Hello. My Name is Paul Ricci, MS MA. I have been a statistician/blogger for 20 years who has written on a variety of topics in and around the Allegheny Mountain Region of Pennsylvania. This project is an expansion of these efforts to further study issues facing the area without fluff. Below is a video introduction to the site. I have imported 20 posts from my old blog, CSI without Dead Bodies, to show examples of my work. This project is funded by a grant from the Leveler Foundation with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies serving as a fiduciary. This project and website is a work in progress. The last 12 years of this blog have been great. Allegheny Independent Media is an expansion of these activities. You're all welcome to join in. An announcement on the launch date is to come.
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Sunday, April 17, 2022
This week I received this message from Google about my blog:
|Due to the war in Ukraine, we will pause monetization of content that exploits, dismisses, or condones the war.|
|Please note, we have already been enforcing on claims related to the war in Ukraine when they violated existing policies (for instance, the Dangerous or Derogatory content policy prohibits monetizing content that incites violence or denies tragic events). This update is meant to clarify, and in some cases expand, our publisher guidance as it relates to this conflict.|
|This pause includes, but is not limited to, claims that imply victims are responsible for their own tragedy or similar instances of victim blaming, such as claims that Ukraine is committing genocide or deliberately attacking its own citizens.|
The money I would have received from Google ads is only pennies. In no way was I denigrating the people of Ukraine or justifying what is happening to them. You can read my posts and decide for yourself here. I was arguing that there are parallels between Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. I was also arguing that NATO expansion up to Russia's borders was totally unacceptable for them. When Russia annexed Crimea, in 2014, I suggested having Russia into NATO as a way of offering them an olive branch to avoid another cold war. That is definitely not going to happen.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Ha ha ha! Made you look. There are no Kardashians in Cambria County that I know of. Do you?I could make this post about how mortality in Cambria County from COVID-19 has been skyrocketing this month (25 deaths since October 28). However I thought I would comment on how I had to battle fluff in this county and what happens when what I post challenges the conventional wisdom.
Eleven days ago I posted on how Joe Biden won the city of Johnstown by 80 votes. I thought I would share some of the comments that I received on Facebook on that post. The names are deleted out of respect.
"I can honestly believe that because the poll workers downtown were shady. They actually said who we were and what political party we were for."
"PA and Arizona have just pulled the win from Joe and Michigan is right behind . Joe is as of now down to 259 electoral vote and NO LONGER THE PROJECTED WINNER."
"Well seeing there is a lot of freeloaders in Johnstown I’m not surprised."
"He won Philly by more than that . So what ?"
"Bozo Joe didn’t win Johnstown Trump took Cambria County."
"82 out of 74 democrats voted for Biden."
"There ain't no way."
"(Name deleted)...excuse you read something watch the waters the democrats or about to go down in history as the most corrupt party joe biden has just become a suspect of treason in another country so like I said watch the water"
"Prolly had under age or dead people lol."
"I would think that is another johnstown, not pa."
I wonder how many of them actually read my post?
Also about my book, the Johnstown Area Heritage Association has refused to sell my book. They said that because I discussed the statistics surrounding the abuse of children by Catholic Priests and crime statistics which include sexual assault that it was too explicit for children. I would argue that their holocaust exhibit is more explicit. I am waiting for an answer on whether the Johnstown National Flood Memorial will sell my book. The book has been selling at other places such as Classic Elements, Young Hearts Books and Toys, Chameleon Bookstore, Second Chapter Books in Ligonier and at Made in Somerset County. I will be having a book signing at AT Merchant on December 5 from noon to 3PM in the Galleria Mall in Johnstown. Finally you can read an Our Town article on my book here.
Monday, September 28, 2020
The tenth anniversary of this blog is now upon us. It just happens to coincide with the publication of my book. The blog has been a source for much of the content for the book. I will be having a book signing on October 9 at the Chameleon Bookstore.
