June is Now Support The Scope Month

Our primary revenue stream for supporting the show is about to kicked in the nards. As you may know, we have, at the moment, an Amazon Associates account. Following our Amazon link allows you to make a purchase through Amazon and have a portion of that sale flow into our coffers. Well, that is about to change.

As of July, our associate account is being closed because we happen to reside in Minnesota. This is through no fault of our own. Two-thirds of us were born here and had not the good sense to leave during one of those tropical summers we endure. We can’t explain Adam.

At any rate, this is why our account with Amazon is being closed:

We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to notify you that your Associates account will be closed and your Amazon Services LLC Associates Program Operating Agreement will be terminated effective June 30, 2013. This is a direct result of the unconstitutional Minnesota state tax collection legislation passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Dayton on May 23, 2013, with an effective date of July 1, 2013. As a result, we will no longer pay any advertising fees for customers referred to an Amazon Site after June 30 nor will we accept new applications for the Associates Program from Minnesota residents.


Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to July 1, 2013, will be processed and paid in full in accordance with your regular advertising fee schedule. Based on your account closure date of June 30, 2013, any final payments will be paid by August 30, 2013.


While we oppose this unconstitutional state legislation, we strongly support the federal Marketplace Fairness Act now pending before Congress. Congressional legislation is the only way to create a simplified, constitutional framework to resolve interstate sales tax issues and it would allow us to re-open our Associates program to Minnesota residents.


We thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates Program, and look forward to re-opening our program when Congress passes the Marketplace Fairness Act.


The Amazon Associates Team

Seems a little shady on Amazon’s part, but that’s the hand we’ve been dealt.

How can you help? You can buy stuff, that’s how. You have less than two weeks to make a purchase through Amazon that will still aid us in producing the quality content you’ve come to expect on that regular irregular schedule you’ve grown to love. Once the calendar hits July, your purchase will benefit only Amazon and yourself.

In these troubling times, I choose to lean on the great orators to promote action. In the immortal words of President George W. Bush: “go shopping“.

Shop at Amazon

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