Speed test : Censorship is free speech

“Welcome to the new Orwellian world where censorship is free speech and we respect the past by attempting to elide it.”

The introductory quote, Censorship is free speech, is from the article indicated here:

Shall We Defend Our Common History?

Roger Kimball
Editor and Publisher, The New Criterion

At Imprimis, the free monthly speech digest of Hillsdale College.

The article relates to the oppression of free speech at universities. It speaks for itself, rather well.  Here is the opening:

The recent news that the University of Notre Dame, responding to complaints by some students, would “shroud” its twelve 134-year-old murals depicting Christopher Columbus was disappointing. It was not surprising, however, to anyone who has been paying attention to the widespread attack on America’s past wherever social justice warriors congregate.

Notre Dame, a Congregation of Holy Cross institution, may not be particularly friendly to its Catholic heritage. But its president, the Rev. John Jenkins, demonstrated how jesuitical (if not, quite, Jesuit) he could be. Queried about the censorship, he said, apparently without irony, that his decision to cover the murals was not intended to conceal anything, but rather to tell “the full story” of Columbus’s activities.

Welcome to the new Orwellian world where censorship is free speech and we respect the past by attempting to elide it.

I had not ever encountered the term elide and looked it up in Webster’s:

elide : definition, as per Webster's

elide : definition, as per Webster’s

Curiously, I often elided something, especially when I wanted to make it obvious that I had done so (such as in a revision in a blog posting, when I had wanted to make it clear that I had done so, as in striking out a word or a few, to show that something was changed, what it was and what it was changed to), but I had not known that there was such a nice expression for doing that. 

Nevertheless, when something was elided, it may or may not be so obvious that censorship was employed.  That brings me to the point of this blog posting.

Marcus Clintonius brought the article to everyone’s attention, and I am grateful that he did.  The article is critical of censorship, but Marcus had employed Facebook to point out a very incisive commentary that is very critical of censorship and calls for it to stop.  Facebook is notorious for its censorship, especially for censoring almost everything that is not politically correct.

Facebook does not call it censorship. It mostly censors without saying that it does or did so, although sometimes Facebook will state that something was deleted because it violated community standards (whatever those may be or signify).  Sometimes the offender gets banned from Facebook, apparently in the hope that it will teach him a lesson.  How come Facebook lets Marcus Clintonius bring Roger Kimball’s commentary to anyone’s attention?  Here is the thing.

I had not known what the article was all about.  I had only seen Marcus Clintonius’ posting on Facebook, essentially an image.  The image was linked.*  I wanted to find out what it was all about and clicked on it.  I could be wrong, but that  helped me to gain an impression of how Facebook deals with criticism of censorship, in spite of permitting access to the source of it.  (* Sorry to say that the link will not work from this page.  If you use copy-and-paste commands and use it in the location field of a new browser window, it will work as intended.)

Image shown in the FB posting by Marcus Clintonius

Image shown in the FB posting by Marcus Clintonius
Clicking on the image would normally take you to Marcus Clintonius’ FB posting. Sorry to say that the link will not work from this page.  If you use copy-and-paste commands and use it in the location field of a new browser window, it will work as intended.  It will then work as intended. Once there, clicking on the “i” (in the circle) will provide information about the link and Imprimis.

It seemed to take forever to get a response to my click.  It took so long that I clicked again, which took longer, but I waited, and eventually my browser displayed the article. It made me curious what had taken so long.

The link to the article, https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/shall-defend-common-history/, is very simple. If I click on it or enter it into the location field of a browser and hit <Enter>, it requires no more than a second to display the article, and, perhaps, there is the rub. If you try this at home and clicked on the preceding link already, make sure to clear your browser cache first, before you try Facebook’s URL for the article.  That will give you the full impact of the long delay, between clicking on the link and having the results displayed  Here it the link:


Facebook stretched a link that is only 59 characters long to the ludicrous length of 894 characters.

Even though it takes not as long now for me to access the article at the end of that tapeworm of a link as it did the first time, it still took about 14 seconds the last time I did.

How many algorithms does that link represent?  What are they all for? Whatever that link is for, with respect to what Facebook is after, think of the work it took to construct those algorithms, to tie them all together, to tailor them just to the URL for a single article, and what amount of processing time it takes when all such links are being accessed.

Not all of Facebook’s links are that long, but Facebook permits no one to publish links in their original, pristine state, that is, just the straight URL for the article it points to.  They all have something attached, to stretch them out, designed to make them do far more than simply access information at the other end of any given link.

What does Facebook do with such links?  What is the purpose of entangling links in so many algorithms? Is it for nefarious or entirely benign or perhaps even beneficial reasons that Facebook strains the Internet?  I suspect that it is not or not only for the greater good. Without a doubt, Facebook is hogging Internet resources.  It is not telling, and what it tells cannot be determined by anyone individual.  Let’s hope that Facebook is not nurturing a malignant cancer.


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Web page ranking and search engine optimization : SEO

Updated 2019 04 17: Added to index, links to Part 5


In July 2017 I decided that I had to put my nose to the grindstone and work on search engine optimization ( SEO ) for my blog Dads&Things.  I knew that would be a large amount of work.  I also knew that it could not be put off any longer.  As it happens quite often in life, I under-estimated how much work it would be.  I had estimated that it would take me about a year.  So far, it took already much of almost two years, as I had to do other things, too.  Still, it took a major portion of my waking hours since I began SEO in earnest.  The results look good.  Unfortunately, in the greater scheme of things, SEO is a hairy ball of wax.  It is laborious and tedious to come to the end of the thread.

At the time, I explained what I was about to do, and that I would report on the progress of the effort. Dads&Things contained about 980 articles or blog postings when I set out to subject it to my SEO efforts.  I added a fair number of articles since then.  I also deleted about the same number.  Those were the ones that were no longer relevant or whose sources could no longer be found.   The grand-total of articles, some short and some longer ones, still hovers around 980.

This report will be one of the longer articles.  That is mainly because systematic SEO work was a journey of discovery for me.  I discovered much but not enough and will attempt to report on my impressions of what I found.  I will try to tie together what I had already reported on.  Therefore, it will help to give this some structure. 

SEO interests many people.  It should interest far more, but few will want to read all of what this essay states about it.  The following index will help anyone who reads this to decide what, if any of it, he may wish to read.

The story told here is complex. The indicated links point to more details in each case.  I will frequently come back to this write-up, to look for information, to refine and to add to it.


