31 January 2006

Form Letter From Google

FROM: help@google.com

TO: egyptoid*speakeasy'net
DATE: Saturday, January 28, 2006 12:01 am
SUBJ: Re: [#44870317] FW: Chinese Censorship

Hi Elliott,

Thank you for contacting us about Google.cn. We launched Google.cn for our users in the People's Republic of China who want to search and browse in Simplified Chinese. Making our site available to millions of users in their preferred language is a critical part of our mission to organize the world's information and to make it universally accessible and useful.

At first, Google.cn will serve Google Web Search, Google Image Search, Google Local, and Google News. Over time, we'll provide more Google services tailored for the China market. In launching Google.cn, we aim to balance three important values: users' interests, expanding access to information, and responding to local conditions in the markets we serve. Prior to this launch, many users in China were unable to access our site,
and those who were able to access it often experienced persistent latency, delay, and time-out issues. With Google.cn, users can now access much more information, much more quickly.

As you may know, to operate a web service in China, we must remove a small percentage of content from the search results available on Google.cn. The decision to do that was not an easy one for Google, in light of our mission "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." After a long process of study, analysis, and debate about the many technical, business, and ethical considerations, we concluded that the best available option was to provide our Chinese users with a search service that, while filtered, will be faster, more reliable, and, overall, more comprehensive than what's available today. Given the current filtering that's performed on the entire internet in China, Google.cn will provide no less information than would otherwise be available. In fact, we believe that our advanced, innovative search technologies will make a noticeable net increase in the amount of information accessible to our Chinese users.

So, while removing this content may seem inconsistent with our mission, we believe that Google.cn will significantly improve the user experience and increase the overall accessibility of information in China. Our view is that providing as much information as possible is better than providing no information at all -- or providing such a heavily degraded user experience that it basically amounts to no information. Moreover, we think it's important to give users some meaningful disclosure whenever some results have been removed; in those cases, Google.cn clearly presents a message that says, "In response to local laws, regulations, or policies, one or more search results do not appear." It's also worth noting that Google.com will continue to be available, unfiltered, for all internet users worldwide, including those in China.

China is developing rapidly, thanks in no small measure to the internet. We firmly believe that with Google's culture of innovation, we can make meaningful and positive contributions to the already impressive pace of development in China. We appreciate your interest in Google and your taking the time to share your concerns with us.

The Google Team

Original Message Follows:

From: Ell Egyptoid [mailto:egyptoid*speakeasy'net]
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 2:46 PM
Subject: Chinese Censorship

Dear Google:

Your policy of catering to the Chinese government doesnt make sense, and seems to be catering to making a dollar. If your job is to run a search engine, run it.

The Chinese government does much wrong, you should know that. Please do the right thing. Google has been my start page for over five years. Now I feel I must change it. I want honest neutral results.

If you feel I am exaggerating, use your own search engine on such phrases as CHINESE REPRESSION, and ask your selves, why did the Beijing government ask for this, really?

Rebuilder - Egyptoid
Hampton Roads, Va.

QUOTES from Google's own web-site:

Does Google ever manipulate its search results?

The order and contents of Google search results are completely automated. No one hand picks a particular result for a given search query, nor does Google ever insert jokes or send messages by changing the order of results. Occasionally, when a particular website is the subject of public attention, other sites begin linking to it. This may elevate its importance as gauged by our ranking software, which assigns a PageRank

Does Google censor search results?

Google does not censor results for any search term. The order and content of our results are completely automated; we do not manipulate our search results by hand. We believe strongly in allowing the democracy of the web to determine the inclusion and ranking of sites in our search results.

Google Parodies


has been archiving the logo parodies .

Mine isnt as good as many others.

Search Engine Integrity

Caution! Certain queries can be classified as hate speech and/or sedition!
Alternate suggested studies have been posted below

From the Chairman: To take such an attitude is to seek truth from facts. "Facts" are all the things that exist objectively, "truth" means their internal relations, that is, the laws governing them, and "to seek" means to study. We should proceed from the actual conditions inside and outside the country, the province, county or district, and derive from them, as our guide to action, laws which are inherent in them and not imaginary, that is, we should find the internal relations of the events occurring around us. And in order to do that we must rely not on subjective imagination, not on momentary enthusiasm, not on lifeless books, but on facts that exist objectively; we must appropriate the material in detail and, guided by the general principles of Marxism-Leninism, draw correct conclusions from it. Red highlighting added by the editor - RR.

