
    At age 91 I may well be the oldest poster on UR, although a relative newcomer of two years or so. I am constantly amazed at the quality of the contents (my remarks above notwithstanding), and the extremely high intelligence of so many posters on such a large variety of subjects. Mr Unz is to be congratulated and praised for all his hard work in continuing such a worthy endeavor .

    • Agree: Hail
    • Replies: @Pilgrim786
  205. Johan says:
    @Anonymous

    Figured, this is a site with some substantial content, why make it easier for smartphone zombies, you know, attention span.. small screens…
    If in need to detour smartphone users, I have a littte piece of software which I call Zombie Detector 1.0, it reroutes them to a zombie-pit.

  206. @onebornfree

    You should fight him.

    With swords.

    • Agree: Anatoly Karlin
  207. Johan says:

    What we need is to have our email adresses in the database triple encrypted, for when shit hits the fan so to speak. Further more I recommend a backup of the system in Russia, if that is far and safe enough.

  208. Anonymous[165] • Disclaimer says:

    On the website: As one of the last redoubts of freedom of speech and the facilitator of the dissemination of banned material, I’d reccomend having a censorship plan. I’d include a static page available from a link at the top. It would include advice (or links) on VPNs and anonymous browsing. But most importatntly three things: 1) encourage readers and especially contributors of the website to get a *paid for* email account, preferaably encrypted (to avoid the future where even email contents are censored); 2) creating archives of your site and keeping them stashed in a sufficient number of locations; and 3) have a “quiet” email newsletter: create a sign-up form on your static page, have it go to a “thank you” landing page when you sign up, and then–crucially–never use it: not for ads, not for annoucements, not for article notifications, rather “radio silence.” But in the event of a major crackdown or a total loss of your website, use the newsletter to continue the flow of information. And because you never used it, the AI filters and censors will likely miss it, at least at first.

    • LOL: Ron Unz
  209. Johan says:

    A serious suggestion here: I don’t know about others, but this static 675 pixels wide article column is kind of narrow, narrow in all respects, it is as if things are squeezed into it, it is too narrow for the length of many articles (and often the amount of comments), it is a vast waste of horizontal space available on modern screens, and it causes that one has to scroll a great deal, which is quite irritating.
    On some pages with a lengthy article and lots of comments I definitely get tired of climbing up and down to search for things as the overview is bad, and the amount of scrolling too large.

    Why not a scaling width?

  210. Johan says:
    @peterAUS

    Politics is short sighted, the more real world it is, the more short current and hype dictated, which is soon outdated. Or as Oscar Wilde noted ‘modernity is always old fashioned’. Keep it broad, there is enough content which is soon outdated, also distribute cultural ideas and attack long lasting hoaxes.., ideas last, long lasting hoaxes take a great amount of time to destroy, the current dictate or real-world politics, whatever that actually means evaporates soon enough.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  211. Tusk says:
    @anon

    Anon, please do not hesitate to contact me for seed money. I would very much enjoy to see this match.

  212. refl says:
    @Ron Unz

    Even, if you don’t share the view, you might host the debate. In some comment some time ago, I found the remark, that Christopher Clarke’s book put the blame on the Slavs – Serbs and Russians – instead of the Germans, and that in doing so, he simply toed the more modern line to blame conflict in Europe and beyond on that non-Western power.
    I found this a very telling remark, because whenever you find an unorthodox view exposed in the mainstream media or historiography, you can take it as a given that the view has been sanitized and somehow prepared for use in modern day political debate. Christopher Clarke would not have made his career, if he had held views remotely close to “Hidden History”.

    And say, what you want about the book by Docherty/Macgregor, they have compiled a number of sources and hints to follow up on, that will not be dealt with in the mainstream. This could only be done by people who are ‘hobby-historians’. I have found the book in the hands of various people in Germany, who had found it separately. This hardly ever happenes with other Off-mainstream subjects. For the little that I know about the Russian perspective, the view that the Russian revolution was an attack against their country from the West is quite common there.

    Then, there are the deep links between the two world wars and beyond, like the history of the Balfour declaration, the colaboration between American capitalists and various groups in the revolution etc. So, without adopting any such perspective for oneself, there would be enough material to draw from.

  213. @Simply Simon

    Undoubtedly, sir, there is high-quality commentary and writing. But it is eclipsed by the monomaniacs who have all but hijacked this site.

    The “home” page will, on any given day, feature highlighted essays by raving losers reminding you for the umpteenth time that Jews and wicked and Israel is a demon state (though they are rarely as measured and concise as the preceding sentence.).

    I used to enjoy Mr. Reed’s essays until he was done in by solipsism. His incessant prattling about the glories of Hispanicization which flies in the face of plain old patriotism and concomitant attacks on all those who have the chutzpah to notice the nose at the end their face is grating.

    I enjoy Mr. Unz’s “novella” length essays insofar as they introduce me to “bad-thoughts” and bad-thought writers. However, there is a danger of having a mind so open that one’s brain falls out.

    I maintain that this site’s real draw is the presence of Mr. Sailer and Mr. Karlin. May they live long & prosper!

    So, ninety-one, and stil “poasting!” Mazel tov, sir!

  214. @Charlie

    Would you trust to buy bullion from Mr. Goldstein? Even the US government sold fake gold bars out of Fort Knox to PR China.

    https://www.americanfreepress.net/html/fort_knox_conundrum__208.html

  215. @Ron Unz

    I think a message warning us about them would be / would have been welcome.

    To me it was quite jarring to see advertising in what had been a blissfully pristine space of pure content.

    I don’t object to advertising but a warning or explanation is what I looked for immediately in the “Announcements” section.

    Not seeing it I worried that maybe something or someone had been hacked.

    Now finding an explanation in the 92nd comment, I am slightly reassured.

    But let’s be honest, advertising, especially the Google kind, is not a very welcome intrusion. It can be understood, it’s nothing exceptional, but its sudden appearance warrants an explanation, in my humble opinion.

    • Replies: @European-American
  216. @eah

    At the moment, it seems the site is ‘eating’ comments in the sense that after you publish a comment it disappears — there is no 5m editing window — however if/when approved later the comment is visible — ? — has anyone else experienced this?

    Yeah, it just started a couple days ago, and is quite annoying to those of us who are used to being able to proofread our posts within the five-minute edit window.

    • Replies: @eah
  217. @Ron Unz

    I suggested delving into World War One because I find it hard to believe that what we were told about World War One is all more or less true after finding out that the history leading up to, during and after World War Two is full of major lies, distortions, myths and omissions. I learned a lot from reading the American Pravda articles and I was hoping I would be able to repeat the experience by reading some American Pravda articles on World War One.

    • Agree: Carolyn Yeager
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  218. Republic says:

    Ron Unz:

    Do you have any figures for website traffic from other countries besides the US, Canada or the UK?

  219. peterAUS says:
    @Johan

    This place is just an online pub. Nothing more, nothing less.

    The owner and people around/behind him do know should they try to do anything more they’ll be dealt with. And some of us here too, probably.

    I just know that all this “online presence” as we speak, anywhere, won’t make any difference in real life until we step up a bit. That think tank, IMHO, is a good starting point.

    I am sure we’ll see that sooner or later, somewhere.
    Hopefully, sooner.

    Imagine an open letter written by the best minds of alt-right, especially about immigration, jobs and the general plight of Whites from middle class down. The stuff which got Trump in the White House in the first place. What is going on, where it is likely to keep going if not checked and really, the most important, HOW to prevent/reverse it.
    Hehe…”we”are quite good, even here, about the first and second. No idea about where it really matters, though. The third.

    Makes you think, maybe.

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
  220. @Ron Unz

    You’re not reading the right books. The Sleepwalkers is dead wrong – must have been written to make money. Some reading:
    http://www.anthonyflood.com/barnesamericafirstworldwar.htm

    “The Genesis of the World War” (1926) – find at https://www.amazon.com/Genesis-World-Harry-Elmer-Barnes/dp/B000OYGCEA

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  221. Early May says:

    Please…put a date after each article posted. It is SO annoying to have all these articles posted with NO date. It’s standard journalistic practice to include a DATE that an article was posted !!!!!!

  222. Early May says:

    To clear up my previous comment: the main page should have a date after each article blurb, so that I can easily see which articles are the newest, which are a few days old, and which are older.

    It’s very confusing to see all these little blurbs/links for articles demanding my attention, with insufficient information for me to discern which I may want to click on and read. I tend to want to read the newest articles, so if each blurb/link were dated, I could focus on the latest articles. Thank you.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  223. In general, my thought is that the content is great while the cosmetics appear a bit dated (the serif fonts, the somewhat cluttered presentation, etc). Of course the content is what counts and the somewhat old fashioned look is part of your charm, so not to worry too much.

    I saw your reply to the comment on the ads and your stance seems reasonable. Try them out, see if they work and how much they bring in. This is a great website and readers should not begrudge you trying to offset some of the expense in maintaining it.

    One thing that I have wondered about is the restriction on Agrees/Disagrees to fairly active commenters. I throw in the occasional comment but for the most part I lurk, or at least have until now. I realize you want to prevent random trolls from popping in and polluting the site with spurious balloting but perhaps consider lowering the minimal level of comments from ten to something like five (or you pick it).

    Additionally, and this is a business practice suggestion as opposed to a website workflow / appearance comment, I hope that you have implemented a robust site backup regime and some bulletproof security protocols. If this site becomes too popular you might need them. (Adding HTTPS would also be a good thing.)

    Finally, I hope you are getting some help and are not doing this all yourself. If nothing else bringing along a young associate (or three) will provide some continuity should you be laid up for a while. And the world turns, unfortunately.

    And finally finally … thanks.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  224. Yevardian says:
    @Ron Unz

    Scarcity lends value, and I think the Reaction buttons on this website carry vastly more weight than if people could use them much more frequently.

    I think they are fine as they, 1 per 24-48 hours seems ideal to me.

    If I am just skimming through a comment section, putting ‘Endorsed Only’ is good cheap and dirty filter, and would be pointless to use if buttons were used more commonly than they are already.

  225. Ron Unz says:
    @Pericles

    5. When clicking on an existing comment, I often end up only in a location near the comment, presumably because the various images and such are expanded while the article loads and the text thus scrolls away. Not sure how to fix that but it would be nice.

    The location positioning is handled by Javascript, and I added a second positioning delayed by 3 sec, that should normally give the images time to expand and render. While it’s probably not perfect on especially image-heavy threads, it seems to generally get you pretty close to the correct location.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  226. Ron Unz says:
    @Early May

    Please…put a date after each article posted. It is SO annoying to have all these articles posted with NO date. It’s standard journalistic practice to include a DATE that an article was posted !!!!!!

    * * *

    To clear up my previous comment: the main page should have a date after each article blurb, so that I can easily see which articles are the newest, which are a few days old, and which are older.

    It’s very confusing to see all these little blurbs/links for articles demanding my attention, with insufficient information for me to discern which I may want to click on and read. I tend to want to read the newest articles, so if each blurb/link were dated, I could focus on the latest articles. Thank you.

    You seem a newcomer to the website, ignorant and clueless.

    I assume you’re referring to the Home page or Sidebar, since articles pretty much everywhere else do display their dates, but I’m certainly not going to waste the precious space in those places.

    Articles or posts marked with “New!” are generally a couple of days old, and probably about a dozen are usually so marked. Next, the articles listed in each Category on the Sidebar are among the most recent, and that’s another dozen or so. Each blogger or columnist-slot displays his most recent articles, ordered by date. Finally, the first 15-20 articles listed on the left of the Home page are generally the most recent featured and usually recently published.

    So the “New!” flags alone and the categories give you a couple of dozen recent articles to read, which should be plenty.

    • Replies: @Erebus
  227. Saggy says: • Website

    We have also expanded our coverage a bit, publishing the articles and archives of eminent Russia scholar Prof. Stephen Cohen

    This is a wonderful thing, now we will all be able to read what the CFR wants us to read as soon as it’s published. I just came across this ‘last internet communication’ of Julian Assange

    and we can see Cohen’s wife, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and ‘The Nation’ that she publishes, right at the highest level, #3.

  228. Ron Unz says:
    @Pilgrim786

    This used to be a nice neighborhood. Then, for some immeasurably complex and probably irrelevant reason, its Jewish proprietor allowed it turn into a nest of medieval Jew hatred complete with “on the other hand” equivocation justifying the most scurrilous accusations against the Jews and their religion.

    Well, I’d be the first to admit that this website attracts lots of worthless, quarrelsome, and even deranged commenters.

    But I was a little curious about your exceptionally high standards, so I clicked your Handle and browsed the 30-odd comments in your archive. I was quite unimpressed.

    As far as I can tell, you’re just a crude and rather ignorant WN, or at least pretending to be. All you do is endlessly rant about non-whites and immigrants, while regularly denouncing “anti-Semitism” and all criticism of Israel.

    You seem to almost never contribute anything worthwhile and I really think you’d be much happier at Breitbart or maybe American Renaissance…

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
    • LOL: Tusk
    • Replies: @Pilgrim786
    , @Anonymous
  229. Ron Unz says:
    @Carolyn Yeager

    You’re not reading the right books. The Sleepwalkers is dead wrong – must have been written to make money. Some reading:
    http://www.anthonyflood.com/barnesamericafirstworldwar.htm

    Well, Barnes was certainly one of America’s leading WWI historians, so I took a look at your link. But glancing through the 4,000 article, I didn’t see anything I hadn’t already vaguely known or with which I would disagree.

    I’m hardly a WWI expert, but as far as I can tell, there’s virtually nothing in The Sleepwalkers that Barnes or any of his circle would have strongly disputed, so I wonder if you’ve ever even looked at that book. You seem an extremely quarrelsome individual, so I’d hardly be surprised if you go around denouncing books you’ve never looked at.

    Regarding the Docherty/Macgregor book, which I found so ridiculously “conspiratorial” that I gave up reading it after just a couple of chapters, I guess I’ll need to explicitly quote what I wrote in that previous comment I’d linked upthread:

    As near as I can tell, their “revolutionary” hypothesis is that near the end of the 19th century a small group of individuals near the top of Britain formed a “secret society” with the central goal of greatly enhancing the power and wealth of the British Empire, sometimes using ruthless or dishonest means, and permanently dominate the world.

    Is that really so remarkable? Suppose the “secret society” had never been formed? Wouldn’t we naturally assume that the normal, run-of-the-mill leaders of Britain would be doing their best to enhance the power and wealth of the British Empire? Wouldn’t it be much more shocking if they weren’t?

    Should someone write a book: “Top executives at Google are secretly trying to expand Google’s wealth and power and gain dominance over the entire Internet.” Or “Top executives at Goldman Sachs are secretly trying to expand Goldman’s wealth and power and permanently dominate Wall Street.”

    Neither Docherty nor Macgregor seem professional historians, and they’re certainly correct in attempting to refute the “legend of German villainy,” but I think that lots and lots of professional historians have already done that.

    Decades ago, my ordinary high school texts emphasized that one of the main factors behind WWI was Britain’s fears of a rising Germany. And it’s also true that another major factor was Germany’s fears of a rising Russia. Historians have endlessly argued about the relative weighting of all these different factors, but everyone’s certainly aware of them.

    http://www.unz.com/ishamir/do-spies-run-the-world/#comment-3231465

    • Replies: @Carolyn Yeager
    , @Saggy
  230. Ron Unz says:
    @Philadelphian

    In general, my thought is that the content is great while the cosmetics appear a bit dated (the serif fonts, the somewhat cluttered presentation, etc). Of course the content is what counts and the somewhat old fashioned look is part of your charm, so not to worry too much.

    One thing to bear in mind is the very considerable amount of content being offered on both the Home page and the Sidebar, including all recently featured articles, the numerous columnists and bloggers, and the various other things. Obviously, things could be made much less “cluttered” if I removed half the material, but I’m not sure that’s a good trade-off.

    Lots of other websites devote far more of their space to large images, but that means they can present far fewer article links in the same space.

    Which webzines would you regard as particularly well laid-out?

  231. @Pilgrim786

    … this has become a cesspol, a ghetto even, of disaffected losers who want to reduce everything down to “the joos.”

    In a couple of years of reading comments on Unz.com, I don’t recall even one critic of Jews or Israel using the spelling “joos.” You are implying that counter-Jew arguments are the province of illiterates. That is not only an ad hominem but a fake one.

    • Replies: @Pilgrim786
  232. Anonymous[153] • Disclaimer says:
    @Real History

    Absolutely not. WWII was certainly a pivotal event in world history and essentially the origin of the current crisis of Western civilization, being as the inversion of everything the nazis have ever done has become the cornerstone of secular morality, but the world has moved on so dramatically since WWII that it’s a far more productive to focus on events in WWII’s wake rather than its prelude. All political writing is written to achieve goals, to change society in some way (if not a person wouldn’t be motivated to write it). Consequently all political writing can be judged on the basis of its impact, how deep it goes in addressing relevant problems and providing useful knowledge for those desiring to change society, becoming increasingly less impactful the more it becomes detached from the present.

    While WWI led to the downfall of monarchies and ushered in socialist experiments, these developments were inevitable regardless of whether there had been a war, as monarchies were simply too inefficient to meet the increasingly complex demands of the population and as socialism, especially when the majority of the population was unquestionably exploited, was just too appealing at the turn of the 20th century. WWI may have been a traumatic and important event in the course of human history, but it was not a transformation one, it didn’t readjust the framework of human morality and it should be correctly viewed as one views the Franco-Prussian war and earlier conflicts, as meaningful, but certainly not fundamental.

    Mr. Unz would much more effectively use his talents to analyze topics like: the decline of American conservatism, the elite transition to meritocracy and its impact on society (which is not always positive!), the shifting of power from the government to corporations after the Cold War and its consequences, the strategy of ethno-nationalist governments in Europe to retain their sovereignty, the effect of lobbying on harming Americans, particularly the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries, whether Chinese hegemony would be better for the world, the impact of intermarriage and secularization on Jewish power in America, how the media gaslights people into accepting liberal consensus positions and methods Republican and White holdouts in California use to exclude non-Whites (aside from exorbitant home prices). This is an incomplete list of some meaty and relevant topics I rarely see addressed in detail anywhere, especially from a non-leftist perspective.

    • Disagree: Saggy, Zumbuddi
    • Replies: @Zumbuddi
  233. I’m not sure if anyone else has mentioned this; I have yet to peruse the 200 + comments corresponding to this blog entry, but even if the point I’d like to make has already been raised, I think it still contributes value to evince the frequency of the said sentiment, which in my case is this: I think it’d be interesting to have a private message feature corresponding to accounts. Of course, this would require a non trivial augmentation of username-account infrastructure. But sometimes I examine the post history of specific contributors and I would like to ask them about specific points, solicit specific references, or I see that they inhabit the same region as I do and I would be inclined to reach out to them further. This might not be practical to implement and there are certain drawbacks to consider, but I figure I shall at least mention it.

    • Replies: @anon
  234. Biff says:

    Suggestions

    Need more moderators on this side of the planet(east Asia).

  235. @Ron Unz

    I’d already read that. But you had said earlier that your view of WWI was ‘pretty orthodox’ which means to me that Germany was at fault. You also said “The Sleepwalkers” had nothing much different that what you read in your high school textbooks. I would say that doesn’t sound too promising.

    Docherty nor Macgregor …[are] certainly correct in attempting to refute the “legend of German villainy,” but I think that lots and lots of professional historians have already done that.

    Not so much that I’ve noticed, but as you’ve already pointed out, I’m not well-read in mainstream history. But I don’t think it’s correct that ” it’s also true that another major factor was Germany’s fears of a rising Russia.” Not a major factor at the time even though Russia was looking for expansion of territory – it wanted access to the Mediterranean – as it always has done. Maybe you should take a look at Barnes’ “The Genesis of the World War.” It would be nice if you made it into one of your PDFs.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  236. Rinsi says: • Website

    Knowledge is power. Global awakening, solidarity, resistance, peace and prosperity !!!

    Please do translate the site into multiple languages, just like Mintpressnews !!!

    Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, etc

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/

    https://mintpressnews.cn/

    https://mintpressnews.ru/

    https://mintpressnews.es/

  237. Miggle says:
    @Ron Unz

    Personally, unless you’re buying things with credit cards, I don’t really see why https is necessary.

