This morning I saw a recent story at Amren about the ongoing racist Israeli immigration scandal:
So, naturally, I jumped in to correct the callow swimmers in Amren’s kiddie-pool. I was interested to see how many (if any) of my comments the moderator would delete, so when I was done I saved the page. When I returned a few hours later I was surprised to find that he’d nuked the entire conversation and closed the page to comments. I say “surprised” because based on our previous discussion of Amren’s censorship policies, he’d given me the impression that it was uncivil behavior, and not civil discussion, that caused him to nuke previous threads on these topics. Well, it’s now clear to me that he just doesn’t want people expressing opinions outside certain boundaries, and it’s about ideas, not whether they’re expressed in a civil fashion.
Well, on to the point of this post: Disqus really is the perfect medium for censors like Amren’s mod. Get this: when I opened the HTML file I’d saved on my computer in Firefox, the page started loading, the comments appeared, and then they disappeared! You cannot make this shit up. My browser talked to Disqus for a few seconds, and then bam, comments nuked – on the local copy on my computer! Just…can’t…make…this…shit…up. I reloaded the page and the comments didn’t appear at all.
So I opened the file in Notepad++ and scrolled down through the contents, and sure enough, the comments were all there, but I couldn’t get Firefox to show them. I tried setting Firefox to work offline and then reloaded the page, no dice. Then I did a search/replace in Notepad++, substituting “FUCKdisqust” for “disqus” and saved it to disk. That did the trick, preventing Firefox from talking to MiniTru as it loaded the page, and the comments showed up (you have to save the new HTML file in the same place as the original if you want it to look right when it loads, otherwise you get “naked” HTML). Protip: you can ditch all the files in the subfolder Firefox creates except the CSS files and it’ll load fine.
If you want to see what the Amren moderator considers an uncivil flame war deserving of deletion, see here:
Keep in mind that the discussion was apparently fine with the moderator until I got there this morning. And since the discussion was there for 10 days with no problem, I think we can safely conclude that he deleted the thread because of me; in all likelihood, there were only a couple of replies to my additions, if any, because I did my thing around 8 this morning and by 11 or so the comments were gone.
Message to the Amren censor: get used to this. I’m going to continue to contribute my views on Jews and Israel in a civil manner, just as I did in that thread. I’d rather have you nuke every single thread touching on Jews or Israel than have you direct the conversation on these subjects to suit your agenda. The rest of us will manage the conversation, instead. I’m also going to continue to pants you by posting the conversations online.