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I finally went through my list of links in the right hand column of this page. They’re further down on the right than on previous iSteve pages, below the recent comments, but they are still there, so check them out.

For 2015, I’ve deleted the dead or private blogs, put ones that haven’t been active in a year (but I hope are coming back to the Hiatus category), and installed worthy blogs that appear done but are still up (e.g., the late Larry Auster’s View from the Right, the original Gene Expression, 2Blowhards, Stuff White People Like) in the Emeritus category.

In the comments, please list your suggestions for additions to the list of links and discuss other people’s suggestions.

In other website news, we’re kicking around the idea of adding next month a text link called “Share” to each comment next to the current “Reply” link. This would let you share individual comments via Twitter or Facebook (but without the slowdown inherent in using the counter badges).

Suggestions for similar fairly easy new features would be appreciated.

Also, I’m slowly working on how to do a podcast.

 
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  1. er, does it make much sense to have the Unz Review on a blogroll on the Unz Review?

    You used to have (a long time ago) steynonline there.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @anony-mouse

    Steyn -- good.

    Coulter, too.

  2. Ace of Spades is good. Some in the comments ID as alt-right and put in occasional plugs for you and Derb and others. A co-blogger even linked an AmRen article the other day. But then some in the comments section said AmRen was white supremacist and there was an argument and the link was removed.

    They tend to straddle the line, with mystery man Ace alternating between being furious that we can’t face facts and talk honestly about muslim terrorism or black crime in America … and being determined that his blog not become, as he puts it, “your secret racist friend”.

    It can be very funny. His co-bloggers are a mix. I remember some were happy when Derb got unPersoned by the Right, but others weren’t.

  3. Do you ever read Bob Somerby’s Daily Howler blog? He takes on the Left from the left and often discusses race and education. I think he’s a valuable witness to how unhinged (and totalitarian) the Left has become in the last 20 or so years.

    http://dailyhowler.blogspot.com

  4. @anony-mouse
    er, does it make much sense to have the Unz Review on a blogroll on the Unz Review?

    You used to have (a long time ago) steynonline there.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Steyn — good.

    Coulter, too.

  5. You’ve pruned Udolpho, but why not just add MPC?

    Come on, Steve, we’ve gotten the signals. Don’t think we haven’t noticed the little hints, the furtive glances…

    the inapprpriate stares, the conduct-unbefitting-a-dad overtures.

  6. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    It’s been suggested before, but I’ll say it again:

    Sailer, Heartiste, and The Kakistocracy are our most important leaders/social commenters at this juncture. Three enormous talents. I do wish Kak would not needlessly antagonize environmentalists and gays. He is a leader now, we are facing steep odds, and we cannot afford to alienate people who could be allies or, at least, neutrals.

    Having said that, it may be wise for Steve to keep some distance with The Kakistocracy.

  7. Whatever happened to OneSTD? Used to read him regularly and then suddenly I couldn’t get on his blog. Is he still actively blogging?

  8. Paul Kersey’s Stuff Black People Don’t Like is pretty devastating in it’s investigative work regarding the Black Question. The Irish Savant has some funny commentary on Jews and other Multi-cults from the european perspective. Aangirfan is one HELL of a “Look at what got left out site”, its crazy, whacky, yet the gals there have one hell of a webcrawler program. a good example of what Aangirfan does for me is finding out Limoges Police Chief Helric Fredou committed suicide while investigating the Charlie Hebdo case.

  9. What is the name of the relatively new Jewish blogger? He is a convert to Judaism. I believe he writes out of California but I may be mistaken.

    • Replies: @Peter Johnson
    @anon

    (reply to anon) AJewAmongYou is a great alt-right blog page. Not that active in terms of regular new entries but very good commentary -- I do not think though that he is a convert and he is in the North West not California. Probably not your man.

  10. Radix Journal
    http://www.radixjournal.com/

    Metapedia
    http://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

    28sherman if you don’t already.

    Foseti for dormant but hopefully to return.

    Maybe important intro pages for HBDchick and JayMan, ie. https://jaymans.wordpress.com/hbd-fundamentals/#key

    Your race and IQ faq from VDare need to be easily accessible.

  11. +1 on podcasting.

    Chang mentioned Ace of Spades and I would love to see you guest on their podcast. Chang is pretty fair in his characterization, and it would be great if you could drag them even closer to the Noticing side.

    If you guest on any podcast please give it a mention here.

  12. The podcast is a great idea. Charge for it like Derbyshire does for his. Hire people and sell what they produce. We need a lot more quality sources of info.

  13. Freddie Deboer is good. However he may not appreciate having you link to him. Maybe you should ask first.

  14. What I am looking for are sites that would replace the major news organizations. FOX, CNN and even the NY Times miss so much of importance. How the French right was shutout from today’s public gatherings, for example.

  15. 20 Committee is quite interesting – intelligence, defence, foreign policy – and I’m pretty sure he reads you (he retweeted someone saying more people read you than let on). Caste Football too, assuming it survives.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Matra

    Schindler @20Committee appears to be a US Spook, 10 years @NSA....& rabid hatred for Russia. Leaves a bad taste!

  16. pseudoerasmus.com

    His early posts concerned HBD, more recently the focus has been more on economics and history.
    His own blogroll contains lots of good stuff but doesnt inculde iSteve, though that’s probably because he is more concerned with blogs on specialist topics rather than whatever it is that you do, Steve. General noticing and establishment ribbing?

    He mentions you in this post:
    http://pseudoerasmus.com/2014/05/20/orr-sailer-four-degrees-of-separation/

  17. Crassus [AKA "Ergot"] says:

    For the podcast, I urge you to just load MP3s or Youtube links as blog posts and slowly improve the design elements incorporating useful feedback. My suggestion would be to begin a by just posting within your blog a link to a well-edited interview every month or two.

    Segments/styles that I believe would and wouldn’t work for you:

    • You might try the Firing Line model, in which you and any guests speak at some length, only occasionally interrupting each other.

    • Sometimes discussing some topic with someone whose opinions you don’t know ahead of time could work. Siskel & Ebert’s show used this method, and the 25-year-old episodes on Youtube seem really fresh. Mickey Kaus and Robert Wright were good at this (Kaus was excellent). Peter Beinart and Jonah Goldberg were much better. If you have a good friend who is smart and quick on his feet and often disagrees with you, I bet many people would watch. I find appealing the combination of arguing aggressively, but sometimes conveying respect for your sparring partner.

    • You might experiment with gathering a group of quick-witted friends and acquaintances and acting as master of ceremonies as you all have a discussion on current events. Some talk radio hosts manage this quite well (e.g., Howard Stern, Adam Carolla).

    • If you don’t mind exploiting people, you could fill your recording room with some guests who are quick-witted and opinionated, and others who are very stupid and even more opinionated. Howard Stern had (has?) success with that.

    • Commenting on videos that are embarrassing to the establishment press, like the Michael Brown robbery, would probably suite you well.

    • Tom Ashbrook at NPR’s shows are entertaining even when he has long-winded and somewhat boring guests because he asks great questions. The long-windedness of some of these guests also gives Ashbrook the time to formulate really smart observations. That sort of show would let you to be in control of things, but would also give you the role of the student sitting in class asking astute questions.

    • Staying with a single format for the sake of consistency is probably a bad idea in the beginning. You should give yourself the freedom to try and fail with a variety of formats, show lengths, etc.

    • John Derbyshire has the ability to make his show entertaining when he just reads text that he wrote ahead of time. If you decide to try this, make before airing such a show that you can read aloud in an entertaining way. Most people can’t.

