GOOGLE IS EVIL. HERE’S HOW TO HURT THEM – AND ESCAPE THEM
[Intro note from Jack Wheeler: One of the nice things about TTP is the quality of insights I receive from members. After seeing what Google just did to one of its honest employees, TTPer Joe emailed me about living a Google-free life. More important, he and his TTPer friends explained the nature of the Google threat, and how each of us can hurt Google while making our Internet use more pleasant.
I encourage you to leverage their broad technical knowledge by passing these suggestions on to friends. All I ask is that if you do, tell them that it comes from TTP!]
After watching Google fire James Damore for daring to use science to argue with corporate policy, it’s hard to disagree with my friend and fellow TTPer Jason, who calls Google “one of the most insidious, evil companies the world has ever known.”
If the thought of #Goolag having vast and nearly untraceable influence over elections doesn’t alarm you, ponder the thought of their self-driving cars:
Send that one to your Congressman. When you read the language and conduct of Google managers, via leaks from Google’s internal networks (follow Breitbart Tech for more), the meme suddenly becomes less funny. For instance, would you trust your life to this person?
Fighting back will involve some political action, but most of the action will be personal. It may seem like it’s hard to live without Google products, but it’s actually quite easy. As Jason says (and thanks to TTPer Hardcharger for forwarding that email):
“I have a very rich, connected digital life, and I don’t use Google. Screw Google. Break the chains.”
I’m going to show you exactly how to do that, while improving your tech life at the same time. We’re also going to talk about how to really hurt Google where it counts.
The Heart of the Enemy
First, you have to understand how Google/Alphabet works. The holding company has a ton of projects, from YouTube video to Google Docs spreadsheets to Google Drive photo storage to self-driving cars.
But what really matters about a company is where it makes money. Google makes almost all of its profits from one place: Ads.
Their search prowess has helped to make them dominant in this field on the general web, and that was what James Damore worked on. The dominance of Android also helps them in mobile, which recently passed the 50% mark for web site traffic.
This is why Google has to be evil. Online ad rates have been declining steadily. To survive, they need to be able to offer advertisers better and better targeting. You can translate “better targeting” as “spying on you.”
Without even discussing Google’s involvement with the American Deep State, it’s clear that they cannot be anything but a tech-Stasi. Something Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has pointed out more than once. The question now, which I obliquely raised via self-driving cars, is just what this kind of corporate environment can be expected to do with that information – and for whom.
One of neo-conservatism’s legitimate and important insights was that the way a regime like the USSR or Chicom China treated its people predicted the way it would treat outside obligations. Regimes that lived by lies internally would also lie and cheat on treaties .
One could easily apply the same analysis to Google.
If this is the way they treat a distinguished liberal engineer in one of their more important corporate areas, with managers issuing threats and saying he shouldn’t be allowed to debate… how are they going to treat Republicans in future? Or you?
It gets worse. Google just told us that the central principle of its corporate culture is a lie.
In 2012,Google’s “Project Aristotle” aimed to try and figure out what made teams successful. The answer they came up with was “psychological safety,” which resulted in “civility” as their supposed highest cultural virtue.
Consider, too, that Google managers are openly saying that they will place their personal interests (read: SJW fake religion) ahead of their basic responsibility to the company’s welfare. Which means corporate interest won’t be a brake on what Google does in future. Exhibit A of their Embezzlement Mentality:
This should not be surprising. SJWs always lie. But this is a multinational with the ability to surreptitiously influence elections, who profiles everyone at a deep level and wants us to put our lives in the hands of their automobile technology.
They need to be broken up, laws that currently bar them from placing us in such a vulnerable position must be enforced, and Bannon’s proposal to regulate parts as public utilities deserves a hearing that goes beyond “but muh private entrprize!”
Meanwhile, what do we do?
First: Hurt the Enemy
I put this first for a reason.
The New Right is not defensive. It isn’t about whining in analytical articles, and it isn’t about losing gracefully. It’s a Mattis-MacArthur Mindset philosophy of full offense, induced chaos (Praise Kek!), and no substitutes for victory. You want credibility? You want followers? Don’t posture and write articles. Hurt. The. Left.
How do you hurt Google? Well, if they’re financially dependent on online ads, block online ads! Which incidentally makes your browsing more pleasant. AdBlock Plus is very popular; Jack Wheeler and I both use it, though there are many other options. As an aside, you should also log into your Google account if you have one, and do this.
Next, you need to write your Congresscritters and Senators.
Google is one of the Hill’s bigger donors, and they’re lobbying for Constitutional exceptions to help their self-driving cars. In light of recent revelations, there is no way Google can be trusted to program self-driving cars. Tell your reps. that you are violently opposed to these exceptions. And tell them that you support Bannon’s idea to regulate their utility components – after Alphabet and Facebook have their oppressive, hostile monopolies broken up.
Now, will this put Google out of business? Not immediately, no. Google has certain “network effects,” which are best explained by saying that a world with 10,000 fax machines makes each machine way more valuable than it would be in a world with just 10 fax machines. Network effects are long-term competitive insulation.
Google is also surfing on a wave of fiat money, which is being plowed into tech stocks due to high social mood and lifting those stock prices to big P/E multiples. Finally, they’re sitting on a lot of cash. I haven’t even touched on their value to elements of the Deep State.
Every Google employee could just watch porn at work, and it wouldn’t matter much… in the short term.
But GamerGate taught us something important, and this lesson came after my 2015 Vegas Rendezvous presentation. If you put pressure on a key source of revenue, keep your thumb on the scales, and make your hostility long-term and consistent, it has a cumulative effect. A financial effect, and a psychological one. Stressed people make more mistakes, and it affects morale (note that many at Google disagree with Damore’s firing). Morale affects recruitment and retention. Which affects the company long-term.
