A long, drawn out sigh…

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Owing to YouTube / corporate greed (their opting to over-monetize / oversell ad time), my boycott of this website now stands at Day #24 and still counting.

Granted, their poorly vetted, anything goes / anything for a buck commercials don’t usually playback when posted in my blogs and they can also be skipped when viewed over at that platform, BUT, as a man of principle, I knew the time had come for YouTube and me to part company.

To dredge out the swamp further, their ad content can range anywhere from annoying to offensive to subversive AND the wildly disproportional Ad to Clip run time ratio sucks. They actually see nothing wrong with long-winded sponsors’ insufferable 70 minute sales pitches prior to and DURING 10 minute videos!

It’s that DURING aspect, where things can get downright, hardcore; e.g., a liberal commentator is just about to really nail some insurrectionist, Fascist effer’s ass to the wall when a Trumper’s (intentionally counter programmed?) ad will (just happen to?) interrupt.

Folks, spewing freakin’ Fascist rhetoric is NOT a free speech issue. My gawd, no one, REPEAT NO ONE should ever have the freedom to overthrow America or any other Democracy / Liberty based society.

Look, I’m not saying, “SCRAM!” to anyone. But, if it takes a sadistic stranglehold to get you off, there are plenty of Fascist states throughout our mucked up world, that would welcome you with open arms and choking hands.

That duly noted, let’s return, now, to YouTube’s mucked up world.

I do get it! There’s no such thing as a “free lunch”. But why should their ad run times ever exceed conventional TV’s 30 – 60 second time limits?

Turning now to the content particulars / turn offs:

  • Medical Professionals: While I have little doubt that many of these kindly doctors are dedicated to curing all that ails us, I must point out that not everyone suffers from the same maladies / is always in need of their books, products, devices, etc. And, sorry to say, a medical degree does not necessarily bestow Interwebs savviness onto them. To e.g. that, why can’t their ads thumbnail their lectures and then encourage prospective patients to click onto a link to watch their full presentations?
  • Shirtless Fitness Freak: Forgive me for singling this dude out, but it’s his condescending, cocky attitude and even his very facial features which remind me of a bygone, lazy ass, Boss From Hell. To put it mildly, I was glad the day he got transferred to another district. Even if you’re fortunate enough not to have your own similar horror story to tell, why would anyone want to watch, let alone ever do business with him?
  • Mail Order Bride Brokers: Right from the get-go, this type of “businessman” demeans womankind; attempts to reduce all who harbor two X chromosomes to a commodity. While that, in itself, is already degrading enough, we might even be talking about pimps prospering off of human trafficking.
  • Investment Advisors: These greedy bastards pitch their get rich quick schemes, never once mentioning that, truth be told (and they’re hardly ever truthful) they actually owe their own accumulation of obscene wealth to their government bestowed, Too Big To Fail Status; a ranking that’s not typically available to poor commoners, such as you and me. Beyond that, never forget that making a “killing” in the Stock Market can, and oft does involve the human suffering of those who actually dwell / slave away at the bottom of the corporate ladder.
  • Family Tree “Surgeons”: Actually, in the abstract, submitting a DNA sample to explore ones’ family roots does sound a bit intriguing and fun. But, what about unscrupulous bastards who WILL also supply your genetic profile to inordinately interested third parties? That could mean that, someday, your boss will say to you, “Sorry, you won’t be getting that promotion you were hoping for. You have this nasty little gene that suggests you’ll be dropping dead soon. And oh, btw, we’ve forwarded this same poop to your Health Insurance provider which means the only way they’ll ever cover you is if you pay an arm and a leg premiums.
  • Immortality Merchants: If you fork over your hard earned bread, they promise to tell you how to live to be 120 years old. Folks, take it from this old geezer, typical corporations and politicians flat out hate people who are sixty-something and older. And, if we start living to be twice that age, they WILL start to hate us twice as much!
  • End of the World Merchants: The food they’re selling is supposed have a 25 year shelf life? REALLY? Hmm, how the hell would they ever know that, for sure, when they’ve only been in business for what? Six months? As for their solar gadgets which can charge up our devices? Wake up everybody. If the world, as we know it, will soon be in crash and burn mode, do you really expect the cell phone towers and Internet to be up and running Business As Usual?

YouTube’s Business As Usual over-saturation of offensive ads has not only rendered their videos unwatchable, but this practice has also committed some even deadlier sins. They are silencing the learned YouTubers, who educate humanity, pro bono. They’re also stifling art; the very spark of human creativity, which is amply demonstrated by the mega-talented YouTube videographers.

