Charlie Gard has died, and it is the state's fault. Do you hate the state yet? What's in the News with stories on losing the right to freedom of speech and guns, paying child support for someone who is not your child, e-cigarette regulations update, and Trump on police brutality. Also, and Ancap App segment on an update on Swarm City and a The Next Generation segment on homeschool savings, but not for homeschoolers. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

[1:25]

In a Charlie Gard update, sadly, Charlie has died, just days before his first birthday. Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, said simply: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you, Charlie.”

And, based on every available account, it didn't have to be this way. An American doctor at Columbia University Medical Center has agreed to help this baby, and the family raised more than $1.6 million to take him there and have him treated. But, a British High Court judge ruled that the doctors could turn off Charlie's life support, because apparently the judge, in his infinite wisdom, knew that death was better for Charlie than the chance to live.

But what chance did Charlie really have if he had received this treatment in America? According to Charlie's mother, “We want people to realize that we have been speaking to parents whose children were just like Charlie before starting treatment and now some of them are walking around like normal children. We wanted Charlie to have that chance too.” 

The Independent Payment Advisory Board

As Murray Rothbard so famously asked in his article in the Libertarian Forum in July of 1977, “Do You Hate the State?”

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

[7:35]

In unfit to exist news, a group of 43 US Senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — want to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. 

In come and get them news, 3D-printed gun designs are selling on the dark web for only $12. 

In what the actual fuck news, a Texas man has been ordered to come up with more than $60,000 in back child support for a girl he did not biologically father and met only once in his life. 

In smoke 'em if you've got 'em news, the FDA has given the e-cigarette industry a regulatory reprieve, for now.

In come and get them again news, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) violated the gun rights of foster parents.

In finally, some good news, President Trump's administration, on orders to kill two regulations for every new one, ripped up the playbook during its first six months, eliminating 16 old rules for every new one, according to top officials.

ANCAP APPS

[19:52]

What a wild ride it's been for Swarm City. First, I was bullish on Arcade City when it was first announced, then after several delays and very damning information came out about the founder, Christopher David, I became much more skeptical. Then, Swarm City takes over, gets rid of Christopher David, and makes some huge strides, so I was bullish all over again! They even sponsored ads on my show and I bought a bunch os Swarm City tokens. And, while I'm still bullish on Swarm City, I am a bit cautiously concerned after the latest hump on the roller coaster ride that is decentralized, crypto-backed peer-to-peer trading.

In case you haven't heard, Swarm City was involved in an exploit, called the Parity Multisig Wallet Exploit, that cleaned out their primarily Etherum wallet where they held their operating funds for developing Swarm City. This was the money they made from their token sale last year and this was the money they used to pay for developers, marketing, and the like. The total amount taken was 44,055 Ether, worth, at the time of the theft, $9 million. In total, over 150,000 Ether was stolen from three different companies using these multi-sig wallets. What a multi-sig wallet does is it requires multiple people to sign off before any funds are removed from the wallet to keep the funds safe. This prevents any one person from taking all of the funds. Well, unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way.

THE NEXT GENERATION

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As you guys know by now, my wife and I have homeschooled our children since birth. We've been fortunate that my 9 and 11-year-old sons have never spent a day in government indoctrination centers, much to the chagrin of my public-school teacher mother-in-law. But, we don't regret a single minute of it, and we are thrilled to be setting our children up for the future by teaching them things they really need in the real world, like entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, how to find the answer instead of telling them the answer, and a love of learning.

Who knew, though, that while doing this I was saving the state money, which is a fucking shame since I am still paying the same amount in taxes as people who send their kids to public school. 

Apparently, those savings are pretty large too. For example, based on state spending per student multiplied by the approximate number of homeschoolers in each state, California is saving $1.8 billion a year thanks to homeschool families, and yet that state is still in massive debt. Go figure. Other notable states include North Carolina at $1 billion, New York at $1.7 billion, Texas at $1.2 billion, Florida at $729.8 million, and Illinois at $798.6 million. Even little bitty New Hampshire is saving $80.7 million per year.

