Calorie counting is fat-shaming, according to users of new Google map app; the feature will now be deleted due to snowflakes being "triggered"

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The only thing worse than America’s obesity epidemic seems to be the epidemic of being offended by everything. The rise of so-called “social justice warriors” seems to have risen right along with our expanding waist lines. Recently, Google unveiled a new calorie-counting feature for their ever-popular Google Maps app — and the actually useful addition was met with nothing but hate. Apparently, telling someone how many calories they can burn walking a certain distance is now “fat-shaming.”

The new (albeit short-lived) feature on Google Maps would show you how many calories you could burn by walking somewhere. And if you clicked on the walking directions, Maps would also tell you how many mini-cupcakes those calories equated to. So, if you burned about 100 calories, Maps would say the distance you walked was equal to about one mini-cupcake. Hardly anything to cry about, yet by the amount of social media fanfare surrounding Maps’ calorie-burning feature, you’d think Google was killing a puppy for every mile a person walked.

While some were open to the new feature, a storm of angry Maps users overtook Twitter, claiming that merely being told how many calories could be burned during a walk was a form of “fat-shaming.” The Daily Mail reports one user, Ann Richard tweeted, “I truly can’t wrap my head around how thoughtless and reckless this is as an automatic feature! Especially with no intuitive way to opt out.”

Another user reportedly tweeted, “ty [thank you] for shaming me for my mini cupcake consumption google maps!”

Twitter user Megan Westgate added: ‘Anyone else feel like the Google Maps mini cupcake feature reinforces the idea that all exercise must be atonement for the sin of eating?’

 

In response, Google has decided to remove the feature in its entirety. Rather than just making it easier for users to opt-out of having the calorie-burning information displayed, the tech behemoth has acquiesced to the demands of the offended — even though giving that information could have actually helped people. While there may have been some “strong user feedback” as Google says, the truth is sometimes painful. Some have even gone so far as to say that the cupcake calorie counter was “unscientific” — but that claim has no legs to stand on.

To many people, calories are just a number — it can be hard to visualize how many calories are in food as well as exercise. Putting a face (or in this case, a cupcake) on the number of calories you’re burning can be extremely helpful. In fact, studies have shown people respond better and make better choices when calorie numbers are equated to something else — such as cupcakes. Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, explained recently, “People find symbols much easier to understand than numerical information, and activity equivalent calorie labels are easy to understand, particularly for lower socioeconomic groups who often lack nutritional knowledge and health literacy.”

Heaven forbid anyone under any circumstances actually becomes aware of how little exercise they’re actually doing, right? The fact that people overestimate the number of calories they burn during exercise has also been well-documented. In one study, researchers found that normal-weight men and women overestimated their calorie expenditure during exercise by between 300 and 400 percent — that is a huge difference.

Increasing awareness of how many calories you’re actually burning, combined with more awareness of what’s in your food, could in fact help people to exert greater control over their own health.

But instead of empowering people to make healthy lifestyle choices to support their well-being, Google has caved in to the hive-minded plague of offended social media crusaders. [Related: Learn more about the importance of a healthy lifestyle at Prevention.news.]

Sources for this article include:

DailyMail.co.uk

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Google Will Be Powered By 100% Clean Energy By 2018

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

The #1 search engine is going green, and is doing so by 2018. Recently, the company announced that after 10 years running as carbon-neutral, it now seeks to run entirely on renewable energy. This means that by the end of 2017, all of the electricity the company consumes (in its data centers and offices) will be sourced from wind and solar.

As Inverse reports, the news isn’t exactly surprising as Google announced its intention to hit the milestone last year. Then in the company’s  2017 environmental report, the company announced that it had created “new energy purchasing models that others can follow.” It added, “we’ve helped drive wide-scale global adoption of clean energy.”

Reportedly, the company seeks to run entirely on clean energy to benefit the environment. The positive press is an extra bonus. And, it makes the fact that Google consumed as much as the entire city of San Francisco in 2015 easier to accept.

