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Monday, August 28, 2017

Fake Ads

As Facebook has already been caught multiple times, Google has been caught faking ad traffic:
The WSJ is reporting that Google is issuing refunds to advertisers over "fake traffic," and are now working on new safeguards against the issue.

Google’s refunds amount to only a fraction of the total ad spending served to invalid traffic, which has left some advertising executives unsatisfied, the people familiar with the situation said. Google has offered to repay its “platform fee,” which ad buyers said typically ranges from about 7% to 10% of the total ad buy.

The company says this is appropriate, because it doesn’t control the rest of the money. Typically, advertisers use DoubleClick Bid Manager to target audiences across vast numbers of websites in seconds by connecting to dozens of online ad exchanges, marketplaces that connect buyers and publishers through real-time auctions.

As we at Adland have argued for years now, digital paid media is a fraud due to the many incidents of fake traffic, bots, and the smoke and mirrors that blind the less tech savvy clients. Last year, Russian bots earned 180 million by fake-watching ads all over the Google empire.

Google has participated in efforts to clean up the digital market, joining the industry initiative Ads.txt project launched back in May by the Interactive Advertising Bureau. They're hoping to bring trust back into the digital ecosystem. But in the arms race between consumers who use ad blockers and ad networks making ads unblockable, unskippable and even more intrusive, the consumers are staying one step ahead. More importantly with each new fraud brought to light and the hundreds of millions wasted, it's hard to believe clients take Google at face value much longer. Advertisers are finally figuring out that this is a house of cards, built by pretty graphs in slick interfaces that look great on paper but in reality does very little to drive sales.

Google's latest crisis comes at the same time that it is removing content creators from the ability to monetize their content, policing Youtube like never before. Google's policing doesn't end there, however. In Professor Jordan Peterson's case, they banned him from his entire account, including mail and calendar.

Bloomberg reports that Google has just begun their biggest crackdown on "extremist content"

The new restrictions, which target what Walker called "inflammatory religious or supremacist content," are expected to hit a small fraction of videos, according to person familiar with the company. YouTube says it uploads over 400 hours of video a minute. Videos tagged by its new policy won’t be able to run ads or have comments posted, and won’t appear in any recommended lists on the video site. A warning screen will also appear before the videos, which will not be able to play when embedded on external websites. YouTube will let video creators contest the restrictions through an appeals process, a spokeswoman said.

If the appeals process is anything like what Adland encountered, then it will be labyrinthian, time-consuming and arbitrary. The only reason we were un-banned from Adsense the first time around, was because we knew someone who knew someone that worked at Google in Ireland. These days, the only replies we get are automatic. Adland.tv the domain has even been delisted from Google search completely, which we managed to fix, and we're currently being heavily deranked for no apparent reason. Or perhaps these articles are the reason.

In dealing with international brand boycott of Google advertising, and cleaning house so that they no longer fund terrorism by running pre-roll Super Bowl ads on ISIS videos, Google is now again apologising and "tweaking" their system.
The ad economy is increasingly a) monopolistic and b) fraudulent. I have never used AdSense or Facebook ads because I have never seen any indication whatsoever that they are effective or reliable. I did try using BookBub four times, but after they rejected both A THRONE OF BONES as well as Jerry Pournelle's THERE WILL BE WAR for ad campaigns, I stopped using them.

What I have found to be effective is a) this blog, b) Larry Correia's book bombs, c) the Amazon giveaways, and d) the two mailing lists. In other words, direct marketing. Indirect marketing, be it advertising in magazines or the various social media ad schemes, only appear to benefit the owner of the advertising vehicle rather than the advertiser.

Notice that YouTube still puts ads on videos it has demonetized. Such as those produced by Ron Paul.
Former US Congressman Ron Paul has joined a growing list of independent political journalists and commentators who’re being economically punished by YouTube despite producing videos that routinely receive hundreds of thousands of views. In a tweet published Saturday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange tweeted a screenshot of Paul’s “Liberty Report” page showing that his videos had been labeled “not suitable” for all advertisers by YouTube's content arbiters.

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Blogger Orville August 28, 2017 8:12 AM  

It's like Google has grabbed the controls of the plane, pushed them straight in and screamed Aloha Snackbar. The crash will be glorious and the crashing FANGS will bring down the whole fake market.

Blogger Jack Ward August 28, 2017 8:15 AM  

PC and greed. The greed is obvious when a video has been demonetized and, yet, still has google pushing its ads onto the video playback. Consumers pissed at ads? You bet. It makes far too many sites/videos 'gluncky and slow. One of the nice things about this blog is how 'nimble' it is compared to far too many others.

Blogger dc.sunsets August 28, 2017 8:23 AM  

Purveyors of "advertising" that don't actually advertise.
Purveyors of "higher ed" that don't educate.
Purveyors of "law enforcement" that selectively enforce laws.
Purveyors of "justice" that free the guilty and imprison the innocent.
Purveyors of "deliberative legislation" that reject deliberation in favor of 24/7 campaign fundraising.
Purveyors of "national defense" defending everything but the nation.

