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RRW is on facebook and twitter reaching thousands

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 3, 2017

Once in awhile a reader asks why I’m not on facebook or twitter. I’m on both!

At facebook, RRW has a special facebook page entitled ‘RefugeeInfoResource’ click here. I think you can join without being a formal ‘friend.’

That page has 46,642 likes as of this morning. See my top post there right now:

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You might want to go there and see the comments!

On Twitter, I am @refugeewatcher here: https://twitter.com/RefugeeWatcher

I know it’s small-potatoes to the real experts on twitter, but a couple of days ago I hit 100,000 impressions with over 12.3K followers. LOL! I have more followers than HIAS and LIRS (two multi-million $ federal refugee contractors masquerading as non-profit groups)!

Here are some of my top tweets in the last few weeks:

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(The above are screenshots, so links are not hot.)

Join me on facebook and/or twitter!

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RRW weekly roundup for week ending September 15th…

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 16, 2017

I haven’t posted a weekly roundup for awhile but I am this week so I can tell you for the umpteenth time to exercise your free speech rights while we have them.

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Artwork compliments SPLC

Prompting me to nag you again was the news from Oakland, Iowa I posted here minutes ago.

But, before I get to the nagging part, and since this is a round-up for the week, here are the top three most-read posts of the week (top posts of the last day are in right hand side bar):

Catholic Bishop Dolan says that the USCCB is not after more money when defending DACA kids, I beg to differ

White House could announce refugee ceiling for FY18 this week

Consider the optics Mr. President! Thousands of impoverished people arriving in the US when Americans are homeless

On that second post above, I’m looking for an announcement any hour (or any day). It was expected yesterday.  I’m reserving judgement on Trump until I hear what he decides on the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program.

Let the nagging begin….

Come on people, stop being passive news readers!  Find a way to become informed (yes, read the news, but do some research too) and then get that information and your opinions out there through social media, letters-to-the-editor or by writing your own blog.  Believe me, getting your ideas and information out to others is very satisfying!

Or, if it is comfortable for you, put on local informational meetings like the one in Iowa this week.

If you sit in your house alone reading news and stressing over the future of America, you do no one any good (and you hurt yourself!).

The mainstream media is not going to report on certain issues, so you have to do it.

Honestly, the most important thing we must preserve to save America is our freedom of speech, and the more of you fearlessly exercising it, the harder it will be for those trying to kill those rights.

They will call you a few names! Who cares!

Endnote: You can see my facebook feed in the left hand side bar here at RRW, and my twitter feed is in the right hand side bar.  I recommend that you visit RRW from time to time rather than depending on that e-mail notification controlled by wordpress that somehow seems to mysteriously drop people on a regular basis.

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It is now or never for President’s decision on US Refugee Admissions Program…

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 5, 2017

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In the month of September the President, by law, sends a ‘determination‘ to Congress about the size and scope of the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program for the upcoming fiscal year which begins October 1st.

This is the year he could really accomplish something if he suspends the program and forces Congress to review it.

(It won’t happen in 2018 because it’s an election year.)

But, those of you who follow RRW daily are probably sick of hearing about that.

I meant to write an August round-up (hope it was a good summer for you), but got lazy, so am taking a minute here to just thank you all for continuing to follow my work. And, to thank you (I don’t do that enough) for the donations you have sent my way which I take as validation that I’m providing some useful information.

(I took down my pay pal link when they began their purge of websites they are trying to kill—like my friends at VDARE!)

And, thanks too for the books, letters and notes sent to my snail mail address.

I encourage all of you to visit RRW, and not just rely on your e-mail subscription that I gather is increasingly unreliable (wordpress sends it out, not me).

(Over the years, I told people to simply “google” Refugee Resettlement Watch and my blog was at the top because it had been around for so long.  Now, there isn’t a direct link to the blog, lots of other mentions, but not the front page of RRW as ‘google’ works against freedom of thought and expression.)

If you visit RRW, see the Frequently Asked Questions in the header, see my facebook page feed and my twitter feed.  You might wish to click on the categories tab (left hand column) and see the drop-down on subject areas.  Top most read posts in recent days are in the right hand side bar.

There are 8,672 posts (written over 10 years) archived here and the very best way to find information is to use the search window (upper left) with a few key words.

