He writes in a recent research paper: “We conclude (1) that the outcomes of real elections – especially tight races – can conceivably be determined by the strategic manipulation of search engine rankings and (2) that the manipulation can be accomplished without people being aware of it. We speculate that unregulated search engines could pose a serious threat to the democratic system of government.”
Baier’s report also concluded that Google staffers built much of Obama’s technology. Ben Howe at Red State recently covered Google’s closeness to the Obama campaign here, here (complete with staffer dossiers), and here.
Claims like Dr. Epstein’s usually assume that Google manipulates results directly, perhaps adjusting its search algorithm to favor certain results. Google denies it.
But as one reader of this column points out, everybody seems to miss the other possibility: “Google doesn’t have to tinker around with algorithms to favor certain content. They know how their technology works. They can just tell the right content providers (Huffington Post, the Obama website developers, etc.) how to optimize their site content, ads, etc., to game the search results. The net effect, then, becomes the same, as if they had manipulated their algorithms, but Google can technically claim they don’t manipulate the algorithm and clear themselves of allegations of foul play … and nobody ever knows the difference.”
“Obama wants to collect so much macro-data on our behavior as communicators and consumers that he can predict and control our political behavior, down to which candidate we prefer and when we are going to vote,” Corsi said.
Speaking of Google, what does the future hold for the Orwellian company whose plans include implanting a chip in our brain? The Independent UK took a look, and here’s what they learned.
“Late Saturday night, Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera somehow got it into his brain that posting a half-naked, sideways selfie was a good idea. Twitter users everywhere gasped. In horror. And reached for the eye bleach,” Twitchy noted.
Thor’s latest novel “Hidden Order” tells of a secret domestic organization that operates without any accountability to the American people, hiding in the shadows pretending to be part of the United States Government.
Thor offered to purchase a new firearm for Zimmerman in a series of tweets that made clear his intentions. The offer included not only the gun of his choice but also all the ammo he wanted.
“Read this carefully, as I don’t want 2 be misunderstood: SCREW the #DOJ. If they won’t give #Zimmerman his gun back, I’ll buy him a new one,” the novelist tweeted late last Friday night.
Thor also explained why he made the offer in an interview on a Chicago TV program. Watch it here.