Гогуль vs. Google

The Russian government is creating a new search engine called “Gogul” (gosh, that sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) to be used by children “safely,” without poisoning their brains with unpleasant information.  It has never heard of Vladimir Putin and it will only let you find pre-approved websites that the Kremlin finds suitable for young minds.

Welcome back to the USSR!

14 responses to “Гогуль vs. Google

  1. Surely it will also track all of your searches and give the list directly to Russian special services… neat.

  2. Conditioned to accept that their keeper knows what’s best for them, the Russian sheeple deserve having their cage doors re-shut. They will eventually be hermetrically sealed away from the world and each other just like the old USSR days. But, hey, all is good with Putin.

    Obama attempted to create a list of healthcare dissidents with his ill conceived flag@whitehouse.com. That shut down in a big hurry after the immediate public outrage.

    A tale of two different cultures.


    Sheeple! Brilliant! We must steal that one.

  3. Steamed McQueen

    @ AntiPunkiN: You may be on to something. To access any information from some of the sites requires registration.

  4. “Sheeple” is soooo old. People like the great Michael Savage use it all the time. Looks like LR needs to catch up with American political jargon.

    Anyways, this GUGOL thing is nothing compared to the online censorship used by the Red Commie Chinese. But hey, Chinese are our friends, so be quiet!

    • And yet, there’s not a single word in any of YOUR comments that is the slightest bit interesting in ANY way. Perhaps you’re the dingy pot calling the kettle black?

      This blog isn’t about China you ignoramus. Though, to be sure, if we just wait awhile, it will be.

      • And what exactly IS this blog about LR? I’m still trying to figure it out.


        It’s a pity you don’t understand, because ironically our only purpose in life is to make sure that you understand, so we’ve obviously failed utterly! We’ll try harder to make ourselves clear to you!


        Thanks for the laugh, you ape.

  5. I am betting that there will be an adult version of Gogul following on the heels of this as the Kremlin pattern in dissolving civil rights moves in measured increments. Registration and tracking cookies will be monitored by the FSB under the excuse of screening for terrorists, they same excuse they use for opening mail at the post offices.

    70% of Russians don’t use the internet regularly or if at all anyways. They’ll nod their heads in approval. The internet is a subversive and dangerous American invention anyways. Pappa Putin knows what’s best for them.

  6. “Sheeple” is soooo old.

    Deal with it, AKM, sheeple fits you a dumb little vulgarian and the lumpen Russian masses perfectly.

    As per wikipedia:

    Sheeple is a term of disparagement, in which people are likened to sheep.

    It is often used to denote persons who voluntarily acquiesce to a perceived authority, or suggestion without sufficient research to understand fully the scope of the ramifications involved in that decision, and thus undermine their own human individuality or in other cases give up certain rights. The implication of sheeple is that as a collective, people believe whatever they are told, especially if told so by a perceived authority figure believed to be trustworthy, without processing it or doing adequate research to be sure that it is an accurate representation of the real world around them. The term is generally used in a political and sometimes in a religious sense.


    • “Deal with it, AKM, sheeple fits you a dumb little vulgarian and the lumpen Russian masses perfectly.”

      Yeah, and thats why the term was created in English language, and is applied to American people by conservative talk-show hosts on everyday basis.

  7. In Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” the main character wants to prove to himself that he is not sheeple (“тварь дрожащая”) – and to do that he murders two old ladies. For over a century that has been the dilemma of Russian people – either you are sheeple, or you are an axe murderer.

    The Western concept of active citizen that controls and influences the government (as opposed to weaker sheeple) and to whom the government is responsible is completely foreign to Russian psyche.

  8. Felix, a tale of two cultures as we have a grassroots citizen anti-Obama healthcare uprising going on here versus the pathetic sheeple passivity of Russians that Putin or any authoritarian force that crushes their necks with regularity. All of which is followed by an infantile desire to crush the necks of others.

    Russians with their collective amnesia and willful ignorance can’t disappear fast enough. Too dumb or cowardly to give their children a better society it’s hard to respect them. My heart goes out to the minuscule numbers suffering the rot that know better and speak up, the rest deserve their fate.

    A quick look at the map and the scourge cultures are pretty self-evident.

    You simply can’t wallow in this kind of blissful ignorance and be expected to be taken seriously:


    Again, those that refuse to examine history and their own failures are doomed to repeat it over and over and over again. Or, worse to abuse others.

  9. Amazingly, this willful ignorance was presciently described in 1944 in a play called “Dragon“. Lancelot kills the ruthless dragon and frees the city. However, he finds out that the people didn’t really want freedom, and were quite contempt with slavery, as long as the dragon isn’t too cruel. And freed from one tyrant’s rule they happily accept the power of another one!

    If that doesn’t describe “unkneeling russians” to a tee, I don’t know what would.

    • That play describes any people Felix. Its just that acceptable levels of “dragon’s cruelty” are different for everyone.

  10. That play describes any people

    You have a good point here (I despise what you say elsewhere, but I am happy to give credit where credit is due). However, you have to admit that people in communist countries accept much higher levels of dragon cruelty. I can’t think of any country that induced more pain on their own people than Soviet Union, China, or Cambodia.

    Perhaps, United States was formed by people that had to leave their own countries because they rejected dragon rule as such, regardless whether the dragon was cruel or benevolent. It’s part of America’s uniqueness, what Dennis Prager calls American TrinityLiberty, E pluribus unum, and In God we trust. Europeans always put equality ahead of liberty, with Russia getting to the pinnacle of such equality.

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