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_MG_5065  Badwater, Death Valley National Park, CA | With Words Added: Canadian Writer Seeks Justice & Water For California
Credit: Fikret Onal (fikretonal on flickr) / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic | Text added by RoseWrites using Pixlr April 24th, 2015

Dear Federal Trade Commission

I Want HubPages to Pay 50% With Water

Confirmation the FTC Received My Complaint and My Profile Page on HubPages (posted without my consent)
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel

For My Friends

and Fellow Writers

In 2010, I began to write online, first on WordPress and then on Squidoo. I chose to split my share of earnings with Squidoo since I wanted to help charity. 

One of my first articles was about water - and our dire need for it, worldwide.[1]
Right now, California is in the midst of an unprecedented water crisis. And it is only going to get worse. Some of the most talented writers I've met online live there (like TanoCalvenoa, AstroGremlin, and Steve Kaye[2]).
I am writing this open letter to you, the Federal Trade Commission and fellow writers, to ask that 50% of any monies recovered from the Squidoo-HubPages business deal go directly to providing safe drinking water to Californians.
When I watched the following video, my jaw dropped. People need water to live and it's a human right.

The City Without Water

Published on January 14th, 2015

My Proof May Be Gone

Just a couple of days ago, the site owners of InfoBarrel told me, "We have a bunch of DMCA's right now for some of your Squidoo-HubPages stuff."
As many of you know, Squidoo removed their Terms of Service (TOS) and subsequent posts about the sell out to HubPages. I carefully documented and kept screenshot proof of the numerous lies former Squidoo authors were told along the way.
Including this article, I've written 31 articles which clearly spell out all that is wrong, unethical, and illegal about the Squidoo-HubPages buyout. Plenty of shills and trolls have tried to quash my efforts.
A few outspoken writers have had the guts to support me and I know I have silent supporters.
Seth Advises Paul How to Deal With Proof by RoseWrites
But now, someone is examining my work with a fine-tooth comb. And according to my Google Analytics, this person is spending large chunks of time reading through my Squidoo-HubPages articles.
I have had to remove screenshot proof and provide quotes and links to my sources.
And I am aware these sources may disappear (or become hacked). Just like Squidoo's TOS did on the WayBackMachine Internet Archives.
I think the race is on to try and discredit me and pull as much of my proof offline so that the whole truth about the Squidoo-HubPages deal can never be known.
DMCA NOI Filed Against My Screenshots (Cartoon)
Oh and did you know? Pinterest and Amazon also gave me a hard time when I submitted my proof to them about my identity and content being used by HubPages without my consent. Well, at least Pinterest half-complied.

This Could Explain Why Individual Authors

Are Experiencing Less Traffic From Pinterest Now

Tobi (Pinterest) Removed Only Pins and Not the Actual Phony Account Set Up by HubPages
Credit: RoseWrites / All rights reserved

What About Amazon? And Should I Ask eBay?

In my latest article, Paul Edmondson: Ban Sousababy From HubPages, I documented what happened when I asked Amazon about my royalties from 277 of my articles still posted on HubPages.

You know there's going to be a problem when two customer service reps get involved. 

I Wonder How Many Times This Happens?

Paul E. Talks to Ms. J. Amazon Rep (Cartoon)
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel / All rights reserved

Seems Amazon Likes to Protect HubPages

Behind the Scenes (Andy D. and Ms. J. Amazon Reps Chat) Cartoon
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel / All rights reserved

Why I Am Writing This Open Letter

So now, I am asking you to hold onto your proof. Write down what you witnessed on Squidoo (or on HubPages). I have noticed that forum threads also get deleted sometimes.
If you are owed money, keep any email transactions you've had with either Squidoo or HubPages (and any dashboard or earnings page screenshots).
The Federal Trade Commission may need proof not only from me, but from all of the writers affected. I reported HubPages under the category Scams and Rip-Offs.[4]
A quick search of InfoBarrel will also lead you to additional articles about the Squidoo-HubPages deal (by other authors, not just me). There might be something in those articles that jogs your memory or that causes you to remember someone impacted by this business transaction.
If there are people that work (or did work) for Squidoo, HubPages, Amazon, eBay or Pinterest that could provide any assistance, please contact the Federal Trade Commission and provide them with your statement and/or proof.
You are always welcome to point to my articles in any of your correspondence.
Thank you for taking the time to read and share this information with other writers.

