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A lot of you are probably getting the same auto-play Planet of the Apes ad that I am. Really sorry about that. I hate them as much as you do. Please (please) discuss ways to make that go away in the comments.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    I for one welcome our new simian overlords. They can’t be any worse than our current overlords.

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    srv says:

    Change that thingy if the config file.

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    dr. luba says:

    My Flash player is out of date. Or so I am told. That seems to help.

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    Tim F. says:

    @srv: Yeesh. At least you didn’t ask me to reboot.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Flash Block keeps the autoplays at bay for me (Chrome user).

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    Origuy says:

    I just keep headphones plugged in. Unless I’m actually listening to something, I rarely notice autoplay.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Ever since you did the Sitemeter tweaking, the auto-plays stopped for my viewing. They were constant before that.

    No auto-plays happening now, either. On Mac with Firefox, if that gives any useful info.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Please (please) discuss ways to make that go away in the comments.

    Nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

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    piratedan says:

    nuke it from our orbital missile platforms…..

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    I’m not getting it but I contacted the ad people.

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    Chuckles says:

    If @MazeDancer is right, Tim F., you might just need to do a hard refresh (Ctrl-F5 or Ctrl-Shift-R or Command-Something-Something) to get the old versions of scripts out of your cache. I haven’t noticed getting ads like that, though I haven’t been here every day, and I keep my speakers muted 90% of the time.

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    gogol's wife says:

    Mistermix did a whole thread on this the other day.

    I’m not getting it right now at the office, but I was still getting it at home (Mac, Firefox and Chrome) as of yesterday. I’m not in the office as much so I’m not sure whether it happens here or not.

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    gogol's wife says:

    I do love the fact that for some people, this took the form of the ghost of Ted Cruz screaming “We shall never surrender!” over and over again. Seems like poetic justice.

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    Schlemizel says:

    I am using the latest Firefox & nothing else, I am not getting this fine “feature” tha the rest of you see to be. I am a lucky boy

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    shelley says:

    Oh, so that’s where that ‘Never surrender’ came from. Half the annoyance was wondering just what the hell it was supposed to be refering to.

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    Ruckus says:

    Rebooting has been the answer from just about day one with computers. And a hard reboot at that, not just a refresh. I’ve had many problems that wouldn’t go away with a refresh that are cured with a reboot. All though trying a reboot doesn’t hurt and usually takes less time. And now that we have more memory and background processes and scripts and autoplay ads and……. it seems even more appropriate to reboot at least every once in a while.

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    KG says:

    @Tim F.: you can try unplugging and plugging it back in

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    sharknado22 says:

    Why not just remove the ad box?

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    sharknado22 says:

    If you install Ad Block Plus you won’t get this problem. No newsmax ads either.

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    Donald says:

    I’m not having this problem. Why does it happen to some and not others?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Donald: I think it has to do with what browser you’re using, on what OS. Also, I’ve had this problem with auto plays on Atrios’ site (the Colbert Report clips just start up without hesitation) but that may have more to do with server side issues on the site (Sitemeter has been mentioned in various places) that must be dealt with by whoever manages a particular site, which we’re seeing Mistermix and TimF attempting to address.

    Shorter, this shit is complicated.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @shelley: Ted Cruz imagining that he’s Winston Churchill. No problem, Rafael. We’ll take no prisoners when we storm Festung Cruz.

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    Citizen_X says:

    Please (please) discuss ways to make that go away in the comments.

    Everybody email Cole to bitch about it. That usually gets some kind of reaction.

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    MattF says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: There’s a specific Flash problem that needs an OS/browser fix– for me, OS X + Safari, the Safari extension ClickToPlugin blocks all Flash media and only plays it when you right-click and select ‘Load Flash.’ There are also site issues that were discussed in the old mistermix thread below.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @MattF: Flash. It is evil.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Donald: Because what ad is served in the ad box varies depending on your browsing history. When I decided to have a look, I had to refresh a brand-new, no-history-available browser install several dozen times to get the first one.

    The video source is TubeMogul. TubeMogul has been serving video ads through Google’s ad engine for a while now, I assume with Google’s collusion. It looks a lot like the promoted YouTube videos Google started mixing in with their ads a while back.

    The one Tim is seeing, assuming it’s the same one I’ve seen, is not actually a Planet of the Apes ad. It’s a PopSugar video “report” with a roll-in ad. All the ones I’ve seen are PopSugar reports.