Wrote Google executive Urs Hölzle in a blog post, “We believe Google can build tools to improve people’s lives while reducing our dependence on natural resources and fossil fuels.”

This isn’t the first green initiative Google has taken on. Google also launched an initiative to add air quality sensors to Google street View vehicles. The company also plans on changing its waste disposal systems to prevent any waste from being added to landfills. Inhabitat reports that half of Google’s 14 data centers have already reached the latter milestone.

h/t Inverse

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‘It’s probably intentional’: Tech expert to RT on Google smart speaker’s eavesdropping glitch

“It’s always possible that the company did miss this, but it’s unlikely,” Kitze, who specializes in financial and internet privacy, said.

His comments came after Android Police journalist Artem Russakovskii revealed that his Google Home Mini had been quietly recording thousands of audio files without his knowledge, all of which were available for playback.

Google responded by saying that the issue had been found in a “small number” of devices. The company said that the problem was caused by the speaker’s touch mechanism, which had been designed to allow owners to activate Google Assistant and control music by tapping the top of the speaker. However, some of the devices were registering touches when no one was there, prompting it to begin recording.

The tech giant said that it had since “decided to permanently remove all top touch functionality” on the product, adding that it takes user privacy “very seriously.” 

However, Kitze still isn’t convinced the glitch was an accident. He told RT that he believes the move was intentional because such security issues seem to happen “all the time.”

“If something happens once in a while then it’s probably unintentional. If it keeps happening, then it’s intentional…there’s a reason why it happens…it’s a pattern of behavior and you start to notice that it is an actual plan to put this kind of feature into a product…”

Kitze went on to state that there is a “history” of such issues happening with products from Facebook, Apple, and Google; because “they’re basically part and parcel of the deep state in the US.”

“They intentionally leave things open sometimes; sometimes they get caught, like in this case.”

Despite the track records of such companies, Kitze noted that “most people just don’t care about their privacy,” even though they should be “very concerned.”

“I think that most people say, ‘Well, I have nothing to hide.’ Well, that’s true…most people are law abiding and they’re not trying to do anything that’s bad, but keep in mind the real problem with these things is that when professional criminals get a hold of these things and they find out a way to get into these devices.”

Kitze explained that those “professional criminals” could find a way to get into a device and overhear its owner talking about their bank account or passwords.

“Or they use it as an exploitive way to get into your computer to steal your info or install something that can do key logging and then they can get your passwords and accounts, they can steal your bitcoins.”

“All these kinds of things are possible. So really what you’re talking about is a fundamental computer security problem. And that’s what people should be concerned with,” Kitze said.

Powered by Google Assistant, the Home Mini is designed to provide “hands-free help around the house,” allowing users to issue commands with their voices, which the device is programmed to recognize.

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Google’s Home Mini Needed a Software Patch to Stop Some of Them from Recording Everything






Google’s Home Mini Needed a Software Patch to Stop Some of Them from Recording Everything


October 11th, 2017

Mmm hmm.

Via: The Verge:

Categorize this under “one of the worst possible PR nightmares for a Google smart speaker.� According to Artem Russakovskii at Android Police, the Google Home Mini he was reviewing was randomly and near-constantly recording sounds in his home and transmitting them to Google. The company acknowledged the problem and is issuing a software update to resolve the issue, which appears to boil down to a failure of the touch sensor on the top.















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Google Is An Accomplice to the Vegas Massacre-The Worst Is Yet to Come

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“What’s Coming Is No Longer, It Is Already Here”

Steve Quayle on The Common Sense Show in March of 2016

When one helps a murder cover their tracks and escape, that person is an accomplice to murder in the eyes of the law. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google are accomplices to murder to what happened in Vegas and they are partners to what is coming and what is coming is horrific and horribly evil.

For over three years, I have been calling for America to get prepared for a TET offensive of terrorism in our country. Today, in the Fall of 2017, all the pieces are in place for these events to begin, and begun, they have. Vegas was just the beginning.