    Me neither.

  238. Miggle says:
    @Ron Unz

    Yes, that’s a nasty problem but a pretty difficult one to fix.

    Sir, thanks for acknowledging that. But: If you make the opposite change to the one you’re considering, go from a 4/hr to 8/hr limit instead of 4/hr to 3/hr, that pretty difficult one is fixed.

    You will know what damage continuing, squabbling argument and reply does. But the 4 to 3 change seems, to this ignoramus, pointless. I don’t think the 2327 comments of American Pravda: Holocaust Denial would double with an 8/hr limit. I even think that number is one of your impressive credentials.

  239. eah says:
    @Mr McKenna

    So you are experiencing it too; interesting — I use a Chrome-based browser (link), and have been accessing the site mostly with a tablet running Win10Pro64 — I did a quick check and tried with the MSFT Edge browser, and with Edge I again see the 5m editing window — ?? — go back to the Iron browser: no 5m editing window — check Iron to make sure JavaScript is enabled: it is — so still not sure what is going on — ?? — it is annoying though — as you say, the behavior only started recently.

    What browser do you use?

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  240. @Ron Unz

    If one is alert enough to be worried that one may lose one’s bons mots with the great put down witticism that may never come back to mind one should simply do a two click Select All and Copy then paste it in (say) Samsung notes so that one can bore all UR readers later.

  241. Erebus says:
    @Ron Unz

    I assume you’re referring to the Home page or Sidebar, since articles pretty much everywhere else do display their dates…

    On my browser, only the “Bloggers” section (on the right side) on the Home Page includes dates. Nowhere else does a date appear, and it’s been that way for some months now.

    I assume that’s the “Sidebar”.

  242. @Ron Unz

    No offense, But your website could use a new layout by a graphic designer or someone more visual which you are not.
    It is not a specific item or suggestion. The entire layout is chaotic. Like the flag “new” these type of notations can be done with color and or type size.
    Let me know if you need help.

  243. JackOH says:

    Suggestion: Ron, have you thought of having a literary person–English lit doctoral student, struggling post-doc, junior prof–take a look at Unz Review with a critical eye?

    Serious. I’ve sometimes come away from an essay thinking something like “elegant presentation of difficult material”. Steve’s style I’ve thought of as “psychologically economical”. In other words, amateur literary judgments on my part.

    I’m not sure getting a literary evaluation of UR is a rotten idea. Not sure if it’s a great idea. Thought I’d get it out there.

  244. Saggy says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    Your ‘argument’ is a non-argument.

    As near as I can tell, their “revolutionary” hypothesis is that near the end of the 19th century a small group of individuals near the top of Britain formed a “secret society” with the central goal of greatly enhancing the power and wealth of the British Empire, sometimes using ruthless or dishonest means, and permanently dominate the world.

    Is that really so remarkable?

    Yes, it is really so remarkable as it was sponsored by the Rothschilds and even more so as it was successful and resulted in a most destructive war in history to that time, the first war fought with modern weapons.

    If we correctly see WW I as being the first half of the world war against Germany, it is even more remarkable. If D and M are correct this cabal is the most destructive in history and it isn’t finished yet.

    Maybe we should start paying attention.

  245. Anon[297] • Disclaimer says:

    To help limit how quickly articles accrue comments, consider allowing a single comment to respond to multiple earlier posts.

  246. Nodwink says:
    @Ron Unz

    I think there are enough long-winded comments here at UR, the last thing we need here are more rantings and ravings from the unhinged.

    • Disagree: Miggle
  247. Zumbuddi says:
    @Anonymous

    The bilge that American schoolchildren are taught about WWII amounts to psychological warfare; it needs to be refuted and corrected — perhaps defeated is a better word, since this is information warfare and we must not cede the battle to a pernicious ememy.

  248. @Ron Unz

    Well, now you are asking me to think, which is hardly fair. 🙂

    I went and took a look at other ‘interesting blogs’ (that is the bookmark tab name I use for websites like yours, whether they can be strictly categorized as blogs or not) and you have a good point. I looked at The Hill, Reason, The Federalist, Newsbusters, Quillette, Project Syndicate, and some others and – while they are generally more aesthetically pleasing – their ‘information density’ is a lot lower. More white space, bigger fonts, more and larger graphics, etc.

    Your site is unique, at least as measured against these, in that you host a very wide number of authors and they publish on a fairly frequent basis. No doubt even in the current format you have your work cut out for you fitting all of this into the site as they come flooding in each day. Among the sites mentioned above, perhaps Project Syndicate is the closest analogue, in that it too hosts a wide stable of writers who each hold forth on their area of interest. But its organization is much different, categorizing by topic instead of author, which I have to think imposes at least a little more work on the website administrator. And since my impression is that you run a pretty lean shop there the amount of day-to-day website massaging needed to incorporate content surely is a strong consideration.

    I will keep my eye out for other sites that might have some lessons to offer but right now I am having a tough time pointing to something clearly superior. Either you make things look nicer by lowering the density on the home page, most likely through a tab organization, or you don’t. But such a change would require an additional click to get the article of interest. So it is a tough problem.

    But one final suggestion: have you considered a non-serif font? It has been a while since I have read a website style guide but I seem to remember something about preferring sans-serif fonts as a general practice. Might be an easy way to sharpen things up. On the other hand the Times Roman font probably has become something of a trademark at this point, so there is that.

    Thanks for reading.

  249. anon[299] • Disclaimer says:
    @blackbodies

    But sometimes I examine the post history of specific contributors and I would like to ask them about specific points, solicit specific references, or I see that they inhabit the same region as I do and I would be inclined to reach out to them further.

    Are you suggesting, as I believe, that it’d be good to be able to connect more directly with certain commenters, maybe even arrange a face-to-face meeting.

    PeterAus @16 said “start w/ a think tank” (or something like that) — only way to have an impact.

    Direct communication would be a first step in that direction.

    BUT — a. there ARE ways to communicate directly with a commenter who signals he’s open to communication by posting his website: the Identification field includes space for a website to the right of “pseudonymic handle.”

    b. Information on this Forum has facilitated participation in a number of conferences and other in-person discussions, where the beginnings of networks can and have taken place. For example, those who are concerned with Israel Lobby’s overbearing influence on US foreign policy find like-minded spirits at the annual conference hosted by Institute for Research – Middle East Policy (IRMEP) https://www.irmep.org/about/default.asp

    National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel “Special Relationship”
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMIAhiAj2XyKtl89n6pdxyQ

    IRMEP is the same group that publishes Washington Report on Middle East Affairs — WRMEA — https://www.wrmea.org/israel/palestine/

    • Replies: @blackbodies
  250. @Ron Unz

    Mr. Unz:

    I troll the trolls, what can I say. I am always polite and try to be thoughtful when writing on Mr. Sailer’s pieces since he seems to attract the best commentators.

    Other times, the underlying essay, and the element it attracts provides an irresistible opportunity to troll.

    When Mr. Reed expounds on the glory of utterly failed and bankrupt Latin American “culture.”

    When any of the political writers announce, for the millionth time, that the Jews and Israel are to blame for them falling behind on their mortgage payments.

    When even your (seemingly) itinerant travel and culture writer makes it his business to bring Judaism and Israel (and of course “ZOG”) into almost essay.

    Trolling in these circumstances is not only a pleasurable way to pass the time, it is also an excellent way to “rustle the jimmies.”

    • Replies: @anonymous
  251. @Cat Hierophant

    I am implying that monomaniacal focus on a community is a sign of bad faith and/or mental illness.

    • Replies: @Johan
  252. anonymous[299] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pilgrim786

    91-yrs old and still got that zing —

    Trolling in these circumstances is not only a pleasurable way to pass the time, it is also an excellent way to “rustle the jimmies.”

    monomaniacal focus on a community is a sign of bad faith and/or mental illness.

    a (((trope))) that was old when the Bolsheviks repeated it —

    We are grateful to Ron Unz for having provided a means to swiftly avoid witnessing as you pleasure yourself

    IGNORE COMMENTER

    Any chance you and Wizard of Oz know each other? Wiz recently opined https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-understanding-world-war-ii/#comment-3512902:

    “I can felicitously connect that experience with watching a History Channel production of WAGTV “True Evil: thr making of a Nazi – Albert Speer”.

    (Pay no attention to the misspelling; Wiz sometimes gets his apps mixed up with his applesauce.)

    Perhaps you two could pass some pleasurable jimmie time together and spare the rest of us your trolling.

    • Agree: Carolyn Yeager
    • Replies: @Pilgrim786
  253. Pericles says:
    @Ron Unz

    It seems to work better now, so problem basically sorted. Thanks.

    For future use, I expect that a slow connection will need more than 3 seconds to render a page with images. I’m not a Javascript nor browser wizard (I don’t even know which js framework you’re using) but you could also look into the various ways available to run things once a page has fully loaded.

    https://stackoverflow.com/questions/582437/how-to-hook-the-dom-loaded-event

  254. Wally says:
    @Anonymous

    – Obviously you are frustrated & enraged by the fact that you cannot refute what I have posted regarding the fake “holocaust”, hence your call to censor me. But I am just the messenger.

    – Of course there are actually others here who have posted more on that subject than myself, AND my comments are always in response to either the article under discussion or someone else’s comments, like, well, yours.

    – Statistically speaking, most of my comments here have nothing to do with the fake “holocaust”. I assume your rage and frustration has blinded you to that fact, aka: tunnel vision.

    – Those denouncing the fake & impossible “holocaust” are growing by leaps & bounds and Ron Unz is facilitating that growth by writing / publishing articles on that sensitive topic. As is said, ‘the truth hurts’.

  255. Pericles says:
    @Ron Unz

    The reason for it is that a certain fraction of the images linked from external websites were using “http” and they didn’t render properly in https mode, which left holes on the pages. But maybe I’ll check if that problem has been fixed, and if so, we’ll finally switch the default to https.

    I had a look at this, which is apparently called ‘mixed mode’ in the business. In essence, for security reasons an https page shouldn’t load content via http. As far as I could see at a quick scan, the ‘fix’ is to rewrite occurrences of http-links everywhere into using https.

    If you’re using WordPress, there seem to be plugins to do this for you (like https://really-simple-ssl.com/ perhaps?). I have no experience with any of them.

    Another approach might be to proxy http links through a service written by you. This avoids the problem of http content that is not available over https but of course requires more resources.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  256. Pericles says:
    @Ron Unz

    Personally, unless you’re buying things with credit cards, I don’t really see why https is necessary.

    In general, you can run into problems when ‘active content’, like CSS and Javascript files, gets replaced by a bad guy. Also, sending cookies in cleartext (http) opens the possibility of someone else reading them and using them. (Might not be a problem if the cookies do not have critical content like identity/login.) I’m sure there are more problems.

    https://blog.cloudflare.com/fixing-the-mixed-content-problem-with-automatic-https-rewrites/

    Also, ISPs and suchlike can rewrite cleartext pages. Here is an example from 2012.

    After some sleuthing, Mr. Watt, who has a background in developing Web advertising tools, realized that the quirk was not confined to his site. The hotel’s Internet service was secretly injecting lines of code into every page he visited, code that could allow it to insert ads into any Web page without the knowledge of the site visitor or the page’s creator. (He did not actually see any such ads.)

    https://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/courtyard-marriott-wifi/

    • Agree: Dissident
  257. @anonymous

    “anonymous (if that is, in fact, your name),” you have me confused with the gentleman I responded to on a prior thread. He was ninety-one, I am in my thirties.

    Monomaniacal obsession with any community, blacks, whites, neanderthals, whatever, is a sign of mental illness.

    You dig?

    • Replies: @anonymous
  258. Ron Unz says:
    @Pericles

    I had a look at this, which is apparently called ‘mixed mode’ in the business. In essence, for security reasons an https page shouldn’t load content via http. As far as I could see at a quick scan, the ‘fix’ is to rewrite occurrences of http-links everywhere into using https.

    Actually, I fixed all those issues in the code about a year or more ago, and could now switch the website over to https as the default.

    The problem is that the website is *big* and has many, many hundreds of thousands of individual pages, so for performance reasons most of those pages are cached as static HTML pages, and most of those cached pages still use the http mode for images. Therefore, I’d have to rebuild them all, which would take a great deal of time, and I’d like to wait until I have other major changes that require that process.

    And I *still* think https is pretty useless unless you’re buying things with credit cards.

  259. Ron Unz says:
    @Carolyn Yeager

    I’d already read that. But you had said earlier that your view of WWI was ‘pretty orthodox’ which means to me that Germany was at fault.

    That’s a very strange position to take. The Sleepwalkers, which I mentioned, certainly didn’t focus on German villainy, and it was glowingly reviewed in the NYT+WSJ. In 1999, Niall Ferguson published The Pity of War, which became a classic and established his reputation as a leading historian, and it also hardly blamed Germany. I doubt Barnes or his friends would much disagree with either of those books.

    And if some of the most widely-praised mainstream histories on WWI over the last couple of decades don’t blame Germany then I’m really not sure what you’re talking about. By contrast, my American Pravda articles and the books they reference on WWII would be ultra, ultra controversial and their perspectives totally excluded from the MSM.

    Not so much that I’ve noticed, but as you’ve already pointed out, I’m not well-read in mainstream history.

    Well, if you emphasize that you never read mainstream history books like the The Sleepwalkers then it’s pretty silly to ferociously denounce them unseen. You’re just destroying your credibility, and demonstrating that you’re just a very quarrelsome individual.

    • Replies: @Carolyn Yeager
  260. anonymous[299] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pilgrim786

    “You dig?”


    Fascinating that Unz Forum has mental health diagnosticians on board.
    Qualifications??

    • Replies: @Pilgrim786
  261. Ron Unz says:
    @Philadelphian

    I looked at The Hill, Reason, The Federalist, Newsbusters, Quillette, Project Syndicate, and some others and – while they are generally more aesthetically pleasing – their ‘information density’ is a lot lower. More white space, bigger fonts, more and larger graphics, etc.

    Well, I looked at a few of those websites, and the content-density on their Home page seems 60-70% lower, which really is a huge difference. Basically, you need to scroll down much, much further to see the same number of article-links, which is inconvenient, and presumably they disappear from the Home page much more rapidly. I’m always open to suggestions, but for now I think my choice is a reasonable one.

    I did notice that most other webzines seem to have shifted to sans-serif fonts, so maybe I should give some thought to that, though I can’t quite see that it’s a high priority.

    • Replies: @Miggle
  262. Saggy says: • Website
    @Pilgrim786

    I find the medieval primitivism

    Anyone who posts anything resembling the truth about what is happening today expects hasbara trolls as a matter of course, so, we’re generally prepared. So if you want to do an effective job you’ll need better control of your source material, and probably should avoid mentioning ‘medieval primitivism’ as what we are witnessing in Israel is closer to iron age (1000-500 BC) primitivism. I’m referring to the current frenzied effort in Israel to find a suitable red heifer to sacrifice to yahweh to facilitate the return of the mashiach, who will conquer all the nations of the rule and enslave the goyim, ushering in the Olam Ha Ba, the world to come. And you thought ritual sacrifice was a thing of the distant past ! This vid explains

    [MORE]

    This is mainstream Judaism, and is taught to children in grade school as you’ll discover watching this short vid …



    • Agree: Ron Unz
    • Replies: @Pilgrim786
  263. @Philadelphian

    … I seem to remember something about preferring sans-serif fonts as a general practice.

    For print publications, it is widely accepted that sans serif fonts are hard on the eyes for body text. (Okay for very short text or headlines, but many designers don’t like mixing serif and sans serif.) I have read no studies about online typography, but I suspect the same applies; one of the few things I dislike about the Z Blog (http://thezman.com/wordpress/) is the sans serif lettering for semi-long copy.

    As for the template, I don’t see a problem and prefer more teasers and links on the main page versus having to drill down by clicking tabs or section headers. As it stands I can see at a glance or with minimal scrolling what is on offer, and not just the latest entries. This is one case where “cleaner” might be more visually appealing but less functional.

    Your site is the best political and social commentary on the Internet. I would be wary of changing the format without a clear and present advantage.

    • Replies: @Philadelphian
  264. JackOH says:

    “For print publications, it is widely accepted that sans serif fonts are hard on the eyes for body text. (Okay for very short text or headlines, but many designers don’t like mixing serif and sans serif.)”

    Cat, that’s also my recollection from my ad shop days.

  265. anonymous[299] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pilgrim786

    “Signs of mental illness” and “being sane,” are not trivial matters in a climate that would pass legislation requiring a psychological background check in order to exercise 2nd Amendment rights in USA.

    When you are in your 40s, the youngsters in the videos in #264 will be of age to own and use high-powered weapons. Perhaps you have children the same age as these youngsters. They will be peers in their adulthood.

    Based on what the video indicates they are being taught, would you want them to live in the USA and possess powerful weapons?

    Would you want your daughter to marry a person who believes that “gentiles are not human”?

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/comments-complaints-and-suggestions/#comment-3519347

    If you are the standard of “being sane,” do you consider it a sign of mental illness to believe that “non-Jews are not human,”

  266. @Saggy

    I for one am awaiting, with tumescent anticipation, “… a suitable red heifer to sacrifice to yahweh to facilitate the return of the mashiach, who will conquer all the nations of the rule and enslave the goyim, ushering in the Olam Ha Ba, the world to come.”

    Citation needed doesn’t even begin to cover this.

    I am sure you sincerely believe that the Israelis and Israelites ate your homework, shat in your bed, and gave you halitosis.

    I, for one, do not ascribe super-human powers to, well, human beings. This world is a messy place poorly managed by (mostly) sociopathic men who constantly conspire with diverse actors to stay -nay, grow – in power and influence.

    Some play that game better than others and your favorite tribe appears to be an advanced level player. “Hate the game, not the playa, foo’!”

    • Replies: @Saggy
  267. I feel that I am in some discarded Twilight Zone episode locked in with an alien being that will not quit talking using a voice not unlike Tamilians at dinner even though it knows that the sound is driving me to the very edge of madness and beyond.

    I really, really don’t think about the Heebs are much as you guys do. This is Mr. Unz’s site and he can do with it as he pleases. He asked for comments and suggestions and I offered mine.

    I am no social worker or preacher. I have no interest in helping anybody abandon their self-defeatist and loserly positions and poses. Please, have at it, hate on the Yids in a fashion that is the mirror-image of worshiping them as some sort of supernatural Lovecraftian deity.

    I’m trying to read Mr. Karlin’s novella-length essay on the Fermi theorem and beyond. Ta!

    • LOL: Ron Unz
    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Tusk
  268. Saggy says: • Website
    @Pilgrim786

    Citation needed doesn’t even begin to cover this.

    I.e., you know absolutely nothing about the subject you are trolling. It’s common knowledge to anyone who knows anything about Judaism. But, that said, I did link to the wrong vid, this is the vid gives a fuller picture …

    [MORE]

    As for the mashiach and his plans, see http://www.jewfaq.org/mashiach.htm

    Belief in the eventual coming of the mashiach is a basic and fundamental part of traditional Judaism. The mashiach will be a great political leader descended from King David (Jeremiah 23:5). He will be a charismatic leader, inspiring others to follow his example. He will be a great military leader, who will win battles for Israel. The mashiach will bring about the political and spiritual redemption of the Jewish people by bringing us back to Israel and restoring Jerusalem. He will establish a government in Israel that will be the center of all world government, both for Jews and gentiles. He will rebuild the Temple and re-establish its worship. He will restore the religious court system of Israel and establish Jewish law as the law of the land. The world after the messiah comes is often referred to in Jewish literature as Olam Ha-Ba (oh-LAHM hah-BAH), the World to Come. In the Olam Ha-Ba, the whole world will recognize the Jewish G-d as the only true G-d, and the Jewish religion as the only true religion

    In the Olam Ha-Ba the gentiles will be governed by the Noahide laws, which are only seven in number …https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Laws_of_Noah. However there is a catch ….

    The Talmud lists the punishment for blaspheming the Ineffable Name of God as death. The sons of Noah are to be executed by decapitation for most crimes,[25] considered one of the lightest capital punishments,[26]

    This vid is also a must see I think …..




    If you’re going to troll, at least up your game.

