The Strange Story Of Tracey Z And The Nurses Who Never Died

from OffGuardian

A case study in social media misinformation

Last month a twitter user called Traceyz18 tweeted out the following message:

I feel so upset. 2 nurses who were in ITU [intenstive therapy unit] in Swansea have died today. 3 more still ventilated. All from the same unit. My heart is breaking.

This would be very sad, if true. But, as it turns out, it is not – the official twitter of Swansea’s NHS trust actually responded:

This is incorrect. We have not had any nurse deaths in our ITU department and your tweet is causing anxiety.

Here’s a screencap of the original exchange (we can’t embed the tweets, for reasons which will shortly become apparent): … Continue reading >>>
MORE ON Internet news filtering
Ministry of Fake News
Internet news filtering
Google Ministry Of Truth



Another Privacy Abuse Scandal Brewing For Big Tech

App developers working for ad agencies that use Google ad servers are scanning your email to improve ad targeting.


Google, not a corporation that ever takes ethics seriously, even by corporate standards, made a pledge  about this time last year that it would stop its servers scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, hypocritically stating that it was committed to protecting data  so users could “remain confident that Google will keep users privacy and security paramount ”

However the internet search and advertising giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

WSJ is behind a pay wall but you can read a summary of the full article at

FromTheTrenches report


Nicholas Barang already touched on the intrusive nature of many ads.
If publishers would confine themselves to working with responsible ad servers I would not run an ad blocker, as long as ads are trying to elbow aside the content I have chosen to read in order to get in my face with products I am never going to buy …

Punish Google Tax Dodging And Sink The Corporate Pirates
With tax avoidance once more in the news but vying for top spot with stories of western industrial decline and Islamic penetration of civilised socities in Europe we hardly know where to start

Servergate: Clinton Emails reveal how Google tried to help Obama Administration defeat Syria’s Assad
The unhealthily close relationship bewteen Google and the US government has been known for a while, but despite having been caught in their incesteous coupling, the parent and child relationship seems to be getting more intense. The latest revelation from the Hillary Clinton emails shows how Google was involved in the bid to overthrow Assad in Syria

Facebook begins Europe-wide censorship campaign against free speech.
Facebook Inc (FB.O) has commenced the Europe-wide censoring of posts and comments the ruling elite do not like, thus making good the promise given to Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Merkel by the social media and data theft site’s founder Mark Zuckerberg.

What The controllers have In Store For Your Future
If you thought the book Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell was something else—even possibly off the wall when written—wait until you learn what’s planned for us by the year 2025! George Orwell, in retrospect, seems to have been able to tap into some sort of future-time-machine or a “worm hole” in physics—what’s known as an “Einstein-Rosen bridge,” because much of what he wrote about has come to realization.

Google: Benefactor Of Mankind Or Evil Empire (or buch of idiotic nerds who got lucky?)
They way Google has come to dominate the internet just as the internet has come to dominate our lives can’t all be down to good luck and careful planning can it? As this page develops you will see how sinister forces guided Google to their current position.

How Google Destroyed the Internet
The idea of the internet was that it would be a communications tool that freed information by making all public domain documents, libraries and archives accessible for everyone. Unfortunately the corporate monopoly men of Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Facebook and political control freaks had other ideas. They also understood the technolgy while the hippies and liberals ignored professionals warnings that internet systems would become a perfect toool of censorship.

Google a step closer to developing machines with human-like intelligence
Computers will have developed “common sense” within a decade and we could be counting them among our friends not long afterwards, one of the world’s leading AI scientists has predicted. Professor Geoff Hinton, who was hired by Google two years ago to help develop intelligent operating systems, said that the company is on the brink of developing algorithms with the capacity for logic, natural conversation and even flirtation.

I’ve been trying to warn you for years but would you tech heads and science heads listen?
A facebook friend, Mary Bladley McCaulay writes: Now I know for sure Google earth is following me. Went to the Dentist in Mufreesboro this AM. When I got back to my sons house and got online with my Kindle, first thing I saw was a Dental ad.

