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American Partisan: New blog on the block

American Partisan officially debuted this week. It combines the talents and knowledge of bloggers J.C. Dodge, Concerned American (of WRSA), N.C. Scout, Kit Perez, and Jesse James. So while it’s likely to be on the conservative side compared with Living Freedom, it should be rich in useful information. —– I knew American Partisan was in development and even got a brief preview of it. Originally I thought it was intended as a discussion forum that would solve WRSA’s thorny comment-troll problem. It does have a very prominent and appropriately strict comment policy. But either I misunderstood its original purpose or…

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A heads-up to my Patreons

You should hear this from me before you hear it from them (via an email you’ll receive tomorrow). I’ll also be posting this on my Patreon page. As of December 18, Patreon will be adding a surcharge of 2.9% plus $0.35 to your monthly pledge. I realize this isn’t what you signed up for and that it will seriously change the picture, especially for some of you $1 or $2 patrons. I’ll understand completely if you withdraw your pledges. This isn’t actually a new fee, believe it or not. Previously, we Patreon creators have been charged a 5% flat fee…

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Now, about that wonderful thing

I mentioned on Wednesday that a pretty wonderful thing had … well, fallen upon me. That’s the only way to express it. I couldn’t write about it then. I barely can now. So first a little background. —– This month’s shocking collapse of Amazon Associates revenues (just when they should have started into their pre-holiday runup) had me thinking about this blog’s future. You guys stepped in with a YUGE response to my fundraiser last year after BHM cut me off. When Amazon nerfed its commission structure earlier this year, a lone angel quietly began making up for the loss.…

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Sometimes you just have to leap into the abyss

That’s a leap I have not yet decided to risk. —– On Thursday I learned that Amazon is decimating the Associates program and therefore decimating the monthly income of this blog. It may have been inevitable, but nobody saw it coming right now. You guys jumped in to make sure that February, the last month of the old program, went out with a bang. A thousand thank yous for that. But that still left me with decisions to make. About this blog. About earning a living. About whether to go ahead with planned projects. —– It was easy to decide…

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Sigh. It never rains but it pours.

… and I’m not talking about the Northwet weather. I’m quoting granny’s old maxim up there in the headline meaning those little old troubles that have a habit of pouring down on our heads in storms instead of mild freshets. I’m talking about car transmissions going haywire followed by news that’s going to take a machete to my blog income. Oh, Amazon. How could you? Actually, I can’t complain about Amazon — though I’m going to, anyhow. In its early days the Associates program (those links to Amazon I’m always going on about, links that provide this blog’s only regular…

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Thursday links

  • I sincerely doubt the world is ready for a complicated waterless toilet that has to be professionally serviced every six months. Bill and Melinda Gates disagree.
  • Thank you, New Yorker, for being realistic enough to recognize the hand of ISIS at Ohio State.
  • Will it really be “Bye Bye, Obamacare” followed by something much closer to market-based insurance? We can hope. Tom Price is one of only two Trump picks so far that don’t just seem like authoritarian business as usual. 16 Comments
  • 35,500

    With MamaLiberty’s comment this morning on the “Trouble with Leaders” post, this blog has now had 35,500 comments (not including spam) in its 6+ years. Earlier this summer, Mas Ayoob at Backwoods Home proudly mentioned his 20,000 comments in eight years. I was waiting to spot a nice, round number here, but they’ve flown by so fast I’ve missed them until this morning.

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    Beta

    The site-to-be opened for beta testing this morning. 🙂 Beta crew: check your mailboxes. Depending on the input we get from our 14 beta testers, the operation should open on schedule around mid-month. At that point, everybody who donated $20 or more to the fundraiser will receive an invitation and a code for free membership (with length of membership based on donation amount). At that point, too, the site will be open to paying members. We shall see how this goes. However it goes, I’ll keep you posted and thank you for making both that site and this one possible.…

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    Oh, and in all the excitement …

    I forgot to take the “donate” button down last night. It’s gone now and I hope I can keep my pledge to you that this will be truly The Last Fundraiser. It should be, barring disasters. Had to laugh, though. Yesterday morning, the total stood at an already-amazing $7,275. Three kind people decided they’d round that off to $7,300. Yes, each one specifically said their donation was for rounding purposes, and each counteracted the others’ attempts. Well, $7,350 may not be “round,” but it’s still a nicely balanced number. One generous soul was making her fifth contribution, just to keep…

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