    • Replies: @Pilgrim786
    , @Fran Taubman
  269. @eah

    Hi. On one device I use Chrome and it’s never permitted me the five-minute window. On the device I normally use it’s Firefox and I could always edit until a few days ago. I really miss it! Hard to catch all your typos etc without a chance to ‘see it in print’, as it were.

    • Replies: @eah
  270. @anonymous

    Cool meme, bro. Did you have to bribe your grandson to make it?

  271. @Saggy

    “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

    I really don’t. Please, by all means, rant and rave about the Heebs till the Messiah returns and departs and returns again.

    I’m just tickled by the nature and extent of these unseemly and unhealthy obsessions.

    • Replies: @Saggy
  272. Tusk says:
    @Pilgrim786

    Pilgrim I am here to praise you for all the great wonders you bring! Thank you for caring about our mental health by making sure we don’t crimethink, thank you for letting me know that my thoughts on a subject are just a form of mental illness, thank you for being such a kind and generous man (?) to dissuade me from investigating such subjects over pain of being locked in an asylum!
    I shall never question Jewish behaviour again!

  273. Johan says:
    @Pilgrim786

    If to point at al times at the elephant in the room is monomaniacal and etc., what signifies the constant ignoring of the elephant then?

  274. Haole says:

    Suggestion:

    Add this blog to Unz review,

    http://www.borderlandbeat.com/.

    They are an excellent source of Narco News from Mexico. Last weeks battles in Sinaloa really showed their abilities. More Mexicans up load narco videos here that any other English speaking site. (if I am wrong please tell me where to go)

    Where is there a blog or site about the Drug war in the USA with as much info?

  275. @Cat Hierophant

    I went and took a look at the NYT and WAPO (two publications I no longer subscribe to) and, sure enough, the articles themselves use serif. And the Times does so in the titles as well. Point taken.

    I still think there might be an argument for most of the titles and subtitles in the home page going sans-serif, but it is a small matter in any event.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  276. d dan says:

    Minor suggestions:

    1. Allow “undo” for “Agree”, “Disagree”, “LOL”, “Troll”, since it is possible for users to mistakenly click on the wrong button.

    2. Probably should separate “Agree” button into a separate line from the rest – again, to minimize mistake.

    3. Add a “Hold” button after “Publish Comment” to allow more time to edit or for major correction.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  277. Saggy says: • Website
    @Pilgrim786

    “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

    When I was a math student there was what I assumed was a common aphorism in math departments – “You can’t explain anything to a rock.” But now that the internet has put all knowledge at our fingertips I’ve tried to discover the source of the observation and have failed. In fact google can’t find one instance of the quoted comment. Nonetheless, it does embody an eternal truth !

  278. @Ron Unz

    if you emphasize that you never read mainstream history books like the The Sleepwalkers then it’s pretty silly to ferociously denounce them unseen. You’re just destroying your credibility, and demonstrating that you’re just a very quarrelsome individual.

    I will say you seem to want to destroy my credibility more than I am doing so by denouncing these books without reading them. I have not read William Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich either, but I have no qualms in denouncing it as a bad book. It was a bestseller and given rave reviews too!

    In my defense, I did not say I read the Sleepwalkers book, but from what I know of it, I feel comfortable in calling it wrong on the question of “who’s responsible for starting WWI.” I don’t care how many glowing reports it gets in the NYT and WSJ. I confess to a habit of using stronger language than some other people use, but not all people, and it’s not always wrong to do so. I like to get my point across. In any case, I’m not worried about my credibility and don’t believe you can harm it anyway.

    Moving on,

    In 1999, Niall Ferguson published The Pity of War, which became a classic and established his reputation as a leading historian, and it also hardly blamed Germany. I doubt Barnes or his friends would much disagree with either of those books.

    So “Sleepwalkers” and “Pity of War” hardly blamed Germany, which means they did blame Germany, but blamed others also. For this, I guess you’re saying that Barnes would be good with it even though you say you are not really familiar with Barnes. Seems like you’re doing what you accuse me of doing.
    I think the sleepwalkers theme is an attempt to minimize the conspiratorial role of the UK, France and Russia to destroy German strength in Europe and gain desired territory by blaming bumbling, incompetent leadership on all sides, which is nothing new. This has been said since the war ended. I doubt there is really anything new in that book at all. This Cambridge historian could hardly put all the blame on Germany and be believed, anymore. This is an establishment book to reset the approved narrative and what is surprising is that you are so readily accepting it.

    And if some of the most widely-praised mainstream histories on WWI over the last couple of decades don’t blame Germany then I’m really not sure what you’re talking about.

    If that is so, it has not trickled down to the public, which is still being fed “German militarism”as being the problem from 1900 to 1950, with the results of that belief still destroying Germans today. Why hasn’t the FRG gotten the message of Germany not to be blamed? Why isn’t there more of an effort to correct all those ideas and bring the public up to date? Even you don’t want to do it, and use this excuse that “the most widely-praised mainstream histories on WWI over the last couple of decades don’t blame Germany.” They sure as hell don’t blame Britain either, or France or Russia. If we can’t blame Germany, we’re not going to blame anyone! That’s the name of the game.

    But in that case, why was there a second world war?

    https://carolynyeager.net/category/fatherland

    • Agree: Saggy
  279. @Saggy

    I seriously cannot believe you watch this stuff, and think this is what Judaism is all about.
    Why don’t you look up some Shia stuff? They are waiting for the madi Imam. The one related to the prophet who was murdered.
    Much more voodoo then the red heifer and the third temple.
    I think praying to a clay model of a man nailed to a cross is pretty hair raising.
    Judaism is 3500 years old. The bronze age was a different time. It all sounds funny today.
    And please you are going to bring on these Jewy jew haters like Yoaai Gurvitz, you should also show what other Jews say about him. The guy is a bit of a crack pot.
    I seriously doubt any Jew thinks that when the messiah comes the world will become slaves to Jews.

    • Replies: @Saggy
    , @iffen
    , @Pilgrim786
  280. Ron Unz says:
    @Miggle

    That would be okay if the rejection message also contained the draft that I had attempted to post, so I could put it up after that break.

    It didn’t. Wiped out. Lost. Bad.

    It turned out to be much, much easier to fix than I’d expected. I’ve now done so, and it seems to be working. The rejection message should now contain a copy of the comment text, so you can save it and try again later.

    • Replies: @Miggle
    , @res
  281. Ron Unz says:
    @Philadelphian

    I still think there might be an argument for most of the titles and subtitles in the home page going sans-serif, but it is a small matter in any event.

    I’m giving some thought to that idea. I do think a sans-serif font in those places might be a bit more readable, and also perhaps occupy a little less space. Even saving 5-10% would be nice given the number of links on the Home page and Sidebar. And you may be correct that it looks a little more “modern.”

    On the downside, it looks like the most respectable and elite MSM outlets such as the NYT, WaPo, WSJ, FT, etc. seem to use serif fonts on their Home pages.

    Anyway, thanks for the suggestion, which I’ll certainly consider.

  282. Ron Unz says:
    @d dan

    1. Allow “undo” for “Agree”, “Disagree”, “LOL”, “Troll”, since it is possible for users to mistakenly click on the wrong button.

    2. Probably should separate “Agree” button into a separate line from the rest – again, to minimize mistake.

    Actually, the system already allows you to correct your mistakes. If you later press a different Reaction button on the same comment, the earlier Reaction is deleted. Though you obviously have to wait an hour at present.

  283. eah says:
    @Mr McKenna

    I use Chrome and it’s never permitted

    Weird — I mainly use a browser called SRWare Iron, which is based on Chrome/the Chrome engine, but with the spyware type functionality removed — and before recently, I never had a problem: the 5m edit window was always there — my current ver of Iron is based on v76 of chrome — I updated from v75 recently, but I do not think that recently; I can check — anyway, I’m pretty sure the 5m was working even after I switched to v76 — v77 is now available, so I may install it — or go back to v75 — or do nothing, since otherwise v76 seems fine — ? — strange.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  284. Hail says: • Website

    Upon submitting a comment to Steve Sailer’s blog today, I got what seemed like an error message saying:

    Wrong Post Type; Use Instead

    There was nothing else after ‘Instead.’ This was the first time I’ve seen this.

    I clicked ‘Back,’ and the post was there, but the edit window was not.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  285. Saggy says: • Website
    @Fran Taubman

    I seriously cannot believe you watch this stuff, and think this is what Judaism is all about.

    Believe.

    Why don’t you look up some Shia stuff?

    Can they top this:

    Samuel 1 15:3 –

    Now go and attack the Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, do not spare them but kill both men and women, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey’.

    [MORE]

    Ezekiel 5:10 –

    Surely parents shall eat their children in your midst, and children will eat their parents.

    The bronze age was a different time.

    The red heifer is straight out of the iron age. Ritual blood sacrifice hasn’t been seen in the modern world since ?????

    And please you are going to bring on these Jewy jew haters like Yoaai Gurvitz

    We’re all Jew haters here, Fran.

    I seriously doubt any Jew thinks that when the messiah comes the world will become slaves to Jews.

    Lord love the internet (for a little while longer … )

    • Disagree: Dissident
  286. iffen says:
    @Fran Taubman

    I seriously doubt any Jew thinks that when the messiah comes the world will become slaves to Jews.

    Perhaps not any Jews, but plenty of Jew-haters believe that the beginning of mankind’s slavery to the Jews began when the Messiah appeared.

  287. I’d require 4 or 5 monthly comments to access the button functions (agree/disagree/etc.).
    Why force people to write and post more than they would, to gain access to the right to be part of the debate in other ways?

    The one button action per one hour is fine as it is.

    • Replies: @Hail
  288. “Archived Blogs and Columns” is like those shelves in the basement where you tossed the broken wrench, the shower head that you replaced 4 years ago (keeping it just in case the new one breaks), and the stiff paint brushes that you’re gonna gather up and soak in brush cleaner one day soon —

    Some good stuff on those shelves — the brand new, still in the package brass hinges — but mostly unusable stuff that for some reason you can’t bear to throw out.

    How much traffic do the entries in “Archived Blogs —” get?

    Unz forum appeals to a broad range of interests, so I get it if there’s a broad segment that would feel denuded if, i.e. Tom Engelhart or JayMan or Robert Scheer or Rhazib Khan were cleaned off the shelf. But clearing out items that only gather dust seems like good blog hygiene.

    nb. wouldn’t throw out Bonnie Faulkner podcasts, wish there were more of them

  289. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    Upon submitting a comment to Steve Sailer’s blog today, I got what seemed like an error message saying:

    Wrong Post Type; Use Instead

    That’s odd. Maybe some change I made broke something, so let me know if it recurs.

    Also, this thread is really intended to deal with website functionality and presentation issues, not the topics endlessly debated elsewhere, so comments focused on the latter will be much less likely to be published.

  290. @Fran Taubman

    Give it up. Let him (and other like him) stew in their own filth. Nothing of value is lost.

  291. Anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    Well, I’d be the first to admit that this website attracts lots of worthless, quarrelsome, and even deranged commenters.

    Pardon me but this is your fault. You should ask yourself why those who do contribute something worthwhile leave your site. Or perhaps they are purged from here. I see that at least three intelligent commenters have left during the last week or so, and all at once. Where is Aaron B and Talha?

    You will soon see that worthless, quarrelsome, and deranged commenters have taken over the place. You don’t understand the necessity of quality control, sir.

    It also seems to me that you are afraid of intelligent criticism of yours and other authors incompetent and often ignorant writings, especially on topics related to all things Jewish, which indicates well-known neurotic issues of emotional and irrational nature behind them.

    You are a self-hating Jew.

    • Troll: Tusk
    • Replies: @peterAUS
  292. anonymous[299] • Disclaimer says:

    I see that at least three intelligent commenters have left during the last week or so, and all at once. Where is are Aaron B and Talha?

    nb. Aaron B + Talha = 2.
    #3??

    Talha says: Oct 24, 2019

    Talha says: Oct 24, 2019

    Talha says: Oct 24, 2019

    Talha says: Oct 24, 2019

    Talha says: Oct 24, 2019

    Talha says: Oct 24, 2019

    Talha says: Oct 24, 2019

    Talha had 10 entries on Oct 23; one on Oct 22; eight on Oct. 21; also commented on Oct. 20 but after Oct 21 I stopped counting.

    aaronb posted 26 comments and 2 clicks between Oct 18 and Oct 24, inclusive.

    Only thing worse than a self-hating Jew is a dumb Jew given to name-calling.

    • LOL: Ron Unz
    • Replies: @anonymous
  293. Ron I am on my cell phone with no ad blocker. The advertisement is awful. Using us to make a dime.
    And you are so rude to some of us making you money.

    • Troll: Iris
  294. Hail says: • Website
    @atlantis_dweller

    I’d require 4 or 5 monthly comments to access the button functions (agree/disagree/etc.).

    Why force people to write and post more than they would, to gain access to the right to be part of the debate in other ways?

    I agree with this. I’d also suggest the possibility that the threshold might be set to [x] number of words of published comments every sixty days (rolling) in addition to a post-count minimum. Say, at least four comments and at least 400 words. One comment of 400 words fails. Ten comments totally 300 words fails.

    Word-count vs. Comment-count: With comment-count, someone could slide in with a minimum number of ‘content-free’ one-liner comments, which is I think why Ron keeps the threshold relatively high.

    Ron could consider doing a trial period (even an unpublicized one) and see if there are any negative effects of increasing the ‘franchise’ for Reaction button use. Perhaps there would be some serious ones I do not foresee.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  295. RudyM says:

    I will repeat my request, which I don’t expect to carry any weight, for something in a debate format (maybe just dueling extended essays) on monetary policy (especially pros and cons–and implications of–fiat currency) and banking (particularly the pros and cons of central banks, but maybe also on the Federal Reserve specifically). This is partly me being lazy*, because I have found MMT very persuasive, but haven’t seriously looked at critiques from proponents of so-called “sound money.” I find it slightly odd that such a crucial matter as monetary theory hardly ever comes up. Even with Stephanie Kelton advising various Democrats, the Democrats, for instance, don’t generally come out and say: we can afford these programs, because the government can print the money, and it will be fine. But I sometimes think that’s the hidden assumption. It makes absolutely enormous difference which monetary theory is most correct, since it has such massive implications for what sort of policies are reasonable.

    I also have very mixed impressions of the Federal Reserve. Sometimes it does seem that it’s basically just our central bank, but then why was its creation so shrouded in secrecy, and why does it seem to get used to promote special interests? Sure, things can be abused, but it seems like a very warped sort of central bank somehow. The fact that it is, to my mind, so damn baroque makes me suspicious, as well.

    If we are going to have ads, I want ads with garish photos of grotesque looking fruit, accompanied by texts that says things like “DOCTORS BEG AMERICANS TO STOP EATING THIS” or “EAT THIS WEIRD FRUIT AND GAIN 30 IQ POINTS.”

    *I actually have an abnormally limited number of good hours in any day, so it’s not entirely laziness.

  296. anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    nb. Aaron B + Talha = 2.
    #3??

    #3 is me.

    But I am not a Jew, I am not dumb and I am not name-calling. I am calling him a self-hating Jew because he is acting like one. Though it has been a mistake of mine to suspect him of banning Talha and Aaron this doesn’t cancel out the point I was making.

    I for instance cannot post here under the name I have chosen. Ron Unz considers it is up to him to decide which name a person should use. Such a behaviour is of neurotic nature, since for a grown man it should be clear that a decision like this is a right of the user alone.

    He has a right to merge the old and new comments but he has no right to dictate which of the two names the user has to use. An adequate person would on such an occasion let the user choose, but Ron Unz seems to think it is his own business. A clear case of the Schlagbaum disorder.

    This coupled with his old photograph and his emotional and profane piece on the Jewish religion, all the knowledge of which he had gathered from a 100-page pamphlet indicates a childish, neurotic character and his LOL reaction to a reasonable appeal to his common sense doesn’t speak well of him.

    • LOL: Tusk
    • Troll: Charon
  297. @eah

    Another benefit of the five-minute edit window which I sorely miss is the ability to tone down intemperate language. Many of us go off half-cocked now and then but most of us have the sense to edit ourselves. When we can.

  298. peterAUS says:
    @Anonymous

    …You don’t understand the necessity of quality control, sir….

    Haha…….a good one.

    Pray tell, how would you do it if you were the owner of this pub?
    C’mon, spell it out.

    Oh, apologies really, just seen the comment 295.
    The summary

    …Only thing worse than a self-hating Jew is a dumb Jew given to name-calling.

    is fitting.
    And comment 299.
    The

    …. I am not dumb and I am not name-calling.

    is funny.

    Disregard my question, please.

  299. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    I agree with this. I’d also suggest the possibility that the threshold might be set to [x] number of words of published comments every sixty days (rolling) in addition to a post-count minimum. Say, at least four comments and at least 400 words. One comment of 400 words fails. Ten comments totally 300 words fails.

    Word-count vs. Comment-count: With comment-count, someone could slide in with a minimum number of ‘content-free’ one-liner comments, which is I think why Ron keeps the threshold relatively high.

    Unfortunately, a 10 comment requirement is nice and simple, but some complex mixture of comments and minimum word-lengths would probably confuse people, and they’d claim that they were being treated unfairly.

    But maybe I should reduce the limit to 4 or 5 comments per month, or perhaps 10 comments over 60 days or something like that.

    Anyway, I’ll give these issues some thought.

  300. @Ron Unz

    Could you give readers a choice of versions?

    One might be where only 4 or 5 comments per month were allowed (though it isn’t 100% clear to me whether that is confined to one thread) and another with less discipline. Thus with Moniker A one would submit to the tight discipline and with Moniker B the restraints would be off, or negligible. Readers who don’t have time to read a lot of slop could aim to read only thr thread versions which are subject to the Moniker A constraints.

    Mind you I don’t see the problem as it must strike you, the editor-in-chief, as I can scroll past unwanted stuff on the threads I am interested in very quickly on my phone.

  301. @Ron Unz

    A SURPRISING POTENTIAL CONTRIBUTOR

    Ron, have a look at Prof Peter Beinart’s review, in the Nov/Dec issue of Foreign Affairs of the rather unsatisfactory books by Susan Rice, Samantha Power and Ben Rhodes.

    Beinart is “a columnist at the Forward and a Professor at the City University of New York”.

    Most interesting and telling is the way he tags Israel as the elephant in the room but, absolutely consistently with his noting that Rice, Power and Rhodes have to avoid the truth about Israeli power he also restrains himself in a manner which suugests a parallel to his “The price of entry to continued public srrvice is discretion”.

    • Replies: @Nodwink
  302. Jeff Stryker [AKA "GO"] says:

    good comments

  303. Max Payne says:

    Yo bro. You got ads on your site. If times are tough just say so…

    Alright brothers dig deep in those pockets. One of our own is in need.

    • LOL: iffen
  304. Nodwink says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Beinart was gatekeeper for liberal Zionism a few years ago, but seems to have improved in the last couple of years.

  305. Nodwink says:
    @Ron Unz

    I am perhaps just thinking of my own convenience, as I tend to scroll down most of the page seeking out new articles (the bold yellow is a help). I do occasionally find a not-so-new article of interest, so it’s not a terrible thing.

  306. @Philadelphian

    Very minor visual suggestion – additional cookie setting for changing the unzSite theme’s color scheme from the default blue to e.g. green as on the now defunct Free Harvard website, or black, red, etc. My personal opinion is that simple black/white would look the best, giving it an old, dense newspaper style look (highlighted items can remain gold colored).

    Another idea – an option for daytime light/nighttime dark background.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  307. Ron Unz says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    Also, noticed ads for the first time.
    Will they be a regular feature?
    If Yes, would you consider polling the Unz community as to their preference: Subscriptions, Increased use of Patreon, or Ads?

    As some of you have probably noticed, I’ve been fiddling around a little for the last couple of days with the Google Ads system, and I’m not especially satisfied.

    Based on a new setting, a huge ad started coming up at the top of some of the pages, which was really annoying, although I think I’ve now disabled that. But generally, the ads annoy me a little so they must be annoying other people as well. And the revenue/annoyance ratio is much worse than I’d been considering.

    It seems to me that although this webzine attracts a reasonable number of readers compared to various others, our strength is much more our *intensity* of interest given our unique offerings rather than the raw visitor numbers, which are obviously far greater on fashion or celebrity gossip websites and that sort of thing.