Everywhere we look, we see institution after institution failing to deliver on its most basic promises. Can we even imagine a more perfect picture of an globe-spanning empire of illusory wealth that teeters on the edge of the abyss?

PS: How do you privately sell things now? Paypal and Cashiers' Checks can be defrauded, and personal checks? (belly laugh.) The "war on cash" is just another way to force everyone to buy from Amazon, using a credit card, same as Open Borders are just stuffing the high price retail channel with consumers so the Chamber of Commerce can arbitrage $$$$ retail with $ manufacturing.

We're being FARMED.

Blogger Cinco August 28, 2017 8:25 AM  

C'mon man, give me one good reason why companies trading at 80-100 times earnings with hundreds of billions of dollars in liquid capital they can't spend, who are faking their ad traffic aren't worth investing in?

Anonymous Rocklea August 28, 2017 8:29 AM  

"In other words, direct marketing."

Word of mouth has always been the most effective. Buying decisions are always easier when one knows, or has the product or service third party recommended, and trusts the source.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 28, 2017 8:31 AM  

I don't think this is the end of history, but it does rhyme with the end of history.

"And the second beast required all people small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark — the name of the beast or the number of its name."

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 28, 2017 8:34 AM  

That section is really remarkable too. Raises some fun questions like "why is the beast's mark so damning for the soul?" and "what is the group psychology of a mass of people intentionally starving another mass of people?"

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd August 28, 2017 8:41 AM  

dc.sunsets wrote:PS: How do you privately sell things now?

Trade. I'll happily take pre-64 coins, guns or ammunition, for example. I'll consider heavy equipment in trade for something big. Boats and motors, or snow machines? Not so interested.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) August 28, 2017 8:41 AM  

What I have found to be effective is a) this blog, b) Larry Correia's book bombs, c) the Amazon giveaways, and d) the two mailing lists.

Are there enough data points to find out if podcast appearances by CH authors are effective?

Blogger Midnight Avenue J August 28, 2017 8:43 AM  

D.c., they say it's just the "pace of technology " and you either adopt and adapt or die.

I was thinking about television technology the other day, went off on my own mental tangent when's one people were talking about HD being the only way to get most tv now. Anyway. I started thinking about how much signal is required for HD, how much broadband you're required to purchase to use media at all. It does feel like being farmed, fattened for slaughter. To Serve Man is a cookbook.

We willingly invite all of this signal into our homes and lives. We willingly allow ourselves to be marked and tracked with cell phones and Fitbits. All in the name of adaptation or death...a false alternative, but Luddites are ridiculed.

I get into moods where I decide to ditch all tech and disappear into my garden or the woods for days or weeks (sometimes literally) and then return and decide it's not so bad so I turn on the phones and tablets again.

We have a tv but no cable. It's just for movies, but it's an Internet tv and I'm certain it's spying on me even though it's off 90% of the time. Paranoia or tech fatigue? You're never really freeare you, everything costs more than just money.

Blogger YIH August 28, 2017 8:46 AM  

Advertisers are finally figuring out that this is a house of cards. Proctor and Gamble has told 'em to stuff it because they figured out that it ain't 'moving the needle' on sales.
Google's latest crisis comes at the same time that it is removing content creators from the ability to monetize their content, policing Youtube like never before.
Lie: ''It's a new algorithm!''
Truth: No, it's a good old fashioned blacklist (and you're probably on it too).

Blogger Midnight Avenue J August 28, 2017 8:47 AM  

Aeoli Pera, yep, cell phone, Fitbits, internet tv...mark of the beast.

I like the comforts and amusement of all this tech but I've lived without it and can certainly do so long term. We get too comfortable. It's good to get uncomfortable sometimes, on purpose. To learn to live without the mark.

Anonymous Anonymous August 28, 2017 8:50 AM  

Speaking of Throne, Im about 10% in to it and enjoying it quite a bit.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 28, 2017 8:51 AM  

Midnight Avenue J wrote:Aeoli Pera, yep, cell phone, Fitbits, internet tv...mark of the beast.

I like the comforts and amusement of all this tech but I've lived without it and can certainly do so long term. We get too comfortable. It's good to get uncomfortable sometimes, on purpose. To learn to live without the mark.


There's a part of me that agrees 100% and a part that cautions against interpreting specifics from the Apocalypse without divine inspiration. Here there be dragons.

Anonymous Reenay August 28, 2017 8:53 AM  

@7 Why it's so damning depends on your view of the Eschatalogy. Personally, my view is that God has performed signs and miracles by the point the beast comes along, so it's kind of a "choose ye this day what side you'll be on" deal. By this point, accepting the mark shows that you're irredeemable: you love the world so much that you'd side with it against God's people, that you would even go as far as intentionally starving God's people to death. "What you did for them, you did for me" and "He who loves his own life will lose it, and he who gives up his life will gain it", that kind of thing.