Ever since the illegal immigrant invasion of 2014, emanating from Central America, and it was discovered that DHS was admitting MS-13 into the interior to the United States (eg Minneapolis), did I start calling for America to be prepared for a TET offensive in our country in which a massive wave of terrorism would follow the admittance of this 5th column force of political assassins, who act on behalf of his the drug cartels, who in turn are aligned with ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Following this proclamation of the admittance of MS-13, then I discovered that these would-be domestic terroists were being trained in bases outside of San Salvador. This was followed by Judicial Watch’s revelation that there was untouched ISIS base camp 8 miles from El Paso, three miles on the other side of the border with Mexico. This is in turn was followed by a July 4, 2015 proclamation by disgraced FBI Director that ISIS had cartels in all 50 states. anneeds to be followed up a little closer. The NVA did an arms buildup for 7 months prior to TET. Today’s terrorists have had over a three year headstart. I

In advance of the one day multiple and synchronized attacks known as the TET offensive, arms were stockpiled for over six months. In America’s case the pieces have been put in place for years. As Trevor Louden, author of the fine investigative work, The Enemies Within, and even those within our government have attested to, there are of 80 members of Congress, who are directly affiliated with front groups for the Communist Party and/or the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest terrorist group on the face of the Earth .

Myself, and others have exposed the extensive terror network of Muslim Brotherhood operatives who hold high positions within the Department of Homeland Security, who, just coincidentially, were holding a live shooting incident training the very weekend of the Vegas massacre, are complicit in what happened. How coincidental? A quick question for you CNN watchers, how many coincidences does it take  to make a conspiracy? Does anyone think we are going to get relief from a compromised DJS that is either tied to terrorist groups (eg Antifa, Muslim Brotherhood, etc), or who is on the take? The poster child for members of our Legislative branch who are on the take would be Senator Diane Feinstein who entered the Senate as barely a millionaire and who is now a billionaire.  Or how about Representative, Maxine (everyone is a racist) Waters, who owns a 5 milion dollar house, the largest and most expensive in her ghetto district. And this all happens with our “elected” officials who live on a $170,000 annual salary. Why isn’t someone asking Al Franken(stein) why the American Communist party went door-to-door in his last election and campaigned for his seat?

From my comfortable perch in the rural deserts outside of Phoenix, AZ., I have been identifying the domestic terror threat to the United States and its citizens for over 4 years and the FBI cannot?. Ask yourself a question, do you believe that any of the members of Congress, and yes, there are exceptions (eg Congressman Paul Gosar-R-AZ), are defending America from enemies both foreign and domestic? In fact, for most members of Congress there is no United States. The taxpayers money is a resource to be plundered for personal gain and who gives a damn how many Americans are killed in false flag agendas, such as the Las Vegas massacre, so that these members of Congress can keep taking from the gravy train that you and me provide.

In total, 59 people were killed 10 days ago. So what? Who cares? Certainly our government does not care as the FBI continues to spew a cover story that a 10 year old would not believe. Certainly, Congress, as a body, does not care how many of die in order to further some political agenda. And of course our major corporations do not care how many of die either. Google, for example, is censoring on Youtube like I have never seen. No version of the Vegas truth is permitted on our social media dominated by unchallenged monopolies. Yesterday, Google demonitized 26 of my videos. To show how complete the morons and domestic terrorists from Google are, they demonitized How to Choose the Right College for Your Kid; and Secrets of Successful Aging. They say the videos are not “advertiser friendly”. One of the videos had 978 likes for 4 dislikes. What advertiser would not like to advertise in a venue with that kind of popularity? Corporate America does not care what I post for a video as long as the corporate whores can make a profit. But Youtube, Google, Facebook and Twitter care because they are part of the cover up mechanism that is trying to keep people from realizing what is coming and what is coming is something so evil and so massive that the tragic events of October 1st will look like a charity event. This will be the topic of the next part of the series, what is coming. And a final note to these social media giants who have made their fortunes on the backs of the very Americans that they censor, I have a message for you.

