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Google Employees Go Public, Protest Controversial “Project Dragonfly”

November 27th, 2018 Comments off

 

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We are Google employees and we join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel project Dragonfly,” reads the opening of a letter obtained by the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

 

It’s news that has implications for manufactured housing on several levels, as will be noted further below.  This is an issue that was bubbling during the run-up to the midterms, so millions missed the news that 1400 Google employees were internally protesting against a corporate project code-named “Dragonfly.”

We are among thousands of employees who have raised our voices for months. International human rights organizations and investigative reporters have also sounded the alarm, emphasizing serious human rights concerns and repeatedly calling on Google to cancel the project. So far, our leadership’s response has been unsatisfactory,” said the new letter, published today.

Our opposition to Dragonfly is not about China: we object to technologies that aid the powerful in oppressing the vulnerable, wherever they may be,” said the employee generated protest letter.

Their concerns relate to numerous concerns previously raised for industry consideration on MHProNews, as well as in mainstream media, such as the CBS News report, found posted below.

 

 

Our company’s [Google’s] decision comes as the Chinese government is openly expanding its surveillance powers and tools of population control,” said the employee letter.

Dragonfly would also enable censorship and government-directed disinformation, and destabilize the ground truth on which popular deliberation and dissent rely,” the letter’s growing number of signatories stated.

 

Why This Matters to MHVille

Let’s first note anew that in the industry’s trade media, most of the serious issues are being publicly raised by what may seem at time to be only a few lonely voices, and published here on MHProNews, and usually no where else in our industry’s trade media.  Yet, even the top man at a competing industry site with a blog told MHProNews’ publisher that you write about the topics like the problem of monopoly [in manufactured housing] that thousands of the industry’s professionals privately talk about at bars and restaurants.’

With that brief backdrop – which helps explains our trade media’s runaway larger audience – MHProNews alone published reports on troubling subjects like problems that Google and Facebook pose to our industry, and the nation.

 

“The Creepy Line” Video DocuDrama, Manufactured Housing – The Problem, Solution, and You

 

Our Creepy Line Video report was just one of those Daily Business News items, which is arguably as relevant today, as it was when it was first published.

 

 

Back to those Google employees letter, “We join with Amnesty International in demanding that Google cancel Dragonfly. We also demand that leadership commit to transparency, clear communication, and real accountability. Google is too powerful not to be held accountable.”

The entire Google employees letter is found here or linked here as a download.

 

Brad Says POTUS Trump is Right: More than Facebook & Twitter, Google Threatens Democracy, Online Freedom

 

With that once more in mind, it is also good to recall that President Donald J. Trump has signaled his concerns over this issue, and MHProNews published a draft executive order about anti-trust efforts, at this link below.

 

Draft EO for Trump Administration AntiTrust Order Obtained by MHProNews

 

MHProNews has also connected the dots between other methods of modern propaganda, including a tip from a senior MHI member company, linked below.

 

“Family Jewels,” MHVille Insider Tips, “Info Wars” and Omaha, Knoxville, California, Seattle and Arlington, and DC Connections

 

MHProNews reminds readers that work for Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) or like operations that want to provide news tips that they should avoided sending them from company email addresses, or from company issued cell phones.

 

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It was industry insiders that provided exclusive reports like the one linked below.

 

Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”

 

Industry insider news tips have also been critical for items like those linked further below, or provided insights on the “debacle” at Cavco Industries.

 

What Just Happened, to Cavco, Independent Communities, Retailers, and Manufactured Housing?

 

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Tiny Homes/Factory-built Housing could Replace the Blight

October 15th, 2014 Comments off

tumbleweed_tiny_homes_slash_billmoyers__com__creditFollowing a story MHProNews posted Oct. 22, 2013 entitled Will Texans take to Tiny Homes, a recent story about small homes on BillMoyers.com, asked if respondents could live in a tiny home, drew a series of responses.

Gordon Billingsley said he lived in a 920 square-foot passive solar home and his heating bill for the entire winter was $98.

Liane Allen lives in a 336 square-foot house.We raised two kids here. Having no mortgage, minimal heating costs, minimal electricity use and very low property taxes made it possible to weather the layoffs that have hit us over the last 15 years, otherwise, we’d have lost everything,” she added.

From 1973 to 2007 the average size of an American home rose from 1,660 square feet to 2,521 square feet, over three times the size of the Long Island homes called Levittown following WWII in 1947, considered the beginning of suburban America. However, as family size shrank during those 34 years, during that same period incomes for the 90 percent of lowest wage earners also fell.

Amnesty International said in 2011 there were 3.5 million homeless people and 18.5 million vacant, often blighted, homes. Many of the dwellings resulted from foreclosure, are now uninhabitable, and in large cities across the land they will be demolished and replaced with parks and community gardens. Why not replace them with affordable housing?

As MHProNews reported Aug. 30, 2013, a tiny home was not permitted to be sited in a manufactured housing community (MHC) because it does not meet HUD Code regulations, but Brian Levy drew his inspiration for his Minim House from a community of tiny homes, not unlike an MHC.Quote-unquote trailer parks — they’re really called manufactured housing communities — are fantastic in a lot of ways,” he said. “They’re affordable, they’re relatively green… there’s a great sense of parity — everyone kind of has more or less the same size structure and a nice sense of community, from what I’ve found. How can you have a cool, kind of ennobling place that also happens to be full of micro-dwellings?Manufactured homes are similar in price to tiny homes in many instances, and can serve the same purpose—house the homeless who populate the larger cities. ##

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