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May 8, 2015 Incorrect photo for news article

Olivier Bailly

in Top Stories from May 7 at around 10:25pm PST, for top stories, the story titles “Top al-Qaeda figure Leader who claimed credit for Charlie Hebdo attack killed in…” and shows a photo of David Cameron right next to it.

I heard the excuse “we aggregate articles for different sources” before, but this is a blatant mistake which is insulting to a major political figure and misleading to a very wide range of readers. The photo is totally irrelevant to this article, it’s definitely not the first time I’ve seen this mistake, I just never bothered to report it before but such a catastrophic mistake is not excusable.

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April 20, 2015 Google News has become filled with clickbait sites - user complaint

Chiaro Scuro

There are a lot of horrible "news" sites popping up linked from google news, and they are all the same - clickbait articles seemingly written by 12 year olds. The sites have NO credentials in the press or media fields, and usually no contact or "about" information.

Here's an example that I just found linked from GN this morning:

http://geekinfinite.com/news/2015/04/wcs-proves-that-the-red-colobus-monkeys-are-still-alive/

"The red colobus monkey’s are the monkey’s which are hard to find. "

These monkeys are not of those types that are afraid of human. Whenever these humans get closed to them they start observing them.


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All these sites seem to have this annoying interface where the pictures move on mouse-over. The only way to counter them is to use ad-block and script-block filters in your browser, I guess. I have seen A LOT of sites like this lately - all similar - poorly written with no contact info. They are obviously just in it for the ad revenue from google.

Google News has been the first site I visit every morning for years. I like it because it is configurable, I see there is a disclaimer at the bottom of the GN page, saying the content is picked by computer - maybe this needs to be refined, or the selection process for the sites you link to needs to be reviewed.You are being abused by these jerks, and are passing it on to your users with crap content.

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The list on this Hub mirrors my page here: http://igibud.com/wordpress/?p=704

The text to the right is from user complaints posted on Google's product forums. The same kind of thing described in those complaints has been happening frequently on weekends since mid 2014. There are a number of other similar complaints on Google's forums, which get "answered" on a link by link basis, as they are reported. A link is typically featured by Google for only a couple hours, so reporting them to Google one by one does nothing. It appears that several websites are long-time repeat offenders. The few authoritative-sounding participants on Google's forums discourage posting blacklists there, and Google does not publish their quality information. This article from 2014 is a fair explanation of the what and why of this phenomenon:

http://jmarbach.com/google-news-growth-hack-exposed

It seems that at some point, the "quality reporting" function at Google shifted gears. It originally was for readers complaining to Google about the quality of the news items they promoted, and turned into "content providers" complaining to Google about Google's arcane promotional tech not functioning for their particular website. Google now seems to be prioritizing the complaints of their "content providers" who feel they are entitled to the visibility Google gives them, and Google is letting any questions or concerns from readers about content quality fall to their filtering algorithms, which become outdated on a daily basis. Flaky operators are continually reverse-engineering and outwitting Google's quality detection algorithms. Even though it would be a cheap fix, manually vetting the small number of articles that get featured on their news.google.com front page 24-7 seems to be something alien to Google's philosophy.

Below I have included more examples and info about other such low quality articles linked from Google's main news page. It's great fun to criticize. As much as I enjoy nit-picking and looking down on people who don't appear to write as well as I do, that is not what this is about. And I am not some clueless geezer who reads the New York Times to get the latest updates about this newfangled "free love" thing that the kids are all doing nowadays. I have to admit, however, that I did not get the memo about "geological dating." The persistent exposure of this lazy and cheap content is something that is bringing knowledge down and pulling the minds of the American reading public backwards with it. If the quality standard for The Internet Of Things is consistent shoddiness, then the insides of our heads will necessarily become consistently shoddy. I'm all for globalization, generally speaking. Unlike the people generating this content, I have no pretensions to be any kind of journalist, and I'm not expecting any payment for what I write here. If you have URLs to other similar articles, or have any other suggestions, feel free to comment at the bottom of this page (or preferably go directly to my blog igibud.com and comment there). I am interested in articles that are clearly not written by native English speakers, or articles where the writing or journalistic quality is bad. In cases where the low quality is due only to political content or propaganda, that's often a matter of opinion, and I'm not necessarily interested in that.

I understand that most of the people who are interested in this topic are in commercial competition against such shady operators as I list here. The operators are stealing the livelihoods of legitimate journalists. Some Hubbers may be interested in this topic because of their desire to obtain or retain visibility of their Hubs on Google. Those are not my intended audiences with this Hub. I am concerned, as a US citizen, with the editorial decisions being made by Google, and how those decisions are negatively affecting knowledge of American voters. Google can use the excuse that they are an aggregator, and have no responsibility as a publisher, which might have been a valid argument fifteen years ago. Google is a publisher de facto, and news.google.com is an important mouthpiece with enormous visibility. They have a monopoly, but there is nothing new about that.

June 20, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

Human anti-HIV vaccine not too far off after 3 studies develop HIV antibodies in rabbits, monkeys and mice

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/human-anti-hiv-vaccine-not-too-far-off-after-3-studies-develop-hiv-antibodies-in-rabbits-monkeys-and-mice/5132/

Below is sample text from this article:

Researchers also demonstrated this in genetically modified mice where the HIV vaccine regimen involved exposing their immune system to a type of protein which elicits a nascent antibody and then a different protein to coax the final development of a mature form of the same antibody.


June 27, 2015 Wall Street OTC

THE U.S. MILITARY PLANS TO TERRAFORM THE RED PLANET

http://www.wallstreetotc.com/THE-U-S-MILITARY-PLANS-TO-TERRAFORM-THE-RED-PLANET/219274/

Here is some text from the article:

But terraformation can allow them leave their capsules and have a firsthand experience of the Martian surroundings. Yet, terraforming a planet that has a thin atmosphere with 95 percent CO2 composition, is located relatively far from the sun, has incredibly low temperatures at night (about -100 degrees F or -73 C in the equatorial regions) and low gravity may prove a daunting task, even for the U.S. military.


June 27, 2015 Enid News

Jupiter, Venus appear closer in evening sky

http://www.enidnews.com/news/jupiter-venus-appear-closer-in-evening-sky/article_33f214e2-1c80-11e5-979b-034c044e1625.html

"The Enid News & Eagle is the dominant news and marketing source for Enid and the surrounding trade territory in northwest Oklahoma." I am going to take that statement at face value, because it is consistent with the tone of the article. The article reads like a children's story that you might hear told to a seven-year-old around Christmastime, 2015. It also reads like a scholarly text circa 1200 AD, before the scientific revolution. The fact that it is categorized as "science" by anybody on planet Earth should be a wake-up call to any high school science teacher. I would paste the entire text here, but you can click the link to read the whole thing, and there is no reason to expect them to remove the URL or amend the text. Note also that this URL appeared as one of the few dozen prominently thumbnailed articles on the top page of news.google.com. There were other articles about Jupiter and Venus featured less prominently. Here are some exerpts from the text:

If you have observed Jupiter and Venus in the evening sky, you may notice they appear to be getting closer together.

These two planets will get closer together each night until Tuesday. On that night they will nearly merge. Some 2,000 years ago, on June 17 2 BC, these planets did merge and could have been the sign in the night sky that directed the Wise Men to travel to Jerusalem, said Fritz Osell, Northern Oklahoma College astronomy instructor.

The Mackie Planetarium at NOC Enid will present a special show at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the Star of Bethlehem. The show is free and open to the public.

“We will present the sky over Enid on this night and will show how Jupiter and Venus will nearly touch tonight in the early evening,” Osell said.

“You can see this for yourself if you look west just after sunset. The periodic clockwork dance of the planets has brought Venus and Jupiter together again as they were 2,000 years ago. We will show the sky from Enid that night and will compare it to the event as seen from Babylon on June 17, 2 BC, as it pointed the Wise Men toward Jerusalem on their journey to find Jesus.”


June 27, 2015 Capital Berg

JUNE’S SKY HAS MANY EVENTS. LOOK FOR THE JUPITER VENUS COLLISION

http://www.capitalberg.com/junes-sky-has-many-events-look-for-the-jupiter-venus-collision/24464/

Below is some text from this article:

Astronomers have long revealed passionate people that the month of June will feature many important events on the sky maps. Based on their previous declarations, June 30 is the perfect day to get a clear view of the two colossal planets while they collide, even without a telescope.