  1. Preamble
  2. Introduction : Whatever made me want to do SEO?
  3. History in the making : The emergence of the Internet
  4. Search engines and how they fit in
  5. SEO is important for page ranking
  6. Part 2:
    Google Analytics web stats : Fraudulent or just seriously wrong?
  7. SEO produced unexpected, grossly counterproductive outcomes
  8. Are absurd consequences of SEO an artifact of revenue-splitting procedures?
  9. Impressions : This is the gist of it.  SEO is great!
  10. Part 3:
    Requesting help with an inexplicable problem
  11. The ensuing discussion
  12. The good side of censorship
  13. Comparing search engines
  14. Part 4:
    Web Pages : Page Rank vs Page Reach – SEO
  15. The essential web rank
  16. Page rank and page reach serve different masters
  17. Why does SEO lead to increased traffic and falling page ranks?
  18. What is GADWP?
  19. The role of backlinks
  20. Popularity vs rank penalties
  21. How to make web traffic grow without advertising
  22. You can help: Share, bookmark, use links, do all of that often
  23. Part 5:
    Click-Through Rate vs Page Views per Visit – SEO and GSC
  24. What does the CTR measure?
  25. CTRs differ much from the number of page views per visit
  26. Focusing on daily page views
  27. Is web rank a good measure of web site popularity?
  28. Working with google Search Console data
  29. Are CTRs important when ad-revenues are not?
  30. Google Search Console makes SEO more constructive and effective

Introduction : Whatever made me want to do SEO?

The Internet changed our lives.  That was largely for the better, first for a few people, eventually for virtually everyone.  That is, at the very least the Internet  was a boon for a very large portion of humanity everywhere.  Not many people can remember what life without the Internet was like.  Far more people never knew life without the Internet.  That is increasingly true even for people in developing and underdeveloped nations. 

Virtually everyone uses the Internet today.  I became interested through the work I did for my employer, in the 1980s, shortly after the break-up of my family and the subsequent divorce. My work involved network planning for a telecommunications provider, largely in work systems analisys and design.  A background in telecommunication installation, maintenance and then planning was a great asset for that.

I was never a PC technician or Internet technologist but was for a while, many years ago, the designated PC administrator for my department and did a fair amount of work as a representative for the Network Extension Engineering Section and the Network Planning Department of which it was part.  That work involved largely the data modeling for the development of a number of data processing systems for circuit groups, network facilities, project management, and construction-program budgeting, tracking and management.

PCs are great. The Internet is greater.

Most of my spare time involved the running of a small sheep farm, which I operated full time after I retired from my regular job.  That intensified my interest in what could be done with a PC for some of the things I did at home: constructing a breeding record system and relational data base for keeping breeding records; doing farm accounting; searching for information on history in general and specifically on marriage and divorce, and for getting to know in fairly good detail what was going on in the world.

It was not possible for me to spend much time away from the farm, but, once I could afford to acquire a modem, I was set to become a fathers rights activist.  A whole new world opened up.  It was possible to get in touch with many people, and to start cooperating with them, who had a great interest in the need for families and fathers.

I tried to find the nearest fathers rights organization, spent a lot of time searching and asked many questions about it.  After six months of that, a fathers rights activist in the U.S.A. pointed me to one that existed and had regular meetings right in the City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at an address that required under an hour of driving to reach.

“How can that be?” I thought, and “There are listings in the phone book for all sort of organizations for women, if I just let my fingers do the walking, and I must spend six months of asking around the whole world to finally be directed to someone willing to help men in Edmonton.  That is totally wrong!  No one shall have that problem again.” 

My first website. It’s still around and doing ever better.

I set up my first website, Fathers for Life. I figured that the information I collected and the knowledge I gained had to be made available to anyone who needed or was otherwise interested in it.  First I used an MS Word add-on, available for free (Internet Assistant), and free web space.  Soon I found, that was not the way to go.  I rented web space through commercial web hosting services and bought a copy of Netscape.  From that I went on to MS FrontPage, then to MS Expression Web.  I hope to find a web editor to replace MS Expression Web (no longer supported) that will permit me to do upgrades for SEO needed by FathersforLife, but I am not looking very hard; first things first.

It became necessary to start a blog, Dads&Things (in 2007).  That brought a new set of experiences.  It was a bit easier to get information out, but the volume of information on the website and blog became ever larger.  Some of the things that web editors allowed me to do with relative ease for my website could no longer be done with WordPress for my blog. 

A lot more maintenance had to be done to guard against viruses, intrusions by hackers and spammers, and to address the deterioration of links on the Internet.  The high rate of link deterioration became a massive problem.  The average lifespan of a link to information on the Internet is about five years.  Until very recently, I did not have a software tool for detecting broken links.  I have one now and fixed all broken links at the blog (at least, that is what I think).

When I had started Fathers for Life, I expected that I would be doing good if the website would receive 30,000 visits a year.  It was a great surprise to see the website become far more popular than I had anticipated.  By 2007, its web rank reached and at times exceeded that of NOW.org.  Then I saw its rank declining.  In spite of that, the number of visits, especially the number of page views, kept increasing.  There is a reason for that, direct traffic.  That is, traffic that comes to Fathers for Life and Dads&Things through links from other websites and through bookmarks that people make of individual articles.

Trouble with Google

Because the website and blog had become so popular, a lot of websites and articles began to link to it.  Many surfers bookmarked articles.  There are now close to 50,000 direct links to Fathers for Life and Dads&Things.  They bring a lot of traffic, close to 80 percent of the traffic.  The volume of that traffic is still increasing, by word of mouth or keyboard-to-keyboard advertising, one could say.  Still, the ranking of the website was in decline, in fits and starts, not due to anything that could be ascribed to trends in what interests people.  Such trends would be more gradual.

Eventually I contacted Google, to find out why that was happening, I learned that SEO had become far more important than I had thought possible.  I learned that it no longer mattered as much to keep a website functioning well than it did that Google was forcing people into optimizing their websites so as to tailor them to what Google dictated the format and even the nature of the information on a website had to be to please Google. 

Google would penalize a web page and its website that did not measure up to what Google deemed good for Google.  An offending web page would receive a low rank.  Therefore, a popular but suddenly deemed offensive web page that had routinely ranked at the top of the first page of search-return results would now find itself much farther down on the list or perhaps not be listed at all.

The need for SEO

Life is what happens when you had other plans.  It was obvious that Fathers for Life and Dads&Things required far more than merely casual search engine optimization (SEO).  They needed far more than merely fixing, replacing or removing dead links and making pages findable through search engines.  They needed a rigorous, thorough housecleaning and making them compliant with search engine standards.  That became obvious but was not the cause of the serious heart attack I then had. 

The heart attack and some other things that I had to focus on set me back.  I could not keep up with the efforts of thousands of people working for search engine providers who kept producing algorithms that constantly required web designers to devote ever more effort to keep up with what search engine providers dictated.

