Lion of the Blogosphere

No more Wall Street Journal articles

Even though I canceled my electronic subscription a long time ago, for some reason I kept being able to read articles for free on the iPad app. But today, it suddenly stopped working. What a bummer. But no way am I going to pay $198/year for electronic access when there’s so much news I can still read for free. Furthermore, the WSJ has recently been littering the iPad app with more and more obnoxious in-your-face advertising.

Also, the WSJ is one of those unethical companies that allow you to subscribe online but not cancel online.

The NY Times has a nice tablet-optimized website, that you can read for free if you open it in a “private” window, and has no adverstising if you use the Purify adblocker for iOS. The only downside is that it doesn’t pre-download like the app which you can read on the bus or subway where you don’t have wifi.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 4, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Posted in News

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  1. I think the social media trick still works. If you click a WSJ link on twitter or facebook, you can read paywalled articles.


    April 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    • Possibly, but still too much of a PITA to be useful for browsing the paper. Good for an occasional must-read article.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 4, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      • Just post the article to your FB wall in the private mode, then you can read it. If on desktop, you don’t even need to post: the post preview is readable.


        April 5, 2017 at 6:42 am

  2. Yeah, you used to be able to search for the article on Google News and go directly to the article, thereby bypassing the paywall. They did away with that loophole a few months ago.

    My friends gives me his password for the iPad app, which works well and they never ask for an update to the login credentials.


    April 4, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    • Multiple people sharing the same password is probably the best way to go.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 4, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      • I use my employer’s one (shared) userID and password to access the WSJ.

        E. Rekshun

        April 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm

  3. I think there’s a laborious way around this, well not too laborious, but I’m such a lazy scut it’s too much for me.

    If you have a NY Public Library card, they have a database that is pretty extensive. The NY Times and the Journal are, last time I checked, part of this. You have to key in annoying search terms, and you can’t just scan the paper at will, but if you see an article that you really want to read, you can get into it that way.


    April 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm

  4. Reading articles without paying sounds like value transference which is bad.

    Dave Pinsen

    April 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    • No one pays me for my blog articles.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 4, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      • I pay you in comments.

        The WSJ has been tightening up it’s paywall. I used to be a daily reader of their editorial page, but I think those days are long gone. Now, the only way I can read it is through a link via Facebook.

        Mike Street Station

        April 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      • Maybe they’re worth what you charge for them.

        Dave Pinsen

        April 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    • What’s worse to read articles without paying or to cheat on taxes and why? Magnavox?


      April 4, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      • If the NY Times wanted to close off the website to everyone except those who pay, they could easily do that, furthermore, they lose no money if I otherwise would just forgo reading their liberal-biased rag, so I don’t think it’s as bad as cheating on taxes, not by a long shot.

        Also, before the internet, you could always read the NY Times for free by going to the library or finding a discarded paper on the subway and no one ever thought that was cheating or unethical.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      • Also, before the internet, you could always read the NY Times for free by going to the library or finding a discarded paper on the subway and no one ever thought that was cheating or unethical.

        You could search online for titles of articles you’re interested in and then read the WSJ paper edition for free at a cafe or bookstore.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        April 4, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      • ‘don’t think it’s as bad as cheating on taxes, not by a long shot.’

        But is it bad at all, or is it perfectly good?

        So all the rich guys can pay millions and hundreds of millions to the politicians to tweet the tax code and the laws in their favor, but we the little guys should just be paying taxes like morons? Where is the logic? Where is the common sense?


        April 4, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      • > no one ever thought that was cheating or unethical.

        I think it is unethical to read the newspaper for free at the library. If anything there should be at least a 1-day delay


        April 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm

  5. WSJ: “there shall be open borders.”

    Explainer 21

    April 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    • “doing jobs that Americans just won’t do”

      E. Rekshun

      April 4, 2017 at 6:10 pm

  6. Lion, I think you should open up a Patreon account if you haven’t already. I’m sure some would be willing to give.


    April 4, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    • Well soon I’m going to be paid $90/hour before 1099 taxes, so I guess I don’t need the money, which wouldn’t be that much. I doubt I’d make more than a thousand dollars a year.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 4, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      • If you’re being paid as a contractor, you probably know about the tax advantage of setting up an S Corp and paying yourself a portion of your income as dividends, right? Makes sense to pay someone to do the extra accounting once you hit about the 100K mark. If you’re not familiar with this, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll elaborate. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog ever the years.


        April 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      • You’re right, maybe I should do that.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 4, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      • True, but $1000 a year is > $0 a year. It could fund the purchase of a new iPhone. 😀


        April 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm

  7. You get junk like NYT for free. Big deal.

    I just hope this doesnt mean more posts on Salon content.

    Lion of the Turambar

    April 4, 2017 at 5:24 pm

  8. The Adblock Plus browser extension is my blocker of choice and prob the best. Works in any browser (well, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and the Microsoft Edge version is a beta version but still).

    A reader

    April 4, 2017 at 6:07 pm

  9. I can read WSJ from home through my public library web page. All they verify is my membership number.


    April 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm

  10. My comments on Susan Rice.

    Btw, great thinking by mikeca/MikeCA not letting the phony Trump-Russia angle fade away and instead, by clinging to the story, inviting Trump to look into the potentially criminal handling of intel by the Obama administration:

    The Progressive’s Russia Narrative – Unravelling Faster than a Pussyhat

    The narrative continues to backfire on the Progressives who conjured up out of nothing that chimera.

