Congratulations to Readers! We Hit 750,000 Comments!

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Since our comments section regularly becomes a bit explosive, and I’m particularly fond of Sydney, which has fireworks as part of its branding, I thought I’d use a Sydney image to commemorate our reaching 750,000 approved comments.


It’s has been a very long road to where we are today. In our first month of blogging, we got a grand total of 6 comments. I remember, then as now, how gratifying it was to get them, that it meant not just that people were reading the site, but were interested enough to say something about the posts.

And here we are today:

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We have many many people to thank. We’ve have many terrific site writers and contributors over the years, such as Matt Stoller, Ed Harrison, Dave Dayen, Richard Smith, Michael Hudson, Mathew Rose. And Lambert has been indispensable both as a writer and a curator of the comments section. But the success of this site rests upon the keen interest and active participation of our readers. You giving us such regular and insightful commentary has been enormously educational to all of us, and has helped foster a community of people working in our various ways to peel back the veneer of official messaging to understand the financial and power dynamics driving our current order, and identify what we can do in our various walks of life to make things better.

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  1. Jim Haygood

    Companies represented on AP’s board:

    Lee Enterprises (symbol LEE on NYSE)
    Hearst (privately owned — New York)
    Community Newspaper Holdings (privately owned — Montgomery AL)
    E. W. Scripps (symbol SSP on NYSE)
    Gannett (symbol GCI on NYSE)
    Swift Communications (privately owned — Carson City NV)
    Cowles Company (privately owned — Spokane WA)
    Gatehouse Media (symbol NEWM on NYSE)
    New York Times (symbol NYT on NYSE) [endorsed Hillary Jan 31, 2016]
    Cox Enterprises (privately owned — Atlanta GA)
    Walt Disney Company (symbol DIS on NYSE)
    Berkshire Hathaway (symbols BRK.A and BRK.B on NYSE)
    Univision (privately owned — Haim Saban, Chairman / CEO) [the Hillary connection / joker in the deck]
    The Santa Fe New Mexican (privately owned — Santa Fe NM)
    Tegna Inc. (symbol TGNA on NYSE)
    A. H. Belo Inc (symbol AHC on NYSE)
    Ogden Newspapers (privately owned – Wheeling WV)
    Paxton Media Group (privately owned — Paducah, KY)
    McClatchy Co (symbol MNI on NYSE)
    Times Publishing Co (privately owned — St Petersburg FL)

    Board members are listed on page 16 of AP’s annual report:

    Our job is to make the “Clinton clinch clowns” as notorious as the “Saddam’s WMDs newspaper.” It starts tonight.

      1. millicent

        to AP

        What the AP has done in announcing Clinton as having won the nomination is beyond propaganda. It would require a whole new vocabulary to describe how revolting and election-throwing this falsehood is. One wonders not WHO is paying off the AP but how much they had to pay.

      2. Parker Dooley

        Comment to AP. Feel free to steal.


        Your announcement that Mrs. Clinton is the “presumptive nominee” in
        the Democratic presidential primary, before even one vote has been
        cast in 6 states and the District of Columbia is shameful. It has the
        appearance of election tampering, as the result may be that many
        voters fail to vote, perceiving the election to be over.

        As you well should know, the nomination is not final until all votes
        have been cast in the convention in July. This should have been your

        Not only does your action have the potential to influence the vote, it
        is a violation of journalistic objectivity –objectivity particularly to be
        expected from an international wire news service rather than the
        editorial department of a newspaper — and also is a clear violation
        of the DNC’s directive that superdelegate votes not be included until
        actually cast.

        This is America. We play to win until the final buzzer.

      3. JEHR

        Gentlemen at AP

        The first thing I saw on my cell phone today was the information that Hillary had won the nomination. I know that is not true because the so-called superdelegates have until July to make up their minds about whom they will support. The idea of the superdelegates is undemocratic; your saying that superdelegates have picked Hillary is a lie.

        Please avoid sending your pusillanimous statements to Canadians.

        My Name
        My Place of Residence, Canada

      4. Will Short

        HappySherpa, Went into AP site and got the ph. number for Minnesota office and have just called to complain. — AP-MN: 612-332-2727, Peace to you.