 

 

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It’s Not ‘Evil’ If We Do It: Google Accused in Trade-Secret Theft Lawsuit

The shocking new charges were filed against Google in Santa Clara, California — the heart of Silicon Valley — by architect Eli Attia who was invited in 2010 to commercially develop a software application with the powerful internet company that was based on Attia’s proprietary intellectual property.

According to documents, the lawsuit states that Attia’s “game-changing new technology” for building construction, developed over most of the plaintiff’s lifetime, was co opted by the search-engine giant after the architect was forced out of the company’s so-called Project Genie.

Attia, through a deal struck with Google, had moved his family from New York to California, before being let go under circumstances that were ever made clear, according to a report by the San Jose Mercury News.

The lawsuit notes that Google and co-founders Page and Brin “plotted to squeeze Attia out of the project,” and then staged a fictitious scenario in which Project Genie was shuttered while the assets of the project were “surreptitiously” transferred into a new branch of the company.

Interviewed on Friday by the San Jose Mercury News, Attia’s lawyer Eric Buether detailed some of the charges against Google and its parent company, Alphabet, Inc.

“The real adding-insult-to-injury was Google telling him the project had been canceled and they weren’t going forward with it when in fact they were going full blast on it,” said Buether, cited by mercurynews.com.

The lawsuit also names Google X founder Sebastian Thrun and Google X head Eric “Astro” Teller as defendants, who are both said to have negotiated with Attia over his technology.

But the big bat swinging in the case is Attia’s new allegation that Google’s moves stand up to the litmus test of systemic corporate racketeering.

“It’s cheaper to steal than to develop your own technology,” Buether stated, cited by mercurynews.com.

“You can take it from somebody else and you have a virtually unlimited budget to fight these things in court,” he added.

In July a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge agreed, and approved adding racketeering claims to Attia’s lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2014.

Attia and his lawyers claim to have identified a minimum of six additional incidents in which Google adopted a “substantially similar fact pattern of misappropriation of trade secrets” from third-party entities, according to a recent legal filing.

According to court documents, “Google would solicit a party to share with it highly confidential trade secrets under a non-disclosure agreement, conduct negotiations with the party, then terminate negotiations with the party professing a lack of interest in the party’s technology, followed by the unlawful use of the party’s trade secrets in its business.”

The lawsuit seeks monetary damages and financial compensation although specific numbers have not been made public.

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New allegation: Google accused of racketeering in lawsuit claiming pattern of trade secrets theft

    

In an explosive new allegation, a renowned architect has accused Google of racketeering, saying in a lawsuit the company has a pattern of stealing trade secrets from people it first invites to collaborate.

Architect Eli Attia spent 50 years developing what his lawsuit calls “game-changing new technology” for building construction. Google in 2010 struck a deal to work with him on commercializing it as software, and Attia moved with his family from New York to Palo Alto to focus on the initiative, code-named “Project Genie.”

The project was undertaken in Google’s secretive “Google X” unit for experimental “moonshots.”

But then Google and its co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin “plotted to squeeze Attia out of the project” and pretended to kill it but used Attia’s technology to “surreptitiously” spin off Project Genie into a new company, according to the lawsuit.

“The real adding-insult-to-injury was Google telling him the project had been canceled and they weren’t going forward with it when in fact they were going full blast on it,” Attia’s lawyer Eric Buether said in an interview Friday.

Also named as defendants are Google X founder Sebastian Thrun and Eric “Astro” Teller, the head of Google X, who are alleged to have negotiated with Attia over his technology.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a judge in the case noted last year that the firm has argued that Attia gave Google rights to his technology “without a condition of later payment.”

Now Attia has added another allegation to the suit: the Mountain View tech giant’s actions follow a pattern that makes Google guilty of racketeering.

“It’s cheaper to steal than to develop your own technology,” Buether said. “You can take it from somebody else and you have a virtually unlimited budget to fight these things in court.”

