Who's Afraid of the Internet? Elites panic as information control flounders

05/20/201514 Comments

internet-02by James Corbett
May 20, 2015

Do you want the good news first or the bad news?

Alright, here's the bad news: Google is about to start ranking sites according to their conformity with mainstream opinion. Or at least that's what the headlines would have you believe.

The usual sources in the controlled corporate media are telling you that this is a good thing and that only "[a]nti-science advocates are freaking out about Google truth rankings." But if that seems like a remarkably blasé attitude to take when facing the prospect of a 1984-like reality, where the modern-age Ministry of Truth (Google) is going to determine the "truth" of controversial subjects and rank search results accordingly, then keep in mind that such articles are written by the likes of Joanna Rothkopf, daughter of mini-Kissinger and "Superclass," author David Rothkopf.

New Scientist—the website that broke the story with their article "Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links"—also framed the story, predictably enough, as "science" versus "anti-science." The article opens with a lament of the fact that "[a]nti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free 'news' stories spread like wildfire." Then it rejoices in the fact that the good chaps at Google have come up with a bulletproof answer to this mess: "[R]ank websites according to their truthfulness."

The slightly good news is that, ironically enough, the New Scientist piece itself seems to be a perfect example of a fact-free story spreading around the internet like wildfire. For example, though it does link to a research paper from a Google research team that outlines a "novel multi-layer probabilistic model" for assigning a "trustworthiness score" to web pages, it neglects to mention that the idea is still very much a theoretical work-in-progress at the moment and is nowhere near ready to be launched. If you have a fetish for multivariate equations, dynamically selected granularity, and line graphs comparing calibration curves for various data analysis methods, have at it! For the rest of us, who are not fluent in boffin-speak, the model is this:

Google research paper extract

Pictured: Some light bedtime reading from your friends at Google

First, a page is harvested for its "knowledge triples." You know, those connected triplets of information that consist of a subject, predicate and object. The research paper helpfully provides the example: Obama - Nationality - USA. A "false value" (again, according to the paper itself) would be Obama - Nationality - Kenya. These knowledge triples are assessed for their (Google-determined) accuracy and the page is assigned a KBT (Knowledge-Based Trust) score, which Google could use in place of (or perhaps in some combination with) the traditional PageRank score to determine how high in the search results the web page should place.

The research paper uses a list of 15 gossip websites to demonstrate that, by using this method, sites with disputed and often incorrect information (gossip sites) might rank high in traditional search results, which are weighted toward popularity, but low in KBT results. But even the authors of the paper itself admit there's a long way to go before this KBT method would be usable by Google to rank billions of web pages.

The predicted slow rollout is good news for those alt media websites (and their readers) who realize that they are the ones directly in the crosshairs of this technology. Given that Google is nothing more than a US intelligence adjunct (and has been since its inception), would we expect anything resembling a fair assessment of the "truthfulness" surrounding the most politically controversial subjects of our time?

The Federal Reserve is a private cartel created by the banksters for the express purpose of manipulating the money supply and controlling the economy? CONSPIRACY THEORY! No Google for you!

Governments throughout history have used false flag terrorism to justify their wars of aggression? SLANDER! Do not pass go, do not collect $200, go directly to the bottom of the search results!

google-bouncer-blog-small-fileGoogle and every other major Silicon Valley firm are in bed with the DOD and/or the CIA and/or the NSA? BLASPHEMY! You have been excommunicated from the church of Google.

You get the idea.

But here's some really good news: Even if Google does launch such a system, it is doomed to failure. The internet is one of the last, best bastions of the free market in action that we have in our stultified, regulated, controlled, manipulated economy. Google's popularity did not come about because government goons pointed a gun at everyone's head and forced them to use it. (Heck, Google didn't even create a licensing system for operating search engines, a favorite government trick for keeping genuine competition out of the market.) No, Google became popular because it was a million times more useful than AskJeeves or Yahoo! or any of the other outdated, clunky, dysfunctional search "portals" that dominated the web in the late 1990s. Granted, the power of Google's PageRank may have come directly from the NSA's own engineers, as some have speculated, but the fact remains: People use it because they can find what they want quickly and easily with minimal fuss.

At the point at which Google stops being useful for its intended purpose (helping people find information), people will start to look for alternatives. And alternatives do exist.

Ixquick.com is a privacy-protecting search engine that returns results drawn from a wide range of other search engines.

DuckDuckGo is another popular alternative search engine focusing on privacy protection and using a number of innovative tools to make searching quicker and easier.

SigTruth is an "Alternative Media Search Engine for Liberty Minded People" that uses Google's own custom search abilities against itself by returning only alt media website results on various topics.

TruthinessdictMore good news: The possibility that Google might at some point start using its "truthiness" score to downgrade the alt media has spurred some alt media players (like Mike Adams) to announce the creation of their own search engines.

This is how the free market of ideas is meant to work. So even if and when Google searches start returning sanitized propaganda, those who are uninterested in sanitized propaganda will vote with their feet (fingertips?).

