Sunday, March 24, 2013

My twenty most popular essays


I write seven blogs.  I started with one in June 2012 about conservative politics, political science, and fiscally-responsible economics.  My second blog was started a month later.  It has a wide variety of subjects.  My third blog is about religion.  My fourth blog (this one) was begun with the goal of attracting more mobile users.

My first four blogs have a special page called "Readership Statistics".  That page lists the ten most popular essays during a recent one-week period, and it lists the most popular essays since that blog was created.

I added a fifth blog on December 20, 2013 to focus attention on my home state of Massachusetts.  I added a sixth Spanish-language blog on July 16, 2014 and a seventh blog on January 6, 2015.  The seventh blog will focus more on political science than on partisan politics.

Those "Readership Statistics" pages only list the essays on that blog.  This page lists the twenty most popular essays of all of my blogs combined.

This page will not list the "Readership Statistics" pages because they're not essays.  The "Readership Statistics" page on my "I have to say this" blog, for example, has been read more often than any other page on that blog.

Most of the pages that I write are essays.  They will take some time to read them, and most of the pages have clickable links embedded in words or phrases.

This list will be updated a few times a year.

The most recent update for this list is May 28, 2017.

My Twitter account is @BennyTheKite (I admire Benjamin Franklin.)

I'm also registered with a social media platform, similar to Twitter, called Gab.
  • Their messages can be up to 300 characters.
  • Their messages can include a link and one photo or graphic.
  • Their messages can include hash tags.
  • Users can follow each other.
Link to the Gab logon page, which also allows people to register an account.

This blog page includes a list of some well-known people and organizations that follow my Twitter account.  For example, @TedCruz and @SenTedCruz have followed my account since early 2014.  That page is on the list of the most popular pages on this blog.

Note: "Water Economics" was read thousands of times every day from late June 22, 2016 until early August 2016.  The readership of that page is more than half the readership of that blog.

Editor's notes as of May 28, 2017

Two blog pages are on this list primarily because I have mentioned them hundreds of times on Twitter.  I started promoting "Stop using PayPal immediately" (5,783 readers) as soon as it was written because I was outraged at their attempt to steal the intellectual property of their own customers.

In addition, I promoted my blog endorsement of U.S. House candidate Lori Bartley (3,279 readers), and it helped her win her March 1, 2016 primary and a May 24, 2016 runoff election.

Special note about "Other Viewpoints about California Water"

I believe that the readership amount for this page is inaccurate.  Sometimes, when I click on one of my own links, in order to read one of my own blog pages, Google's software will temporarily show me the most recent blog page on that blog instead of the older page that I wanted to read.  Sometimes, the wrong page is quickly replaced by the right page, but sometimes, the wrong page stays on my screen until I refresh the screen (or until I highlight the internet address of the page and click it again).

Every time the wrong page shows up on my screen, Google is probably counting that as a click on the page for purposes of the readership statistics that they report to me as the blog author.  I consider this to be a flaw in Google's software, but I don't know how to notify Google about it.

The "Other Viewpoints" page was published on July 21, 2016.  I saw the same flaw in the Google software before that page was online.  My page called Living and Dying in the Jungle, part 4 was published on July 5th, and for more than two weeks, it was the most recently published page during part of the intense readership of "Water Economics" that I saw from late June 2016 until early August 2016.  When "Other Viewpoints" was published, the daily readership of "Living and Dying" suddenly dropped.  That tells me that the readers of both pages were attempting to read "Water Economics" but were the victims of the flaw in Google's software.


