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  1. Mike Hite
    Mike Hite
    July 15, 2016, 1:41 pm

    Article on todays The Atlantic’s website where Jeffery Goldberg tries to promote Israel as a champion of Sharia. Goldberg never opens up the comments section of his articles. He is afraid that his opinion of Israel will be dismantled.
    =====================================================
    Sharia Does Not Mean What Newt Gingrich Thinks It Means
    One country that officially endorses the Muslim legal system is one of the politician’s favorites—Israel.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/07/gingrich-nice-sharia/491471/

  2. lonely rico
    lonely rico
    July 15, 2016, 9:28 pm

    I will support Mondoweiss to help strengthen the forces of good against the ferocious attacks of such as the hophmi, jon s, and others of the same (evil) ilk.
    Joking aside, the Palestinian tragedy will only end when Americans (Canadians, Brits etc,) call their pols to order, force them to stand on the side of justice for all people in the Middle East. I believe MW is a crucial part of this process, pray for an end of the suffering of the Palestinians.

  3. eljay
    eljay
    July 15, 2016, 9:33 pm

    Donation made.

    • Generalist
      Generalist
      July 18, 2016, 9:27 pm

      Thanks, eljay!

      • eljay
        eljay
        July 18, 2016, 9:29 pm

        You’re very welcome. Thank you and everyone at MW for all the excellent work you do! :-)

  4. DaBakr
    DaBakr
    July 15, 2016, 9:56 pm

    MW prints only a version of the truth. Claiming anything else is like any other religious movement. The primary commenters here are mostly a crowd of mediocre minded true believers anyway following their belief in the pied piper of anti-Israeli Zionist hating ‘truth-speak’. Real zionists are nowhere close to being as closed minded as MW. But then how much could one expect from an evil zio-nazi supremacist.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 15, 2016, 11:37 pm

      “Claiming anything else is like any other religious movement.”

      Mondo has never claimed its readers are entitled to take women prisoner, or get free land.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      July 16, 2016, 12:16 am

      @usualbs

      Sure they aren’t as close minded. They’re open to a variety of ways to steal land, resources and kill kids. Especially those stone throwing ones! A bullet in the head or back for those miscreants. It’s the zionist way
      Who cares if rape is moral as long as we get to sport kill palestinians.

    • talknic
      talknic
      July 16, 2016, 12:22 am

      @ DaBakr the more you try to justify the ongoing illegal colonization and treatment of the Palestinians the more you show yourself to be a failure and worthy of contempt.

      The truth doesn’t have versions. Something is either true or it is not and; unlike the Hasbara the truth needs no justification.

      For example it is a blatant lie that Israel didn’t proclaim any borders. It clearly did and Israel was clearly recognized by those borders and no others since. http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf

      While a lie is not retracted, the lie and liar remain. Why on earth should anyone believe a word a liar says. Israel is a liar. Each time you support it, you drag yourself further into the sh*te

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        July 16, 2016, 10:18 pm

        @tk

        the “truth doesn’t have versions” you say? much better minds then I possess would argue otherwise. perhaps even you leader-PW might have an inkling about the supposed truth. but then he may be a mediocre minded true believing tool himself.

        p.s. while I don’t deny I am a zionist i did not “try” to justify anything. your a little paranoid.

        “each time” ? sorry to tell you I do not think in the same way. there is never a time i do not support the Nation State of Israel

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        July 17, 2016, 12:17 am

        “the “truth doesn’t have versions” you say? much better minds then I possess would argue otherwise.”

        And still better minds argue that they are wrong.

      • talknic
        talknic
        July 18, 2016, 5:03 am

        @ DaBakr July 16, 2016, 10:18 pm

        “the “truth doesn’t have versions” you say? much better minds then I possess would argue otherwise. “

        Example/s .. thx

        BTW I gave an example, care to contest it?

        “perhaps even you leader-PW might have an inkling about the supposed truth. but then he may be a mediocre minded true believing tool himself.”

        = typical meaningless Ziodrivel

        “p.s. while I don’t deny I am a zionist i did not “try” to justify anything. your a little paranoid.”

        Attempting to justify the ongoing illegal colonization of Palestine by Israel is almost your entire purpose for being here

        “there is never a time i do not support the Nation State of Israel”

        ‘nuf said.

