Skip to comments.Google - You're Fired!
Posted on 07/02/2012 12:29:06 PM PDT by Noremac
It is sometimes fascinating how certain purposeful intentions and actions can align themselves to the point of convergence. Case in point. I had come to the personal conclusion that Google has and is becoming much too large, too diffuse, too intrusive and much too much part of the problem of loss of privacy on the internet. As a consequence, I decided to move my internet research activities over to Yahoo.
I have used Yahoo in the past in fact Yahoo was the go to search engine back when I first started using the internet in around 1997.
Yahoo, in my opinion and experience (as a search engine), is in no way inferior to Google. Their business model, as we all know, has been kind of left in the dust by all the other bells and whistles that Google has developed over the last decade but Im not much of a bells and whistles kind of guy anyway.
Oddly enough, shortly after I make the decision to move away from Google, the sexy, trashy girl with all the flair and glitz, long fingernails and scads of makeup (think Lady Gaga) to the wholesome, hometown girl with clean good looks, tasteful style, dependability and decorum (think Zooey Deschanel), which is Yahoo I come to discover that Google has decided to declare itself a combatant in the culture war.
Yes, I am basking in the wisdom of my decision, having found out that Google has come out on the side of the anti-gun, anti-2nd Amendment freedoms faction. According to a blogger whose report has been detailed on Prison Planet, Google sent out an email to Google Adwords customers saying that they are going to pull all Google Shopping results for guns, ammunition, gun optics and gun accessories. To be precise, Google hasnt gone to the extent of censoring general search results, but even targeting a legitimate consumer interest in their virtual shopping environment is a moral judgment and a implicit defamation of gun owners and gun hobbyists.
Heres the insulting policy declaration presented in patronizing parental pastel tones:
Dear Merchant, Were writing to let you know about some upcoming changes to the product listings you submit to Google. As we recently announced, we are starting to transition our shopping experience to a commercial model that builds on Product Listing Ads. This new shopping experience is called Google Shopping.
As part of this transition, well begin to enforce a set of new policies for Google Shopping in the coming weeks. A new list of the allowed, restricted, and prohibited products on Google Shopping is available on our new policy page http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/ApI7UWRj6OCZpd.
Based on a review of the products youre currently submitting, it appears that some of the content in your Merchant Center account, Ham Lund Tactical, will be affected by these policy changes. In particular we found that your products may violate the following policies:
Weapons When we make this change, Google will disapprove all of the products identified as being in violation of policies. We ask that you make any necessary changes to your feeds and/or site to comply, so that your products can continue to appear on Google Shopping. To help you through this new set of policies and how to comply with them, we would like to give you some specific suggestions regarding the changes needed to keep your offers running on Google Shopping.
Weapons As highlighted on our new policy page http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/ApI7UWRj6OCZpd, in order to comply with the Google Shopping policies you need to comply first with the AdWords policies http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/StQ08jAzM4fVtG.We do not allow the promotion or sale of weapons and any related products such as ammunitions or accessory kits on Google Shopping.
In order to comply with our new policies, please remove any weapon-related products from your data feed and then re-submit your feed in the Merchant Center. For more information on this policy please visit http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/GbBNIGHOribLzf.
Were constantly reviewing our policies, and updating them when necessary, to ensure were offering the best experience possible to our users. Weve identified a set of policy principles to govern our policy efforts on Google Shopping in the U.S. These principles are:
1) Google Shopping should provide a positive experience to users. Showing users the right products at the right time can truly enhance a users experience. When people trust us to deliver them to a destination thats relevant, original, and easy to navigate this creates a positive online experience to the benefit of both users and merchants.
2 ) Google Shopping should be safe for all users. User safety is everyones business, and we cant do business with those who dont agree. Scams, phishing, viruses, and other malicious activities on the Internet damage the value of the Internet for everyone. Trying to get around policies or game the system is unfair to our users, and we cant allow that.
3) Google Shopping should comply with local laws and regulations. Many products and services are regulated by law, which can vary from country to country. All advertising, as well as the products and services being advertised, must clearly comply with all applicable laws and regulations. For the most part, our policies arent designed to describe every law in every country.
All advertisers bear their own responsibility for understanding the laws applicable to their business. Our policies are often more restrictive than the law, because we need to be sure we can offer services that are legal and safe for all users.
4) Google Shopping should be compatible with Googles brand decisions. Google Shopping must be compatible with company brand decisions. Our company has a strong culture and values, and weve chosen not to allow ads that promote products and services that are incompatible with these values. In addition, like all companies, Google sometimes makes decisions based on technical limitations, resource constraints, or requirements from our business partners. Our policies reflect these realities.
Weve given much thought to our stance on this content, as well as the potential effect our policy decision could have on our Merchants, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Sincerely, The Google Shopping Team
Guess what Google? My readers and I have a set of values as well. They are known as American Tribal Values and they include respect for the rights and responsibilities afforded to us by God and by our Constitution and those who have paid the price to protect, defend and preserve them. They include the 2nd and the 1st Amendments. So hey, no muss, no fuss, Ill just be moving along and leave you to your conceits about political correctness. Buh-bye.
Yahoo!search has been bought by Microsoft, and will soon use the Bing! engine. So you can use Bing, too, same or nearly the same search engine.
If you want to periodically “de-Google” your computer, to avoid much of its intrusive tracking, it’s important to delete cookies from the “Google network”, over 100 companies and sites that have been purchased by Google, many still operating under their own names, but share data with Google, so it can develop user database information.
Importantly, many sites are now protecting their cookies from deletion by using other Flash files to back up data, then reload the cookies. Adobe provides a Global Storage Setting Panel that will allow you to delete these as well.
Also, I am now enjoying Ghostery
This has eliminated much of the problem!
Bingo. Stops the rats in their tracks right at the point of entry.
Hasta La Vista google.
I never, ever ‘google’.
Have they ever come out and said what’s wrong with Larry Page?
I fired Google long, long ago.
Google sent out an email to Google Adwords customers saying that they are going to pull all Google Shopping results for guns, ammunition, gun optics and gun accessories (Shopping results, not general search results).
Google blocks pro-life items sometimes, drops all gun sales ads. Does Bing apply any biases of its own?
I’ve been a “Bing-only” kind of guy for several years now, over this very issue.
I’ve tried guns, ammo, sights, holsters, shotgun barrels, and Bing returns answers in Shopping mode. I don’t know what kinks Microsoft built in, but I’ve seen nothing obvious.
That is slightly misleading. Google actually searches less than 5% of the global internet, and is updated about every 10 days (unless you manually force the re-index by using the tricks and tools of the trade).
My flash folder is on my desk top and gets emptied quite often, and I never leave my computer without clearing my history, etc. It’s amazing how fast the flash folder is filled.
I use http://duckduckgo.com/ for my search engine. It does NOT report your IP adress and it does not create a search bubble around you. I am extremely happy with it. when you go to the site, click on the duck and you will get a good idea of what it is all about.
I also use lavabit.com for my free IMAP and POP3 mail, and am leaving my gmail address behind.
I don’t Google. I have been using Yahoo since 1997.
The quality of the search results are as good as google.
Thanks! I’ll give it a try.
How did you locate the flash folder?
A FReeper posted directions.
Word to the wise -- you might want to be careful. Yahoo is so inept at security that a bunch of Ukranian hackers just stole a punch of unencrypted (yeah, you read that right) passwords using an trick (SQL injection) so old it ought to have a long white beard.
thanks for the tip - I’ll give ‘duckduckgo’ a spin.
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