Posted on July 12, 2012 by Don Pomodoro Posted in Issues regarding US persons abroad 13 Comments http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/ingrate_cashes_out_jbje8hIugWQjtOo6xJR8iI/0 Hall of shame +1! Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...
Actually I thought it was one of the most entertaining. They aren’t called “Homelanders” for nothing.
Here is one from Business Insider that is better:
“Fight vs. Flight: Reckoners Weight-In on the Concept of Expatriation”
So mind blowingly bad that it’s funny. Scary what passes for ‘journalism’ today.
It is the best of yellow journalism in the New York Post tradition. It is what passes as excellent Conservative journalism these days. Just outrageously envious is all I read. And, amusing too. It is kind of fun seeing them get all upset.
*Don’t know where to post this but this is the most recent thread.
The Governor of Maine compares the IRS to the Gestapo.
However his complaint is not that they go after your money but rather that somehow they are going to ration health care, “like they do in Canada” and as a result people are going to die.
With people like this running the place the US is in big trouble. P.S. he’s a no nothing Republican. P.P.S. With the name LePage his ancestors were most likely Canadian. I wonder what theAmerican pronunciation is.
Wow. Look at that image to go with it. I almost wonder if maybe it’d be better not to link to the really bad ones, at least not with an active link that sends them link juice and benefits their site in the search engines. Maybe just pasting the URL might be better. Heck, I almost feel bad visiting and giving these people an extra view. But like a car crash, how can one not look? It’s good to know what’s out there.
It is somewhat comical of an article. But that’s to be expected from the NYPost. Horrendous reporting is their hallmark. I think they try to be intentionally bad. It separates them from the pack.
Just put rel=”nofollow” inside the HREF tag, and then the link doesn’t get them any link juice.
Visiting their website and not clicking on any of their ads probably harms them (very minutely, but every little bit counts). It costs them server time and electricity, and lowers the click-through rate of their ads. Leaving a negative comment when there’s few other comments also hurts them. Leaving a negative comment when there’s hundreds of other comments unfortunately probably helps them (since advertisers will just look at the raw comment number to get a sense of audience engagement, without looking at the actual content of the comments).
@eric rel=”nofollow”. That doesn’t matter. Well, kind of, but not really. It’s still a link that contributes to their overall link profile. And visiting their website is not going to harm them as you say, journalism sites derive their revenue primarily from CPM ads, which benefit from increased page views. Then they get paid more if you click it, obviously, which would be a real sin. 😉 Visiting is not going to cost them in electricity costs in any way they can even measure–I can serve over 1 million hits a day from a $20 VPS, so they’re not going to worry about that.
That said, I definitely agree that leaving negative comments is worthwhile and also to get accurate facts out there. And it’s also worth visiting to see what the tone is out there in MSM and to know what they are saying to better know how to respond and correct misinformation. But still, I disagree about linking to them. It’s not a big deal though. I won’t feel bad either way (links are admittedly convenient). More important just to keep pumping out great content.
On the flip side, we should try to get more links to the Isaac Brock Society. I’ve been linking to it, particularly when I find like minded individuals who I think would want to join the cause. Double benefit. Every bit helps IBS rank better on these issues and also to grow its members.
One cool thing, when Savrin renounced I left a *bunch* of comments on the Bloomberg article. And was rather happy to see that when Bloomberg, or a company they contracted with, I don’t know which, did a summary of the tone of comments, they quoted one of mine stating that they are many other reasons than the tax amount to renounce, and that the complexity and burdens placed upon Americans abroad, such as not being able to open a local bank account in many cases now due to FATCA, is a real issue. So I was glad to have had some tiny effect. But it’s something. Better to speak than be voiceless.
Ah the New York Post. What a stinky rag. It’s a wonder anyone takes them seriously.
Re: the NY post article
This is envy plain-and-simple for 2 reasons
1) Denise Rich is RICH!
2) Denise Rich won’t be stuck on the plantation any longer.
I wish these article writers would just grow up and stop trying to make more people envious about these more fortunate people. US Citizenship sucks to have if you live overseas, even if you just have $1 in the checking account.
Someone should ask the article writer why there is a $450 fee to get rid of US Citizenship if it’s soooo good?
Sadly, the NY Post only speaks for its target market, which doubtlessly views the problem only in terms of the two points you made.
I’ll bet their sports and gossip sections are far more intellectual than their attempts to portray anything more.
RE Better to speak than be voiceless.
Absolutely agree. That is why I put up comments as often as I can on every article that is remotely connected to the issues of concern, or Tweet on it. I figure, nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say. It is good commenting here, as it re-inforces our arguments, however, it does become an echo chamber if we don’t go outside of IBS and comment. So, I do.
PS… I wished there were 6.5 million Expats tweeting, as I do think that has the potential to spread a message more widely than just commenting online. I would love to see something like #citzenshiptaxationisbad or #FBAR #FATCA #OVDI trending on U.S. twitter just once instead of nonsense like #ReplaceMovieTitleWithCheese which is there today!
BTW… for Canadians that tweet, and there should be more, check out your twitter trends too…