Friday, May 15, 2009


I have always considered this blog to be fairly moderate. A hodgepodge of posts on various topics that one would think are not all that controversial.

But this month someone at google decided to apparently censor and filter out any direct links here. Some links are still there through other blogs and websites but even putting quotation marks around blog titles don't show up as they once always did. Even the several thousand images that once showed up in a search don't appear. I have received no warnings or complaints from google.

Plus photobucket says that 25 gigs of bandwidth have been used up in just a few days and so the links are disabled. I can't figure that one out, having had an account there for a couple of years with no problems.

I'm wondering if anyone else has seen their blog censored in searches on google lately. I've heard that it has happened to others before and a quick look through searches of some favorite blogs seem to show the same thing.

Are they trying to discourage bloggers by dramatically decreasing hits to their sites?

Free speech via the major search engine seems to be on the decline.


  1. Strange goings on. Have noticed it too...Love your site.
    Added it to my favorites the first read. {Somali pirates} {Googled somali pirates amira cia} A pre-emptive goodbye to all my curious truth-seeker friends in the event the internet is no longer there one foggy morning. We'll fight them from trenches if need be just like my grandfather did at Vimy Ridge. Bruce, Victoria B.C.

  2. I never knew just how big Google really was. They are tied in with AOL(Time Warner), News Corp, and now NASA (of all things). They have a massive office in downtown Manhattan, and it's co-founder is a young guy from Moscow who just happens to be worth 12 billion dollars. Forbes' 26th richest guy... Sergey Brin.

    Looks like Dog Pile is the way to go. Are they still around?

  3. Welfare Checks and NintendoMay 15, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Freedom of speech...just watch what you say. Criticism of a certain middle eastern shithole country will not be tolerated

  4. Google bans 99.9% of blogs now. Ironically, my only page that appears on google is regarding the ban of my TV show. Other Pirate News blogs on myspace and yahoo groups are virtually invisible to google.

    Here's what google has to say for itself:

    "Thank you for sharing your concern. As you may know, we currently only include articles from sources that could be considered organizations, generally characterized by the following: multiple writers and editors, availability of organizational information, and accessible contact information. This evidence of an organization is still not available on your site. We appreciate your interest in Google. Regards, The Google Team."

    "Why not improve the brain? Perhaps in the future, we can attach a little version of Google that you plug into your brain. We'll have to develop stylish versions, but then you'll have all the world's knowledge immediately available, which is pretty exciting."
    -Brin, David Vise and Mark Malseed, The Google Story, page 29

    "We are not scanning all those books to be read by people. We are scanning them to be read by an A.I."
    -George Dyson, conversation with his hosts at Google

    All Google Videos banned, Google goes out of video business, Youtube bans music, guns and commentary

    Yahoo bans all 33-million free websites

    "Within the next 12 months, the current days of the internet will soon be over.”
    -Rupert Murdoch, London Guardian, News Corp will charge for newspaper websites, says Rupert Murdoch, Current days of free internet will soon be over, says media mogul, 7 May 2009

    Communist China owns Fox News, Wall Street Journal and DOW Jones

  5. Thanks for the info everyone.

    Now that we have only the choir to sing to, what do we do to make a difference. Our reach has become limited.

  6. Have faith....

  7. Did a search for Kenny's Sideshow on Google and couldn't find it, but only looked at five or so pages.

    Did the same search on Yahoo and your site came out on top on the first page.

    Someone doesn't like what Kenny is saying.

  8. Your blog titles are still showing up in searches Greg.

    I hope it stays that way.

  9. (CNN) -- We may be coming upon a new era for the Internet search.

    And, despite what you may think, Google is not the only player.

    New search engines that are popping up across the Web strive to make searches faster, smarter, more personal and more visually interesting.

    Some sites, like Twine and hakia, will try to personalize searches, separating out results you would find interesting, based on your Web use. Others, like Searchme, offer iTunes-like interfaces that let users shuffle through photos and images instead of the standard list of hyperlinks. Kosmix bundles information by type -- from Twitter, from Facebook, from blogs, from the government -- to make it easier to consume.

    Wolfram Alpha, set to launch Monday, is more of an enormous calculator than a search: It crunches data to come up with query answers that may not exist online until you search for them. And sites like Twitter are trying to capitalize on the warp-speed pace of online news today by offering real-time searches of online chatter -- something Google's computers have yet to replicate.

    Google, of course, remains the search king. Recent efforts to revolutionize Web searching have failed to unseat the dominant California company, which captures nearly 64 percent of U.S. online searches, according to comScore. Tech start-ups like Cuil, which billed itself as more powerful than Google, and Wikia, which relied on a community to rank search results rather than a math formula, have largely faded away after some initial buzz.

    Sounds promising? But just checking on one of these alternative search engines, Twine, shows it's run by one of the Chosen, a certain Nova Spivack.

    Spivack was born in 1969 but where he was born and who are his parents? Good luck finding that out.

  10. My blog was threatened about one month ago because someone had reported it as a spam blog. WTF??

    I appealed to Blogger and they removed the block that had forced me to sign in to my own blog. If the appeal had failed, they were going to shut down my blog in 20 days.

    I have no idea what they were talking about, nor why they pulled the threat to ban my blog.