Mar 232015
 

62-JoanneD

This is Joanne’s second award.  She earned her first last September, and I have no doubt that there will be many more to come.

A denizen of Care2, she came to us from there, and is now a regular.  She’s super-smart, witty a political junky and an activist for all kinds of human rights.  I have had occasion to correspond with her, and she faces some major issues in her life with exceptional dignity and grace.

Please join in burying her smothering her with the praise and kudos she deserves.  Her daily participation makes this a better place to be.

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Mar 102015
 

Over a year ago, Lynn Squance posted the 50,000th comment here at Politics Plus.  At that time, I sent her a special price, and she promised us pictures of her posing with her prize.  It’s been a ling wait, but at last we have Mug Shots from Lynn!  I received them this morning.

First here is a picture of her prize:

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And, here is a picture of her holding her prize.

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Dang!!  That’s a BIG mug, and she make4s it look tiny!!  When she threatens to stomp you, be afraid!  Be VERY afraid!

Thanks Lynn!  You’re fantastic!

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Mar 022015
 

In February, Politics Plus was little changed from January.  We decreased in every category, but only because the month is three days shorter.

Here is our latest summary:

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Data from February 2015:

Reported period

Month Feb 2015

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Feb 2015 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

28 Feb 2015 – 23:59

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

9,917

 

27,754

(2.79 visits/visitor)

75,630

(2.72 Pages/Visit)

220,134

(7.93 Hits/Visit)

3.12 GB

(117.87 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

223,765

258,998

4.49 GB

Data from February 2014:

Reported period

Month Feb 2014

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Feb 2014 – 00:01

 

 

 

 

Last visit

28 Feb 2014 – 23:56

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

7,693

 

26,136

(3.39 visits/visitor)

61,527

(2.35 Pages/Visit)

203,551

(7.78 Hits/Visit)

6.51 GB

(260.99 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

235,416

286,302

9.47 GB

This February was a significant improvement over last.

Here is our latest demographic data from Quantcast:

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They miss a ton of raw data, but among those they can identify they are a valuable source of information.  We are mostly older, well educated, poor, and politically active. 

Here is our latest ClustrMap:

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ClustrMap misses a lot of, because many visits can’t be easily traced to a location.  It shows only the visits from March 2 to January 13, when it was last updated.  Therefore it is unchanged from last month.

Here are our top five articles:

Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2010 1,651
Warren on Vaccines 2/13/2015 484
Texas Is Premeditating Murder 11/25/2014 363
Good News from the FCC 2/5/2015 309
The Impasse Is No Mystery 2/11/2015 301

The count represents only the people who followed an external link to that specific article.  I’m pleased to see three  from February.

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers:

Care2 2,103
Google 1,695
Stumbleupon 1,138

Two are down.  Stumbleupon is up.

Here are our top  blog/news referrers:

http://infidel753.blogspot.com/
http://bildungblog.blogspot.com/
http://www.oakcreekforum.blogspot.mx/
http://rixar13.newsvine.com/
http://annette-justmylittlepieceoftheworld.blogspot.com/
http://zenman1550.tumblr.com/
http://progressiveerupts.blogspot.com/

Normally I have included fifteen here, but these seven are the only ones with two or more referrals.  That’s down three from last month.  Putting their links here increases the ratings of their sites, so this “linkey love” is our thank you for their support.

Here are our top commentators.  As the resident Big Mouth, I don’t count.  Those who leave their URLs in their comment headers, also get “linkey-love” here.

Lynn Squance (129)
Edie (85)
Joanne D (84)
Pat A (80)
Patty (79)
Jim Phillips (59)
SoINeedAName (53)
jla (48)
Rixar13 (45)
Vivian B. (39)
Jerry Critter (24)
mamabear (17)
Avril Lomas (9)
Steve (6)
Arielle (5)
Yvonne White (5)
Infidel753 (5)

There are over 15, because of a tie.  People who submit articles to Care2 can use their submitted news link from there.

We have 254,594 links on other websites.

As of Midnight on March 1, we have 5,400 articles and 61,387 comments.

Kudos to Lynn for posting the 61,000th comment.

I recommend using your own avatar. Go to Gravatar.  Sign up using the email address you use to post comments here and upload the image you want to use as your avatar.  Whenever you comment under that email address here or on any WordPress blog (several others too), that image will become your avatar.

As the New Year continues to unfold, it’s crystal clear that the Republican Party is too incompetent to govern, even on those rare occasions, when they appear to want to do so. In addition, they have no shortage of greed, lies, and hate.  They are getting away with it, because the habitat of most Americans is intersection of political ignorance and apathy, and most news media reinforce both.  We still have our work cut out for us.

Thank you for all that you do, here and elsewhere.  You are what makes this site happen!!

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Mar 012015
 

Here are the results of our “Netanyahu Rejection” poll.  Politics Plus Polls are not scientific, because those who respond are not balanced according to demographic categories.   Therefore, we do not accurately reflect the makeup of the US population.  Nevertheless, our polls are usually factually accurate, and more often than not, they reflect thinking or will of the national majority.

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Our Polling Host no longer allows us to copy and paste your comments made when taking the poll.  To read them, click here.

“Do Not Attend” was the clear winner.  I voted “walk out”, because Republicans will spin Democrats who do not attend as not caring about Israel and/or National Security enough to show up.  Walking out clearly delineates the move as a protest.

The mree poll is up and ready you you to vote.

