American Elephants


The Creepy Line — The Movie by The Elephant's Child

The Creepy Line is a documentary that reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and YouTube, and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle –hence powerful– manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title taken from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day.” Containing interviews with Jordan B. Peterson, Peter Schweizer, and others, The Creepy Line offers an explosive look at the meddling and intervening done by Google and Facebook on their supposedly “neutral platforms.” The Creepy Line takes the conversation about data privacy and control further than ever before by examining what Google and Facebook do once they control a user’s data. Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data.



Michelle Malkin Has Some Concerns about Google Too. by The Elephant's Child

Michelle Malkin has warned of Google’s surveillance of our children through their ostensibly educational suite of applications. This, too, was a response to the leaked videos of Google’s “all-hands meeting” after Donald Trump’s election. Google co-founder Sergey Brin suggested that President Donald Trump’s supporters voted for him out of “boredom,” which he further credited as an historical driver of both fascism and communism. That is indeed a pretty weird analysis of the election, and not one I have heard elsewhere. That is so far from what is actually going on in the country, that you have to take notice. Responding to an online question that expressed concern at the growing income disparities between America’s heartland and the coastal regions, Brin responded:

I think everyone’s presuming that some of these folks left behind are specifically the people who voted for Trump. I don’t think the data quite supports that – I know there’s the geographic, roughly speaking, spread [but] Hillary won the lower-income demographic…”

The biggest relationship was whether people had really routine jobs, um, in an area, that correlated highly, uh, with Trump support versus non-routine jobs. There’s actually a lot of historical precedent for boredom being a huge factor in vote choice – and actually in building extremism.

Data shows that boredom led to fascism and also the communist revolutions, I mean there are many other factors too, but, uh, it sort of sneaks up, sometimes, you know, really bad things …”Brin goes on to say that Google should think about how it can improve “governance” and “decision-making.”

How will Google combat the “extremism” that Brin links to Trump support? The co-founder references it himself elsewhere in the clip: the company’s internal think-tank, “Jigsaw,” which has developed tools to redirect users away from “extremist” content in search results on both Google Search and YouTube.

Michelle Malkin said:

Is Google’s role in infiltrating the public schools.,when they talk about boredom, what do they think is the cure? Well, stuffing our kids’ minds and larding up their computers, which are donated by Google and all of these big tech companies into the classrooms with GAFE, which is Google Applications for Education.”

Why? Not because they care about boredom or not, but they’re tracking our kids. Who cares about tracking hijackers and jihadists? They’re spending more money and building more infrastructure to track our kids from the time they get onto the bus until they graduate from college. That’s what they’re focused on.

Google had free reign under the Obama White House, that’s how the FERPA — Family Education Rights and Privacy Act — was completely weakened to allow the third-party sale of our kids’ data, and more needs to be done on that front. I’d like to see the Trump Education Department be doing more to combat that. …

It’s not just their searches,” said Malkin. “It’s not just their curricula. [Google] is starting to track and measure social and emotional and psychological learning to program them to be good workers bees like the ones that we saw all applauding dutifully at the all-hands meeting after the election.

Sergey Brin makes a lot of his status as “immigrant” He was born in Russia, but came to the U.S. at age six, when his parents fled persecution as Jews. I don’t know if these people who struck it rich with an invention that proved to be in great demand, had time aside from their technology studies to learn something about American history and the freedom that brought his family here.

I don’t know, but what the Google people had to say in the purloined video of their meeting, indicates that there is at least one person there who is not completely on board. A little broad daylight on the company may not be welcome, but seems to be necessary.

Michelle Malkin said:

“One last angle I want to get in here… and it’s something that Breitbart’s education reporters have covered… is Google’s role in infiltrating the public schools. When they talk about boredom, what do they think is the cure? Well, stuffing our kids’ minds and larding up their computers, which are donated by Google and all of these big tech companies into the classrooms with GAFE, which is Google Applications for Education.”



Freedom Isn’t Free, We Have to Keep Working On It! by The Elephant's Child

Thinking about Google and their algorithms. They are supposedly designed to search my traffic and searches on their website so they can sell the information about my interests to advertisers so the advertisers can target me with ads that I am most likely to respond to. Have I got that straight?

If so, they’re doing a #*!#€∂ poor job of it.  I have never seen an ad online that I have responded to. Oddly enough, I would be happy to tell them regularly what advertising would interest me. For free. Advertisers who want to buy information on people who have no interest in their products are free to waste their money.

They could just ask me once or twice a month. How about you? Hunting season, Back to school, upcoming wedding, redecorating, football fan, thinking about a new car, the possibilities are endless. Amazon has made shopping easy for those short of time, and damaged local retailers in the process. But it is inevitable. Those who offer what we want and the least troublesome way to get it, will get our business.

What I’m suggesting is that Google et all don’t have to play dirty—they have deliberately chosen to be sneaky about stealing your privacy and your information, and controlling your ideas, without even considering the possibility of doing it honestly. Free business idea here.

A Google research scientist has quit in response to Google’s secret agreement to move forward with creating a censored search engine approved by the Communist Chinese government for use in China. If you did not read my post on the Chinese government, here is the link. After the videos of Google weekly meetings despairing the election of Donald Trump, and suggesting that they would do whatever it takes to ensure that doesn’t happen again or succeed, it should be quite clear that if they are willing to build a highly censored search engine for Communist China’s control of their people, Democrats whose only goal is control are next. And Europe will be next. Apparently Google can influence and determine elections, and remember that You Tube is part of Google. Prager University is having more of their freedom-oriented videos censored by YouTube.

Republicans are, by nature, inclined to be suspicious of government regulation.  The Obama administration gave us a big dose of that, because the Democrats are, by nature, inclined to want to control whatever annoys them, and they hate Trump’s booming economy, lifting everyone. Nancy Pelosi has said quite specifically that the first thing the Democrat House will do when they get back in control is to dump the tax cuts and get taxes back to where they belong so that Democrats have lots of tax money with which to buy votes. She is sure that all the tax cuts go only to the very rich. Yet the reports from the economy are that average workers have had a better pay increase than CEOs.

Freedom is always under attack from the controllers, and always has to be fought for, hopefully just at the polls. Our Constitution has done our Founders’ best in trying to limit what the government can do, for as we have just seen in the last 8 years—there’s always somebody that thinks they know better, and can fix things. That’s why we try to elect originalists to the Supreme Court, who understand limited government, and why Democrats fight that so hard.




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