What Would Make Washington’s Blog BETTER?

We’re always working to make Washington’s Blog better …

Let us know your ideas, including:

  • What topics would you like to see more of
  • Which writers would you like to see more of
  • What you would like to see more of in the comments
  • Suggestions for how to make the site more useful from a layout, functional or technical standpoint

Your feedback is greatly appreciated …

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  • diogenes

    I like the seriousness of your format, the absence of hollywood razzle-dazzle effects. I’m sorry to see the page shortened in recent days. I think it’s better to leave articles readily visible for a week or so since in effect it’s more of a weekly than a daily.

    I particularly like Carl Herman’s work, which I have admired for years before encountering Washingtonsblog. I also especially appreciate David Swanson’s work, and often the articles posted by Washingtonsblog itself are impressive.

    In general I would prefer more of a focus on domestic issues and less on foreign affairs. It seems to me that the obsession with foreign affairs is a reflex of the American Imperial mindset and horrifying reality, which needs to be put more in question and kept within bounds. It is WAY more important to Americans what is happening to us here than what is happening in Kabul, and the doings of the Wall Street oligarchy and its hireling octopus apparatus are far more pertinent to the fate of the Republic than the doings of ISIS or Putin.

    I find Charles Hugh Smith occasionally right on and often obliviously superficial. Frequently he seems to be speaking of an economic fantasyland that has no connection with the reality in which we are living. Michael Snyder often presents interesting material but his doomster spin and Christian apocalyptic mindset is problematical. I would like to see more from JimQ. Robert Barsocchini is often victimized by an uncritical acceptance of the Old Left political-historical mythology of American Empire. Sometimes Eric Zuesse falls into this trap also, and both of them have not freed their minds from the Democratic Gang version of the Two Party hoax, and are prime exemplars of the tendency to focus on doings in Kabul over doings in America. I would like to see more from JimQ. Paul Craig Rogers is often extremely cogent.

    • wunsacon

      I agree with much but dislike the suggestion to *reduce* the coverage of our empire. We “can’t have nice things” here at home because we spend most of our discretionary money attempting to rule the world by way of criminogenic,ridiculously inefficient military, financial, and technological enterprises. What we waste in Kabul does affect us here at home.

      • diogenes

        Yes, the focus needs to be on fundamental policy, not the latest details of the latest brushfire war ignited to maintain the horror by guess who. The details of the latest brawl in Kabul or Syria are beside the point. The 1000 bases girdling the planet and the military-industrial planet consuming the federal budget and beggaring America’s needs at home, THAT is the point.

  • colinjames71

    More varied economic articles. More environmental news, including human health eg gmos and vaccines. But there’s a reason I’ve stuck around here for years, so don’t go changing too much. Just repost here and there from other sites, maybe? Thierry Meyssan, Tony Cartalucci, Eric Draitser, PCR, Ryan Dawson, or any good pieces you guys find that might not be typical or published on multiple sites already. Even just a link like PCR does. Thanks for asking.

  • kimyo

    What are your suggestions for how to make the site more useful from a layout, functional or technical standpoint?

    a weekly 1/2 hour audio podcast covering highlights from recent articles might serve to draw in those who have limited reading time.

    What would you like to see more (or less) of in the comments?

    limit the ‘recent comments’ section to the one most recent comment per article, this way, all ongoing conversations will be displayed. as is, contentious subjects end up occupying 99% of the space.

    ‘trust’ would be neat. ie: based on their words, i decide to ‘trust’ some posters. now, comments they deem worthy appear in a different font/color/feed. comments from those i dis-trust (ex: that resident dds must-have-fluoride-now dude, or the mann-nuclear-technology-will-save-us-all dude or the glyphosate’s got what plants crave dude) would appear in baby-shit brown, or not at all….. 🙂

    swappable comment thread views (‘trusted’/’untrusted’/’dis-trusted’/’unfiltered’/’topten’) would blunt the obvious/ongoing attempts to derail conversation with ad-hominem/straw-man/junior-high-school debate club attacks.

