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Google pulls the same shit it bashes China for... (this is worth your time to read)
04-16-2010, 08:46 PM,
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Information  Google pulls the same shit it bashes China for... (this is worth your time to read)
I've been an anti-google guy for longer than I've been against facebook (only because I didn't know about facebook at all when I found out about google's data-mining, etc) but I really had no idea how far they went in censoring news results...
that being said, I'm not really sure why he added the second part of his headline.

Shocking Censorship at Google News and the Future of Net Neutrality
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By David DeGraw
The Public Record
Apr 8th, 2010

The recent federal court ruling in favor of censorship on the part of internet companies representing the interests of the Business Roundtable — Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner — is a serious threat to the dissemination of critical information vital to the functioning of our democracy. The consolidation of media companies that has occurred in traditional media outlets, such as newspapers, radio and television, has led to the strategic dumbing down of the U.S. population.

Under tight control by the most powerful corporations on the planet, U.S. mainstream media has become an omnipresent propaganda system designed to divide, distract, confuse and create apathy among the U.S. populace. In the process, mainstream corporate controlled media has obscured, isolated and suppressed dissent and understanding of our present ruling class.

The internet has emerged as a vital countervailing force to powerful interests who seek to undermine the founding ideals of our country and further impoverish an unsuspecting middle class of hardworking Americans. Thanks to the tireless hard work of citizen journalists (bloggers) across the political spectrum, a growing number of American citizens have become informed and engaged to a level not seen since the pamphleteers enlightened the citizenry and sparked the first American Revolution.

Those of us who have spent many hours working on this — often very hard unpaid work, yet vital and rewarding — task of exposing corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power, must remain vigilant, and not be naïve to the growing forces of power who seek to silence our First Amendment rights by controlling the internet, just as they have controlled all previous mediums of mass communication.

I speak as someone who has already had firsthand experience in censorship. When we first created our news site AmpedStatus.com, we spent a considerable amount of time filling out a form requested by Google News, to get our news site listed in their search results. We carefully worded and submitted our information to meet Google’s requirements. However, after waiting several days, we received a form email stating that our request had been denied. Unlike Rupert Murdoch, who obviously has no understanding of how the internet works, I know it is vital to get listed on Google News. (Note to Stupert Murdoch: Not getting listed on Google News is like not having your newspapers displayed on newsstands.)

So right from the start, I knew my work at AmpedStatus would have a hard time reaching a wide audience due to Google’s rejection (censorship). We then decided to put much effort and our limited resources into Search Engine Optimization. At least we could maximize Google’s general search results. However, when I released my report “The Critical Unraveling of U.S. Society,” Google blocked it from appearing in their general search results. I wrote a brief post about Google censoring my report and tried to contact Google several times but never got a response. Thankfully, after I had submitted my emails of complaint and many other sites had picked up the report — well over a million people had read it — the report suddenly reappeared in their search results.

Knowing Google’s apparent desire to censor our work, I was thankful to have sites across the internet which were willing to publish them. A key ally in our attempts to overcome censorship is the news site, The Public Record. On a personal level, they have published all my recent reports. (How ironic that a site called The Public Record has come to our aid.)

Shocking Censorship at Google News

One of the great things about The Public Record is that it is listed in Google News search results. So, even though we were censored, we have been able to still get our work listed in this vital online newsstand. However, the powers-that-be at Google seem to have caught on to the fact that The Public Record is publishing our work. My latest report is the first report that The Public Record has ever had removed from Google News search results. This is obviously a case a selective censorship!

Jason Leopold, editor at large of The Public Record, writes:

“It appears that Google News has deprived the public of important information by censoring this story. This is the first time since Google News began carrying The Public Record that we have ever experienced a blackout on one of our articles. We have tried, unsuccessfully, to contact Google for an explanation. If this is in fact the case, if Google did indeed censor this story because of its subject matter, then Google has acted no different than the Chinese government.”

I have repeatedly reported, in detail, with ample evidence and supporting material/links to back up my claims, that the US government, tax system, economy, stock market and Federal Reserve have been ceased by an organized criminal operation that is tactically destroying middle class America. I am fully aware that these claims may sound extreme to Americans who have been subjected to the omnipresent mainstream media (propaganda) system. However, those of us who use the internet as our primary means of research and analysis know that the evidence supporting this claim is overwhelming and could be proven in court given the opportunity.

In fact, I believe that it is my clear presentation of this evidence that has led to Google’s censorship of this report. So for all of you who wonder what the internet may end up looking like when the Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner (all members of the Business Roundtable) interests take it over, you need to only look at the actions of Google News in censoring my call for a movement to restore democracy and the rule of law.

