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Google Shopping blocks all vitamins and natural products - glitch or deliberate censorship?, 8/19/12

The internet has the potential to help you to reach more people than you ever imagined. But for many small-time authors and entrepreneurs you had might as well bury your work six-feet under the ground in what I call online insignificance. Furthermore, there may be no such thing as giving away information for free any longer. If you want a substantial number of people to view your free content you are likely going to have to pay to give your information away.

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Adams is a BS artist, a search for vitamins on Google Shopping just returned 20 millions hits, he defended Dormer as a "selective killer" whom he claimed was killed by the LAPD (when in fact it was the SBSD)

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  • Google Breaks Silence On FBI's National Security Letters That Demand Its Users' Data
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  • National security letters are the Fight Club of government data surveillance. Thanks to the gag orders that accompany those FBI requests for users’ private information, the first rule for any company that receives an NSL is that it doesn’t talk about receiving an NSL. Now Google is doing its best to blur–if not quite break–that rule.
    In a new section of its bi-annual Transparency Report on government censorship and surveillance of its data, Google on Tuesday issued its first ever accounting of how many NSLs it has received for the last four years along with how many users were affected, albeit in extremely broad terms. For each of those years, for instance, Google says it has received less than one thousand NSLs. In 2012, those requests for users’ data targeted somewhere between one and two thousand of its users, the same numbers as 2011 and down from between two and three thousand users affected in 2010.
    Vague as those revelations may be, they start to give some sense of the scale of how often NSLs are used to obtain user data in investigations of purported national security threats. In the second half of 2012, for instance, Google says that it received requests for at least some data from 14,791 accounts. More than 10,000 of those users were targeted with subpoenas, and another 3,000 had their information requested with a search warrant.
    But Google previously labeled another 1,249 accounts as having had their data requested by “other” means.

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So is Google a good guy or a villain?

"1,249 accounts"? Even assuming they were all from different people and all US residents that come out to 1 in 250,000 Americans. Even if we assume most or all were unjustified this would not make the US like China, Syria or Iran.

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Google Censorship - How It Works

An anticensorware investigation by Seth Finkelstein

Abstract: This report describes the system by which results in the Google search engine are suppressed.

Google Exclusion, introduction

Google is arguably the world's most popular search engine. However, contrary perhaps to a naive impression, in some cases the results of a search are affected by various government-related factors. That is, search results which may otherwise be shown, are deliberately excluded. The suppression may be local to a country, or global to all Google results.

This removal of results was first documented in a report Localized Google search result exclusions by Benjamin Edelman and Jonathan Zittrain , which investigated certain web material banned in various countries. Later, this author Seth Finkelstein discussed a global removal arising from intimidation generated from the United Kingdom town of Chester, in Chester's Guide to Molesting Google .

My discussion here is not meant to criticize Google's behavior in any way. Much of it is in reaction to government law or government-backed pressure, where accommodation is an understandable reaction if nothing else. Rather, documenting and explaining what happens, can inform public understanding, and lead to more informed resistance against the distortion of search results created by censorship campaigns.

How it works

A Google search is not simply a raw dump of a database query to the user's screen. The retrieval of the data is just one step. There is much post-processing afterwards, in terms of presentation and customization.

When Google "removes" material, often it is still in the Google index itself. But the post-processing has removed it from any results shown to the user. This system can be applied, for quality reasons, to remove sites which "spam" the search engine. And that is, by volume, certainly the overwhelming application of the mechanism. But it can also be directed against sites which have been prohibited for government-based reasons.

Sometimes the fact that the "removed" material is still in the index can be inferred.

Global censorship

For the case of Chester , which concerned a single "removed" page, the internal indexing of the target page could be established by comparison with a search for the same material on another search engine.

Consider a Google search for the word "lesbian" on the site torkyarkisto.marhost.com . It returns a page titled "The Kurt Cobain Quiz", with a count of

Results 1 - 1 of about 2

The "about" qualifier there represents many factors, but sometimes encompasses blacklisted pages. This can be seen here by comparing to an AltaVista search for the word "lesbian" on the site torkyarkisto.marhost.com

There are two pages visible in that case, the "Quiz" page, and the "Chester" page which caused all the trouble in the first place.

Since we know the "Chester" page was once in the Google index, it must be the other page referred to in "about 2". QED.

Local censorship

In this situation, comparing results from the different Country Google searches, is often revealing. The tests are often best done using the "allinurl:" syntax of Google, which searches for URLs which have the given components (note the separate components can appear anywhere in the URL, so "allinurl:stormfront.org" is "stormfront" and "org" in the URL, not just the string "stormfront.org" as might be naively thought). Stormfront.org is a notorious racist site, often banned in various contexts.

Consider the following US search:

http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&q=allinurl%3Astormfront.org

This returned: Results 1 - 27 of about 50,700.

Now compare with the German counterpart (Google.DE):

http://www.google.de/search?num=100&hl=en&q=allinurl%3Astormfront.org

This returned: Results 1 - 9 about 50,700.

Immediate observation: The rightmost (total) number is identical. So identical results are in the Google database. It's simply not displaying them. How is it determining which domain results to display?

Note the hosts of which "stormfront.org" URLs are visible on the German page:

irc.stormfront.org:8000/

www4.stormfront.org:81/

lists.stormfront.org:81/

What do these all have in common?

They all have a port number after the host name.

The exclusion pattern obviously isn't matching the ":number" part of the URL.

It's matching a pattern of "*.stormfront.org/" in the host, as in the following which are displayed the US search, but not the German search.

www.stormfront.org/

kids.stormfront.org/

women.stormfront.org/

nna.stormfront.org/

www4.stormfront.org/

Even more interesting, the German page has a broken URL listed at the bottom: http/www.stormfront.org/quotes.htm . That's not a valid URL, so it seems to escape the host check.