Who Runs America? US Federal Trade Commission Takes Orders From Google
Barak Obama runs America surely, you might well be thinking. We would argue that no US President since Eisenhower has truly run the USA. But the latest revelation of how cosy the Obama Administration has become with corporate business, to the extent that government departments are taking instruction from Google will shock even the most cynical Americans

Google Meets White House Officials Every Week, Why?
We have been very suspicious for ten years of the way Google with such apparent ease achieved a dominant position in web search. How did it happen, did Google do something evil, did they invoke the powers of darkness in their meteoric rise. Or were there even darker forces at work, powering Google to a position in which their internet technologies could dominate global information flows? Here’s something cynics should read.

Cashless Society – The Resistance Begins Here
A seaside market town in Norfolk may be less than 100 miles from the world’s financial capital, London, , it may be the commercial centre of West Norfolk’ as the town website boasts, it may be home to 45,000 people — but there, unlike in London, cash is king.

EU taking on Google – Well One German Publisher Is
Those New World Order fanatics at The Guardian, bless them, seldom miss a trick when it comes to promoting the single European Superstate and the globalist agenda. Their latest misrepresentation is to try and make us feel the European Union is somehow protecting our freedoms even as the bureau rats of Brussels are taking them away.

Has Zuckerbugger Been Messing With Your Mind?
It has been revealed that Facebook has been collaborating with the US government and creepier fringes of the academic community in carrying out experiments to manipulate users emotions. “Facebook users have reacted angrily to a “creepy” experiment carried out by the social network and two American universities to manipulate their emotions.”

Pissed Off With Government/Microsoft/Google Online Spying? Be Completely Anonymous Online
Not so long ago our biggest worry online was malware, virus software, trojans and worms plagued the internet cost many people a lot of time and worry. Since about a year ago everything has changed, protecting our digital privacy is the issue and the enemy is no longer spotty little nerds hunched over computers in dimly lit basements, but governments and major technology corporations.

Google Car Driverless Because No Sane Person Would Be Seen Dead In One
A few years ago Google boss Eric Schmidt said the company’s aim was to get as close to creepy as they could without crossing the line. Well they had crossed the line long before he said that. The latest Google wirdness is the much hyped driverless car. It looks as if it was designed by a five year old. On the other hand it might be the ideal car for paedophiles who want to go cruising for jailbait.

Reasons To keep Google Away From your Credit Card Information
I did not use Gmail a lot because although the mail got through, I started to be bombarded with targeted ads related to keywords used in my mail exchanges (they weren’t keywords as far as I was concerned, just conversation. That did not worry me much but the idea that Google were sharing my email content with the bastards throwing these ads at me did.

Don’t be Evil, Google Will Do It For You
Google have abandoned their “Don’t Be Evil motto. Good thing really, they are becoming more evil every day. The latest plans to integrate our brains with their servers may seem like a science fiction freaks wet dream, but these creepy nerds are serious …

Don’t Be Evil, That’s Our Job Is Google’s Real Motto
Don’t Be Evil said Google’s web page. But the search engine giant is the most evil of all the technology companies (though the rest can make Satan, Beelzebub, Belial, Azazel and the other Biblical demons look like choirboys. Read of Google’s latest step in advancing their evil agenda to take over our lives and make us all slaves of their technology.
A collection of articles by Ian R Thorpe on the unethical and dishonest ways Google has gained an unhealthy degree of influence over the internet.


IoT gadget maker Nest Labs adding Google facial recognition to doorbell web enabled doorbell, Google will know who’s at home.

Internet of Things - your gadgets will spy on you
Image source:

Long before Google acquired Internet of Things company Nest, its co-founder Matt Rogers was saying he and his team had big dreams. They certainly did, knowing perhaps how the CIA had made Google and Facebook into giant global corporations because of the potential for spying on people through their computers, Nest seem to have convinced themselves that building fridges, washing machines, thermostats and doorbells that could spy on their owners might work the same trick for them.

