"WOW! Google actually ASKING?"
The point of my post above is that they are in fact NOT asking... and going a step further, there NO WAY to stop them from polluting the results with trivial sites for things close to me, even though the search I'm doing has zero geo-relevance.
This is bad first because why the heck do they ask if they ignore my answer? We aren't dating in the 50s... "no" does not mean "yes".
But then it is also bad because I am unable to find a base set of results that all the localized/personalized results people see will be laid on top of. (I guess I have not uninstalled the toolbar to check, only disabled it. I guess the next step is putting the toolbar on IE and uninstalling it on FF.)
Google is still better than the competition, but their deliberate destruction of their own results makes them more vulnerable, and the