Over the years, search engines had grown.  They grew, from being invented to be tools with which to find information that was accessible through the Internet to  dominate and control what and whether information on the Internet can be found through searches.  Not only that, interested parties and search-engine providers decided early on that a profit can be made through the finding of information (information that others worked hard to develop, compile, format, store and make available), through deriving advertising revenue, by using the information produced, presented and even owned by others. 

Do my web pages receive ever lower ranks because they carry no advertising?  How would anyone know?  Google does not publish its algorithms.

Google began to dominate among search engines.

Among search-engine providers on the Internet, Google had become the largest shark to feed on the harvest of revenues that could be derived from the accelerating spread of the body of information on the Net, but that was not all, and history repeats itself.

The evolution from being hunter-gatherers of food to becoming farmers and producers of food had benefited humans enormously.  Trades emerged.  Manufacturing and trading became important aspects of human existence in the context of an ever faster developing civilization.

Something comparable happened also with the emergence of the Internet.  That produced – in addition to many, very constructive things and opportunities – the possibility of making a living from information that can be found and made accessible.  A good living can be made from the finding of information and pointing out to others where it is.  That is what search engines do.  A far better living can be made doing so.  That is when specific, likable information can be cultured by those who make a living from the finding of information for others.

That would still give all producers of information a chance to make a profit.  Nevertheless, a corporation that can force them to use the equivalent of genetically modified seeds that will produce the crop of information on which a profit on advertising revenues can be made stands to gain enormously.  That is all the more so when a corporation making that sort of living establishes a dominating, controlling monopoly, even if only a virtual one.

Farming of information and securing a controlling monopoly

No one but an insider in the board rooms of Google knows how Google came to use that principle for the farming of information and securing a controlling monopoly on the nature of information to be findable on the Net.  Nevertheless, there is now no doubt that Google has a good and strengthening grip on not only all information that can be found through search engines. 

Google,  while it handles more than 90 percent of all search traffic, has the capability to determine what the nature and quality of the information is that can be found.  Google exercises that power ever more.  I will come to that later, in more detail, but one thing is certain.  Google and social media corporations control the production, spread and accessibility of information throughout the world,  That is similar to Monsanto controlling the production of and accessibility to food.

Now to my observations on some of the things I became aware of since I began my SEO project in July of 2017.  Context is always important.

History in the making : The emergence of the Internet

ARPANET (1970) was a digital packet switching network developed by the U.S. military.  That was the birth of the Internet, of the baby that grew into the Internet we now use.  It became a giant that, some say, grew into our master.  At least it made many people, hundreds of millions of them, not only dependent but addicted to it, by exercising their thumbs.

The U.S. military later permitted a few scientists and technology-oriented people in the developed nations access to ARPANET.  They wished that they could exchange data with some of their colleagues and friends in other institutions and soon did (1981), some using acoustically coupled modems for the conversion of digital signals into analog signals that could be transmitted over analog transmission lines. 

Personal computers came on the market (“the world’s first personal computer” in 1983), became ubiquitous, ever more powerful, ever smaller and cheaper.  Modems became small enough that it was possible to build them into personal (or desktop) computers.  Miniaturization progressed. Cellphones came out, the first one (a.k.a. mobile phone or simply mobile) was the size of a brick and weighed 2 kg (1973).  They evolved and developed into smartphones (March 1996 to 2002).

All of those portable devices required something else that would enable their users to make easy use of the Internet, for displaying information through an interactive, graphical interface, a web browser (Mosaic, 1993, and Netscape Navigator, 1994).

Let’s not forget the computer mouse, to point to and click on what a user wants to interact with or access, of what is displayed on a screen.  The history of the computer mouse goes back to 1946 and reached an important landmark with “the Xerox 8010” which then “was probably the best-known computer with a mouse”  (1982).  Touchscreens came later, fingers or thumbs being far more practical for interacting with the screen of a smartphone (1994).

Search engines and how they fit in

How and why do search engines fit into the history of the evolution of the Internet?  Access to all of the information accessible in the world will not do anyone much good.  It must be possible to find specific, desired information. 

Anyone who ever used the index of a library knows that no library would be much good without its index.  Search engines index information accessible through the Internet.  A search request will have the search engine check its index.  Then it displays information from the index on the screen of the user who made the request.  The information for each entry on a search-return list contains a link.  The user can than click on that and have the information at the end of the link displayed on the user’s screen.

The first truly useful search engines came into existence, beginning in about 1993.  According to the Wikipedia article containing information on the history of search engines, AltaVista came into existence in 1995.  I mention it here because I remember it being my favorite and that I used it a lot.  I ran across a history of the rise and fall of AltaVista.  It is a sad story, and important lessons can be learned from it.

Altavista was essentially the first practical Internet search engine (before Google got launched).  AlaVista was originally used as a demonstration of the skills and capabilities of the Digital Equipment Corporation or DEC (also known by its trademark, Digital).  DEC had designed, constructed and operated it.

Learn how one of the web’s biggest accidental success stories evolved.

It seems odd that the Wikipedia article mentions virtually nothing of that story.  The article mentions AltaVista only four times, and DEC not at all.

SEO is important for page ranking

SEO is important for anyone who runs a website or a blog.  Blogs are websites, too. Read this commentary, and decide if you should worry about SEO.

Believe it or not, I set out to make this a short article, but that was difficult.  It relates to a complex issue: How to influence people, many people, through using the Internet.  It also relates to some things that make it difficult to achieve that.  I dropped the fleeting thought of keeping it short. By the way, SEO is a misnomer. It is not the optimizing of search engines.  It involves the optimizing of web pages, so that search engines get to like them.  Search engines then give the web pages a higher rank on account of it.  That is mostly what this blog post is all about.  Read on and all about how I, an amateur, fought my way through SEO….(more, 2,200 words)

It would have been nice to have had Yoast SEO Premium much sooner, but, although I’m am now essentially finished with a good run of two years of hard work of using it, was it all worth doing?  Yes, it was!

I found a large number of pages with problems, many different problems.  I fixed them.  More and more pages had their SEO scores upgraded from OK to Good. Now only 16 remain with a rank of OK vs 979 with an SEO score of Good.  Yet, the page ranks kept falling and keep falling.

It seems that not even Yoast SEO can keep up its efforts.  It appears that those are being out-paced by the rate at which Google produces and installs its algorithms. I know that Yoast SEO offers no suggestions on what to do to fix a couple of major, general problems I need to address.  I have had those problems since I started Dads&Things.  They do not cause  the continual downward trend of the page ranking.  Before I get to that, I will show what happened to the WordPress site stats since before I began this SEO effort.  Keep in mind that I began this SEO project in July 2017.  (This is becoming too long for one blog posting, therefore, follow the subsequent link.)

Continued…. at Google Analytics web stats : Fraudulent or merely seriously but accidentally wrong?