As for the group psychology of intentionally starving other people, do realize that Beast worship, as described in the Book of Revelation, sounds very much like a cult at a global scale. Cults are famous for their ability to get believers to do anything and internally justify it.

Anonymous Ryan F August 28, 2017 8:58 AM  

I thought the ad business was a nudge nudge wink wink business. The ad execs pretend advertising works, the ad buying execs pretend to believe them, everone goes out for dinner and drinks.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira August 28, 2017 9:02 AM  

Yes Vox, this blog is how I became interested in Castalia house. Facebook ads are worse than useless.

Anonymous Rocklea August 28, 2017 9:03 AM  

Drove past a roadworks the other day, Smoko time, everyone of em sittin down, phone in hand looking at the screen. Not how I remember Smoko. I think simpler times are ahead. Harder, but simpler.

Blogger Dirtnapninja August 28, 2017 9:09 AM  

I wonder how much of this has to do with the AdNauseum app

Blogger Orthodox August 28, 2017 9:13 AM  

Maybe the Russian ad watching bots targeted election news during the Presidential election and this whole "Russian interference" was actually an exploit of Google's ad system?

Blogger dc.sunsets August 28, 2017 9:13 AM  

An old college roommate of mine, a journalist, once told me that the way forward was "Me, Inc."

By this, he meant that you created a Brand for yourself, and you created a free channel and a paid channel; the former is for driftnet fishing for people willing to move into the latter. Obviously, the latter is where you make your living.

This blog, the Castalia House blog and other free content, darkstreams, etc. all are free content intended to driftnet fish for those who will become paying customers.

I like this model, because for dabblers it gives enough content to satisfy, while preserving a more content-rich arena for those whose partnership with content providers is deeper. No fraud or coercion (or parasitic free-riding) involved. The balance between free content and paid can be renegotiated at will between the parties involved.

From eyeball marketing to spam, the Internet fooled a lot of people into thinking they could obtain paid-customers by saturation and droning repetition, an extension of the Television commercial model. They were wrong, but people like Google's two founders got richer than Croesus promising the fools what the fools (mostly bureaucratic cogs in the marketing departments of multinational corporations) wanted to hear.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 28, 2017 9:14 AM  

Reenay wrote:@7 Why it's so damning depends on your view of the Eschatalogy. Personally, my view is that God has performed signs and miracles by the point the beast comes along, so it's kind of a "choose ye this day what side you'll be on" deal. By this point, accepting the mark shows that you're irredeemable: you love the world so much that you'd side with it against God's people, that you would even go as far as intentionally starving God's people to death. "What you did for them, you did for me" and "He who loves his own life will lose it, and he who gives up his life will gain it", that kind of thing.

Sensible! So assuming that means it's true, why is receiving this mark the Rubicon when other things like adultery presumably were not?

As for the group psychology of intentionally starving other people, do realize that Beast worship, as described in the Book of Revelation, sounds very much like a cult at a global scale. Cults are famous for their ability to get believers to do anything and internally justify it.

Also sensible. But why specifically starvation? I believe it's because neglect is an sin of omission, whereas abuse is a sin of commission, and many people don't feel guilty about sins of omission or find it easier to rationalize (especially when they're smarter...ahem). I'm curious to see if a less crazy person finds this explanation agreeable.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 28, 2017 9:15 AM  

That is "if they starved, they deserved it for being so X and not doing Y instead".

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 28, 2017 9:25 AM  

It's an evolutionary arms race between not-so-subliminal messaging and ad-immunodefense-systems.

A sizeable part of the ad-immunity isn't even digital, the more ads you see, the better you get at ignoring them.

It was always fated that the cost of sending digital ads over the wire would eventually exceed the income they drew. Google-fraud and etc. is just their way of trying to live in an environment that is already probably not capable of supporting them, and will grow successively less so.

In this case, lawfare isn't going to save the Goolag from its parasitism. Cue collapse age.

Blogger Cail Corishev August 28, 2017 9:27 AM  

Google can claim to be trying to fix it, but there's not much they can do. If the ads are worth publishing, then they're also worth hiring a room full of third-world drones for a dollar a day to browse the web and click on ads as fast as they can. Google may be able to filter some of it out based on too-high click rates coming from certain sources, but there are ways to fool that too. And every click not counted is money out of Google's pocket more than anyone else's, so they're always going to err on the side of counting everything, even if that means they have to issue refunds to some big advertisers who complain later.

If they'd only gone after Nazis and real hate speech that normies would agree is clear hate speech, they would have been fine. But Ron Paul? Even people who think he's a crank wouldn't say he's hateful in any way. If they'll treat Ron Paul like a toxic hate criminal, what's going to happen to your long-play video game tutorials where you and your friends call each other names, even one time (gasp!) calling each other fags?

