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Google Enters Agreement with Topeka, KS. Plans to Change Name to Topeka

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April 01, 2010 – Comments (8)

From the AP (via Yahoo):

Topeka, KS - Google is a household term, and has been so for years. Recently it has been added to the dictionary as a verb. Today it entered an agreement that will make the iconic search engine name a thing of the past.

Last month Topeka mayor Bill Bunten changed the name of his city to Google.  At least for a month.  And in response, Google did something too.  As of 1:00 a.m. April 1st, 2010, Google is officially Topeka. A contract was announced at 9 PM Thurday night after hours of heavy, largely secret, negotiating. At a joint press conference Google CEO Eric Shmidt endorsed the deal and added to skeptical members of the press corps: "Our service will not change; that is what has drawn people, a different name will not change this." Mayor Bunten similarly endorsed the deal claiming it would bring a new industry to the town: "Every day there are more than 3.2 million searches for 'google' on Google, or should I say Topeka, if that many people search for Topeka every day all of America will have searched for us in less than 100 days. Some of those people are bound to come to Topeka. If we can get even 1% of them to come to our dusty little capital we will bring in nearly $15 million in tax revenue."

The deal has numerous perks for Topeka (the company), including no taxes on any real estate, as well as services sold within the city for the next 20 years. A building uniquely suited to Topeka’s needs will be leased, for $1 a year, to the search engine giant for the same time period. In addition the city will take out a $10 million ad from the company for the next half decade. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Topeka will have the chance to develop their Fiber for Communities program with absolutely no government interference. Emergency legislation to allow this has been put before the state legislature and, according to spokesman Tony Hus “will be handled promptly as soon as the state congressmen return from the Easter holiday”.

Topeka, the town, also gets benefits from the deal, including more than $1 million in free advertising on the search engine bearing their name; and, of course, the publicity that comes with having their name on the biggest internet corporation in the world. The officials in the city hail the deal as a key to bringing work to the growing number of unemployed within the city limits. The town plans to “add displays that are typical of a western city, including staged bar fights, shootouts, and corrals with live horses” according to town spokesperson Jim Onn.

Some critics are worried that despite the added publicity few tourists will come to the capital of Kansas. Among those who disagree with the deal is frequent, and fiery blogger Allen Firste who states “No one in their right mind would want to go to that hell hole, I don’t see how the (name) change will help the town.” Several economists, most notably, Allan Greenspan, have criticized the deal claiming the government has grossly overestimated potential gains and have not fully accounted for the costs. However, since Mr. Greenspan, who helped create the largest housing bubble in our nation’s history is against the deal most economists are for it, calling it an excellent example of how government and industry can work together.

Topeka (the company) plans to change names on products slowly, changing the name on the home screen immediately, but waiting almost two weeks before changing the name of their mail service to “Tmail” and will wait nearly a full month before changing the domain name.

The initial change can be seen at the google homepage.






Thoughts

Happy April Fools all!!!
 

8 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On April 01, 2010 at 6:39 PM, cashkid79 (93.70) wrote:

It'll be interesting to see how much influence, or clout rather, Google holds...I wonder how they stack up influentially against political agendas and accomplishing global strategic positioning moves (and domestic issues)

http://msncaps.fool.com/Pitch/GOOG/4759815/not-sure-but-maybe-their-marke.aspx

Liprie, TP

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#2) On April 03, 2010 at 3:00 AM, BravoBevo (99.97) wrote:

@danielthebear: Another funny prank from the nice folks at Google.

As the guy who keeps leaving notes that just happen to be written on the back of church schedules, I wanted to respond to your request for proof to my original comment that "Jewish religious leaders considered Jesus’ death as the comeuppance of a rival and cult." 

So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the Council and said, "What are we to do? For this man [Jesus] performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation." But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all. Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish." ... So from that day on they made plans to put him to death. (John 11:47-50, 53)

* * * * * 

I find of particular interest that after the death of Jesus the Jewish religious leaders referred to the perceived cult as "the Way":

"But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem."  (Acts 9:1-2)

and

"About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way." (Acts 19:23)

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#3) On April 03, 2010 at 12:37 PM, SockMarket (45.52) wrote:

Bravo,

Google certainly did pull a good one. I wish they had kept it up for a few days though.

as for religous matters...

it does strike me as a bit odd the the top scorer on here almost exlusivly blogs on religion (or religously affected matters/opinions. ex: abortion). Although you don't activly ask anyone to pay attention to religious matters that is, nonetheless the purpose of your blogs. Or so it seems to me. 

Also I asked for a secular source, not a religious one (I am picky :). I am not going to believe any group of people who wouldn't acknowledge that the earth was not the center of the universe (& solar system) until 1960. (I realize the group was the Catholic church, and you are probably Baptist, but it was the Catholic church that wrote the bible). Especially when they have a very strong political motive for including such statments in writings that millions of people would read/hear about.