#SearchEngineOptimization #SEO #WebStatistics

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Google Analytics web stats : Fraudulent or just seriously wrong

Part 2 of Web page ranking and search engine optimization : SEO

Google Analytics web stats may be fraudulent, or they could be just seriously wrong by accident.  I will explain in this what I mean by that, based on some impressions I gained during close to two years of search engine optimization that is coming to the close.

No outsider can figure out why or how Google does things to come up with web- or site-stats that are as terribly wrong as those illustrated in the graphs shown next, a little farther down.  Keep in mind that, as I explained in the first part of this write-up, in July 2017 I began a thorough, systematic effort to do search engine optimization (SEO) at Dads&Things.  I used Yoast SEO Premium for that.  That is, as far as I can tell, the best and most popular software tool on the market for that (the best I ever had a chance to use).  It is tailored to fit Google’s requirements for SEO.

The data reflected in the subsequent graphs were collected by Google Analytics.  One application of that is installed at WordPress, the software that runs Dads&Things, the other at the host-service provider who hosts Dads&Things.  There is a third application of  Google Analytics that tracks the traffic statistics for Dads&Things.  That is the one I recently installed to monitor and observe traffic statistics for Dads&Things from my end.  I activated that on February 28, 2019.  Therefore, I don’t have enough data from that worth comparing to the data produced by the other two applications of Google Analytics that both produce such data, from all the way back in June 2017 until now.  The data from that third application of Google Analytics, for the same traffic to the same blog but from March 1st, 2019 and later, will be illustrated in a subsequent part of this write-up, when I get to that.

The following graphs pertain to the history of traffic statistics relating to one time interval, one blog, and one single stream of traffic that is look at from the perspectives of the host-service provider and the perspective of WordPress, the software application that runs the blog.  It stands to reason that two sets of data representing measurements of a single set of circumstances should be precisely identical.  They are not!  They are not even similar.  Here are the data:

Visitors to Dads&Things, June 2017 - February 2019,as measured by Google Analytics, by WordPress

How can things go so wrong?
Visitors to Dads&Things, June 2017 – February 2019,
as measured by Google Analytics,
used by WordPress and by the host-service provider

How can things go so wrong?  Page Views at Dads&Things, June 2017 - February 2019, as measured by Google Analytics, used by WordPress and by the host-service provider

How can things go so wrong?
Page Views at Dads&Things, June 2017 – February 2019,
as measured by Google Analytics,
used by WordPress and by the host-service provider

How can things go so wrong? Page Views per Visit at Dads&Things, June 2017 - February 2019, as measured by Google Analytics, used by WordPress and by the host-service provider

How can things go so wrong?
Page Views per Visit at Dads&Things, June 2017 – February 2019,
as measured by Google Analytics,
used by WordPress and by the host-service provider

When I set out to work on my SEO effort, I knew that I would do a few or a lot of things wrong.  I had a lot to learn.  Yoast SEO was new for me.  The potential for making errors was great.  I hoped that I would make all of my errors right at the start.  That way I would not make them over and over, with every additional blog posting I tried to get up to the recommended standards demanded but not so well specified by Google.

SEO produced unexpected, grossly counterproductive outcomes

That was not what I had hoped for.  I had done a lot of work.  It was good work.  Some iterations happened, and some of those involved more than just a few pages.  I knew that I would learn by trial and error and that I would get better at it.  For that reason, I did not expect that all of the changes I made would immediately result in better page ranks, at least not at first.  That is what happened, but it was much worse than I had expected.  That was not because of the work I caused myself on account of the errors I made.  There were not that many of those.

The better I got at using Yoast SEO, the worse the new traffic statistics for the blog turned out to be.  Some people, I am sure, would have given up at that point, but I knew that there were many instances of problems on many of the 980 blog postings that needed fixing.  I had become comfortable with Yoast SEO and carried on, revised blog posting after blog posting.

I thought that at least I had a way to find and eradicate those errors, and that I had to get all of the postings to conform to a common standard.  Once done with that, I could then far more easily try something else to make the blog rank a bit better.  Chances were that, by first using Yoast SEO for standardizing all blog postings, I would reach the point of being able to make bulk changes requiring far less time.  I liked how nice everything worked and looked, and I most definitely liked working with Yoast SEO.  Doing it without Yoast SEO, I could not have done even close to as nice a job of SEO as I did.  I carried on, but I became more and more puzzled.

Alexa.com does web ranking.  I could see no rhyme or reason why the ranking trend for Dads&Things had absolutely no correlation to what I was doing.  It had no correlation to what Google Analytics for WordPress told me the traffic to the blog was doing.  Neither did it have any correlation to what Google Analytics, as used by the host-service provider, told me the traffic to the blog was doing. 

At first I thought that my SEO helped the web rank for the blog.  When I put new life into it, in May 2017, it had a web rank of 1.7 millionth, relative to other websites in the World.  As soon as I began posting to it again, the rank rose.  It kept rising, as I began to do SEO.  Then it fell again.  It did that a few times, eventually rose to about 450,000th place.  That impressed me.  The SEO I was doing had an enormous impact, but that was apparently just wishful thinking.  The rank fell again and continued its roller coaster ride.

The most curious thing was that the two different applications of Google Analytics produced so widely differing results, while they both measured  the same set of traffic data for one blog.  The two sets of data they produced differed by a factor of around a hundred.  Not only do the two sets of data differ greatly but they differ ever greatly more as time goes on. 

The gap between the two data sets kept widening even when I was not doing SEO for extended intervals.  While the traffic to Dads&Things is steadily increasing over time, Google Analytics tells me, through the version of the data destined for me to see, that the traffic to Dads&Things is steadily declining at a very substantial rate.  What is causing that?  My concern about what caused the rank fluctuations grew.  Still, the traffic volume kept increasing, at times at a substantial rate of growth.  That made up for it.  Obviously, a lot of people find Dads&Things without the help of Google.  Then something really weird and inexplicable happened.

Web rank history for fathersforlife.org

Web rank history for fathersforlife.org
(Dads&Things is a subdomain of fathersforlife.org)

Monthly Page Views at Dad&Things

Monthly Page Views at Dad&Things
Per Google Analytics Dashboard WordPress
Note: Page views range from 613 to 4,824 per month (value of for Feb 2019 is an artifact of troubleshooting, during which I had to disable Google Analytics tracking)
Note also that actual monthly page views as per the host server range from 21,595 to 114.170

Although the web rank for fathersforlife.org had remained relatively steady in the range from 500,000th to 550,000th place, from about September 2018 to February 2019, on February 11, 2019 it began a precipitous decline for absolutely no apparent reason.  I had done nothing that could have caused that to happen.  That does not worry me too much.  The blog has more than a million page views a year, in spite of Google down-ranking the domain.  Search engines direct an abysmally low volume of search traffic to the blog (presently in the range from 1.7% to 2% of all traffic to the site).

