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Back in July, I asked about what kind of lenses I should get when I have cataract surgery on my eyes. I received many informative responses.

Some have recently asked recently which I chose and how the operations worked out.

But, it turns out, I had a lot of home repair expenses come up and ran out of discretionary money for the year. So 2022 will hopefully be the year to get my eyes fixed.

In the meantime, I need to raise some money.

Here’s me at the house Richard Nixon grew up in, which has been transplanted to the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA. I went to a wedding reception at the Nixon Library recently. It’s a fine place for a wedding reception with a life-size replica of the East Room in the White House

Thanks to everybody who contributed to the last iSteve fundraiser back in August. I am grateful for your generosity.

Here are eight ways for you to contribute to the December fundraiser:

First: Most banks now allow fee-free money transfers via Zelle.

Zelle is really a good system: easy to use and the fees are nonexistent.

If you have a Wells Fargo bank account, you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Wells Fargo SurePay/Zelle. Just tell WF SurePay/Zelle to send the money to my ancient AOL email address steveslrAT aol.com — replace the AT with the usual @). (Non-tax deductible.) Please note, there is no 2.9% fee like with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is good for large contributions.

Zelle contributions are not tax deductible.

Second: if you have a Chase bank account (or even other bank accounts), you can transfer money to me (with no fees) via Chase QuickPay/Zelle (FAQ). Just tell Chase QuickPay/Zelle 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 with Paypal or Google Wallet, so this is also good for large contributions.

Third, Zelle might work with other banks too. Here’s a Zelle link for CitiBank. And Bank of America.

Fourth: You can use Paypal (non-tax deductible) 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. (Monthly is nice.)

Fifth: You can mail a non-tax deductible donation to:

Steve Sailer
P.O Box 4142
Valley Village, CA 91617

Sixth: You can make a tax deductible contribution via VDARE by clicking here.

Please don’t forget to click my name at the VDARE site so the money goes to me: first, click on “Earmark your donation,” then click on “Steve Sailer:”

VDARE has been kiboshed from use of Paypal for being, I dunno, EVIL. But you can give via credit cards, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, check, money order, or stock.

Note: the VDARE site goes up and down on its own schedule, so if this link stops working, please let me know.

Seventh: send money via the Paypal-like Google Wallet to my Gmail address (that’s isteveslrATgmail .com — replace the AT with a @). (Non-tax deductible.)

Eight: You can send me Bitcoin. Bitcoin payments are not tax deductible.

Here’s my Bitcoin address:

1EkuvRNR86uJzpopquxdnmF23iA3vzdDuc

Here’s the OCR

Please let me know if this works, ideally by sending me Bitcoin. Or let me know what else you’d like to send me.

If you’re sending to a crypto address that belongs to another Coinbase user who has opted into Instant sends in their privacy settings, you can send your funds instantly to them with no transaction fees. This transaction will not be sent on chain, and is similar to sending to an email address.

Learn more about sending and receiving crypto.

Send off-chain funds

Mobile

  1. Tap at the bottom
  2. Tap Send
  3. Tap your selected asset and enter the amount of crypto you’d like to send
  4. Enter the Receiver’s crypto address or scan their crypto QR code to see if the address belongs to a Coinbase user

Computer

  1. Sign into Coinbase.com

  2. Click Send at the top right

  3. Click your selected asset and enter the amount of crypto you’d like to send

  4. Enter the Receiver’s crypto address or scan their crypto QR code to see if the address belongs to a Coinbase user

Obsolete: Below are links to two Coinbase pages of mine. But these don’t work anymore. I will try to fix them. 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)

Ninth: I added Square [which is now Block] as a fundraising medium, although I’m vague on how it works. If you want to use Square, send me an email telling me how much to send you an invoice for. Or, if you know an easier way for us to use Square, please let me know.

Thanks.

 
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  1. Wake up and find out that you are the eyes of the world….

    Barring any bad financial luck myself, money should come at the usual time of year – I wish you not only good luck financially, but good luck medically with whatever your commenters, and then you, come up with.

  2. I remember seeing last year when I did my taxes that individuals who take the standard deduction can now deduct some few hundred dollars of charitable contributions. I never worried about tax deductions before because I don’t itemize. Does anyone know if there are restrictions on the type of charity? Does VDare qualify?

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @Simonini

    I don't know, and I've wondered this before. I don't have much money, and I stopped tithing at churches because of bullshit like Catholic Charities and its protestant equivalents, but since VDare and iSteve are doing the work of the gods, I would consider throwing something their way sometimes. If they only had a primer on this simple questions....

    , @everybodyhatesscott
    @Simonini

    I'm a tax preparer. If our clients don't itemize, we take the $300 without documentation. Chances you will get audited for $66 in tax savings is about as close to 0 as you can get.

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Simonini

    Unlike EverybodyHatesScott above, I am neither a paid tax preparer nor a tax-really-give-a-shitter. I do my own forms, and I was under the impression that the $300 did not have to be documented.

    That's what I did, anyway, and now I have someone to back me up*, I could either feel relieved, or just continue to not give a shit. If the IRS has a problem with anything I've done on the forms, they know where to write me. (No, the phone number I put on there is not mine - goes to Little Caesar's - "Pizza, pizza?")