24 January 2006

Job Interview

Had a TSA job interview today.
Went well.
Will probably work for them.
I had the three magic words for them:

22 January 2006

Rambling Lyrics

Where do I go?
When there's nobody else to turn to
Who do I talk to?
When nobody wants to listen
Who do I lean on? Oh
When there is no foundation stable
I go to the rock know He is able, I go to the rock

The Preacher's Wife Soundtrack
Artist: Whitney Houston
Song: I Go to the Rock

21 January 2006

Traveled Back to VA today

from Louisiana to Shocco via Biloxi,
then Shocco to Hot-Lanna,
from Atlanta to Virginia,
from Hampton Roads straight into Bed for 16 hours of regenerative slumber.

Early to Healthy, Early to Wise.

Men made breakfast before the big journey.
Each traveller got their own customised omelette made with their favorite ingredients.

20 January 2006

perhaps I exaggerate...

While most of us slaved away in St.Bernard parish, the elite few got to party in the
French Quarter.

19 January 2006

Piles of Debris dont Block if Youre Looking with the Inward Eye

Parking Lot of Northshore Church.
Inside the building, water had dug out the foundations,
buckling even the concrete floors.

Clearing land in North Shore of Ponchartrain

Automatic or Manual

Even though there wasnt much electric power out there, we had AC/DC going.
Automatic Chop or Direct Chop, your choice.

18 January 2006

Red Cross Meal Distribution

Since the neighborhood is still bad off, the RC still gives out food & water. So for a change we were on the receiving end.

Four Months Post Flooding

More mud out work in St-Bernard Parish. Cleaning houses that have lain untouched since September, that were under 7 ft of water

17 January 2006

Hearts & Minds

we only touched a small fraction of the junk that needs cleaning up.

Hard to find a Working Grocery Store in SBP

When we needed water and ice in SBP we had to drive several miles. No regular grocery stores were open. The Walgreens had been looted and still stood empty 5 months later.the nearest open place was a Kwik E Mart in St-Bernard Parish. the manager was from India, so the situation was humorous to us who knew The Simpsons show.

Photo shows 7 feet of water Standing in St.B.P. one week post-Katrina

Clearing Neighborhood in St.B.Parish

When the Levee Breaks, We'll Have No Place to Go

Clearing land in Violet, La.
(( Violet is right below the word "barracks" in the little map ))

Map shows flood zone and broke levees.

16 January 2006

Like a Big Locker Room

We kidded around a lot in between work jobsand meals.

I almost had one guy convinced that
for a limited time only you could have
purchased a:

...wait for it....
Corn bread smoothie
at Port City Java.

Helping Widows & Orphans : James 1:27

Monday chainsaw work in Slidell

Does this axe make me look fat ?

Helping Who Lived Near the Water

Sunday logging in bayou

15 January 2006

Church service at GMBC of Slidell.

14 January 2006

Rock Church in Slidell

Scotia Prince liner.

Scotia Prince Ocean Liner

this is parked in a ship channel near St. Bernard parish. Apparently people are still living in it, and have been doing so since just after Katrina hit.

Navy Ships Bellatrix & I don't know

Going to New 0rleans

Further travel from Talladega to Slidell.

13 January 2006

WORK TRIP _ _ _ _ __

Page up to see more pix,
thanks for looking!
Hitting the road to Slidell...
more Yellow Hats from TBC.
there was no Blue Hat or White Hat along you'll notice. would this be aproblem later on ?

09 January 2006

Farewell, Not Goodbye

had to send Miss Vikkie back to her secluded mountain-top fortress today.

photo shows RR & MV at farewell dinner

08 January 2006

Before All of the Congregation

==== Miss Vikkie visited my church. =====

The people's analysis of her seemed to be:
why havent you married this wonderful creature already.

Let Me Not to the Marriage of the Uninformed

If you havent read Joshua Harris' book
titled I Kissed Dating Goodbye
you really should.

they always say the minute you stop looking you find what you truly desire.

07 January 2006

Proposal Site _____________

The Rebuilder had to wrack his brain to find the most beautiful spot in Hampton roads to
pop the question so I took Miss Vikkie on a long rambling drive on
the Colonial Parkway

Finally ! Some Candy and Flowers...

More Views from the James & York Rivers

Nature provided the candy, and the flowers.

it was eye candy.

Sunset on the James River

Beautiful Views across the water.
Where Miss Vikkie and I sat to discuss the future and all that it implies.

Your viewpoint looks from the Virginia Peninsula
over the JR into Surry

06 January 2006

Tourista Elite

Miss Vikkie and I visited all the classic sites in Hampton Roads:
Virginia Beach, dodging the tacky merchants in favor of the sandy hike.
Williamsburg General Store
Colonial Parkway.
Yorktown, the York River and Monuments stroll.
Port City Java.
coffee flavored kisses and a bit of conversation.
James River Overlook with Golden Sunset.

As we spoke more and more I had a sudden apostrophe:

I would ask Miss Vikkie to see much more of me in the future.