June 29, 2015 Vocal Republic

State restrictions for hepatitis C drug may go too far

http://www.vocalrepublic.com/state-restrictions-for-hepatitis-c-drug-may-go-too-far/14037/

Since June 7, 2015, Vocal Republic has recycled a lot of bad text that looks like this, and this URL, which was featured prominently on news.google.com, no longer functions. I took a copy while it was available online. Below I have pasted the entire text of this article.

(Reuters Health) is that State-run insurance plans packages for the indegent may be installing criminal limitations that often stop people suffering hepatitis C from replacing your treatment procedure, new research implies.

“We had this concept that there have been restrictions arranged, however i didn’t look for the scope of such restrictions,” said research study original author Robert Greenwald of this very Center for Health Law and Policy at Harvard Law School in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

About a minimum of three.two million those in the United states.S. get hepatitis C, many don’t feel poorly or know they tend to have the illness, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Us centers for disease control and prevention). There are nearly 17,000 new disorders per annum.

Without treatment procedure, the hepatitis C common virus can result in liver breakdown, hepatic cancer or perhaps even decease.

In 2013, the You can introduce.S. given approval a fresh drug generally known as sofosbuvir, and that is offered here as Sovaldi by Gilead. Given in conjunction with other medicines, sofosbuvir defines big fix rate in…


July 3, 2015 Daily Times Gazette

Anki Overdrive: the next-gen robotic gaming unfurls in smashing fashion

http://www.dailytimesgazette.com/anki-overdrive-the-next-generation-of-robotic-gaming/17178/

Here is some text from this article:

This was basically the road where the AI Commanders lead to. The AI Commanders are in-game characters players assigned to opposing vehicles with the purpose of challenging them and defeating them in order to progress through the game were introduced last year. Each character has a unique voice and personality seen throughout the course of gameplay. Palatucci even confirmed hiring voice actors for the parts of the non-player characters who each have their own storyline as well. In Tournament mode, the commanders get progressively difficult after each challenge.


July 4, 2015 Wall Street Hedge

SCIENTISTS CONCERNED ABOUT THE RECENT SHARK ATTACKS

http://www.wallstreethedge.com/scientists-concerned-about-the-recent-shark-attacks/24526/

Here is some text from this article:

Some factors which might have contributed to the increase of the number of shark attacks is the presence of many fish which are swimming offshore and the large number of fishermen who throw bait into the water to capture these fish.


July 4, 2015 Sentinel Republic

Oregon marijuana fans look to cash in on new law

http://sentinelrepublic.com/oregon-marijuana-fans-look-to-cash-in-on-new-law/18196/

Below I have pasted the text from this article. The order of the paragraphs shifted some time between July 4 and July 11.

Licensed gardeners given cost free predilections, garden work specialists presented organically produced nutes and performers bought marijuana pipelines to members inside the “Weed the People” occurrence.

Oregon citizens 21 or older can now legally possess up to 8 ounces of leaf marijuana and four cannabis plants in their homes, as long as the plants are out of public view.

Many who gathered at the Burnside Bridge smoked openly, which remains illegal under the law voters approved previous year.

When the clock struck midnight on Wednesday, Oregon joined Colorado, Alaska and Washington in legalizing recreational marijuana use.

At “Weed the People”, entrepreneur Joshua Waldman said he has a license to grow medical marijuana and attended the event to learn how to become a recreational grower.

“I would say that it’s more common to find someone with marijuana on them in their vehicle during a traffic stop than it is alcohol these days”, she said.

Under Oregon’s gradual approach to legalization, medical use has been authorized for decades.

Licensing for commercial growers, processors and retail outlets won’t start until January 4, 2016, with stores expected to open sometime in the fall of next year.

“We want to be part of history in the making”, the 25-year-old Hammond said.

The three month gap between legal possession and retail sales of recreational marijuana is much shorter than in Washington. The document known in the cannabis industry as “The Cole Memo” outlined eight enforcement priorities as they relate to the federal government’s guidance of individual states’ legal marijuana programs.


July 10, 2015 Sentinel Republic

Here’s How Much $100 Is Worth In Each State

http://sentinelrepublic.com/here-s-how-much-100-is-worth-in-each-state/26297/

The writer of this article appears to have just learned some economic concepts that they are not able to explain to the layman coherently.

[Update Sunday July 12: this same $100 story is still appearing multiple times on Google News, many times from the same sources. Apparently, the story has been customized for "Maryland", "New Jersey", etc. etc. giving it that much more artificial attention from Google algorithms as a single "trending" story. Note that the "Maryland" and "New Jersey" stories were not localized to me geographically, they appeared when my browser was open "incognito" mode.]


July 10, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

New solution to keep your electronics cooler with graphene film

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/overheating-of-electronics-scientists-now-have-a-better-solution-with-graphene-film/6425/


July 10, 2015 Vocal Republic

Users of online symptoms checker should take precautions, Harvard study finds

http://www.vocalrepublic.com/users-of-online-symptoms-checker-should-take-precautions-harvard-study-finds/18421/

The text directly below is the entire article copied verbatim from the website, including the ellipsis at the end.

The the web has created a abundant supply of understanding taking into consideration that its conceiving as this remarkable product has been employed being a resource that often connected evolve to soothe and efficiencies, many of the points with it remain quite, ‘rubbish’. This is precisely what they discovered later on Harvard Medical School investigators examined online health care symptoms checkers that individuals aim for and they experience something that.

“The masses is highly interested in the Internet for self-diagnosis, and highly they are definitely utilizing symbol checkers. We wished to know if the information these folks were using appeared to be useful”, said bring writer Ateev Mehrotra to actually CBS News.

This the first huge scale exploration that is actually centered on the percision of online finding web pages. Their statistics found that there’s one unit in a few odds the fact that the packages were usually correct in its first drive.

Most of the checkers found online have been hosted domain by different medical centers, health-related educational environments, government departments…


July 11, 2015 Vocal Republic

Harvard Engineers Created A Versatile Robot That Is Fast, Flexible And Sturdy

http://www.vocalrepublic.com/harvard-engineers-created-a-versatile-robot-that-is-fast-flexible-and-sturdy/18461/

The text directly below is the entire article copied verbatim from the website, including the ellipsis at the end. Since vocalrepublic.com steals only text and not images, the stolen image credit makes no sense in the context as it appears on vocalrepublic.com.

Image credit lines: Harvard.edu A number of micro-robotics companies from Harvard University provided a expert advisor that’s prompt or incredibly sturdy.

The document, that has been underscored in Harvard Gazette Magazine, unveiled a expert advisor that will climb 4 occasions when itself length without ever having harming its moving parts.

The astonishing element within this technological innovations is it amalgamated the deliverable of each delicate and difficult spiders.

Robots with the use of really tough internals are fast–their expedient sections release them to push quickly–but they are definitely therefore sensitive.

On contrary, gentle ea are extremely stretchable and sturdy. They can handle lots of strength without ever cracking, but they’re sluggish.

Creators of one’s ea illustrated that they would planned to attain a technique which could merge the talents of each variety of expert advisor.

They designed a robotic that includes a stable domestic part–where its consumer electronics reside–and outside stage that is actually delicate and sturdy.

The 3d written wood overwhelming…


July 11, 2015 Apex Tribune

HOW GRAPHENE FILM KEEPS YOUR ELECTRONICS COOL

http://www.apextribune.com/graphene-film-keeps-your-electronics-cool/26228/


July 12, 2015 Sentinel Republic

The News Recorder: Study shows lack of education may shorten life span

http://sentinelrepublic.com/the-news-recorder-study-shows-lack-of-education-may-shorten-life-span/27367/

The sourcing of this article is highly confusing, as it has apparently been cribbed from a cribbed article on another similar site. The headline references "The News Recorder", the body of the article references "The Telegraph", as well as referring to the academic paper which got general press attention on July 8, and has since engendered dozens of copycat articles on this same topic.


July 12, 2015 Daily Times Gazette

Love endures, cancer-stricken patient married girlfriend in his hospital bed

http://www.dailytimesgazette.com/love-wins-against-cancer-terminal-patient-marries-girlfriend-in-his-hospital-bed/18941/


July 12, 2015 Morning Ticker

Scientists astonished to find massive black hole that could change evolutionary theory

http://www.morningticker.com/2015/07/scientists-astonished-to-find-massive-black-hole-that-could-change-evolutionary-theory/

This article provides the textbook case of everything that is wrong with science reporting done cheaply. The main problem is that reporting at this level of mediocrity is ubiquitous on weekends through Google News. Somebody started with some actual scientific findings which probably have some small merit as news within the scientific community. Since the writer is not up to speed on the science and has spent so little time generating the text, they have repeatedly blown details out of proportion, misinterpreting them, and adding sensational sounding details, all of which are misleading to the layman. The headline sums up the whole shoddy "reporting" enterprise, as it explicitly trolls laymen who cannot distinguish the evolution of galaxies from the evolution of living things. It might have been contrived to cause uneducated people to roll their eyes at what they perceive as wrong-headed scientists and the wrong-headed approach of science in general. If the business model of morningticker.com was to propagate anti-science attitudes, then one could not do any better than hire cheap incompetent help to distort and dilute news in this way.


