Aron Ra is creating videos, activism, podcasts, presentations, blogs
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For the past several years, I've been an increasingly motivated activist, trying to affect positive change. I want to promote science specifically and education in general, and I've found that videos are the best way I can do that.  I can reach the grass roots audience I'm aiming for, and give them the edge in their next argument over science vs religious extremism.

The purposeful propagation of misinformation is a multimillion-dollar business offering a lot of political power, percs, and prestige. To my experience, that begins with the denigration of science in favor of creationism and other pseudoscientific woo.  I think if people know better, they'll vote better. My opposition knows that too; that's why they do what they do.  That's why this is especially important here in the southern states; where science and education are both under specific attack from every level of politics and constituency.  I do what I do, not to promote myself, but because something needs to be done, and I need to do something.  I've also gotten a great many supportive emails and private messages over the years, encouraging me to keep going, because it is making a difference.  So I'm going to keep going somehow.   

I prefer to make educational science videos that are entertaining and informative, and which appeal to people who aren't scientists themselves.  These require a substantial investment of time as well as money, and thanks to those that already support them.  I also want to continue doing classroom appropriate explanations of common core science standards relating to evolution.  These are topics which most people have been mislead to misunderstand, and which many teachers find difficult to teach.  My wife is a science teacher and a curriculum specialist with the Next Generation Science Standards who has a hands-on perspective as to how to help these teachers. 

I have other projects too, relating to my secular activism -with presentations, protests, and appearances all over the country and occasionally abroad.  I'm usually out-of-pocket for most everything I do.  I used to work a dead-end job at a soulless corporation in order to fund my passion, but honestly, that alone barely covered the monthlies. I even told my boss once that my job interfered with my work, which is true.  But thanks to patrons, I have been making more videos and reaching a wider audience instead.  I like to make information-rich videos which require many hours of research and a lot of editing.  Anything else I want to do requires time off to travel.  I try to do it cheap, but I can't afford what I'm already doing.  I want to make more valuable content and be more involved, but the costs are such that I often have to stand back in silent rage. 

Thanks to continued support, my channel now produces more different types of freethought content than most. But I can do a lot more with the help of supportive patrons.  So, if you donate...
- Pledges are per video- You can cap your monthly amount
- I will release 2 videos per month on average, but thanks to viewer support my output has increased to at least 4 videos per month, of different types, documentary, science classroom supplements, presentation, vlog, podcast, etc.  I prefer quality over quantity.  I want the content to be useful. 
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per video
Ra! Ra! Ra! You want to support my science and secularism related content and activism. Access to my Patreon feed. The latest updates.
Pledge $3 or more per video
Sneak Preview. Prior rewards, plus one-day advanced preview each month. Plus I promise I won't come to your house and shave your cat.
Pledge $5 or more per video
Bonus! The prior reward, plus private access to a monthly Systematic Classification of Life Newsletter.  Exclusive features like a look at a bonus species from a clade in the video. 
Pledge $10 or more per video
Querant. The prior reward, Answers to your questions that you submit to a private email just for you. I get so many questions through my youtube channel, I can't answer them all. You get private access.Your name will appear in the credits of the video you supported that month if you so choose.
Pledge $20 or more per video
Greater input. The prior reward and an invitation to a yearly hangout to discuss projects ideas and hang-out with me. This level has actually been getting access to bonus hangouts with me and my podcast guests. Also, a signed T-shirt with my mug on it and a quote.
Pledge $100 or more per video
Apistevist. Prior rewards, plus or I could relate a short approved message of your choice in one of the videos you supported that month. Invite to a quarterly hangout where we discuss project ideas and your suggestions. This level has actually been getting access to bonus hangouts with me and my podcast guests. And you get an Apistevist t-shirt signed by me!
Goals
575 – reached! patrons
New Series by request! The Systematic Classification of Life.
I would like to produce for everyone to enjoy for free with the support of as many patrons who are able to pledge to support it. This series will be time consuming to fit in my schedule because it is research intensive. Patrons who support me at the 5 dollar and up level will get the Systematic Classification of Life newsletter in email format with bonus information exclusive to patrons about the taxa discussed in the video as well as updates about my other projects. Even if you pledge 5 dollars and cap it at 5, you will still get the bonus, exclusive newsletter if this goal is met. 


