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By Rady Ananda

Whoa, daddy – do we rock, or what?

Here are some highlights since our inception on July 21, 2009:

Jul-09 Aug-09 Sep-09 Oct-09 Nov-09 Dec-09 Jan-10
1,139 8,935 13,337 16,382 24,608 15,096 15,116

November 2009 was our biggest month. Our busiest day was on November 5th, when 1,320 unique visitors hit the site. The top article was House Resolution Designates Venezuela a State Sponsor of Terrorism. It drew 377 readers that day, and now stands at 1,107 hits.

Back then, Stumble was our most productive means of generating interest in this site. But, due to their absurd referral policy, they kicked me out for promoting COTO too often. Hey, you don’t get something for nothing, Stumble. If you want me telling your readers about interesting articles (and they did find COTO interesting – we still get Stumble hits), then you gotta let me promote an all-volunteer blogsite!

A few of us have been using Buzz Flash lately, and that seems to be working out. About 15% of the articles I promote make it to the front page. I’ve also made some nice connections over there. Some folks promote us on FaceBook, and those referrals have been increasing lately.

Claudia (Laudyms) and Michael Collins get a special star for uploading so many excellent articles by other writers from around the web. I’ve even stopped other folks from doing that because the three of us cover that task nicely. Mike Zimmer (Progressive Mind) and Laurel (Oz) also gets a special star for sending so many spot on articles my way. Mike also promotes many, many COTO articles for us. And thank goodness the best of COTO Crew comes over here and comments, keeping the site interesting.

But what really gets my juices flowing is the original work we produce here. I love that so many of you writers and artists put time into this site. It wouldn’t be what it is without you, and your excellent original work. Thank you – each of you: Bob, John, Megan, Betsy, Richard, Peter, Oz, Tom, John, Mr. M and Bawb… and of course, Michael and Claudia.

Of the most popular articles, COTO originals garner one-third of all hits – which is pretty damned good for non-professionals (with a couple proud-to-know-you exceptions).

Nearly a fourth of all 800 pieces posted here got at least 100 unique visitors. Drumroll, please… Here are the popularity rankings for the top 200 articles. (WordPress doesn’t provide author name, so you’ll just have to recognize your title):

