Skip to comments.I sat right down and wrote Google a letter
Posted on 06/29/2013 11:26:36 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
Google 1600 Amphitheater Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043
As a seasoned programmer/analyst of 29 years' experience, I must compliment you on your technical accomplishments and achievements. In only a relatively few years you have managed to develop from literally nothing to the most widely used web search reference on the globe. "Googling" has become a household word. Through your leverage with advertisers eager for pay for views by interested eyes, you have managed to keep a vast array of services perfectly free, even your Web-based telephone service. To date I have been a happy and satisfied user of many Google services including email, voice, and maps. I knew that Google had gotten involved from time to time in issues that I would distinctly not agree with, but I am a person with a high degree of patience and tolerance understanding how easy it is to trip up and go wrong although having every good intention in the world. I was heartened several years ago to see Google pull out of the Chinese governmental firewall market, which kept Chinese citizens from seeing valid information that might have helped and encouraged their desire to be more politically free, taking seriously again its motto "Don't be evil."
I am, however, saddened to see how deeply Google threw itself into the so called "gay" movement, right on the coattails of what I firmly believe is a badly mistaken 5-4 verdict of the 9 politically selected, robed lawyers of the US Supreme Court that the DOMA of 15 years ago was not just wrong, but was motivated by mere malice. On June 28, as I brought Google up at my workplace, I saw the "#ProudToLove" tag linking to your excellent You Tube service, but a little looking told me that this wasn't about a man loving a wife or a father loving a son or a sister loving a brother or an aunt loving a nephew, or about anybody loving God or vice versa. Now I will take the risk of coming across as a "hateful" here for saying so, but I believe from the evidence of several standpoints that a real God actually did love the world enough to create it and put real people in it with a real plan for how they would express His own love. And that plan embraced many things including, now that people have sinned and thereby hurt God's love, how they can accept yet another heroically executed plan of love by which they can see recovery from their sad situation. (Any common bible will show it in a nutshell as John chapter 3 verses 16 and following.) However, that plan never entailed acts of gratuitous violence in the guise of love, such as is the common mode of "gay" loving. I would be amiss not to tell you that people who have gotten into such things have been had by another small-g god, a god of hate, one that only wants to tear down anything that God does with any aid he can get. (That god is where "evil" comes from.) Wanting to see that situation not get egged on by winning more and more and more social approval is not an act of malice; it is an act of compassion, towards both those who carry on that mode of "loving" and those who would socially approve of it.
So what do we do with the common objection that asserts that, given all the social opposition to homosexual practice, people aren't leaving this habit which seems to prove that it's impossible to change from? And so therefore it's really unfair to treat it as something like, say, smoking?
Please let me point out in answer that unaided self effort, and even psychology, has indeed proven of little assistance to people who have wished to shed the grip of such desires, as the situation is spiritually based and psychology usually does not deal with spiritual things. However, spiritual counseling in a Christian faith context has proven greatly helpful, as it puts God back in the driver's seat of people's lives giving them not only good advice but power. (To address another commonly asked question, no I do not believe in stoning people who practice such things, living as I do by a Christian world view more radical than even was held by most of America. In order to get such a prescription from the bible, one would also have to deal with why we would not be stoning sabbath breakers, which virtually nobody is calling for or has called for even in the most severely religiously legalistic times in America. However, I do believe in the compassion of the New Testament, by which the spiritual power of God can be called upon to pin down even the most ferocious monkey on anyone's back, and to walk that person free of the monkey if he or she is so willing. When this happens, it is generally within a full-faith context and not as some kind of walk-in counselor or ministry, where you walk in with the habit and walk out without it and go your own merry way. So therefore successes will generally not be chalked up to "therapy" and will be among people with little interest in submitting to "clinical study" -- what do they have to prove to the world? They've already proved it to God and that's what counted.)
I would anyhow like to challenge you to view this issue from another standpoint than those who are egging on the "homosexual love rights" movement, and take seriously into account your "don't be evil" credo. You simply have not understood the totality of what you have plunged into, and I respectfully state that it is not for blessing in the end.
Me? I simply quit using them.
I was told long ago —I’ve forgotten who told me-—that google was a
“Communist run” org. I’ve never used them since.
I prefer GoodSearach.com
I have a perception that they have let their own giant egos carry them away, which is a common human error in the wake of large success. The China fiasco is an illustration of this, I believe. They were so in love with all the Good Things that their awesomely executed search service would be doing for China that they forgot what a tool for human oppression this awesome technology was also being used to be.