Click here if you want to see past roundups and general information from me about RRW.

Onward…..

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Has RRW been “shadow banned” by twitter?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 20, 2017

Update August 21: How funny that 30 followers reappeared after I posted this yesterday.  And, thanks to all of you who have shared your similar experiences with me and/or sent tips for the future.

I’ve been wondering lately about why I’m not getting new followers at twitter.  In the past I’ve had days when 100 new followers signed up and I was pushing 12,000 followers (I know it is nothing compared to some, but I was thrilled to be reaching thousands.)

Then about ten days ago, not only did I lose dozens of followers in one day, but that lowered number has been frozen.  (Remember, I am not tech savvy, so I just wondered!)

This morning, after posting my previous post, here, I also posted it at twitter as I post everything I write there, plus I tweet other news and often retweet others. I rarely miss a day.

My feed shows my tweet like this (who decided it was “sensitive?”)

 

 

So I simply tweeted this inquiry:

And, here is what one follower said:

 

Over a week?  I tweeted over 50 times in the last week, plus dozens more retweets.

I didn’t wait for an answer about shadowbanning, but did a quick search and found this great explanation from Breitbart from more than a year ago (by Milo):

Rumours that Twitter has begun ‘shadowbanning’ politically inconvenient users have been confirmed by a source inside the company, who spoke exclusively to Breitbart Tech. His claim was corroborated by a senior editor at a major publisher.

According to the source, Twitter maintains a ‘whitelist’ of favoured Twitter accounts and a ‘blacklist’ of unfavoured accounts. Accounts on the whitelist are prioritised in search results, even if they’re not the most popular among users. Meanwhile, accounts on the blacklist have their posts hidden from both search results and other users’ timelines.

Our source was backed up by a senior editor at a major digital publisher, who told Breitbart that Twitter told him it deliberately whitelists and blacklists users. He added that he was afraid of the site’s power, noting that his tweets could disappear from users’ timelines if he got on the wrong side of the company. [I had often seen tweets disappear from my timeline, but just chalked it up to a tech hiccup!—ed]

Shadowbanning, sometimes known as “Stealth Banning” or “Hell Banning,” is commonly used by online community managers to block content posted by spammers. Instead of banning a user directly (which would alert the spammer to their status, prompting them to create a new account), their content is merely hidden from public view.

For site owners, the ideal shadowban is when a user never realizes he’s been shadowbanned.

Continue here.

Duh! Guess that was me!

If Steve Bannon really wants to go to war, Breitbart should consider creating its own free speech platform before Google, Facebook and Twitter ban those of us with political views different from the progressive leftist views—views those tech giants espouse—from the internet altogether.

I’ve wondered lately if I will have to one day go back to snail mail (in a plain envelope!).

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Out of town….

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 11, 2017

I’m leaving for a few days vacation, but I want to take this opportunity to tell the new readers especially, that there are thousands of posts archived here at RRW and you can access them by going to the search window (upper left) and typing in a key word or two.

Take some time and explore the links under the header too, be sure to see the Frequently asked questions.

See categories in the lefthand side bar.  In the right hand side bar you can see what the most read posts of the last few days are and you can see my twitter feed.

As I head out of town, here are a couple of important stories you should look at:

~Not hiding it anymore, Iowa pork plant wants Sioux City to be primary refugee resettlement site so as to supply them with cheap low-skilled refugee laborers, here.

~Thomas More Law Center Challenges Court Order by Federal Judge Prohibiting Criticism of Muslims or Islam, here.

~Idaho: Muslim (refugee?) arrested for lewd conduct with 8-year-old child, here.

~Federal government sides with Somali Muslims at Cargill plant, here.

~Canada setting up refugee border camps as Haitians flood out of NY state, here.

Have a good weekend, be back next week!

And, thanks as always for reading RRW!

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RRW is ten years old!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 2, 2017

And, as the saying goes, time flies when you are having fun (maybe!).

As America turns 241, RRW turns 10!

Refugee Resettlement Watch‘s first full month was July 2007 and for the whole month we had 1,161 views.  Fast forward to the top month of all time—November 2015—when we saw a one day high of 18,445 views.

The average visitors for 2007 were 131/day and since 2015 we have averaged over 5,000 visitors a day.

