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As some of you may have noticed, we’ve very recently added a new regular columnist, Pepe Escobar, who has been writing on international globalization issues for the Asia Times and numerous other publications for at least two decades. We’ll be regularly republishing his insightful new pieces as they come out, and have already incorporated his archives of the last few years, totaling over 150 pieces.

Meanwhile, as partly proposed and discussed in the previous Announcement thread of a couple of weeks ago, I’ve made a few fairly minor and tentative changes in our webzine design and operation:

(1) Numerous individuals have long complained regarding the sharp restrictions on Reaction comments (Agree/Disagree/Etc.), which had been limited to one per hour for established commenters. My strong opinion is that raising the limit too high would overly dilute the value of the currency, and also lead to the sort of pointless “gang warfare” found in so many other commenting systems. But some persuasively argued that just one Reaction per hour was too low, and forced readers to clutter threads with trivial comments merely saying “I Agree.” Therefore, I have modified the limit to a total of three Reactions per any eight-hour period. Since most individuals visit the website only episodically, they will now be able to leave three Reactions instead of one, but without overly increasing the daily total. Also, Reactions will now be available to anyone who has had five approved comments during the last thirty days, down from ten, a much easier requirement that should still filter out most trolls. Depending upon feedback, these parameters may later be adjusted.

(2) Regular commenters are still restricted to 10 comments per hour with no more than 3 of those being on a particular thread. However, when comments are refused, the text of the failed comment is no longer lost but now is instead provided so that it can more easily be tried again later.

(3) I’d tried a temporary experiment in running Google Ads as a means of covering some of the operational expenses of the website. But I found the ads more annoying than they were worth, and many of the commenters had a similar reaction, so they’ve now been removed again. Given the enormous time and intensity that so many readers devote to this website, I’m instead thinking of exploring means of encouraging such users to provide regularly monthly donations.

(4) Based on user suggestions, I’ve expanded the list of most popular articles on the Home page and the Sidebar from six to ten.

(5) Given the growing coverage of the website, I’m testing an expansion of the top menu to three lines as a test. The aesthetics seems slightly worse, but the functionality considerably better.

(6) Some readers have suggested that we switch to a more streamlined sans serif font, and I’m considering exploring that possibility, though only on the Home page and the Sidebar.

(7) Although this Announcement may currently be used for reporting bugs and suggestions, I’m planning to add a permanent Bugs & Suggestions link to the Sidebar.

 
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  1. Tom Verso says:

    If and when you call for donations, I will be the first to respond.

    A voluminous consumer of all things historical (actually read Toynbee’s 12 volume “Study of History”) and journalistic (back when the NY Times was on strike I almost had a nervous backdown), I can’t begin to say how much I value this site.

    • Agree: Hail
  2. bookworm says:

    please put an arrow or indicator at bottom of all articles that returns one to the top. There is one like that on the Saker site. Thanks

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
  3. The ads didn’t bother me.

    About the video page. I don’t know what the technical or storage realities are, but an “Unz Video” page in the style of YouTube would be a huge attraction. People are so used to the YouTube format (a comment section directly below the video box and a column of suggested videos on the right hand side) that a format in a similar style would get a lot more use.

    Especially the ‘suggested videos’ feature. That used to be one of the best things about YouTube. You would be watching a video and at the same time be presented with a fascinating selection of suggested videos based on a genuine unrigged algorithm; based on what other people with similar interests had watched before you.

    In this way you could discover excellent new channels that you would otherwise never have found. It also fostered the formation of genuine new communities.

    Now YouTube distorts the algorithm and, even worse, bans so many people that there is no real free speech left on that website anyway.

    I check Unz Review every day but I haven’t become a user of the video page. If the user interface adopted the YouTube format I think I would start to.

    Thanks for all you do.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  4. Also, Reactions will now be available to anyone who has had five approved comments during the last thirty days, down from ten, a much easier requirement that should still filter out most trolls.

    Of course annoying trolls take their mission seriously, they won’t be filtered out 🤭, but this change will greatly increase reaction-commenting comfort for serious-minded people as well, and I welcome it 👍.
    I also agree that it is important to keep the number of these reaction limited: so they will stay meaningful.

    I’m planning to add a permanent Bugs & Suggestions link to the Sidebar.

    👍

    (5) 👍

    (6) The font is perfect as it is.

    (2) 10 comments per hour are still many. 6 would be a nicer threshold. Nobody can have more than 6 interesting points to make per hour.

    ****

    This said, I would keep allowing any sort of point to be made in any comment… but would not let any comment with derogatory terms, “yelling”, and foul names called show on the site — given how pervasive these forms of conduct have become.

    • Agree: Laugh Track
  5. Andy says:

    Great addition, I followed Pepe Escobar’s columns in Asia Times and his analysis of geopolitics is first-rate.

  6. Thank you for this site, Mr. Unz. I’m a daily reader and appreciate both the effort you’ve put into the site and the quantity and quality of reliable, uncensored information, which I’m able to extract from it.

    I have a suggestion you might consider: Establish a two-tiered system for those who visit the site. The higher tier – for those who regularly visit the site and would be willing to pay an appropriate fee for the privilege – would remove all restrictions on comments and impose less onerous restrictions on AGREE/DISAGREE… than currently apply. The lower tier would involve restrictions on comments and serious restrictions on AGREE/DISAGREE…

    Fees could be set so as not to be exorbitant yet still discourage trolls. You might consider calling these the Tiny Duck tax.

    • Replies: @Dissident
  7. SysATI says:

    (6) Some readers have suggested that we switch to a more streamlined sans serif font, and I’m considering exploring that possibility, though only on the Home page and the Sidebar.

    10000% agree !

    Sans Serif fonts are soooo much more readable and less tiring for the eye…

    (although it’s not such a hassle to use chrome extensions such as font swap to change the native font of websites)

    • Disagree: Vinnie O
    • Replies: @Cat Hierophant
    , @Vinnie O
  8. jsigur says:

    My income is seen to be in the poverty bracket (under 20,000 a year). It is not doable for me to pay for site upkeep while I also believe that volunteerism is necessary for any movement standing up against power so we all must find a way to engage!

    I concluded a few years back that the elites count on their money monopoly for a mechanism to keep dissenters in line (another reason to practice volunteerism). It’s highly profitable to support the NWO in its various manifestations and highly lifestyle curtailing to offer counter arguments against its rule. Also the profit motive will tend to make influence-rs modify their message to insure unfettered monetary reward.

    We have to all truly be willing to sacrifice and do what is necessary to make possible a higher order that serves a higher good that includes the 99% within those concerns. Clearly to do little or nothing is support for the system as is.

    I can’t offer monetary compensation but I can offer my services for onsite support. I learned how to operate a website out of necessity back in 2014 though it is the less used Joomla format. I closed that site down last summer but there is a “Way-back Machine” snapshot of many articles and opinions I expressed there during my time operating it, here:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20190623001601/https://blindlight.org/index.php/another/item/852-a-different-slant-on-race

    [MORE]
    The other comment I would make is youtube’s speedy transformation, over the last year, from a grassroots operation to an MSM operation. The number of commercials one can be bombarded with is truly enough to encourage leaving the site for good for one who learned years ago how to avoid stations that spend 1/4th their time forcing inaccurate information on the listener via ads and the like.

    YouTube also borrowed a practice that made sense the way Netflix used it but is nothing short of harassment the way you-tube uses it. Say. if you are marathon watching a program on Netflix after three or four hours a message will popup that makes sure you are still watching the program in exchange for using the band width needed to auto-play each episode

    I totally understand the reason they do it with no explanation needed from them. You Tube has distorted this practice to annoy (say you make a playlist of ten songs and put it on auto-play. After 3 songs or so, the music will stop until you check the keep playing request. They even have the audacity to tell you this will stop happening if you get you tube premium for 10 dollars a month)

    I guess my point is that once money becomes a priority for a website, it can easily become THE priority. This is poison for an altruism based community effort that is fighting power corruption.