  • jadan

    To my mind, a blog represents the views of its author, as opposed to a site that gathers sympathetic or complimentary perspectives. If “jadan” had his own blog, he’d host people he thought were important and he wouldn’t be too concerned about his reader’s preferences. I’ve always thought of a blog as an individual thing, idiosyncratic, outspoken. Washington’s Blog is becoming less a blog and more a news aggregation site by this definition.

    • wunsacon

      Agreed. For comparison, Mish’s blog has remained fantastic.

  • Nick

    I greatly admire and have been following Washington’s Blog for years. I am an Aussie but actively follow developments on the USA political stage as they affect us here in AU in a significant way – just think Obama’s military pivot to Pacific or the TPP, to mention just a couple of examples. Your website has therefore been an invaluable source of alternative and, above all, progressive views and analysis of the domestic USA and international affairs.
    As much as I like the blog format of the site, I believe that the current political moment requires a much more involved and interactive approach to informing and educating your readership. Providing a platform for active community involvement has become a must for any serious online publication critically observing the chaos around us. And this is where your current blog format shows its limitations. So, here are a few ideas to get you started in a different direction…
    In addition to everything you currently offer, imagine allowing your readers being able to form or join
    discussion/research groups where they can freely collaborate and
    exchange ideas in a more pro-active, outcome-oriented way. Imagine being able to offer your own video galleries with categorised items that can be either uploaded or imported from You Tube, Vimeo and other video sites. Imagine being able to organise and/or promote online and offline events and get readers to sign up for them. Imagine offering free/paid online conferences with a great range of speakers from around the world. A properly set up community-backed website would allow for much more then just article comments as far as interactivity is concerned.
    Sure, it looks like a somewhat radical departure from the current site design, but guess what…? As technically complex as it seems it can be set up without any major hassles within a month – I am a part-time web developer and know what I am talking about. And as far as site design and functionality and features are concerned, the sky’s the limit.
    What a wonderfully exciting change it would bring to your faithful readership, not to mention your active contributors who would be able to engage with the followers in a completely different way!
    I am offering to donate my time and effort to help bring such a change about. Feel free to contact me with your suggestions and ideas.
    Cheers

  • It’s good that you removed the article from a while back by Carl Herman claiming that the moon is an artificially created hollow structure, but that whackadoodle piece was super embarrassing and told me all I needed to know about that guy. He’s nuts, and he brings this blog down. I can’t recommend this blog to people because I never know when he’s going to drop some Alex Jones crap about chemtrails or aliens.

    Also, everything he writes is really predictable. I can always spot one of his headlines because they’re full of the same phrases and ALL CAPS typing. Please, please drop this guy, because there of the writers are serious and non-fringe types.

    • mothwhoflysbackwards

      I recommended WB to a friend of mine and the first and only article he read was one entitled “Duper’s Delight”. Don’t recall who wrote it, but it was “whackadoodle”. So agree that WB needs to be careful about that.

      • diogenes

        There’s good evidence that “chemtrails”, whatever it is, is a real happening. It’s not clear, at least to me, what it is, but I’ve seen too much evidence from too many sources to dismiss it.

        • mothwhoflysbackwards

          Maybe chem trails are real, but any information on them is going to be dismissed as crazy when juxtaposed with articles on a purported hollow moon.

  • none

    You can improve the website by disclosing who owns it.

  • cstahnke

    This is, maybe, the best blog on the net. I don’t see any reason for much of a change. I’d like to see a bit more Deep Politics and how it connects with current affairs. I’d like to see a bit more from conservatives but you have the virtue here of being fairly non-ideological.

  • Maybe an in depth Reveal like this that will provide for the masses.

