And it's an opinion that not everyone shares, BTW.
I see the same factual happenings, but I don't put nearly as sinister an interpretation on them. Years ago, people were bashing and mistrusting Microsoft in the same way. Seems like someone always has to be set up as the "man in the middle" target.
I still haven't turned to Chrome or IE on anything near a regular basis, however. Opera serves me just fine!