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These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel.
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#cablegate links[edit]

From sundry places,....

Assange legal pursuit[edit]

Next WL target?[edit]

Notes and links[edit]

PCS Presser[edit]


Syrian hospital bombing[edit]

Hello, Brian, Dave Blackall here. I have been trying to get the Syrian hospital bombing story published, which you did some work on earlier, and I have changed it a lot as there are new developments and much of the mainstream news centers around propaganda, which I am trying to correct and highlight in this story. I know I am trying to do too much in a news story, but it would be great to get some truth out about George Soros' White Helmets. So it is a very important story but is difficult to get it into shape. Would you be able to take a look at it, please? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Nudge (talkcontribs)

I've taken a stab at copyediting the article. It was jumping all over the place, which makes it well-nigh impossible for readers to in any way timeline events. As noted in the last review on it, the WSJ source will have to go; it's paywalled, thus can't be used on Wikinews. If a syndicated, freely accessible, duplicate can be found that could be used instead. However, the biggest concern is the number of sources; usual question applies: "Are they all really needed?" If it's triangulating details from independent sources, then trimming to the minimum needed to cover all details and providing the supplementary sources on the talk page will greatly speed reviewing. An additional point to speed reviewing is the use of HTML comments (which look like <!-- see BBC for death toll -->) within the article's body can further speed the fact-check aspect of the article. --Brian McNeil / talk 12:01, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
@Nudge: Published with some revisions, as I imagine you'll have noticed. I'm impressed you were able to find time to continually improve it (having an academic background so I've some notion just how busy you'd be atm). A tricky story, with plenty of twists and fog-of-war to complicate the synthesis. --Pi zero (talk) 16:59, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
I hear one of the shares of this on facebook went with a comment starting "didn't see this on the main stream news". Moments like that are worth savoring (or savouring, to taste). --Pi zero (talk) 17:23, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
Was shared/reposted on Facebook with the comment: "Didn't see this on the main stream news, if it was in England or even Europe people would be screaming for war ...". The article has reached just shy of 4,000 people via Facebook; that's very good given it didn't get posted with an image.
From a little trial-and-error over Facebook posting, seems we need images to be around 260px (at least not as small as 240px) before they'll be picked up with posted on Facebook. If Facebook has managed to spider the article already — which, I believe, it likely does off our syndication feed(s) — then there's a special developers' page the link needs pushed through. There's quite a list of complaints about the OpenGraph data for all our articles; since I now see the Wikipedia FB page being used to post, I suspect the OG data will start to improve. --Brian McNeil / talk 17:39, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
I'm hoping 250px might be big enough for them. --Pi zero (talk) 18:18, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom election 2016[edit]

Would you be willing to stand for ArbCom this year? I would be happy to nominate you, if you'd rather not nominate yourself. I'm hoping we can have more nominees than slots this year (we had only as many as slots, last year). --Pi zero (talk) 01:44, 1 July 2016 (UTC)[edit]

This morning I've being told by the mail interface that my account is not authorized for mail. This is disconcerting since William S. Saturn's monthly article is currently taking shape. --Pi zero (talk) 11:11, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

Working now. --Pi zero (talk) 03:12, 10 August 2016 (UTC)


Wikinews:Water cooler/technical#Wikinewsie upgrade? --Pi zero (talk) 22:51, 21 September 2016 (UTC)