    • The Radio Lab style, incorporating constant edits and sound effects is jarring to me and I think you neither you nor your audience would feel it was worth trading quality content for quality sound effects, or any kind or quality of time-consuming elements that add “production value.”

  18. The GotNews guy is making some some interesting waves. Seems willing to talk about race stuff.
    @20committee is good.

    Podcast is a great idea.

    I wish I understand the economics better of alt-media sites likes. Gotta be a tough business.

  19. I just have one question: why in the holy hell is Rod Dreher and The American Conservative still listed? Those morons probably hate us and our positions more than Slate does.

  20. Smart people typically read much faster that dumb people and get more out of reading than dumb people do. This explains why TV, speeches, etc… are so popular. They are real to everyone, whereas true literacy is esoteric. I think that most of us (your audience) are highly proficient readers, and thus would prefer that you continue to focus your efforts on the format that is easiest for us to consume, written text.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @T

    That's my general idea, too -- text is the highest bandwidth -- but sometimes you can't read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.).

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Uptown Resident, @hmmm..., @hmmm...

    , @JustAnotherGuyWitha1911
    @T


    Smart people typically read much faster that dumb people and get more out of reading than dumb people do. This explains why TV, speeches, etc… are so popular. They are real to everyone, whereas true literacy is esoteric. I think that most of us (your audience) are highly proficient readers, and thus would prefer that you continue to focus your efforts on the format that is easiest for us to consume, written text.
     
    It drives me out of my mind when I reading the reviews for a foreign movie on Netflix and you get retards giving it one star because of "subtitles." There are people all around us who can't follow the translation of a Kung-Fu movie. Some days, I can't believe that the human race has actually gotten this far.

    With regards to changes - I hate change, and would loath to see you loose focus on what is frankly the best damn blog on this excuse for a planet. That being said - perhaps you could film yourself doing interpretive dance routines based on NYT stories and upload them to youtube?

    Comments are fine - maybe we could get a little more time for editing?

  21. @T
    Smart people typically read much faster that dumb people and get more out of reading than dumb people do. This explains why TV, speeches, etc... are so popular. They are real to everyone, whereas true literacy is esoteric. I think that most of us (your audience) are highly proficient readers, and thus would prefer that you continue to focus your efforts on the format that is easiest for us to consume, written text.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @JustAnotherGuyWitha1911

    That’s my general idea, too — text is the highest bandwidth — but sometimes you can’t read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.).

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @Steve Sailer

    Also, wouldn't hurt to broaden your audience a bit to include those who don't read as well.

    , @Uptown Resident
    @Steve Sailer


    That’s my general idea, too — text is the highest bandwidth — but sometimes you can’t read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.).
     
    I am constantly looking for high-quality audio to listen to while cooking, cleaning and exercising. My main sources are select podcasts, radio programs and iTunes U. I think a Sailercast would be a great idea.

    To echo some of the earlier commentators, I think the trick is to experiment with a variety of formats.

    The interview format may be easiest. James Howard Kunstler had an incredibly entertaining and intelligent podcast for years. He got a tech-savvy acolyte to do the podcasting recording and publishing, and also to function as an interviewer. So the acolyte would guide Kunstler through some predetermined show theme with a set of questions and comments. They had a number that listeners could call during the week with questions and comments, which Kunstler would respond to. The acolyte finally went on to do other things, but Kunstler still puts out his own podcasts once a month, usually interviewing some like-or-similar-minded pundit about a common interest. It's great.

    Derbyshire's monologues are also gems. But I agree with another commentator that you have to have a certain speaking style to pull off reading a written text. Also, while most of his content is great, the gags about his women assistants are stupid.

    The panel format is also fun. The only NPR programming I can stand to listen to is Tom Ashbrook's On Point and Diane Rehm's show. Both of them involve the host moderating a panel of pundits on a current event, or new book or study. Rehm used to get Steven Camarota from CIS to participate on immigration panels, but alas he hasn't been on for a while. Rehm's show is entertaining despite the fact that she sounds like she's dying of throat cancer (in fact, she has spasmodic dysphonia). Proof you don't have to have a "radio voice" to succeed at this.

    And what about the homely lecture? I've been listening to Gregory Clark's course based on his first book, A Farewell to Alms, which is up on iTunes and really, really fascinating. I can imagine a Sailer lecture on race and IQ, etc.

    , @hmmm...
    @Steve Sailer

    "but sometimes you can’t read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.)"
    Oh I get it. Steve wants to podcast so his wife will stop wasting time reading his blog and get to work exercising and doing housework.

    , @hmmm...
    @Steve Sailer

    "but sometimes you can’t read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.)"
    Oh I get it. Steve wants to podcast so his wife will stop wasting time reading his blog and get to work exercising and doing housework.

  22. ZeroHedge for sure as well. There has been some interesting speculation it is funded by Russian alt-rightists. Whoever is behind it sure does correctly blast the DC-NYC nexus, however.

    • Replies: @Steve Richter
    @jonathanjones02

    I read ZeroHedge much less than I used to. They never challenge their own views and predictions. Throughout 2014 they were implying the economy was a house of QE cards but never acknowledged that corporate profits were growing very well. I listen to Larry Kudlow's radio program on WABC on Saturday and get a completely different take on the economy than what you get from ZH, Biderman and even Rick Santelli.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

  23. Ace Of Spades is very PC, I’m guessing they may not appreciate a link. On the other hand Kevin Macdonald’s TOO may be a bridge TOO far?

  24. On the broad media issue, it’s interesting that, despite the success of FoxNews, there’s no competitor on the Right. BlazeTV, I guess, though Beck has been locked out of the big boys – Comcast, TimeWarner, DirecTV – and, except for Dish, is mainly on small, rural and regional cable systems.

    NewsMaxTV got on DirecTV and Dish, but that’s because NewsMax pays, instead of being paid like a normal TV network. Don’t really get the NewsMaxTV model. It’s insanely low budget, basically a couple right-wing talk radio guys with webcams. Meanwhile Beck has poured his life savings into Blaze and I wonder how long it can go on if the cable/sat big boys keep blocking him.

    Also funny that even Fox can’t build a competitor to FoxNews. FoxBusiness basically has the B-Team conservative pundits on at night — and they get no ratings at all. 3M people watch O’Reilly – and like 50k watch whoever’s on FoxBiz. FoxBiz avg 65k in prime time.

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/01/09/cable-news-ratings-for-thursday-january-8-2015/348061/

    FoxBiz B-Team pundits skew libertarian, guess that was an attempt at differentiation. Didn’t work. They’re just using a spare studio at FoxNews so the marginal cost isn’t that high I guess.

    Financial news ratings have collapsed in recent years, CNBC, FoxBiz, Bloomberg — all are in the gutter. Luckily the few viewers they have are very, very wealthy.

    Still, it’s interesting that FoxBiz prime-time B-team pundits have failed so miserably. CNN and MSNBC split the Left’s viewers, their combined viewers are less than FoxNews. You’d think there’d be room for a competitor on the Right.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Chang

    Glenn Beck makes millions selling memberships to his video streaming site. He doesn't need cable providers to keep his show profitable.

    That won't work if you don't have millions of followers already. For Steve giving all content away for free and having regular fundraising drives is the best approach.

  25. A site I check in everyday is Maggies Farm. I never heard of it until they linked to me and my traffic numbers spiked. It’s just a quirky collection of links every day, with some commentary.

