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Happy Valentine's Day! Here's hoping this brings your heart's desire, even if it's solitude. MrsBlue and I think we will celebrate with a romantic night of take-out Chinese food.

Thanks again to everyone who is participating in the ongoing discussions of our patronage plans, including the further feedback yesterday to my post Wednesday. A new sentiment emerged in yesterday's comments, as some expressed a willingness to support the site while continuing to allow ads to run once we get the ad-free version going. Frans and I discussed this, and it seems likely we'll be able to offer patrons the option of not opting out of ads if they so desire. Some also expressed interest in being able to pay for patronage via check. Please offer your outlook on this to help me figure out if I need to look into getting a post office box. We're not sure when all this will get underway, but next week is a distinct possibility.

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31. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 15, 2020, 00:40  RedEye9 
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 15, 2020, 00:29:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 19:02:
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 18:47:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 18:29:
Weird. I thought knew about Western Union... but when you try to go their website you ended up at an .ru web address. Goggling around a bit, didn't make me feel good about the company... $5 for $50 transfer as far as I could tell.
Step away from the keyboard and run a Malwarebytes scan
https://www.westernunion.com/
Uh yeah -- that gets redirected to a .ru address...
Goes here for me: https://www.westernunion.com/us/en/home.html
da comrade
 
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30. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 15, 2020, 00:29  jdreyer 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 19:02:
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 18:47:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 18:29:
Weird. I thought knew about Western Union... but when you try to go their website you ended up at an .ru web address. Goggling around a bit, didn't make me feel good about the company... $5 for $50 transfer as far as I could tell.
Step away from the keyboard and run a Malwarebytes scan
https://www.westernunion.com/
Uh yeah -- that gets redirected to a .ru address...
Goes here for me: https://www.westernunion.com/us/en/home.html
 
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29. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 21:37  RedEye9 
 
1badmf wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 20:55:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 19:38:
Weird. It has now stopped doing it. I have no idea what was going on.. I launched a new window from your link and landed on the Russian Western Union site, but now I don't. Nothing changed (that I am aware of) on my end.

yeah i don't end up in .ru either. did you piss off putin or something?
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 20:55 1badmf
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 19:38:
Weird. It has now stopped doing it. I have no idea what was going on.. I launched a new window from your link and landed on the Russian Western Union site, but now I don't. Nothing changed (that I am aware of) on my end.

yeah i don't end up in .ru either. did you piss off putin or something?
 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 19:43  RedEye9 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 19:38:
Weird. It has now stopped doing it. I have no idea what was going on.. I launched a new window from your link and landed on the Russian Western Union site, but now I don't. Nothing changed (that I am aware of) on my end.
wu.com sends me to https://www.westernunion.com/us/en/home.html
glad the gremlins left

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western union receipt
https://imgur.com/k7HpzPz
https://imgur.com/05Zvjx8

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26. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 19:41  Prez 
 
Bah. Who changed Bluesnews to an IT troubleshooting site while I wasn't looking???  
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 19:38  Mr. Tact 
 
Weird. It has now stopped doing it. I have no idea what was going on.. I launched a new window from your link and landed on the Russian Western Union site, but now I don't. Nothing changed (that I am aware of) on my end.  



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24. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 19:32  RedEye9 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 19:26:
Well, it is the Western Union site in Russia -- I don't think it is malware or something... my DNS looks like it should...Malwarebytes found nothing.
Use a different browser and manually type in westernunion.com
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 19:26  Mr. Tact 
 
Well, it is the Western Union site in Russia -- I don't think it is malware or something... my DNS looks like it should...Malwarebytes found nothing.  



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22. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 19:09  RedEye9 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 19:02:
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 18:47:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 18:29:
Weird. I thought knew about Western Union... but when you try to go their website you ended up at an .ru web address. Goggling around a bit, didn't make me feel good about the company... $5 for $50 transfer as far as I could tell.
Step away from the keyboard and run a Malwarebytes scan
https://www.westernunion.com/
Uh yeah -- that gets redirected to a .ru address...
um, you got issues
 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 19:02  Mr. Tact 
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 18:47:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 18:29:
Weird. I thought knew about Western Union... but when you try to go their website you ended up at an .ru web address. Goggling around a bit, didn't make me feel good about the company... $5 for $50 transfer as far as I could tell.
Step away from the keyboard and run a Malwarebytes scan
https://www.westernunion.com/
Uh yeah -- that gets redirected to a .ru address...
 



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20. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 18:47  RedEye9 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 18:29:
Weird. I thought knew about Western Union... but when you try to go their website you ended up at an .ru web address. Goggling around a bit, didn't make me feel good about the company... $5 for $50 transfer as far as I could tell.
Step away from the keyboard and run a Malwarebytes scan
https://www.westernunion.com/
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 18:29  Mr. Tact 
 
Weird. I thought knew about Western Union... but when you try to go their website you ended up at an .ru web address. Goggling around a bit, didn't make me feel good about the company... $5 for $50 transfer as far as I could tell.  



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18. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 17:57  RedEye9 
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 13:48:
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 13:34:
[Hence a $1 dollar money order from the local bodega. Keep the receipt , And if blue doesn’t get it you can get the money back.
What is the mechanism which would allow the local bodega to return your money? I guess if there was a way for them to verify whether or not it had been cashed and allowed them to cancel it. Is this a Western Union thing or something?
Yes.
Two main companies produce money orders, Western Union and MoneyGram. Grocery stores sell them, 7-elevens, walmarts sell them, my mom sells them. and bodegas and convenience stores etc etc
https://millennialmoney.com/money-orders-near-me/
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 17:29 Dirwulf
 

Happy Singles Awareness Day
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 15:37  Mr. Tact 
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 11:08:
https://wallethacks.com/post-office-po-box-rental-cost/
If box rent in your area is on the low end go for it (doubt it would be worth it if less than 10 folks want to do it this way). You can count me in and I’d send you a m.o.
I don’t have an issue w/patreon or PayPal either (I just shudder at their cut for doing fuckall)
The pricing here is lower than in your link, but still high enough it might not make sense without a large number of people saying they'd use it or if Blue had some other legitimate need for it.
 



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15. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 15:36  Prez 
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 15:31:
Prez wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 14:48:
I'm just fine being alone with my dogs this and every Valentine's day. And every other day out of the year. Relationships are so... messy.

Sounds like a good night to watch Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs in that case. I think the best anti-Valentine's day flick to watch would probably be War of the Roses.

Maybe, The Shining? "I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in. Gonna bash 'em right the fuck in! Ha ha ha!" Which reminds me, I need to watch Dr. Sleep


Yeah War of the Roses works as an anti-relationship movie. Also, I remember watching "Blue Valentine" and thinking that it served as a perfect public service message against marriage. Wow was that depressing. Perfect!

 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 15:31  Cutter 
 
Prez wrote on Feb 14, 2020, 14:48:
I'm just fine being alone with my dogs this and every Valentine's day. And every other day out of the year. Relationships are so... messy.

Sounds like a good night to watch Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs in that case. I think the best anti-Valentine's day flick to watch would probably be War of the Roses.

Maybe, The Shining? "I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in. Gonna bash 'em right the fuck in! Ha ha ha!" Which reminds me, I need to watch Dr. Sleep

 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 15:13  Mr. Tact 
 
Preach it Prez, preach it!  



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12. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2020, 14:48  Prez 
 
I'm just fine being alone with my dogs this and every Valentine's day. And every other day out of the year. Relationships are so... messy.  
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