Rush Limbaugh’s Fascinating Theory on the Media and Apple

While you may be used to Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh offering thoughts on current political issues, last week he waded into the tech waters with a new comparison involving Apple, journalists, and the GOP.

Last Thursday, the talk radio personality said tech bloggers are biased against Apple the same way that the mainstream media is biased against Republicans.

“I would venture to say that nine out of 10 bloggers writing high-tech hate Apple,” Limbaugh said on his radio show. “Apple is the equivalent of the Republicans on these blogs, and Google, Android, and Samsung are the equivalent of the Democrats. They’re perfect, they can’t do anything wrong, they’re ideal, and everybody hates Apple.”

Limbaugh, who recently celebrated 25 years in national syndication, is best known for edgy political commentary. But he is also a fan of tech blogs, and occasionally speaks well of Apple products on the program.

Limbaugh said he didn’t think even the minority of pro-Apple tech bloggers were Republicans.

“This entire universe of tech bloggers is probably liberal Democrat, in their politics,” Limbaugh said.

He added, “most of them think they’re young and hip, pop culture hip, that’s high-tech, of course it would be.”

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Google Challenges Obama Administration Over Spying Program Gag Order

Google on Tuesday sharply challenged the federal government’s gag order on its Internet surveillance program, citing what it described as a First Amendment right to divulge how many requests it receives from the government for data about its customers in the name of national security.

The move came in a legal motion filed in the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and was aimed at mending Google’s reputation after it was identified this month as one of nine U.S. Internet companies that gave the National Security Agency access to data on its customers. Revelations about the program, known as PRISM, by a former NSA contractor has cracked open a broader debate about the privacy of American’s communications from government monitoring.

The publication of such data requests would answer questions about the number of Google users or accounts affected by U.S. intelligence activities. But it wouldn’t answer more critical questions on how much data is being disclosed, including whether information belonging to Americans has been swept up into investigations on a foreign targets.

“Google’s reputation and business has been harmed by the false or misleading reports in the media, and Google’s users are concerned by the allegations,” according to the company’s motion. “Google must respond to such claims with more than generalities.”

Google has previously disclosed the number of data requests it receives from civilian law enforcement.

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NSA slapped with $20 billion class-action suit

The National Security Agency surveillance scandal could now cost the federal government and its corporate cronies a cool $20 billion or more.

The NSA, Department of Justice, President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and the 12 companies allegedly collaborating with the government to conduct warrantless surveillance of American citizens are all named defendants in a class action lawsuit brought by former Justice Department prosecutor Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch.

“Government dishonesty and tyranny against the people have reached historic proportions,” Klayman said in a statement. “The time has come for ‘We the People’ to rise up and reclaim control of our nation.”

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks $20 billion in damages, a “cease and desist” order, expunction of all phone and communication records collected by the government through its PRISM surveillance program and “full disclosure and complete accounting” of what the named companies have allowed the DOJ and NSA to do.

The companies named in the suit include the following: Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Skype, YouTube, Apple, PalTalk, AOL and Yahoo. Combined with Verizon, which has been named in a separate class action lawsuit, the users and subscribers of these companies reportedly comprise a majority of the U.S. citizenry, thus positioning the lawsuit to pit the American people against their government and its corporate collaborators.

“This and the Verizon class action will serve to unify all political and social persuasions in our great nation to wage a second American revolution, one that is peaceful and legal – but pursued with great resolve and force,” Klayman asserted. “If not, the government will control us, and this will mark the end of individual liberties.

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Google honors Cesar Chavez on Easter

On Easter Sunday, Google is honoring the birthday of the late labor organizer Cesar Chavez by placing a Chavez portrait within the middle “o” of the Google logo that appears on the homepage of the popular search engine.

While Google frequently decorates its logo to celebrate various holidays and special events, it is unclear why the company chose specifically to honor Chavez’s birthday, instead of Easter Sunday.

Chavez co-founded the organization now known as the United Farm Workers union (UFW). He became an iconic figure in the labor movement, with his stature only increasing since his death in 1993.

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‘Government surveillance on rise’

Government demands for user data worldwide from Google have “increased steadily,” the search giant says in a new report: “One trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise.”

“Government demands for user data have increased steadily since we first launched the Transparency Report,” writes Dorothy Chou, Google senior policy analyst, on the company’s blog about its latest “transparency report.”

“In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world. Those requests were for information about 34,614 accounts.”

The finding comes in the wake of revelations of government email snooping in the case of former CIA director David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell.

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10,000 Muslim knuckle draggers protest outside Google office over anti-Islam film

Thousands of Muslims have pledged a series of protests against Google HQ (owner of Youtube) for a hateful and offensive anti-Islam video, saying they now live in an ‘age of mockery.’ (Yes, we do, and the paedophile prophet Mohammed deserves to be mocked at every opportunity)

UK Telegraph (H/T Jenny W) A protest by 10,000 Muslims outside the offices of Google in London today is just the first in an orchestrated attempt to force the company to remove an anti-Islamic film from website YouTube in Britain. Thousands had travelled from as far afield as Glasgow to take part in the demonstration, ahead of a planned million-strong march in Hyde Park in coming weeks.

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Santorum attacks Google for playing politics with ‘horrific fifth’ searches

As most are aware by now, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has a Google problem with his last name, since it has another definition that rates higher in Google searches than his name itself. But according to Santorum, that’s not by accident.

On Friday night’s “Hannity,” Santorum doubled-down on the Republican sentiment of the day, arguing that the media has a bias and has played favorites, especially as it pertains to criticizing President Barack Obama.

“It’s fundamentally unfair, but you know it,” Santorum said. “These folks are despicable in what they will do to promote their agenda. They are all in the tank and they have been in the tank for the left, whether it’s Barack Obama or any other candidate. I’ve been dealing with this issue, as Newt and other conservatives have for every year I have ever been in public life. And we’ve been sabotaged in every possible way.”

Santorum mentioned his Google problem, but said there seems to be that same double standard because of the search engine’s willingness to protect Obama.

“You know, go on the Internet and look at the filth, the dispute out there. Look at organizations like Google. I mean Google, who has repeatedly on more than one occasion taken down sites, taken down searches for folks like Barack Obama and Michelle Obama but has left it out there for me for 10 years so people can be exposed to the most horrific filth that you ever want to see but it’s okay if you are a conservative.”

And that Santorum said is the result of a political agenda from Google.

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