So, a couple of things this week.

First of all – Google.

A Project Veritas video has surfaced that shows Google may be tampering with the U.S. election process far more effectively than Russians could ever hope to.

To be fair, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas is controversial and decidedly conservative. He rose to fame – or infamy – with undercover videos that showed abortion providers talking about fetal body parts like products.

Love him or hate him, the videos speak for themselves.

When you listen to Jen Gennai, an executive of Google whose title is Head of Responsible Innovation, it becomes clear that Google manipulates search results to push the political agenda they want.

They bias their search algorithms – artificial intelligence or machine learning – to get their agenda across. They train their searches to push a social justice narrative. They define fairness, which, frankly, by definition is unfair. And they have decided that Trump must not be re-elected.

Gennai:

“Elizabeth Warren is saying we should break up Google. And like, I love her but she’s very misguided, like that will not make it better it will make it worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources that we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, it’s like a small company cannot do that.

“We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’ve rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again.

“We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?

“The reason we launched our A.I. principles is because people were not putting that line in the sand, that they were not saying what’s fair and what’s equitable so we’re like, well we are a big company, we’re going to say it.

“My definition of fairness and bias specifically talks about historically marginalized communities. And that’s who I care about. Communities who are in power and have traditionally been in power are not who I’m solving fairness for.

“Our definition of fairness is one of those things that we thought would be like, obvious, and everyone would agree to it and it wasn’t. There was, the same people who voted for the current president are those who do not agree with our definition of fairness.”

I don’t really have to unpack all of that for you, do I? I think Google’s mission is clear – use their massive resources to be sure a Democrat gets elected in 2020.

And by massive resources I mean Google commands more than 90% of desktop and mobile device searches. It’s a monopoly.

Couple this with the fact that, according to Pew Research, 68% of adults get their information from social media, 85% of adults get their news from a mobile device and 88% of millennials get their news from Facebook.

Clearly, a couple of left-leaning mega tech corps – Google and Facebook – have the power to sway elections and – according to at least one Google exec – are doing just that.

Oh, and by the way, the video of Gennai talking about Google’s “fairness” was removed from YouTube by Google because Google owns YouTube.

That’s fair, right?

Politics aside, what Google is up to is just not cool.

And another thing.

The photo of a father and daughter who died crossing the Rio Grande River and the U.S./Mexico border was heartbreaking and jarring at the same time.

No one – parent or otherwise – could look at that and not be shaken. Truly the U.S. needs to get a handle on the situation at the border and do whatever it can to avert tragedies like that.

I wondered how prevalent – today and historically – such tragedies are? How many people die every year trying to cross the border? Is it a growing number or a shrinking number?

According to numbers from the U.S. border patrol, here are the numbers of southwest border deaths by year for the last 10 years, followed by the number of border apprensions.

2018    283    521,000

2017    298    415,000

2016    329    408,000

2015    251    370,000

2014    315    440,000

2013    451    405,000

2012    471    380,000

2011    375    360,000

2010    365    420,000

2009    420    570,000

So, as anyone who cares to look can clearly see, the number of people dying at the border today is not out of whack with historical data.

In fact, as a raw percentage of people dying versus being apprehended, 2018 was the best year of the last 10.

Yet our political leaders are working hard to make it seem otherwise, as if the situation now is way worse that it has been. The media plays along.

Of course, people – especially children – dying at the border is a huge problem that needs to be addressed. But the problem here goes beyond that.

Numerous attempts at immigration reform have failed.

Why?

Because our political leaders – on both sides of the aisle – are not working to solve the problem.

They’re working to see who can make the most political hay out of the immigration issue ahead of the 2020 election.

That might be a bigger tragedy than the pair of immigrants who died trying to cross the Rio Grande.