Note: Every essay name is a clickable link to that page.
Essay Name Blog Name Readers
Water economics A 200-mile aqueduct
will end the drought in the southwest USA.
Conserving the Nation
268,939
Other viewpoints about California water
Including the Sierra Club and two US Govt agencies.
Conserving the Nation
33,333
Why dictatorships are always bad
political science and some world history
This page is read 300-700 times every month.
Conserving the Nation
12,924
An emigration plan for the illegal aliens
They go from prison to the border in hours.
Conserving the Nation
10,183
Trojan horse legislation has hidden and
sometimes very harmful features.
Conserving the Nation
9,915
Living and dying in The Jungle, part 4
Lower the minimum wage in order to help people in a large homeless camp in Seattle, Washington.
Conserving the Nation
8,906
Stop using PayPal immediately
They want your trademarks and copyrights.
I Have to Say This
5,783
Two teenagers spending an afternoon together
I helped a female friend overcome a medical problem.
I have to say this
4,237
A letter from a veteran to his Commander-in-Chief
A disabled USAF veteran criticizes Obama severely.
Conserving the Nation
3,551
Vote for Lori Bartley in Texas
She was a Houston candidate for the U.S. House.
I Have to Say This
3,279
Barak Obama is a traitor to his country
He gave an intel drone to Iran in December 2011.
Conserving the Nation
3,068
Readership statistics for Water Economics
It was read thousands of times every day for a month.
Conserving the Nation
3,050
Water Economics, part 2
re-edited, with extra material
Conserving the Nation
2,799
Sample Articles of Impeachment 40 in the 1st term.
The page was too small to include Benghazi.
Conserving the Nation
2,705
To insure domestic tranquility, ensure income mobility
Honest hard work makes you wealthier and happier.
Conserving the Nation
2,303
The end of racism Step-by-step proof that
it is a meaningless and thus, a useless concept.
Conserving the Nation
2,071
My twenty most popular essays (this page)
(this blog)
1,908
Conserving the Nation
1,854
A better understanding of the President
including info about EPA-created pollution
Conserving the Nation
1,745
Summary of two vain and socialist presidents
Obama is guilty of every one of Nixon's crimes.
Conserving the Nation
1,561

My personal favorite essay is on the subject of economics.

Taxes and National Income has been read 1.323 times as of May 28, 2017.

This essay uses photos of brownies to represent family income.  Each individual brownie represents $10,000 in family income.
The photos illustrate the concept of the Laffer Curve.  The essay includes links to online articles about the Laffer Curve in well-known financial publications, including this April 15, 2012 Forbes article.


Popular essays on my other five blogs

Besides "Conserving the Nation", "I have to say this", and this blog, I also author four other blogs.  Here are their names and the five most well-read essays for each blog.

These readership numbers were updated on May 28, 2017.

Conserving the Nation

I write two blogs with the same name, but they have slightly different internet addresses.  My first blog has some political science essays, including "Why Dictatorships are Always Bad", which is read 300-700 times every month, but this blog is devoted purely to political science.

The most popular essay on this blog is called Obama's economic plan.  It has been read 1,042 times.  Many of his agencies assessed very large fines on companies.  When this page was first published, I documented tens of billions of dollars in Justice Department fines since Obama took office in 2009, plus other smaller amounts that other agencies, such as the EPA and NOAA, have levied against companies.  The total amount of the Justice Department fines is now over $95 billion.  Since the page was published, I have also added large fines from other agencies.

In many cases, these fines were out of proportion to the seriousness of the violation.  That makes this revenue process very different than the normal tax revenue income stream.  It is easier to corrupt people with large amounts of money.  Tens of billions of dollars are a definite temptation to a dictator like Obama than the normal tax revenue income stream because there is no Congressional oversight.

The second-most popular page on this blog is called Democrats love Donald Trump.  During the first half of 2016, when American voters were choosing candidates for the presidency, many Democrats voted for him when there were strong Republican candidates, including current Governors and Senators.  This has always bothered me.  In my opinion, Democrat voters were deliberately voting for a weak Republican who they hoped would lose to Hillary Clinton in November.  This essay has been read 592 times.

That essay includes quotes from news articles that mention his popularity (which has sharply declined, now that the primary elections are over).  On the day that this essay was written, Hillary was leading Donald in many polls.  The page includes a link to a website that shows the average of many polls.  My essay makes the point explicitly that the Democrats who voted for Donald in the primaries will re-register and vote, as Democrats, for Hillary in November.

That essay includes this tweet that Donald made on the night of the 2012 presidential election.  He included Obama's Twitter account in his tweet, to increase the chance that Obama would read it.

The essay also discusses Donald's lack of maturity in his tweets and in his public behavior.  The page also includes a YouTube video that shows his juvenile, insulting behavior during the 2016 presidential campaign.  There is a long tradition in the Republican Party of presidential candidates treating each other with dignity and respect.  I expected candidate Donald Trump to follow this tradition, but I expected too much of a candidate who often thinks like a child, plotting revenge against people who have hurt him.