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#4) On April 03, 2010 at 7:19 PM, BravoBevo (99.97) wrote:

daniel: You're right that I used a Biblical source and not a secular source. I don't know of any source which purports that the Jewish religious authorities ever considered Jesus to be one of them. I don't mean to put words in your mouth, but that is to me what your original assertion seemed to imply.

I'm not familiar with the peculiarities of the Catholic church, so for me to try to defend its practices would be as useless as having an athiest (believing that God does not exist) and an agnostic (doesn't know whether or not God exists) discuss the existence of God and the significance of Jesus Christ. 

I was under the impression that leadership within the Catholic church defended the "flat earth" ideology from the time when then-modern scientists thought the same.

This was in spite of the Biblical text of Isaiah 40:22-23: "It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness."

Regardless of your belief system, I wish you you a Happy Easter weekend. May you find peace, rest and ultimately joy during this Easter season. Blessings to you! 

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#6) On April 03, 2010 at 9:20 PM, TigerPack1 (98.50) wrote:

Couldn't help myself on this one...replying to comment #3 bashing the church...

Earth has been the "center" of my universe, as I have not yet ventured yet into outer space or had any indepth conversations with aliens yet.  As far as I can tell the earth is also the center of the universe for the rest of humanity, as no human being has left its gravitational pull permanently, excepting Hollywood movies of course.

We can argue about whether the universe has the earth as its center, and whether all other planets, stars and systems "rotate" around earth... I would likely agree with you, that the earth does not function as such in a mathematical or scientific sense.

I believe the Catholic church is absolutely correct as anyone able to think for themselves would logically deduce, that the earth is the center of the universe both for our spiritual reality and humanity's physical existence.  The Catholic church and every other religion I am familiar, use simple and logical belief systems that our personal experiences on earth provide our entire knowledge and spiritual base; so the earth has to be the center of our existence and all spiritual knowledge.

If you cannot figure that one out for yourself, or you believe the opposite, I don't think anyone else on CAPS will listen to a word you write in the future... I will assume the earth is also the "center" of your universe and experience, unless you can give us concrete proof you have lived on other planets or solar systems.

If Satan has tricked you into believing otherwise, I pray for your soul.  Your weak attempt at the twisting of words, proofs and ideas of the church to fit your anti-church agenda only seem to prove that you are good at ignoring the obvious... but such goes on in this world every day.

The earth "is" the center of my universe and your universe, regardless of what any church or religious doctrine or spiritual guideline may or may not say.

-Tiger's Two Cents

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#7) On April 03, 2010 at 9:59 PM, SockMarket (45.52) wrote:

bravo,

I am by no means an expert upon the subject, and I don't know where to begin to look for a secular source, although I have heard several times from fairly knowledgable people that Jesus was simply a popular Rabbi, albeit one who preached apocoliptic messages (which was not uncommon at the time). I doubt that there would be a ton of literature on this and according to wiki little is definitly known about is life/relationships other than the very broad stuff we all know.

thanks for the happy easter wish and same to you.

 

Tiger,

I have no idea how you found this post (I would be interested to know) but here is a quick response:

We can argue about whether the universe has the earth as its center, and whether all other planets, stars and systems "rotate" around earth... I would likely agree with you, that the earth does not function as such in a mathematical or scientific sense.

That is what I was after. The church admitted this at the same time they pardoned Galelio (or however you spell it) in the 1960's.

 

that the earth is the center of the universe both for our spiritual reality and humanity's physical existence.

no kidding. That's fine, but that isn't all the church argued. For 300 years (some could argue back to Ptolemy's time) after we knew otherwise they claimed earth was the mathematical center

 

If you cannot figure that one out for yourself, or you believe the opposite, I don't think anyone else on CAPS will listen to a word you write in the future

Don't get your knickers in a knot.

They don't seem to listen now so I won't be missing much... I will probably stop blogging at the end of this month. Anyway, as I said, what you are talking about is nice, and pretty basic, but not the subject of my post. Read it again.

 

If Satan has tricked you into believing otherwise, I pray for your soul.  Your weak attempt at the twisting of words, proofs and ideas of the church to fit your anti-church agenda only seem to prove that you are good at ignoring the obvious... but such goes on in this world every day.

If you were on the ship of sanity I think you jumped overboard a while ago. 

 

I don't have an "anti-church" agenda (again read the comment). Although I do not like them.

The church overstepped its bounderies during the middle ages and continues to do so today. Their role is to act as a religious entity providing spiritual guidance, assistance and acting as an overseeing body for lesser churches. Their role is not to:

1) start wars (Crusades). Although, to their credit, they innitially tried to stop it

2) affect governments. They weilded substantial power. The fact that England officially went away from the church should not have been a big deal. 

3) influence, or even have an opinion on, science

4 is the only recent complaint I have:

4) cover up rape. see the NY Times article on it.

 

that said, read the darn quote before you jump off the deep end.

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