Has Google seen the light?

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by David Archibald

Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil”. Well, a couple of years ago Google had sided with the forces of darkness in the global warming battle – a position that when their lives are weighed in the balance would earn them a place in the deepest circle of Hell. Reuters reported in March 2011 that Google had “brought together a team of 21 climate researchers to improve the way the science of global warming is communicated by new media.” The foot soldiers in this propaganda effort, called Science Communication Fellows, are listed here. That is a list of 21 souls doing their best to sell their fellow Americans into the slavery and servitude of a carbon tax. If some of the smartest people in Silicon Valley couldn’t see through the used car salesman’s pitch that is the global warming scare, that is bad enough in itself. But then they compounded the error by funding the scaremongering with their considerable resources.

A couple of years have passed since then and Google seems to have shed its self-delusion about global warming. On 11th July, Google hosted a fund-raising lunch for the noble Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma. Google’s science fellows noticed this and became upset, writing a letter of moaning to the Google management. The letter serves one useful purpose in that it tells us that Apple has hired Lisa Jackson, the former head of the EPA. The EPA is continuing the damage to the US economy through the war on coal that Ms Jackson started. So we have one further fact to consider in the choice between Apple and Samsung, beyond the fact that Al Gore has made $30 million-odd sitting on Apple’s board for the last 10 years.

The Inhofe lunch may have been just as Google justified it – they have a data center in Oklahoma that is powered by wind turbines. Google was also the largest donor to the Competitive Enterprise Institute annual dinner in June with a donation of $50,000. But the most telling thing about Google’s change of heart is perhaps what its Youtube subsidiary is doing.

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Global warming wisdom from the mouths of cartoon figures

Being ever helpful, Youtube sends me suggestions of videos that it thinks I might like to watch. Recently Youtube sent me a link to this video: The Global Warming Hoax Explained for Dummies. Importantly, that video treats the warmers with derision. The male cartoon figure calls the female one an “ignorant slut” for believing in global warming amidst a good explanation of the physics involved in the greenhouse effect. At the end he notes that it took 40 years for the Piltdown Hoax to be shown to be based on the jaw of an orangutan and he hopes that it doesn’t take 40 years for the global warming hoax to be shown to be based on the jawbones of asses.

$50,000 is less than pin money for Google but YouTube videos are the zeitgeist and far, far more important. Derision is the final stage in the abandonment of an idea. Thus YouTube’s promotion of that video is perhaps a sign of the end of the global warming scare.

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Avert your eyes. Google has obscured image of Scarborough Reef with fake cloud.

Google has a bit further to go though if it doesn’t want to be consigned to one of the circles of Hell. Google Earth is still blocking the image of Scarborough Reef, 300 km west of Manila Bay and occupied by Chinese military forces. It is also blocking the images of all the other reefs that the PLA have built bases on. Of course the betrayal of its core principle is the price it is paying so that it can make money in the Middle Kingdom. Google will find though that what it traded its soul for will become as dust.

[UPDATE] For further reading, folks might enjoy my 2011 post on this subject, entitled “An Open Letter To Google“.    – willis]

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Mike Rossander

Google may have stepped back from the brink on their warming stance but I was always willing give them the benefit of doubt that their position was based on ignorance of the data. I cannot forgive their step toward true evil a few days ago when their lawyers said in a court filing that Gmail users (and all the people who send mail to those accounts) have no legitimate right to an expectation of privacy over the contents of those messages.

Hoser

MapQuest shows islands, but anything on them has been scrubbed – a lot like they did with Area51 (Groom Lake).

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

For reference, “Jane, you ignorant slut” is a famous SNL skit line.
Google found this on IMDb, thus it is presumed to be a legal version:
http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi119734297/
Saturday Night Live Clip (Point Counterpoint: Lee Marvin and Michelle Triola)

Hoser

I just went back to see what Area 51 looks like now. They show a lot more detail than they did a few years ago.

