The trouble with Google defining 'truth'

google-logoGoogle thinks we’re only entitled to seeing Google’s “facts,” especially on climate change

Guest essay by Ron Arnold

With its $385 billion share value, Google, Inc. has bumped ExxonMobil to become America’s No. 2 ranked company in market capitalization.

That may not be a good thing. A February article in New Scientist announced, Google wants to rank websites based on facts, not links, and writer Hal Hodson said, “The internet is stuffed with garbage. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness.”

Not surprisingly, the idea of changing page rank from popularity to “truthfulness,” based on a Google-made “knowledge vault,” did not go down well.

Fox News reported, “Google’s plan to rank websites is raising censorship concerns.” Douglass Kennedy opened with, “They say you’re entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts. It’s a concept not everyone is comfortable with.”

They’re saying we’re only entitled to Google’s “facts,” which completely short-circuits how slippery “facts” can be and naively equates facts with truth. Ask any lawyer about truth.

Today’s climate wars consist of arguments between highly qualified scientists about facts that some sincerely believe are true, and some sincerely believe are false, each for solid reasons. It should be an honest debate among equals, but it’s degenerated into a power play by alarmists to kill debate to drive favored public policies that are pushed by certain politicians and their social and political base.

Google’s truth plan is not so simple. Facts are statements about existence. Statements about existence can be true or false. Existence itself – your kitchen sink or the climate or whatever – can’t be true or false; it just exists. Say anything you want about existence, and it won’t change a thing. It still just exists. Existence doesn’t give a damn what you think about it. Facts are statements about existence, and statements are always arguable.

But get everyone to believe Google Facts, and you can enforce political policies worth trillions of dollars to climate profiteers – and impose punitive, economy-strangling, job-killing regulations on millions of families.

You can see where this is going.

Imagine: Big Google the Universal Truthsayer. That’s as scary as “Mr. Dark” in Ray Bradbury’s 1962 novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, only worse. It’s the perfect machine to kill all dissent and wither the Internet into a wasteland of groupthink, susceptible to disinformation campaigns from any power center from the CIA, to the rich bosses of Google, Inc. to Google’s political friends and allies.

What about those rich bosses? Google’s two co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, created a corporate foundation in 2005. The Google Foundation has 2013 assets of $72,412,693, gave grants of $7.9 million, and added $29.4 million from corporate profits.

Three of Google’s top-ten recipients are key climate alarmists: the World Wildlife Fund ($5 million); Energy Foundation ($2.6 million); and rabidly anti-fracking Natural Resources Defense Council ($2.5 million).

NRDC is particularly influential because it also received $3.01 million in taxpayer-financed Environmental Protection Agency grants since 2009 and has 50 employees on 40 federal advisory committees: NRDC has 33 employees on 21 EPA committees, and more in six other agencies.

The big gun in Google philanthropy is Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, whose Schmidt Family Foundation ($312 million, 2013 assets) is a major armory for groups that attack skeptics of dangerous manmade climate change. The Schmidt Foundation has given $67,147,849 in 295 grants to 180 recipients since it was endowed in 2007.

Top Schmidt money went to Climate Central ($8.15 million), a group of activist climate scientists bolstered by $1,387,372 in EPA grants since 2009.

Schmidt also gave $3.25 million to the Energy Foundation, which was almost superfluous, since EF is practically the Mother Ship of green grants, with $1,157,046,016 given via 28,705 grants to 11,866 recipients since 1999.

Among the shadier grants in the Schmidt portfolio are anti-fracking, anti-fossil-fuel grants totaling $1.19 million to the Sustainable Markets Foundation, a shell corporation that gives no recorded grants, but funnels money to climate and anti-fracking organizations such as Bill McKibben’s, so that the donors are not traceable.

Schmidt supported the far-left Tides Foundation empire with $975,000 for an anti-consumer film, “The Story of Stuff.” It gave the Sierra Club $500,000 for anti-natural gas activism, the Center for Investigative Reporting $985,000 for an anti-coal film, and so forth. Schmidt’s list goes on for pages.

With all the massive resources of wealth and power alarmists have, we must ask: Why do they give so much to destroy the climate debate and the debaters? What are they afraid of?

Perhaps they have staked so much money and reputation on manmade climate catastrophe claims that they are terrified by the prospect that inconvenient evidence, data, debate and scientists could destroy their carefully constructed climate house of cards.

Or perhaps it’s what Eric Schmidt said at January’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, when he was asked for his prediction on the future of the web. “I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear.”

How? The mature technology will be wearable, give us interactive homes and cars, and simply fade into the background – to become something that we all have, that most of us don’t really know (or care) very much about, as long as it can do whatever we want.

That’s the view from the pinnacle of wealth and power. On the ground, the joke is on Google.

Michael Humphrey, Forbes contributor and instructor at Colorado State University, sees younger people abandoning the public forum in favor of one-to-one connectivity. He says they don’t trust the Internet.

Why? Millennials say the Internet is cheapening language, it is stunting curiosity (because answers come so easily), we are never bored so we lose creativity, it steals innocence too quickly, it makes us impulsive with our buying and talking, it is creating narcissists, it creates filter bubbles that limit discovery, it hurts local businesses, it is filled with false evidence, it desensitizes us to tragedy, it makes us lonely.

They want the real world.

Google that.


Ron Arnold is Ron Arnold is executive vice president of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise and coauthor of Cracking Big Green: Saving the world from the Save-the-Earth money machine.

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David Harrington
April 9, 2015 12:18 am


Sceptical Sam
Reply to  David Harrington
April 9, 2015 10:50 pm

Yep. But only if you stick with Google.
I don’t.
I recommend DuckDuckGo
It doesn’t track you either.
Vote with your mouse. Give Google the chop.

Reply to  Sceptical Sam
April 10, 2015 8:38 am

Plus 10.

April 9, 2015 12:20 am

Google shouldn’t change its page rankings based on sites’ toeing the line on consensus reality. That could make maverick sites invisible. If it wants to give sites “gold stars” reflecting Google’s high opinion of them, that would be tolerable, I suppose. (The cool kids would be sure to shun them!)

Reply to  rogerknights
April 9, 2015 9:36 am

They should base their rankings on site “truthiness.”

Tom O
Reply to  oeman50
April 9, 2015 12:08 pm

But WHO defines truth? In many cases, “consensus” defines truth, but that does NOT make it the truth. Consensus said the world was flat, but that’s not the case. Consensus said the Sun revolved around Earth, but that’s not the case. The truth, somewhat like history, seems to be a moving target. If 10 million people want to go see a skin site and one 50 go view the Vatican’s site, based on a set of search terms, that doesn’t make the Vatican site more popular because someone believes it to be more “truthful.” It makes a mockery of the concept of being useful In your search for information. The odds are that if 10 million people are going to the skin site off your search terms, the information you are seeking, judging by those terms, will be found there.

April 9, 2015 12:23 am

McKibben’s is for fracking. Frack, baby Frack.
Now Google that.

Reply to  Bubba Cow
April 9, 2015 6:43 pm

Fracking enables wind power. Fracking shut down Vermont Yankee. Fracking cuts CO2 emissions. What’s not to like? IDK, ask a greenie.

