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  1. Un Real


    I donated 50 dollars but did not give a valid phone or email (the card info was all valid).

    Sorry, but that is why I usually don’t do this. However, your work is important and deserves funding.

    Hope it works.

  2. CentrinoBlue

    Can’t subscribe from Canada?

    I’ve been a dedicated reader for years and finally woke up to the fact this really is content worth paying for but was met with a message: “this vender only ships to the US” or something like that in the CC form.

    Is that just bad user experience design or are you only accepting donations/subscriptions from the US?

    1. Yves Smith Post author

      I am so so sorry you are having trouble. This is frustrating for us too.

      We cleared all of this repeatedly with PayPal on our end. We don’t have never had any restrictions on foreign contributors and PayPal has confirmed this 2x during the fundraiser, the latest yesterday.

      Sadly, if you are having problems, PayPal claims it has to be PayPal in your country and says you need to contact them.

    2. CoryP

      I have had no problem from Canada paying with a Paypal account with a Canadian credit card.

      Paypal’s interface is kind of shit though and I find it works best when I do it from my PC vs my iPhone.

    3. PlutoniumKun

      I’ve had no problem contributing through PayPal (from Europe), perhaps try using a different card if you have another one?

    4. Clive

      Your card issuer for the card you’re trying may have put in place an anti-fraud tripwire to refer transactions where the product is out-of-geographical-area (“product” in this case being used in the loosest sense of the word, but for the purposes of what PayPal is doing, they’ve probably used some not very clear wording on the referral code so you get this on non-physical-goods purchases like donations — even though nothing is really getting physically shipped).

      If you’ve another card you can use, try that instead.

  3. psyquark

    I’ve intended on contributing for years now so I guess 10 years is a good time as any to make good.

  4. Mark

    I got quoted!

    A couple of thoughts I have had today and yesterday about good additions to this blog:
    -updated blogroll (if there are any other ones considered worthy enough
    -user suggested blogroll
    -Possibly a community forum? Probably more trouble that it is worth but with the right community input it could flourish. It could provide a venue for readership to initiate discussion and could grow a real community feeling. The quality of the comments on this site is hands down the best quality I’ve ever seen. I believe reflects the quality of the site and its readership. (If the IT logistics of a forum are too difficult, I’m sure there is a reader out there who could put their hand up for the task.)

    As far as community goes, in case anybody is interested on who I am:

    I was a disillusioned economics major. Lofty goals of postgraduate academic success were badly crushed through a combination of my own naivety and from barriers that I quickly encountered to any economic thought that differed from orthodoxy.

    That pushed me on a decade long journey of being lost in the world without direction, motivation and steady income. I’m now a semi-successful engineer who is hoping to remove the semi prefix. It is a career that can be rewarding. However my academic love still lies in economics. Maybe one day it will be a path that I will return to.

    1. PlutoniumKun

      Mark, I feel your pain about economics – I did Econ as a major for three years, full of enthusiasm at first and then I hit a brick wall when I couldn’t fit what I was learning with what I was observing in the real world – it was only years later that I discovered a whole world of non-orthodox economics. I’m not sure there is any career path back in if you don’t toe the line (I think only the small world of economic historians and geographers maintain some sort of intellectual independence), but engineering is a path that has its own rewards. Good luck with what you choose.

      1. Mark

        Thanks PlutoniumKun. :-)

        I sort of shared my story in case it resonated with anybody. I viewed economics like I view my other passion of physics. No where was I exposed to the notion that there was significant different academic understanding across institutions and countries. Most free thinkers can accept uncertainties, but it is a pretty poor academic structure if it doesn’t at least recognize alternative logical understandings.

        What path did you end up taking? I briefly ended up in finance but after a rough start and redundancy during 2008 I didn’t have the energy or the credentials to get a badly stunted career back on track.

        But hey, that is life we all take various twists and turns. And we all hope to do the best with the skills and intelligence we are endowed with.

        1. PlutoniumKun

          Yeah, Mark, life is full of twists and turns, and sometimes its just random things that push us on the right (or wrong) path. For what its worth most of the people I knew who lost their way in their 20’s and 30’s eventually found something worthwhile for themselves (some have become very happy and successful despite ‘wasting’ a decade or more). One friend spent the best part of 20 years surviving doing casual menial work and time filling training courses before she found her niche, and has recently become extremely successful in the branch of the arts she found herself in (and which she loves with a passion). Ironically enough, most of the people I know who made a mess of their lives (or just ended up destroyed by random calamities) are those who seemed to have it all sorted when they were 25.

          I did take a few footsteps into the world of finance and business, but quickly retreated when it was perfectly obvious to me and any potential employers that I wasn’t suited to it. I lucked out early on with a boring but fairly secure public sector job that allowed me to do further part time post grad studies, and that allowed me branch out later on. I ended up with a bit of a random selection of qualifications and skills that have given me a reasonably secure career in that no-mans land where law, science, engineering and a few other things clash awkwardly – in other words, I’m a specialist in being a non-specialist, if that makes sense. I’ve worked a lot as the non-engineer in engineering teams. I work mostly in the environmental and urban policy regulatory field.

  5. Nondas Pettas

    To the naked capitalism staff,
    I started reading the articles here when the Greek Financial crisis was unfolding with Varoufakis and SYRIZA at the helm. I was born and raised in Greece but moved to Long Island in my teens and attended college there. A friend shared an article from here at the time of the Varoufakis vs EU group battle rage.
    I was hooked, and kept finding myself coming back even though I couldn’t understand why all the reporting was consistently predicting an untenable situation for Varoufakis and the Greeks. Yves kept saying it but I just couldn’t accept it. I believed that the euro group would see reality. I was wrong in the end and enormously disappointed. However, I was dumbfounded as well at how well this site predicted the end-game. As a Greek I am incredibly sad at our present economic circumstances. As an American I am now sad at the state of the US.
    I have always visited the site for all the reasons Yves has mentioned in the fundraising posts. There’s no place like this place. I’d like to thank Yves, Lambert and the entire staff for the work you do. In a world like today’s, where misinformation and disinformation is rampant, this place is a halo. I have donated a small amount, I wish it could be more but will now make a commitment to donate regularly to support the incredible effort and time you all must be putting in to help inform us better. I’m sure I speak for all who visit the site that we are more than grateful but indebted (no pun intended) to you for this work.
    Thank You!

  6. Martin Davis

    Well, that was painless! Finally bit the bullet and contributed. Long overdue. Your articles are usually very interesting, and, having garnered an informed audience, the commentaries are also really stimulating. Your material is not just US-centric: I find the coverage on my own locality (UK, Britain, England, etc.) very well informed. The commentaries need the kind of invigilation you provide: holding that difficult line between allowing argument whilst making it clear that trolling and wilful misunderstanding will not be tolerated. Thank you.

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