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A couple of weeks ago Rurik, one of our most frequent longtime commenters, suggested that we add a “Breaking News” section, providing newslinks to external articles along the general lines of the influential Drudge Report:

I’d like to take this opportunity to make a suggestion.

I used to visit Drudge from time to time, just to get the latest news. If there was a plane crash or coup somewhere in the world, Drudge would usually be one of the first, if not first to have a link, if not a headline.

But Drudge has become ‘woke’ of late, and so he’s as useless as the MSM.

Which leaves a dearth of news sites linking to news stories. Especially with an objective interest in what is news per se, rather than their eternally agenda-driven slant, as you well know.

So the suggestion I have, is for The Unz Review to start a ‘Breaking News’ section.

If Russia shoots down a Turkish jet, instead of going to CNN or the NYT to read how ‘Russia’s provocations against NATO and International Law have become untenable and a dangerous threat to world peace and stability’.

We can get a more measured and nuanced look at breaking news, with links to the stories from a vast and wide-array of international news organizations.

From there perhaps your website could allow for commenting on the breaking news, or not.

But since there is such a dearth of objective news sites, or those linking to them, I just wonder if such an addition to the (amazing and inimitable) Unz Review wouldn’t be resoundingly popular. Perhaps even one day competing with and eventually replacing Drudge as the go-to site for breaking news on the Internet.

Thank you for your consideration,

the humble commenter ~ Rurik

He soon added that our own commenters would be ideally suited to providing such a crowdsourced presentation of important stories ignored by the MSM:

contemplating this, I wondered- ok, that would require someone to peruse the international and domestic news for interesting and consequential ‘breaking news’.

And who better to do that, than the notoriously news-savvy Unz Review commenter-commentariat?

Such a space would certainly need to be moderated for chaff, (considering the trolls that inhabit your site), and commenting would slow it down, but perhaps at the start, give it a boost.

Already your willing staff participate ‘gratis’, posting breaking news on existing threads, occasionally admitting it to be off topic, but on a “Breaking News’ addition to your site, it would be appropriate for all topics to be covered, so long as they were of interest.

I even wonder if a kind of Drudge-style format wouldn’t work well. With several news stories displayed on the page, with the most recent or most news-worthy at the top.

Just ‘thinking out loud here…’

I’m sure you’re familiar with WRH.

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/

And that site is enormously popular simply by posting breaking news, with some slight commentary from the site owner.

But that site is bogged down with enough ads to alienate many people, so there again, another opportunity to fill a vacuum.

It amazes me that there is such a dearth of objective news sites on the Internet. Especially as Drudge was so popular, (and lucrative and influential). But now he’s become woke, and it seems like there’s simply hardly anywhere to go for interesting and consequential news that isn’t part of the American Pravda cabal.

This seemed like a very good idea to consider, especially since I’d recently noticed the rise of other newslink-aggregation websites. Therefore, I have now gone ahead and built it, generally following the simple design of the Revolver website.

Since this is an alternative media website, with a very energetic and ideologically-diverse commentariat of thousands of regular readers, I’d hope that they would soon become source of the overwhelming majority of our newslinks. All frequent commenters—those currently provided access to the Opinion Response buttons—are now also allowed to suggest possible Newslinks, though I’m currently applying a restriction of 3 per 24 hours. To suggest a possible Newslink just click the Suggestion box at the top of the Newslink page and add it in the following very simple format:

  • (Required) URL of Newslink on First Line
  • (Required) Suggested Newslink Heading on Second Line
  • (Optional) Description of Newslink on Later Lines

If your Newslink is approved, it will be added to the top of the page. Depending upon how things go, I may need to adjust some of there parameters over time.

Given the increasingly harsh Social Media crackdown on the distribution of unorthodox opinions, I think these sorts of aggregation pages may become more important in the future.

The Newslink section is now displayed in the top menu and also the Sidebar. I’d look forward to hearing your perspectives and suggestions.

 
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  1. A123 says:

    For the concept to have value, it needs three features:

    — Topics/Categories will be needed to group links in a meaningful way.
    — Posting to the correct category needs to be enforced so all of the vile agitprop is contained away from real news.
    — “Blocked Topics” should be supported like “Blocked Commenters”.

    This would allow the gibbering hate freaks to have their own section that is normally invisible to rational, civilized adults.
    ____

    As an interim measure, immediate gains could be made by using the existing “Blocked Commenters” functionality to suppress NewsLinks from uncivilized TROLL posters.
    ____

    An alternate concept that might be almost as useful and possibly much less work. Harvest links from posted comments to generate the NewsLink resource.

    Limiting the roll-up to the first 2 or 3 citations/links would avoid accidental list flooding.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
    , @Ron Unz
  2. Freddo says:

    Ron – Thanks for adding. Is there an RSS feed specific to the new section?

  3. Anonymous[279] • Disclaimer says:

    I think this is a great idea, but I do wonder why submissions are limited to those by frequent commenters only. I’m a frequent reader of Unz Review, but I really don’t have much to say, and I’d rather spend time reading than posting comments.
    Nonetheless, I often come across news items not widely covered that I think are worth letting others know about. For example:
    https://decisionmagazine.com/marine-corps-cancels-seminar-because-atheist-group-objects-to-speakers-christian-bio/
    Isn’t there some way that we lurkers could contribute to your aggregator?

    • Replies: @DOUBTFUL
  4. Garlic says:

    This is a nice addition.

    One suggestion is to display the name of the website linked to along with the headline.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  5. @A123

    Naturally, you’ll be named as Commissar of Hate Freak Identification.

  6. Rurik says:

    Thank you for the citation, Mr. Unz.

    I hope this turns out to be a great success.

    And with your skills and website’s growing popularity, (and more importantly, your integrity), I’m confident it will.

    I’ve already posted news stories, in part, to support this effort. But also because I think this is a great way to bypass, (and further frustrate ; ) the arrogant gatekeepers of American Pravda.

    • Agree: Montefrío
    • Replies: @chris
  7. Ron Unz says:
    @Garlic

    One suggestion is to display the name of the website linked to along with the headline.

    Good idea. I’ve just added display of the source URL.

    • Thanks: Garlic
  8. mutthead says:

    Another great service, thank you. As Freddo suggested, please make an RSS feed specific to this section, if possible.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  9. ANZ says:

    Great addition to unz.com!
    Thanks for the work to set it up, Ron.
    And thank you, Rurik, for providing the inspiration.

    I recently started frequenting revolver.news and I like it. I like the idea of the unz.com community having their own. Interesting reading ahead.

    • Agree: mark green
  10. A123 says:
    @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Naturally, you’ll be named as Commissar of Hate Freak Identification.

    Thank you for your vote of confidence. However, I was not volunteering.

    Having a topic for “Anti-Zionism (PLO/Hamas/Fatah)” would attract most of the conspiracy hate freaks speaking in tongues about the Protocols of The Elder of Zion, non-existent Yinion plans, etc…

    If done right, the nutters will self isolate. After all, they are very low-IQ and highly inolerant. They want a “safe space” away from everyone else, where they can be totally detached and isolated from real world facts.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Jimmydan
  11. Anonymous[299] • Disclaimer says:

    Ron,

    Good Work !

    Please add an RSS feed to this page.

    Thank you,

  12. Ron Unz says:
    @mutthead

    Another great service, thank you. As Freddo suggested, please make an RSS feed specific to this section, if possible.

    Okay, I added an RSS Feed for the Newslink section, with the RSS URL at the top.

    I think it works, but since I don’t use RSS Feeds myself, let me know if there’s any problem.

    • Replies: @Anon Moose
  13. Ron Unz says:
    @A123

    — Topics/Categories will be needed to group links in a meaningful way.

    As an interim measure, immediate gains could be made by using the existing “Blocked Commenters” functionality to suppress NewsLinks from uncivilized TROLL posters.

    Sure, depending upon how much usage and traffic the Newslink Aggregation section gets, I’ll see about grouping the Newslinks into Topics/Categories and also hooking things up to the Blocked Commenters feature.

  14. @Ron Unz

    Ron,

    Perfecto !

    If “you” are using FireFox – consider the light weight addon – rsspreview
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/rsspreview/

    Which will allow easy inspection of the page:
    https://www.unz.com/xfeed/rss/news/

    Also, consider the addon – mPage:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/mpage/

    Which is a: “Simple dashboard-like RSS feed reader.”

    Thank You Ron !

