The Search Engine of No

No booze or jokes for Googlers in China | CNET News.com

Google’s new China search engine not only censors many Web sites that question the Chinese government, but it goes further than similar services from Microsoft and Yahoo by targeting teen pregnancy, homosexuality, dating, beer and jokes.

Woah, woah, woah! Hold up a second here. You guys are censoring the word beer? As in ?? Guiness.com is blockedyour deep, dark, black ray of Irish sunshine. What about Quingdao≥∂? That’s made in China.

All kidding aside, it is a sad day when corporations cave in to pressure to protect the citizens of this world from the pressures of corrupt governments. That goes as much for search and blog censorship in China as it does here in the USA with the same corporations handing over search engine server logs. What a weird time we live in.

Our national anthem asks this question:

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

And the answer is: Not today. Our freedoms that our ancestors fought for all those years are disappearing faster than you can say nine-eleven, and bravery is something that doesn’t strike me as a good description for the current trend of capitulation and supine acquiescence to tyranny.