Everyone who posts videos for fun or profit now has to wonder whether he's ever been too conservative, too masculine, too American, too right-wing, too religious, too whatever to get past the Puritan sensibilities of some strangers monitoring things at YouTube. This should go well.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 28, 2017 9:29 AM  

"Notice that YouTube still puts ads on videos it has demonetized. Such as those produced by Ron Paul."

Noted this a few days ago. It's fraudulent on its face, no need to dive into the code.

Demonetized = We'll still be making money off of your content, but you won't = more for us = DEMONETIZE ALL THE THINGS.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable August 28, 2017 9:35 AM  

Aeoli Pera wrote:That section is really remarkable too. Raises some fun questions like "why is the beast's mark so damning for the soul?" and "what is the group psychology of a mass of people intentionally starving another mass of people?"

Because socialism is anarcho-tyranny vs. the subsidiarity of capitalism proper.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) August 28, 2017 9:38 AM  

The crash will be glorious and the crashing FANGS will bring down the whole fake market.

Even if you're right, you shouldn't revel in it. Economic downturns are terrible things.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 28, 2017 9:38 AM  

"We're being FARMED."

Duh. This was inevitable as soon as you put a dynamic such as an economy (Quite literally based on what people THINK something is worth = the best liar is king) into human interactions. It's a deliberately obfuscative mechanism that rides under the guise of "better equality of compensation".

"That elk-hide isn't worth EXACTLY the same as my two jars of honey, so I'll throw in some copper tokens instead of the third jar that would be closer than two."

"Copper tokens? Why do you need those when you have my solemn oath as ruler of the Huns that I'll pay? Here, take a fiat... I MEAN, take a cheque."

"Checks are for losers, use the plastique! We'll even lend you money if you can't pay it off yourself. Actually, NO! We'll just lend you money whether you can pay it or not, then charge you high interest if you can't. NOTHING COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG!"

"That's an awfully nice house you have there. It would be a ssssshame is someone repossessed it..."

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 28, 2017 9:41 AM  

"what is the group psychology of a mass of people intentionally starving another mass of people?"

I sold my soul for this bread. I'm no longer human, so f*** the starving humans.

It's the inverse of "They're not human like me, so f*** the subhumans."

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 28, 2017 9:43 AM  

SciVo de Plorable wrote:Aeoli Pera wrote:That section is really remarkable too. Raises some fun questions like "why is the beast's mark so damning for the soul?" and "what is the group psychology of a mass of people intentionally starving another mass of people?"

Because socialism is anarcho-tyranny vs. the subsidiarity of capitalism proper.


Mmm...too blithe. I think socialism is a means to a more Nietzschean end.

Blogger Cail Corishev August 28, 2017 9:44 AM  

I wonder how much of this has to do with the AdNauseum app

Probably not much directly, because most people didn't know about that until recently, and I'd guess the refunds are for the time period before that. But I'd bet word getting out about AdNauseum, and the fact that it's possible to game ads that way, woke some advertisers up to how much they're getting hosed.

Thing is, everyone knew some clicks weren't real. And everyone knows most clicks don't turn into sales. It was an imperfect system, but advertising is hit-or-miss by nature, so advertisers could live with it as long as they thought everyone was doing his best to keep it clean. Now they're realizing Google isn't.

Anonymous PETA August 28, 2017 9:46 AM  

"Demonetized = We'll still be making money off of your content, but you won't = more for us = DEMONETIZE ALL THE THINGS."

All these "cute" animal videos are exploitative and extremely offensive. The animals should be humanely euthanized and the purveyors of this filth thrown in jail. YouTube should, if it wishes to be a responsible corporate citizen, immediately ban these videos and notify the authorities.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 28, 2017 9:51 AM  

"why is receiving this mark the Rubicon when other things like adultery presumably were not?"

Because something about it means entirely forfeiting your free will. You become either a deterministic meat-machine or a permanently demon-possessed spawn of Satan. Your soul is gone.

Anonymous Anonymous August 28, 2017 9:59 AM  

I saw on Twitter 4Chan claiming a big part of what has contributed to this problem for Google is the AdNauseum browser extension - https://adnauseam.io/

From the website:
"As online advertising becomes ever more ubiquitous and unsanctioned, AdNauseam works to complete the cycle by automating Ad clicks universally and blindly on behalf of its users. Built atop uBlock Origin, AdNauseam quietly clicks on every blocked ad, registering a visit on ad networks' databases. As the collected data gathered shows an omnivorous click-stream, user tracking, targeting and surveillance become futile.

AdNauseam is a free browser extension designed to obfuscate browsing data and protect users from tracking by advertising networks. At the same time, AdNauseam serves as a means of amplifying users' discontent with advertising networks that disregard privacy and facilitate bulk surveillance agendas."

Supposedly 4chan'ers have been promoting the extensions use. No Brave extension, as I think that might be redundant considering the built in ad block or the voluntary pay platform built into the browser, but there is a Firefox extension that can be added to BlueMoon.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 28, 2017 9:59 AM  

Correction, *Spirit*. Your God-given *Spirit* is gone.

