Site itself

[For James Higham himself, please go to Main author. Reason for this separation is that that page is used across a number of blogs, whereas this is about Nourishing Obscurity only.]

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History of Nourishing Obscurity

In 2001, I was living and working in Russia and bought my first PC, complete with dial-up internet. Thus began the great knowledge expansion and by 2003, I was telling friends that the US had no intention of leaving Iraq and that the Muslim invasion of Europe was about to start.

In those early days, bloggers on the net included Stephen Pollard, Clive Davis and Oliver Kamm, Tim Worstall and Devil’s Kitchen.

In 2006, there was an altercation with a blogger called Indecent Left, on the subject of God and it went for days. However, it was on Stephen Pollard’s blog and it seemed best to move the battle to my own site.

It started here, on Blogger and went until 2009, at which point I was back in Britain. Those were maybe the golden years of the blog, during which the site won some awards, a couple of blog groups were set up, and your humble blogger became part of the centre-right establishment in the blogosphere, under Iain Dale. Readers were split mainly between Britain and America.

Where I lost kudos was firstly in insisting on a hidden government involved in everything from Manchurian candidates through to an EU which wanted to become a superstate.

Naturally, I was vilified for this, called tinfoil hat, especially for supporting a crazy campaign called Brexit.

One of the last straws for readers was identifying and attacking a group out of the ODPM called Common Purpose. As everyone knows, the govt never does anything nefarious, always as pure as the driven snow.

The other sin was to attack Cameron from 2007, shortly after he became leader. Until then, Blair and Labour had been the main targets but now your humble blogger was told by fellow bloggers that he was a traitor to conservatism.

Of course, they were right and I was wrong – Cameron showed he was the finest leader this country has ever had and his Chancellor was a great man too.

There were issues with Blogger in 2008, when a troll tried to take down my site by complaining to them. They took N.O. down first and then investigated later.

End of Blogger.

The initial way was to join WordPress at this site. It was necessary, as with any WP site in those days, to have an Akismet key, only available from dotcom WordPress, so that site was set up.

A techie mate offered to help set up a dotorg WordPress site for N.O. and that’s the one currently being used.

There was a brief time when the dotcom was used again, during the current site’s crash but the dotcom then went back into hiatus, along with the first site. These sites still exist and are sometimes used.

In 2014, the current site went to a new host who was actually a longtime fellow blogger and techie from the early days.

Various co-authors and contributors have written for N.O. They can be found in the top navbar on the main page and at this link. The site has quite a history, approaching its twelfth birthday.

The name of the site itself came from an article on China, written in 2006, which refers to something Deng Ziaoping said:

According to Deng Xiaoping, in order to eventually overcome, China should adopt the ancient maxim of “hiding brightness and nourishing obscurity,” and Beijing added: “to bide our time and build up our capabilities” and again: “to yield on small issues with the long term in mind.”

Seemed a good idea at the time.

What Nourishing Obscurity is about

It’s essentially a magazine on any topic under the sun but is heavily political at the same time, a strange mix and the politics are heavily Deplorable, in the late 2017, worldwide sense.

The idea is that if it’s humbug, on whatever side, then it’s going to be taken apart here, no beg pardons.

– James, Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 [modified 28.11.17]

Further reading

The lowdown on nourishing obscurity

5 comments for “Site itself

  1. Alan
    November 6, 2017 at 08:57

    Cameron was, and is, an inveterate clown who screwed this country in the manner of the ‘tin tart’, aka thatcher. Good riddance to bad rubbish and we will soon be rid of the useless kitten heels who used a billion quid of OUR money to buy power. The whole rotten edifice of the last forty years is about to come crashing down and youth will create a better future than this corrupt government can ever offer.

  2. Doonhamer
    July 27, 2019 at 19:44

    And your das boot logs are very interesting.
    Thank you for it all.

  3. November 22, 2019 at 17:04

    Mostly agree with your Good and Bad List on the main author page, thou I admit, Ive not heard of some of the names on the list.

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