Comments on: Ben Stein’s sleazy paymasters http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Brian http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/comment-page-1/#comment-8989 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 08:32:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/#comment-8989 I just got taken by those guys too. They promise a free credit report, but charge $60 to the credit card anyway after seven days. Since Bank of America doesn’t consider them fraudulent, it refused to protect me against further charges. As a result, I was forced to cancel by Bank of America credit card to prevent future unwanted charges.

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By: RJ http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/comment-page-1/#comment-7233 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 02:49:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/#comment-7233 You are writing on a page advertising Michael Parness get rich quick products. Forgive me if I find your indignation a little suspect

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By: David H. http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/comment-page-1/#comment-6970 Sun, 20 Sep 2009 20:10:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/#comment-6970 Glad to see the puncturing of the Stein pinata. I wrote a blog entry once about how a desperate-to-please-evangelicals Stein equated scientists with genocidal Nazi figures.

Here’s my short post:

http://blog.davidhildebrand.org/2008/05/ ben-stein-and-new-york-times.html

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By: Warren Terra http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/comment-page-1/#comment-6963 Sun, 20 Sep 2009 08:19:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/#comment-6963 Felix and others shouldn’t confuse “pseudonymity” and “anonymity”. From a polite behavior standpoint, not a legal one, I see nothing wrong with principled pseudonymity; anonymity is more troublesome.

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By: Eric Kodjo Ralph http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/comment-page-1/#comment-6958 Sat, 19 Sep 2009 16:53:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/#comment-6958 Creepy!

Give me cockroaches any day.

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By: James Howard http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/comment-page-1/#comment-6953 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 23:10:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/#comment-6953 “I just got taken by those guys. I had used intellius to background check myself. Got a worthless product from them and 3 days after started getting charged by ‘value max’. I didn’t notice for 6 months. Luckily I was able to challenge 4 months worth. Still they stole $40 from me.”

One way to avoid this is to get a credit card that allows you to generate on-demand sub-account numbers, and then limit the sub-account to the exact amount you’re charging for a one-time on-line use such as Intellus. You can also manually delete the sub-account once it’s been used. AT&T’s Universal MasterCard (via Chase) offers this feature, for example.

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By: Unsympathetic http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/comment-page-1/#comment-6946 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 18:07:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/#comment-6946 VS: Why should the court compel them to receive information regarding a blog post that was so inflammatory that they… didn’t bother to contact the author for over a month?

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By: VS http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/comment-page-1/#comment-6943 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 17:16:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/#comment-6943 “If they had any problem with the blog entries, that was the time to say so — not now, when the whole episode is already half-forgotten.”

Which law compels them to contact you or the author of the comment first?

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By: Paul http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/comment-page-1/#comment-6942 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 17:09:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/#comment-6942 I’m very happy that you bring stuff like this out in the public’s view. Fraud is so widespread, we definitely need to do something about it. Great job!

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By: Paul Alan Levy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/comment-page-1/#comment-6937 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 14:09:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/09/18/ben-steins-sleazy-paymasters/#comment-6937 Our brief makes the point that even thoughAdaptive had Flaneur’s email address — in fact, that is why Adaptive seeks discovery from Yahoo!, which does not host the blog, but provides the flaneur email address as noted on the blog — it did not make any effort to notify Flaneur of its attempt to take away her First Amendment right to speak anonymously. But your point that Adaptive has not objected to Flaneur (or to you — nice to know that fact) about the content of the posts may be even more important from a policy perspective, as well as providing a window into Adaptive’s motives here. Thanks for this observation.

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