Posted On: Monday - April 27th 2020 1:44PM MST
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Blogger "Audacious Epigone" noted a Curious Corona Coincidence yesterday that had to do with google searches. You wonder how deep the Deep State goes. You can read there and see what you think about his eerie search "engine" experience. His was with a type of search I've not done myself, which is a search for data on number of searches for some keywords in the past.
It's all kind of interesting, but in this case I will chalk up to faulty software and bad data what he reckons is some deep subterfuge. You never know - there's a big tendency for Big Data to lean toward the evil side. Evil likes lots of data.
Peak Stupidity's experience, which I'd forgotten to mention until being reminded by A.E.'s post, is with image searching. As the regular reader will know, we tend to use "file photos" most of the time (which we had a few paragraphs about in our "Beaches", and we apologized for an error regarding). In general, Bing seems to be the best of it, Google, and DuckDuckGo for finding the right images.
In searching for images with keywords "Corona" and various others in combination with it with "images" last, there was a weird thing going on. EVERY TIME the search had "Corona" in it, the same thematic map seen above, with current data, would show up at the top. Not only that, there would not be the normal array of images to click on to choose more from at all! It was eerie, I tell you. Bing wanted me to look at that map, so long as I typed in "Corona" and "images", with whatever else. DuckDuckGo, as a backup, did the same thing. I've been told that DuckDuckGo uses Bing data, but this is more than that. It's the same logic in showing that specific US Kung Flu-infected map on top, and just non-image links at the bottom.
Unfortunately, I can't remember if Google had done the same back a few weeks ago when I first saw this, or not. My work-around was to leave out the keyword "Corona" and use something else. As of today, the map still appears at the top, on Bing searches, but at least with an image array down a ways on the page. It no longer did just now on DuckDuckGo.
Try it - bing.com, which is using the string "Corona New York Hospitals images". Yup. I figured, OK, it's about the state name, so try '"Corona at the beach images". Yup, gets that map. I LUV, LUV, LUV thematic maps and all things Geography, but enough with that map! Now, there were images below, as I wrote they include now. These ones, naturally, are of Corona Beer, which, true, matches well with the search "Corona at the beach images". Bing finally lost that map when I tried "Corona cute girls images". I guess bidness is bidness, after all.
Bing, at least, is really pushing this Kung Flu Panic-Fest hard. This is one example that was pretty obvious to me.
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"Uhhh, Sir, that might be two words, but it's debatable."