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Google Books lists Bill Ayers as author of Dreams from My Father

Thomas Lifson

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Google, which sits atop more data than anybody outside the NSA, is presenting Bill Ayers as the author of Barack Obama’s purported first autobiography, Dreams from My Father. Follow this link and see it while you can. If it is gone by the time you read this, a screen shot of the page, and a close-up on the Dreams entry are provided for posterity.

Google knows so much about us already that privacy activists are alarmed. What data are its algorithms sifting through to come to the conclusion that yes, the stylistic parallels to Ayers’ other books are formidable and Barry never showed any sign of an ability to write this way before or after, and yes, Christopher Anderson’s friendly biography includes the information that Obama found himself deeply in debt and “hopelessly blocked.” At “Michelle’s urging,” Obama “sought advice from his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers.”

So the company that supposedly knows more about us than we know ourselves also knows who wrote Dreams from My Father.

http://www.americanthinker.com/printpage/?url=http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/04/google_books_lists_bill_ayers_as_author_of_dreams_from_my_father.html

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Are we creating more “too big to fail”, or new Pseudo-Government Agencies?:

The Justice Department’s antitrust division unconditionally approved Google’s $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility on Monday.

 The move came just hours after the European Union’s antitrust regulator also approved the deal.

The acquisition will give Google a foothold in the mobile phone industry and could boost its Android mobile operating system.

 Google also gains access to Motorola’s trove of patents, which it can use to fend off lawsuits from Apple and other competitors.

for full article: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/210379-justice-department-approves-googles-125-billion-purchase-of-motorola

     For those who may not be aware of it, the first three digits of the Social Security Number indicate where the card was issued. For those over the age of 25, this may or may not be the same as your state of birth. But since most parents now get SSN’s for their infant children, there is a high probability that the first three digits will indicate their place of birth:

“Doodle-4-Google” is so much more than an art contest. Sure, the game, which received 33,000 entries last year, celebrates “the creativity of young people” by having them send in a drawing under the theme “What I’d like to do someday …” But, there’s another component, as well. It also helps Google collect some very personal data on students K through 12. Along with the submission, the contest’s initial Parent Consent Form asked for the child’s city of birth (not current city, mind you), date of birth, the last four digits of the child’s social security number, as well as complete contact info for the parents. Bob Bowdon, who directed The Cartel, a documentary about corruption in the public-school system explained the significance:

 

You see what Google knows and many parents don’t know is that a person’s city of birth and year of birth can be used to make a statistical guess about the first five digits of his/her social security number. Then, if you can somehow obtain those last four SSN digits explicitly — voila, you’ve unlocked countless troves of personal information from someone who didn’t even understand that such a disclosure was happening.

 

If the information Google culled from the contest was linked with other databases to target ads, it could prove lucrative for the company, which enlists promotional help from schools by offering prize money. But Bowdon says he has no evidence that Google has used what it learned for marketing purposes. Not to mention the fact that statistical guessing seems more manpower intensive than the type of passive data collection Google usually prefers (oh, hey there, Street View camera). However, within 26 hours of alerting the FTC, Google updated its consent form eliminating the request for the last four digits of the kid’s social security number but leaving in the question about birth city. Okay, class. Who wants to send in a doodle under the theme “Be sort of evil until someone figures it out”?


Why Has Google Been Collecting Kids’ Social Security Numbers?
[HuffPo]

Update: A Google spokesperson reached out to Intel for comment, noting that this the fourth year of the contest and the first time that the company requested Social Security information.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/02/no_big_deal_but_googles_may_ha.html

     White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says that today’s Job Summit is not about jobs, per se.

     Today’s “Job Summit” is not for the private sector to discuss with the White House how the government is an overbearing intrusion into the growth of small businesses, the backbone of the job market.

     Where are the small business owners’ invitation to the Job Summit? Where is the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)? The United States Chamber of Commerce? The Chamber and NFIB do not have a seat at the “table” because they do not support the healthcare reform legislation.

     How does one get true discourse going when the opposing view is silenced? If the White House does not want to hear all ideas, do not try to make it appear as though this summit is for the small businesses or to create jobs.

     Running a small business is no easy task, and many become disillusioned when more and more time is spent in non-productive activities, and dealing with the vast growing number of tax channels. While the government makes it appear to middle class America that it is lowering property taxes and other taxes, they are at the same time making up the difference on the taxes on the businesses.