    Changing the 300×250 ad box to another size would probably also get rid of them. The banner size used at the top, say. I never had a video served in the larger ad spaces.

    This has been happening elsewhere, so I’ve starting recommending blocking TubeMogul at the firewall. Non-video ads can still come through.

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    Tommy says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Well that and also maybe some malware on your computer. I work with computer for a living and it is something that happens to me. If you have a computer and spend much time on the Internet it is something you get.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Tommy: I know I have malware on my computer. I run Windows!

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    KG says:

    @Citizen_X: dude, that’s fucked up… given that he just got back from where he did.

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    Tommy says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Funny. Windows is a problem.

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    Violet says:

    Flashblock works for me. Plus I keep the computer muted so even if they’re running I won’t hear them.

    @John (MCCARTHY) Cole: Thanks, John!

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    different-church-lady says:

    Never had a BJ autoplay while using Flashblock. Might there be a way to disable ads that use Flash at the server level?

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    Citizen_X says:

    @KG: I was not serious.

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    big ole hound says:

    “Ad Blocker” freebie stops all but the sidebar stuff for me.

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    JPL says:

    @KG: hmmm Both of you need to read the comments since the boss posted before you.

    Mistermix tried to fix the problem on Saturday and it appears that he did for some. I am on a pc and use chrome and it pops up. Maybe Mistermix doesn’t think that PC
    users are worthy.

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    Tommy says:

    @different-church-lady: I do web sites for a living and I don’t actually know. You would think. None of my clients have ads on their sites. But clearly John is a member of a few ad networks. Those ads are served to this site. John has no control over them.

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    Hal says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    Because what ad is served in the ad box varies depending on your browsing history.

    My ads are all for midget porno. Really awkward at work.

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    sharl says:

    I heard it just once – I think – and only about three syllables exited my speakers before it was shut down. Weird…

    [Running Firefox on PC with Win-7, with NoScript installed/blocking a bunch of stuff.]

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @JPL: I’m running AdBlocker on a Chrome/Windows machine and no problems here. So there’s something going on besides “it’s a PC”!

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    different-church-lady says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: Am I the only one who reads things like “It’s a PopSugar video report with a roll-in colluding with Google” and thinks, “WHY DON’T YOU PEOPLE GET LIVES AND STOP ANNOYING US WITH YOUR GODDAMN DUMB TECHNO TOYS AT A NICKLE A CLICK?”

    I mean, what the fuck is a PopSugar and how can so many internet users be so goddamned idiotic that they can actually make money being a PopSugar?

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    Cervantes says:

    @Jerzy Russian: Actually, our current overlords are simian, too, as are we.

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    randomworker says:

    The Mercedes ad runs non stop for me.

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    Cervantes says:


    No idea. Nor would I know a TubeMogul if one fell on my head.

    Brave new world.

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    Cervantes says:

    @randomworker: Engineered like no other ad in the world.

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    JPL says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Maybe it’s Obama’s fault! I’ve used ad block but have avoided shutting down ads for this site. I’m rethinking my decision. The mute button helps but sometimes I stream MSNBC.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @JPL: Well, blaming Obama for someone leaving the commode seat up is the default approach, so I’d run with that, it’s got plenty of legs.

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    Ruckus says:

    It’s the volume. A nickel a pop isn’t much. Even 50K or maybe even a couple of hundred thousand pops a day adds up, especially considering the capital cost of involvement. Don’t know how many of the 6 billion or so people have a computer and how many billions less will get the ad but it’s not an insignificant number. And of course you have all the add-on stuff to stop this. And the world goes round and round.

    Reminds me of the pet rock. Absolutely useless idea (and much less annoying!) but I’d bet someone made money on it for a while.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @MattF: I am not having these problems, but I installed ClicktoPlugin last week at someone’s recommendation. I disabled it yesterday – it’s nothing but a pain in the behind.

    I have used ClickToFlash for years, and it is wonderful. Anyone not using ClickToFlash should go install it right now.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    OT, but Noisemax piqued my morbid interest:

    Jon Voight Slams Cruz, Bardem for Israel-Bashing

    I was thinking “Cruz? Rafael Cruz the hearthrob of authoritarian fuckwads all over the country?” But no, apparently Penelope Cruz said something that offended wingtard dipshit Voight, by daring to question Israel’s current campaign of genocide against the Palestinians.