July 14, 2015 NY City News

Bumblebees face major threat due to climate change

https://nycnews.net/content/282382-bumblebees-face-major-threat-due-climate-change


July 14, 2015 Weekly Observer

Humans’ Health and Climate Chance are Always Linked with each Other

http://www.theweeklyobserver.com/climate-change-will-always-have-an-impact-on-the-planets-well-being/4151/

Two minor indications of home-made shoddiness that appear at this URL are the spelling correction that someone made to the headline and the abrupt change of font midway through the text. The URL appeared with high visibility on news.google.com in the "health" category, but could have also appeared in the "science" category, and the high school book report tone of the writing is typical of articles appearing on these topics in Google News. Also typical is that there is nothing controversial here which would merit the story as "breaking news". This is a transparent attempt to provoke shallow heated discussions of these issues, and if Google takes no steps to get its spam crisis under control, I suspect much more content like this will be appearing leading up to the climate summit in December 2015, in addition to predictable pre-concocted last-minute "controversies".


July 18, 2015 Daily Times Gazette

Which is more healthier restaurant food or home cooked food, recent study has an answer

http://www.dailytimesgazette.com/home-cooked-food-is-still-the-best-compared-to-restaurant-food-and-fast-food-study-claims/19942/

At some point on July 18, after this article appeared, someone at the site removed the redundant "more" from the headline, changing a glaringly badly written headline into a merely badly written headline.


July 18, 2015 Echo Examiner

Fracking Sites Pose Health Risks to Those Living in the Periphery

http://www.echoexaminer.com/fracking-sites-pose-health-risks-to-those-living-in-the-periphery/3766/


July 18, 2015 Weekly Observer

Richmond Authorities are Trying to Locate more Possible Victims of Bogus Cancer Doc

http://www.theweeklyobserver.com/richmond-authorities-are-trying-to-locate-more-possible-victims-of-el-cerrito-medicine-man/4395/


July 18, 2015 Trinity News Daily

THANK THE SOUTHERN OCEAN PLANKTON FOR BRIGHT REFLECTIVE CLOUDS

http://www.trinitynewsdaily.com/thank-the-southern-ocean-plankton-for-bright-reflective-clouds/2922/


July 18, 2015 Standard Daily

Research says few Americans consume the recommended amount of fruits and veggies

http://www.thestandarddaily.com/research-says-few-americans-consume-the-recommended-amount-of-fruits-and-veggies/4131/


July 18, 2015 National Monitor

Miramax scouting buyers

http://natmonitor.com/2015/07/18/miramax-scouting-buyers/


July 18, 2015 Dispatch Times

Microsoft restructures phone hardware business, cuts 7800 jobs

http://www.dispatchtimes.com/microsoft-restructures-phone-hardware-business-cuts-7800-jobs/11886/


July 18, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

Groundbreaking for U.S. housing! Permits are on the rise

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/outlook-for-u-s-housing-gets-a-boost-from-strong-groundbreaking/6938/


July 19, 2015 Vocal Republic

Magnetic pulses may ease ringing in the ears

http://www.vocalrepublic.com/magnetic-pulses-may-ease-ringing-in-the-ears/24056/

The text directly below is the entire article copied verbatim from the website, including the ellipsis at the end.

(Reuters Health) overvallen People by it is that a ringing or any other “ghost” would seem in their personal ears overvallen may take pleasure in a solution which typically delivers electromagnetic pulses into the mind, represents a new research study.

Transcranial alluring color (TMS) is not readily available for the general public by it, but the study’s steer writer expects it certainly will at some time be useful in association with living remedies like listening to solutions and symbol solutions approaches.

“I don’t look at TMS swapping out everything that, yet i look at it as one other way to assist some people,” said Robert Folmer of Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Oregon Health and Science University.

“Tinnitus is so much more more likely to take place in individuals with loss of hearing or those who managed to have a wide range of racket visibility,” he explained. “So it’s frequently pertaining to destruction tends the hearing structure.”

For the therapy, electric powered up to date playing over a twist pushed to the head stimulates a alluring discipline that is involving neighboring cerebrum…


July 22, 2015 Iol scitech

Vanishing Arctic ice caps? Actually, no

http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/vanishing-arctic-ice-caps-actually-no-1.1888728#.Va9hOniprFI

This appears to be the denialist propaganda we have been expecting, and will be seeing a lot more of in 2015. This article, starting with the foregone conclusion that some controversy exists about the fact of climate change, is typical of the smoke-and-mirrors rhetoric that gets spoon-fed to deniers. Transparent opinion pieces like this, masquerading as science journalism and public debate, are properly dismissed by responsible editors. But at Google News, humans apparently only work M-F 9-5. It's before 6 am EST, so there are a dozen "independent" "news" domains causing this "story" to trend on Google News, as a result this URL rotated in to appear prominently on news.google.com.


July 23, 2015 Sentinel Republic

Marijuana Could Help Mend Broken Bones

http://sentinelrepublic.com/marijuana-could-help-mend-broken-bones/40795/


July 24, 2015 The Hoops News

Rotting fungus forming hair ice in fascinating event

http://www.thehoopsnews.com/2015/07/24/6990/rotting-fungus-forming-hair-ice-in-fascinating-event/

This juvenile article has been cheaply thrown together with a misleading image, apparently one that was hastily selected.


July 24, 2015 Sentinel Republic

Colin Cowherd seemingly insinuates baseball is not that complicated

http://sentinelrepublic.com/colin-cowherd-seemingly-insinuates-baseball-is-not-that-complicated-because/41458/


July 24, 2015 KITV

Hawaii astronomers help discover neighbor planet

http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii-astronomers-help-discover-neighbor-planet/34350350

This belongs in third grade science class, not the science news category for grownups.


July 25, 2015 Ledger Gazette

Alzheimer’s Drug Solanezumab is Again Proposed – This Time as a Slowing Agent

http://www.ledgergazette.com/alzheimer-s-drug-solanezumab-is-again-proposed-this-time-as-a-slowing-agent/16065/


July 25, 2015 Sentinel Republic

Apple Inc says App Store, Apple Music services facing disruptions

http://sentinelrepublic.com/apple-inc-says-app-store-apple-music-services-facing-disruptions/42331/


July 25, 2015 West Texas News

Mystery of Hair Ice Finally Solved

http://wtexas.com/content/15074115-mystery-hair-ice-finally-solved


July 25, 2015 Hindustan Times

Tom Cruise all set to marry Katie Holmes lookalike?

http://www.hindustantimes.com/hollywood/tom-cruise-to-marry-katie-holmes-lookalike/article1-1373079.aspx


July 25, 2015 TV Newsroom

Successful people at extra risk of harmful drinking

http://tvnewsroom.org/newslines/health/successful-people-at-extra-risk-of-harmful-drinking-56282/


July 25, 2015 Dispatch Times

1 Billion ‘Earths’ And Counting — NASA Scientist

http://www.dispatchtimes.com/1-billion-earths-and-counting-nasa-scientist/19118/


July 26, 2015 The News Recorder

Rare 17-foot deep water whale washes up on Jones Beach in Plymouth

http://www.thenewsrecorder.com/2015/07/26/2135/rare-17foot-deep-water-whale-washes-jones-beach-plymouth/


July 26, 2015 Pioneer News

Milner And Hawking Back $100 Million Alien Life Project

http://www.piercepioneer.com/milner-and-hawking-back-100-million-alien-life-project/43958


July 26, 2015 BABW News

NASA’s New Horizons spots haze, flowing ice on Pluto

http://www.babwnews.com/2015/07/nasas-new-horizons-spots-haze-flowing-ice-on-pluto/

The first report I noticed on this story was from Reuters, and mentioned "ice" and "flow" in the headline and in the text. I am 99 per cent certain that it should be "floe", and that there are no "motions" or "flows" of ice that anybody has discovered on Pluto. "Flow", not "floe", has appeared on a half dozen other articles that I have seen, all of which were better written that this one from BABW.

P.S. My petty focus on internet spam blinded me to the wonders of the universe. It turns out there is flowing ice on Pluto. This is absolutely incredible. What I now find most mind-boggling is how the discovery of flowing ice on Pluto has not been the top headline story all weekend long.


