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Thank you from the Daily Paul II

Here's a little project I've been working on: Writing thank you cards to all the people who have contributed to the latest Daily Paul fundraiser.

I had a thousand cards printed, and set out the bulk of over 350 of them yesterday. If you made a contribution, keep your eye on the mail ;-)

It is important for me to do this as a reminder to myself, that there are people, all over the country and world (we had over 25 international donations), that really love this site and what it is. To actually take the time to write a check, stick it in an envelope and send it is a profound statement of love. To send money to me to help keep the site going for everyone here - for the common cause - when just reading it is free, is a profound statement.

Sometimes it hard to remember, that behind all these screen names, and behind the sometimes annoying and inane comments, are real people - people who actually care. And that these people would take the time to send their love not only to me, but to everyone here, is awesome beyond words for me.

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Also a quick note on some of the things I've been thinking. The Daily Paul is obviously morphing and changing. Its secondary mission is complete. The Ron Paul for President campaign (or as Ernie Hancock called it, “The 2012 speaking tour” ) is over. It gives us the opportunity to begin again from nothing, which is a profoundly exciting opportunity.

While the secondary mission is complete, the primary mission remains: To spread the message of Liberty and encourage its growth across the land. To that end, this site needs to move beyond what we've been doing here, and on the internet in general. But what is the best way to do that?

I have been involved with the internet nearly since its inception. I was a stockbroker when Netscape came public, and it was the biggest IPO ever. “What the hell is it?” is what everyone (including me) wanted to know. After that job, and after a beautiful interlude of unemployment that gave me the time to read and think for a period of years, and a return to community college to learn the emerging skills of website building, I got a job as a web designer. At that job, I learned the skills that still serve me to this day: Photoshop, Illustrator, print production, website production. (Note to young people: Never take a job just for a paycheck. Always do something where you can learn what you’re interested in. When the learning stops, it is time to leave. This is the opposite of college: Instead of paying to learn, you get paid to learn.) While still on the job, I started my own website by moonlight, and was “blogging” before the term “blogging” was even even cool.

I got into this business because of the promise of the internet. The promise of distributing information and knowledge. The promise of democratizing institutions. The promise of empowering individuals to make a difference, and the promise of changing the world.

But that promise has not been fulfilled, and in many ways, it has been squandered. The internet is the new television, a device that enables us to endlessly and mindlessly amuse ourselves to death. How did it happen? How can we improve it? There must be a better use for the internet than ‘status updates.’

I don’t know what the future holds, for the Daily Paul, for myself, or the three patriots that help me keep the site going. Even if the fundraiser were to fill, it would only buy six more months of time at most. Since it seems unlikely to be filled, it just means less time. What does it mean? It means it is time for a change. And if these are the last few months of the Daily Paul, it brings on a sense of adventure and excitement. For there is nothing like the presence of death to bring on a clarity of focus on the present. And there is nothing like necessity to birth invention.

Thank you again everyone - contributors, non-contributors, trolls and friends. The future, as always, is wide open. It is waiting for you to take the reigns, to mold yourself, and to mold your world into a place of liberty, and justice for all.

Love,
Michael

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Got my postcard

appreciate the message, and have it on my DP wall.
THANK YOU, and you're welcome.

LOVE, BBG

I only donated $10

So I just went ahead and signed up for a premium account today.

Was the least I could do for a site I check over 20 times a day. I hope that my contributions at least cover my share of bandwidth, power and rack space.

its weird not seeing the ads, but in a good way.

SteveMT's picture

My wish is that Michael will use all 1,000 of these cards.

In other words, more donations. Example: 2,000 members X $10 = $20,000.

We currently have exactly 59,191 members. Don't let something this good go away. The Daily Paul is worth donating to. This place has become the only place that matters on the net. If The Daily Paul goes, our voices will be silenced. No one wants that to happen. Can 2,000 nonpaying members please contribute $10 now, so that this website will continue to be the center of the r3VOLution? Thanks.

I'm still anonymous...

One of the many joys of Bitcoin :)

Got mine ... and ...

I have it up in my office at work.

The donation is the least I can do for my primary source of news and information. Like the morning news paper was for the previous generations, I log on to the Daily Paul every morning with my breakfast and get the latest.

Cool thanks Michael!

I'm the first one on top! Woot woot!

Though, how come you didn't blur out my address?! Creepers be warned, I'm armed!

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!

www.RevolutionCarBadges.com
www.NonNetwork.com

Michael Nystrom's picture

Yup, I know

I thought you wouldn't mind since it is your business! My apologies! I thought I'd give you a little free advertising. Do you want me to blur it out?

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.
Michael Nystrom's picture

Rob, my apologies

I switched out the photo and got your address blurred out.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Haha! I was just kiddin' bud!

Sorry! Didn't mean to create extra work for you! I was just giving you a hard time!

It's not big deal either way! My address is on all my packages, so I was already prepared for it to be public info!

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!

www.RevolutionCarBadges.com
www.NonNetwork.com

Michael Nystrom's picture

Ok

I just always want to be careful to respect people's privacy.

Thank you!
Michael

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Have you had a chance to check out...

Have you had a chance to check out the emails I sent? No rush. If you have a better idea or any suggestions, I'm all ears.

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!

www.RevolutionCarBadges.com
www.NonNetwork.com

ytc's picture

. . . well, we'll know where to write to for

Revolution Car Badges, the sharp- looking cool insignia ; )

Touché!

This is true!

New products now available! ;)

MN and I just struck a deal too! :D An ad on the DP should be going up soon!

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!

www.RevolutionCarBadges.com
www.NonNetwork.com

Don't mess with Texas?

Don't mess with Texas?

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
-Patrick Henry

Missed an address.

Missed an address.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
-Patrick Henry

Michael Nystrom's picture

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To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

I was referring to the

I was referring to the un-blurred address earlier.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
-Patrick Henry