    As far as the podcast, great idea. I listen to a few of them. I suggest you pick a focus and make that your identity. General purpose podcast don’t do well.

    Good luck with it.

  26. Oh, for military stuff StrategyPage is excellent and they often bluntly say non-PC things. That’s not their intent. Their intent is to explain war and conflict, they just don’t pussyfoot around PC stuff.

  27. Motifs from Sailer’s blog that resonate with me for one reason or another:

    1. Evolution (too many conservatives are too stupid to understand it, sadly)

    2. Chicago (I lived there briefly and Steve’s anecdotal references to the city’s neighborhoods, politics, and of course Celebrity-in-Chief always ring true)

    3. Tom Wolfe (I’ve read all his novels and also think he’s a genius)

    Keep up the good work, Steve. Look forward to the podcast.

    Any plans to write another book?

  28. Poetry as Socio-Proctology is the best blog missing from your list.

    http://socioproctology.blogspot.com/

  29. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    A few format suggestions, Steve:

    **Clicking on the comments link could take readers to the END of the comments, rather than the beginning. Assuming that most readers click through the comments at least twice (or that most clicks to the comments section are repeat visitors), taking folks to the end rather than the beginning is the more efficient format.

    **It would be interesting to see how readers judge the comments. An upvote or downvote counter could be useful here. DO NOT allow popularity to reorder the sequence of comments and DO NOT allow readers to view comments in terms of popularity. Keep the order as it is–chronological. DO NOT require registration in order to vote. Sure some people may abuse the system with multiple votes, but it won’t be consequential because you won’t allowing ordering or viewing by popularity.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @Anonymous

    Ron could just install Disqus, which would let you rank comments, make it easier to follow replies, etc.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous

    , @Seneca
    @Anonymous


    **It would be interesting to see how readers judge the comments. An upvote or downvote counter could be useful here. DO NOT allow popularity to reorder the sequence of comments and DO NOT allow readers to view comments in terms of popularity. Keep the order as it is–chronological. DO NOT require registration in order to vote. Sure some people may abuse the system with multiple votes, but it won’t be consequential because you won’t allowing ordering or viewing by popularity.
     
    I second this as a good idea.
  30. Are Paul Eisen and Gilad Atzmon too controversial? Interesting reads…

    http://pauleisen.blogspot.com/

    http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/

    Atzmon’s latest blog post is titled, “Je Suis Gaza!”

  31. Yeah, one of the big problems is reaching people who don’t read that much, for whatever reason… A lot of people seem to be in that category.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @anonymous

    "Yeah, one of the big problems is reaching people who don’t read that much"

    But I'm never going to get much of an audience outside of the extremely literate.

  32. Yes! For the love of God please do a podcast. You could Skype Derb and other old white men on the wrong side of history and discuss the latest events. Once you get the swing of it it’ll be great! It would also give you another way to guilt us into donating. I donate to Molyneux more than you even though I like you better because the podcast format is more personal and thus harder to put off donations.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Economic Sophisms

    Right, a big part of making a living as a media personality is being personally memorable, which comes across more in photos, voice, video, and personal appearances.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist

  33. Agree with above commentor you should charge for podcast.
    A suggestion as to content, perhaps you could do a summary/review of your blog posts for the past week with second thoughts, different angle or response to criticisms etc.( This could work as a handy and reliable “filler”, I think).

  34. @Steve Sailer
    @T

    That's my general idea, too -- text is the highest bandwidth -- but sometimes you can't read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.).

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Uptown Resident, @hmmm..., @hmmm...

    Also, wouldn’t hurt to broaden your audience a bit to include those who don’t read as well.

  35. @Economic Sophisms
    Yes! For the love of God please do a podcast. You could Skype Derb and other old white men on the wrong side of history and discuss the latest events. Once you get the swing of it it'll be great! It would also give you another way to guilt us into donating. I donate to Molyneux more than you even though I like you better because the podcast format is more personal and thus harder to put off donations.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    Right, a big part of making a living as a media personality is being personally memorable, which comes across more in photos, voice, video, and personal appearances.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Steve Sailer

    I recommend at least giving a podcast a try.

    I've always been a voracious reader, but I've come to appreciate podcasts as well. As you say, Steve, personality is communicated better in audio, and getting people talking on a subject often entices them into 'speaking their minds' more openly than if they can choose their words carefully in writing; I therefore often find podcasts more provocative than written pieces. You may not want to be so unguarded, but it's a good medium for inviting on guests who may be willing to speak out . . . .

    The difference in time spent/content uptake is mitigated greatly by simply listening to podcasts at twice, or even thrice, the recorded speed. Most Americans speak quite slowly, so 3X often works fine for me, especially if the subject matter isn't too unfamiliar or involved. The podcast app I use on my phone makes this kind of speed adjustment easy; I can even set different preferred listening speeds for each podcast stream.

    In terms of added links, might I suggest BadBlue, which provides a frequently-updated, Drudge-like collection of links to conservative/Alt-right articles and blog posts. It often links to Steve's articles, in fact.

  36. @anonymous
    Yeah, one of the big problems is reaching people who don't read that much, for whatever reason... A lot of people seem to be in that category.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    “Yeah, one of the big problems is reaching people who don’t read that much”

    But I’m never going to get much of an audience outside of the extremely literate.

  37. @Anonymous
    A few format suggestions, Steve:

    **Clicking on the comments link could take readers to the END of the comments, rather than the beginning. Assuming that most readers click through the comments at least twice (or that most clicks to the comments section are repeat visitors), taking folks to the end rather than the beginning is the more efficient format.

    **It would be interesting to see how readers judge the comments. An upvote or downvote counter could be useful here. DO NOT allow popularity to reorder the sequence of comments and DO NOT allow readers to view comments in terms of popularity. Keep the order as it is--chronological. DO NOT require registration in order to vote. Sure some people may abuse the system with multiple votes, but it won't be consequential because you won't allowing ordering or viewing by popularity.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Seneca

    Ron could just install Disqus, which would let you rank comments, make it easier to follow replies, etc.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    Disqus requires registration (and is also unwieldy and slow), I believe. Read my recommendation more carefully. Disqus is a terrible system.

    Steve's elegant format is the best commenting system out there. Nothing should be changed in that respect. If he can show popularity without affecting loading speed, presentation, and throwing up the hurdle of registration, it might be worth looking into. But if any of those are even marginally affected, I don't believe it would be worth it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Dave Pinsen

    , @Anonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    Disqus is terrible! Incredibly slow and buggy, plus very intrusive and requires registration.

  38. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    @Anonymous

    Ron could just install Disqus, which would let you rank comments, make it easier to follow replies, etc.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous

    Disqus requires registration (and is also unwieldy and slow), I believe. Read my recommendation more carefully. Disqus is a terrible system.

    Steve’s elegant format is the best commenting system out there. Nothing should be changed in that respect. If he can show popularity without affecting loading speed, presentation, and throwing up the hurdle of registration, it might be worth looking into. But if any of those are even marginally affected, I don’t believe it would be worth it.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    Load speed is very important.

    , @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    "Steve’s elegant format is the best commenting system out there."

    It's mostly coded by Ron.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous

    , @Anonymous
    @Anonymous

    I agree that Disqus is terrible and that Steve's commenting system is very nice. Also, do we really need to rank comments on iSteve? Isn't the popularity of comments sometimes pretty obvious based on responses? Also, if we get the ability to share comments -as long as it is possible to track which comments are shared - that will give an indication of which comments are among the most popular.

