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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 18, 2009:

So, it has been over a week since I requested information from Entrecard. The trouble tickets are still there. I looked at them last night and added a reply to each to see if that will generate responses.

I also looked at the history of my communications with Entrecard Support. Until these two recent issues, Entrecard Support had always responded in a timely manner. I realize that they have been dealing with a flood of questions concerning the new paid advertising and such, but 1 week of total silence sets off conspiracy theories. That's reasonable, isn't it? Of course, those theories are tentative concerning details.

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 15, 2009:

Why are they ignoring me? I have heard nothing back from Entrecard Support.

RLCC posts are now updating on Entrecard; however, here is the latest in the transaction report (as of 4/15/2009):

Date From/To Description Credit
4/10 18:39 You Credit for blog post(s) 25

That's the last credit showing for any posts. Look at how many posts there have been here since 4/9/2009 concerning which time, Entrecard's report shows only 1 post.

Is this the only blog concerning which this is happening?

The Transaction Report page shows credits for the EC ads of others shown on the RLCC site, so one should think that the report is up-to-date across all credit types. Why aren't the post credits showing up when Entrecard is showing that the rss feed is being read and the post titles and links are showing on Entrecard's site?

Entrecard users who visit here, please check your latest postings against what Entrecard shows (allowing for a little delay) and compare that against your transactions listed. Let me know if you are getting credits for all the posts Entrecard is reading from your rss feed and showing on Entrecard.com.

Thanks. Together, we will help Entrecard and its users and advertisers be at least more fundamentally fair, though Entrecard is decidedly antichrist. They are the old wineskin. Perhaps they might even end up converting into new wineskin.

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 14, 2009:

I decided to do the following:

  1. Create a series called "Entrecard"
  2. Add a number of earlier posts and this one to the series
  3. Update this post, and
  4. Make this post a sticky post — meaning even though it isn't the most recent post, it will (should) stay at the top of the posts on the homepage even as I add newer posts that will show immediately below this one.

I've decided to do these things because for some reason, even though I've informed Entrecard of the problems listed in this posts and the one preceding it in this series, Entrecard has yet to address them with me directly.

I have seen that they are updating my posts, but I haven't looked yet to see whether or not they've done it retroactively and if so to what degree. I haven't checked to see whether or not their transaction report accurately reflects the posts where the RLCC should receive 25 credits per post (all posts).

Of course, I won't spend any EC (Entrecard Credits that are valued in United States Federal Reserve Notes, misnomered as "U.S. Dollars" and "USD," etc.) on advertising until I know for sure that the ads will actually run as promised or at the very least that Entrecard will credit the RLCC with EC spent on ads that did not run.

Well, let me say that I am not, repeat, am not, doing this from a spirit of vindictiveness. I am doing it solely for the benefit of the Church and other Entrecard users, advertisers, and potential users and advertisers, who once they are fully informed, may judge for themselves whether or not Entrecard is correctly advertising itself or misrepresenting.

I know that the spirit of capitalism, with its emphasis upon competition and devouring, rather than cooperation and bringing forth the real bounty (additive when all is said and done) is the spirit of Entrecard. Nevertheless, I offer what I'm able for the sake of the many lost souls who will turn upon hearing the truth that is God and Jesus's voice calling for righteousness.

There is competition against righteousness and seeming competition on its behalf. Frankly, people who are truly worthy don't need to be competed for. As I say (which is repeating the Christ spirit that still lives with Jesus), they hear Jesus's voice, which is another way of saying (and the same way since they are one) they hear the truth and turn from being lost.

I heard it and still hear it and am following to the best of my ability. Will you join me in bringing forth the Christian Commons?

Original Post:

Entrecard, as of the time of this posting, shows on the RLCC transactions page that I've posted 4 posts from April 1 through 10. However, there are 27 posts for April 1 through 10. At 25 EC per post, that's 675 EC. The difference is 575 EC. At 1000 Entrecard Credits - USD$6.00, that's $3.45, right?


Now, you might say, so what, what's $3.45? Well, in certain parts of the world, it can feed a family for a day. Also, I haven't checked all the transactions going back to the beginning of when I started posting as an Entrecard users/member. It matters to me because I'm saving to feed hungry, even starving children. If Entrecard has missed this many in just 10 days, how many EC do they owe the Church since the beginning?

Right now, I have enough EC to feed a third-world starving person for several months. That's a big deal!

God loves each soul as if there were no other.

Now, the rss feed works just fine. BlogCatalog picks it up. MyBlogLog picks it up. Technorati picks it up. There are others as well (Zimbio, Ning...). You get the point.

Perhaps Entrecard is running a day behind. If that's the case, they should still show at least 11 posts for April. That would still be 7 posts above the 4 they show. That's 175 EC for the 10-day period. That's $1.05 at the current exchange rate. Doing this over and over adds up.

I don't want to nitpick souls to death. I do though believe we can see where carelessness has caused the ruination of much that could have been saved and good. Look at what the reckless did on Wall Street that spilled all over. Look at what the militarists do killing hundreds, thousands, and adding up to tens of millions of the innocent over time.

My message to Entrecard:

Entrecard shows only 4 posts from April 1 through 10. However, there are 27 posts for April 1 through 10. If you are running a day behind, you should still show approximately 11 posts for April, give or take 1 post maybe, allowing for time-zone issues, etc. The rss feed is fine. Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter.


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That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:

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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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