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  10/6/05: Google has moved beyond the realm of an online service to a complete multi-media force with such incredible clout that it will soon affect almost every aspect of our lives. The latest news–that Google will team up with NASA to develop more than a million square feet of office space at the Ames Research Center in California–has far-reaching consequences that should be examined. Yes, in the short run this is a win for the real estate industry as well as for the country’s space program. The commingling of private interests with government agencies is not a new phenomenon; it’s really part of our nation’s heritage. However, now we’re seeing an overlap of mindshare between private and public entities. Obviously this is a trend that will continue until it’s determined that not knowing the difference between the government and the corporations that they’re supposed to regulate may not be in the country’s best interest. Google is a great service, but I don’t know if that’s where I want my tax dollars going.

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