    The elites use money as a way to motivate and excite ppl in their direction but they literally can print money out of thin air and call it legal to do so! We, as a counter movement, must find innovative ways that ceases to concede that money is one of THE primary motivating factors.

    As long as they know that we need their stuff (money, whatever) they can dictate terms (force us to quit or keep going, whatever works for their agenda)

    Just my two cents

    Thanks for your creative efforts on our behalf and contact me at [email protected] if there is some regular labor service for the website I can provide to make your life a bit easier.
    jsigur

  9. @Tom Verso

    Can donate already via patreon.

    • Replies: @Tom Verso
    , @Kratoklastes
  10. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Saw the red “Patron” button.

    Clicked to contribute
    but it’s Patreon.

    I’m with tusk, prefer a different method.
    A check to a P.O. box ??

    AND

    What are ” Discord communication priveleges?”

    • Replies: @Tusk
  11. 1. top 3 line menu looks okay… (not sure i have ever used it) while appreciating the simple layout of the site, it also appears to belie a tendency towards seeing the ‘neatness’ of symmetry as a paramount design consideration… symmetry is the death of design… just sayin’…
    .
    2. realizing i am a dinosaur, i rarely watch videos/podcasts, UNLESS the video IS the subject at hand… otherwise, resent my attention being held hostage to 10-20-30 minutes of blah blah blah (look at me!), for what amounts to a couple minutes of reading… get off my brain ! ! !
    .
    3. i might also suggest a semi-random reshuffling of the columnists list, as -prob like most- i don’t often scroll down ‘below the fold’, such that i miss esposure to some of the lesser known writers…
    .
    4. as far as donations, i wonder if you might find that a fair amount of your audience might be loath to donate to your site in general BECAUSE of your inclusionist, free-speech policies which include the views of columnist/writer ‘X’ (whatever their krime against humanity is), but WOULD donate to ewe are to support columnist/writer ‘Y’, who they are more aligned with politically, etc…
    .
    5. still think the idea of some sort of debate series (NOT VIDEO, written) is a good idea…
    .
    oh, insert obligatory ‘orange man bad’ statement here…

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  12. Isn’t Unz a billionaire?

    • Replies: @Wally
  13. nymom says:

    Well I didn’t even know you were limited to 10 comments over a certain period.

    Hopefully I never passed the limit.

    Anyway, I was thinking a nice feature would be being able to access all of your comments and see if anyone responded to them so you could respond back. As opposed to searching through every post you responded to and finding your comment.

    Also I have contributed to three individual columnists but not to the general website; but, what about the idea of a subscription fee to access the website….or to respond…Maybe anyone can read but to partake of the discussion you pay an annual fee…

    Just throwing it out there.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  14. Ron Unz says:
    @nymom

    Anyway, I was thinking a nice feature would be being able to access all of your comments and see if anyone responded to them so you could respond back. As opposed to searching through every post you responded to and finding your comment.

    It’s very easy. Just click on your Handle link and your comment archive will pop up:

    https://www.unz.com/comments/all/?commenterfilter=nymom

    Also, if you use a legitimate Email address and check the box “Email Replies to my Comment”, you’ll get emailed versions of all the replies to your comments.

  15. Tom Verso says:
    @RadicalCenter

    Patreon is a tad past my technical comfort zone. It’s a generational thing. I’m older than the Boomers.

    But, thank you for the thought.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  16. Sam says:

    @Ron Unz

    There’s no reason this website shouldn’t merely be covering costs but making profits.Two factors in your favour:

    1)A huge permanent readership

    2)Highly motivated readership per reader

    3)Lots of material you could reconfigure into ebooks

    If you sought the help of your acquaintance Tom Woods, who has learned direct marketing to great profits, he will probably be glad to point you in the right direction in terms of how to monetize. Gary North, an even better marketeer than Woods and his mentor in this respect, would have even more ideas for monetisation. Pursuing some direct marketing with the website is crucial because it allows you:

    a)
    Cover the costs of the website and generate profits.

    b)
    Get professionals to expand readership beyond its current levels and to help modernise the website if need be.

    c)
    a+b Will allow you to attract more good bloggers and perhaps make other important investments consistent with the mission of this website.

  17. Ron Unz says:

    Dr. James Thompson’s recent column on race and genetics has provoked an enormous amount of very detailed discussion in the comments, now approaching 100,000 words.

    https://www.unz.com/jthompson/explaining-race-and-genetics-no-need-to-despair/

    Therefore, he suggested that it would be nice if he could designate a particularly well-informed commenter, whose contributions should be so indicated on his articles, namely “res.”

    I’ve now done that, and the names of any such commenters will henceforth be marked by thin golden borders on all of Dr. Thompson’s articles.

    • Replies: @Hail
  18. Tom Verso says:

    Mr. Unz,

    If you really want to cause a ruckus, considering bring Eric Striker on board (National Justice … https://national-justice.com/authors/eric-striker). An alt-researcher and anti-oligarch par excellence: controversial but always informative and never a cliché

    He would complement Paul Kersey but present a far greater range of topics.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  19. Dissident says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    Establish a two-tiered system for those who visit the site. The higher tier – for those who regularly visit the site and would be willing to pay an appropriate fee for the privilege – would remove all restrictions on comments

    Wouldn’t that result in anyone who is able and willing to pay such a fee then being able both to post an unlimited number of comments, as well as to clutter, derail and deface threads with all kinds of rambling, off-topic, unintelligent, incoherent, or otherwise low-quality, objectionable or unwelcome posts?

    How much thought have you given this proposal?

    You might consider calling these the Tiny Duck tax.

    I have never understood the strong and even intense negative reactions that Tiny Duck’s posts seem to evoke in some people. I mean, how much more obvious could it be that TD’s intent is to parody the very views and sentiments that his posts purport to express?
    ~ ~ ~
    I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that to merely express unpopular, controversial, or even inflammatory views does not make one a troll. A troll, rather, is one who deliberately posts inflammatory content with the intent merely to incite and disrupt. By definition, one who earnestly expresses sincerely-held views– no matter how offensive, reprehensible or even odious such views may be deemed– is not a troll. Likewise, one who, under the guise of a random individual, makes posts with the specific intent of advancing a given entity or cause while concealing such intent/motivation and concealing any vested interests one may have in such an endeavor, is also not a troll but rather a shill.

    In the world of internet comment threads and discussion forums, the term troll has long been widely abused in much the same way as such terms as fascist, racist, and now White Supremacist have been abused both on and off the Internet alike: Nasty epithets thrown about with abandon to a priori discredit and smear, and thereby avoid having to actually consider and deal with, views that one finds inconvenient, threatening or otherwise unwanted, and the individuals who express them.

    Relating this to the matter of the “reaction button” functionality provided on this site, I must say that I have always found the “TROLL” option to be silly, childish, prone to abuse, and utterly gratuitous.

    [MORE]
    Even when not abused but honestly used to mark a post that one sincerely is convinced is a true troll (i.e., made only to inflame and disrupt), just what does branding a post as such actually accomplish? Anything constructive, desirable or otherwise worthwhile? Ron Unz tells us “All the Troll button does is warn other commenters.” I would ask Mr. Unz why he thinks those who comment at this site would be in need of such a warning. Does he not regard us as sufficiently intelligent, mature, wise, and independent to judge what we read for ourselves and decide, independently, how best to respond (or to not respond) to any given posted comment?