Henry Clark

This article is largely interesting reading, but I suspect youtube’s recommendations are based on an automated system. If you don’t clear cookies often, if you have looked at many videos with the words X and Y in the title, you are more likely to be sent others with such. For example, if someone looks at many videos of cats, they get more suggested. If they look at many videos of shark fishing, they may get linked to more shark fishing videos. Etc.
The coding required for the preceding would be relatively simple and cheap, compared to making judgments on which videos are suitable to recommend by other than simple metrics like total view count, keyword match frequency, and so on.
I once looked at a number of videos on one topic I don’t normally browse, came back to youtube.com without clearing cookies, and more videos on that subject were highlighted. Like amazon.com or ebay.com (IIRC), a common advertising technique is such automated matching.
Changes in Google’s stance on global warming could have happened for all I know; just more than the youtube anecdote would be needed to conclude so, if so.

Hoser

Third time is the charm…. Google is showing details of Area 51, and MapQuest has it very blurred.

Txomin

Nah. Google does not have any real reason not to go with the flow.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

Hoser said on August 17, 2013 at 12:39 am:

MapQuest shows islands, but anything on them has been scrubbed – a lot like they did with Area51 (Groom Lake).

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/08/government-now-admits-theres-area-51/68389/

The Government Now Admits There’s an ‘Area 51’
Philip Bump (…) Aug 15, 2013
Newly declassified documents, obtained by George Washington University’s National Security Archive, appear to for the first time acknowledge the existence of Area 51. Hundreds of pages describe the genesis of the Nevada site that was home to the government’s spy plane program for decades. The documents do not, however, mention aliens.

Hey, how much longer until civilians start flying those tiny helicopter drones over Groom Lake, too small and slow for radar to notice, and taking their own pictures? Especially the Chinese government civilians surveying what they’ll get in the WH-approved 2023 Land-Debt Swap. I like how they’re transmitting the pics home with a plain satellite phone, instant and can’t be jammed. Now that’s innovation!

Blimey, I hope noone tells Lisa Jackon about my Climategate iPhone app… 🙂

M. Schneider

That ‘tube toon is a year old — I don’t know how on earth you envision its existence translating into Google seeing the light about anything.

Konrad

Google can scrub like lady Macbeth. They can even use the scotchbrite. But the filthy stain of global warming advocacy wilt not out.
Googlegate cannot be erased. Google sought to suppress search returns that linked to the real emails in the days following following Climategate. Google chose instead to promote links to Soros funded sites to snow storm the issue. Google, despite their vast reach and anti-democratic intentions do not control the internet. Googlegate is a matter of permanent record. Their climate shame will burn on the Internet forever.
Do no evil? Pigs ass!! Google acted like scum. That is a fact. That fact can never be erased.
Google, you defended the global warming hoax. You are scum. You will never be forgiven. Not now, not ever.

Oakwood

Video fun, but devalued by the way Steve McIntyre becomes Professor Stefan McGinty. Partly due to computerised text reading, I presume. Michael Mann becomes Mitchel Mann.

Greg

“…. the global warming hoax to be shown to be based on the jawbones of asses.”
There’s not much in this mess that makes me smile, but that did.

stephen

Off topic, Anthony I watched the interview that Marc Marano did lately he looks very thin is he ill or just looking after himself , we can not afford to lose a fighter like Marc now that the end is in sight.
REPLY: Marc went on an exercise and weight loss program. He’s in better health than he was for years. – Anthony

Kasuha

That video is not made by Google. It is stored on youtube just like many other skeptical videos. And it is not any particularly good, too. And the user who posted it does not look affilated with Google in any way.
And I don’t see any “fake cloud” over Scarborough reef. Yes, the image does not provide any details but that holds true for many other islands and reefs in that or other areas. Go e.g. to area called Spratly islands and you’ll see a lot of white blobs in the map view with just a few of them being documented in detail on photo layer. I kinda don’t believe all of them are intentionally obscured by Google to hide Chinese army. They are just not interesting enough.

Mike Ford

Re: Area 51 on Google Earth. Use the wayback button to check out how things have changed there as well. Extended runways, different parking patterns, buildings, etc. In one of the shots you can clearly see the Janet planes on the tarmac.
Area 51 is clearly very active but they do a great job of knowing when satellites are overhead and everything goes indoors. Lots of hangars.