That isn’t a huge number compared to big blogs, but is a respectable number for the very narrowly focused blog this is.  With the help of a few other writers, there are 8,544 posts archived here (that is an average of 2.3 posts a day over ten years!).

From time to time, I report the top posts of the week or month, but thought you might be interested in knowing what the top most-visited posts of all time, the last year and the last month have been.

The Top Three Posts of all time are these:

Watch the death of Europe in 19 minutes…. (November 2015)

Amarillo, TX being destroyed by refugee overload (January 2016)

Why so many Somalis in Minneapolis? (January 2011)

By the way, I should mention that the Fact Sheet linked at the top of this page always does well, but it is somewhat out of date and I haven’t the time or interest to update it.  For new readers, see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS Finding Stuff) also under the header above.

The Top Three Posts of the last year are these:

HUGE! Food stamp fraud bust in Baltimore, check out the names, see a pattern? (August 2016)

Stunning news: Trump State Department opens the flood gates, refugee admissions will explode in coming weeks (May 2017)

This is insane! Taxpayers pay rent for Somalis who feel the need to visit Somalia (for months!) (October 2016)

The Top Three Posts of the last month are these:

“My hometown (Utica) is gone” (June 2017)

A picture worth a thousand words, civil war coming to Europe? (June 2017)

“…an authentic immigrant invasion” is underway, as record breaking number of migrants make it to Italy in two days (June 2017)

Every day RRW welcomes visitors from over 150 countries and territories, but here are the Top Ten countries from which visitors arrived for all time. (WordPress has not kept this data for RRW’s whole life, and I don’t recall how many years ago they began supplying this information.)

In descending order and excluding the US:

Canada

UK

Australia

Germany

South Africa

France

Sweden

Netherlands

India

Norway

Some quick facts for new readers:

~RRW is a blog, a news source, not an organization.

~RRW is a charitable project for me, I work for no one. No one pays me to write this blog.

~Thus, I screen your comments and exclude those that express any violence, use foul language or I simply don’t want to post for some reason.

~Blogging is opinion writing, but I work very hard to back my opinions with facts.

~RRW is on twitter @RefugeeWatcher (over 11,000 followers at the moment)

~RRW is on facebook—Refugee Info. Resource, here. (Over 45,000 likes)

~I recommend that you use the excellent search engine here using key search words before e-mailing me. (I apologize that I cannot answer the hundreds of e-mails I get daily).

~I wrote a small book a couple of  years ago, here.

~My first Youtube video has almost 3 million views as of this writing.

~All of my weekly and  monthly round-ups (including more information for new readers) can be found in the category ‘blogging’ by clicking here.

It has been ten years! Will there be another ten? I doubt it, because right now the best window of change we have ever had is open, and if there is no reform, ten years more will be too late.

Thanks to all of my devoted readers for your hard work where you live to educate fellow citizens about this program and pushing for it to be abolished (or reformed), for your kind words, and for your much appreciated small donations that I see as validation for my work.  I don’t thank you often enough!

Happy Independence Day!

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RRW Weekly round-up for week ending May 12, 2017

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 14, 2017

As you may have noticed, I am trying to add some other legal immigration news and information on programs that must be reformed as we have the best window ever for reform in Washington.

In fact, the Trump team should be at this very minute crafting legislation to send to The Hill to abolish or reform several legal immigration programs that have outlived any usefulness they may have ever had—the US Refugee Admissions Program, Temporary Protected Status and that truly insane Diversity Visa Lottery.  All the worker and investor visa programs should also be rewritten or trashed (but I don’t have enough energy for those, and others, like NumbersUSA, are doing good work there).

Frankly, if Trump’s Administration doesn’t take the initiative on reforming our legal immigration system, it will never happen.  See my post yesterday about the six REPUBLICAN Senators eager for more refugees (can you say cheap labor!).

Here are the Top Three Posts of the past week. 

Note that one of those is about the insane Diversity Visa Lottery. (Top three posts of the last day are in the right hand side bar):

If your city has low income housing (or a greedy meatpacker nearby!) you could get refugees

Another 50,000 wannabe migrants to US learned if they won the lottery to America this week

Minnesota Dept of Health needs $5 million to fight infectious diseases in immigrant population

I haven’t mentioned Top Ten Countries lately, so here below are where readers hailed from who read RRW this past week. There were 134 countries on the list, but here are the top ten (excluding the US):

Canada

UK

Australia

South Africa

Germany

Brazil

Philippines

Kenya

Netherlands

Norway

 

For new readers!