    Just as we predicted:
    The flimsy allegations Russia somehow coordinated with the Trump campaign have trapped the accusers in a catch-22 they have no obvious way to escape from:

    If the Obama administration did have the Trump campaign wiretapped, numerous Obama officials are at risk of becoming targets of criminal investigations.
    If the Obama administration did not have the Trump campaign wiretapped, no actual evidence of collusion with Russia was found because if it was it would have surely been leaked during the campaign.

    In either case the Progressives can do little more with their allegations. If they insist on their investigation going forward the Left risks Trump retaliating with his own investigation into the legality of the wiretaps. Based on the non-denial denials coming from Obama officials it is doubtful they believe they will come out of an investigation looking better than Trump.
    If the Progressives back off their story they are admitting they knew their reported accusations were based on little to no evidence.

    Judged by the standards intelligence operations the Shallow State has proven a total failure and it leaves the observer with no reason to believe it will be more successful in the future.
    One of the first rules of counter-intelligence is to not alert enemies too soon about monitoring efforts. When Germany’s enigma code was cracked by the Allies Churchill did not warn British citizens about the timing of planned German airstrikes he had learned about through deciphered intercepts. Churchill chose not to act on that information early so the Germans would not know to change their encryption codes.
    The Shallow State is beginning to pay heavily for ignoring this iron rule.
    Instead of telling Obama personnel to lie low for a few years and slowly gather information about the Trump administration, the impatient former administration has stupidly let Trump in on their game before Trump had enough time to get involved in a major Presidential scandal, even if he had planned on getting into one.
    The early leaks to the media (and the exceptionally stupid bragging about their incompetent “coup” on Twitter) has given Trump reason to clear out former Obama personnel, tighten internal communications, knock the Russia-Trump hysteria off course with a single tweet, discredit a questionable FBI Director whose days may well be numbered, crackdown on disobedient agencies, and either investigate or threaten to investigate Obama era officials.
    In exchange for handing Trump these serious long term advantages the Left can only count as victories the resignation of Mike Flynn (whose resignation will prove advantageous to Trump since it disposed of a problem case before Flynn had time to become entangled in a worse scandal), temporary social media euphoria, and a “Russia stole the election” narrative too weak and broken to hang a pussyhat on.
    We have these further thoughts –

    It now appears the Progressives wound up with the worst of both worlds – there was legally dubious monitoring of Trump’s circle and that monitoring turned up nothing.

    Susan Rice is a standout political hack even by the standards of the Obama White House. If there had been a true criminal link between the Trump campaign and the government of Russia, Rice would certainly have leaked the information to the press during the election campaign. The fact she was unable to pinpoint such collusion with the full capacity of the American intelligence community at her disposal and the grand prize of the Presidency hanging in the balance is strong evidence there is no such link.

    The Progressives exhausted their best attempt to investigate Trump-Russia during the campaign. If they found nothing in that time span then the Trump-Russia well is most likely dry.

    The Obama-Monitoring well, however, is likely untapped. We heartily recommend the Trump White House explore it to the full extent possible now that the Progressives have very stupidly invited him to do so.

    We are very amused to see Progressives react to yesterday’s reports about Rice’s handling of sensitive information by arguing that, even if true, no crime was committed by her doing so. They had better not bet money on that theory. The numerous Federal statutes dealing with classified information are so complex that a plausible indictment against Susan Rice and other senior Obama advisers would not be at all difficult to design.

    At a minimum, those laws are complex enough that Rice and other Obama figures would be tied up in legal knots for years in court even if the case is weak and all of the accused are ultimately exonerated on every charge.

    If Rice were confident she acted completely within legal boundaries she would not have said she had nothing to do with the alleged unmasking. We look forward to a robust criminal investigation to see what else she and other Obama era officials may be hiding.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    April 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    • Remember Scooter Libby!

      Mel Belli

      April 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    • Not only is this comment OT, but it’s longer than the blog post. Tl:dr.

      Dave Pinsen

      April 4, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    • Remember Scooter Libby!

      I do. Comey worked on that case with Patrick Fitzgerald. For some reason everyone associated with Fitzgerald is nuts.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      April 4, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    • Not only is this comment OT, but it’s longer than the blog post. Tl:dr.

      It wasn’t that long.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      April 4, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    • Unlike most Americans, I had thought that there was something to this Russia stuff at first. I didn’t care, but I thought it was legit. Now I’m starting to think that it’s a nothingburger and that it may actually help Trump with the whole spying thing giving more evidence to just how evil Obama is.

      Trump’s numbers are garbage probably as a result of the healthcare thing and feuding with the Freedom Caucus. His approval isn’t really a big deal though, the country is so polarized that Presidential popularity no longer means much. Kinda like how in Israel Netanyahu is widely reviled but his power is unassailable due to structural issues with the Israeli electorate.

      Otis the Sweaty

      April 4, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      • Unlike most Americans, I had thought that there was something to this Russia stuff at first.

        Luckily, most Americans knew it was obvious bullshit from the very beginning.

        Andrew E.

        April 5, 2017 at 12:02 am

  11. In my opinion, the best financial information site is Morningstar. Approximately $150 per year and delivers all the essential information that an investor needs to know. Superior to Valueline. The WSJ is a joke. House organ of the Cucks.


    April 4, 2017 at 8:34 pm

  12. Wall Street Journal? NY Times?

    My god, Lion, stop reading fake news.


    April 4, 2017 at 9:03 pm

  13. “No one pays me for my blog articles.”

    use patreon.

    barton parker

    April 4, 2017 at 10:37 pm

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