Area 51 is paid for by American taxpayers, right? If yes, then ordinary folk own Area 51, they can throw a party there and no one could really stop them, not if there were enough party goers. Folk on Facebook and Twitter are always having their house parties crashed by folk they don’t know, so why doesn’t someone, via Twitter or Facebook, organise a party at Area 51, if organised properly I’m sure millions of people would turn up, and surely the U.S. military/security forces couldn’t arrest or shoot everyone. Could they?
I suspect those little Grey fellas that also work there, you know those dudes from Zeta Reticuli V would love a party, I bet they’re sick of all that serious secrecy nonsense, if the party is a success, those little Grey fellas would probably end up on a reality TV show within weeks, I’d be intrigued if they could impress Simon Cowell with their alien vocals.

David, after over a year, that video shows 41K views. I “guarantee” it is not being promoted by Google, but was a natural consequence of your browsing history being used to recommend content in which you would be interested.
Your leap of a conclusion, based on little more than wishful thinking, is representative of your other leaps in your numerological posts and that doozy of post about Pho and Cancer.

pete

There’s no real difference between these companies – Google, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung – they just want your money. They differ in how they present themselves to you: Apple is the most honest, asking for large amounts of money in exchange for their beautiful devices. Samsung tries to do likewise, but can price their products lower (particularly by making them of plastic). Google offers many services for free and pretends to occupy the moral high ground, in exchange for selling you ads and selling your information to others. Microsoft is positioning itself as a more moral version of Google (http://www.scroogled.com/email/) but is struggling to adjust to the new mobile internet. They’ll all say the right things to different people, but they’re just trying to make a living, more or less honestly.

Bloke down the pub

The Church of England may also be getting a dose of reality from it’s new archbishop.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10247524/Church-of-England-fracking-opponents-are-ignoring-the-poor.html

Eddi Rebel

“they have a data center in Oklahoma that is powered by wind turbines.”
Really? And when the wind doesn’t blow the data center doesn’t work?

General P. Malaise

when pigs fly Smithers.
google is and will remain on the side of evil. don’t be an ignorante they are in obamas circle of hell. THAT is the centre one.

This article is largely interesting silly reading, but I suspect youtube’s recommendations are based on an automated system. If you don’t clear cookies often, if you have looked at many videos with the words X and Y in the title, you are more likely to be sent others with such.

Changes in Google’s stance on global warming could have happened for all I know; just more than the youtube anecdote would be needed to conclude so, if so.

Exactly.

Stacey

Great post and fantastic video.
I never [knew] that the fragrant Gore worked for Apple and the question is if I knew would I now be holding this I phone?
Judge not what people say but what they do Microsoft have a policy statement on Global Warming. The usual goodie goodie crap. Next year they end support for Windows XP and Office 2003 which means that millions of older computers will have to be replaced,not only is this a cost to business’s and private individuals it means that machines which could continue to function for routine business applications will need to be trashed.
Which of course is very very good for the environment?

cedarhill

Google bosses will never dump the liberal agenda. If and only if the Democrats drop AGW and it’s various morphs, Google will go along. But they will keep everything at hand when the Democrats revive it (they alway revive things that worked for them).

DirkH

Google is the NSA. Eric Schmidt had a number of mistresses over the years while being married all the time. He doesn’t want anyone to know. But he wants to know everything about all of us. From the moment I heard their motto “Don’t be evil” I was certain they are absolutely unscrupulous in their zeal to destroy privacy. I’m funny in that regard; marketing slogans have the opposite effect on me.
Remember Steve Jobs, another NSA guy, with his slogan “Think different”? And then everyone runs around with the exact same white earplugs. (Not me. I use Sennheisers.)

Martin Lewitt

wattsupwiththat.com does not appear until page 5 of a “global warming” google. Nuf said.

Hot under the collar

Gore and Jackson making money from Apple? Oh noooooooo!
Is that why Apple haven’t released an updated iPhone with a larger screen, because of a larger ‘carbon footprint’?
Do I ditch my iPhone and iPad? Oh the dilemma, the turmoil!
Anyone got Jonathan Ive’s phone number?