    1. Paul Tioxon

      You want to enroll me as in, ” Our job is to make the “Clinton clinch clowns”…., Our job? To attack a non-profit news cooperative owned by its 1300 members, just because you can’t tell the difference between news reporting and the overwhelming power of the nation-state? News Flash: The AP does not have the power to appoint anyone the nominee of the democratic party. Or, the republican party, or the libertarian or greens for that matter. Sorry the dozens of other political parties out there, but the same goes for you even though not named. The nominee of the democratic party will be determined by a vote at its convention. Seriously, that’s how things work. You can make an educated guess that Hillary will probably be that person, but that guess does not make it so. You know, have you ever heard of Dewey Defeats Truman? A headline is not a magical incantation with the power over the minds of men and women. Well, except for Fox, but, I digress.

      1. aletheia33

        ”The AP does not have the power to appoint anyone the nominee of the democratic party. Or, the republican party, or the libertarian or greens for that matter. The nominee of the democratic party will be determined by a vote at its convention. Seriously, that’s how things work. You can make an educated guess that Hillary will probably be that person, but that guess does not make it so. You know, have you ever heard of Dewey Defeats Truman? A headline is not a magical incantation with the power over the minds of men and women.”

        i am sending this statement to the AP at the address lambert provided. thank you–it is too late for me to put together my own version.

      2. aletheia33

        OK, i added a few extra touches. here’s what i have written to the AP email for general inquiries:

        Dear AP,

        Re your “report”: “Hillary Clinton has commitments from the number of delegates needed to become the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, and will be first woman to top the ticket of a major U.S. political party. An Associated Press count of pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses and a survey of party insiders known as superdelegates shows Clinton with the overall support of the required 2,383 delegates. Now the presumptive nominee, she will formally accept her party’s nomination in July at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.”

        Can you count?

        The AP does not have the power to appoint anyone the nominee of the Democratic Party. Or, the Republican Party, or the Libertarian or Greens for that matter. The nominee of the Democratic Party will be determined by a vote at its convention. Seriously, that’s how things work. You can make an educated guess that Hillary will probably be that person, but that guess does not make it so. You know, have you ever heard of “Dewey Defeats Truman”? A headline is not a magical incantation with the power over the minds of men and women.

        I am appalled by this lie published by the once esteemed and reliable Associated Press.

        For shame, for shame!
        At long last, have you NO decency?

        1. Skip Intro

          They are clearly and intentionally trying to influence the voting in remaining primary states, not just making a math error. On the bright side, they are likely to disproportionately impact low-information Clinton voters, who should just stay home.

        2. HopingForBetter

          What I am sending to the AP (feel free to use, copy, embellish, etc.)–

          Dear Associated Press:

          Re: your report “AP count: Clinton has delegates to win Democratic nomination” [], which states: “Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party, capturing commitments Monday from the number of delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination.”

          I, as a long time digester of the news you put out, will no longer be visiting your website, nor patronizing the media outlets that have entered into agreements with the AP or otherwise participate with the AP to disseminate news and information. I am further actively encouraging all media outlets to drop participation in your service and cease using your organization as a source for their stories.

          It was well known to your outlet that according to Democratic National Committee rules, “unpledged delegates” or “superdelegates” do not vote until the Democratic National Convention this July in Philadelphia. Further, you were advised by the officials of the Democratic National Convention–or aware of their statements–that superdelegates should not be counted in the total delegate tallies for the Democratic Presidential Nominee before they vote at the convention, as they can and often do change their mind. [].

          This release, declaring that Hillary Clinton “will be the [Democratic Party Presidential Nominee]” (emphasis mine) based not on a new vote, but because of secret discussions with anonymous superdelegates—whom you knew should not be counted yet—is the very definition of spurious and in gross violation of the standards to which this member of the public holds its journalists.

          As you know, news agencies depend on their reputation of trustworthiness as the currency by which they engage the public. Indeed, your organization bills itself as the “most trusted source of independent news and information in the world.” [] I no longer feel this even close to resembles an appropriate description of the AP and you have lost me as consumer of your media. I will not support an organization that engages in flagrant elections-tampering and you have violated my faith in your integrity.

      3. ChiGal

        “…the difference between news reporting and the overwhelming power of the nation state”

        Actually, I CAN tell the difference between news reporting and this travesty. Without counting super delegates I don’t believe she has hit the magic number.

        What I cannot separate is the echo chamber of the MSM and the oligarchy that pushes their buttons.