July 26, 2015 Times Gazette

Nintendo files patent for its Bizarre New Device – You could expect better sleep perhaps

http://www.thetimesgazette.com/nintendo-files-patent-for-its-bizarre-new-device-you-could-expect-better-sleep-perhaps/5739/


July 26, 2015 Empire State Tribune

The new Miata sports is a timeless design and an incomparable ride

http://www.esbtrib.com/2015/07/26/23783/the-new-miata-sports-is-a-timeless-design-and-an-incomparable-ride/

The style of writing in this and the following Benchmark Reporter article can be likened to having a beginner try to play a classical concerto on a toy piano.


July 26, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

New Mazda MX-5 Miata gives off premium driving experience with their slick design

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/the-whole-new-mazda-mx-5-miata-sports-is-an-ageless-design-with-premium-driving-experience/7430/


July 26, 2015 Expose

Scott Disick spotted kissing woman

http://www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/entertainment-news/173549/Scott-Disick-spotted-kissing-woman

Trolls 1, KU37 0.

I really do not mind being trolled here. This article does not properly belong on this Wall of Shame page. But still it appeared on news.google.com and I love the headline and cannot resist commenting on it. I had to click to find out if maybe this person was gay or something which would make it newsworthy. Fortunately he is not. We are now into the realm of reporting bodily functions as news. Next up: "Kelly Ripa Goes to Bathroom Sitting Down".


July 26, 2015 Dispatch Times

Smithsonian launches crowdfunding campaign to restore Neil Armstrong’s

http://www.dispatchtimes.com/smithsonian-launches-crowdfunding-campaign-to-restore-neil-armstrong-s/19623/

The truncated headline is most likely intentional trolling. The volume of trashy clickbait at this time on a Sunday afternoon is reaching its peak, and there is no reason for these headline writers to show any kind of restraint. The article, obviously cribbed and hastily patched together, switches randomly between references to astronauts "Armstrong" and "Shephard".


July 27, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

Rarely seen fathomless whales shows up in the shores of Massachusetts

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/rarely-seen-fathomless-whales-shows-up-in-the-shores-of-massachusetts/7427/


July 27, 2015 Empire State Tribune

Teat Cancer Medicine Combo Far better Than Regular Treatment: Research

http://www.esbtrib.com/2015/07/27/24222/teat-cancer-medicine-combo-far-better-than-regular-treatment-research/

Somebody at this website changed the headline from "Teat Cancer" to "Breast Cancer". But the URL that contains the word "teat" remains unchanged. The term "bust cancer" has replaced the term "breast cancer" in the text of the article. It looks like it was done on roughly every other instance of the term "breast cancer". The algorithm seems to have been designed or optimized using the assumption that doing something on every other instance will improve its performance.


July 28, 2015 Pioneer News

Scientists Discuss Connection Between a Sea Level Rise and Rain Fall and Climate Change

http://www.piercepioneer.com/scientists-discuss-connection-between-sea-level-rise-and-rain-fall-and-climate-change/44066


July 29, 2015 Observer Chronicle

Kepler-452b: What it would end up like to live On The Planetis " relative"

http://www.observerchronicle.com/technology/kepler-452b-what-it-would-end-up-like-to-live-on-the-planetis-relative/23263/


July 29, 2015 Trinity News Daily

THREE FACTOR DISASTROUS FLOODING IS LOOMING ALONG U.S. COAST

http://www.trinitynewsdaily.com/three-factor-disastrous-flooding-is-looming-along-u-s-coast/3055/

Textbook example of coherent-sounding content that has been run through various combinations of automated and human spinners, ending with the headline and URL tacked on by the least literate member of the robot-human team on the farm.


July 28, 2015 Micro Cap Observer

NASA Finds Earth 2.0 in the Milky Way

http://www.microcapobserver.com/nasa-finds-earth-2-0-in-the-milky-way/238341/


July 28, 2015 Hindustan Times

Hugh Jackman teases with Wolverine 3 first look

http://www.hindustantimes.com/hollywood/hugh-jackman-reveals-wolverine-3-s-first-teaser-image-/article1-1373822.aspx


July 29, 2015 Uncover California

HBO Now service becomes available to Verizon broadband customers

http://uncovercalifornia.com/content/25378-hbo-now-service-becomes-available-verizon-broadband-customers


July 29, 2015 Vocal Republic

Lithium find in exploding star could help solve astronomy puzzle

http://www.vocalrepublic.com/lithium-find-in-exploding-star-could-help-solve-astronomy-puzzle/32948/

The text directly below is the entire article copied verbatim from the website, including the ellipsis at the end.

SANTIAGO Astronomers have found lithium in a kind of stellar explosion referred to as a nova for the primary time, a find that helps clear up a longstanding thriller in astrophysics concerning the amount of the factor that has been noticed in stars.

Using two telescopes in Chile, astronomers detected tiny quantities of the chemical aspect lithium in Nova Centauri, which exploded in 2013 – the brightest nova up to now this century, the European Southern Observatory stated this week.

That could be step one in fixing the so-called lithium riddle. Models of the Big Bang on the delivery of the universe 13.eight billion years in the past permit astronomers to calculate fairly precisely how a lot lithium must be current.

But older stars should not have as a lot lithium because the fashions recommend, whereas youthful ones have extra.Astronomers have lengthy speculated that the latter a part of the issue could be defined by novae expelling the component, “seeding” area with lithium and…


July 31, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

70 Percent of adults enroll in Obamacare in California

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/70-percent-adults-enrolls-in-obamacare-in-california/7667/


July 31, 2015 The Market Business

SILENT CIRCLE BLACKPHONE 2 SHALL SUPPORT ANDROID DURING WORK

http://www.themarketbusiness.com/2015-07-31-silent-circle-blackphone-2-shall-support-android-during-work


August 1, 2015 Pioneer News

US Task Force Advise On New Depression Screenings

http://www.piercepioneer.com/us-task-force-advise-on-new-depression-screenings/44284

Here is another borderline trolling article from gray area denizen Pioneer News. The headline is probably a British-ism taking a group noun as a plural (even when the group noun is "US Task Force"). Below is the first paragraph of the article, which is oddly redundant. However, the overall effect makes me feel happy.

Health officials in the United States are now advising that all US adults undergo regular depression screenings. In fact, an entire panel of doctors—on the US Preventive Services Task Force has now issued a controversial proposal which, according to a publication in Medical News Today recommends that all adults receive this new screenings.


May 30, 2015 Gazette Herald

Casual sex apps blamed for rise in STDs – report – RT

http://www.gazetteherald.com/casual-sex-apps-blamed-for-rise-in-stds-report-rt/123749/

Below I have pasted the full text from this URL.

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May 30, 2015 Gazette Herald

Tattoo can cause severe, life-long and adverse skin damages – The Silver Ink

http://www.gazetteherald.com/tattoo-can-cause-severe-life-long-and-adverse-skin-damages-the-silver-ink/126296/

Below I have pasted the full text from this URL.

According to learn, sizable part of individuals who skin image their personal dermis are afflicted by epidermis keen and eczema, the new commer was also realized that some was required to find out skin experts and get some remedy, days later on ink is completed.

For the investigation, 300 those in the New York’s Central Park have been spoke to, and experts revealed that a considerable large number of one have skin troubles months to years because they experienced an everlasting ink.

Dr. Marie Leger, a skin expert and partner mentor for the New York University and co-author of one’s trial said, “I’ve dealt with people who find troubles with such a tats and had to interested about how normal this happened. The dyed segment can on occasion bring up over a section across the skin layer and might reduce the surface along the skin layer and how the body art looks.”

About 2/3 of these spoke to announced had skin layer allergy symptoms after tattoo; a number of considered that these suffer with skin surface irritability that are scratchy, elevated, rough and packed with edema.

Mike Martin, leader of one’s Alliance of Professional Tattooists said, “I don’t make any studies or chances of people that escape by using a sores and may talk from my own personal knowledge only. The widespread regarding a sore showing up is rare though not unprecedented throughout the entire skin image sector. Some folks’ our bodies can’t stand red colored hues.”

It was at showed that most people that had noted having skin problems after tattoos really are responding in the loss within the skin coloration designed for these items.

Martin said, “I have come across the sores occurring 12 several months following the tattoos is recovered, it’s usually inside of the web site through which scarlet tones were really inked directly into dermis. The sore continue up to the time when each and every part of the loss has actually been forced from the originial and dermis. Occasionally, I’ve seen this many depression, plums and vegetables were being inked on a certain person internatonal.”