    One thing I did last night was to analyze the IP logs of a typical week, and it tended to confirm my impressions. For example, many thousands of (non-bot) visitors seem to visit an average of 500(!) of our pages each month, with nearly 1,500 visiting about 1,000 pages.

    If we assume that most of that is just browsing around, but (say) 20% of the pages are actually (partially) read for (say) an average of 10m each, that would imply that something like 5,000 individuals are spending an average of 15-20 hours each month on this website, and perhaps 1,500 are spending 30-40 hours. Those are enormously large allocations of personal time.

    Google Analytics offers a somewhat similar metric based on user sessions and average time per session, and the results seem roughly consistent. Some visitors are even supposedly spending well over 100 hours per month on this website.

    If someone earns $10/hour that seemingly represents the value of their time, so if they spend 20 hours per month on this website, they’re effectively expending $200 of their time-value for the privilege. Therefore, under the circumstances, it’s probably not unreasonable that they contribute another 5% or $10 to support the website itself, via Patreon or some other system. And if someone is a well-paid professional earning far more than $10/hour, the ratio becomes even more extreme.

    One idea I have is to dump the annoying advertising and just periodically display a contribution-suggestion popup to readers after they’ve visited more than e.g. 100 pages per month or left more than a certain number of comments. Perhaps readers who contribute could also get some sort of recognition like a gold star next to their Handle or something.

    Anyway, I’m curious what people think about these sorts of ideas as opposed to keeping the Google ads.

  308. Saggy says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    I don’t see any problem with ads as long as they don’t bog down the system, i.e. make the page loads excruciatingly slow. Ads are everywhere, we are used to them.

  309. Pericles says:

    If you want to get fancy, mark the ‘last comment this hour for you’ rather than rejecting the next one.

  310. @Ron Unz

    I personally hate the ads, I will not continue on the site if the ads continue.
    I contribute a lot to this site in the way of intellectual heft, which although stirs the pot, tends to get fascinating conversations.
    I take a lot of heat, and insults from Ron. Well that is fine, but to add so much to his content to this site, and be so unrecognized as a contributor, is just a bridge to far with UR earning a profit off of me.
    If the adds continue that will be it for me.

    • Replies: @iffen
    , @Biff
    , @Colin Wright
  311. JackOH says:
    @Ron Unz

    ” . . . [A]nnoying advertising . . .”.

    The ads aren’t “reaching” me. Top of the front page sometimes has a gold-bordered page-width ad for stuff I’ve never heard of using amateurish layouts. One ad showed a leadholder, which I do use, but I don’t recall any ad copy other than, I assume, the seller’s name. When I searched for the seller, I found nothing. The ad didn’t offer the leadholder’s maker, price, or anything about the seller.

    Sometimes there’s just a gold border of varying dimensions with only white space, no ad copy or illustration.

    Smaller ads within articles promote stuff vaguely related to things I looked up a few days earlier elsewhere.

    I’m not hip to Google ads, so I don’t know whether there are teething or shakedown issues. Right now, though, the ads aren’t “working” for me.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  312. Miggle says:
    @Ron Unz

    I did notice that most other webzines seem to have shifted to sans-serif fonts, …

    In my opinion, sans-serif fonts are less readable. The serifs provide extra clues where due to local issues there is poor resolution or poor tonal or color contrast. And the “have shifted” may indicate mere temporary, current fashion.

    • Agree: Liza
  313. Ron Unz says:
    @JackOH

    I’m not hip to Google ads, so I don’t know whether there are teething or shakedown issues. Right now, though, the ads aren’t “working” for me.

    The complaints you have are pretty similar to my own, which is why I’ve gotten annoyed and disenchanted with the Google ads, and may decide to dump them.

    In fact, about the only positive thing about them is that they might permanently drive away that very annoying “Fran Taubman” character…

    • Replies: @Saggy
    , @JackOH
    , @Steve Penfield
  314. iffen says:
    @Fran Taubman

    I will not continue on the site if the ads continue.

    Decisions, decisions.

    I contribute a lot to this site in the way of intellectual heft

    Are you knowledgeable about the Dunning-Kruger effect?

    and insults from Ron.

    If he hasn’t called you a nitwit yet you will have to get in line.

    R. Unz, if we have a choice on the ads, I much prefer that you continue to spend your hard earned dollars earned from your very important software work instead of seeing ads.

    • Replies: @Fran Taubman
  315. @iffen

    LOL. Since I am Jewish, from a religious ardent Zionist background.
    Surrounded by leading Zionist intellectuals. I have been born and raised in the very background people on this site insist on denigrating and accusing me of all sorts of heinous acts.

    [MORE]

    I do not need Dunning- Kruger to tell people that I am not into killing non-Jews, or wish to enslave goyim, and do not know anyone in my community with such desires. I do not own the federal reserve or financial institutions and am not plotting to take over the world.

    So I am pretty safe with my knowledge as is, sans (without) inflation.
    Having a father and uncles who served in WW2 both in Europe and Japan, and an extended family of Holocaust survivors. I can also say, without inflation that it did in fact exist in whatever fashion, and people I know in my family dissaapeared without a trace.

    I am pretty secure with my information and facts. I have entered this site an open book with a real name and internet presence. I am the real deal.

    Most of the BS on this site is from Neo Nazi clowns, lamenting about the loss of Hitler and the Germans and the fact that the Jews not only survived but thrived vis a vie Israel.
    The rest are loser Jihadist who just hate Jews because they are not second class to Muslims.

    I stand by my point in my last comment that I contribute a lot to this site, and pisses me off that Ron is earning money from my interactions on threads where my interactions can double the thread comment count.
    He is just not honest in what has built his fame and numbers.

  316. Saggy says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    We have also expanded our coverage a bit, publishing the articles and archives of eminent Russia scholar Prof. Stephen Cohen of The Nation

    I have a suggestion. I’ll guess that you know or have had some contact with Stephen Cohen. And if that is not the case I’m pretty sure he would take a call from you, or that you have some means of contacting him.

    So, my suggestion is that you call him up, and ask him …. ‘By the way Stephen, have you given any thought to exposing the holocaust hoax?’

    I’d like to hear his response, and I’m sure others would as well.

    And then, if you don’t think that’s a good idea, I’d like to know why not.

    • Replies: @Fran Taubman
  317. @Saggy

    Why bother with Stephen Cohen, the UR has Wally!!!! Who could beat that.
    He insist it is not only fabricated but the easiest thing in the world to prove that it is a fake.
    Who could beat that?

    • Replies: @Saggy
    , @Wally
  318. anon[299] • Disclaimer says:
    @Fran Taubman

    I am pretty secure with my information and facts. I have entered this site an open book with a real name and internet presence. I am the real deal.

    Fran Taubman [AKA “Annonomous”] says: February 19, 2019
    Fran Taubman [AKA “Willie”] says: March 23, 2019

  319. Saggy says: • Website
    @Fran Taubman

    Why bother with Stephen Cohen, the UR has Wally!!!! Who could beat that.
    He insist it is not only fabricated but the easiest thing in the world to prove that it is a fake.
    Who could beat that?

    The hoax is preposterous on its face, and if anyone bothers to looks at the ‘evidence’, primarily photos of typhus victims taken after the war at Belsen, see

    or killed by allied bombing at Nordhausen, see


    they will discover that in short order. And let’s not forget the fake ‘gas chamber’ at Auschwitz, this is the door into the gas chamber – or the preposterous ‘testimony’ of Elie Wiesel who wrote in his book ‘Night’ that the method used by the Nazis to kill the Jews was to toss them alive into burning pits, one for adults, one for children.

    Poor devils, you are heading for the crematorium.”
    He seemed to be telling the truth. Not far from us, flames, huge flames, were rising from a ditch. Something was being burned there. A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this, with my own e y e s…children thrown into the flames. (Is it any wonder that ever since then, sleep tends to elude me?)

    So that was where we were going. A little farther on, there was another, larger pit for adults.

    “Father,” I said. “If that is true, then I don’t want to wait. I’llrun into the electrified barbed wire. That would be easier than a slow death in the flames

    We continued our march. We were coming closer and closer tothe pit, from which an infernal heat was rising. Twenty more steps.

    No. Two steps from the pit, we were ordered to turn left and herded into barracks.

    I squeezed my father’s hand. He said: “Do you remember Mrs. Schächter, in the train?”

    What is staggering is the complicity of everyone in the society who has a public voice in supporting the hoax, and that includes EVERY academic save Arthur Butz, and EVERY journalist save Ron Unz. It is way beyond time to start calling these people out.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  320. iffen says:
    @Fran Taubman

    pisses me off that Ron is earning money from my interactions on threads

    In that he has just started with the ads, how could he have been earning money from your comments?

    I don’t know how the money for the ads work. I suppose he could get more money from a comment section with an ad if it has 600 comments instead of 50. But I’m pretty sure that the comment sections are not that important. It is great entertainment and one can get some good leads for further study, but otherwise, I can’t see the importance.

  321. @European-American

    I’ll add that a visible label saying something like “Advertisement”, as is used for Google searches and Twitter ads, would help clarify these odd intrusions into the content. Until now, a gold box had indicated content specially written or approved by the blog author.

  322. Biff says:
    @Fran Taubman

    I personally hate the ads, I will not continue on the site if the ads continue.

    Well, there’s at least on reason to continue the ads.

    • LOL: Iris
  323. renfro says:
    @Ron Unz

    One idea I have is to dump the annoying advertising and just periodically display a contribution-suggestion popup to readers after they’ve visited more than e.g. 100 pages per month or left more than a certain number of comments. Perhaps readers who contribute could also get some sort of recognition like a gold star next to their Handle or something.

    Here’s my 2 cents.
    Don’t fix what isn’t broken.
    And you can’t fulfill everyone’s wish list.
    Don’t ban trolls or anyone unless they are clearly here just to disrupt or their comments are so descriptively disgusting they would offend even semi -normal people or unless they regularly just post comments saying ‘you’re stupid, moron etc. without any other content.

    The ads don’t bother me. I rarely have one pop up.
    I think donations are a consideration. I have been a regular commenter on only two sites during the years; Steve Clemons’s, The Washington Note and Mondoweiss. Clemons did not do donations but did post stories about people or causes in need he ask us to contribute to. Mondo uses donations, but their experiment with gold stars for commenter/donors and such did not work…too much confusion and people asking where their stars were.. To best of memory donation suggestions ranged from $25 to $50 semi annually I think.
    I don’t think donations should be mandatory as it is on a few sites as it might scare off readers who might decide to stick a toe in the comment section and then become regulars.
    Maybe have a sort of honor system appeal for commenters to donate based how much they think they have participated in discussions.

    If I we were to go by the old ..”here’s my 2 cents worth” …I would owe unz about $65.00 for the comments I have made here since 2016. Of course if I thought more highly of my comments I would owe unz considerably more…lol

    Everyone loves reading their own words and/or sounding off so nothing wrong in suggesting they voluntarily contribute something for that privilege .

    • Replies: @Biff
  324. iffen says:
    @Fran Taubman

    BTW, I find it uproariously hilarious that your main concern seems to be the money making angle.

  325. Biff says:
    @renfro

    Don’t fix what isn’t broken.
    And you can’t fulfill everyone’s wish list.

    Words to live by…

  326. JackOH says:
    @Ron Unz

    LOL!

    I use those Visa OneVanilla cards for online purchases. Buy ’em at Dollar General for a few bucks. Load ’em with the money you need for your purchases. Then snip ’em, and toss ’em. Never had a problem.

    Please try to make sure any voluntary support requests allow the use of these very popular cards.

    God bless, Ron.

    • Replies: @Iris
  327. @anon

    Since Karlin is someone who called his readers faggots i wouldn’t pay much attention to what he says .

  328. JackOH says:
    @Ron Unz

    ” . . . our ‘intensity’ of interest . . .”.

    Well, I’ll take a shot at an explanation. Our media, our academies, our politicians don’t, won’t, or can’t do their jobs.

    I dip my snout sometimes into the textbooks used at my local less selective State U. Where I have subject matter knowledge, I can sometimes spot factual errors. Sometimes factual errors that are easily demonstrated to be factual errors. I didn’t think much about it.

    Then, years ago, I got politically energized. (Back story’s TL:dr.) I discovered something. People who disagreed with me had almost no subject matter knowledge. Worse yet, they actually believed they had good subject matter knowledge upon which they based their firmly held opinions. They were intelligent, well-intended people who’d been allowed and allowed themselves to believe in nonsense. I was pretty much horrified.

    Your lengthy, thoughtful, scholarly (or nearly so) articles offer compelling understandings of our world that can be found nowhere else. When we disagree, which is often, we have to work at disagreeing. By contrast, much of the mainstream media can be used to line the bird cage before reading.

    It’s good stuff here.

    • Agree: Hail
  329. Anonymous[107] • Disclaimer says:

    Ron Unz,

    The links from your articles are not secure even if the initial link is secure. Can something be done about that?

    When one accesses Unz.com securely, all linking should be secure.

    Thanks,
    Anon

  330. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    I keep returning to this thread hoping to see an answer to, or at least acknowledgement of, my foremost question:

    “1. As I have asked before, please make clear who — the author and/or someone else — moderates the comments under each article, as is done under Mr. Sailer’s postings. This is an important issue of privacy: because of the platform used, moderators can see the email address of any commenter, whether anonymous or Handled.”

    This seems more important than, e.g., sans serif font and fine tuning comment limits. Why’s it being obscured?

    • Agree: Saggy
    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @Pericles
  331. anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @Fran Taubman

    Leave this place, Fran.

    You will not change anything here. This is the kind of people that will tell you that Holocaust never happened, because Elie Wiesel is a LIAR. Despite the fact that Elie Wiesel said in the preface to his “Legends of Our Time” book in 1968 that the most of the stories he describes he invented from start to finish and that his books are fiction, they will tell you that he is a liar. Elie Wiesel told about his conversation with a rabbi, who asked him what he was writing about.

    About people you knew? “Yes, about people I might have known.” About things that happened? “Yes, about things that happened or could have happened.” But they did not? “No, not all of them did. In fact, some were invented from almost the beginning to almost the end.”

    That means Elie Wiesel explained that he was a writer and that his books were literature and not a true historical account, and thus he never was a liar. But these people will ignore that, and continue to tell you that Holocaust never happened. Leave this place, Fran.

    Ron is not your friend and never will be. He hates all things Jewish. He doesn’t want Jews on this site, except for self-hating Jews. Like himself, Israel Shamir and others, such as those who write books and essays about how they “stopped being Jewish”. Come on…

  332. @anonymous

    Despite the fact that Elie Wiesel said in the preface to his “Legends of Our Time” book in 1968 that the most of the stories he describes he invented from start to finish and that his books are fiction, they will tell you that he is a liar.

    Night was published in 1960.

    Did it include in the Preface notice that “he invented the stories from start to finish”, or should the people who read Night have anticipated that 8 years later Weisel would ‘fess up?

    Thousands of public school children are required to read Night, and it is forbidden to critically analyze the overall topic.

    Books like Weisel’s and the emotion-laden Anne Frank are pushed on school children precisely because they are not yet equipped to challenge what they are taught.

    A 501c3 calling itself Citizens for National Security centered in Florida and led predominantly by Jews scrutinizes textbooks used by Florida’s schoolchildren.
    This passage introduced a CfNS 2009 white paper:

    Students in K-12 schools lack the experience and skills to validate
    most of what they hear, easily absorb propaganda, tend to believe what
    their textbooks and teachers tell them, and form opinions that are
    difficult to change once established. Zealous promoters of Islam trying
    to win the hearts and minds of these children with their messages are
    well aware of these factors. https://cfns.us/files/Textbooks-Report-Summary.pdf

    If Jews were that keenly aware that young people “easily absorb propaganda” when it comes to Islam, is it not equally true that “Zealous promoters of holocaustism and Jewish privilege are trying to win the hearts and minds of these children with their messages are well aware of these factors.”

    Parents of American school children, and through them the various Boards of Education and teachers’ unions, must be made keenly and vocally aware that the inclusion in mandated school curricula of “invented stories” such as those in Night are acts of psychological warfare carried out against our own children using our own tax dollars and will no longer be tolerated.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  333. jsigur says:

    Great site, one issue – I am getting cut off at three comments with the error message claiming I have done 4.
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/18KvaOY0dn9I9zzciZP-j3xF6NIzk_JL0/view?usp=sharing
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Dveavxz_qu2zqfZZD1CePm2uyBb6sziZ/view?usp=sharing

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  334. peterAUS says:
    @anonymous

    …issue of privacy….

    Caught my eye.
    You are aware, I presume, that any state-level player, a big enough corporation/NGO/company, even a well organized group of private citizens can know your IP address if they want.
    Mapping, then, that address to your physical address is doable, with ease.

    And, any of “Five Eyes” know exactly who you are.

    Just keep that in mind. If you want.

    The owner of this pub and/or people around/behind him are the least of your worries in the privacy/anonymity game.

  335. David says:
    @Ron Unz

    You could sell the right to block commenters. Say $10 a month to block one’s least favored twenty. $20 a month for an unlimited supply.

    I found Buzz Mohawk’s (I think… I get Reg and Buzz mixed up) call to support your site on Patreon pretty persuasive, where he said it’s not about the money exactly, it’s about the support. That the amount he gives won’t make a difference financially, but that even rich guys get depressed and appreciate support. Steve makes a similar point when he says, “I don’t just need your support, I want it.”

    I bet there are at most only a couple dozen who read your site more than I do. It’s at least half the reading I do. And I’ve taken the arguments and the tone I’ve learned here and spread it around one little town, not without effect.

  336. @anonymous

    Despite the fact that Elie Wiesel said in the preface to his “Legends of Our Time” book in 1968 that the most of the stories he describes he invented from start to finish and that his books are fiction, they will tell you that he is a liar.

    Elie Wiesel is worse than a liar (who are a dime a dozen); he is a con-man and/or a flim-flam man. Elie Wiesel takes every side at different times, whatever strikes his fancy in the moment. While he clearly said what he did in “Legends of Our Time,” he also said on many other occasions that what he wrote in Night is absolutely true (‘every word’), and claims it is his autobiography. When it first came out it was classified as Literature, but after the new translation/rewrite* in 2006 by wife Marion (and the extraordinary fame the book has achieved), it was changed to the classification ‘Autobiography.’ How else could he have gotten the Nobel Prize for Peace (not literature) in 1986 if he had not actually lived it??

    http://www.eliewieseltattoo.com/elie-admits-his-true-stories-never-happened/

    http://www.eliewieseltattoo.com/three-must-read-articles-to-give-you-the-expertise-you-need-on-elie-wiesels-big-con/

    I am the world’s foremost living expert on Elie Wiesel. You will never get the better of me — try it. Not here though, somewhere else.

    *That’s right, there was a rewrite on Night in 2006.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  337. Ron Unz says:
    @jsigur

    Great site, one issue – I am getting cut off at three comments with the error message claiming I have done 4.

    My apologies. In the original post, I’d mentioned that I was thinking of reducing the limit on comments/per thread/hour back down to 3, and upthread I said that I had done so. But I’d forgotten to change the error message, which has now been updated.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  338. anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    First of all it is 2019 now.

    How do you manage to speak from the Summer of Love Era perspective? Are you a crazy hippie? Wake up.

    Second, The Night is studied in High-school and in the US alone. It is studied by 15-16 year olds and not children.

    And third, the concentration camps are real and you can still visit some of them. No one is calling Solzhenitsin a liar, though every one knows that his books are full of made up stuff.

    No one is denying that millions of people perished in Gulag on the grounfs that Solzhenitsin’s account isn’t accurate enough from the point of view of a historian. Trying to do that would be just stupid, so even the hardcore commies refrain from using this kind of arguments.

    The problem is that your ilk is dumber than commies. Too dumb. You live in the world of your own stupidity.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
    , @Wally
  339. anonymous[224] • Disclaimer says:
    @Carolyn Yeager

    Autobiography is not a book on history. It is ‘a self-written account of the life of oneself.’ A genre of literature. Nobody studies history by reading autobiographies. Most autobiographies are known to be inaccurate, subjective in essense and often controversial. If you dont understand such simple things, then you shouldn’t read anything else but comics.