  15. dually says:

    Drudge succeeded in large part because (besides being a workaholic) he was the first, and thus had the greatest number of news connections, who usually provided news tips gratis. One aggregator with good connections is worth any number of those without.

    Just remember: A “racist” is someone who talks back to a Liberal.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  16. Bumpkin says:

    Harvest links from posted comments to generate the NewsLink resource.

    Good suggestion, this would also help seed this new link aggregator if commenters stick to their established pattern of posting in the comments in the beginning.

    It is trivial to build these link aggregation services, but to provide any value, you have to provide some sort of filter to users on which links might be most worthwhile to them. That might mean “vetted by Ron,” as suggested above but doesn’t scale if a lot of links come in, or letting readers vote, either by which links they click on or click a “like” button most, which is what most such sites do and is prone to all the problems with mob voting.

    Ideally, the user would customize a filter for themselves, along with algorithms that help that filter operate, but then you get into complex tech that I doubt Ron wants to get into (no, not AI snake oil).

    At the very least, it might be worth adding a like/trash button for links at some point, so we don’t just get a gush of links with no info on what others found worth clicking.

  17. Dissident says:

    (Optional) Description of Newslink on Later Lines

    This does not work for me. Below is the raw text for the second link of mine that now appears. Note how the description I had added is nowhere to be found.

    https://apnews.com/article/michigan-couple-14-sons-first-daughter-f56bf8685d8ae21f664b874526b86867

    Michigan couple with 14 sons welcome their first daughter

    It’s Okay to Be White! No Shame, No Hate in White Founding Core Populations Not Wishing to Become Minorities in Their Own Lands!

    • Thanks: Dissident
    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  18. meamjojo says:

    Why reinvent the wheel? Learn how to use an RSS reader Rurik. I recommend Inoreader.

    You subscribe to feeds, which could be from a name website or an aggregator. I have about 50 feeds that generate hundreds of article links daily, including from UNZ.

    Inoreader works on cellphones and desktop. If you like cellphones, you can also add apps. Reuters, APand virtually everyone offers an app that will push all the stuff you could want at you. You can choose the political left, center right or whatever. You can even bury your head in the sand and remain in your comfortable echo chamber.

    When you find an article you’d like to read later or save, I recommend another app called Pocket. Again, there are desktop and cellphone (Android/Apple) apps.

    • Thanks: mark green
    • Replies: @Rurik
  19. Tom Verso says:

    I just visited the new “Aggregated Newslinks” for the first time and it is GREAT!

    Very good idea and thanks to Ron Unz’s programing genius the idea has become a reality.

  20. Useful tip: If you don’t want to fund hostile news organizations, or tinker around with VPNs to bypass monthly article viewing limits, there is a solution here: https://github.com/iamadamdev/bypass-paywalls-chrome

    • Thanks: European-American
    • Replies: @Jimmydan
    , @Lost American
  21. Jimmydan says:
    @A123

    you sound like a trained parrot who likes to repeats itself for treats. Can you enlighten the reader the origin of Hamas? You lumped Hamas and PLO and Fatah in one word. An old trick. 911 bin Laden and Sadam. Remember those days?

    This fake peace BS you tend to put after your comments do you really mean it.

    • Troll: A123
    • Replies: @Jimmydan
  22. Wade says:

    Hey Ron,

    Thanks for this feature. I’m already enjoying it.

  23. Rurik says:
    @meamjojo

    virtually everyone offers an app that will push all the stuff you could want at you.

    I prefer to use as few apps and other gizmos of Big Tech as possible. I don’t need anyone pushing anything at me. I’ll decide what stories I find interesting or salient.

    That’s why I prefer to go to websites like WRH, and peruse the aggregated news for what I consider worth my time to read. But WRH has so many ads now, that the site has become obnoxious.

    You can choose the political left, center right or whatever. You can even bury your head in the sand and remain in your comfortable echo chamber.

    Hmm..

    Your impertinence is telling, I hope you know.

    The reason I, (like many others) enjoy the Unz Review so much, is because it doesn’t manacle its perspective to any ideological straight jacket. It welcomes views from the left and right and wherever, and then subjects them all to the crucible of free speech as the gladiatorial arena of ideas.

    As such, it is the consummate website for understanding our world, and the trends and trajectories there of.

    What better place then, for people to use as their go-to website for breaking news and intellectual fodder for the mind, not having anything pushed at us from any ideological agenda, but rather all there from a very wide-ranging swath of the world’s more thoughtful readers (and writers)- all contributing, and there for the clicking, if you’re so inclined.

    • Agree: TheTrumanShow
    • Disagree: meamjojo
    • Replies: @chuckywiz
  24. Great idea! One thing I have noticed is that many once free websites are now moving their content behind a pay wall and even more are now restricting access for using ad-blockers.

    A case in point is Asia Times, which now has an A+ section for their premium content.

    Another issue is the the headline descriptor. Simply repeating the article headline without any quips or puns takes some of the juice out of it.

    • Agree: TheTrumanShow
    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  25. Jimmydan says:
    @Jimmydan

    Self proclaimed intellectual.
    I bet you dont know where the word anti-semitism came from and how it started. LLLLLOOOL

  26. c matt says:

    Do my eyes deceive me? A Ron Unz article under 50,000 words!

    • Replies: @Alden
  27. Ron Unz says:
    @Dissident

    This does not work for me. Below is the raw text for the second link of mine that now appears. Note how the description I had added is nowhere to be found.

    Displaying the optional description was taking up too much vertical space, so I’d hidden it. However, if it’s present, I’ve now added a clickable “Show Details” link that displays it. So people interested in seeing the description before trying the external link can now do so.

    I’d also added a “Today’s Total” on the Sidebar Newslink so that people can see how many Newslinks have been added so far today. Because of the software architecture, it’s actually a little more difficult to hook it up to the “New” feature used for comments, but I’ll try to do so, which will allow people to visit the page when they see a number of extra Newslinks have been added.

    • Replies: @Dissident
  28. archie says:

    Thanks Ron, we couldn’t get enough tools to take some control back.

    The RSS feed is a nice touch, instantly making my RSS Page richer and more diverse, with very little effort.
    Did I say thank you?

  29. Ron Unz says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    Another issue is the the headline descriptor. Simply repeating the article headline without any quips or puns takes some of the juice out of it.

    Sure, but remember the headlines are generally supplied by the commenters who contribute the Newslink, so they’re the ones who should start making them “catchier” if they want to get greater traffic.

  30. What are your entryist / SJW shields? They are GOOD at organizing hostile crowds.

    • Replies: @Johnny Smoggins
  31. Alden says:

    It’s a great idea. Most of the black on White crime news on Amren comes from local news sent in by the readers. Such news never reaches beyond the local level. I know freerepublic is a joint effort of the government of Israel, Republican Party anti abortionists and bible quoters

    . But the articles are from members commenters who post the local news. It really is a great source of real news. Often there will be posts from people who live in the area and are more knowledgeable than AP CNN

    Plus we have many people fluent in foreign languages and residents of other countries.

    Let’s go for it.

  32. Alden says:
    @c matt

    I like his long articles. They are easy to read because he hasn’t forgotten his 4th grade teacher’s lessons on paragraphs!!!!

    Paragraphs make long articles and comments much easier to read.

    • Agree: mark green, Rogue
  33. Ron Unz says:

    Okay, I added a couple of additional features to the Newslinks Aggregator…

    (1) Just as with regular comments on an article, the system displays the total number of new Newslinks today since the last time you visited the Newslinks page, both at the top of that page and where the total is shown on the standard Sidebar. Since the number of Newslinks can grow rapidly, all the totals are for today.

    (2) Also, the new Newslinks since the last time you visited the page are tinted blue, just as with the new comments on a regular article.

  34. Thank you for posting the article today in Asia Times about cosmology and the overlooked role of plasma and electromagnetic forces, an interview with Eric Lerner:

    https://asiatimes.com/2020/11/the-big-bang-never-happened-but-fusion-will-part-3/

    • Replies: @Kali
  35. anon[170] • Disclaimer says:

    FABulous idea, do it!

  36. Charles says:

    I have wanted the U.R. to have “breaking” news, rather than only having commentary on events which are usually a day or two old, for a long time. Now I’ve gotten my wish.

  37. Ghali says:

    I think Rurik is right. I find https://sputniknews.com/ very good, up to date and global. It is Russian and it is less impartial, but compared with Mainstream Newslinks, it is Great.

