PM Abbott’s ‘Promises Delivered’ Video Banned By YouTube For “Deceptive Content”, His Channel Suspended

In the world of Social Media Fails, and in politics there has been plenty, it’s pretty hard to top this.

Here’s what happened.

The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, posts a video to YouTube boasting of how “we’ve delivered on our promises” and spends a lot of the time pretty much calm-ranting about “illegal” asylum seekers.

YouTube decides the video is “deceptive content” and blocks anyone from viewing it. For hours, the boast about ‘promises delivered’ and YouTube’s denial sits there on the linked video right on PM Abbott’s Twitter feed, while the below image is tweeted and Facebooked across the planet, to much amusement and mockery.

Is YouTube calling PM Abbott a liar for claiming he’s delivered on his promises, or did they can the vid because in the vid he called aslyum seekers “illegals” when international law decrees they are most certainly not?

Top 10 Videos of 2013 in Youtube

Top 10 Videos of 2013

Is there anything that makes you more aware of your own mortality than a top ten list of things that happened on the Internet? Videos become viral so quickly that it’s it’s pretty jarring to remember that yeah, we were all obsessed with that stupid Harlem Shake. Youtube’s Top Ten of 2013, then, makes for some pretty surreal viewing.

The Ylvis “What Does The Fox Say” trend only just become popular in September, of course, so it’s not too surprising that it took the number one spot globally with over 276,000,000 views.

Norwegian Youtubers took both first and second place, it would seem, as number two is that video of Norway’s army doing the Harlem Shake. It received over 95,000,000 views, which admittedly is a pretty big drop from Ylvis’s 270 million. Were we all that into foxes, guys?

Coming in at third is “How Animals Eat Their Food” by MisterEpicMann with over 88,000,000 views. Surprisingly this trend passed us by, and we were sort of expecting something a little more… informative. Still, props to Nick and his team for making a video as equally as compelling as it is silly.

Despite her best efforts, Miley Cyrus did not make the list with either “We Can’t Stop” or “Wrecking Ball.” Steve Kardynal’s Chatroulette version (that’s still a thing?) of the latter song did come in fourth, though, with over 78,000,000 views. It also marks the first time anybody’s was ever actually excited to see a naked guy on Chatroulette. We think the parody where Miley appears to be singing about food in a posh British accent deserves some recognition too, though.

We get our very first ad at fifth place with the Evian “Baby&Me” short video, which clocked in at over 67,000,000 views. We would be kind of annoyed at the brand placement but — babies! Adorable dancing babies!

Jean Claude Van Damme does the splits for Volvo in sixth place with 59,000,000 views. What really makes this video is the Enya song in the background, of course. You know that’s, like, half the reason you kept watching.

Surprisingly, the Lonely Island didn’t make it onto the list until number 7 with “YOLO,” featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamarr. Guess they’ve been busy. The 53 million people who tuned into this video probably weren’t, though.

Hey, remember that telekinetic coffee prank that was done to promote the Carrie reboot? You know, the video that was arguably better than the actual movie? Yup, that made the list with 50 million views. Oh sure, most of those people were probably actors, but who cares? The practical effects were still fantastic.

We sure love our Bad Lip Readings, and given that a lot of people appear to love that thing called “sports,” the fact that a Football-centric bad lip reading got into the top ten with 44 millions views isn’t so surprising.

Finally, an Epic Rap Battle of History just squeezed in there with 42 million views. Of course it was the Skrillex vs. Mozart one, because people just love watching other people complain about dubstep.

Youtube has a lot more lists on their “Youtube Rewind Page,” which includes the top ten music videos and others, so head over there and check out the rest if you’re so inclined.

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Become an opinion or misinformation

How often do you find yourself saying things like:

“I’ve heard that…”

“They say that…”

I call these “uninformed opinions”. Whenever you adopt a point of view based on what you heard someone else say, you are committing you believe something that you have no idea is even true. Why do this do yourself? Want to look smart, do some research before you start making uninformed assertions toward things.

You’ve heard that, right? Heard it from who? From one person? Is one person enough evidence for you to believe that this “thing” is true? Who are “They”? Are these people in the same group, or category, or demographic, or income class, or occupation, or age range? Is it your in-laws? Is it your church community? If so, do you think there could be a bias among them, against the facts?

Maybe you’ve “heard” it from the news, and you (among most people) take news information as 100% fact. Okay then, which news source are we talking about? Fox News—a strong bias to the right? MSNBC—a strong bias to the left? CNN—Focused on dramatizing every story, rewriting it and omitting facts so that it feels like you’re reading a short story, where there’s always a plot, a good guy, bad guy, etc. Maybe it’s BBC—trustworthy, but still can’t be taken verbatim. There is no source without a bias folks.

Hell, scientific fact is even challengeable. Back in the day if you told your elders that the world wasn’t flat, you’d be locked up and tortured.

Let’s look at some examples:

“They say that pesticices can cause cancer.” Really? Well, who are “they”? The CDC? Your best friend? Your mother? Wikipedia? Have you done any research on your own from any reliable source or are you just adopting a point of view from what you heard once on Headline News? Do yourself a favor, and before you speak up about this next time, educate yourself first. Do some research. I’m not saying pesticides don’t cause cancer, I’m just saying this seems to be a hot topic, so before you jump on the band-wagon, do some research.