    To encourage people to dismiss or ignore a comment based on something so subjective, so utterly arbitrary and capricious, and so subject to motivations of mere pettiness, vanity and vindictiveness as to whether or not or how many times a mere gimmick such as the “TROLL” button is has been invoked? Doesn’t that easily enable and even encourage the very mob-like behavior that, wishing to avoid, Mr. Unz cites as a prime reason for limiting the total number of times-per-hour that any user may invoke the “reaction” function?

    Shouldn’t views and challenges be read and judged on their own merits, independent of the identity of the individual who expressed them? If a view, position or idea is valid, does it become invalidated merely on account of having been expressed (or even formulated) by a less-than-credible individual? Conversely, if an idea is bad, does it somehow become redeemed if advanced by credible individual? No to both; good ideas can be expressed by bad people and bad ideas by good people.

    I say scrap the “TROLL” button entirely. Replace it, perhaps, with a DISAVOW or CONDEMN button or something similar for use when mere disagreement is insufficient. Let’s encourage people to focus on ideas and substance over personalities.

  20. Tusk says:
    @Anonymous

    Thanks anon, and I’ll reiterate for anyone here who didn’t see my comment in the last thread.
    While RadicalCenter mentioned that there is a Patreon account, the platform has a history of kicking off those who wrongthink with no recourse.

    Why support such a platform? I don’t know if, or what percent, fee Patreon gets but why let them take money in the process of supporting this site when one day they’ll close it down and shut the money off. It’s definitely better to rely on a payment provider who will give you long term security, which is something I assume this site would like, so I’m glad that Ron is discussing adding alternative options.

    To me it seems much better to have a direct or at least non-PC platform to provide donations too. Just like Tom mentions at post #1 as soon as there is another donation method I’ll send my cold hard kroons in.

    • Agree: Bill Jones
    • Replies: @Hail
    , @RadicalCenter
  21. Mr. Unz, Please do not make any change to a sans serif font. a concession to barbarism.

    • Agree: sayless
  22. Hail says: • Website
    @Tusk

    as soon as there is another donation method I’ll send my cold hard kroons in.

    There is a postal mailing address listed at

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

    Though Ron has not explicitly solicited donations via the old-fashioned, ‘paper’ method (check or money order), I think he’d probably get a good response that way for various reasons.

    • Replies: @Tusk
  23. peterAUS says:
    @Dissident

    Khm….you know, maybe you are a touch too cerebral for the majority of the audience around.

    How much thought have you given this proposal?

    Hehe..I have a feeling he has given quite some thought there for the very reason(s) you described in the paragraph above your question.

    In the world of internet comment threads and discussion forums, the term troll has long been widely abused in much the same way as such terms as fascist, racist, and now White Supremacist have been abused both on and off the Internet alike: Nasty epithets thrown about with abandon to a priori discredit and smear, and thereby avoid having to actually consider and deal with, views that one finds inconvenient, threatening or otherwise unwanted, and the individuals who express them.

    Relating this to the matter of the “reaction button” functionality provided on this site, I must say that I have always found the “TROLL” option to be silly, childish, prone to abuse, and utterly gratuitous.

    Yep.

    why he thinks those who comment at this site would be in need of such a warning. Does he not regard us as sufficiently intelligent, mature, wise, and independent to judge what we read for ourselves and decide, independently, how best to respond (or to not respond) to any given posted comment?

    ….Doesn’t that easily enable and even encourage the very mob-like behavior ..

    I am sure those are rhetorical questions. Or, perhaps not. Just a little bit of naivety there.

    …Shouldn’t views and challenges be read and judged on their own merits, independent of the identity of the individual who expressed them?

    Man….good luck.

  24. Hail says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    Congratulations, commenter Res, on your hard work “paying off” / being recognized.

    _____

    I’ve seen many praise the comments sections here (of most authors, anyway).

    I notice there are three are four or five ‘sharing’ buttons for main articles — [Like on Facebook] [Share on Facebook] [Tweet] [Email] [Print] — while for comments there is only one: [Email Comment]. (This under AGREE/DISAGREE/ETC.) Might twitter and facebook direct-sharing buttons for comments be added? I don’t see that it would hurt.

  25. Tusk says:
    @Hail

    Thanks Hail, I actually was going to add in my comment (but deleted it) that as I’m not in America I’m not sure the dynamics of sending cheques internationally, if that even works at all. I suppose I could send Ron some AUD but considering the exchange rate it might require a wheelbarrow full to make a dent.

  26. Max Parry says:

    I am big admirer of Escobar’s work. An excellent choice, Ron.

  27. @RadicalCenter

    Patreon needs to die in a fire.

    They’re ticket-clippers who had a deliberate strategy of signing up people that they knew they would eventually de-platform. It was only partly to ‘grow numbers’, but also because they knew that if they became the best-known platform, it would impose significant transition costs (loss of audience, loss of income) on the people they deplatformed. And of course all of the victims were from one ideological viewpoint.

    I was never a fan of any of the people affected, but that shit riled me up good.

    I will never, ever, fund anything through Patreon. I use an element zapper so that I never even see their logo.

    Do not be surprised if someone decides to liberate all of their user data: you just know that fucktards are far too self-absorbed to take datasec seriously. They will have outsourced it to the cheapest code-farms in Bangalore (either directly or through a ‘consultancy agreement’), and it will be porous as fuck.

    Oh, that happened already?

    Oh, OK… that means that users need never concern themselves about shitty datasec ever again. Their code’s all been refactored, and their shit is fully dialled in… that will be true right up until someone competent to decides it’s time to ram a fist up Patreon’s cybersphincter again.

    Come the day.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  28. @Dissident

    I have never understood the strong and even intense negative reactions that Tiny Duck’s posts seem to evoke in some people. I mean, how much more obvious could it be that TD’s intent is to parody the very views and sentiments that his posts purport to express?

    Titania McGrath and David Thorne (27bslash6) have made successful careers exploiting the whole “dangle some screamingly-obvious bait in front of the easily-triggered: hilarity ensues“.

    It took me a few TD comments before it was really clear. In my own defence: most of the time I’m drunk, and plus I was dropped on my head as a baby.

    • LOL: bluedog
  29. @Tom Verso

    Then it’s pretty cool that you’re on here in the first place. But I think you’ll find that joining patreon and setting up a monthly donation isn’t hard compared to what you’re already doing online.

  30. @Dissident

    You know I’m just teasing. Your point is well taken about the overuse of the troll designation.

  31. @Tusk

    You’re right, Tusk, that Patreon removes people with peaceful, lawful views and activities because of Patreon’s desire to favor certain viewpoints and lifestyles over others. Some of that on the website Gofundme as well, it seems.

    Here is a suggestion for a simple alternative that I have done myself: if you can find someone as a recipient on Gofundme, email the person listed as the organizer/fundraiser, who is often not the recipient himself.

    Ask for the intended recipient’s Venmo name.

    Then go to Venmo and give to the person there, with no commission.

  32. @bookworm

    For now, you can just press the “home” key on your keyboard. It does the same thing.

  33. Well, the paying thing…

    It kind of depends how you look at it. Just how much money does Ron have, and how much do I have?

    Why should I pay to support him?

    On the other hand, yeah, those of us who come here hourly should contribute to the upkeep of the site.

    Perhaps very minimal viewing and commenting privileges for free or ‘whatever you can spare without hurtin’ yourself’ for more? No specified charge, but contribute something. I’m not sure how much I’d toss in the kitty each year, but I’d rather see the amount up to the giver.

    • Replies: @anon
  34. Wally says:
    @Henry's Cat

    Let’s hope so.

    Would that be a problem for you?

    If so, why?

  35. anon[113] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    …. but contribute something.

    It works both ways. There are people who come here primarily to read the comments, and there are a number of posters who make substantial contributions.