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Feb 202015
 

61-LynnSquance

Lynn has now won her tenth Big Mouth Award.  For over a year she has been our top commentator, and is also one of only two people, other than myself, that I have authorized to post articles here.  Lynn is a denizen of Care2, and is still a Canadian, unfortunately for the US.  I’ve said this before, but it still bears repeating.  If 10% of US citizens had half, or if half of US citizens had 10% of the knowledge of and insight into US politics that this Canadian gal regularly displays, our country would be far better off.  Congrats Lynn!  She is a treasure, whose contribution to this site cannot be overstated, but I am stating it again.

I have only one growing complaint.  We are still waiting for the picture of her posing with the prize she won for posting the 50,000th comment months ago.

Please join me in congratulating her, thanking her, praising her and especially harassing her to send me that picture.

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Feb 182015
 

Here are the results of our “Satisfaction with Legislators” poll.  Politics Plus Polls are not scientific, because those who respond are not balanced according to demographic categories.   Therefore, we do not accurately reflect the makeup of the US population.  Nevertheless, our polls are usually factually accurate, and more often than not, they reflect thinking or will of the national majority.

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Our polling host has disabled our ability co copy and paste your comments to the poll.  To view them, click here.

There is no right answer here, because we all have different legislators.  I voted mostly satisfied.  I’m thrilled with Jeff Merkley quite happy with Earl Blumenauer. The only reason I’m not completely satisfied is that on Rare occasion, Ron Wyden tries to reach across the aisle and gives up too much.  Republicans then present his concessions as his position, even though they never actually make the deal.  He has suckered for that ploy, and they have used him for propaganda, about half a dozen times over the last few years.

I am more satisfied than most, I see.

The new poll is up and ready for your votes.  Stay in practice.

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Feb 022015
 

In January, Politics Plus was little changed from December.  We increased in every category, except visits, which were less than 100 lower.

Here is our latest summary:

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Data from January 2015:

Reported period

Month Jan 2015

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Jan 2015 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

31 Jan 2015 – 23:59

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

10,329

 

29,156

(2.82 visits/visitor)

79,523

(2.72 Pages/Visit)

241,305

(8.27 Hits/Visit)

3.34 GB

(119.94 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

240,159

281,038

3.77 GB

Not viewed pages includes people who read RSS feeds  and RSS readers.

Data from January 2014:

Reported period

Month Jan 2014

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Jan 2014 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

31 Jan 2014 – 23:59

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

8,704

 

28,787

(3.3 visits/visitor)

71,199

(2.47 Pages/Visit)

232,862

(8.08 Hits/Visit)

5.90 GB

(214.78 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

251,419

333,284

5.32 GB

This January was significantly better than last.

Here is our latest demographic data from Quantcast:

QUS1-2015

They miss a ton of raw data, but among those they can identify they will be a valuable source of information.  We are mostly older, well educated, poor, and politically active. 

Here is our latest ClustrMap:

CMap1-2015

ClustrMap misses a lot of, because many visits can’t be easily traced to a location.  It shows only the visits from March 2 to January 13, when it was last updated.

Here are our top five articles:

Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2010 1,324
Texas Is Premeditating Murder 11/25/2014 714
Republicans Declare War on Disabled Americans 1/9/2015 333
The State of the Union Is Pig Nuts 1/17/2015 291
Monthly Report for December 2014 1/3/2015 250

I’m pleased to see three  from January, and amazed that a Monthly Report made the cut. 

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers:

Care2 2,459
Google 1,720
Stumbleupon 1,039

All are up.

Here are our top  blog/news referrers:

http://www.politicususa.com/
http://bildungblog.blogspot.com/
http://oakcreekforum.blogspot.com/
http://www.infidel753.blogspot.com/
http://rixar13.newsvine.com/
http://zenman1550.tumblr.com/
http://progressiveerupts.blogspot.com/
http://mockpaperscissors.com/
http://alterx.blogspot.ca/
http://theleftinme.blogspot.com/

Normally I have included fifteen here, but these ten are the only ones with two or more referrals.  That’s down five from last month.  Putting their links here increases the ratings of their sites, so this “linkey love” is our thank you for their support.

Here are our top commentators.  As the resident Big Mouth, I don’t count.  Those who leave their URLs in their comment headers, also get “linkey-love” here.

Lynn Squance (137)
Jim Phillips (110)
Edie (97)
Joanne D (89)
Patty (82)
Pat A (73)
Rixar13 (64)
SoINeedAName (63)
jla (45)
Vivian B. (26)
Jerry Critter (25)
Steve (6)
Avril Lomas (4)
Cheryl A. Aaron (3)
Infidel753 (3)
mamabear (3)
Nancy W (3)
One Fly (3)

There are over 15, because of a tie.  Patty, if your going to call Facebook your home page, may I suggest using the link that points to your page there instead of their main URL.  Also, people who submit articles to Care2 can use their submitted news link from there.

We have 362,901 links on other websites.

As of Midnight on February 1, we have 5,346 articles and 60,295 comments.

Kudos to SoINeedAName for posting the 60,000th comment.  His Politics Plus coffee mug for posting an even multiple of 10,000 should be delivered to him tomorrow.  We hope he will send a picture of him using it, that I can post here.  We’re still waiting for the mug recipient for the 50,000th send me her promised picture.  I just hope the mug wasn’t trampled underfoot. ;-)

I recommend using your own avatar. Go to Gravatar.  Sign up using the email address you use to post comments here and upload the image you want to use as your avatar.  Whenever you comment under that email address here or on any WordPress blog (several others too), that image will become your avatar.

As the New Year begins to unfold, it’s already clear that the Republican Party have no interest in governing responsibly, and they are not cutting back on their hateful schemes, each one more vicious than the last.  They are getting away with it, because the habitat of most Americans is intersection of political ignorance and apathy.  We have our work cut out for us.

Thank you for all that you do, here and elsewhere.

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