“Google's Thanksgiving Four give first interview after being abruptly fired - Daily Mail” plus 1 more

“Google's Thanksgiving Four give first interview after being abruptly fired - Daily Mail” plus 1 moreGoogle's Thanksgiving Four give first interview after being abruptly fired - Daily MailPosted: 21 Feb 2020 10:51 AM PSTThe four Google employees who were fired over Thanksgiving week after organizing staff protests over working conditions and the company's contracts with U.S. Customs and Border Protection have spoken out in their first interviews since being sacked.Laurence Berland, Paul Duke, Rebecca Rivers and Sophie Waldman were all fired from Google on Monday, November 25.Now they are speaking out in new interviews with New York Times Magazine, describing the controversial firings that resulted in them quickly being described on social media as the 'Thanksgiving Four.'All four were involved in organizing protests over employee working conditions or the CBP contracts — but Google insists that they were terminated for violating employee policies, includi…

“Google's celeb-obsessed search for climate change answers is a hypocritical joke - New York Post” plus 1 more

“Google's celeb-obsessed search for climate change answers is a hypocritical joke - New York Post” plus 1 more

Google's celeb-obsessed search for climate change answers is a hypocritical joke - New York Post

Posted: 31 Jul 2019 04:24 PM PDT

It doesn't get more hypocritical than A-listers jetting in on private planes to bemoan climate change at Google's private party in Sicily this week.

The Gulfstreams, mega-yachts and gas-guzzling Maserati SUVs used to ferry the wokerati around the seaside Google Camp have been spewing out greenhouse gases at the rate of small nations.

Former President Barack Obama, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, singer Katy Perry and Prince Harry are said to be among 300 guests invited by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to their luxurious annual shindig which has been dubbed "Davos by the Sea."

Either they don't believe climate change is the big problem they keep saying it is, or they just don't care enough about saving the planet to give up their perks.

But they can hardly lecture the rest of us on prudent management of the earth's environment when they're burning up more than 300 gallons of diesel an hour on their private yachts or spewing tons of CO2 into the air from their private jets.

Whether it's the megawatts of power consumed by the sound system at a dusk concert or the bright lights illuminating the ruins of the Temple of Hera where the Google Campers dined under the stars on Monday night, their eco-indulgence knows no bounds.

For instance, the swanky Verdura resort where they're staying, on Sicily's southwestern coast, might have won a sustainability award, but it's all relative.

It still features three water-guzzling golf courses, and the whopping carbon footprint of a 60m power hungry infinity pool, four outdoor thalassotherapy pools, steam baths, saunas, dozens of plunge pools and a private beach filled with imported sand flown in using more carbon miles.

Prince Harry even gave a "barefoot speech" to the billionaires about the need to save the environment, as Page Six reports, only days after vowing that he would confine himself to siring only two children as his personal contribution to saving the planet.

It doesn't get much sillier than being lectured on carbon footprints by a prince whose family rattles around in multiple palaces. Unless you count the imminent visit to New York by Swedish teenage eco-evangelist Greta Thunberg, a favorite of Harry's wife Meghan, who has just placed her on the cover of the September issue of British vogue she has spent all year "guest editing."

Thunberg was invited to lecture the United Nations on climate change next month but, unlike the Google campers, at least the child tries to practice what she preaches, and refused to pollute the air by flying.

It took another eco-conscious nobleman, this time from Monaco's royal family, to come to her rescue with the offer of his racing yacht to sail her across the Atlantic on wind power.

No doubt Harry and Meghan would approve.

Also discussed at Google camp was the current political situation across the planet. It doesn't take much guessing to figure out that the re-election of Donald Trump was not on the agenda.

Days after the 2016 US election, a video was leaked to Breitbart of a meeting at which top Google executives, including founders Brin and Page, lamented Trump's victory at great length.

"As an immigrant and a refugee, I certainly find this election deeply offensive, and I know many of you do too," declared Brin.

"So many people apparently don't share the values that we have."

Ominously, he went on to say that Google would be working hard to find the solution by "being very vigilant and thinking about all these issues [to see] what we can do to lead to maybe a better quality of governance and decision-making."

Three years later, as long as Google and pals confine themselves to gas-bagging at luxury resorts we can safely ignore them as harmless virtue-signalers.

But if they try to subvert the will of the people, it's war.

