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Some of the things we’ve done in the past year:
-cooperated in Joan Brunwassers program to produce and distribute thousands of copies of the Invisible Ballots DVD
-commissioned two public opinion polls– the first one being the first full poll done by a progressive media site. Our poll data has been used by countless election reform, voting integrity, impeachment advocacy orgs and individuals
-covered and reported on numerous conferences and meetings, through the opednews sponsored efforts of our writers and editors
-grown from 2 volunteer editors to! 20+. We could use 100.
-published over 18,000 articles and! links i n the past year
-had our articles reach the top of the front page or become top article of Google news, netscape.com, dailykos.com, democraticunderground…
-recruited dozens of great new writers
-grown in page views to frequently rank among the top 5-10 progressive media sites, according to alexa.com
Here are some links to graphs showing how we match up to other top progressive sites
some top progressive media sites
som top progressive blog sites
-grown to rank within the top 300 blo! gs among the 56 million technorati tracks
OpEdNEws has benefitted from the following upgrades designed by Rob Kall, programmed by vidya ishaya, for populum.com, which provided the site capabilities and email services to OpEdNEws.
-added RSS feeds for all content
-We’ve added advanced blogging,
-added personal user pages, with RSS feeds, images, bios, and private demographics.
-we’ve massively enhanced commenting functions, with custom colors, threading (ability to respond to comments) and flagging
-added thousands of inside subject and locale pages, with a page for every country, every state and county in the USA.
-built table of contents for subjects and locales to make it easy to find news and commentary by subject and locale
-added really easy inclusion of video, audio and Youtube in our content
-added article submission queue, so all articles are in the system, no longer subject to spam filters or getting missed or lost by overworked v! olunteer editors. System gives every article submitter a respo! nse– ei ther rejection letter or notification of publication, unlike 99% of other web media sites.
-added ability for editors to promote articles to main headline and top of column
-upgraded newsletter system to enable us to more easily and comprehensively send out a daily newsletter to subscribers and editors. Subscriber list of editors/mailing list news aggregators grew from 150 to 350+.
-built control panels that enable editors to do their work more cooperatively and effectively
-added “share” social networking site icons to enable writers and readers to promote and spread articles– before 99% of the blogosphere and “news-sphere”
-added user accessible banner ad system, contributing millions of free page impressions to non-profit organizations and advocacy groups
-built a writer archiving system so articles by writers can be accessed by clicking on their names in the article
-added the ability to promote diary/blogs to article status
-added display of cou! nt of comments on articles
Goals for OpEdNEws for 2007
-build and support a primary community and a diverse collection of special interest communities
-enable and empower groups by providing web tools, technology and resources not readily available
-cover more conferences and events
-recruit more great writers
-recruit volunteer editors so we expand our coverage of major subject areas, producing more articles, and hopefully, projects that advance awareness and advocacy for the subjects. We’d love to see 100 volunteer editors covering many subjects and locales all over the world.
-expand our readership and reach. Here’s a chart showing where we stand in relation to the t! op ranked progressive sites.
-get discovered by mainstream ! media. W e reach as many people as a number of bloggers regular cited on CNN and other mainstream media sites. We’d like to start being mentioned by them.
new website features
First quarter 2007
-we’ll be adding new function tabs for Groups, Quotations, Polls, calendar/events
-add functions to support groups, so groups can post articles, links and diaries for members to find and read easily
-polling, so groups or writers or members can poll on issues, candidates, etc.
-relationship management– define your relatioinship with other members– friends, fellow group members, allies, fans, antagonists
-privacy controls to determine which relationship categories get to find out which information about you
Second quarter 2007
-statistics: analysis of article readership, poll votes, reader demographics
-add quotations and functions to build a quotations database
-enhance share functions so it’s easier ! to promote articles on digg.com, netscape, etc.
-enhance our news syndication box which bloggers and site owners place on their site– add stats, ad income possibilities
-toolbar icon to make it easy to add quicklinks to opednews from any page on any website.
-add tagging (and tag cloud) to supplement subject selecting, enabling readers to add tags and subjects to articles, diaries, polls
-add events pages and calendars for each member page, group page, subject page, locale page,
Later in year
-stats matching: matching readers with writers, with other readers, with groups, based on demographics, poll responses, etc. (with privacy controls)
-display which friends are on-line and enable instant messaging through opednews
-add functions which enable content contributors (articles, diaries) to earn income.
Three Thousand Wake-Up Calls In Iraq
– Bush is dreaming now; sleepwalking through history, like he slept through the execution of Saddam. “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE
There is a marked difference between liberals and conservatives that liberals seem reluctant to emphasize. To regain the advantage in national affairs from destructive conservatives liberals must start informing Americans where they stand.
Hussein And Ford = Dead Criminals
If there is anyone left who questions the depth of the hypocrisy and the blood lust of the American Empire, the events of the last week left little doubt.
The Ethics Of Palestinian Resistance
With Jimmy Carter’s book a best seller and the Iraq War a top political concern, many Americans may have an interest right now in thinking about Israel and Palestine. I’d like to recommend to anyone with that interest picking up a copy of a short and brilliant book by the British philosopher Ted Honderich called “Right and Wrong and Palestine, 9-11, Iraq, 7-7.”
Military Petition Questions Occupancy
An anti-war petiton that was written by an active-duty serviceman has made rapid circulation throughout the entire military. Petitioners have stated that they have received an overwhelming positive response from other active-duty military and family members, and have asked the US government for an Appeal of Redress concerning this issue. All information for this article was found in the January 8,2007 issue of “The Nation.”
how about a remake, only this time: “Dead Man Talking…”
2007– Year Of Madness
my guess is that 2007 will not be a time of renewal and restoration. It will be a time of conflict, in-fighting and meanness. Of madness.
