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Follow the instructions to get a PO Box. To avoid mail containing harmful or annoying items, I recommend a small one.
Put the mailing address of your PO Box on your website, and tell people sending cash to it to address it to "YOURSITE," possibly appending "Donation Fund" if applicable.
Be careful to remind the reader that they need not put their real (or any) name on it, and that they can get stamps anonymously and location-randomized with ease if desired.
This also works amazingly if you want to charge for hardware or hosting, especially hardware or hosting that's privacy-focused.
Congratulations! Your readers/customers can send you money from almost anywhere without identifying themselves, and you can rest easy knowing that any dollars meant for you will reach you.
Lots of people are employed by the Fed to handle these exact cases! I'd recommend getting it investigated, if nothing else, it'll help them keep justifying their jobs.
I feel like your faith in the postal services that cash may go through is misplaced.
Ever heard of localbitcoins.com? Most exchangers require no KYC whatsoever.
The fines for breaking US sanctions are just to big to ignore so risk appetites tend to err on the side of caution.
Yes, this clearly pushes people towards crypto, but PayPal is doing what the Government is mandating and is merely protecting itself.
Anyway, either way we clearly agree here
If so, it is quite obvious that Paypal and other financial institutions would take steps to prevent this from happening with their knowledge.
> On January 3, a reader tried to make a donation of $10 to The Grayzone through PayPal. The small donor, a US citizen who lives in California, wrote the following message to accompany the donation: “Thanks for all your excellent work and especially the Gray Zone’s coverage of the murder of Soleimani and war with Iran. You fellows are so insightful and brilliant.”
Sure, there’s still paper money involved at some point. But there’s no need to use western exchanges directly.
The Russian guy who pays my rent with SEPA transfers has never asked for my name.
Anyway, none of these guys do KYC.
Crypto may be sort of crappy for major money laundering (drug cartels and mafias already get plenty of help on that from happy managers at huge "respectable" banks, see case of HSBC and Mexican cartels as an example) but crypto could definitely work for small transactions that aren't illegal but very likely to be blacklisted by companies like paypal.
I mean, if I were running a wikileaks, porno or similar type site, crypto is exactly what would be a useful fail-safe. It may be imperfect and I know the HN crowd has an emotionally laughable collective disdain for it but let's use some common sense no? Instead of just criticizing groundlessly.
Be careful of your transaction messages.
In a way I can understand that; if you just want to do your job and some politician decides now that "iranians = bad" and makes you responsible for restricting your transactions with them, you wouldn't be very motivated either.
They probably just considered the costs and concluded that it'd be cheaper in the short term to block a few unrelated transactions than to implement a huge system to accurately filter out only the right transactions.
This is no defense, but we already knew that big companies like paypal don't care to be "the good guys"
What a spectacular own goal here.
Miners don't really use coal power or use up renewable energy that could be used elsewhere. That would be too expensive for them.
For mentioning the word Iran. Terrifying.
I guess the best to hope for is that the Institute for Justice or the ACLU pick this up and sue for their free speech rights. But even then, the only consequence would be taxpayers burdened to pay up.
Anyways, I don't know why I was downvoted. Hopefully not because people disagree with that hope.
> “Thanks for all your excellent work and especially the Gray Zone’s coverage of the murder of Soleimani and war with Iran. You fellows are so insightful and brilliant.”
There’s zero indication that this might be an Iran-related transaction.
As for the specific issues you're raising about identity and fees, I'm having none of those issues, but then I also avoid PP whenever possible so I use it maybe once every other month.