Friday, June 01, 2012

How to avoid national redirect of Google, Blogspot

Just open (and manually add /ncr to the URL in your bookmarks)

Google began to redirect the traffic to specific national locations. So far, dozens of nations are affected, aside from the original three, especially:
New Zealand:

United Kingdom:

Additions from early May 2012: redirected since June 1st

Hong Kong:
See the diverse URLs in the last 100 TRF visits. The United States will keep their "global" dotcom suffix in order to appreciate that Al Gore, a child of America, has invented the Internet.

New countries are likely to be added into this list in the future. I hope that some readers who are keen tourists have already visited the branches of TRF in the whole world! My work shouldn't change; the only difference is that I will have to write every blog entry 193 times (assuming that countries outside the United Nations will have no TRF). Exactly one-half of the (7.2 million) TRF visitors came from the U.S.; TRF has been visited by people in 231 countries (see the last animated counter in the right sidebar of the TRF main page, play with it).

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. ;-)

(I know it's "halal" in the truly kosher ternminology, it was supposed to be a joke.)

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. I will try to convince them to translate the URLs to "dotcom" but there's a fix now:

The only known fix for Australians and others who want to see the "global" discussion at is to open the following URL:
where "ncr" stands for "no country redirect". You may also get to this URL by clicking at the big title "the reference frame" at the top of this blog at any moment. You may also prevent redirect for individual pages; "ncr" always comes right after ".com", e.g.
By using this URL, you should be able to view the old-fashioned global The Reference Frame instead of The Australian Reference Frame or the Deutsch Bezugsssystem, 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 itself. There are many more countries in which the Google traffic (the search engine) is redirected. If you don't want the where you're redirected from in Czechia, open
Thanks to Tom of Perth


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  2. Hello Luboš!
    I had to wait until after midnight so you wouldn't think I'm pulling a fast one on you on Fool's day behalf.
    Sadly, the ncr solution has stopped working for me in France. Very annoying, if nothing else because I know...
    Yes, silly. But true all the same.
    Also, but this is secondary, I liked the old backdrop which has turned into a very stressing and uniform white. Maybe the blog page didn't feel good about the redirection also.
    Just to let you know. As always, very thankful for the pleasure of reading you.
    Best of everything (lol)

  3. Dear Citoyen, it's sad and strange to hear about the NCR. It shouldn't be related to the color changes.

    What's wrong with

  4. Hi!
    Wall as I wrote earlier, aside from the little pang I always get when a portion however tenuous of my freedom is taken away from me (or anybody else for that matter), the only notable difference is the lack of backdrop, or rather a uniformly white.
    Which, I have to agree, doesn't in any way modify the quality of your writings or the intellectual pleasure I have reading them. But I also know your keen sense of perfection, if nothing else, as a living testimony of our humanity.
    Very sincerely,