A long, drawn out sigh…

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Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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Journey’s End (Sunday Song Series)

Our trekking and tracking thru the vast realm of Sunday titled songs now finds us at Week #120.

On this final, 2020 Sunday, Ms. Carole King will be performing Pleasant Valley Sunday in the recording studio. And seeing how she also performed this same song, on stage, way back on Week #1 (September 16, 2018), we now find our Sunday Song Series right back where we started.

The temporal bookending of these two videos also round trips our journey home; ends everything on a high note, too!

So, why the travel ban / culmination of this Series?

Because YouTube CEO, Ms. Susan Diane Wojcicki, EITHER of her own volition OR due to her heeding her underlings’ astoundingly bad counsel, has opted to roll out her platform’s red carpet to propaganda minister YouTubers, who are hellbent on flagrantly aiding and abetting Donald J. Trump’s Fascist overthrow of America AND his morphing of 74 million Americans into a psychotic and chaotic cult (many of these brainwashed folks seething with violent intent).

Wojcick has also opted to crowbar in offensive ads, some with over ONE HOUR LONG run times; her sponsors oft as greedy, sleazy, corrupt and egomaniacal as Trump, himself. Yep, all these opportunistic bastards need do is show YouTube the money and she’ll grant them carte blanche to say and do whatever they fucking please.

Granted, YouTube’s wretched ways do not affect how the vids appear on this WordPress site, BUT…

Damn it! I’m the one who needs to audition the clips over at YouTube; i.e., where I have no choice but to slog thru all that Trumpian shit.

And, as a man of good conscience, who dearly loves my homeland and deeply loathes the very political sedition and economic opportunism, which both threaten to burn my homeland down to the ground, I have opted to no longer feature that platform’s content on my site.

Hence, my YouTube boycott will begin, effective January 1, 2021.

Granted… long sigh… in the grand scheme, one man of principle turning his back on YouTube, will not harm them in any way. But, at the very least, I’ll feel better just knowing I took a stand.

Will there be any exceptions to my New Year, new policy?

Well, all video companions to my past posts, inclusive of our Sunday Song Series, will remain archived on this site; filed both in chronological order and by category.

I’d consider featuring new videos were they to prove absolutely essential to preserving life and liberty.

That said, I hope you’ve enjoyed our Sunday Song Series and I thank you all for being such wonderful travel companions.

Alas, our journey will NOT be continuing seven days from now…

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Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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What Takes Precedence

Ever since the raging pandemic tanked out our lives, livelihoods and tomorrows, very few of us have been in a spend like there’s no tomorrow mood. Consequently, our belt tightening efforts must prioritize securing adequate sustenance and livable accommodations.

Yet, all too often, YouTube’s advertising content fails to conform to our pandemic altered, stripped down to the bare essentials, state of consumerism.

I mean, we, the sensible people, are not about to buy into that platform’s vast array of products which, by and large, involve [1] unregulated, unsafe potions / shoddy wares that no one would dare sell at the retail level and [2] quasi-legal, get rich quick schemes. Neither would we want to deal with service providers who, were they to set up shop in the real world, would be rapidly run out of town.

And, so long as I’m already airing my grievances, why are such snake oil salesmen so effing long-winded? I mean, if it takes a guy an hour to dupe the gullible, maybe he isn’t even good at being a crook? Of course, such shortcomings would be a good thing.

Let’s look at this, conversely, too. YouTubers, who post content that’s vital to surviving the pandemic, should not have their messages preceded / interrupted / followed by advertising at all. Ditto that for content addressing discrimination and loss of liberty issues.

I must also pause to make my gripes more America-specific.

If I see even one more godforsaken campaign ad dripping with White House B.S. to whitewash that so-called leader’s grotesque white supremacism and/or promote his concerted efforts to incite urban wars and/or to downplay his DIY pandemic, I do believe my head will explode.

Returning to the basic fiscal matters:

While it’s vital to salvage what little may be left of each and every nation’s economy, what takes precedence is rescuing what’s left of humanity. Once that becomes a done deal, everything else should fall back into place.

Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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Those Who Don’t March In Lockstep To Be Locked Up?

 

Let’s keep this as brief as possible… 200 words or less. I spend considerable time ISO YouTube clips to corroborate and enhance my written content. I normally start with their homepage recommendations.

However, I’ve noticed… especially since Trump’s illegitimate Senate Impeachment Trial concluded… that the emboldened fake prez is directing his FOX network propaganda ministers to propagate increasingly disturbing content. No need to view this crap… the clips’ titles say it all. How so?

In essence, these freaking ideologues insist on locking up anyone not marching in lockstep with King Donald I.

