RES IPSA HITS 75,000,000

crowd vj dayThis morning, Res Ipsa passed the 75,000,000 mark in views on the blog.  We have used these moments to give thanks for our many regular readers around the world and share our traffic data to give you an idea of the current profile of readers around the world. We do not have a running data page so these periodic postings allow our community to see the traffic profile of our blog. So let’s get at it.

As always, I want to offer special thanks for Darren Smith, who has continued to help manage the blog and help out folks who encounter posting problems.  I also want to thank our editor Kristin Oren, who continues her amazing work proofing posts on a daily basis to remove my embarrassing typos. I also wish to thank Hartwell Harrison for his effort to catch errors as well as others who alert me to typos or any violations of the civility or copyright policies on the blog.

We have continued to post significantly higher traffic numbers every month. Indeed, last month was near a record traffic level. It set the record for August. We are on pace to set another record this month.

So here is our current profile:

As of this morning, we have  21,454 posts and 1,296,994 comments. We have also continued our steady rise on X and currently show over 553,000 followers.  We have roughly 11,100 people who follow us on WordPress and 7,900 by direct emails (which you can subscribe to with the box on the right side of the blog home page).

In the last month, our ten biggest international sources for readers came from:

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Australia
  5. Germany
  6. Unknown Region
  7. France
  8. Netherland
  9. Italy
  10. New Zealand

The top five posts in terms of readership in the last month were:

  1. Marching Orders: White House Letter Tells Media To “Ramp Up Their Scrutiny” In Response to Impeachment Inquiry
  2. “You Don’t Listen to the Press . . . I’m Telling You”: Post Columnist Philip Bump Strikes Out at Those Questioning Prior False Claims
  3. New Mexico Governor Suspends Gun Rights in Albuquerque for “Public Health Emergency”

42 thoughts on “RES IPSA HITS 75,000,000”

  1. Professor, congratulations on the vast readership you have earned. I look forward each day to your comments.

  2. Thank you, professor Turley for providing your legal insight into the events of today. I appreciate your take on things.

  3. When those around us turn into a frenzied and violent mob, it is tempting to join them, rather than to risk becoming their target. Among academics and legal scholars, JT has distinguished himself by defying the mob. Hopefully, he will be able to hold out until the passions of the mob dissipates.

  4. Congratulations professor!
    Not only a speaking engagement in Ohio, but your continued success not only here but on X formerly known as Twitter.
    And thank you to Darren, Kristin, and Hartwell for your efforts too!
    Keep up the good work!

  5. Victory laps are all well and good, and well-deserved I will hasten to add, but is that it for today? Come on, man!

  6. Professor Turley writes, “As of this morning, we have 21,454 posts and 1,296,994 comments.”

    A special thanks to Bug for 1,200,000 of those comments, most of which got sacked for violating decorum 🙂

    1. Diogenes

      The policy is ZERO responses to the a$$clowns. Will you join us? It will only require a little patience until Dennis removes their drivel.

  7. I’d like to take the time to remind Everyone that in 8-Days the 2nd GOP Debate airs.
    That leaves 5 (+1) Candidates to listen to & learn about.

    Tickler File*:
    𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐞𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟕𝐭𝐡 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑 (𝐖𝐞𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲)
    at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

    Fox News Media’s Stuart Varney and Dana Perino and UNIVISION’s Ilia Calderón
    are set to co-moderate the second Republican primary debate.

    Who appears to have qualified for the second debate so far
    Qualified according to the campaign

    Vivek Ramaswamy – Entrepreneur and Author
    Nikki Haley – Former governor and U.N. ambassador
    Mike Pence – Former vice president
    Chris Christie – Former governor of New Jersey
    Tim Scott – Senator from South Carolina

    Did not make the Cut:

    Doug Burgum – Governor of North Dakota
    Asa Hutchinson – Former governor of Arkansas

    To participate, each candidate must first satisfy fund-raising and polling criteria set by the Republican National Committee. Financially, they each need at least 50,000 campaign donors, including at least 200 donors from 20 states or territories. And they need support from at least 3 percent of Republican voters in two national polls, or in one national poll and two polls from a short list of competitive early primary states.

    These polls must meet R.N.C. standards, but the committee has generally refused to confirm which surveys count. This created some ambiguity in the weeks leading up to the first debate.

    Candidates have until Sept. 25 to meet the requirements. If they do, they will also need to sign a pledge to follow several R.N.C. guidelines, including a promise to support the eventual Republican nominee. Many candidates signed this pledge before participating in the first debate.


    * Tickler Files or 43 Folders System (31 Days + 12 Months)

    𝐌𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐃𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧 – 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 ‘𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞’ 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝑷𝒂𝒓 𝑬𝒙𝒄𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 !

  8. Hey, I’m in that picture on the top (I’m 127 rows back, 72 from the right; the one wearing the blue sweater.). Any chance of getting a copy of that? I want to include it in this year’s Christmas cards.


  9. “We are on pace to set another record this month.”

    Congratulations JT (and DS). It is your prolific output that makes this blog possible.

  10. JT for Prez!! Love reading your stuff. Feels like the support you receive from readers is a movement, not a blog.

  11. Professor Turley, I have suggested in the past that you charge a nominal fee, perhaps $1 or more, at your discretion, for users to comment. Now comes Elon Musk with a similar idea to ward off the abuses so rampant on his platform. The same is occurring on your blog and growing. Please consider this excellent idea for the reasons Musk articulates that we all see here on your forum. It is a shame that an academic legal forum like yours, with your objective and surgical legal analysis, unlike any other on the internet, has degenerated into a haven for trolls and those with mental illness to smear others and detract from what you once offered. Many of us find the forum to have become repugnant because of the comments.

