You Get What You Pay For …

… then you pay for what you got. After Trump was elected, a video surfaced of a Google employee meeting in which the corporate leadership said they could not allow an election like that to happen again, and there’s plenty of evidence suggesting that Google participated with other tech companies in tipping the scales in Biden’s favor in 2020. They got what they paid for.

Of course, what they paid for is a dangerously incompetent administration. The poor economy is but one Joe Biden’s failures. Google may be big, but it’s not so big that it isn’t affected by a stagnant economy. They’re laying off 12,000 employees.

As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

My Face, Unshocked

I’ve let the Google story broken by Project Veritas percolated through the Interwebz for a day before commenting. I wanted to see how some of the usual suspects reacted. There’s only been one real surprise so far, and that was how long it took YouTube, a sister company to Google, to send the Project Veritas video down the memory hole. (BTW, if you haven’t seen the video, it’s available here. Go watch it, and come back. I’ll wait …)

Today’s TKPOTD deals with an effort back in 2015 to silence me. As part of that effort, my business and personal Twitter accounts were shut down. Twitter claimed that it was because of “targeted abuse” but could not cite a single example. I believe I was being punished for not following their approved narrative. However, I was one of the earliest victims of Twitter’s “safety” system, and my permanent suspension was only temporary. When the false criminal charge failed for lack of evidence, Twitter seemed to realize their potential liability. My business account was reinstated, but the lessons learned from that failure were used to refine their tactics.

Facebook, Google, YouTube, Pinterest, … the list goes on. They all seem to have the same sort of definition of fairness, one that wouldn’t survive the old Fairness Doctrine I worked under as a broadcaster in the ’60s and ’70s. These companies’ users aren’t customers. The users are the product being sold to advertisers, and as product, they are something to be moulded and controlled.

So why am I still on Twitter if I view it as an unfair platform and untrustworthy business partner? I can use it to promote blog posts at no real cost to me. Beyond that, it has no real appeal. I got on Gab when it was brand new, and I’ve made a small investment in the company because it really seems dedicated to free speech.

Except for Maps and Scholar, I’ll pretty much given up on Google. DuckDuckGo has been my default search engine for over a year. I’ll still link to YouTube content, put if I wanted to post a video, I’d use BitChute. I’ve deleted my Pinterest account. I no longer post to Facebook.

And I’m not the only person who has grown tired of online services who despise me.

Twenty years ago, as the Internet Bubble was bursting, Google survived because it was a robust company infrastructure with a viable business model. Coincidentally twenty years ago, Venezuela was one of the wealthiest countries in the Western Hemisphere with thriving petroleum industry. While I’m saddened, I’m not shocked by what Marxism has done to Venezuela. If I’m still around in 2039, I suspect that I’ll feel more schadenfreude than sadness for what a post-modern, neo-Marxist business model is likely to do for Google. Or Twitter. Or the rest of ’em. I certainly don’t expect to have use my shocked face.

Don’t Be Weasels

The Daily Caller is reporting another protest by Google employees. About 1,400 of them signed a letter about the Dragonfly project being worked on for China so that they could take “ethically-informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment.” According to the article, that’s only about half the number of Google employees who signed on to a letter opposing Google’s work on a DoD image recognition contract.

Google complied with the employee request concerning its AI development work with the DoD and failed to renew the contract. Will Google now back away from developing a censored search engine for China?

Stay tuned.

Everything Is Proceeding As I Have Foreseen

My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has a post up titled Google SJWs Can’t Be Appeased. Of course, they can’t—certainly, not in the long run. Some of the things being sought by the employees in the recent walkout are antithetical to the company’s ongoing success as a business. Either the management says, “No,” to protect the company, or the management says, “Yes,” and eventually kills the golden goose that pays the protestors’ salaries. As Stacy sees it, the Google management and the protestors are at an impasse.

Nothing the (male) executives of Google can do will satisfy the company’s Social Justice Warriors, whose totalitarian ideology defines males — yes, all males — as oppressors who must be destroyed. The specific grievances cited by SJWs are just a means to an end for the walkout organizers, whose real aim is the dismissal of the company’s management, and their replacement by an all-female management team.

The men who run Google and other Silicon Valley giants will discover that feminists are not interested in any “reform” agenda. This isn’t something that changes to workplace policy can fix. Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It, and the targets of destruction — men like @SundarPichai — had better wake up.

Read the whole thing and start using DuckDuckGo for search.

Gab Sues Google for Anti-Trust Violations

The Washington Times reports that social media site Gab is suing Google for anti-trust violations.

“Google Play and Android have monopoly power in the app store market, and Google’s apps YouTube and Google+ compete directly against Gab,” said Marc Randazza, the attorney for the company, in a statement reported by the Hill. “Google’s intimate partnership with Twitter, which also competes against Gab, makes Google’s control of all Android apps available through the Play Store a serious restraint of trade issues.”

Ron Coleman is also one of the lawyers helping Gab in this matter.

In the interest of full disclosure, I will note that I own shares in Gab.

Google Fires an Employee

Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo which escaped into the wild and caused a brouhaha on the Interwebz. The reason given was that the employee had violated the company’s “Code of Conduct.”

When an employee and a company’s Code of Conduct are at odds, one of them has to go. Time will tell whether Google has made a wise choice.

Apple v. Google and Advertising

Jason Calacanis has an interesting piece at LinkedIn Pulse about Apple’s deliberately adding the ability of developers to create ad blocking apps that run under iOS 9. Those third-party apps improve the web experience of iPhone users at the expense of ad-based websites and, especially, Google. His conclusion.

Publishers are screwed.
Google is really screwed.
Consumers win.
Apple really wins.

Read the whole thing