It has been going this way for a while, whereas Google will put links that various governments dislike “down the memory hole” to be forgotten about, but this is an all out attack.
Not all of what Google censors in the US version of its search engine is even illegal, some of it is just a site where the executive branch of the US government (Obama, sure, but Bush did a lot of it too, and I assume that Romney will not be different) doesn’t feel the site quite jives with their political agenda.
What’s worse is that when Google does this, they don’t put a link in that tells you that a link was removed and who requested it, like they normally would for a DMCA complaint, it just vanishes.
I’ve already written about why Google is bad for your privacy, and what to do about it. Censorship disgusts me more…
The thought that the government is watching what you do (the surveillance state that Google helps to enable) is bad enough, because it will put an inhibitor on people. Before they choose to look at something, they first think of what the government would have to say about that. To have entire sites start falling out of the results will compel people to not even think to look at that site in the first place.
“In fact, we’re now receiving and processing more copyright removal notices every day than we did in all of 2009—more than 4.3 million URLs in the last 30 days alone.” -Google
There’s something very evil and wrong with a system that automates DMCA take downs. The DMCA complaint process was not designed to be automated, and it makes it a federal crime to send bogus take downs, not that Bush or Obama ever did anything about that. The copyright trolls been getting away with it for so long on Youtube that Google now feels comfortable expanding this system to their search engine as well.
If they miss and attack legitimate websites, as they have missed (frequently) and taken down legitimate non-infringing Youtube videos, then it is your problem to notice you’ve been de-listed and file a complaint with Google that they’re most likely just going to ignore.
Welcome to the re-education camp. I switched to IxQuick and DuckDuckGo (As I described in my other post that I linked to earlier) which do not track you, work over SSL, and consider several other search engines, making the government’s deletion of search results somewhat less effective.
I can’t seem to find a link to a page that describes this neutrally, so I will just talk about it instead.
The Republican Party is so worried that some people (mostly poor people who are harmed by Republican policies) will come wave protest signs too close to the billionaire Republicans for comfort, that the City of Tampa, Florida will be setting up “exclusion zones” and “official protest areas” way out of sight of the convention area.
If this works out like it did in 2008 and 2004, this will mean that Florida taxpayers get billed for many hours of police overtime for thousands of police officers. It also means that the police will again, probably slip plain clothed officers into the crowd, disguised as protesters, to start throwing rocks and bottles at the uniformed police officers, to give them an excuse to move in and be brutal thugs. They’ll use these “agent provocateurs” to give them an excuse to taser, beat, pepper spray, and shoot the crowd.
Fox News, which is a criminal organization ran by the far-right, will then move in and blame “violent protesters” for causing the police brutality.
If the protesters manage to take a peaceful protest too close to rich business criminal and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, they could be arrested, charged, and imprisoned under the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act”. The Occupy Wall Street movement is widely expected to show up to protest Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republicans.
Maybe Ron Paul will get his 15 minute speech at the RNC, and maybe his supporters will get to rewrite some of the official platform, but the Republican Party is so corrupt overall that this will mostly just annoy them as they ignore the new platform and anything that Mr. Paul says.
In other news, as President Obama spent the entire day, Sunday, in Colorado, talking to the victims of the Batman Shooter (which itself was enabled by lax gun laws), Mitt Romney was “leaving on a jet plane” to go to London to consort with other rich business criminals. It might have been political theater on Obama’s part, but Romney won’t even pretend to care about this tragedy. He can openly show his contempt for normal people because normal people already know what Mitt Romney is.
On another note, Election Projection site Electoral-Vote.com is now providing an alternate map that doesn’t consider Rasmussen polling at all. As you may or may not know, Rasmussen is basically owned by Fox News and cooks up poll results to always give the Republican candidates a 4-5 percentage point benefit of the doubt. The new map looks much better for President Obama.
On the subject of polling, it would be great if we could get another poll on the Indiana US Senate race. The Tea Party managed to defeat a very popular Republican Senator (Richard Lugar) which had broad support from Democratic and Republican voters alike, and replace him with Indiana’s former part-time state treasurer, Richard Mourdock.
You may have heard about Mourdock’s work as state treasurer already. He lost track of $600 million of state money during the middle of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, which forced local governments to up their taxation rate. Due largely to Mr. Mourdock’s questionable competence, I am recommending Joe Donnelly to Indiana voters.
Well, that settles it. I’m not going to see the new batman movie.
You might remember Senator Leahy, he’s still trying to resurrect SOPA. He’s calling it IPAA now as a sort of policy laundering.
The IP Attache Act would use your tax dollars to try to change the copyright, trademark, and patent laws of other sovereign nations to favor the MPAA/RIAA scumbags here at home, and then eventually these laws would make it back to the US in the form of a treaty or “Congressional-Executive Agreement” later on.
The US government won’t stop trying to take over the internet. They don’t want you listening to people like me, they want you to go listen to fake news that they control. Cable TV news channels don’t mention things like SOPA, CISPA, and IPAA, and they lose credibility when they refuse to cover real news stories.
People are finding out just how badly Fox News, NBC, and CNN are lying to them and tuning out. This puts pressure on the US government to shut down sites like Wikipedia and WordPress, and to censor Google.
Back to the MAFIAA (MPAA/RIAA), you shouldn’t give these labels and movie studios any of your money. The more money you give them, the more money they can use to hurt other people and buy laws with.
I’m going to vote for President Obama this year, but I really wish he’d get rid of Joe Biden. It’s obvious why he chose Biden as his VP., because Biden is buddy/buddy with the big Hollywood criminals that want to ram internet censorship laws down our throats.
Obama already had more than enough support in Delaware, and they only have four electoral votes anyway. He could have picked a VP that would have shored up his support in states that were competitive. Evan Bayh from Indiana was on the list.
Obama only won Indiana by about 1% of the vote in 2008 (including mine), but he would have gotten more support here, and maybe even won the state again this year (which is now unlikely and could help cost him his re-election) with Evan Bayh as his VP.
He chose Biden because Biden can go pump campaign donations out of the MAFIAA. Unfortunately, that means they control the Obama administration. Things would not get better in this area under Romney, so I just have to deal with the “yuck” factor when voting for Obama/Biden.
Worth mentioning: That raid on MegaUpload’s file locker site? Joe Biden told them to do it.