Overall traffic volumes are high and growing, but I now I had become intensely curious about who was moving the goal posts, what they where, to what they were being changed, and to where they were being moved.  I posted  a request for advice on what was going on.  Tommy Wennerstierna, in Sweden, responded and pointed out something of great importance.  I have to look at that in depth, before I can report on it, which I will do in another part of this write-up (to be posted a few days from now.)

Are absurd consequences of SEO an artifact of revenue-splitting procedures?

A re-cap of the behavior of the traffic trends of concern.

Dads&Things, net-changes after two years of doing SEO

Dads&Things, net-changes after two years of doing SEO


  1. Anyone who relies on ad-revenue derived from his website or blog and thinks that he can use Google Analytics as an audit tool should be concerned that there is more than one set of books that relate to the aspects of the Internet traffic to his domain.
  2. One instance of discovering two sets of books is not acceptable evidence of general practice, but if there is one instance, there are likely many more.
  3. In my case, the two sets of books, relating to aspect of Internet traffic to a single, common blog each, contain data that vastly differ from that in the other book
  4. One set of books indicates a struggling blog, with a low and declining web rank and minimal, declining and vanishing traffic volumes.  That set of books is intended for public consumption, for establishing and tracking of web rank.  It prompts some web rating services to declare that the website and blog are not doing well, that they are in fact being penalized by Google.  Yet, page rank for the blog declined from 5 (on a scale from 0 to 10) to a page rank of 0, within just a few days.  It wasn’t my fault.  Nothing I lately did could have caused that.  The information provided by Tommy Wennerstierna explains it.  The release of another collection of Draconian algorithms by Google is the cause of it.
  5. The other set of books, maintained for the host-service provider, indicates a blog of considerable vitality, with a substantial volume of traffic that is growing at a substantial rate.  That set of books is not used for web ranking.  It is inaccessible to the public and accessible only to the host-service provider and his client.
  6. The first set of books indicates that the Internet traffic to the blog is declining at the rate of about 45% per year for the monthly page views and for the number of visits.
  7. The second set of book indicates that the Internet traffic to the blog is growing at the rate of 94% per year for the monthly page views and at the rate of 53% per year for the number of visits.  The difference between the two growth rates shows that the visitors have an interest in the number of pages they view per visit that grows at the rate of 25% per year.
  8. It is obvious that, for any party who derives revenues from the Internet traffic to a blog, the second set of books is unquestionably the one they will choose to go by.
  9. Search engine optimization (SEO) had no perceptible effect on boosting the web rank for Dads&Things, but it appears that, with the help of Yoast SEO, I greatly improved the quality and structure of Dads&Things, even though my SEO project was just the first go-around, and many more refinements shall be made.  During  a 21-month interval the monthly numbers of page views rose from 32,643 to 92,493, visits rose from 9,436 to 19,202, and page views per visit increased from 3.5 to 5.1.  Those results far exceed the expectations I had when I set out to do SEO for Dads&Things.  More will be done, and I am looking forward to seeing the results of that.
  10. In the first part of this write-up I declared that SEO is a misnomer, that it is intended not to optimize search engines but to tailor websites and blogs to cater to what Google’s requirements are.  There is no doubt in my mind that SEO is of far greater importance for websites and blogs, collectively, than it is for Google.

Contrary to those who make a living from advertising on web pages, by attaching advertising to the fruits of the labour by many others, the website of FathersforLife, and especially its blog, Dads&Things, are very much alive, receive a lot and ever more visits, and increasing numbers of people read the articles they present (close to 2 million page views a year),

That is primarily due to everyone, not so much and increasingly less so because of Google.  It is due to word-of-mouth advertising (call it keyboard-to-keyboard advertising, if you wish, it’s part of what samizdat evolved into).

So, bookmark Dads&Things and help with getting the word around.

Continued in the next part:
Requesting help with an inexplicable problem

P.S. I don’t make any money on this, never asked for any, receive no funding from anyone and am not affiliated with any organization, government or otherwise.  I am  a pensioner, 82-years old, going on 83.

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Canadian budget makes Andrew Scheer unhappy

The Canadian budget makes Andrew Scheer unhappy.  He offers some comments about today’s budget announcement.

I was unable to post the following comment to Facebook and hope that you will be able to access it here instead:

As of now the opinion polls indicated a clear gain for the Conservatives, and a loss of appreciation of the Liberals. So far, the polls do not reflect the impact of the promised escalation of spending (another $41 billion that will have to be paid back out of tax revenues in the generations to come). Obviously, PM Trudeau is wrong about a lot of things, but right now he demonstrates, that – contrary to his much-touted assertions – budgets do not balance themselves.

We’ll have to wait and see what the opinion polls will indicate in the days to come. It seems that PM Trudeau may be disappointed, as–surely–Canadians cannot be so easily bribed by stuffing their pockets with $41 billion that the government will have to squeeze out of them first, in the subsequent years, whether the Liberals win the coming election or not.

Opinion polling in the 2019 Canadian federal election
Pre-campaign period article and graph

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Google Chrome vs Firefox

After having used Google Chrome for a few years, switching back to Firefox made surfing the Net again enjoyable.

For many years I had been using Firefox and then switched to Google Chrome for my browser. It escaped my memory why I did so, but at the time I was not sorry that I did. A few years went by….

Google Chrome had a few glitches that I tried to address and spent quite a few days with trying to solve them, unsuccessfully. Here are some of the most prominent:

  1. Google Chrome changed the colour scheme of my browser display to something other than the default I was quite happy with, to something that was not as nice. I never managed to get that corrected, but that was okay.
  2. Google Chrome once had, just as Firefox did and still does, spelling suggestions for correcting misspellings as I was typing, but that got lost. In spite of repeatedly trying, often for days, to find a correction or fix for that problem, I never managed to find a solution. The feature got lost for good, and many co-sufferers and I had to do without it, but that was okay. I could live without it, no matter how much I missed it.
  3. I never managed to get Google Chrome to provide a display of fonts that permitted me to read text clearly on Facebook. The vision in my right eye is a bit handicapped (I’ve got a scar on the cornea, in the centre of the pupil of my right eye). The type-font display that Google Chrome permits (forces) me to use does not allow me to make a clear distinction between a comma, semicolon and a period, but that was okay.
  4. On the morning of March 13th, 2019, I noticed that Google Chrome corrupted the display of text, so that it became unintelligible.
    Corrupted text display in Google Chrome browser

    Corrupted text display in Google Chrome browser

    There were various means of making the text legible, for a moment or a few seconds, but those are not even acceptable Band Aids, let alone good solutions. For the better part of the last two days I tried to find a fix for Google Chrome, but, as usual, their recommended solution did not make the slightest improvement. That is no longer okay, and I had to draw the line.