    , @Dave Pinsen
    @Anonymous

    Disagree about Disqus. Fred Wilson's AVC.com blog gets a ton of comments when he strays into politics, and Disqus holds up fine there. I also don't see a problem with it on Takimag, where articles routinely get hundreds of comments.

    As for registration, you do that once, and can have cookies on your computer so you don't have to log in again. You can use a pseudonym with it too.

  39. I do wish the graphic design and layout here at Unz could be upgraded.
    I link Unz and Taki in my mind since I go to each mostly to read Steve (and Derb, Razib, and McInnes, as well). Taki has such a pleasant design. It’s charming.
    Unz – well, this place feels like it was designed by an engineer. Which I assume it was, as opposed to someone with design and art skills. Design is important for readers.
    Unz Review also needs to promote itself better. It still has an egg icon on twitter. I know Steve isn’t in charge of those things, just something I’d noticed.
    Taki has 4k twitter followers, Unz has 350.
    I’d think there’d be a strong audience overlap.

  40. @Anonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    Disqus requires registration (and is also unwieldy and slow), I believe. Read my recommendation more carefully. Disqus is a terrible system.

    Steve's elegant format is the best commenting system out there. Nothing should be changed in that respect. If he can show popularity without affecting loading speed, presentation, and throwing up the hurdle of registration, it might be worth looking into. But if any of those are even marginally affected, I don't believe it would be worth it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Dave Pinsen

    Load speed is very important.

  41. @Anonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    Disqus requires registration (and is also unwieldy and slow), I believe. Read my recommendation more carefully. Disqus is a terrible system.

    Steve's elegant format is the best commenting system out there. Nothing should be changed in that respect. If he can show popularity without affecting loading speed, presentation, and throwing up the hurdle of registration, it might be worth looking into. But if any of those are even marginally affected, I don't believe it would be worth it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Dave Pinsen

    “Steve’s elegant format is the best commenting system out there.”

    It’s mostly coded by Ron.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Steve Sailer

    I don't mean to deny Ron credit. My primary point, however, is that the presentation of chronological, numbered, non-nested, non-registered posts generates the best comment content, reader participation, and reader interaction. It is the best system for permitting a reader to pick up where he left and for, surprising, colloquy among commenters. You had this (with the possible exception of the numbers on the posts) on your old blog, if memory serves.

    , @Anonymous
    @Steve Sailer

    P.S. Steve, whatever you do, DO NOT require registration to comment.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

  42. Boss, unless you have an extremely irritating voice, I’m all in for a podcast. There’s something about tone, phrasing and spacing that can make all the difference. I think, as an instance, that Dinesh D’Souza has a most unfortunate voice for radio; when I listen to him, it’s hard to take him seriously.

    I’d still be all in for a podcast—but if you’re more of a refiner than an improviser, I can understand.

    Personally, I’d just love to hear it. I’d love to have a 2-3 hour “Steve takes on” discussion to listen to on a long drive.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Hunsdon

    "but if you’re more of a refiner than an improviser,"

    Just as I have a face made for radio, I have a brain made for blogging.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @Anonymous
    @Hunsdon

    Hunsdon:

    "Personally, I’d just love to hear it. I’d love to have a 2-3 hour “Steve takes on” discussion to listen to on a long drive."

    I think this is a great idea. Maybe a series that would be great for people with relatively long commutes, or those going on trips.

  43. @Hunsdon
    Boss, unless you have an extremely irritating voice, I'm all in for a podcast. There's something about tone, phrasing and spacing that can make all the difference. I think, as an instance, that Dinesh D'Souza has a most unfortunate voice for radio; when I listen to him, it's hard to take him seriously.

    I'd still be all in for a podcast---but if you're more of a refiner than an improviser, I can understand.

    Personally, I'd just love to hear it. I'd love to have a 2-3 hour "Steve takes on" discussion to listen to on a long drive.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous

    “but if you’re more of a refiner than an improviser,”

    Just as I have a face made for radio, I have a brain made for blogging.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve, You are definitely perfect for blogging.

  44. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    "Steve’s elegant format is the best commenting system out there."

    It's mostly coded by Ron.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous

    I don’t mean to deny Ron credit. My primary point, however, is that the presentation of chronological, numbered, non-nested, non-registered posts generates the best comment content, reader participation, and reader interaction. It is the best system for permitting a reader to pick up where he left and for, surprising, colloquy among commenters. You had this (with the possible exception of the numbers on the posts) on your old blog, if memory serves.

  45. I’m stunned that Mark Levin has become so successful on radio with his voice. I agree with Levin on a lot of stuff but can’t stand his voice.

    Guys like Limbaugh and Beck grew up wanting to be radio guys, not political pundit guys. They mastered the craft of radio before their pundit careers took off. I love the smooth deep radio voices. But there’s obviously a market for angry, shrieking radio voices. I would not have predicted that. 5 minutes of Levin’s voice and I would have said there’s no way this man can succeed on radio. Maybe as a screeching guest for a few minutes at a time. I obviously don’t understand the radio market.

    I do think the radio market is gonna change big in the next 10 years. I hate having to listen to whatever’s on the radio. Soon it will be so trivial to listen to on-demand podcasts. Right now it’s too complicated for most ppl, so they just listen to the radio.

    Voice controls will be perfect. Start the car, and say, Play Steve Sailer podcast. Play today’s Rush Limbaugh show, or whatever.

    Has to be as easy as pressing a preset button on your car’s radio. But instead of 6-12-18 radio presets, you can choose the universe of thousands of podcasts.

  46. @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymous

    "Steve’s elegant format is the best commenting system out there."

    It's mostly coded by Ron.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous

    P.S. Steve, whatever you do, DO NOT require registration to comment.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @Anonymous

    FYI, Disqus doesn't require registration, AFAIK. You can comment as a guest as well.

  47. Ace is less PC than anyone in existence. But he wants to be Republican, which means tamping that down. One of the funnier things I ever saw was Ace exhorting his readers to “pray for Terri” if they believed, back in 2005. Dude’s an atheist. Takes no prisoners. Interested in winning and being a player.

    PE is the awesome. Insanely aggravating to most people. Absolutely brilliant. Doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks.

    I really like Megan McArdle.

    Someone mentioned Fredrik DeBoer. He’s one of those genuine far left of center folks that I find much more tolerable than mealy-mouth centrists.

  48. I’ve noticed that Aussie blogger Mark Richardson of Oz Conservative has recently gone private, which is a shame considering he’s been posting regularly since 2004 and serving as the Australian Auster.

    The only remaining regular writer of note in this part of the world is kiwi author Kerry Bolton, whose favourite area of research is uncovering internationalist conspiracies to undermine nation states through right liberal economics and left liberal social policies.

    • Replies: @Clyde Packer
    @unpc downunder

    Clearly Australia needs to find another paleoconservative blogger willing to run interference for the Jews then.

  49. PodcastOne is doing interesting things, trying to really commercialize podcasts. Focus is on niche audiences with passionate “super-fans”. Lotta WWE and UFC podcasts, especially WWE.

    4 of the top 25 podcasts are WWE – Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Jim Ross (world’s greatest wrestling announcer). Goldberg has a podcast, too. And Jesse Ventura has a conspiracy loony one. Not a surprise Goldberg’s is the weakest since his wrestling gimmick wasn’t being a talker. Austin, Jericho, and Piper all made their money mostly by talking.

    Pro wrestlers are crazy and brain-damaged, but they learn how to talk.

