that’s what this rag calls itself. What it really looks like is a shill site that panders to the gullibility and credulity of people in debt to rake up fat affiliate profits from barely legal advertisers. Case in point – the banner ad on every page is for Cleansepatch, which claims to “effectively and immediately extract(s) heavy metals and other forms of toxins from your system while you sleep”. It sells for as much as $200 for a box of ten, and the web site gets a ‘referral fee’ for every person who clicks through to the seller’s web site. These are the things that supposedly work by ‘drawing toxins out of your lymphatic system’ through the soles of your feet.

I won’t even talk about the ads for Federal Debt Relief System which charges “subscribers”, already heavily in debt, several hundred dollars a month for “legal services”. Those “legal services” are as shady as the site on which they’re advertised. They consist largely of telling the client to stop communicating immediately with any credit collection agency, and then write to the agency to demand that they cease and desist all collection attempts until they can prove that the creditor incurred a debt with that specific credit collection agency. It’s a sleazy, slimy trick that’s based on a discredited loophole, and it doesn’t work any longer because creditors were onto it.

Even better – oh, let me show you:

See that story about the cancer cure tagged with the flashing BREAKING NEWS arrow? It’s an affiliate ad that links to a sensationalist sales letter (ask me about sales letters – I’m an expert on them) offering a free e-newsletter delivered directly to your mailbox. It’s put out by the Health Sciences Institute of Maryland, a group of alternative health practitioners. Now, let me put in my disclaimer here – I am incredibly open-minded about alternative health theory. I believe in nutritional health, I believe that there are benefits to herbs and to massage and to yoga and to many other things that we don’t understand yet. I also believe that there are those who seriously exploit our credibility and the desperation of those who are seeking a cure for various ailments. What I found on the Health Sciences Institute site was a mission statement that sounds heroic, and links to special reports with names like Drive out toxins (colon cleansing at a special introductory rate of $19.95 – but of course, you need to keep using it so… ), Boost your immunity (a “special report” about ‘immunological defenses’ for $9.95), Goodbye to arthritis (glucosamine and chondroitin with another “special report” for $19.95)..

This “free press for a free people” is no more than a shill for the most reprehensible of affiliate marketing scum – the ones that prey on gullible, uneducated, desperate people to make money. It’s disgusting. And it’s no surprise that they support the right-wing and float the most ridiculous lies of the campaign.

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