By Rady Ananda
Following the widespread banishment of all radical elements on a certain “progressive” website, which included yours truly, several of us started other sites. Akin to AA thinking that asks, how do you start an AA meeting (“all it takes is a coffee pot and a resentment”), we did just that.
Hence, Coalition of the Obvious, Food Freedom and, a month later, COTO Report were born. My buddy, Patrick, runs the first site, and I run the last two. That’s only possible with a dedicated crew who keep the engines going with original essays, artwork, news tips, and shares on social media sites.
Though COTO doesn’t draw as many visitors as Food Freedom, it gives an outlet to radical thought. Given the corporate-government’s propensity to censorship, more outlets are better than fewer, I figure. Here are the stats since inception:
Food Freedom saw 201,442 visitors in July, its highest month yet. COTO peaked in January at 80,293 visitors, and isn’t yet finished.
Food Freedom is growing quickly, since corpogov is upping its efforts to wipe out all natural foods, supplements and small to midsize farms. No particular political bent is required to recognize our right to choose what foods we eat. Nor is one required to recognize the need to protect our food supply from nefarious corpogov forces.
The three prior times that FF saw more visitors than the site which banned us, we only beat it by a couple thousand. In July, we beat it by 69,000:
As delighted as that makes me, you’d think I might be gracious. But, alas, I’m not above elbowing Rob’s ribs a little bit. It must be nice on some level to have a single flavor of political thought repeating itself in an echo chamber, but it sure has to hurt when a national figure like Keith Olbermann tweets:
Did you know there is a website called @ opednews that cuts, pastes and reposts your work without permission? I wonder if they have lawyers?
Ouch! OEN even created a user name for him, though he never signed up at the site. Double ouch!
The most surprising take-down request I’ve ever received was a short blog promoting this guy’s new book. I was shocked! Fearing he might lose a few dollars on the blog (he got paid by page views), he lost access to a site interested in his work, which might have generated book sales. Penny wise and pound foolish.
The publishing house, Chelsea Green, is a bit more savvy. They started sending me books for free, so I’d review them. What a boon for all of us – the publisher, the author, me and my readers. Since then, I’ve now got a stack of books from several sources (I promise, the reviews are coming).
My favorites so far are David Gumpert’s Raw Milk Revolution (my review) and Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture. I appreciated Simon Fairlee’s Meat: A Benign Extravagance, but I have to admit it was a little tough to chew through his statistical arguments. In the end, he convinced me. The last half of the book laying out his argument and conclusions sans stats was definitely worth the effort put into the first half. Plus, he gets extra points for humor. (My review of both Permaculture and Meat.)
Meanwhile, I’m learning way more than I did in school. Or maybe it just seems that way because of the focus. Not only books and films – I am informed by many of the folks who comment.
Much thanks to all the contributors, news-tip emailers, folks who cite us on Facebook and other social media sites, and to all those major sites that link to us, including Activist Post, Rense, David Icke, Republic Broadcasting, Progressive Mind, Kathy’s News, and BlackListed News.
A special hat tip to WordPress.com for hosting us and for featuring Food Freedom on its front page. That drew several hundred new subscribers.
If you like what we’re doing at Food Freedom and/or COTO Report, we could use donations.