  38. Anon[240] • Disclaimer says:

    The links can of course be no better than the stories to which they point. In recent years, there has been a falloff (I wonder why) in reporters’ logical ability and writing skills, as well as their sense for the informational needs of their audience.

    Please give a few examples, you say. For example, it is a commonplace for a Wall Street Journal article, rather than being quantitative, to use far-less-helpful adjectives; usually, many, often, mostly, some, and so on. Or, for example, staying with the linkable, one would think, WSJ: Writing that Covid has caused air travel to sustain a “slump.” Or, in selecting an expert to interview, selecting someone who, unbeknownst to us, is not a superior choice.

    Oh well, as the senior doctor or lawyer said to the excellence-seeking junior, “You can only work with what you have.”

  39. Re: The Newslinks Aggregator

    Thank you, Rurik, for the excellent idea and suggestion and thank you Ron Unz for making it happen.

    It’s a great public service.

  40. Kali says:

    A very valuable addition to the UR. Thank you Ron, and thank you Rurik.
    I’m certain the newsfeed links shared by some of you will be most beneficial. Looking forward to reading what you have to share!

  41. chuckywiz says:
    @Rurik

    I like your attitude

    “I don’t need anyone pushing anything at me. I’ll decide what stories I find interesting or salient.”

    Stay away from the herd or from so called self proclaimed intellectuals for that matter.

    • Thanks: Rurik
  42. Great work. The only possible downside is the potential to increase traffic to the point where Unz.com is regarded as even more worthy of censorship, official or otherwise. I’m impressed that the site has lasted so long and been so successful; hopefully this won’t push it over the edge.

  43. JackOH says:

    Ron, buddy, you may want to check the spelling on your title. You’re welcome.

  44. AdG says:

    It’s charmingly naive to think that the “international news” is less influenced by corporate power than our own msm. On a wide spectrum of policies, you will find that the msm throughout western countries hums a similar tune. To find a deeper and broader understanding of any issue takes time, effort and the desire to do so, none of which are possessed by the average citizen and all of which separate the knowing from the majority of a society which rewards or rejects.

  45. The work of Unz is heroic, but it the medium / long run winning the internet information battle against the tech giant seems close to impossible. Nevertheless, the indignation gives us the force to boycott now with an extreme extreme unprecedented rigor the MSM.
    So go to Unz, RT, and others platform out of the oligarchic orbit….talk physically with your friends . Of course the MSM shall lie and say they still have big audiences, or even channel directly unlegitimate funds from god knows where to counter balance the lack of customers. I don’t know… But it in the end make no mistake, it’s not a matter of money. They want your soul . And that, if you quit, they shall not have…

  46. Anon[125] • Disclaimer says:

    The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet and Slate’s The Slatest are two examples of this. Both have changed the concept since their respective launches years ago, but Cheat Sheet is closest to the original idea.

    My company had a site like this programmed and hired several writers who could log into a CMS to post. We paid $5.00 a story, which considering the number of fields they had to fill in was embarassingly cheap. We programmed in some auto-editing like capitalization rules for the title. We had a tweet field that automatically posted to our Twitter account. There was a strict character limit on the length of every field, since writers always go long, even for $5.00.

    On thing we did was to require the entry of keywords upon login to the CMS. These were pattern matched against recent posts and, importantly, against in-progress posts from others, to prevent duplication.

    We allowed for up to two URLs, one to the best source, and one to a “hat tip” source.

  47. The timing of the great new addition to UR could not be better. Within all the fall-out of the 2020 election debacle, one very tangible benefit to the public has been the realization that virtually all of American media ( that’s MSM and Alternative) is utterly co-opted and can no longer be trusted nor respected.

    The existing respectability of UR applied to the addition of the news section will likely see a vast increase in readership and hopefully begin to re-set the bar of bi-partisan/ objective journalism to a renewed professional level.

    Ron, what are the chances of Facebook letting UR out of the woodshed? The fact that UR has done so well in weathering this FB censorship is a compliment to UR’s holding to a higher standard.

    Regardless, it is easy to predict great things to come for UR…

    • Replies: @DOUBTFUL
  48. Pandemic is a Gods hand to decrease useless eaters in the cities. Mostly colored welfare recipients.
    All natural laws are Gods hand. Conflict between cities and rural areas will only increase particularly in US because jobs exported by Democrats to far East were taken not from rural areas. They were taken from cities.

    • Replies: @Liza
  49. Sirius says:

    I’m already seeing opinion pieces being posted on the news aggregator. Is it the intent to include them as well?

  50. There is nothing like using your customers, or I should say, readership, to add value to the value of the website because you never know who may come courting with a pocketful of shekels… got to be ready just in case.

  51. @TheDividualist

    Ron has speculated that “the Streisand effect” is in play here. The SJWs don’t want people coming to this site because they’re afraid of what they may find out, so they try to ignore UR and hope it goes away.

  52. Anonymous[417] • Disclaimer says:

    I think it works, but since I don’t use RSS Feeds myself, let me know if there’s any problem.

    So you “built” a page using other people’s code and didn’t test it??? Gotcha.

    • Replies: @A123
  53. A123 says:
    @Anonymous

    So you “built” a page using other people’s code and didn’t test it??? Gotcha.

    You can have a full refund if you do not like like the outcome. How much did you pay?

    PEACE 😇

  54. @Kali

    If you have links to anything else on this subject that is similarly non-crackpot, feel free to share in a reply.

    It was nice to find the one you gave us here. Thanks.

  55. Emslander says:

    This is a great idea and I appreciate the execution so far. Given the rate at which helpful new features are being added, I’m sure that in the coming days and weeks it will get even better. I have no specific suggestions, but I’d like to say what I think made the early Drudge so popular and so important to all of us.

    1. He had a nose for news. You knew that 90 per cent of the links would go to some jolt of amusement, incitement or amazement. I hope that the community of commenters here will develop some equivalent sense of electricity.

    2. He wasn’t afraid to surprise his readers with articles that resisted their pre-conceived notions of truth. I was never convinced that he was a “conservative”, but that he wasn’t averse to broadcasting ideas that were common to conservatives or were simply politically incorrect.

    3. He boldly resisted the standard MSM narrative. He could always find a source that twisted the pravda approach into something meaningful and he did so courageously.

    4. The site couldn’t be pigeonholed. Maybe that’s what the three previous points add up to. His top headline was the topic of discussion at every watercooler in the universe that day. It wasn’t always a comfortable topic.

    Composing these points is a sad exercise, given the awfulness that the Drudge Report currently embraces.

  56. @Jim Bob Lassiter

    You have to hand it to the Israelis – they are professionals. A123 is already spamming the new site with anti-Palestinian Zionist propaganda.

    Go to Breitbart, read right-wing news plus pro-Israel, pro-Jewish propaganda.

    Go to Salon, read left-wing news plus pro-Israel, pro-Jewish propaganda.

    Organization – which includes fundraising to hire the Hasbara students to spam the Internet for twelve dollars an hour – works.

    • Troll: A123
    • Replies: @Majority of One
  57. Poco says:

    I disagree with you about some issues. You have my utmost respect.

  58. Might be worth allowing comments on each story. If that’s technically feasible.

  59. @dually

    Drudge’s greatest strength in the early days was _courage_.

    Once he folded on courage he was useless.

    Without courage we all are useless.

  60. @Ron Unz

    Is it possible to add a comments section under each news story? I suppose there could be a problem with moderation seeing as there will be a high volume of articles published, but at the same time I don’t think each article submitted by Unz readers would garner more than a couple of comments each, unlike the featured articles which gain anywhere from a few dozen to hundreds of comments.

    This would be a good feature as many news websites nowadays are very heavy handed in moderating their comments section, and in some cases (like Yahoo News), have suspended user commenting all together as the people replying were engaging in too much crimethink and punching holes in the controlled media narrative left, right and centre. Other news aggregators like Reddit face the same problem in that the moderators of news forums like r/news or r/worldnews are anything but neutral and are very partisan in their moderation.

    Such a feature would be great in my opinion and would increase engagement a lot.

    • Agree: Buzz Mohawk
  61. Dissident says:
    @Ron Unz

    Displaying the optional description was taking up too much vertical space, so I’d hidden it. However, if it’s present, I’ve now added a clickable “Show Details” link that displays it.

