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General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: June 21, 2019, 08:05:00 PM »
See the conqu'ring hero come!

He and a handful of others have all helped to bring down a poisoning ring in Uganda: I hope Myles' efforts will continue to yield success, and bring justice about for the victims!

General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: June 20, 2019, 09:57:42 PM »
The part about Hitler thinking he was saving the world alone is worthy of a favorite quote. Everything from TIK cracking up when he points this out, to the music, to his continuing to point out the dangers of getting your premise wrong:

So Morsi died just a couple days ago, and the Egyptian new media has spun all manner of stories on the subject:

This video from the Joe Shoe has all the sources and clips you need: I can provide a translation, should this make it into the podcast.

The man was clearly maltreated and abused, and this doubtless hastened his death. Yet they refuse to confront the government, and the government is spewing one lie after another.

To me this touches on the subject of political repression--as it does for Joe here  (of Joe Show fame). This is a topic I think needs greater exposure, so that no one forgets the struggles of those who do truly want liberty and decency (I know, Morsi himself wasn't one such, but still).

If possible, I'd like to be co-host for this one this Saturday.

General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: June 20, 2019, 08:54:02 PM »
The Joe Show made a video on Morsi's death. For once, he cut the comedy (which is normally what he does--well), and instead cut to the point: Morsi--for all his faults--stood for something: the hope and opportunity for a better future in Egypt: he was, afterall, a civilian elected in a free and fair election. That he was an asshole doesn't mean one shouldn't take pleasure in his death, nor try to cover up the obvious torture and mistreatment he underwent in his confinement.

General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:48:25 PM »
Quote from: Kanafe head
For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!

For some reason, this is somehow a dumb version of this:

General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: May 20, 2019, 11:29:14 PM »
Legal Eagle breaks down the Sokovia accords from the MCU:

I'm now hooked on his channel. Owe you one!

General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: April 08, 2019, 06:34:10 PM »

Warren Buffet being called out (indirectly).

The guy goes claiming that he wants to help America, yet can't be bothered to help his own tenants.

General Discussion / Re: Fail Quotes
« on: March 03, 2019, 06:18:29 PM »
That and people naturally attempted to help; even the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire sent supplies--against the UK government's request. The Irish still celebrate the guy--they got this plaque for him

It helps that Near Easterners traditionally held the blacks in contempt; anyone in Pre-Islamic Arabia tend to be called things like "crows", "slaves" (this one is still used), and "son/daughter of *insert mother's name*" (a huge insult for a patronymic society: you're calling them bastards)

There's a poet, Antara b. Shaddad, who wrote poetry of the finest caliber: a lot of them are about how people "shame him for the blackness of his skin" to use his phrasing. They also called him "ibn Zabiba" (son of Zabiba) --his black mother:

What's inspiring about it though is that it never broke his will: at the end of the poem, where he lists all the degredations he faced, he says this:

I will abide till my injustices* lay me down
and till patience will loudly crash within me (lit. "between my sides")
(though) your place is in the air (or vault) of heaven is in its place
and my arm is too short to reach the planets

He also says (earlier):

And if they forget me, then the sword-blades and spear-tips,
will remind them of my deeds, and where my blows landed

(Antara was a warrior for his tribe, who won his freedom by defending it against dhubyan, Abs' mortal enemies at the time.

What puzzles me is this: here are black people--real ones--who are worthy of being held up as role-models that blacks can show as evidence (and very valid evidence), that they're the equal of all others: Antara isn't alone, mind you, and he isn't even the best example (he could be very blood-thirsty against his tribal enemies). They have also produced glorious kingdoms and empires, with rich and complex histories, worthy of study:

They have Mali, Songhay, the Kongo (the one from centuries ago), Great Zimbabwe, Benin, and so on and so forth.

*can also mean burdens; 3awadhil is a word that doesn't have a direct translation in English.

General Discussion / Re: Fav quotes
« on: March 01, 2019, 07:49:47 PM »

I mean, seriously, what more do I need to say?

General Discussion / Re: Interesting thing I've noticed on YouTube...
« on: December 27, 2018, 02:43:37 AM »
Creators are given choices on longer videos: we can have an ad before and an ad after the video, and we can put in time codes for internal ads as long as they're at least 7 minutes apart. I do that with Bogosity so you can be given the break between stories and not have them interrupted.

BUT, we have ZERO control over whether or not the ads actually show, or if they do, how many of them there are and how long they are. And we can tell YouTube to just put ads in there wherever they deem appropriate (good especially for livestreams), but they can do crazy things at times.

If so, the mystery deepens:

Massad's videos are rarely longer than 15 minutes, and more typically 10 minutes. Yet he often has anywhere from 7 to 15 ads in these videos--enough to break the flow of the video. I find it strange he'd do that, when one considers how well-structured and thought out his videos are.

General Discussion / Re: Interesting thing I've noticed on YouTube...
« on: December 25, 2018, 12:59:38 AM »
My YouTube subscriber feed seems to be mostly Tim Pool, TheQuartering, and Sargon of Akkad these days, and they seem to be mostly about the crazy nonsense coming from the dieing digital media companies and how the silicon valley tech firms are effectively conspiring against nonconformers.  And this is annoying because it's important enough that I need to watch them but I really don't want to have to.  Ah, the wonders of living through a media singularity...

Anyway, the interesting thing I've noticed is these videos are not just monetized, but HEAVILY monetized.  One of Sargon's videos at about 15 minutes had three different internal ads, and an opening and closing ad.  Ten minutes from Tim Pool had opening, closing, and internal ads as well.  This is pretty consistent:  YouTube has gone back to putting ads on 'controversial' creators.

Now, since I'm watching through a TOR connection, I'm getting a pretty random sample of ads (Ad Sense is clearly using the apparent IP to select ads, not the YouTube login info, since my login is specifically set that I'm in Canada, but I'm getting ads in and for various Easter European languages and places and services, like a Croatian tourism ad and various language localizations for Panzer Rush), but the ads are there.  They must be coming in because in those areas, none of the content on these channels is the least bit controversial.

I'm subscribed to a guy named Ahmad Massad: every minute, there's an ad. If what you're saying is correct, the Jordanian government is probably demanding these ads--since that guy really rips into government and society alike.

Then again, this could be him doing it--he needs every penny (OK, Piastre), since he doesn't appear to have steady work (he's an actor by trade, with IIRC eight international films, as well as several local productions).

General Discussion / Re: FCC fake quotes on Net Neutrality
« on: December 25, 2018, 12:55:06 AM »
Which thing?  Bad military security?  Bad network security?  Failure to update critical infrastructure?  Buzzfeed doing something stupid?

Oh, yes, all of the above.

Specifically Buzzfeed's sloppy work. But yes, it still applies to all of them...

General Discussion / Re: FCC fake quotes on Net Neutrality
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:32:32 AM »
And Buzzfeed is doing it's usual bang-up job.  Down at the bottom of the page are links to related articles.  One of which is about the US military having a security failure due to outdated router firmware.  What?  How does THAT relate to net neutrality?

That's a given, at this point.

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