Calls for Transparency of Google AdSense increase

Mashable has joined the growing chorus of voices calling for more transparency at Google AdSense in its article Google AdSense Conspiracy Theory Angers Online Publishers.

Although the Mashable article does not make it clear, the term “conspiracy theory” was added to this controversy by none other than Google public relations man Matt Cutts — for obvious reasons. The Mashable article includes this short informative video.

As explained in the prior blog entry here, an anonymous source claiming to be a former Google employee released a statement to Pastebin entitled  Google AdSense Leak. The leak described in some detail a deliberate plan by Google AdSense to ban small and medium sized publisher accounts shortly before payouts were due or where a payout was finally due to the publisher. Google would then keep the payment.

While the internet is on fire with people discussing whether the leak is authentic, many are adding to the thousands of online stories indicating that there is some truth in the leak. As I said two days ago, transparency is the answer.

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Google AdSense scandal — Transparency is the answer

For years, there have been complaints and rumors on the web regarding unwholesome practices by Google AdSense.

Anonymous Leak

Now, an anonymous source released a statement to Pastebin entitled  Google AdSense Leak. The leak described in some detail a deliberate plan by Google AdSense to ban small and medium sized publisher accounts shortly before payouts were due or where a payout was finally due to the publisher. Google would then keep the payment.

Response to Leak

In response to this leak, public relations and SEO frontman Matt Cutts issued this blanket denial at a message board. “Everything about this post strikes me as a conspiracy-laden fake, from the typos to wrong terminology to untrue policies to the lack of specific names of people. I passed this pastebin to the ads side to confirm for sure, but I would treat this as completely untrue.” Matt Cutts did not provide any specifics and failed to answer many good questions.

This Leak is Serious

Despite this blanket denial, this leak is very serious. The internet is full of stories where publishers had AdSense accounts suspended or banned and payouts were denied. Here are a few examples.
Why My Google AdWords Account Was Suspended & What I’m Doing About It
When Google Deletes You
I Just Got Banned From Google Adsense! Now What?
Where Did The Google Ads Go? and many more.
Comment boards are now and have been for years loaded up with people who had AdSense accounts banned — thousands and thousands.

Transparency is the Answer

This leak, and the thousands of unhappy people who have been suspended or banned for life without any noticeable due process in this most Unamerican and vague Google policy cannot be whisked away with claims of “conspiracy theory.” If Google  would really like to “nip this in the bud” (quote Matt Cutts), Google should do the following.

1. Provide specific explanations where terms are violated when suspending or banning publisher websites as we in America have always expected.

2. Provide a human being for a reasonable amount of interchange to discuss and repair any disagreements, as every other company on Earth does.

I predict that Google will eventually decide to do both of these things. The longer it takes, the worse Google will damage its reputation in the meantime.

There should also be new appeals and new reviews for those banned in the past few years.

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Even the most modern laser on the market left 1 out of every 5 patients seeing worse after LASIK than they used to with glasses

A recent investigation by Dr. Oz entitled A Hard Look at LASIK Surgery revealed the stunning news to the public that, “Even the most modern laser on the market left 1 out of every 5 patients seeing worse after LASIK than they used to with glasses.” Has your doctor told you that?

Despite the above, the so-called Vision Eye Institute, which is actually a surgery business, has a website which declares, “Today, it is accepted that 90% of patients worldwide who have had laser eye surgery will have perfect results – up to 98% of patients are able to drive legally without glasses or contact lenses after their procedures. “

The study shows 20 percent have worse vision; the “institute” shows 10 percent have less than “perfect” vision. That’s a huge difference. Maybe “up to 98% of patients are able to drive legally,” but that does not mean you see well. Driving only requires 20/40, and nearby reading is not required at all.

Do you trust Dr. Oz and his links to official studies? Or do you trust the institute who makes thousands off each surgery?

Will your prospective doctor give you a full explanation of risks?

