Why I Love YouTube Even If It Is Fxxx up On Conservatives

If the Roku had a BitChute ap this might have a different title…

So I watch YouTube videos to unwind and get news because current “news” outlets are now Political Advocacy sites and no longer do journalism while the “traditional networks” have become a wasteland of recycled themes and ex-stars.

So for a “novelty seeking personality” like me, YouTube is basically the only choice.

Tonight I was “playing with its algorithm” and had gotten it to think I was a Gypsy from Spain who mostly liked Spanish but also did some French and a bit of Italian… and a large number of very fun and slightly strange videos followed. Then I took a break to get another (yes, another….) bottle of wine… and it gave me this interesting video (6 minutes):

Now what I want to know is how a guy with a voice like gargling too much whisky for a couple of decades gets a staring role with a couple of backup babe singer? Sign me up!

I find a certain empathy with Che! despite despising the economic doctrine he supported (5 minutes) Hey, Babes with guns, what’s not to like?! :

Then, it looks like Via Con Dios

has a new video to go with their old song (that I love…) with a quasi-feminist theme (that I’m OK with as I have a wife and a daughter and love them both so…)

Then I’m off in Kazakhstan with a couple of quasi-Asian dude playing 2 sting sort of Mandolin things. while a girl sings “Et si tu ne existe pas” that I realize is “est-ce que vous n’existez pas” in French but they can’t spell it right, maybe:

then I’m off in a Romani theme video in some language I can sort of follow (Romansh?) that I also can’t find again…

It is just the amazing mix of cultures and differences and all that’s a pleasure to find yourself swimming in…

Then I’m off in this Euro-whatzit dance thing….

and suddenly I’m off in a B&W video with a CILF (clarinetist…)

It took me a while to realize the refrain I could not “get” was English “Whisky & Soda Rock & Roll”…

Then I’m reminded that I loved to Tango when I took dance in College…

And then…

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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33 Responses to Why I Love YouTube Even If It Is Fxxx up On Conservatives

  1. beththeserf says:

    Tango Man.

    Dancing the tango, slow uncoiling,
    moving to the pulsing, breathing music
    in unison with his dark-eyed partner,
    all gravitas and grace.- On the dance floor
    he’s a god.

    The last tango, it’s over, her hurries home,
    needs a clean shirt, tango shoes
    polished to the utmost gloss…
    and he’s out of there
    in a rush. )

  2. Bill in Oz says:

    Hey Beth that’s an excellent staged, stage Tango spoof… But not tango..For a sample of some real professional tango dancers, take a look here :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9lyNpxoPkQ

  3. Tom Bakewell says:

    I really enjoy your polycultural posts. I grew up in mining camps overseas and I love the differences in opinion and outlook
    About once a month I head west to Sacramento for a feast of wierd food. Something about being the only gringo in a place where folks are eating well and having fun reminds me of exotic places, flavors and sounds

  4. wyzelli says:

    That Leonard Cohen number – “Dance me to the end of love” is one of my all time favourites – many of his songs tell great stories.

  5. YMMV says:

    E.M.: “Now what I want to know is how a guy with a voice like gargling too much whisky for a couple of decades gets a staring role with a couple of backup babe singer?”

    I can tell you aren’t familiar with the legend of Leonard Cohen. He was a poet, then a novelist, then a folk singer, then famous. A flower child of the sixties, with no shortage of babes (and wanna-be babes). Including the legend of Janis Joplin in the Chelsea Hotel. The same Chelsea Hotel that Chelsea Clinton is named after. The voice changed, probably from too much smoking, but that didn’t discourage anybody.

    An early classic:

    A later classic:

    I think the last one will suffice to answer your question.

  6. philjourdan says:

    I really liked the Khazik one!

  7. E.M.Smith says:


    Now that you mention it, I have a vague memory of a poet Leonard Cohen….

    So OK I’ve got some catching up to do….


    @Tom Bakewell:

    Glad you like them! It is a bit of am eclectic taste ….

    BTW, Rio Vista has a very nice very authentic Mexican restaurant just walking distance from where you can board a boat ride to the Bay. Be forewarned, they make the chile relleno very spicy….

    So next time you head Sacramento way, try going via Rio Vista….

  8. Steven Fraser says:

    Wow… talk about a tech-enabled ‘stream of consciousness’
    I like it! On one of my own, with differing inputs, right now.

