reply to post by ModernAcademia
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
Honestly who cares....
Well, it's pretty simple...and it surprises me how few seem to understand what this action implies and where it could lead.
But first, allow me to begin with this. In direct answer to your question, if Google has decided to act out of a sense of 'corporate moral obligation'
(if such a thing even exists) to discourage the sale of a certain class of lawful consumer products, then my interest diminishes significantly in this
topic. For me it would be similar to the Chick-fil-A nonsense. They are a private entity and are free to determine which business activities they wish
to engage in. If you don't like their business, then don't engage them. Plain and simple.
Here we have Google, one of the most influential private entities in the history of commerce, making this profound change, eliminating an entire
class of lawful consumer products that many people rely upon and even see as essential to their continued health and well-being, without notice or
explanation-- and for some inexplicable reason only in the United States!
As this thread already demonstrates, they have not restricted
these products elsewhere.
On this basis, I find the 'moral' corporate policy motivation to be a very unlikely explanation
for the change.
So, what that leaves us with are other possibilities... some very disturbing, if indeed true.
Perhaps Google was made to eliminate this class of consumer products as a consequence of some government pressure seeking to accomplish under cover of
darkness what the government cannot otherwise accomplish more publicly. It is already well documented there are many in the FDA and Congress who seek
to openly restrict and regulate the sale of herbs, vitamins and other supplements. If this explanation is true, then I think every American should
have their hackles raised. We've seen similar government abuses through the use of unlawful coercion to advance government policy in other contexts.
In a free and open society, I should think that we would all find this of great concern.
Or perhaps this is simply a predatory commercial move by Google to eliminate competition in a class of consumer products, either in collusion with
other commercial entities or for its own interests. Remember, Google Shopping makes available to consumers information about best pricing- the
consequence of which significantly benefits consumers by encouraging true competitive rates for items. If this change is made out of motivation to
'kill the small guy' and gain competitive advantage to the benefit of Google and its beneficiaries, that too is bad for Americans and should raise
ample concern. I don't know about you, but I abhor such market manipulations to the great disadvantage of consumers.
There are other more outrageous possibilities for the change.... I'm quite certain YOU could come up with a few of your own.
In any event, I make the following comment not in particular response to your post, but more generally to those out there who seem equally baffled by
why this topic may be important.....what the hell are you all thinking????
For a conspiracy board, where every nuance of the most outrageous topics is expertly dissected, why is it when the real stuff comes along, people seem
clueless of the perils implied by such things?
It's funny at one level and frightening at another.
I guess that's why we are in the state of affairs we are in the world today... *sigh*
Oh, well. You know what they say about leading horses to water...
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