    These 13 Families Rule the World: The Shadow Forces Behind the NWO

    The shadow forces behind the New World Order (NWO) are following a slow-paced agenda of total control over mankind and our planet’s resources. David Icke coined it the “Totalitarian Tip-Toe,” because “they” are making very small steps towards our complete and definitive enslavement. As a result, the masses remain relatively unaware of the fact that their liberties are being gradually taken away, while the power of the NWO octopus grows steadily.

    http://humansarefree.com/2014/10/exposing-shadow-forces-behind-nwo.html?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=email

  • Here is another. May 16, 2016 How the President could overthrow the U.S.

    As of 2007 the President has the ability to replace the US government if they feel an emergency constitutes such actions.

    https://youtu.be/A8ulWoO7g9Q

  • andrew1212

    Washington’s Blog is one of my favorite sites–many Thanks to all the writers (and any others involved) who make it happen. The only thing missing from the site itself is a definable logo (which is a petty thing) but does lead to some odd things once in a while. For example, yesterday someone posted a link to one of your articles on reddit–the thumbnail next to the post appeared to be a facebook logo (just a blue background with a lower case letter “f”).

    As for the content of your excellent mix of writers:

    1) The DoD’s lack of an audit (very rarely covered by any site): http://imgur.com/a/AhY2w

    2) The USA’s 30-year, $1 Trillion nuclear weapons and nuclear waste program–Not sure if this has been agreed to and is actually already funded by DoD/DoE. Very few have articles on this.

    3) 9/11: Wish we had more info–but Washington’s Blog does a great job of Quality over Quantity.

    Once again–many thanks to everyone involved with the site…I may not comment much–but I do read and appreciate the site!!!

  • May 31, 2016 Who Are The Rothschild’s, A Look Into The Corporate Dynasty

    Who are the Rothschild Family? This wealthy and influential family has funded wars, and helps sculpt the face of history. The 300 year old family line has become a corporate family dynasty, their wealth and influence are incalculable.

    https://youtu.be/j3xEneWN4n4

  • diogenes

    One way to improve comments would be to find a way to eliminate off-topic comments such as Lincoln’s two characteristic entries just below. They may be interesting, or not, but they are obnoxious insofar as they are impertinent and disrupt and prevent rather than forward and develop discussion. In relation to the possibility of discussion, they are NOISE.

    • wunsacon

      I’ve often learned new things from readers posting “off-topic” information. But, an optional “ignore” feature would be great.

      • diogenes

        Maybe it would serve the purpose to provide a space for postings not related to the topic at hand, rather than having them create disruptive NOISE hindering discussion.

  • wunsacon

    Anonymous and pseudonymous speech provides information that people often won’t disclose otherwise.

    So, not only should WB *not* disclose ownership. WB should replace Disqus with local accounts that don’t even require email verification.

  • wunsacon

    WB has added more authors, recently. The writing formats and topics vary. I’d like to be able to filter by author and topic tags. (I’ll *still* read every article. But, I like to read related articles/formats contiguously, because otherwise the mental “context-switching” costs wear me down.)

  • A larger segment of the audience that took more time and effort to spread the stories here across the social media of the internet. That would grow the audience and make the site even better : )

    Thanks for all your work and dedication!!

  • tonybridge2

    Kia ora:
    There are very few alternative sites that i bother watching and even fewer that i have subscribed too via RSS. Yours is one of them.
    i would love to see you writing more about the rest of the world ( yes, most of it is outside the US borders!) Given that we are all interconnected, what happens in the rest of the world impacts the US and vice-versa. i hasten to add that i am in New Zealand, so obviously if you focus on US affairs, the re will be those who will lose interest. However, since i do not read the MSM, there are few insights into what is actually going on in the US.
    Your site design is, i am sad to say, quite archaic and difficult to read. perhaps that is because i am a designer myself. the gravitas of your choice of a serif font could be balanced by better use of white space. Just saying..
    That said, you are a daily fix. keep on keeping on.