Jaime Jessop
April 9, 2015 12:32 am

The World Wide Web has for long been a double-edged sword, capable of both expanding and enlightening awareness on a huge diversity of issues but also of misinforming and creating bias where none should exist. You have to be in possession of quite rigorous personal psychological filters to sift through this deluge of information and sort ‘fact’ from fantasy, what ‘is’ as opposed to what others would have you believe. It looks like Google are now intent on permanently blunting one edge of that sword.

Reply to  Jaime Jessop
April 9, 2015 6:44 pm

RIght, sure, but which edge?

April 9, 2015 12:34 am
David A
Reply to  Bubba Cow
April 9, 2015 6:15 am

Bubba, over time while using Google my computer slowed terribly. Posting comments got so bad that I often lost the site I was on when I posted. I thought I had a virus, or in my paranoia I thought that Google was annoyed by my skeptical CAGW comments. (sarc, ??) Anyway I switched to Duck Duck Go. Wow, what a difference! My sites load FAR faster, and my comments now post. I highly recommend this site.

Reply to  David A
April 9, 2015 7:06 am

Same here.

Reply to  Bubba Cow
April 9, 2015 9:17 am

Amen Bubba Cow!

DuckDuckGo (DDG) is a Internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results.[1] DuckDuckGo distinguishes itself from other search engines by not profiling its users and by deliberately showing all users the same search results for a given search term.[4] DuckDuckGo emphasizes getting information from the best sources rather than the most sources, generating its search results from key crowdsourced sites such as Wikipedia and from partnerships with other search engines like Yandex, Yahoo!, Bing, and Yummly.[5][6]

That all sounds good and it probably is, for the time being.
I remember being impressed by Google’s motto “Don’t be evil”. Given how Google tracks everything we do and steals our data, I think we can argue that it is now just as evil as any other corporate juggernaught.
I like the fact that DuckDuckGo doesn’t track me. I hope it stays that way and I hope that they don’t find an even more insidious way to be evil. Ah well, Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty.

The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley
Reply to  Bubba Cow
April 9, 2015 12:32 pm

The problem we have in Britain, is that Google is very US-centric. Even if you request a UK search, you almost always get US results on the first or second page. I hope the UK version of this duckduckgo is genuinely that. I’m going to give it a try.
We have to put up with US spelling and grammer as well – in anything computer-based. It’s very annoying for a pedant like me.

Reply to  The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley
April 9, 2015 2:12 pm

Meh…I’m a bit more irritated by Google censoring information from UK searches upon an individual’s request thanks to the perpetual meddling of the EU, than a simple ‘color’ over ‘colour’.

Crikey Mikey
Reply to  Bubba Cow
April 9, 2015 11:09 pm

I’ve been using Startpage, “The World’s Most Private Search Engine”, for a couple of years now. Works for me. Don’t like being tracked.

April 9, 2015 1:02 am

It’s already happening, actually.
I did an experiment about six months ago.
I googled some fairly common climate science phrases (e.g. ‘global warming’) plus “Watts Up With That” and then the same phrases plus the names of several climate believing sites.
In every case the first page of the climate believing sites came up with all links to those sites.
The Watts Up With That links were all less than 50% Watts Up WIth That, and the rest were either climate believing sites masquerading as, or climate believing sites offering the other point of view.
Google is extremely biased and it is quite worrying.

Reply to  Panda
April 9, 2015 3:20 am

I can confirm that Panda….has been like that for years. We are playing against a stacked deck…only the reality on the ground is going to kill this nwo agw beast!

Owen in GA
Reply to  Panda
April 9, 2015 6:13 am

We need to watch how we express our thoughts here. I believe (shouldn’t speak for everyone) that everyone here believes in the climate. So I don’t know what a “climate believing” site might be if not this one. I know you meant CAGW or CACC believing site, as if you had simply said “Climate Change Believing Site” that also would have encompassed most if not all of the people on this site. It is only the cause, changing how much and how fast, and whether or not it is dangerous that is in contention. Climate always changes, that is the only thing about climate that does not change.

George Tetley
April 9, 2015 1:06 am

Who was it that said,

Ian Macdonald
April 9, 2015 1:17 am

Last time I read a New Scientist issue almost every single article contained climate change propaganda, regardless of actual subject. Considering they must have lost a fair chunk of their loyal readership over this policy, I imagine that someone must be giving them a handout worth more than the lost sales.

Reply to  Ian Macdonald
April 9, 2015 5:48 am

I don’t read New Scientist any more. It just isn’t worth it. Very expensive and little actual science, more like publicity releases.

Jaime Jessop
April 9, 2015 1:28 am

Duckduckgo searches should in theory produce less biased results because the search engine does not record a history of searches from your IP address and therefore does not filter search results according to your ‘personal preferences’ – or what Google thinks are your personal preferences.
So ‘truth’ with Google has always been tailored to fit the demands of the ‘truth’ seeker in some respects. It seems from what Ron is saying that Google is now wanting to tailor ‘truth’ to fit the demands of an overarching political agenda and that this filtering will definitely be prioritised over any subsequent personalisation of search results.

Reply to  Jaime Jessop
April 9, 2015 5:25 am

Google is the default search engine on my work pc, I use DuckDuckGo at home. I have found no disadvantage to DuckDuckGo.

Reply to  Jaime Jessop
April 9, 2015 3:22 pm

With Google heavily invested in green energy this shouldn’t be a big surprise. Where are the anti-trust people when you need them? They destroyed AT&T unnecessarily. Google appears to be in a conflict of interest so a good candidate for anti-trust. But being from Canads, I don’t know the rules.

Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
April 9, 2015 6:47 pm

“They destroyed AT&T unnecessarily.”
What on earth do you mean?

April 9, 2015 1:30 am

I’m sure it must get on Google’s wick every time i get email from WUWT & other sites that dare to question & I love that I do that, (so far these emails haven’t been blocked, if that were to occur I’d change email providers) …..

April 9, 2015 1:32 am

If Google tries to censor information it will be setting up its own version of the Great Firewall. In that case it will lose business.

April 9, 2015 1:42 am

I gave up on Google some time ago and use Bing now. Rarely do I use Google unless I want to double check a search result.

Reply to  Will Nitschke
April 9, 2015 2:10 am

Also, google is better at searching for phone numbers. For some reason Bing always thinks I’m trying to use it as a calculator.
But google showed their blatant and disgusting bias and manipulation years ago. I don’t use anything that gives google money, and advise all of my clients to switch away from them too.
Except my phone. Curse Android for being the best phone option right now.

Reply to  CodeTech
April 9, 2015 3:42 am

The only thing Google is currently better at is when I want to download a free version of a software package (AVG, Cute PDF, FilleZilla). Bing seems to throw up a lot of secondary sites, not the software developer’s site as the first hit. So I usually use Google for that at the moment. But 99.9% of the rest of my searches go through Bing now.

Reply to  CodeTech
April 9, 2015 4:23 am

Actually, Will, as a web developer I can say that many of my sites have been removed from Google over the last few months as they force web sites to be “mobile friendly”, and from what I can see the majority of business sites, with a large investment in legacy infrastructure, are not ready for the large expense of “mobile friendly” conversions.
In fact, I have 3 contracts on the go right now from sites annoyed that their former search results have dropped because of this initiative, as Google flexes their giant muscles to “make the world better” by screwing up what literally millions of people have spent billions of hours building.
To quote the show “Silicon Valley”, “f’ing billionaires”.