1 Ten Swine Flu Lies Told by the Mainstrea 2,828
2 Netanyahu behind Obama birth rumors: Rep 2,455
3 Obama health care plan summary: Ludicrou 2,027
4 Why I categorically refuse the vaccine a 1,646
5 John Pilger: Empire, Obama and America’s 1,523
6 Pfizer slapped with $2.3 billion fine fo 1,472
7 Full-body scanners may damage human DNA 1,463
8 When Is It OK to Use Technology to Evade 1,443
9 Obliterating the Bill of Rights: How the 1,342
10 Georgia Supreme Court Rules that Unaudit 1,288
11 Why Millions of Americans Don’t Need a S 1,263
12 Obama says WHO flu vaccine is NOT mandat 1,254
13 Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder 1,243
14 Merck Goes after Whistleblowers, Chills 1,218
15 The Twin Brother of Annihilation 1,138
16 On Conspiracy Theories 1,133
17 House Resolution Designates Venezuela a 1,107
18 H.R. 45: The ‘Legal’ Foundation for Gun 1,065
19 CIA Warns Obama Not to Investigate War C 972
20 Urgent alert: Seasonal flu shot raises r 966
21 Presidential Humor 956
22 Dems want to end Health Insurance Co’s m 956
23 Foot in the Door: Capitalism and Health 947
24 Read your Bible, Support BuzzFlash 937
25 FBI General Counsel: Constitution and Bi 937
26 Open letter to the Jewish community abou 912
27 Child Witches and Gay, Transgender Youth 856
28 CDC and Swine Flu Deception: CBS News Re 743
29 About 729
30 NY Lies About H1N1 Vaccine Safety, then 704
31 San Diego County deploys sonic weapon, u 678
32 Judges Report: France to use swine flu t 649
33 Che Guevara, until Victory Always 633
34 Gum Wall 605
35 20 reasons why vitamin D is better than 578
36 Emerging from the crisis of capitalism 531
37 Did mining and oil drilling trigger the 520
38 Honduras: Military Coup Engineered by Tw 515
39 People! Not Corporations! How ’bout thes 499
40 Fake gold bars! What’s next? 466
41 Activist’s Message at USF: End Needless 434
42 3 Babies Die after Pfizer’s Prevenar Vac 423
43 Diseased African Monkeys Used to Make Sw 415
44 2008 RFK Jr Speech on CDC Cover-up of Va 415
45 Officials Say Don’t Blame the Swine Flu 397
46 In Drinking Water, What’s Legal Can Be P 390
47 Bell Tolling for the Swine Flu: Video In 387
48 The Scapegoat’s Apology 375
49 Victory in the Amazon 355
50 Truthers Grow in Number Each Year 351
51 Washington State Nurses Sue to Stop Mand 347
52 Gary Null Speaks against the H1N1 Vaccin 344
53 Films 334
54 Seeing the Pattern Before Copenhagen: Sc 311
55 Aussie Vaccine Trials: Does Government-I 310
56 The Great Teeter Totter 302
57 What to Do If You Are Forced to Take Swi 300
58 Death by Privatization: For-profit priso 300
59 European Parliament to Investigate WHO a 287
60 Katrina: Deadly Choices at Memorial 286
61 Flu vaccines revealed as the greatest qu 283
62 The Torture Memos: The Case Against the 273
63 Why did President Obama…fail so much i 266
64 Chronicle Herald ‘H1N1 No Conspiracy’ Ge 264
65 From Smart Grid to Big Brother? 257
66 Haiti Airport Closed Saturday for Hillar 248
67 Breast and colon cancer risk ‘virtually 245
68 John Pilger wins 2009 Sydney Peace Prize 244
69 Friday Jam: Imma Zoe by Black Dada 242
70 Militarizing Latin America 241
71 Mossad implicated in Honduran coup 229
72 Pentagon’s Role in Global Catastrophe: A 226
73 Caution: Satire in video 225
74 Government Plans to Turn on Americans: G 223
75 Virginia teen athlete in wheel chair aft 221
76 Free Screenings Tonight of “Capitalism” 219
77 Zelaya follower tortured and assassinate 219
78 Sodomized to Protect Our Freedoms 213
79 Extinctions, Over-Population and the Pro 211
80 Rape and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 209
81 MoPhobe ALERT: Protest Hatemonger Buju B 207
82 Spycraft, Guts and Talent Expose The Cov 204
83 Three Approved GMOs Linked to Organ Dama 202
84 Mission of Ignorance 202
85 My Country of Horror and Possibility 195
86 H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating th 195
87 The G-20 Announces a “New World Order” 194
88 Expert Pediatrician Exposes Vaccine Myth 191
89 The Devil’s Excrement: Can oil-rich coun 191
90 CSL H1N1 vaccine gets Australia nod of a 186
91 NASA says ‘first attempt’ at creating ch 186
92 WANTED: The Gang of Six 183
93 Natural Insecticide: 6-inch banana spide 180
94 Monsanto Withdraws High Lysine GM Maize 179
95 Latin Americans Ditch US ‘War on Drugs’ 178
96 Refusing vaccination labels you a ‘crimi 177
97 Depopulation by Inoculation 176
98 UN thugs in Haiti 175
99 New York Declares State of Emergency ove 174
100 Worldwide Slavery 174
