Odds n’ Ends of Communicating

“Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn’t we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe it’s as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can’t explain his to us, and we can’t explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication … and there is the real illness.”
― Philip K. Dick

And communication these days, at least that which we find on the world wide waste, is controlled, for the most part, by one waste of a company…Google.

There has been a deliberate manipulation of the opinions of the masses, and that those who manipulate this “unseen mechanism, constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power” of global geopolitics. Our minds are “molded, our tastes formed” and our ideas are “suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” (Edward Bernays)

Alternatives To Google & Why

All this said, when you search for things on Google, you will see what Google wants you to see, and it WILL shape the narrative by which you see your world. It will also push you to search for certain things over others.

Here is a great example. When you type in “vaccines cause a”, nowhere in the list do you see autism, even though that is one of the most searched terms on the subject. Instead, you see a very different list, see below.

via collective-evolution.com

But there are alternatives…the universe always seems to provide them, for those who give enough of a shyte to explore a bit further beyond the spoon-fed guano from the psychopath’s of the era.

Here are ten alternatives to Google search:

  • StartPage – StartPage gives you Google search results, but without the tracking (based in the Netherlands).
  • Searx – A privacy-friendly and versatile metasearch engine that’s also open source.
  • MetaGer – An open source metasearch engine with good features, based in Germany.
  • SwissCows – A zero-tracking private search engine based in Switzerland, hosted on secure Swiss infrastructure.
  • Qwant – A private search engine based in France.
  • DuckDuckGo – A private search engine based in the US.
  • Mojeek – The only true search engine (rather than metasearch engine) that has its own crawler and index (based in the UK).
  • YaCy – A decentralized, open source, peer-to-peer search engine.
  • Givero – Based in Denmark, Givero offers more privacy than Google and combines search with charitable donations.
  • Ecosia – Ecosia is based in Germany and donates a part of revenues to planting trees. – via collective-evolution.com

So, if you might dig having the ability to find information that isn’t dished out from one giant turd of a corporation, hell-bent, it seems on giving you the “truth” as they see fit – the universe does provide alternatives.

“I come from a family where the only emotion respectable to show is irritation. In some this tendency produces hives, in others literature, in me both.” ― Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor

Breathe deeply…

And in a totally unrelated, yet related manner…did you know there are plants that are “oxygen bombs” and can clean the air in your home?

Dig it…here’s the list

Happy start to the drudgery of the week.

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Tonight’s musical offering:

The movie – Rushmore: “Here Comes My Baby”

Photo credit: http://www.unsplash.com/@ptrikutam

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