Attention Google Reader Refugees

Some people are reporting that the Balloon Juice RSS feed is “broken” in NewsBlur after migrating from Google Reader. The issue is that somewhere in the transfer between NewsBlur and Google, NewsBlur gets a url like this:

The correct URL is

Note the “http” instead of the “https”. Either edit the feed in your feed reader, or delete and re-add it, and you should be all set.

Open thread.

83 replies
  1. 1
    WereBear says:

    I went to Feedly. But I haven’t really played with it yet.

  2. 2
    WereBear says:

    And the comments feed is disabled?

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Since this is an open thread; Adam Kokesh has decided to call off his July 4th sucide tour of DC. Bummer; I was hoping to see some real fireworks rain down on his ass.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Since this is an open thread; Adam Kokesh has decided to call off his July 4th sucide tour of DC. Bummer; I was hoping to see some real fireworks rain down on his ass.

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    Baud says:


    Miss comments feed very much. Will it be coming back?

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    Tonal (visible) Crow says:

    Gotta keep the McCain caught palling around with terrorists issue going.

    From the previous open thread:

    If Obama had done this — even as a senator — our media would have blasted it from the rooftops without pause for as as long as it took to destroy his career. But since McCain did it, no big deal, move on you libtard, nothin’ ta’ see here.

    Also too, Sen. Waytoobigferyerbritches, ya think something similar might happen if we started giving weapons to the rebels? Ya think some terrorists might come up and say, “We’re good honest Syrians fighting Ass-add, not terrorists, so give us some hardware, the bigger the better!” And ya think even a Sen. Waytoobigferyerbritches might not know who they were, and might give them some weapons?

    Q for the day: Is what McCain did “material support of terrorism”?

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    mistermix says:

    Comments feed will be coming back when the hosting people and I can make it run with decent performance.If it didn’t tank the site, we’d also have recent posts.

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    Tonal (visible) Crow says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    Since this is an open thread; Adam Kokesh has decided to call off his July 4th sucide tour of DC.

    Was this the moron who wanted to march hundreds of teatards in full armament into D.C. on 7/4? Why’d he call it off? Lost his balls to a liberal?

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    Cassidy says:

    I have an interview with a Fire/Rescue Organization next week.

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    Cassidy says:

    @mistermix: I know things are getting tweaked, so if you guys get time, I do have one request. On the mobile site, a back to top button at the bottom of the comments would be very convenient. So would a refresh button. Neither are deal-killers.

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    Baud says:


    Appreciate all of your hard work. Hope you are able to make it work.

    If it didn’t tank the site, we’d also have recent posts.

    So what’s that thing on the right hand side of my screen entitled “Recent Posts”?

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    BrendanL79 says:

    Not working. Even if I put in http://, Newsblur auto-changes it to https://, and the entries are only from 5/21 and earlier. :-(

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    Berial says:

    So is NewsBlur the main choice people are going with now that Google Reader is going away? I cannot explain how disappointed I am at Google for doing that, by the way.

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    WereBear says:

    @Baud: So what’s that thing on the right hand side of my screen entitled “Recent Posts”?

    It’s a trap! Run, Magnum!

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    Baud says:


    I’ve been using Feedly for now.

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    Guillaume says: is a very nice reader replacement.

    It also adds display comments : if there’s a rss feed for comments I think.

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    @Berial: I’m pretty happy with Netvibes.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Cassidy: Keep your hygiene habits on the DL.

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    Baud says:


    Pretty. Do they have a phone app?

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    Last night my wife of 35 years told me that she wants me gone as soon as possible. No praise, no blame.
    However, if anyone even hints that I can make lemonade out of the lemons I will hunt you down.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Tonal (visible) Crow:

    Yes. He is now telling his followers to go to their state capitals. What could go wrong?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Reading about something else, I learned that 95% of all soybeans grown in the US are genetically engineered by Monsanto.

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    Baud says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Whoa! Sorry, guy.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: O.O

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    mistermix says:

    @Baud: Recent comments, I meant.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Sorry to hear that; that hits home as I will (hopefully) be hitting 35 years in October. Hopefully things will get better.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Ouch. I’m past 35 years myself – that’s a long road; to be looking for an off-ramp after that… Wow.

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    Shakezula says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Jesus man, that’s awful. If anyone hints of lemonade, squirt some lemon juice in their eyes.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @A Ghost To Most:
    Thank you. I’m reasonably sure the things will get different. I am taking with me nothing that won’t fit in a Mazda Miata and signing away my rights to everything else. If nothing else I’ll find out if I’m as resourceful as I think I am. One blessing is that at age 65 no one will be advising me to start over.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Not that it helps, but I think that’s happened to at least a couple of other commenters here. Hopefully they’ll have some advice for you on how to come out the other side without too many scars.

