Times’ pimping, bad ads and foreign worker visas

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readers_small.jpgADOTAS — Readers commented on this week’s stories and here is a sampling:

LATime pimping out the front page for ads:

Ted R:
“I am on the sales side and I respect the journalists who recreate their brand everyday and make it possible for us to place sponsors in a great product.

But I never hear things like that from the journalists. Never. Instead of feeling like the publisher sold them out, how about “thanks for pulling out all the stops to keep us in jobs” in this near-death world we are living in.

The writers are living in the same fantasy land that has been the wonderful world of monopoly media for the past 40 years.

It’s over. Get used to it. Don’t like it? Go to a non-profit.”

On misleading incentive marketing:

Hunter O’Scams: [how apropos – ed]
“For the past month or so, I have been busy writing about the grant kit scam phenomenon. I created a separate blog for it.

In a recent post ‘An Open Letter to the US Affiliate Marketing Community’ I asked why affiliate marketers feel it is right to promote these grant kits, and questioned the methods they use.

Your article addresses some of these same issues.

However, I would like to draw the line even further. In my opinion, it is not just the publishers that are at fault; affiliate networks that include grant kit providers in their program are just as much responsible and deserve the scrutiny of the FTC.

I do not know if Clickbooth represents grant kit merchants in its network, but if you do, you should simply kick them out.

These programs themselves are based on false promises and misleading information. On top of that, they purposefully make it difficult to find the true terms of the services purchased through the use of hard-core negative option marketing, and for unsuspecting consumers this leads to unexpected credit card charges of sometimes hundreds of dollars. What makes it extra sour is that for many of those that think they can obtain a government grant money is a necessity; they’re unemployed, work at low-end jobs, lost their home, etc.

If I were running an affiliate network, I would not want to represent any of these companies, and I do not see why any of them do.

Also, oftentimes the marketing materials publishers use are provided by the merchants, and merchants do not seem to review publisher sites on a regular basis. Or maybe they do and just do not care as long as the cash keeps flowing in.

There undoubtedly are other programs I could mention (like Acai weight loss and such) but for now I am focused on the whole grant scam thing.

It needs to disappear.”

On H-1B visas:

jgo,
“Craig Barrett reminds me of the old story about the guy who complains to the doctor that his leg hurts when he hits it with a hammer.

NSF knew in the 1980s that explosively expanding F (student) visas and creating the H-1B visa program would shift financial incentives so as to discourage US citizens from doing graduate work in the affected fields.

As Milton Friedman put it, these visa programs (along with E-3, J, and L) are artificial subsidies to executives like Barrett, and the presidents of US universities, for that matter. Multiple studies indicate that each one shifts $12K or more out of the pockets of US STEM workers and into the pockets of the executives.

The way to get more US students to enter these fields are easy to see: 1. Stop teaching these subjects in ways so as to actively discourage interest. 2. End the market distortions including the subsidies for displacing US STEM workers from careers in these fields.”

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