Jul 022015
 

In June, Politics Plus was little changed from April and May, for which I was again too ill to provide a report..

Here is our latest summary:

Stats6-2015

Data from June 2015:

Reported period

Month Jun 2015

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Jun 2015 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

30 Jun 2015 – 23:58

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

8,798

 

27,484

(3.12 visits/visitor)

79,415

(2.88 Pages/Visit)

212,991

(7.74 Hits/Visit)

3.04 GB

(116.09 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

315,608

358,347

5.55 GB

Data from June 2014:

Reported period

Month Jun 2014

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Jun 2014 – 00:01

 

 

 

 

Last visit

30 Jun 2014 – 23:59

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

14,815

 

39,586

(2.67 visits/visitor)

111,345

(2.81 Pages/Visit)

372,345

(9.4 Hits/Visit)

5.17 GB

(136.87 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

343,004

385,036

4.73 GB

This June was a huge decline from last year.

Here is our latest demographic data from Quantcast:

QUS6-2015

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 politically active. 

Here is our latest ClustrMap:

CMap6-2015

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 June 23, when it was last updated. 

Here are our top five articles:

Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2010 2,087
Americans Know Inequality Hurts America 5/5/2015 578
The Return of Death Panel BS 8/12/3013 441
Response to Papal Encyclical 6/19/2015 220
This Week’s Idiotic Republican Moments 6/7/2015 184

The count represents only the people who followed an external link to that specific article.  I’m quite surprised and pleased that two from June made the cut, because I posted so few articles.

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers:

Care2 2,000
Google 1,306
Stumbleupon 184

Two are down.  Care2 is up.

Here are our top  blog/news referrers:

http://bildungblog.blogspot.com/
http://www.oakcreekforum.blogspot.com/
http://infidel753.blogspot.com/
http://hamsandwich66.blogspot.com/
http://zenman1550.tumblr.com/
http://www.synapticstew.com/
http://alterx.blogspot.ca/
http://mockpaperscissors.com/

Normally I have included fifteen here, but these eight are the only ones with two or more referrals.  This is the one stat that disappoints me most, because it means that we are no longer a go-to site for bloggers.  However, it’s better than last time, when we had only four.  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 (111)
Joanne D (110)
Edie (89)
jla (87)
Patty (75)
Lona Goudswaard (63)
Pat A (61)
SoINeedAName (61)
Jim Phillips (54)
Vivian B. (37)
Jerry Critter (28)
Avril Lomas (6)
Arielle (5)
Beth (5)
Dotti Lydon (5)
Infidel753 (5)
mamabear (5)

There are over 15, because of a tie.  People who submit articles to Care2 can use their submitted news link from there.  These are the people that kept PP alive during my illnesses, medical appointment mayhem, and volunteer work overload.

We have 209,024 links on other websites.

As of Midnight on July 1, we have 5,605 articles and 65,291 comments.

Kudos to Yvonne White for posting the 65,000th 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.

To be clear, we’ve had four very weak months, and that is not your fault in any way.  The main cause was severe back-to-back bouts of flu, a plethora of unrelated medical appointments, a volunteer trip and loads of volunteer work, and two extended heat waves.   I can only hope that improves.  The Clown Car is full and overflowing with presidential hopefuls, all of whom, without exception, will destroy this nation, if elected.  Even SCROTUS is behaving mildly to make the Party appear less extreme.  Whether you support Bernie or Hillary, I ask that you refrain from attacking the other and 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 truthsI’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 are what keeps this site going!!

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May 312015
 

Yesterday was a bad day for resting.  When  I went down to bask in the sunshine, I realized that all my spots were occupied.  The city rents put the sidewalk in front of my building for about $30 a head to watch the Rose Festival Starlight Parade.  The noise below my window magnified as the day progressed, and it did not abate until after 1 AM, when the street sweepers went through.  I’ve taken some shortcuts today, because I’m so tired.  The following video is four years old, but it will give you an idea od what it’s like from a sidewalk renter’s perspective.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:47 (average 5:41).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes: (All Daily Kos Classics)

From Daily Kos: Pat Robertson advises 80 year old tither to get her butt to work

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

September, 2014. He personifies Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian greed.

From Daily Kos:

So there’s this thing that measures how happy people are:

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which interviewed more than 176,000 people from all 50 states last year, measures the physical and emotional health of Americans across the country.

So take a gander at the states with the most miserable people:

10. Louisiana
9. Oklahoma
8. Missouri
7. Tennessee
6. Arkansas
5. Ohio
4. Alabama
3. Mississippi
2. Kentucky
1. West Virginia

February, 2014. I’m not surprised. Are you? I see a direct correlation between degree of Republican rule and misery.

From Daily Kos: Which party is best for the economy? It’s not even close

September 2012 Click through for a great collection of graphics. Here’s just one:

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Cartoon:

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May 022015
 

In April, Politics Plus was little changed from February and March, for which I was too ill to provide a Monthly Report.

