I don’t use DISQUS as the commenting engine here. One reason is that I don’t trust them not to do tracking of visitors from site to site. Another reason, (and I did try them out myself), is that there are legions of progressive trolls roaming around out there and DISQUS makes it far to easy to pursue and harass the people you disagree with wherever they go on the internet. With DISQUS you can not only bring up a window on any commenter to read what they have been saying, but click through to each site they visit and harass them. Unfortunately, many sites I’ve been going to have installed DISQUS; such as Coyote Blog and even the Boston Herald.
I’ve made commenting here as safe and easy as possible, you can be anonymous or use a web identity. I only hold your first comment for moderation and after that is approved, (so I know that you are a real person), any future comments are passed through. As any site must, I keep an eye on what is posted and if it is objectionable I would delete it. That has only happened once. (no calling the USS Enterprise a garbage scow)
A lot of the linked articles go back to sites where there is either no comments or require a lot of information to get clearance to post, such as requiring you set up an account with them. As I like to say; This is Liberty Hall, feel free to spit on the mat and call the cat a bastard.
The reason I started this blog was that after the passing of my wife, which was six months after my forced retirement. I needed something to do and it gave me a place to publish my kayaking photos. Not to many of those since last summer, spinal cyst, three shots in the spine and improvement is slow. I hoped to get some back and forth going with commenters, find some online friends. But it seems towards that goal I’ve failed. My most popular post, (per views), is on Lyme disease and the apparent reason for it’s popularity is the wet T-shirt picture of Jenny McCarthy I added as a derisive statement about her anti-vaccine stance. Over five thousand hits and not one comment. Almost 1,100 posts and (after subtracting my replies, pingbacks and co-editor Doug) barely one hundred comments.
The country is in a dangerous time, the Republic is in grave danger and I’ve tried to use this blog to illuminate the hidden stories that the main stream press and media refuse to cover. The lack of feedback indicates that I’m not being heard. So I’m seriously wondering if I should drop this and concentrate on finding a date for Saturday night.