  50. Radix Journal and Alternative Right,
    because Gregory Hood and Colin Lidell are both brilliant.

    Disenchanted Scholar

    Goodbye America (in a photo)

  51. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    Disqus requires registration (and is also unwieldy and slow), I believe. Read my recommendation more carefully. Disqus is a terrible system.

    Steve's elegant format is the best commenting system out there. Nothing should be changed in that respect. If he can show popularity without affecting loading speed, presentation, and throwing up the hurdle of registration, it might be worth looking into. But if any of those are even marginally affected, I don't believe it would be worth it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Dave Pinsen

    I agree that Disqus is terrible and that Steve’s commenting system is very nice. Also, do we really need to rank comments on iSteve? Isn’t the popularity of comments sometimes pretty obvious based on responses? Also, if we get the ability to share comments -as long as it is possible to track which comments are shared – that will give an indication of which comments are among the most popular.

  52. @Steve Sailer
    @Economic Sophisms

    Right, a big part of making a living as a media personality is being personally memorable, which comes across more in photos, voice, video, and personal appearances.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist

    I recommend at least giving a podcast a try.

    I’ve always been a voracious reader, but I’ve come to appreciate podcasts as well. As you say, Steve, personality is communicated better in audio, and getting people talking on a subject often entices them into ‘speaking their minds’ more openly than if they can choose their words carefully in writing; I therefore often find podcasts more provocative than written pieces. You may not want to be so unguarded, but it’s a good medium for inviting on guests who may be willing to speak out . . . .

    The difference in time spent/content uptake is mitigated greatly by simply listening to podcasts at twice, or even thrice, the recorded speed. Most Americans speak quite slowly, so 3X often works fine for me, especially if the subject matter isn’t too unfamiliar or involved. The podcast app I use on my phone makes this kind of speed adjustment easy; I can even set different preferred listening speeds for each podcast stream.

    In terms of added links, might I suggest BadBlue, which provides a frequently-updated, Drudge-like collection of links to conservative/Alt-right articles and blog posts. It often links to Steve’s articles, in fact.

  53. @Steve Sailer
    @Hunsdon

    "but if you’re more of a refiner than an improviser,"

    Just as I have a face made for radio, I have a brain made for blogging.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Steve, You are definitely perfect for blogging.

  54. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Hunsdon
    Boss, unless you have an extremely irritating voice, I'm all in for a podcast. There's something about tone, phrasing and spacing that can make all the difference. I think, as an instance, that Dinesh D'Souza has a most unfortunate voice for radio; when I listen to him, it's hard to take him seriously.

    I'd still be all in for a podcast---but if you're more of a refiner than an improviser, I can understand.

    Personally, I'd just love to hear it. I'd love to have a 2-3 hour "Steve takes on" discussion to listen to on a long drive.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous

    Hunsdon:

    “Personally, I’d just love to hear it. I’d love to have a 2-3 hour “Steve takes on” discussion to listen to on a long drive.”

    I think this is a great idea. Maybe a series that would be great for people with relatively long commutes, or those going on trips.

  55. I think there’s a market opportunity for more short-form audio.
    Most podcasts are at least an hour. And some go to 2 or 3 hrs. Craziness.
    I guess if I had a monster commute, but otherwise no way I’m listening to a 3 hr podcast.
    Youtube has shown the way for short-form video.
    I think short-form audio – 5, 10, 15 min – could work.
    Throw a graphic or animation behind it and host it on youtube, get some ad revenue there.

    Pat Condell
    https://www.youtube.com/user/patcondell
    does great short form vids on youtube. It’s just him reading a 2-5 minute speech/rant into a webcam about a topic of the day, usually Islam, which he is not a fan of.

    Many of his vids have millions of views, the rest get hundreds of thousands of views.
    Here’s a great one
    A word to rioting Muslims: http://youtu.be/GCXHPKhRCVg via @YouTube

  56. Stuffblackpeopledontlike.com, and Heartiste.

    Also, Peter Frost and Jayman.

  57. http://pumpkinperson.com/
    It’s pretty good. It’s about IQ/HBD.


    “What is the name of the relatively new Jewish blogger? He is a convert to Judaism. I believe he writes out of California but I may be mistaken.”
    Do you mean
    http://www.lukeford.net/blog/
    Even if he isn’t the person you are looking for, Steve should include his blog. What he writes is sometimes very interesting.

  58. @unpc downunder
    I've noticed that Aussie blogger Mark Richardson of Oz Conservative has recently gone private, which is a shame considering he's been posting regularly since 2004 and serving as the Australian Auster.

    The only remaining regular writer of note in this part of the world is kiwi author Kerry Bolton, whose favourite area of research is uncovering internationalist conspiracies to undermine nation states through right liberal economics and left liberal social policies.

    Replies: @Clyde Packer

    Clearly Australia needs to find another paleoconservative blogger willing to run interference for the Jews then.

  59. Many thanks for including 2Blowhards and Uncouth Reflections!

  60. @Dave Pinsen
    @Anonymous

    Ron could just install Disqus, which would let you rank comments, make it easier to follow replies, etc.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Anonymous

    Disqus is terrible! Incredibly slow and buggy, plus very intrusive and requires registration.

  61. The blogroll doesn’t appear on the mobile version of the site. Mind you I am using an old iPad with an old version of OS, so other-more up to date – readers may have had better luck.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @Hugh

    It doesn't appear on my iPhone with the latest iOS, so it's not just you. But Unz.com isn't really optimized for mobile anyway.

  62. @Anonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    Disqus requires registration (and is also unwieldy and slow), I believe. Read my recommendation more carefully. Disqus is a terrible system.

    Steve's elegant format is the best commenting system out there. Nothing should be changed in that respect. If he can show popularity without affecting loading speed, presentation, and throwing up the hurdle of registration, it might be worth looking into. But if any of those are even marginally affected, I don't believe it would be worth it.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @Anonymous, @Dave Pinsen

    Disagree about Disqus. Fred Wilson’s AVC.com blog gets a ton of comments when he strays into politics, and Disqus holds up fine there. I also don’t see a problem with it on Takimag, where articles routinely get hundreds of comments.

    As for registration, you do that once, and can have cookies on your computer so you don’t have to log in again. You can use a pseudonym with it too.

  63. @Anonymous
    @Steve Sailer

    P.S. Steve, whatever you do, DO NOT require registration to comment.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    FYI, Disqus doesn’t require registration, AFAIK. You can comment as a guest as well.

  64. @Hugh
    The blogroll doesn't appear on the mobile version of the site. Mind you I am using an old iPad with an old version of OS, so other-more up to date - readers may have had better luck.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    It doesn’t appear on my iPhone with the latest iOS, so it’s not just you. But Unz.com isn’t really optimized for mobile anyway.

  65. Hey Steve/Ron,

    OT, but for some reason when I type in the web address unz.com it takes me to the mobile site (and I’m on a desktop). Any idea why that is? It’s been going on the past week. Not a big deal, just curious.

  66. Podcast? So cool.

    There isn’t enough flesh-and-blood (or audiovisual) iSteve content. I think there are only two YouTube videos of you, that interview with Craig Bodeker and that lecture blaming egalo-hispanicism for the housing bubble. Who is the talking, gesticulating human being behind all this snarky truth-telling?

    We need, demand moar. Also the podcasts should be put on YouTube.

