Google began to redirect the blogspot.com traffic to specific national locations. So far, three nations are affected:
Australia: motls.blogspot.com.auNew countries are likely to be added into this list soon.
New Zealand: motls.blogspot.co.nz
The purpose of these new domains is for Google to be able to impose legal restrictions of the content on a country-specific basis.
For example, if it were hypothetically illegal in the country of freedom called Iran to post blog entries informing the population that Allah is a silly superstition and the country's political and religious leaders are medieval bigots and jerks who should be shot, Iran may request Google to block a particular blog entry and only allow the rest of this blog which is totally kosher, even for hardcore Muslim bigots who really need everything to be kosher. ;-)
There's almost no problem with the new domains except for one thing: the Echo/JS-Kit "fast" commenting system (previously Haloscan) divides the commenting into different national groups, too. There's a fix:
The only known fix for Australians and others who want to see the "global" discussion at motls.blogspot.com is to open the following URL:
By using this URL, you should be able to view the old-fashioned global The Reference Frame instead of The Australian Reference Frame, and participate in the global discussions. I hope that the *.com address remains in place even if you click at something in the archive. Incidentally, the ncr trick also works for google.com itself. There are many more countries in which the Google traffic (the search engine) is redirected. If you don't want the google.cz where you're redirected from google.com in Czechia, open google.com/ncr
Thanks to Tom of Perth