A Note to Readers

Help Fund the Blog | Diplopundit 2019 — 60-Day Campaign from June 5, 2019 – August 5, 2019

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Diplopundit will not be updated for the next two weeks. Your blogger will be on the road with obligations that could not be put off, and also will have very limited to zero online access. Blogging is expected to resume around the third week of July. 

The GFM fundraising is chugging along. 183 campaign supporters in 26 days stopped by to pitch in. Thank you all, we appreciate every help! 

We’re not quite halfway to our funding goal and time clearly is gaining on us.  We’re looking at the rest of our subscribers to remember the blog and help, if their circumstances allow it.  Whether or not we will get to our goal by August 5 remains a cliffhanger.  Maybe we’re seeing the end of the line here, though the universe may still surprise us.  For now, be well, don’t start a war, and we’ll see you in a bit.

White Cat on Grass Field by Pixabay

 

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Week 3/8 Funding Campaign: Top 10 All Time Hits

Help Fund the Blog | Diplopundit 2019 — 60-Day Campaign from June 5, 2019 – August 5, 2019

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To the 115 donors who contributed generously for the first 14 days of this campaign, we are grateful for your support and thoughtfulness.

We’re starting the third week of an eight-week funding campaign. It could be good news at the beginning of August or it could be the start of our Goodbye Girl tour. There’s no certainty in a blog’s life. Unfortunately. If you follow the blog and wants us to stay around longer — even if we’re starting to grow a subtly mismatched eyebrows to become a female version of Andy Rooney — tag a couple of friends to help “she who must not be named’s” funding campaign. We realized that this is already the summer transfer season, and folks are busy and occupied, but hopefully, those friends would tag a couple more folks for help.

Below, we want to share our Top 10 All Time Hits (only covers the items posted since we moved to WordPress). We posted this on our campaign page but for some reason we could not insert links in the update function of GFM.

#1. US Citizen born in Puerto Rico detained as illegal immigrant, what was DHS/ICE thinking?
#2. Senate Bill to Slash Embassy Security Funds in Half Until US Embassy Jerusalem Officially Opens
#3. Indian Diplomat Devyani Khobragade Strip Search Video Is Fake – Here’s Proof
#4. IamA United States Diplomat: Anonymous FSO Gets on Reddit and He’s a Riot!
#5. Tom Countryman’s Farewell: A Diplomat’s Love Letter to America
#6. Raymond Maxwell: Former Deputy Asst Secretary Removed Over Benghazi Pens a Poem
#7. Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? The Must-Read Embassy Edition
#8. Are #EFM positions literally about to become…extinct under #Tillerson’s watch?
#9. Top Hardship Assignments in the Foreign Service
#10. Inside @StateDept: Leaked Cable Provides Guidance For ‘America First’ Cost Savings Initiatives

 

 

We’re not buying a plane, but we do need your help :-)

 

We’ve been putting this off for as long as we could. Our last fundraising was done the year before last from May 10-July 20, 2017. That funding ran out at the end of May 2018. We have not done a fundraising since then, so we’ve been in a hole for the last year.

We’re not about to splurge on a private plane after we splurge on unlimited coffee, but we do need your help :-).  This year we’re going to attempt to raise $40K for 60 days from June 5 to August 5. This would fund the blog from August 2019 – August 2020. We don’t want funding to start before that as we have some obligations to attend to. and blogging could be light to nothing for at least a few weeks this summer.

If we don’t make our goal, that probably is our signal to exit. The blog will then stop updating in August 2020. If we do make more than our goal, we will apply any amount beyond our goal to our funding for the following year.

We are looking forward to  hanging around a bit longer on this watch, but our ability to do that depends on the generosity of blog friends and readers. We know this year has not been particularly easy for many people, but if you are able to help us keep this blog going for another year, we’d appreciate your support.

Please see our GFM page here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-fund-the-blog-diplopundit-2019.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: For over a decade, Diplopundit has covered the goings on in ‘Foggy Bottom’ and the ‘worldwide available’ universe. Note that this blog has no/no official connection with the U.S. Department of State, the Foreign Service, or any other branch of the U.S. Government.

NOTE:  For first time donors using GoFundMe, here is a list of FAQs for you: https://www.gofundme.com/questions .  For donors who do not want to display their names on the campaign page and want to make their donations anonymous, this one’s for you:


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