Reply to  CodeTech
April 9, 2015 6:29 am

Google Voice is really good. No charge in the US/Canada for phone calls and one cent/minute calls to the UK. Call quality excellent. They do video calls, PC to PC, too.

John Salmond
April 9, 2015 1:55 am

a great big lie at core of story about truth ‘some sincerely believe are true, and some sincerely believe are false’ yes, 97pc and 3pc respectively

April 9, 2015 1:56 am

I have long since stopped using Google and Bing because of their slant on things.
I now use duckduck, Yahoo, and dogpile
I found it amazing when I first started researching climate change, searches on Google only found alarmist websites. Even searching for specifics still returned alarmist sites. This was ten years ago. It has got worse, not better since.
I dare anyone to use the same search string on the top five search engines and see how much they differ. Then use some of the independent or even dark net search engines and see just how different the same search string yields…

Reply to  Sean P Chatterton
April 9, 2015 3:22 am

Thanks. I will start looking to change. Google is behaving like the bad guy in Snowcrash.

Reply to  Sean P Chatterton
April 9, 2015 10:40 am

I use Ixquick and just started trying out duckduckgo

Reply to  Sean P Chatterton
April 9, 2015 4:25 pm

That is why I used to use dogpile a lot. You could compare results of different search engines. Quite astounding at times.

April 9, 2015 2:00 am

Where’s the surprise? Gore is a “senior adviser” to Google.

Gunga Din
Reply to  dennisambler
April 9, 2015 9:15 am

Didn’t Gore push for releasing satellite spy pictures way back when? Now we have Google Earth and Gore is a senior advisory.

April 9, 2015 2:21 am

Google’s “facts,” so their looking to take on Wiki , no real surprise and just like them you can expect ‘facts’ to be rather a lose term hows meaning depends on a great deal of issues not ‘fact based ‘ at all.

Alan the Brit
April 9, 2015 2:23 am

Dear Panda, et al,
Can we all please try to stop using ambiguous & misleading language such as “climate believing” & the like! I think the overwhelming majority who comment on this site believe in “climate”, AND “climate change”. It is the attribution of cause that is of issue here. It is the true warmist “deniers” who use langauge such as “climate deniers” through their ignorance & arrogance, & of course their intent on aligning those of us who have sincere doubts about man’s depth of involvement in climate change, with those sad people who deny the Holocaust. Please think about your terminology. Thank you.

Owen in GA
Reply to  Alan the Brit
April 9, 2015 6:24 am

I didn’t see yours when I posted mine above. I said almost the same thing with completely different words. I would say that WUWT is one of the leading climate believing sites on the web. The CC part of CACC is not the part in contention it is the “how much change?”, “how fast will it change?”, “what caused the change?”, and “is it dangerous?” questions that we contend that the nonconsensus consensus has the wrong answers for or at least have not proven.

Pauvre Papillon
April 9, 2015 2:25 am

It’s not just the climate change issue. Google has biased their search results against freedom and free enterprise for years. If someone would come with a search engine which was not biased toward the protection of The Ruling Class, they would quickly gain market share much like Fox News has gained viewers against the other so-called news networks which are in reality the propaganda apparatus of the Fascist Democrat Party.

April 9, 2015 2:26 am

The simple fact that Schmidt ran Obama’s turnout operation in 2012 shows how this is going to turn out. The tech oligarchs are almost unanimously liberal, and working to the same end because of common beliefs, they have the power to control information as firmly as Stalin ever did. We can’t avoid Google and Apple and Microsoft. If you want a smartphone, it will almost surely be running their software. They read your e-mail, they know what sites you visit. Anybody who trusts them to be unbiased is a fool. And you can count on them to champion liberal causes, and to smear and disappear information that conflicts with those causes.

Reply to  Jeff
April 9, 2015 3:18 am

What you describe could easily be confused with fascism and for good reason.

Reply to  Jeff
April 9, 2015 6:02 am

Actually the real reason is…they all live on the warmer than usual West Coast!!!
This is why they are convinced we have global warming because this small sliver of the planet is the entire world for them all. They think the rest of us living in Ice Age Land are insane and lying about the weather.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Jeff
April 9, 2015 10:06 am

Not to worry. The left coast is slowly self destructing. With their ultra-liberal-socialist and environmental-mafia policies they are slowly spoiling their own nest. Thousands are bailing out annually for other parts of the country. For example, more than 363,000 Californians have moved to Texas over the past five years. It just a shame they haven’t wait around long enough to learn from their mistakes and wind up trying to install the same failing policies in (Californicating) the new location.

Rob Dawg
April 9, 2015 2:30 am

Try googling how much Al Gore is paid as a Senior Adviser to Google.

Michael D
Reply to  Rob Dawg
April 9, 2015 12:55 pm

Holy crap. I thought you were joking…

Reply to  Rob Dawg
April 9, 2015 2:16 pm

Rob D
Added this to the Wikipedia [so good even I can edit it – except for Al Gore’s page] Al Gore ‘Talk’ page: –
The Gore Effect
“The Gore Effect, an informal and satirical term alleging a causal relationship between unseasonable cold weather phenomena and global warming activism is named after Gore. CNN meteorologist Rob Marciano describes use of the effect as a mere running gag among weather forecasters.[225]”
Many folk who use this phrase use it only for occasions when he former Vice President is actually at a major CAGW conference – and there’s four feet of snow – in August, in Death Valley [yeah – the last two phrases are /sarc]. Sorry. But some see the coincidence – or, perhaps, the Climate Gods’ intent . . . . . 2113Z 09 April 2015 – (talk) 21:10, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
– in the last five minutes.
I wonder whether this will still be there is – say – a month . . . .

son of mulder
April 9, 2015 2:32 am

When is a fact not a fact? The attached reference contains analysis about fact decay and the half-life of facts. Google are onto a loser.
If they claim they are reporting facts than we should be able to sue when it turns out the “fact” is wrong.

Reply to  son of mulder
April 9, 2015 2:43 am

My understanding they are going to rate searches according to accuracy. I don’t think they are reporting anything.

Reply to  son of mulder
April 9, 2015 3:15 am

“To do a great evil, one must be convinced they are doing a great good.”
Censorship is always based, so the censors say, on the idea of making sure the people are only exposed to the truth.
Google is not only huge, their leadership is extremely active and influential politically.
And they are overtly picking one side in their political efforts.
Climate science is going to suffer if this censorship takes place, but that will only be the tip of the iceberg.
This will not end well for anyone in the long run, but in the short run this could be really bad for minority points of view on any issue. We are on the edge of a brave new world in the worst sense of the concept.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  son of mulder
April 9, 2015 10:09 am

There are no ‘Facts’! There are only statements with a high or low probability of being correct. The probability of ‘zero’ nor ‘one’ exists, except the probability of ‘one’ is ‘zero’. Any good scientists knows this.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Joe Crawford
April 9, 2015 11:21 am

Facts are defined. Now you can argue that it isn’t 100% probable that you exist, but the definition is inside this manifest universe.

Bloke down the pub
April 9, 2015 2:54 am

And if, in a few years time, global temperatures start to tumble, you can guarantee that all the alarmist stuff that Google has been promoting will disappear down an hole.