  36. Biff says:

    Reaction comments (Agree/Disagree/Etc.), went from 8 per eight hours down to 3 per eight hours. That’ll learn ‘em.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna, Triumph104
  37. dfordoom says: • Website
    @art guerrilla

    realizing i am a dinosaur, i rarely watch videos/podcasts, UNLESS the video IS the subject at hand… otherwise, resent my attention being held hostage to 10-20-30 minutes of blah blah blah (look at me!), for what amounts to a couple minutes of reading… get off my brain ! ! !

    Count me as a dinosaur as well. Videos/podcasts seem to me to be useless time sinks.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna, Lot
    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
  38. Hossein says:

    Escobar is a great addition . He is an honest and brave journalist. The only flaw i notice in him is when he defends the disgraceful sectarian criminal Persian Mullas.
    Hopefully that will change when he witnesses their murderous rampage against the Iraqi civilians currently being slaughtered by their mercenary militias .

  39. @dfordoom

    Reading is faster then listening (Video/podcast). Writing is slower then talking. Writing + reading + referencing is far more efficient then producing video + viewing + later referencing the content of the video file. Producing podcast + listening + later referencing is also of lesser efficiency as writing + reading + referencing. That´s our fifty percent (sic), not taking into account the state of brain at the reader – listener – viewer side.

    Low IQ means preferences for video and podcasts. Smarter individuals would rather read – scan – search text. Graphs, pictures, within text, according to the subject can be helpful, there are a myriad exceptions on top of that, where video is explicit, or audio does make inroads. The unz.com amalgam of topics are almost never video and podcast prone, but for making concessions to the consumer.

    Can some “scientist´´ write a paper on this, of course after measuring some data? It would be nice to see this confirmed as possible proof. That would make for a new data analysis IQ test out of the eye of the ones probed. The high ethics of our day see no bone in this. Ignore when the science part is done already.

    As for Pepe, when is Amy invited?

  40. Giraldi is Epsteining my comments for no explicable reason. Help. 🙁

    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
    , @Ron Unz
  41. @Dissident

    I’ll amend my suggestion to the extent that first tier users of UNZ might have less extensive restrictions on commenting than second tier users. But even modest fees are likely to eliminate most trolls, crazies, the monomaniacley obsessed and other such undesirable commenters.

    If you care to examine my commenting history you will see that I generally treat Tiny Duck as a misunderstood parodist of a PC/PoC, virtue signalling, prog SJW. However, I am sometimes not so sure of this. TD’s comments are highly repetitive. These consistently inflame significant numbers of those who read them. Furthermore, TD’s taunting responses to those so affected suggest that he enjoys the aggravation he causes. Therefore, I do not think it’s unfair to accuse TD of a certain amount of trolling, although perhaps in a good cause.

    More generally, trolls are real, their purposes are not constructive but malevolent and they do need to be handled differently than other commenters. My generally policy – and a good one I think – is encapsulated in the adage, “Do Not Feed The Trolls”. Unfortunately, it can be hard to distinguish a rabid partisan from a troll. TD is a perfect example. The more artful Titania McGrath is not. It is useful to have a way for more experienced commenters to warn the naive away from feeding a troll without actually feeding him themselves. The TROLL button is admirably suited to this purpose.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  42. @Reality Cheque

    End of the queue shoving, disappearing, but still archiving. That is called editing, not censuring, censuring would apply when you have something of the matter to say. And when this happens on YouTube, or Wikipedia. Over here at unz.com there is no public policy or possible appeal at all.

    Censuring(culling in doggisch), and free speech are not contradictory. Neither is method to means. Either you have touched upon some sore spot, or you were impolite at large. Politeness is the matter, of lesser importance, often an excuse, politeness and truth do not go well together.

    Touching upon the danger zones: any appeal to action, to organizing, as an example is a sure means to get disappeared. Happens not only to you, it is house policy. Some comments are shoved up and down the queue, as is appropriate parking space, in plain daylight, but out of view. Keep commenting, when insignificance is well established in a next one, it will float as the latter did sink.

    Editing is one step ahead of writing, mega data, algorithm search, that is where it all gets interesting.

    If you think your views matter, …stay out of the cloud.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  43. schrub says:

    Whenever, my eyes start to droop while reading some columnist here at UNZ (usually John Derbyshire who still, deep down, still seems to harbor a futile dream of a return to his previous and much lusher existence at the NeoCon-ish National Review), I start fantasizing about the appearance of an article from E. Michael Jones here on UNZ. .

    Jones is a traditionalist Catholic and probably the most prolific author on the right. His intellectual firepower is simply unmatched as is his command of history going all of the way back to the Greeks. (He is fluent in several languages, including Greek, so can read original material instead of having to rely on heavily biased translations). Until I read Jones I personally had no idea of just how heavily influenced Christianity has been by ancient (pagan) Greek philosophy.

    His 1200 page opus, The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Impact of World History, is the first book to clearly present evidence of a continuum showing that that Jews were often were the people doing the persecution rather than just merely being victims. (Two barely known examples of the myth busting : Pre-Partition Poland and Moorish Spain).

    Many alt-righters will absolutely loathe him because his is a 1) a traditional Catholic and 2) he refuses to support the concept of “whiteness”, considering it a dangerous and futile dead end. (Instead, he considers himself as simply a European Christian).

    Jones’ continuing criticism of “whitey” Richard Spenser and the preordained fiasco of his rally at Charlottesville, Virginia is particularly devastating. The concept of “whiteness” to Jones is seems to be the equivalent of people on the Titanic still arguing about what color lifeboat to choose just as the boat is about to sink. Jones simply says to ‘whiteys’ that they are not white.

    Want some real intellectual fireworks? Consider Jones as a columnist. The intellectual exercise he will provide his readers brains’ will be unmatched.

    I absolutely guarantee this!!

    • Replies: @dr. m
    , @Ron Unz
  44. Ron Unz says:

    As some of you may have noticed, I just added a Reader Feedback/Bugs & Suggestions link as a permanent feature of the Sidebar.

    For now, it probably makes sense for you to continue providing your bugs & suggestions to this thread, since it’s more prominent, but after it eventually disappears, the one of the Sidebar should be used.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  45. peterAUS says:
    @PetrOldSack

    …any appeal to action, to organizing, as an example is a sure means to get disappeared. …

    Hehe…..you sure pointing to that isn’t touching the danger zone?
    And, you sure that 99 % of the readership/commentariat would want any action and/or organizing in the first place?
    Anyway.

    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
  46. Dube says:

    In my view sans serif is too conducive to slap-and-dash.

  47. Ron Unz says:
    @Reality Cheque

    On a different matter, I happened to notice there are quite a lot of other comments by someone using the Handle “Reality Check.”

    Before I bother trying to determine whether both of you are the same individual, it’s easier to directly just ask you.

    Since commenters are only allowed to use a single Handle, if so, I’d want to go ahead and consolidate the two commenter archives.

    • Replies: @Reality Cheque
    , @AaronB
  48. @Ron Unz

    No, that’s definitely a different individual, as should be obvious for reasons of ideology and style. Is that why my comments were getting flagged? I only started commenting here in September 2019. I suppose I could choose a different handle if really necessary.

  49. Ron Unz says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    My generally policy – and a good one I think – is encapsulated in the adage, “Do Not Feed The Trolls”…It is useful to have a way for more experienced commenters to warn the naive away from feeding a troll without actually feeding him themselves. The TROLL button is admirably suited to this purpose.

    Exactly.

    Another related use comes in a lengthy back-and-forth debate with some other commenter who you gradually decide is arguing in bad faith or making ridiculous claims.

    One problem is that if you just abandon the debate as pointless, readers might assume that you have been proven wrong and slunk away in defeat. Instead, applying the Troll button shows you just decided that further debate was useless, and underscored your low opinion of your opponent’s arguments.

