Some recent RRS rumors...
So how many atheists out there embrace faith? The more I learn, the more I realize faith permeates everything... way too many atheists utilize it. Question everything, and when the source is available, ask it.
Rumor 1: Sam Harris gave the RRS $500,000 for a house. They proceeded to do nothing but play video games and smoke pot.
Status: False. Sam Harris isn't our anonymous investor. The video game and pot rumor likely stems from the times we hung out and partied with other atheists. If I'm correct, it's sad they left thinking that a night of partying is what happens every night. I would think our body of work spoke for itself.
Rumor 2: They got a free house from an anonymous investor.
Status: False. I purchased a large house with the help of an investor who owns 60% of the house. When we sell, we each get our share. I consider it a huge gift but technically we weren't given anything, all the money the investor spends on the mortgage will be returned upon sale of the home.
Rumor 3: Brian Sapient decided to leave Rational Response Squad but not tell anyone because he was still making money on it.
Status: False. I informed subscribers that I was working a real life job about the same time I started working one. I started working the job to preserve the ability of RRS to function, to stay afloat. I spent 80% of my life savings in the 3 years I worked RRS full time to cover the difference between income from RRS and expenditures. Additionally I was dealing with a batch of personal issues that are personal. I never left RRS. I consistently spent time as I could addressing issues related to upkeep and maintenance. I was $50,000 in the hole for the three years that I ran RRS without a real job, sorry for making a few hundred of it back while I worked a real job and didn't dedicate 100 hours a week to RRS.
Rumor 4: Brian Sapient has only returned to make money.
Status: False. This isn't a comeback... I never left, I never will. Try living your life for the rest of your life working 100 hours a week on the same thing, see if you can do it. Need a break from time to time? I worked a real life job, recharged my batteries, waited out the recession a little, and got right back to it. I decided to get a job because I had used up so much of my savings and at the start of the recession got quite a few warnings from subscribers that they had to pull back donations as a result of the downturn.
I'm not going anywhere, this site isn't going anywhere. It will exist after my death as well. The RRS has not made a profit.
RRS HAS NOT MADE A PROFIT.
I left a good career to do this, this is my love, this is my legacy, my effort to make the world a better place. If I was in it for the money, I would be a little smarter than to work for 80 cents an hour. If I was in it for the money there would be no RRS. Maybe I'd be the President of a big Atheist org... you know the people that make $60,000-$100,000 a year.
Rumor 5: RRS is Atheist Nexus
Rumor 6: Brian Sapient and Kelly started a rumor that Richard Dawkins cheated on his wife to get back at him.
Status: False. We didn't start a rumor. This one is rather easy to pick apart, can you find anywhere that Kelly or I posted that in a public place at the time when it supposedly happened? This is what it looks like when I "get back" at someone. It looks a little different than "he said it, just not on the internet anywhere." I wouldn't want the world to know a story like that, imagine what the Christians would do with that info.
Rumor 7: Kelly was spending RRS money on illegal drugs.
Status: False. Kelly was on prescription medication, if she had an issue with substance abuse it was more in the alcohol department, she made her drinking public during a few broadcasts. Those concerned about Kelly should know she's doing better now, and she's on a better track. We spoke yesterday for the first time in about 80 days. We have a mutual admiration for each other and hope the best for each other. She's currently working on bettering herself in a number of areas, details of which are personal.
Rumor 8: Sam Harris wanted to give us $500,000 to work on a non-profit but decided against it to do The Reason Project instead.
Status: False. However, may I note that "The Reason Project" is not working... we can't even get atheists to embrace reason. This rumor might've stemmed from my interest in helping Sam Harris get the project started, and the fact that at one point he explained that groups like RRS would be the beneficiaries of funds... however we'd have to be a non-profit.
I'm not a 501-C-3 so that we don't have to limit what we talk about. If I wanted to limit what we were going to talk about we could be a non-profit and I'd likely make over $60,000 a year. I'm just trying to get by and I'm frugal about it. Every penny is stretched to the limit.
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