April 9, 2015 3:18 am

Reblogged this on Utopia – you are standing in it! and commented:
If Google is going to define truth, it should first of all test its algorithm with various historical controversies to see how they go in balancing the different threads of evidence and incomplete and conflicting information about what happened, what motivated whom and what were the intended and unintended consequences of various actions.

April 9, 2015 3:20 am

This was posted as a reply but was supposed to be a stand alone comment. I apologize for posting it twice.
“To do a great evil, one must be convinced they are doing a great good.”
Censorship is always based, so the censors say, on the idea of making sure the people are only exposed to the truth.
Google is not only huge, their leadership is extremely active and influential politically.
And they are overtly picking one side in their political efforts.
Climate science is going to suffer if this censorship takes place, but that will only be the tip of the iceberg.
This will not end well for anyone in the long run, but in the short run this could be really bad for minority points of view on any issue. We are on the edge of a brave new world in the worst sense of the concept.

April 9, 2015 3:21 am

I tested this on duck and google: “most used internet site for global warming discussion”
Google gave me a hit on WUWT that was 4 items down, duck 13 items down.
Sorry, but with that simple search, I doubt the hypothesis of Google downplaying WUWT.
Please report your own tests.

Reply to  ECB
April 9, 2015 3:28 am

We are on a long journey. Don’t confuse the current scenery with the final destination.

Reply to  ECB
April 9, 2015 3:57 am

Sorry Hunter, but in imo you are using this BB for your own agenda, not facts. Please provide evidence, as this ‘should’ be a science based BB.

Reply to  ECB
April 9, 2015 8:14 am

For me the point of the article is to discuss the trajectory of Google. In other words what is Google planning for the future, not what they are currently doing. And Google, with its priveleged access to this White House, and decidely unbalanced view of how American political dialog should take place, is worth watching.

Lars P.
Reply to  ECB
April 11, 2015 12:59 pm

Nice try ECB.
Is WUWT not having in the title: .”the world’s most viewed climate website”. So searching by “most used internet site for global warming discussion” is biased search.
Why don’t you try a simple “global warming discussion” then you find WUWT on what page? was on page 15 for me. And what was on page 1? first position wikipedia, second SkS
But yes, when you make a specific selection you might get lucky isn’t it?

Jaime Jessop
Reply to  ECB
April 9, 2015 4:22 am

If you change ‘used’ to ‘viewed’, WUWT comes second on ddg search – after Wiki. On Google it comes first, so what does this prove really? Only that the way a search is worded is crucial to the results. Interestingly, your comment above on this particular post appears second in my google search, but this may be a fluke.

April 9, 2015 3:22 am

If you guys are worried, think about the home school crowd. or the anti vaxers.

Reply to  trafamadore
April 9, 2015 8:16 am

The ones who shoud relly be worried, if *truth* was to be doled and metered out, should be the climate crisis hypesters

Paul Martin
April 9, 2015 3:29 am
‘The Greek word rendered as “truth” in English translations is “aletheia”, which literally means “unconcealed” and connotes sincerity in addition to factuality and reality.’

April 9, 2015 3:30 am

One last idea on this. Those intolerant of dissident ideas should consider what one of the great minds of the 20th century observed:
““It’s an universal law– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Joe Crawford
Reply to  hunter
April 9, 2015 10:15 am

We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.

Eric Hoffer, The True Believer

April 9, 2015 3:39 am

Like the bell telephone monopoly, Google will have to be broken up.

M Courtney
Reply to  Eliza
April 9, 2015 4:43 am

Microsoft and Google should both be broken up. They are too large to be constrained by competition.
But in the short-term, Google could provide better customer service by offering both options to the user:
Set the search to “Official truth” or “Most linked and interesting”.
Let everyone get what they want.
If Google abuse their near monopoly to prevent that option – break them in two.

Reply to  M Courtney
April 9, 2015 6:06 am

Google already degraded their search ability when they suddenly eliminated the highlighting of words you are seeking in a document. Now, instead of scanning for the relevant paragraphs, one has to tediously go over the entire documents to find information.
It has made my work absolutely hellishly harder and I am a speed reader.

Reply to  Eliza
April 9, 2015 4:51 am

Or just nationalize it. The Affordable Search Act.

M Courtney
Reply to  Jeff Glassman
April 9, 2015 8:41 am

Nationalise Microsoft first.
Their Windows 8 debacle caused inefficiency for every business that fell for it. yet an operating system is vital infrastructure. It shouldn’t be left to a private company that needs to make large changes to force upgrades without any competitive pressure.
A single, stet controlled and standardised operating system would help people who want a computer to help them in their work. Microsoft works for nerds who see the computer as the product – for most of the economy the real products are the work done on a computer.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Eliza
April 9, 2015 6:04 am

You might notice that the Baby Bells have all been reabsorbed into one large structure- AT&T, which was all along, their planned response to the mandated breakup. A large part of the communications revolution since then has been, not so much because Bell stood in the way of progress, but that innovators began to creatively think about alternatives.
Quite some time before the breakup, the American people were subjected to a massive propaganda campaign which made the old phone company out to be “the” evil corporate entity. Hardly a movie or TV show was produced which didn’t include at least one joke or proselytizing statement against the phone co.
We’ve all been here before (and often.)

Reply to  Alan Robertson
April 9, 2015 6:07 am

AT&T was hellish back then, I had several battles with them. And they owned EVERYTHING. You were not allowed to own a telephone, we rented the stupid things. It was awful.

Owen in GA
Reply to  Alan Robertson
April 9, 2015 6:31 am

It was indeed awful. Of course the reabsorbed AT&T has started to go back down that path. The difference this time: When their billing process started getting opaque, I was able to dump them in favor of a cable company provided line. I grew weary of the fixed rate bill varying by up to 10% month to month.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Alan Robertson
April 9, 2015 7:06 am

You’re both right, the phone company was beyond awful.
In hindsight, it’s sort of a chicken and egg thing. The collective outrage of millions of customers who’d dealt with the empire was manifested in the popular media, which fanned the flames ever higher. The entire AT&T breakup issue provides the opportunity for great insight into the psyche of mankind, both individually and when we form ourselves into organizations.