According to those in the industry who make thousands of dollars per surgery, everything is fine. For example, some sell you the notion that you can “focus on the clearer world around you.” For one in five, that is just not true. These businesses offer infomercial-style one-sided “testimonials.” Websites have little information about the risks. They leave that for the personal hard-sell.

Here are some testimonials that you will not see at Vision Care Institute or others.

Before surgery, the doctor will rattle off a list of lawsuit-immunization standard warnings. Slow down here. This is not actually to inform you; it is only to protect the doctor. If the doctor rushes through this, or offers it as an afterthought, time to leave. This information should be presented on the first visit. You should have questions. Questions should be answered. The conversation should be documented.

Ask your doctor if your vision will be worse after surgery.

What are the odds that you will see worse after eye surgery? If the doctor does not say one in five, run out of there as fast as you can. You are being conned.

Have your doctor test your reading.

If you can read now with contact lenses or with the same glasses that you use to see far, you really need to document this before surgery. Tell the doctor you want to be fully tested for nearby reading and you want the results recorded. After the surgery, there is a good chance that you will become farsighted and no longer able to read without specific correction for this. The doctor may then suddenly say you were farsighted before or that at your age (whatever age you happen to be) everyone become farsighted. You don’t want to find out this way because surgery cannot be reversed.

As you can tell by this public relations page, the industry is having difficulty trying to deflect the farsightedness caused by surgery. The cover story is, “Presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses, affects everyone at some point in their lives.” There you go. After the surgery, when you can no longer read, they just say it was going to happen anyway.

Presbyopia, or the need for reading glasses, affects everyone at some point in their lives. – See more at: http://www.lasikplus.com/resources/articles/will-i-lose-my-near-vision-after-lasik/#sthash.PHJawNPZ.dpuf

Farsighted means, at a minimum, you will need one pair of glasses to use part time. In other words, you have to take them off and put them back on every time you want to see near or far. You risk breaking or losing them many times a day. More likely, you will need multiple prescriptions for different purposes. Farsightedness also causes head and neck pain, eye strain, fatigue, and all kinds of symptoms you may never imagine until you experience it.

Don’t be fooled by 20/20.

20/20 is the standard for perfect vision, but the numbers do not tell the whole story. All 20/20 means is you can name the letters 20 feet away in a clinical environment. You can be 20/20 and still not be able to read. You can be 20/20 and have double or even triple vision in each eye, starbursts, clouds, wavering, light sensitivity, and other difficulties.

Do you really need your vision corrected?

If you are already both farsighted and nearsighted, you wear thick glasses, and you cannot wear contact lenses, go ahead. There’s a good chance surgery can improve things.

But if you are only farsighted, only nearsighted, or wear contact lenses with minimal issues, STOP! WAIT! You can always do it later.

That’s something those who profit in the industry such as Vision Eye Institute, Lasik Plus will not tell you.

What about other types of vision correction surgery?

Note that Lasik is the “state of the art” surgery — the best surgery available. If you are considering some other type of vision correction surgery, you really need to think again.

Testimonial concerning Dr. Lawrence Zweibel at North Shore Eye Care

I told Dr. Zweibel that I had no problems with vision and did not want to end up “reading glasses.” He faked concern and recommended expensive PRK surgery. Once it became sure that results were very poor, he became prickly, interrupting, and claimed that I went from having no farsightedness at all to having to back up some five feet as a result of mother nature during the healing period–and that’s the better eye! He recommended against a touch up, and refused to refund money. I went from wearing one set of contacts all the time and seeing all distances to wearing different contacts at different times and reading glasses on top of them. It wasn’t bad enough that service became poor along with my poor results once I prepaid the money — his North Shore Eye Care started billing me twice for those pre-paid visits! 

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What happens to prices when Google buys a company?

Recently Google purchased Motorola. Apple was a licensee of Motorola intellectual property — cell phone technology. As a result of the Google combination, “Motorola Mobility was asking Apple to pay 12 times what it had previously been paying to license the technology.”

TWELVE TIMES HIGHER!

That’s what happens.

See Apple, Google back in court over mobile phone patent lawsuit.

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