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Appeal for assistance – information sources from Russia and the Ukraine needed!

This morning a number of links to Russian news channels are not working.  Some URLs simply do not resolve.  Though this might be a local problem or a technical glitch, I think that as events heat up in the eastern Ukraine such technical glitches might happen more often.  Thus I would ask you all – especially those of you who live in Russia or who understand Russian – to share

Personal announcement: Should something bad happen

After the weird service interruption today, I have decided to take some precautionary emergency measures.  Should something really bad suddenly happen to this blog, for whatever reasons, I will continue blogging at the following address: (please write this down somewhere)also,I cannot imagine having both my blog and my email address shot at the same time but, just in case, I have this backup email address (please write this down

Personal announcement: warning – this blog is being phished!

A reader just send me this warning: VS, do you realize that a phishing site is closely imitating your blog’s address? I inadvertently typed in (no “s”) rather than and up popped a Christian Zionist website talking about the apocalypse. Do you think that the similarity is intentional??? At first I thought your website was hacked. Then I discovered my mistake. Quick check – he is correct. Some

Personal announcement: okay – I am fed up, Nazi and other trolls are banned

Dear friends, I am really sorry to have to announce that I fed up with the torrent of ignorant, stupid and racist comments this blog is getting.  I honestly tried to do my best not to have to censor these guys, but that only seemed to have exited them further.  I simply don’t have enough time to spend one single more minute dealing with this issue.  I am not a

Personal announcement: dealing with Nazis and other racist trolls

With the recent sharp rise of readers of this blog (well over 1’000’000 visits in total and 10’000+ visitors per day) a equally sharp rise of Nazi and other racist troll clearly happened.  My policy in the past has been to either crush their sophomoric and ignorant views by posting rebuttals, but now I simply do not have the time to play Kindergarten cop with these obsessive-compulsive Jew haters.  And

Personal announcement: update on donations

Dear friends,A week has passed since I have placed a donation button on this blog and I feel that I ought to give you a short update on the donations received.   A total of 65 people from 7 countries have made donations ranging from 2 dollars to 100 dollars.  2 people have chosen to make a “recurrent payment”.  All this refers to donations made through PayPal.  Only three people chose

Personal announcement: PayPal is a pain in the rear…

Sorry to interrupt the flow of news with my personal headaches, but I just found out that PayPal had blocked donations because they wanted more information about me.  I just got off the phone with them and they assured me that the account is now fully restored.  Why they could not contact me *before* blocking donations they could not explain in any other way than “we are so sorry” (sigh,

Okay! Okay! I yield :-)

Dear friends,You guys are amazing, that is all I can say…. It is 0915 and already 53 replies telling me to go ahead.  Okay, I yield.  I will set up a contributions/donations system.  All I can say is that I am immensely touched and immensely grateful.One small comment and then we will go back to the more important issues: some have suggested that I put ads on the blog.  Guys,

Short follow up on the recent personal announcement

Dear friends,I just wanted to let you know that I have been reading your replies to my personal announcement with amazement and a deepest sense of gratitude.  I shall post a substantive reply to what you have written as soon as I find a minute to do so, but right now the situation in the Ukraine is far more important, so that is why I will focus on in priority. 

Important personal announcement about this blog

Dear friends, I have decided to take a short break for the torrent of news about the Ukraine to share with you an important development in the life of this blog: two days ago, last Thursday, the number of daily visitors to this blog has passed 10’000 to peak at an amazing 11’538 visitors!  Now, some of them are webcrawlers, search engines, double visitors and my own, but the 10’000

Personal announcement – I will try to take a few days off

Dear friends,I am frankly exhausted by the last few days in which I have used all my (so-called) “free time” to parse through the immense stream of often contradictory information coming out of the Ukraine while trying to make sense of it all.  I really would need a few days to take care of personal and family issues which I have neglected.  So for the next couple of days, and