 

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TEASER INTRO

Charlie Gard has died, and it is the state's fault. Do you hate the state yet? What's in the News with stories on losing the right to freedom of speech and guns, paying child support for someone who is not your child, e-cigarette regulations update, and Trump on police brutality. Also, and Ancap App segment on an update on Swarm City and a The Next Generation segment on homeschool savings, but not for homeschoolers. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.

INTRO 

“Welcome to The LAVA Flow, channeling the flow of information to the Libertarian, Anarcho-capitalist, Voluntaryist, and Agorist community. Find us at thelavaflow.com. Here’s your host, Rodger Paxton.”

Thank you for joining me this week, coming to you from the state that was the home of Christa McAuliffe, the teacher who died in the Challenger shuttle disaster, this is the show that will bring you the people, places, and events that everyone in the liberty revolution needs to know. You can catch me on Twitter @TheLAVAFlowPod.

This is episode sixty-seven, Do You Hate the State?, and it's Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, when there have already been more than 711 people killed by police this year. What's Rustling My Jimmies this week? You're about to find out! Let’s Do It To It!

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

In a Charlie Gard update, sadly, Charlie has died, just days before his first birthday. Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, said simply: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you, Charlie.”

And, based on every available account, it didn't have to be this way. An American doctor at Columbia University Medical Center has agreed to help this baby, and the family raised more than $1.6 million to take him there and have him treated. But, a British High Court judge ruled that the doctors could turn off Charlie's life support, because apparently the judge, in his infinite wisdom, knew that death was better for Charlie than the chance to live.

But what chance did Charlie really have if he had received this treatment in America? According to Charlie's mother, "We want people to realize that we have been speaking to parents whose children were just like Charlie before starting treatment and now some of them are walking around like normal children. We wanted Charlie to have that chance too." 

And, I ask you this, even if Charlie's doctors and this douche nozzle of a judge were right, that the experimental treatment that had worked for other kids just like Charlie wouldn't have actually helped, what harm could it have done to try, when he is dying anyway? Is it possible that this treatment would have failed? Absolutely. But, the more important questions is, is it possible the treatment would have worked? Without a doubt, since there are kids who have survived the same condition Charlie had thanks to this treatment. Charlie's parents, Chris and Connie, saw it as their right, and their duty, to do whatever they could to protect and save their child, but they were stopped by a gang of thugs that have the power of monopoly of force and the will of the people to rule over their lives - and their deaths. This has to stop.

And, sadly, many in this country want the exact same kind of system that they have in the UK, single-payer universal health care controlled by the state. And, the Republicans don't have the spine to stop it from happening, based on their latest bullshit about repealing and replacing Obamacare then being the sniveling cowards they are and putting up a bill that barely touched Obamacare, and added even more regulations. Obamacare has death panels built into it, very similar to what happened to Charlie Gard, called The Independent Payment Advisory Board. Obamacare further provides that nothing that the board does can be challenged or reviewed in any court, federal or state. Obamacare even purports to restrict Congress‘ power to repeal IPAB.

Death panels, regardless of what the liberal media will tell you, do in fact exist, as Charlie Gard and his parents found out. As the Foundation for Economic Education said:

I never really knew what people meant by the phrase “death panels” before. It was just a term bandied about by talking heads and political personalities. It’s chilling how well it applies in this instance: a group of bureaucrats that sits around deciding who is worthy of medical care.

I don’t know how the power slipped away from the individual, whether taken by force or given away with applause, but this is outrageous. And it’s wrong.

Connie Yates released a statement about her son just a couple of days before his death. I want to read you part of that statement.

All we wanted to do was take Charlie from one world renowned hospital to another world renowned hospital in the attempt to save his life and to be treated by the world leader in mitochondrial disease. We feel that we should have been trusted as parents to do so but we will always know in our hearts that we did the very best for Charlie and I hope that he is proud of us for fighting his corner.

