Has Google Suddenly Discovered its Moral Compass?

January 14, 2010

As Some of you may already know that I’ve never been a great fan of Google (that’s why I never ever buy their stocks!). My parting of the waves with Google is shared by many; not too long ago when Google started projecting into China; it’s corporate motto, “don’t do evil,” sounded like a something that came out from Darth Vader – the mission statement and what it was prepared to do to fulfill its business agenda in China just didn’t gel (not unless you happen to be reincarnation of Adolf Hitler, Stalin and Attila the Hun).

The reasons for the gripes are simple; Google just made too many compromises; that’s fine, if you’re running a burger joint and you refuse to use ice berg lettuce instead of a la off the shelves; but for a while Google seemed to be even compromising on elemental rights such as free speech by endorsing wholesale state inspired censorship and the reasons they gave for it were just plain incredulously stupid – insulting my intelligence here is definitely an understatement when one reads any of Googles public relations explanations.

The general sentiment amongst the general public and those who are really passionate about internet freedom was Google a classic case of corporate sell out.” Google move ‘black day’ for China

Lets cut to the chase; Google has made a pact with the devil, thats the executive summary– it was prepared to do anything and everything just for the sake of carving up market segment in the lucrative China market and it didn’t give two hoots to the It whole idea of ethics and morality – in short Google was seen very much as the quintessential good boy who had simply lost its moral compass and now it was hell bent on just one purpose – making money!

Today if the news is to be believed! Things have taken a sudden reversal; see this Google In China LIVE BLOG: Latest Updates On China’s Threat To Leave

No Hallejuhah here! Not even when Google is starting to sound like Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Obama all rolled up into one  morally cute teddy bear that says “I want to take you home and just love you to bits,” company – but you know what?

I am not biting – in other words, I don’t believe Google is even remotely serious about leaving China for good – my reasons are really simple; if you really want to leave; then the last thing based on my experienced with women is you never ever start issuing out threats to leave – you just put everything in a suitcase; sit down and write what’s in your heart and take off. That’s what I did with some of my toxic relationships; a clean cut and I never ever look back! Never!

Besides the China market is a goldmine and if you think for one moment Google is just going to pack up like a travelling circus because they woke up one fine day and discovered their moral compass underneath their bed – you definitely have to be an idiot.

They’re just negotiating with the Chinese; in a nub Google just want better terms and conditions; in short Google isn’t the only player in the lucrative Chinese market; there’s Baidu of course that everyone seems to only know along with a whole lot of  other respectable players thats sharing the great Chinese internet pie; and one reason why Google is threatening to leave is they’re just not getting the choicest cuts from the Chinese Internet authorities; the other local firms from what I see are creaming off the best and leaving Google with the scrapes – so this latest tantrum by Google is really like a petulant kid that wants to two scoops instead of one helping of his favourite Baskin Robbins.

That’s my honest assessment; Google will not pull out (correction, it will never pull out of China, never! I bet you everything I have including my limited edition racing bicycle against your pokemon collection of cards. You win, you take, its a 1 to 3,000 odds); as for this whole homily sugarly idea that Google somehow discovered the Deepak Choprak’s moral compass of making people and planet a better place  and it has suddenly woken up from some evil spell– I don’t buy that claptrap for one minute.

You see; I happen to know a lot about Faustian pacts and the one thing that makes them irresistible is at the end of the day; you will always stay till the curtain call even if the price means the cost of selling off your precious soul because the  delivery of the promise comes fast and furious and when the takings are that good, who even has time to consider something as distant and abstract as a soul?

No one has the sagacity and even iron willed to say no to that deal, that’s just human nature – we are all hardwired to be selfish; that if you didn’t know that incidentally happens to also be the basis of economics – people will always maximize their return on investments;  they will always try to get the best deal; even if it means a fall lies somewhere ahead – how the hell do you think, Wall Street got into the quicksand of subprime mortgages? Avarice! Nope, that’s just a symptom; the real cause was no one bothered to stop and ask. “hey what do we have here? Could it be a bubble?” Or even “when is it going to burst?”

If only they pressed the pause button and asked themselves those fundamental questions; we wouldn’t all be in this shit hole – GIC and Temasek would be smiling from ear to ear and their accounts will just smell like roses; but you know what; no one bothered with the pause button – that in a nutshell is the allure of the Faustian pact.