    AFAIK there isn’t a decent HBD podcast out there. There’s lot of Alt Right/WN stuff (Radix, C-C, Alt Right, Red Ice Radio..) but a solid HBD podcast would be cool. I would definitely recommend it to some of my mainstream friends who would probably not be scared by the iSteve way of presenting hatefacts and would be driven by pride to try to be smart enough to understand iSteve.

  67. 100 reasons NOT to go to grad school

    http://www.100rsns.blogspot.com

    Maybe or maybe not for the blogroll, but a bleak view of academia.

  68. Slate Star Codex: slatestarcodex.com

    It’s from a somewhat lefty perspective but pretty willing to fairly represent other views. Plus Steve is a regular commenter there.

  69. @Anonymous
    A few format suggestions, Steve:

    **Clicking on the comments link could take readers to the END of the comments, rather than the beginning. Assuming that most readers click through the comments at least twice (or that most clicks to the comments section are repeat visitors), taking folks to the end rather than the beginning is the more efficient format.

    **It would be interesting to see how readers judge the comments. An upvote or downvote counter could be useful here. DO NOT allow popularity to reorder the sequence of comments and DO NOT allow readers to view comments in terms of popularity. Keep the order as it is--chronological. DO NOT require registration in order to vote. Sure some people may abuse the system with multiple votes, but it won't be consequential because you won't allowing ordering or viewing by popularity.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Seneca

    **It would be interesting to see how readers judge the comments. An upvote or downvote counter could be useful here. DO NOT allow popularity to reorder the sequence of comments and DO NOT allow readers to view comments in terms of popularity. Keep the order as it is–chronological. DO NOT require registration in order to vote. Sure some people may abuse the system with multiple votes, but it won’t be consequential because you won’t allowing ordering or viewing by popularity.

    I second this as a good idea.

  70. Steve, you made it through the Unz change. Now please don’t rejigg over revenue model BS. Beware of flatterers.

  71. I will happily pay for an iSteve podcast. Excellent idea.

  72. TraditionalRight featuring Willam Lind especially

  73. Put your podcast on Youtube. For special occasions you can even don a costume; I liked your Santa Clause. Also, blackface and Evil Blonde Rapist.

  74. Still like the idea of “Steve: On the Road Back” where you film a road trip to significant sites then share with readers in installments.

  75. doing a podcast is a fantastic idea. You seriously need to boost your online brand.
    You probably are thinking on making it paid. A lot of casters do so, and in some cases it pays of big time. They are usually catering to a broader audience so I’m not sure it would work out so well for you. You should definitely consider this guys business model:

    >http://www.patreon.com/sargon

    It’s free on youtube and you should aim for those subscribers(he’s got some 50k), but he’s also getting a lot of money from patrons per video.

  76. Just curious–am I in the minority for finding podcasts not worth the time? I’d much rather read an article than listen to (or watch) a delivery of it. I guess if you’re driving it would be a good substitute for the radio (though my favorite radio station is “off”). Any fellow straphangers out there opt for listening to podcasts over reading? If so, why?

    • Replies: @Uptown Resident
    @Ex Machina


    Just curious–am I in the minority for finding podcasts not worth the time? I’d much rather read an article than listen to (or watch) a delivery of it. I guess if you’re driving it would be a good substitute for the radio (though my favorite radio station is “off”). Any fellow straphangers out there opt for listening to podcasts over reading? If so, why?

     

    I don't think it's an either/or situation. I get most of my information through reading text. But I spent between 2-3 hours a day on domestic projects, personal care, and exercising, when I can't read. Good audio programming takes the tedium out of, for example, dinner preparation or styling your hair.

    Sometimes I prefer silence or music to voice. But I admit I really like hearing the spoken word--much more than audio-visual material. And I don't think this is a new affinity for voice that suggests another dimension of the decline of the West. There is a venerable tradition of recitation, oratory, and lecture that shows that people have been successfully communicating complex information with voice for ages.

    You can also do a lot of things with voice that you cannot with text. You can dialogue without having interlocutors speak in paragraphs. You can do all sorts of wonderful things with dynamics and emotion. And above all you can let your audience multi-task while listening.
  77. Those Who Can See, whom you’ve already linked to.

  78. A few months ago, before Disqus went beyond the (my) bloat threshold, I would have agreed that Disqus is pretty good. Now, I can only say that I can’t get Disqus to load reliably any more. Seems about 50-50 and takes a long time when it succeeds. And the sites where Disqus won’t load seem to never load, and vice-versa.

  79. Let me just second the call for inclusion of the Kakistocracy Blog (kakistocracyblog.wordpress.com)

  80. If the goal is to monetize this thing by building a community, then you should move from comments to a message forum. There is very cheap commercial forum software that is secure. You can mod it to have a new thread for each new blog post. That allows for more coherent discussion, thus getting more discussion and a stickier site.

    The monetary benefit is you can have subscriptions levels. Subscribers get greater access and privileges like the lack of moderations so their posts appear right away. You can offer them a separate private board where only they can read and post.

    It is a tried and true method. Systems like vBulletin also have hooks for social media, podcasting and payment processing so that does not have to be re-invented. They also have features for your subscribers to customize their experience, which is always attractive to people.

  81. No one seems to have mentioned Radish. Their byline? “Teach comets not to rape.”

  82. http://www.socialmatter.net/ often has very good writing.

  83. @T
    Smart people typically read much faster that dumb people and get more out of reading than dumb people do. This explains why TV, speeches, etc... are so popular. They are real to everyone, whereas true literacy is esoteric. I think that most of us (your audience) are highly proficient readers, and thus would prefer that you continue to focus your efforts on the format that is easiest for us to consume, written text.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @JustAnotherGuyWitha1911

    Smart people typically read much faster that dumb people and get more out of reading than dumb people do. This explains why TV, speeches, etc… are so popular. They are real to everyone, whereas true literacy is esoteric. I think that most of us (your audience) are highly proficient readers, and thus would prefer that you continue to focus your efforts on the format that is easiest for us to consume, written text.

    It drives me out of my mind when I reading the reviews for a foreign movie on Netflix and you get retards giving it one star because of “subtitles.” There are people all around us who can’t follow the translation of a Kung-Fu movie. Some days, I can’t believe that the human race has actually gotten this far.

    With regards to changes – I hate change, and would loath to see you loose focus on what is frankly the best damn blog on this excuse for a planet. That being said – perhaps you could film yourself doing interpretive dance routines based on NYT stories and upload them to youtube?

    Comments are fine – maybe we could get a little more time for editing?

  84. Still like the idea of “Steve: On the Road Back” where you film a road trip to significant sites then share with readers in installments.

    I like this idea. It would be equal parts travelogue, history, and autobiography all tied together by broader iSteve type observations and themes. Basically – “Rick Steve’s Europe” without left wing pontificating. You could do a series of them and eventually release it as a full documentary on Netflix.

    Maybe Unz would spring for the rights to Phantom Planet’s “California” for the intro.

    http://youtu.be/wq-S8CIU7VA

  85. @jonathanjones02
    ZeroHedge for sure as well. There has been some interesting speculation it is funded by Russian alt-rightists. Whoever is behind it sure does correctly blast the DC-NYC nexus, however.

    Replies: @Steve Richter

    I read ZeroHedge much less than I used to. They never challenge their own views and predictions. Throughout 2014 they were implying the economy was a house of QE cards but never acknowledged that corporate profits were growing very well. I listen to Larry Kudlow’s radio program on WABC on Saturday and get a completely different take on the economy than what you get from ZH, Biderman and even Rick Santelli.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @Steve Richter

    The problem with Zero Hedge is that they let their political beliefs inform their economic observations.

