Archive for February 21, 2011

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2010. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would have performed about 3 times.

In 2010, there were 143 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 152 posts. There were 280 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 478mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 3rd with 610 views. The most popular post that day was FRIDAY FOTO (July 30, 2010).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were aviationweek.com, Google Reader, ericpalmer.wordpress.com, dodlive.mil, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for submarine, machete, korean war memorial, virginia class submarine, and world map.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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FRIDAY FOTO (July 30, 2010) July 2010
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2

SPECIAL OPERATIONS January 2010
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3

SPECIAL OPERATIONS (updated March 11, 2010) March 2010

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FRIDAY FOTO (August 20, 2010) August 2010

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FRIDAY FOTO (Feb. 5, 2010) (Updated) February 2010
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February 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

AFRICA: Saharan Defense Pact

Mali and Niger Militaries Cooperating

The two northwest African countries of Mali and Niger – which share a common border in the Sahara Desert – are forming a cooperative defense pact to counter a rise in Islamist extremism.

The two nations will share land, air and river bases, exchange intelligence and carry out joint patrols and exercises, according to a report by Reuters.

Sahara Desert countries. (Map courtesy of Enviro-map.com)

According to the CIA World Factbook, Mali spends just under 2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP: $9.07 billion, 2010 estimate) on defense and Niger spends about 1.3 percent of GDP ($5.6 billion, 2010 estimate). Both countries are predominately Muslim but are concerned by the acts of extremists primarilly in desert areas. Much of Mali is desert while nearly all of Niger lies within the Sahara.

Troops from Mali were among the 800 from 12 countries taking part in the Flintlock 11 exercise in Senegal, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command. In addition to troops from the U.S. and Mali, soldiers from Burkina Faso, Canada, Chad, France, Germany, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal and Spain took part in the 19-day Special Operations Forces exercise that runs through March 11.

There have been a growing number of kidnappings of Westerners by an offshoot of al Qaeda, known as al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), reports the Associated Press. At least two French hostages have been killed during a rescue attempt. The French government has requested its nationals working for international relief organizations in Niger and Mali to leave both countries immediately for their own safety.

Two Canadian diplomats were kidnapped by AQIM in December 2008 and released 130 days later, according to the Montreal Gazette.

February 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm Leave a comment


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