The third most popular page in this blog is The President and the Governor.  It has been read 415 times. It looks at a "bathroom bill", using a political science perspective.  This legislation of this type was passed by the North Carolina legislature and signed into law by the North Carolina Governor.

The U.S. Justice Department threatened a lawsuit, but the Governor asked a court to rule that his state law was the result of a legitimate process performed by a state legislature, in full compliance with its' state constitution and the U.S. Constitution.

I added a new set of quoted and linked paragraphs to it on July 13, 2016.

Part 1 has been updated to show that the Governor of North Carolina lost his 2016 reelection campaign and that there is a new United States President.

There is a sequel, titled The President and the Governor, part 2, which was published May 18, 2016.  The sequel has a lot of detail about a law that Congress passed in 1946 called the Administrative Procedures Act.  The law is not well-known among the public, but because it is a valid law, it does affect how courts rule on various issues, including legislation passed by state legislatures and signed by governors.  The sequel has been read 182 times.

There is a set of two essays, both published on December 1, 2015.  They were originally titled "A House Divided Against Itself, part 2a" and "A House Divided Against Itself, part 2b" but I renamed them on September 21, 2016.  Hawaii divided against itself, part 1 is the third-most-popular essay on this blog, with 391 readers.  It shows the importance of America's unification.  The page shows the national motto "e pluribus unum" on two coins and on our paper money.  It quotes part of an 1858 speech by Abraham Lincoln where he spoke these words from the Bible, "A house divided against itself cannot stand", and it shows, graphically, efforts by modern American radicals to destroy our unity by polarizing issues.  The sequel, which shows the process that Obama took to try to force Hawaii to secede, has been read 349 times.

The fifth-most-popular essay is The U.S. House may choose the U.S. President, written on September 15, 2016.  During the 2012 presidential campaign, there were three main Democrat candidates, but 16 Republican candidates.

Deity Dialog, a blog about religion

Note: Some of the essays on this blog are Bible Studies.  These pages include the names of Bible chapters and verses that are the subject of the page.  I recommend having a Bible nearby when you read those pages, so that you can read those verses for yourself as you read my commentary.  Some of my Bible Studies quote the verses, but other pages simply identify the verse numbers.

The most popular essay on this blog is Diversity is a two-way street.  A high school principal encouraged every female student to dress like a Muslim for a day, by wearing a hijab.  In the interest of true diversity, my blog page includes a photo of President Obama wearing a yarmulke, another photo of President George W. Bush wearing one, and a photo of England's Prince Charles wearing one.  If female high school students can legally be encouraged to wear a hijab for a day, then male students can legally be encouraged to wear a yarmulke for a day (or a cross on a chain around their necks).   In addition, every Jewish student should be allowed to wear a yarmulke if he wants to wear one on any school day, and every Christian student, male or female, should be allowed to wear a cross on a chain.  This page has been read 617 times.

The second most popular essay on this blog is the second essay I wrote for that blog.  It's called Another look at the Good Samaritan story.  It has been read 604 times.  This essay examines the question of whether the Samaritan was a Christian.  It also discusses possible reasons why Jesus might have recommended his actions instead of choosing to recommend the inaction of a Priest and a Levite, who also saw the same man lying on a road after being beaten, robbed, stripped, and then abandoned.  The Bible passage that includes this story is named.

The third most well-read page is There is something better than faith.  The basis for this statement is one chapter in the Old Testament.  It shows the benefits of three human qualities, and when it compares them, in the last verse in the chapter, it says that one of those three qualities is the best, but faith is not the winner in this competition.  This essay has been read 547 times.

The second most popular page on this blog is The shoulder test.  It has been read 492 times.  It is a test of the sincerity of a church's sympathy when someone walks into a church who is sad.  This essay was based on my own personal experience.  When my wife died in 2002, I began to attend a new church.  When my wife was alive, she showed her sympathy often, and in a very direct manner.  She let me cry on her shoulder.  In contrast, none of the members of this church ever did that for me, and so, I have concluded that they failed my shoulder test.  This essay also includes Bible verses.  That church should have told their members how to show Christian love to someone who had suffered a loss.

The fifth most well-read page is The Greatest Commandment.  It has been read 479 times.  One of the gospels states that a man asked Jesus to name the greatest commandment.  Jesus answered his question, but in a way that I believe was a surprise to the man, because Jesus named two commandments that he said were the basis of all of the other laws.