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    Percysowner says:

    Adblock will stop all ads, but then Balloon Juice loses out on revenue. Flashblock keeps videos from auto loading, which is nice.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: I wish conservative actors would stick to the conservative line about actors and set a good example by shutting up.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:


    I mean, what the fuck is a PopSugar and how can so many internet users be so goddamned idiotic that they can actually make money being a PopSugar?


    My sentiments exactly.

    PopSugar is a website that does fluff entertainment reporting.

    TubeMogul is a company that specializes in video ads. They buy adspace from Google to run their ads.

    From what I’ve seen this weekend, PopSugar has paid TubeMogul to promote their site. TubeMogul is doing this by having some of PopSugar’s videos play on other people’s sites via Google ads. The idea is that the reports will intrigue the viewer enough to go to PopSugar to see what else they’re covering.

    A roll-in is an ad that plays before a video that you want to see.

    If you don’t want to block all ads or all videos, you can try blocking at your firewall or router. Or get the geeky grandkid/neighbor/co-worker to do it.

    Otherwise, we wait until the person who controls the Google ad account finds out why this is going on and whether there’s a way to opt-out.

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    pamelabrown53 says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Thanks for your comment. It’s rare, but I was thinking about clicking on that Newsmax story. Glad I didn’t.

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    sharknado22 says:

    @JPL: “Mistermix tried to fix this…..”

    You can stop right there. This is the same guy who breathless posted every single day how he was convinced Sarah Palin was running for President in 2012.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    Oh, and FlashBlock may work for now, but the player TubeMogul is using had been working on a way to get around it.

    By failing over to HTML5. Others are frantically trying to figure out a way to block it, with limited success so far.

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    sharknado22 says:

    2010 that is. Before the Nazi’s pounce.

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    sharknado22 says:

    2012 that is…..2008 too. Hell he probably did in 2010.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Can I request the Russian dating ad to autoplay?

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    catclub says:


    I’d bet someone made money on it for a while.


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    Roger Moore says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:
    Flashblock can be set to block HTML5 video as well. I think that’s actually the default setting.

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    Eric U. says:

    I installed flashblock because of Balloon Juice. It’s a pain.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    o/T, but James Brady has died.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Roger Moore: I don’t use it, because I’m too paranoid to let JavaScript run on my machines willy nilly, and that works so far. I just know I was seeing quite a bit of discussion about how to block the HTML5 that suggested it was an unsolved issue.

    Most viruses that I’ve cleaned up in recent years came from dodgy ads on legitimate non-pr0n sites. I don’t trust ’em.

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    chopper says:


    You need to punch a hole in the corner of the floppy disk.

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    Chickamin Slam says:

    My current ads are Vintage Vietnam army fatigues, Lifelock, Toyota, and Diet Snapple.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:
    Javier Bardem is Penelope Cruz’s husband. They and many other Spanish movie people signed an open letter, published in a Spanish newspaper, that criticised Israel’s actions in the current Gaza crisis and demanded an end to the violence. Nothing different, I imagine, from the sentiments expressed here by so many of us.

    The Bardems say that their intent was humanitarian rather than political, and maintain that they are not antisemites as claimed by Angelina’s dad and Jackie Mason.

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    sharknado22 says:

    Really no excuse for not running ad block plus these days. It blocks so much crap and results in sites loading faster. It’s pretty much essential as far as I’m concerned.

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    Schlemizel says:

    Last I heard there are slightly more than 7 billion people on earth & about 3 billion of those have Internet access. I’d be happy if I could get them all to give me a penny.

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    Schlemizel says:

    How do you support BJ then? Sites I care about I unblock so they can earn the maximum from my clicks. It’s the least I can do – and never let it be said I didn’t do the least I could do.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I stopped running Adblock here at John Cole’s request (he said this site depends on the ad revenue). But I had to activate it again because it was taking forever to load, and would cause Firefox to hang.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    John Hinckley wounded James Brady when he, Hinckley, tried to kill Ronald Reagan. Brady devoted himself to gun-control activism after that, and if I recall correctly actually managed to get some laws passed. There’ll be ammosexuals dancing on this man’s grave.

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    sharknado22 says:

    @Schlemizel: You can disable it for individual sites. If you are so concerned about someone elses blog site buy 100 cat calendars.