        Why is it supporters of the Zionist colonization project so often contradict themselves

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        July 20, 2016, 1:36 pm

        @tK

        As per the truth having versions I could point to one of the seminal films of the 20th century, Rashoman but perhaps you missed out on that. I could point out the three major Judaic religions : jewish, christian and muslim all claim to preach the truth in some capacity or another. So much so that there have been countless wars waged and millions of bodies scattered for a version of the truth either side thought they possessed
        . But since you seem to be clueless and obtuse I’ll simply point to yourself. You think you possess the truth and that you can prove it as if that means anything. I can’t help it if your mind is designed like a steel trap, letting in all the ‘truth’ you can swallow but giving up nothing as you become clogged from your bile and lose the ability to engage and substitute ‘proof,’ as a determinant of something not provable. I am truly sorry for your limitation.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 20, 2016, 2:18 pm

        “As per the truth having versions I could point to one of the seminal films of the 20th century, Rashoman”

        Oh, you bet, DaBakr seminal.
        Why a Kurosawa film is a Zionist’s wet-dream, I don’t know, maybe the plot tracks with “Exodus”, who knows.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 20, 2016, 2:26 pm

        “I can’t help it if your mind is designed like a steel trap, letting in all the ‘truth’ you can swallow but giving up nothing as you become clogged from your bile and lose the ability to engage and substitute ‘proof,’ as a determinant of something not provable. I am truly sorry for your limitation.”

        “DaBakr” this is the kind of eloquence and truth-telling which makes Mondo Moderators reach for their “delete” buttons! You MUST, for the world’s sake, if not our’s, start your own blog!

        (Shorter “Dabakr”: ‘What’s wrong with this guy? He can’t even lie to himself! What a “limitation” ‘)

      • talknic
        talknic
        July 20, 2016, 4:56 pm

        @ DaBakr July 20, 2016, 1:36 pm

        “As per the truth having versions I could point to one of the seminal films of the 20th century, Rashoman …”

        Proves nothing. A truth is singular. Opinions are many. They don’t change a truth

        ” I could point out the three major Judaic religions : jewish, christian and muslim all claim to preach the truth in some capacity or another”

        Proves no more than the fact that they have different opinions. Fact is God didn’t prevent the Holocaust or any other disaster, natural or man made, to strike the opinion holders or anyone else. The truth is, the three major Judaic religions are a minuscule blip and newbies compared to say the 45,000 years of Australian aboriginal culture documented and exhibited in their rock paintings, carvings and burials

        “But since you seem to be clueless and obtuse I’ll simply point to yourself … blah blah …”

        = meaningless Ziodrivel

        It is proveable that Israel proclaimed its borders in order to be recognized and accepted into the International Comity of Nations and into the UN. It’s a truth that undermines the lies Israel and its apologists engage in when they try to justify the ongoing illegal colonization of non-Israeli territories

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        July 20, 2016, 9:05 pm

        “As per the truth having versions I could point to …Rashoman …:jewish, christian and muslim all claim to preach the truth in some capacity or another. So much so that there have been countless wars waged and millions of bodies scattered for a version of the truth either side thought they possessed”

        You are confusing “truth” with “what people believe and/or say is the truth”.

        Rashom o n (羅生門)

    • JWalters
      JWalters
      July 16, 2016, 4:17 am

      DaBakr, by any chance do you believe the Jewish people are entitled to take over the land of Israel/Palestine because God promised it to the Jewish people in the Torah? I’m sincerely interested.

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        July 16, 2016, 10:34 pm

        jw

        i believe that the history of the land and its connection to the bible-a fairly important book- as far as western , asian , north african and middle eastern history has unfolded-has much to do with why the jewish nation, israel, is sovereign here on the particular land it is currently sovereign on(until direct negotiations determine any land swaps) but no more then the fact that jews have been living on and in the land of Israel (palestine, judea, samaria, galilee ) continuously since well before the arab/muslim conquest and colonialization of the levant in the 6- 700’s a.d.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        July 17, 2016, 12:25 am

        “the fact that jews have been living on and in the land of Israel … continuously since well before the arab/muslim conquest and colonialization of the levant in the 6- 700’s a.d.)

