Too Big to Boycott

Don’t bother to boycott Google! You can’t win!

You’d have to get an iPhone, because most smartphones run Android. You’d have to avoid YouTube and websites that embed YouTube videos. You’d also have to do some research, because Google runs not-so-obviously under the hood of many products. The search bar on many websites is secretly powered by Google. Uber uses Google Maps, although it’s trying to build its own version. You’d have to avoid a lot of websites or use an ad blocker, because tons of websites use Google’s AdSense network to support themselves. You’d have to check whether your employer uses Google Apps.

Then, you’d have to check the long list of companies owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, which is aiming to be the alpha and the omega. If you come across a Wi-Fi kiosk in any of 16 major cities, run the other way — it’s probably Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs. Oh, and you also may not be able to drive, because Sidewalk Labs is working on using city data to program traffic lights. OH! And you may not be able to walk on the sidewalk, because Sidewalk Labs wants to power smart street lights, too.
***
This isn’t to crow about how Google’s progressive attitudes will prevail over conservative ones. Its ubiquity, and the power that comes with it, is terrifying. I feel like I can still quit Facebook, but I can’t quit Google. And even if I did, it would have no effect. The people calling for a boycott misunderstand not just Google’s scale, but the mechanism of its power. If you’re a Google search user, you have no buying power. You are not the customer. You are not always right. You are the product, and you are just one of billions. If you fall off the back of the truck, you’ll simply be written off.

This writer is forgetting something rather important: if you don’t have anything to sell, you don’t have any customers. Google and companies like it are in the interesting position that their products are capable of walking away.

I had switched over to DuckDuckGo some time before the whole Google Memo thing happened. Now, thanks to the big G brilliantly killing and then restoring Dr. Peterson’s account, I don’t think I want to trust them with my data. We log into email accounts every day. They contain all kinds of important information. If suddenly one day my gmail account is gone, what am I supposed to do? Kick myself for not downloading everything and backing up thousands of emails?

So that’s exactly what I’ve done. Downloaded everything. And I’ve been researching alternatives to Google services. There’s a lot of other webmail out there. Other cloud storage. Other ways of collaborating over the internet. I despair of there ever being a usable video site but once Google bans everybody like Razorfist and Mister Metokur, there won’t be any point of going to Youtube anyway.

We might not be able to simply, easily, or quickly extract ourselves from Google’s grasp but why should you continue being a product when you don’t have to be?

John McCain, Hero

It’s an old post (from 2010) but this isn’t the sort of information that loses relevance: John McCain is a snake and doesn’t deserve the cred he gets as a “war hero” and POW.

John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

The article’s kind of long but it’s worth reading the whole thing.  The fact that media won’t touch this when they usually will grab at anything bad about a Republican is very interesting.

 

The Coming Googlepocalypse

Google has done a great job making itself ubiquitous.  Gmail works great.  Google Drive is very useful for anyone who collaborates or switches computers a lot.  Hangouts.  Maps.  Translate.  Chrome.  Android.  Ads.  Search engine.  You name it.

So what happens if the benevolent Google decides to pick up its toys and go home?

The more ubiquitous Google is the more it’ll hurt when it decides to yank everything you’ve worked on and come to rely on away from you and deny you a platform.  It’s time for more alt-tech.

Trannies: Out Out Out?

Can this be true?  Will our military actually stop playing identity politics?

Trump Says That Transgender People Will Not Be Allowed in the Military

President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will not “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory” and could not afford to accommodate them.

Mr. Trump made the surprise declaration in a series of posts on Twitter, saying he had come to the decision after consulting with generals and military experts, whom he did not name.

“After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military,” Mr. Trump wrote. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

Costs like paying for their gender reassignment surgery.

Now maybe the military can stop doing other stupid things like forcing soldiers to walk in high heels or letting women on the front lines.

Diversity Makes the Police Better

Or maybe it gets 40 year old women in pyjamas shot for no reason.

The police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman in mysterious circumstances after she called 911 to report a disturbance behind her upscale Minneapolis home has been identified.

Mohamed Noor, who joined the department in March 2015, reached over and shot Justine Damond, 40, multiple times from the passenger seat of his squad car while she spoke to his colleague on the drivers side in a back alley.

Both officer’s bodycams were off and the squad car camera not recording when Damond – who was in her pyjamas – was killed at around 11.30pm on Saturday, just a month before she was due to marry.
***
Noor, 31, who is the first Somali-American police officer in his precinct, has in the past been personally praised by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.
***
‘Officer Noor extends his condolences to the family and anyone else who has been touched by this event. He takes their loss seriously and keeps them in his daily thoughts and prayers,’ the statement read.

‘He came to the United States at a young age and is thankful to have had so many opportunities. He takes these events very seriously because, for him, being a police officer is a calling.

‘He joined the police force to serve the community and to protect the people he serves. Officer Noor is a caring person with a family he loves and he empathizes with the loss others are experiencing.

‘The current environment for police is difficult, but Officer Noor accepts this as part of his calling. We would like to say more, and will in the future.

‘At this time, however, there are several investigations ongoing and Officer Noor wants to respect the privacy to the family and asks the same in return during this difficult period.’

 

People who shoot other people for no reason have no right to privacy.  Hell, people who do have a good reason to shoot other people don’t get any privacy.  Officer Noor is a caring person who’s had three complains and a lawsuit against him.  Neither he nor his partner had bodycams on as required.  They should lose their jobs for that alone.

Poor Justine Damond.  Some people have said her case won’t get the attention that it deserves because she’s white.  But it wouldn’t matter even if she were black, so long as the man who shot her is black and a muslim.

The Elder God Covfefe

Of Wolves and Men in a nice round of up memes provides the answer that people have been searching for: what is Covfefe?

Top theologists and occult researchers inside the Church of Kek have long suspected that there did exist a separate God of Memes but it is with great alarm that we find evidence mounting to support that fact.

What did God-Emperor Trump mean when he tweeted Covfefe? Long has His loyal legions pondered that question. At last we know the answer, at last we know the cause of the Memewar. Covfefe is in fact the True Name of an Elder God, summoned by the God-Emperor and the White Wizard Ron Paul in order to destroy the Mainstream Media and crush them into the dustbin of history.

Covfefe is the Dank Penguin, The MemeGod summoned from Cocytus. He commands you to meme and so meme ye shall, lest ye face His wrath.