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For the past several years, I've been an increasingly motivated activist, trying to affect positive change. I want to promote science specifically and education in general, and I've found that videos are the best way I can do that.  I can reach the grass roots audience I'm aiming for, and give them the edge in their next argument over science vs religious extremism.

The purposeful propagation of misinformation is a multimillion-dollar business offering a lot of political power, percs, and prestige. To my experience, that begins with the denigration of science in favor of creationism and other pseudoscientific woo.  I think if people know better, they'll vote better. My opposition knows that too; that's why they do what they do.  That's why this is especially important here in the southern states; where science and education are both under specific attack from every level of politics and constituency.  I do what I do, not to promote myself, but because something needs to be done, and I need to do something.  I've also gotten a great many supportive emails and private messages over the years, encouraging me to keep going, because it is making a difference.  So I'm going to keep going somehow.   

I prefer to make educational science videos that are entertaining and informative, and which appeal to people who aren't scientists themselves.  These require a substantial investment of time as well as money, and thanks to those that already support them.  I also want to continue doing classroom appropriate explanations of common core science standards relating to evolution.  These are topics which most people have been mislead to misunderstand, and which many teachers find difficult to teach.  My wife is a science teacher and a curriculum specialist with the Next Generation Science Standards who has a hands-on perspective as to how to help these teachers. 

I have other projects too, relating to my secular activism -with presentations, protests, and appearances all over the country and occasionally abroad.  I'm usually out-of-pocket for most everything I do.  I used to work a dead-end job at a soulless corporation in order to fund my passion, but honestly, that alone barely covered the monthlies. I even told my boss once that my job interfered with my work, which is true.  But thanks to patrons, I have been making more videos and reaching a wider audience instead.  I like to make information-rich videos which require many hours of research and a lot of editing.  Anything else I want to do requires time off to travel.  I try to do it cheap, but I can't afford what I'm already doing.  I want to make more valuable content and be more involved, but the costs are such that I often have to stand back in silent rage. 

Thanks to continued support, my channel now produces more different types of freethought content than most. But I can do a lot more with the help of supportive patrons.  So, if you donate...
- Pledges are per video- You can cap your monthly amount
- I will release 2 videos per month on average, but thanks to viewer support my output has increased to at least 4 videos per month, of different types, documentary, science classroom supplements, presentation, vlog, podcast, etc.  I prefer quality over quantity.  I want the content to be useful. 

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Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per video
Ra! Ra! Ra! You want to support my science and secularism related content and activism. Access to my Patreon feed. The latest updates.
Pledge $3 or more per video
Sneak Preview. Prior rewards, plus one-day advanced preview each month. Plus I promise I won't come to your house and shave your cat.
Pledge $5 or more per video
Bonus! The prior reward, plus private access to a monthly Systematic Classification of Life Newsletter.  Exclusive features like a look at a bonus species from a clade in the video. 
Pledge $10 or more per video
Querant. The prior reward, Answers to your questions that you submit to a private email just for you. I get so many questions through my youtube channel, I can't answer them all. You get private access.Your name will appear in the credits of the video you supported that month if you so choose.
Pledge $20 or more per video
Greater input. The prior reward and an invitation to a yearly hangout to discuss projects ideas and hang-out with me. This level has actually been getting access to bonus hangouts with me and my podcast guests. Also, a signed T-shirt with my mug on it and a quote.
Pledge $100 or more per video
Apistevist. Prior rewards, plus or I could relate a short approved message of your choice in one of the videos you supported that month. Invite to a quarterly hangout where we discuss project ideas and your suggestions. This level has actually been getting access to bonus hangouts with me and my podcast guests. And you get an Apistevist t-shirt signed by me!