    • Agree: Biff
    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @utu
  50. HEREDOT says:

    unz wonderful thanks pepe a gorgeous writer

  51. AaronB says:
    @Ron Unz

    Giraldi has been Epsteining my comments too 🙂

    Anything to be done, or can he choose to skew the debate his way if he wishes?

    I suppose I’d rather know going in, if possible, so I can commit less energy to it.

    Its perfectly fine if its official policy for him to distort debates in favor of his position by trashing responses – not my site – but it would be cool if I could know going in.

    Thanks.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  52. crh says:

    I have read Mr. Escobar for many years and often enjoy his analysis. However, I’m not sure whether I agree with his criticisms of China, for the simple reason that I can’t recall him ever seriously offering any.

    • LOL: Hail
  53. Why not just take ads directly? It wouldn’t be that hard to set up and it could be made to run nearly hands-free. No modals or animated gifs, just straight display ads in jpg or png format with particular dimensions. People could pay up front per k-impressions, rotating with other ads, with the price per thousand automatically adjusting as there were more or fewer ads in the active hopper.

    A friend of mine has been trying to market a novel he wrote called Gonzo Global, Inc, but has been unable to find a free speech / heterodox site that will take his ad.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47150116-gonzo-global-inc

    It’s not the content, it’s the lack of capacity, he says.

  54. @Ron Unz

    Thanks, Ron. In a related note, I have discovered that if you have posted three times in a given thread, you’re no longer permitted to leave any ‘Agree’ ‘LOL’ notes in that thread, presumably for the same eight-hour period. Apparently the software perceives those as regular comments.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  55. Backerout says:

    Please do not use a sans-serif font. The serif font is more legible which allows for faster, more accurate, reading.

  56. Ron Unz says:
    @Mr McKenna

    In a related note, I have discovered that if you have posted three times in a given thread, you’re no longer permitted to leave any ‘Agree’ ‘LOL’ notes in that thread, presumably for the same eight-hour period. Apparently the software perceives those as regular comments.

    That’s odd. I examined the code, and it shouldn’t be doing that.

    To assist me in tracking down the bug, what does your error message say?

    • Agree: sayless
    • Replies: @sayless
    , @Ron Unz
  57. @Ron Unz

    ‘… readers might assume that you have been proven wrong and slunk away in defeat. Instead, applying the Troll button shows you just decided that further debate was useless, and underscored your low opinion of your opponent’s arguments.’

    or, you’re slinking away in defeat.

  58. @AaronB

    ‘…Giraldi has been Epsteining my comments too 🙂’

    That ices it. Giraldi’s definitely getting some of my money for Christmas.

    Good man.

    • Agree: Bill Jones
    • LOL: Biff, Mr McKenna, Gall
  59. And…as my posts are not appearing for edits, this may entail some guesswork….

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  60. utu says:
    @Ron Unz

    “…lengthy back-and-forth debate with some other commenter who you gradually decide is arguing in bad faith…” – Like Colin Wright vs. AaronB but which one is the troll? Both.

  61. Gall says:

    Ron. Anyway you want to run this site is fine with me. I’m willing to pay a subscription as long as it’s not too much.

  62. @Mr McKenna

    NB: Clearing cookies enabled edit windows again.

    Fellow UNZites: Be sure you retain your login ID & email before clearing.

    • Replies: @Hail
  63. @SysATI

    Nay. Serif fonts, perhaps partly because of their long history, feel right and natural. Nothing about serifs impedes eye flow, while “Swiss-style,” sans serif letters are unwelcoming in anything more than a headline or single paragraph.

    Would it be feasible to offer the commenter a few font choices, like in Microsoft Word and most email programs?

  64. @Dissident

    I have never been entirely sure what “troll” indicates, although Dissident’s explanation seems reasonable. Labeling a commenter as a troll doesn’t contribute much to the discussion. If you really feel a commenter is insincere and just trying to disrupt a thread, here’s a radical thought — explain why you think the person is out of bounds.

    • Replies: @Dissident
    , @Hail
  65. sayless says:
    @Ron Unz

    That was a test, sorry. I’ve been getting the message, you are commenting too often, go back.

  66. Ron Unz says:
    @Ron Unz

    To assist me in tracking down the bug, what does your error message say?

    Thanks for providing the error message in that other thread.

    I think I’ve now tracked down and fixed the bug you noticed that blocked Reactions on threads where you’d already left three comments.

  67. onebornfree says: • Website

    R. Unz says: “New Columnist Pepe Escobar ”

    Let me guess [disclaimer: I’m not familiar with Escobars writing]: he’s just yet another big-government worshiping, leftist, going on communist, propagandist.

    So maybe the headline here should read : “New Communist Pepe Escobar …”

    And so it goes….

    “Regards” onebornfree

    • Replies: @Biff
  68. I couldn’t help thinking, as I read of these changes, what an amazingly energetic effort the Unz Review is.

    I am not a terribly frequent visitor, and I likely disagree with at least half of what appears here.

    But I still value such a strong and independent voice.

    And the proprietor looks over his creation in so many details, as we see from this discussion of changes.

    We have so few independent voices, truly, especially voices covering the huge range of subject matter that Unz Review covers, and with such zest and effort.

    Everything from size and variety to fearlessness do set the Unz Review apart.

    Well done, indeed.

    • Agree: Hail
  69. @Tom Verso

    Unz is a millionaire many times over. Why do you need to brown nose him?????

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  70. “Given the enormous time and intensity that so many readers devote to this website, I’m instead thinking of exploring means of encouraging such users to provide regularly monthly donations.”

    You need an editor Unz buddy. And I actually think that all websites should be free.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  71. dr. m says:

    Please do not change the font to sans serif. The present font is classic and classic, a credit to the very high quality of the content.

  72. Anon[416] • Disclaimer says:
    @atlantis_dweller

    10 comments per hour are still many. 6 would be a nicer threshold. Nobody can have more than 6 interesting points to make per hour.

    The fallacy here is that visitors to the site are not working for the site. If I were paid to comment I would read every word of a post, read all preceding comments, and jump out to the linked-to sites to read them, and finally study up on a subject at Wikipedia. Then I would outline my thoughts, edit the outline, and write my comment, with subheads. Finally, I would realize that in the time I have spent doing this someone else may have commented with similar thoughts, so I would read recent comments.

    The reality is that I pop in and skim, find something I am qualified to contribute on, and write a comment. Then I may think of something else while scanning other comments and comment on that. Then I may go out and find an iSteve-worthy piece of content and OT it on the post (and from time to time Steve will comment on the OT or promote it to a post, so he appreciates that kind of activity).

  73. dr. m says:
    @schrub

    E.Michael Jones, an extraordinarily wise and gifted man: thinker, researcher, historian, journalist, speaker; socio-politico-economico expert; friend of Israel Shamir and of others of Unz-figures. Jones has an enormous authorship including a new, superb website. I have read no one who is even near him in the breadth and depth of his research and thought. Any controversy around him is due to the fact that people hear about a few of his insights, and then feign surprise and disbelief because they do not have the wherewithal to read one of his many books, and articles filled with the massive evidence of his highly intuitive and exhaustive research.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  74. I love the “retro” serif font. It suggests character and distinction, like the NYT.

    I’m full of admiration for Ron Unz’s no-nonsense ability to keep plugging away and adding content, features, and bug fixes.

    I like the comment section too, mostly, and often learn from it.

    I already donate a token amount, could give more.

    I really appreciate no ads. I don’t like being tracked and distracted. However, if ads are needed, I’d like to see them clearly identified and differentiated.

    As always, thank you Ron for your amazing creation.