Charlie had a real chance of getting better. It's now unfortunately too late for him but it's not too late for others with this horrible disease and other diseases. We will continue to help and support families of ill children and try and make Charlie live on in the lives of others. We owe it to him to not let his life be in vain.

Despite the way that our beautiful son has been spoken about sometimes, as if he not worthy of a chance at life, our son is an absolute WARRIOR and we could not be prouder of him and we will miss him terribly. One little boy has brought the world together and whatever people's opinions are, no one can deny the impact our beautiful son has had on the world and his legacy will never ever die.

Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn't save you.”

That is fucking heartbreaking, and I am crushed by this loss, even though I never met Charlie or his family. But more than crushed, I am angry. And angry doesn't even begin to describe what I'm really feeling. It is a fury that is indescribable, but I also have a renewed purpose. It is stories like this that remind me of why we fight this fight, of why we believe in our hearts that the only way for us to be truly free is to smash the state into oblivion. 

As Murray Rothbard so famously asked in his article in the Libertarian Forum in July of 1977, "Do You Hate the State?" Well, yes, I do hate the state and everything that it stands for, which is nothing more than theft, murder, slavery, and control. There are few things that make me hate the state more than the tragic, and absolutely needless death of a child only to appease some bureaucrats and judges. As Rothbard said, the state, that predatory gang of criminals, is the enemy of mankind. 

...The radical regards the State as our mortal enemy, which must be hacked away at wherever and whenever we can. To the radical libertarian, we must take any and every opportunity to chop away at the State, whether it's to reduce or abolish a tax, a budget appropriation, or a regulatory power. And the radical libertarian is insatiable in this appetite until the State has been abolished, or — for minarchists — dwindled down to a tiny, laissez-faire role.

Are you a radical libertarian? I imagine that if you are listening to this show, the answer is likely yes, or you will be before long if you keep listening to the show based on the numerous accounts from listeners who were once not-so-radical libertarians turned radical thanks to this show. All I ask of you is one thing, please help me smash the state in any non-violent way that you can so we can one day prevent more Charlie Gards, or worse, from happening in the future.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

In unfit to exist news, a group of 43 US Senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — want to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. 

The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.

The bill’s co-sponsors include the senior Democrat in Washington, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, his New York colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, and several of the Senate’s more liberal members, such as Ron Wyden of Oregon, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Maria Cantwell of Washington. Illustrating bipartisanship, it also includes several of the most right-wing senators such as Ted Cruz of Texas, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Marco Rubio of Florida

The ACLU categorically denounces this proposal for what it is: a bill that “seeks only to punish the exercise of constitutional rights.”

And here you thought you had freedom of speech guaranteed by the US Constitution. Silly you! You have exactly as much free speech as the government wants you to have, and no more. Just ask Paul Little, better known as Max Hardcore, who spent two and a half years in prison for selling pornography, or Ross Ulbricht who is serving life in prison for running a website, or countless others.

In come and get them news, 3D-printed gun designs are selling on the dark web for only $12. 

A new report from RAND “While guides and manuals on how to make bombs at home were illegally circulating on the web well before the establishment of cryptomarkets, the level of accessibility provided by these platforms represents the reason for high concern among policy makers and practitioners."

Arms watchers have been fretting about 3D-printed guns for years. In 2014, European researchers with the Small Arms Survey presented a working paper to the United Nations that featured an entire chapter on the 3D-printed future.

To be sure, 3D-printing files aren’t a huge share of the dark-web market yet; they accounted for just 11 of the hundreds of for-sale items cataloged by the RAND researchers.

I fully expect that share to grow dramatically as 3D printers become much more mainstream and as many countries continue to restrict gun ownership around the world. Even in America, the fears of much stronger gun control is always only one election away from coming to fruition. I encourage everyone to get their hands on plans such as this, because you never know. Knowledge truly is power.

In what the actual fuck news, a Texas man has been ordered to come up with more than $60,000 in back child support for a girl he did not biologically father and met only once in his life. 