      Here is just a snippet of a list of taxes that a small businesses must address:

                                    Federal Unemployment Tax                                      State Unemployment taxes

                                    Federal Corporate Income Tax                                State Corporate Income Tax

                                    State Intangible Tax                                                      Commercial Personal Property Tangible Tax

                                   Commercial Real Property tax                                  FICA Tax

                                    Medicare Tax                                                                    Hazardous Material License

                                    County Occupational License (now called “Business Tax”)

                                    City Occupational License

                Now, let’s add in the proposed cap and trade taxes, and the increased costs of healthcare, either in premiums or fines for not providing the coverage to the employees. It does not take rocket scientists to realize that while the taxes may not increase on individuals, their taxes will be increasing in the form of higher costs, because the small businesses pass the increased costs on to the consumers.

               The method to increase jobs, to get the recovery actually rolling, is to stop the cap and trade issues, to put the massive takeover of healthcare on hold, and to give massive tax breaks to the small businesses to eliminate the uncertainty that is presently stifling the growth of small businesses. This is the conversations that should be going on at a job summit, not the political posturing that Obama is doing as the 2010 election cycle begins!

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A Comment Posted on YouTube:

Where are all those who were screaming the twisted notion that Bush was ‘spying’ on average citizens when the TRUTH was that they were only looking at international calls to or from KNOWN TERRORISTS?

What POSSIBLY could be their argument FOR this now??? You bet they’ll come up with why it’s fine for Obama’s administration to do this!

     Freedom of Speech is under attack by Google and the Obama Administration. Freedom of Information is under attack by Google and the Obama Administration.

    H.R. 1388 entitled  the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act (GIVE ACT) is before the House of Representatives Rules Committee today.

“Does anyone know anything about HR 1388 and exactly what it is?? It will create a Uniformed Force of 250,000 members, that’s a force greater than the number of troops we now have in Iraq, a virtual army. A force of 5,000 per state if evenly divided, more realistically the force will be deployed according to the size and population of each state. It talks about a volunteer force, yet speaks of 3 year obligations as in a Draft, and a pay scale of from $17,000 to $22,000.

The bill mentions but does not elaborate in any detail exactly what its mission is or what authority it may have over any community in which it is deployed. It would apparently be controlled from the White House through the Cabinet, and would be another layer of government with powers that might usurp State Sovereignty relative to established organizations like Education, Conservation, Health, Natural Disasters, etc and Public Safety at City, County and State levels.

Public Safety seems over broad with no specifics. What is the purpose of City Police, County Sheriffs, State Troopers and the National Guard, if not Public Safety? Just What would this Uniformed Public Safety Force be responsible for? Would it have the power to usurp local agencies?

The ‘p’resident The Marxist Imam Obama talked about a “Civilian Security Force” on a par with the US Military to react to Natural Disasters, and “Civil Unrest”.

Is this that “Civilian Security Force” created by a “Judas Goat Bill” that will if enacted will result in a USSR of America Brown Shirt Organization? ? ? ?

See HR 1388 at: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/all

For the full story and additional links:

http://www.infowars.com/google-filters-the-give-act-mandatory-volunteerism/

     Databases are a wonderful thing: Look how easy it was to assemble all of the important information that was necessary for the American voters to know about Joe The Plumber! Oops– that was all private information, wasn’t it!!??

     Well, GOOGLE has been lobbying Congress, and the President, to enable them to be able to sell medical information it will be amassing in its venture with IBM, as well as being a major source in the stimulus package’s health care information initiative.

     From http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/patients/articles/?storyId=24489 :

Consumer Watchdog Calls on Google to Cease Lobbying Effort to Allow Sale of Patient Medical Records; Urges Congress to Adopt Privacy Protections in Economic Stimulus Bill

Santa Monica, CA — The non-partisan Consumer Watchdog called on Google today to cease a rumored lobbying effort aimed at allowing the sale of electronic medical records in the current version of the Economic Stimulus legislation.  Consumer Watchdog called on Congress to remove loopholes in the ban on the sale of medical records and include other privacy protections absent from the current bill such as giving patients the right to an audit detailing who had accessed their medical records and how the records were used.

Reportedly Google is pushing for the provisions so it may sell patient medical information to its advertising clients on the the new “Google Health” database: https://www.google.com/health/

Download Consumer Watchdog’s letter urging Congress to refuse Google’s amendments and detailing five areas of needed patient privacy improvements.