“When Nest was founded seven years ago, we started with a thermostat,” Rogers told a room full of reporters in an event held at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. “But our mission has always been much greater. Our mission is to create a home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it.”

CUNT. Does he not realise plenty of us understand what he is really saying, i.e. Nest, with their partners want to build a world in which our homes, possessions and our environment all conspire with the ruling elites to control us.

So after making a smart thermostat, (well, one that grasses you up to big Brother if you turn your heating up higher than someone on your paygrade should,) smoke alarms that will tell your doctor is you were cooking unhealthy food, and security cameras that tell Google (and any of us that can hack a server, which is more people than you might think,) exactly who is at home at any given time, Nest revealed the next place it wants to make waves: the home alarm system.

“Can you think of a better industry for us to disrupt?” product marketing head Maximie Veron asked the crowd.

That disruption will be stepped up in November, when the latest spy product, a $500 home alarm system you can install yourself, is brought to market. Nest Secure is built to work with your smartphone (and if that doesn’t ring alarm bells nothing will,), and with all the other Nest products the company hopes you’ll buy to help your best friends, the government, control you. And some people, some university brainwashed people, will rush out and buy this crap thinking it is ‘cool’.

Nest Secure product manager Sophie Le Guen explained the focus was on making a confusing product into a friendly one. About as friendly as a hungry crocodile.

Is The Internet Making Us All Stupid.The more gullible and wide eyed among academics like to burble ecstatically about how the internet has ushered in a new age of creativity. We have to wonder just how much time these self styled experts have spent surfing scial networking sites

Total Control: New Measures Toward Global Totalitarianism
Total surveillance and total control, it was the system used by the fictional Big Brother regime in George Orwell’s 1984 and it is becoming dangerously close to becoming reality in the liberal democracies of the world. Not long ago I reported that Microsoft boss Bill Gates had invested in a startup that proposes to launch a network of surveillance satellites that will monitor the entire world twenty four hours a day, thus bringing another dystopian fiction, Skynet, closer to reality

Web Induced DementiaIn most civilised societies there are laws governing what outrageous claims advertisers can make for their products. This does not apply on the web it seems, where ‘revolutionary new world changing technology’ means ‘not fit for purpose’

Computer Cops Will Arrest You Before You Commit A Crime
Innocent until proved guilty has always been a basic principle of British and before the Union, English and Scottish justice. Since late in the ninth century when King Alfred signed into law the Liber Judicialis, the presumption of innocence has stood.Thinking of committing a crime was not punishable, only in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” has Thought Crime ever been a punishable offence. Until now …

Bill Gates backs a $1 billion plan to cover Earth in ‘Big Brother’ satellites.
With the raggle taggle army of bloggers, alt_media journalists, video creators, marginalised writers and maverick media pundits who have taken on the task of defending liberty already engaged on several fronts, Microsoft’s multibillonaire chairman Bill Gates has announced his backing for a new tech start-up that will be able to stream ‘live and unfiltered’ video of every inch of the planet from a network of satellites to …

Is Technology Creating Physical and Psychological Hazards In The Digital Age?
Scientific research used to be the area of work that trailblazers, those with an unquenchable desire for new experience and a hyperactive sense of adventure wanted to be involved in. Now those who label themselves ‘scientists’ seem to have become the high priests of an ultra – conservative religion, determined at all costs to block progess that may lead to understanding that the dogmas of the past are just wrong

The Mummers: The Controlling system And The Illusion Of Freedom
We live in a world of deception, where truth is an ephemeral thing, slippery as an eel and shadowy as a spectre. What we are expercted to perceive as reality is just spin and misinformation designed to ensure the elite maintain their control. There’s eff all you can do just get on with your life, say the shills for big government and authoritarianism. But are we really nothing more than slaves of the system?