    Thank you.
    (I hit mistakenly hit “THANKS” on my inquiry instead of this reply of yours.)

    • Replies: @Lost American
  62. @Dissident

    Go for it. I hope my measly 10 dollars a month to your site helps. But I am just another aging American who grew up in the lower class income groups and later became middle class. Now I am back in the lower class but can live comfortably.
    I recently asked this question on the Unz Review about where to go for daily news!

  63. @Anatoly Karlin

    For those of us who are computer ignorant we don’t know what your link means but thanks

  64. HZ says:

    Maybe give it some main website prominence? It would be a almost dead feature in a few months otherwise.

  65. Toza says:

    Excellent idea! I was wondering where to read about the elections. Thank you.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  66. Thanks very much for adding this feature!

    You mention foreign language story links: will these need an accompanying translation?

  67. Anon[223] • Disclaimer says:

    This is interesting,
    But perhaps a ranking system determined by comments(interaction) or likes might be a good way of sorting for the really good articles, with one list being non-ranked and ranked depending on preference.
    Since most of these links are by commentators, many of whom are ideological in nature, the links may not link to valid sites, and finding a way to sift through them might help. Though I have no idea how that might be implemented or the difficulty it might require.

    Also Ron, somewhat off-topic, but a friend is moving to NYC for an job and he has to commute to Manhattan. I remember reading that you once lived in Queens, in Jackson Heights. Did you live in an apartment there? How was the experience? Bloomberg indicates it is cheap, and NYPD has it as low crime, so it seems really good. However, I am a little curious why a low crime area so close to Manhattan has relatively lower home values.
    I figured you would have a more honest perspective than someone who raves about “diversity” and sings the praises of run-down neighborhoods…

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  68. @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    That would be a nice feature, if practicable. Currently I am using this comment section to engage with the commenter who brought us an article I find particularly interesting, because it’s the only way.

  69. @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    Here’s an idea that might scale the moderation work down to size: Enlist the commenter who sourced the article as the moderator for comments under that article.

    Write a subroutine that sends comments directly to that commenter’s personal comment list, and provide him with a button or way of approving or disapproving. That way, the Unz reader who recommended the article would serve as monitor.

    Make this optional for him, of course, not required, so as not to scare away crowdsources who don’t want that responsibility.

    It would be fun to see how it goes…

  70. chris says:
    @Rurik

    Excellent suggestion and justification, Rurik!

    As a footnote, I would only recommend listing the source with the headline, the reason this is important, is that often times an article in the WaPo or the NYT might sound interesting but if I know it’s one of these, or similar sources, I usually skip it, since I already know what they’re going to say 🙂

    • Replies: @Rurik
  71. Ron, someday, I would like to shake your hand.
    The minds you have helped to open to critical thinking, including mine, must be legion.
    Live long and prosper.

    • Agree: Buzz Mohawk, FLgeezer
    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  72. @Randolph Nugent

    He’s one of a kind, and we’re lucky to have him.

  73. Thank you, Ron Unz and congratulations. It should be a go—over time. No need for haste in analyzing the efficacy. Also, of course, kudos to Rurik for doing his due diligence in calling the concept to the attention of the site engineer.

  74. Ron Unz says:
    @Anon

    But perhaps a ranking system determined by comments(interaction) or likes might be a good way of sorting for the really good articles, with one list being non-ranked and ranked depending on preference.

    Yes, I’m giving some thought to that since otherwise the possible flood of links each day might be too much for people to easily filter. I’m although thinking of adding Categories, so that people can focus on the subset of e.g. Foreign Policy or Economics links.

    Also Ron, somewhat off-topic, but a friend is moving to NYC for an job and he has to commute to Manhattan. I remember reading that you once lived in Queens, in Jackson Heights. Did you live in an apartment there? How was the experience? Bloomberg indicates it is cheap, and NYPD has it as low crime, so it seems really good. However, I am a little curious why a low crime area so close to Manhattan has relatively lower home values.

    Well, I moved back to Palo Alto in the early 1990s and it’s been many years since I even visited Jackson Heights, but I certainly would have strongly recommended it at the time based on cost/quality, and proximity to Manhattan. Moreover, I think it’s considerably gentrified in the last dozen years or so, meaning quality-of-life should have improved.

    On the other hand, it was/is very heavily immigrant, probably around half Hispanic and maybe a quarter Asian, so probably not ideal for people concerned about immigrants or unhappy about being part of a small white minority. Also, I think it and neighboring Elmhurst were hit very hard by the Covid-19 outbreak, though that seems to have mostly died down in NYC.

    If at all possible, the person might just want to try walking around the area for a few hours and get the sense of whether they liked it.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  75. @Toza

    https://www.whatfinger.com/ is a pro_Trump collector of news, commentary, podcasts, videos and other links.

    FYI.

    • Replies: @A123
  76. @BannedHipster

    Our Ha$bara/$ayianim troll–Easy as 123–is doing its due Zioni$t diligence and claiming that BannedHipster is a troll. Lolololol.

  77. A123 says:
    @Justvisiting

    Ancipient is another good aggregation service.

    http://ancipient.com

    PEACE 😇

  78. Good idea: except you’ve let Zionists post.

    ‘From A123 / palwatch.org5h
    PA Pays Over $371,000 for Murder of Israeli Infants
    Show Details’

  79. @Ron Unz

    ‘…If at all possible, the person might just want to try walking around the area for a few hours and get the sense of whether they liked it.’

    Maybe in the afternoon.

    I used to do interstate moving jobs in my truck, and my family would come along — back then, my wife and daughter.

    So I was moving a rather pleasant black woman back from California to New York or vice versa or some damned thing. Anyway, the point was one of the stops was a Brooklyn housing project of exactly the sort famed in song and story.

    Well, we start working at 9:00 am and I’m thinking ‘this isn’t so bad.’

    But as the day wears on, the local fauna coming to life keeps getting wilder and woolier. Around noon I told my wife and daughter to get back in the truck, roll up the windows, and lock the doors.

    Don’t decide on what you see in the morning. Give folks a chance to get up and show themselves on the street.

  80. @Alden

    True. Here in Cuckstain the rats think TYR is leas news items – from 1960s, whilst ignoring current TNB!!!

  81. @Buzz Mohawk

    Two problems with that, there is of course the issue of time commitment, I think most people will not want to engage in moderation activities, currently Ron Unz does the moderating but this is his full time job. This would also result in inconsistent moderating between users. Could you imagine someone like A123 moderating comments on Israel-Palestine? Or even someone of the opposite school of thought who would only allow anti-Zionist comments through?

    Obviously Ron Unz is going to be the most knowledgeable about this as this is his website, and adding a comments section to each user posted article may not even be technically feasible, but if it is feasible, one possible solution would be to just allow unmoderated comments (with the spam filter still in place of course) like is the case in Anatoly Karlin’s blog, where your comment is published as soon as you hit the send button and you have a 5 minute window to edit things.

    This unmoderated method would work if the comments on different articles is low, which I suspect it will be in most cases. But in the case a certain user article does “blow up”, then standards moderation could be applies by a real human (Unz himself)

    But as I said earlier, this might not even be technically feasible and one would have to put out a trial run to see if the unmoderated comments section method will work and be conducive to a good commenting environment, Anatoly Katlin does moderate his blog comments, but he doesn’t pre-moderate them meaning he takes down off-topic comments if he wants to.

    This is all for Mr. Unz to decide I suppose, but this proposed feature would be very cool.

  82. schrub says:

    It might be time for people to abandon their present browsers to make these efforts a little bit more successful. Every single major browser was used to seriously hinder Trump’s presidential reelection efforts.

    Just one browser resisted these efforts: Gab. Our opponents hate the folks in charge of the Gab browser with a passion that rivals the scorn that they heap on the much more radical Andrew Anglin.

    This means that they consider the Gab browser to be THE MAJOR THREAT in their efforts to silence us. In fact, their attempts to harass, de-fund, de-platform and silence Gab founder Andrew Torba and his website are so extreme and fanatical that they almost defy description. The VISA credit card company even blacklisted members of Torba’s family.

    https://reclaimthenet.org/gab-andrew-torba-visa-blacklisted-family-hate-speech/

    I find it curious that that our foes don’t also seem feel the same way about the just as notorious TOR browser. Apparently the TOR browser, unlike Gab, isn’t considered much of a threat. This might be reflected by the fact that a present day board member of very Neocon-ish and decidedly pro_Zionist The National Review Magazine is (or was until an recent intervention by an outside party) actually being seriously considered for a position on the TOR board of directors.

