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NEWS: Google Spies, Cheney Betrays, Preacher Molests, Spielberg Loses: VIDEO

EvilTowleroad-roadicon In a week, Google will begin to store records of all your Googlings. Here's how to clear your Google records before it happens.

Towleroad-roadicon The Family Research Council is angry with Dick Cheney for supporting marriage equality. Apparently his duty should be to them, not his daughter:

In 2000, Dick Cheney might have considered Philadelphia’s most famous son, Benjamin Franklin. Franklin’s own son was the royal Governor of New Jersey. It was a patronage job Ben had secured for him. When his son remained loyal to the Crown, Benjamin Franklin did not refuse to sign the Declaration of Independence citing a “personal situation.” That’s one of the many reasons why we remember Ben Franklin with admiration and respect.

Dick Cheney is said to be worth hundreds of millions. His family may not suffer the devastation that comes from the breakdown of marriage. But in his recent book, Coming Apart, Charles Murray shows how the loss of marriage for the white working class in America has already had catastrophic consequences. If we seek the reason behind the great disparities in wealth that the Occupy crowd is howling about, we need look no further than the collapse of marriage. In this great cultural clash, Dick Cheney has enlisted with the forces of dissolution.

Towleroad-roadicon Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire calls Obama the "inspiration" for Washington marriage equality:

"I think we probably have succeeded as much as we have because of his leadership. He's used the bully pulpit," Gregoire said at the White House Friday. "He's been the inspiration that allowed the state of Washington recognize that we need to have equality."

"It's because of what he's been able to do that I actually think in large part we were able to achieve what we did. So I don't criticize. To the contrary, I thank the president for his leadership on GLBT issues," she told reporters after a meeting between Obama and Democratic governors.

Towleroad-roadicon Once again, Rick Santorum's old utterances make news:

In remarks last year at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., Santorum had told the crowd of J.F.K.’s famous 1960 address [on the separation of church and state] to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, “Earlier in my political career, I had the opportunity to read the speech, and I almost threw up. You should read the speech.”

TellerTowleroad-roadicon Fez of The Ron and Fez Show comes out.

Towleroad-roadicon Lucy Lawless arrested in oil ship protest.

Towleroad-roadicon Six simple animations explain the basics of critical thought.

Towleroad-roadicon Teller: What magicians and neuroscientists do and do npt have in common.

Towleroad-roadicon A preacher plead guilty to "lewd conduct" and "lewd molestation," and is no longer allowed to interact with minors. So the church where he preaches did the honorable thing: It banned kids.

Towleroad-roadicon Identified: The remains of the last unaccounted-for service member in Iraq. He was a translator:

The remains of Staff Sgt. Ahmed al-Taie, who was 41 when militiamen seized him on Oct. 23, 2006, were positively identified at the military's mortuary in Dover, Del., the Army said in a statement released Sunday. Army officials said they had no further details about the circumstances surrounding his death or the discovery of his remains.

Towleroad-roadicon (Reading this makes me remember a bone-chilling feature by George Packer about the difficulties faced by Iraqi translators during the war. Definitely one of last decade's best pieces of journalism. It was called "Betrayed." If you haven't read it, find it here.)

Towleroad-roadicon ... and if that depresses you, watch this full-screen, in HD if possible. Music, stars, and time. Beautiful.

Towleroad-roadicon It's Oscar night. Your favorite films probably aren't nominated. The Academy is often crazy. AFTER THE JUMP, watch Steven Spielberg learn he's been snubbed for Jaws. 


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  1. I am amazed at all the hysteria regarding the Google Privacy change... has anyone actually read it or gone through the FAQ? It's much ado about nothing, they aren't collecting any more information, they are just standardizing their policy across all of their products. Compared to the shenanigans that occur at Facebook, Google is angelic. Personally, I like to have my search results tailored. It saves alot of time.

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 26, 2012 7:28:01 PM

  2. How to Remove Your YouTube Viewing and Search History Before Google's New Privacy Policy Takes Effect


    Posted by: Eric | Feb 26, 2012 7:29:15 PM

  3. Way to get on the Google hate train. Nothing is going to be different next week than last week. The fact that they're being more transparent about how they use anonymous user data should be applauded.

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 26, 2012 7:42:07 PM

  4. @Mike

    It is much more than that. Also, when you get "tailored" search results you're seeing a different version of the internet than everyone else.

    "What Actually Changed in Google’s Privacy Policy

    It Shouldn't Take a Letter from Congress for Google to Give Straight Answers About Privacy Policy Changes"


    In light of Google's blunder regarding privacy this week, I advise everyone to seriously consider deleting their histories.

    "Google Circumvents Safari Privacy Protections - This is Why We Need Do Not Track"


    Posted by: Eric | Feb 26, 2012 7:45:14 PM

  5. so nice of cheney to honor his duty to his daughter now, instead of 12 years ago, when he was more significant

    Posted by: h | Feb 26, 2012 8:19:45 PM

  6. Steven, not Stephen, Spielberg

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 26, 2012 8:21:34 PM

  7. @Eric, I know I'm seeing something else different... that's the point. I want the search results tailored to my interests. I also can turn it off at will if I want to view results that aren't tailored. I read the FAQ and the actual policy. Nothing in it concerns me. The Safari cookie issue has also been blown out of proportion. Microsoft also tried to make a deal out of Google and IE. This is nothing more than Google bashing. If Google is guilty of anything it's their continuous striving to be transparent and let folks know what their doing. You have choices with Google and they bend over backwards to let people know how to tailor things to their choosing. Good luck with seeing that kind of transparency from any other vendor; such as Facebook, Microsoft or Apple.

