Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, April 30, 2010

It's Official: Echo SUCKS

I've received numerous comments and several emails concerning the general suckitude of the Echo comment system. As one put it, "If you told me I'd be missing Haloscan . . ."

Now one entire comment thread, the one to this post, refuses to load for most people. I am unable to access the "moderation" function to look at and/or modify ANY comments at the present time. I tried to do an export of all comments (it's supposed to go to an XML file). The system tells me it's finished with the export, and the file is 12Mb, but when I download it, it's 48Mb and won't open.

I really don't want to go to the hassle of moving to another comment system. There are about 40,000 comments on this blog from the last seven years, and I don't want to lose them. I've saved all of them up to December, 2009 when I was forced to "upgrade" to Echo, but they're not in a format that is exportable to anything else commercially available.



Now this is fascinating. Under Firefox I can get into Echo's moderation function, but whole pages of comments will not load. Under IE 8 Echo recognizes me when I log in, but tells me that I don't manage any sites, nor will it let me add this site to those I manage. As far as Echo's concerned, under IE 8, TSM doesn't exist. Yet I can see the comment thread to the education post. I can even click on the "admin" button and log in. It just won't give me actual, you know, administration privileges. WTF??

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