I've been mostly preoccupied with various things, but here are a couple of recent podcasts I had done in the wake of the election that I should have highlighted much earlier. First, here's a very long two and a half hour discussion I had in November with Danish Nationalist Fróði Midjord on his Guide to... Read More
As some of you may remember, late last year I briefly considered running ads on this website, but soon decided against it because the ads seemed too trashy or boring, and therefore distracted and annoyed me. I assume that many regular readers of our webzine had much the same reaction. I've never been fervently opposed... Read More
A couple of weeks ago Rurik, one of our most frequent longtime commenters, suggested that we add a "Breaking News" section, providing newslinks to external articles along the general lines of the influential Drudge Report: I’d like to take this opportunity to make a suggestion. I used to visit Drudge from time to time, just... Read More
Several years ago during the height of the Edward Snowden/NSA spying scandal, Glenn Greenwald was sometimes described as the world's most famous journalist. I think that characterization was probably correct, at least if we exclude Julian Assange from consideration. The American government has emphatically denied that Assange was ever a journalist, now working to prosecute... Read More
A New Dedicated Open Thread.
For many years I had predicted to my friends that the increasingly bizarre and incompetent behavior of America's ruling elites might soon result in a major "negative discontinuity" for our unfortunate country, the sort of massive event that future authors would use to divide one section of a thick history textbook from the next. I... Read More
For forty years I carefully read the New York Times in hard copy each and every morning, eager to discover what had transpired since the previous day. But just in the last few months, my commitment has begun to flag, and my eyes often only lightly glance at half or more of the articles and... Read More
Back in early May Google took the remarkable step of deranking our entire website, placing our many thousands of content pages near the absolute bottom of its search results, where almost no one would ever see them. If a user included the keyword "unz" in a search string, our pages would still come up, but... Read More
A New Dedicated Open Thread.
Early yesterday morning I received a worried note from one of our regular columnists saying our website no longer came up in any Google search results. Google and Facebook are the top gatekeepers to the global Internet, and in early May they had both purged us, with Facebook blocking our content and Google de-ranking all... Read More
Our website traffic easily broke all records for the month of June, and these high levels have now continued into July, suggesting that the huge rise produced by the initial wave of Black Lives Matters protests may be more than temporary. It appears that many new readers first discovered our alternative webzine at that point,... Read More
According to the old saying, it's only an ill wind that blows no good. Whether true or not, America society has certainly been buffeted from some extremely ill winds of late. Our nation is still facing its worst disease epidemic in over 100 years together with the highest unemployment since the Great Depression. Efforts to... Read More
The American Deep State Strikes Back
After several months of record-breaking traffic our alternative media webzine suffered a sharp blow when it was suddenly purged by Facebook at the end of April. Not only was our rudimentary Facebook page eliminated, but all subsequent attempts by readers to post our articles to the world's largest social network produced an error message describing... Read More
Just over a month ago I was riding high and celebrating the steady upward progress of our alternative media webzine. I proudly noted that our traffic had now far surpassed that of the venerable New Republic, a century old publication that had spent decades as America's most influential opinion magazine. But pride goeth before the... Read More
My morning newspapers had recently mentioned Facebook's plans to crack down on misinformation related to our ongoing Covid-19 epidemic, and probably like most other readers I just nodded my head. After all, many Americans might die if cranks or pranksters began promoting highly dubious cures to the deadly disease, perhaps even suggesting that people should... Read More
Also, Longtime Conservative Writer Michelle Malkin Adds Her Archives
It's an ill wind that blows no good. Although the early months of 2020 have been a horrible time for the world, starting with the American assassination of Iran's top military leader and soon afterward marked by the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak, our small website has gained a great deal of additional readership from these events,... Read More
A New Dedicated Open Thread.
A little over a week ago, I published an Announcement describing that a small fraction of our heaviest commenters would be receiving recognition for their excellent work by having their superior status so indicated. After the bit of experimentation and feedback, I've settled upon a gold star next to their names, and this may further... Read More
Earlier this month I noted that the volume of comments on our website had become enormous, frequently exceeding 4 million words per month, a figure probably considerably larger than that of websites whose traffic completely dwarfs our own. What began as a simple webzine has now evolved into something closer to a wide-ranging discussion forum.... Read More
Over the last couple of years, I think this website has evolved into a successful opinion webzine and discussion forum, with our traffic now eclipsing the overwhelming majority of other alternative media publications. For example, we apparently now get several times the traffic of Takimag on the Right or Counterpunch on the Left. Our very... Read More
As some of you are probably aware, the rising readership of our webzine led Google's advertising representatives to contact us a month or two ago, suggesting that we begin running their ads to monetize our traffic. I'd always been very reluctant to run advertising in the past, regarding it as too intrusive and also a... Read More
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... Read More
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Our website traffic has been growing very nicely over the last few months, both in absolute and relative terms. We have also expanded our coverage a bit, publishing the articles and archives of eminent Russia scholar Prof. Stephen Cohen of The Nation and outstanding investigative journalist Whitney Webb of MintPress News. In addition, I recently... Read More