Google - "We'll see you in hell"

So...what the fuck is up with Google lately? I mean, seriously, have they lost their minds?

Last night I was reading the website of one of my Favorite Sci-Fi writers, John Varley, and I noticed that he had updated a section of hi site regarding the use of Google Sidewiki. Now, you may or may not have heard of Google Sidewiki. Basically, it's a piece of Google Toolbar that lets you access a wiki "over" a website - a way to create a sort of "universal conversation" inline with an existing website. Here's what it can look like on your site (abusive example):

There's a a lot more out there about this - I'll sum it up and say "Remember Smart Tags? The system Microsoft tried to foist off a bunch of years ago? This is Google's version. Kill it."

Ok, so problem solved for ME anyways - If you are using Google Toolbar, you're blocked. Kind of unfortunate, but since Google offers no way to "opt-out" of SideWiki, go talk to Google. Google Toolbar users are being redirected to another page, whether I'll havethat be one here or somewhere else, dunno. I was thinking about routing them to Varley's post on SideWiki, but well, why send the people there?

Anyhow, that was last night. Now today I read this:

Google CEO On Privacy: 'If You Have Something You Don't Want Anyone To Know, Maybe You Shouldn't Be Doing It'

Supposedly that's a verbatim quote - I kid you not.

First Off: WTF Google!?!?!? WTF!?!?

Secondly: Good money says Eric Schmidt has some scandal under the hood. I've virtually NEVER heard any public figure utter those words without them being exposed in some scandal sometime within the near future. So get cracking all you Investigative Reporters - he's already told you that A) There's a story there and B) It's OK if you expose it.

I'm not sure what else I have to say about this, well, other than that I strongly recommend that other sites block SideWiki too, but that's just my opinion.