Leger counseled anyone who have body art to get around visiting solar, and then to stay clear of dry signs since most people in general become activated it.

It can also be allowed to maintain the tattoos, and clear it until intensely recovered, and choose tattoos salons with the use of qualified standing.

On May 30 and 31, Gazette Herald generated a lot of bad content such as this. A discussion of this can be found on this Google product forum:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/news/tTS2gWVoshg;context-place=forum/news


May 30, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

Scientists baffling over the sudden deaths of endangered Saigas, a third of its population wiped out!!

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/scientists-baffling-over-the-sudden-deaths-of-endangered-saigas-a-third-of-its-population-wiped-out/4133/

Here is the first paragraph from this Benchmark Reporter article:

The mysterious deaths of Saigas, an endangered antelope species in Asia has thundered the scientists. Scientists are scrambling for answers and are worried about the future of this species.

See the Google product forum discussion at this link, regarding the various articles on this 'Saiga Antelope Deaths In Kazakhstan' story:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/news/CxroaEC18P0;context-place=forum/news


May 31, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

Restoring “lost” memory is possible – sensitive blue light brings back memories in mice with amnesia

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/restoring-lost-memory-is-possible-sensitive-blue-light-brings-back-memories-in-mice-with-amnesia/4239/

Here is the first paragraph from this story:

A new research is suggesting that the “lost” memories in the brain are just prowling in there while it waits for the re-discovery once again, when it comes to mice at least. A study has been published by researchers in Science last Thursday which states that they have reactivated memories that they have been blocked previously, which indicated retrograde amnesia, memories which are lost because of brain trauma, is kind of like “retrieval” of memory setback instead of losing the real data.


May 31, 2015 The Silver Ink (or The Silver Link?)

KIDNEY FUNCTIONS ARE BETTER WAY TO PREDICT HEART DISEASE RISK

http://www.thesilverink.com/kidney-functions-are-better-way-to-predict-heart-disease-risk/23603/

Here is some text from this article:

The study will accumulate data that will provide physicians with a better choice of decisions on whether patients need to change their lifestyle such as more exercise, healthier diets, and treatments such as statins.


June 2, 2105 Standard Daily

Study finds that earth-sized planets all have relatively circular orbits

http://www.thestandarddaily.com/study-finds-that-earth-sized-planets-all-have-relatively-circular-orbits/2503/


June 2, 2015 Standard Daily

The High Price of Cancer Drugs Raises the Heckles of Top Oncologist at the American Society for Clinical Oncology

http://www.thestandarddaily.com/the-high-price-of-cancer-drugs-raises-the-heckles-of-top-oncologist-at-the-american-society-for-clinical-oncology/2506/


June 4, 2015 The Silver Ink (or The Silver Link?)

NOMAD HAS COMPLETED ACQUISITION OF IGLO GROUP FOR EUR 2.6M

http://www.thesilverink.com/nomad-has-completed-its-acquisition-of-iglo-foods/23775/

A commenter who noticed this article, which was featured as a top pick on Google News, noticed that the price of the company of 2.6 billion Euros was incorrectly reported as 2.6 million Euros. After I replied to the commenter, on thesilverink.com, pointing out how this article, together with the other current articles about Iglo, fit the pattern of a massively spun hastily written story, my comment was removed, and the amount was corrected in the headline and in the article. The headline currently reads "NOMAD HAS COMPLETED ACQUISITION OF IGLO GROUP FOR EUR 2.6B"


May 22, 2015 The Silver Ink (or The Silver Link?)

STABLE ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET IS SUDDENLY MELTING

http://www.thesilverink.com/stable-antarctic-ice-sheet-is-suddenly-melting/23164/

The writing level on thesilverink.com is uniformly weak. This article is not typical; the writing level of this article is even worse. It appears as if the entire article has been contrived to invite eye-rolling cynicism at every level, and to perpetuate a false "teach-the-controversy" debate. See more info about the questionable website at:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/news/DqAhN7SjuIo


May 27, 2015 The Times of India

NASA selects celestial Nasa toolkit ready to look for life on Jupiter’s moon

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Home/Science/NASA-selects-celestial-Nasa-toolkit-ready-to-look-for-life-on-Jupiters-moon/articleshow/47451430.cms


May 28, 2015 Youth Health

Mediterranean Diet Is Great for the Uterus Too

http://www.youthhealthmag.com/articles/16753/20150528/mediterranean-diet-uterine-cancer.htm


April 26, 2015 Observer Chronicle

Scientist finds, two huge magma chambers under Yellowstone National Park

http://www.observerchronicle.com/scientist-finds-two-huge-magma-chambers-under-yellowstone-national-park/3506/

The article was no longer available on Observer Chronicle on Tuesday, April 28. Here is an archived pdf image of the page:

http://igibud.com/Observer_Chronicle.pdf

This article consists of six paragraphs. Paragraphs 1 and 2 are duplicated to paragraphs 3 and 4, and again as paragraphs 5 and 6. This is the umpteenth version of this same Yellowstone story that has been featured on Google news from different media sources.

The Sunday, April 26 pdf snapshot of the article also preserves descriptions of other articles and internal links which cannot be found on observerchronicle.com as of Tuesday, April 28. There were articles about marijuana and botulism, for example, which have apparently been removed along with the Yellowstone article. New doodoo articles on observerchronicle.com started to appear again on Saturday, May 2.


April 26, 2015 Biotech Wired

Mega Magma Reservoir Discovered Underneath Yellowstone National Park

http://www.biotechwired.com/science/mega-magma-reservoir-discovered-underneath-yellowstone-national-park/18255/

This is yet another version of this same Yellowstone story. This one was not featured on news.google.com. The use of the indefinite article in the following sentence gives us a different take on USA geography: "This new magma chamber is so big that it has capacity to fill in a 1,000 cubic-mile Grand Canyon 11.2 times." At the time I viewed this article, the entire "science" topic was absent from the main page of news.google.com. It was necessary to click on "science" from the main page site navigation, where this Biotech Wired article appeared as the top "science" story.

(Google's working definition of "science news" seems to include the requirement that the article must be generated on the same day.)


April 26, 2015 3DPrint.com

3D Print NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in Honor of its 25th Anniversary, Thanks to SketchFab, 3D Hubs & NASA

http://3dprint.com/60883/nasa-hubble-space-telescope-25/

This appeared under "science", but it's not popular science about NASA. It's a report by a trade organization with a very specific market.


April 26, 2015 The Next Digit

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Q1 Results: AWS Makes $1.57 billion in Sales

http://thenextdigit.com/20633/amazon-nasdaqamzn-results-aws-makes-1-57-billion-sales/

This article is typical of thenextdigit.com, in that it is clear to any reader who is a native English speaker at a certain level of literacy that the text was not generated by a native English speaker. Articles from The Next Digit regularly show up on Google's main news page. Although it is written in comprehensible English, the topic of the article is how an American company is doing on Wall Street. (It makes perfect sense to me that a journalist in Pakistan, for example, might want to report about Wall Street for readers in Pakistan. However, this is being featured on news.google.com, which is the version of Google's news intended for American readers and advertisers.)


May 9, 2015 India Today

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 may come with 4K dual-edge display

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/technology/story/samsung-galaxy-note-and-project-zen/1/436339.html



May 9, 2015 The Market Business

Heartbeats Detector: NASA Space Technology Helped to Locate Earthquake Survivors

http://www.themarketbusiness.com/2015-05-09-nasa-space-technology-proved-to-be-useful-in-nepal-evacuation

Here is the opening text from the article:

NASA has a mechanism available to detect heartbeats that was used to find 04 men trapped in rubble following the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.


May 9, 2015 Bharat Press

Demi Moore robbed of $200k worth haute couture post North Hollywood burglary

http://bharatpress.com/2015/05/10/demi-moore-robbed-of-200k-worth-haute-couture-post-north-hollywood-burglary/

Here is some text from the article:

"Sources stated that a member of the fifty two-yr-previous actress’ staff swung by the place and observed there was extra large open area than there must be, TMZ.com reported. The ‘Striptease’ star, who’s robbed of excessive-finish, and in some instances, irreplaceable clothes gadgets, is claimed to be placing collectively an itemized listing of her losses."


May 10, 2015 Capital OTC

Obama Visits South Dakota: ‘Saving Best for Last'

http://www.capitalotc.com/obama-visits-south-dakota/211187/

Here is some text from the article:

"The President detailed on the matter, saying that well-paid jobs are getting increasingly tech-oriented, and making sure community colleges such as Lake Area Tech offer free education is paramount. 'That’s why I came here today, to this little tiny school in a little tiny town,' Obama told his audience."


