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Maoist Internationalist Movement

October 1, 2004 Central Task Report

by PIRAO Chief, November 1, 2004

  • See also previous Web Minister reports
  • See also overall situation of prison censorship and prison struggle

    MIM's central task: "to create public opinion and the independent institutions of the oppressed to seize power."

    Summary statistics comparing October 2003 and October 2004

    Statistic October, 2003 October, 2004 % change
    Number of different computers MIM served* 43372 44171 +1.8%
    Avg. MIM pages served per day 3321 4194 +26%
    MIM data transferred 88.1 megabytes/day 230.5 megabytes/day 162%
    MIM Notes printed copies compared with pre-911=100 167 222
    All language newspapers printed copies compared with pre-911=100 167 222
    MIM prison circulation averaged over two months Jan 2002=100 94 0
    Number of top 53 cites of U.$/Kanada receiving at least 1000 MIM Notes Unknown 8
    Average days after print date by which 80% of papers have been distributed Unknown 4
    Number of Art page users 4826 8228 +70%
    Number of different MIM web page files actively chosen from 3589 6060 +69%
    *Results exclude art, graphics and some other users.
    **We are discontinuing the Amazon reports because Amazon has.

    In the main this was another terribly disappointing report; however, there were some rather odd and unexpected bright spots this month. A few months ago, we contemplated changing our distribution methods again, but instead we stuck it out. That turns out to have been a good decision. In less than a year, we have better than doubled distribution efficiency by simply obtaining greater knowledge from practice. The shake-up in our distribution has yet to demonstrate its full impact and I hope to have a better way to bring that to the public in the future.

    Another interesting thing about this month's report is that Art is back on track and the depth of reading by our readers continues to grow much faster than the breadth of our readership.

    Everything else--again it's a situation of mea culpa. Projects in numerous areas lag. However, just because we have big eyes here does not justify anyone in being helpless feeling. As the distribution example proves, sometimes just plugging away at what we are already doing brings about expected or unexpected advance.

    We at MIM are always stressing materialism. It is never appropriate to compare one's own progress to others' as individuals or organizations in other times and places and conclude that we are ineffective and should give up. People and organizations in other times and places also had to advance from their position. We must always do the best we can from what we have. We do that because we believe the humyn reality does have a possibility for progress and peace within it, even if at the moment as in many moments in the past it seems crushed in many regards.