    Gab will import your bookmarks. Download the browser here:

    https://gab.com/home

  83. Liza says:
    @Zarathustra

    Pandemic is a Gods hand to decrease useless eaters in the cities

    .

    If only! If there was an honest to goodness pandemic, you’d be tripping over dead bodies in the street every day. Workers in haz mat suits would be collecting these corpses 24/7. The people dying are mostly old and chronically ill – mainly from poisoning by prescription drugs, harmful unnatural medical treatments over a lifetime, and yearly flu shots. Indeed, I heard (FWIW) years ago that after the old folks in the homes got their flu shots (administered to all of them at the same time) death rates went up pretty quick thereafter.

    It is a fallen world.

  84. Rurik says:
    @chris

    Thanks Chris,

    recommend listing the source with the headline

    As I’m sure you’ve noticed, Mr. Unz has done this.

    I usually skip it, since I already know what they’re going to say

    It’s amazing how they all lie, as with one voice.

    ‘Russian aggression in Ukraine’

    ‘Russian hacking of the election’

    ‘Bashar Assad’s blah, blah..’

    ‘Iranian blah, blah..

    It really is as Unz calls it; American Pravda, because we all know before they even speak, that they’re going to spew agenda-driven lies.

    • Thanks: chris
  85. Miro23 says:

    Newslink Aggregator Based on Crowdsourcing

    This Rurik idea works really well as implemented by Ron. Lots of very interesting stuff there. It’s the kind of thing that you check every day.

  86. Druid55 says:

    As usual, A123 will have to be ignored!!!

    • Agree: Colin Wright, chris
  87. Jimmy Gee says:

    I think the new Newslinks feature will be very useful. In fact, it will probably be my first stop each day after I turn on my computer.

  88. Art says:

    This UR Newslinks is a great feature – I hope that it does not take attention away from standard UR.

    One nice feature of Drudge was that it was fast. It loaded fast and you could see it all, in a matter of a few scrolls. (Its endless refreshing was a distraction.)

    The articles so far are great. The UR readers will be the most informed people on the internet.

    Kudos and thanks — Art

  89. Ron Unz says:
    @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    Is it possible to add a comments section under each news story? I suppose there could be a problem with moderation seeing as there will be a high volume of articles published, but at the same time I don’t think each article submitted by Unz readers would garner more than a couple of comments each, unlike the featured articles which gain anywhere from a few dozen to hundreds of comments.

    The software architecture would make allowing comments on Newslinks difficult, and as you suggested, the large number of Newslinks each day would anyway result in a negligible number of comments, greatly reducing any potential value.

    Indeed, it’s easy to imagine that a large flood of daily Newlinks will discourage most visitors from bothering to do more than slightly glance at them. Therefore, I’ve now added a new feature aimed at reducing this problem.

    Just as with ordinary Comments, regular users of the system may now “Endorse” a given Newslink by clicking the “Agree” button, and have their names displayed. This allows readers to see which Newslinks are more worthwhile, especially if they’re familiar with particular Commenters.

    Also, there’s now a checkbox near the top of the page that hides all non-endorsed Newslinks, only displaying those that have been endorsed. This should make it easy to reduce Newslink clutter.

    However, the total number of Newlink Endorsements plus Newslink Suggestions is limited to three per 24 hours. This is intended to discourage those Commenters providing Newslinks from also making too many Endorsements. Ideally, there should be a partial division of labor being those providing Newslinks and those making Endorsements.

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  90. DOUBTFUL says:
    @Anonymous

    Agree totally. And more international FOREIGN news links (in English of course) please. It might break that Americano ethnocentrism a bit. Thanks.
    Another foreign lurker.

  91. DOUBTFUL says:

    If you follow WRH format WITHOUT all the clickbait, I won’t have to go there anymore. Great.

  92. This is great.

    When I started using Reddit, I slowly started to rely on it for news. It was very organic, more upvotes = front page. Before the holistic change(controlled narrative) to it’s sub Reddits n front page, it basically became as bad as MSM.

    This is great.

  93. @Ron Unz

    I think that the “Agree” button should instead be an “Endorse” button, for clarity’s sake. The word “Agree” seems to imply an agreement with an opinion.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  94. Ron Unz says:
    @Brás Cubas

    I think that the “Agree” button should instead be an “Endorse” button, for clarity’s sake. The word “Agree” seems to imply an agreement with an opinion.

    That’s a reasonable complaint. I changed the button to “Thanks” instead.

    • Thanks: Brás Cubas, Dissident
  95. DOUBTFUL says:

    Mr. Unz. It would be great if you would put 5 pertinent breaking news headlines on your home/front page, even with cool graphics & links to the news aggregate news page. That’s the way http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk does it, and some other alternative news sites as well.
    If you don’t want it too big for fear it would take away from the main opinion articles, you could put 5 of them in a small box on top of your upper most right column with small pics.
    Also please include the date of the article in the link, please.

  96. DOUBTFUL says:

    I tried to post a News item, but am not qualified yet. But this is pertinent news that is not or hardly covered in Western Media. So please post it your self.

    http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2020/11/119_299076.html

    101 suspected flu shot deaths reported in South Korea, not covered in Western MS Media

    Korean authorities downplay deaths by saying they are not related to the flu shots, but to “old age”. Right!

  97. @Astuteobservor II

    The idea of Reddit was excellent. But–it turns out that the moderators quickly turned from impartial referees to fascist dictators.

    That even happened in the cigar groups (cigar and cuban cigar). The moderators tend to attack folks who disagree with their cigar preferences–crazy stuff.

    Homo sapiens just can’t seem to get the “fairness” stuff right.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
  98. Ron Unz says:

    I’ve now added an optional “Category” for the Newslinks, with the selection field located just below the textbox. The standard website categories such as “Foreign Policy” and “Ideology/Politics” are available.

    If you include a Category, it’s displayed after the Source, and can also be used to “filter” all the results, allowing users to filter the list by e.g. displaying only the “Foreign Policy” Newslinks.

    I also went ahead and added Categories to about a dozen of the existing Newslinks so that users can see how the system works.

    • Thanks: Stan d Mute
  99. Thanks Ron, a very timely addition as I find neither Revolver nor Bongino offer the eclectic news I seek.

    Hopefully I am within the edit window.

    It would be helpful to have categories for the items (ie US, EU, Orient, politics, crime, culture, etc).

    Thanks again!

  100. Rdm says:

    If this is implemented well, it would be an indispensable news site for sure.

    But when we aggregate international news links, we have to make sure it’s all free of CIA, NGO strings.

    Here’s how things go.

    1. NGO funded local news (eg, Venezuela)
    2. A fair election happened in Venezuela but local news papers stomped on “fair” election and pushed the idea of “coup”, string attached by NGO.
    3. The aggregator, instead of giving a fair point of view, now is amplifying the NGO-funded world wide pressitude point of view.

  101. @Astuteobservor II

    The big subreddits like r/news and r/worldnews are most likely controlled by intelligence agencies as a potent psyop tool. Reddit has become no different to the MSM but in many ways it is more dangerous as people are lulled into thinking what they are seeing on the front page is a result of digital populism (i.e. net upvotes) when it reality the stories that make it to the top are just the same CNN garbage. They also added this extremely cringe feature of giving each post awards, which you have to buy with real currency.

    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
  102. Handle25 says:

    I’d like to make three comments, two of which are a little off topic for this thread.

    Comment 1: My on-topic comment is that while I find the Aggregated Newslinks to be a nice addition to the Unz Review, I find that the typography of this new feature to be somewhat jarring and inconsistent with the style of the rest of the Review. The intense blue headlines in an unnecessarily large font verge on the garish typography of the early web, circa 1995. (I thank God that at least the headlines aren’t flashing!)

    The typography of the rest of the Review is much more tasteful and easier on the eyes, and I’d suggest that the headlines of the Aggregated Newslinks be rendered in the black text and smaller font that’s used for most of the rest of the Review. If you must use blue, please tone it down.

    Comment 2: One problem that a lot of news sites have is that they display dozens and dozens of stories at any given time, but many, if not most of those stories are left up for days, even weeks in some cases. For a daily reader, it’s tiresome to see so many stale links every day. For example, the New York Times and SFGate both have this problem. The WSJ also has this problem, but to a lesser degree. My solution for the Times is to just use their “Today’s Paper” link each day. For the WSJ, I just read the paper edition and ignore their website.