  • J_Bookly

    Thanks for asking for feedback. I read everything by Paul Craig Roberts. Also like David Swanson.

    A few writers and a few commenters are too fringy for my taste, but I’m not suggesting you change that; just don’t let them become the majority. Besides, I’m not as sure as I used to be about what the truth is—maybe something in the air or water IS making us all nuts.

    Occasionally someone posts anti-Semitic remarks. To me that cancels out whatever valid point the commenter was making. (I’m not counting criticism of the policies of Israel as anti-Semitic, only remarks that insult Jewish people and/or make ridiculous generalizations about them.) I think you should make those comments go away.

    IMO repairing our country first requires an exposé of the wrongheadedness of the neolib/neocon experiment and the corruption that trashes everything—the economy, the infrastructure, peoples’ faith and trust in each other and in our institutions—the whole sorry mess. Washington’s Blog is an important contributor to this cause. Keep up the good work.

  • Southernfink

    All up this is one of my favorite sites, I travel in between several different sites for the simple reason that each site has their own unique characteristics, for renewable energies Eco-Watch is brilliant, Voltairnet and Strategic Culture Foundation have many interesting Geo-Political analises

    Perhaps articles by Chris Hedges, Robert Parry, Paul Craig Roberts, Wayne Madsen Thierry Meyssan may be re-posted on Washingtonblog.

    More on Renewable energies, and articles dedicated to building mass movement to oppose the corporate takeover of the world.

    Is there a blackout on the drone wars — me-thinks the ongoing consequences of US foreign policy needs to be exposed for the corporate candidates show no inclination to halt US imperialism.

    Suggestions for how to make the site more useful from a layout, functional or technical standpoint – Different colors.

    The page is all white, I’d suggest to invert to color sceme and perhaps use a darker background color.

  • merylnass

    Easier access to old articles and ways of identifying them

  • nomadfiles

    This is the best blog I know. As you might suspect, I consider chemtrails/geoengineering/weather warfare a neglected topic. I understand why, with all of the stigma attached to it. Nevertheless, I think it is a critical issue.

    • jadan

      And let’s have a big hit of Fukushima, too!

      • nomadfiles

        given what we know about HAARP one has to wonder if that fits somewhere under weather warfare

  • diogenes

    Steady re-postings of Michael Hudson’s work would be great.

  • Anon.

    A form of “activism” where we could somehow try to stop/reduce all the crazy things that are happening could be helpful.
    As a starting point I’d recommend reading The Federal Zone.
    Free PDF and online copy here: http://www.supremelaw.org/fedzone11/index.htm
    It is relentlessly documented and sourced. And the author hasn’t been prosecuted for fraud like a lot of “protesters” are. Oh, the 6th edition was seized by the government. So it’s got to be important right?

  • As I said, what you Americans should tackle FIRST is to get your country to be something NOT HARMFUL to outside America, at least to stop it KILLING AND INJURING LOCAL PEOPLE in a host country.
    You are the ones protected to a degree, while WE ARE NOT.
    WE ARE NOT CONSIDERED TO BE HUMAN BEINGS by your government, just do something about it.
    This is NOT ACCEPTABLE ANYMORE.
    STOP FLYING OSPREY IN JAPAN.
    REVISE THE SOFA TREATY OR SHUT DOWN ALL THE US BASE IN JAPAN RIGHT NOW.
    Your military is sticking to a legal privilege so to get away with the crimes, do you know that?
    We are threatened by YOUR FORCE squatting in Japan for late 71 years, in forced to pay for all of the expense of it, and what, do you know THEY ARE FORBIDDING ALCOHOL NOW?
    I doubt if you knew.

    Washington blog, just pick it up, the reason WHY US force in Japan is banning drinking for now.
    You are not going to be happy when you are HURTING THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE AMERICA.
    THINK OUTSIDE. You people are TOO NARROW VIEWED, SELF-SERVING.
    This is URGENT.