Google tofu boy calls 911

I’M A DEVOTED FOE of Google even though it’s hard to avoid online. I have a Gmail address which long was my primary, but I don’t use it anymore though I still have a Google account. It’s very difficult not to have a Google account.

If you don’t have a Google account, you’re cutting off your nose to spite your face. Alas, Google owns YouTube, one of the most interesting, fun and informative corners of the World Wide Web. I love YouTube. If anything has ever been filmed, it’s likely on YouTube.

I never say I’m Googling anything. I do “online searches,” and I use the oddly named DuckDuckGo search engine. It’s very good and not sneaky.

The folks who run Google are the sort of people who are ruining Western Civilization. The same kind of people run Facebook and Twitter, and since one can easily live without those two, I do not have accounts with them anymore. I don’t want to be an enabler.

Enjoy the video even though it’s on Google’s YouTube. Sigh.

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As I write this late Wednesday afternoon, it’s dark overhead and there are lightning flashes. This should not be happening in March which is the middle of the dry season on the mountaintop. Must be that global warming we hear about, eh?

Does global warming cause unseasonable rain? Lord knows. Ask Al Gore.

Why didn’t it storm yesterday, the last and most riotous day of Carnival in my hardscrabble neighborhood? Maybe it would have canceled the ear-splitting concert we endured last night till 3 a.m. Even my earplugs did not fully suppress the godawful racket.

Living in Mexico is not always a sack of tacos.

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(You may notice that I’ve reverted to a previous look for The Moon. And back are the wise quotes down the right-side column plus links to all manner of fascinating stuff. The same material was available in the last “look,” but it was hidden behind a Menu button. Who bothers to mess with that? Darn few. That’s who.)

18 thoughts on “Google tofu boy calls 911

  1. Nice little video, señor. That could be realistic.

    Glad to hear you survived the noise fest. Just wait, next year will be louder.

    And just how does your child bride survive without tortillas?

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    1. Ricardo: Next year will be louder, but we will not be here to suffer through it. That is 100 percent certain. We’ll either be in our Downtown Casita, or we’ll be out of town completely.

      How does my wife survive without tortillas? She’s made some grim adjustments being married to me. She’s perfectly capable of buying tortillas just down the street. I’m not keeping her from that. She does eat tortillas in restaurants.

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  2. I’ve tried DuckDuckGo and Bing, but Google seems to work better for some things. YouTube is great for so many things. I use it for cooking videos, concerts, learning computer programs and anything else. There seems to be at least one video about everything. It must be changing our brains in some way but not sure how. I won’t be around long enough to worry about it.

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    1. Brent: Google does lots of things very well. However, due to its evil foundation, I prefer to avoid it whenever possible. It’s a matter of principle.

      But having said that, I must confess that after trying NUMEROUS alternative browsers, some of which are quite good, I recently knuckled under and returned to Chrome. It simply is too good to dodge on a matter of principle. I am flawed.

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  3. Not flawed, just practical. Sometimes we have no choice but to support “evil” corporations. I don’t have a Google account, but I do have a Yahoo one which is probably not much better. I wish there was something that could be done to break up these huge companies. They have way too much power and influence.

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    1. Brent: True, sometimes it is necessary to play a part in the evil corporations. But if it’s not necessary, don’t do it. That’s my advice. You have no Google account? Good for you. Yahoo is not as bad only because Yahoo is not nearly so big and far-reaching. I don’t advocate breaking up huge companies simply because they’re huge. Some huge companies are just fine. It’s the evil ones we need to keep an eye on and not enable if it’s possible to avoid. Often it is.

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    2. Breaking them up likely wouldn’t improve things, and would arguably make things worse. These companies have network effects, e.g., the more stuff that’s on them, the more valueable they are to users and to the owners. Imagine that YouTube were split in half. You’d likely prefer one over the other, and then miss lots of content that was on the other platform.

      Instead, they need to be reformed. First, they should be treated as platforms which are strictly forbidden from viewpoint discrimination. That’s to say they should not be permitted to favor certain viewpoints over others. Second, they should be held to their own terms of service, which many of them blatantly ignore when they feel like it. Third, there should be some kind of adjudication process that’s open and transparent when they want to censure a user, e.g., they must have a specific and documented reason to shut down someone’s account. Third, all users need to be held to the same standard.

      In short, were these companies held to a standard of impartiality and fairness, they’d be a huge asset to society.

      Saludos,

      Kim G
      Ajijic, Jal
      Where we are addicted to YouTube.

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        1. Kim make an excellent point about a network being valuable in proportion to the number of nodes it connects. This makes the biggest network very likely to emerge as a monopoly. And “enforcing fairness” is a great idea, but in practice someone then has to be the Potter Stewart of fairness (“I know it when I see it”). Who gets to do that?

          For myself, I’m real close to advocating breaking up huge companies simply because they are huge. Huge means power, and I’m suspicious of power because it corrupts. (I’m conservative that way.)

          So, what do you think of Senator Warren’s idea, which as I understand it is to say to Google, Facebook, and Amazon “You can run the platform or you can supply the content. You can’t do both.”

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          1. Creigh: Most all of Kim’s points are excellent.

            Enforcing fairness is a abysmal idea due to the reason you cite. The entire PC phenomenon is based on enforcing fairness, and look what it’s come to, nearly the downfall of Western Civilization.

            I’m on the fence about breaking up huge companies. Some need breaking up (Facebook, Twitter and their ilk). Some do not. (General Motors, Costco, Walmart, Kroger).

            I was not aware Fauxcahontas had suggested clamping down on Facebook. Amazon? it’s a retailer. I don’t see any problem with Amazon. Quite the contrary. But I’m all in favor of stomping on FB, Twitter, etc. It’s long, long overdue.

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  4. I’m sure Al and I would disagree on your situation, but I contend you are experiencing the vagaries of a phenomenon known as “weather.”

    And I’m pretty sure Western Civilization was ruined before Google and friends came along.

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    1. Ray: Yes, “weather” happens here too, but it’s sometimes oddly different than up where you are. It doesn’t just rain now and again, depending, all year down here as it does up there. It’s very specific. From June through October, more or less, it rains every single solitary day. And then starting in November, more or less, it does not rain at all, and everything gets bone dry.

      It did not rain yesterday on my house in spite of the thunder and lightning. But it did today, very lightly. And totally off-season.

      As for Western Civilization going down the toilet, I submit it really started the flush in the 1960s, well before Google. But Google and their sidekicks have been making it far worse the last couple of decades. People who run Google are the children and grandchildren of the hippy generation.

      I wish conservatives were as dedicated and mean as the other side, but they are not. A fatal flaw.

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  5. That video was TOO funny. How long before it gets banned?

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Ajijic, Jalisco
    Where we’re tired of overhearing Gringos in restaurants who’d ban that video continually mispronounce Mexican city and town names.

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