In a great speech to conservative youth in DC yesterday, VP Mike Pence belled the cat on the Democrats' debates. Their contest is not between moderates and liberals, as most of the media claims, but between liberals and socialists.

"It really is remarkable to see leading Democrats openly advocating an economic system that has impoverished millions around the world," he told the Young America's Foundation conference.

"Socialism has been tried in dozens of countries all over the world . . . Venezuela, North Korea. And socialism has never worked . . .

"It was freedom, not socialism . . . that ended slavery, won two world wars, and stands today as a beacon of hope for all the world . . . that is moving us beyond the prejudices of the past…

"The moment America becomes a socialist country is the moment America ceases to be America."


After the city's 18th bike death, it's time to admit cyclists have been hoodwinked into believing they can ever be safe in a congested city of nine million where delivery trucks are the lifeblood of the economy.

The bike lane obsession has proven a health hazard. But Mayor Bill de Blasio's answer is more of the same, despite the fact that existing bike lanes are mostly empty, even in rush hour, while midtown sidewalks are overflowing and traffic congestion gets worse. It's a utopian fantasy that more than a handful of New Yorkers want to ride to work.

Thanks for the feedback on my first column. A couple of readers called me a "moron" and "right-wing hack" but most of you were positive, especially about the war on cops.

"If I were a cop today I'd do nothing more than collect my paycheck," wrote Frank.

Michael wrote: "Crime is going to spin out of control as [de Blasio] seems to represent the criminals more than the law-abiding citizens."

Former cop Pat wrote: "[Daniel] Pantaleo has been savagely maligned while the mayor and the department he served have abandoned him."

Google suspends ticket site Viagogo from paid-for global search results - hotpress.com

Posted: 22 Jul 2019 12:00 AM PDT

The Industrial Development Authority (IDA), heavily supported the secondary ticket site Viagogo when they set up their offices in Limerick. They have declined to comment on these recent developments.

Google has suspended Viagogo from its paid-for search results globally.

This decision marks a huge blow to the company's business model.

The search engine's decision, - which said that it had found Viagogo in breach of its advertising policy - was welcomed by campaign groups throughout Ireland and in the UK.

Writing about the decision in the industry magazine Music Week, Phil Hutcheon, founder and CEO of mobile ticketing company Dice, said that this was "a good day day for music fans."

"Wednesday [July 17] was a good day for live music fans. Following pressure from the CMA, FanFair Alliance, UK Music, Claire Turnham MBE and many more, Google suspended Viagogo as an advertiser.


"Google relies on advertisers. Its parent company, Alphabet, generated $36.3 billion in the first quarter of 2019 – 84% of that came from Google's ad business.

"To suspend a major advertiser is going to hit Google's bottom line, but Google decided the reputational damage of continuing to support Viagogo was worth it.

"Before Wednesday if you'd typed in any major artist's name plus 'tickets' into Google, it's likely that right at the top of the search results would have been a very enticing ad for Viagogo."


Viagogo is a Swiss-based website for secondary ticket selling. It's listings have previously appeared at the top of Google searches when consumers look for tickets, even for gigs by artists who have condemned the website, such as Ed Sheeran.

Campaigners have argued that this has led buyers to purchase tickets from the site for inflated prices.

Speaking about the decision, a Google spokesperson said: "When people use our platform for help in purchasing tickets, we want to make sure that they have an experience they can trust. This is why we have strict policies and take necessary action when we find an advertiser in breach."


Despite this, Viagogo responded saying: "We were extremely surprised to learn of Google's concerns today. We are confident that there has been no breach of Google's policies and look forward to working with them to resolve this as quickly as possible."


VGL Support Services - which are partner services company and part of the Viagogo group - have their headquarters in Limerick and received support in setting up their offices in Ireland from the IDA.

Hot Press contacted the IDA about the recent decision by Google, but they declined to comment on "specific client activity".

An IDA Ireland spokesperson said: "IDA Ireland has no role in the operations of FDI companies in Ireland. IDA Ireland partners with multinational companies to win and develop foreign direct investment, providing jobs for the economic benefit of Ireland. IDA Ireland does not comment on specific client activity."

When asked about if they could give details about the exact extent of IDA support given to Viagogo, IDA Ireland responded:

"I'm afraid not, grants paid to client companies are not disclosed as they are commercially sensitive and IDA Ireland does not comment on specific client activity."



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