Is Google now an Obama propaganda machine?
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Is Google now an Obama propaganda machine? By Mario Murillo
I opened Google today and here is what I saw. It was what everyone saw: an invitation to chat with Obama. More accurately it is a chance to hear him explain what he meant by his State of the Union Address.
It is disturbing to see Google as a propaganda tool for Obama. Because it is GOOGLE the young will believe Obama even when what he says makes zero sense.
If you think you will be able to ask Obama anything meaningful think again. The questions have already been chosen and if you are lucky enough to ask one of the prechosen questions, it will look like you actually asked it.
You will not be allowed to ask how he expects to pay for his program (he can’t) or to explain what he was doing while Americans were dying in Benghazi (he won’t), or if he believes he has the right to use drones to kill Americans on American soil (crickets).
Though he steals the name fireside, the entire staged event bears no resemblance to Franklin D. Roosevelt fireside chats. Roosevelt used his speeches to comfort and encourage a hurting nation. He restored a nation with self-effacing compassion building coalitions that repaired us physically and spiritually.
Obama, on the other hand cannot find sincerity. He is the essence of detached professorial dystopia. He has taken 57 vacation days since he said, “I will not rest until Businesses are hiring.” He poisons everything he touches with division and arrogance. His single objective is to expand his control.
The reason that he summoned GOOGLE and commandeered this “chat” is because of the backlash against his PIGS CAN FLY logic for the economy the State of the Union Speech. The GOOGLE chats will be the means of using social networking to hand out more Kool-Aid.
There will be no gesture of reconciliation or good will. He will pontificate until we suffocate. The GOOGLE effect wants to popularize the president beyond any accountability to reason, righteousness or anything other standard. He will ask for the blind allegiance necessary to carry out the progressive suicide of his policies.
Future generations may refer to the means by which we were distracted from rational thinking, presented one side without no opposing view permitted as being GOOGLIZED.
We live in a time that Psalm 12 calls “exalted vileness.” But Psalm 12 is also the cure for the child of God reeling in these times of manipulation and control.
1 Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.2 They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak. 3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things, 4 Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?” 5 “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.” 6 The words of the Lord are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times. 7 You shall keep them, O Lord; You shall preserve them from this generation forever. 8 The wicked prowl on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Today you need not fear the gathering storm of government control. God has promised ““I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.” Obama is in for some surprises as he inadvertently awakens the sleeping giant called the Body of Christ.
EVERY time you purchase an app on Google Play, your name, address and email is passed on to the developer, it has been revealed today.
The “flaw” – which appears to be by design – was discovered this morning by Sydney app developer, Dan Nolan who told news.com.au that he was uncomfortable being the custodian of this information and that there was no reason for any developer to have this information at their finger tips.
You may remember Mr Nolan as the creator of the Paul Keating insult generator all that hit number one in the Aussie App Store last month.”
“Let me make this crystal clear, every App purchase you make on Google Play gives the developer your name, suburb and email address with no indication that this information is actually being transferred,” Nolan wrote on his blog.
“With the information I have available to me through the checkout portal I could track down and harass users who left negative reviews or refunded the app purchase.”
Harrassment aside, the problems posed by malware – “virus” programs that infect your phone, or computer and steal your personal details – are far more serious.
With Google customers’ details just sitting in developers accounts, all it would take is a half decent piece of malware software for that information to be accessed. These personal details could then be used to access the users’ bank details. That’s also more than enough information to be able to access your other devices which could also be mined for more data – insurance information, other credit cards - which could then be used to access your banking credentials.
Mr Nolan told News.com.au that tens of millions of Google customers could be affected.
“As far as I can tell this impacts every person who purchased an App on the Play Store,” he said.
“I can’t see any way to opt out of providing that information and it seems to be a feature of the Google checkout process. I don’t know whether it applies to free apps, but there are hundreds of thousands of apps that are available for pay on the play store and there are millions of people who buy Android apps out there, I’d say easily millions or tens of millions of people.
“It’s active in every market that Google accepts payment for apps. That’s a lot of people having their personal information handed over without them knowing.”
Mr Nolan told News.com.au that user information has always been provided to developers, “as far as he could tell and that the reason it hadn’t been discovered until now was because the people who would have paid attention to it were likely exploiting it and selling users’ personal information, it using it as an extra source of revenue on top of what they were making off their Google Play / Android app.
“In comparison to the information you get from Apple which is just a quantity of sales in a Country and then a cheque three months later, this is absolutely absurd,” he said.
“I doubt anyone expects to have their contact information, name and suburb sent to a developer purely because they decide to buy an app off the Play Store. “
Google’s terms of service state that it may store your personal information including your name, address and billing details, but nowhere in its privacy statement does the company explicitly state that it passes on your personal information to developers, every time you purchase their app.
The terms of service state that Google will share your address and personal information if you purchase a magazine subscription through Google Play, but it makes no mention of other apps.
“This is a massive oversight by Google,” Nolan wrote on his blog.
“Under no circumstances should I be able to get the information of the people who are buying my apps unless they opt into it and it’s made crystal clear to them that I’m getting this information. This is a massive, massive privacy issue Google. Fix it. Immediately.”