Last night I downloaded Firefox and installed it once more. Eureka! All of the Google Chrome problems that had plagued me no longer exist. Mind you, I had to make one improvement or adjustment. I had to use the “Clear Type” option (in Windows 10: Press the <Windows Start> icon, type clear type, and follow the instructions) for finding the best possible type display. That fixed even my handicap of having trouble telling the difference between a comma, semicolon and a period. That alone made it worth switching to Firefox. Most importantly, at least for now, the solutions to any perceived problems that Firefox recommends I should use all worked. That is a welcome experience!

If you should want to switch to a different browser, first create a restore point, just in case something should go wrong and you need to go back to before you started to make your changes. (You should always do that, whenever you install new software on your machine.)

Surfing the Net has become enjoyable again.  Oh, what a happy surfer I am!

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FB responds to need for help without having been asked

Updated 2019 03 13 8:54 pm: Added post script.

Earlier today I noticed that FB has a problem and posted a comment about it.

Right after I posted it, I talked to my wife and asked her to look up on her phone what I had posted.  She could not, I could not, and both of us could not find what I had posted about the problem, but, miraculously, the missing original posting is restored to its full, shining beauty, except for the ‘likes’ it had received and the comment I had added earlier.  Those were still missing.  I will try to see what I can do to restore them.

I went back to my laptop to try to see what I could do about it and saw that my original observation that I had wanted to show to the wife, after I had posted it, was now shown as if I had never yet posted it.

There it was, in addition, there was a little insert on the screen of my laptop, stating, something like:

“Oops! Something went wrong. We are working to fix it.” 

Well, what they did was not quite good enough, because the ‘likes’ the original post had received, and the comment I had added are still missing. 

Still, given that FB apparently is instantly aware of what I post on FB, I am confident that they will see fit to restore the ‘likes’ that the post had received and the comment I had added.  Nevertheless, even if FB is no longer capable or willing to make its presence known, as I try to do that, I will try to keep you posted of what evolves.

Until later….

Sorry to report that sharing from WordPress to FB did not work for me.  FB will not let me do that.

Until later….

12:16 I posted this comment to the formerly ‘disappeared’ and now restored discussion thread:

Earlier I reported that FB has a problem that needs to be fixed. This post and discussion thread disappeared from the version of my timeline that is publicly visible. In other words, what I see differs from what others can see of what is on my timeline. 

The details of the problem and its aftermath are being reported on at https://blog.fathersforlife.org/2019/03/13/fb-responds-to-help-request-without-having-been-asked/

Everything appears to be back to normal, even the likes that the original post had and the comment I had added have been restored. That is very nice to see, except that now GoogleChrome is in on what apparently is becoming a brawl FB is getting mean. That is not how a guardian angel watching over my shoulder would do [it].

12:26 Oh Dear, FB did not permit me to post that comment.  That is a good thing, because that permitted me to make a run to Fort Saskatchewan, to pick up medication that had been back-ordered, and to buy groceries that we had not been able to pick during the bad weather that had prevailed for the last two weeks.  It gave me time, as well, to make a few edits. 

I had tried to report that repairs had been made and were successful.  Look what happened now.  A guardian angel watching over my shoulder would not be like that.  This is not fixing things, it adds aggravation.  It is outright mean! 

What FB meant by that is not that they could not, but that they would not let me, but here I go.  It is most definitely ‘later’, and I will try again.

Eureka!  FB really fixed it.  I tried posting the progress report once more, a few minutes ago, and what I could not do before now worked fine.  Check it out and see how well it worked.

Here is to hoping that what is well will stay well.  A great “Thank You!” to my guardian angel, Facebook.  “I am truly glad that you could fix what needed to be fixed.”

P.S.: Jack de Hoog and Carl Garnham advised that earlier today FB and Instagram experienced big outages, to which I responded,

“…thanks for telling me about the outage. I’ll add a note about it to the record of my experiences. It does not seem to be connected to what I struggled with this morning. Why would the problem involve a posting about Donald Trump’s endorsement of Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace, but not any of my interactions with FB immediately before and after that specific posting? Why would that outage be so selective and pick that tiny window of time, but not what I did before and after it?”

Here is Facebook’s announcement about the outage they experienced today:

We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
10:49 AM – 13 Mar 2019
We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.


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Sex War a misnomer

Updated 2019 03 12

You’ve got to break a few eggs when making omelets. (1) 
The revolution devours its own children. (2)

Lately I noticed that some discussions are turning to the revival of the topic of the so-called “sex war” (a.k.a. gender war). It is curious why anyone should wish to make the attempt.

Sex War vs Gender War — Interest over Time, Worldwide

It will be difficult to revive interest in the topic, given that the public appears to have tired of it, but should it be a growing concern?

“Sex war” or “Gender War” are not only inexact terms, they are far from close enough to be accurate or even appropriate. “Sex war” or “Gender War” implies that:  there was a formal declaration of war; the two sides make at least an attempt to conquer one another; there are clear dividing lines between the warring parties, and other things. One is that there is an aggressor and a defender, another that there is a reasonable expectation of cessation of hostilities, when an armistice is declared, after one party is victorious, the conquered party admits defeat and tries to negotiate terms of surrender, and both parties either agree to fight, so as to settle their differences, or perhaps settle for peace and keep it.

None of that is true or even in sight, in relation to the so-called “sex war.”

It would therefore be more accurate to consider that the “sex war” is something quite different from a war. The evidence strongly suggests that the conflict between the sexes is a consequence of an escalating campaign of totalitarian oppression that targets all men but primarily husbands and fathers, a campaign of totalitarian oppression that targets fathers within or without families, while not sparing families with fathers.

Therefore, it stands to reason that women and children in families with fathers as well become victims of the campaign of totalitarian oppression that is without a doubt aimed at penalizing and punishing all who dare to yearn being members of families with fathers. 

That is a reasonable explanation of why women and the children with them who are in fatherless families are without a doubt the victims of collateral damage.  After all, how can there be so many women and children who are victims of the “sex war,” when it ostensibly makes all women the winners? Consider:

It’s Official: The Experiment Has Failed

For the best part of thirty years [50 years as of 2019 – Walter] we have been conducting a vast experiment with the family, and now the results are in : the decline of the two-parent, married-couple family has resulted in poverty, ill-health, educational failure, unhappiness, anti-social behaviour, isolation and social exclusion for thousands of women, men and children. — Rebecca O’Neill

Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family 
by Rebecca O’Neill; Sept. 2002, CIVITAS

Surely, a war that, instead of providing all women with the spoils of war turns vast numbers of them into victims requiring assistance from Father State, is far more likely a hoax gone terribly wrong.

