Friday, August 10, 2018

About Those Missing Comments

Regular readers of this Blog may have noticed that recent postings here had no comments, and were probably wondering why (as was I). There was an interval where I made no posts between March 13 and June 6. There was no particular reason for this hiatus (which led one worried reader to contact me to see if I was OK, or had perhaps been abducted by aliens). While I was somewhat busy doing other things, the main reason was simply that I didn't have anything significant to write about. (Maybe Tom DeLonge was on vacation, so there was no new UFO craziness?) 

Resuming posting on June 6, I noticed that none of my posts after that date had any comments whatever, which seemed quite strange. Some time ago I recognized the need to moderate comments, given that many people had been posting SPAM, or abusive comments. Blogger (run by Google) always sent me submitted comments by email, and I would generally approve anything that was not SPAM, not abusive (OK, not excessively abusive 😉), and more or less relevant to the discussion. I didn't have to agree with the comment, just so long as it was relevant, and civil. But  no comments came to my email. I submitted a test comment of my own, and it was posted without problems.

Then a few days ago a reader contacted me, who had submitted some comments that never appeared. Digging through the Blogger control panel, it seems that the messages were getting caught up in a folder awaiting moderation, but I was never informed of this in any way. Somehow during the posting hiatus, something had gotten messed up with notifications. I even found some old comments that I had never been notified of, so if you made comments a year or two ago that were not posted, they might be there now. 

My own post went right through, because posts from the Blog owner are not submitted for moderation. Hopefully everything is OK now, so feel free to comment away. (So long as it's relevant, and not abusive). And I'll check that "awaiting moderation" folder from time to time, just in case.
RTGUI running on a Windows tablet, with Skychart (Cartes du Ciel).

While we are doing housekeeping, let me note that amateur astronomers might want to check out the new release of my free Real-Time astronomy program for Windows, RTGUI. It helps you quickly determine what is visible and when, with positions continuously updated in real time. In conjunction with the open-source program Skychart (Cartes du Ciel), RTGUI will give you an instant sky chart, centered on the object you have selected.

The updates enable you to download comet and asteroid positions from the Minor Planet Center, which allows RTGUI to send your go-to telescope directly to them.

Also see RTGUI on Facebook.


  1. A comment to fill in for those missing comments:

    With all the anti-Trump (and some pro-Trump) comments going on in the mainstream & social media, does anyone know where the president stands on the subject of UFOs? I have never seen any mention of the subject in anything he has said, tweeted or written, and even wondered if he has ever heard of UFOs.

    He looks as if he is the first president for some time to have avoided UFOs completely in his utterings. Maybe someone can enlighten me.

    1. There's this wry comment by another Donald (Prothero) in an interview with Michael Shermer, giving the observation that Trump would be incapable of remaining silent if he knew about aliens, given his propensity to tweet:

    2. Gday cda, and Gday Robert (glad u are safe and comments back up).
      Trump on UFOs? It seems Sarah Huckabee in the Press statement in regards to the Pentagon UFO Disclosure...played dumb (we know nothing about that). The emphasis on the hysterical laughter of the reporters around the questioner.....
      In hindsight, released in the Xmas/New Years media chaos, aligned to crazy Tom de Long (dont take it seriously) , and the "Scapegoat" Dem. Podesta , it would seem the US govt was terrified of a possible "Wikileaks release"(Clinton & Podesta & Ufos & corrupt funding).
      Was funding spent on "middle-east regime change-rebels" or was it on Pentagon UFO research? The main-stream media hasnt pushed the Pentagon disclosure (skeptics should be furious over tax funding).....nor the 22m $$$.
      They have been quiet on the contents of the "emails" too...but by christ we hear about every "trump tweet".

      Trump on UFOs? Well, we know he is a staunch ZIONist and just legitamized Jerusalem as the capital...of the Judeo-Christian world. (those damn mosques of Allah on that Temple Mount!....what is the prophecy of christs return?) Seems even Robert wrote a book on Christ.
      Trump? Jerusalem? UFOs? Christs return like lightening?
      Anyone remember the DOME of the ROCK UFO 2011? Funny it flashed if to double reinforce the flash like lightening...the descent, then miraculous ascent to heaven.....over the most highly monitored airspace in the world. Funny, FOX had the Mississippi Hoax within hours....and apparently, because of That Hoax, the whole event was a Hoax. How does FOX portray Trump?

