Winter fund drive

Cash 1-22-15 months

Isn’t he adorable? His name is Cash — and coincidentally, that’s what this old blogger is asking for: Cash. Moolah. Buckaroonies.

I used to have this reader who, whenever I would do a fundraiser, would leave a comment saying she couldn’t believe bloggers had the nerve to ask people to fund their “hobby.” This is not my hobby, guys. It’s a public service, and it’s work. When the rest of you knock off at 5 or so, the second part of my day is just beginning.

(Please note: I stopped running ads, especially not the nasty popups that block what you’re trying to read.)

What news on the interwebs is interesting enough to bring to your attention? (I sometimes describe myself as a “news concierge.” The service I offer you is the ability to ignore the news as much as you want, because odds are, if something’s all that important, you can trust I’m going to bring it to your attention.

So if you value the digging I do, or enjoy the old and new tunes I provide, please send some of your hard-earned dollars my way. I do appreciate it.

Venmo: @Susan-Madrak-1

Or you can donate to Paypal here.




Saving progressive blogs

There are systemic problems facing progressive web sites and blogs, and if you don’t support them now, they could be gone before you know it. I don’t know one progressive site that isn’t struggling right now. If you can pay for all those streaming services you barely use, you can afford $5 a month to Crooks and Liars. 

Progressive blogs used to support themselves with advertising, until Google upended and monopolized the ad business. (Guess who gets all the money now?) Then Facebook started featuring extremist sites like the Daily Wire in their newsfeeds, and pushed sites like C&L to the bottom — where no one can find us.

Why are we valuable? Because sites like ours carry 20 years of institutional knowledge about the extremist right wing — and mainstream media doesn’t. We know the players, we can predict the strategies. If you want to untangle the news, we’re your guys.

That’s why we succeeded in the first place. But now, in a time of misleading social media, many readers don’t even know what a blog is, or why anyone should support them. SO YOU DON’T SWALLOW BULLSHIT, basically. So you get fact-based analysis.

Which has got to be worth at least as much as old reruns of Frasier. Right?




One of our best bloggers is gone

I knew he’d been under a lot of stress and his health was suffering. He’s survived by his wife Adrienne and his two sons. He was one of our very best.

This is very, very sad.

I know they were struggling. If you want, you can make a donation to his family here.

DOJ files antitrust suit against Google

And it’s about damned time. I can’t tell you what their ad monopolies have done to strangle online sites:

So I signed this letter

Photo by Florian Klauer on Unsplash

And all hell broke loose. Apparently I am a wealthy, privileged, and powerful public intellectual (hah!) who is plotting against BLM and trans people — pretty much proving the point of the letter. (Guilt by association!)

In case you’re interested, the specific reason I signed is a clause that’s included in most book contracts now that allows a publisher to cancel a book contract in cases of public condemnation — i.e. Twitter mobs. Not actual crimes, but social media. Sigh:

Donor drive

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

My hours at the other blog were cut recently and now another part-time deal, one I’ve had for ten years, was just canceled. Whew.

I am working like hell to get my new business up and running, but it’s slower than expected. Making progress, but now I have no room to breathe.

If you can afford to make a one-time or a monthly donation until I hit my stride, it would be a huge help. (Click here.) The minute I start making money, I will cancel your contribution. Thanks!