I misspoke earlier, and I need to fix this.
The Reader does have some control over Adsense ads (in a limited way); however, they are choosing not to do so as closely as some of you would like.
An ad might be blocked if, say, it was pornographic, or an attempt to manipulate the SDMB, or an ad by a direct competitor (to give just a few examples), but it would take something of that magnitude to get action.
I note that most examples of this type would be in violation of Adsense policies in any event and so it would be meaningful for individuals to complain to Adsense about the situation.
And of course we care when we see an inappropriate ad, you can’t work here at the Dope and not want everyone to have the very best experience possible. I have seen ads that detract from our purpose, yes indeed, and I’m not happy about it.
I complained to Google then and I’ll complain if I see it again. I ask that you do the same.