Ten thousand years of a successful symbiosis of families and civilization that made civilization great cannot have been all wrong.  As shown in this example (it is one of many), it was not. It had made civilization thrive and an ever-increasing number of people prosper:

Humanity Unbound: How Fossil Fuels Saved Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity

Policy Analysis, No. 715, Cato Institute, Washington, DC
36 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2012 Last revised: 27 Feb 2013
By Indur M. Goklany, Independent

The liberation from mankind’s dependency on the slavery of muscle power is without a doubt due to the efforts of many men who gave their lives to search for, explore and develop alternative sources of energy.  Should there be any doubt that humanity owes men a great debt of gratitude?  Why, instead, would anyone feel compelled to vilify men and the families they love and who love them in return?

Sources of the introductory quotes

  1. You’ve got to break a few eggs when making omelets.

“François de Charette was one of the leaders of a Royalist counter-revolt in the Vendée region of France during the French Revolution. The War in the Vendée, as it’s now known, lasted several years and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands. In March of 1796, Charette was captured by republican forces and put on trial, during which, according to Walker’s account:

It was remarked to him that he had caused the death of a great many persons. Yes, he replied, omlets are not made without breaking eggs.

Charette, you’ll be shocked to learn, was soon after executed by firing squad. As for the metaphor—especially tasteless in his rendering since the broken “eggs” were dead human beings—it originated in French (on ne saurait faire d’omelette sans casser des œufs) as early as the 1740s and made its way from there into English. But it seems Charette was onto something. A scan of the OED’s later citations suggests that the expression has an unfortunate fondness for body counts….” (More)

  1. The revolution devours its own children.

from bartleby.com:

QUOTATION: Revolution is like Saturn, it devours its own children.
ATTRIBUTION: Georg Büchner (1813–1837), German dramatist, revolutionary.
Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton’s Death, act I (1835).
In the original German: die Revolution ist wie Saturn, sie frißt ihre eignen Kinder.
The phrase is usually translated using devour.

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International Men’s Day vs International Women’s Day

Updated 2019 03 07 6:23 pm: Appended Google Trends Compare: IMD vs IWD, Breakdown by Region.

“Woman’s work is never done,” man’s work ignored.

It appears that the celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD), taking place annually on March 8th, usually runs on for about a week, after which the celebrations of Marxist identity politics that favor women will gradually taper off, to settle at a somewhat higher level than they were at before the promotion of IWD was raised to a fever pitch. The annual cycle can be observed in the following graph.

IMD vs IWD, US comparison of interest

United States, Interest in IMD vs IWD, Comparison, Google Searches, 2004 to 2019

Notice that, in the United States, interest in IMD outranked interest in IWD for the first time in any month and year in November 2018, 3 : 2, respectively. 

See also: Worldwide – Compared breakdown by region

The annual changes in the extent of the level of interest in IWD are most likely a reflection of the extent of funding available for promoting women’s issues.  Funding out of tax revenues and private sources, to address an ever-increasing number of women’s issues, is substantial.  The more of it is provided, the more of an effort is being made to advertise the fact that, although women live ever longer, more comfortable lives than men, women nevertheless experience ever escalating levels of oppression by men.

“International Women’s Day (IWD), day (March 8) honouring the achievements of women and promoting women’s rights. A national holiday in numerous countries, it has been sponsored by the United Nations (UN) since 1975.” —Encyclopaedia Britannica

IWD has strong socialist roots, came into existence early in the 20th Century and, as the Encyclopaedia Britannica article explains, is celebrated on March 8 each year to commemorate the role a women’s strike played in the Bolshevik Revolution.

“March 8 (February 24, Old Style), 1917, women in Petrograd (St. Petersburg), Russia, marked the day by staging a strike to protest food shortages, poor living conditions, and World War I. This strike for “bread and peace” helped give rise to the Russian Revolution of 1917, which led to the abdication of Nicholas II on March 15 (March 2). In 1921 the date of the IWD was officially changed to March 8.” —Encyclopaedia Britannica

For the record, International Men’s Day (IMD) is officially and predominantly celebrated each year on November 19, but don’t look for it in the graph. People, apparently not even men, don’t have much interest in it. Keep in mind, things that can be taken safely for granted need no promotion.

It appears that the only time of the year people become interested in IMD is to look for it on the Internet when IWD gets celebrated, to determine whether there is such a thing as an IMD.

Encyclopaedia Britannica does not appear to have an entry for International Men’s Day, but Wikipedia does.

International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated every year on 19 November. Inaugurated in 1992 on February 7th by Thomas Oaster,[1] the project of International Men’s Day was conceived one year earlier on 8 February 1991.[2] The project was re-initialised in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago.[3] The longest running celebration of International Men’s Day is Malta, where events have occurred since 7 February 1994.[4] —Wikipedia

It remains to be seen whether November 19 will remain fixed as the day on which all people in the world will remember that men have rights, too. A universal, international consensus has not yet been firmly established.  Still, as it befits them, men’s rights are a distant second to, a close century behind, women’s rights in the progress of international social evolution. As of now, the social tradition defined four centuries ago is not that easily overcome:

“It is an amazing thing to see in our city the wife of a shoemaker, or a butcher, or a porter dressed in silk with chains of gold at the throat, with pearls and rings of good value….and then in contrast to see her husband cutting the meat, all smeared with cow’s blood, poorly dressed…. but whosoever considers this carefully will find it reasonable, because it is necessary that the lady, even if low born and humble, be draped with such clothes for her natural excellence and dignity, and the man [be] less adorned as if a slave, or a little ass, born to her service.”

— Lucrezia Marinella, Venice, Italy, 1600
The Nobility and Excellence of Women Together
With the Defects and Deficiencies of Men

Quoted on page 22 of
If Men Have All the Power How Come Women Make the Rules

Google Trends Compare: IMD vs IWD,
Worldwide Breakdown by Region

The worldwide comparison breakdown by region is remarkable on account of that, in general,

  1. In the countries of the former USSR, the interest in IMD is substantially greater than in the allegedly capitalist nations of the so-called free West, while,
  2. In the allegedly capitalist nations of the so-called free West the interest in IWD is substantially greater than in formerly or presently socialist nations.

Well, that is too bad.  That is a fine example of censorship by Google.  Perhaps I managed to find a truth that hit a nerve, and Google does not want anyone else to be able to see it for what it is.  It makes one wonder why Google Trends goes through the trouble of identifying a string of code that is helpful in seeing a new truth, and then refuses to make the connection required to display it.