    Keep on, “keepin’ on”

  9. rhoda klapp says:

    Yesterday I was playing with Youtube. After a bit of Sousa and some duelling banjos (Glen Campbell and his daughter Ashley on the Goodbye tour) I played this favourite of mine:

    Then I went away from the computer for half an hour leaving it running. When I got back it was playing Celtic Woman, who I don’t much like. But here’s the creepy thing, every tune in the list on the right was Celtic Woman. What is in their algorithm that devolves to all the same artist?

  10. E.M.Smith says:


    Part of their algorithm, near as I can reverse engineer it from observations, is to give you more of what you already watched. It will then sprinkle in bits of older history (but it doesn’t know if you liked them or not, so they slowly fade out things not picked again) and sprinkles in some few random “similar things” to see if it is the Artist or the Genre you like, or let your “favorite” artist show up and you start picking lots of them.

    Now this has an unfortunate feedback effect if left to run with auto-play. Since it is feeding you “more of something” than the others, that auto-plays more, so that score rises, so you get even more. It is a slow escalation, but it is there. It is building a profile on you and “didn’t say no” is counted as being “as good as a yes”.

    Part of how I “confuse the system” is to often say “no” to the next pick and not let it auto play. IF I get the same-old same-old a couple of times, I’ll look down the list, pick the wacky thing, and click it. Now it’s trying to make a consistent profile out of ever increasing inconsistency ;-) Eventually it goes open loop and I get really odd stuff like that “Made in KZ” (that I really like…

    Got “Ukraine’s Got Talent” once all in Cyrillic font… had a heck of a dancer without much on ;-) picture a not petite Slavic woman, blond, in great shape and with sparkle swim suit on a pole… I had no idea the physics would let anyone but petite pole dance. Like gymnastics, there’s the momentum of rotating mass at distance working against large size. But she seemed to just power through it. Gracefully. So, then when it starts offering MORE Ukrainian language, I’ll pick one, maybe two, but then swap to some other random language video when possible. So it can’t say either “yes” or “no” to Ukrainian. I DID watch a couple, but then DID pick something else too…

    Now repeat that across 3 x ROKUs, 4 x computers, 1 x tablet and each with different selections. At this point Youtube is pretty sure I’m about a dozen people at the same IP address and it’s probably a Frat House or some college kids rented a house together with some foreign students. It definitely thinks a couple of “me” are 20-something Hispanics (as I watch many Spanish music videos) and one of me is an Hispanic Dad type (Spanish language DIY garden and making stuff shows). On another it is sure I’m a Science Geek as I tend to watch stuff about astronomy and physics and Linux there. Finally, one other is thinking it’s the TV in the dorm… so gets eclectic mix like above ;-)

    Sometimes I think I like feeding them bogus data to see what happens as much as I like the variety of videos I get ;-)

    In short: Google / YouTube tend to think “the device is the person” UNLESS they can get you to log in (which they try all the time and I never do). But without a log in, it isn’t sure, so feeding it perturbations causes it to flail around a little. In your case, you left it to do its own thing and it “focused” on what was played the most, that it chose… So now you must studiously avoid picking it, pick other stuff you like, and eventually it will fade.

  11. gallopingcamel says:

    That was amazing. Thank you for all that Tango stuff even though it made my joints hurt (arthritis).

    That lady playing the clarinet reminded me that this is an instrument that should be more popular. Here is a golden oldie that I hope y’all will enjoy (especially beththeserf):

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    Ah, one of the unfound videos in an unknown indoeuropean related language is found again:

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    Yes, wine is involved tonight. Also, some pain in the joints of the right hand makes a long posting typing kind of not interesting…. so enjoy my “pain suppression method” ;-) moments

  14. E.M.Smith says:

    Warmista “Global Warming” Logic:

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    what our response needs to look like:

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    Yes, I’m having a “moment” . So?

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    Because it is beautiul and free

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    I had no idea these were covers…

  19. E.M.Smith says:

    Just OMG my feet hurt just watching this..

  20. E.M.Smith says:

    I dono know why but I’d follow these Lads to Hell n back… somethin abou the pipe’s it’tis…

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    What to make of East meets West?