    Elon Musk to charge all X users ‘small monthly payment’ to use social media platform

    The single most important reason we’re moving to having a small monthly payment for use of the X system is it’s the only way I can think of to combat vast armies of bots,”

    1. Many of us find the forum to have become repugnant because of the comments.

      I wholeheartedly agree Estovir. JT’s posts have remained a daily must read for me for over a decade. I’d pay just to read that. The value of the comment section however, used to be a steal. Now, we’ll likely have to pay for a return to that same quality.

    2. Actually, Musk made it clear that he was doing it to combat bots, not to silence those whose comments he didnt care for.

      With that said, i will make my apology here for my part in disrupting the discourse. I sat silently for months and watched as these antagonists, who clearly were only here for that purpose, repeated their lies and misrepresentations, defending the indefensible. I decided to give them some of their own medicine for a time (the hecklers veto) and see what it produced. I didnt really consider much how it might be received by others. I apologize for that.
      I may be wrong, but i assumed that the reason Darren allowed me to push the envelope so often on civility (and trust me, he has blocked and removed more than a few of my posts) is because i also do add a certain perspective, and some humor from time to time. I dont think donald trump is the second coming, nor do i think a man can become a woman just because he wants to be. There is willful blindness on both ends.
      I have been wrestling with the idea that its better just to ignore the morons like ats/bug/gigi/dennis, but i was having too much fun showing them for the tools that they are. But i digress.
      I will join the several of you that have made the commitment to NEVER respond to them, and invite all others to join me.
      For those who think that being on this site longer than someone else gives you some elite standing, lets just say, i disagree, and let me get you a cup of coffee.

    3. Estovir, I agree as well. I comment infrequently because in order to read the intelligent comments (and there are many), I have to wade through a plethora of childish and patently false posts by people whose only purpose seems to be discouraging adults from having an adult conversation. I do not mind paying for the privilege of commenting and would love to see those who abuse the forum having to pay something as well.

      1. I recently had a meeting with a computational biologist who graduated from one of the Ivy League universities. We share overlapping research ideas, mine decidedly not from a mathematical model. My area of research is shared by no one in my region of the nation: molecular mechanisms of HIV in the cardiovascular system. Before the meeting I thought I would be able to hold my own and perhaps learn a few things from this PhD scientist. While there the scientist shared various published articles, demonstrated data on a computer, graphs, statistical inferences, genetic models and so forth. I asked simply one question and it caused a near train wreck: what is the clinical benefit of your research to the HIV patient? To my shock the scientist did not have an answer. What started as a casual meeting of perhaps 15 mins morphed into 70 mins, where I had to terminate the meeting to tend to other matters. My colleague summed up the meeting as “it never occurred to me to look at the clinical aspect”. We agreed to work together but I was disappointed.

        What is the point of commenting on this blog or writing scientific papers if these have no application in vivo? Who is benefiting: our egos or JT’s target audience?

        We are all stressed because of the apparent downward trajectory of our nation. Though if we are honest, we all know we had a hand in it: sins of commission / omission. And so it follows, since America has lost its way, i.e. scorched earth tactics on the WWW, perhaps a modest subscription (25 cents, one dollar, etc) will allow people to still exercise their free speech but put their money where their mouths are.

        Gun rights exist. But no one said we get to own guns without paying for them.
        Advertising is free speech but it costs money, and so forth

        1. Estovir, your comment brought to mind something that I encountered years ago. A friend of ours had worked in “world hunger” for decades but when we last talked about it he never actually had fed anyone. His work was what might be called wholesale. My spouse, on the other hand, is retail. When we were younger, she would make a big pot of soup on cold winter nights and have us go with her to take it around to homeless camps. I think both are important because I suspect that sometimes research that is free of the strictures of immediate practical application can lead to things that can be made practical. The Ford and Rockefeller foundation made a huge investment in the development of “miracle rice” which in theory would replace traditional varieties and greatly increase yields. The scientists successfully perfected the theory. However, the practical application of this wholesale theory was not possible within the confines of scientific labs and small seedbeds; instead, it depended on individual retail farmers in Asia planting the seeds and harvesting the crops and scientists who were ready and willing to learn from the results. Eventually, miracle rice indeed was a miracle and famine was avoided. Perhaps your conversation with your colleague will cause him to think more about the clinical application of his work.

    4. Estovir,
      Well said and I too would pay a nominal fee or yearly subscription.
      I do for Bari Weiss’s The Free Press.
      But we know the professor is not running this blog for a profit but out of his own generosity. I am sure his critics would absolutely howl of his profiteering on his own blog.
      Perhaps if on these posts of Res Ipsa, the professor would give a break down of what it costs him to run his blog and how a monthly/yearly subscription would cover those costs at no profit to him to provide full transparency.

        1. This was my post but i had a spinal block this morning and apparently the meds had not sufficiently worn off and i posted without signin.

  12. I would like Jonathans to comment on the concept of Equal Protection Under the Law.
    I more or less interpret that to mean Equal Treatment (each and every law)

    It is pretty clear to me that this is not looked at that that way by the courts..

  13. Congratulations, Professor Turley! It’s all because of you!
    I’m not surprised at the numbers because I’ve noticed that the line for the Ladies Room is getting
    longer. 😉

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