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Politics of Search Engines

By kellan in MLP
Thu Jan 25, 2001 at 07:36:25 AM EST
Tags: Politics (all tags)

Google's commentary on the election results.

and they say AI hasn't made any progress in 30 years?
(please forgive the offensive language, not my choice)


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Politics of Search Engines | 14 comments (12 topical, 2 editorial, 0 hidden)
Wow. (3.16 / 6) (#1)
by regeya on Wed Jan 24, 2001 at 09:01:32 PM EST

Never in a million years would I have happened upon that by accident. So what's up with that?

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This is how. (3.66 / 6) (#3)
by pb on Wed Jan 24, 2001 at 09:11:08 PM EST

These guys apparently convinced Google that George W. Bush is indeed a dumb motherfucker. (I found it on Google! :)

My question is, did it take that much convincing? +1, Front page...
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you (3.60 / 5) (#7)
by titus-g on Wed Jan 24, 2001 at 10:39:14 PM EST

obviously aren't typing 'dumb motherfucker' into enough search engines...

like Q.E.D.U. H :P

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Sweet. (3.20 / 5) (#4)
by ignatiusst on Wed Jan 24, 2001 at 09:29:32 PM EST

This is one of the funniest posts I've seen on k5 in a long time..


As an interesting side note (side show?), I ran through some of the other search engines to see if they, too, listed GW as the top dumb motherfucker... While none of them panned out, dogpile did return a plethora of adult-oriented ads... Maybe I'm outta touch, but that's a new one on me...

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. -- Jonathan Swift

the reason? (4.55 / 9) (#5)
by klamath on Wed Jan 24, 2001 at 09:53:49 PM EST

According to this story (from the Google search results), a website is claiming that it published a web page that linked "dumb motherfucker" to dubyah's online store. Google (and apparently Yahoo) have picked up on this and now return that website. So perhaps it's not deliberate poltical activism on the part of Google/Yahoo, but just a unusual side-effect of the cool searching/indexing techniques used by Google (for an interesting paper on those techniques, written by the founders of Google while they were at Stanford, see here).

Political activism (4.50 / 4) (#6)
by fluffy grue on Wed Jan 24, 2001 at 10:23:38 PM EST

It's not political activism of Google, so much as political activism of the web itself. There's apparently many people linking to GWB with the phrase 'dumb motherfucker.' It's the same reason that there's such well-known results for "more evil than Satan" (which, incidentally, I had discovered MONTHS before it was posted on Slashdot, but the story I submitted was rejected - strange).
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Goatse.cx (4.80 / 10) (#9)
by J'raxis on Wed Jan 24, 2001 at 11:14:51 PM EST

Take a look at the highest hit when you search for the Slashdot trolls' favorite site. I think the Google people are on crack, or have a real twisted sense of humor.

-- The Raxis

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Makes me wonder ... (3.66 / 3) (#10)
by Dries on Thu Jan 25, 2001 at 07:47:56 AM EST

This is all nice and dandy - even almost violently funny - but it really makes me wonder: is this done on purpose or is it a flaw in Google's engine? What do you think?
-- Dries
This was probably done on purpose. (4.00 / 3) (#11)
by Zaph on Thu Jan 25, 2001 at 11:26:06 AM EST

Google is famous for doing things like this.

I remember when you searched for "more evil than Satan himself", www.microsoft.com was the first hit.

Also, "so long and thanks for all the fish" used to have Yahoo! has the first hit.

-- Quoth the Penguin, "pipe grep more!"
Looks like someone is taking credit. (4.00 / 2) (#12)
by whatisausername99 on Thu Jan 25, 2001 at 11:45:44 AM EST

After reading the returned links I found: http://www.hugedisk.com/story.asp?ar_id=57 Looks like they are taking credit.

Who's the dumb MoFo? (2.75 / 4) (#13)
by FlightTest on Thu Jan 25, 2001 at 11:53:15 AM EST

From the Drudge Report



**Exclusive Details**

The Bush Administration has quietly launched an investigation into apparent acts of vandalism and destruction of federal property -- after incoming Bush staffers discover widespread sabotage of White House office equipment and lewd messages left behind by previous tenants!

Harriet Miers, 55, Assistant to President Bush and staff secretary will be investigating possible legal ramifications of the White House trashing and possible theft, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

"Miers is just beginning her investigation," a well-place source said late Wednesday from Washington. "The level of the trashing is very troubling, this is not just 'W' keys missing from keyboards."

The damage left by departing Clintonites goes "way beyond pranks, to vandalism", said a close Bush adviser.

White House employees aren't waiting to be interviewed by Miers. They are providing names of the worst malefactors, previous occupants of specific offices.

Photographic and audio evidence is being collected -- as the full scope of the damage becomes clear.

Bush's staff has been cautioned not to go public with the extent of the damage and the worst is being closely held among very top staffers for fear of leaks. But, according to sources, so far Bush officials have found:

*Phone lines were cut, rendering them inoperable.

*Voice mail messages were changed to obscene, scatological greetings. One Bush staffer had his grandmother call from the Midwest. She was horrified by what she heard on the other end of the line.

*Many phone lines misdirected to other government offices.

*Desks found turned completely upside down and trash deliberately left everywhere.

*Computer printers that were filled with blank paper but interspersed with pornographic pictures and obscene slogans that would be revealed only as items were run off the computer.

*'W' keys weren't just pried off more than 40 keyboards, some were glued on with Superglue; some were turned upside down and glued on.

*Filing cabinets glued shut.

*VP Office space in the Old Executive Office Building found in complete shambles. Mrs. Gore had to phone Mrs. Cheney to apologize, first reported by Rich Galen's Mullings.

*Lewd MagicMarker graffiti found on one office hallway.

Separately, the WASHINGTON TIMES reported that Air Force One was "stripped bare" during the former president's "official" farewell flight to New York on Inaugural Day.

All the plane's porcelain china, silverware, salt and pepper shakers, blankets and pillow cases -- most of it bearing the presidential seal -- were taken by Clinton staff, a military steward told the paper.


This, from "the most ethical adminstration in history"? Can you image the uproar from the "unbiased" press if an outgoing Republican administration had *VANDALIZED* the White House? I mean, okay, putting porn in the printers and redirecting phones is fairly harmless, and not too costly to clean up, if incredibly juvenile. But graffiti on the walls? Cutting phone cords? We're talking a serious expenditure of U.S. taxpayer dollars (read: the money the Feds take out of YOUR paycheck if you live and work in the U.S.) to clean up this mess. What a disgrace!

Why did I flip? I got tired of coming up with last minute desparate solutions to impossible problems created by other fucking people.
Just in case... (3.00 / 1) (#14)
by flieghund on Fri Jan 26, 2001 at 12:56:30 AM EST

... anyone is still reading about this, the target web site now posts this disclaimer:

(Note: If you have arrived at this site through inappropriate references via a search engine, please be assured that we did not utilize this language in our site, our HTML, nor in our internet promotion of this site. What happened was the result of a malicious act and we are pursuing remedies through the efforts of our staff and attorneys.)

I think that just adds to the humor of the whole thing...

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