Del Mar, CA
A Letter-to-the-Editor published in today’s New York Times:
For a Migrant Airlift to U.S.
APRIL 24, 2015
To the Editor:
Re “Europe’s Duty on Migrants” (editorial, April 21): While it may be convenient to place responsibility for migrants created by the Arab Spring and North African political instability on the European Union, it shirks a responsibility that should also be borne by more distant countries. A migrant airlift could decompress the disaster facing a few Mediterranean countries overwhelmed by refugees seeking their shores.
America and other countries do not deserve a pass as your editorial spells out “Europe’s Duty” to the rushing tide of refugees.
Del Mar, Calif.
A Del Mar resident contemplates the injustice of life in front of his $39,500,000 house
As you may have noticed, I’ve been posting a lot of hyperbolic African population graphs lately.
So, for something completely different, here’s a screenshot of what Google puts up when you ask about the population of Dr. Shapiro’s Del Mar, the paradisiacal North San Diego County beach community that’s home to a lot of rich people.
(By the way, Zillow lists asking prices for residences in Del Mar ranging from one unit at a mere $975,000 on up to $39,500,000.)
Del Mar’s 1999 membership drive was a huge success. It drove out 1,000 members. Rimshot. (Nah, it was probably just a recalibration due to the 2000 Census.)
It’s almost as if Dr. Shapiro and the other residents of Del Mar like things just the way they are and don’t want a lot of outsiders moving in.
So, while Dr. Shapiro may be all for Americans, in general, taking in zillions of Africans, history suggests that not many of them would wind up in his municipality.
Dr. Shapiro is a retired UCSD neurosurgeon and former mayor of Del Mar. In other words, he’s smart enough to know better, but who, these days, will tell him? He assumes that the Snow Crash Raft is the result of refugees fleeing temporary political instability in Arab and North African countries, rather than by the long-term lack of contraceptive use by sub-Saharan Africans.
I’m riffing on Del Mar because a philanthropic zillionaire I know used to own a house four doors in from the the beach there, and he used to gallantly let me stay for free a few nights per year in his mother-in-law studio studio apartment in the backyard. It was the one place I could afford to vacation. In the top picture of this post you can see a restaurant on the sand where my wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary a few year back, and then I taught her how to boogie board the next day.
But my patron of the intellectual arts friend sold his Del Mar house when Jerry Brown raised his taxes, so I haven’t been able to afford a non-working vacation in the years since I lost access to this kind freebie. On the other hand, I have a pretty nice life right where I am, writing for you about 345 to 350 days per year, so things like vacations are a luxury for me compared to priorities like getting my peeling house painted so my neighbors stop looking at me so funny.
By the way, did I mention it’s my Spring Panhandling Drive?
Sometimes I call off panhandling drives quickly because I get an over-the-top donation or two from extravagantly generous patrons. But I’m grinding this one out because, while I’ve been getting many much appreciated and admirable donations this month — and thank you very much for them — they’ve all been generously reasonable in size rather than jaw-droppingly lavish. For example, a reader kindly sent me an envelope with five $1 bills in it. (And, yes, Heidi at the SPLC, that $5 is definitely going on my 2015 tax return.)
So, once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.
I have seven ways for you to give me money, including Paypal, fee-free bank transfers, and multiple tax deductible methods via VDARE.com. I’ve even finally figured out how to get bitcoin working again, and thanks to all the generous bitcoin donors.
First: You can use PayPal (non-tax deductible to you) by going to the page on my old blog here. PayPal accepts most credit cards. Contributions can be either one-time only, monthly, or annual.
Third: You can make a tax deductible contribution to VDARE by clicking here. (Paypal and credit cards accepted, including recurring “subscription” donations.) If you send VDARE a check make sure to put “I like Steve Sailer” on the Memo line. Note: the VDARE site goes up and down on its own schedule, so if this link stops working, please let me know.
Fourth: if you have a Chase bank account (or even other bank accounts), you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Chase QuickPay (FAQ). Just tell Chase QuickPay to send the money to my ancient AOL email address (steveslrATaol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). If Chase asks for the name on my account, it’s StevenSailer with an n at the end of Steven. (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like there is with PayPal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions. (On the other hand, large contributions are good in general, so feel more than free to send large contributions however you feel like.)
Fifth: if you have a Wells Fargo bank account, you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Wells Fargo SurePay. Just tell WF SurePay to send the money to my ancient AOL email address steveslrAT aol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). (Non-tax deductible.) There is no 2.9% fee like there is with PayPal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.
Sixth: You can use Bitcoin. This is working well.
I’m using Coinbase as a sort of PayPal for Bitcoins.
The IRS has issued instructions regarding Bitcoins. I’m having Coinbase immediately turn all Bitcoins I receive into U.S. dollars and deposit them in my bank account. At the end of the year, Coinbase will presumably send me a 1099 form for filing my taxes.
Payments are not tax deductible.
Below are links to two Coinbase pages of mine. This first is if you want to enter a U.S. dollar-denominated amount to pay me.
Pay With Bitcoin (denominated in U.S. Dollars)
This second is if you want to enter a Bitcoin-denominated amount. (Remember one Bitcoin is currently worth many U.S. dollars.)
Pay With Bitcoin (denominated in Bitcoins)
Seventh: Google Wallet: send money via the Paypal-like Google Wallet to my Gmail address (that’s isteveslrATgmail .com — replace the AT with a @). (Non-tax deductible.)
Here’s the Google Wallet FAQ. I’ll put some more notes about how to use Google Wallet under the page break.
From it: “You will need to have (or sign up for) Google Wallet to send or receive money. If you have ever purchased anything on Google Play, then you most likely already have a Google Wallet. If you do not yet have a Google Wallet, don’t worry, the process is simple: go to wallet.google.com and follow the steps.” You probably already have a Google ID and password, which Google Wallet uses, so signing up Wallet is pretty painless. You can put money into your Google Wallet Balance from your bank account and send it with no service fee. Or you can send money via credit card (Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover) with the industry-standard 2.9% fee. (You don’t need to put money into your Google Wallet Balance to do this.) Google Wallet works from both a website and a smartphone app(Android and iPhone — the Google Wallet app is currently available only in the U.S., but the Google Wallet website can be used in 160 countries). Or, once you sign up with Google Wallet, you can simply send money via credit card, bank transfer, or Wallet Balance as an attachment from Google’s free Gmail email service.Here’s how to do it. (Non-tax deductible.) Thanks!