Gabriel Cornejo, 45, was named by a former girlfriend as being the father of her child in 2003, FOX News states, but the parental title was never confirmed by the alleged dad himself.

Cornejo said, "I never thought in my whole life I would have to defend myself of something that I am innocent of."

Regardless of the DNA test that Cornejo took that proved beyond a doubt that he was not related to the girl, her mother and Texas courts are still suing the innocent man for the full amount of child support the “absentee dad” now owes: $65,000.

Apparently, in Texas family code chapter 161 states that even if one is not the biological father, they still owe support payments that accrued before the paternity test proves otherwise. So, since this man had no idea about the allegations that he was a father, and had no reason to try and prove that he wasn't until now, he owes years of back pay for a child that he knew nothing about. I suppose no one can say the law is logical anymore.

In smoke 'em if you've got 'em news, the FDA has given the e-cigarette industry a regulatory reprieve, for now.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it is giving manufacturers of electronic cigarettes until August 8, 2022, to apply for approval of their products under regulations announced last year, which were widely expected to drive most companies out of business. The original deadline was November 8, 2018, and the four-year extension is supposed to provide more time for public comment and industry guidance as part of a "comprehensive regulatory plan" that aims to strike "an appropriate balance between regulation and encouraging development of innovative tobacco products that may be less dangerous than cigarettes."

The FDA says it will use the reprieve it is giving e-cigarette companies to clarify what will be required to keep their products on the market. The agency also plans to develop product standards that address battery hazards and help keep e-cigarette liquids away from children.

Over all, it looks like the FDA under Scott Gottlieb will be taking a much more practical approach to e-cigarette regulation that recognizes the realities of the existing market and the relative hazards of different nicotine sources. Instead of wrecking an industry that seems to be accelerating the downward trend in smoking, the agency may actually embrace market-driven harm reduction. However, as with the gun news item earlier, we are always only one election away from this swinging back the other way again.

Ridiculously, the FDA is investigating the possibility of mandating a gradual reduction in the nicotine levels of combustible cigarettes. The FDA "intends to issue an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to seek input on the potential public health benefits and any possible adverse effects of lowering nicotine in cigarettes." So, cigarettes will have less nicotine, meaning people will have to smoke more of them to get the same level of nicotine. That's just fucking brilliant. Does the government want more lung cancer deaths, because this is how you get more lung cancer deaths?

In come and get them again news, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) violated the gun rights of foster parents.

Caseworkers from MDHHS and a county judge told William Johnson of Ontonagon, Mich., that he had to choose between his Second Amendment rights and fostering his grandson, according to a complaint filed with the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The 54-year-old Johnson is a retired, disabled Marine with a Michigan Concealed Pistol License. He and his wife were asked by the state of Michigan to foster their grandson. According to Johnson's suit, however, the issues began as soon as he arrived at MDHHS to pick up the child.

Johnson said he was searched for a firearm and, although he was not carrying a gun, officials demanded to see his concealed carry license. He was then told he would need to give MDHHS the serial numbers of all of his firearms, including rifles and shotguns, and register them with the agency. After questioning why he would have to register his firearms in order to foster his grandson, Johnson said he was told by one caseworker, "if you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights." When he objected, he was told there would not be a "power struggle" and MDHHS "would just take his grandson and place him in a foster home" if he didn't comply with their requests.

Two weeks later, during a hearing on the placement of the child, Johnson said a Gogebic County Court judge similarly told him, "if you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights."

Michigan requires that anyone who wants to be a foster parent must register his handguns with the state as well as keep the guns unloaded and locked in a safe separate from the ammunition. Foster parents in states like Nevada and Oklahoma have challenged similar laws in recent years after being denied foster children over their legally owned firearms. The case against MDHHS also features plaintiffs Brian and Naomi Mason, who said the gun regulations keep them from becoming foster parents.

Right to keep and bear arms, my ass. Again, you have only as many gun rights as the government allows you to have, and no more, similarly to free speech case above. They know they have to give us serfs the illusion of rights while back-door taking them left and right. If they were more open in their taking our rights away right now, they would have a revolution on their hands, and they know it. 