In the letter sent today, Consumer Watchdog wrote:

“Americans will benefit from an integrated system capable of making our medical records available wherever we may need them, but only if the system is properly used.

“The medical technology portion of the economic stimulus bill does not sufficiently protect patient privacy, and recent amendments have made this situation worse. Medical privacy must be strengthened before the measure’s final passage, rather than allowing corporate interests to take advantage of the larger bill’s urgency. . . .

“First and foremost, electronic medical records should be designed to benefit patients, not the corporate interests lobbying hard on Capitol Hill to get a piece of the $20 billion in taxpayer subsidies provided for this project.”

The 5 patient privacy protections that Consumer Watchdog urged Congress to adopt in the electronic medical record section of the Economic Stimulus bill, include:

1. Retain & Strengthen Prohibition on Sale of Private Medical Data. Our private medical information, including which prescription drugs we take and which illnesses we have, is extremely valuable to the medical-insurance complex. Some want to market to us, others want to use this information to deny us access to insurance coverage. For instance:

• Google is said to be lobbying hard this week to weaken the ban currently in the draft measure on the sale of our private medical records. Google must not be allowed to destroy this basic privacy protection.

• On Friday, Representative Roy Blunt (R-MO) added an amendment to the House version of the stimulus bill allowing pharmacists to sell our private medical information without our knowledge. This amendment must be removed.

• Currently, the stimulus bill makes an exception to the ban on the sale of private medical information for purposes of “research.” This loophole is large enough to allow drug companies, marketers and health insurers to buy our private health information for purposes of “researching” consumer advertising for the newest health products, or to decide which of us to insure.

• Another broad exception would allow companies to sell or exchange a patient’s records if the sale or exchange is “to a business associate for activities . . .  that the business associate undertakes on behalf of and at the specific request of” the company holding the private information.  

These blatant attempts to weaken privacy protections all must be turned back.

2. Provide an “Audit Trail” To Track Who Accesses Our Records.
Under the current version of the bill, a patient is not able to track which medical personnel access their medical records or how that information is used. The measure must be amended to allow patients to request an “audit trail” detailing when their medical record was accessed, by whom, and for what purpose.

3. Make Database Holders Accountable for Keeping Our Medical Records Private.
Companies developing electronic medical record technology must be fully accountable for the safe keeping of our information. “Safe harbor” provisions in the current legislation that would insulate these interests from accountability must be removed. For example, the current version of the bill shields database holders from telling patients when possible identity thieves access their private information as long as the data disclosure was “unintentional” and the company acted in “good faith.”

4. Allow States To Adopt More Protective Standards. Currently the bill allows states to establish additional privacy regulation and enforce existing requirements. These provisions must remain part of the final proposal. Other federal health care laws, like HIPPA, Medicaid, and COBRA, provide a model for a federal-state partnership rather than federal pre-emption of more protective state standards. States have traditionally been the laboratories of innovation in patient privacy. In fact, the gold standard for medical privacy is the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, which bars the sharing, selling, or using for marketing or otherwise, any private medical information.

5. Retain House Amendments Protecting Private Information.
Last week, Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) added amendments to the House bill requiring the holders of health information databases to make protected health information “unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable” to unauthorized individuals. This amendment will help to ensure that databases are appropriately protected to keep sensitive medical information out of the hands of identity thieves and black market information aggregators.

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Google ready to pursue its agenda in Washington

 

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The executives and employees of Google Inc., whose whose headquarters is in Mountain View, Ca., overwhelmingly supported Obama’s candidacy. Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt is now as likely as any corporate chieftain to get his calls to the White House returned.

Its employees supported Obama, and four Googlers served on his transition team. Now the Internet giant hopes to win support for network neutrality and expanding high-speed Internet access.

By Jim Puzzanghera and Jessica Guynn
January 24, 2009

Reporting from Washington — Another inauguration took place in Washington this week — Google Inc. officially became a political power player.

In October, Google was only hours from being sued by the Justice Department as a Web-search monopolist. Today, less than three years after it made its first Washington hire, the Internet giant is poised to capitalize on its backing of President Obama and pursue its agenda in the nation’s capital.

 Google’s executives and employees overwhelmingly supported Obama’s candidacy, contributing more money than all but three companies or universities. And only DreamWorks employees gave more toward inauguration festivities.

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt campaigned for Obama and was one of four Googlers on his transition team. He is now as likely as any corporate chieftain to get his calls to the White House returned.

