We are proud to announce that ThisCantBeHappening!, on the eve of its anniversary for completing three years of publication, that we have passed the 3.5 million mark of readers visiting this news site. That's a 50% increase over last year, and a sign that we are really being valued for what we are doing. It's also just a small fraction of the people who are getting our news reports, analysis and commentary, since most of our articles are picked up and run by sites like Counterpunch, Common Dreams, OpEd News, Smirking Chimp, NationofChange.org, etc. We are also linked to by many sites, from Rense.com to Antiwar.com to DissidentVoice. Add 'em all up and we're probably reaching half a million readers a month.
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