        And that is a good basis for claiming that those particular Jews, and those of their descendants who remained in the land, have a right to live there.

        But it gives no rights to other Jews.

        (Psssst! “Then” is not the same as “than”.)

      • talknic
        talknic
        July 20, 2016, 5:02 pm

        @ DaBakr July 16, 2016, 10:34 pm

        “i believe that the history of the land and its connection to the bible-a fairly important book- as far as western , asian , north african and middle eastern history has unfolded-has much to do with why the jewish nation, israel, is sovereign here on the particular land it is currently sovereign on(until direct negotiations determine any land swaps) “

        Israeli sovereignty doesn’t extend to Occupied Territories

        “but no more then the fact that jews have been living on and in the land of Israel (palestine, judea, samaria, galilee ) continuously since well before the arab/muslim conquest and colonialization of the levant in the 6- 700’s a.d.”

        Irrelevant to the legal status of Israel’s recognized borders and its illegal activities in non-Israeli territories since proclaiming its borders in order to be recognized and subsequently accepted into the UN

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      July 16, 2016, 7:29 am

      “But then how much could one expect from an evil zio-nazi supremacist”.

      How about a donation and no more posts from you?

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        July 16, 2016, 10:42 pm

        @mrn

        so you like to play in your own sandbox. enough with that whole “war of ideas” crap that PW and AH puts beside the nameplate? we that disagree should just go. got it. it would make it such a pleasant place here. so calm and copacetic. like taking a few xanax. and believe me, its not like i have not considered it. ;)

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        July 17, 2016, 12:03 am

        ‘so calm and copacetic’.

        Hey, as long as you feeling you’re doing your best to wage a ‘war of ideas’, don’t give up on my account. You and your fellow hasbarats continue to do your worst. Just make your donation then.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 17, 2016, 12:32 am

        Pssst, “DaBakr”, come over here. You’re doing it again. Standing in a corner, looking daggers at everyone, and muttering away 13-to-the-dozen, with your hands working in your pants-pockets.

        Not an attractive look, know what I mean?

    • Pretext
      Pretext
      July 16, 2016, 11:55 am

      “Real zionists are nowhere close to being as closed minded as MW.”

      Would these be the ‘real Zionists’ who say that there is no such thing as Palestine or the ones who say that Palestinians are a ‘made-up’ people?

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        July 20, 2016, 1:40 pm

        @pre

        You mean like, one or the other…..?

  5. eljay
    eljay
    July 15, 2016, 10:27 pm

    || aa: … Real zionists are nowhere close to being as closed minded as MW. … ||

    Did you write that “zinger” all by yourself? It’s a good one. :-)

  6. JWalters
    JWalters
    July 16, 2016, 4:12 am

    “The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this.” – John Stuart Mill

    Blacking out facts is intentionally depriving voters of understanding. It is fundamentally incompatible with democracy. It flourishes because it is used to create vast profits, from deceitfully putting vast numbers of people into needless suffering.

    • Generalist
      Generalist
      July 18, 2016, 9:29 pm

      Thank you for this wisdom, JWalters–both the Mill quotation and your follow-up.

  7. ckg
    ckg
    July 16, 2016, 10:54 am

    Count me in.

  8. MaxNarr
    MaxNarr
    July 16, 2016, 2:41 pm

    Count me out. Antisemitism doesn’t pay.

    • amigo
      amigo
      July 16, 2016, 4:26 pm

      “Count me out. ” maxnurd.

      Maz nurd has no morals whatsoever .He refuses to fund the site that allows him to spout zionist nonsense such as constantly claiming art 80 is the legal basis the so called “greater Israel”.

      Btw , max , we are still awaiting your response to the total dismantling of your Art 80 claim.Another hit and run from the site scrooge.Don,t worry max , the rest of us will make sure the site is always here for you to make a fool of yourself.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 16, 2016, 6:41 pm

        “the rest of us will make sure the site is always here for you to make a fool of yourself.”

        I’m convinced “MaxNarr” is a brilliant performance, a parody-Zionist (like “Steve Grover”, my sock-puppet, but “Max” is ten times better, almost perfect. He follows every protocol) conceived and executed by a person with a concentrated fury against Zionism and Judaism.

