Sep 022015
 

In August, Politics Plus increased in activity slightly from July.

Here is our latest summary:

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Data from August 2015:

Reported period

Month Aug 2015

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Aug 2015 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

31 Aug 2015 – 23:59

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

9,612

 

32,079

(3.33 visits/visitor)

91,883

(2.86 Pages/Visit)

245,973

(7.66 Hits/Visit)

3.09 GB

(100.86 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

339,768

390,747

5.84 GB

Data from August 2014:

Reported period

Month Aug 2014

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Aug 2014 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

31 Aug 2014 – 23:59

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

10,783

 

33,440

(3.1 visits/visitor)

89,785

(2.68 Pages/Visit)

248,922

(7.44 Hits/Visit)

3.20 GB

(100.28 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

316,168

381,627

4.61 GB

This August was a mixed from last year, but more up.

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 still mostly older, well educated, poor and middle class, and politically active Democrats. 

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 3 to August 20, when it was last updated. 

Here are our top five articles:

Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2010 5,460
Bill Maher–New Rules–8/28 8/29/2015 296
Last Week’s Hilariously Unhinged Republican Moments 8/9/2015 278
Personal Update–8/22/2015 8/22/2015 238
Last Week’s Despicable Republican Moments 209

The count represents only the people who followed an external link to that specific article.  I’m quite pleased that four from August made the cut, but I’m surprised one was a Personal Update.  Perhaps we’re entering a pattern where our newer content drives more traffic, except for the one from 2010.

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers:

Care2 2,538
Google 1,164
Stumbleupon 268
Baidu 160

All but Google are up.

Here are our top blog/news referrers:

http://bildungblog.blogspot.com/
http://oakcreekforum.blogspot.com/
http://progressiveerupts.blogspot.com/
http://zenman1550.tumblr.com/
http://reconstitution.us/rcnew/
http://anaverageamericanpatriot.blogspot.com/
http://ragingprogressive.tumblr.com/
http://mockpaperscissors.com/

I have usually included fifteen here, but these eight are the only ones with two or more referrals.  This is the one stat that still disappoints me most, because it means that we are no longer a go-to site for bloggers.  However, it seems we’re becoming a go-to site for activists, which is also good.

Here are our top commentators:

jla (237)
Edie (166)
Lynn Squance (155)
Joanne D (144)
SoINeedAName (92)
Jim Phillips (74)
Lona Goudswaard (72)
Patty (54)
Vivian B. (47)
Pat A (46)
Jerry Critter (33)
mamabear (16)
Beth (12)
Avril Lomas (10)
Arielle (6)
Dotti Lydon (6)

There’s one extra because of a tie.  As the resident Big Mouth, I don’t count.  Those who leave their URLs in their comment headers, also get “linkey-love” here.  People who submit articles to Care2 can use their submitted news link from there. 

We have 304,347 links on other websites.

As of Midnight on September 1, we have 5,728 articles and 68,274 comments.

Kudos to Lona and Mamabear for posting the 67,000th and 68,000th comments.

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.

The political campaign is heating up much earlier than it normally has.  Whether you support Bernie, Hillary, Joe (if he runs) or Martin, please base your arguments on the good things about your choice.  However, it’s open season (politically) on the Republican candidates.  They and the Republican Bubble Machine will be repeating so many lies so often that we’ll be hard pressed to keep repeating  the truths.  Expect little help from the media.  I’ll do my best to assist you, by exposing the lies and presenting the truths clearly.

Thank you for all that you do, here and elsewhere.  You make doing this job worth the effort!

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Sep 012015
 

Here are the results of our “March 1 Leaders?” 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.

0901Poll

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

For the Clown Car, I was one of the 6 that picked other.  Republicans seen to follow a pattern where most of the losers have a day in the sun, before the nomination finally goes to the clown with the most donor/PAC money.  In this case, it’s Strike Three.  But God only knows which clown will lead at any point in time,

For the Democrats, I want it to be Bernie, but I voted Hillary.  She has the money, and her machine is already locking up super-delegates, that should not be allowed to exist, but that’s another article.

