How Google has enabled the Australian
Government to discredit The Coastal Passage and Bob Norson
I don't know if you readers have the patience
to read a history of how this came about but to cut to the chase,
Google and DuckDuckGo and others, censor their search results
on a paid basis. People, or more precisely, entities, pay to
control what you see on the web. It gets worse. Entities create
whole websites to present their distorted views and then pay
the likes of Google to put them at the top of whatever search
they want to pay for.
To go directly to an example
involving TCP and to skip the following text,
For example, in a blaze of real journalism
the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper published an exposé
on the Australian dairy industry several years ago that revealed
a collusion between government and the industry that allowed
the addition of waste products, called permeate to be added to
otherwise whole milk and still represent it as whole milk or
full cream milk. The waste products were from cheese making and
other dairy products that would otherwise have been taken to
the tip and disposed of. This goes on in the USA too although
I don't know if it has been revealed there yet. In a recent search
of "permeate in milk" the number one position was taken
by an Australian website cluttered with appealing photos of PHD's
assuring people that addition of permeate was a wonderful thing
that improved milk. Never a mention that it was a waste product.
Like an additive in petrol that increased mileage. An extra bonus.
Down at the bottom of the search page was the article published
by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Ok, there is one example. Another way to
control information is to develop negative leads on a search
for a product, person or publication. A publication website with
the popularity of The Coastal Passage-thecoastalpassage.com;
or the name Bob Norson, publisher, can not be wiped off the web
without being obvious so the way to go is to fabricate negatives
using hired trolls or to cull negatives from otherwise obscure
sources by selective editing to present a negative sounding quote
from a webpage that is actually positive.
So who does this? Business interests of
course, but the really big shot in this kind of nasty business
is the Australian Government, particularly the Department of
Defence. You know, the people who are 'keeping us safe".
This was revealed in the Wikipedea fiasco about 10 years ago
when a coder developed a program that would reveal the origin
of edits in wikipedia. The DoD was a world champ with over 5000
edits. That was one website and 10 years ago. Imagine what they
The Coastal Passage and my personal name
became targets of the Australian government on 17 or 18 March,
2007. TCP had been covering Australian Customs activities that
really made the department look bad, the truth was hurting them.
I was working on a new edition and using Google to go to The
Custom's site on a daily basis to research my coming article.
I noticed in previous days that in a search for "Australian
Customs" several of the links on the first page were new
pages from The Coastal Passage website that were far from flattering
of Customs. I remember thinking how pissed off they must be about
on the morning of Sunday, 18 March, those links disappeared
from Google. Not just the first page but from Google altogether
or at least as far as I searched back to page 50. Other search
engines like Yahoo, Lycos, Dogpile and others, retained the links
on page one but such is the power of Google that they too began
to fade back due to less traffic. They didn't disappear but no
longer up front.
That was the first shot across the bow
in a war that continues today and in ways that are more devious
and hurtful. But that is another story.
Below is a recent example of false information
presented on the web to develop the belief that The Coastal Passage
and Bob Norson is irrelevant and unpopular.