Anyhow I am trying, at least, to be in the business of loving God for God’s sake, and that love carries inherently in it the imperative of passing this love on to others. I don’t see myself here to rebuke Google for fouling up American politics or making America a bad place to live or even for being odious personally to me. Now it could fall on deaf ears, and need to be abandoned as the futile act of casting pearls before swine, but one does not know until one tries. I’ve not heard of anyone trying.
Google merely reflects the Bay Area cultural atmosphere. Stanford, San Francisco, Berkeley. The Indians, the Chinese in the employ of Google Stateside, conservatives in their own lives, just go along with it.
Changed my home page from google to goodsearch based on your recommendation.
Tried a few searches and seems just as thorough and intuitive.
One thing that has astonished me is that I haven’t seen anyone point out that what I called the common mode of expression of “gay” love (i.e. sodomy) is gratuitous violence. In our society that often is so concerned about senseless violence that it will do illogical things like try to make it very hard for honest people to use guns, and which calls it a felony now to be sufficiently cruel to a dog or cat, won’t see that we have here another instance of gratuitous violence being sugar coated. This is the hallmark of the devil, to take something good and use it to cloak something quintessentially vicious and make it look like the good thing requires the vicious thing.
Same here. I now use www.altavista.com which, from what I can see , is a better search engine.
And a lot of what homosexuality is, is male-bonding, which is not a bad thing at all, but desired to a desperate degree and reduced to idolatry because the persons involved are spiritually marooned from God. For the devil to toss something more in to make it more pungent is very easy indeed.
Seriously folks, creating a good search engine is something that only a small number of companies have the knowledge and resources to do. We're talking hundreds of thousands of servers here. All these little flea-bag search engines are just slapping their name on top of search results powered by the big guys (Google and Microsoft).
Google is a phenomenal operation. I’m also a fan Eric Schmidt from his days at Novell. But, I don’t necessarily share the politics that permeate through Google’s corporate psyche.
With the understanding that love is asexual in nature, I’m at a loss about the defining characteristics of homosexuality, and what exactly is being celebrated. For example, males can love, admire, and respect one another without any sexual form.
To celebrate homosexuality is to celebrate sodomy. Sorry for the narrow focus, but I have no idea what else it could involve.
On my son’s recommendation, I tried “Duck Duck Go” as a search engine. I know, silly name, but when “Google” first started I thought that name was pretty stupid too.
DDG features no IP tracing, no “ad tracking”, it just searches, and it seems just as fast and through as google, to me.
Now, if I could just figure out how to make this stupid I-Pad default to it, I’d be home free.
Is this true of search engines outside of the U.S. and are an extension of the two which are mentioned in your post?
Yeah, and Microsoft is as “Communist” as “Google”. Is there a Chinese search engine? They’re no longer “Communist”!
Good Search also allows you to pick a charity when you first start using them. I picked Second Amendment Sisters as my “charity”.
Over the years, they have sent us about $250 for our “charity”.
Hey—we’re not getting rich from it, but every little bit helps as they say.
Don’t apologize for the narrow focus.
A society that is alarmed by gratuitous violence might, in fact, be open to being reminded that sodomy is such, and if this society counters that it’s only consenting people, they might remember the story of how many boys abused against their will suddenly discovered what a thrill it was... does this mean abusing boys against their will is a good thing? And how about people who want to duel to the death at mutual consent... is that something you want to bless too, Mr. and Mrs. Wise Society?
Nice letter and message.
Is there a typo in that? Thanks.
One thing that has astonished me is that I havent seen anyone point out that what I called the common mode of expression of gay love (i.e. sodomy) is gratuitous violence.Interesting.
But Dante places sodomy in the bottom-most ring of the seventh circle, below homicide and suicide, suggesting that this sin is an even worse form of violence. The implication here is that sodomy involves an even more thoroughgoing hostility to Nature than defying the laws of self-preservation or love of neighbor; that it is a culmination of violence in being destructive to neighbor, violating self-love, and at the same time undermining family and community.
I mostly use Bing.
The Inferno guy (Divine Comedy, comedy in the old sense as a story that ends satisfyingly, not in the new sense of frivolous entertainment aimed at getting laughs).
Well he certainly gave hell a lot of thought!
