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LifeTimes Magazine: A positive magazine for registrants

[lifeonlist.org]

When it comes to America’s sex-offense registry regime, there’s a lot to get outraged about. Indignation over its everyday cruelties serves a function when it moves us to action.

But bad news isn’t everything. There’s a lot of good to point to among those living under the system. I learn that every time I meet a registrant or one of their family members who’s running a thriving business, started a support group, or spending every week visiting legislators.

Last month the first issue of a new magazine came out that’s designed to publicize all of those good-news stories in one place. It’s LifeTimes Magazine, a sharply written four-color quarterly, and you should check it out if you haven’t.

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Great idea! I’m subscribing today. Given the nearly 900,000 registrants and their extended families, we are a community of three to five million. As we come together, our world can become more positive and our constitution restored to its former glory.

I can get the same info for free by reading articles at SOSEN.

I know I’ll sound cheap, but $8.75 per online issue seems a bit pricey to me. Usually online magazines are cheaper than printed magazines. And so far the sample magazine is only 18 pages. For a magazine to have a good start, everyone should be able to see at least one free full edition. And the price should be as low as possible to jump start readership and to attract relevant advertisers. If (paid and free) subscription numbers were high enough, it would have the potential of being a good advertising location for advocacy groups and individuals wanting to advertise… Read more »

Paid advertisers for RSO’s? Besides Lawyers, who would advertise? Anyways mag sounds like a good idea..especially if it gets political. I am subscribing for one year to see where it goes.

I’ll give you yet another reason for not subscribing… by collecting names, email addresses, and billing information; they are creating a “pot” of information that someday, some creative Law Enforcement agency might go after.

If I were doing this, I’d accept Amazon gift cards as payment. That way, the funding sources can’t be traced. I’d also use a self hosted email server for my subscribers; instead of collecting their “real” email addresses.

I like the way you think ! You help watch over us ! Please don’t stop your input ! …Kontuz
Sincerely ! Trish

Hello, and thanks for your comment. Since LifeTimes is a print-only publication, it would be impossible to accept subscriptions without gathering names and addresses. The magazine is a lifestyle magazine designed to share ideas about how people can find some joy and happiness in life despite being on the registry. The content is nothing that law enforcement would be interested in. We do not share or distribute subscriber information to anyone.

Thanks again for your comment!

//Will//
Editor in Chief, LifeTimes magazine
will@lifetimesmagazine.org

Hello, and thanks for your comment. LifeTimes magazine is a print-only magazine. We opted for this because so many of our subscribers (and potential subscribers) either do not have internet access, or they are deeply distrustful of internet-based information (as exemplified by the comments here.) The subscription fee we charge covers the printing and shipping costs, and will eventually allow us to compensate staff and contributors. Currently, all the editors (including myself) are working on a volunteer basis, and all of the submissions we receive are uncompensated. You are correct that once we have a high enough subscription base, we… Read more »

I wouldn’t trust this. Besides the fact that the cost clearly targets only the affluent registrant (one has to wonder why), I suspect it is just a means concocted by someone who is probably not even a registrant to enrich himself at our expense. Someone has determined that we are a market that can be fleeced. Whoever is behind it will learn who we are, and probably sell this information at a profit. Subscription records can be subpoenaed by government agencies also to learn who we are. Of course, government knows who all of us are, but they might be… Read more »

I remember getting a letter from a group claiming to be some kind of registrant advocacy club, through which you can meet other registrant and find dates even. That was some kind of weird hook. They were just trying to sell security cameras.

…and they wanted a membership fee.

I had a letter like this from a group someone was trying to start in NY, it had like a 100 dollar yearly membership thing but honestly can’t remember what it was about. You figure if they did get all the people in NY to join that’s like 400k per year in membership fees.

For $8.75 I can buy at least 23 meals worth of food or like 3 shirts and a pair of shoes here. The cost doesn’t make sense for information that is most likely taken from here and Narsol

@Tim Moore ,,,,, ,, Hahaha , dang man , and sounds like good idea too , the dating end of the deal not a very good plan because of all the “Me To” crap that’s going on for profit , so a dating site just allows the “Me To” people as well as just plain haters , a place to hunt RC victims , but the rest of that would be cool , too bad it was just a lame scam ,