    “All autobiographies are lies. I do not mean unconscious, unintentional lies: I mean deliberate lies.” – Bernard Shaw

  340. Because you lost you’re changing the subject from “EW writes only fiction” to now “all autobiography is fiction.”

    It’s funny, though, that you quote Bernard Shaw that “All autobiographies are lies. I do not mean unconscious, unintentional lies: I mean deliberate lies.” So you’re agreeing that Wiesel was intentionally lying in his book Night and in other autobiographical books he wrote? Lying to deceive is not fiction.

    You should take your own advice and stay away from this site in the future. You have no hope here.

  341. Iris says:
    @JackOH

    I use VisaOne Vanilla….

    Does this allow to make a donation while remaining officially “anonymous”, by purchasing the card in cash for instance and then use it on the UR Patreon account? I did not think of this.

    • Replies: @JackOH
  342. @anonymous

    Second, The Night is studied in High-school and in the US alone. It is studied by 15-16 year olds and not children.

    a. there is no reason it should be studied at all
    b. I’ve been researching teaching holocaustism in public school for several years. I’m not yet prepared to reveal specific school districts and teachers, but be assured the items below are clipped from the 2019 syllabus of an American public middle school —

    English language arts 8

    In eighth grade language arts, students will scaffold* on essential elements of writing and research introduced in seventh grade.
    Course Textbook, Supplemental Resources and Required Materials:

    Night (2006) ISBN# 139780374500016

    I have no idea what the voices in your head are saying to you about hippies, etc., , but you are wrong on the facts. Again — https://www.unz.com/announcement/comments-complaints-and-suggestions/#comment-3521624

    Ron’s already cautioned commenters to stick to the tasks at hand: not sure what system-adjustments can prevent you from resorting to name-calling when confronted with your factual inadequacies and from otherwise further making a fool of yourself.

    Final thought: the Unz searchable comments archive is equal parts damning and marvelous.

  343. Ace says:
    @Tusk

    Thanks.

    I don’t see that upvoting and downvoting hands any kind of “control” to readers. It’s a useful bit of feedback for the commenter as well as an indicator to others of a particular position’s popularity, if you will. Small beer but a useful option for any site IMO.

    I enjoy ZeroHedge a lot and it has the upvote/downvote option. The comments become objectionable sometimes not because of the voting but because of the juvenile or stupid commenters and then you see profanity-filled flame wars, though usually brief. Gates of Vienna insists on civil language, as I am sure Mr. Unz does, but even then allows the occasional intemperate comment with appropriate redaction. Too much, though, and its Cyber Siberia for the offender.

    I don’t see how the present cumbersome UR “agree,” etc. options ensure civility though that may not be the underlying purpose.

  344. Anonymous[389] • Disclaimer says:
    @Saggy

    [Too many off-topic comments which should be on other threads. Stick to website issues here.]

  345. @Ron Unz

    Earning revenue from advertizements runs the risk of becoming dependent on the revenue, thus allowing advertizers to effectivelyy censor content by threatening to pull advertisement dollars unless ”offensive” content and comments are removed.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  346. Miro23 says:
    @Ron Unz

    One idea I have is to dump the annoying advertising and just periodically display a contribution-suggestion popup to readers after they’ve visited more than e.g. 100 pages per month or left more than a certain number of comments. Perhaps readers who contribute could also get some sort of recognition like a gold star next to their Handle or something.

    Gold stars for contributing is an annoying form of virtue signaling.

    An alternative (at least in the UK and Spain), to deal with reluctance to contribute, are lotteries – e.g. Red Cross, associations for the blind etc. Altruism combined with the small chance of a big win raises money.

    And why should it just involve Unz readers? And why the altruism? Money from the UK national lottery funds the arts, which doesn’t interest the gamblers at all.

  347. @Fran Taubman

    ‘…I contribute a lot to this site in the way of intellectual heft…’

    !

  348. JackOH says:
    @Iris

    Iris, I use the Visa OneVanilla cards as a sort of loss-limiting safeguard against mischief for my very few Internet purchases. At least that’s my theory. I’m not sure how Patreon works, or whether anonymity can be 100% assured.

    The cards are everywhere. Dollar General, Walgreens, Walmart, etc. I give the clerk cash for the amount I want to load the card with plus the price of the card. He scans it. The card is loaded. That’s it. When I order stuff online, I just enter the card’s numbers. I use my own name and physical address of course, but I suppose I could use a fake name and a fake address and the transaction would still occur.

    There may be a down side to these cards that I’m not aware of. For my purposes I’m okay with them.

    • Agree: Iris
  349. @Anatoly Karlin

    All of these things can be established through browser settings.

  350. @Carroll Price

    Earning revenue from advertizements runs the risk of becoming dependent on the revenue, thus allowing advertizers to effectivelyy censor content by threatening to pull advertisement dollars unless ”offensive” content and comments are removed.

    Doubtless this admonition can be applied to many journalistic endeavors, and there’s little question that it does happen. Whatever you choose to say and believe about Ron Unz, though, he’s not one to be swayed by advertising dollars.

    • Replies: @iffen
  351. iffen says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Whatever you choose to say and believe about Ron Unz, though, he’s not one to be swayed by advertising dollars.

    Well, Facebook can be swayed by dollars.

    How about if he turns loose of a couple of bundles of those Benjamins and rents a tab for TUR on Facebook?

  352. Anon[681] • Disclaimer says:
    @iffen

    Negative.

    Facebook is for chumps.

    • Agree: Fran Taubman
  353. Why allow anonymous comments anyway? The majority are abusive and/or self-aggrandisng nonsense.
    LIKE/dislike buttons would have more relevance if used as rating device, maybe, why limit them at all? as for comments, one per article, no more, and irrelevantcy gets punished on a cummulative sclae, until you are dropped as irrelevant, spurious or nutty.
    But this is a busy site, have you the needed a$$istance, even…
    P.S. I often open this site before I check if my own is still online!

  354. @iffen

    So can all the networks, including Fox News, who fired or demoted several “journalist” for violating politically correct speech codes.

  355. @paranoid goy

    What do you mean by “anonymous comments”? I could easily establish the persona of Joe Bloggs on one Wifi system and then link up to my neighbour’s and be Fred Smith.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  356. @Ron Unz

    It will be interesting to see what, of any, effect reducing comments to 3 an hour and perhaps anon comments will have on readership. My instinct is for just a little annoyance but not much effect as the enthusiastic find the best workarounds and placebos.

    Here’s a thought. Now that you are into receiving money why not offer the chance for some to contribute to various investigative causes. It could, for example, be to commission an engineering report, or to run some statistical tests.

  357. iffen says:
    @iffen

    LOL

    You got it backwards, iffen.

    Facebook is going to pay content providers in order to tab their product.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  358. @iffen

    What exactly is your point, then, in relation to Ron and UNZ.COM?

    Either one of you iffens should feel free to respond. Thanks!

    • Replies: @iffen
  359. iffen says:
    @Mr McKenna

    When I saw the story that Facebook would have “news” tabs, I assumed that the “news” providers would pay to have their product exposed to the millions. I skipped over the essential detail that Facebook would be paying the providers, which to me is ass-backwards. Under my mistaken understanding, I thought R. Unz could buy a tab for TUR.

    It’s no wonder Zuckerman is a billionaire. This is absolutely brillant. Under serious extortion attack by the political class he splits off their support in the MSM. Not only that, he taps Breitbart as one of the tabs. If the rabble continues to gnaw at his ankles (and they will) he can banish Breitbart because they are promoting “fake” news. The political class will be left holding a box lunch of shit sandwiches.

  360. Tusk says:
    @Ron Unz

    Well luckily enough for me the nature of my work coincides perfectly with reading this website which I read everday for numerous hours. I definitely spend close to 40 hours a week here, reading every new article and following all the discussions in the comments. I would happily donate be it through a pop up or just some form of direct payment if possible but I won’t use patreon out of principle. The last thing I’d like is for patreon to decide that this site is guilty of thoughtcrimes and to cut off all the money, so some form of alternative payment system/process would be nice. I can’t speak for everyone but I do believe a lot of people would be prepared to donate directly as needed.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  361. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    You could. And you have.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  362. @Ron Unz

    Looking for thos page I came across your Terms and Conditions, Mission Statement, FAQs etc and it still says at the end that paid advertising will not be accepted and that all solicitations will be sent to SPAM.

    While the editorial independence that is implied is no doubt to be fully maintained you might wish to elaborate that statement.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  363. Ron Unz says:
    @Tusk

    Well luckily enough for me the nature of my work coincides perfectly with reading this website which I read everday for numerous hours. I definitely spend close to 40 hours a week here, reading every new article and following all the discussions in the comments.

    That’s absolutely astonishing…and very gratifying. Google Analytics had indicated that there were quite a few readers who spent those sorts of weekly hours here, but I couldn’t believe it, and assumed it was some sort of software glitch.

    And I am planning to offer other donation options besides Patreon, which various people have complained about.

    • Replies: @Tusk
  364. peterAUS says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    ….While the editorial independence that is implied is no doubt to be fully maintained you might wish to elaborate that statement…..

    Advertising and editorial independence……………………………………………………

  365. Tusk says:
    @Ron Unz

    I am lucky that I am able to be such a constant reader, this site truly is a godsend and represents everything the internet should be. I’ll keep my eyes out for donation options because as soon as they pop up I’ll be sending money. Thanks for all the hard work.

  366. Wally says:
    @anonymous

    said:
    ” the concentration camps are real and you can still visit some of them”

    – No one says there weren’t ‘concentration camps’. No strawmen, please.

    What is known however is that the ‘6M Jews, 5M others & gas chambers’ are impossible, easily debunked lies.

    – BTW, you can still visit some of the WWII concentration camps run by the US.

    – Speaking of Elie Wiesel and ‘Night’, on p. 78 he stated quite clearly that Jews were given a choice to stay and await the Soviets, or retreat with the Germans. Most by far chose to leave with the Germans.

    • Replies: @Carolyn Yeager
  367. @paranoid goy

    … as for comments, one per article, no more

    The trouble with that would be that you’d have to read the whole thread, perhaps hundreds of comments, before deciding which to spend your precious allotment on. When the comment string gets very long, such as with Ron’s American Pravda items, some of us read it in installments separated by days. We’d have to keep a notebook to remind us which comments we might like to reply to, then go back and read all the possibilities again to decide how to maximize our one option.

  368. @anon

    Just read your reply. Your initial supposition about my suggestion is correct and I think you have made some good points which I will consider.

  369. Truth3 says:

    Amazing work Mr. Unz.

    Run for President, Win, and get America fixed.

    • Agree: Cat Hierophant
  370. Sparkon says:

    Sparkon posting as Anon.

    Beginning this morning Oct. 28, 2010, WP suddenly will not accept the email address I’ve used with my handle Sparkon the entire time I’ve been posting at UR, and instead throws up this message when I submit a comment for publication:

    Sparkon was selected as commenter name and that is the name of an existing, established commenter. However, the entered email did not match that of the existing commenter. To avoid confusion of identity, please provide one of the regular emails for that commenter or select a different commenter name.

    I trust this is some minor technical glitch as there has been no change in the email address I’ve been providing you as Sparkon. I’ve never posted here anonymously before, but I have no choice now.

    Thanks in advance for your attention to this matter, and by the way, check your typo:

    …and it has done very drawing, drawing more early readership than almost anything else I’ve published in recent years…

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

    I trust this is some minor technical glitch as there has been no change in the email address I’ve been providing you as Sparkon. I’ve never posted here anonymously before, but I have no choice now.

    Thanks for reporting that. Earlier this morning I just made some changes to the commenter-verification subsystem and wasn’t as careful as I thought I was. I think the bug has just been fixed.

  372. @Fran Taubman


    So I am pretty safe with my knowledge as is, sans (without) inflation.
    Having a father and uncles who served in WW2 both in Europe and Japan, and an extended family of Holocaust survivors.’

    They’re getting to be quite a population, those Holocaust survivors. They’re getting more common every year, too.

    I shouldn’t encourage Wally, but what was with those Nazis? For determined genocidalists, they seem to have missed a hell of a lot of Jews.

    …or has ‘Holocaust survivor’ simply come to mean ‘a Jew who lived in the Old World before 1945?’. After all, Fran’s got a whole ‘extended family’ of the critters. It sounds like my wife and her aunts.

  373. @Colin Wright

    I suppose that in 2019 you can just about be forgiven the flippancy which might upset fragile 95 year olds who lost a favourite sibling…

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Colin Wright
    , @Wally
  374. Wally says:
    @Fran Taubman

    Indeed Fran, no one can beat ‘that’.

    The ease in which the ridiculous narrative is debunked is due to the absurd impossibility of the claims.

    Hell, I’m just the messenger.

    It’s your guys who contrived such a dumb story, you only have them to blame.

  375. Miggle says:
    @iffen

    Once he becomes accustomed to advertising revenue he will be vulnerable. In Against Our Better Judgment: How the U.S. was used to create Israel, Alison Weir devotes a whole chapter to this topic, Chapter 15: Zionist Influence in the Media.

    One of her examples (all emphasis added by me):

    When the Saturday Evening Post published an article by Milton Mayer that criticized Jewish nationalism (and carried two other articles giving opposing views), Zionists organized what was probably the worst attack on the Post in its long history.

    Zionists inundated the magazine with vitriolic mail, cancelled their subscriptions, and withdrew their advertising. The Post learned its lesson, later refusing to publish an article that would have again exposed it to such an onslaught, even though the editor acknowledged that the rejected piece was a “good and eloquent article.”

    There is much more of that sort, as I said, a whole chapter.

    Other sites like ICH are explicit that they refuse to allow advertising, part of their independence and credibility credentials.

    Ron’s experimental, blank advertising panels are scary. This may be the beginning of the end for The Unz Review as a credible site.

  376. utu says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Be forgiven, you said?

    94-Year-Old Former Auschwitz Guard Found Guilty Of Complicity In 170,000 Murders
    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/17/482484836/94-year-old-former-auschwitz-guard-found-guilty-of-complicity-in-170-000-murders

    95-YEAR-OLD AUSCHWITZ PARAMEDIC TO STAND TRIAL IN GERMANY NEXT MONTH
    https://www.newsweek.com/hubert-z-auschwitz-guard-trial-417159

    U.S. deports 95-year-old Nazi guard Jakiw Palij to Germany …
    https://www.washingtonpost.com

    Former Auschwitz guard, 95, dies a year after being convicted of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4561930/Ex-Auschwitz-guard-95-dies-year-convicted.html

    • Replies: @Wally
  377. Hail says: • Website

    In the past day or two, internal links on the very first comment no longer work:

    To illustrate in this thread:

    [Hide 379 Comments] [Leave a Comment]

    “Comments, Complaints, and Suggestions”
    379 Comments

    [Commenters to Ignore] […to Follow] [Endorsed Only] [Trim Comments?]

    _______________

    1. Kali says:
    October 20, 2019 at [time]

    Althought my suggestion [….]

    With love,
    Kali

    • Replies: @Ron Unz

    [Reply] [Agree/Disagree/Etc.] [This Commenter] [This Thread] [Hide Thread]

    Everything in brackets above “Replies: @Ron Unz.,” and the commenter-username (comment history) and the date (link to comment), formerly clickable, no longer work. Comment-2 and beyond are fine. I have seen this in multiple threads. I have only seen it affect comment-1.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  378. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    Everything in brackets above “Replies: @Ron Unz.,” and the commenter-username (comment history) and the date (link to comment), formerly clickable, no longer work. Comment-2 and beyond are fine. I have seen this in multiple threads. I have only seen it affect comment-1.

    That’s very strange and puzzling. I just tried those clickable links on a couple of different browsers, and they seem to work fine for me. Are other people experiencing the same problem?

  379. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    Quite a few people have argued that the current requirement of 10 approved comments in the last 30 days in order to enable the Agree/Disagree option is too many, and I think they have a point. So I’m leaning towards reducing it to just 5. Requiring 5 comments during the past month is hardly unreasonable, and still helps to weed out the random trolls.

    Does anyone else share my view that rather than the “one per 60 minutes” quota that a “multiple per 24-hour window” allotment would work better?

    There seem to be quite a few conflicting views on the current limit of one Agree/Disagree Reaction per hour, and many people think it should be raised. But 2/hour could potentially mean 24/day, which seems too high.

    One possibility would be something like 5/24 hours. Another idea would be to keep the 1/hour but also allow people an “extra” Reaction perhaps every six hours, thereby allowing a maximum of 16/24 hours. Since I think most people visit the website rather episodically, they would normally get 2 Reactions at a time rather than just one.

    • Agree: Hail
  380. @Wizard of Oz

    ‘I suppose that in 2019 you can just about be forgiven the flippancy which might upset fragile 95 year olds who lost a favourite sibling…’

    If that was Fran, I’d guess she wouldn’t be talking about it.

    As a rule, people don’t parade experiences that are painful. Obama talks about how a security guard followed him around a store because he was black — because it really wasn’t all that bad. People who have seriously suffered from racism — or anything else — don’t bring it up all that readily.

    It’s a point Norm Finkelstein has made that people have misconstrued. His parents are actual Holocaust survivors. They don’t talk about it to strangers.

    Things that are bad, people don’t discuss on the internet. If the suffering had been close to Fran, she wouldn’t be telling me about it. Think you can guess what’s happened to me that’s bad?

    …no, you can’t. Nor, presumably, will I ever know the same about you.

    In other words, Fran’s full of shit. She probably hasn’t suffered at all.

  381. @Ron Unz

    Thanks does not mean agree. Once in a very great while I’m glad that someone has said something with which I disagree. And not just the hilarious Straw man pieces of Cockburn.

  382. @Ron Unz

    I was gratified to see your inclusion of “buy banned books here”

    (These guys,
    https://www.counter-currents.com/
    BTW reckon that Amazon has just banned their thirteen best best-sellers and say that Amazon controls 70% of the book market- maybe they should make your list, if they haven’t)

    I was astonished at the Google Ad. Why would you get into bed with people who oppose everything you stand for?
    Google is the biggest censor of free thought extant and demonstrably hates the majority of your readership.

    If you need the money, Add a donate page and I’ll add you to the $10 a month roster.

    The Ad was a colossal lapse of judgement.

  383. Rurik says:
    @Ron Unz

    Google AdSense

    I’d be curious to see what would happen if you gave them a free hand to target their ads to your readers based on their Google searches and profiles. Let us all chime in with the respective ads we receive on our computers based on their targeting algorithms.

    It now seems that they’re using people’s ‘smart’ phone microphones to know what people are likely to be interested in purchasing. We could say in the vicinity of our smart phone that we’re really thinking about a vacation rental in Mongolia. And then check The Unz Review for ads for rentals in Mongolia. That kind of thing. You could tell Google to have at it. Really use their techniques to maximum effect.

    Perhaps it’d be interesting to see what we’d all have show up on our computers.

    • Replies: @Miggle
  384. @anonymous

    No, too lazy since there isn’t anything to be gained. 15 years ago I used to have fun on a leftwing academic’s blogsite with half a dozen sock puppets taunting him and arguing with each other but that was because it was so easy to do and frivolous fun to see who would detect it, but life isn’t long enough and UR has a fair amount of creditable material.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  385. Rurik says:
    @Ron Unz

    Suggestion: include a simple ‘thanks’ along with ‘agree’, ‘disagree’, ‘lol’ and ‘troll’.

    I try to minimize unnecessary options. Wouldn’t “Agree” provide pretty much the same implications as “Thanks”?

    People sometimes say ‘Good post’, and you don’t want to ignore them, because it would feel ungracious. So for that reason, when someone writes ‘In a world filled with towering intellectual whores, you’re a man of extraordinary intellectual grit, and inspiring integrity, Mr. Unz’.

    Clicking ‘Agree’ to that, might appear self-congratulatory. So rather than posting a comment to say ‘thanks’, you could just click a button, and you are gracious, without cluttering up the comment section.

    • Replies: @Hail
  386. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    Pfft.

    See under Mr. Derbyshire’s February 15, 2019, article comment ## 28, 42, 43, 44, 68, 122, where Wizard of Oz got sloppy also posting as “Anon[436].”