      4. Jim Haygood

        AP can make an educated guess that Hillary will probably be that person, but that guess does not make it so.”

        Fixed it for you. As for “Dewey Defeats Truman,” I used it as a post headline, day before yesterday.

        Sorry, I should have added congrats to Yves & Lambert on the 750,000th post. This subject was a little off topic.

        1. aletheia33

          good correction, thanks.

          “Dewey Beats Truman” has become a meme currently making the rounds on the internet, thanks to sanders supporters.

          even better than congrats to Yves and Lambert is when we act on the information they provide to us. i venture to guess such action gratifies and fuels them more than anything. (except maybe donations!)

        2. clinical wasteman

          But also on-topic in a less direct way, because it’s viable to try rebutting the ClintonClownClinchers here for reasons that probably don’t exist in the same combination elsewhere.
          NC is actually influential without any of the sorry compromises that normally — no, in everywhere else — buy that status;
          the reader-written content is insightful instead of embarrassing like every other comments section;
          and reader/writers of utterly unlike background are consistently civil to each other, which matters not just because it’s nice in itself but because a realistic sense of what we really do think in common shows through the differences over time. In a lifetime of wretched decades, that last part may turn out to mean more than automatic agreement among immediate friends & political Genossen.
          750,000 comments worth reading (ok I missed the first 700,000 or so, but on recent evidence…) is the really astonishing part.
          So yes, congratulations to all.

      5. perpetualWAR

        Paul, sorry that you don’t feel it is our obligation to expose the propaganda. There are many not-as-educated people out in America that believe our MSM.

        Not sure why you jumped down Jim’s post if you don’t believe that each one of us has an obligation to attempt to right this sinking ship. Really discouraging that you would rather rail against Jim, than pick up the phone and rail against the AP. SMH

    2. readerOfTeaLeaves


      It took me awhile to understand your comment — that AP calling the nomination for Clinton the very night before the CA primary is absolutely reprehensible. I expect blowback, although I have no idea what it will be.
      In my own case, it simply hardens my decision to keep giving Bernie money, and hardens my decision to refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton.
      This is shameful of the AP.

      Even if they counted correctly, they could have waited 24 hours.
      They are interfering with elections.
      They should be hauled into court.

      1. B1whois

        I am hoping the MSM’s blatant election tampering ironically ends up being the thing that pushes Bernie over the edge to win the nomination. 1) Clinton supporters have no need to bother with voting tomorrow. 2) Bernie supporters may still make the trip to the polls because many see this as the only chance they may ever have to vote for an honest person that they actually WANT to be president instead of LOTE (Clinton supporters are motivated to cast thier vote for the “first female president”, but the MSM has now assured them they will have that opportunity in November) resulting in 3) Bernie landing larger victories than imagined in the final big primaries and finally 4) Bernie’s campaign is therefor able to successfully lobby the superdelegates at the convention.
        OMG, that would be sooooo delicious, please goddesses, hear me prayers….

  2. inode_buddha

    Actually, congratulations are due to the proprietors of this blog, IMHO for having the sheer guts required to do this much-needed work in the public discourse. Bravo!

    1. readerOfTeaLeaves

      checking in at the end of the day – nice to have good news!

      And thanks, also, to commenters – even those that I disagree with sharpen my thinking. I’m grateful for the differing perspectives.

    2. Emma

      Congratulations to Yves, Lambert and all other naughty ‘naked capitalists’ either over the top or down under!

  3. EmilianoZ

    In a fit of narcissism, I googled my own handle (which is a bit like a character I play) with the advanced search restricted to this website. It came up with 976 results (much more than I expected). So, I seem to have contributed about 0.13% of the 750,000 comments. Not quite indispensable, but getting there.

  4. Tertium Squid

    This is the first site I go to in the morning for news. Thanks for what you do.

    1. pretzelattack

      same. right now, this site and occasionally the intercept are where i see the best analysis and get reliable and relevant information.