  86. the bloggingheads.tv format could be perfect. You need someone with Robert Wright’s contacts. Only smarter and more willing to challenge the POV of both left and right Jim Pinkerton was great in that format. So was Mickey Kaus. I think the key there is editing to reduce the 50% of the content that is not worth the viewers time. Also switch to an interview conversation where appropriate.

  87. Comment feature addition: Currently, when one replies to another post, there is a link in the reply that you can click or hover. In addition to this, there should be an indicator in the post that has been replied to, perhaps next to their name or next to the reply button, with the name of the commenter who replied that can also be hovered or clicked on.

    It really helps people to not respond to trolls when they can see right next to the reply button that 3 have already responded, and hovering it, find that whatever they were gonna say has been said.

    I admit I stole this feature from imageboards such as 4chan.

    • Replies: @BurplesonAFB
    @BurplesonAFB

    Hey, I got a golden ticket

  88. Amerika.org would be a worthy addition.

  89. The podcast/blog EconTalk with Russ Roberts is excellent.

  90. I’ll add my amen to the growing chorus for a Steve Sailer podcast. My commute is 45 minutes one-way and a Steve-o podcast would be at the op of my list. BTW, I’d add Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History to your blogroll. Though he only puts out an episode every three months or so, they are always well done. Granted, its history from the layman’s perspective (if I want a credentialed expert’s take on a historical subject I just purchase the audio form from the Great Courses), but DC has a knack for radio/podcasting and delivers probably the best history podcast out there. His Common Sense podcast is too run-of-the-mill PC for my taste, so I don’t recommend that.

  91. @Chang
    On the broad media issue, it's interesting that, despite the success of FoxNews, there's no competitor on the Right. BlazeTV, I guess, though Beck has been locked out of the big boys - Comcast, TimeWarner, DirecTV - and, except for Dish, is mainly on small, rural and regional cable systems.

    NewsMaxTV got on DirecTV and Dish, but that's because NewsMax pays, instead of being paid like a normal TV network. Don't really get the NewsMaxTV model. It's insanely low budget, basically a couple right-wing talk radio guys with webcams. Meanwhile Beck has poured his life savings into Blaze and I wonder how long it can go on if the cable/sat big boys keep blocking him.

    Also funny that even Fox can't build a competitor to FoxNews. FoxBusiness basically has the B-Team conservative pundits on at night -- and they get no ratings at all. 3M people watch O'Reilly - and like 50k watch whoever's on FoxBiz. FoxBiz avg 65k in prime time.

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/01/09/cable-news-ratings-for-thursday-january-8-2015/348061/

    FoxBiz B-Team pundits skew libertarian, guess that was an attempt at differentiation. Didn't work. They're just using a spare studio at FoxNews so the marginal cost isn't that high I guess.

    Financial news ratings have collapsed in recent years, CNBC, FoxBiz, Bloomberg -- all are in the gutter. Luckily the few viewers they have are very, very wealthy.

    Still, it's interesting that FoxBiz prime-time B-team pundits have failed so miserably. CNN and MSNBC split the Left's viewers, their combined viewers are less than FoxNews. You'd think there'd be room for a competitor on the Right.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Glenn Beck makes millions selling memberships to his video streaming site. He doesn’t need cable providers to keep his show profitable.

    That won’t work if you don’t have millions of followers already. For Steve giving all content away for free and having regular fundraising drives is the best approach.

  92. @Steve Sailer
    @T

    That's my general idea, too -- text is the highest bandwidth -- but sometimes you can't read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.).

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Uptown Resident, @hmmm..., @hmmm...

    That’s my general idea, too — text is the highest bandwidth — but sometimes you can’t read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.).

    I am constantly looking for high-quality audio to listen to while cooking, cleaning and exercising. My main sources are select podcasts, radio programs and iTunes U. I think a Sailercast would be a great idea.

    To echo some of the earlier commentators, I think the trick is to experiment with a variety of formats.

    The interview format may be easiest. James Howard Kunstler had an incredibly entertaining and intelligent podcast for years. He got a tech-savvy acolyte to do the podcasting recording and publishing, and also to function as an interviewer. So the acolyte would guide Kunstler through some predetermined show theme with a set of questions and comments. They had a number that listeners could call during the week with questions and comments, which Kunstler would respond to. The acolyte finally went on to do other things, but Kunstler still puts out his own podcasts once a month, usually interviewing some like-or-similar-minded pundit about a common interest. It’s great.

    Derbyshire’s monologues are also gems. But I agree with another commentator that you have to have a certain speaking style to pull off reading a written text. Also, while most of his content is great, the gags about his women assistants are stupid.

    The panel format is also fun. The only NPR programming I can stand to listen to is Tom Ashbrook’s On Point and Diane Rehm’s show. Both of them involve the host moderating a panel of pundits on a current event, or new book or study. Rehm used to get Steven Camarota from CIS to participate on immigration panels, but alas he hasn’t been on for a while. Rehm’s show is entertaining despite the fact that she sounds like she’s dying of throat cancer (in fact, she has spasmodic dysphonia). Proof you don’t have to have a “radio voice” to succeed at this.

    And what about the homely lecture? I’ve been listening to Gregory Clark’s course based on his first book, A Farewell to Alms, which is up on iTunes and really, really fascinating. I can imagine a Sailer lecture on race and IQ, etc.

  93. I think the comment section would be improved by allowing for responses to follow the post they’re responding to, according to the indented outline format.

    It would also be nice to get an e-mail notification–like in Disqus–if someone responds to your comment.

  94. @Matra
    20 Committee is quite interesting - intelligence, defence, foreign policy - and I'm pretty sure he reads you (he retweeted someone saying more people read you than let on). Caste Football too, assuming it survives.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Schindler @20Committee appears to be a US Spook, 10 years @NSA….& rabid hatred for Russia. Leaves a bad taste!

  95. Dalrock.wordpress.com has some of the best writing about feminism I have read.

    Dean Baker’s beat-the-press is a good critic of our trade policies.

  96. Podcast
    I would love one. I suggest sampling several of those right-ish podcasts that are successful and/or do a good job. They all do not have the same format, as alluded to above. Another is John J Miller’s between the covers is a nice, short-form book/author interview podcast.
    http://www.nationalreview.com/media/betweenthecovers
    Try out a few formats and see what works for you.

    FTR, I am willing to pay for Derb’s podcast and would pay for a Sailer podcast. Problem with pay-for-podcast is that it makes it harder for your ideas to get out, same as with pay-to-read blogs and newspaper. If you do pay-for-podcast, be sure to upload them to youtube after a month’s delay or such. Or you could get sponsors to cover costs.

    Commenting
    Ron Unz has done a terrific job on the commenting system. Any change to include up/down votes needs to keep what is here and not ruin it. Disquis is awful stuff, anymore. What a bloated hog.

    If Ron decided to change the looks I hope it truly is only skin deep, as I like the way unz.com is set up.

  97. @Ex Machina
    Just curious--am I in the minority for finding podcasts not worth the time? I'd much rather read an article than listen to (or watch) a delivery of it. I guess if you're driving it would be a good substitute for the radio (though my favorite radio station is "off"). Any fellow straphangers out there opt for listening to podcasts over reading? If so, why?

    Replies: @Uptown Resident

    Just curious–am I in the minority for finding podcasts not worth the time? I’d much rather read an article than listen to (or watch) a delivery of it. I guess if you’re driving it would be a good substitute for the radio (though my favorite radio station is “off”). Any fellow straphangers out there opt for listening to podcasts over reading? If so, why?