April 9, 2015 3:41 am


April 9, 2015 4:05 am

A test on a simple truth question search on Google:
I Googled “is CO2 pollution?”
The first thing (first 2) that came up was SKS definition:
“Greenhouse gases including CO2 unquestionably fit the Clean Air Act’s broad definition of “air pollutants,” and must be listed and regulated by the EPA if it can be determined that they endanger public heath and/or welfare.
Alternatively, the definition of “pollution” from Encyclopedia Brittanica is:
“the addition of any substance (solid, liquid, or gas) or any form of energy (such as heat, sound, or radioactivity) to the environment at a rate faster than it can be dispersed, diluted, decomposed, recycled, or stored in some harmless form.”
Thus legally in the USA, CO2 is an air pollutant which must be regulated if it may endanger publich health or welfare. And according to the encyclopedic definition, CO2 is a pollutant unless our emissions can be stored “harmlessly.”
I Googled “ is carbon dioxide a pollutant?” The Weather Underground came up number 1. Here is their definition:
Is Carbon Dioxide a pollutant?
“The fossil fuel industry points out in their ads that carbon dioxide it essential for both plant life and human life. Is it wrong, then, to label carbon dioxide as a pollutant? The definition of pollution in Webster’s dictionary is “to make physically impure or unclean: Befoul, dirty.” By that definition, carbon dioxide is not pollution. However, Webster’s also has the definition: “to contaminate (an environment) esp. with man-made waste.” Carbon dioxide is a waste gas produced by fossil fuel combustion, so can be classified as man-made waste. One can also make the case that carbon dioxide is contaminating the environment, since increased CO2 from burning fossil fuels has already harmed sea life. Carbon dioxide, when dissolved in sea water, is deadly to shell-building microorganisms that form an important part of the food chain in some cold ocean regions. The extra CO2 lowers the pH and make the water too acidic for these organisms to build their shells. As I reported in my blog on Acidifying the Oceans, the observed increase in acidity of 0.1 pH units during the past century due to fossil fuel burning, and expected continued acidification in the coming decades, could cause a massive die off of marine life and collapse of the food chain in these ocean areas. Based on these arguments, the fossil fuel industry’s slogan, “Carbon dioxide: they call it pollution, we call it life!” could just as truthfully be phrased, “Carbon dioxide. We call it pollution, and we call it death.” One need only look at our sister planet, Venus, to see that too much “life” can be a bad thing. There, an atmosphere of 96% carbon dioxide has created a hellish greenhouse effect. The temperatures of 860 F at the surface are hot enough to melt lead. There’s not too much life there!
Crediting fossil fuels for our economic prosperity
The fossil fuel industry ads point out that the burning of fossil fuels has brought dramatic increases in wealth and prosperity to the world. This is a good point, and we should not seriously damage the basis of the world economy through reckless efforts to cut CO2 emissions. We can credit a good portion of the marvels of modern civilization to the availability of cheap fossil fuels to power our technological revolution. However, we shouldn’t get all misty-eyed about the wondrous things we’ve accomplished by using this ready source of energy left for us by the fossilized plants of Earth’s past. Any technology can bring about terrible suffering if used unwisely. Consider that fossil fuels have also made possible the horrors of modern warfare. The tanks of Hitler’s blitzkrieg–and the aircraft that have dropped the bombs that have killed millions of innocent people this past century–were all powered by fossil fuels. Air pollution from fossil fuel burning has killed millions as well. We need to be honest about both the importance of fossil fuels, and the dangers they pose if used unwisely. The threat of climate change due to burning fossil fuels needs to be addressed truthfully, so that we can make wise decisions about the future of our energy technology. The untruthful new ad campaign by the fossil fuel industry is harmful to this end.”
“Is Carbon Dioxide a Pollutant?” In order of appearance on my Google search:
1. Weather Underground
2. Skeptical Science
3. Skeptical Science
4. Scientific American: “The Worst Climate Pollution Is Carbon Dioxide”
5. “Of all the myths quoted, calling carbon dioxide a pollutant is the worst – it simply is not true!”
6. “Skeptics are winning the battle to reject CO2 as the only cause of warming, but losing the war to the misrepresentation of CO2 as a pollutant.”
The Scientific American article is an eye opener.
Just sayin…

April 9, 2015 4:06 am

Google is a private firm. Let them do what they want. Their only obligation is to their shareholders.
If you rely on the internet for your facts about the world, you are ignorant. The internet is mainly an echo chamber. Just a bunch of people and special interests shouting the same stuff over and over and over. Weak minds think that the loudest voices are speaking the truth.
For example, when you read about Neville Chamberlain in books, not on the internet, you will find that he was the ONLY head of a major state to actually oppose Hitler effectively. (Unless you count Mussolini and his defense of Austria against the German takeover, which he initially prevented by military force.) It was only the collapse of the French army which allowed Germany to run rampant over East and West Europe and to invade Russia. Otherwise, Chamberlain’s approach to Germany, war, economic isolation and destruction of the Nazi’s by overwhelming military force (England was re-arming, and Germany could never keep up.) would have worked very nicely without the need for millions of deaths.
You don’t know these things because you don’t read books.
I remember a world before Google. It was a fine place to live.

William Astley
April 9, 2015 4:16 am

The CAGW madness will end in the end. The reality of what it would take to reduce total human CO2 emissions by let say 50% has not been discussed. The discussion to this point has been do you ‘believe’ in anthropogenic climate change. No one has asked would you accept a massive reduction in your living standard and the living standards of all future generation to ‘fight’ climate change. The public will not accept real sacrifices to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. It is fact that the green scams do not work. The only ‘solution’ if we truly want to reduce CO2 emissions is a complete conversion to nuclear power and draconian restrictions on everyday life such as banning air travel, forced population reduction, banning meat consumption, and so on. Has anyone watched and thought about the film ‘The Story of Stuff’?
Mixed in with the CAWG madness is a real scientific mystery, something that could change the foundations of science. We live in astonishing times. It appears we are going to experience the cooling phase of a Dansgaard-Oeschger cycle and then we are going to see what terminates interglacial periods. What terminates interglacial periods is the same forcing function that causes Heinrich events, such as the Younger Dryas abrupt cooling period. If the planet cools we are going to see if Salby’s assertion that the majority of the recent rise in atmospheric CO2 was due to warming of the planet not anthropogenic CO2 emissions is correct.
The general public is almost completely ignorant of the paleo climate record for the last 1.8 million years. The general public and the media confuse the term ‘glacial’ phase (a phase happens again and again) with the term Ice Epoch which is term for periods the Earth is anomalously cold. It is an urban myth that changes in summer insolation at 65N cause a 3 km thick ice sheet to cover Canada, the US Northern States, the UK, and Northern Europe for a 100,000 years. It is unimaginable that a 3 km thick ice sheet could have covered the vast regions of the Northern hemisphere for 100,000 years, again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again (you get the idea).
The general public is not aware there has been 22 glacial/interglacial cycles in the last 1.8 million years. The interglacial periods for some unknown reason last no longer than around 10,000 years. The current interglacial period the Holocene is 11,900 years old. It is a fact that interglacial periods end abruptly, not gradually for some unknown reason. What causes cyclic abrupt cooling is not known.

Reply to  William Astley
April 9, 2015 12:30 pm

I just conducted a simple Google search and this result was returned:
“Ludwig Boltzmann – Biography, Facts and Pictures
Ludwig Boltzmann was greatly demoralized due to the harsh criticism of his work. He committed suicide on September 5, 1906 at Duino, Italy by hanging himself”.
So they cannot hide from me, that great thinkers were often dismissed or persecuted during their own lifetime, by the representatives of the establishment.
If this all goes to plan then, in the future scientists will be driven to suicide as a result of sanctions imposed by Google itself.
Of course, these days Boltzmann would have had much more to contend with.
Doubtlessly he would have also had his “delusions of persecution” explained away as “conspiracy ideation” by the latest pompous simpleton with a chair in cognitive psychology.

Amr Marzouk
April 9, 2015 4:51 am

This will work well with porn.

April 9, 2015 4:53 am

Just what we need – a content-sensitive public utility.

Tom in Florida
April 9, 2015 5:02 am


Alan McIntire
April 9, 2015 5:20 am

I think you’re making a mountain out of a molehill. I’m reminded of a story about someone with the
name “Kenisha” or some similar name doing a vanity name search on Google. The first items that came up were “bookings” and “bail bond” ads. “Kenisha” couldn’t logically accuse the Google folks for
racism, because those items high on the search list were created by other “Kenisha”s or her friends or relatives making specific searches on Google. How would Google, and their millions of users, be able to create or control a “facts” algorithm?