May 10, 2015 Dispatch Times

U.S. Unemployment remains at low even as employers increases jobs

http://www.dispatchtimes.com/u-s-unemployment-remains-at-low-even-as-employers-increases-jobs/3195/


May 10, 2015 NYC Today

U.S. UNEMPLOYMENT REMAINS AT MULTI-YEAR LOW AS EMPLOYERS CONTINUE ADDING MORE JOBS

http://nycity.today/content/281587-us-unemployment-remains-multi-year-low-employers-continue-adding-more-jobs


May 10, 2015 Pioneer News

Mercury Study Suggests The Planet Has A Liquid Core

http://www.piercepioneer.com/mercury-study-suggests-the-planet-has-a-liquid-core/40647

Here is some text from the article:

"Researchers report that this discovery is quite important because it should help to serve scientist in better understanding the history of this planet that we still know very little about."


May 11, 2015 The Hoops News

NASA MESSENGER tells molten core is behind Mercury’s magnetic field

http://www.thehoopsnews.com/2015/05/11/5058/nasa-messenger-tells-molten-core-is-behind-mercurys-magnetic-field/


May 12, 2015 Inferse

Messenger reveals flow of liquid iron in Mercury core is reason of Magnetism

http://www.inferse.com/32471/messenger-reveals-flow-liquid-iron-mercury-core-reason-magnetism/


May 10, 2015 Empire State Tribune

NASA’s Messenger Has Made Mercury More Neighborly than Before

http://www.esbtrib.com/2015/05/10/11763/nasas-messenger-has-made-mercury-more-neighborly-than-before/

Below is text from this Empire State Tribune article:

"What this means, due to the discovery of the magnetized rocks, scientists would now be able to come up with more solid understanding how such magnetic field work throughout the years. Another discovery was that, Mercury has a light-density iron core, which explains what happens after a long period of time has passed."

On May 11, 2015, someone modified the paragraph above from this Empire State Tribune article, and the headline at the same link was changed to read: "Messenger: Mercury’s core has low freezing point and therefore won’t assume solid form" A paste of the entire text from May 11, 2015 is at this link:

http://igibud.com/wordpress/?p=1209


May 11, 2015 The Market Business

Do Not Alter Photos on Profile for Dating Sites says Study

http://www.themarketbusiness.com/2015-05-11-do-not-alter-photo-on-profile-for-dating-sites-says-study

I sometimes see hyperbolic references to certain outlandish online content "winning the internet" or "breaking the internet". After giving some thought to the phrase "geological dating" as used in this article, and then trying in vain to wrap my head around how this text might have come to exist in our world, I would have to say this article "won the internet" for me today. Here is the first paragraph and another excerpt of the text from this article:

"Usually girls assume they’re going to be ready to attract a lot of men by uploading their altered image, that appearance stunning and enticing. Study conducted on the topic rebuff such misconceptions regarding geological dating. If you actually need to travel for geological dating alternatively realize a decent date, don’t enhance your profile picture, says a replacement study.

"They found men not to trust on such ladies."


May 11, 2015 Uncover Michigan

Photographs presented at Conference in Mexico City bring Roswell Incident back in News

http://uncovermichigan.com/content/24185-photographs-presented-conference-mexico-city-bring-roswell-incident-back-news

This link no longer functions as of Sept. 15, 2015.

The article was not featured prominently on the main Google news page. However, the link to it was offered as an alternative to a featured article on the same topic from metro.co.uk. This article is distressing in two respects. The topic, Roswell, is pseudoscience, and the article is written from the point of view of someone who believes some popular fantasy, and requires new evidence to disabuse them of this belief. That might be newsworthy, but it is not science. This "story" should never be presented under the topic "science", so whatever process or combination of processes led to that happening is at fault, and whoever is responsible for that is being negligent as a journalist. Secondly, the website uncovermichigan.com appears to be just as real as aliens in New Mexico. Everything on the website that appears to present itself as real evaporates when put under any kind of scrutiny. The content about Roswell appears to have been generated somewhere other than Detroit, where uncovermichigan.com claims to be situated.


May 14, 2015 Daily Times Gazette

Tension Increases Between UC Berkeley And MIT Over The Official Distribution Of Patent Rights Over The CRISPR-Cas9

http://www.dailytimesgazette.com/mit-and-uc-berkeley-fighting-toe-and-nail-over-rights-to-crispr-cas9/8271/


May 15, 2015 Frontline Desk

Innovative Gene Editing Technology Could be Disastrous For Human

http://www.frontlinedesk.com/2015055900-innovative-gene-editing-technology-disastrous-human/

As of September 15, 2015 this link no longer functions. Much of the older shoddy content from frontlinedesk.com has been transferred to voicechronicle.com, but URLs do not redirect. Below is a paste of the final paragraphs as they appeared in the frontlinedesk.com article:

"George Daley, director of the Stem Cell Transplantation Program, talks about the benefits of the technology. He informs that it can play an integral part in the editing of the gene. It gives power to health experts to repair infected genes.

"Scientists are pretty optimistic that the technology will cure fatal diseases such as cancer and AIDS. However, they believe further research and experiments are needed to determine its risks and advantages. Therefore, they are currently working on a plan to carry out researches on it.

"Additionally, the technology has the potential to rapidly ascend food supplies."


May 16, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

Is LG Watch Urbane the thing? Piles of smart watches with no one to buy

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/is-lg-watch-urbane-the-thing-piles-of-smart-watches-with-no-one-to-buy/3360/


May 18, 2015 Dispatch Times

Android Starts Sale of Smartwatch Fire

http://www.dispatchtimes.com/android-starts-sale-of-smartwatch-fire/3524/

According to the Disqus user called "I Job to Zack Ryder" this article from Dispatch Times was featured prominently on Google's main news page. The various generators of the headline, subhead, summary and body at this URL do not seem to be on the same page regarding the meaning of the word "fire".


May 18, 2015 dunyanews.tv

Fake to be '#AXACT', biggest scam in history of educational fraud

http://dunyanews.tv/index.php/en/Pakistan/279914-Fake-to-be-AXACT-biggest-scam-in-history-of-ed

This was featured prominently on news.google.com, the second story from the top of the page.


May 19, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

Controversial vaccination bill receives approval: Personal and religious beliefs ignored by California State law?

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/controversial-vaccine-bill-gets-approved-california-state-disallow-religious-exceptions-to-infant-immunization/3499/

This article appeared in the morning, originally as a regurgitation and mangling of unsubstantiated anti-vaxxer talking points. After it was rendered into botched English, the information was somehow even more preposterous and dangerous than the usual anti-vaxxer can't. After reading the article, I posted these questions on benchmarkreporter.com:

What are Adip Xion's writing credentials? How much experience does this person have with reporting on science and health topics? Does this writer have a background in science or medicine, or some other familiarity with those topics? How are they qualified to report on vaccines in California USA?

Visiting benchmarkreporter.com some hours later, my questions appeared on my screen, marked “in moderation”, and later vanished. Over the course of the day, the article itself morphed from one fuzzy unauthoritative point of view to another. One of my questions about it on Google News got an evasive reply:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/news/Q4g12ptBcnY;context-place=forum/news

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/news/mYG-NdJZdg0;context-place=forum/news


May 18, 2015 Daily Tech

Apple's ~$1B Court Victory Over Samsung to be Cut up to a Third

http://www.dailytech.com/InDepth+Apples+1B+Court+Victory+Over+Samsung+to+be+Cut+up+to+a+Third/article37353c.htm


May 19, 2015 Apex Beats

CALIFORNIA SENATE ALLOWS “BEER BIKES” TO RUN ON STREETS

http://apexbeats.com/recent/2061-05/california-senate-allows-beer-bikes-run-streets/


May 19, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

Chances of breast cancer alarmingly high for women with “High Breast Density”

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/chances-of-breast-cancer-alarmingly-high-for-women-with-high-breast-density/3490/


May 17, 2015 Daily Times Gazette

Patrick Dempsey Got Fired Off Grey’s Anatomy Due To Affair With An Intern! McDreamy Denies The Rumours

http://www.dailytimesgazette.com/hailey-baldwin-slams-hollywood-life-website-call-the-site-absolutely-disgusting/8631/

The names of the URLs on this derivative site appear to be shifted from headlines on adjacent content pages.