    I see this stale-link problem at the Unz Review as well. The colorful “NEW” labels are quite helpful in sorting the new from the old, but I’d like to suggest another option that might be helpful in addition to the “NEW” labels.

    At the top of each Unz Review page, beneath the masthead, is a gray “topic” bar with lots of links that sort the Review’s content into various helpful categories (ie. foreign policy, science, newslinks, etc.). I think it would be nice if there was a “NEW” category on that topic bar that linked to a listing of all Review posts that had been posted within the previous few days, or perhaps within one week. Such a “NEW” category would be especially helpful to regular visitors. A new or an occasional visitor would still see the Review’s full offering via the home page, but a regular visitor would know that the “NEW” link offers a quick way to see what’s new at the Review.

    Comment 3: Tyler Cowen has a nice daily feature on his Marginal Revolution blog where he posts a short list of interesting links that he’s recently come upon, along with a sentence or two commenting on each link. At the Unz Review I mostly read Sailer, Karlin, Unz and Thompson, and I’d enjoy it if each of those bloggers posted a daily or weekly list of links that they found interesting. I’d note that Cowen’s daily links often attract a large number of comments and that this would be an easy way for Review bloggers to similarly generate interest and engagement with a minimal amount of effort.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  103. anastasia says:

    Good! Maybe Ron will one day buy a cable news station, if they don’t kill him first

  104. Ron Unz says:
    @Handle25

    I find that the typography of this new feature to be somewhat jarring and inconsistent with the style of the rest of the Review. The intense blue headlines in an unnecessarily large font verge on the garish typography of the early web, circa 1995.

    That’s a reasonable criticism. As I mentioned, I roughly mimicked the layout of the Revolver link aggregation website, but blue is the link-color here. This Newslinks page really is very distinct from the rest of the website, so a difference in layout is reasonable, but color-schemes are very easy to change if others also agree with you.

    At the top of each Unz Review page, beneath the masthead, is a gray “topic” bar with lots of links that sort the Review’s content into various helpful categories (ie. foreign policy, science, newslinks, etc.). I think it would be nice if there was a “NEW” category on that topic bar that linked to a listing of all Review posts that had been posted within the previous few days, or perhaps within one week.

    The problem is that our website generates a great deal of new content each week, probably well over a hundred items if we include the posts by the bloggers. Except for some of the older blogposts, most of this is already conveniently displayed on the Home page, organized by columnist and category, with “NEW” markers for the most recent pieces. So your “New” page is pretty much the same as our existing Home page.

    • Replies: @A123
  105. Ron Unz says:

    I’ve now added the Commenter Ignore/Commenter Follow feature to the Newslinks page. (The Ignore/Follow settings are still controlled from any Comment thread.)

    Ignored Commenters have their Newslinks grayed out and hidden, while Followed Commenters have their Newslinks highlighted.

    I also slightly changed the display-format, so that the Newslink source is listed first and the name of the Commenter who submitted it is highlighted.

    • Replies: @A123
  106. GuestAug says:

    Sounds like a good idea. Why re-invent the wheel though instead of just creating a sub-Reddit? Doesn’t Reddit provide 99% of the required functionality?

  107. A123 says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks for adding the Blocked Commenter feature.

    It makes the news link page much more useful.
    ____

    I just used the submit news link function and received a blank PHP page as a result.

    To avoid possible dupes and consumption of the daily limit, I did not retry the post. Thus, it could be a one-off fail rather than a system issue.

    PEACE 😇

  108. Syd Walker says: • Website

    This is a very useful addition to your website, Ron Unz. Good stuff!

    Two minor points..

    I think putting the relevant category link on each item listing would be an improvement. Each category link could be clickable and link to a list of all items of the same category. You may have decided not to do that for a good reason, but I’m not sure what it is.

    Similarly, using WordPress TAGS would improve searchability. Perhaps each poster could be asked to supply up to three tags per news story. Tags can be user generated, but with a text-prompt or some other device so people are encouraged to use existing tags. Just as category links can (and IMO should) be clickable, tag links should generate a list of all news items identically tagged.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  109. Ron Unz says:
    @Syd Walker

    I think putting the relevant category link on each item listing would be an improvement. Each category link could be clickable and link to a list of all items of the same category.

    Actually, the Categories are optional, but I’m hoping most Newlink contributors will gradually begin to include them.

    I’ve now gone ahead and made the Categories clickable. When you click on one, the system filters all Newslinks by that Category. Using the selection field at the top allows you to reset the display to “All.”

    Similarly, using WordPress TAGS would improve searchability. Perhaps each poster could be asked to supply up to three tags per news story. Tags can be user generated

    However, allowing user-defined Tags would be difficult and cumbersome, since contributors would probably define them in a multitude of different ways.

  110. @Justvisiting

    But–it turns out that the moderators quickly turned from impartial referees to fascist dictators.

    You are so right. Same with craigslist.org, same with history.stackexchange.com, same with economics.stackexchange.com… some unsuspecting newbie will wander into their domain and innocently post something the rest of the world would see as perfectly reasonable, but which violates some picayune rule the moderators have just spent six months debating, and they descend like a swarm of man-eating locusts on the poor sap. I always imagine them as a snapshot into the faculty politics of the English Department.

  111. A123 says:

    Mr. Unz,

    Given that WordPress de-platformed Conservative Treehouse, I hope you have a good back-up plan. UR could easily be next, and your site design is much more dependant on WP functionality.

    PEACE 😇
    ________

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/11/15/the-treehouse-is-deplatformed/

  112. A123 says:
    @Ron Unz

    blue is the link-color here. This Newslinks page really is very distinct from the rest of the website, so a difference in layout is reasonable, but color-schemes are very easy to change if others also agree with you.

    Mr. Unz,

    With Submitters above the headline and Endorsers below, there is a bit of “blue smear” impacting clarity. Perhaps you could make usernames (Submitters and Endorsers) gold/brown like the border of comment editing box. That would match the existing scheme colors and provide good contrast to white background.
    _____

    In a separate note — Does anyone else want a 5 minute edit window? Auto correct somehow changed:

    TRUMP Set a Trap for the DNC
    –to–
    TRUMP Set at Trap for the DNC

    Or, do I simply need to be more cautious when posting?

    PEACE 😇

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

    With Submitters above the headline and Endorsers below, there is a bit of “blue smear” impacting clarity.

    That’s a reasonable point. Someone had argued that since the Newslinks being in blue is too garish, so I might just change them to black. Since they’re large font, probably the blue is overkill.

    In a separate note — Does anyone else want a 5 minute edit window?

    Unfortunately, I’m not using the standard WordPress commenting system, so the third-party Edit Window plugin won’t work.

    Also, I do think it’s much better if all Newslinks have Categories, so I’ve moved the field to be more obvious. I might just go through and spend a few minutes adding Categories to all the Newslinks that don’t already have them.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @A123
  114. A123 says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks.

    One last clarification:

    — Are there separate counters for posting and endorsement?
    — Or, does offering endorsement restrict your ability to share links?

    If the latter, I suspect the endorsement system will see little use as people do not want to unnecessarily restrict their ability to contribute future content.

    PEACE 😇

  115. A123 says:
    @Ron Unz

    That’s a reasonable point. Someone had argued that since the Newslinks being in blue is too garish, so I might just change them to black. Since they’re large font, probably the blue is overkill.

    IMHO, the garish blue usernames are now over powering the black Newslinks.

    Perhaps make the:
    — Newslinks a less garish, darker blue
    — Usernames black or brown/gold

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  116. @The Spirit of Enoch Powell

    Your comment made some sense till you singled out CNN only. You got divided n conquered.

    Buying Reddit gold has no affect actually. Just shows how popular your comment or post is. When it got too popular it had to be controlled. That killed it. And it serves no purpose on the Current state of Reddit.

    There are 3 constants on the current Reddit.

    Attack on the right of the political spectrum. If only it attack all sides. As that is the right thing to do. Keep the politicians on both sides on their toes.

    Holocaust reminders at least 3 times a day on the front page. Gotta brainwashed the new and young users.

    And finally attack on China. If you search for China in any news or political subreddit, be ready for the bombardment of negativity. It is weird how much redditors are supposed to hate this country half way around the world.