    .

    everybodyhatesscott, I am counting on you to come to any audit I may have in the future. Should I get ahold of you here in the iSteve comments? Great ...

    , @Inquiring Mind
    @Simonini

    From the ASCII download of all tax exempts organization recognized by the IRS at

    https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search-bulk-data-downloads

    223691487|Vdare Foundation|Litchfield|CT|United States|PC

    If the Vdare Foundation you want to donate to is located in Litchfield, Connecticut, it is an active 501 (c)(3) organization, and you ask your tax preparer or look up online if your donation to a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt organization is eligible for a deduction on your tax return or rely on your tax preparation software to advise you on that.

    A Tax Exempt Organization will never tell you that you can make any deduction, but they will give proof that they are registered as a 501(c)(3), which is a class of organizations given the same tax treatment.

  3. @Simonini
    I remember seeing last year when I did my taxes that individuals who take the standard deduction can now deduct some few hundred dollars of charitable contributions. I never worried about tax deductions before because I don't itemize. Does anyone know if there are restrictions on the type of charity? Does VDare qualify?

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @everybodyhatesscott, @Achmed E. Newman, @Inquiring Mind

    I don’t know, and I’ve wondered this before. I don’t have much money, and I stopped tithing at churches because of bullshit like Catholic Charities and its protestant equivalents, but since VDare and iSteve are doing the work of the gods, I would consider throwing something their way sometimes. If they only had a primer on this simple questions….

  4. So 2022 will hopefully be the year to get my eyes fixed.

    Steve, are you going to opt for Terminator Vision or Predator Vision? I’d go for Terminator myself, the data readouts are dope.

  5. @Simonini
    I remember seeing last year when I did my taxes that individuals who take the standard deduction can now deduct some few hundred dollars of charitable contributions. I never worried about tax deductions before because I don't itemize. Does anyone know if there are restrictions on the type of charity? Does VDare qualify?

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @everybodyhatesscott, @Achmed E. Newman, @Inquiring Mind

    I’m a tax preparer. If our clients don’t itemize, we take the \$300 without documentation. Chances you will get audited for \$66 in tax savings is about as close to 0 as you can get.

  6. This one is good. Eyes are important. It sounds like a way the Holyland Foundation would raise money for Jihadi explosives, only their eye patients would be orphans.

    My favorite is the ‘I need money to fix my jalopy’ bit. Second place is ‘I need to renovate my closet/office.’

    I’ve got a bag of Bitcoins here I could send, but I don’t trust that stuff in the mail. Probably send my usual modest contribution via Zelle, but I’ll say this: If everyone who reads iSteve sent you the same amount, you could wear a different pair of X-ray Spex every day of the week.

    • Replies: @Old Prude
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    "My favorite is the ‘I need money to fix my jalopy’ bit. Second place is ‘I need to renovate my closet/office.’"

    Steve can try the bit I saw recently on a street corner: "F**k Covid. Need $$$ for weed."

  7. The Pirates eked out 61 wins so it’s time for me to pay off on my iSteve Buccothon. Hoping for better in ’22 unless this ominous lockout situation metastasizes and everyone stays stuck at 0-0. Actually, looking at our off-season transactions thus far, that might be the best-case scenario

  8. @Ghost of Bull Moose
    This one is good. Eyes are important. It sounds like a way the Holyland Foundation would raise money for Jihadi explosives, only their eye patients would be orphans.

    My favorite is the 'I need money to fix my jalopy' bit. Second place is 'I need to renovate my closet/office.'

    I've got a bag of Bitcoins here I could send, but I don't trust that stuff in the mail. Probably send my usual modest contribution via Zelle, but I'll say this: If everyone who reads iSteve sent you the same amount, you could wear a different pair of X-ray Spex every day of the week.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYoiCStDTQg

    Replies: @Old Prude

    “My favorite is the ‘I need money to fix my jalopy’ bit. Second place is ‘I need to renovate my closet/office.’”

    Steve can try the bit I saw recently on a street corner: “F**k Covid. Need \$\$\$ for weed.”

    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
  9. From afar, Steve looks like a younger version of Joe Biden.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Bardon Kaldian

    He looks like he could be my half-brother, and maybe he is. Dad got around SoCal in those days, and Steve was adopted. Probably the son of a cocktail waitress and my father. I've already sent him some cash, and I admire him greatly. Please do contribute. He is a treasure.

  10. @Simonini
    I remember seeing last year when I did my taxes that individuals who take the standard deduction can now deduct some few hundred dollars of charitable contributions. I never worried about tax deductions before because I don't itemize. Does anyone know if there are restrictions on the type of charity? Does VDare qualify?

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @everybodyhatesscott, @Achmed E. Newman, @Inquiring Mind

    Unlike EverybodyHatesScott above, I am neither a paid tax preparer nor a tax-really-give-a-shitter. I do my own forms, and I was under the impression that the \$300 did not have to be documented.