April 9, 2015 5:30 am

Google has not been my primar search engine for years.

April 9, 2015 5:35 am

This debate arose about twenty years ago when the internet was young and the idea of an encyclopedia (this was in the pre-wikipedia days) was being kicked around. People realized that competing interests would argue about what was true and false, so there was an idea that seals-of-approval (SOAPs) could inform readers of who endorsed what. You could judge the level of trustworthiness based on who endorsed the piece. At best it was a lowest common denominator measure of potential bias, but it did add a bit of useful information, similar to the like/dislike counters some blogs use on comments. Nobody knew how huge the web would be so it seemed like a good idea at the time. People still thought about information in a limited, print-book paradigm back then. The idea never got past the pure concept stage because of difficult questions. Could anybody apply a SOAP? What happens when SOAPs got so dense they weren’t interpretable? SOAPs were an attempt at organizing an informed competitive marketplace of ideas. Google’s proposal is an attempt to structure the marketplace for it’s own benefit.

April 9, 2015 5:41 am

“on Election Night 2012, guess where Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt was? Working for the president. In the president’s campaign office. On a voter-turnout system designed to help the president get re-elected.”
Now you know why Google wants to determine what’s truthful. They are just another left-wing run company.
The left has hated the fact that they lost the control of news information because of the internet. This “truth defining” is a step to get back control of it.
Google also broke the news archive search so that it’s now very hard to find old articles on things like glaciers melting, droughts, etc that we skeptics used to point out that severe weather has happened in the past when CO2 was well below the ‘safe’ level of 350 ppm as determined by the Rockefeller funded I bet this stems from people like Cass Sunstein and Bill Clinton (who you can find on the Party of European Socialists website) who are on record of complaining about the internet fracturing peoples political views (so much for diversity…).

Pamela Gray
April 9, 2015 6:34 am

One to one access brings us to a dead stop and begins the slide back to the dark ages, when books and discussions of science, religion, philosophy, and even maths, were outside common access, unless you were a monk or some such thing.
I am old enough to remember the BBS (bulletin board service) origins of interconnectivity essay and debate across impossible miles, bringing together a more visible and larger voice to dissent, and new paradigms. Let us hope that we do not revert back to one to one communication. Why? Much easier to control than the larger louder voice of concerned groups spread across great spans of voting territory.

Reply to  Pamela Gray
April 9, 2015 7:07 pm

Pamela, one can create a free internet2 inside a censored internet. The dark net is one example. Any group of machines can make their own shared space, from uucp to mail to web services. Maybe I need to post a How To…

April 9, 2015 6:54 am

Believe nothing read or heard without verifying it oneself unless it, Weltanschauung congruent, agrees with ones worldview. G00gle is blocked from my browser so that I must disable the filters to use a G00gle service.

April 9, 2015 7:00 am

Sooo, lets take inventory……
FCC makes the internet a government run utility,,,,, check
EPA makes power producing fossil fuels evil……. check
Google makes only their preferred information available …… check
NOAA, NASA make adjustments to data to fill a need….check
The IRS, uses its power to halt non-profit opposition to the administration from forming….. check
The DOJ targets the opposition to the administration and incites riots via their activities…….check
The POTUS publically targets skeptics, discriminates, oppresses and degrades them…..check
NSA watches in the background and obtains private information accordingly …………. check
The UN waits in anticipation of global power over energy through control of CO2………. check
Activists use a false consensus of science meme to try to squelch dissenters……. check
How many more can you add to this storyline?
Conspiracy? No, reality!

Reply to  ossqss
April 9, 2015 5:26 pm

NSA watches in the background and obtains private information accordingly …………. check
They can’t do this in areas without electricity, right? Makes me wonder if this is one of the reasons ‘policy makers’ the UN, and control-freak democrats are trying to use AGW as a means to redistribute our wealth to developing countries who have little or no access to electricy.

April 9, 2015 7:14 am

Google wishing to be the mundane Authority of Canonical Truth resouonds of the medieval Catholic Church and the case of the Copernican description of the solar system.
“Existence itself … can’t be true or false; it just exists. … Facts are statements about existence, and statements are always arguable.” sums it up nicely, as did Galileo’s remark (upon being pressured to ‘accept’ the proposition that the Earth is stationary in the heavens with the sun circling around it) “But still it moves.”

Paul Westhaver
Reply to  tadchem
April 9, 2015 8:09 am

Galileo never said “But still it moves.” You do not know what actually happened during his second trial. You are just repeating a medieval lie. Galileo proposed a FIXED sun and then a Copernican system. (the Vatican astronomers had long since accepted the heliocentric model, in fact, Pope Paul III wrote the preface to Copernicus’ Book.) When asked to provide PROOF that 1) the sun was fixed AND that 2) the planets orbited the the FIXED sun, he admitted he could offer no objective proof and had to acknowledge that his theory was … a theory. and half wrong at that. He NEVER EVER said “But still it moves”. In fact, Galileo quoted Cardinal Bellarmine in his letter to Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina “That the intention of the Holy Ghost is to teach us how one goes to heaven. not how heaven goes.” Neil DeGasse-Tyson often, and incorrectly, attributes this to Galileo, but Galileo, in his letter, attributes it to Bellarmine. So, Better get your facts straight.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Paul Westhaver
April 9, 2015 11:40 am

Yeah, yeah and Marlowe actually wrote Shakespeare’s plays and all the greats in history were gay. A lot of this kind of stuff came out of modern egghead research in the dawn of post normal inquiry.

Paul Westhaver
Reply to  Paul Westhaver
April 9, 2015 2:40 pm

Neah… The cartoon image of the religious emptiheaded authorities, if you chose to draw one, ought to at least be truthful. I have transcripts of both Galilean trials translated from latin to english. I also have an electronic copy of Copernicus’s book(s).
Here is a history lesson. At the time of Galileo’s trials, The protestant reformation was in full bloom. ~50 years earlier, Copernicus wrote his book describing a heliocentric “cosmos” but refused to publish it because he was afraid of being labeled a sorcerer by the PROTESTANTS. He obtained a permission of & imprimatur from Pope Paul III and inserted his letter to the Pope in the volume. Here is the letter:
The Church embraced the Copernican theory mildly but it was a new idea and not widely understood. Recall also that Pope Gregory XIII updated the calender from the julian to the one we use now, on Oct 15, 1582. It was based on scientific observation and calculations. We use it to this day.
The man who actually published Copernicus’ work (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) was Georg Joachim Rheticus who went on leave from University of Wittenberg to engage Copernicus. He published it then lost his job at UofW as punishment.
What you fail to realize is that the protestant reformation was purging catholics from all seats of authority in Europe, instituting a pure biblical approach to religion, compared with Catholicism which is biblical, and traditional, and authoritarian. The Protestants viewed heliocentricity as non-bliblical, therefore heretical and sorcery.
The cartoon Neil DeGasse-Tyson view of history is beneath people of reason.

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
April 9, 2015 3:56 pm

That makes sense since Neil DeGasse-Tyson has proven himself to not be a person of reason.