“The Circle, the “world’s most powerful internet company,” sounds strangely familiar. With its sprawling Californian campus, free canteens and sports facilities and privacy issues, the fictional company at the heart of Dave Eggers’ new book has left American technology commentators in little doubt about the reference, calling it “Google-like” and “if Google was truly evil”.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/online/so-which-internet-firm-is-pure-evil-in-dave-eggers-new-book-the-circle-8771539.html

For some years, I have been boycotting google because of their overt progressive lefty activism. I’ll never “google” anything. I’ll “yahoo” it.
Google pushes all things progressive. They believe that “anti-American” equates to “global consciousness”.

PaulC

Not a chance – most biased bunch of wankers on the planet.
They have the chance to rule the world, all they have to do is tell the truth.
Ego’s get in the way

JimS

Maybe Obama’s threat to rename the Silicon Valley to the Carbon Valley is having an impact?

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

And within a day of the published (and accidental?) admission of the existence of Area 51, sans admission of non-human aliens, we have the first-ever exclusive publishing of new detailed aerial photos of “Scientology’s ‘alien space cathedral and spaceship landing pad’ built in the New Mexico desert”.
Quick, save your own copies of the photos before the Scientology elites force the Daily Mail to take them down. If they don’t, Tom Cruise will infiltrate, wipe clean the servers and destroy the back-ups, and escape into the night using the rocket pack that’s disguised as his belt buckle.
When mere civilians have increasing access to high-resolution satellite imagery, do their own high-altitude surveillance with a weather balloon and an iPhone, when ANYTHING on the surface is about to be in full continuous view of ANYONE ANYTIME thus continued photographic obscurity would have become impossible, “revelations” about Area 51 in Nevada and Scientology’s spaceport in New Mexico, in essentially the same spot global-wise, are made public just a day apart.
Coincidence? You decide.

Alberta Slim

The heads of Google, Microsoft, and Apple are, supposed to be brillant when it comes to logic. So why do the believe in CAGW? It seems unlikely to be ignorance, so it must be dishonesty. IMO.
BTW: I quit useing “Google News” as my home page because of their persistent posting of “Warmist” articles. …. Dying polar bears etc……

ozspeaksup

Stacey says:
August 17, 2013 at 3:26 am
Great post and fantastic video.
I never new that the fragrant Gore worked for Apple and the question is if I knew would I now be holding this I phone?
Judge not what people say but what they do Microsoft have a policy statement on Global Warming. The usual goodie goodie crap. Next year they end support for Windows XP and Office 2003 which means that millions of older computers will have to be replaced,not only is this a cost to business’s and private individuals it means that machines which could continue to function for routine business applications will need to be trashed.
Which of course is very very good for the environment?
==
so? why assume we will get rid of our pcs just cos theres no ongoing support by gates?
theyll still work
and many of us could easily swap to linux, I sure wont be ditching my old pc cant afford to..
like the move to everything on a cloud
why the hell would or should we be forced to pay per month to use what we already HAVE on a cd, we paid for? I see the new adobe wont copy pdf to word even if words installed, wants you to go online to do it.
great so private docs go online?
no way!
downgraded my adobe to elder version. wont upgrade again.

DirkH

Alberta Slim says:
August 17, 2013 at 4:56 am
” BTW: I quit useing “Google News” as my home page because of their persistent posting of “Warmist” articles. …. Dying polar bears etc……”
I use google news (Germany and US) all the time. What for? To see the direction of the propaganda push on one page. It’s the fastest way to see what the regime wants you to think.
(I click through only for added amusement value)
Notice that they push HuffPo all the time but never WUWT. HuffPo, PBS, BBC, NYT,TIME,NatGeo, USA Today… The globalist leftist worldview in a nutshell… what’s not to like; evil has to have SOME central.

Alberta Slim says:
The heads of Google, Microsoft, and Apple are, supposed to be brilliant when it comes to logic. So why do the believe in CAGW? It seems unlikely to be ignorance, so it must be dishonesty. IMO.