But here's the best news of all: What this urge to categorize sites by "truthfulness" (and all of the back-slapping, high-fiving articles about this news from the dying establishment mouthpiece media) really shows is just how desperate the would-be gatekeepers are becoming in their fight to put the alt media genie back in the bottle.

Actually, the bestest best news of all is: This is by no means the first sign that the gatekeepers are losing their war to keep the people in the dark on the topics that matter.

In 2008, arch-globalist Zbigniew Brzezinski started lamenting how, for the first time in human history, "all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive." This, as he stressed in speeches and articles at the time, means that it is no longer possible to dominate people in the same ways they have been dominated for centuries.

In 2011, Hillary Clinton admitted that the US was losing the information war to alternative media outlets of all stripes.

In 2013, PopularScience.com had to turn off comments on all of their articles because, they said, a "decades-long war on expertise has eroded the popular consensus on a wide variety of scientifically validated topics" like catastrophic man-made climate change.

internet-bringing-down-nwo-house-of-cardsAnd poll after poll after poll in year after year after year continues to chart the decline of the dinosaur print/radio/tv media and the rise of the internet as a source of daily news and information for the majority of the public.

Yes, there are dark skies and reasons to be concerned about what's coming in the inevitable digital clampdown. But, as we have seen, there are bright spots as well, and these deserve to be noted, highlighted and celebrated. After all, people have long had a thirst for real information, and now more people than ever before see through the increasingly clumsy propaganda of the establishment. That makes the propaganda increasingly useless for setting the political agenda.

The internet revolution toothpaste is out of the tube, and it's going to be one heck of a job getting it back in. And that's the absolutely best news.

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  1. garyegeberg says:

    What’s particularly frightening to me is that empires in decline become increasingly desperate and these “folks” won’t “go quietly into that good night.” Taking down the grid, a false flag nuclear event, an orchestrated global financial collapse, and any other number and combination of evil, traumatizing options are in their tool bag waiting to be used. Plus when one considers that a radical reduction in population is one of their long-stated goals… As pathological control and power freaks, they can’t–and won’t!–tolerate being out of control of the propagandist narrative, so the skies are indeed dark. I am not optimistic to say the least. Am I overly pessimistic?

  2. funcotech says:

    In the protocols it is apparent how important control of the press was/is to them.   Already (late 18th Centuary) they boasted of their level of control of the media such as it was back then.  Now their power over the mainstream media is almost total.  Yet it’s slipping away, being made irrelevant.  It must be panic inducing.  
    They did NOT allow for the Internet in their “Protocols”.

    • NotDole says:

      They are irrelevant to the 21st century. Also…protocols…even James finds the whole thing fishy. Why it would contain parts of the old testament (torah) in latin when it was a conference in Basel, Germany that apparently made these according to Russian secret police…I dunno, sounds like reality pushed out by the Russian Tsar family (an enemy of the jewish elite) not thought out too well.

  3. headsails says:

    I think I might have to agree with egeberg. Another thing I have determined is, by virtue of their actions, the only things those freaks understand is violence and intimidation. Yes, those emotions most of us let go of in junior high. You will notice that respect is only granted to or projected by those brandishing nuclear hardware. Since M.A.D. is the rule and they know no one would dare use nukes short of pulling the plug on the entire earth, that leaves the field wide open for as much conquest as possible using conventional means on those without nukes. With M.A.D. it’s open season and globalist conquest business as usual. My point is sadly that they don’t understand anything other than violence and the implications thereof. Although It may be different and I hope so, I think it’s going to be a blood bath beyond what it already is.

  4. Bilejones says:

    The inconvenient fact that Barry, is indeed a Kenyan because of his putative fathers Kenyan nationality, seems to be ignored.
    We have our first (perhaps second, third etc if you count those who were British at the time of the revolution) Dual Citizen. A precedent that will end very badly I fear.
    Care to guess which country the next one will owe allegiance to?

    12—Entitlements of citizens.
    13—Retention and acquisition of citizenship.
    14—Citizenship by birth.
    15—Citizenship by registration.
    16—Dual citizenship.”

    Go look.

  5. garyegeberg says:

    Bilejones, remember that Obama is a figurehead with very little power. His non-U.S. birth and his race were likely factors in his selection, as it tends to enrage people and keep their eyes off the real culprits: the dual citizenship neocons in positions of high power who are loyal to the Israeli/Zionist agenda first and foremost. Zionists own this country and it appears that our Congress critters report to Nutnyahoo and the Zionist elite. Barry has very little power other than to stir up loathing and contempt, which I suspect was one of his directives when selected for President. People are blaming Barry right and left, and I suspect he will get a big bonus for playing the role of the culprit/scapegoat, while the real culprits do their dual citizenship, neocon thing behind the scenes. The media is orchestrating “Barry rage” by reporting on his golf excursions, twitter account, and so forth and playing the public like a fiddle. It’s called misdirection.