  5. Bev

    I love Cliff Arnebeck, Bob Fritrakis, Richard Charnin, Bev Harris, Lee Camp, Tim Robbins, Mark Crispin Miller, Beth Clarkson, Greg Palast, Robert F Kennedy, Jr., Jonathan Simon, Lynn Landes so many others, so decent in the service of truth, justice and democracy. Love, love, love them.

    via: Lee Camp twitter
@LeeCamp Watch this!!! MSM to be sued as accessories to fraud as well…

    Cliff Arnebeck filed a RICO law suit today:
    TrustVoteDotOrg Lawsuit June 6 – YouTube

    Meanwhile tonight the NYT, Time, Ap and other media are reporting that Hillary has “clinched” the nomination. They, having jumped the shark, want to tell you how she did it. We could better tell them how she did it. Now they can tell a judge how they did it.

    Today Election Attorney Cliff Arnebeck filed a strong RICO suit against the media for being complicit in election fraud. He has kept the FBI informed, has a judge, has those exit polls indicating which precincts had fraudulent results and has the code in the machines that was diluting Bernie’s voters shares.

    Today is a great day. Today is the beginning of getting our democracy back.

    10000 singing Beethoven – Ode an die Freude _ Ode to Joy

    And, thanks to Naked Capitalism for all the sharing in comments of important information to help us all.

    1. TheCatSaid

      WOW! Thx for the links re the lawsuit. The election rigging has been going on for years. Kudos to all those involved in the ongoing detective work.

      1. Bev

        To TheCatSaid from TheDogHowled, or Bev,

        Thank you for posting the link to Bev Harris’s work finding that code in those voting machines which fractionalized votes, diluting Bernie’s votes and share of delegates. That find is important to the RICO case at hand.

        In the above comment, I forgot to add that the RICO suit is against those manipulating voting machine companies and their democracy stealing code, and that media was complicit after the fact in the fraud of those machines. The media knew, because of the evidence of exit polling which they were in charge of, and adjusting to match those fraudulent machines. They now have to turn over all the unadjusted exit polling. We will know the truth.

        So, let’s hear what the media has to say now in front of a judge, having jumped the shark and jumped our democracy.

        How will the media ever recover any credibility. What must they now do to regain the public’s trust. Or, will they take their toys and go away, leaving alternative media to fill the void?

        1. TheCatSaid

          I hope anyone who sees this post will pass on the link & info to their local news to ensure it gets coverage.

          I went to home page and there was a longer video taken from a public meeting held at the end of May. While I was familiar with much of the info & research presented (since I’ve taken an active interest since 2004) there were lots of things that were new information to me. The gasps by those attending the press event showed how little most folks are of the kinds of evidence that’s been uncovered and how extensive the problems are.

          They’ve been gathering hard evidence from many parts of the country since 2004. Ditto for Bev Harris.

          1. Bev

            To TheCatSaid from TheDogHowled-Bev

            We will have to spread this information through social media, and many different sites, and those you may rarely think of (I think try professional Baseball, Basketball, Football Teams comments sections, as sports figures have always been heroes to kids, and popular with adults; Bee Keepers need help and so information; all scientists; all religions; many sites are possible). We may have to do this ourselves, because I keep trying to image the MSM reporting on their own racketeering. What would that headline be?

            However, I would bet there are significant numbers of MSM, and politicians who would heave great sighs of relief, and welcome this “cathartic cleansing” which would result in better leaders, and saner, more humane policies, and a less aggrieved society.

            What they are “clinching” now is so much dirt thrown into people’s eyes so as to blind them. Let’s get past that, and deal with this for society’s benefit and a better chance of surviving into the future together.

            The longer video that you referenced:


            Protecting Our Elections
            Bob Fitrakis, Cliff Arnebeck and Lori Grace

            1. Bev

              Posted for sports fans who want to recover our democracy:

              With some few edits, via:
              The GOP’s new plan for voter suppression

              Democratic Primaries: Is Clinton leading by 3 million votes?
              Richard Charnin

              BREAKING NEWS: Election Attorney Cliff Arnebeck filed a major RICO racketeering lawsuit June 6, 2016 against the voting machine companies whose code that fractionalized votes and so delegate distribution was found by Bev Harris (
              Fraction Magic – Part 1: Votes are being counted as fractions instead of as whole numbers ), and against the media that was complicit in covering up the crime of election theft by adjusting the exit polls to match the fraudulent voting machine counts which was found by Richard Charnin and Beth Clarkson ( ).

              This is a Very Strong RICO lawsuit involving State and Federal Courts, involving current and past election crimes, that importantly involves ALL THE STATES, that means Illinois, Cub fans, for the collection of evidence to determine the correct vote counts, and delegate counts.