When the Constitution of the United States was written, the FIRST AMENDMENT, not the second, third, fourth or fifth, but the FIRST AMENDMENT stated this:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

With this in mind, please consider reading the report that Google News has censored:

Is It Time for Law Abiding American Citizens to Stop Paying Their Taxes and Start a New Government?

Here is a screenshot of Google News search results censoring my report:
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Shocking Censorship at Google News and the Future of Net Neutrality

David DeGraw is the founder and editor of AmpedStatus.com and director of MediaChannel.org. You can reach him at David@AmpedStatus.com.
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04-17-2010, 04:06 AM,
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RE: Google pulls the same shit it bashes China for... (this is worth your time to read)
Brutal actions but the pro-Net Neutrality slant of this article is being touted as the obvious and only solution. Limiting and polarizing the spectrum of debate, tried and true. You're in either one of two of the opposing camps, for it or against it. They will censor and throttle more and more at the ISP and the search engine level to encourage this 'solution' of Net Neutering.

This will end one of 4 ways:

1) We can set up competitive alternatives to the Google / Bing duopoly to keep information accessible and independently, ranked and sorted and present on search and set up more ISPs so there is a choice for the end consumer and free market principles kick in

2) Government will step in to save us from the evil corporation through regulation but once they get their foot in the door who knows how far the FCC will go. They did a great job with the medium of television, 6 companies and one agenda.

3) Government will keep a deregulated internet and the cartels will take over the internet via leveraging covert funding (you think the TV networks aren't getting some incentives) in the absence of competition.

4) We can innovate and create a new 'internet' type medium by making local hubs using modified HAM or Bluetooth protocol.

It's up to us to present these, and other, alternatives and inject other perspectives into the debate.

More on Net Neutrality:
http://concen.org/forum/showthread.php?tid=342
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04-17-2010, 04:26 AM,
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RE: Google pulls the same shit it bashes China for... (this is worth your time to read)
I'm not seeing the net neutrality argument here, excepting the "business roundtable controlling the internet" thing...

I hardly think this guy is about ceding control of the internet to the FCC when he's writing things like this (from the article he suggested people read in the piece above... and this is why I said the original post was well worth the time to read):

XII: Time for a Second American Revolution - The 99% Movement

Is It Time for Law Abiding American Citizens to Stop Paying Their Taxes and Start a New Government?The Economic Elite have seized our economy, tax system and government. These people are the most depraved terrorists on the planet and they have viciously attacked us and launched an all-out economic war on the American public. We have to get serious about defending ourselves and fighting back.

“This situation continues only because the mass of the people refuse to look facts in the face and prefer to feed on illusions produced and circulated by those in power with a profusion that contrasts with their withholding the necessities of life. The day that the mass of the American people awake to the realities of the situation, that day the restoration of democracy will commence, for power and rule will revert to the people.” — John Dewey

Which brings us back to my original question: Is It Time for Law Abiding American Citizens to Stop Paying Their Taxes and Start a New Government?

When it comes to the overwhelming evidence of unpunished theft, and the process of paying taxes into that organized system of theft, there comes a point when exploited people need to ask the question: Why should hardworking Americans continue to contribute to our own demise?

This is the same question that led to the first American Revolution when Thomas Jefferson wrote the following Declaration:

“Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”

And dare I say, with ample evidence to back up this claim, the level of “abuses and usurpations” inflicted upon the American people is much greater today than it was in 1776. Despite an omni-present propaganda (mainstream media) system — which is the greatest weapon of oppression humanity has ever known, which has also obscured, isolated and suppressed dissent and understanding of our present tyrannical forces — recent public opinion polls have produced stunning results:

* Only 21% of American voters believe the government has the consent of the governed.
* 82% want an aggressive crackdown on the criminal class that looted our economy.
* 86% feel the system of government is broken.
* 79% think the economy will collapse.

These are amazingly positive signs, because this means that the propaganda system is collapsing. These results show that only 15-20% of the population is still successfully propagandized, and this number will obviously keep falling as the economic attack continues to escalate.

The Economic Elite are hoping that our propagandized population will just sleepwalk to extinction and passively accept a slow death. Those of us who are aware need to sound the alarm! Where are the modern-day Paul Reveres? We need one on every street corner, at every shopping mall and coffee shop, on every online social network. In our nation’s history, the stakes have never been higher.

If you are reading this right now, and understand that what I’m saying is true, how can you continue to remain passive? I know that just ignoring this report is the easy thing to do, but ask yourself, look in the mirror and ask yourself: Will ignoring this today make my future any better? Or will it make things much worse? Paid-off politicians will not protect your future. Your house is on fire and no one is coming to put it out. Are you going to, or are you going to let it burn to the ground?