    I don’t think it’s an either/or situation. I get most of my information through reading text. But I spent between 2-3 hours a day on domestic projects, personal care, and exercising, when I can’t read. Good audio programming takes the tedium out of, for example, dinner preparation or styling your hair.

    Sometimes I prefer silence or music to voice. But I admit I really like hearing the spoken word–much more than audio-visual material. And I don’t think this is a new affinity for voice that suggests another dimension of the decline of the West. There is a venerable tradition of recitation, oratory, and lecture that shows that people have been successfully communicating complex information with voice for ages.

    You can also do a lot of things with voice that you cannot with text. You can dialogue without having interlocutors speak in paragraphs. You can do all sorts of wonderful things with dynamics and emotion. And above all you can let your audience multi-task while listening.

  98. why still 3 gnxps? the discover ones are obsolete but i’m sure you have a reason for it. also, why does unz load so slow? is it just me? takes forever to load the site.

  99. @Steve Richter
    @jonathanjones02

    I read ZeroHedge much less than I used to. They never challenge their own views and predictions. Throughout 2014 they were implying the economy was a house of QE cards but never acknowledged that corporate profits were growing very well. I listen to Larry Kudlow's radio program on WABC on Saturday and get a completely different take on the economy than what you get from ZH, Biderman and even Rick Santelli.

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    The problem with Zero Hedge is that they let their political beliefs inform their economic observations.

  100. (somewhat offtopic but interesting)

    Steve, how about taking a page out of Buzzfeed’s book of tricks once in a while to increase your Facebook shares?:

    http://i.imgur.com/bJW46Ac.png

    a little dose of click bait won’t hurt your blog

  101. A podcast would be a terrific idea, Steve. 🙂

  102. Peter Hitchens? In general there could probably be a few more British writers.

    I wonder if the labels are really necessary – who is labeled merely a blog and who gets a more specific tag seems kind of random (and not always accurate – Jonathan Last as an arts blogger?).

  103. Heartiste, without question. And Steve? Might be helpful in the “Email me at SteveSlr *at* aol*dot*com” part to simply do a typographical treatment thusly (especially since caps don’t matter) SteveSLR. Not complaining, just (I hope) helpful.

  104. Ever read Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom? He can be erratic in terms of output — he goes dormant sometimes — but when he’s on, he’s very good.

  105. I nominate the blog of Audacious Epigone,, who writes about HBD, IQ, trends in PC terminology, and a few other things to mix it up.

    http://anepigone.blogspot.com/

  106. e.g. “Staffan’s Personality Blog” http://staffanspersonalityblog.wordpress.com/ (a great blog about personality and related matters); “Human Nature News” http://socialtechnologies.com.au/human-nature-news/ (a blog by Frank Salter) ; and “Clear Language, Clear Mind” http://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/ has not been mentioned yet.

  107. My posting career is a scream. Heartiste is essential.

  108. @BurplesonAFB
    Comment feature addition: Currently, when one replies to another post, there is a link in the reply that you can click or hover. In addition to this, there should be an indicator in the post that has been replied to, perhaps next to their name or next to the reply button, with the name of the commenter who replied that can also be hovered or clicked on.

    It really helps people to not respond to trolls when they can see right next to the reply button that 3 have already responded, and hovering it, find that whatever they were gonna say has been said.

    I admit I stole this feature from imageboards such as 4chan.

    Replies: @BurplesonAFB

    Hey, I got a golden ticket

  109. @Steve Sailer
    @T

    That's my general idea, too -- text is the highest bandwidth -- but sometimes you can't read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.).

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Uptown Resident, @hmmm..., @hmmm...

    “but sometimes you can’t read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.)”
    Oh I get it. Steve wants to podcast so his wife will stop wasting time reading his blog and get to work exercising and doing housework.

  110. @Steve Sailer
    @T

    That's my general idea, too -- text is the highest bandwidth -- but sometimes you can't read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.).

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen, @Uptown Resident, @hmmm..., @hmmm...

    “but sometimes you can’t read (e.g., driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.)”
    Oh I get it. Steve wants to podcast so his wife will stop wasting time reading his blog and get to work exercising and doing housework.

  111. @anon
    What is the name of the relatively new Jewish blogger? He is a convert to Judaism. I believe he writes out of California but I may be mistaken.

    Replies: @Peter Johnson

    (reply to anon) AJewAmongYou is a great alt-right blog page. Not that active in terms of regular new entries but very good commentary — I do not think though that he is a convert and he is in the North West not California. Probably not your man.

  112. How about my blog, Stupid Girl?

    Not a lot of Jooz or anything, but occasional laughs.

  113. Also: Kathy Shaidle’s Five Feet of Fury.

    No Jooz there, either, but hilarious!

    Amy Alkon’s Advice Goddess is also excellent.

  114. I second the motion to include PumpkinPerson’s blog.

    Also, check out Ohwilleke’s blog Dispatches From Turtle Island.

    http://dispatchesfromturtleisland.blogspot.com/

  115. We seem to have an increasing number of people suggesting blogs already listed. Read the actual blogroll first!

  116. I’m late to the party but I think it’s better late then never. ^^;

    I don’t know if these sites are already been mentionned but here they are:
    -SHTFPlan http://www.shtfplan.com/

    -Mike Smith’s Political commentary who give us a point of view from South Africa. http://mikesmithspoliticalcommentary.blogspot.ca/

    -Michael Snyder, who maintain the blogs “The Economic Collapse” and “End of the American Dream”, some of his blog posts are also reposted on SHTFplan and Infowars.

    -Fernando Aguirre, a blog from an Argentine poster who was a witness of Argentina’s collapse of 2001-02, post often in English. http://ferfal.blogspot.ca/

  117. I originally found iSteve through his Richard Florida deconstructions. Unfortunately back then I didn’t stick around and am playing catch up. Your moderated forum (comments) may be the best on the web, it greatly enhances the experience. I may very well be sending a donation soon, watch your mailbox Steve!

    Some thoughts…

    I was an early Slashdot member before it devolved into a screaming match between tribes like the gusty AGW crowd and the earthy Others or Linux vs Apple vs Microsoft. I rarely go there now and don’t care to participate.
    Though their commenting system is highly-touted for its scoring and filtering features, what I thought was a good idea was that you could join and comment but if you were a paying member it would show up in every comment header.

    I can see value if for instance a commenter who paid a donation to iSteve was allowed a custom avatar but non-paying commenter gets a generic avatar.

    A podcast would be a great premium for donating members. I pay for Derbs’ podcast and really like that non-studio, in-the-bunker sound which highlights the despair so many issues of the day brings. The commercial site that handles the DerbRadio podcast transaction is not very attractive but it works.

    Another podcast: The No Agenda Show has an interesting, self-described “value for value” model which is somewhat elaborate where if you donate to the show you are listed as a producer. Larger donations score an executive producer title for that show. Donations are cumulative and if you send more than a thousand dollars you are then “Knighted”.

    We should fund the things we like or sadly they tend to go away.

  118. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    (I guess I really am conservative.)

    Add what you like, Steve, but try not to interfere with what’s working. Your work is brilliant, varied, and prolific. You are attracting an impressive crowd.

    The level of discourse here is remarkably grown up for a place with no barriers to entry.

    Judging from the comments, many here are situated about three standard deviations above the mean. (If you are using some selection bias when you moderate, then good. Somehow, though, I don’t think you have to.)

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