              Arnebeck says that by the time of the Republican Convention which is before the Democratic Convention, that this RICO racketeering lawsuit will have changed history, and the minds of politicians and the public so that the true winner, Bernie Sanders, will be demanded. What a great legacy.

              See the short video:


Bob Fitrakis, Cliff Arnebeck and Lori Grace

              NYT, Ap and other media are reporting that Hillary has “clinched” the nomination. They, having jumped the shark, want to tell you how she did it. Now they can tell a judge how they did it because the media have been RICOed.

              Attorney Cliff Arnebeck says it does not matter what the media says or Hillary Clinton says, the law, this RICO case will prevail. This will save our Democracy.

              Today is a great day. Today is the beginning of getting our democracy back.

              Thanks to all election integrity people who so trust regular people to create a better future for us all, that you fight for a democracy. What a great day.


              Please spread this important RICO event all around everywhere. Because, I think the media will have a hard time reporting that they have been sued for racketeering. We will have to report widely.

          2. Bev

            I will put the link in:

            Bob Fitrakis, Cliff Arnebeck and Lori Grace


            complete video 2 hours 25 minutes

            Election Attorney Cliff Arnebeck said that by the time of the Republican National Convention which is before the Democratic National Convention, this RICO lawsuit will have changed history and the minds of many politicians to reform our election process, and announce the CORRECT WINNER of this Democratic Primary, so that we can party at the Convention for having saved each other and our future with a true democracy. What a legacy for election integrity people and all who helped them in many different ways.

    2. Bev

      Democratic Primaries: Is Clinton leading by 3 million votes?
      by Richard Charnin

      UPDATE: Bob Fitrakis updates information about the RICO suit and California which they are adding to discovery for their case.

      6-10-16 Nicole Sandler Show – Election Integrity – Fact or Fraud?
      Bob Fitrakis on The Nicole Sandler Show
      Nicole Sandler

      54:10 on video to see better than the rough transcript below:

      Update: The RICO lawsuit has not yet been filed.

      Originally, attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis were going to file their RICO lawsuit earlier on June 6th in order to get the networks to release the raw data on exit polls for the California primary. The networks cancelled exit polls instead.

      The RICO suit will be filed. The problem is they ran into a huge problems in California.

      With the donations they are getting, Arnebeck and Fitrakis are beefing up legal staff.

      California, if it were a nation would be the eight largest nation on earth, had some of the most massive irregularities. Fitrakis said he was getting emails constantly from poll workers and election observers saying 25% of people in my precinct were forced to vote provisionally.

      Systematic problems with registration being wrong, peoples showed up saying they had registered to vote in the Democrat primary, but instead were registered as being in other parties which meant that they could not vote for a presidential candidate.

      Fitrakis said, we did some limited exit polling ourselves and those numbers are being crunched.

      The suits and it looks like there may be two of them: the initial one over getting the exit polls and also a second one getting discovery for criminal activity which is the one that should go first, be filed first.

      But California had massive levels of irregularities and what looks like outright fraud. Most of California should be roped off as a crime scene. it happened deliberately from party loyalists and private corporations.

      California has delayed us somewhat and caused us to beef up legal staff. He says they will be filing next week.

      For donations go to or

      Perhaps because Arnebeck and Fitrakis are collecting evidence in California, see what is happening:

      Glenn, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara have all changed to Bernie with the latest update from the California Secretary of State.

  6. Tom

    Big congratulations. By far my favourite site. Fact oriented, non ideological and highly competent

  7. B1whois

    Can we start a prediction pool for the date of 1 millionth comment?
    Let’s say average post gets 75 comments
    250000/75 = 3333 posts
    6 posts/weekday (5) + 6 weekend posts = 36/wk
    3333/36 = 92 weeks or two years
    Looks like NC could conservatively get there before the next congressional election…….

    BUT WAIT I forgot about Brad DeLong’s promise of “gleefully and comprehensively trashing” all “overpromising” commies, so never mind.

  8. CraaaazyChris

    I used to think the notion of a million monkeys typing on a million typewriters was pure science fiction, now it seems like everyday scale.

    Thanks to Yves, Lambert and everyone else who helps keep this site going! I think the style you’ve developed in Links and Watercooler (annotated topical links with some editorializing) is brilliant, and my favorite way to digest the news.