Alan Robertson
April 9, 2015 7:40 am

When that marvelous new search engine first came out, its prowess dazzled many of us. Then, their motto “do no evil”, came to our attention and alarms started going off. Everything since has reinforced that initial sense of dread, for any who have been paying attention: that the motto might be camouflage.
Google’s masters are fully aware of this nation’s Constitution and Bill of Rights and the reasoning which enshrined those warnings of human frailty and injunctions against our proclivity for the abuse of power. Google’s founders have chosen to undermine that liberty for the rest of us, solely to enhance their own wealth and power. They have clearly rationalized their actions by aligning their thinking with Caesar: “What is truth?” Google’s rationale and “facts” given as search result, have no bearing on truth.
Facts are not truth. Facts are merely facets on the shining diamond of truth.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Alan Robertson
April 9, 2015 11:42 am

Wealth and power they already have. Such often go into the ideological sphere when W and P are achieved

Paul Westhaver
April 9, 2015 7:55 am

Alternative to Google.
Get on that… it will have wide appeal.
Stop using Facebook, it is just a web page that acts against my interests at all levels.
Stop using Twitter it is just a gossip site.
Google will be a tough nut to crack. Suggestions?

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
April 9, 2015 12:22 pm

Widespread adoption of an alternative is unlikely. We have seen it with Facebook and Twitter, where despite constant complaints, nobody wants to move to the alternatives. They exist, but they’re not widely used.
It’s not the internet that needs to be chaged, it’s society. Good luck with that.

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
April 9, 2015 6:59 pm
April 9, 2015 8:03 am

I use DuckDuckGo

April 9, 2015 8:33 am

The world according to William Connolley brought to you by Google

Mike Bromley the Kurd
April 9, 2015 8:39 am

“Existence itself – your kitchen sink or the climate or whatever – can’t be true or false; it just exists. Say anything you want about existence, and it won’t change a thing. It still just exists. Existence doesn’t give a damn what you think about it. Facts are statements about existence, and statements are always arguable.”
The last sentence is arguable. The rest of the paragraph is what the Ku Klimate Klan can’t get through their heads. The unarguable facts are the ones that don’t jive with the last sentence in the paragraph quoted above. That is why you don’t walk on railway tracks.
The climate just is. For mankind to declare a “standard climate” is one of the loudest acts of bone-headed hubris we have dared to exert. Compared to what? The alarmist crowd never, ever, stands up and answers that question. They NEVER say what the ideal climate is, and in the process, fail to acknowledge its very existence as a variable chaotic entity. And in the next sentence, they imply they can control it, through a convoluted system of equivocations and dodges, as if the very “standard climate” they cannot define is somehow attainable.
How quaint. And how does one argue against such a mess? They keep moving the goalposts. and their only desperate recourse is to assemble an army of name-calling adolescents as a defence. An Army that can spray “facts” as being “scientific”, all the while unable to answer a few pointed questions. Those questions that “aren’t allowed”

April 9, 2015 8:40 am

90% of the time when I have a question google and other search sites point to wikipedia, now I just go directly to wikipedia. When I want to buy something I just go to Amazon or Ebay. Other times I want to find a news story I find it difficult to find even when my search words should lead right to it. Google is memory hole. Google is now even more annoying than Microsoft was at its peak. Google is evil. I have been avoiding all google services. How creepy is it for one company to be tracking your movements all over the internet. Youtube is a fantastic resource but I won’t log in to it.

Reply to  fred
April 9, 2015 6:56 pm

I have a few virtual machines and a RaspberryPi and variety liveCd Linux boots that keep me more private… Watching youtube is more pleasant when you know they don’t know who you are… Check out Puppy live CD Linux and Virtual box for starters. Then moveup to Privatix and Tor.

April 9, 2015 8:45 am

Without search engines, the Web is mostly useless. With search engines, the Web is seen through filters. Use many search engines to improve your vision.
I use DuckDuckGo, Bing and Google.

April 9, 2015 9:32 am

I have come to regard the content of Google search results and Wikipedia articles with a great deal of skepticism.

April 9, 2015 9:49 am

I learned many decades ago that people who went out of their way to tell me how honest they were, usually weren’t. So when i see a corporation go out of its way to say it doesn’t do evil, the alarm bells go off.
Information is power, and this has been true throughout history. Also throughout history it has been demonstrated that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. So, while Google’s stated intent of not doing evil may well be genuine, as the index by which he collective information of the human race is accessed, they have a power unlike anything seen on earth ever before concentrated in their hands. That it will be corrupted at some point is inevitable, that they feel they need to adopt a motto about not doing evil is a tacit admission that they recognize the danger.

April 9, 2015 10:16 am

I totally called this. Once one group had such a distinct lead in the flow of information it was only a matter of time until for whatever reason they tried to affect that flow. Ive purposely used other search engines the bulk of the time because of this. I wish I had been wrong.

April 9, 2015 10:26 am

Does that mean they’ll get rid of all the adverts???
Adverts – not known for their factual accuracy.

Reply to  mwhite
April 9, 2015 12:27 pm

The text ads is how they earned all their money. I used to control the Google “Adwords” for a small company in the 2000s We spent over $5000 USD/month and we only had 30 employees max.

Gary Pearse
April 9, 2015 11:55 am

Do most of you get promotional phone calls from Google? They have been tying the net together particularly in the last couple of years. Well, there is no better example of why free enterprise and competition are the best set up for an economy. I switched browsers to Firefox mainly because there was so much hack attack, virus activity by haters of Microsoft that it needed to patched up once a week. Now on Firefox they have yahoo as their ‘home’ engine. Surfing, downloading and even trying to follow up links on a website slows progressively until I turn it off and re open it to get it back up to speed. Anyone out there have an idea what I need to do? I have a good virus software and added scans don’t seem to find any problems. I use Microsoft operating and they keep offering to be my home page.

April 9, 2015 12:26 pm

I distinctly remember a guy named Winston Smith working at Google, but I can’t find any reference to it anymore…

Two Labs
April 9, 2015 12:30 pm

Remember, Google isn’t the only game in town, and such measures could very quickly render it irrelevant? And Google can’t afford that. Anyone remember Webcrawler?

Michael D
April 9, 2015 12:58 pm

If Google wants to do Truth a service, Google should have a pop-up box that offers alternative views. To everything. Even alternatives to the party line. Let the proletariat decide what is stupid.

Ted G
April 9, 2015 1:02 pm

Bubba Cow April 9, 2015 at 12:34 am
use this:
I used duckduckgo today for the first time, I tried a lot of different search terms climate and political related, very impressive search results. Google will only be used as a backup from now on.

Robert Ballard
April 9, 2015 1:32 pm

If Google wishes to play semantic games to further its corporate agenda so be it. Neither words nor truth can be controlled as one “hard case” once claimed:
“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ”
“But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”
Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. “They’ve a temper, some of them—particularly verbs, they’re the proudest—adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs—however, I can manage the whole lot! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!”
Impenetrability indeed.

F. Ross
April 9, 2015 1:43 pm

Go DuckDuckGo or Bing.
I only use Google as a last option and refuse any offers to make Google one’s default search engine.

April 9, 2015 2:51 pm

Google is confused and thinks that truth and truthiness are the same thing, apparently. Truthiness is whatever feels truthful, rather than what is actually true. Facts don’t get in the way of truthiness. Perfect for shutting off debate when you’re the one determining what the search results will be based on your own truthiness ranking.

April 9, 2015 2:58 pm

I wonder what the Google truth on God is?