Soul is more like mind IMO.

Blogger Aeoli Pera August 28, 2017 10:15 AM  

Azure Amaranthine wrote:"why is receiving this mark the Rubicon when other things like adultery presumably were not?"

Because something about it means entirely forfeiting your free will. You become either a deterministic meat-machine or a permanently demon-possessed spawn of Satan. Your [spirit] is gone.


Makes sense if true. Here's a wild thought: the initiation process is a reverse-Eucharist. You have to eat the flesh and drink the blood of someone weaker to get the mark. And if you don't you're up for grabs.

Blogger JaimeInTexas August 28, 2017 10:20 AM  

"Amazon giveaways"

Yep. I have borrowed and read a couple of Castalia published books that I have afterwards purchased.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 28, 2017 10:36 AM  

@36. Aeoli, "You have to eat the flesh and drink the blood of someone weaker to get the mark. And if you don't you're up for grabs."

Sounds like something that would send Nietzsche into gales of giggles.

If God lays down an Ultimatum in the vein of "Do unto the least of these as your would to me", killing and eating one of them WOULD be a rather final rejection on every level.

The only problem would be that it's too honest for Satan. Too direct. If you refuse, you keep your Spirit, and thus killing just then might be a loss for him. He's more likely to have someone stronger eat you AFTER you've taken the bargain, thus signaling your acceptance of the dynamic and prostrating youself to the same mechanism.

He's only going to directly kill you himself if you're making a bad advertisement for all his other prospects. If you stay silent, he'll keep you around in hopes of eventually eating your Spirit too.

Don't stay silent. Nothing about that it worth it.

Blogger Nick S August 28, 2017 10:36 AM  

The prescient have been pre-positioning alt-tech for some time. Tech abhors a vacuum. Power is a funny thing; people often have less of it than they imagine.

Blogger Desdichado August 28, 2017 10:39 AM  

Josh (the sexiest thing here) wrote:The crash will be glorious and the crashing FANGS will bring down the whole fake market.

Even if you're right, you shouldn't revel in it. Economic downturns are terrible things.

I didn't take "glorious" that way. It's similar to how the day of the Lord can be both great and terrible at the same time.

Anonymous Ain August 28, 2017 10:44 AM  

There's companies that have cut their Google ads budget by millions and didn't notice a decrease in sales.

I like eBay's model better. You get charged when an ad click results in a sale.

Blogger J. T. K. August 28, 2017 10:45 AM  

Endorsed

Anonymous John August 28, 2017 10:46 AM  

Even Google doesn't trust it's own ad network, which explains why they've been advertising Adwords in print media for the past several years.

Influencer marketing is where it's at now anyhow.

Anonymous Killua August 28, 2017 10:48 AM  

a) this blog

Yeah, this blog is awesome. But of course, the question is. "How did people hear about my blog?"

Personally, I found this blog through a PUA manosphere guy.

Blogger Nate August 28, 2017 10:56 AM  

Google's claim to fame is targeting. But the thing is... for all their insane capabilities... they actually aren't that good at it.

For example... there is a long list of things that I really want. Google never shows me ads for those things.


Blogger Robert What? August 28, 2017 11:02 AM  

I stopped using Google AdWords for my company a couple of years ago. After blowing probably $30-40k with no quantifiable results I decided it was just an unaccountable money machine for them. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the click farms are paid by Goolag.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 28, 2017 11:02 AM  

@46 Nate

It is however, very good at showing me ads for things I've already bought.

Blogger Cail Corishev August 28, 2017 11:10 AM  

It is however, very good at showing me ads for things I've already bought.

Yes, and also things I've already decided not to buy. I guess that might work occasionally on the undecided. For me, it's just a reminder of how good they are at following me around from site to site.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 28, 2017 11:27 AM  

I don't know what ads you guys are talking about. I do see the occasional e-roach to be squashed though.

Adnography seems to be the most persistent type of roach in my experience. They pop up in places you'd never expect them from time to time.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer August 28, 2017 11:28 AM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:@46 Nate

It is however, very good at showing me ads for things I've already bought.


I suspect that is on purpose and they just confuse/obfuscate the timing.

They can honestly claim that you bought something in an ad they showed you. They just conveniently leave out the part where you bought it before they showed you the ad.

Anonymous BBGKB August 28, 2017 11:31 AM  

It is however, very good at showing me ads for things I've already bought.

2 year supply of freeze dried food.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener August 28, 2017 11:34 AM  

"Economic downturns are terrible things."

Downturns are good and necessary, as they help prevent misallocation of resources. What's terrible is a government/central bank taking artificial measures to delay downturns for political gain, since the inevitable downturn is guaranteed to be more severe than it would have otherwise been.

