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We need a moderator, please help!

Dear friends, Our moderator Michael has recently left us. We need someone to help us cover his hours. M-F (5days) 3:00pm-6:00pm (GMT) ( 11am – 2:00pm eastern NY time daylight savings) If you can help (either all or part of these times) , please contact me at either vineyard.mod_hs@unseen.is   or     saker-webmaster@yandex.com and I can fill you on all the details! Thanks a lot, Herb Swanson (webmaster)  

The Vineyard BookShelf … “bookshelf_survey” Search tool now available

by Herb Swanson (webmaster) Vineyard BookShelf Project In February, I proposed to Saker the creation of a ‘Vineyard Bookshelf’. Many great books are noted and linked in the comments. However these references/links are buried as new posts and issues appear. It is anticipated the ‘Vineyard Bookshelf’ will provide greater visibility of books suggested by our readers. Only bookshelf_survey part is being released today. It consists of two parts: 1.  A

New Feature: Current Links found in Comments

Many of our commentators post links to videos, documents and informative sites. The last 3 days of links (posted within the comments) have been consolidated on one web page that can be accessed in two ways: 1. Enter this web page http://thesaker.is/links 2. Visit the ‘Cafe‘ and click on the ‘Links’ image on the right side of the page           Regards Herb (webmaster)

Summary of Saker’s ‘search news feeds’ feature

Almost a year ago I added an additional ‘news’ page on our website. The ‘search news feeds’ feature on this page has been only used by the most adventuresome of our readers, as it was never announced and only found by exploration. This page is accessed by the ‘NON MSM NEWS’ button on the home page. On this page is an RSS feature that allows readers to review the news

Reader Selected News Items added to the Cafe Sidebar

Our ‘News RSS’ page allows our commentators to search, read, and add selected news links. At this time we have two volunteers, Franz and Windspotter who spend part of each day locating interesting and relevant news stories and then providing the links in the ‘News RSS’. The 10 latest news items are now being display in the sidebar of the ‘Cafe’. The news link feature is available to all to

Two additional Moderators are needed

We recently lost two of our moderators. Pamela flew off to Vladivostok to learn Russian and maybe stay for a few years. Karin left in early January to tend to her personal affairs. We now are in need of coverage from 11pm GMT to 4am GMT. We also could use a part time moderator to cover occasional holes in our coverage. The key requirement for a moderator is the ability

Trolls 101 —- How To Identify Trolls And Forum Spies

The following comment was selected by mod-kl from this post. Mod-kl found this dissertation on the various troll techniques to be quite well written and very education. We think other members of the saker community would also enjoy it. by Anonymous How To Identify Trolls And Forum Spies (Cryptome) Cointelpro Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum. There are several techniques for the control and manipulation of

Comment software has been rolled back to old version

Tonight we experienced 5 hours outage when no one was able to enter comments. Even the mods were locked out of the system. This is the second time we have experienced this problem, the other time was for a much shorter time period. Then about 9am GMT everything started working again. Have not yet identified the problem, but the only change that has been made recently is the ‘new comment’

New Features: Up/Down Voting has been Removed

Saker has decided that up/down voting will be removed. The ‘read more’ will be retained. Thank you all for your feed back. Saker has asked me to place this in the ‘blog, announcements’ for enhanced visability. My apologizes if you have already reviewed this information. I also have added the current reactions to the changes. Please provide your reactions … if changes are not wanted they will be removed. The

USA…and Russia from a 12 year old’s perspective circa 1959

The following comment was selected by mod-fk from this post. His recommendation stated: “I found it disarmingly simple and heartfelt! In 1959, my generation was about eight on average. We already understood things well beyond our years without being able to express or change them. This post by Teranam13 has the common touch. I think we can all understand the cry from the heart which it puts so well. Perhaps

The Empire and the Battle for the Human Soul

The moderators have noticed a dramatic increase in the spiritual posting in the cafe and the mods thought that this one was quite good and very representative. It was taken from our current Cafe of Oct 14 2016. comment by Aivazovsky The current conflicts in Syria and the Ukraine are the most recent and most visible components of a deeper struggle for the future of the human soul – a process

MH17 Report Taken Apart by Saker Reader

This comment was chosen by Mod KL from the post  “Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/09/30”. Mod KL found the comment to be a good summation regarding Ukraine and flight MH 17, it was of a reasonable length, and contained detailed information. Comment by Terry “All that can be said is that the question of who shot down MH17 remains unresolved, primarily due to blatant interference in the investigation by the NATO powers.”That

The Debate … Winning by Losing

The presidential debate has generated a lot of comments here on thesaker.is. The moderators have read many different views. The moderators all found this comment by  TooLegit2Quit well worth reading, it one of the many responses to Saker’s Debate rant. It is being published in Commenters Corner for wider readership. Comment by TooLegit2Quit I have somewhat of a different take. While I generally agree with both Saker and Pepe, that Trump

Moves and Counter Moves

This comment was chosen by Mod-FK from the post “Why the recent developments in Syria show that the Obama Administration is in a state of confused agony” Mod-FK had this to say about the comment ” A very good summary of a complex and still fluid situation. The complexity of the warring departments of the USA is not easy to comb out. As Tolstoy said: “All happy families are alike.

Leary Howl

This comment was chosen by Mod DG from the post  “Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/09/16”. Dennis Leary, one of our contributing poets in the ‘Cafe’ wrote this short comment reflecting his emotional reaction to the events of the day. Mod-DG found it enchanting, heartfelt and worthy of wider publication. Comment by Dennis Leary I’m feeling the love again this morning with the rising of the sun after a full moon night.

Andrew Korybko analysis of Turkish coup attempt

Andrew Korybko left a link to his latest Turkish analysis in our comments section. I have copied the article in full here. I communicated with Saker and it was decided that the article should be published under commenter’s corner for greater reader exposure. Original link http://katehon.com/article/post-coup-turkey-will-be-distinctly-eurasian  saker-webmaster   by Andrew Korybko The aftermath of the failed US-directed and Gulen-inspired coup attempt is already making itself clear, with Prime Minister Yildirim stating

Remembrance of Things Past

This comment was chosen by Mod HS from the post “Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/05/10 … Open Thread”. The moderator found this comment created impressionist images of childhood. Where the future and world is yet to unfold; parents, grandparents and old pets still live and everyday is an endless adventure. By ioan   thanks BroAnon for the link – as usual – there are a lot of videos regarding this subject,

Chaos….Success!

This comment, in response to the post ‘The Daesh Chronicles:…”, was selected by mod-hs. He felt that it provided an alternative view of the current world situation, a view that sees everything going quite well for the US and NATO, with all goals being met. Quite cynical and thought provoking. by FromSerbia The author writes: “It was as if they did not learn from Afghanistan…Iraq…Libya” My question is – learn

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