April 9, 2015 3:08 pm

I much prefer ixquick. Ixquick’s policy statement:
“You have a right to privacy.
Your search data should never fall into the wrong hands.
The only real solution is quickly deleting your data or not storing them to begin with.
Since January 2009 we do not record our users’ IP addresses anymore.
Your personal data are not shared with any third party.
We were the first and only search engine to do so.
Since then we have added many other features that protect your privacy.”
Why would you use any other search engine?

April 9, 2015 3:28 pm

Will try duckduckgo. Stopped using Google ages ago. Bing and Yahoo are defaults on 6 of 6 devices. I do use Google at times to double check searches and a couple of programs default to Google for some reason. I probably left the preferences where they were set when I installed them.

April 9, 2015 4:16 pm

search engines too often give prominence to MSM/official consensus, not only when it concerns CAGW. it is up to each individual to work around that, according to their own biases & worldview.
what’s not to like? Hodson earlier article:
Aug 2014: New Scientist: Hal Hodson: Google’s fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank
The search giant is automatically building Knowledge Vault, a massive database that could give us unprecedented access to the world’s facts…
Google’s Knowledge Graph is currently bigger than the Knowledge Vault, but it only includes manually integrated sources such as the CIA Factbook…
Tom Austin, a technology analyst at Gartner in Boston, says that the world’s biggest technology companies are racing to build similar vaults. “Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and IBM are all building them, and they’re tackling these enormous problems that we would never even have thought of trying 10 years ago,” he says.
The potential of a machine system that has the whole of human knowledge at its fingertips is huge…
Knowledge Vault
Richer vaults of knowledge will also change the way we study human society “This is the most visionary thing,” says Suchanek (Fabian Suchanek, a data scientist at Telecom ParisTech in France). “The Knowledge Vault can model history and society.”…
It might even be possible to use a knowledge base as detailed and broad as Google’s to start making accurate predictions about the future based on analysis and forward projection of the past, says Suchanek.
“This an entirely new generation of technology that’s going to result in massive changes – improvement in how people live and have fun, and how they make war,” says Austin. “This is a quantum leap.”
(This article appeared in print under the headline “Welcome to the oracle”)

Paul Westhaver
April 9, 2015 5:28 pm

Update your host file.
Send Google analytics to
Update you Hosts file…

April 9, 2015 6:46 pm

Don’t use google. Use who do not track you nor bubble (wrap) your searches. Last google change where they started only giving results that fit yourbubble, I swapped. As a novelty seeking type, the echo chamber bubble was suffocating. is your friend…

April 9, 2015 6:52 pm

I delete anything in my task list that has google in its name. Internet access runs much better for it.
Search results on all major search engines are grossly manipulated – have been for years. Do a search for a made up word, and you’ll get millions of results. Where to buy it, even.

April 9, 2015 8:04 pm

During the great search engine wars when so many fell by the way, Google’s place in the market was enchanced because Microsoft was preoccupied with the antitrust suit brought by the US justice dept.
Is it any wonder university incubated Google loves Big Government solutions to every percieved ill facing the world.

Penncyl Puccer
April 10, 2015 6:27 am

Google is clearly pursuing a political agenda. They, collectively, are megalomaniacs, particularly the chairman. We are seeing fascism taking shape right before our very eyes.
The way the chairman conducts his personal life is, not surprisingly, jaw-droppingly amoral, in my humble opinion.
The only antidote is a vast decentralization of political power and the en-masse emasculation of politicians.
An Article FIve action (for non-Americans, you can look here: is about the only way to avert disaster.
In the meanwhile, avoid google, but, if you must use it, then do NOT click on the ads.

April 10, 2015 2:15 pm

Another follow the money article,which most media wouldn’t publish.

April 10, 2015 5:43 pm

Bing is actually better than Google. I know this as a former Search Editor for Bing (Australian EN market)

April 10, 2015 5:44 pm

Can anybody tell me who runs skeptical science?

Reply to  Charlie
April 10, 2015 6:25 pm

is it really cook?

David Cage
April 10, 2015 11:38 pm

Today’s climate wars consist of arguments between highly qualified scientists about facts that some sincerely believe are true, and some sincerely believe are false, each for solid reasons.
This is the starting point as I believe trusting scientists is the equivalent of trusting a jobbing builder with your trans oceanic bridge rather than a team of groundwork specialists , architects, structural engineers and materials specialists.
Data collection and computer modelling are engineering functions not scientific ones and the practical sides of these are of little interest and zero career value to any scientist as is proved by the almost unbelievably sloppy approach to both functions.
The whole system of biological CO2 creation and usage is not a climate function it is that of experts from the natural history based disciplines and is at the very least a third of the CO2 model so requires this fraction of the funding if the theory is supposed to be beyond question.
Similarly the natural geological creation and usage of CO2, mostly creation, is at the very least a further third of the model requirement and the data needed for adequate understanding of these mostly sources is if anything the most expensive as it is a very manual hands on function which requires considerable local measurement not conducive to automated collection.
The determination of what is normal is not a simple linear projection as used by the primitives in the science field but should be the projection of the best fit curve as determined by signal analysts or marketing experts.
Clear cut historical evidence of climate variations is also totally ignored by this self confident and self absorbed clique of pseudo scientists who cannot even grasp the fundamental that science has to be able to withstand questioning by outsiders rather than just their own cronies. More so once doubt is cast on the selection process and the clear suspicion of willingness to provide extra curricular services required outranking professional ability.

April 11, 2015 1:26 pm

A slight disagreement with the sentence; “Today’s climate wars consist of arguments between highly qualified scientists about facts that some sincerely believe are true, and some sincerely believe are false, each for solid reasons. ”
As I follow the debate it is not the facts (CO2 is a GHG, CO2 is rising, etc) it is taking those facts and inputting them into a theoretical model which attempts to predict climate, and declaring the output of the model as a fact. The only fact (correct me if wrong) about all the climate models thus far is the universal failure to predict the flat global surface temperatures of the past 15-19 years.
But I guess if 19 years ago your model said there would be no global warming you’d want to tweak it a bit as grants that study an non-problem don’t get renewed.

Lars P.
April 11, 2015 1:56 pm

Well a long way from “do no evil” to the “ministry of truth”. Hope it will not get there…
I searched “CO2 plant food”.
position 1 & 2: skeptical science telling “CO2 is plant food”
surprised by this positive sentence I clicked on the link and learned:”More Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is not necessarily good for plants.” and a whole lot of nonsense against increased CO2 in the atmosphere. Guess all those stupid farmers know nothing.
so yes indeed our internet spews a lot of garbage.
but at least position 5 was and position 7 WUWT with “AGU says CO2 is plant food”:
Freeman Dyson estimates that about 1 billion people+ live due to the extra CO2 that is now in the atmosphere:
“Dyson argues that CO2 has many direct and staggering consequences for the life on Earth that are more important than the indirect and questionable influences via the climate. For example, the 40% rise in CO2 since the Industrial Revolution meant about a 20% increase in the agricultural yields per unit area (in average: results vary)…”
We talk of the CO2 that probably saved us from widespread famine. Letting only political correct crazies to dictate about the effect of CO2 when so many science studies do confirm its effect:
may be dangerous and sad, but hey, there is no really viable solution to replace “carbon energy”, so we will continue to enrich the atmosphere with CO2 some time :).

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