Thus, the suppression again appears to be implemented as a post-processing step using very simple patterns of prohibited results.

The same behavior is observed in a German "stormfront.org" images search

This returned: Results 1 - 6 about 1,410.

Versus a US "stormfront.org" images search

This returned: Results 1 - 18 about 1,410.

(note identical right-hand numbers, and hosts matching "*.stormfront.org/" pattern are suppressed in the German results)

And also in a German "stormfront.org" directory search

This returned: Results 1 - 8 about 15.

Versus a US "stormfront.org" directory search

This returned: Results 1 - 10 about 15.

(note again identical right-hand numbers, and hosts matching "*.stormfront.org/" pattern are suppressed in the German results)

Conclusion

Contrary to earlier utopian theories of the Internet, it takes very little effort for governments to cause certain information simply to vanish for a huge number of people.

Version 1.0 Mar 10 2003

Support

This work was not funded by anyone, and has no connection to any organization. In fact, if anyone is providing financial support for such projects, the author would like to know.

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US, Brazil lead Google's Top 10 censorship list; China off the chart

After government's criticized Google for disclosing too much private information, the company released country-by-country data on the number of government requests for user information and data removal.

By Stephen Kurczy, Correspondent / April 21, 2010

http://www.csmonitor...a-off-the-chart

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US, Brazil lead Google's Top 10 censorship list; China off the chart

After government's criticized Google for disclosing too much private information, the company released country-by-country data on the number of government requests for user information and data removal.

By Stephen Kurczy, Correspondent / April 21, 2010

http://www.csmonitor...a-off-the-chart

You love sending us in circles don't you? We've been over this already (at least concerning the US) see post 22 "The majority of requests were court orders due to defamationhe majority of requests were court orders due to defamation."

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US, Brazil lead Google's Top 10 censorship list; China off the chart (Gaal,datum link headline)

majority of requests were court orders due to defamation." // end Colby

OH.......Oh !! Defamation and Brazil ,now I get you.

BTW THERE SHOULD BE ZERO political internet censorship...not any, nada,file 13,round file , null set,empty set ,......none.

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US, Brazil lead Google's Top 10 censorship list; China off the chart (Gaal,datum link headline)

majority of requests were court orders due to defamation." // end Colby

OH.......Oh !! Defamation and Brazil ,now I get you.

BTW THERE SHOULD BE ZERO political internet censorship...not any, nada,file 13,round file , null set,empty set ,......none.

Who says these court orders were political? You don't think courts should have the authority to order the removal of false defamatory material?

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From the linked article:

One of the most famous examples of photoshopping during the ongoing foreign-orchastrated Syrian crisis is the photo which appeared in Austria’s largest newspaper Kronen Zeitung on July 28 (first photo below) when readers were treated to the image on the left of bombed out Aleppo. The original photo on the right came from the European Pressphoto Agency and shows a Syrian family that was or wasn’t fleeing for the violence – but the Zionist media moguls apparently needed a more apocalyptic background to communicate their propaganda message against the Syrian government.

Since this was the only media outlet mentioned in the article we can safely assume that it was the only one the author found, thus this is not really relevant for those of us outside Austria. The other examples of doctored photos come from supposed Facebook or similar website pages, but since we are not given the URLs this is not possible in several case to confirm the site of the 'original' photos.

“ but the Zionist media moguls apparently needed a more apocalyptic background”

Kronen Zeitung “Zionist”? Not hardly, until his death in June 2010 its director/publisher/ 50% owner was Hans Dichand who served in the Germany Navy during WWII, its current editor-in-chief is his son Christoph. The other 50% is owned by WAZ-Mediengruppe a large German media company.WAZ is owned by the decendants of founders Erich Brost and Jakob Funke The managing director has the decidedly un-”Zionist” name Christian Nienhaus the German Wikipedia page mentions a few other administrators, none of whom have typically ''Zionist“ names.

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Is a non Zionist bent.

A shocking portrait of Austria's highest selling newspaper

17 December 2003 | by Wetbones

(Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

This is a documentary about the Kronen Zeitung, Austria's most widely read newspaper. There are 8 million people in Austria and over 3 million of them read this newspaper. With such a large readership (in relation to the populace) comes enormous power and the film researches how this power is used or much rather abused.

First of all the Kronen Zeitung is extremely racist and pushes this opinion on its readers by portraying all foreigners as criminals and scum that needs to be thrown out of the country. In the film several key writers of the newspaper are interviewed and one of them proudly shows the camera-team his books of speeches by Adolf Hitler and his own paintings which are full of Nazi symbols. The film goes on to examine how this racist newspaper may have helped extreme right-wing populist Jörg Haider on his rise to power.

It then goes on to show how every politician in Austria is afraid of the Kronen Zeitung and always checks it first thing in the morning to find out what the editor thinks about certain things. Mr. Dichand, the owner and chief editor of the Kronen Zeitung, comes across as a very powerful (he has regular meetings with the Austrian president) and dangerous man who tries to rule the country through his newspaper.

I was very familiar with the Kronen Zeitung and with its political agenda but this film has revealed many things I had not known. It's scarier than most horror films, that's for sure!

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However FACE BOOK IS BEING USED BY NATIONS AND THEIR INTELL SERVICES TO PROMOTE

PROPAGANDA

bottom link of article had more photoshop face book

https://plus.google.com/photos/103208110742791515693/albums/5788407651473375217#photos/103208110742791515693/albums/5788407651473375217

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