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  387. Miggle says:
    @Rurik

    I just bought a new smartphone, Android, and during the setup I was horrified at Google pushing and bullying at every turn, with no escape from Google’s “I agree” button if the setup was to be completed.

    I don’t use anything Google apart from the OS which is Linux-based anyway. But it was an absolute Google deluge and I never wanted to swim in that stuff.

    So apart from using DuckDuckGo for searches, which I was doing anyway, I’ll search with its help for non-Android phones in future. There are a number of alternatives without going to Apple or Microsoft or an equivalent phone superpower.

    Boycott Google!

    • Replies: @Tusk
    , @Rurik
  388. @anonymous

    Ah, hijacked. Never mind, unimportant. John D is an old mate. And which anonymous are you?

    • Replies: @anonymous
  389. Tusk says:
    @Miggle

    I would suggest looking into custom ROMs if it is something you would feel comfortable/capable with. You can completely remove the packages that link your phone to google, but it does hamper some functionality of the phone, overall I think it is a good trade. You have complete control over your device in this case. For instance the GPS on my phone doesn’t work because I’ve removed the necessary background programs, the phone still works, but the GPS is unable to ever locate my device so that data cannot be transmitted anywhere unwittingly. It’s a good option if you can be bothered.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
    , @Miggle
  390. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    1. It has taken you eight months to come up with … “hijacked”?

    2. “And which anonymous are you?”

    I’m the same reader who, then assigned # 340, caught your sock puppetry back in February and have since been reminding readers of that and your odd trolling whenever you foul up a thread of interest to me. I recently had to replace my router, and was then assigned this # 128.

    If you think it’s worth lying about, then maybe you should start from scratch, too.

    • LOL: Wizard of Oz
  391. Hail says: • Website
    @Rurik

    I would tend to agree with Ron Unz that fewer ‘Reaction’ buttons is preferable, but Rurik’s comment leads me to reflect on what types of comments there are and if the current system serves them efefctively:

    There are perhaps five kinds of comment on this website and others like it:

    1- The short, often-sarcastic quip (generally ironic or an implied opinion at most);

    2- The expressed opinion (direct);

    3- The troll comment (the goal of which is to disguise itself as ‘2’);

    4- The ‘providing additional information’ comment on something relevant to the article/post (this is neutral, as far as opinion, therefore not something to disagree with);

    5- The OT comment and replies thereto (usually discouraged but largely welcomed by Steve Sailer on his blog, often sparking new blog posts by him when he reads one of interest).

    Another possibly category, thankfully rather seldom seen in most parts of the Unz Review and therefore not worth assigning a number, is the ‘flamewar’ comment. Famously common elsewhere on the Internet, these a re comments untethered from any pretense of exchange of ideas and made with malicious intent; the ad hominem‘ing another commenter and calling them names, etc.

    Another possible category are the very brief “Thanks, you too”-type comments, which generally follow-on from type 2 and type 3 comments, up to two layers deep. These are what Rurik is directly referencing, I believe. Adding a ‘Thanks’ button and increasing the Reaction-button-quota to some degree would definitely reduce these sorts of comment, and also allow for more commentariat ‘meta-data.’ However, the trade-off is it may trigger a need to re-think the Endorsed Only feature, as it may clutter it up.

    As for the core five comment types: Do the ‘Reaction’ buttons serve them well?

    1- served by’ LOL’

    2- served by ‘Agree’/’Disagree’ (some commenters also use ‘Troll’ to strongly disagree)

    3- served by ‘Troll’

    4- (Not served by any Reaction button; would probably be served by a ‘Thanks’ button) (some commenters may use ‘Agree’ but a highly awkward fit and the ‘market rate’ of reactions to a 4 comment is much higher than what we get now.

    5- (Partially served by Agree/Disagee or LOL; presumably would also benefit from a ‘Thanks’ button)

    • Replies: @Rurik
  392. peterAUS says:
    @Tusk

    …. but the GPS is unable to ever locate my device so that data cannot be transmitted anywhere unwittingly.

    You are, hopefully, aware that cell tower(s) triangulation has nothing to do with a GPS on your smartphone?

    As for

    ….You have complete control over your device in this case…

    that’s just funny. No offense.

    Even if you use custom ROM and related OS image do you really know what the code actually does? All of it?
    Good C/assembly programmer can get that, true.

    That’s for a clean slate, though, only As soon as your packets start flowing out (which is the purpose of the phone in the first place) and the packets start flowing IN the game changes. Malware/exploit thing.
    Granted, again, if you can get what all those packets of binary data do on your hardware you are good.

    Maybe.
    Because, really, who knows what’s exactly on the chips there? I don’t.

    • Replies: @Tusk
  393. Tusk says:
    @peterAUS

    Well I was meanly talking about being protected from parasitic companies such as google who want to take your data for God knows what, and then eventually sell it off. The Government/NSA/Spooks can do what they wish because if they want me smarter minds will do whatever they want to get it.

    As for triangulation yes that is a thing, but as I mentioned above it stops background programs, such as apps, sending GPS data away to who knows where. Most ‘rogue’ actors will not be triangulating some random persons phone. If you have a phone you are being tracked full stop. But the point is to reduce the harm that it does to you. Once you do this you have access to the terminal on your phone and power to do what you want.

    the packets start flowing IN the game changes. Malware/exploit thing.

    If you are running custom software on your phone malware will not function correctly because you will most likely not have the dependencies that are in common in 99% of phones, malware and exploits are often mass targeted so I doubt someone is targetting my obscure devie and obscure software (which I doubt would be even 0.01% of the total user) combination.

    As for the chips, why bother? Honestly I value my privacy probably more than the next guy but worrying about whether or not chips are cracked and the NSA is reading all my messages is out of my league. If they want to arrest me for saying something against blacks or jews so be it. Unless you’re prepared to live in the forest with no technology you’re already at risk. The important thing to be worried about, as Miggle mentioned, is that often you are agreeing to proprietry software and giving away your data to big corps. I’d rather keep my data and let the government do what it wants then having it be given to google and sold to who knows where. I’d rather not be profited off.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @peterAUS
  394. Ron Unz says:
    @Tusk

    Honestly I value my privacy probably more than the next guy but worrying about whether or not chips are cracked and the NSA is reading all my messages is out of my league. If they want to arrest me for saying something against blacks or jews so be it.

    Here’s another point. If the Deep State really wants to arrest you, can’t they just make up whatever dishonest reason they feel like?

    After all, Trump may be an ignorant buffoon, but he is President of the U.S., with some powerful allies, yet the “Deep State” just made up all the crazy Russiagate nonsense to try to get rid of him, and nearly succeeded.

    • Agree: Tusk, iffen
  395. @Ron Unz

    Ron – two comments. First on paid ads (hate it) and next a suggestion for a possibly better source of revenue.

    It’s my understanding that when publishers started inserting ads into magazines ~ 100 years ago, readers hated it. They were right… although we’ve gotten accustomed to it now.

    The problems I find with ads are many:
    1) If you really believe in a product… no need to get paid for promiting it.
    2) If someone has to pay you to say or post nice things about a product, that sounds like a “bribe” to me. I think that all the bribery in “Fake News” dulls their senses. No need to be like them.
    3) All ads are one-sided propaganda playing up only positives of a product. Why mix hard-hitting news/analysis with blatant propaganda?
    4) There’s the bait-and-switch aspect of it all. We’re here for news, not slick marketing.
    5) Accepting paid ads leads to a gradual loss of INDEPENDENCE… the single greatest virtue of good journalism.

    Of course, taking ads won’t instantly ruin the site. The decay is more gradual. I’m all for free enterprise and making an honest profit, but not all the junk attached with corporate ads.

    • Agree: Ron Unz
  396. Ron Unz says:

    After thinking over some of the issues raised, I’ve decided to try a few small changes in the Reactions system…

    (1) Commenters will only need to have had 5 rather than 10 published comments in the last 30 days to use Reactions. Five seems like a pretty small number, but that should still weed out random trolls.

    (2) Instead of a limit of one Reaction per hour, commenters may now apply up to 3 Reactions during every 8 hour sliding window. So commenters who periodically visit the website can use 3 Reactions each visit rather than merely 1, but the total number per 24 hours is still kept low.

    (3) I’ve spent some time modifying the system so that these sorts of adjustments will be much easier in the future. But it’s also been many months since I’ve done much work in the code, so alert me if you notice any problems.

    If most people seem to think these changes are beneficial, I’ll go ahead and announce them.

    • Agree: Bubba
    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Dissident
    , @res
    , @Hail
  397. Ron – here’s my other comment, for possibly a better source of revenue than paid corporate ads.

    I’ve been kicking this around in my head for a while… so here goes. Since Unz Review has one of the best Comments Sections in all of American publishing and since there is an obvious demand (value) for people expressing their opinions in a robust open forum and in response to an apparant need to organize the Comments Section… all signs point in one direction in my mind. If something has a true VALUE… folks need to pay for it.

    Economizing the Comments Sections would, I believe, have other side benefits:
    1) Folks would be discouraged from LONG rambling texts that just repeat the same junk.
    2) This encourages people to really THINK about what they’re saying and get to the point (i.e., is it really worth $2 or $3 bucks for my passionate salvo?). No more Free Lunch for dump-and-run political assassins.
    3) This would help pay for staff to monitor the comments… and remind the occassional malcontent to stop acting like an uncivilized jerk. That stuff really drags down the tone of all surrounding conversations. Alternatively, chaos is never good.
    4) This helps spread the cost of running Unz Review to more of the people who enjoy it (not just the publisher… which is not really fair).
    5) Hate to get all sentimental here… but those four positive qualities should make Unz Review feel more like… a friendly/diverse/balanced community.

    It’s definitely not just about the money. I hesitate to use the glib term “monetize.” It’s more about the inherent efficiencies I think this would foster.

    If you were to do that, I’m thinking something like 25 or 50 cents flat fee plus maybe 5 or 10 cents per word. Obviously, lots of room to experiment on that.

    Not sure if anyone else has attempted this. Boring sites with no independence (i.e. “False News”) could never pull this off. Their readers aren’t that motivated. Unz Review is a leader on so many other fronts… could be a leader here too.

    BTW, my first job after college was briefly working in a newspaper classified ads department in Buffalo, NY. I view this as a high-tech update to the classified news approach.

    • Replies: @Elsewhere
    , @Hail
    , @Miggle
  398. Tusk says:
    @Ron Unz

    Totally agree with you Ron. I think you can see that clearly with Assange, what an absolute extrajudicial farce. If they don’t make something up against you they can always use their ambiguous laws to get you such as ‘inciting racial hatred’ as was displayed during the Ernst Zundel trial to ensure you pay heavy penalties. It’s about being as safe as you can be and flying under the radar.

    • Agree: Rurik
  399. peterAUS says:
    @Tusk

    I was meanly talking about being protected from parasitic companies such as google who want to take your data for God knows what, and then eventually sell it off. The Government/NSA/Spooks can do what they wish….

    …If you have a phone you are being tracked full stop. ..

    Yep.

    …Most ‘rogue’ actors will not be triangulating some random persons phone…

    Some ‘rogue’ actors will be triangulating persons of interest. As, say, any public “alt-right” character. As the owner of this site, for example. And his contacts. And spread it ring further. If they want. For any reason imaginable.

    If you are running custom software on your phone malware will not function correctly because you will most likely not have the dependencies that are in common in 99% of phones, malware and exploits are often mass targeted so I doubt someone is targetting my obscure devie and obscure software (which I doubt would be even 0.01% of the total user) combination.

    Not sure I am following you here.
    You have a custom made smartphone running custom-built OS and application software?WOAH !!

    Or it is a mass produced device running any version of Unix-like OS? As Linux is. Which Android is based on. If it’s that, well…how about you simply take a look at one of those sites which actually sell exploits, just for a starter.

    …worrying about whether or not chips are cracked and the NSA is reading all my messages is out of my league.

    O.K.

  400. peterAUS says:
    @Ron Unz

    …If the Deep State really wants to arrest you, can’t they just make up whatever dishonest reason they feel like?

    Here is a scenario for interested parties:
    “They” want to get rid of you->they get an exploit onto your system(s)->they use that exploit to download any “prohibited” material (say……child pornography) into your local storage->they raid your place and find the evidence.
    Implausible?!
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8771746/SAS-hero-John-McAleese-was-facing-extradition-battle-over-child-porn-charge.html

    • Replies: @utu
    , @Tusk
  401. utu says:
    @peterAUS

    “they use that exploit to download any “prohibited” material (say……child pornography) into your local storage” – This is what possibly happened to Vladimir Bukovsky.

    Vladimir Bukovsky: Dissident claiming he was framed by Putin’s Russia sees child pornography trial abandoned
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/vladimir-bukovsky-child-porn-images-soviet-dissident-russia-gulags-putin-ussr-garry-kasparov-a8197081.html

  402. Tusk says:
    @peterAUS

    Certainly don’t doubt you there Peter. Considering they have access to the media to slander you, and everyone’s feelings towards pedophiles, spoofing ownership of child Pornography is a quick way to ensure someone garners no sympathy and can be locked up and monitored for the rest of their life. In fact I think most friends and family might even fall for it too since when it happens often enough people always say ‘I never would have guessed.’

  403. JackOH says:
    @Ron Unz

    “Here’s another point. If the Deep State really wants to arrest you, can’t they just make up whatever dishonest reason they feel like?”

    Yep.

    “After all, Trump may be an ignorant buffoon, but he is President of the U.S., with some powerful allies, yet the “Deep State” just made up all the crazy Russiagate nonsense to try to get rid of him, and nearly succeeded.”

    Yep.

    I sort of half-recall offering free advice to a commenter to do a gut check, a heart check, a soul check, and what-not before engaging in public controversy. Sincerity or purity of purpose (in practice, rejection of blandishments, such as bribes and sex, and resistance to extortion and blackmail and muscle) may induce powerful players to intercede in your behalf should you be targeted for gratuitous investigation and fabricated indictment. I know that for a fact.

  404. Pericles says:
    @anonymous

    Please note that you don’t have to provide your actual email address.

    As the comment form field so clearly states “A Real or Fictitious Email (always hidden)”. You won’t get emails about comment replies of course but should presumably be fine.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  405. Elsewhere says:
    @Steve Penfield

    Based on your proposed rate, your long comment would cost between $19.10 and $38.20, since it is 377 words. Even at 1 cent per word, it would be $3.77. I think that’s too much.

    Besides, money transfers are not easy, so this would never work.

    I’d prefer a system where annual donations provide perks like automatic publishing of comments or having a special symbol next to one’s pseudonym.

    • Replies: @Steve Penfield
  406. Rurik says:
    @Miggle

    Boycott Google!

    I agree!

    But would also include Apple and Microsoft and Facebook and Amazon, and all the other Marxist, SJW tech firms, at least as much as possible.

    Don’t buy Gillette razors.

    Don’t go see the Irishman.

    Don’t give your money and patronage to people who hate your guts and want to see you destroyed.

    That’s my maxim.

  407. anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pericles

    Thanks. But I believe that the moderator(s) on the WordPress platform used here still can see the true email address of the commenters. I also like being alerted to replies, like yours.

    Again, this should be clarified and disclosed.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  408. Rurik says:
    @Hail

    the Endorsed Only feature, as it may clutter it up.

    Not certain, but I think the Endorsed Only feature excludes ‘Disagree’. In which case it would be a simple matter to have it also exclude ‘Thanks’.

    A ‘Thanks’ button could also be used for people to say ‘thanks’ for saying that’, for instance.

    So, not just ‘thanks’ for a compliment, but ‘thanks’ for saying what should be said. That sort of thing.

    When Priss writes some insight into Globohomo, (didn’t he coin that term?), and you might not agree with the whole screed, but just the general tone, instead of clicking ‘Agree’, you could click ‘Thanks’, for expressing one of his eloquent comments on race relations in America, for instance.

  409. Pericles says:
    @anonymous

    Firstly, if you haven’t disclosed your email here, the people at Unz have no way of knowing it.

    Secondly, I furthermore have the impression Unz runs and hosts its own private WordPress instance, unlike many blogs that are hosted at wordpress.com. That privacy presumably means wordpress.com doesn’t have access to the Unz private data, like email addresses used in comments, and so can’t use it for whatever purpose you’re thinking of. (Associating it with comments at wordpress.com perhaps?)

    So I think that’s not a real problem to worry about. Nevertheless, there are always unforeseen events like illegal data breaches or whatnot. Thus, as a matter of private IT hygiene, disclose as little as possible.

  410. @Elsewhere

    Mr. Elsewhere: Your detailed calculations are nifty… but you forgot something. My post would actually have been FREE because I would normally have emailed it directly to the source. I just made an exception here since Ron solicited public comments.

    As for “money transfers… would never work.” Good point. I guess that’s why PayPal and Uber “don’t work” at all.

    Your suggestion of a PBS-style fundraising charity event is just… sad. Just image: For a yearly gift of $100, you can get a “free” coffee mug emblazoned with Unz Review. For $1,000, you can get an autographed photo of Ron. For $10,000, you get your name (or favorite pseudonym) posted in the corner of Unz Review as a “gold level sponsor.” Yeah, that might work.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  411. @Saggy

    That Ron Unz calls Docherty & Macgregor’s excellent treatise ridiculous cannot be his real opinion unless he has been conned to read a fake version of the text.
    It is a classic although opportunists dont dare to give it cred.
    It is THE work to choose for those who want an intro to real history.

    • Replies: @Saggy
  412. Rurik says:
    @Steve Penfield

    As for “money transfers… would never work.” Good point. I guess that’s why PayPal and Uber “don’t work” at all.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/paypal-de-platforms-conservative-street-artist-sabo-holds-his-funds-for-six-months/

    PayPal De-Platforms Conservative Street Artist Sabo, Holds His Funds for Six Months

    • Replies: @Pericles
  413. One thing I keep running into under the new regime is the limit on posts on a single thread.

    I suppose I’m the intended target, but I get into it with the vile AaronB, and there I am, being told to take a break. Worse, I just used my last allowed post to make some minor aside.

    …but now the relatively substantial post I just composed can’t be put up.

    I don’t suppose it would be practical to have some kind of warning? Like, ‘this will be the last post you will be able to make until _:___ GMT on this thread. Are you sure you want to post it?’

  414. Wally says:
    @Fran Taubman

    – I thought you said you were leaving this site.

    You said: “Surrounded by leading Zionist intellectuals.”

    – Truly a contradiction in terms.

    – We also note that you cannot refute the information presented here by “holocaust” Revisionists which you prefer to censor.

  415. Saggy says: • Website
    @Peter Grafström

    That Ron Unz calls Docherty & Macgregor’s excellent treatise ridiculous cannot be his real opinion unless he has been conned to read a fake version of the text.

    Not only does he call it ridiculous, the reason he gives when challenged is that because ‘it is so ridiculously “conspiratorial”’. Truly amazing. It makes me suspicious. If conspiracies are ipso facto ridiculous, we might as well go home and revel in our power as citizens in a democracy ! The obvious fact is that each decision of the govt. is the result of a conspiracy over which we have scant knowledge and no control whatsoever.

  416. Wally says:
    @utu

    – That’s quite amazing considering they have never presented a forensic report on the alleged ‘& impossible ‘gas chambers’ of Auschwitz.

    – But hey, they did accept a Communist report at Nuremberg on steam chambers at Treblinka where Jews are said to have exterminated like lobsters.

    – And of course there were many trials, confessions, & eyewitnesses where witchcraft was proven to be fact.

    [MORE]

    The Rudolf Report / Expert Report on Chemical and Technical Aspects of the ‘Gas Chambers’ of Auschwitz
    http://vho.org/GB/Books/trr/index.html

    ‘Some Technical and Chemical Considerations about the ‘Gas Chambers’ of Auschwitz and Birkenau’
    by Master Chemist Germar Rudolf
    http://www.vho.org/GB/Books/dth/fndgcger.html

  417. Hail says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    I think this is a good change.

    Regarding user experience: Not sure how hard the following would be to implement, but (1) “graying out” the Reaction boxes again after the third use in 8 hours would be helpful to commenters’ experience, as would (2) the inclusion of a countdown timer (something like “7 hours, 30 mins, 15 [14…13…12…] seconds until you can use the Reaction button again”) next to the greyed out Reaction boxes.

