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The Grey Beard Biker is not exactly asking this question rhetorically. We use Google, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest all the time. And while Google is not directly a social media platform any longer, their wholly-owned subsidiary, YouTube, is. These companies have tremendous power to influence huge portions of our population – and for that matter – the world’s population.

Fake News, Media and Political Bias

You may have found a link to this opinion piece via Facebook. It is a great platform to reach people with similar interests, be it riding motorcycles, sharing great motorcycle roads, gun talk or politics. But platforms like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube have the ability through their unique recipes of algorithms to throttle back posts which they do not necessarily agree with. By reducing the audience for a post your ever lovable Grey Beard Biker makes, and filling your newsfeed with articles they agree with, they hold immense power over all of us.

Facebook, the mainstream media and even newspaper sites never seem to tire of pushing things to a public which in most cases don’t know they’re being duped. This is always most blatant when it comes to political news and polling data. Do you remember how badly Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald J. Trump in the 2016 election? Every mainstream media poll showed Hillary beating him, and most likely in a landslide. Of course, when it did not happen they looked for ways to discredit his administration and make him the accidental president. He isn’t.

Is Google Dangerous?

Because the Grey Beard looks far and wide for news which might be of interest to you, he dug up some scathing information on Google – a company which has revenues of nearly $100 billion per year. A company we use nearly everyday when we go online. A company which knows more about each of us than our own families do.

Project Veritas has become synonymous with blowing up campaigns of politicians by embedding people in campaign offices. Once there, they will secretly record video/audio of campaign staffers talking about their opposition, lies the candidates have made on the campaign trail and other less than savory details about the politician. Project Veritas singlehandedly brought down two U.S. Senate campaigns last year in Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Phil Bredesen (D-TN).

Project Veritas – Google’s plans to prevent “Trump Situation”

Now, Project Veritas is doing it again with tech-companies. Recently they posted information about Google which should scare the Hell out of anyone who values privacy and most importantly – the TRUTH. But, Project Veritas has recruited whistleblowers at not just Google, but their fully owned subsidiary, YouTube. The revelations which have come from these people are beyond scary. I will share links to the actual articles Project Veritas has written, where you can also find video of a Google executive being secretly recorded. But here are just a few of the things which they have uncovered:

Here is a quote from Jen Gennai, Google’s Head of Responsible Innovation (what kind of Orwellian title is that?):

“Elizabeth Warren is saying we should be break up Google. And like, I love her but she’s very misguided, like that will not make it better, it will make it worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources which we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, it’s like a small company cannot do that.” – Jen Gennai

What she is obviously referring to is another Trump victory in 2020. At least she is willing to say that Democrat Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, is misguided. Most all people recognized that several years ago.

As the Project Veritas article goes on to describe, Jen Gennai is responsible for evaluating “responsible” implementation of Google’s upcoming Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. These technologies will allow Google’s algorithms to filter out news, whether true or not, that could lead to what Ms. Gennai went on to say:

“We all got screwed in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again?”

“We’re also training our algorithms, like if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?” – Jen Gennai, Google executive

Grey Beard will spare you some of the complex details, which you can read in the linked article, but rest assured, what they are after is a “fair and equitable state!” With their “Machine Learning Fairness,” Google will be promoting a political agenda by using their algorithms to restrict what we see in their search results and news articles. Ms. Gennai continued,

“The reason we launched our A.I. principles is because people were not putting that line in the sand, that they were not saying what’s fair and what’s equitable so we’re like, well we are a big company, we’re going to say it.” – Jen Gennai – Google executive

Grey Beard Biker’s conclusions

Ms. Gennai, we are not automatons. We can all make our own decisions about what is “fair and equitable.” While the Grey Beard Biker does not agree with Elizabeth Warren often, now he does. Google is too big and too powerful. They have too much information on me, and everyone else. Your plans to use machine learning to restrict the information I want to find is as scary as using genetic engineering to make sure your next child is a girl, with blond hair and blue eyes. Grey Beard, for one, hopes that the inevitable testimony your company provides to our legislators will lead to the breakup of Google.