Google’s Brave New World Of Artificial Intelligence – And The Destruction Humanity
Almost every day we hear scientists burbling about artificial intelligence and how very soon machines will be smarter than humans. As scientists are nowhere near as smart as humans its hard to see how science can build something smarter. The problem is of course we don’t understand what contsitutes intelligence – those who think academic qualifications are the only indicator are retards. So where will this madness to replace us with machines end?

Transhumanism – What The Elite And Their Science Whores Have Planned For You
Transhumanism, the creation of – or turning us into – part human, part machine cyborgs is generating a lot of discussion and a lot of spontaneous ejaculations in the scientific community as they contemplate having their brains replaced by a computer. There are no limits on the ambitions of scientists fantasies, they even envisage creating robots that can interbreed with us, but how much is realistic?

Don’t be Evil, Google Will Do It For You
Google have abandoned their “Don’t Be Evil motto. Good thing really, they are becoming more evil every day. The latest plans to integrate our brains with their servers may seem like a science fiction freaks wet dream, but these creepy nerds are serious …

Google wants to change the way you see the world
News Used To Be Important – Now It’s Just EntertainmentPeople talk about technology, mainly television, cellulat telephones and the internet having given us an unprecedented ability to communicate. But have they? OK, we can trade meaningless messages with strangers on the other side of the world, we can join the cacophony of social netwoks where everybody yells at once and nobody listens, or we can sit in isolation, shouting inmto the void. But none of those are communicating. Technology has actually inhibited communication. …

Google Evil Empire In New Privacy ViolationOnce again the neo-Nazi nerds at Google are in trouble for playing fast and loose with our privacy. Google have bypassed browser privacy setting to track our movements on the web, the bettrer to target us with ads for poxy shite no sane person would buy. What is it these arseholes find difficult to understand about the idea that in the real world or cyberspace same rules apply …

Google Has Comptely Forgotten ‘Don’t Be Evil’ As The World Domination Agend Gathers PaceAt last Google has been caught stealing information from a business rival rather than private induviduals. Will people now wise up to these scumsucking pirates of the internet search engine world.

Science Brings Doomsday Closer – scientists announced we are nearer to a global catastrophe than we were a year ago

A Chronicle Of Decay

Drinking from a firehose – internet

The pioneers of the web saw the internet as a democratising force – empowering the under-informed consumer against an omnipotent corporation. People imagined a perfect market where we could find the thing we wanted at the best price at the click of a button. The hot web properties around the turn of the millennium of the day were comparative price engines, which took off on the assumption that as finding what you wanted became easy, the key differentiator would be price.

It’s turned out a bit more complicated than that.

If anything, the connection of people to information has been too successful. Technology has transformed the amount we are able to do each day, but it has also transformed how much we are expected to do.

We are deluged by information at work; from people we know, from people we don’t; from companies that want to sell us something; from media companies, advertisers and spammers.

In a paper published in Science last year, Dr Martin Hilbert calculated that the amount of data in the world was increasing by 23 per cent per annum …. and moreover that each of us is consuming the equivalent of 174 newspapers …. every day.

We are drinking from a fire hose.

It’s clear that technology has not made our lives easier – it’s just allowed us to do more in the same amount of time, not all of it useful. The ability to compute, store, and share information instantaneously around the globe has meant expectations have risen.

We are expected to do more, do it better and do it quicker. This is patently unrealistic, and it’s not surprising that stress related illnesses are so prevalent. We have infinitely more options, but much less time to understand them.

Bill Joy, the chief scientist at Sun Microsystems, described it like this:

“Technological evolution has exponentially surpassed the speed of human evolution. Technological evolution is doubling every eighteen months. Biological entities, only progressing at the speed of biological evolution, are left behind”.

In other words, a human being can’t consume, understand, collate and usefully process 174 newspapers of information a day. In our efforts to do everything, we frequently do nothing.

