Don’t Click That Ad

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, clickbait ads are everywhere. They are the spam of the World Wide Web, unwanted intrusions into your browsing experience, and like spam, the vast majority of these ads are deceptive and lead to spurious or borderline criminal offers. What’s that “New Rule?” If  you click that ad, you are taken to, […]

The Next “Miracle Weight Loss Herb” – Caralluma Fimbriata

According to Wikipedia, caralluma ascendens, another name for caralluma fimbriata, is an edible form of cactus used throughout the Indian subcontinent as an appetite suppressant, or so-called “famine food.” Leave it to the snake-oil hawkers to turn this into the next big thing they can make a few bucks on. Got an email today from a “friend,” […]

Supplements: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I’ve written here multiple times about medical snake oil. Green coffee extract (debunked), garcinia cambogia, forskolin, caralluma, you name it: It’s all smoke and mirrors… but that doesn’t stop Dr. Oz and others from making a fortune promoting it. What’s next, portland cement? On that note, have a look at the two following screen captures. […]

“Content from the Web”

Most websites have them. Clickbait links that are randomly generated by affiliate marketing programs like Google’s AdSense. Here’s an example from one of my favorite news aggregators, This isn’t content; every single one of these are advertisements, and direct users to deceptive or disreputable websites. These links lead to the following websites, from left […]

We are a legitimate business!

Have a look at this bit of processed meat that appeared in my inbox yesterday: We are looking for some people that are interested in working from their home on a part or full-time basis.If you want to earn $100, $200 or even up to $500 a day, and you don’t mind writing some short opinions up, […]

Use this “one weird trick” to rob consumers blind!

When I’m using my home computers, I never see ads. Ever. Browser add-ons Ad Block Plus and F.B. Purity (available for both Firefox and Chrome)  ensure that affiliate ads are a thing of the past. My Droid is not so fortunate, and this morning I happened across this one: I smiled wryly because despite its […]