  75. @peterAUS

    “Danger Zone´´

    Think we both are sure, the pub´s owner, and from there down, the waiters, and the commenters chattering, want not. Written for the ones that escapes the known unknown and act upon it creatively. Get drunk or get out. The colors are for one´s choosing, under the hood, for experts only.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  76. Vinnie O says:
    @SysATI

    San serif fonts are for REALLY short verbiage, such as STOP signs. If you expect someone to READ 5 or 10 pages of text, ya wanna go with one of the standard/common serifed fonts (defaulting to Times Roman). But then it struck me that you might be one of those people read stuff on your telephone. I have no use for people who complain about how stuff intended to replace newspapers looks on their current personal telephone.

    • Agree: Godfree Roberts
    • Replies: @Mike P
  77. Mapmaker says:

    @Ron Unz

    If you have any second thoughts on displaying advertisements, there are alternatives to a simple Google Adsense account which frequently pay better (2x) or post ads which are “classier,” you might say.

    Spencer Haws is an authority and discusses the options here: https://www.nichepursuits.com/mediavine-review/

  78. peterAUS says:
    @PetrOldSack

    Well………assuming…that the owner(s)/management intention IS, say, positive, the pub does serve an opportunity to get some bits of information here and there and even exchange an idea or two.
    Let’s say…as those watering holes where the revolutionaries of old were congregating.
    I mean, even old school Communists and National Socialists had, I believe, quite useful chats in all those pubs in Central Europe at the time.

    There are a couple of regulars here who are quite knowledgeable about certain topics/subjects. Every now and then some annon comes in with a quite good contribution too. Some other people can also provide some local and/certain industry insight etc.
    I just ignore/skip the rest.

    The main quality of this place is, really, an opportunity to say that 2+2 are actually 4.
    I mean, the level of PC is simply shocking everywhere. On, say, military stuff related sites you simply can’t discuss realities anymore. Simple tactical realities even. Analyzing old wars/battles, even weaponry is also getting increasingly hard. PC is really everwhere and strangling all meaningful conversation about anything.

    Back to those old school guys.
    They knew what and how to talk in those pubs. They knew that some of their own people there were working for the “opponent”, let alone some of the staff and some paying customers.
    They delivered.

    Same thing here/on the Internet.

    • Replies: @iffen
    , @PetrOldSack
  79. Dissident says:
    @Cat Hierophant

    Thank you, Cat, as well as everyone else who replied to me. Will perhaps respond in some detail if I get a chance.

  80. bring back Tiny Duck!

    use bait if necessary

  81. Hail says: • Website
    @Mr McKenna

    What I find strange about this is I always get the five-min. edit windows at the Steve Sailer comment sections, and a few others, but seldom or never on “main section” articles like this one. The posts disappear until approved.

  82. Hail says: • Website
    @Cat Hierophant

    I think Dissident made a lot of good points in comment-19 above. Here are some further thoughts/observations on how I have noticed the Reaction buttons working in practice; see comment-122:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/wapo-an-attempt-by-the-president-to-subvert-u-s-foreign-policy/#comment-3538847

    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 [….]

    _______

    See also comment-396 here on what I see as the 5 to 7 types of comment and the extent to which the Reaction buttons ‘serve’ them:

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/comments-complaints-and-suggestions/#comment-3529858

    [MORE]

    Rurik’s comment leads me to reflect on what types of comments there are and if the current system serves them effectively:

    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 [edit: Should be and and 4] comments, up to two layers deep.

  83. TRM says:

    The Brave browser is experimenting with a blockchain based (not bitcoin) system called BAT (Basic Attention Token). By visiting your site people can direct the blockchain tokens to you.

    I have no experience with it but it seems like an interesting idea.

    https://brave.com/brave-rewards/

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  84. iffen says:
    @peterAUS

    They delivered.

    Same thing here/on the Internet.

    Today’s commies couldn’t do another 1917 and “we’ couldn’t do another D-Day.

    • Replies: @Dissident
  85. Mike P says:
    @Vinnie O

    But then it struck me that you might be one of those people read stuff on your telephone.

    There are separate style rules for large and small screens already, and it is easy to modify them so as to keep serif for larger screens but use sans serif for handhelds. That would be best IMO; I, too, much prefer reading on a large screen and with serif fonts.

  86. @Rev. Spooner

    Of course, YOU or I could always pay for a website and offer it for free 😉

    Easy for us to say all websites should be free, when it’s coming out of someone else’s pocket, wealthy or not.

  87. Ron Unz says:
    @TRM

    The Brave browser is experimenting with a blockchain based (not bitcoin) system called BAT (Basic Attention Token). By visiting your site people can direct the blockchain tokens to you.

    Yes, I’ve vaguely heard something about that idea, and it seems like an excellent way of supporting websites if it ever catches on.

    Actually, my own ideas about reader support are along roughly similar lines. I do believe we provide a fairly unique collection of controversial content, found in few other places elsewhere on the Internet.

    According to Google Analytics, considerable numbers of readers spend very large amounts of time each month on this website, sometimes amounting to thousands of pageviews per month. I need to do a little more investigation, but GA suggests that the average time spent per page is 2-3 minutes, which seems plausible. Probably most heavy users browse around a little at under 1m per page, then settle down to spend 5-10m reading an article or a thread in detail. And I’d guess that the average comment takes at least 5-10m to write, sometimes much more than that.

    Now let’s suppose that some heavy user spends 40 hours per month using this website. If we assume they could earn $10/hour in their regular job, they’re effectively spending $400/month of of their time reading our webzine. And if they clearly value the content on our webzine at $400/month, it’s hardly unreasonable for them to pay a small slice of that amount in direct website support.

    Moreover, I’d guess that most of our readers typically earn far more than $10/hour, so the above calculation should be scaled up accordingly.

    The underlying principle is simple. If you spend a lot of time doing something, you’ve demonstrated that it must be worth the hourly value of your time.

    • Replies: @iffen
  88. ‘…The underlying principle is simple. If you spend a lot of time doing something, you’ve demonstrated that it must be worth the hourly value of your time.’

    Just to quibble, there’s a definite disconnect between what people find their time to be worth if they’re being paid to give it, and what they think it’s worth if it’s a matter of paying to not give it.

    For example, even now in retirement, I don’t think I’d seriously consider working for less than $30 an hour. On the other hand, if I was going to fly to Portugal, and you gave me a choice between a set of flights taking 20 hours but costing $800 and a set costing $950 but only taking fourteen hours, I’m fairly sure I’d take the $800 flight.

    …this in spite of the fact that waiting in airports really is worse than most jobs.

  89. I’ve just added a couple of comments elsewhere, and I’m not seeing them marked “pending approval” as it seems to me I used to see them. They’re just not on the page at all after submission. Which means I can no longer edit them while they are pending approval. This is a disimprovement.

  90. iffen says:
    @Ron Unz

    Cut to the chase.

    Require a paid subscription to access TUR and you will get the answer to your question and everyone will know whether you or “the MSM” are the big dog in print media.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  91. Dissident says:
    @iffen

    Today’s commies couldn’t do another 1917 and “we’ couldn’t do another D-Day.

    But could they (respectively, the Bolsheviks and the WWII allied forces) boast the vibrant diversity that we can? Did they, those unwoke bigots, even have any theys?

    • Replies: @iffen
  92. iffen says:
    @Dissident

    vibrant diversity

    I think that the Bolsheviks were diverse. (Maybe that was their strength.)

    We, thanks to the British Empire were diverse as well.

    We won, so I guess that’s some sort of vibrancy.

  93. @atlantis_dweller

    How about we keep the numbers as Ron stated, but limit the number of wbatever-the-hell those yellow things are per comment? Are you trying to hitch a ride?

    Sorry, Ron, I know this one will remind you about a limit on video embedments, but damn, just go to 2:30 and tell me that Tom Scholtz’s guitar solo is not one of the best in rock and roll!

  94. @atlantis_dweller

    This said, I would keep allowing any sort of point to be made in any comment… but would not let any comment with derogatory terms, “yelling”, and foul names called show on the site — given how pervasive these forms of conduct have become.