  22. E.M.Smith says:

    And eventually the other Gypsy / Roma theme video comes around again. This is the other one I could not find in a directed search:

  23. Larry Geiger says:

    I really like: Tu Vuo Fa LAmericano.

    Leonard Cohen. Another Dylan. Good grief. Just stay home and write songs dude.

    My Algorithm currently centers on large woodworking projects on large lathes, Henri Cat, Simon’s Cat, Steven Wright, Victor Borge and Bob Newhart.

  24. E.M.Smith says:

    I just found out that Leonard Cohen wrote one of my favorite songs ever. Hallelujah.

    Yeah, stay home and write more of those…

  25. Larry Ledwick says:

    A little change of pace here:

  26. Larry Ledwick says:

    This is apparently the sequel to the above video

    She certainly has a different style from most singers.

  27. YMMV says:

    In a bit of serendipity, I stumbled upon a book in the library about one of Leonard Cohen’s early lovers. “So Long Marianne: A Love Story” by Kari Hesthamar. One interesting aspect of the story is that Marianne arrived on the Greek island of Hydra in December 1957. She met Cohen there later.
    “The island is inhabited by over two thousand Greeks and six expatriates”. “The population of Hydra was predominately of Albanian, rather than Greek, origin. In the middle of the fifteenth century Albanian refugees came across from the Peloponnese. She lived there (mostly) until 1972, so it is an interesting glimpse of that time and place.
    Leonard went to Hydra in April 1960. At that point he had published his first collection of poetry and was working on a second.
    “Leonard’s calling had been known to him from a young age. He knew that he wanted to be a writer, not for the popular audience, but for dead poets like William Butler Yeats. He wanted to be one of them. And if he could become a writer with that kind of integrity — if the gift had been bestowed upon him — there would be money, and women. Not in great quantities, but enough. He would have a roof over his head and a beautiful view.”
    He wrote more poetry and two novels while he was with Marianne, but in 1966 “he was forced to concede that he couldn’t make a living as a writer. Beautiful Losers had received good reviews but sold marginally. Once, with a smile he’d admitted to Marianne that he fantasized about making a song that got into jukeboxes.” “During a visit to the city [NYC], Leonard bumped into people like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and when he heard them perform it occurred to him that perhaps he too could be a musician, even though he believed he could barely sing a pure note”. Judy Collins recorded one of his songs. After that, fame followed quickly, even though his first performances were not very good. Then he traveled a lot and their relationship slowly faded, respectfully.

  28. E.M.Smith says:


    Like the find…

  29. Larry Ledwick says:

    If you like Ivy Levan you might like this hot little number – a bit racy but I don’t mind.

  30. Larry Geiger says:

    Sissel: Going Home. That was gorgeous.

  31. Larry Ledwick says:

    You tube may just have triggered a major exodus with all their recent de-platforming moves.
    Bitchute now has a “one click” tool to migrate video from youtube to bitchute.

  32. E.M.Smith says:

    @Larry Ledwick:

    That’s certainly going to pick up the pace… There was already a large movement of co-posting by conservative voices, putting a video in both places to have insurance against a Surprise! Ban! Delete! Now it’s turbo charged…

    FWIW, my major use of YouTube these days is via the Roku. It has a YouTube app, but no Bitchute app. IF Bitchute had a Roku App, I’d be preferentially watching it on the Roku.

    As it stands, when I just can’t stand the Drek Posing As News on the YSM / MSM / LSM (Lame Stream Media…) I’ll swap over to YouTube and pick up some real news (from the survivor stations…). Whenever there isn’t enough there to “work” for me, well, I’ll just stop using the Roku for news and use a “Media Station” with browser instead…

    You can not control the media flow or information flow to the private individual in a free society. We can just stop watching your Pig Slop and go find something more interesting somewhere else.

    You would think after tens of millions of viewers and readers lost, after thousands (or is it tens of thousands now?) laid off and unemployed, after CNN posting lower viewers than the cooking channel, maybe, just maybe, they would figure out that Censorship in a free society just cuts your own REVENUE as the audience LEAVES. Oh Well. To quote one of our modern philosophers: “Stupid is as stupid does.”…

  33. E.M.Smith says:

    BTW, found this on the InfoWars site (while watching a video there about censoring of “Soph”
    https://www.infowars.com/14-year-old-girl-soph-responds-to-antifa-bullying/ )

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