Nope. They simply have no training, and maybe no real interest in physical sciences either. People constantly confuse math and computer science on one hand with physical sciences on the other. They are not closely related; being good at math is useful if you want to study physical sciences, but it is no substitute for it.
The most brilliant philosophers in antiquity were caught up entirely in the products of their own imaginations, what with everything being made up of earth, fire, water and air, the strength of iron being due to its hook-shaped atoms and so on. Meanwhile, they were entirely ignoring the actual physical and chemical principles that were empirically used by the engineers, physicians and craftsmen, who were using levers, hydraulics, medicinal plants, microbial fermentations, and so forth. In this manner, they frittered away the centuries without actually advancing science.
Just exercising the mind, without paying attention to actual reality, will do that.

David,
The videos streamed to you by YouTube have been collaboratively filtered. That is, your past viewing choices have been used as training data to build a model to predict future choices from the archives that you will find interesting.
😐

Chuck L

Agree about Google. I use Bing instead of Google and their stance that users of Google Mail have no expectation of privacy was just another nail in their coffin since they are (and have been) dead to me.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

Re: ozspeaksup on August 17, 2013 at 5:00 am,
For those who missed the news, Adobe has decided their “Creative” products should not be stored on your computer, or on a local copy on media you can hold. Their products belong on the cloud, auto-updating, you may access as needed.
Imagine your favorite web cartoonist, surviving mostly on donations, who saves up for a year or two to buy a newer version of Photoshop. I know of them. And artists of all types who use Adobe, professionals to amateurs.
They’re now all good for hitting up for $30 a month for one product, to $50 for the full “Creative Suite” bundle.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/06/adobe_kills_creative_suite_for_cloud/
So no longer can you buy it once and play with it for a decade. You’re going to pay. Again, and again. You just touch up some family photos every month or less? Hope it’s worth it.
BTW, GIMP is still free, and great.

Chip

Google also hired Ray Kurzweil last year, and he’s been pretty dismissive of climate science.

Resourceguy

Could someone strap Lisa Jackson in a self driving car and hit the accel button?

Anteaus

Google have recently been involved in bulk virus-scanning of websites on the basis that this will ‘make the Internet a safer place.’ Unfortunately their scanning engine produces numerous false alarms. The worst aspect is that they send out vague notification messages which don’t even identify the nature of the alleged problem. Thus these serious-looking alerts coupled with a failure to discose the utterly silly nature of some false alarms (for example a virus supposedly found in a text file) have involved webmasters in numerous hours of downtime and wasted effort searching for nonexistent malware. Even when the error is pointed out they will simply not accept that their software could malfunction. Slightly off topic but I think it illustrates that Google have gotten too big for their boots.

mike g

Speaking of ClimateGate, what ever became of Climategate 3.0? Did the lawyers shut it down that effectively?

John F. Hultquist

Greg says:
August 17, 2013 at 1:43 am
“…. the global warming hoax to be shown to be based on the jawbones of asses.”
“There’s not much in this mess that makes me smile, but that did.

Right, but the term “pelvic cavity” ought, perhaps, to have been the skeletal reference.

Edwina Chinge

Bloke down the pub on August 17, 2013 at 2:54 am
“The Church of England may also be getting a dose of reality from it’s new archbishop.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10247524/Church-of-England-fracking-opponents-are-ignoring-the-poor.html
The [Church] of England is securing its mining rights across the country on (or should one say under) land is has previously sold.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10245697/Church-of-England-in-fracking-land-grab.html

Chad Hensley

It makes Google money every time you click on it. Why would they send you a video that you wouldn’t click on?

Pamela Gray

Businesses follow first principles of making money. If they don’t they soon become non-businesses. They jump like frogs from one lily pad to the next to sweep up the first fruits of a hot topic. When the fruit begins to turn or the next lily has better fruit, they hop to that lily pad. Google laid a bet on global warming business that hasn’t panned out. They will of their own accord hop to another lily pad with or without our congrats.

Louis Hooffstetter

“The male cartoon figure calls the female one an “ignorant slut” for believing in global warming amidst a good explanation of the physics involved in the greenhouse effect.”
It’s really not good for either side to use derision and name calling in what should be a balanced scientific debate. There are exceptions of course when someone has gone out of their way to earn a particular title or moniker based on their specific words and deeds. Michael Mann: “Climate Charlatan” and Heidi Cullen: “Weather Bimbo” are two exceptions that spring to mind.