    “Derogatory terms” is a phrase wide-open to interpretation, but I’d happily patronize just about any site which prevented a slew of ALL CAPS and especially base profanity, which is really proliferating around here lately. (Despite a specific admonition, early on, from our host.)

    There’s nothing anyone has to say which is made stronger or more convincing by the liberal use of four-letter words. Quite the contrary, if you ask me. If you find it absolutely necessary to utter an oath, put it in Latin or Greek.

    • Agree: Dissident
  95. @peterAUS

    Peter, the quest for usable bits, be there more of them on unz.com versus most media sources, is paralyzing normal interaction between assimilating, assembling, concluding, and acting upon these bits for one.(not the only effect, real consequential socializing, not the sublimation of it, etc.)

    In that sense, the internet(as used, there is nothing wrong with the ground layer design), has an averse effect, much as palm oil and corn syrup and abundance of industrialized food. Too many calories, in the quest for nutrition. Get fat before you are fed. The relationship between protein, fat and sugar is affecting the hormonal balance of youth. A venue-way to better infuse junk data into their brains, stump or almost all active enterprise, create emotional anxiety. All things good, …or bad, amazing times.

    Meanwhile “culling´´, recalling opinion and equations, the missing component in balanced reasoning, is not done. From “academics´´ at the top?, to dog and cat videos of the “indigestibles´´.

    This accelerated state of things seems to bring paralysis as a vortex does in a storm.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  96. peterAUS says:
    @PetrOldSack

    Well…you do have a point with

    ….paralyzing normal interaction between assimilating, assembling, concluding, and acting upon these bits for one.(not the only effect, real consequential socializing, not the sublimation of it, etc.)..

    Especially on “concluding” and “acting upon”.

    Still, the Internet is just a tool. Like any tool, it depends on a “job” and the “worker”.

    The core problem, as I see it, is not taking the element of TIME in all this. “Our” side truly believes, for some reason, that there is no urgency and in time, say, 10 years, the majority of “us” will get all this and act, through the system, to change it. They think in decades, not years.
    Maybe that’s the way. People can’t see, prevent a problem. They must feel it first, and only then act on it.

    So, those guys are probably right, actually. “We” need, and will probably get, into deep shit first and then react.

    Hehe….something as The Tribe, when you think about it.
    Or Red Indians.

    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
  97. @Emblematic

    “The ads didn’t bother me.”

    Given that Google is the antithesis of Unz’s goals for publishing this website, the idea that he would use his readership to enrich them was a massive lapse of judgement.

    • Agree: Dissident
  98. Biff says:
    @onebornfree

    R. Unz says: “New Columnist Pepe Escobar ”

    Let me guess [disclaimer: I’m not familiar with Escobars writing]: he’s just yet another big-government worshiping, leftist, going on communist, propagandist.

    So maybe the headline here should read : “New Communist Pepe Escobar …”

    For this reason it is to be believed you will not be reading Pepe’s articles, and will not be contaminating the comments section either – or doing other stupid things such as “I’m not familiar with Escobar’s writing” and then proceed to tell us what he writes about.

  99. What figures below any edit-editor-write box where-in comments are posted.

    Submitted comments become the property of The Unz Review and may be republished elsewhere at the sole discretion of the latter

    If, unz.com somehow decides to tax the readers/commenters for their own exhibitionism, fine. Then appropriating without giving credit, thus in the legal sense allowing the reader/commenter becoming the product, bought and sold for at the vanity price the product(same reader/commenter) decides to pay, …then appropriating his effort, without attribution, giving credit, becomes scavenging.

    The model is well known, Microsoft applies it to Github, there is Stack Exchange, etc. The method keeps establishment in place, recycle for inspiration and appropriate for gain and glory. Full circle.

    Why does this work so well, the vanity of the commenters(in case of Github programmers and scripters) and the numbness of the readers that do not contribute. In the world of finance, buy an entity, it´s credence, and abuse(up to taste, and depending where one is positioned in the feed system). Traditional print press was not in the possibility to go far into that direction. The allowance of the internet hard and soft technologies opened up the possibilities.

    Nothing new, probably not worth discussing.

  100. @Rev. Spooner

    Why is the willingness to pay for something you value “Brown nosing”?

  101. @peterAUS

    Peter, posting usable bytes on unz.com, the internet at large, one does it with an e-collar(remote control emitter/receiver used to train and contain dogs, Dogtra is a great brand, Apple is another) around one´s neck.

    Why does almost nobody notice, to quote the latter Clinton: “it´s the complexity stupid´´.

    On another tack, that is why China and Putin´s Russia seek complete hardware and software independence. China has mostly succeeded, thus one of it´s legs in their quest for global hegemony.

    Any “subversive´´ entity that takes itself serious, has ambitions, needs to shield it´s internal communications, and the product of it´s intellectual, organizational exertion from the “Cloud´´. Tunnels of Basra.

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  102. peterAUS says:
    @PetrOldSack

    Well…..this pub is just a tool. Other sites, forums…email….chat rooms ..tools. Nothing more, nothing less. There is a smart use of this pub and there is dumb or even plainly suicidal.
    One just has to be aware of the limitations. Like any tool, weapon…whatever. Pluses and minuses.

    Any “subversive´´ entity…..

    Well, first, we both know that whatever we type here some people read in real, or almost real-time. So, I take those quotes above; nobody here is subversive. Not yet anyway. Yes, there is a possibility that some of us here could be retroactive subversives and dealt with accordingly. but, should it come to that we’ll all have worse worries. Anyway.

    Let’s put it this way: anything which can, really, challenge the power of TPTBs, even at a local level, should be discussed in a face to face conversation, with full OPSEC, with somebody one trusts with his/her life. And even that accepting the fact that a long term prison sentence, or worse, is possible.

    After quite some time in this pub, I think I have a pretty good handle on it. Limitations in particular. Still, there are some positives. Emphasize on “still”.

  103. @Kratoklastes

    They will have outsourced it to the cheapest code-farms in Bangalore

    That’s Bengalūru, ಅಜ್ಞಾನ ಗ್ರೀಕ್ ಮನುಷ್ಯ!

    You are now banned from Pay-treon. Find another host, in Harare, Yangon, Ho Chi Minh City, or wherever.

    • Replies: @anon
  104. anon[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    They will have outsourced it to the cheapest code-farms in Bangalore

    or Loudon County, Virginia

  105. Ron Unz says:

    Well, it took several days of diligent effort but I’m pleased to report that I’ve now added over 900 of Pepe Escobar’s columns from 2003 onward to his archives, making it by far the most comprehensive compendium of his work conveniently available anywhere else:

    https://www.unz.com/author/pepe-escobar/

    The total runs some 1.3 million words, and I’m still hoping to track down and add hundreds additional pieces.

    The vast majority of his columns originally appeared in Asia Week, his primary venue. Unfortunately, some time ago that webzine reportedly had a problem with the Bangalore software company they’d hired, and all their columnist archives disappeared from the Internet, though perhaps they’ll eventually reappear. Meanwhile, I had to access past copies of their website at Archive.org to track down many hundreds of his pieces.

  106. Ron Unz says:
    @schrub

    I start fantasizing about the appearance of an article from E. Michael Jones here on UNZ…Want some real intellectual fireworks? Consider Jones as a columnist. The intellectual exercise he will provide his readers brains’ will be unmatched.

    That was a pretty good suggestion. I hunted up Jones’s website and he had lots of interesting material, so I’ve now made arrangements to add him as a regular columnist.