At the top of the company’s policy priorities are two that consumer advocates largely champion. First, it wants to expand high-speed Internet access so people can use its Web services more often. It also is pushing for so-called network neutrality: prohibitions on telecommunications companies charging websites for faster delivery of their content.

“Google is not just a benign corporate entity. It has a variety of special interests,” said Jeff Chester, the executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, who has sparred with Google over data-privacy issues. “They’re in a great position to push their agenda through with the support of the president and the Democrats in Congress.”

But Google’s newfound political ties heighten concerns about its grip on the online advertising market. The company could play better defense against strong competitors trying to curb its influence.

Last fall, Justice Department lawyers, who had been lobbied heavily by Microsoft Corp. and large telecommunications companies, were about to sue Google on antitrust grounds. They wanted to block its controversial search-advertising partnership with Yahoo Inc., but Google abandoned the deal rather than fight in court.

Competitors worry about Google’s close relationship with the Obama administration, said Bill Whalen, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

“The question going forward is: Will Google turn into just another business entity looking for favors in Washington, or will it manage to keep the 767 flying at 30,000 feet above the political din?” he said, a reference to the Google founders’ private plane.

White House officials did not respond to requests for comment. Obama vowed generally this week that his administration would not be beholden to anyone.

Google says the main reason it has improved its standing in Washington is that Obama’s tech priorities mirror its own. He has endorsed network neutrality. His technology agenda also calls for expanding broadband Internet access to rural areas and appointing the first government-wide chief technology officer (Schmidt has been mentioned for the position but reiterated this week that he was not interested).

“This administration is more focused on science and technology,” Schmidt said in an interview. “That’s positive for all of technology, and particularly Google.”

Symbolizing its new stature, the company co-hosted a glitzy Inauguration Day party here. The event was studded with celebrities, including Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba and Glenn Close. Though Obama did not make an appearance, the event drew influential political figures such as Obama transition chief John Podesta and Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John F. Kerry (D-Mass.).

“A lot of people are united to create a grass-roots service democracy, and Google is playing a bigger role in that than anyone knows,” Craigslist founder Craig Newmark said as dance music echoed through the grand Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

Obama’s campaign and administration have already embraced Google products. Video of his weekly address is available on YouTube. During the shift from the transition office to the White House, Obama’s press office staff created free e-mail accounts on Gmail until their government accounts were activated.

In November 2007, Obama unveiled his “innovation agenda” during a visit to Google’s Silicon Valley campus. And at an economic forum in Florida two weeks before the presidential election, Obama praised the company as “a cutting-edge innovator.”

On stage with him in Florida was Schmidt, who had publicly endorsed Obama days before. (He said that the support was personal and that the company remained officially neutral.) Schmidt also appeared in a 30-minute infomercial for Obama, and he was appointed to the Transition Economic Advisory Board after the election.

Google’s spokesman in Washington, Adam Kovacevich, said that despite Schmidt’s personal support for Obama, the company has a bipartisan strategy.

“We know that the incoming administration supports a lot of things that we like,” he said. “But we also know you cannot get anything done here unless you have relationships on both sides of the aisle.”

 

The company’s political action committee gave 57% of its $264,000 in contributions during the 2008 campaign cycle to Democrats, and 43% to Republicans. Google also had a presence at both party’s national conventions last summer.

But Google’s employees left little doubt whom they supported. They contributed $782,964 to Obama’s campaign and just $20,800 to John McCain’s , according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Googlers also donated $166,000 for Obama’s inauguration.

 

Still, the company doesn’t have a clear path in Washington.

Its biggest rival, Microsoft, came in third on the list of top Obama contributors (it has more than three times as many employees as Google). And Microsoft’s PAC handed out nearly three times as much money in 2008 as Google’s did.

Microsoft is an old hand here after facing down the government in an antitrust battle a decade ago. And its savvy shows: Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Jeffrey Lindsay said Microsoft outmaneuvered Google last year, drumming up opposition that helped derail the Yahoo search deal.

Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a digital rights groups that has worked with Google to advance network neutrality, downplayed concerns about the Web giant’s new clout.

“They can put things on the radar screen that might not otherwise be on the radar screen . . . but it’s a long way from being on the radar screen to being put into law,” she said. “There are people on the opposite side of what Google wants who can pick up the phone too.”

jim.puzzanghera@latimes.com

jessica.guynn@latimes.com