Only you can protect your future. Your inaction makes you complicit in your own demise.

As the late Howard Zinn once put it: “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.”

And the train is moving at a quickened pace. Analyzing the devastation from the economic attack thus far, it has been equivalent to a 9/11 attack every single week. And these attacks continue without any significant measures taken to defend against it.

Our politicians won’t defend us and exercise the will of the people, so we must. It’s time to get moving, start organizing and to form a new government that is, as the Constitution states: of, by and for the people.

We will restore a rule of law. The second America Revolution has now begun!

We are US soldiers, policemen, firemen, teachers, students, business owners, postal workers, transit workers, construction workers, union members, artists, journalists, doctors, nurses, lawyers, social service workers, factory workers, farmers, we are 99% of the population and we will not stand by and let our country be destroyed like this!

We are launching a 99% Movement and all the propaganda and labels that are used to divide us will fall to the wayside. We are not just Republicans and Democrats, or Tea Party and Coffee Party people, we are Americans and we are uniting against our common enemy.

“All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency is great and unendurable. And oppression and robbery are organized, I say; let us not have such a machine any longer. I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize.”
– Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

“The civilization may still seem brilliant because it possesses an outward front, the work of a long past, but is in reality an edifice crumbling to ruin and destined to fall in at the first storm.”
– Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

“All countries are basically social arrangements, accommodations to changing circumstances. No matter how permanent and even sacred they may seem at any one time, in fact they are all artificial and temporary.”
– Strobe Talbott

“First Ray of the New Rising Sun”
– Jimi Hendrix

“Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number
Shake your chains
to earth like dew
Which in sleep
had fallen on you
Ye are many
they are few”
– Percy Bysshe Shelley

The illusion being thrust upon us, by the mainstream media and current politicians, that leaves us feeling powerless to create change, is crashing down. As millions of Americans begin to realize the power we have in numbers and opt-out of this unconstitutional government that is currently in place, we will restore a rule of law and secure our freedom, liberty and future.

Is It Time for Law Abiding American Citizens to Stop Paying Their Taxes and Start a New Government?We look forward to proving the criminal misconduct rampant throughout our government and economic system in court. We will prove that the Government has acted against our interests, in an unconstitutional manner on many fronts and has actively facilitated the theft of taxpayer funds. It is beyond any legal doubt, as will be proven in courtrooms across the country. In fact, we are requesting a six-hour block of national primetime television programming to present our evidence directly to the American public. We expect the major networks to comply with our request, as the national broadcast television stations are licensed by the FCC to use the Public airwaves and are required by law to inform and serve the Public interest.

XIII: How You Can Get Involved

“Are you brave enough to see?
Do you want to change it?”
Trent Reznor

Anyone with a general interest in taking part in this 99% movement, please sign up here.

If you are a lawyer who would like to participate in this effort, please email Law@AmpedStatus.com.

We are also assembling a production team for our television and film public awareness campaign. If you have skills in this area, or would like to help fund this project, please email Media@AmpedStatus.com.
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10-20-2010, 01:21 PM,
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RE: Google pulls the same shit it bashes China for... (this is worth your time to read)
Looks like they've dropped the gloves. Or maybe just livened up the wrestling match performance. This could arranged to result in a lock-down from .hk traffic and compartmentalize the internet moreso.

Quote:A new approach to China: an update
3/22/2010 12:03:00 PM

On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence to suggest that the Gmail accounts of dozens of human rights activists connected with China were being routinely accessed by third parties, most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on their computers. We also made clear that these attacks and the surveillance they uncovered—combined with attempts over the last year to further limit free speech on the web in China including the persistent blocking of websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Docs and Blogger—had led us to conclude that we could no longer continue censoring our results on Google.cn.

So earlier today we stopped censoring our search services—Google Search, Google News, and Google Images—on Google.cn. Users visiting Google.cn are now being redirected to Google.com.hk, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong. Users in Hong Kong will continue to receive their existing uncensored, traditional Chinese service, also from Google.com.hk. Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over.

Figuring out how to make good on our promise to stop censoring search on Google.cn has been hard. We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement. We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from Google.com.hk is a sensible solution to the challenges we've faced—it's entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China. We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services. We will therefore be carefully monitoring access issues, and have created this new web page, which we will update regularly each day, so that everyone can see which Google services are available in China.

In terms of Google's wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk. Finally, we would like to make clear that all these decisions have been driven and implemented by our executives in the United States, and that none of our employees in China can, or should, be held responsible for them. Despite all the uncertainty and difficulties they have faced since we made our announcement in January, they have continued to focus on serving our Chinese users and customers. We are immensely proud of them.

Posted by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-approach-to-china-update.html
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