tangor - 1:37 am on Jan 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
Google hate or Google pay-back is not constructive to the conversation. It's not personal unless "you", a rhetorical "you", were part of the problem selling illegal products and sadly miss your income.
No doubt a poor business decision was made and was linked to higher levels of G admin, submitted in seal during the settlement process. From that point we go forth. For some haters that was just a $500m slap on the wrist, for G it was a wake up. The next step, which might take just as long and be just as difficult will be trademark/copyright/counterfeit...
Making no judgments, merely observing what we all know: there's a lot of bad actors---most of them "us" (that's the pronoun, not United States) ordinary webmasters---attempting to make hay while the sun shines. The "sun" in this case is Google's advertising model which has no apparent ability to deal with fraud. And since Google was first to actually make advertising possible on the web and created the "black box", etc. they will be the first to feel the hammer.
Unless you want to don the tin foil hat and say it is international (pick your nations) attacks against capitalism and collect money, too, to continue that fight or organized crime (a given) or Divine Retribution because "my" website was dissed. :) (that's a smile... humor, satire, a funny) --- and maybe not so funny.
PS. Not suggesting anyone here is involved with fraud!