The Saturday Cartoons
The Week in Political Cartoons
Saddam Hussein – R.I.P.
Saddam Hussein has been hanged. The situation has intensified on the ground. It’s almost 2007 and yet the war grinds on, becoming ever more untenable every day. Desperation is everywhere in Iraq, and now with Saddam gone there’s even less to distract them from their miserable lot. Shimmering memories of a time less brutal seep back into their consciousness. I take a retrospective look back at the man and the legend…
Crocs, Costco And The Mindful Shopper
Actually, what I really want to talk about are actions and consequences ï¿½ a concept I’ve been stressing to my kids for the last two and a half decades. I’m a wholehearted subscriber to the theory, although that doesn’t mean that following through is easy.
Killing Saddam Helps Al Qaeda , Hurts USA
The Moral Dilemma Of Saddam’s Execution
On the same day, dozens of others have faced the same fate for crimes negligible to Saddam’s. Should I then split my hairs over the morality of executing Saddam for whatsoever arguments?
New Year’s Resolutions For Big Pharma
Some resolutions to make Big Pharma kinder and gentler in 2007
Christmas Charities Got Your Goat?
Charitable donors want to see the biggest piece of the NGO pie going to program services-but pie charts can be misleading.
I Never Believed My Generation Had “Sold Out”
It’s a hard thing to realize that I was wrong about something I believed in since I was seventeen in 1967.
Former Longtime Confidant Accuses Ariel Sharon Of Assassinating Yasser Arafat
The role of Ariel Sharon in the death of Yasser Arafat
And The Empire Mourned….Dissecting The Big Lie
Those who remain captive to the Big Lie will spend the next few days mourning the passing of a man who was fortunate to escape the death penalty with which his country is so infatuated. Those same comforting delusions of superiority, entitlement, and invincibility that enable men like Gerald Ford to act with impunity will entice many Americans to continue wearing the intellectual manacles of the Empire.
The Reform That Enables All Other Reforms
See this video. Read why this reform, above ALL others, MUST be enacted to save our Democracy…I’m deadly serious.
Sherlock In India: Will Keep My Eye Out For The Stolen Uranium!
When Nuc News said there was some stolen uranium in Indai, I vowed to keep my eye out for it! So Far i’ve just seen three sacred cows and an itnernet cafe.
Must Gay Rights Wait For Our ‘comfort’?
But if we waited for comfort levels to rise, would we still have laws against interracial marriage? Would we be issuing civil unions for segregated marriages?
Death To Every Leader Who Kills Innocents With An Army?
What happens when Iraqis inevitably replace the current bunch who’ve assumed power? Will they be justified in prosecuting Maliki and Talibani for their own death squad militias?
Saddam & Reagan! Progressives Should Hammer Sound Bites Like Conglomerate Owned Media Does!
Conglomerate owned entertainment/news repetitious sound bites about Saddam Hussain black out history of Reagan’s backing and help. Let progressive media counter by repeating history sound bites!l
SADDAM’S HANGING A SMOKESCREEN FOR U.S. CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
A dangling Saddam may please a vengeful Bush ~ but it will also be a vivid reminder to the rest of the world of our deepening moral disgrace. This falls in line with a recent International poll that named George W Bush as the greatest menace to mankind and International peace. Bush’s demonizing of Saddam is the ultimate projection of his own dark side ~ which he externalizes on others in his demonic black and white world .
Psychiatrist Says Bush Needs To Be Impeached For The Good Of “we The People”.
“We the People” are like an abused wife. The abusers need to be brought to justice, to restore our self-esteem and ability to cope with real problems.
December 29, 2006, The Headline Reads: Saddam Executed.
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Robert Fisk: A Dictator Created Then Destroyed By America
“What about the other guilty men?” “…we have tortured, we have murdered, we have brutalised and killed the innocent – we have even added our shame at Abu Ghraib to Saddam’s shame at Abu Ghraib – and yet we are supposed to forget these terrible crimes as we applaud the swinging corpse of the dictator we created.” After his 2003 capture, the insurgency increased. After his death it will redouble. Osama AND Bush will rejoice
New Orleans – Still Under Water
The White House knew [the levees broke] because the Army Corps of Engineers sent them photographs. Again,I want to emphasize that the White House had the photographs of the levees breaking,and didn’t tell state and local officials who had stopped the evacuation because the hurricane missed New Orleans.Everyone thought they dodged a bullet, but the White House didn’t tell anybody the levees broke and were drowning the city.
The 2006 You Didn’t Hear About…
While many of the big stories in 2006 were bad news,there were hundreds of activist successes that permanently changed the world.Dozens of small stories set another tone– Activists won dozens of small and not-so-small victories for human rights and the environment.The fabric of the world is woven out of small gestures;the large ones mostly just rend it and leave more to mend.And the small gestures continue.Here are some…
The Great Container Smuggle
Editor’s note: A reader sent this article in response to my “Mindful Shopper” piece about China and the huge trade imbalance. I found it very interesting and think you will, too.
It’s Time To Ditch Touch-screen Voting For Paper Ballots
For scanning, ballots have to be printed on heavy,expensive paper, with special ink.Then they have to be kept in secure warehouses and trucked to the polls on election day.That costs lots of money,and we have to pay it upfront every time we have an election.So what?This is the cost of democracy.Ours works because people are willing to put up with losing -as long as they think they’re getting an honest & accurate count.
Elder-Care Costs Deplete Savings Of A Generation
Never before has old age lasted so long or been so costly, compromising the retirement of baby boomers.
A Dictator Created Then Destroyed By America
“Who encouraged Saddam to invade Iran in 1980, which was the greatest war crime he has committed….”