Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Google is the Government - News at 11

As I sometimes do during lunch, I voluntarily submit to rotting my brain cells listening to Alex Jones spew his conspiracy theories.  Why?  Because while I feel that most of it is excrement, there are some bits and pieces of factual information that make you go, "Hmmm..."  This posting is not about the factual information.

This posting is about, (and I'm paraphrasing here) according to Alex Jones and one of his guest cronies, indicating how Google and the government are somehow linked (it was difficult to tell whether Google was controlled by the government, or vice versa, or even both).  As such, Google's acquisition of data for "street view" is really a front for collecting all sorts of data for the government about people and their communications devices.  They also allege that Google manipulates search engine results based on government directives in a purposeful manner so as to distract people from what's really going on and redirect them to drivel such as Lindsay Lohan's jail sentence.  They also state that YouTube videos are manipulated in various ways as well.  I had enough of listening to this junk on the radio in the hot car, and came back inside where it's cool.

So my feelings?  I really wish conspiracy theorists and talk show hosts, whether it's Alex Jones or Rush Limbaugh or any of the other people out there, would stick to what they know and stop spewing out fear mongering comments concerning things about which they do not know.  Time and time again, I've heard Alex blab out during his show about how one should go out and Google something about the government doing something dreadful to kids, and mentioning how many hits come up.  So is this part of the conspiracy?  Enough already.  So what about Adobe, huh?  At what point are you going to attack Flash, because (as everyone knows) that I would find entertaining...interesting even.  Here you have a single company that has incredible proprietary control over web content now, even Alex's content, and not a single word about that.  Maybe that's why he hasn't addressed that issue.  It's far easier to point fingers at Google and instigate mistrust in them than to look at the crap he's using to build his own web sites and consider the possibility that there's a conspiracy in that too.  Good grief.  He doesn't know about computers and Internet technology.  Please, for heaven's sake, talk about something you actually know about...like getting arrested trying to take pictures of police officers.

Now I won't say Google are a bunch of angels.  They have their own set of skeletons in their closet, probably even ones we'd rather not know about.  It also wouldn't surprise me if the US Government hired Google for their data mining expertise.  That isn't because Google is in bed with the government -- that's because Google is good at data mining.  You got ghosts, you call Ghostbusters.  If you want to collect lots of data and figure out how to search through it efficiently, you call Google.  Yeah, the government gathers lots of intelligence.  Is that a bad thing?  I don't know.  If you look at their actions over the past, say, 20 years or so, it strikes me as a bunch of people who can't get their heads out of their butts and the only thing we need to fear is that they'll do something incredibly, unbelievably stupid and we'll suffer the consequences.  Most of the time it's all with good intentions, and as we all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  It's why I lean toward the government keeping their fingers out of stuff the Constitution didn't intend for them to be messing with.

In short...I should probably find something else to listen to during lunch when I'm bored.  There's a lot wrong in the world today, and somehow I don't think contemplating conspiracy theories are going to help.

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