It's the waste generated by fake economies and phony booms that's terrible.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents August 28, 2017 11:39 AM  

@52 Noah B
Downturns are good and necessary, as they help correct misallocation of resources.

Fixed that for you.

It's the waste generated by fake economies and phony booms that's terrible.

This. Fake economy generates fake boom then we get real panic.

Anonymous krymneth August 28, 2017 11:40 AM  

One possibility for the Mark is that it is simply am empirical correlation that none who accept the Mark become saved. There may not be causation.

Another: I have what appears to be a minority view, in that for all that is going on, the end times are still at least 30-40 years away. In that timeframe, one possibility is outright true mind control. Not "flouride in the water" but "chip in the brain". Rather than just being a unique ID as we conceive of it today, it could be that the hand or head host control and communication ports. The exact lines between brain, mind, and soul are beyond us, but give me full control over your physical brain and I bet I can keep you from God barring his direct intervention. And a lot of what leaps to your mind is probably quite crude and unsubtle compared to what I have in mind. The plan would be to make you feel rich, rich beyond all reckoning, and let the eye of the needle do the rest.

Anonymous Rhino August 28, 2017 11:42 AM  

About 9 years ago I used Google Ads to draw in business (divorces). It worked really well when I was the only one doing it and it was well worth the money. When the other lawyers figured out what I was doing the price of ads skyrocketed and quickly became unprofitable.

Anonymous Nathan August 28, 2017 11:44 AM  

@54,

I lean towards the chip in the brain idea. From extra-biblical accounts, a person who receives the chip unwillingly will be seen in similar light to a rape victim. And the tech giants are already looking towards neural lace for direct mind-computer interfaces.

Anonymous BBGKB August 28, 2017 11:47 AM  

Speaking of Fake did you see about Mary Beard and Monica Lewinski?
http://www.vdare.com/posts/guardian-monica-lewinsky-defends-mary-beard-in-twitter-row-over-black-roman-britons

Downturns are good and necessary, as they help prevent misallocation of resources.

You mean like using taxpayer $$$ to import 3rd world HIV+ moslems? Given that they will eat around $60k worth of AIDS meds a year per person while on welfare/section 8, & SS Disability while veterans die waiting for care?

Blogger Johnny August 28, 2017 11:56 AM  

Noah B The Savage Gardener wrote:"Economic downturns are terrible things."

Downturns are good and necessary, as they help prevent misallocation of resources.


They used to call this the business cycle and it was actually a credit cycle. Debt levels would get too high and the downturn would blow off the excess credit along with losses for the borrowers and lenders. Now we have government backing most credit bubbles by one means or another and the loan losses are less. Too big to fail is what they call it when the bailout is for a bank.

What happens next is hard to know. We have a global credit bubble and those given to excess lending often don't get punished with bad loans. If we do get a credit blowout it is going to be a humdinger.

Anonymous Gen. Kong August 28, 2017 12:01 PM  

Purveyors of "advertising" that don't actually advertise.
Purveyors of "higher ed" that don't educate.
Purveyors of "law enforcement" that selectively enforce laws.
Purveyors of "justice" that free the guilty and imprison the innocent.
Purveyors of "deliberative legislation" that reject deliberation in favor of 24/7 campaign fundraising.
Purveyors of "national defense" defending everything but the nation.


Why do you think I use the term "Fake Banana Empire" so often? They're all frauds. Fraud is the entire ethos of the entire system - it's very root. Maybe "Kayfabe Empire" would be even more apropos. We can add to your list Purveyors of the "Christianity" who preach lies in the name of idols (Judeo-Christ) and no doubt many more.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener August 28, 2017 12:12 PM  

Fake Banana Empire. One Nation Under Fraud.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 28, 2017 12:20 PM  

@Krymneth, "I have what appears to be a minority view, in that for all that is going on, the end times are still at least 30-40 years away."

They could be 340 years away. Everyone's always convinced it's the end of the world. They were convinced shortly before the year 1,000, they were convinced by major comets being visible, they were convinced on each of the umpteen time the Watchtower phalse prophesized it.

Everything always sucks, there's always war and chaos and rumours of wars, and there's always someone offering "a brighter tomorrow, today!"

Perhaps things have changed somehow, and perhaps I'm just being a doubting Thomas, but I'll believe it when I see it. Doing everything you can BEFORE then should be a given, but human nature.

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 28, 2017 12:20 PM  

@55 Rhino

About 9 years ago I used Google Ads to draw in business (divorces). It worked really well when I was the only one doing it and it was well worth the money. When the other lawyers figured out what I was doing the price of ads skyrocketed and quickly became unprofitable.

You know, now that I think of it ebay.com has run into the same problem. What worked ten years ago just doesn't now. Sniping software has left their entire business model vulnerable. That combined with the fact that nobody wants to wait a week to make a purchase anymore.

It's only a matter of time for them.

The market has evolved and the Dotcom Bust survivors just can't adjust because the adjustment is too big.

