Archive for July, 2008

Quick, Put All Your Money into Condoms…

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

From Rueters

More than 50 dissident Catholic groups published an unusually frank open letter to Pope Benedict on Friday saying the Church’s ban on contraception had been “catastrophic” and urging him to lift it.

The letter was published as a paid half-page advertisement in Corriere della Sera, Italy’s largest newspaper, on the 40th anniversary of the late Pope Paul VI’s controversial encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” which enshrined the ban.

I agree with the sentiment of the letter. Hopefully Pope Benedict will go for it. As an aside, Italy has become a much more secular society over the last 40 years and I would credit the inflexibility of church doctrine as a major factor.

Here are some condom ads that are entertaining and instructive…


Check out this link to a news item from a few years ago. The pope was adamant that condoms were not the answer to the AIDS epidemic in Africa. He suggested abstinence as a better alternative. Maybe he could have gone a bit further with that logic and offered the strategy of not peeing as a way to combat the detrimental effects of drought.

FTC Advice…

Monday, July 28th, 2008

pyramid-scheme.JPGMulti-level Marketing is a perfectly legal business model. Pyramid schemes are illegal. The FTC and similar bodies around the work draw a clear distinction between the two. Some marketers use very inventive strategies to blur that line.

Both types of marketing can chug along making many people lots of money for an indeterminate period of time. They can both potentially fall apart when the limits of a finite market are reached or when people have their confidence shaken, leaving the vast majority of people in a losing situation. The illegal ones can come to a VERY abrupt end leaving the vast majority of people in a losing situation.

The FTC has a fact sheet advising people on how to identify and avoid Pyramid Schemes.

59% of AmeriPlan® Independent Business Owners Made No Income in 2006

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The information in my title is a statistic taken from AmeriPlan’s® own disclosure page. They use ‘text as image’ for anything discouraging that they are obligated to disclose. This means that they meet their obligation without having to worry about the facts showing up in any kind of diligent search by someone who is considering working with AmeriPlan® .

I was not considering Ameriplan® , I was weeding through work at home scams and I had to look very closely at their business model in order to figure it out. It was hard, because the company and its IBO’s do everything they can to obscure two things. First, the product being sold is designed to look like a viable alternative to medical insurance but it is not. Second, the whole thing is an MLM.

If you are not risk averse and if you don’t have a problem selling people on something that may not be of much use to them, you might want to consider AmeriPlan® . You will, of course have to convince several other people that it is a good idea in order to ever see any money for your efforts.