I wanted to present the top posts for the whole history of the blog but Google Analytics changed its algorithm so that is presents data for the last 3 years. Blogger does have a built in stat counter so I will use that. The built in counter does not filter out bot traffic very well but it's all I have. It provides only the top 18 posts of all time.
In November 2018, I created a poll on the blog for the greatest nonfiction book of all time (which can be voted on in the poll above) in response to the Great American Read poll that PBS conducted. This post looks at the early results of the poll.
In this post I took a look at how elite NBA coaches who played in the NBA fared compared to those who did not. I also compared the elite NBA coaches to elite NFL coaches to see if playing in the league made a difference in their performance.
This is the all time most read post for the blog. It was buoyed by a link to the BBC Documentary The Joy of Stats in 2010. It received more than twice as many page views that the second most read post on the list. It looked at how income predicted life expectancy for each state in the U.S. but not for the District of Columbia.
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
- The number of tests being conducted per day in Cambria County is increasing for the county but the number of new cases per day in the county has leveled off.
- Although the testing rate has increased, we can see from the graph above that:
- the county lags behind the city, state, and the U.S.
- the city lags behind the state and U.S. (except for zip code 15201)
- the state lags behind the U.S.
- This week the state department of health changed how it reports the number of deaths in the state as the number of deaths has surpassed 5,000. It makes it harder for me to put the numbers together for my Google Sheets but not impossible. The chart above shows how the case mortality for the state has surged past the U.S. rate. I don't have information on how the state compares to the other states in the case mortality rate.
- The state unemplyment rate for April 2020 rose to 15.1% which was up from 5.8% in March and 4.7% in February. The state rate was higher than the U.S. rate of 14.7%.
- The April rates for Cambria County have not been released yet. For March it was 7.4% up from 5.7% in February.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
This post was on changes in enrollment and in those needing special education services in the Greater Johnstown, Westmont, and Richland School Districts. It was posted in November. Enrollment has decreased in all three districts while African-American enrollment has increased in Johnstown.
This post was made in November 2018 to introduce the poll for the greatest nonfiction book of all time. So far the Origin of Species is leading.
This post from May of this year presents a documentary on the migratin of African Americans to Johnstown.
This post from October looks at the propaganda campaign against the local candidate for Cambria County Commissioner, Jerry Carnicella. He lost.
This post is from May 2011 the oldest post on this list. It talks about how the conflict in the US is reflected in similar conflicts in Italy, Germany and Japan.
This post is a follow up to the second ranked post on this list. It is from November and gives the results up to Nov 24 of this year.
For this list, two of the posts were made before 2019 and six of them were on the City of Johnstown and the surrounding area. Of the eight posts made this year, three were made in the first half of the year. This blog almost completely covers the 2010s. In September I will have the tenth anniversary post looking at it's all time most popular posts.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Overall there was a 128.8% increase in the number of users in the past year (mostly in the first three months of last year). Likewise there was a 130.21% and a 129.06% increase in the number of new users and sessions respectively. There was a slight increase in the number of sessions per user (0.11%). However there was only a 20.65% increase in the number of pageviews and a 47.33% decrease in the number of pages per session. There was a smaller decrease in the average session duration but a larger increase in the bounce rate. This suggests that while the number of users has increased, the level of engagement hasn't.
Looking at the countries where the users came from, there was a 4,426.09% increase from India, a 2,400% increase from Nigeria, a 2,000% increase from Bangladesh but an 85.13% increase from the United States. Looking at the United States, there was a one second increase in the average session duration. There was a decrease in the pages per session in the US but It was higher there (1.85 pages per session) than it was in the page overall (1.71 pages per session). This suggests that the low engagement comes from outside the US which makes sense as most of my posts are about the US.
I counted 50 posts to the blog in the last year. With 415 total posts on the blog over the last nine years, that averages out to 46.1 posts per year so it has been a productive year. I will continue the domain name from google to promote my blog. On to the tenth year.