The adsense model is seriously behind the times.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener August 28, 2017 12:26 PM  

@62 Ebay is still a good marketplace, though. I routinely find things there that I either can't find on Amazon, or I find them for much lower prices than at Amazon. I don't like using Paypal for anything, but it's hard to justify not using it when I can find, say, a brand new car seat for a hundred bucks less than I can find it anywhere else.

Anonymous Publilius Syrus August 28, 2017 12:29 PM  

Midnight Avenue J wrote:Aeoli Pera, yep, cell phone, Fitbits, internet tv...mark of the beast.

I like the comforts and amusement of all this tech but I've lived without it and can certainly do so long term. We get too comfortable. It's good to get uncomfortable sometimes, on purpose. To learn to live without the mark.


The Mark of the beast:

http://imgur.com/a/MGGnY

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 28, 2017 12:38 PM  

When AdSense was created the internet was a very different place. The only thing you could buy at Amazon was a book.

You didn't really know where to look for anything if you were hunting for something online.

Now you pretty much do.

Need a magazine for your CZ? Don't bother with Amazon, you knew they didn't carry those when you started looking, so you just went straight to CZ's site.

Need snow tires? Start by checking TireRack.com.

Want a new Thermapen? Maybe Sur La Table has got them but you know that Thermapen occasionally has sales going on, best to check their site first.

Need a new Mobo? You already know which top three sites to check. The only thing you are looking for is the best price.

In none of those cases were you bothering to dig through the internet using Google.

I'm not saying Google is dead. No mistaking the fact that it is still the gorilla in the monkeyhouse.

Businesses are still going to use AdSense reflexively but that is the only reason they are still shoveling money to Google.

Market inertia is a business model with a significant downside.

Inertia always runs out.

Anonymous Were-Puppy August 28, 2017 12:47 PM  

I hope this hits Goolag like a gas cannister to the balls

Blogger Gromm August 28, 2017 12:51 PM  

"Notice that YouTube still puts ads on videos it has demonetized."

That sounds like a class action waiting to happen.

Anonymous Laz August 28, 2017 1:01 PM  

"In none of those cases were you bothering to dig through the internet using Google." Not true. I use it all the time to find the best price or to find the actual name of the product I'm looking for.

Blogger Midnight Avenue J August 28, 2017 1:02 PM  

It is however, very good at showing me ads for things I've already bought.

Yeah. But I expect algos to do that. Bought something from a big lots retailer yesterday. Nothing but nonstop ads from them anywhere I browse today. Bitch, I already got what I wanted from you, STFU!

A few years ago I bought something small at my local grocery. Used my store shoppers club/discount card at self-checkout. Later that night, logged in to FB for first time in a while...BAM bombarded with ads for more products in same brand and category as what I'd earlier purchased. I saw it, then. My ravings and suspicions in reality right there in front of me. I'm ashamed I didn't recognize it sooner.

But you can screw with the system and it's fun. Use dead relatives to sign up for discounts. Pay cash and watch cashier heads asplode at having to make change, but usually their tills tell them what to do. One of my metrics for capable: you can count back my change to me from least to greatest monetary unit. Is this really how far we've fallen?

Anonymous TheTruthIsAlwaysUnacceptable August 28, 2017 1:13 PM  

I think Google (Alphabet Inc.) has jumped the shark.

Anonymous Whitey Whiteman III August 28, 2017 1:19 PM  

>I saw on Twitter 4Chan claiming a big part of what has contributed to this problem for Google is the AdNauseum browser extension - https://adnauseam.io/

There's also a simple little JavaScript to run with that automates searches of the top 2000 most expensive keywords (they average like $204 a pop). /g/ and even /leftypol/ have gotten on board.

jsfiddle.net/codefag/3t9r045q/

Anonymous JAG August 28, 2017 1:23 PM  

I had my suspicions that the adpocalypse was really about keeping the money for themselves, and that the SJW part was to placate the narrative for the idiots that fill the ranks. With Goolag still putting their own ads on demonetized videos I get my confirmation.

Of course, the top SJW channels will most likely keep their revenue so that the narrative is fed. Everyone else will eventually lose their income.

Anonymous krymneth August 28, 2017 1:23 PM  

When I say "at least 30-40 years", I mean that literally, in that 20,000 years fits that without my having to modify it. It is as God wills it, and no other way.

That said, there are indeed a lot of interesting ways things are lining up. But at their current have I think we're still a ways away from earliest natural convergence. It's just my opinion. I can't help but have one, and I don't think it hurts as long as I keep straight that it is only my opinion and nothing more.

Anonymous JAG August 28, 2017 1:25 PM  

Were-Puppy wrote:I hope this hits Goolag like a gas cannister to the balls

Ah, a new version of "arrow to the knee" memes.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 28, 2017 2:29 PM  

Azure Amaranthine wrote:It's an evolutionary arms race between not-so-subliminal messaging and ad-immunodefense-systems.