      Trump on UFOs? Well, he has just announced the "SpaceForce". What will be the transport craft of this SpaceForce? This Force in space, is gunna need a "Spacecraft". The shuttles have stopped, and it seems we have gone backwards...back to rockets. Is it just satellites with lasers being placed in space? Ronnie Reagan already done that with "Star Wars" and hinted at an alien invasion force in the 80s. NRO, Space Command, NASA,etc already have sections in the forces to do all this. A whole new Force?(size of Army,Navy,Airforce)

      Exactly cda! Not a word on UFOs, but Jerusalem & a SpaceForce? The only justification for a Spaceforce is to repell an alien invasion...if we wanna be "politically correct". Fake alien invasion????
      Try this>>> " a man-made (CIA reverse-eng) ufo descends over Jerusalem. A fake Jesus exits(human actor). His(USA ufos) are good, the others are Satans demons(the real ufos). Trumps Spaceforce then attacks the real ufos."

      In one foul swoop, the skeptics,scientists,atheists,other religions,and ufo believers are all vindicated and converted to Faith in Jesus. (heaven is in the heavens(space), by default Jesus needs a ufo to get here!! The GREAT DECEPTION !!!

      * The 'watchers' in the Dome of the Rock UFO, have obviously foreseen this as a possibility. The real message was 'we know what u are up to under the Temple Mount' ....and your christ will appear something like this.......a miracle over Jerusalem.

    3. deano, lay off the whacky-tabacky pal.

    4. Hello Mary. As an abductee, denial and riducule serve me in exactly what way?
      If I am delusional, then so is F18 commander David Fravor and his testimony. (this means USA is in serious trouble if its military commanders are delusional, or wasting taxe$ on fantasy themes like ufoolery).

      It seems Hollywood has fully prepared us for evil demonic reptillian aliens and an invasion.
      At the same time, UFOs are not real is the official statement.
      So explain to us what this Trumps SpaceForce is required for?
      The rational,skeptical explanation is complete Dominance of the space/area around earth by the CIA using its military satellites. Force indicates ability to destroy other nations satellites. Fascist NWO and tyrannical control come to mind.

      # Many times the "Coincidence" is used as an explanation. Coincidentally there was a rocket launch, there was a military exercise with flares, that same day was a metoer shower.....and so on.
      My point here is Trump is on about Jerusalem and a Spaceforce, yet nada on the Pentagon UFO disclosure.
      What a coincidence there was a UFO over Jerusalem, and the same FOX that made/showed the hoax to discredit the the same FOX that promotes Trump & Jesus.

      What a coincidence, that the very head skeptic of "Bad UFOs" has written a alternative story on Jesus.
      "Bad Jesus!", "Bad Jesus!" there is absolutuley NO proof of Jesus, but what a coincidence both he and Mahummad ascended into the heavens(space) from Jerusalem.
      Coincidentally, CSIOP used to have a Religion and Bible section....debunking the Bible. Funny that little branch of Skepticism died ...."Bad Jesus"?
      Funny that a website is also called "Bad Archaeology"!

      P.S.Whacky-tobacky is my anti-oxidant to the Holy Water(flouride) that infects this Society, the Society of Jesus we all live in, and their Emeritus Proff that endorse Psy-ops. UFOs are a threat to Christianity...the Bible is wrong and Jesus a what Bad PhDs are worried about.
      Mary? I am very Skeptical about a "Virgin Mother", let alone talking donkeys and snakes....Bad Bible! Bad Jesus!.......and why the bible needed a "Bad Satun".
      On UFOs, all Christians call them DEMONS.
      Silly me, it must be Satan that will exit the UFO over Jerusalem........(depending which verse u read)Anti-christ or christ? UFO or Fake over jerusalem? Real invasion or fake alien invasion?
      Trumps Spaceforce? or Trumps "Society of Jesus/IHS" at Fordham ?

      Bad Chemtrails? wonder he called it Meta-debunk. Because they also dont exist apparently, it would have to be called "Bad Contrails"?
      Must be that TMA affecting me mary............

    5. Seriously mate, either make your comedy more coherent, or seek professional help. You're not an abductee, as aliens aren't here. But you are seriously misinformed about reality (provided you're not attempting humour).

    6. Deano, do you know that too much whacky-tabacky leads to paranoia and delusional thinking? You may want to cut down.

  2. Robert -

    I had the same thing happen to me. I too, wondered where the comments had gone, and I too had to resort to moderate comments because of SPAM and some nasty postings... and I too, found the reason. Blogger just changed the way they did business and didn't let us know...

  3. "(Maybe Tom DeLonge was on vacation, so there was no new UFO craziness?)"

    Haha. You are a riot! Yes, there's always some instigator.

    Me worried? Yeah, maybe a bit. But not now. Thankfully.

    Fun stuff, now back to those ever-elusive "UFOs." They are so elusive in fact that no one can seem to find one (not even Tom DeLonge) which doesn't seem to diminish interest in the subject.

    Maybe if Tom laid out some cash it would attract one of those elusive "UFOs." But No! That would be the opposite of Tom's true aim: collecting cash!

  4. My understanding about the proposed Space Force is that it is to protect military and civilian satellites from enemy attack; it has nothing to do with protecting Earth from an alien invasion.


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