Yeah it sounded like someone who was simply playing on people’s loneliness. I remember sending a message asking for a real person contact I could call, and never got a response. I am not that concerned about someone knowing my information, name, email. Guess I should. I don’t wish to live in fear. A group that pulls together and communicates and looks after each other is the best defense. It lets others know we have each other’s back. I really appreciate individuals like David Kennerly, who reaches out to fellow registrants, like he has done in Coalinga. I wouldn’t mind… Read more »

@ Tim Moore , I agree , I also respect David Kennderly . I enjoy his willingness to go against the grain as well . but your right that pulling together is our best bet in everyway we can , safety in numbers is the one that would be great , because that’s an on going thing , once brothers and sisters always brothers and sisters , even if the registry was to tumble down we should always have a place that’s our stomping grounds , check out the organic food Biz out here in Cali lol , and the… Read more »

Hello, and thanks for the comment. My name is Will, and I am the founder and editor in chief of LifeTimes magazine. I have been listed on the registry since 2003, and the majority of our staff and contributors are either on the registry or close to someone on the registry. I totally understand your skepticism, as there have been many scams out there targeting people on the registry. In addition to editing LifeTimes, I am also the Executive Director of Illinois Voices, and advocacy organization in Illinois that is affiliated with NARSOL. If you ask around, you will find… Read more »

Good, I have no problem giving to Illinois Voices, also. Thank you for coming out and explaining things, Will.

Wish they could just give out the first issue as a pdf. I tried reading the sample on my tablet and the text was too small and out of focus, and I couldn’t enlarge it to recognize any words.

I wasn’t able to read it on my 19″ computer screen. No option to enlarge it. The sample is dated Winter 2018, but they said the first issue would be January 2018 but it’s now February and no indication that the first issue was made yet. The whole project may just be a pipe dream. Sending them money at this point would be risky unless you can afford to loose it. The money would be better spent giving it to Janice to directly help our fight for freedom.

Hello, and thanks for your comment. Our Winter 2018 issue was mailed out to subscribers on January 2, 2018. We have received tremendous feedback from people who really enjoyed it. We did not posted it on the website as we are a print-only magazine, but we may consider publishing the entire first issue online just so people will know what we are about. I’m sorry you were unable to read it on your computer. If you contact me directly, I will send you a pdf of the first issue that might be easier to read. Thanks again. //Will// Editor in… Read more »

Hello, and thanks for the comment. We did not distribute our magazine via pdf because we are a “print only” magazine. We do offer some sample pages on our website. However, if you contact me directly, I would be happy to send you a pdf of our first issue.

Thanks again for commenting.

//Will//
Editor in Chief, LifeTimes Magazine
will@lifetimesmagazine.org

No thanks. I want total and complete annihilation of the label, not indoctrination and “acceptance.”

Hello, and thanks for your comment. We in no way suggest that we should accept the label or the registry. In my capacity as the executive director for an advocacy organization, we fight tirelessly against the registry. LifeTimes magazine is about figuring out how to find joy and happiness in life despite the registry, since the reality is the registry will be around for a while. I don’t think it is a tautology to suggest that we can find ways to be happy despite the registry, while at the same time fighting against the very premise of the registry. Thanks… Read more »

Agreed, particularly about the likely content of this (proposed?) magazine – nothing more than a reprint of what we see here, SOSEN, etc. That info needs to be published to the general public and idiotic legislators, not the SO community. Think the security angle is a bit unfounded. Personally, I flat out told my PO and treatment provider that I follow and comment on registry matters and wish I had the resources to contribute more to the effort. Neither indicated they had a problem with it, nor would I care if they did. I’d fall on that sword if they… Read more »

Hello, and thanks for your comment. I guess the value of the content of LifeTimes depends on who you ask. We have almost 200 subscribers already, and they have overwhelming expressed their gratitude for the positive information we provide. We started the magazine because we believe people might appreciate hearing some positive information in the midst of all the negative stories they are bombarded with on a daily basis. I am also the executive director for an advocacy organization that fights registration laws, and I believe our goals are complimentary. We fight them on one hand, but at the same… Read more »

I am able to read the sample fine with my computer and am curiously impressed with what I have viewed. Like another comment I will sign up for a year and see how this proceeds.

Hello, and thanks for the comment. I am confident you will enjoy what you read and would love to hear your feedback once you’ve received the first issue!

//Will//
Editor in Chief, LifeTimes magazine
will@lifetimesmagazine.org

Thanks for clarifying some of our concerns. I did not see anything on your website that indicated it was a print magazine. Unfortunately I do not have the funds to spend $8.50 per magazine, but I’m glad you have been able to find enough subscribers to get your magazine started. I wish you success.

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