      • MaxNarr
        MaxNarr
        July 16, 2016, 8:41 pm

        hi Amigo,

        You are talking about the United Nations Charter, Article 80 correct? This is a valid instrument under international law. Basically international laws come from agreements and treatise which the UN Charter is.

        -Maxnarr

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 17, 2016, 12:24 am

        “You are talking about the United Nations Charter, Article 80 correct? This is a valid instrument under international law.”

        It sure is!
        It’s known as “The World’s Tiniest Violin”.
        (But it’s screechy, and out of tune. Nobody has gotten a melody from it. But for “MaxNarr” it plays Hatikvah” and a medley from “Milk and Honey”.)

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        July 23, 2016, 6:38 am

        MaxNarr: “You are talking about the United Nations Charter, Article 80 correct? This is a valid instrument under international law. Basically international laws come from agreements and treatise which the UN Charter is.”

        Like amigo said: we are still awaiting your response to the total dismantling of your Art 80 claim.

    • eljay
      eljay
      July 16, 2016, 4:36 pm

      || MaxNarr: Count me out. … ||

      Okay, you’re counted out.

      || … Antisemitism doesn’t pay. ||

      And yet you Zio-supremacists continue anti-Semitically to conflate Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel.

      Why do Zio-supremacists hate Jews so much?!

      • MaxNarr
        MaxNarr
        July 17, 2016, 2:14 pm

        elJay, I would say you are more of a “PLO-supremecist” than I am a Zio-supremecist

      • eljay
        eljay
        July 17, 2016, 4:25 pm

        || MaxNarr: elJay, I would say you are more of a “PLO-supremecist” than I am a Zio-supremecist ||

        Of course you would say that, but only because you don’t know what you’re talking about.

        You advocate Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine. Therefore, you are a Zio-supremacist.

        I do not advocate PLO supremacism in/and a supremacist “PLO State” in as much as possible of Palestine. Therefore, I am not a PLO-supremacist.

        Now, I do advocate the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality. Are you suggesting that the PLO also advocates the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality? If so, please provide evidence to support your assertion. Thanks.

      • MaxNarr
        MaxNarr
        July 17, 2016, 6:57 pm

        Hi eljay I would like to respond but the regime on this hate-site has more censorship than the dictator Assad, suffice to say I think the roles are reversed and it is you that is the supremecist hell-bent on ethnic cleansing of Jews

      • eljay
        eljay
        July 17, 2016, 9:43 pm

        || MaxNarr: Hi eljay I would like to respond but the regime on this hate-site has more censorship than the dictator Assad, suffice to say I think the roles are reversed and it is you that is the supremecist hell-bent on ethnic cleansing of Jews ||

        Hi, MaxNarr. Thanks for taking the time to confirm that you are completely out to lunch. Don’t forget to provide proof of your assertion that the PLO advocates the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality. Thanks! :-)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 17, 2016, 9:55 pm

        ” I would like to respond but the regime on this hate-site has more censorship than the dictator Assad,”

        Another words, you got nothing, and you didn’t even try.

        There’s been no “censorship”, you haven’t posted anything.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        July 18, 2016, 3:03 am

        “it is you that is the supremecist hell-bent on ethnic cleansing of Jews ”

        This is actually the real reason that the comments archive has been withdrawn. Phil and Adam were embarrassed by the plethora of comments from eljay in which he calls, in the most blood-curdling terms, for every last Jew to be driven from the Holy Land. We all remember those comments.

        Unless they were embarrassed by something much worse: the large number of comments with misused commas.

      • eljay
        eljay
        July 18, 2016, 9:44 am

        || RoHa: … the plethora of comments from eljay in which he calls, in the most blood-curdling terms, for every last Jew to be driven from the Holy Land. … ||

        To Zio-supremacist ears, calls for justice, accountability and equality are anti-Semitic. (To hophmi’s ultra-sensitive ears, almost everything is anti-Semitic.)

        || … This is actually the real reason that the comments archive has been withdrawn. … Unless they were embarrassed by something much worse: the large number of comments with misused commas. ||

        thats something i, could never be accused of doing    :-P

      • gamal
        gamal
        July 18, 2016, 9:52 am

        “the large number of comments with misused commas.”

