Sheesh. It’s hard to believe that the words of my last post have found a new reality point already. At Atlas Shrugs, this notice:
PayPal is calling Atlas a “hate” site and will close my account if I do not remove the PayPal option from my website.
Accurate reporting and news is hate.
Truth is the new hate speech.
The Jawa Report notes a certain discrepancy here:
PayPal Cuts Off Revolution Muslim Because It Is A Hate Site
Oh wait, PayPal cuts off Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs because her site is a hate site. Revolution Muslim still has the PayPal button.
File this under dhimmitude/stealth jihad
This is disturbing. I had to really talk the Baron into installing a PayPal button for donations in the beginning. He’d heard all the horror stories and was concerned that they’d pull some stunt which would cause us to have donations taken away. I assured him that since we weren’t selling anything there would be no problem.
Unfortunately, with a fairly new CEO at PayPal, the climate may be changing. It looks like we’ll have to consider abandoning ship before they toss us overboard, too. While I don’t contemplate that happening in a hurry – they’ll hassle big sites like Atlas first – it’s a good idea to look at alternatives. I’m sure there are lots of other payment sites that are less rigid and bureaucratic than PayPal appears to be.
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That website which Jawa mentioned, the one PayPal seems to find perfectly acceptable, is evidently stridently hateful against anything non-Islamic. Obviously they have a double standard in operation. Quelle surprise!
Pamela Geller’s readers are sending lots of feedback to PayPal regarding this unfair and arbitrary decision. Sadly, I doubt it’ll do much good; PayPal doesn’t listen well. Her readers have lots of good suggestions about alternate payment places, however.
Evidently, Amazon is one of them. That’s a coincidence because I was looking at their “Associates” page today. Since we mention a fair number of books in our posts, it would make sense to consider their proposal – though I don’t understand it entirely yet.
I’ll get back to you on this issue when I’ve had more time to think about it and to contemplate our options – and to understand what’s on offer. However, this unfortunate situation dovetails with a proposal the Baron made before he left: that I ask our readers if some kind of advertising on Gates of Vienna would be acceptable.
So I am asking for your opinions, and the question has become more complicated now by this PayPal trickery. As I said, we’re safe for quite a while, but it’s a good idea to look at moving elsewhere for donations in addition to looking at other ways to raise money.
People are generous in our fund-raisers, but times are getting harder for everyone and our savings are dwindling. Thus we need to think about new ways to “monetize the blog”, as the jargon goes.
The recent Counterjihad intramural conflicts certainly don’t help. Not only are they a distraction, but they affect our readership to some extent. Not even a fraction of the effect Charles Johnson’s irrational hatred had, of course. It took us a long time to overcome the enormity of his evil. But there is collateral damage; we have determined to simply persevere in the face of efforts to have others shun our blog.
In other words, these conflicts – which we never engage – won’t change anything except at the margins. But even if they weren’t occurring we’d still need to explore ways to increase our income, and right now we have to do so in a poor economic climate. Several avenues are opening up – e.g., freelance editing – and they may allow us to keep ads off the blog. That is my hope, at any rate.
Feedback from our readers in this regard would be helpful. It seems rather murky to us at this point and we’re not sure how to proceed. That is, we’re not sure of our next step, but we now know we have to find a replacement for PayPal before we’re in the same predicament as Atlas Shrugs. At least on that one, there are lots of alternatives.
Please feel free to email or to leave comments regarding your opinion on these issues. It’s always good to get feedback.