Besides Google has already made so many compromises; it has as much moral credibility as one of those German construction firms that used to build death camps and when you turn on the showers poison gas spews out (incidentally, that could be the same contractor that just renovated my shower!) whilst selling the idea its supporting the local economy by providing jobs; so don’t come down here and try to con me that somewhere at the nucleus of the decision making process morality or even ethics features  for one moment– it doesn’t,  ( I happen to know a whole lot about senior management decision making) Google just wants a better deal from the Chinese authorities and they’re just saber rattling to tell those guys, “hey, if we dont get the best cuts; we are going to go elsewhere?” What we have here is good olde fashion gun boat diplomacy! Plain and simple.

And if you dont believe me; consider this; where are they going to pull out too? Aha! Voila! Bingo! See where it all ends up – unless you can convince me; they’re going to create some sovereign state with the same GDP and GNP as China called Absurdistan somewhere on the surface of the moon.

My advice to Google is just take a note from that other fortune 500 firm Nike, “Just do it!” Only then will I and many who may be watching all these have a change of heart; as it is, it’s just one big negotiating ploy to get something more out from a bad deal – in other Google, you’re still a sell out in my book.

In my opinion Google; you’re still a sell out and I am still not going to buy any of your stocks; it’s nothing personal; I know business is business; but we no longer live in a world where most sensible and educated people are prepared to do anything and everything just to turn a profit; we may still step on ants and spray roaches; but with the coming and passing of the recent economic crisis – the vast majority of people are demanding moral coherency; they’re not going to just sit down while fat cats in Wall Street cream off fat bonuses on the backs of tax payers, not when they were the ones that got us all into this mess. Neither are people so morally ambivalent and indifferent; that they would blindly invest in Tobacco firms and defense industries that produce cluster bombs to maim kiddies somewhere in Lebanon – or for that matter buy Persian rugs produced in sweat shops somewhere in Absurdistan, where kids are chained like monkeys just to loom carpets.

So fuck you Google; I am not buying into your song and dance, not like the rest of the idiots out there who are probably heaping praises on your so called “moral” stance; as I said, there is tank full of gas in the bike; the road runs straight as an arrow, get on it and when you’re somewhere down the middle; then we will believe you; as it is this is just another cheap PR ruse that doesn’t even deserve one molecule of my time.

Darkness 2010

(Due to the prohibition on Darkness and his renegade crew – the Council of the Wise has issued an all points bulletins to bar this essay from The Strangelands / you can still read the same essay in Ekunaba, Phi Beta Kappa and please circulate it through the love story division of the Brotherhood Press currently administered by Aurora; she will help you to find these reads – we will get our message through – as the brotherhood says: we go where no minds dares to go! – this message has been issued by the ICG Interplanetary Communication Guild – we have received information even the Confederation has issued out a all points bar on Darkness & Company; he is officially a criminal – this is a public service announcement by the ICG / Pls note: the ICG flies the Free French Flag; we have been assured protection by the Francois and his team -so any attack on the ICG will be in direct contravention of the Free Interspacing Communication Sheild Pact 78303)


” There are two ways to read, one is you let someone spoon feed you like a baby. The second is you choose what and how you want to eat.  Remember, if your body is a temple. Your mind has to be the altar piece; it’s the linchpin that makes possible the grand idea of La Convivencia with you and your community, spirit, mind and perhaps 7 million other things- without this one thing, the power to choose, you are simply a cactus on a window sill! 

So understand this little rich girl, there is reading and there is reading, there is a world of difference, if you dont even bother to argue with the belief, you are what you eat. Then you would have absolutely no problem understanding – why, you are most definitely without a shadow of doubt what you read and dont read.

You can certainly categorize what I write, but you have no right to judge ……that was what Singaporedaily did – a broad line has to be drawn, otherwise, dont be surprise, if someone decides its card blanche to give you and me the mushroom treatment, “feed you shit and keep you in the dark.” So this has nothing to do with Anime 3 and her rubberband brigade. I value her readership and support, but this is a bigger sphere we are dealing with here – so this is where I will draw the line…it will hurt…like that other fake site, Temasek review that kept faking doss attacks; but how could they let the real wolf out without first planting the idea in peoples mind, “if it can happen to me, it will also happen to you,” Think about it – they cried wolf – we helped, but this time, I am not going to stick my neck out for no one…its everyman for himself….I dont even care, if the whole house catches fire…call it tough love, but if you aren’t a hard man, then you shouldn’t be in the ring and that’s the only way to deal with people who cry wolf – dont worry dotty, the readers will eventually pick up the scent…they always do, you just wait and see, dont ever sweat the small stuff, life is too short – Darkness 2010……”Missy Dotty

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