Google Kills Bush’s Miserable Failure Search

Google defused the “Google Bomb” that has returned US President George W. Bush at the top of its results in a search on miserable failure. The move wasn’t a post-State Of The Union Address gift for Bush. Instead, it’s part of an overall algorithm change designed to stop such mass link pranks from working.

A search today now shows the US White House page carrying Bush’s name is no longer top listed. Also gone are pages about Michael Moore and former US president Jimmy Carter that were on the first page of results due to Google bombing actions.

There is a new move to start a episode using the current occupant of the White House, President Joe Biden. Of course, being something different, this episode uses the search term Absolute Failure and ties it to the link https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-biden/  

The HTML would look something like this:

<a href=”https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-biden/”>Absolute Failure</a>

There was a change to the Big G’s algorithm that is designed to stop the pranks from happening. However, it still allows legitimate commentary about such activities. Google isn’t saying exactly how this is being done. But Google says it’s done automatically, without any human intervention.

“It’s completely algorithmic,” said Google spam fighting czar Matt Cutts, adding “we’re not going to claim it’s 100 percent perfect.”

Why the change? Too many people are misunderstanding that Google itself is not somehow endorsing the particular views of these bombs. From Google’s statement on the Google Webmaster Central blog about today’s change:

People have asked about how we feel about Googlebombs, and we have talked about them in the past. Because these pranks are normally for phrases that are well off the beaten path, they haven’t been a very high priority for us. But over time, we’ve seen more people assume that they are Google’s opinion, or that Google has hand-coded the results for these Googlebombed queries. That’s not true, and it seemed like it was worth trying to correct that misperception. So a few of us who work here got together and came up with an algorithm that minimizes the impact of many Googlebombs.

I took some issue with that statement:

Unlike what Google claims in this latest incident, the results that currently come up for miserable failure do not “reflect the opinion on the web,” nor is it true that “no user is hurt” or that there is no “clearly legitimate site for ‘miserable failure’ being pushed aside.”

This Google Bombing was done by at most a few hundred links pointing at the biography, if that many. Google annoyingly makes it impossible to tell exactly how many links are involved using the term, but to say that this particular campaign is the same as the “opinion on the web” is absurd. So only a few hundred people are able to speak for millions of web users? This isn’t the web’s opinion — it’s a particular opinion on the web.

Users are also hurt, because there are indeed “legitimate” sites for this query that get knocked down in the results.

After the initial fallout, Google went through the bomb having another round of publicity when it was noticed in September 2005 to be working for just the word failure. The renewed attention caused Google to create a special ad explaining that the listing was not the result of some type of Google bias against Bush. The ad linked to a statement on the official Google Blog:

If you do a Google search on the word [failure] or the phrase [miserable failure], the top result is currently the White House’s official biographical page for President Bush. We’ve received some complaints recently from users who assume that this reflects a political bias on our part. I’d like to explain how these results come up in order to allay these concerns.

Google’s search results are generated by computer programs that rank web pages in large part by examining the number and relative popularity of the sites that link to them. By using a practice called googlebombing, however, determined pranksters can occasionally produce odd results. In this case, a number of webmasters use the phrases [failure] and [miserable failure] to describe and link to President Bush’s website, thus pushing it to the top of searches for those phrases. We don’t condone the practice of googlebombing, or any other action that seeks to affect the integrity of our search results, but we’re also reluctant to alter our results by hand in order to prevent such items from showing up. Pranks like this may be distracting to some, but they don’t affect the overall quality of our search service, whose objectivity, as always, remains the core of our mission.

It is still too early to see if Big G’s algorithm has kept up with the pranksters. Seem as time will tell.

The Chesapeake by Sail Boat | Eating Local Cuisine w/ a few Injuries and Boat Dramas! Ep. 237



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Jim Cramer on Chesapeake Energy filing for bankruptcy



Chesapeake Energy, a fracking pioneer that turned the U.S. from an oil importer to an exporter, is filing for bankruptcy. CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” crew discusses.

Fracking giant Chesapeake Energy’s bankruptcy filing comes following a financial mess at the company that included no budgets, a massive wine collection and a nine-figure bill for parking garages, sources told CNBC’s David Faber.

CEO Robert D. “Doug” Lawler found in examining the company’s books a $110 million bill for two parking garages, Faber reported Monday. That was part of about $30 billion in spending above cash flow that happened from 2010-12, while the late Aubrey McLendon was CEO and prior to Lawler taking over in 2013.

Other revelations include a wine collection in a cave hidden behind a broom closet in the Chesapeake office. Extravagances further included a season ticket package to the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder that was the biggest in the league and a lavish campus that was modeled after Duke University, complete with bee keepers, botox treatments and chaplains for employees.

The company announced its bankruptcy filing on Sunday, amid a brutal time for the energy sector. Prices have tumbled throughout the coronavirus pandemic as demand has crumbled and the economic expansion that began in 2009 ended in February. Chesapeake’s share price has fallen nearly 93% in 2020.

“While today is a challenging day, your leadership team and I are confident that this is the best path forward for Chesapeake, and that we will emerge from the Chapter 11 process as a stronger and more competitive company,” Lawler said in a memo to employees.

In the Chapter 11 announcement, Lawler added that the company is “fundamentally resetting” its capital structure and business “to address our legacy financial weaknesses and capitalize on our substantial operational strengths.”

The CEO praised “the hard work and commitment of our employees, who remain focused on safely and efficiently executing our business. We look forward to working productively with our suppliers, business partners and all stakeholders throughout this process.”

Chesapeake declined comment for this report.

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The OR | Careers at Chesapeake Regional



General surgery treats a wide range of common ailments. While minimally invasive surgery benefits many patients, it is important to remember that it is not right for every patient or every procedure. Traditional surgery can be just as safe and effective as minimally invasive, for certain procedures.

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How Chiropractors Treat Neck Pain

Neck pain treatment

Neck pain is one of the biggest reasons why millions of people see chiropractors every day. But, itís also one of the reasons why many are still so afraid to see a chiropractor. Having someone handle and manipulate your neck can be a scary thing. But itís important to remember that chiropractors are professionals who not only have a lot of training behind them, but also lots of experience too. They know what they are doing, and are extremely effective at treating things like neck pain. But, if youíre still hesitant, or just thinking about seeing a chiropractor and are interested in what theyíll do, hereís how chiropractors treat neck pain.

The treatment that a chiropractor will use for neck pain is called cervical manipulation. This treatment usually needs to be performed when spinal vertebrae in the neck have moved out of position, or are pushing on another vertebrae or a nerve. During the treatment a chiropractor will use a hands-on approach to gently twist the neck and push the affected vertebrae back into their proper spinal position. Cervical manipulation can also be very effective at treating muscles that commonly spasm.

In addition to any cervical manipulation technique thatís necessary, chiropractors will also often teach their patients neck exercises that can both help the current injury as well as ward off any future injuries.

Itís important to note that a chiropractor will not prescribe you any pain medication or neck pain, or even recommend that you use them. Chiropractors are doctors of natural and alternative medicine and so, they donít use prescription pain medication. What they will be able to do is give you tips such as how to use proper posture, and what to avoid in order to also avoid future neck pain.

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