The lack of time, overload of information and lack of trust for things we haven’t tried ourselves has made our lives dull. We live in vibrant and constantly evolving societies, and yet we visit the same restaurants, cook the same recipes, buy the same clothes labels, read the same authors, and use the one bank, builder and garage we’ve always used.

We should aim higher.

The solution is nurtured in the people we trust. It’s called word of mouth. Because 21st century humans have confused it with telling everything to everyone, we’re not very good at it.

Bees have a brain the size of a seed, and their longest conversation is seven seconds, but even they are much better at word of mouth than your average human.

When a bee finds a new source of nectar, they fly in a figure of eight pattern. The axis of the eight directs the other 40,000 bees in the hive to the flowers, to gorge on the nectar and spread pollen. Everyone benefits. That’s word of mouth at its simple best.

Efficient word of mouth would allow us to remember things friends we trust have told us about, let us pass that on to other friends who trust us. It would allow us revel in the new, rather than living our lives on repeat.

If word of mouth was efficient, the company with the best product wins. A small business that offers great service operates on the same playing field as the large corporate. Innovative small businesses that go the extra mile would succeed more quickly, and provide more jobs, and better products.

If word of mouth was perfect, the CEO in every business would be as fixated on improving his company’s product, as they are on sales or finance; because winning and losing would be defined by it. That means product people becoming CEO, which happens very rarely unless you’re Apple.

The challenge is in making it simple to pull the precious needles out of the haystack of your life, save them, and share them with your friends.

But whatever the technology, word of mouth is about selectivity and trust. It’s about you helping yourself and helping your friends. It’s about finding a bed of roses in a sunny corner, flying in a figure of eight, and getting your friends to join you in the feast.

4 hours ago
This back to basics theme sounds great, but won’t work. Like communism, it’s a good idea on paper, but then encounters the wider world and it becomes something else. For example, Facebook started life as a simple proposition where you would log your friends and close acquaintances and keep in touch. Look what the money men have turned it into; an over-complex behemoth of a marketing man’s (almost) wet dream. It is now rammed down society’s throat at every turn. Also, look at all the novel ways people have been using it beyond a simple contacts forum – there’s a Facebook page for everything, from fundraising to “liking” the latest brand of hair straighteners to forming petitions/ focus groups. So; the Web- simple in concept, bewilderingly complex when applied, used and modified by billions of individuals.

7 hours ago

There were no “pioneers of the web” the usual fallacy that a group of clever coves get together to make all our modern wonders possible.

This notion of prescience encourages politicians to believe they can tell the future and set up committees to direct “investment” (aka squandering taxpayers’ money) in areas we shall all need or desire in the future.

The web happened serendipitously because of the cross-fertilisation of thousands of ideas, trial and error, amid many failures and a few successes and the wider mass of people deciding what they liked, didn’t like.

To reduce this accidental technological revolution to some planned campaign to liberate the Masses against their evil overlords and monied intersts, is out of the pages of the writings of Marx and is absurd.

Inundated with information? So building a library and filling it with books inundates us with information all of which we cannot process?

Of course not, you only get inundated if you take every book out and try to read them all at once.

The alternative is selecting only what you want to read. On computers its called a delete button

Frank Fisher
7 hours ago
Jeez. I wrote about his years ago – why aren’t I a billionaire. I remember talking to Arthur C Clarke about it (yes), okay, talking by fax, he didn’t like to communicate any other way, dunno why, and the issue of the torrent of voices came up. Everyone gets a voice, but what value has one voice in a screaming crowd? How do you *know* what you need to know? Answer: you don’t. Just try to get by day by day.

At that point 15 years or so back, I think we needed to be consuming 600 books a day to keep abreast of increasing knowledge – but this isn’t new. I figured at the time that the last person who would have been able to know everything that was known at that time, through his lifetime, would have been Leonardo da Vinci – famous for his extensive library and web of connections. He was the last man who knew everything.