Attia’s technology automates certain aspects of building design, to save time and money and allow architects and designers to focus on creative elements, Buether said.

This week, a judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court approved the addition of racketeering claims to the lawsuit originally filed in 2014.

Attia’s legal team uncovered six other incidents in which Google had engaged in a “substantially similar fact pattern of misappropriation of trade secrets” from other people or companies, according to a July 25 legal filing from Attia.

“Google would solicit a party to share with it highly confidential trade secrets under a non-disclosure agreement, conduct negotiations with the party, then terminate negotiations with the party professing a lack of interest in the party’s technology, followed by the unlawful use of the party’s trade secrets in its business,” Attia said in the filing.

Six lawsuits against Google, five of them resolved in the company’s favor because of procedural issues, reveal the pattern of intellectual property theft, Buether alleged. The company uses non-disclosure agreements to encourage a target to share confidential information, Buether claimed.

“The person with that NDA feels comfortable in revealing the details of the technology which is proprietary because they see a huge opportunity with a company like Google,” Buether said.

In Attia’s case, Google struck an agreement with him to use his intellectual property and patent some of it, but in spite of using it as the basis for a new firm called Flux Factory, failed to pay him as agreed, Buether claimed.

“It’s even worse than just using the proprietary information – they actually then claim ownership through patent applications,” Buether said.

Documents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, submitted to the court by a Google lawyer, show that with regard to two building-design patent applications, Attia in 2011 signed over rights to the inventions described in the applications.

Flux Factory, according to a filing by Attia, was “simply a reconstitution of Project Genie under a different name.”

Today, Flux Factory is called Flux. Headquartered in San Francisco, it sells building-design software and markets itself as “the first company launched by Google X.”

Attia’s suit seeks unspecified damages and compensation. His legal action was brought by Santa Monica software company Max Sound, which said it had made an agreement with Attia in 2014 to pursue intellectual property claims on his behalf. Max Sound’s penny stock trades over the counter and has plummeted in value to a thousandth of a cent from about 50 cents in November 2012. The firm’s reports to regulators show no revenue since 2014, and an $11.2 million loss last year.

Max Sound CEO John Blaisure welcomed the judge’s decision to allow the racketeering claims, saying in a press release that “no one should be too big and powerful to avoid the consequences of being evil.”

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Google Adsense bans Russia’s RT from Youtube









 






The move by Google to expunge RT from its premium advertising service without any prior notice is “absolutely unacceptable” but will not have an adverse effect on the channel’s outreach or its profits, RT Deputy Editor-in-Chief Kirill Karnovich-Valua said.

RT, with millions of subscribers across its channels, has for years been ahead of the competition as the most viewed TV news network on YouTube, setting several records since it registered on the platform in 2007. Last month, the RT network hit another milestone after its multi-language videos were watched over 5 billion times.

RT Deputy Editor-in-Chief Kirill Karnovich-Valua expressed regret over the lack of communication from Google, which failed to properly notify RT of this important update.

“RT has been Google’s premium partner since 2010 and accredited to an official status of the most watched TV news network on YouTube. The fact that RT is no longer included in the Google Preferred advertising list in the US in itself does not affect RT distribution and monetization on the platform.

“Yet, it is absolutely unacceptable that, while there were no notifications of any policy changes sent to RT, such internal info appears to have been leaked to the US media by Google.

“This speaks to the unprecedented political pressure increasingly applied to all RT partners and relationships in a concerted effort to push our channel out of the US market entirely, and by any means possible.”

The report that Google had removed RT from its ad package was first carried by Bloomberg, which cited Alphabet Inc.’s spokeswoman as its source.

According to the publication, the move is linked to the Senate investigation into the Kremlin’s alleged role in Donald Trump’s election as president of the US.

Since a declassified report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) into alleged Russian meddling was published in January, RT has been propelled to the center stage of the investigation, making it the target of a witch hunt.

