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Propaganda by Search Engine Optimization

When you type "Rand Paul" in Google, the first term in the recommended searches bar that pops up is "plagiarism" - and yet if you actually search "Rand Paul plagiarism" the newest story to appear is from November 13, about six weeks ago, and there's been tons of other news about Rand since then. Perhaps I don't understand Google's methods, but this suggests to me that somebody is paying one of these search engine optimization (SEO) companies to push "plagiarism" up the list in the recommended searches bar.

If that's what's happening, it's certainly no surprise, no great revelation, but I found it interesting. Has anybody else noticed this? Or perhaps similar activity relating to another person or organization in the liberty movement?

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Indeed it is out of order to recent search trends

Take for example these two phrases:
"plagiarism checker"
and
"plagiarism rand paul"

http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=plagiarism%20rand%20p...

In search trends, checker is 30-40x (guessing) more popular, but in search suggestions, somehow rand comes out on top ?

Agenda much Google?

I guess when they said "don't be evil"

...they had their fingers crossed.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Same here.

I do not understand how it works either, but perhaps the republicans/democrats are driving it up by entering and searching that phrase. I remember a post a while back where some wanted to do this during Ron Paul 2012.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul