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As you know, TE's comments section is experiencing some difficulties.
The trick of adding /comments to the url (Zoltan's idea)of any given article is working for now, but it is prudent to establish an independent backup channel to exchange such tips or other ideas.
Some of us have exchanged e-mails, but it is only natural that privacy concerns would make others shy away at the idea.
To overcome that difficulty I have just opened a PUBLIC E-MAIL, i.e., a normal gmail only that I will presently give away the password so that anyone can use it by mailing to ourselves any tip or idea regarding this unusual situation with the comments section.
The e-mail is: email@example.com
Note: following Podesta's example, the password is Password, with a capital "P" because even the google program thought "password" with a small p was an insecure password to the point that it didn't accept it.
just to say something
Sex: rather not say
cheap jokes allowed
Feel free to access it and leave any ideas should the present difficulties persist.
Due to Gmail intransigence the password had to be changed to "PassWord" capital P and W. This happened when we tried to resolve an issue where I could not access the account and Gmail ran us thru the protocol and made me change the password. All else is left untouched.
Pls email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have trouble logging in.
Yup the trick still works for new articles.
At this point I'd really like to know what the hell is going on..
For those who don't know the trick is to add "/comments" to the URL of the article.
At present this trick has been deliberately disabled under older articles but it worked with this new one.
I don't actually remember it because I was nine when communism ended in Hungary but of course my high school history and literature teachers did vividly how things were in the last year's of that regime.
It wasn't exactly that you couldn't speak, it was just difficult to do so meaningfully and you often got shouted down by true believers.
It wasn't that there were no news, but you had to read between the lines, spot reality and truth by the shape their absence left on the pages.
I see that happening in the world today. And this might just be a mistake at TE, but there are other worrying signs. Google is demonetizing libertarian and hard left critical content - pushing them to page 6 on the results page, changing the YouTube algorithm so they don't show up among the recommended videos. At the same time they are promoting the "approved" outlets.
Previously quite reasonable newspapers refuse to offer platforms to those who are too critical of the narrative, and journalists who seemed quite sensible only a few years ago are beginning to spew utter nonsense.
And the really scary thing is that when this state of affairs set in in communist Hungary in the 70s and 80s - it was an improvement. Now we are on a downward trend.
And some of us have started sharing emails to keep in touch if worst comes to worst.
So here's mine: email@example.com
Also there is the firstname.lastname@example.org address where you can write (courtesy of jvictor)
The password is : "PassWord" capital P&W