The new poll is up.  The idea comes from Jim Phillips.  Thank you Jim.  He left it in a comment yesterday.  I stole it and fleshed it out for the poll.  Enjoy and vote!

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Aug 262015
 

68-Mamabear

When I realized this is Mamabear’s very first Bug Mouth Award, I was shocked, as Mama has been involved in this site for years.  In fact she modeled a Care2 group after Politics Plus and, with my consent, used our name.  That group was home to quite a bit of lively discussion, based on our articles, before she left Care2, and the group was lost.  She’s back on Care2 now, and you can find her here.

A resident of Arizona, she lives surrounded by all manner of TEAbuggery most vile.  Nevertheless she holds her head high and is strong in her support for a wide variety of causes, including, but not limited to, Animal Rights, Civil Rights, the Environment, Human Rights, Women’s Rights and Hillary Clinton.

Now that she is commenting more here, I hope that this is her first of many Big Mouth Awards.  Please join  me in showering her with the kudos and praise that are her just due.

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Aug 162015
 

Here are the results of our “Why Hairball?” 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.

0816Poll

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

I voted fear, greed, hate sheeple and stupid.  It seemed self evident.

The new poll is up, and this one is more serious.  Please follow the instructions carefully, when you vote, and check two and only two boxes: one for each political party.  Thank you!

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Aug 082015
 

67-Lona

Although Lona has been visiting from Care2 for well over a year, she started commenting here only recently, so this is her very first Big Mouth Award.  She brings us a unique perspective, as she divides her home between The Netherlands and Queensland, Australia.  Nevertheless, she displays a knowledge of American politics that should put most Americans to shame and a level of wisdom that is a rare find anywhere.  She enjoys sending me naps, when I am tired, and those naps are so high in quality that she frequently causes me to oversleep. 😉

Please join me in piling on the hugs and kudos.  Also, please send warm thoughts her way, as she just arrived in Australia, and climate change is freezing her tail with unseasonably cold weather.  I have no doubt that more awards are coming her way, and am thankful for her participation here.

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Aug 012015
 

Here are the results of our “Republicns Blocking Peace” 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.

0801Poll

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

I voted no.  Although I strongly suspect that Congress will pass a bill to block the deal, Obama will veto it.  Republicans will not have enough votes to override the veto.

The new poll is up.  Please vote.

Editing error corrected.

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Jul 182015
 

LeftyBlogFriends

By now I hope you know from my nagging ads that Politics Plus has a fantasy football league at NFL.com, Lefty Blog Friends.  The online live draft is this coming Saturday, July 25, at 11 AM Pacific, 12 N Mountain, 1 PM Central and 2 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time.  Please be a few minutes early promised a bit of help for newbies, so here it is.

Your first experience will be the draft.  Read the help files at the league, but the best thing you can do, especially if you have never participated in an online draft before is go to the league and join a mock draft or three.  They have one every few minutes and it’s just like a real draft, except that it does not count.  Then you can come to the real one knowing exactly how it’s done.  If you are unable to attend, a team will be automatically drafted for you.

We are a “keeper league”.  That means that players have the option of keeping two players from the previous season.  That is not much of an advantage, because players who keep lose their draft picks in the first two rounds, so people who opt out or are new get the best early choices.  You should be aware, though that the first two rounds go very very fast.

The common wisdom is to draft running backs first then wide receivers, then quarterbacks, and then tight ends, kickers and defenses.  Personally, I try to draft the best player available in the first three groups until I have one quarterback. three running backs, and three wide receivers.  Then I go for a backup quarterback, a fourth running back, two tight ends, two kickers and two Defenses.

During the draft pay particular attention to players’ bye weeks.  Every NFL team has a week off during the season, and you want to make sure you always have enough players to complete your lineup.  Having more than one player at any position with the same bye week can make that quite difficult.

During the season, keep the NFL schedule in mind.  At times they play Thursday and Saturday games in addition to Sunday, Sunday night and Monday.  Make sure your lineup for the week is set before the first game, because it’s very embarrassing to learn that your injured player’s team already played, and you got no points for that position.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, but I’m just so good, you all might as well give up now! Winking smile

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