Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chris Castle's MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY blog hits new Low

More amazing anti-internet-best-practices reactionary opinion from the Texas lawyer entity known as Chris Castle.

The latest from internet reactionary Chris Castle, the Texas Lawyer who portents protecting content producers:

“ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube…”

March 3, 2015 Chris Castle 
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid it down today in his speech to a joint meeting of Congress:
“ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube…”
This will come as no surprise to MTP readers as we have been hammering this issue for a long, long time.  And of course YouTube has gotten away with it so far, just like Google has with so many of its bad acts. But now it appears that mainstream media has noticed the obvious.  CNN Money reports:
Jennifer Aniston lauds the benefits of Aveeno, Bud Light shows off beer at a concert, and Secret sells its freshly scented deodorant.
Pretty standard commercials, but what’s different is the content that comes after. In this case, they’re all followed by ISIS and jihadi videos.
Terrorism analyst Mubin Shaikh said one video is part of an ongoing propaganda series that ISIS produces and another is a jihadi-themed video.
Video sites like YouTube sell ad time to companies, and the ads get automatically inserted before the videos play. Advertisers don’t directly control where their ads are placed although they can specify the demographics they’d like to target.
“From a contract perspective, these corporations that are paying lots of money to get YouTube clicks may not be that pleased when they find out that their video is placed right before an ISIS recruitment video,” legal analyst Danny Cevallos said.
Though some videos may not violate YouTube’s policy against inciting violence, they might not be appropriate for advertising.
It’s almost impossible to know how many companies’ ads have run before videos like this, but at least two companies were unhappy with the content pairing.
“We were unaware that one of our ads ran in conjunction with this video,” a vice president of consumer connections at Anheuser-Busch (AHBIF) told CNNMoney after reviewing one of the videos that played one of its ads. “We have strict guidelines with our media partners that govern when and how our ads appear. We are working with YouTube and our media buying agency, Mediacom, to understand and rectify the matter.”
“Our ads should not have appeared and we’re working with YouTube to understand how it happened and to avoid it happening again,” said Paul Fox, director of corporate communications at Procter & Gamble (PG).
Really.  “Avoid it happening again”?  Exactly how does P&G intend to do that?  Not letting the advertiser control where their ad shows up is YouTube’s business model.  It’s not a design defect, it’s a feature.
This is what you call a duped advertiser–you know–someone like this:
But aren’t duped advertisers exactly the kind of person that is protected by most states’ unfair business practices and consumer protection laws.  Oh right–Google is suing a state attorney general to stop exactly this kind of investigation.  Why?
Because they’re on the Internet.  They’re special.
(Images reduced in order to fit this blog.)

And my Comment below the post (which is never approved for publishing):

You have no moral centre.

The line 'kill all the lawyers' ... as long as you were making the list, you'd be up with that wouldn't you?

Read the post at MTP with all the links and context - “ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube…” - March 3, 2015 - by Chris Castle |


Saturday, February 21, 2015

US creating 'permanent war zone' around Russia: Analyst Joaquin Flores.

US creating 'permanent war zone' around Russia: Analyst Joaquin Flores.

Global Empire's Grand Game, strategic arc in Ukraine reveled. Joaquin Flores is a left-leaning analyst who his friends say has the gift of being able to synthesize complex systems quickly and precisely.


Globe and Mail's 'Globe Unlimited' hides content about Ukraine Civil War

While reading at 'The New Cold War: Ukraine and Beyond' - an article about the misinformation that the popular media across the Empire are promulgating - I came across mention of a piece of writing by Mark MacKinnon entitled, What I’ve seen in the year since Yanukovych fled Ukraine.

A very different view of Kharkiv compared to the Foreign Policy article below was published several days ago in the national, daily newspaper in Canada, the Globe and Mail. Writing in the wake of the military debacle suffered by Ukraine’s armed forces and militias at Debaltseve, in Donetsk (Donbas) region, earlier this week and the deep disquiet and unrest which that event has unleashed, reporter Mark MacKinnon writes, “Today, Kharkiv and Odessa are more firmly in the Ukrainian fold than ever before in the country’s 24 years of modern independence. They’ve seen what Novorossiya means in Donetsk and Lugansk – war, accompanied by thugocracy – and they’ve rejected it… And the rest of the country is more proudly Ukrainian than it has ever been.”

When I tried the link, the G&M page throws up a pitch to buy the content - when one clicks the 'X' to close the pop-up, the page reloads away from the content to a front page that does not list the article in search.

Using the link at New Cold War ( I was able to reconstruct the title of the piece and use that Search for it ... at commonly owned CP24 they list the article - but under the title is the pay-wall announcement.


One news for those able to pay; and one news for those without means?

Sort of the opposite of the enlightenment that flowed out of the invention of the Printing Press - which freed information to all those who could read - and as well the opposite of what the inventors of the world wide web had in mind when they built the 21st Century's version of the printing press - the HTTP protocol.

The New Cold War - Ukraine and Beyond - February 21, 2015 | Kharkiv: A Ukrainian city holds its breath |