Google Trends quite clearly urges visitors to its page to “Paste this into any HTML page:” (followed by the script that would, if Google so wishes, produce an interactive preview of the page).  Maybe Google should add a proviso: “If you are a men’s rights activist, don’t bother doing it, because we will refuse to make the required connection.”

Curiously, when I look at the display of the preview that Google Trend refuses to connect to on my wife’s smart phone, the embedded code for the preview works just fine, and a smarth-phone version of it is displayed. The following graphic will have to do for laptops and desk-top computers.  It is linked.  At least theoretically it should lead to the interactive screen that Google Trends had offered to make available for display at HTML web pages.

To make a long story short, 

Source: Google Trends — Source 1 (2006), Source 2 (2019)

It remains to be decided whether socialism promotes women’s rights or women’s right promote socialism.  Perhaps, when it comes to activists promoting either, they are one and the same.

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The correct temperature for Bruderheim please stand up

Bruderheim, Alberta, Canada, has no official weather station. As far as I know, it does not even have an unofficial weather station that provides temperature readings that any published temperature values for Bruderheim are based on. Temperature values published by any single weather app on offer are derived from extrapolations made from surrounding weather stations.

Of course, the problems with widely varying temperature readings or calculated values may not exist where you live.  Still, it would be a good idea if you were to go through an exercize such as the one that I describe in this.  This is not the first time I tried to do it for Bruderheim.  The outcome always showed widely varying results. 

Does anyone feel assured through such an exercize, that the climate predictions or projections so loved by climate alarmists are accurate?  I don’t, and neither does anyone else who uses even a bit of common sense.

The closest official weather station (operated by Environment and Climate Change Canada) is at nearby Elk Island National Park (10km from here, as the crow flies).

Which temperature declaration for Bruderheim is the correct one?

What is the infamous consensus of climate scientists for the end of the century based on? Were the right pick and the right calculations made? The evidence indicates on first glance that they were not,

The weather app (The Weather Channel) for my cell phone says it presently is -26°C in Bruderheim. It also says that the temperature “now” is -32°C in Bruderheim.

The weather app (The Weather Network) for my lap top asserts -28°C in Bruderheim.

Bruderheim temperature as per The Weather Network

The only nearby official weather station (operated by Environment and Climate Change Canada, about 10km from here, as the crow flies, in Elk Island National Park) maintains that it is presently -27°C.

Temperature measurement at Elk Island National Park

Temperature measurement at Elk Island National Park

Our thermometer in our backyard in Bruderheim reads -24.5°C.

Climate predictions are based on projections made from temperature trends that are calculated from averages of temperature measurements in specific locations.

If temperature measurements and estimates of current temperatures for a specific location disagree, then the average current temperature for that location is incorrect and not worth a hill of beans.

If average temperature estimates are wrong, then average temperature trends are wrong.

If average temperature trends are wrong, then temperature predictions or projections are wrong.

Temperature predictions or projections based on inaccurate temperature measurements or estimates of current temperatures for specific locations are the more wrong for any time in the future and locations, the farther into the future and distance they extend.

What should we bet our money and our personal and national welfare on, or should we?

Tim Ball, an eminent, Canadian climate scientist, has some thoughts about that and expressed them in this:

“Time For Skeptics To Expose National Weather Offices: Canada, A Case Study With National And Global Implications.”

BY DR. TIM BALL · JUNE 10, 2015



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Cold Winters in Edmonton and Surroundings

Update 2019 02 27: Added information by Alberta Climate Information Service (ACIS).

We don’t live in Edmonton but in nearby Bruderheim, Alberta, about 50km NE from Edmonton. It generally gets to be a bit colder here than in the big city. We don’t have the benefit of a large Urban Heat Island effect. That effect is quite substantial, but even Bruderheim, a town of about 1,300 residents, has a bit of an Urban Heat Island effect, compared to surrounding ruralities.

It was -31°C in town, this morning, while one of our friends stated that it was -37°C, this morning, ten miles to the NE, and another friend, living just outside the fence at Elk Island National Park, saw that his thermometer read -44°C last night.

Cold Winters in History compared to now

The current winter is a darned cold one, week after week.

The weather permits to set all sort of records. One must make sure to pick the right selection criteria for that. The TV weathermen are really good at it. They pick them right and produce a record temperature (high or low) for a lot of days.

‘Longest winter of my life’: Edmonton breaks record with historic cold stretch
CTV News | April 14, 2018 1:19PM EDT

Temperature of -46C in Edmonton area makes it coldest in Canada
The Canadian Press | Sun, 13 Dec 2009 20:25 UTC

Edmonton shatters cold record

That was not in Edmonton. The article states: “Environment Canada recorded a frigid minus 46.1 C, or minus 58.4 C with the wind chill, at the Edmonton International Airport at 5 a.m., said meteorologist Pierre Lessard.”  The Edmonton International Airport was then (and still is, as far as I know) outside the Edmonton city limits.

See also a temperature record of the Edmonton winter 2009/2010

The Edmonton Journal article mentions the year with the previous coldest winter: “The city’s longest cold snap was in 1969 when the temperature never got warmer than -20 C for 26 consecutive days. The Journal handed out certificates to survivors.”

 Well, I had the year wrong (I was off by a year), when I was looking for information on that, but the Edmonton Journal, I am fairly sure, has the temperature wrong. I am quite certain that the criterion was -10°F (-23.3°C). Still, it is not the first or only time I’ve been wrong. I was also wrong about the number of weeks. It was that cold only for 26 days. I had thought that it had been that cold for about 6 weeks in a row. So much for the accuracy of my memory.

I could not obtain a detailed record for the winter 1968/69, but check this one, for the Edmonton temperature record of the winter 1975/76.

During the winter of 1975/76 even Edmonton had a day when the temperature went as low as -46°C.

My long-range prediction, going by the seat of my pants? I’ll be considerably warmer in June, with only a slight chance of frost on any given day. Yes, I have seen it snow even in June, once or twice during the last 55 years or so. It does not even have to be below freezing for that to happen, but we rarely get a lot of snow in this part of the world, especially not during June.

It was cold last night, but tomorrow it is supposed to warm up to -4°C, and then we are in for another week or so of much colder, unseasonably cold weather.

What about Climate Change? Are things warming up or getting colder? 

You decide whether things are warming up or getting colder, with regard to the climate trend.  The following is a graph of temperature measurements and their daily averages (T = (Tmax + Tmin) / 2), for Elk Island Park National Park, the closest and only nearby official weather station operated by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Weather and climate change information for the interval from 2017 02 27 to 2019 02 27

See glossary of terms.

For anyone who wishes to get an idea of whether growing conditions are changing  in Alberta, as time goes by, here are links to a viewer that shows growing conditions near Elk Island National Park for the years 1961 to 2017, in terms of:


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