A sizeable part of the ad-immunity isn't even digital, the more ads you see, the better you get at ignoring them.


for my part, if the page is too aggressive, intrusive or ad-intense, I'll simply skip the content. I'm not willing to put up with a site that does pop-unders, popovers and fancy javascript tricks to make you click on pointless carp just to finish an article, like the wnd, daily mail and many other websites do.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 28, 2017 2:57 PM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:What worked ten years ago just doesn't now. Sniping software has left their entire business model vulnerable. That combined with the fact that nobody wants to wait a week to make a purchase anymore.
I regularly buy things on ebay. Just last week I bought a used Kindle for my son's birthday. What I don't do is participate on the auction nonsense. Way too tired of being sniped. I just generally use the "buy it now" feature.

It the same way Amazon has become home to the nation's used bookstores, ebay is becoming the nation's second-hand electronics marketplace.

Gromm wrote:"Notice that YouTube still puts ads on videos it has demonetized."

That sounds like a class action waiting to happen.

Sorry, it's right there in the terms of service. They have the right to place ads on your content at their discretion. They are in no way required to pay you for the content you provide, although they may do so.
You are free to take down your content and put it up somewhere else. And, unlike some services, taking it down from youtube actually deletes the content.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine August 28, 2017 3:30 PM  

@76. Snidely, "Sorry, it's right there in the terms of service. They have the right to place ads on your content at their discretion. They are in no way required to pay you for the content you provide, although they may do so."

IMO it's not about the legality of it.

It's that they say they demonetize because they can't in good conscience put ads on it.

Then they put ads on it anyway.

Blogger vanderleun August 28, 2017 3:39 PM  

Get back to us when somebody starts addressing these Google issues with setting up "Molotov cocktails on the House" at the Google Offices.... and gets into tracking their jet fleet with Stinger missiles. Less than that will mean exactly zippo.

Blogger Feather Blade August 28, 2017 3:53 PM  

I remember when the Mark of the Beast was bar codes.

Technological advances, taking away our old escatologic indicators *shakes cane*

/getoffmylawn

Anonymous Brick Hardslab August 28, 2017 3:59 PM  

How do you make 180 million clicking on ads? Asking for a friend.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash August 28, 2017 4:01 PM  

Azure Amaranthine wrote:It's that they say they demonetize because they can't in good conscience put ads on it.
No, they say they can't monetize it because bad bad people shouldn't have money.

Blogger tz August 28, 2017 4:11 PM  

Adblock, and Trackblock (Ghostery) everywhere. Or better yet, Adnausem type that clicks on everything in the background keeping it hidden.

And there should be a boycott of any company seen advertising on a demonetized video.

Blogger Thucydides August 28, 2017 5:24 PM  

Someone suggested on another blog that targeting ads using clickbots (or armies of slaves, if needed) might work especially well if turned against companies which we already know are SJW converged, or who's CEOs have indicated by words, actions or implication that they no longer want to serve customers who voted for the Trump Administration.

While I don't have the technical savvy to create such a thing, I did wonder on reading is this even possible, and if so, how efficient would it be?

Blogger ÆtherCzar August 28, 2017 5:53 PM  

The only online advertising I've found that generates more sales than it costs is Amazon's Ad Campaign. Amazon places ads for your book on their other webpages and throttles impressions to achieve a positive ROI. Right now I'm running at advertising cost per sale of about 20%, but the total sales generated are only a few percent of my total. The best online advertising is a mention, an endorsement, or a review by a prominent online personality, like Larry Correia's Book Bombs or an "Instalink" from Glenn Reynolds. Those really drive sales.

Blogger Buybuydandavis August 28, 2017 6:01 PM  

VD: Notice that YouTube still puts ads on videos it has demonetized.

Ad money for me, but not for thee.

Anonymous George Desmond August 28, 2017 6:29 PM  

Bag eggs in the system.

Blogger Freddy August 29, 2017 3:16 AM  

5G coming with military grade miliwaves to crush all dissenters. An EMP will be most merciful to stop this Beast

Blogger Freddy August 29, 2017 3:22 AM  

Hermeneutics sets the perameters. Revelations is apocalyptic language, quite different from Pauline Epistles. Check out Ken Gentry on the destruction of the temple.

Blogger Freddy August 29, 2017 3:27 AM  

Research "Smart dust." They float this from the sky and builds up in our bodies. Once saturation is reached we register on their scanners. No actual volitional implanted chip is required. So smart

Anonymous MrNiceguy August 29, 2017 4:55 PM  

A couple of weeks ago, Steven Crowder was talking about this on his show. He commented on the "Muslim Singles" ads that seem to be plastered over any of his videos that haven't been de-monitized. This is the channel that followed up the popular video, "Bob Ross Paints Mohammed" with "Bob Ross Paints Mohammed With Period Blood" and the spin-off, "Bob Ross Paints The Bob Ross Estate Legal Team Eating Shit, (with special guest, Mohammed)"

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