    (3) This text, displayed on every comment, will of course need updating:

    These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Troll, or LOL with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the ‘Remember My Information’ checkbox, and may also ONLY be used once per hour.

    (4) Finally, I would note that as the system exists now, a Reaction counts as a comment, which means it counts towards the 3/hour rule. If a person reads through comments and drops in three Reactions in a thread, he is effectively barred from commenting, unless the person is committed enough to return after 60 [?] minutes. Maybe this rule could be kept, but users should be informed somehow through the interface. Alternatively, consider making Reaction button uses not count towards the 3/hour comment limit.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  418. Hail says: • Website

    A commenter in a Steve Sailer blog post suggests a Report a Bug feature:

    > I see the Unz Review archive version is down (troubling)

    It looks like an endless redirect loop bug related to Cloudflare.

    Not sure how to report bugs on Unz.
    Just comment on the latest article under “Announcements”?

    The “endless redirect loop bug” is affecting this old post:

    See also from iSteve, June 2019:

    How Soon Until Woke AI Replaces Grievance Studies Interns in the Media?

    I see the Unz Review archive version is down (troubling)

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  419. Wally says: • Website
    @Wizard of Oz

    Except that you cannot present proof that these alleged ‘lost favourite siblings’ were murdered by ‘the Nazis’.
    Of course you have been challenged to present such proof right here at the UR.

    Talk is cheap, and all you have is talk, and bizarre wishful thinking.

  420. Hail says: • Website
    @Steve Penfield

    I believe Taki’s Magazine (better known as Takimag), which once had a lively comment section, transitioned to a ‘paywall’ model, in which only those who donated could not only post comments but read others’ comments (the other benefit of paying being no ads — Takimag is so ad-heavy that I have sometimes avoided it for that reason alone, the risk of a major browser slowdown or crash from all the ads, which I have experienced there).

    The non-paying, general user who surfed in to Takimag after the change no longer saw comments at all at the end of articles, but rather a link to the donation page. So it became a private club.

    I don’t know why they did this, exactly, but it may have partly been a move to suppress trolls and low-quality commenters who tended to dominate comment sections at Takimag, which is less of a problem here (but, IMO, the quality of the commentariat varies a lot between authors at the Unz Review).

    Not sure what those closed Taki comment sections are like today, as I don’t contribute to Takimag. They may have thrown the baby out with the bathwater.

    • Agree: Steve Penfield
  421. Hi Ron,

    Commenter Hail noticed a bug that makes at least one old iSteve post unreadable:

    @Hail

    > See also from iSteve, June 2019:
    > How Soon Until Woke AI Replaces Grievance Studies Interns in the Media?
    > http://www.unz.com/isteve/how-soon-until-woke-ai-replaces-grievance-studies-interns/
    > I see the Unz Review archive version is down (troubling)

    It looks like an endless redirect loop bug related to Cloudflare.

    Not sure how to report bugs on Unz.
    Just comment on the latest article under “Announcements”?

    @European-American

    Good point. Perhaps a good recommendation for Ron would be exactly that, an easy Report a Bug feature.

    In general I notice more problems in the mobile version.

    Whatever the problem at the June 2019 “How Soon Until Woke AI Replaces Grievance Studies Interns in the Media?” thread is, it has been going on a while, as google has lost its cache of it. Who knows how many of the 20,199 Steve Sailer posts are inaccessible because of this? Worth a look into.

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/the-lame-strike-back/#comment-3530901

  422. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    (1) “graying out” the Reaction boxes again after the third use in 8 hours would be helpful to commenters’ experience, as would (2) the inclusion of a countdown timer

    Actually, both graying out let alone a count-down timer would be quite difficult to implement. That’s because those are user-specific displays that must be implemented via Javascript while the current limiting mechanism is PHP/MySQL implemented at the point that Reaction button is pressed.

    (3) This text, displayed on every comment, will of course need updating:

    Fixed.

    (4) Finally, I would note that as the system exists now, a Reaction counts as a comment, which means it counts towards the 3/hour rule.

    Reactions definitely shouldn’t count as comments toward the 3/10 limit, and the code looks right, so double-check your problem.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  423. Ron Unz says:
    @Hail

    A commenter in a Steve Sailer blog post suggests a Report a Bug feature:

    Thanks for letting me know. That sometimes happens when pages are cached while CloudFlare is temporarily at top-alert. I’ll see about fixing the problem in a general way.

    • Agree: European-American
  424. @Wally

    Speaking of Elie Wiesel and ‘Night’, on p. 78 he stated quite clearly that Jews were given a choice to stay and await the Soviets, or retreat with the Germans. Most by far chose to leave with the Germans.

    I got kicked off of CODOH Forum for saying and proving that this is wrong. Since it’s one of your favorite things to say, you and Fritz Berg, you don’t appreciate my correcting you about it. Sorry, but truth comes first.

    At Auschwitz in January 1945, the only Jews that were given a choice to stay and await the Soviets were those in the hospital, under the care of a few (Jewish) doctors & nurses. Elie was in the hospital at the time and his father was allowed to stay with him, according to his own story, that is; there is no record of it. That’s how kindly Auschwitz was run, then and always. All other Jews were forced to leave with the guards because the Germans did not allow their prisoners who they were responsible for to just run loose.

    • Replies: @Saggy
    , @Wally
  425. Saggy says: • Website
    @Carolyn Yeager

    Amazing. Of course you are correct. CODOH is an odd bunch. I’ve been kicked off for less, three times, with different IDs ! Also, Primo Levi and Otto Frank were in Auschwitz hospitals when the Soviets approached, and chose to stay and were liberated by them.

    • Replies: @Carolyn Yeager
    , @Wally
  426. @Saggy

    Yes, and I’m not saying Elie did stay; again according to his own story, he and his father decided to leave with the German guards. It’s all fiction however. I don’t believe Elie was ever in Buchenwald. See http://www.eliewieseltattoo.com (http://www.eliewieseltattoo.com/elie-wiesel-was-not-in-buchenwald-made-simple/)

    • Replies: @Saggy
  427. @Colin Wright

    They’re getting to be quite a population, those Holocaust survivors. They’re getting more common every year, too.

    I think a new generation of Holocaust survivors was born around 1955. Some of them can remember the gas chambers from 1980.

    • Disagree: Dissident
  428. Miggle says:
    @Steve Penfield

    I disagree. First, I’m very impressed by how learned and objective many of the longer comments are. Long maybe, rambling not.

    Second, yes, there are nutcases and trolls out there. I engaged with a Zionist witch and think I won, her absurdities became more absurd, at last a shriek or two, and I think my responses were reasoned arguments that demolished her.

    And I haven’t noticed that the nutty comments are long and rambling.

    I don’t think a paywall for commenters to jump over is a good idea.

  429. Dissident says:
    @Ron Unz

    I find these changes quite reasonable.

    I would like to report some problems I have been experiencing with my “commenter archive” page. First, for two weeks or more now, none of the numerous comments that I have invoked the AGREE function for appear on said page. The last such comment to appear on my archive page is dated October 14th. Refreshing the page, clearing my cache, closing and re-starting my browser, rebooting my computer, and trying a different browser have all been to no avail here.

    Second, since much longer than the past two weeks, at least many of the comment counts displayed on my commenter archive page for the threads that I have commented-on have not been synchronizing with the threads themselves; the latency can be as much as weeks.
    ~ ~ ~
    Also, as others in this thread before me have already asked/expressed,

    1.) Do the posting quantity limits apply to Steve Sailer’s blog?

    2.) It would be nice to at least have somewhat of a better idea of who moderates submitted comments. We are told that Mr. Sailer handles the comment moderation for his iSteve blog that is hosted here. What about the other authors that are hosted here? How involved, if at all, are they in the moderation of the comments submitted under their work? How involved is Mr. Unz personally? Is there a dedicated staff of hired or volunteer moderators?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Ron Unz
  430. You’ve mentioned your Content Management System a few times. Have you thought of making a public API for searching archives?

    Also, have you considered getting access to William F. Buckley’s old Firing Line videos? I think the Heritage Foundation is sitting on them for some reason.

    https://www.heritage.org/conservatism/commentary/the-legacy-william-f-buckley-jr

  431. Saggy says: • Website
    @Carolyn Yeager

    It’s all fiction however.

    I don’t think it’s all fiction, but it doesn’t really make much difference. For holocaust deniers, we couldn’t hope for a better book. It contains gratuitous absurdities …

    [MORE]

    Babies were thrown in the air and the machine gunners used them as targets

    He doesn’t mention gas chambers disguised as shower rooms, and writes that the Nazis killed the Jews by tossing them alive into burning pits, one for children, one for adults. A physical impossibility, as anyone thrown into a burning pit would immediately jump out.

    He does mention on six occasions taking a shower, expressly for disinfection, e.g.

    A barrel of foul smelling liquid stood by the door. Disinfection. Everybody soaked in it. Then the shower. All very fast. As we left the showers we were chased outside

    He writes about two separate occasions where Jews kill their own fathers, e.g.

    “Meir, my little Meir! Don’t you recognize m e…Yo u ‘ r e killing your father… I have bread…for you t o o… for you t o o…”

    He writes that he was in the hospital being treated for an infected foot, and the Nazis gave him and his father the choice of leaving or staying as the Soviets approached, and he chose to stay.

    What more could we hope for. An absolutely preposterous book full of obvious lies, that gets the method of killing wrong, shows the Jews to be degenerates, that shows the Nazis treated the Jews in hospitals and gave them the choice of leaving/staying as the Soviets approached.

    And yet, the book is required/recommended reading in nearly every school. The readers NEVER notice the absurdities or that the book contradicts the standard narrative. The Jews seem to think we, the goyim, are complete idiots, and they seem to be right. They revel in the obvious lies that we believe.

  432. Ron Unz says:
    @Dissident

    I would like to report some problems I have been experiencing with my “commenter archive” page.

    That’s odd. I just checked your Commenter Archive, and it seems to include the various Agrees and Disagrees, while the comment totals also seem correct. Let me know if you still see any problems.

  433. res says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    As to the Anons….. can you do it? Different ISPs, different Wifi, turning off Wifi in favour of Mobile Data, grabbing one’s spouses or mate’s phone in the café or club…..

    It looks like the answer to that is no. See this comment:
    http://www.unz.com/isteve/race-genetics-and-pseudoscience-an-explainer/#comment-3532271

    And it was 2 comments an hour initially that I could only post so thus why I used another device/account.

    Ron, could you please make a clear statement of whether or not that is acceptable practice?

  434. res says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thank you! That was a very welcome fix.

  435. res says:
    @Ron Unz

    Ron, could you put all of these limits and important policies (e.g. concerning sock puppets) in a FAQ?

  436. Ron Unz says:
    @Dissident

    I would like to report some problems I have been experiencing with my “commenter archive” page. First, for two weeks or more now, none of the numerous comments that I have invoked the AGREE function for appear on said page. The last such comment to appear on my archive page is dated October 14th. Refreshing the page, clearing my cache, closing and re-starting my browser, rebooting my computer, and trying a different browser have all been to no avail here.

    Second, since much longer than the past two weeks, at least many of the comment counts displayed on my commenter archive page for the threads that I have commented-on have not been synchronizing with the threads themselves; the latency can be as much as weeks.

    I figured out what was happening. For performance reasons, the Commenter Archive pages are normally cached as static files and only updated when new comments are added. Unfortunately, that excluded Agree/Disagree/etc Reaction comments, so your archive wasn’t being properly updated until you recently left a regular comment. I’ve now fixed that bug.

    • Agree: European-American
    • Replies: @J. Gutierrez
    , @Dissident
  437. Anonymous[362] • Disclaimer says:

    Another possible change might be to restrict Anonymous commenters to just two comments per hour so as to encourage them to start using Handles.

    There’s no reason to encourage us to use handles. In my experience, statistically, “anonymous” comments on this website have proven to be no less valuable in terms of reason or data than the rest. Most people don’t know it, but even a transitory, random Internet handle has a tendency to shape expressed views – and responses – along the fear/favour curve. Ultimately, the site is definitely gaining traffic by providing a quick path to join a conversation without any jumping through hoops so it would be a mistake to limit their voices in a vain attempt to curb shills.

    That said, the only legitimate problem is the fact that my “Anonymous” comments within a thread/article are often getting marked with different hashtag numbers (if I wait a bit). This is obviously a problem for people who want to address the same person, on the same topic, they engaged before. I am using a VPN but my submitted fake e-mail is always the same. The software should probably favour that when assigning identifying hashtag numbers. Ideally, the number should stay the same within the thread/article but switch for another topic (to avoid fear/favour mechanism messing with true free speech).

    Real shills will obviously be able to bypass and abuse all your automated defences so the only solution in those cases is a real, wise mod, keeping them in check. Most real shills will automatically morph through all ID info you’re able to track.

    • Replies: @Miggle
  438. @Ron Unz

    Ron,

    I just received a popup window message that says I was ‘Blocked” from posting comments by the article’s writer, Philip Giraldi. LOL I guess I wrote something that was the “Truth”, something most Americans rarely hear. I respect his decision to censor who ever he wants, but I don’t agree with it. He could have just responded to my comment addressing the areas of my response that caused him to block me.

    My suggestion to you is:

    1. When a person is blocked by one of your writers, the website should immediately post a comment on that article in a red box stating “All further comments by J.Gutierrez to articles written by Philip Girardi have been “Blocked”!

    2. Require the writer to provide his reason for doing so.

    3. The Unz Review make the decision to block the commentator.

    The first one allows other commentators to know that the blocked person is not responding back because of his new status and is not just ignoring their interaction.

    The second one lets us know we live in a free society and we just don’t violate someone’s free speech without a good reason.

    The third one allows someone to have a form of arbitration where a decision that sanctions someone is made by an impartial person and not someone that just doesn’t like what you have to say.

    For the mean time I am requesting that you Mr. Unz post a message on that particular article informing the other commentators of Mr. Girardi’s decision to block me from any further interaction.

    Thank you for allowing us to have a platform where people can share their thoughts, knowledge and experience with those who seek to be informed about events that effect every one of us. You have my personal email if you wish to respond to my request there..

    You are very much appreciated,

    J.G.

    • Replies: @Fran Taubman
  439. Wally says:
    @Carolyn Yeager

    said
    “I got kicked off of CODOH Forum for saying and proving that this is wrong. Since it’s one of your favorite things to say, you and Fritz Berg, you don’t appreciate my correcting you about it. Sorry, but truth comes first.”

    – Hardly. In fact you were quite thoroughly, refuted at:
    https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1372&p=76539&hilit=wiesel+yeager#p76539

    – AFAIK you got kick off the CODOH Forum after being embarassed (see above) for gross violation of the simple guidelines, including childish name calling, dodging, and off topic posts (spam) after being repeatedly warned. It would appear you only have yourself to blame.

    – And of course, you did post 355 times at CODOH, so you were certainly not prevented from speaking your mind.

    Facts matter. Regards.

  440. Wally says:
    @Saggy

    said
    “Amazing. Of course you are correct. CODOH is an odd bunch. I’ve been kicked off for less, three times, with different IDs !”

    – Proof your being kicked off / censored is where?

    – Perhaps your three sock puppets, usually not acceptable anywhere, was the issue. LOL

    CODOH Forum guidelines
    https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=358

    • Replies: @Saggy
  441. Saggy says: • Website
    @Wally

    Proof your being kicked off / censored is where?

    ‘Flimflam’, about a month ago, check it out. It’s no biggie. The others were a long time ago. Maybe a ‘Saggy’?
    Here is the fact, CODOH argues that the holocaust should be freely discussed, but not one of them is willing to identify themselves. Such cowardly behavior is self-defeating. They/you are all cowards, like the rest of us. Really, it’s too freaking amazing, that no one will openly oppose the Jews, even as they destroy our country, and decimate the ME.

    • Replies: @Tusk
    , @Theodore
  442. Tusk says:
    @Saggy

    Hard to ask someone to go to jail, incur monetary costs, and be away from their family when you don’t have to. Someone anonymous can as easily debunk it is someone as high profile as Elon Musk for instance. Eventually famous people will need to adopt the truth for it to be ‘legitimate’ but that doesn’t mean if the millions of laymen do a movement will never succeed. It’s about the truth and it shouldn’t matter where it comes from or who accepts it.

  443. Theodore says:
    @Saggy

    Here is the fact, CODOH argues that the holocaust should be freely discussed, but not one of them is willing to identify themselves. Such cowardly behavior is self-defeating.

    You really think it is a good idea for someone to come out with their identity if it would probably ensure their unemployability, get them fired, etc? What good comes from such things, for someone who is younger and can not retire, or someone who is not an “Expert” in any way they will just be ignored.

    For people who are very wealthy, I think they should come out about it, or at least donate to the causes. For someone who is in their 20’s and is working paycheck to paycheck or just starting their career, it’s absolutely absurd for them to *publicly* come out like that. by all means, inform your friends.

  444. @J. Gutierrez

    I agree with this completely having also been blocked by Giraldi, who rales about free speech and being taken off of the American Conservative.
    He should not be able to block those who disagree with him, if this site is truly about freedom of the speech.
    Griladi is notoriously thin skinned and tends to gather only people that agree with him.
    It reflects badly on him.
    People on his page did not know I was blocked by him and I had no way to communicate what happened directly on the thread.
    Just being cut off is not adequate, you should let others know what happened with some public explanation that you have been blocked.

    • Troll: Tusk
  445. @Fran Taubman

    ‘I agree with this completely having also been blocked by Giraldi, who rales about free speech and being taken off of the American Conservative…’

    But you were leaving anyway, Fran. What difference does it make?

    • Replies: @J. Gutierrez
  446. @Wally

    Sorry Wally, but I see NO refutation of Carolyn Yeager and NO comment by Carolyn Yeager there, and no name calling either. I see my name being brought up by you to “onetruth”, an English-language challenged hoaxer (one of many who show up there now and then to argue with the same old forum crowd over the same old issues that neither side ever gives in on).

    [MORE]

    by Hannover » 3 years 8 months ago (Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:49 pm)
    ‘onetruth’ asks embarrassingly:

    Those who claim that a choice to stay behind was give please tell me how you know this choice was given. Repeating the same claim again and again does not make it true.
    Can anyone here point to any evidence that a choice was given to Prisoners to say behind ?

    Well yes, I have as have BOTH Pimo Levy and Elie Wiesel have told us how the choice was made. And indeed, repeating irrefutable facts is often necessary to those who ignore those irrefutable facts for purposes of their own agenda.
    The problem for Zionist ‘onetruth’ and the beleaguered Carolyn Yeager is that neither can substantiate their empty claims that there were “death marches” or that myself and that BOTH Primo Levy and Elie Wiesel are wrong in this regard. They can say whatever they wish, but the facts of the matter make ‘onetruth’ and Yeager appear foolish. And that’s their problem.

    Where’s the refutation, Wally? My participation at codoh forum came in about 4 different, quite separated time periods and not always under the name of Carolyn Yeager. But I can hardly believe I wrote 355 comments in all! Are you sure you’re not adding someone else in to my total? I also think you must be breaking your privacy promise by putting out this kind of information – not a good idea. Every known revisionist who’s ever posted at CODOH forum has been banned for the reasons you give here. And it was always bogus. That’s why your forum is has so little activity and the same few people participating year after year.

    I do not validate the term “death marches” but I can and did validate that Elie Wiesel DID NOT confirm, in Night or anywhere else, that just any (or every) Jew could stay behind if he/she wished, as you want to believe. I made my case perfectly but not one bit of support from anyone there that I remember. But I repeat, This is not the thread on which to continue such a discussion.

  447. @Wally

    Must add, Wally wrote:

    AFAIK you got kick off the CODOH Forum after being embarassed (see above) for gross violation of the simple guidelines,

    I was never “embarrassed” (how would you know?) but I’d say you are projecting your own embarrassment for denying being ‘Hanover’ while you make it so obvious that you are. How else would you know how many comments I had in total at that forum?

    Your vindictiveness here is the same as what causes you to ban people at Codoh forum who have the temerity to argue with you.

    • Replies: @Wally
  448. Pericles says:
    @Rurik

    PayPal De-Platforms Conservative Street Artist Sabo, Holds His Funds for Six Months

    Here we must pause to ask, why exactly are communists running the capitalist payment system?

