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Daily Peace Index reaches new high

Peace symbolOur peace indicator, PAXi, jumped to a new high today.

Previously, the high was 337, reached on September 11, 2012. Yesterday (Friday), the PAXi was at 197.

Today, Saturday, October 13th, the PAXi number is 754!

Hopefully, that reflects the level of discussion about peace and nonviolence in the United States. (The subject that PAXi attempts to measure and reflect.)

What made it so high today?

One of the key indicators is a search for “peace” at Google News.

Today, the Google News number was over 60 million! Compare that to the past few days: 10/10 Google News search for “peace” was 4,020,000; 10/11 it was 3,790,000; 10/12 it was 4,040,000. Also, the highest day yet for the PAXi/Daily Peace Index was on September 11, 2012. On that day, the Google New/peace figure was 20,100,000 and PAXi came out to 337.

In searching for causes of the jump, I reviewed what the top Google News stories about peace were this morning. I think the main story pushing this jump is coverage of the Nobel Peace Prize being given to the EU/European Union on Friday. Though, I was also happy to see a third party candidate pumping up the peace discourse: On the first page of the Google News results, Roseanne Barr for President on the “Peace and Freedom Party” line shows up!

Google News Peace: A PAXi Daily Peace Index indicator

Above: A Google News search for “peace” on the morning of October 13, 2012

You can see a historical chart with the PAXi numbers for each day at our opening post about the Daily Peace Index: here.

If you have any thoughts on what made the PAXi so high today, please chime in, in the comment section.

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