  117. Ron Unz says:
    @A123

    IMHO, the garish blue usernames are now over powering the black Newslinks.

    Well, I changed the usernames to a much duller blue-gray, so they’re no longer overpowering the large black Newslinks. These sorts of adjustments are easy to make, and I’ll see what if anything people say in response.

    • Replies: @A123
    , @L.K
    , @A123
  118. A123 says:
    @Ron Unz

    Mr. Unz,

    The color change is appreciated. I find the less garish blue to be a much more visually pleasing choice.
    ____

    Additional troubleshooting — The error page for exceeding 3 per 24 has a problem. The button for “Return to Commenting Section” links to:

    https://www.unz.com/news/newslink-placeholder/#respond

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

    PEACE 😇

  119. Elsewhere says:

    I’d really like to see all the descriptions by default, rather than having to click on “Show Details”. I think this would not be obtrusive as long as the descriptions are limited to two lines.

  120. L.K says:
    @Ron Unz

    Hello, Mr. Unz.

    Off-topic, but I was hoping you could give me your assessment of the likelihood of the Democratic party, I suppose with Deep State support/cover, having stolen the presidential election, as PCR and others claim.

    One thing that amazes me is the lack of discussion in the US, of the need to reform a political system which is completely corrupt and obsolete on so many different levels.
    It’s like doing the exact same thing that does not work over and over and expecting better results… while at the same time no discussion about a meaningful reform…

    I’d appreciate your assessment, I would even hope you could write an article on it.

    Best regards.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  121. Ron Unz says:
    @L.K

    Off-topic, but I was hoping you could give me your assessment of the likelihood of the Democratic party, I suppose with Deep State support/cover, having stolen the presidential election, as PCR and others claim.

    Hard to say…

    As I’ve said a couple of times, I regarded both Trump and Biden/Harris as such exceptionally awful candidates that I didn’t pay much attention to the campaign. Despite the MSM saying (once again) that Trump had absolutely no chance, I doubted the polls and thought he had maybe a 1/4 chance of winning, so the close results didn’t particularly surprise me.

    I’d pointed out to a few people that since Democrats were so much more likely to vote by mail, it seemed quite possible that Trump have a big lead on Election Night and declare himself the winner to the cheers of his partisans. But once the mailed ballots were later counted, Biden would pull ahead and Trump and his followers would cry “Fraud!” So everything happened just like I’d said it might.

    Was there massive Democratic fraud? Maybe, maybe not. There do seem to be some pretty suspicious aspects of the vote-counting in Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, and other corrupt Democratic-controlled cities that tipped the election to Biden in key states. We’ve published some articles making that case, but others that have challenged it. And I don’t have the interest or technical expertise to decide between them.

    On the other hand, it’s absolutely 100% clear that the MSM/Tech stole the election from Trump by entirely covering up the Hunter Biden corruption scandal and banning it from Social Media. It seems certain it would have tipped enough votes to get Trump reelected.

    But Trump also stole the election from himself by his total political incompetence. His base had been white males, and because of his policies and his campaign strategy, the polls show that he hemorrhaged their support, which cost him reelection. Meanwhile, he directed much of his campaigning effort toward winning black votes, even though they’re only a tiny portion of the electorate, and about 90% anyway voted for Biden, just like they had for Hillary Clinton.

    So while there may have been major fraud, I think these other factors were probably more decisive.

    Meanwhile, in California Trump lost by 40 points, but Republicans did surprisingly well, unexpectedly picking up several Congressional seats, probably partly due to the backlash against all the crazy Black Lives Matter rioting and looting. However, since Trump was so totally useless on that issue, it probably didn’t help him much.

  122. Dan Hayes says:
    @Ron Unz

    Only Upper East Side Liberals such as Ivanka and Consort Jared could be delusional enough to believe in and convince Daddy of the black Republican chimera. Another factoid. Most have heard of South Texan Mexican-Americans voting for Trump. But not as well known is that South Bronx Hispanics also voted for Trump!

  123. Ron Unz says:

    I’ve made a few more small changes in the Newslink Aggregation system:

    (1) Selecting a Category is now required, and you’ll be prompted if you don’t.

    (2) Clicking on a Contributor’s name now filters all Newslinks by that Contributor, which can be reversed by pressing the “Display All” button. When filtering, the Contributor’s name is displayed in bright blue at the top, and this links to his Commenter Archive.

  124. @Ron Unz

    I just attempted to add a newslink and got the msg that I must select a category. I planned to select All because the report is about media, and none of the categories are correct for my link. Please add a Media category and change my link to that if it’s an acceptable report. Eliminating the All option might be okay, but I’ve found that many reports should appear in multiple categories. Pertinent reports may not show up when filtered.

    BTW, I liked the blue better than the black type on the report headings. There’s just too much black now, IMO. Thanks for the new feature.

  125. @Ron Unz

    But Trump also stole the election from himself by his total political incompetence. His base had been white males, and because of his policies and his campaign strategy, the polls show that he hemorrhaged their support, which cost him reelection. Meanwhile, he directed much of his campaigning effort toward winning black votes, even though they’re only a tiny portion of the electorate, and about 90% anyway voted for Biden, just like they had for Hillary Clinton.

    Also, Trump could’ve sent out another stimulus check. Given the widespread economic misery that has engulfed much of America (especially the hardscrabble rust belt), it’s not inconceivable that many of his supporters saw no reason to vote for him if he was going to abandon them.

    Meanwhile, in California Trump lost by 40 points, but Republicans did surprisingly well, unexpectedly picking up several Congressional seats

    Southern California is pretty different from SF and Silicon Valley. People there aren’t into social activism. So I think the Republicans still have some potential down there, but they need Hispanic and Asian votes.

  126. Anon[223] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    Ron,
    Who do you think had the better immigration policies in the campaign, Trump or Biden?

  127. @Astuteobservor II

    I used CNN as an archetype for all mainstream news channels.

    I remember seeing that post about the Uighurs being loaded up onto trains on the front page of Reddit a few months ago, the guy who posted it, did so under the title of “As a German, this video really makes me fearful” or something to that effect.

    Reddit banned r/TheDonald a while ago, that alone should have been indicative of its bias, as that sub was very milquetoast.

  128. @Ron Unz

    Mr Unz,

    I guess you didn’t like my idea for a Media category. Or may be you’re just not paying much attention to the Newslink feature right now.

    I posted a link this morning and just noticed that someone else posted the exact same link several hours later. I had been checking to make sure any links I would post were not posted already because that just seems like common courtesy to me. Repetition is no fun. But I also got the impression that links were being monitored because they don’t show up right away so I figured duplicates would be caught. Are links being approved before they post? Can you prevent duplicates?

    Also, if a Media category doesn’t work for you, how about a Miscellaneous category for reports that don’t seem to fit any of the categories listed? Thanks again.

    • Agree: Dissident
    • Replies: @Dissident
  129. a_german [AKA "a_german.."] says:

    News`This site is full of news. Nearly 90% is nothing more then meddling with something the stupid mass medias has puk.. . Now it will become another useless site, brings exactly the same sh… than any other.

    I’d look forward to hearing your perspectives and suggestions.

    Here you have.

  130. A123 says:
    @Ron Unz

    Well, I changed the usernames to a much duller blue-gray, so they’re no longer overpowering the large black Newslinks. These sorts of adjustments are easy to make, and I’ll see what if anything people say in response.

    Mr. Unz,

    It seems like a bit of a black smear to me after looking at it for a few days. I was looking for a previous headline and had difficulty spotting it.

    There are black headlines, with black categories, black source sites, black show details hotspots, black dividing lines, and black/grey Thanks buttons.

    Adding a 3rd color to the mix seems like the easiest option. Perhaps making:
    — Headlines the dark blue currently used for usernames.
    — Usernames could be a brown or dark gold.

    Thanks again.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @A123
    , @Ron Unz
  131. A123 says:
    @A123

    Sorry to reply to my own post but I just noticed this faux pas:

    thesun.co.uk / A123 • Foreign Policy
    VE DAY #2 — Axis Powers Defeated — Hungary and Poland Save Europe from Führer Merkel’s Attempt to Resurrect 1930’s Fascism


    rt.com / Miro23 • Foreign Policy
    By Vetoing €1.8tn Budget and Comparing Brussels Enslavement to Life Under Communism, Poles Could Blow Up the Whole EU Project

    The black smear failed to register. I posted effectively the same fact set, though with better interpretive guidance.

