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Grunt If By Land, VP If By Sea: Google hides from income inequality protestors behind “Google Flotilla”

January 10, 2014

UPDATE: Valleywag catches Google’s attitude toward income inequality protestors: “Ugh” http://valleywag.gawker.com/google-pr-accidentally-replies-to-private-shuttle-prote-1498159019/@sambiddle

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In cased you missed it, there has been some pretty massive protests by Occupy Oakland against the “Google buses”.  These are the buses operated by Google to shuttle its employees from the gentrified atmosphere of San Francisco, Oakland and Emeryville to the Googleplex.  The Google bus service operates on many of the same routes as the buses operated by the municipalities involved and in fact uses some of the same bus stops as the public transportation.  Some version of this story has been going on for quite a while.  (It’s also not just Google, but they are probably the biggest offenders.)

What was in the man bites dog category was the fact that–finally–somebody noticed that there might be a problem with the Google-fication of old neighborhoods and were prepared to draw the line in the great tradition of political protest in Oakland.  This Google-fication came to be symbolized by the…

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