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The Google Ban is Over

To All,

This evening, Mon, April 28, 2008, the Rational Recovery website is back in the Google index, ranking first on the key search terms as usual. For exactly one month, since March 28, 2008, we were invisible to searches for Rational Recovery and AVRT.

I haven’t got a clue as to what really happened, whether it was a fluke, an accident, or malicious prank. Many also wonder why Google would pick on Rational Recovery. I have only speculated that possibly a low-ranking employee committed an “oops” that wiped us off the Google index. A more likely explanation is proxy hacking, but I doubt I’ll ever know what really happened.

We have been busy for the last several weeks sending out inquiries, pleas for help, and filing complaints about the vulnerability of small businesses to Google error or negligence. I’m not sure what we’ve learned from this crazy experience other than how dependent we are on a giant corporation that has outgrown its original purpose.

Thanks to everyone who expressed concern, and particular thanks for the contributors who referred me to important resources for webmasters who have gotten banned. Yes, it truly was a ban, and the result some reported above was a paid/sponsored ad with a yellow background.

Existential crisis
Since discovering the ban, I pushed as many buttons as I could. Maybe one worked; I doubt I’ll ever know.

To me, the Internet is a mystery. The Google algorithm is a gigantic, self-serving monstrosity that is probably the closest thing I can think of to the sci-fi tales of artificial intelligence in cyberspace. Although it may be written somewhere in code, it travels autonomously as an electronic entity in a universe consisting of servers and clients, arranging data in such a way that its own existence is insured. It has an innocent skin, seeming to serve the clients, but ultimately has the predatory mission of corporate profits = power.

In sci-fi, the drama centers around man versus monster, and the AI entity, seeming to have consciousness, works its magic and destruction as it zooms through cables, antennas, and receivers while hapless humans fret, wildly pushing buttons and double-clicking to stop the madness before the entity gains control over the world.

Oh, well, crisis over for now. Back to work, but I keep searching for myself to make sure I really exist. Do I really exist, or am I a figment of Google’s imagination? Oh, dear! :)

Jack Trimpey

4 Responses to “The Google Ban is Over”

  1. Todd D.

    When someone plays God and makes a desision to exclude Rational Recovery from a search engine, they need to know that the public was not only done a major disservice,real people were negatively affected.
    13 months ago I searched “alternatives to AA”I was desperate,dissilusioned,and frankly,I didn’t know where to turn.At that point I was two years sober and miserable.
    All I can say is I was able to connect to RR at the very moment I needed to find them and that is what the internet was meant to be,a tool to HELP people.
    I now use what I learned that day every time my addictive voice speaks,and yes it does speak from time to time.
    I am a clasic example of someone that did not fit in to AA and Rational Recovery has been working as designed.
    Thank goodness the next person that “googles” RR will not only get what they are looking for,they may just get what they need.
    I did.
    Todd D.

  2. Dan

    I wondered what had happened, nice to see you got it sorted , RR has been a great help to me, as a complete novice to computers about 3 years ago i googled alternatives to a/a and all i got was effin a/a, haha, i can laugh at it now.
    I eventually came across lifering and smart recovery but became disilusioned because those two groups are full of steppers, i started reading on Rational Recovery,done the bullits over and over again and something clicked.
    My life is good today and i love the feeling of being in charge of my own future , not relying on some group of nutters telling me how my life should be run.
    To anyone reading this , i haven’t read the book or paid for anything on Jack Trimpey’s site ,i’ve just read what is there for free online, but i have a lot of respect for the man that started Rational Recovery and pointed me in the right direction towards the truth.

    Dan S.

  3. Ross

    I was a subscriber a year or two ago, and I kicked my lifelong addiction to alcohol with the help of Rational Recovery. Now I don’t drink, and I don’t have to go to meetings or “white-knuckle” my recovery. Once in awhile I have the same feelings that used to lead me to drinking, but drinking is no longer an option so there’s no chance of a “relapse.” Thanks, Jack.

    But Jack – I do have a problem with procrastination. You know, not doing the stuff -work, taxes, etc. – that I want to do. And procrastination feels like an addiction to me. I think I use it the same way I used alcohol.

    Could the beast-brain be at work here? Do you have any thoughts about dealing with procrastination using AVRT?


    Calling sloth or laziness “procrastination,” is like calling vice “addiction,” or calling habitual drunkenness “alcoholism, or whoring around “promiscuity,” or gluttony “overeating.” By calling a problem what it is, instead of using polite, politically correct language, is usually the most merciful, efficient, and honest approach to doing anything about it.

    Get your lazy ass in gear and enjoy life!

    Jack Trimpey

  4. John

    I am so happy to see that your forum was not allowed to continue on the interent after stalking people in A.A. forums for years. A.A. has never EVER forced anyone into its rooms. The courts have. You tried to make a mockery out of a program that was not bothering anyone. It backfired and I told you so 10 years ago. If your recovery worked like A.A. you would not have had to compare it to anything. Still trying I see. All for a buck. Another thing A.A. is free. I am athesist and still go to A.A. so all your rantings about a cult are bunk yet your still licking the gutter to get your point across. Post this..sure you will. What goes around comes around.

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