Lately, I have noticed that Google is trying to force me to sign in. For example, when I go to their news collection site, sometimes it demands I sign in, sometimes it works the old way. Google now owns Blogspot, a service I left long ago due to ridiculous levels of censorship. Today, I tried to access a page where a gold enthusiast has collected many links to government data and information only to find it behind a Google firewall requiring I sign in!
UPDATE: I just corresponded with the person whose blog was inaccessible and it turns out he wanted to make it inaccessible for now, not Google. But the fact remains, more and more often I find Google wanting me to sign in to see various web sites.
I emailed the person who runs FOFOA to warn him, this particular page is now behind a firewall requiring one identify oneself to read it. I just clicked on my bookmarked link to the data collection page run by FOFOA and it is now gone! I get their main page but not the specific page I bookmarked!
Now…we know that Facebook is actually being used to track citizens and mine information about them without consent and is being used more and more as a control device and today we learned that Twitter will allow governments to track and censor people’s comments to prevent repetition of the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street.
Right on the heels of the internet’s many citizens successfully stopping SOFA from passing our corrupt Congress, the private owners of huge hunks of the web are stealthily imposing tracking methods and devices to keep us from really using the web for freedom purposes. The mainstream media is all for this because they want to control people’s minds and hearts via propaganda and blackouts of real information. One very early website was Into The Memory Hole which was where we parked stories that the media suddenly buried and denied ever happening, for example.
I can’t find it online anymore so I assume it died off, alas. It had a lot of information I stored there long ago! I would track stories to see if they are buried. One huge example was the USS Liberty information which we kept pushing into the mainstream media flow and it would then suddenly vanish again.
Google used to be a useful tool for me. Recently they totally changed things and I now regard them as a hostile entity. For example, we used to get ‘cache’ where we could see the history of a website. That is gone without explanation. They also removed ‘word search’ which would highlight words in different colors so one could glance at a page and find the exact information one was looking for.
This vanished, too! I was stunned by that for it makes my work a lot more wearisome. Why did they remove it? I can’t fathom it except for the idea, it makes life harder and make information mining a LOT harder. So only persistent people like myself can find things. I am a speed reader and speed typist so I can do things very fast when not doped up on pain killers like this last three months! But I much prefer to have tools that make things faster and easier.
So I believe that Google trashed this search tool in order to make us miserable and life harder for people looking for very specific pieces of information. Turning searches from ease of use to searching a hay rick for a needle serves the ruling elites and no one else.
I believe that the rise in indignation and the successful ability to organize people with no controls by the media owners and politicians have scared them into making life online more hellish for users. Google is owned by billionaires who want to keep their wealth. So is Facebook. And other entities online who hold us in their hands all want to be filthy rich, too and are out to undermine us collectively in order to get money from us and to control what we think and do.
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