Back on topic – word of mouth does indeed work perfectly online, with user reviews etc, so long as those users are indeed real. Astroturfing and sock puppetry cock it all up, which is why we need another human talent… intuition. Firstly to recognize who is real and who is a persona. But also, for more complex info, newspaper articles etc. I long ago gave up on facts, expert opinion, recommendations, statistics – in a sea of everything, everything can be ‘proven’ – all studies and thesis can be argued for. So now I distrust everything except my own intuition. If something seems like bullshit, it is


M T Bucket
7 hours ago
What utter tosh. Just because someone I know ‘likes’ something on facebook doesn’t mean it is suitable for me. I don’t shop for my groceries oin the basis of which brand of baked beans most of my friends like (among 100 other items in my basket). I might however ask a friend whether his Porsche is any good or not. On the other hand, people do go to extremes to justify what they have purchased, lest they look foolish (post-purchase justification anyone?).

The bee analogy is also false. Bees are a community that depend on collective survival. The hive is king. Humans on the other hand almost always act in their own best interests.

Web 1.0 was meant to be an information sharing tool. Social media or Web 2.0 was invented for WoM and companies are still working out how to use it to more effectively screw consumers, not to provide them with the ‘best possible service’.

6 hours ago

I think maybe you underestimate people’s ability to recognise quality. For things that they are not particularly fussed about, they respond to being bombarded with claptrap and false information by bypassing the quality-judgment process, and substituting for it a process of choosing whatever it is that their section of society has made its most popular. In effect, they’ve re-defined quality as “preferred by people like me”, in order to keep some personal control over it, rather than having to rely on the word of people in whom they have no faith.

For things that they are fussed about, they have to go through the rigmarole of discarding all the deceptive crap with which things are surrounded, and I’m sure that the frustration of having to go through this experience must have the effect of discouraging future attempts at discernment.

So maybe people do still have the ability to assess quality, it’s just that the environment in which they live discourages them from using it

8 hours ago
You still cannot get anything done which is useful from an information processing standpoint without a library card and a visit to said presumably obsolescent institution.

This is a good thing.

It amazes me that so little work has been done to differentiate instantaneous media from print media. The former is an instantly expendable and use-by-dated tool for negotiating mazes. The latter is all about memory, retention, contemplation and genuine information reduction and compression (not as in LZW either LOL).

Why people waste so much time futilely attempting to substitute the psychic paradigm of the book with that of IT-derived tools is also a source of wonder and amusement. They are their own entities unto themselves as different from each other as aliens from platypuses (platypae ? LOL). They can be used to reinforce each other; one without the other much less substituted for the other therefore is Fahrenheit 451 with no political object in sight and therefore self-lobotomising

8 hours ago
“word of mouth is about selectivity and trust. It’s about you helping yourself and helping your friends”

Mmmm. I think word of mouth has to be about reciprocity. It’s about imparting information which you would be happy to receive, were the situation to be reversed, and about not imparting information which you wouldn’t be happy to receive.

You use the analogy of bees, but the thing about bees is that the one which discovers the source of nectar isn’t going to send all the others off on a wild-goose chase so that it can keep the whole of the source to itself. Nor is it going to turn the source into a nice little earner for itself by demanding an entry fee. Nor, indeed, is it going to create a false source by salting dry flowers with nectar brought less comfortably from farther afield. And it’s not going to claim ownership of the source for its community and fight bees from other hives who come across it in the course of their travels.

Humans, on the other hand, have a predilection for doing all these things, and more, and until such time as double standards and deliberate deception revert to being socially unacceptable, in contrast to being the epitome of cleverness and smart behaviour, as they have become, the advances we can make from the development of communication will be very limited.

Judge Denies Attempt To Block Obama’s Transfer Of Internet Oversight To UN

October 2016: In a last ditch effort to block Obama’s plan to allow the US Commerce Department to hand over oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a multi-stakeholder community – which includes the technical community, businesses, civil society and foreign governments – 4 state attorneys went to a Texas federal court alleging that the transition, in the absence of congressional approval, amounts to an illegal forfeiture of U.S. government property. Confirming once more that under Obama’s Presidency the judiciary and legal system have been totally politicised, their case was thrown out on a technicality.

