Here is another interesting YouTube channel, or sub-channel, I came across a few months ago. It is basically a series of interviews and short documentaries hosted by Abby Martin on teleSUR English. She largely covers issues which the MSM either does not report or lies about such as interference by USA in the affairs of other countries, serious systemic problems in USA, abuses perpetrated by USA-based multinational companies etc.
Link for sub-channel: The Empire Files with Abby Martin
Here is one recent and relevant clip containing an interview with Mark Ames about the massive and destructive interference by USA in Russia from 1991 to the election of Putin in late 1999. It is a useful summary of all the reasons why Russians grew to hate the USA (especially its establishment) and support Putin.
While writing an upcoming post about why the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) is a terrible idea on multiple levels, it occurred to me that I had not yet posted one of the best and smartest YouTube spoofs about that subject. FYI, I first came across this spoof in late-2014 and thought it was hilarious enough to post on many places other than this blog. In case you are wondering, the imaginary IoT product mentioned in that spoof is scarily close to some products that have actually received venture capital funding in Silly Valley.
While one of my older posts does contain a clip from his channel about Barack Obama’s less than stellar legacy, I thought it would be a good idea to post a link to Jimmy Dore’s YouTube channel and explain a bit more about him. So.. Jimmy Dore is a stand-up comedian and political commentator, who is currently best known for his scathing commentary on establishment democrats and republicans on TYT.
What sets him apart from other comedians who comment on politics is his willingness to skewer establishment democrats and corporate liberals with the same viciousness and frequency as republicans and self-righteous religious nutcases. As many of you know, most comedian-turned-political-commentators are not interested in delivering any significant critique on establishment democrat and “moderate” republican public figures.
Here is a link to his YouTube channel: The Jimmy Dore Show
Interesting Clip 1
Interesting Clip 2
I recently came across an interesting YouTube channel about organic (and inorganic) chemical synthesis. While this might not be of interest to many of my regular readers, it is nonetheless fun to watch.
YouTube Channel – NileRed
Clip 1: How to make Fluorescein.
Clip 2: Making Dibenzalacetone.
I recently came across decent amateur drone footage for the two castles most associated with Vlad the Impaler aka your historical Dracula. The first one is known as Poenari Castle and is situated on the top of a fairly steep mountain. Though it is small (10-15 metres wide by about 80 meters long), it does possess both the remoteness and relative inaccessibility mentioned in the Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic-horror novel ‘Dracula‘. Regrettably, it over 200 km away from where the novel places it. Also, repeated earthquakes in that area have reduced it to little more than a ruin. Historical records do, however, suggest that the castle in question once had three floors.
The second one, known as Bran Castle, is far more associated in the public imagination with Dracula- largely because it looks like a “real” castle and is relatively well-preserved. However this castle, unlike the one at Poenari, is highly accessible and near population centres such as Brașov- so it is unlike the one described in Bram Stoker’s novel. Curiously, there is evidence that Bram Stoker deliberately chose the top of an uninhabited peak in the Carpathian mountains known as Mount Izvorul Călimanului for the location of his fictional castle. Sadly, I could not find similar drone footage for Mount Izvorul Călimanului.
I recently came across an interesting, and actually objective, clip about the origin of Trump’s Surname. The guy who runs that channel is a British (or Welsh?) expat who has lived in Germany for over two decades. His YouTube channel also has videos about the history of certain peculiarities of the German language + his visits to many local events in nearby cities and towns in that country.
Here is an example of his travel videos. I find them to be well produced and researched.
Multiple news outlets (link 1, link 2) are reporting that the well-known singer, songwriter and record producer George Michael died sometime today (or yesterday) at his home in UK. From what I have read so far, it seems that his death was unexpected and not due to a terminal illness.
While he had a long and quite successful career, his most universally known works (especially music videos) were produced between 1987 and 1999. He was also producing some pretty good stuff during the previous few years.
Here is what I consider to be his best music video- and I am guessing most of you know about the incident which inspired it.
And here is a pretty good virtual remake of that music video using GTA 5.