Google Preferred aggregates the most popular content on the video hosting service using algorithms that assess the popularity of the channel, a YouTube spokesperson told Kommersant.

“The service provides advertisers access to 5 percent of the most popular content. The list of channels on Google Preferred varies dynamically and is updated regularly.”

According to the spokesperson, channels that have been removed from its ad package “can return to Google Preferred with future updates.”

In September, the US Department of Justice sent a letter to the company that supplies all services for RT America, demanding that it register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The request risks compromising the personal data of employees and “may pose a real danger” to their safety “in the witch hunt atmosphere which has been established in the US,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated last week.

Meanwhile, no proof of RT’s alleged influence on the 2016 US election has been provided.

“RT was mentioned in the report over 100 times, but not a single example of election interference was given,” Zakharova added.

In the hunt for “Russian meddling,” US lawmakers have recently shifted their focus to social media, with Google, Twitter, and Facebook called to testify before Congress.

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A Clip of The 19th Director of DARPA & Ex Google Exec Who Just Joined Facebook on Microchipping The Human Race







With the recent revelations by NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden, it’s no secret that we live on a planet characterized by mass surveillance and virtually zero privacy. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with the idea that we face threats, that a high level of national security is needed in order to keep us safe. Think about it, the United States pumps a large majority of their money into the Department of Defense. A state of fear, war and terror is needed to keep those funds flowing in that direction. Many people are starting to wake up and realize a lot of the so called threats we face and have been facing are largely manufactured and fabricated in order to justify a specific agenda, agendas that deal with the black budget world.

“It is ironic that the U.S. would begin a devastating war, allegedly in search of weapons of mass destruction when the most worrisome developments in this field are occurring in your own backyard.  It is ironic that the U.S. should be fighting monstrously expensive wars  allegedly to bring democracy to those countries, when it itself can no longer claim to be called a democracy when trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars have been spent on projects which both congress and the commander in chief know nothing about” – Paul Hellyer, Former Canadian Defense Minister (source)

It doesn’t stop there, remember when credit and debit cards changed into one with a chip? That could be you in a few years as multiple corporations are pushing to microchip the human race. In fact, microchip implants in humans are already on the market. For example, an American company called Applied Digital Solutions (ADS) has developed one approximately the size of a grain of rice, and has already had it approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for distribution and implementation. (1)

Below is a video of  Ex DARPA director. Google Executive and now Facebook employee, Regina Dugan promoting the idea of microchipping humans. At facebook, her new role will be building new hardware products to connect the world in a better way, whatever that means.

Ask yourself, what if this becomes a requirement for authentication and identification? To withdraw money or go to the grocery store? Would you do it?

These microchips would be implanted under the skin, and allow the wearer’s movements to be tracked and store personal information about them. This kind of reminds us of George Orwell’s “Big Brother” police state doesn’t it?

According to a report drawn up by a team of academics for (then) Britain’s Information Commissioner Richard Thomas in 2006, within the next couple of years our almost every movement, purchase and communication could be monitored by a complex network of interlinking surveillance technologies (if it isn’t already). (2)

This isn’t about safety and national security, it’s about controlling the human population even more so than it is today. We live in the illusion of freedom where our potential as a human race to create something better is not wanted. We spend our entire lives working and acquiring little pieces of paper to gather the necessities we need, and in doing so we become blind to what is really happening on, to, and around our planet.

Money should never come in the way of necessity, and we have the potential to create a world where everybody’s needs are provided for. From that place of freedom, just imagine what we can do. We have the potential, and we have the power to do it, we just have to open our eyes and realize it’s possible. Those who monitor us so closely don’t really want to see us thrive, and it seems that they don’t really care about us.

The power does not lie with them, it lies with us. At any time we can choose to wake up and change the way we do things here on the planet. Not many people are resonating with the state of our world today and more people are starting to realize that we can do something about it.