Worst News Ever For Web Users

Corporate Plans To Turn Internet Into Pay-Per-View Service Move Forward

‘Think of all the things that piss you off about satellite and cable TV. Braindead programming and shite customer service, OK. But the worst aspect of it is forced bundling. You can’t pay for just channels you actually might watch sometimes. Instead, you have to pay for a bundle of hundreds of channels, because the good stuff is scattered thinly among a range of packages that are ninety percent dross and reruns of Scooby Doo.

Now, imagine that the Internet worked that way, you pay your ISP for access to a bundle of websites? That would be lousy, I think we can all agree. But that’s the direction that Verizon, with the support of many wired and wireless carriers, are trying to take the Web. That’s not hypothetical.

The USA’s No. 1 carrier, which has close links with Vodafone, is fighting in court to end the Federal Communications Commission’s policy of Net neutrality, a move that would open the gates to a whole new pay per view economic model on the Web.’ With US Courts becoming more corporate friendly by the day (think of the Monsanto Protection law that gives GM seed makers immunity from prosecution when their Frankenstein foods kill people,) Verizon has a good chance of winning its case. And if it happens in America, it will no be long before it hits these shores.

Read more: Verizon’s diabolical plan to turn the Web into pay-per-view

Cell Phones, Wi Fi put children and pregnancies at risk

Trouble on t’ Web.

Dunno about anyone else but I’m getting attacked a lot on t’internet recently.

Got the West Yorkshire Police UKASH virus on Friday, it waltzed right past my firewall and anti malware package on the back of a bloody advert. We should demand that all ads be banned from the web.

Took me two hours to get rid of it and I hate wasting time on these malware wankers.

Then today the spoof security software System Progressive Protection keeps trying to get onto my PC. Security software is handling that one, but WTF is going on? Has World War Three started in Cyberspace?

Probably the greatest web domain name ever?

Some years ago we brought you a selection of the most unfortunate web site names, a list which included classics like (see more)

Now we have stumbled upon what is probably the best ambiguous web site name ever. It belongs to a bunch of scuba enthusiasts in Muff, Scotland who call their site :


If you ever come across one better, please PLEASE, let us know.

Why Do I Bother?

Sometimes I wonder why I bother. The Internet has become a stupi, pointless medium, mostly thanks to Google who always intended to turn it into a giant, global shopping mall, and the other companies that constantly try to push “targeted” ads in our faces and mine our private data in order to target these ads at us. That alone would be annoying enough but their targeting software is crap. I never see ads plugging anything I’m remotely interested in on my screen.Microsoft too are guilty.

Their not fit for purpose operating systems allow advertisers and other cybercrooks to run scripts on our computers. Nobody should be able to run a program on my computer unless I ask for it. And I have looked at what some of these scripts do. Nobody in their right mind would ever ask for this crap.

What pissed me off today was I got a full screen ad from a bunch of arseholes called WOWCHER Deal Of The Day. I did not care what they were selling, I was not going to buy anyway. Why would I want to walk into a restaurant waving a half price voucher. Do I want my date to think I’m a cheapskate and a tosser. That’s not going to get you anywhere is it. My favoured approach of letting the lady say, “It’s terribly expensive” then responding by saying “If you have to ask the price you can’t affordb it,” works much better.

Anyway WOWCHER locked my machine by trying to run a script so big it grabbed all the CPU. So I had to restart the PC. I would not have looked at their ad even if it had run properly, but the lack of respect for my right to choose what I look at just really annoyed me.