    If the idiots administering this site insist on posting annoying ads that autorun with audio on that is not my problem. It has happened before and I guarantee you it will happen again. If Cole thinks he can send an email to an ad company and get them to stop doing something that earns them a few extra pennies a month he’s dillusional!

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    Elie says:

    I continue to get a variety of auto-plays including G-3 cell phone and other… no Planet of the Apes though

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    Trollhattan says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    I’m with Penelope Cruz on this. Because Penelope Cruz.

    Also, too, John Voight is a wingnut par excellence.

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    KG says:

    @Citizen_X: for the record, I was joking too.

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    Trollhattan says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Sad, but true. Brady and especially Sarah Brady have been on the side of the angels on gun control ever since. Considering how he was robbed of much of his mobility, it must have been especially tough to soldier on for so long.

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    Elie says:

    I continue to get a variety of auto-plays including G-3 cell phone and other… no Planet of the Apes though. These are extremely annoying but in light of some of the arguments upstring about supporting the site, I am trying to endure. Its not just this site.

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    Violet says:

    @sharknado22: Delusional? Is that what happens when you eat too many dill pickles?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Yes indeed, he and his wife Sarah were tireless advocates for gun control. The “Brady Law,” named in his honour and signed by Clinton, asked for a short (five-day?) waiting period for background checks, and sent the NRA into a frothing frenzy of Second Amendment crazy.

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    Cervantes says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    John Hinckley wounded James Brady when he, Hinckley, tried to kill Ronald Reagan.

    Yes, and Brady was reported dead.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Amir Khalid: eew yeah, it’s going to be uglier than usual.

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    Violet says:

    @Violet: Fracking autocorrect ruined my joke! It was dillusional.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @sharknado22: Actually, Google allows you to block a certain number of companies from advertising on your site. You can also opt out of things like showing YouTube videos that the owner had paid to promote. I’m hoping that there will be a way to opt-out of these, now that the ad account owner is available.

    @Elie: Are you letting them run to their conclusion? The ones I’ve seen had a standard commercial (Chicken of the Sea and Starbucks, IIRC) followed by the Planet of the Apes or Kendell and Kylie reports.

    FlashBlock or blocking the ad’s origination with a firewall should let the static ads through. I haven’t been home to verify this, though.

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    Elie says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    No– as soon as I see them I try to close them. Some now have a built in timer that prevents you from closing them or 8-9 seconds. I keep my sound off so they can’t interrupt me and click them off as soon as I can

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    gogol's wife says:

    I just got a popup audio ad on my office computer, Mac, Firefox.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Amir Khalid

    : and maintain that they are not antisemites as claimed by Angelina’s dad and Jackie Mason.

    Hey, they criticized the racist, militarist Likud state. Of course they’re antisemites. Geeze, get with the program. If you call Bibi a babykiller, which he objectively is, then you’re obviously an antisemite. Duh.

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    Royston Vasey says:

    How to turn off the autoplay in the browser. Thanks C&L!

    Disabling autoplay videos and media in Chrome is simple. First of all you need to type “chrome://chrome/settings/content” into the URL bar. Then all you need to do is scroll down to the plug-in section, and select ‘click to play’.

    Disabling ads/videos in Firefox is a little different from the process in Chrome. The first suggested way to stop Flash content from playing is to enter Firefox’s configuration settings by typing “about:config” into the URL bar, accepting the warning, then entering “plugins.click_to_play” into the search box and toggling the settings. However, we experienced limited success with this method.

    If this technique doesn’t work for you, we suggest downloading the add-on Flash Block. To install this all you need to do is Google search “Flash Block Firefox” and install/enable the add-on, and then restart Firefox. Make sure you download from a reputable source. All Flash content will now be click to play, until you disable or remove the add-on.

    Internet Explorer:
    Stopping videos, Flash media and autoplaying adverts in Internet Explorer is the easiest the three. Simply go to Tools, Safety and then click on the ActiveX Filtering option. This will then put a tick next to the option, indicating that filtering is enabled.

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    dianne says:

    I’m not getting that – I’m getting Netflix’s advertisement regarding the last 6 episodes of “The Killing” which we already blew through in 3 days. I used to say it’s the best crime series I’ve ever seen but I now say it’s the best series I’ve ever seen period. Even more riveting than “House of Cards”. It’s important to start at the beginning, though. The first 26 episodes are about one crime and the next 16 are another.. Anyone who has Netflix should give it a try. The two main characters have done some of the best acting I’ve ever seen.

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