In finally, some good news, President Trump's administration, on orders to kill two regulations for every new one, ripped up the playbook during its first six months, eliminating 16 old rules for every new one, according to top officials.

Apparently, so far, the Trump administration has withdrawn or removed from active status 860 regulations so far. Apparently, they will show a 50 percent drop in regulations with an economic impact of $100 million or more, and a 40 percent drop in other less expensive rules.

Clearly, this means that Trump is the greatest president ever, right? Well of course not. He's rolling back regulations that he disagrees with, sure, but trust me on this, he will have no issue imposing regulations that he wants to impose or that he thinks will make America great again. Today it is good news, tomorrow it likely won't be. 

And, in more Trump news, he has now officially encouraged police to commit brutality against people they arrest, long before being convicted of any crime. And, of course, he said this in front of a group of violent thugs in blue uniforms with badges, who cheered and clapped very loudly. Where is Obama when we need another beer summit? Nevermind, Obama was just as useless as Trump.

Anyway, here's your president, Donald Cheeto Trump, on police brutality. 

(PLAY TRUMP AUDIO)

ANCAP APPS

What a wild ride it's been for Swarm City. First, I was bullish on Arcade City when it was first announced, then after several delays and very damning information came out about the founder, Christopher David, I became much more skeptical. Then, Swarm City takes over, gets rid of Christopher David, and makes some huge strides, so I was bullish all over again! They even sponsored ads on my show and I bought a bunch os Swarm City tokens. And, while I'm still bullish on Swarm City, I am a bit cautiously concerned after the latest hump on the roller coaster ride that is decentralized, crypto-backed peer-to-peer trading.

In case you haven't heard, Swarm City was involved in an exploit, called the Parity Multisig Wallet Exploit, that cleaned out their primarily Etherum wallet where they held their operating funds for developing Swarm City. This was the money they made from their token sale last year and this was the money they used to pay for developers, marketing, and the like. The total amount taken was 44,055 Ether, worth, at the time of the theft, $9 million. In total, over 150,000 Ether was stolen from three different companies using these multi-sig wallets. What a multi-sig wallet does is it requires multiple people to sign off before any funds are removed from the wallet to keep the funds safe. This prevents any one person from taking all of the funds. Well, unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way.

Now that Swarm City has lost nearly all of their money, what lays in store for them now? They say they are committed to continuing, and finishing, the project. An article they posted on their site said:

The Swarm City Core team is more committed than ever to the development of Swarm City. The real value of our token lies in the community, and the technology the developers are creating. Black hat hackers, vulnerabilities, and bugs will not stop us from creating the decentralized sharing economy our community and the world craves.

The next day, Swarm City released a statement saying "We will continue to create value for our community and token holders by delivering the Swarm City Platform in full."

And, I have no doubt that this is the case. I am good friends with one person on the team and met many, many more over the last few months, and they do have an incredible team behind this project.  I believe that when they say they are committed to making this happen, that they will make this happen. My only concern is how will that play out now? Developers don't work for free. I know the dev team has their own personal Swarm City tokens, but surely even they need a paycheck at the end of the day? 

This theft has caused the price of Swarm City token to plummet. At one point the tokens were worth $5 each, and as of now they are worth right around a dollar each. It's been holding steady at that price since the theft. At this point, I'm still holding onto my tokens because I see real value in this project and I believe they have the team that can complete it. Don't take this as personal advice, though. If you own Swarm City tokens, you will have to make your own decision on what you do with them. 

This is not the first Ethereum security issue, and it probably won't be the last. The hack on the DAO, the Decentralized Autonomous Organization wiped them out of about $55 million in Ether at the time, that would now be worth around $500 million, prompting the Ethereum team to do a hard fork to get the money back where it belongs. There will be no hard fork this time, so Swarm City will just have to make do. It makes me wonder, though, when crypto projects will start taking security seriously after multiple major hacks and exploits such as this.