Massachusetts Matters

This blog was begun on December 20, 2013.  It is about my home state of Massachusetts.  As of May 28, 2017, I have written 29 essays for that blog.
The most popular essay is about the Boston Celtics basketball team and their 1986 drug scandal.  The essay is called The Celtic's image problem.  It has been read 547 times, partly because I have sent a link to this page to a lot of Boston sportswriters.  I have also sent a link twice to the Twitter account of the Celtic's General Manager, Daniel Ainge, who was once a player on the team.  I have also sent a link to various team-related twitter accounts.

In 1986, the Boston Celtics, which at the time had a long history of winning world championships, drafted a player who died of a cocaine overdose before he ever played one game with the team.  Every year since this drug scandal, there have been two things that you could always say about the Boston Celtics.  They never performed the absolutely vital public relations efforts that would have brought fans back into the arena, and with only one exception, the team hasn't won a world championship since 1986, when Len Bias snorted cocaine and died.

In second place is an essay I wrote in May 2015.  It is called Proposed science and technology standards for students.  The proposed standards for Massachusetts public schools would do serious damage to an important concept called the scientific method.  This is what separates true scientists from people who simply have good knowledge of scientific principles, who I call technologists.

As stated in the essay, an astronomer named Nicholaus Copernicus was a scientist because he performed valid scientific experiments in the 16th century that proved that the earth revolved around the sun.  At that time, the established scientific "fact", taught in schools at that time, was that the sun and the other known planets revolved around the earth.  His experiments proved, scientifically, that this "fact" was actually false.  This essay has been read 311 times.

In third place is Elizabeth Warren, foolish redistributionist.  Even though she obviously has a desire for an influence on national policy, she is still one of my two U.S. Senators, which is why I included this essay on this blog.  This essay has been read 245 times.  She is an advocate for a "Robin Hood" policy that takes money from wealthy people and gives it to poor people.  Every time a policy like this is implemented, there is less incentive for both groups of people to work at a job.

Note: A Massachusetts State Representative named Geoff Diehl is challenging Ms. Warren for the Senate Seat, and he follows my Twitter account.

The first essay I wrote for this blog, called The first Post is now in fourth place, with 222 readers.  It mentions the fact that the earliest settlers of this state were very politically active.  It includes a quote from the organization that preserves the history of the ship that was the site of the Boston Tea Party.

There is a tie for fifth place.  As of May 28, 2017, two essays on this blog have both been read 195 times.

One of them is Equal justice under law.  Those words are carved into the stone at the top of the United States Supreme Court building, yet a Massachusetts public school treated its' students unequally in 2014, when this essay was published.  It taught students about Islam, without offering any teachings about Christianity, Jewdaism, or any other religion.

The other essay is The Massachusetts Bathroom Bill.  This page, published in early June 2016, is about legislation, later signed by my governor, that allows any person to choose whatever bathroom he or she wants to go into.  Many young children have been traumatized when they saw adults of the other sex enter a school locker room, a semi-public facility like a YMCA or YWCA, or a public swimming pool, where they were partly or fully undressed because they were in the process of changing their clothes.

As documented by the video on the left, the cartoon on the right actually happened to a woman who was the State Director of the Georgia branch of the group called American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.).

uploaded by Fox News on June 2, 2016

She was in a female bathroom with her two young daughters when someone with a deep male voice entered the room.  As she retells the story, both of her daughters were "visibly frightened".  She later quit as the State Director of the A.C.L.U.

Conserving the Mobile Nation (this blog)

The most well-read page on this blog is this page.  It has been read 1,908 times.  It is so popular, it was added to the top-20 list above on July 13, 2016.

My Twitter info is the second-most-popular page on this blog.  It has been read 885 times.  It mentions the name of my Twitter account, it states my policy on retweeting messages, it tells the story of the person who used his tweets to threaten a jury, and it names some of my V.I.P. followers.  As of May 28, 2017, my Twitter account is followed by these Twitter accounts:
  • Governor Kasich of Ohio, who was a 2016 presidential candidate
  • two U.S. Senators, including Senator Ted Cruz, who was also a 2016 presidential candidate
  • two U.S. Representatives and one former U.S. Representative
  • a State Treasurer who began following me when he was a State Senator
  • three current State Senators
  • five current State Representatives and one former State Representative
  • Sean Hannity, one of America's most popular TV and radio talk-show hosts
  • Kris Paronto, who survived the assault at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi
  • the Daily Caller's politics Twitter account
  • the conservative activist organization Americans for Prosperity (and about 10 of the Twitter accounts that represent their statewide branches
Three people who are current political candidates follow me also.  If they win their races, I will add them to the page.  Two of these people are running for the U.S. House and the third is trying to be the Missouri State Treasurer.