InfoBarrel is Getting Flak For My Proof Now

Addendum April 23rd, 2015

Paul E. and a HubPages Author Complaining About My Use of Her Article (2 Quotes) Cartoon
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel / All rights reserved

Oh and I Know I'm Dreaming But . . .

Wouldn't it be great if the Edmondsons were ordered to deliver water to people as part of some "community service" (over any potential punishment)?

Sigh . . . a girl can dream.

If you wish to file a comment[5] on a specific matter under review by the FTC, you can. The Federal Trade Commission requests feedback from the public on proposed rulemakings, regulations, proposed settlements, and more.

Seth and Paul Deliver Water to Californians (Cartoon)
Credit: RoseWrites on InfoBarrel / All rights reserved


Apr 22, 2015 8:01pm
You know I support you. Your articles on this topic, however much they enrage those with no conscience or morals, are completely honest and serve the purpose of disseminating truth.

The sad thing is that those attacking you are completely missing the point of being alive, chasing an illusion of what they think will make them happy, and they are devoid of the inner peace of conscience necessary for true happiness. It's impossible to oppose truth and to choose to accept and promote lies, and to simultaneously be happy. No one who does this can "win" as they are seeking to do, because what they're trying to accomplish is a waste and a fantasy that vanishes like a mirage.

There you go, Eastern wisdom applied to the corrupt entity that is HubPages. I wish they weren't just one of many corrupt entities that we have to deal with.
Apr 22, 2015 10:18pm

I hope people understand that we cannot exist on this planet without helping one another. I sincerely believe that those "silenced" by HubPages shills are just scared. Why? Because most writers online are living paycheck to paycheck.

I don't think I could have come this far without your support Jonathan. So thank you, dear friend. It takes guts to write those words. You have my utmost respect.
Apr 22, 2015 8:36pm
I just wanted you to know that I've been one of those silent supporters (as I'm generally not the most social of people), but I've been reading a good majority of these articles as they go up and you've had some well documented proof.

I imagine the people trying to discredit you are stout supporters of HubPages that would defend the site as we both would defend Infobarrel's reputation if need be, so it is a bit of an unpleasant situation.

I also appreciate your support of the California water crisis, I've been keeping tabs on it from my cousins in the Mojave desert, but they are generally used to a shortage of water.
Apr 22, 2015 10:34pm
Sometimes I read your work and think, 'Why can't I write like that?"

It says a lot that you commented. And it means more than you know.

I completely understand that not all writers have an issue with HubPages. And I "get" that some will defend HubPages no matter what.

You are right, I would defend IB's reputation in a heartbeat.

The key point is this: I didn't break the law. HubPages and Squidoo did. And because of that, some authors benefited but some good people lost - big time.

I hope that the Edmondsons can one day realize that they are taking advantage of vulnerable people by profiting from their work and identity (without their consent). Seriously, I don't know how the Edmondsons sleep at night keeping 100% of any earnings from "inactive" users.

I sure hope your cousins are prepared for the impending water shortage. Safe water IS a human right.

Thank you for caring enough to read and comment, I highly respect your opinion.

Take good care,

May 3, 2015 9:19am
Reminds me of a past article I wrote about in regards to writing for income. Even though I adored Squidoo, I expressed caution for potential writers looking to sign up for the platform.

The reason being, at the time, was that earnings were a bit harrowing especially with the article ranking change. No matter how good a platform appears, there are bound to be issues somewhere in mist.

Keep doing what you do because even if you appease the negative folks, they will go in search for something else about you to criticize. Thanks for another great article. Try to enjoy the rest of day and don't pay them folks no mind.
May 10, 2015 9:24pm
Thanks Browna86, it's been fairly quiet on my articles lately. But my Google Analytics stats (over the past couple of weeks) reveals a sizable group of "(not set)" visitors that frequent my work - within minutes of each other. There's between 19 - 38 of them.

By "(not set)" visitors, I mean they have all used a method of visiting my work without ANY indication what state or city they are from - or what landing page of mine they visit. But, they are all based out of the U.S.

I could speculate they are based out of San Francisco (where HubPages HQ is) but I cannot be certain.

I think it can only be a matter of months now that authorities (like the FTC) start to poke around.

Thanks again for visiting, your support means more than you know,

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