        I conquered those comma’s, fair and squire, and can do what I like with them, ask a Rabbi.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 18, 2016, 12:28 pm

        “Unless they were embarrassed by something much worse: the large number of comments with misused commas.”

        And an idiot who misspells “forgoes” with an extra “e”. Which is due, without a scintilla of doubt, to the deleterious influence of a “pretentious Anglophile orthography”.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      July 16, 2016, 5:58 pm

      “Count me out. Antisemitism doesn’t pay.”

      Well, “Jackdaw deletedMondo, and now “MaxNarr” is pulling the funding.
      Maybe Mondo can go another week.

      • Steve Grover
        Steve Grover
        July 16, 2016, 6:30 pm

        Mooser wouldn’t know what to do with himself if Mondo folded. He might even wind up as the oldest guy on a birthright trip.

      • James North
        James North
        July 16, 2016, 7:01 pm

        Mooser: A cunning move. Direct “Grober,” your sock-puppet, to attack you, giving it the illusion of independent thought.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 17, 2016, 12:18 am

        “A cunning move. Direct “Grober,” your sock-puppet, to attack you”

        The downright lameness of the ‘attack’ is what gave me away, isn’t it?
        I tell you “North”, I’m outa control with this “Grover” sock-puppet. If Mondo doesn’t take a firm hand in the matter, there’s no telling what I might say! And there’s a waxing moon! That’s when “Grover” goes trampling through the warehouse where the drapes of Roth are stored!

    • lonely rico
      lonely rico
      July 16, 2016, 6:34 pm

      > MaxNarr

      Antisemitism doesn’t pay.

      It’s subtle Max-hole, but semitism and Zionism are not synonymous,
      Up to you to look it up.

      Have you created a pro-Zionist site, to counter MW ?
      To which I might contribute (or not), consider & comment ?
      Does your site pay well ?
      Hundreds of thousands of clicks,
      folks ponying up nickels and dimes or more ?
      Please send coordinates/link …

      Count me out.
      Will I miss you ? Maybe no.

  9. Peter in SF
    Peter in SF
    July 17, 2016, 1:07 pm

    Option A: To sustain Mondoweiss as is, with no increase in content or new channels to reach people, we must raise …….. $50,000

    Does this include bringing back the old content of the comments section?

    • irishmoses
      irishmoses
      July 18, 2016, 11:48 am

      Precisely. I was just researching Truman and the lobby and my search brought up a Mondoweiss article on Judis’ book about Truman. Great article, BUT ALL THE COMMENTS AND DEBATE ARE GONE. POOF! No longer important in the Mondoweiss greater scheme of things. This has happened to me at least 5 times in the last week. Even my own articles on MW, several of which attracted over 150 comments, are now denuded of comments. No warning to allow download before the change. No explanations. Just a massive deletion of invaluable debate and commentary.

      This unexplained action has really undermined my faith in MW. My willingness to donate may return when and if my anger and disappointment subsides.

      What are you guys thinking? You couldn’t have handled this matter in a worse manner.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 18, 2016, 1:37 pm

        “What are you guys thinking?”

        As I understand it from a discussion yesterday, the removal of the comments archives originated at the provider’s server, and took the Mondo staff by surprise, too. Mondo, as I get, made no decision to do this, and the data is still available and can be restored, when it’s safe to do so.

        I think that’s a fair summation?

    • Generalist
      Generalist
      July 18, 2016, 2:26 pm

      Hi, @peter and @irishmoses.

      I hope by now you’ve seen Adam’s explanation of the situation: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/07/jewish-entitlement-populism/#comment-847608.

      I get why folks have been so upset about this, and was relieved to learn that all the content is still safe – it’s just offline for the time being while we figure out how to manage the costs of getting it back to full accessibility for all.

      It is ironic – or totally fitting? – that this discovery of likely major new costs has come just when we launched our fundraising campaign. Believe me, there has been a bunch of nail-biting and hair-pulling-out behind the scenes here, because although we’ve always been able to make ends meet we don’t have a lovely cushion for unexpected financial strains like this one.

