Please don’t feed the animals

Ben says:

The logistics of your blog’s layout amount for an interesting contrast. You have a post decrying the GOP’s disregard of civil liberties next to an ad encouraging people to donate to the McCain-Palin campaign. ???

With the election entering full swing, this is a good time to remind everyone that I don’t control what ads show up on the sidebar. They’re generated by Google based on the words used on this site. Right now that’s leading to a lot of political campaign ads.

I could log into my account and block these as they come up, but I don’t for several reasons. One is that it’s time consuming. Another is that I don’t want to put myself in the position of tacitly approving the ads that do appear. The last is that these ads present a great opportunity: when you click on them, you’re taking money away from John McCain, Barack Obama, the Republicans, and the Democrats and putting it into my pocket. Given that they’re all competing for the right to take away our incomes, this is only fair.

This system only works if you don’t donate to the campaigns after you click through. Seriously, don’t do that. If you have money that you absolutely must give away, please get in touch and I’ll be more than happy to help you come up with more effective ways of doing good in the world.