Don’t panic. They will be gone soon.
It happened on this wise. My comments hosting company is Disqus, and they recently decided that if you did not subscribe to a paying account, they would put ads up on the formerly free accounts. As much as I value and esteem the comments made here, I did not want to pay what they were going to charge in order to arrange those comments to make them look pretty.
Complicating things further, Disqus also joined the totalitolerance bridge by reserving to themselves the right to moderate comments here, expunging some commenters who failed to believe that we have always been at war with Eastasia.
So we will be switching comment hosts, and I hope it will all happen soon. I am currently on the road, so coordinating this might take a tad longer. So try to put up with Ellen DeGeneres kissing the click bait.