@goodroi - Thanks for tolerating us this far, it seems most of this is fairly unprecedented. I spent about 3 pages of this thread trying to stop 'Google bashing'; the 'Google is evil' stuff has mostly died down.
This is: 'Google doesn't have our back - here's why - what do we do now?'
In essence: It may turn out that this is the beginning of one of the most devastating things to happen to SMEs in the 'story of online business'. We are trying to slowly the bits of it together - passion obviously runs high.
If this thread devolves into nonsense, we'll understand if it is locked. Sincere thanks for giving it exposure in the first place, and your patience thus far.