Here is our latest summary:

Stats4-2015

Data from April 2015:

Reported period

Month Apr 2015

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Apr 2015 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

30 Apr 2015 – 05:59

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

9,665

 

26,000

(2.69 visits/visitor)

78,830

(3.03 Pages/Visit)

228,103

(8.77 Hits/Visit)

3.28 GB

(132.28 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

315,547

358,509

5.06 GB

Data from April 2014:

Reported period

Month Apr 2014

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Apr 2014 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

30 Apr 2014 – 23:58

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

11,185

 

34,084

(3.04 visits/visitor)

81,302

(2.38 Pages/Visit)

257,508

(7.55 Hits/Visit)

3.87 GB

(119.05 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

299,711

345,457

4.48 GB

This April was a significant decline from last.

Here is our latest demographic data from Quantcast:

QUS4-2-15

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 politically active. 

Here is our latest ClustrMap:

CMap4-2015

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 April 26, when it was last updated.  Having been reset to zero, since the last one you saw, this is much sparser.

Here are our top five articles:

Happy Easter! 4/10/2012 2,647
Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 11/17/2010 1,046
Open Thread–4/6/2015 250
Matthews Hits Home on Iran 4/7/2015 175
Liz on Hillary 4/9/2015 171

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

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers:

Google 3,300
Care2 1,886
Stumbleupon 370

Two are down.  Google is up.

Here are our top  blog/news referrers:

http://infidel753.blogspot.com/
http://bildungblog.blogspot.com/
http://oakcreekforum.blogspot.com/
http://welcome-to-pottersville2.blogspot.com/

Normally I have included fifteen here, but these four are the only ones with two or more referrals.  This is the one stat that disappoints me most, because it means that we are no longer a go-to site for bloggers. 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 (117)
Joanne D (100)
Edie (94)
Patty (93)
Pat A (80)
jla (59)
SoINeedAName (52)
Vivian B. (37)
Jerry Critter (25)
Jim Phillips (20)
mamabear (20)
Avril Lomas (5)
dave c (3)
Dotti Lydon (3)
Infidel753 (3)
Steve (3)

There are over 15, because of a tie.  People who submit articles to Care2 can use their submitted news link from there.  These are the people that kept PP alive during my illness.  I did credit Patty foe Pstty’s comments. :-)

We have 349,788 links on other websites.

As of Midnight on May 1, we have 5,495 articles and 63,207 comments.

Kudos to Vivian for posting the 63,000th 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.

To be clear, we’ve has two lousy months, and that is not your fault in any way.  The main cause was the severe bout of flu I had that kept me down for the bulk of both months.  The Republican budget makes it clear that their economic “solution” is to keep taking from the poor and middle classes to provide welfare for billionaires and corporate criminals.  Their political “solution” is still to lie, cheat and steal, whenever and wherever they can. We still have our work cut out for us.  Whether you support Bernie or Hillary, I ask that you refrain from attacking the other and base your arguments on the good things about your choice.  However, it’s open season on the Republican candidates.

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

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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:

Stats2-2015

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:

QUS2-2015

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:

CMap2-2015

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.  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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Feb 062015
 

Day 93.  I slept in, which is good.  I needed it.  This afternoon my building is having a community meeting in which management will be going over the steps they are going to start talking to help us recycle and lower our carbon footprint.  While that may see like a pain in the ass, I’m glad they care.  You folks back east had betted get ready for some nasty weather.  Although it has been unseasonably warm here, it’s been raining nonstop for over a day and is forecast to continue for two – three more.  When that mixes from cold air out of Canada, watch out!!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today;s took me 2:59 (average 4:14).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Florida Attorney Steve Medina has been working on a case, pro bono, to expose the environmental corruption which has been taking place in Tallahassee and Putnam County, Florida.

Tons of toxic waste is being dumped into St. Johns River, daily, by the Koch Brothers company, Georgia-Pacific. Aspects of the deal allowing Georgia Pacific to massively assault the environment, were misleading, sometimes illegal, and unbeknownst to the local citizens. Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor (and Republican presidential hopeful), Jeb Bush, are also involved.

Click through for the dirty details. Those four are peas in a pod.

From Reuters: A senior Israeli official suggested on Friday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been misled into thinking an invitation to address the U.S. Congress on Iran next month was fully supported by the Democrats.

Netanyahu was invited by the Republican speaker of the house, John Boehner, to address Congress on March 3, an invitation Boehner originally described as bipartisan.

The move angered the White House, which is upset about the event coming two weeks before Israeli elections and the fact that Netanyahu, who has a testy relationship with President Obama, is expected to be critical of U.S. policy on Iran.

I don’t doubt that Agent Orange lied. After all, his mouth was open, and there was no inflow of whiskey. However, if Butcher Ben were truly concerned, he would cancel the trip. He says he has no such plans.

From Right Wing Watch: Creationist leader Ken Ham is incensed that the state of Kentucky is supposedly abridging his organization’s “fundamental rights” by declining to provide around $18 million in tax incentives to his Noah’s Ark theme park. The park is a planned addition to Ham’s Creation Museum and is intended to be, according to Ham, “one of the greatest evangelist outreaches of our day.”