That’s tough to do without falling into its charms (as all of us have some sin) but he did it pretty well (as did the later Milton in Paradise Lost).
I come as this as a small-c catholic Christian. Not having a denominational background has helped me stay out of denominational biases. I gladly affirm truths of faith wherever Roman Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox note them, and even more I strive to put them into practice because I have discovered, or been discovered by, a God who is well worth the loving.
Sorry about that——
And it’s perceptive to note all the outer effects of it. We can certainly see those most visibly. It’s the inner effect that gives it its immediate pungency, I would think. But the devil has the wider view and it’s hateful all right.
Anyhow it would need a miracle for Google to see it, but maybe they would. Why hasn’t Google saluted, say, Mother Teresa or Billy Graham?
Why hasnt Google saluted, say, Mother Teresa...?Maybe they can't shake the prayer breakfast (was she stunning or what?) http://www.ewtn.com/library/ISSUES/PRBKMTER.TXT
She gets into areas I can’t necessarily grok, but it doesn’t mean I won’t ever do so. Anyhow, yes suffering has good reasons. Not so certain about literal “kiss of Jesus” — I don’t quite go for what I believe is a Roman Catholic model that every single instance of human suffering is for the sake of redeeming someone else as Christ literally DID redeem the world by taking on the suffering due it — but as I understand it, it is allowed as a lesson by a loving God that wants us in our current ignorance to get an emphasis upon the point that mere earth will bitterly disappoint us sooner or later. And sometimes He does it well before He reveals the reason why. And so we are glad in the end that we were thus reminded.
And yes, patient bearing with suffering (and recovery from past suffering) can have a positive redemptive effect upon those around. So in a sense I can grok it. Mother Teresa seems to have been more for gut sense than she was for explanations. I go for explanations, but that’s because God gifted me with a mind that desires them, which is a good thing.
Anyhow, I might have told the cancer sufferer that Christ was available and there to bear HER suffering, and that she should gladly roll that suffering onto Christ, He wants to bear that burden for her. Sometimes digging too deep into the mystical can leave everyone else just puzzling and un-benefited. Not to cast aspersions of course on this fantastically loving lady, and even our missteps God will redeem when we yield them to Him.
The preference filtering is enabled by cookies, e.g. when you’ve logged into some other Google service and then go try to use Google search. I would have done it a bit more respectfully, like “Your recorded preferences would suggest thus-and-such. Would you like to continue down that path, or use the default universal search?” But again that’s a flaw associated in part with the totally human fault of being full of themselves.
Anyhow. If hubby used another browser (say Google’s own Chrome) just for Google Search purposes, and had it clear cookies in between visits, then he would be more likely to see things in a manner consistent from time to time.
Good info, thanks.
Yahoo owns AltaVista.
Yahoo owns AltaVista. And, I forgot to add: they are killing it off on July 8 - enjoy it while it is still around, because Yahoo is doing what should have been done back in 2001, putting a bullet in that muffin.
That’s a good letter. But Google, like most media companies, does what its sponsors pay it to do. Most lesser political/market constituents don’t realize that such sponsors, regardless of political party affiliations, lean way to the left on social issues despite their frequent, public insistence that they’re conservative.
Beware self-described progressives who disguise themselves as conservatives. From a little before the turn of the last Century to the present, they’ve messed our country up in two waves. They’re masters of deception, propaganda and laying the blame on others who have no political influence. They did it through the ‘20s, and they’re well into the process of doing it again with media systems much more capable of saturating the population with their nonsense.
The following search engines use encryption between your browser and their servers (see HTTPS Everywhere behind the EFF link below). They focus on privacy for users.
More resources and much more knowledge.
Tor Project: Anonymity Online
Or at least use the Adblock, Noscript and HTTPS Everywhere browser extensions.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Defending Your Rights in the Digital World
(Personal security news and much more related information)
For the more technically inclined...
“Secure by Default” (strong encryption technologies developed where exports of such encryption are legal)
...and for the somewhat less technically inclined, a system that is more secure than most.
Thanks for the info ;)
If we remember that God loves us, and that we can love others as He loves us, then America can become a sign of peace for the world. From here, a sign of care for the weakest of the weak - the unborn child - must go out to the world. If you become a burning light of justice and peace in the world, then really you will be true to what the founders of this country stood for.I wonder if maybe we should all be praying more?! :)
I BING nowadays........
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