In this older round-up I outlined how to learn more about RRW and the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program. All of my round-ups may be found in my ‘blogging’ category by clicking here.  Yikes! I see that my first video is now at 2.9 million views!

Thanks as always for your notes, your gifts of books, donations, and e-mails of support, even if I don’t acknowledge every communication know that I try, but there aren’t enough hours in the day here on the farm.

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RRW monthly roundup for the month of April 2017

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 5, 2017

It was a slow posting month for me here at RRW due to pressing family and farm responsibilities, so you may have noticed my usual (self-imposed) goal of writing three posts a day has gone by the wayside (until today).

Does Trump even know what is going on in the Dept. of State? For that matter, without an Asst. Sec. of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, does Rex Tillerson even know?

And, frankly, as my garden beckons, I’m feeling pretty disgusted at the way the Trump Administration is unfolding.

I can only speak on the issue of refugees, but honestly he is dropping the ball.  His defenders, like ‘Nancy’ here, can continue to make excuses about the various roadblocks the Left is throwing in his way, but he isn’t even speaking up about how they are rolling him on refugees from terror-producing parts of the world or showing any outward sign of fighting back.

Let’s hope I will be proven wrong and that much is going on behind the scenes, but I wonder…..

Does he even know what is happening?

This is going to be a quick update, I really just want readers to know what the Top Three Posts of the month were.

I also want to emphasize again that there are 8,428 posts here at RRW and I’m going to have to leave it to you, if  you are seriously interested, to mine that information.  ‘Nancy’ in a follow-up e-mail suggested I write something simple for beginners to catch up, but short of Frequently Asked Questions in the header, it is pretty hard to re-cap nearly ten years of writing. And, I don’t want to bore longtime readers to death saying the same things over and over.

As I have told you often in these monthly updates, like this one, use RRW’s search window with a few key words, read every day and eventually you will catch on.

And, I don’t say it enough. My heartfelt thanks for contributions readers send.  I see those as confirmation that my work is useful to you.

Here were the Top Three Posts for the month of April:

Pence in Australia: Sure! We will be taking over 1,000 illegal aliens now held in Australian detention

Trump Department of State supports the Muslim Brotherhood, White House caves

7,000 Africans made it to Europe over the Easter weekend as invasion heats up

Thanks for reading RRW! Follow me on twitter @RefugeeWatcher!  I’ve been trying to educate people with a few tweets headed with the phrase: “Finding facts!”

All of my weekly and monthly updates are tagged ‘Refugee Resettlement Watch.’ Or, you can find them in the category called ‘blogging’ here.

 

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RRW monthly round-up for March 2017

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 2, 2017

The most important news I have this morning is that I am taking a short break.  As of my ‘Muslim Brotherhood supported by Trump State Department‘ post two days ago, I have written 8,402 posts since 2007 and I need some time off right now!

I’m mentioning the number of posts because I have so many new readers and some ask me to get them up-to-speed on the issue, and frankly I can’t do that.

It’s up to you to research posts I have written.

Start with Frequently Asked Questions linked at the top of this page (sorry fact sheet is out of date).  You can use the categories in the drop-down in the left hand column or tags at the end of individual stories.

And, the search function here at wordpress is very good, so use a few key words in the search window.

LOL! I also have new readers referring to my “organization” or to my “staff.”  There is no organization and no staff, just me and this blog!

When I take a break now for a week or two (unless there is some earth-shattering news), I urge you to follow me on twitter (my twitter feed @Refugee Watcher is also in the right hand side column of this blog and I tweet much more news than I could possibly write about), or follow my facebook group page, here, and in the left hand column of this blog page.

I’ll be updating the ‘Refugee Admission Numbers’ in the right hand side bar during my break.

Also, although there are many good writers who are writing about the refugee program, you should follow especially Leo Hohmann at World Net Daily, Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart, Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review, Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch, Pamela Geller at The Geller Report, and Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish. Others?