      The challenge is not only restoring the comments in the short term, but paying for increased server capacity in the long term. Our current budget is about $400,000/year; we have a goal of increasing to $500,000 next year, but that increase was intended to cover exciting new directions. If we have to spend $15,000 or $20,000 next year just on keeping all our current data properly housed for reader access, we won’t be able to step up our performance as much as we have been strategizing to do. But we’ll do what we have to; we understand that the discussions on Mondoweiss are part of the movement’s history and valuable for a whole raft of reasons.

      I hope this gives you some reassurance. MW editors were, like MW readers, the recipients of the unpleasant surprise without advance warning — not the perpetrators.

      ETA: Just saw Mooser’s comment and he said it more concisely than I did. Please know, all of you, that Phil and Adam and Scott (our publisher) take very seriously the responsibility of providing the public with essential information. That’s why they’re here–and their dedication and professionalism are what drew the rest of the team (like me, the newbie) to work on this amazing project as well.

      • annie
        annie
        July 18, 2016, 2:38 pm

        tova, as i mentioned below adam’s comment in the other thread:

        it’s so like you to try resolving this during a fundraising campaign and not even once mention this enormous expense in any of our fundraising appeals.

        btw, check my recent (top) comment in your new article.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 18, 2016, 2:50 pm

        “ETA: Just saw Mooser’s comment …”

        Sorry. I couldn’t help imagining every kind of nefarious plot, or DDOS attack, (which does happen, and has to be guarded against) or machinations by the site owners. As usual the explanation turned out to be a lot simpler and more prosaic (and what could be more prosaic than missing text? ) than my fevered imagination would admit.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 18, 2016, 4:05 pm

        If your provider has to take a substantial amount of the material you pay them to manage off-line, (causing confusion, distress, and heartburn) they surely should let you know, shouldn’t they?

      • Generalist
        Generalist
        July 18, 2016, 4:20 pm

        Yeah, Mooser, one would have hoped so. This is one element in the pending decision about whether to move to a (much more costly) alternative provider.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 18, 2016, 5:14 pm

        “This is one element in the pending decision about whether to move”

        It just occurred to me, the first use of “Ziocaine” is somewhere in that archive.

        Even if I have to wait years to catch up with the moser who coined that expression, I will. And when I do…

      • MaxNarr
        MaxNarr
        July 18, 2016, 6:15 pm

        The moment those comments are restored we will go through them very carefully and report all antisemitic comments and calls for murder of Jews.

      • irishmoses
        irishmoses
        July 18, 2016, 6:16 pm

        Thanks Tova.

        I feel much better. I apologize for my unfair conjecture about MW being the author of the deletions. Conspiracy is so much fun.

        As penance, once the comments reappear, I promise to again make my massive donation (just enough to qualify me for free hats, shirts, coffee cups, books, etc.) Oh, and I’ll do 50 hail maries,30 our fathers, and several apostles creeds. Good luck on that at my age!

        Two suggestions:

        1. When you have bad news to convey, do it immediately. Get out front or suspicious minds like mine will ponder up conspiracies.

        2. Some publications require paid membership to qualify for access to archives, access to comments (making, not reading), etc. I think most of us would be willing to pay a modest amount to be a special MW member. You could give honorary memberships to those you treasure the most. Mooser comes to mind.

        Thanks again, and keep up the good work!

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 18, 2016, 7:07 pm

        “The moment those comments are restored we will go through them very carefully “

        Yes, if you and the other Elders work on it, it should take about a week.

        ” and report all antisemitic comments and calls for murder of Jews.”

        Who will you “report” them to? Mondoweiss? I would also like to get a first-use date and provenance for “ziocaine” and/or “Ziocaine Syndrome” if it’s not too much trouble. Thanks.

        (“MaxNarr”, you are the best parody-Zionist ever! My “Steve Grover” is a joke compared to you. Love your work. Pitch-perfect!)

      • eljay
        eljay
        July 18, 2016, 9:02 pm

        || MaxNarr: The moment those comments are restored we will go through them very carefully and report all antisemitic comments … ||

        You’ll have no trouble finding countless anti-Semitic comments by Zio-supremacists conflating Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel.

        And don’t miss that classic one by Zio-supremacist JeffB – the one in which he stated that all Jews are responsible for the actions of some Jews. That was a doozy!