    Final thought: it occurred to me a few days ago that the “Brexit?” section heading could be renamed to “B-Leavers?” … but please don’t take that as an ‘assignment’. :-)

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      That’s very clever! I may change it if the Leave campaign pulls ahead in the polls. It is close enough now to give the officialdom heart failure.

  9. Tony Levelle

    I look forward to the “Millionth Comment Contest.” Trying to think of a suitable prize…

    Deeply appreciate the work you do at NC. It’s my first read every morning.


  10. FluffytheObeseCat

    Instead of beating on AP for merely reporting on the outcome indicated by basic arithmetic, you might want to find out which superdelegates decided to put Clinton over the top less than 24 hours before the last ~6 states go to polls. I’d love to know which artless, misty-minded insiders made that choice.

    To the best of my understanding, the superdelegate system was intended to serve as a bulwark against self defeating, way-out-there nominations by state delegates at the national convention. It was not designed to produce timely fuck you announcements to millions of regular citizens. Maybe I’m just odd, but I sure would like to know who decided to break for Clinton just in time to piss on the legs of a sizable chunk of the Democratic electorate.

    1. jrs

      Well did ANY super-delegates actually change or make up their minds (after being on the fence)? When was the last time they conducted a survey of super-delagates and what were the positions of the super-delegates then? If they say conduct surveys every day (or regularly anyway) and the supers only now made up their mind THEN the blame is on the super-delegates, but if they only now conducted the survey then this is not reporting the news, it’s making it period, and yes it’s AP propagandizing at that point.

      Timely fuck you announcements to millions of citizens is right.

    2. reslez

      It wasn’t superdelegates. Their excuse was Puerto Rico. 60 delegates were at stake. That is to say pledged delegates — actual delegates — not lobbyist/sellouts who aren’t actually allowed to cast their vote till the convention.

      In 2008 388,000 people voted in the Democrat presidential primary in Puerto Rico.
      This time, 60,000 people did.

      Now that’s some breathtaking voter suppression right there!

      1. Pat

        And to think the severe reduction in polling places was probably blamed on their very real budget crisis. And that the massively suppressed vote led to the premature coronation of the Democratic candidate least likely to do anything to help them, except at best to offer some cheap rhetoric and probable attempts to recover the money her son-in-law’s company lost there is truly ironic.

        1. Anne

          Well, one of my Hillary-supporting FB friends was kind enough to post an article blaming Sanders for the reduction in polling places.

          From The Hill (my bold):

          Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders were up in arms over the cuts, with supporters tweeting about the change. A “Sanders for President” reddit page also called the reduction “about as bad as Arizona,” and dozens of Sanders supporters voiced concerns about the cuts on the page.

          But the local party told MSNBC that the Sanders campaign had requested fewer stations.

          And why would the Sanders campaign do that? According to the article, it was bc they had insufficient volunteers to monitor count.

          According to Think Progress:

          Sanders’ campaign called this accusation “completely false.”

          “The opposite is true,” the campaign said. “In emails with the party, Sanders’ staff asked the party to maintain the 1,500 plus presidential primary locations promised by the Puerto Rico Democratic party in testimony before the DNC in April, when the party was asking to have its caucus changed to a primary.”

          “They cannot blame their shoddy running of the primary on our campaign,” they concluded.

          It boggles the mind that expected turnout was 700,000 and only 60,000 votes were cast.

        2. reslez

          > And to think the severe reduction in polling places was probably blamed on their very real budget crisis

          They may have blamed it on that, but it seems dubious based on the fact the Presidential vote was held at separate (and vastly fewer) locations than the local primaries that were held on the same date. That was new for 2016. The number of voters for the local primaries was much closer to what it was in 2008. The link in my earlier comment goes through some of this.

    3. shinola

      Re. the superdelegates: I’m not sure on this, but didn’t HRC collect a bunch of superdelegate “pledges” before the primaries even started. I seem to remember something about Bernie starting out already “in the hole”.

      Anyway – here’s to NC on passing the 750k mark! one of the few sites I’ve seen where the signal greatly exceeds the noise.

  11. Quantum Future

    A big thank you Yves, Lambert and everyone else fighting for our Republic. So many rackets to discuss these days and so little time.