May 16, 2015 The Next Digit

The higher end value of Stock Indexes sets another recordfor S&P 500

http://thenextdigit.com/21494/higher-end-value-stock-indexes-sets-recordfor-500/

The link above redirects to a current stock market summary. Here is an archive of the May 16 article:

https://web.archive.org/web/20150516190205/http://thenextdigit.com/21494/higher-end-value-stock-indexes-sets-recordfor-500/


May 16, 2015 The Market Business

DALLAS ZOO WANTS KINDNESS TOWARDS AFRICAN PENGUINS FROM VISITORS

http://www.themarketbusiness.com/2015-05-16-dallas-zoo-expects-kindness-towards-african-penguins-from-visitors


May 20, 2015 Benchmark Reporter

One third of Americans are at risk of heart disease because of metabolic syndrome or “syndrome X”.

http://www.benchmarkreporter.com/one-third-of-americans-are-at-risk-of-heart-disease-because-of-metabolic-syndrome-or-syndrome-x/3560/


May 22, 2015 The Silver Ink (or The Silver Link?)

STABLE ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET IS SUDDENLY MELTING

http://www.thesilverink.com/stable-antarctic-ice-sheet-is-suddenly-melting/23164/

The writing level on thesilverink.com is uniformly weak. This article is not typical; the writing level of this article is even worse. It appears as if the entire article has been contrived to invite eye-rolling cynicism at every level, and to perpetuate a false "teach-the-controversy" debate. See more info about the questionable website at:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/news/DqAhN7SjuIo;context-place=forum/news

May 23, 2015 I contacted DomainMarket.com with this info:

I have been seeing quality issues that I have been reporting to
Google - see a summary here:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/news/DqAhN7SjuIo;context-place=forum/news

There is confusion on the site thesilverink.com about the name
"The Silver Ink" versus "The Silver Link". Your site sells
thesilverlink.com for 5,000 USD. However, thesilverlink.com
appears to be a bogus version of domainmarket.com. Is that 
unusual? It seems dishonest. I am curious, as Google continues to publish bad info from this source. Please let me know. Thank you.


May 27, 2015 The Times of India

NASA selects celestial Nasa toolkit ready to look for life on Jupiter’s moon

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Home/Science/NASA-selects-celestial-Nasa-toolkit-ready-to-look-for-life-on-Jupiters-moon/articleshow/47451430.cms


May 28, 2015 Youth Health

Mediterranean Diet Is Great for the Uterus Too

http://www.youthhealthmag.com/articles/16753/20150528/mediterranean-diet-uterine-cancer.htm


November 8, 2014 Capital Wired

Researchers Revealed that Particle Found by CERN is not Higgs Boson

http://www.capitalwired.com/researchers-revealed-that-particle-found-by-cern-is-not-higgs-boson/25677/

This writer apparently does not understand that there are two competing theoretical models being discussed, each of which has their own sets of particles. A reader incorrectly concludes that there are two different kinds of particles that can be detected and compared.


November 26, 2014 Capital Berg

NASA OVER AND DONE WITH FIRST CREATION OF 3D SPACE PRINTER

http://www.capitalberg.com/nasa-done-first-creation-3d-space-printer/21522/


November 28, 2014 Capital Berg

NASA Expects Philae to Wake up in Summer

http://www.capitalwired.com/nasa-expects-philae-to-wake-up-in-summer/26921/

This article makes no mention of the European Space Agency that operates Philae; the headline incorrectly refers to NASA.


November 28, 2014 The Hoops News

Earth’s protective Plasmaspheric Shield blocks Killer Electrons from solar storms and save humanity

http://www.thehoopsnews.com/2014/11/28/2183/earths-protective-plasmaspheric-shield-blocks-killer-electrons-solar-storms-save-humanity/

Below is the final paragraph of this article:

"Moreover though, it begs the question regarding other protections that might exist out there that we don’t know about right now. Right now, scientists are also in the process of trying to determine what other things might be out there that are currently unknown. Science is an incredibly expansive topic – especially with regards to space travel – which the United States has boosted their work on, so improving the overall knowledge base is always appreciated."


November 30, 2014 The Frontline Desk

Boffins Say, Social Media Data is PUZZLED With Human Conduct Errors

http://www.frontlinedesk.com/2014111139-boffins-say-social-media-data-puzzled-human-conduct-errors/

Oftentimes science stories that have appeared during the week on traditional media websites get rearranged and posted on aggregator sites as "original." (Just original enough, apparently, to convince Google's algorithms.) This Frontline Desk article, with its inscrutable headline, was apparently rearranged from an original article on The Register.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/30/social_media_data_is_riddled_with_human_behaviour_errors_boffins_warn/

The Register headline is "Social media data is RIDDLED with human behaviour errors, boffins warn". The original article included somewhat unusual content, the regurgitated article was half-meaningful, and the reader comments to the regurgitated article are understandably a mishmash of confusion. The high number of comments is a good indication that the article was visible and profitable for frontlinedesk.com.

P.S. September 15, 2015. Much of the shoddy content from frontlinedesk.com was transferred to voicechronicle.com, and the article at the URL above apparently has been given a more sensible headline and moved to this URL:

http://www.voicechronicle.com/social-media-data-often-misguides-human-behavioral-studies/21460/


December 9, 2014 Frontline Desk

Rogue winds culpable for constructing Giant Dunes on Saturn’s Titan: Study says

http://www.frontlinedesk.com/2014121787-rogue-winds-culpable-constructing-giant-dunes-saturns-titan-study-says/

P.S. September 15, 2015. Frontlinedesk.com redirects to voicechronicle.com, and the article at the URL above has been moved to this URL:

http://www.voicechronicle.com/scientists-detected-enormous-sand-dunes-titan/22169/


December 22, 2014 America Herald

ISS astronauts develop socket wrench from emailed hardware via 3D-printer

http://daily-facts.net/iss-astronauts-develop-socket-wrench-from-emailed-hardware-via-3d-printer-america-herald/

This writer does not seem to be familiar with 3D printers, and is possibly under the impression that they were invented in outer space.


December 24, 2014 Capital Berg

NEW RARE DWARF GALAXIES DISCOVERED BY HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE

http://www.capitalberg.com/new-rare-dwarf-galaxies-discovered-hubble-space-telescope/21969/


December 25, 2014 Capital Berg

WORLD’S FUTURE CLIMATE SHALL BE INFLUENCED BY PEOPLE NOT GOVERNMENTS

http://www.capitalberg.com/worlds-future-climate-shall-influenced-people-not-governments/22024/


December 27, 2014 Capital Berg

SIX MONTHS OF SPACE EYED THROUGH SIX MINUTES OF TIME-LAPSE BY ESA’S ALEXANDER GERST

http://www.capitalberg.com/six-months-space-eyed-six-minutes-time-lapse-esas-alexander-gerst/22085/


December 27, 2014 Capital Berg

NASA HAS TOUCHED NEW HEIGHTS IN 2014 AND THEY SAY IT DOESN’T STOPS HERE

http://www.capitalberg.com/nasa-touched-new-heights-2014-say-doesnt-stops/22091/


January 25, 2015 Consolidate Times

New Study, Jellyfish Don’t Just Drift, It Actively Swim Against Current

http://consolidatetimes.com/2085/25/new-study-jellyfish-dont-just-drift-actively-swim-current/

This article looks okay to me, but Google is being negligent somehow in featuring an article with a headline like this. The grammar of the headline is so bad that it invites clicks from hate-read folks like myself, thus giving the website undeserved visibility. Any high school graduate would reject this article in an instant, just after seeing the headline.

P.S. September 15, 2015. The content from consolidatetimes.com was transferred to voicechronicle.com, and the article at the URL above has been given a new headline and moved to this URL:

http://www.voicechronicle.com/swimming-secret-of-jellyfish-amazed-researchers/24299/


March 14, 2015 Wall Street OTC

30 Years from the Invention of the First .com Domain: Symbolics.com

http://www.wallstreetotc.com/30-years-from-the-invention-of-the-first-com-domain-symbolics-com/216503/

This is apparently supposed to be an article about the history of the internet, but it's a shallowly researched report about one company; there is nothing in the article about the history of the internet.


March 14, 2015 Pioneer News

Happy Birthday Dot Com

http://www.piercepioneer.com/happy-birthday-dot-com/38898

Another shallowly researched report about internet history.


March 18, 2015 Pioneer News

2000 Migratory Snow Geese Fall From the Sky

http://www.piercepioneer.com/2000-migratory-snow-geese-fall-from-the-sky/39041

This article from Pioneer News amounts to a bunch of difficult to follow, hastily pushed together paragraphs. The third paragraph introduces "cholera bacteria" out of the blue.