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        July 19, 2016, 11:34 am

        Tova:but that increase was intended to cover exciting new directions. If we have to spend $15,000 or $20,000 next year just on keeping all our current data properly housed for reader access, we won’t be able to step up our performance as much as we have been strategizing to do. But we’ll do what we have to; we understand that the discussions on Mondoweiss are part of the movement’s history and valuable for a whole raft of reasons.

        I hope this gives you some reassurance.
        ———————————–

        Frankly, I’d like a bit more reassurance than that. Retention of the archives is far more important to me than than any strategies to “step up of performance” or move in “exciting new directions”, and the idea that the former could have been sacrificed for the latter, even for the short term, is deeply disheartening.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 19, 2016, 2:46 pm

        “Mooser comes to mind”

        Thanks, but dial it back. This is not a good time to bring me up.
        I’m right on the edge of being banned for using a sock-puppet account as “Steve Grover”. “James North” (the writer sometimes known as “(((James North)))” ) saw right through me.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        July 19, 2016, 2:50 pm

        ” The moment those comments are restored we will go through them very carefully”

        Why wait, “MaxNarr”, start now! You’ll find every word of those comments right here!

      • Generalist
        Generalist
        July 19, 2016, 3:30 pm

        @Sibiriak:

        Retention of the archives is far more important to me than than any strategies to “step up of performance” or move in “exciting new directions”, and the idea that the former could have been sacrificed for the latter, even for the short term, is deeply disheartening.

        I was trying to say, but evidently was not clear, that any new ideas would have to wait if there is not enough funding, because the priority has been and will be on *keeping what is* before adding anything.

        Nothing was sacrificed, even short-term…we are working hard to restore to view everything that you are used to viewing. My point was that because we don’t have lots of excess cash lying around, when there is a technological challenge like this we have to put in lots of extra time and effort to resolve it. And precisely as you suggest, we won’t be able to increase what we provide for the movement unless we have stability for what is now in place.

        The good news is that so many readers care about the content on the site, and will continue providing feedback on both the news and how we operate. Thank you!

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        July 19, 2016, 9:09 pm

        Thanks, Mooser. I learned a new word from that link, and it’s one I can use in front of the ladies.

        (I checked it with the real dictionary, of course. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com)

  10. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    July 18, 2016, 7:47 am

    RE: “Your support today determines: How much truth?” ~ A. Horowitz, S. Roth and P. Weiss

    REPLY: We want war (figuratively speaking)! ! !

    These New Puritans – “We Want War” Lyrics
    Artist: These New Puritans
    Album: Hidden
    Genre: Rock

    Some of these trees have been growing for years
    the leaves on the floor must be five metres deep
    the paths are a labyrinth or even a trap
    some tides don’t turn some things never come back.

    Secret recordings were made in the marsh
    I bore a hole in the tree just to see
    Knights dance in molecules, here’s Gallahad
    They’re rising back up, they’re rising back up.

    Shadows dance back up, it’s happening again

    If you listen carefully you might hear them whisper:
    “We hold all the secrets, we hold all the words; but they’re scrambled and broken so you’ll never know”

    (And that the Thames flows beneath the grass?)
    Can’t you see them floating like black ash?
    Can’t you feel them crawling down your back?
    Can’t you feel them breathing down your neck?
    Sea breeze, sea breeze.

    SOURCE – http://www.songlyrics.com/these-new-puritans/we-want-war-lyrics/

    • JLewisDickerson
      JLewisDickerson
      July 18, 2016, 8:01 am

      P.S. THESE NEW PURITANS — HIDDEN LIVE — ENCORE

      Uploaded on Apr 20, 2011
      These New Puritans performed ‘Hidden Live’ shows 2010/2011 across Europe, featuring a 14-piece orchestra and a children’s choir. The shows were conducted by Andre de Ridder (Monkey : Journey To The West, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra) and included, amongst others, sold out shows at The Barbican, London and The Pompidou Centre in Paris.

      This film is the encore from ‘Hidden Live : Berlin’ (Hebbel Am Ufer), featuring ‘Irreversible’ and ‘En Papier’ reworked.

      All music written and arranged by Jack Barnett and video directed by George Barnett.

      http://www.thesenewpuritans.com

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