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Sorry to hear that HBM. Best to you.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Sucks dude. I’m sorry to hear that.

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    scav says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Ouch and Sorry. Good luck and a low center of gravity in high seas.

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    Tonal (visible) Crow says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: You have my sympathy.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    It should be https because BJ is going to tap into your PayPal account to get some of that sweet, sweet subscription money.

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    Tonal (visible) Crow says:


    Good luck and a low center of gravity in high seas.

    Well said. I like that, and intend to steal it.

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    Berial says:

    @Baud: @TooManyJens:

    Does Feedly or Netvibes have a good windows(browser) interface? I don’t read my feeds on the phone very often.

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    Tonal (visible) Crow says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    It should be https because BJ is going to tap into your PayPal account to get some of that sweet, sweet subscription money.

    Cross-site scripting vulnerability exploit, eh? Which bowser is it now?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Wow, out of the blue like that? After 35 years?

    Does she think she’ll get a cut of some military pension or something?

    I will NOT suggest you make lemonade.

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    Baud says:


    Feedly has an add-on for firefox (and presumably other browsers) and phone apps. I don’t think you can log in to it from any remote computer (yet).

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    Dee Loralei says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: So sorry, dude. Be gentle with yourself.

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    @Baud: No app, but their mobile site works well for me.

    @Berial: I use Netvibes in the browser on my Mac 90% of the time.

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    Kris Collins says:

    @Berial: I’m peeved about that too, I’ve been using Reader for years and it works great on my Android phone. Has anyone found an app that’s good on Androids?

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    Kris Collins says:

    BTW is it just me, or is anyone else having a problem editing comments in the mobile view? Whenever I try to edit, I get sent back to the main list of posts. If I turn off mobile view, there’s no problem editing.

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    Violet says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Very sorry to hear this.

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    Berial says:

    @Baud: @TooManyJens:

    Thanks for the info!

    @Kris Collins: Can’t help on Android, sorry. Good luck, oh and I have to add:


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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:
    You’ve just had the ground knocked out from under you. Aside from whatever moral support we can offer here, I hope you’ve got some kind of support system at your physical location — friends, family, whatever — that can help you through whatever happens next in your life. (((hugs)))

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    sne says:

    @BrendanL79: It worked for me, I just deleted the site, and entered the feed address manually (ignoring the auto-suggested “https://”, which I accepted the first time I tried).

    Have to say, apart from this one hiccup, I’m a huge fan of NewsBlur. I tried Feedly at least twice, and liked it but kept reverting to Google Reader when I was in a hurry. Adapting to NewsBlur took about fifteen minutes, and it seems natural whether I’m in “fast scan” or “leisurely browse” mode. Worth the $2/month, and I haven’t tried the training features yet.

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    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: {{{virtual hugs}}}, can you talk to her?

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    the Conster says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Whoa, that’s cold. Women just get tired of always being on married duty at this point of their lives. I’m right in that demo, and I see it all around me, and mostly it’s women wanting to leave just to have their own space, not for another guy. The guy usually leaves for another woman who treats him like his wife used to treat him. It’s a shock though. Don’t make any quick decisions.

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    Pococurante says:

    Hurrah! Now I can more easily track the latest “think of the children” comment war.

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    sne says:

    And thanks, mistermix, for the solution. I’ll pass a note along to NewsBlur, so they can fix the http/https bug.

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    Pococurante says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Why do we guys always do that…

    @sne: I had no problem pasting the link into newsblur from the OP.

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    Poopyman says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Ho. ly. fuck.

    I got nuthin to add. Just that I feel for ya, man.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Man, that sucks.

    I will echo the sentiments expressed by others in the thread, and additionally wish you fair winds and following seas.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: Hugs, my friend.

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    geg6 says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    I read somewhere today that it’s quite convenient for him to call it off since he is currently in jail for assaulting a police officer. I’ll try to find where I found it and post a link.

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    MAC says:

    I use NewsBlur and had noticed the feed wasn’t updating a few days ago. Deleting and re-adding the site worked (must have done the https to http switch when I re-added it). I’m getting new stories fine.

    The weird thing I just noticed is that the title of the site in NewsBlur is now [Untitled] instead of Balloon Juice. I swear it was Balloon Juice this morning.

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    WereBear says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: I hope you don’t mind a heartfelt Holy Crap. I’m so sorry.

    If there is any way you could get some net worth out of this… you might have good reason to sign most of your life away, but be certain of your rights in this matter.

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    sne says:

    @Pococurante: Cut&paste works too; it’s just when I did it, NewsBlur “helpfully” suggested the original https:// text, and not really paying attention, idiot me let it unfix the correction. I thought the same thing might have happened to @BrendanL79.