That’s why a bunch of videogamers became a $100+ million corporation’s most feared enemy – even though it was Hulkamania that finally ran wild over Gawker.
The Left already gets all this, of course.
Next – Live a Google-free Life
SEARCH: DuckDuckGo.com can easily be turned into your default search engine, and its searches do include Google. It just anonymizes and distributes the queries, so Google gets no benefit and can’t track you. StartPage is another good option – here’s how to make StartPage your default.
BROWSER: Google Chrome is popular these days, but there are plenty of alternatives. The best option for free people is Brave. It was created by Mozilla’s former CTO, who was fired post-facto for donating to the “No” side of California’s gay marriage referendum.
Brave doesn’t have as many plug-in options as the others, but if you’re techie enough to care about plug-ins, you don’t need browser advice. Brave’s built-in ad-blocking and anti-tracking features are very nice, it’s available on every platform, and the ability to reward your favorite sites is visionary.
If Brave doesn’t float your boat, understand that Mozilla is your enemy — though there’s an independent Windows variant of Firefox called Pale Moon that’s fine to use if you dislike MS Internet Explorer or MS Edge. Apple products come with Safari, which is a fine browser. You even have alternative Android choices.
E-MAIL: Having Google read and search your email is no longer tolerable. This is something you really should pay for, and it’s cheap.
I want a “trifecta” email service with  Desktop apps like Outlook or Thunderbird,  a Webmail option for use when traveling, and a  Mobile app so I can read anywhere and respond in an emergency.
Jason recommends Fastmail, with all 3 options and a great webmail interface. It’s inexpensive and more than worth it. Excellent choice. TTPer and Fastmail customer Bobbio reminds people that they use automatic encryption if you email another Fastmail user, and that you can host your own email domain (like, say, @goolag.com) there. I should have mentioned that.
For higher security, ProtonMail in Switzerland is the emerging favorite – but they don’t have a Desktop option, just Webmail and Mobile. Until they get one, I wouldn’t make them my main email provider, but I do recommend a free or paid secondary account. ProtonMail is most secure when an email never leaves their own encrypted servers, which includes encrypting the stored emails. Get your friends onboard too.
By the way, if you want really high security discussions, you abandon email and do this. Jason (who is a P.I.) emails me to add:
[Or…] Put a handwritten letter in an envelope with a delivery address and a stamp on it? That’s a FANTASTIC option for the privacy minded these days. Low-tech rules! Another viable alternative is to meet your co-conspirator in a park and just go for a walk together. You can discuss anything in a soft voice without fear of being monitored, get a litte exercise, and enjoy being outside all at the same time.
The best part is that neither mailing letters, nor going for walks, involves Google!
GOOGLE DOCS: MS Office and Apple’s Work software are fine, and Office 365 comes with online collaboration if you must have that. Or just use use LibreOffice (most popular Open Office open-source option, can save in Word/ Excel formats) for free.
SHAREABLE FILE STORAGE:You’re unlikely to ever use the full 10GB at Box.com, unless you’re doing full backups, and if you are then free Google Drive is equally inadequate. I agree with Jason’s recommendation, though Dropbox is also popular (albeit less free storage) and Microsoft offers 5GB free with OneDrive.
Added: If you want security, and will pay a little bit for it, TTPer Bobbio has you covered: “SpiderOak …use client side (user side) encryption which leaves you the user in complete control of access to your data rather that server side (someone else has your password…) encryption.
MAPS: If you have an iPhone or Mac, Apple has its own Maps application built in. If you use a Windows on phone or desktop, Microsoft has its own maps application. If you’re on Android, the free Maps.ME is very global and gets excellent reviews. Or, you can use MapQuest.
PHOTOS: Jason recommends SmugMug for photo galleries and sharing. You can easily find other options, but I like a family-owned choice that’s successful and has refused buyout offers.
VIDEO: Sorry, there isn’t much we can do about this one. Video takes a lot of money for infrastructure, which is why YouTube isn’t really profitable yet. Nothing compares, and alternatives like Vid.Me are worse than Google. The alt-tech team at Gab.ai is beginning with Gab.TV, but it’s just the start of a long journey.
VPN PRIVACY: Ever since the GOP decided to sell you out and allow your ISP to monitor your browsing, a VPN is a must. The question is how to make it easy. I’m here to help.
First, you have to pick one. Jason likes Vypr, which is fine. I like AirVPN (in Italy, great reputation among geeks), NordVPN (Nordic-made, set up in Panama, good for accessing Netflix), PrivateInternetAccess (USA, the big dawg and easy to use), and TTPer Paul Rosenberg’s Cryptohippie (set up in Panama, very high security + encrypted email service and costs accordingly).
So, how to make this easy? Well, NordVPN and PIA in particular have client software that make it a lot easier to set it up on your computer or mobile device. But the best solution is the one you just plug in and forget.
Flashrouters.com will sell you an improved wireless router that has VPN access to your desired provider built right in. More precisely, they’ll program the VPN settings and give the router more secure and reliable core software (DD-WRT or Tomato OS).
Result? VPN use is automatic for the whole house, the router is improved, and the router handles VPN encryption itself so your computer’s processor isn’t being slowed down. If you want to set aside one full speed non-VPN wireless network, Flashrouters will do that for you as well – just ask. It’s a great “no-brainer” security option that costs a bit more, but is worth it. Get the 2-year support option as well.
So there you go. Hurt Google. Then live a better tech life without them.
Get mad. Then get even. And have fun doing it!
That’s the New Right Way. Civilization. Liberty. Victory. Yes we can.
TTPer Joe Katzman’s presentation to the 2015 Vegas Rendezvous foreshadowed the modern culture war’s changed nature and new methods, of which #Goolag is just one example. Now you can see a bit of what you missed!