All posts tagged: OffGuardian

OffG is now on Patreon

Following the freezing of our PayPal account we have decided to move to Patreon. The URL is https://www.patreon.com/offguardian Please note that even if we regain access to our PayPal account we won’t be opening it for donations again as we don’t think it’s a reasonable risk to take with our supporters’ money, since PayPal have made it clear they can at any time take possession of funds in any account without redress. Unfortunately this does mean we are starting from scratch. So, if you were kind enough to set up a recurring donation with PayPal, as well as canceling that donation ASAP please consider pledging to us on Patreon instead. And for those who haven’t made that step yet, maybe this could be the moment to do so? We are a team of four, which in practical reality is often three, two or even just one. We don’t accept advertising or sponsored content. We have no large financial backers. Donations from our readers is our only means of survival. We aren’t currently offering incentives, because …

OffG’s PayPal Account has been frozen – please cancel any recurring donations

OffG’s PayPal account has been frozen for what are described as “security” reasons. We have no access to the funds you have donated and – given PayPal’s history with other alternative news sites – it’s possible we may not be able to regain access. Please do NOT make any more donations to this account and cancel any recurring donations you may have set up. If PayPal closes the account, they will retain the funds and WILL NOT return them to the people who donated. So be warned. Many of our followers have suggested we move to a Patreon account, and this might be an opportune moment to do this. We’ll be posting more information about this soon. UPDATE: We have now set up a Patreon account at http://patreon.com/offguardian.

A two-year anniversary thank-you to all our supporters

OffG is two years old this month! It’s been an interesting and eventful 24 months. We had no idea when we began that we would be reaching a readership of thousands on a daily basis. It’s been an immense privilege, but also, of course, quite a workload. It’s just the four of us here, and often in real terms that’s down to a staff of three, two, or even one, trying to provide content as well as manage the website. It can sometimes be daunting, but it’s also worthwhile. OffG’s only source of income is reader-support. We don’t run advertising (WordPress’s ads bring us no revenue), and we aren’t subsidised by any governments or institutions. So we are incredibly grateful to our loyal supporters for helping us to remain productive. Thanks to all of you this year we have been able to meet most of OffG’s running costs, domain registration, design expenses etc from your donations – which has helped us hugely. In 2017-18 – all being well – we are planning to move the …

invitation for submissions: “climate change”

As our current feature points out, we are living in an age when free speech has come under overt threat. In the name of protecting a range of alleged special interest groups (women, ethnic minorities, gay people – even “the planet”), censorship is being re-packaged as a tool of social justice. “Hate speech is not free speech” is the slogan, devised, we can imagine, by some ad-agency under contract. The implicit assumption gaining ground is that some opinions, maybe even some facts, have no right to be heard. We think this is potentially one of the most dangerous developments of our time. We don’t have to agree with the “deniers” or the proponents of alternative therapies or minority opinions in order to recognise their innate right to be heard, or to recognise that if they are successfully silenced, we may be next. So, in order to do our own bit to redress the balance and resist the creeping censorship, we’re inviting submissions on one of the most polarised and overtly censored subjects in the modern …

Our favourite search term

Obviously we get a lot of hits from search engines every day and some of them are fun to read. But today we got what is probably our favourite up to this point…. “complete and utter shit from the mainstream media…” We feel their pain. Let’s hope they found a little solace here.

why we’re covering 9/11 fifteen years on

Fifteen years ago the idea of large scale false flags or government deceptions seemed absurd to all of us. But the unraveling of so many official narratives in recent years; the lies over WMDs, the lies over Ghouta, the lies over Libya and Ukraine, the repeat evidence for wholesale manipulation, if not fabrication, of events to promote war, means we don’t feel able to simply take the events of 9/11 on trust any more

“9/11 fifteen years on”: invitation for submissions

OffG is hoping to field a series of articles in the run-up to the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, looking at the questions and controversies that still persist. We’re after a wide spectrum of perspectives and opinion from the mainstream to the so-called “conspiratorial”. Scientific papers, personal commentary and political analysis are all welcome. It can be your own personal work or recommendations of other material. Send to us at submissions@off-guardian.org before Sep 10 2016. Looking forward to hearing from you.

How it happened: The takedown of the OffGuardian.org original website

Our readers are no doubt wondering what happened to our old site OffGuardian.org. Why it was so suddenly shut down, and why we have had to relocate. In brief, the site was shut down on April 15 by Doug Salzmann, one of the five Admins. Salzmann was not the owner of OffGuardian, nor anyone’s employer there. The site had been created equally by all five of the Admins, and we had all invested time and effort – and in some cases money – into its construction and content. The only thing unique about Salzmann was that he had purchased the domain name – for communal use. In fact, he was at the time these events unfolded, supposed to be in the throes of transferring the domain to a shared status. His sudden assumption of “authority” as described below was therefore baseless and extraordinary. His motives in using that spurious “authority” to shut down what was a thriving resource for alternative news and opinion can only be guessed at. Given the tendentiously self-serving text* posted online …

The Guardian’s Latest Attempts at PR for the Ukraine Nazis

This profile of the females in the infamous Aidar Battalion appeared on the Graun front page today,
though it didn’t stay there long, being swiftly removed and hidden away in the Ukraine section. It would be nice to think the reason for this was some sort of residual shame on the part of a one-time great liberal newspaper, being suddenly less than comfortable doing PR photo features on Neo-Nazi chic. It would be great to think that they were not happy showing sympathetic pix of white-supremacists Hitler-fans, even if they did have bewbs.

But no.

Bryan Macdonald: Guardian vs. RT. The spoiled child is losing it.

Bryan Macdonald, an Irish journalist, comments on the Guardian’s latest attack on RT. While UK press regulators consistently find the Russian broadcaster’s practices fair and acceptable, the self-anointed guardians of the free press resort to cheap verbal assaults and distortions. “We are living in a strange period of history where the, outwardly, liberal press is arguing for censorship. Not for ideological reasons, but because RT’s success frustrates a gang who’ve had the field all to themselves for far too long. They are behaving like a spoilt child who doesn’t want to share their football with other children.” But, hey, is this news anymore? Find out more about Bryan Macdonald here Here you can follow the discussion on the Guardian

There goes The Guardian, censoring us away…again!

There goes The Guardian, censoring us away…again! Earlier today, I experienced yet another of The Guardian‘s acts of political censorship: this time on the topic of Greece. Since the comment I was replying to as well as my own reply were disappeared — wiped out without a trace — by whoever moderates The Guardian‘s CiF pages, and since I did take a screenshot of my comment as well as a copy of both texts, I can now reproduce them here. In doing so, I also wish to raise this question: which of The Guardian‘s Community Guidelines did my reply to Maria Mixalis Hagifoti violate? Maria Mixalis Hagifot: February 22, 2015 – 24:18 “The k.Varoufakis forced to take responsibility because of communication failure of government, so he had to understand realistically what you can get and give … ??? Without political experience and neutral on the responsibility of imposed, situations and impasses developments, decided to bridge the gap of the requirements in the eurozone, shifting the negotiations to a completely radically different basis negotiating perception … …