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    Baud says:

    @Kris Collins:

    On Android, I have to hit edit, then switch out of mobile view for the edit screen, then switch back after I’ve edited. It’s a PITA, but it usually works.

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    geg6 says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    And I’ve found the link…actually from yesterday, I believe. And why, yes! Mr. Kokesh is currently in a federal prison in Philadelphia for assaulting a cop. Jeebus, you can’t make this shit up.


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    geg6 says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Dude, that’s cold. I’m sending good vibes to you. Tough way to start the weekend.

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    Hypatia's Momma says:

    I finally made it all the way through The Night Land, by Mr. William H. Hodgson.

    I prefer his other writings.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    Thank you all for your kind thoughts. At the moment I have that “How much acid did we take?” feeling. My wife had open heart surgery in December and I think that led her to think about who she is and what she wants from the rest of her life. She’s an intelligent person and I’m confident that she thought this through. Living with someone is rarely easy and I can understand that she might want to be her own person before its too late.

    For the moment I am being very careful. I do not want to fall into any of the traps that I might and I don’t want to do anything unseemly like wreck my car or write bad poetry.

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    Shakezula says:

    @WereBear: Yes this. You don’t want to be in a position where someone (debt collector, whatever) comes at you years later because an i wasn’t dotted.

    So I guess, when life gives you lemons, get a lawyer.

    Edit: Writing bad poetry is acceptable; making other people read/listen to bad poetry is an unforgivable crime.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @geg6: In a Federal Prison? What do you have to do to completely bypass jail and go straight to prison? Was this for something old?

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    JPL says:

    @Tonal (visible) Crow: That gosh darn liberal media. The news media thought McCain was a liberal.

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    Shakezula says:

    @geg6: No, he was released a few days ago and he wasn’t charged with assault. TPM is playing with fire with that line because could give Kokesh grounds for a libel suit. How embarrassing would it be to have to settle with that bag of nuts?

    In science news: BDSM doesn’t belong in the DSM.

    The journal in which this study was published is one vowel away from perfection.

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    sacrablue says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: So sorry for your pain. Please don’t sign away anything yet. Open heart surgery patients frequently suffer from depression following surgery, no matter how intelligent they may be. With treatment she may change her wishes…unless this is what you feel you have to do.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Oh, geez, now I remember your whole post-surgery story with your wife. That was horrific for you. You’re a vet, right? Don’t forget that the VA has free counseling available for you — there’s probably a whole support group for guys your age in the same situation. If not there, a local hospital probably has support groups, too.

    Go ahead and write bad poetry — just make sure to do it in longhand so you can burn it afterwards rather than putting it online where it will live on forever.

    ETA: We will all hope for you that this works out the way it did on “Modern Family,” where the mom (Shelley Long) leaves to “find herself” and the dad gets to marry Sofia Vergara.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:
    Sorry about that.
    I have started pretty much completely over three times, but only once included a long term breakup. And last year I got told by my (now ex) family that I had to get out and work till I die. And I’m only a year younger than you.
    So, life is tough but starting over can be done. I mean if I can, anyone can.
    And once again, I am sorry for you and anyone who has to start a new life, especially at our age. Good luck.

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    Kris Collins says:

    @Berial: My sentiments precisely.

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    Kris Collins says:

    @Baud: exactly what I do but it’s annoying.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Wow. Best wishes. Talking about it is way better than keeping it in.

    I am taking with me nothing that won’t fit in a Mazda Miata

    Not that you need moral support, but I did a very similar thing a long time ago in a Buick Electra. Everything worked out, and I never looked back.

    …and signing away my rights to everything else

    Nobody’s business but yours, but I don’t think most people would do that.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    I spent a few years as a gypsy machinist living mostly in a ’57 VW transporter (Bus). I know the drill. The rest of the stuff means little to me. I have a very modest bit of income that can’t be taken away. My wife’s income dwarfs mine so I’m not going to do more than separate our finances.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: I’m not telling you to make lemonade, and don’t take this the wrong way (it is meant as a compliment), but you really seem far better equipped to deal with this situation than most.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:
    Having started out in that profession a long, long time ago I find that seasoned machinists are even rarer than 30-40 years ago. That’s what I’m doing again and I last worked in a machine shop 19 years ago. Hell now the shop owner gets mad at me when I pick up a vice, he has apprentices for that.

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    WereBear says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate: I feel better knowing you are a machinist; that is a rare skill and still sought after.

    Not like you are a ballerina. Then you’d be in a world of hurt.

    Godspeed, and keep us posted.

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    Is there any way to teach the Android 2.2 default Browser that when I switch off the Retardo Montalban mobile site mode that it should stay the frak off?

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