Is the internet making us stupid
Intertnet threat to civilisation

Google, Web Pirates and Censorship

A headline caught my eye this morning that related to the debate going on among the digital chatteriati about Barack Obama’s plan to censor web content (to stop anyone seeing anything critical of his Presidency no doubt)

Google remains resolute against online piracy acts
Eric Schmidt has other ideas conerning web censorship

Well they would say that wouldn’t they? Though it’s hard to see what piracy has to do with censorship. Google’s entire business model is based on online piracy. They steal your private datas, they commandeer your content and they manipulate search results.

Involvong Google in this issue is like asking a fox if it supports the abolition of chickens.

Google Boss Slams Britain
SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM – and it’s the fault of Google
Don’t Google It

My Google, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Let’s be clear, the headline is misleading, I have never felt tempted to deify Google. To me they have always been a bunch of nastry, nerdy little neo Nazis who were hellbent on world domination.

They have just taken another step towards the goal of being made Gods by public acclaim (as was Julius Ceasar) with the complicity of governments and regulatory bodies.

Here is how Web Pro News reports it:

As you probably know by now, Google has implemented a new algorithm change that the company says impacts 11.8% of their queries. While Google would not come out and say directly that the update is aimed at content farms, this is widely understood to be the case.

What Google did say, is: “This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as scientific research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on.”

Google has referred to content farms in the past, as “sites with shallow or low-quality content,” and also recently said, “attention has shifted to content farms”.

Now, the first words that come to mind when you hear “content farm” are likely “Demand Media”. It makes sense. Do a Google search for “content farm” and almost every result on the first page will mention the company.

Demand insists that it is not a content farm, but was quick to release a statement following Google’s update.

WPN concluded, “Tell us what you think.”

It is not often I use Boggart Blog for a serious opinion but today is an exception.

If the informtion I am reading about the latest Google update and other comments coming from the Google World Domination Corp. are correct it seems they have completely dismissed the idea of the web as an enertainment medium. As long as the web is controlled by Google its purpose will be to exploit users.

They seem to regard ‘science’ (whatever they mean by that), useful information (price comparison sites?), social networking and shopping sites as useful while anybody trying to provide a bit of entertainment, post a controversial opinion or feature anything that a lot of people are not regularly searching on is included in ‘shallow or low value content.’

I know the science lobby have been whining about ‘junk science’ on the web for a long time but there is no greater source of junk science than the science lobby themselves. Look at the complete fraud that was carbon driven global warming. Look at that idiotic waste of public money that is The Large Hadron Collider. Look at the obscence amounts of money thrown at gormless twats like Brian Cox who was recently blethering about eploring planets in neighbouring galaxies. The nearest galaxy you must remenber is 2.5 million light years distant.

Light travels at an estimated 186,000 miles per second. Our fastest rocket will do 30,000 miles per hour. That’s a 67.5 million year journey to get to the closest galaxy. Poor Brian must have thought Red Dwarf was a documentary. There are no new propulsion technologies in sight and even if there were we would need to use as yet unknown materials to build a spacecraft capable of withstanding the stresses of travelling at anywhere near light speed so we’re still looking at spending money on the utterly unfeasible.

What else do Google consider quality content?

Do we really all want to spend our time searching for helpful hints and timsesaving tip or reading up schoolkid history.

Are we going to allow ourselves to be coerced into living our lives online, buying everything we buy from internet businesses, doing our banking on a medium that is totally insecure and exposing our most private activities to an organisation thatr has shown many times it has nothing but contempt for the notion that its users are entitled to privacy?

I get the impression that Google’s definition of ‘quality content’ is that which brings them the most revenue while the type of content they are seeking to marginalise is whatever threatens to take revenue from them (Demand Media etc.) or what is not aimed at selling stoff on behalf of people who are prepared to pay Google for their traffic.

Well it looks as if blogging is dead as anything but a small scale social activity. As for my own project, Greenteeth Multi Media, I can shift it to or Demand Media who are big enough to take Google on.

Don’t Be Evil, That’s Google’s Job
Goolge Algorithm Scam
Internet Volunteer Force – Ve haff vays of making you get online