Keep in mind, this exploit was not the fault of Swarm City, but the fault of the creator of the wallet that Swarm City chose to hold their funds. But, it is still a devastating blow. What the future holds for Swarm City at this point is anyone's guess, but I am holding on until I can't hold on any longer. Wish me luck!

THE NEXT GENERATION

Don't forget, guys, I love getting items from you that you want me to talk about. While I can't guarantee I'll talk about them, I will always give it my consideration. You can send articles or topics to me on Facebook, Twitter, or you can email me at rodger@thelavaflow.com, and that's Rodger with a D. Thanks to Brian for sending me this specific article. Hope you're still doing well out there on the left coast, Brian.

As you guys know by now, my wife and I have homeschooled our children since birth. We've been fortunate that my 9 and 11-year-old sons have never spent a day in government indoctrination centers, much to the chagrin of my public-school teacher mother-in-law. But, we don't regret a single minute of it, and we are thrilled to be setting our children up for the future by teaching them things they really need in the real world, like entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, how to find the answer instead of telling them the answer, and a love of learning.

We chose to homeschool, not for religious reasons, but because we knew that no one could prepare our children for life better than we could. No one cared about their future more than us, period. And, as more information comes out, we were right. Compared to public school students, studies suggest that homeschoolers perform up to 30 percentile points better on standardized tests, have higher college GPAs and completion rates, and may even be better adjusted socially. Judging from these numbers, it would seem that homeschooling definitely benefits the individual student.

Who knew, though, that while doing this I was saving the state money, which is a fucking shame since I am still paying the same amount in taxes as people who send their kids to public school. 

Apparently, those savings are pretty large too. For example, based on state spending per student multiplied by the approximate number of homeschoolers in each state, California is saving $1.8 billion a year thanks to homeschool families, and yet that state is still in massive debt. Go figure. Other notable states include North Carolina at $1 billion, New York at $1.7 billion, Texas at $1.2 billion, Florida at $729.8 million, and Illinois at $798.6 million. Even little bitty New Hampshire is saving $80.7 million per year.

It should be noted that because homeschool registration varies by state, these numbers are likely conservative, making the savings even more than recorded above. In fact, a recent report by the Pioneer Institute suggested that on a national scale, homeschoolers save taxpayers $22 billion every year. Or, this should be rephrased to say that $22 billion is being stolen from homeschool families that would be much better served on their own education. We pay a lot of money, on top of our stolen tax money, to educate our children because they deserve better than a mediocre education and 13 years of indoctrination. Boy, it sure would be nice to have a little less of my money stolen every year.

OUTRO

Thank you for listening to the show this week. As always, I need to thank my favorite beach bunny, Jessica, for her help with this show. For the show notes to this episode, where I put links and other information that has been on this show, go to thelavaflow.com/67.

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I also have three new supporters this week! Marc Clair, yes the Marc Clair from Lions of Liberty is a supporter through Patreon at the $1 per episode level. Also from Lions of Liberty, Brian McWilliams, host of Electric Libertyland, is now a supporter at the $2.50 level. Thanks to both of you guys so much! As an aside, I'm also a supporter of Lions of Liberty, and you should be too. Now, I am just waiting for John Odermatt to get off of his butt and give me the trifecta by becoming a supported. Still waiting... And finally, Katy is a supporter of the show at $2.50 through Patreon. Thanks, Katy! I hope you guys are doing awesome!

At this point, I normally give you an update on how close I am to reaching my next level, but I have some bad news to share first. For some reason, Patron stopped sending emails when someone stopped being a Patron of the show, and I have lost a few in the last few months, sadly, for various reasons. And, since I was cleaning up my list, I also made a decision I've been thinking about for a while.

Patreon takes right around 10% of the money you send to me to pay for their incredible service, and I don't knock them for that, but, since I was cleaning up my list, I wanted to go ahead and reflect that I wasn't getting all of the money when I give my update on how close I was to the next level. So, from here on out, I will give an update that only reflects how much I'm actually getting, which will lower it a bit as well.

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