Bloggers Must Disclose Payments for Reviews


The Federal Trade Commission on Monday took steps to make product information and online reviews more accurate for consumers, regulating blogging for the first time and mandating that testimonials reflect typical results.

The FTC will require that writers on the Web clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products. The commission also said advertisers featuring testimonials that claim dramatic results cannot hide behind disclaimers that the results aren’t typical.

I might as well come clean now. I’m currently paid by the Neon Association of America for Neon Nights, Cats of America for every cat post, and Jesus pays me money out of his robe for the Where’s Jesus page. Oh, and Deepsea and Gorckat have given me coin to not delete their comments.

A Blog of an Abortion Clinic Escort Volunteer

These volunteers are heroes.

Hi, I am one of the Escort Volunteer Coordinators for the only abortion clinic in Louisville Ky. I have been escorting for almost 10 years and organizing for 6. Every Saturday Morning wonderful, brave, compasionate volunteers come out before the sun comes up to provide emotional and tactical support for women accessing Reproductive and Sexual medical care. We are a diverse group of people who all work together to make sure this resource is avaliable to our community. We are a decentralized group of autonomous individuals who come together to empower ourselves and others. This is the most effective and non-hierarctical work I have ever participated in and am constantly amazed at the intensity of it all. There are lots of days that I hate that this is even necessary, but it is. And we will keep going because Reproductive and Sexual Justice is essential to a healthy, empowered world.

Goths in Hot Weather

A blog dedicated to, well:

Goths, I love ’em! I even used to be one for a bit (well, I was a Didi-Goth for at least 6 months). But there’s one thing that troubles me about our cheery friends: what to do they do in summer? All that makeup, long black leather and rubber must get very sticky. I think we should show our respect for these poor unfortunates, struggling to stand out from the vanilla crowd despite blazing temperatures and sunshine that puts the rest of us in shorts and vest tops. Join me in celebrating the majesty of the Goth, who, eschewing any practicality whatever, still has the commitment to don a full length leather trenchcoat, stupid New Rock boots, and half a Superdrug counter of makeup. All hail the Hot Goth!

The Saddest Thing I Own

Reminds me a bit of Post Secret:

The saddest thing I carry is my boyfriend and best friends death.
I knew that he was cheating on me with her, and at first I was angry, but then i was told that they had both died in the hospital after getting hit by a drunk driver. At first i felt a disbelief wash over me, and I felt the irony of the situation. 5 weeks and 3 days later I was told I was pregnant.
I have no idea what to do or where to turn.
This is the saddest thing I bear.