Since Ham’s group plans to discriminate on the basis of religion in its hiring practices, it is no surprise that it won’t get public funds. But Ham claims that he has a “right” to receive taxpayer money and has filed a lawsuit [pseudo-Christians delinked] against Kentucky, insisting that his organization, Answers in Genesis, is the real victim of discrimination.

He took his case to “Washington Watch” [pseudo-Christians delinked] yesterday, where he told host Tony Perkins that Kentucky’s decision somehow violates his organization’s right to the freedom of speech: “Anyone who wants to have freedom of speech in this nation, freedom of religion, free exercise of religion, needs to stand with us as we do this because that is what we are standing for.”

In short this Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian is saying that failure to fund his attempt to proselytize others in a manner that violates the US Constitution violates his freedom of speech and freedom of religion. He is free to spread the Republican gospel of greed, lies and hate to his heart’s content, and I defend his right to do so. But, if government pays for it, that violates our rights.

Cartoon:

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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:

Stats1-2015

 

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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Jan 032015
 

In December, Politics Plus was little changed from November.  At the suggestion of Gene from Care2, I considered returning to graphics from AWSTATS.  Although AWSTATs tends to miss a lot of valid traffic, while trying to filter out bots, crawlers, spammers and hackers, it has other features that make it worth using.  The graphs are easier to understand, and it has the ability to isolate time periods to compare, as I do below.

Here is our latest summary:

Stats12-2014

Data from December 2014:

Reported period

Month Dec 2014

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Dec 2014 – 00:01

 

 

 

 

Last visit

31 Dec 2014 – 23:58

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

10,150

 

29,249

(2.88 visits/visitor)

76,869

(2.62 Pages/Visit)

219,862

(7.51 Hits/Visit)

3.10 GB

(111.26 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

325,283

368,893

5.64 GB

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

Data from December 2013:

Reported period

Month Dec 2013

 

 

 

 

First visit

01 Dec 2013 – 00:00

 

 

 

 

Last visit

31 Dec 2013 – 23:59

 

 

 

 

 

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Pages

Hits

Bandwidth

Viewed traffic *

9,171

 

30,033

(3.27 visits/visitor)

74,284

(2.47 Pages/Visit)

224,365

(7.47 Hits/Visit)

5.15 GB

(179.7 KB/Visit)

Not viewed traffic *

 

 

 

248,731

320,245

4.45 GB

The last two Decembers are very similar.

Here is our latest ClustrMap:

Map12-2014

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 November 2, when it was last updated.  The map has not been updated in over a month.

Here are our top five articles:

Jane Smiley: Capitalist Pigs 1/17/2010 1,528
Another Police Murder 11/29/2914 528
Open Thread–9/8/2014 524
Open Thread–12/15/2014 311
Open Thread–12/12/2014 304

I’m pleased to see more from 2014.  For years my Open threads were largely ignored, but lately they have become one of our most popular items.

Here are our top non-blog/news referrers:

Care2 1,694
Google 1,611
Stumbleupon 600

Care2 and Google are down,  Stumbleupon is up.  Microsoft Bing fell below 100, so it is not listed.

Here are our top  blog/news referrers:

http://crooksandliars.com/
http://oakcreekforum.blogspot.com/
http://infidel753.blogspot.com/
http://bildungblog.blogspot.com/
http://frieddogleg.blogspot.com/
http://zenman1550.tumblr.com/
http://www.politicususa.com/
http://theleftinme.blogspot.com/
http://www.synapticstew.com/
http://jackjodell53.wordpress.com/
http://alterx.blogspot.ca/
http://rixar13.wordpress.com/

Normally I include fifteen here, but these twelve are the only ones with two or more referrals.  But that’s up two 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 (101)
Edie (67)
Joanne D (65)
Patty (51)
Rixar13 (49)
Pat A (46)|
SoINeedAName (40)
jla (30)
Jerry Critter (23)
Jim Phillips (21)
Vivian B. (17)
mamabear (9)
Steve (7)
Arielle (6)
dave c (4)
Infidel753 (4)

There are over 15, because of a tie.

We have 259,369 links on other websites.

Our Technorati rating no longer exists, because Technorati no longer exists as a blog rating entity.    They have left a vacuum in blog authority rating.  If you learn of someone filling that need before I do, please let me know.  I have registered with Quantcast.  They miss a ton of raw data, but among those they can identify they will be a valuable source of information.  I learned that hard way that I have to pull the data off before a new month starts.  However I did learn that we are mostly older, well educated, poor, and politically active.  That remains the same for December.  I forgot to get the data off on time.

As of Midnight on January 1, we have 5,288 articles and 59,164 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.

A new year is upon us.  We know we will be facing major challenges.  Exactly what they will be remains unclear, as we need to see exactly what slithers out of the Republican Party’s bag of villainous behavior.  Whatever it takes, we’ll do it together!

Thank you for all that you do.

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