So yeah, that’s almost 60 Patrons, aka 12% of the people pledging to us that declined.
Again, I can’t stress this enough, check your Patreon account each month to make sure the pledge is actually going through when it comes to people you’re pledging to on Patreon, and if it says declined, it’s likely a problem with your bank declining Patreon because it thinks it’s a fraudulent charge.
It is really, really important because 1) obviously this is basically the main source of income for some of these people, but even more importantly 2) if you’re pledging and not getting your rewards, or not getting emails back from the people you’re pledging to, this is probably why.
Don’t get me wrong though; I’m not ungrateful to the people who ARE pledging, hell, I’m just happy we’re getting the money we are and it’s super appreciated; I’m just saying this has been a recurring thing now for like months where about 10-15% of the pledges don’t go through, is all, and in many cases it’s the same people month after month.
The diminutive Indian sparrow (Passer domesticus), whose nests dotted almost every house in the neighborhood surviving on foodgrains and tiny worms, is now a disappearing species. The decline of house sparrows is a global phenomenon and the species is declining in most of its natural range. The decline is visible in countries like the UK where their decline rate was as high as 67% because of which its conservation status has been changed to a red listed species of high conservation concern.
There’s no getting away from it. Banks create money out of nothing when they extend loans and then charge borrowers interest on this newly created capital. The result is an ongoing multi-billion pound/ dollar subsidy breaking the basic rules of capitalism. What is perhaps even more surprising is that there appears to be no explicit description of the ‘bargain’ underlying this important arrangement. What follows is an exploration of elements of a possible rationale for an unspoken agreement.