Look, I’m a champion of the uniquely American freedom, which our Founding Fathers had secured for themselves and posterity AND support our troops, who, throughout our nation’s history, have so selflessly and courageously fought and died to preserve, protect and defend… on our behalf.

That’s why I’m completely appalled by how casually these broadcasting blowholes flip off dissent… the freedoms of speech and press… which are all core American values. It’s what America is all about.

To witness FOX traitors actually arguing on behalf of Fascist Trump… for the express purpose of promoting, preserving, protecting and defending his Fascist State is TREASON!

Can Election Day 2020 save America? Stay tuned…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UsedTube

 

Earlier today, while auditioning YouTube clips for my site’s Vid of the Day and Sunday Song Series presentations, I had my sensibilities relentlessly assaulted by a barrage of toxic Trump ads.

And who the hell wants to look at a narcissist who only looks out for his own political posterior… i.e., rather than look out for the best interests of [1] the people he is supposed to serve [2] the nation he’s supposed to preserve, protect and defend and [3] the planet we expect him to save for posterity.

I don’t know why Donny would even be concerned about Impeachment / removal from office, seeing how he has never done even one honest day’s work within that office.

The irony, here, is how he could’ve easily continued collecting his undeserved paycheck for four… hell… maybe even eight years… by merely doing what he does best… [1] pigging out on fast food, cake and ice cream, [2] vegging out in front of his Fox Network only TV screen and [3] trotting out to the links… FORE!!!!

Since Donny’s YouTube noise machine roars on and on, unabated, it’s obvious that CEO Susan Wojcicki has allowed her platform to become but one more slimy, scaly tentacle of the toxic Trumpian monster.

Why would she not take a stand to preserve, protect and defend America… indeed, our entire world… from the greatest threat to liberty, civility and human dignity / rights since Adolf Hitler. She does have the power to flat-out refuse to run any Fascist’s self-serving ads. Since she chooses to look the other way…

I am seriously considering looking the other way, too, by staging my one-man boycott of YouTube. Were that to happen, the only reason I’d ever reverse my decision would be if I needed a video of Donald J. Trump delivering his resignation speech.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Error Occurred… Please Try Later?

 

Within the track, Territorial Pissings, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain once lyrically rehashed that old hippie era saying…

“Just because you’re paranoid don’t mean they’re not after you!”

Nevertheless… it’s possible that I’m in that state of mind. Or am I?

I’m now reclining on the virtual couch and ask WordPress readers, followers and shrinks to psychoanalyze me. I mean…

It might be nothing at all… YET

It might be every freedom lover’s worst nightmare come true!

My troubles began, recently, while visiting YouTube. Upon clicking onto a video recommended right on their homepage menu, everything began as expected. However, as soon as the lead-in commercial finished, a black screen with this message (in white font) appeared…

An Error Occurred. Please Try Later.

Since I really wanted to view my selection, I copied its code and exited YouTube. My plan was to see what would happen if I pasted that code directly into the new address bar of my browser. Guess What?

I promptly got the exact same runaround.

How odd, indeed! Why did the advertisement play and not the video? My growing suspicion… capitalism usually trumps freedom of speech… but I digress…

So, let’s say the lack of playback could be traced to something readily explainable… oh… say… that the YouTuber (maybe even YouTube muckymucks, themselves) had, out of fear, yanked this video? But if that were the case, why the hell did it still appear as a homepage recommendation?

Not being someone who’ll ever take any crap from any artificial intelligence I tried again, this time using an alternative browser.

Guess what? This time, that VERY SAME video played back WITHOUT A HITCH!!!

In the days ahead I opted, once again, to try this BLOCKED browser to revisit YouTube. You guessed it… many videos would not play. Suddenly, I realized a distinct pattern was developing.

I could not view was NOT ALLOWED to view many of the videos presenting politically liberal content… especially offerings, which portray America’s soon to be installed régime in any unfavorable manner.

In utter disbelief, I chastised myself thusly…

“This cannot possibly be happening… you’re just being paranoid! It still might merely be some bizarre, isolated problem unique to your aged computer.”

At that point I ran an experiment. Tried my damnedest to debunk this suspected censorship.

Lo and behold, while continuing to use this BLOCKED browser, I SUCCESSFULLY viewed every non-politically themed YouTube video I clicked onto.

Now, here’s the real kicker… I could easily watch every rightwing whack-a-doodle’s video, which ignorantly and inordinately extols America’s soon to be installed régime.

Keeping all of this in mind, my questions to you…

Am I paranoid or is this browser issue an early warning sign… perhaps of something far worse? Oh… say… an Internet crash in America? I guess we’ll find out “later”… perhaps as early as next Friday… oh… say… a few hours past high noon?