Category Archives: Politics

My personal political opinions.

RIP Youtube.

My Youtube channel just got deleted. It was deleted for spam, which I fully admit to. I do not recall exactly how long Youtube kept doing this (days, if not at least a couple of weeks), but it kept recommending me this one specific video from this one specific channel that I was not interested in. Despite the fact that I had never clicked on the video, nor any video from this channel, with every video I did watch, I kept seeing this one specific video in my recommended. I got tired of seeing it. I obviously wasn’t interested in it. That’s why I didn’t click it. (Also, it wasn’t Pewdiepie, or some channel with millions of subs. The channel only had 45,000 subscribers, but I kept seeing this one video over and over and over and over in my recommended, no matter how many videos I watched).

So, I finally relented. I clicked on the channel that uploaded this video and started downvoting every video from the channel. I also began to comment, on every single video, that I was tired of Youtube shoving this specific channel down my throat that I wasn’t interested in. If they wanted this specific channel to get engagement, they got it.

I kept seeing it over and over and over and over again. To the best of my knowledge, I had never clicked on a video from the channel before. I guess the guy reported me (or maybe it was automated), but after commenting the same thing on many of his videos, my Youtube channel was terminated. I had over 770 videos on the channel. Less than 40,000 total views in over four years. A couple of videos with over 2,000 views each.

Video editing was fun, and, of course, I like watching Youtube. But this is the final straw for me. I’m tired of dealing with such a frustrating platform. Youtube’s problems have been documented for many years now (and he’s by no means the only one who has documented them). They probably won’t be going away any time soon.

I’m boycotting Youtube entirely. At least, unless I get my channel back. I did appeal, but to no avail.

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I’ve already deleted my Twitter and Gab for good. Facebook will be next, if I ever get permanently banned somehow (instead of just month-long bans). And, finally, WordPress, if I ever start facing penalties from this website. It might be time to begin pulling the plug and start reading more books. Just living a nice, quiet life alone, away from “the world” as it is today (the internet). Social media is fun when the websites don’t get in the way of organic social engagement. But that just isn’t the case today. I’m tired of shitty Silicon Valley (and deceptive alternatives like Gab. See a user on Gab @Oblivia for details). I’ve just added Youtube to my list of boycotts.

I was using the Brave browser (which blocks ads), but when I used to use Chrome, I had an extension called “Video Blocker” which kept videos from channels I specified from showing up in my recommended. To the best of my knowledge, it worked the whole time I was using it. If you’re like me and tired of Youtube’s algorithm shoving shit that you aren’t interested in down your throat.

There’s a lot of good to Youtube, but this was the final straw for me. If I don’t get my channel back (which I’m not expecting to), then I’m done with Youtube entirely.

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Oh, Bomani…

I used to watch ESPN religiously. “Around the Horn” was one of the shows I watched every day. Woody Paige was always my favorite. But I’ve stopped paying for television. I’ve stopped watching sports. I spend most of my free time on the internet now. But I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and realized that I’m still seeing “Around the Horn” in my Facebook feed.

I saw a video including my dear friend, Bomani Jones. And I remembered that I still have some screenshots of a couple of exchanges between he and myself on Twitter. As I have deleted my Twitter a while back, I just thought it would be interesting to share these exchanges on a social platform that I do have. Lol. What a professional.

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2017/02/25: Jordan Peterson: Postmodernism: How and why it must be fought

Murray Rothbard – Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature, and Other Essays.

Jordan B. Peterson on 12 Rules for Life

This is a really good talk. But it’s also Jordan Peterson, so that’s no surprise.

Philosophy joke.

Philosophy is pointless.”

Jordan Peterson: “Hold my beer.”

Corrupt Justification

Devin Stevens Presents Literature

“‘I had forgotten that you are only a common boy. How should you understand reasons of State? You must learn, child, that what would be wrong for you or for any of the common people is not wrong in a great Queen such as I. The weight of the world is on our shoulders. We must be freed from all rules. Ours is a high and lonely destiny.”‘

C.S. Lewis “The Magician’s Nephew”

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The parts of Böhm-Bawerk’s “Capital and Interest” that resonate most with me (updated as I read).

1. “Literally to ascribe to capital a power of producing value is thoroughly to misunderstand the essential nature of value, and thoroughly to misunderstand the essential nature of production. Value is not produced, and cannot be produced. What is produced is never anything but forms, shapes of material, combinations of material; therefore things, goods. These goods can of course be goods of value, but they do not bring value with them ready made, as something inherent that accompanies production. They always receive it first from outside—from the wants and satisfactions of the economic world. Value grows, not out of the past of goods, but out of their future. It comes, not out of the workshop where goods come into existence, but out of the wants which those goods will satisfy. Value cannot be forged like a hammer, nor woven like a sheet. If it could, our industries would be spared those frightful convulsions we call crises, which have no other cause than that quantities of products, in the manufacture of which no rule of art was omitted, cannot find the value expected. What production can do is never anything more than to create goods, in the hope that, according to the anticipated relations of demand and supply, they will obtain value.”

2. “There is no power in any element of production to infuse value immediately or necessarily into its products. A factor of production can never be an adequate source of value. Wherever value makes its appearance it has its ultimate cause in the relations of human needs and satisfactions. Any tenable explanation of interest must go back to this ultimate source.”

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