Voter identification prevents voter fraud has been read 571 times.  This essay includes this link to a 2012 article on the Huffington Post website that claims to be a list of "voter suppression moments" during the 2012 presidential campaign.  My essay counters this claim by mentioning other countries, including India and Mexico, that have provided their citizens with an identification card used for voting.  By the way, India's population is more than a billion people.

Summary of the Sample Articles of Impeachment has been read 553 times.  It summarizes my essay "Sample Articles of Impeachment", which is on my "Conserving the Nation" blog and which is one of the 20 most popular essays listed above.  The summary, like the original detailed and documented list, does not include the negligent homicide of the U.S. Ambassador in Benghazi, Libya.

Summary of the Sample Articles of Impeachment has been read 553 times.  It summarizes my essay "Sample Articles of Impeachment", which is on my "Conserving the Nation" blog and which is one of the 20 most popular essays listed above.  The summary, like the original detailed and documented list, does not include the negligent homicide of the U.S. Ambassador in Benghazi, Libya.

The fifth most popular essay is Now you know why college is so expensive has been read 329 times.  A photo of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, with a caption on it, was seen on my Twitter account.  I copied it from there and pasted it into a blog page.  The caption shows her hypocrisy at being an advocate for free or low-cost college tuition while being the recipient of a very-highly-paid college salary for teaching one class.  The blog page also includes the result of a Google search for the words "fake indian".  The top search result was a Reason.com article about her.


La Voz de El Dorado

This is my Spanish-languag blog.  I have only written five essays for it as of January 3, 2015, but a fifth essay is almost finished.  I will list all five essays here.

Every essay that is on this blog is written in Spanish.  I am not fluent in this language, but Google has a translation service that translated all of the essays after I had written them in English.  I will use it for any other essay that I write for this blog.

The most popular essay on this blog is a translation of an economics essay that is very popular on my Conserving the Nation blog.  The English-language essay is called "Taxes and national income", and it is listed above.  It includes photos of brownies to illustrate income.  In this essay, one brownie represents $10,000 in annual income for one person or a family.  The Spanish version of this essay is called Los impuertas y el ingresso nacional.  It uses photos of burritos for the same purpose.  One burrito represents $10,000 in annual income for one person or a family.  This essay has been read 145 times.

An essay written on October 25, 2015 is the second most popular.  It is called Tlaloc y Chac su ayuda ahora.  A hurricane that month left a lot of seawater covering Mexican farmland.  This presents an opportunity for farmers to plant and harvest good crops because of the nutrients in the seawater.  The essay is named for one figure in each of the Aztec and Mayan mythologies that might have an interest in Mexican farming.  The essay includes links to lists of actual parcels of Mexican farmland that are available for sale.  It has been read 116 times.

There is a tie for third place.  Both of them have been read 84 times as of May 28, 2017.  One of them is a translation of a political science essay that is very popular on my Conserving the Nation blog.  The English-language essay is called "Why dictatorships are always bad", and it is one of the 20 most popular essays listed above.  The Spanish-language essay is called Es por esto que las dictaduras son siempre malas.  There are some photos in this essay that do not appear in the English-language essay.  The photos show living conditions in Berlin when Russia divided the city in the 1940s.

The other page that is tied for third place is called Vuestro oro está muy cerca.  In this essay, I encouraged people to move to North Dakota to get high-paying jobs.  Anyone who works at department stores or fast-food restaurants will receive pay that is approximately double the federal minimum wage, because there are many other jobs that offer even higher pay.  Those other jobs are in the energy industry, which is booming in North Dakota.

The fifth most popular page is called Santa Maria te ama.  It includes 10 YouTube videos of Spanish-language Catholic masses, filmed at different locations around the U.S.A.  Catholics who live in Mexico and the countries of Central America know who the essay is named after because she has a close relationship with them.  It has been read 65 times.