Watch for more posts, in the not too distant future, about Google and it’s subsidiary, YouTube. You are in for a shock!

Grey Beard Biker

Some stuff just can’t be made up. We live in a world of fake news. Facebook is especially guilty of making sure liberal news headlines reach everyone’s news feed. But today, Personal Defense World shared portions of an article which was written by Thom Hartmann, a fellow at the Independent Media Institute, and who is regularly published in Salon magazine.

If the article was not so entirely preposterous, it would probably have never made any news sites whatsoever – besides Facebook.

Here are some of the key findings listed in the article.

  1. With a gun in his hand, a man can look around the room, a building, or a public area and specifically identify who will instantaneously die and whom he will allow to live.
  2. The power of life and death is greater and more intoxicating than any other power; it’s one of the reasons why some men are specifically drawn to these professions (priesthood, doctors, police and soldiers) and have historically tried to regulate them to be male-only.
  3. If you are not a male and have never carried a gun in public, it’s only an imaginary experiment, but science shows that simply handling a gun alters men’s levels of testosterone and measurably increases their aggressive behavior.

What’s most telling for the purpose of the Salon article is Hartmann’s conclusions:

  • If you have to register a car and have a driver’s license, guns should be registered and the owner should have a license, presumably a Federal license;
  • If a driver has to have liability insurance, gun owners should also be required to have liability insurance;
  • If a driver has to prove their skills by taking a written exam and driving test, gun owners should have to do the same.

Let’s have your lovable Grey Beard Biker refute the overall basis of the article:

  1. Men walk around determining who should live and die: There are literally million of concealed carry permit holders – including women – who are the only people legally able to carry a gun outside their homes. Hell, as you might expect, the GBB is licensed to carry. Speaking for myself, I have never walked into a room picking out people to kill and people to live.
  2. The power of life and death is intoxicating: What the fuck? I have never even thought of having the power of life and death over another living person. And as for priests, preachers, police officers and doctors being intoxicated with their power over who dies, most of these individuals would agree that all of them are more interested with the “life” component than the “death component.” Lastly, each profession Hartmann lists, has more than its fair share of women dedicated to the field – including soldiers.
  3. Testosterone in men increases when they are handling a gun: This is the most outlandish of any of Hartmann’s assertions. Seriously, Thom Hartmann, you even state in your article that it was an imaginary experiment. Since when, do imaginary experiments remotely have legitimacy?

Now let use talk about your conclusions, Mr. Hartmann.

  • License gun owners and register their guns: We already have background checks on all purchases of firearms – including those purchased online and those on the internet. What purpose would a Federal gun license or a Federal/State gun registration scheme serve other than providing a list of addresses for some overarching oligarch to send their gestapo to seize law abiding citizens’ firearms? Or, perhaps in your case, the registration would allow a publication such as Salon to get a list of legal gun owners’ addresses so you can publish them? It’s been done before.
  • Require gun owners have liability insurance on their firearms: This is totally leftist code for, “This is how we can make a criminal of law abiding citizens and take their guns!” Having worked in the casualty insurance industry for 30 years, old Grey Beard knows no insurance company is ever going to underwrite such a policy. EVER. If they do, the costs will be prohibitive for all but the extremely wealthy elites Salon caters to: actors, actresses, athletes, politicians, etc. Those with walls around their homes and personal security to escort them around town.
  • Concealed carry holders have to prove their competency: Dumbass, this is already a part of the process of getting a concealed carry permit in almost every state – and these are the only people who can LEGALLY carry a gun outside their homes!

Thom Hartmann, you cannot hide your true colors. You align yourself with gun grabbers like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Maxine Watters, AOC, etc. You want to have your form of a Utopian Society where guns are illegal. A society where the only people with guns are criminals – criminals who would not hesitate for one second to shoot you between your eyes and take your wallet – something no legal, concealed carry permit holder would ever do. We would be the ones protecting your ass. Now go back to your mommy’s basement couch and STFU.

Grey Beard Biker

Personal Defense World – Commentary on Salon Article