OK, Turbocharged, what do you suggest that owners of e-commerce sites do when Google's organic results are awful (whether those results are awful by accident or by design)?
It's not a matter of what I would suggest but instead why are you continually commenting on topics that are in areas you do not operate in. The difference between your Adsense monetized informational website and ecommerce websites is huge. As I said previously, Google is competing heavily for ecommerce queries to get a cut of any money changing hands. You just don't see the same competition in "information" as we see in ecommerce.
Unlike some, I'm not here to make lame attempts to simply change the conversation to some pro-Google point of view. Those of us with physical businesses and fellow employees see the pain caused by what has occurred and what inevitably is happening now. We don't see our Adsense earnings drop a little. We see men and women, who are supporting families, losing their jobs because the work we once had is being diverted by Google to the big corporations. That's the hardship many have when so much of the search market is controlled by one company.
I don't pretend to have all the answers. But I do know that I am not going to keep handing food to the mouth that is chewing off my fingers with each bite they take. Sooner or later I will run out of hands and arms. Because of this, Adwords is not for me. Anyway, the CPC in my industry is around $12 per click and would leave us with a LOI (loss on investment) as we can't convert/upsell into profitability.
Instead of complaining, people can write their representatives and file complaints with their respective regulatory agencies. Google is continuing to expand into many industries through acquisitions, investments and partnerships. If people think it's bad now, just give it five more years when Google has financial interests in a few hundred more companies that will occupy organic search. That's assuming organic search will even deliver traffic for anything product or service related (non-informational).