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Just in case there’s someone who’s not done with the Damore saga yet… So, I’ve found on the internet that another (much more senior) ex-Googler, one Yonatan Zunger, is ostensibly carrying the “progressive” offensive against James Damore. In his post at Medium, Zunger starts out by claiming that Damore’s memo was about “how women and […]

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Note: I’ve updated the video link thanks to @drlorentz finding the more finished version of it on YouTube (a Google company). More

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By now you’ve heard about the memo that circulated at Google excoriating criticizing the company for its politically correct corporate culture, mindless “Diversity uber alles” policies, and intolerance for people with different opinions. To demonstrate their commitment to diversity, Google hunted down and fired him. In Silicon Valley, it would seem opinions critical of political correctness and diversity are ‘violence’ because ‘ they make people feel afraid.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Google Burns a Heretic

 
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James Damore is fortunate that we don’t burn heretics at the stake, because he has blasphemed.

The fired Google engineer might as well have been writing a script designed to prove that one of the world’s largest companies embodies every left-wing stereotype imaginable — blinkered, intolerant, and authoritarian. Damore’s memo alleged that one problem with Google’s corporate culture is that people feel “shamed into silence” on important questions and, bam, they fired him. Hollywood might have rejected such a script on the grounds that Google would never do something that so confirms people’s suspicions about the left. These are supposed to be the smartest people, right?

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that over a million Americans left the food stamp rolls in the first few months of the Trump administration and discuss new state work requirements and immigration law enforcement as contributing factors to this continuing decrease in government dependence. They’re also exasperated as Google fires an engineer for writing an internal memo criticizing Google for a diversity culture that is not at all diverse and makes people feel as though they’ll get fired if they say anything that doesn’t square with corporate ideology. And they get a kick out of Spike Lee scheduling a “United We Stand for Colin Kaepernick” protest outside of NFL headquarters later this month.

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I have an Android phone, which is, essentially, a Google device. LG made the hardware, but the “smarts” are Google. I’ve configured Google Cards to show from my home screen’s launcher. It has a lot of helpful information: weather, traffic conditions, event reminders, birthdays… and an “interests feed.” It’s so helpful, that it’s my daily […]

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I came across information that I thought Ricochet people in general might want to know about. It is directly related to one of the most important companies in the USA – Google. Everyone knows this tech juggernaut and its substantial influence and cachet as a company. Last week I learned that a Google facility hosted […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Political Bias of Google’s Search Results

 
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This past election season, Gallup found that Americans’ trust in mass media — newspapers, TV, and radio — had fallen to an all-time low. And that much should come as a surprise to no one (except, apparently, to members of the media).

But the electorate as a whole tends to view search engines — Google, Bing, and company — as distinct from the rest of the mass media. In fact, according to recent Google findings, 87 percent of the population turns to online search first when they have a question.

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Leading up to the Presidential election, social media & web outlets like Twitter, Google and Facebook were flexing their bias. Such as Facebook Trending Topics that ignored Trends, Twitter users banned for being Conservative, or Google tinkering with Autocomplete algorithms. Now that Donald Trump is President-elect, these outlets have taken on the idiom “I’m Going To Take My […]

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A 2014 email from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt to Cheryl Mills. He wanted to be head outside advisor to the Clinton Campaign and was pitching his strategic plan for the U.S. election. It is a topic of concern because of the possible influence by the Clinton Campaign on the most important provider of internet searches […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Google Is a Monster, But We’re Dr. Frankenstein

 

shutterstock_14906359In 2013, the United States Department of Justice started a program called Operation Choke Point. Unable to ban industries they deem undesirable, they decided to make it hard or impossible for those industries to work with banks and credit card payment processors. Every single one of the now-undesirable industries, like adult entertainment, is legal.

Operation Choke Point categorized certain industries as “high-risk,” which had the effect of making fearful banks shut down accounts. The program is a way for the Administration to stifle or severely damage industries it simply doesn’t like. Unsurprisingly, the Administration’s biggest targets was the firearms industry. Operation Choke Point led to many banks shutting down the accounts of gun stores:

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Well, I can’t say that I ever expected to see a government agency agree in principle to reducing regulation of a major consumer product, but apparently that’s what might be happening: …”NHTSA will interpret ‘driver’ in the context of Google’s described motor vehicle design as referring to the (self-driving system), and not to any of the vehicle occupants. […]

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Incensed to have been taken hostage by Google’s 2015, “The Year in Search” during the previews for my first visit to the movies in years, I’m on a tear and a rant. I felt certain the ad was filled with items from Google’s progressive agenda — but unrepresentative of the most searched items.

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Police officers in Silicon Valley are dealing with a new problem on their roadways. How do you give a traffic ticket when there is no driver?

On Thursday, a cop pulled over a Google self-driving car in Mountain View, CA. It had been traveling 11 miles under the speed limit, creating a hazard for all the traffic backed up behind it. CNN has more:

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shutterstock_275764925Totalitarianism is a function of technology. Prior to recent times, governments might claim to be absolute, but they did not have the record-keeping, administrative capacity to make good on that claim. Now they can do so far more easily than ever before — without hiring armies of spies. All that they have to do is follow the population on the Internet and use computers to collect and analyze the data. What Google can do, governments can do — and in Xi Jinping’s China that is what they are going to do. As The Weekly Standard reports,

China’s Communist government is rolling out a plan to assign everyone in the country “citizenship scores.” According to the ACLU, “China appears to be leveraging all the tools of the information age—electronic purchasing data, social networks, algorithmic sorting—to construct the ultimate tool of social control. It is, as one commentator put it, ‘authoritarianism, gamified.’ ” In the system, everyone is measured by a score ranging from 350 to 950, and that score is linked to a national ID card. In addition to measuring your financial credit, it will also measure political compliance. Expressing the wrong opinion—or merely having friends who express the wrong opinion—will hurt your score. The higher your score, the more privileges the government will grant you.

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Hey Ricochetti. I have an interesting “user-driven” experiment for you to try. Type the following search phrase into Google and let us know in the comments what you find. More

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Today, Google’s home page included a link titled “Behind Today’s Changes…” I followed the link, wondering if there was security information I might want to know. No, they’ve changed their logo. This momentous event requires a very serious five-paragraph article. It made me want to gag, and I cannot quite pin down why. Perhaps it is partly the […]

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