  12. low integer

    Two thumbs up! All who contribute to this site in a positive way are legends! At least to me. We are lucky to have such great hosts. Thank you.

    I think I’ll take this opportunity to link to a song, dedicated to those on the other side of the ideological fence. (I should point out here that I am an agnostic, I generally think of the word “god”, when used in music, as being a reference to something like the General Order of Decency, rather than any organized religion’s head honcho.)

    Johnny Cash – God’s Gonna Cut You Down

  13. homeroid

    Congratulations on such lofty replies. I bet i read 3/4 of them. Thanks Yves and Lambert for all that i have learned. The comments hold deep learning of the human condition not found so well any where. Thank you all. Hope to hit a five bagger this summer twould be nice to hit the contribute button again.

  14. Skippy

    Kudos Yves and Lambert….

    Disheveled Marsupial…. the blog that never sleeps…. !!!!!

  15. dk

    Hearty congratulation on 7.50×10^5 comments!

    Thank you also, Yves, Lambert, crew and chorus, for turning me on to many valued sources of further thought.

    Since no good deed goes unpunished (hat tip to DeLong, et al), see you all in line at the gallows! (I’ll be there on petty theft or something equally profound).

  16. Pat

    Congratulations to Yves and Lambert and DDay and Gaius and all the contributors who provide the groundwork that makes this such a vibrant if oft times cranky community! Without you opening the door, setting the table and conducting the conversation there would be little reason to come in and comment.

    Thank you!

  17. sporble

    Congratulations & thanks for all these years of great work – and comments!
    NC is more important than ever, especially today, in 2016, when the political parties have sunk to new lows.

    “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” – George Washington

    Maybe George should’ve been a bit more PC and mentioned unprincipled WOMEN as well?

  18. jan

    Congratulations, Yves and Lambert and all of you. NC is my early morning and evening url to go to. Always wonder whether Yves sleeps at all.

  19. Andrew Watts

    Hooray for the milestone! I haven’t been commenting as much as I could be lately mostly due to presidential election fatigue. This election year is a particularly good time to catch up on important reading and other stuff that doesn’t involve thinking about how screwed up everything is.

    Incidentally, when I was reading former CIA/NSA Director Michael Hayden’s book he made reference to Marcy Wheeler’s insult about IC ON THE RECORD as I-CON-THE-RECORD which was kinda amusing. He also inexplicably referenced James Angleton and how he almost destroyed the CIA and the verifiable fact that CIA analysts were aware of the economic decline of the Soviet Union. Both topics have come up repeatedly and were ongoing comment threads on the site over the last few years.

    I like to think this is more than a happy coincidence.

  20. frosty zoom

    very nice. however, the real milestone will be the 750,039th comment. or thereabouts.

    thanks, as always, for the excellent work.


  21. Brooklin Bridge

    Thanks Yves, Lambert and company, for all you do and thanks to the commentariat here as well. There is nothing like it on the web for insight into what the hell is going on.

    1. August West

      Trillions is soooo 2009. You mean squillions!

      From the urban dictionary:

      A word which can be used to indicate a large amount of some thing. Much larger than a million but smaller than a zillion
      I’ve got a squillion tadpoles in my garden.
      There must be a squillion ants in my undies!

  22. Parker Dooley

    Yves & Lambert — congratulations on a yuuuge number. And thanks to the many contributors & commenters who have educated me on numerous topics unseen in the MSM. Here’s to many more years of success. (Sound of champagne cork popping).

  23. crittermom

    THANK YOU NC for all you’ve done to educate & inform us!
    And many thanks to all the commentators, who have educated or provoked deeper thinking, as well.

    I haven’t subscribed to TV in well over a decade yet have still been ‘polluted’ by MSM at every turn & by those who subscribe to it.

    It’s so refreshing to bring up your site each morning & read the TRUTH behind the ‘news’. Dare I describe it as a ‘cleansing’?
    Thank you!

  24. August West

    Congrats and a heartfelt thank you to Yves, Lambert, all contributors and last but not least the commentariat!! Since 2010 all of you have been an important part of my life. It took me a long time to have the courage to post here. This is the only site I feel comfortable commenting(it’s brutal out there)!

  25. Elizabeth

    Yves and Lambert: NC is the best blog ever! Thanks for all that you do and shining a bright light on the darkness of corruption in this world.

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