  6. paul823 says:

    “In 2008, arch-globalist Zbigniew Brzezinski started lamenting how, for the first time in human history “all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive.” This, as he stressed in speeches and articles at the time, means that it is no longer possible to dominate people in the same ways that they have been dominated for centuries.”

    I’m sure that’s what Pope Leo said when the Guttenberg press was invented as well. I’ve often made the comparison between that and the internet. In both case the ‘authority’ (same beast, different clothes) came undone because the masses got hold of information that the authority didn’t want them to have. Not sure if we’ll see a reformation of our own but I’d like to think so..at some point.

    As for google shenanigans if they do end up returning results by a ‘truth’ rating I’m sure someone will invent an add on that allows you to reverse the returned results?

  7. KSKing says:

    Good article but I’m not convinced TPTB are that concerned. The
    internet, or in particular the ability to have direct and almost
    constant connection (smartphone/PC) at the individual level on a mass
    scale, has proven to be an immensely effective tool of
    observation(spying) and control(propaganda). Imo the value of this still
    far exceeds whatever ‘damage’ is being done by the very few folks trying
    to expose the lies. We know the CIA has a long history of
    hijacking/co-opting, or outright creating, opposition, it would be naive
    to think it is not happening in the Alt Media. At this point in my
    journey I’ve decided to just assume the TPTB have much more control than
    what you already absolutely know, and probably more than you rightly
    suspect. Which begs the question then; how much control/influence does
    TPTB have over Alt Media?

    What I observe happening on the large scale is this;
    There is so much deception. So many false flags, false narratives, false
    stories that more and more are falling apart due to simple math. We’re
    likely to discover more when so much ‘more’ exists. Also, we have more
    eyeballs scrutinizing big events. Here, is where the internet has been
    an absolute boon in helping like minded folks put together the pieces of
    the puzzle and therefore build a coherent image of what the hell is
    going on.

    The Game is afoot. We are very close to the ‘reveal’. As we get closer,
    it gets harder and harder to hide all the machinations required to
    successfully pull off the reveal. Again the Internet has been an
    invaluable tool in observing and reporting on said machinations.

    More control = more resistance. The more TPTB tighten their grip, more
    people are affected, more people notice that something is wrong, more
    people look for ‘alternative’ news sources, more people begin to resist.
    And that is exactly what is happening right now.

    Brzezinski and Clinton might publicly lament on the ‘problems’ of alt
    media, but we’ve yet to hear them brag on how powerful the Internet is
    for spying on and controlling the masses. I guess that was Snowden’s job?

    • Knarf says:

      Indeed KSKing, because remember the Internet was in fact invented by ARPA (now DARPA).

      This sword we call the Internet has three edges, and two of them are aimed at US.

      1. Not even Orwell’s Telescreen was as competent at collecting vast troves of data on virtually everyone. What you do on the Internet creates an extremely revealing profile, and that profile is maintained scrupulously by the TPTSB regardless of what Congress does or does not.

      2. The Internet outdoes the Telescreen in terms of serving as a propaganda bullhorn. When the Telescreen blared forth, there was zero doubt who was behind it. Now, we can be propagandized and manipulated covertly by search engine rankings, among other techniques.

      3. The third edge aimed back at the PTSB is represented quite well by people like James and this website and others listed at the right edge of this page, to name just a few. This kind of “edge” is increasingly dulling edge #2, and putting edge #1 in the spotlight.

      Ixquick and DuckDuckGo, yes, anything but Google unless you’re using the computer of someone you don’t like. The primary intent of Google is to vacuum up and catalogue as much data as possible about YOU. It is the black hole of data.

      “If thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”

      • NotDole says:

        >1. Not even Orwell’s Telescreen was as competent at collecting vast troves of >data

        There is a device that is much worse than just a self built (non brand) by selected pieces of hardware desktop.

        The Xbox One with the hardwired camera, sensors and microphone that microsoft was having a raging hard on that it would be used to monitor people’s facial emotions when playing games/watching tv(theres a big joke out there that the console is not much stronger or anything than the Xbox 360, except you can watch tv with it..why would I want a split screen with a tv channel bothering my video gaming is beyond me. And those cameras that were really difficult to disable, if the software disable option even worked, there was no option to cut off the mike…etc. so the Playstation 4 which has almost none of its creepiness and is just an old style console except that it has the internet stuff like since the PS3.

        So Microsoft started selling 2 versions of the Xbox One, public outcry works with corporations, often, especially when it means your vote dollars do not go to them. So now those who still want an Xbox One with the creepy robot looking camera and the mic and the sensors and all that can do so for 150 dollars more.

        Now if only Sony would let us install Linux on our Playstation again…

  8. NotDole says:

    Well, it doesn’t affect me too much. I only use duckduckgo and ixquick. Startpage’s sister page that brings up links not found on google at all.

    And when I use startpage, I imagine their engine will disregard those classifications anyways.

  9. NotDole says:

    And I’ll have to lookup SigTruth, excellent and hilarious way of dealing with google.

    Scroogle used to be able to do just that, but the way google functions since a while killed it.

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