  449. Pericles says:
    @Ron Unz

    Actually, both graying out let alone a count-down timer would be quite difficult to implement. That’s because those are user-specific displays that must be implemented via Javascript while the current limiting mechanism is PHP/MySQL implemented at the point that Reaction button is pressed.

    You could provide most of this without a lot of javascript. The server could just provide the user’s ‘estimated earliest next post time’ with the page and let the browser display it in whatever way you prefer, timers or dates or whatever. And you can generalize this to also display remaining number of posts and so on.

    When time permits, add more javascript to make the display fancier.

    The above is just informational. The server can, and should, continue to limit posting/activity just like it does now.

  450. @Ron Unz

    If the Deep State really wants to arrest you, can’t they just make up whatever dishonest reason they feel like?

    The ZOA is laser focused on Conservative kid Nick Fuentes for calling out the hypocrisy of “Conservative” Charlie Kirk and TPUSA. Funding for this group comes from the likes of Bernard Marcus of Home Depot. It’s obvious this is not a grassroots movement and the funding is given on the sole premise of endorsing Zionism.

    As a noted name in politics can’t you help the young man out by personally referring him to the https://www.unz.com/page/american-pravda-series/ to challenge the claims of TPUSA and Zionist Organization?

    • Replies: @anonymous
  451. Are https://twitter.com/unzreview and https://twitter.com/RonUnz1 legitimate Twitter accounts for Ron Unz?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  452. Ron Unz says:
    @Jon Baptist

    Are https://twitter.com/unzreview and https://twitter.com/RonUnz1 legitimate Twitter accounts for Ron Unz?

    Well, those accounts are legitimate, but as you can see their usage is minimal.

    Personally, I’m old-fashioned and don’t use Social Media such as Twitter and Facebook.

    Since that Fuentes fellow seems a young and very energetic Twitter user, I think there are two possibilities. Either he’s never heard of me or he’s heard of me and my webzine and is there probably already very familiar with my American Pravda articles.

    If I’m mistaken, it probably makes much more sense for you or some other active Twitter-users to try to bring the material to his attention.

    • Replies: @Jon Baptist
    , @Hail
  453. Wally says:
    @Carolyn Yeager

    – Hey little girl, anyone registered can find out how many posts someone has made at the CODOH forum.

    And guess what. Per PM to CODOH moderator, you are in fact NOT BANNED from posting. You were warned. That’s it.

    – Your embarrassment was proven by your spamming and name calling and of course the fake story you’ve given in this thread.

    – Only the embarrassed would call the facts ‘vindictiveness’.

    – Nope, sorry to disappoint you, I’m not this ‘Hannover’, as if that’s even important.
    Let’s see now, this magical ‘Hannover’ guy has been said to be about a dozen different people. LOL

    – I suppose what I should do is post more links to some of your 355 posts which have you making a fool out yourself with bad information that you stubbornly cling to.

    – Too bad Carolyn, you get many aspects of the holocaust” fraud’ right, but you just can’t handle it when you get corrected on the aspects that you are wrong about. Time to grow up.

    • Replies: @Saggy
    , @Carolyn Yeager
  454. @Colin Wright

    Colin.

    Please, your response to Fran is childish (Trumpish). Stick to the subject or not respond at all, it’s not becoming of you. Don’t you find it ironic after blocking people that he is not in agreement with, he has the audacity to publish a piece about Assange? WTF, he must think you people are stupid, is all I can say!

  455. @Fran Taubman

    Fran,

    I feel that if someone comments on a published article, unless that person’s response consists of writing outright lies, there should be no reason for that person to be blocked. The only thing left is to have 2 guys in suits with dark glasses knocking at my door! If this censorship is allowed, it should be a warning to all decent people in the US, that they are not allowed to disagree. Shut up and obey are the rules if you want to live in our failed democracy!

    [MORE]

    Don’t listen to Colin Wright’s comment, I don’t know what’s wrong with him writing such childish words. I didn’t expect that from him, we have had different exchanges on this site and I figured him to be beyond posting silly comments, maybe I was wrong about him. That’s something Wally would write.

    Thank you for supporting my position and I hope you keep sharing on this site. I will definitely follow your posts. Don’t you find it disgusting that Mr. Giraldi’s new article is about Assange? You can read my response to EliteComminc and quickly figure out why I was blocked, it hit to close to home…

    Take care Fran…

    • Agree: Fran Taubman
    • Replies: @Saggy
  456. Please block access to this site from handsets and tablets.

    Mobile peasants and tablet clowns do not deserve to have access to premium content.

    • Disagree: Hail
  457. peterAUS says:

    Please block access to this site from handsets and tablets.

    Mobile peasants and tablet clowns do not deserve to have access to premium content.

    Not a bad idea.

    • Replies: @refl
  458. Saggy says: • Website
    @Wally

    Hey little girl, anyone registered can find out how many posts someone has made at the CODOH forum.

    It is very annoying when anonymous idiots vilify persons who have publicly tried to expose the holohoax and stood up to the wrath of the Jews. But, that is policy at CODOH, which has banned F. Berg, C. Yeager, E. Hunt, and harassed M. Hoffman off the board.

    Have some respect for the people who are doing what you are too much of a coward to do

    Note: that said, I think you’re doing a good job on Unz.

    • Replies: @Wally
  459. Saggy says: • Website
    @J. Gutierrez

    THERE IS A SOLUTION TO THE ‘CENSORSHIP’ ISSUE ….
    Every site must be able to block comments as otherwise anyone could post any garbage and immediately destroy any semblance of intelligent discussion or debate.

    So, given that every site is going to block some comments, the only viable solution is for them to do it transparently, that is, we should be able, if so inclined, to find out what has been blocked. Then, the censorship is transparent to all.

    And that is easy to do, all the site needs to do publish the list of censored/blocked comments, just one link on the site to ‘Trash’ which points to the list of censored/blocked posts.

    • Replies: @J. Gutierrez
    , @Daniel Rich
  460. @Wally

    You force my hand, so here we go —

    I KNOW I can post at Codoh forum. I KNOW that people “banned” there are always reinstated (though I didn’t always know it). [My commenting there goes back a long ways, under various names, so I don’t believe the current moderator can give out that information on “Carolyn Yeager” to random people. That would be unethical.] I also know the moderator (YOU or your hireling) tells people they are banned and doesn’t say its for a limited time period, and also doesn’t notify the person when they’re no longer “banned.” I know the difference between a warning and a ban.

    Fritz Berg was “banned” from Codoh and told you to go to hell. Eric Hunt was “banned” by you. All the best known and best commenters there have been. For what? Because they broke one of your little rules in the heat of the argument OR showed you up or “insulted” you. I also NEVER made a fool of myself there and I’m not doing so now.

    So let’s watch you make a fool of yourself, Wally. Let’s continue with the question of whether all prisoners at Auschwitz were given the choice to leave or stay at the end of January 1945. You insist “all Jews” had the choice because of one line in the book “Night” and because hospital patient Primo Levy was able to stay. Present your other proofs please, the best that you can come up with, and then I will knock them down. After all, I am the author of well over 100 articles about every aspect of Elie Wiesel posted at the website Elie Wiesel Cons the World. I know a thing or two.

    Too bad Carolyn, you get many aspects of the holocaust” fraud’ right, but you just can’t handle it when you get corrected on the aspects that you are wrong about. Time to grow up.

    This is pure projection on your part. Please show me what I am wrong about on the above Auschwitz issue. And while you’re at it, show me what I supposedly said about death marches. I can’t wait.

  461. @Ron Unz

    Thanks for your reply. Much respect.

  462. anonymous[144] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jon Baptist

    hypocrisy of “Conservative” Charlie Kirk and TPUSA. Funding for this group comes from the likes of Bernard Marcus of Home Depot. It’s obvious this is not a grassroots movement and the funding is given on the sole premise of endorsing Zionism.

    hammer meet nail.

    Candace Owens and some other black guy who has the additional recommendation of being gay — a twofer — are trotted out to carry zionist water buckets. What pathetic tools.

  463. anastasia says:

    They are trying to impeach this President, and they have been trying since he was inaugurated. No one has written about WHY they want to impeach him.

    Are the Dems so shallow that they want to impeach him because he is insulting and obnoxious. Does anyone believe that?

    Hasn’t anyone noticed that he really has not done anything different than the last 4 Presidents.

    So, isn’t the most vital question – why do they want to impeach him – why are they so determined since his election and even before, to impeach him

    It’s a good question, and no one is even looking at it.

  464. Wally says:
    @Saggy

    [Too much off-topic bickering. This thread is intended for discussing the functionality of the website.]

  465. @Saggy

    Did you read my comment #443, Saggy? I wasn’t blocked by the site, I was blocked by the Article’s writer. My comment is still visible, but he kept me from further interaction with other commentators on that thread and any other thread published by this author.

    I think you will agree to what I suggested the site do when someone is blocked by the person who writes an article. Not everyone has to agree with what is published, and besides the point my comment wasn’t directed at him, it was in response to another commentator. Since I live in Mexico I get a lot of comments requesting my opinion about events that are covered by the US MSM. We both know that MSM in both countries report what the PTB want them to report and how to report those events.

    [MORE]

    I will give you a little insight that is not being covered in the US. Mexico’s roll is changing and Latin American countries are taking notice. I moved here after 50 years in the US and was clueless to what was happening in Mexico with regards to its state owned companies. So, my comment consisted of informing this commentator how much the US played a roll in the events that were occurring in Sinaloa now, as well as past events. The 3 letters that I referenced were obviously not appreciated by the author and hit a sore spot.

    • Replies: @Saggy
    , @Commentator Mike
  466. Saggy says: • Website
    @J. Gutierrez

    Did you read my comment #443, Saggy?

    No, but I understood that you were blocked. And I think my solution, posting the ‘blocked’ or censored posts to a ‘Deleted Posts’ bin is the only way that the process of limiting what is posted can be made transparent. And I think the process of deleting posts or ‘blocking’ users has to be transparent if we, i.e. each reader, is to be able to determine if the censorship is warranted.

    So, the site or the author could block a user, but they would still post the blocked user’s posts to the ‘Deleted Posts’ page. Otherwise, how are we to know what is being blocked? Or deleted? And if we don’t know what is being blocked or deleted how can we determine if the censorship is acceptable?

    Come to think of it, the site could allow discussion on the Deleted Posts page. That way the main site could be kept ‘clean’ and all posts would be allowed.

    • Agree: Fran Taubman
  467. Hail says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    Twitter suggestion: If I’m not mistaken, @UnzReview is automated and not managed by a person. It would make sense, from a marketing perspective, to have a person, a Twitter-savvy person, running the @UnzReview account.

    A low-hanging-fruit suggestion would be to attach @[author of article], at the least, to new articles as they are tweeted out, which would allow the authors to see their article announcement and retweet it to their followers, which creates a feedback loop of attention (and followers) back to @UnzReview. Some of the authors here have substantial twitter followings (either by breadth or ‘depth’).

  468. @J. Gutierrez

    Hi J.G.,

    Sorry to hear you have been censored on this free speech site.

    At least this partly settles something that many have been questioning about the moderation. So the article authors are the moderators of their own threads. I think Karlin and Sailer make that clear. Or at least that’s the first layer of moderation. But to what extent does Ron Unz add any moderation on top we don’t know. If it’s his policy to leave moderation to the authors then should we be asking him to interfere in their decisions? It’s not a bad idea to have authors moderating their own threads as it saves a lot of time and effort and gives them some degree of independence.

    Were you referring to a link between the CIA and the cartels? Interesting topic. We could do with a full article exploring that. And then also if there is rivalry between the DEA and CIA or whether they cooperate? But off topic on this thread.

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  469. refl says:
    @peterAUS

    This is an opinion from people with lots of time to sit at home in front of their screen. It is noticable that most of the prolific commenters seem to be of the older generation and are probably retired. While this is good, because such people might have more personal experience to share and might have spent more time reading up, it does not mean that their comments are always enlightening.

    Myself, I drop by here during quite extended workdays and I do not have always good internet access. Therefore, my comments are probably sometimes not as elaborate as they would be, if I was always at home with time to check everything (starting with things as simple as orthograpy).

    What bothers me most is the commenting pingpong between certain characters, that occasionally reaches quite low level of insults. My suggestion would be to keep such comments on hold for x hours to slow down the rate of insult trading.

    When I was studying, there were a small number of retirees on our lectures, who tended to take over any discussion. It was quite unnerving, though some of them were quite knowledgable – others were not.

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    , @Colin Wright
  470. iffen says:

    What’s the world coming to?

    Another knock-down drag-out fight among the neo-Nazis and assorted revisionists and Unz throttles an anti-Semite’s comment.

    R. Unz, other than no, what is your response to requests for a separate open forum and the various suggestions about sending off topic and blocked comments to that forum. Said forum to be free from all “censorship” and R. Unz inspired limitations. (Illegal postings obviously excepted.)

  471. peterAUS says:
    @refl

    This is an opinion from people with lots of time to sit at home in front of their screen.

    Yes, but also from people who, as part of their work, have access to laptop/desktop.
    The suggestion is about something we do know: when YOU want to do compose a serious document I am sure you do it on laptop/desktop.
    For example, all articles here, I am positive, have been created on laptop/desktop.
    Tablets and especially smartphones are perfect for what I call “white noise” in forum(s).

    It is noticable that most of the prolific commenters seem to be of the older generation and are probably retired.

    Probably. But I am sure there are several regular commentators who work from, say, home, or as part of their work carry laptop and connect via public WiFi and such.

    ….it does not mean that their comments are always enlightening.

    Yep.

    …my comments are probably sometimes not as elaborate as they would be, if I was always at home with time to check everything (starting with things as simple as orthograpy).

    Well, looking at this one you are doing fine, in my book anyway.

    What bothers me most is the commenting pingpong between certain characters, that occasionally reaches quite low level of insults

    .
    Hehe…..oh yes. With some “handles” it’s always, not occasionally.

    My suggestion would be to keep such comments on hold for x hours to slow down the rate of insult trading.

    Well, there are pluses and minuses (mods wasting time/energy) in that suggestion.
    I simply have those characters on ignore, or if “anons” just skip over their posts.

    When I was studying, there were a small number of retirees on our lectures, who tended to take over any discussion. It was quite unnerving, though some of them were quite knowledgable – others were not.

    Ignore/skip the most. Learn from the rest. My approach, anyway.

  472. @Commentator Mike

    Mike said,

    Were you referring to a link between the CIA and the cartels? Interesting topic.

    My brother Mike,

    [MORE]

    I barely touched on the subject with my response and I was blocked. Maybe Ron should ask Philip Girarldi if he’s still a CIA operative. Go to the Imperfect Bit of Statecraft article, comment #182 and you will see that he used his “Blocking” to stop any further information from being exchanged. I was not able to respond to Chuck O, after he posted his response to that comment. It would be nice if you can post a comment that let’s him know, I tried to send him a response.

    We could do with a full article exploring that. And then also if there is rivalry between the DEA and CIA or whether they cooperate? But off topic on this thread.

    I agree and have brought it up in a different thread. I said Ron should have a separate page that is password protected where people that want to exchange this type of information can. A kind of round table group. I have not seen any articles about Latin America, except for Fred’s and there are a lot of things happening there. Nothing on Mexican Nationalism and the new President either. How Latin America is tired of being robbed and is fighting against the Neo-liberal policies that keep them poor.

    Thanks Mike…

  473. @refl

    ‘… (starting with things as simple as orthograpy)…’

    Orthography.

    (couldn’t resist)

  474. Miggle says:
    @Tusk

    Thanks for the suggestion. I’m clueless on custom ROMs for the phone but may look into it.

  475. Miggle says:
    @Anonymous

    Ultimately, the site is definitely gaining traffic by providing a quick path to join a conversation without any jumping through hoops so it would be a mistake to limit their voices in a vain attempt to curb shills.

    Yes, a mistake. Agree strongly. Several problems can arise, unnecessarily shutting people out, at places like ICH or Mondoweiss: bugs or security paranoia.

    Attempts to curb shills may not always be in vain, but UR’s hourly limits may be all that’s needed.

  476. @J. Gutierrez

    We could do with an article with what’s going down in Chile.

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  477. Dissident says:
    @Ron Unz

    I figured out what was happening. For performance reasons, the Commenter Archive pages are normally cached as static files and only updated when new comments are added. Unfortunately, that excluded Agree/Disagree/etc Reaction comments, so your archive wasn’t being properly updated until you recently left a regular comment. I’ve now fixed that bug.

    Thank you. I suspected the problem might be something along those lines.

  478. @J. Gutierrez

    J.G.

    Chuck replied on Philip Giraldi’s thread:

    Hey Commenter Mike!

    Am unsophisticated with using my iPhone, and I don’t know how to access the “Announcement.”🤔

    At any rate, J.G. has big shoulders & thick skin, and perhaps he’s been booted out of other places due to how he thinks.

    Uh, and me? (Zigh), 2/3 of my family have banned me as an antiSemite.😏 Haha. So did Jeff Tiedrych, editor of The Smirking Chimp.

    Meanwhile, tell J. Gutierrez I say, “continue to be unflappably sincere, outspoken, humane, & noble.

    This brings us to the issue of the phone version of UR. I also find that I can’t access all the features/articles when I use the phone. You’ll have to catch up with him on some other thread.

  479. Hail says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    Of possible general interest, on the Reaction button(s) and how they are being used:

    http://www.unz.com/isteve/wapo-an-attempt-by-the-president-to-subvert-u-s-foreign-policy/#comment-3538847

    As res noted also above, this is a case of a remarkable split in ‘Reaction’ button. As of this writing, there were ten ‘Reactions’ to this anti-Trump Peter Akuleyev comment, of which 1 was ‘Agree,’ 3 were ‘Disagree,’ 3 were ‘LOL,’ and 3 were Troll.’

    I’ve noticed that ‘Troll’ sometimes denotes “Super Disagree,” while use of ‘LOL’ sometimes denotes mockery (laughing “at” them, rather than laughing “with” them; the latter is probably the majority of cases but not by much) which is thus also a kind of disagreement.

    So the meta-data from the ten ‘Reactions’ suggests the commentariat is strongly against this comment. This info can be had by the time-pressed reader in five seconds.

    A quick reading of the 16 comment-replies suggest also a ratio of about ten-to-one against, which is in line with the Reaction button data.

    So the Reaction button works.

  480. @Commentator Mike

    That’s cool, I’ll keep an eye out for one to be posted! Thanks Mike, I got your Chuck O response. LOL he’s crazy, you got to love him…I don’t even know what he meant about the IPhone thing….

  481. @Saggy

    Freedom has to be shackled?

    How much movement does restriction leave it?

  482. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    actually my problem with the search function is different here is an example.

    Let’s say I remember a phrase like “jack the bean stalk is an allegory for China’s rise” from a comment. so I try to search using the words “bean” “jack” “china” well I get search results that have one or more of those words. since there are a ton of articles about China, I have too many search results. What I want is to narrow down search results to the one’s that have every single one of the words I search for, not the really broad big results that have only one or more words. I don’t know how to get the search engine to do that, or if it has that ability, it seems to not have it.

    thanks for the fun website, I learn a lot and also bring my knowledge.

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  483. Ron Unz says:
    @Anonymous

    actually my problem with the search function is different here is an example.

    Let’s say I remember a phrase like “jack the bean stalk is an allegory for China’s rise” from a comment. so I try to search using the words “bean” “jack” “china” well I get search results that have one or more of those words. since there are a ton of articles about China, I have too many search results. What I want is to narrow down search results to the one’s that have every single one of the words I search for

    It’s really not very complicated. Just use “and” between the words.

    For example,

    https://www.unz.com/?s=china+russia&Action=Search&authors=ron-unz&ptype=all

    provides everything with “Russia” OR “China”

    https://www.unz.com/?s=china+and+russia&Action=Search&authors=ron-unz&ptype=all

    provides everything with “Russia” AND “China”

  484. Here’s the result: “Too Much Commenting on This Thread (Limit of 3/Hour). Take a Break.
    RETURN TO COMMENTING SECTION
    Comment Text
    Opinion

    One more try, which should be rejected given my earlier post today.

    BTW, I block Alexametrics because it sounds pernicious, and I don’t use Alexa.

    What about polyfill.io ?

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