So, as I do at the beginning of some months, here are the Top Three Posts of last month:

Church World Service announced yesterday that it is launching anti-Trump campaign (to raise $$$)

Hawaii: Muslim Brotherhood-backed imam dictating US refugee policy

“Battle of Rotterdam” on eve of historic election in the Netherlands

All weekly and monthly roundups are archived in my ‘blogging’ category, here.

Oh, and one more thing, wordpress seems to dump subscribers from time to time.  I don’t control those e-mails that come directly to you each time I post.  I recommend that you simply visit RRW every day or so and see what is new, and, for now, while I am taking a break, to use the blog as a research tool as described above.

p.s. Although I don’t say it enough, your gifts and notes of thanks are gratefully received.

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RRW Weekly round-up for week ending March 17, 2017

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 19, 2017

I’ve been terrible about keeping up with weekly round-ups, so I figured it was about time I put one up!

For my last round-up (it was for the month of February, click here).

The Top Three Posts of the last week are these (top daily posts are in the right hand sidebar):

“Battle of Rotterdam” on eve of historic election in the Netherlands

Michigan: More confirmation that refugee resettlement is an industry

Hawaii: Muslim Brotherhood-backed imam dictating US refugee policy

And, I want to mention that another post just skyrocketed yesterday.  It is this one:

Refuting, once again, the big lie about 18-24 months of vetting!

 

BTW, I’ve added a new sidebar widget: Refugee Admission numbers for FY17.

For new readers: I wrote this little book in 2015. Although a bit out of date now, it might help you get up-to-speed on an issue that is dominating the news today. https://www.amazon.com/Refugee-Resettlement-America-Civilization-Reader/dp/1508820708/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489919128&sr=8-1&keywords=ann+corcoran

Fiscal year 2017 runs from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.  As you know Donald Trump has set the CEILING at 50,000 for the year.  As of the March 16th, the day Trump’s 120-day moratorium on resettlement was to go into effect, we were at 38,106.

The Hawaii judge placed, illegally in my opinion, a restraining order on the refugee ceiling  portion of the order.  So, I will track the numbers every few days (assuming Wrapsnet is working) and post the latest number in the right hand sidebar.

For new (and some long-time readers): Sorry for the repeat on some of this, but I get e-mails and comments about these issues all the time!

RRW is on twitter.  I am @RefugeeWatcher.  As of this morning I have 8,996 followers.  My tweets are also in the right hand sidebar here at RRW.

RRW is on facebook, my page is here. It has 42,000 likes as of this writing.

I am here by myself, no staff, just me, so I can’t answer every inquiry I receive.  I’m sorry. I hate to look rude, but I can’t.

Subscribing:

Increasingly readers are telling me that they subscribe to RRW, get a few e-mails with new posts, then all of a sudden they don’t get them anymore.  I don’t control that, wordpress does.  First, check your spam folder to see if your e-mail server is sending them there.  Next, resubscribe and try again.  And, there is the possibility that some e-mail server is blocking RRW.

But, you can always visit RRW directly every day or so and scroll back to see what I have written in the last few days.  It seems to me that that is the best option—less e-mail in your inbox and you can then see all the other features here at RRW most especially Frequently Asked Questions in the header.

Commenting rules (for the zillionth time!):

I screen comments. I check them a few times a day.  I post NO comments threatening violence or those with foul language.

If you attack another commenter with an ad hominem attack, it won’t be posted either. You can tell them they are wrong without impugning their character.

I’m not posting conspiracies of any sort.  I deal in facts.

And, please, please stop sending ‘off-topic’ comments.  If you want me to see a link that does not relate to the story I’ve posted, you can send it, but don’t expect to see it posted as a comment.  And, I am going to have to shorten comments when you post the entire text of another article.

Search RRW for topics that interest you!

I’ve written 8,372 posts in the last nearly 10 years.  There is a lot of material here at RRW. Please use the search window, upper left, using key words that relate to your interest and see what I have said in the past on the topic.  WordPress’s search function is very good! LOL! I know because I have to use it all the time to see what I’ve said over the years!

Also, for new readers, you might want to see my first youtube video from 2015, I see it is at 2,889,554 views as of this morning, here.

And, again thanks to all of you who have sent kind words of encouragement.  Know how much I appreciate it even if, for lack of time, I don’t respond directly.

This post, and all past roundups are at my ‘blogging’ category.

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