    And, it is not just me. The story about the UW Boulder has also duped with two different users.

    breitbart.com / Haruto Rat • Culture/Society
    University of Wisconsin to Remove a ‘Racist’ Boulder


    web.archive.org / for-the-record • Race/Ethnicity
    UW-Madison Moves Forward on Plan to Move 70-Ton Boulder Seen as Symbol of Racist Past
    Endorsed by: Cato

    If colors can be easily tweaked, doing something to make the headlines kick more without being garish would be desirable.

    PEACE 😇

  132. Ron Unz says:
    @A123

    It seems like a bit of a black smear to me after looking at it for a few days. I was looking for a previous headline and had difficulty spotting it.

    There are black headlines, with black categories, black source sites, black show details hotspots, black dividing lines, and black/grey Thanks buttons.

    Okay, here’s another try…

    The Newslinks are now in blue-gray, while the Commenter links are in bright blue.

    Since the Commenter links are much smaller, I think they should be a more visible color to highlight them.

    All these adjustments are trivial, and let’s see what people think.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  133. @Ron Unz

    Mr. Unz,

    May I suggest that you add a feature to indicate if the said link is text, audio, or video. It could be a required drop-down menu, and would show up in brackets after the title.

    Example from my recent contribution:

    Interview with author of Danish Mask Study {video}

  134. Regarding the evolving Newslinks feature:

    [MORE]

    11/11 7:24pm – A123 suggestions
    11/11 9:12pm Garlic suggestion
    11/11 10:58pm – Ron Unz reply – complies with both
    11/12 1:24am – Ron Unz 2nd reply to A123 – complies

    11/11 11:27pm – mutthead suggestion
    11/12 1:23am – Ron Unz reply – complies

    11/12 8:23am – Dissident complaint
    11/12 5:17pm – Ron Unz reply – respectful explanation

    11/12 4:15pm – Si1ve1ock complaint
    11/12 5:20pm – Ron Unz reply – respectful explanation

    11/13 4:02pm – The Spirit of Enoch Powell suggestion
    11/14 2:30am – Ron Unz reply – partial comply + explanation & “flood” of links “problem” cited

    11/13 5:25pm – Anon[223] suggestion
    11/13 6:46pm – Ron Unz reply – under consideration – considering adding categories too

    11/14 8:56am – Bras Cubas complaint/suggestion
    11/14 5:46pm – Ron Unz reply – complies

    11/14 10:24pm – Handle25 complaint/criticism
    11/15 12:37am – Ron Unz reply – complies

    11/15 4:49pm – Syd Walker suggestions (2)
    11/15 5:32pm – Ron Unz reply – complies with one, respectfully explains for the other

    11/16 12:24am – A123 suggestion
    11/16 2:16am – Ron Unz reply – complies – also thinking about adding categories

    11/16 3:53pm – A123 suggestion
    11/16 5:26pm – Ron Unz reply – complies

    11/17 4:27am – L.K off topic question for Ron Unz
    11/17 5:14am – Ron Unz reply – respectful/wordy

    11/17 2:27pm – Ron Unz announces elimination of “All” category & coerced category selection

    11/17 4:58pm – Chaco Cortes suggestion (Media category)
    No reply – No action

    11/19 11:59pm – Chaco Cortes suggestion (Other category) + moderation/duplication questions
    No reply – No action

    11/21 4:40am – A123 suggestion
    11/21 6:46pm – Ron Unz reply – complies

    Evidently Mr Unz has me on ignore. Meanwhile, as of this writing, no less than 13 of the 120 Newslinks so far (about 11%) are best fit in a Media category, including at least two by Mr Unz. Media is my area of specialization. Would someone (A123?) please make my suggestion for a Media category so it can be seen and considered? TIA

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  135. Ron Unz says:
    @Chaco Cortes

    Meanwhile, as of this writing, no less than 13 of the 120 Newslinks so far (about 11%) are best fit in a Media category, including at least two by Mr Unz. Media is my area of specialization.

    I just don’t think that adding a Media category makes any sense. In some respects, the overwhelming majority of the Newslinks would fall into that category, but otherwise they mostly fall into one of the others.

    Anyway, the software architecture of the website has had a limited number of particular categories from the very beginning, and adding an entirely new one called Media doesn’t seem worthwhile at this point.

  136. Dissident says:

    After submitting a newslink, the page simply refreshes with no indication that one’s submission was received. Contrast this to submitting a comment, where one receives the clear, explicit message, Your comment is awaiting moderation, along with a preview of exactly how the submitted comment will appear if approved.

    It would be surprising if this lack of confirmation has not resulted in a considerable number of duplicate submissions.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  137. Dissident says:
    @Chaco Cortes

    Are links being approved before they post? Can you prevent duplicates?

    I would think that actual duplicate URLs could be detected automatically and fairly easily by algorithm.

    how about a Miscellaneous category for reports that don’t seem to fit any of the categories listed?

    In the absence of an explicit Miscellaneous category, the existing category of Culture/Society would seem an acceptable substitute.
    ~ ~ ~
    Mr. Unz:
    I have just become aware that in the URL for the latest newslink I have contributed, I accidentally omitted the critical s from “nytimes.com”.

    A means of flagging an entry for an obvious error of this type would be welcome. (Though, admittedly, I do not know how easy it would be to implement.)
    ~ ~ ~
    I noticed that individuals’ comment archives no longer include contributed newslinks. I don’t necessarily object to this decision but would be interested in the reasoning behind it.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  138. Ron Unz says:
    @Dissident

    Unfortunately, I needed to implement the Newslinks feature using a different software approach than for regular comments, so that’s why they’re handled differently.

    Remember, I built the entire system in just a day or two, so I’m generally quite pleased with how well it works.

    • Thanks: Dissident
    • Replies: @El Dato
  139. Ron Unz says:
    @Dissident

    I have just become aware that in the URL for the latest newslink I have contributed, I accidentally omitted the critical s from “nytimes.com”.

    A means of flagging an entry for an obvious error of this type would be welcome.

    Why not just copy-and-paste the URL. It’s much easier and faster and not prone to typos.

    I noticed that individuals’ comment archives no longer include contributed newslinks. I don’t necessarily object to this decision but would be interested in the reasoning behind it.

    Well, I decided they were just cluttering up the Commenter archives so I filtered them out, but have now put them back. However, the pages are cached, so they may take a little while to reappear.

  140. El Dato says:
    @Ron Unz

    Agreed. Considering that (from what I understand) you made your fortune writing software, that’s not surprising!

  141. COVID-19 and common sense. With an approaching nationwide lockdown, it’s time for common sense and science to work together. See my blogpost: “Common sense and COVID-19.”

    http://tedseastrom.com/covid-19

  142. It would be nice if the font color of the link changed when I click on it. Like at Zero Hedge. It tells me where I started scrolling the previous time through.

    Good service. Thanks.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  143. Ron Unz says:
    @Peripatetic Itch

    It would be nice if the font color of the link changed when I click on it. Like at Zero Hedge. It tells me where I started scrolling the previous time through.

    Sure, that’s a reasonable suggestion. Newslinks already visited are now changed from blue-gray to a very light gray.

    • Replies: @A123
  144. Blogs? They are opinion not news but sometimes important and interesting stuff is stumbled upon there which would then have to be dug for, especially if you want to get a useful compilation of all the stuff in one location.

    This morning I read John Baez’ blog post about Biden’s likely environmental moves and thought it was the best thing I have seen on the topic and thought others would like to see it and maybe I could submit it to Newslinks. Except it’s a blog and not a news site.

    This is the webpage I did not post on Newslinks:

    https://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2020/11/08/us-environmental-policy/

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  145. Ron Unz says:
    @Morton's toes

    Sure, posting a blogpost in the Newslinks section seems perfectly fine to me so long as the particular item is worthwhile. In fact, you’ll notice that I posted a couple of links to blogposts from Moon of Alabama.

  146. A123 says:
    @Ron Unz

    Mr. Unz,

    After using the current color scheme for a while, it is growing on me. My suggested use of gold/brown as an alternate text color would not have been harmonious with the rest of the site.

    The Blue title on the Light Blue “new” article background is less than perfect when running a blue “night” shifted screen mode. However, it is easy to clear the new background to white by revisiting the page. No need for further changes.

    Many Thanks for this new feature.

    PEACE 😇

    • Agree: Dissident
    • Thanks: Ron Unz
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