So then, what do I base this ideology off of? What comes to mind is all the instant gratification our youth seems to be addicted to—YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter—and also the mindless entertainment in our media, Miley Cyrus, for example. Those who represent our youth in media are, in my eyes, are showing less and less intelligence by the week. However, what if this is just a choice based off of preference and/or trend and has nothing to do with intelligence level? What if we are more intelligent than before and we realize we can now get the same thing only faster and more concentrated? Or maybe it’s not a sign of lack of smarts but a lack of applying those smarts?

Many times too, as humans, we bring our emotions into the picture, which really muddy the facts. There are many ideologies based off of prejudices and racism, all emotion based opinion against another group of people, always negative emotion. Try and stick with the facts despite your feelings.

So, next time, instead of speaking about a subject in which you have no knowledge, have done no research, have no real-world experience, don’t speak up. Or, just say “I’m not sure.” Ironically enough, you will come off as more intelligent and people will respect you for that. All instead of basing your opinions and arguments on what “the world” tells you.

As a social network aid to education

Tarrou's Chalk Talk


I saw this article in the Huffington Post about a teacher named Rob Tarrou who makes great YouTube videos that show him teaching math and how these videos have become popular.

From the moment I started reading this article I was amazed. I loved the title, “Chalk talk” and how he is literally using a chalk board and doing math examples.  It was easy to see that this teacher had a lot of passion for teaching math. What teacher would upload videos of themselves teaching math for students who miss school? I’ll tell you-passionate teachers! He isn’t doing this to make a profit. He seems to do this because he loves to teach.

Then I decided to watch a video and see what they were like. I like how he introduces himself in the video. He likes wearing a silly shirt or jumping into the video.  The article says how he has been getting views on his videos from all over the world and how they seem to help many people.

The article mentions how this is an example of a “flipped classroom” and discusses some negatives of the flipped classroom. If you do not know what a flipped classroom is, it is when a student watches videos like the ones this where a teacher is giving instruction at home and at school assignments, tests, and labs are completed. The negatives it mentions are that it is not the same as hands on instruction and it seems only possible in communities where every student has a computer.

I think that if a teacher is uploading themselves teaching a lesson, they have to think about its purpose. Is it for a few students who want to watch a video at home for extra help? Or is it for all students who are learning in a flipped classroom? I think that the purpose determines the content of the video and how the video is portrayed.

Mr. Tarrou is currently not using a flipped classroom, but I feel that he could the way his videos are presented. They seem to reach students who are currently learning a new topic or are confused on a topic and want extra help. I think this is a great example of a YouTube video that can be used any way. It can be used in a flipped classroom or just for extra help. Anyone around the world can see this video.

I love watching YouTube when I have a problem and seeing how others solved it. The power of YouTube is just absolutely huge.  So when I see articles on how people are becoming popular from Youtube like Mr. Tarrou, I am reminded of how much of an influence YouTube has on our society. To me it is just as influential as Google. I would love to sit in Mr. Tarrou’s class and see if he is like his YouTube videos!

How to remove advertisements YouTube videos

Only a few hours ago has been officially launched the Youtube video advertising and has already appeared the first Firefox extension that blocks in the manner of AdBlock Plus for AdSense .

This extension TubeStop , which was originally created to prevent auto-play videos from YouTube , and according to its creator also blocks advertising videos . Attributed this to the publicity of the video only shows on the YouTube website and not video embedded or syndicated.

In his post warns not know whether he will run or not, and that so far Google has removed all videos with advertising, so now he can not see whether it works or not. We look forward to what happens.


Speed Up Flash Videos in Firefox

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Want to speed up your flash video watching?  By default, Firefox takes a sort of “snapshot” of whatever you are doing every ten seconds.  Why?  It is so that the browser can restore itself, just in case of a crash.  Now you might ask, what does this have to do with flash videos?  Well, the snapshot action is what is causing your ten second delay, at times, with watching flash videos on the Web.

The quick fix for this problem, at least for my own sake, is to increase the time between each of the saves performed by session restore.

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By opening about:config in your Firefox address bar, then typing browser.sessionstore.interval in the filter box, you’ll see a value of 10000, which is in milliseconds. (Meaning your session is saved every 10 seconds.) I changed this to 300000, or every 5 minutes, as I don’t have the urgent need for tab restoration. If you feel like being more on the safe side, try increasing it to something a bit lower, say 120000, or every 2 minutes.

I gave it a shot, and it might not be a life changing experiance after doing so, but it does seem to make the videos play faster, especially if you have several Firefox tabs or windows open at the same time.

The most watched video in Youtube


It is the lead single from her second studio album, The Fame Monster. The track was produced by RedOne and was inspired by the paranoia that she had felt while touring through the previous year. After the demo version of the song leaked, Gaga premiered the song at Alexander McQueen‘s Spring/Summer 2010 Paris Fashion Week show on October 6, 2009, followed by the release of the cover art. Composed in a similar tempo to her previous singles, “Bad Romance” features a spoken bridge and a full-throated chorus. The song was written by Gaga while touring and was inspired by German house-techno music. Lyrically it talks about being in love with one’s best friend.

Contemporary critics gave positive reviews of the song with the majority of them comparing the song to Gaga’s second single “Poker Face“. It has since reached number one on the UK Singles ChartIrish Singles ChartCanadian Hot 100 and the Swedish, German, Austrian and Danish charts, while peaking at number two in countries such as the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The accompanying music video takes place in a white bathhouse where Gaga is kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her and then sell her off to the Russian Mafia for sexual slavery. The video received positive response for its treatment and innovation with critics noting more its craziness and symbolic plot.