    That’s what I did, anyway, and now I have someone to back me up*, I could either feel relieved, or just continue to not give a shit. If the IRS has a problem with anything I’ve done on the forms, they know where to write me. (No, the phone number I put on there is not mine – goes to Little Caesar’s – “Pizza, pizza?”)

    .

    everybodyhatesscott, I am counting on you to come to any audit I may have in the future. Should I get ahold of you here in the iSteve comments? Great …

  11. Back in July, I asked about what kind of lenses I should get when I have cataract surgery on my eyes.

    Flip-ups?

  12. Hi Steve, after months of enjoyably reading you, I’ve finally sent you a modest book-cost sized donation, thru PayPal.

    You deserve more, but my fixed income is only going to go less far each year as inflation goes up – asset prices have long been going thru asset hyper inflation (Apple as a \$2 trillion company).

    Your eyes really do look more like a younger Biden than most other eyes. My son just had laser surgery on his eyes, not so cheap (in Slovakia, cheaper than Germany or Austria – with lots of German speakers in line). His eyes are much better. My eye examiner suggested I wait until I need surgery for cataracts, not merely the small near-sightedness I have.

    You should try Substack, like so many others, including Arnold Kling, whose Fantasy Intellectuals Team was an OK idea, but too much Kling referee work to be workable. There you should be more boringly descriptive about accurate data, with the idea that more new curious intelligent readers might find you there. Your acerbic wit is a bit too acidic, as well as true and truly anti-PC, for most other pundits to quote you. But without your insights, the discourse is less good (as you noted last month).

    Your Soundheim obit was the best of about 5 that I read.

  13. @Bardon Kaldian
    From afar, Steve looks like a younger version of Joe Biden.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    He looks like he could be my half-brother, and maybe he is. Dad got around SoCal in those days, and Steve was adopted. Probably the son of a cocktail waitress and my father. I’ve already sent him some cash, and I admire him greatly. Please do contribute. He is a treasure.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  14. Eyes are human beings’ most beautiful feature and yet there’s so much disturbing allegory and symbolism surrounding them as well. The works of Dio, old-school metal’s GOAT, ooze with ominous references to seeing and being seen

    I’ll be lost, so no replies
    If no one looks, no one dies
    Just the eyes

    Be sure to join us for next spring’s pledge drive, Noses. Until then …

  15. Oh, Christ, it’s December

    • LOL: Buzz Mohawk
    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
    @ScarletNumber


    Oh, Christ, it’s December
     
    ’Twould be a great title for a Christmas carol !!!
  16. “Full fathom five thy father lies:
    Of his bones are coral made:
    Those are pearls that were his eyes:
    Nothing of him that doth fade
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.”

    – Ariel’s song, from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

    At least there’s a routine cure for pearl eyes; my coral bones, a different story.

  17. Just chipped in double. If Steve’s eyes don’t work, this blog won’t work.

    • Agree: Buzz Mohawk
  18. Steve,

    Do you use your AOL address for all banks that use Zelle?

  19. Just one more piece of advice, Steve, regarding the eye operation you will indeed have next year with our money:

    Please opt for what is most natural and easy for the outdoors. Wear glasses in your closet. This is your best choice.

    You and I still have considerable ability to focus with our eye muscles, so we are not faced with zero variability. No, you are faced with the choice between what is best in your closet and what is best out of the house and even in your living room when you watch Dodger games. Please choose what is best outside your closet, and resign yourself to wearing glasses during those 23.5 hours per day when you relate to us crazy acolytes.

    Think about those times on your walks, when you are carrying your big flashlight under the overpass where the homeless people live. You need to see clearly and easily. Opt for that, not for your closet. I would. Fortunately, I still have plenty of eye-muscle focus variability that I only need +1 reading glasses for the most intricate things, and when I am tired or have just gotten out of bed across the hall. I gather that you need more help, and I sympathize, but please don’t go the bifocal route. Go the natural, long-focus route and wear reading glasses in your closet.

    And be sure not to bump into those shirts behind you!

    All the best, and Happy Holiday Season to You!

  20. @ScarletNumber
    Oh, Christ, it's December

    Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Oh, Christ, it’s December

    ’Twould be a great title for a Christmas carol !!!

  21. @Simonini
    I remember seeing last year when I did my taxes that individuals who take the standard deduction can now deduct some few hundred dollars of charitable contributions. I never worried about tax deductions before because I don't itemize. Does anyone know if there are restrictions on the type of charity? Does VDare qualify?

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @everybodyhatesscott, @Achmed E. Newman, @Inquiring Mind

    From the ASCII download of all tax exempts organization recognized by the IRS at

    https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search-bulk-data-downloads

    223691487|Vdare Foundation|Litchfield|CT|United States|PC

    If the Vdare Foundation you want to donate to is located in Litchfield, Connecticut, it is an active 501 (c)(3) organization, and you ask your tax preparer or look up online if your donation to a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt organization is eligible for a deduction on your tax return or rely on your tax preparation software to advise you on that.

    A Tax Exempt Organization will never tell you that you can make any deduction, but they will give proof that they are registered as a 501(c)(3), which is a class of organizations given the same tax treatment.

  22. You have no soul, so this is easy.

  23. I love being over the top of my skiies!

  24. You have one life….this one…who are you?

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