If I ran a burger shop I would assume everyone wants cheese on their hamburgers. and make everyone pay for it. I probably wouldn't last very long but it wouldn't be because of some evil intentions, more that it makes less work for me.
I would think that this is primarily be because they're significantly more popular than the competitors, though, and not due to any bias on the part of Google.
A while ago there was a whole thing about how this wasn't the case. I think it was maybe for Picasa, among other things, where related terms were making it show up in the top non-advertised slot despite the fact that related websites were much more in use, leading to allegations of google manipulating the results. As said in other threads, this seems to be a fraud issue, since google presents their system as working one way yet manipulates it in a completely different way in some cases.
should be a treasonable offense by public officials. String the state dept up, every single last one of them.
please check the definition of treason in the US:
"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."
Kiss your keyboard goodbye!