    I just finished incorporating his excerpted website pieces, and will be republishing those going forward, while he may also begin providing original pieces for publication:

    https://www.unz.com/author/e-michael-jones/

    • Agree: Saggy
    • Replies: @utu
  107. I can only wonder how someone can leave ten comments in an hour when it takes an hour just to extract all the info before you on one single page… and I am a fairly fast reader. Reaction buttons are not audited, so they consume no human time to add up and show, so why limit them? Comments, on the other hand, often get off-topic, or becomes a side-bar arguments, again with little or no relation to the issue at hand. Why does anyone need to post more than one thoughtful, thought through thought on any one article?
    Those who wish to hijack the comments section to see themselves “in print” should rather open their own sites. Then they may also learn what effort it takes to keep a site up and running.
    One citicism: The re-comments are available as little blue tags under said comment, repeating that re-comment as a comment later on, not only leads to irrelevancies hanging in mid-air, it makes the section scroll longer, repetitive (if I wanted to see you re-comment on that other comment, I already looked at it with the relevant comment) and eventually boring. Allowing re-re-comments as an option to re-comments will solve “thread” problems, no? Also, it will remove those irrelevancies off the main article page, to be followed at will, not because that is what scrolls up next.
    But thanks, this is one of only four sites I religiously visit.

  108. utu says:
    @Ron Unz

    Great thanks for including E. Michael Jones!

    • Replies: @Anon
  109. Anon[949] • Disclaimer says:
    @utu

    Mr. Jones is a big boy, so I respect his choice. Yet a while back, Unz published of couple of his articles, and I was sorry, because he does not need the attention of any more whackos/nasties. His stance is, I fear, the sole that cannot be twisted. And contact with this site cannot be beneficial for his reputation. (Sorry, and I like Unz). The sparse Catholic readership here probably know about him, or will find him through God’s Providence.

    • Replies: @utu
  110. utu says:
    @Anon

    Perhaps Mr. Jones believes he may soften the hardened hearts of the whackos/nasties that congregate at UR.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  111. Anonymous[306] • Disclaimer says:
    @utu

    EMJ has the Fr. Tomás de Torquemada, O.P. style of evangelization. In more sane and orderly times a Archbishop Sheen was the perfect ticket. But those times are gone forever in Western civilization. Abp. Sheen warned us.

    Fulton Sheen on a radio broadcast on January 26, 1947:

    “Why is it that so few realize the seriousness of our present crisis? Partly because men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because it involves too much self-accusation, and principally because they have no standards outside of themselves by which to measure their times… Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world. The great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on.”

    Sheen’s take on the demonic is spot on:

    The Ven. Abp. Fulton Sheen revealed that owing to Satan’s hatred for the Redemption wrought by the Cross of Christ, Satan also hates the voluntary crosses carried by Catholics that produce the fruit of redemptive suffering…

    Abp. Sheen explained, “The essence of the satanic or the diabolic is the hatred of the Cross of Christ. What is the satanic from the biblical point of view? It is the contempt of the Cross of Christ. It is anti-Cross.”

    The archbishop added, “The demonic very simply is the anti-Cross. The anti-disciplined life. The anti-Christ. That’s the satanic.”

    One of the biblical examples Abp. Sheen used to make his point was from chapter 16 of Matthew’s Gospel where Our Lord told the disciples he must suffer and die at the hands of the Jewish leaders. Matthew 16:22–23 reads, “Peter, taking Him aside, began to chide Him, saying, ‘Far be it from Thee, O Lord; for this will never happen to Thee.’ He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan.’”

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/abp.-sheen-explains-what-the-devil-hates-most

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  112. Anonymous[388] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    E. Michael Jones, The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and its Impact on World History (South Bend: Fidelity Press, 2008), p. 887:

    “The American hierarchy was plagued with its own Jewish problem ever since they began censoring Hollywood in 1934 with the creation of the production code and the Legion of Decency. Psychoanalysis had also come in for condemnation at the hands of the famous TV priest, Fulton J. Sheen. In March 1947, Sheen gave a sermon on ‘psychoanalysis and confession’ in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. In it, Sheen derided Freudianism as a philosophy based on ‘materialism, hedonism, infantilism, and eroticism.’ In the February/March 1947 issue of McCall’s, Clare Booth Luce told of her conversion to Catholicism. Luce had undergone psychoanalysis by a Jewish psychiatrist shortly after divorcing her first husband. After exposure to confession, Luce resented her treatment at the hands of Jews. ‘We Christian innocents,’ she wrote, ‘have been duped into our present godless condition by the unholy triumvirate of communism, psychoanalysis and relativity. These three symbolized by Marx, Freud and Einstein, are the result of the messianic impulse of the religiously frustrated Jewish ego.’

    It didn’t take long for the Jews to react to this shot across their bow. Both Sheen and Luce were accused of anti-Semitism in 1948 in the American Scholar because they ‘leave the careful reader an impression that responsibility for our present spiritual inadequacy rests not only on Freud but as well on the other out-standing thinkers of Jewish origin.’ Time, run by Mrs. Luce’s husband, tried to patch things up by contrasting Sheen with Father Coughlin, but the cultural battle lines had been drawn; as in the Hollywood obscenity battle of the ’30s, the Jews were on one side and the Catholics on the other.”

    Even Abp. Fulton Sheen was labeled an anti-Semite. 🤦‍♂️

    • Replies: @Anon
  113. Anon[129] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Not to be disrespectful, but Abp. Sheen puts me to sleep. Not his reasoning, but his delivery. The tempo of modern media has changed much, a combative speaker does better than a serene one. Just look at Trump.

    Torquemada and Jones have/had completely different power structures backing them, if any back EMJ.

  114. Ron Unz says:
    @Tom Verso

    If you really want to cause a ruckus, considering bring Eric Striker on board (National Justice … https://national-justice.com/authors/eric-striker). An alt-researcher and anti-oligarch par excellence: controversial but always informative and never a cliché

    Thanks for the suggestion. As it happens, someone else mentioned his website to me, so I eventually took a look, and was quite impressed with the material, which offered a Left/Right perspective rarely found on the Internet.

    I’ve now made arrangements to add him as a columnist, incorporating his existing archives and republishing his future articles on an ongoing basis:

    https://www.unz.com/author/eric-striker/

    • Replies: @Biff
  115. Miro23 says:

    I suppose that Unz Review is 50% articles and 50% comments. Writers don’t get paid so that seems to leave the technical costs of design and maintenance plus management time dealing with writers and technical issues.

    Factor it all in and it looks like a fairly arduous full time job.

    Then there’s the aspect that, although something is being built with a high social value, the social value derives from a) the functionality of the site b) the free speech stance of the owner. If it was sold for its vanity value to some Bezos type person, it would likely drop out of its carefully balanced orbit and crash.

    IOW Unz is a political/government type project – a debating chamber to formulate and test ideas. Government debating chambers are funded by the supposed beneficiaries (the public taxpayer) – also often by special interests looking for favours. UR isn’t official, it doesn’t do special interests and it can’t make any claim on taxpayers, so it’s more a fin de siècle Viennese coffee house with Lenin and Stalin at one table and Hitler and his friends at another.

    The owner provides the seating, has his opinions but lets everyone in. He makes his money selling coffee and cakes, which suggests a fixed fee unrelated to how long the clients sit at the tables.

    • Replies: @Miro23
  116. Miro23 says:
    @Miro23

    The owner provides the seating, has his opinions but lets everyone in. He makes his money selling coffee and cakes, which suggests a fixed fee unrelated to how long the clients sit at the tables.

    IOW a charge per visit, not time spent.

  117. Biff says:
    @Ron Unz

    Empire Burlesque/Chris Floyd has slowed down considerably the past few years, but Chris was really good when he was good, and his prose would stir a few pots as well..
    http://www.chris-floyd.com

  118. @iffen

    Well, Unz is growing and print media is steadily declining, so there’s a start.

  119. iffen says:

    Well, Unz is growing

    According to R. Unz.

    print media is steadily declining

    May not be a good thing.

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