Time To Give Up the Google?

On your deathbed you know when it’s time to ‘give up the ghost’ and move on, hopefully to paradise.

Well, when you search the Internet for articles about spirituality and decency, and are always carried away to page after page of scientific skepticism and right-wing, American, fear-and-hate propaganda, you wonder if it’s time to search for a new search engine.

Google’s being hacked, big-time.

It’s all about SEO, or search-engine optimization… wealthy Machiavellians with special interests and too much time on their hands manipulating the code of their websites and of big online encyclopedias like Wikipedia… so that when you, the user, type in certain keywords to search for good information, instead you get pulled into a toxic sea of propaganda.

Special interest groups with lots of money and zeal nowadays hire armies of ‘fixers’ to spend their days tweaking their special interest websites and the online encyclopedias with a false sense of popularity… in order to suck you into their dark worlds.

So… if you want to get rich and you want to make the world better place and you know something about coding, (Google, for example uses mostly C++ and Python programming languages for search), then develop a new kind of search engine that isn’t vulnerable to this kind of hacking and abuse.

Meanwhile, I plan to start playing with some other search engines, such as Firefox and Bing, to see if they have the same vulnerabilities that have turned Google into a terrible propaganda tool of late.

(Correction: I’ll start playing with different search engines like Bing and Yahoo along with Google, and different web browsers like Firefox and Explorer along with Google Chrome.)

Some good articles on the subject:

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About Mark Macy

Main interests are other-worldly matters (www.macyafterlife.com) and worldly matters (www.noblesavageworld.com)
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10 Responses to Time To Give Up the Google?

  1. John says:

    Indeed, we are awash in fear and hate propaganda. The worst of the propaganda is from the elements which promote the American Empire and who continue to desensitize us into accepting that war is normal. War is not normal. American military forces are now present in 171 of the world’s 192 countries. We all know that all empires in the history of the Earth have failed.
    We have been brainwashed, hoodwinked, indoctrinated, and bamboozled (propagandized) to accept a permanent state of war. This actually has its origins in the Truman administration.
    Here is a quote from today’s writing from Franciscan priest and teacher Richard Rohr…
    “Sadly, the history of violence and the history of religion are almost the same history. When religion remains at the immature level, it tends to create very violent people who ensconce themselves on the side of the good, the worthy, the pure, the saved. They project all their evil somewhere else and attack it over there. At this level, they export the natural death instinct onto others, as though it’s someone else who has to die.”
    “As long as you can deal with evil by some means other than forgiveness, you will never experience the real meaning of evil and sin. You will keep projecting, fearing, and attacking it over there, instead of ‘gazing’ on it within and ‘weeping’ over it within yourself and all of us. The longer you gaze, the more you will see your own complicity in and profitability from the sin of others, even if it is the satisfaction of feeling you are on higher moral ground. Forgiveness demands three new simultaneous ‘seeings’: I must see God in the other; I must access God in myself; and I must experience God in a new way that is larger than an ‘Enforcer.'”
    Thank you for reading.

    • Mark Macy says:

      Hi John,

      Regina is a big fan of Richard Rohr and forwards some his emails to me. Definitely an enlightened soul.

      I think, as well as forgiveness, it’s also important to really understand and expose the darkness that festers into the hate and violence and military aggression. I think if we can understand it and expose it, we can initiate a healing process. That’s what I try to do on my other website… though I wonder if it sometimes comes across as a rant… like maybe I should rename my noblesavageworld website to ‘huff-in-some-posts.com.’ 🙂

      At home when I start ranting about politics, Regina always reminds me that we’re all one at the center of ourselves, and it’s important to step back and feel the oneness.

      Not there yet… 🙂

      Mark

  2. John says:

    Mark, You are right…the machinations must be exposed for all to see and understand.
    Unfortunately, since WWII another arm of the propaganda movement has been at work desensitizing us with an endless array of distractions, which I need not belabor too much here. However, just 2 of these desensitization projects deserve mention: 1) endless addictive consumerism…this is unsustainable, is killing the planet, and is one cause of American imperialism…to be able to control all of the resources…and 2) the notion that America is the acceptional nation on Earth, as one President recently put it.
    Our society has been desensitized and dumbed down. My impression is that Americans are thoroughly insouciant. A new religion of ignorance and arrogance has developed in the minds of the citizenry…yes…you are so right…the hurtful lies and behavior must be exposed and understood by the people.
    Where have the anti-war movements disappeared to?

    • Mark Macy says:

      i agree, John. It’s as though the turbulent Sixties were a time when the mindset of peace was trying to sweep the country and much of the world, with the Peace Movement, as though facilitated by finer spiritual beings… until it eventually unraveled into venting and escapism… the ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll stuff, and the Black Panthers and Weather Underground WUO) groups bent on counter-punching ‘the machine’.

      I think we’re an unruly lot, we humans, but as you say, the first step is to try to understand those motivations that drive us into world-shaking wars, then try to find ways to tame them… in noble ways characterized by people like Gandhi and Jesus….

      Still not there yet. 🙂

      Mark

  3. Nicola says:

    I hadn’t noticed the propaganda Mark, but I quit google a few months ago, tiring of their use of Wikipedia for just about everything I wish to know. Sadly other search engines are following their lead. Google had a good thing but they’ve become greedy, corporate and irrelevant.

    • Mark Macy says:

      Hey Nicola, I still love Google for its maps, googleWorld, calendar, and gmail gifts to humanity, 🙂 but I’m really getting fed up with the vulnerabilities in its search engine that have made it a propaganda tool for unsavory interest groups… and Google’s apparent complacency about that dark trend. I’m hoping that they can tweak the engine to remove those loopholes one day soon.

      Meanwhile, have you found a search engine that’s better than Google Chrome, more objective in its searches?

      Mark

  4. Nicola says:

    I use bing. It’s not good. But at least some of the results are Wikipedia-less. I tried Yahoo for a while but the wiki links appeared on there, and there were some dead links. Bing seems to be going the same way with link rot.

    Directories are far superior to search engines. However the one I used closed down in March and hasn’t yet reappeared. I know all the sites listed there now though, so let me know if you find some more.

    • Mark Macy says:

      Thanks Nicola, I wasn’t even aware of directories, so I dug into the differences between directories and search engines. Directories are a lot more specific and attuned to sites that sign up for them, and for users that use them… but not as global as search engines. And, some of the bigger directories seem to folding up and closing their doors.

      In my post above I confused search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo…) with web browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, Explorer…) Firefox isn’t a search engine, but a browser, and I made a few changes to the article.

      Anyway, you got me digging deeper into the situation… and I’m working on this….

      Mark

  5. Nicola says:

    The best directory will be back under a different name soon. Will keep you posted.

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