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(1) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/microchip-implants-in-humans-on-the-market-1.314623

(2)http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-413345/Britons-microchipped-like-dogs-decade.html


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Google partners with psychiatric drug front group to push mental illness "self diagnosis" tool that will generate more profits for Big Pharma

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Pharmaceutical companies are becoming increasingly greedy and conniving when it comes to recruiting new victims for their drug offerings, as evidenced by a new online tool being released by search engine giant Google. Known as “Dr. Google,” the deceptive program is the brainchild of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a pro-psychiatric drug front group that wants more people to believe that they suffer from mental illnesses that require interventions with mind-altering psychiatric medications.

According to reports, users will be able to log onto Dr. Google and take a nine-step “quiz” that will assess whether or not they suffer from mental illness. Available only to Google users in the United States, which are apparently the perfect targets due to lax American drug advertising laws, Dr. Google claims to be able to determine whether or not a person is sick in the head based on just a few generic answers, to which users will be advised for further treatment.

How do users find Dr. Google, you might be asking yourself? They don’t, technically. It automatically pops up in the ‘knowledge panel” on the right-hand side of the screen when American users search for the term “depression.” In other words, potential sufferers of clinical depression are targeted based on their search queries with a crafty form of drug advertising that’s speciously disguised as an online quiz – because who doesn’t like a quiz; they’re fun, right?

In essence, Dr. Google is designed to pop up on the screen as a quiz with the words, “check if you’re clinically depressed.” Curious users will click it, take the quiz, and nine times out of ten be told that they’re mentally ill and in need of a drug-based intervention. These same users will then presumably call their doctors to make an appointment for a drug evaluation, just as Big Pharma intends.

“More than 16 million Americans – 7 percent of the country – suffer from some form of depression, with that rate steadily climbing,” one report claims, apparently in support of this latest psychological affront on Americans by the drug industry. “And yet, studies show it takes around six years for a person to be diagnosed with the mental illness, and only 50 percent of sufferers receive treatment.”

Facebook and Instagram to launch their own mental illness ‘detectors’ to further fill drug company coffers with cash

Some of the questions included in the quiz include things like “Over the past 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problem?” followed by, “Little interest or pleasure in doing things.” Among the multiple-choice answers are “Not at all,” “Several says,” “More than half the days,” and “Nearly every day.”

Both the question and the answers are intentionally vague so as to rally as many people behind the idea that they must be mentally ill if they don’t feel in tip-top shape on a daily basis. Nevermind all the calamitous world events politically, socially, and even those related to the climate – if you’re feeling bad, it must be because you’re suffering from a deficiency in antidepressant drugs like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

That’s the goal, after all: To sign as many people up for SSRIs as is possible to further enrich Big Pharma at the expense of the public’s sanity. Anyone who’s looked into SSRIs independent of what the drug-pushers claim about their alleged worth already knows that SSRIs don’t exactly work and are far from safe.

But that isn’t stopping Google and other technocratic organizations from partnering with Big Pharma to push them on the populace. Even Facebook and Instagram are reportedly getting involved, as both companies are planning to release their own antidepressant quiz modules in the very near future. Every possible platform that people use to communicate with one another or access news will apparently be littered with this pro-drug propaganda, and the NAMI is very proud of the direction this endeavor is going.

“We believe that awareness of depression can help empower and educate you, enabling quicker access to treatment,” NAMI CEO Mary Giliberti is quoted as saying, spinning the true purpose of these pro-drug modules, which is to greatly increase revenues for pharmaceutical companies at the expense of public health.

Google claims that part of the reason why it decided to partner with NAMI, despite the obvious financial windfall that it stands to bring in, is that an increasing number of people are searching for words like “suicide” and “how to commit suicide.” A recent report by San Diego University attributes this increase to a television show on Netflix entitled “13 Reasons Why,” which tells the story of a suicidal teenage girl. In the 19 days following the show’s release, there was reportedly 1.5 million more suicide-related searches on Google than prior to its release, especially as the show has been accused of “glamorizing” suicide.

Sources for this article include:

DailyMail.co.uk

NaturalNews.com

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