March 21, 2015 Daily Times Gazette

Enjoy extra sunlight, take out swimming stuffs, as “Vernal Equinox” is here to stay

http://www.dailytimesgazette.com/enjoy-extra-sunlight-take-out-swimming-stuffs-as-vernal-equinox-is-here-to-stay/2229/


March 23, 2015 Delhi Daily News

How spring gets 30 seconds shorter every year

http://www.delhidailynews.com/news/How-spring-gets-30-seconds-shorter-every-year-1427084351/

This writer apparently did not understand what he was writing about. Although the data and conclusions are presumably precise, any explanation of the cause or the concept of precession is missing, so it effectively sucks any knowledge you might already have right out of your head.


March 27, 2015 Delhi Daily News

Galaxy cluster collisions offer clues about dark matter

http://www.delhidailynews.com/news/Galaxy-cluster-collisions-offer-clues-about-dark-matter-1427431062/


April 4, 2015 The Westside Story

Science of frustrated magnets: Hall Effect experiment reveals clues to their discontent

http://thewestsidestory.net/2015/04/04/38461/science-of-frustrated-magnets-hall-effect-experiment-reveals-clues-to-their-discontent/

This article is about the esoteric scientific concept the "Hall Effect" that was not understood by the writer, and so resulted in random thoughts regurgitated for public consumption.


April 4, 2015 Pioneer News

Physicists Attempt to Observe Behavioral Context in Magnetic Anomalies

http://www.piercepioneer.com/physicists-attempt-to-observe-behavioral-context-in-magnetic-anomalies/39662


April 6, 2015 Saving Advice

Researchers Get Frustrated Magnets to Show Hall Effect for the First Time

click here to see the raw text of original article without any advertising

Here is the link to the original article (the website savingadvice.com sometimes forces you to answer a survey question before viewing any text):

http://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2015/04/06/1033816_frustrated-magnets-hall-effect.html

This is another article about this same esoteric "Hall Effect" described in the articles from The Westside Story and Pioneer News. More confusing half-baked regurgitation. Possibly these writers were starting from the same press release, and when they delivered an article that was no more than a list assembled of definitions from Wikipedia, the editor decided to publish the useless knowledge anyway.


April 19, 2015 The Market Business

Elon Musk discloses reasons behind SpaceX rocket failed landing

http://www.themarketbusiness.com/2015-04-19-elon-musk-discloses-reasons-behind-spacex-rocket-failed-landing

http://www.themarketbusiness.com/2015-04-19-musk-attributes-sluggish-throttle-valve-answer-for-spacex-rocket-landing-fail

I have made a local copy of the text at the URL above, as somebody apparently moved the text to a different URL and changed the headline some time between April 24 and May 15. My local copy, with just the text content and YouTube link copied from themarketbusiness.com on May 15, can be seen at this link:

http://igibud.com/wordpress/?p=1323

Apparently, in order to make this article appear "original" to Google, words from some other original article were replaced with synonyms, as can be seen if you compare the incomprehensible Tweet of Elon Musk as it appears here with the words of his actual Tweet. "Cause of hard rocket landing confirmed as due to slower than expected throttle valve response" transformed to themarketbusiness.com version: "Cause of challenging rocket touchdown supported as due to slower than anticipated throttle valve answer."


May 2, 2015 NEWSMAINE

New Bird Rediscovered in China

http://newsmaine.net/23278-new-bird-rediscovered-china


May 2, 2015 Daily Times Gazette

Sichuan Bush Warbler: Newly discovered new species of naïve and singing bird in China

http://www.dailytimesgazette.com/sichuan-bush-warbler-newly-discovered-new-species-of-naive-and-singing-bird-in-china/6440/


May 2, 2015 IBN Live

Microsoft buys pen technology by N-trig used in Surface 3 tablets

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/microsoft-buys-pen-technology-by-ntrig-used-in-surface-3-tablets/543325-11.html

I'm thinking there is probably nothing wrong with the writing quality of this article. It looks like there might be three or four paragraphs, or possibly more. But the sheer ridiculous volume of ads, jumping out from every possible space, urgently, violently and repeatedly encroaching against the part of the screen that contains the text of the article, makes it hard to know for sure.


May 5, 2015 GeekInfinite

Fiords Absorbs 18 Million Tons Of Carbon Each Year

http://geekinfinite.com/news/2015/05/fiords-absorbs-18-million-tons-of-carbon-each-year/


July 5, 2014 The Next Digit

Study discards the ‘two Earth-like Planet’ prospects

http://thenextdigit.com/8496/study-discards-earth-like-planet-prospects/

This article, which was linked directly from Google's news page, drew some immediate attention because it was so badly written. The comment section immediately filled up with ridicule. The writer replied to the criticism in the comments area, but she seemed to be under the impression that typing these articles online was like some school English assignment where she has to figure out how to paraphrase without plagiarizing. It appears that she is the person on this board from 2012

http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/associated-content-writing-articles/459296-best-article-rewriter.html

who advertises herself as "a proficient content writer and rewriter." The name of the blackhatworld page is "Best article rewriter?" Tellingly, there is some confusion on the forum as to the meaning of "rewriter" - does "rewriter" on this forum refer to a person or a computer program? I assumed that she knew she was getting paid for the 2014 article, but she was apparently not aware that it was being given national attention in the USA due to its high visibility on news.google.com. The writer defended herself in thenextdigit.com comments with a mixture of "but I'm trying my best" and sad disingenuous attempts to confuse readers with faux learning. Providing the URL of the thenextdigit.com article into archive.org/web/ shows the article attributed to "Seema Ladsaria". The tone of the original critical comments is preserved here:

http://gtaforums.com/topic/721351-so-those-two-earth-like-planets-that-were-discovered-arent-real-apparently/

Shortly after the criticism and ridicule appeared, the bio and entire article history of "Seema Ladsaria" on thenextdigit.com changed to that of "Ariana Whitmore", the article was cleansed of pollyanna philosophy and nonsense formulations such as "toughly crafted with the rocky surface", and on-page critical comments were removed and blocked. The image of "Ariana Whitmore" that thenextdigit.com then started using is the same as this image from 2008 from a UK organization, which has a branch in Brazil, that collects hair for cancer patients:

https://hairforhospices.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/suzana_07-08_brazil.jpg

The oldest archived snapshot of The Next Digit article is from after the article was cleansed, and before the writer's identity changed. Here is sample from the "improved" version:

"According to the Scientist, for the first time, the Planets are suspected with signals which are orbiting around a star and are suspected with the presence of liquid water. The Planets are called as 'Goldilocks Planets' where the conditions of the life may be suspected."

Also, here is some text from a different commenter on the 2012 "Best article rewriter" page:

"I swear by The Best Spinner - It is crazy functional and you can set protected words so that it does not replace your keywords. It also has a quick change option and will allow you to re-write using 'everyone's favorites' with the settings of Good, Better and Best... The mid range settings give you 30-45% unique and with some minor editing can give you something that is totally readable for real visitors and not just Google."

The writing activity of "Ariana Whitmore" on The Next Digit ceased after the identity change, and then started up gradually again six months later. On April 28, 2015 thenextdigit.com published an uncritical review of (aka an advertisement for) some Apple accessory, and that rewrite is attributed to "Ariana Whitmore".


March 29, 2015 The Science Times

Yawunik Arthropod Revealed—The Toothsome Creature that Gave Rise to Lobsters, Spiders and Butterflies

The article at this link includes plenty of advertising, including videos that begin automatically:

http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/5030/20150329/yawunik-arthropod-revealed-the-toothsome-creature-that-gave-rise-to-lobsters-spiders-and-butterflies.htm

This article is remarkable in that the comment section includes dialogue with a user called "Kamikaze" who appears to be an apologist for whatever or whomever generated the text. The original article contained several obvious spelling and usage mistakes, which got corrected after someone left detailed suggestions in the comments. Like "Seema Ladsaria", "Kamikaze" does not seem to be aware that the article is getting a large audience in the USA because of its appearance on Google as "science news". Also he appears to lack perspective on how people use the written English language. His output is free from spellcheck errors, therefore he concludes that any misunderstandings must be the fault of the user.

Here is a Hub that defines "writing" in the context of moving around data, in a way Kamikaze would understand:

http://timothyarends.hubpages.com/hub/how-to-use-plr-content

(This link is dead as of July 25, 2015, and I can no longer find the Hub called "How to use PLR content" by Timothy Arends on Hub Pages, although Timothy still has other articles published.)

Kamikaze's tone is consistent with that of people who start doing something dishonest, but later, after they start making a living doing it, need to convince themselves it's actually honest. Kamikaze's comments represent a new attitude towards journalism.


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