Institute an actual moderation feature like on slashdot.org.
The idea there is that regular readers get the opportunity to be moderators every once in a while. Users that are moderators have a couple days and a couple moderation points to play with. As a moderator, you use your moderation points to add or subtract points to/from the point totals for each post in articles that you have not replied to yourself.
The effect would be that the (currently useless) point totals next to each post would be changed at the discretion of an ever-changing and representative sample of the readers.
Once the point totals meant something, each user could set the filters to hide comments below a certain point threshhold.
That way, if you wanted to read "first post" gibberish, you could, but if you wanted to cut to the chase and read the comments that add some meaning to the original story, you could filter out all the offtopics, flaimbaits, and me-toos.
And Batista was? Cuba was such a paradise before the revolution? Sure, things aren't great there now, and it's better here, but remember that the Cuban emigre community is composed of the middle and wealthy classes that were chased out by Che and Castro.
Not everything's black and white, and whether Che fought for freedom or not is debateable, but he was a remarkeble person who deserves some attention.