    Posted by: MikeH | Feb 26, 2012 8:32:29 PM

  8. Thanks, Mark. Corrected.

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Feb 26, 2012 8:56:29 PM

  9. No one has to use Google.

    Posted by: Max | Feb 26, 2012 9:06:06 PM

  10. Typical Christian filth, always gets the rules bent for him because of that religion. How is that pedophile out in the streets?

    Posted by: Sarm | Feb 26, 2012 10:53:29 PM

  11. There are endless horrible and true things that one can say about Cheney. But he has been a fairly visible gay rights supporter since at least 1990, when he called the ban on gay members of the military "an old chestnut" when secretary of defense. That would be a couple years before DADT was enacted and which he did not support.

    He also employed as chief of staff the very flaming Pete Williams while working in the House in the mid-1980s. Williams used to tap-dance in the office and everyone called him names (like, say, Faggot). Williams was outed in 1991 around the first Iraq war when serving as speaker for DoD. Cheney stood up for him repeatedly and refused to fire him. Williams resigned after being outed.

    So go after the guy for whatever else you like, but his gay record is damn good for an evil Republican. And Mary, the lesbian, is his most beloved child by far. Even more than his wife.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 26, 2012 11:31:20 PM

  12. Anyone that thinks Google is angelic clearly has never tried to dispute information they publish. When a friend of mine started his own personal training business, he quickly discovered that the autocomplete feature of Google was suggesting " Playgirl". Since he never was in Playgirl (nor anyone with a remotely similar name), he tried contacting Google to get this fixed. Unlike other search providers, Google doesn't accept phone calls, faxes, or emails about search-related problems. According to Google, the only way to report something like this is by posting it on their Help Forum. Submitting that type of information on a public forum is the last thing you'd want to do.

    While I don't think Google is evil, they are a monolithic corporation that doesn't play by the rules. By comparison, at least Microsoft let's you email someone to ask a question.

    Posted by: alex | Feb 27, 2012 1:58:54 AM

  13. I don't understand where people get this idea that Google owes them free access to their search engine, while expecting to give nothing in return. Google is a company; they exist to make money. While doing so they have provided a service to the internet in that their search algorithm has turned what used to be an incredibly inefficient system (typing in URLs that were close to what you wanted and hoping for a good result, and a brief time where a whole host of less-than-useful search engines flooded the market) into a well ordered index which allows for quick access to information. If you don't like them, don't use Google; the Internet still functions without their service; and honestly, they have every right to do whatever the hell they want with the information freely given to them on their site. (The same goes for facebook) If you are giving your information to someone else, you should expect that they are going to use it however they want; that's why privacy policies all carry the caveat that they can change at any time without notice...

    All of this hubbub about Google is made even more moot by the fact that you can *easily* just log out and still maintain access to the search engine (and youtube). Honestly, stop moaning.

    Posted by: DavyJones | Feb 27, 2012 3:05:38 AM

  14. @DaveJones: Yes, actually we do deserve free access to it. Do you understand that Google makes 99% of its money from advertising? You make it sound like a charity.

    Also, they own youtube. So your alternative is not one, and why should Google cost and youtube be free?

    Also, do you pay for basic TV? No. Same idea.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 27, 2012 4:56:54 AM

  15. Re: FRC

    "the loss of marriage for the white working class in America has already had catastrophic consequences. . . ."

    Somehow, this didn't surprise me -- maybe it's Tony Perkins' long association with white supremacist groups.

    Posted by: Hunter | Feb 27, 2012 6:57:23 AM

  16. Oh dear this Google thing AGAIN?? Honestly people are stupid. Its harmless and so easy to opt out of anyway.

    Microsoft are 100X more evil than Google and Apple 1 Billion X more evil than that, yet always gets a pass.

    As for the pedo church guy!!? WTF?! Is that even real? wow. Delusion is delusion i guess, it manifests itself in many ways.

    Posted by: Rovex | Feb 27, 2012 7:11:45 AM

  17. Poor Steven Spielberg. Back in the 80's when I still cared about the Oscars, I actually made up a T-shirt that said "Screw 'em, Steven" and listed all of the films on the back that he'd been overlooked for--"Jaws" as director, "Close Encounters" for Best Picture, "Raiders" lost both picture and director, "E.T." ditto, "The Color Purple" wasn't even nominated for Best Director (and lost Best Picture). I wore it every Oscar day for some 8 years before I finally retired it in '93 to my upper closet when he finally won for "Schindler's List." (Notice though that one of his films has never won Best Picture again, and he wasn't nominated for Best Director again this year. Hollywood simultaneously reveres him and resents him.)

    Posted by: Dback | Feb 27, 2012 10:27:05 AM

  18. Speilberg will get the Thalberg -- it is in the cards!

    Posted by: David B. | Feb 27, 2012 5:45:46 PM

  19. OK he got the Thalberg( 59th Oscars) -- and one for Private Ryan -- so he has three -- relax!

    Posted by: David B. | Feb 27, 2012 5:49:21 PM

  20. spielberg is my hero. not only was he DAAAAMNED cute back then (WOOF!) he's an outstanding straight man who supports the LGBT Community.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 5:58:08 PM

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