101 Foreign Contributions and the Supreme’s 173
102 The Who of the Flu 171
103 ‘Hall of Shame’ Calls Out Bogus Internet 170
104 Common Sense Health Care: Individualism 168
105 Unsatisfactory Outcome in Activist Trial 168
106 The Other Face of Pakistan 167
107 Glenn Beck; Race Relationships or Health 167
108 Call It Ecocide 167
109 Fuck SCOTUS and Corporate Rule: Let’s Am 166
110 Are You One of Obama’s ‘Lone Wolf’ Suspe 165
111 Former CDC head now leads Merck vaccine 164
112 Afghanistan: The Explanations Don’t Stac 161
113 Interpol Ran a Bioterrorism Exercise in 159
114 The 9/11 Commission Rejects Own Report a 159
115 Legalize Pot… Now What? 158
116 Honduras: News Blackout As Second Coup A 157
117 Health Insurance Industry Wins: All Amer 153
118 Leaked UN report claims swine flu could 152
119 Colombia strengthens stage for intensifi 150
120 Organic Bytes: Help OCA realize that swi 147
121 Ten things you’re not supposed to know a 147
122 Chrylser scraps 3 electric cars promised 146
123 Just HOW Wanky Are TED Lectures? 146
124 The End of Capital and the Future of Wor 145
125 Georgia Petition to Refuse the H1N1 Vacc 143
126 Doctors speak out about H1N1 Vaccine Dan 142
127 Stop Begging Obama and Get Mad 142
128 1 in 10 GSK Vaccines Have Nasty Side Eff 141
129 Universal Health Care, Slavery, and Know 139
130 Humankind shall never fly 139
131 The Graphic Cost of Gagging Dissent 138
132 Countdown: Israel-Iran Arms Race 137
133 Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Resear 136
134 November Vigil with Indigo Girls, Rebel 135
135 JC vs Capitalism: Foreclosures, Unemploy 135
136 Pentagon Pressured to Investigate Electr 135
137 It’s Business as Usual Again for Wall St 134
138 Some thoughts on beliefs, progressives, 133
139 Can You See Who Is Behind 9/11? 132
140 Why have 60 million quit the Chinese Com 132
141 Pharmaceutical Genocide? Corporate Swine 132
142 Fair Use 129
143 As Congress Considers State Secrets Refo 129
144 Serious Citizenship 128
145 Latin America: Social Movements in Times 127
146 Joe Klein’s Fatuous Fantasy 124
147 Fight the New World Order with Global No 123
148 FDA kidnaps cancer cure herbalist from E 122
149 On Mammography — More Agreement Than Dis 122
150 Cheney Should Be Required to Testify und 121
151 Let’s Help: Olbermann Wants to Push Glen 121
152 Clinton meets with V-Day activists in DR 120
153 Bank whistleblower gets 40 months prison 119
154 H1N1 vaccines too little, too late; most 119
155 The Source of Corporate Power 119
156 Obama to open 7 new military bases in Co 118
157 Making A Killing: The Untold Story of Ps 115
158 New national power hub to connect renewa 115
159 Woodstock Revisited 115
160 The Best Place in the World to Buy Marij 113
161 Caring and Killing 113
162 Video: American Police Force Exposed as 113
163 How about the Patriotic Retirement Plan? 112
164 Find out why you and your family SHOULD 112
165 From Nov. 2009 Foreign Contributions and 112
166 Eight years ago today, DOD announces $2. 112
167 Over half UK doctors, third of nurses, t 112
168 Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Jeremy Scahill o 111
169 Remote Viewing Documentary: Bizarre Gove 111
170 Hell Comes Home 110
171 Failure by Design – the ‘Public’ Option 109
172 Kseniya Simonova – Sand Animation (Украї 108
173 Operation ‘Can You Hear Us Now’? 107
174 NSA To Build $1.5 Billion Cybersecurity 106
175 Don’t show ID in New York State! 105
176 Just Say ‘NO’ Mass Non-Compliance as a M 104
177 Military funding precludes Medicare for 103
178 Winners Lose 103
179 Conspiracy Nut 101
180 EPA approves complex GE crop behind clos 100
181 Chavez tells Venezuela’s military to pre 100
182 Gaza, and now Goldstone, expose rift bet 100
183 Jane and the Buzz Saw 99
184 Secret copyright treaty leaks. It’s bad. 98
185 Global Survey: 74% Critical of Neolibera 97
186 NAIS Moves to the World Stage thru S 510 97
187 Canada Health whistleblower calls for va 96
188 Orwell 2009: USA Prez Wins Nobel Peace P 96
189 CIA Torturers Running Scared 94
190 Going Rove 94
191 GM Crop Failure Petition 2009 93
192 Edmonds Testimony Under Oath: Progressiv 93
193 Abandoning Public Option for Insurance R 92
194 Survey of Primary Care Physicians in 11 91
195 Can Our Shameful Prisons Be Reformed? 90
196 Cutting Wall Street Out: Let States Fina 89
197 The US as Failed State 89
198 Trojan Hoax 89
199 Fast-tracked Swine Flu Vaccine under Fir 89
200 Dred Scott Redux: Obama and the Supremes 89
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