co Google Earth – Political Force? |

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love Google Earth. Today in the Gartman letter I came across a really cool use for the technology that I had never even imagined. As I always say, it’s a great time to be alive!

“In Bahrain… ‘Google Earth’ has played a huge role in deciding how the election plays out. Knowing, almost intuitively, that the Sunni royal family’s fortunes were enormous and that the Royals lived a life quite egregiously beyond the most wild dreams of the Shi’ia general populace, with the introduction of Google Earth on the net, the public finally could see just how utterly fantastic were the Royals’ lives. They ‘googled’ the royal compounds hidden beyond huge walls, and were stunned by what they saw.

“The Khalifa family then tried to outlaw ‘Google Earth’ only to find that the uproar was so severe, and the political ramifications equally as severe, that they had no choice but to rescind that decision. The end result is resounding defeat for the parties loyal to the Khalifa royal family and victory for the radical Shi’ia Islamist parties.”