In case you hadn’t noticed, the advertising present on the top and right of the blog has been a bit odd lately. Dr. Oz’s smiling face has been showing up above mine, you may have just won $59, your teeth can be whiter than white, and last but not least human trafficking in “Russian brides”.
First, might I point out that I have nothing to do with the ads other than appearing on the same page as them.
Wait, that’s stupid. I might not choose the ads, but I choose to write for ScienceBlogs, so I am culpable. Normally, I don’t care much about ads that show up on my page. After all, someone has to pay for the bandwidth. But when something is dangerous, I have to draw the line. Quackery ads are potentially dangerous, fake lotto ads can rip people off, any questionable click can infect your computer—but it’s the “Russian brides” that is the most distressing. There is a real problem with trafficking of women in the world, often very young, always impoverished, and more often than not, in addition to being deprived of their freedom, beaten, raped, starved, and sold as chattel. It’s not OK to be seen on the same page as these ads.
Thankfully, once the Sb Overlords were notified, they promised to immediately pull the ads, allowing me to continue here rather than go back to wordpress. As of now, I no longer see the Russian bride ads, but I still see the ads for fake penis growth pills and other dangerous nonsense. Hopefully these will be gone soon.
In tough economic times, I’m willing to make certain compromises. I can live with crappy ads as long as they aren’t a rip-off and aren’t dangerous. But some lines cannot be crossed. Ever.