The Unz Review - Mobile
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 Announcements
Adding 150,000 Videos, and Forestalling YouTube Censorship
🔊 Listen RSS
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>

Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • BShow CommentNext New CommentNext New ReplyRead More
ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
AgreeDisagreeLOLTroll
These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Troll, or LOL with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used once per hour.
Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
Search Text Case Sensitive  Exact Words  Include Comments
List of Bookmarks

As mentioned, I’ve been absorbed during most of 2017 in building several new software systems that I’m now trying to release by the end of the year.

Last week, I presented for initial testing my new Print Archives, containing the published works of over 400,000 authors and the complete archives of some 200 prominent periodicals stretching back to the early 1800s, representing a vast quantity of otherwise unavailable material. This system should be of greatest use to academic scholars, but there exist many fascinating historical truths buried in these millions of pages that I’m hoping to use as the basis for future articles of my own once my current software development cycle is complete.

Meanwhile, this week I’m releasing for initial testing a very different sort of system, which provides convenient access to some 150,000 videos, constituting the complete contents of a selection of mostly “alternative” YouTube channels. The enormous growth in the popularity of YouTube and other forms of online video has reshaped our media landscape, and incorporating that vector of information is a natural extension of this website.

Whereas digitizing those huge print archives and designing a software system to effectively present them was an enormous project requiring many years of time and effort, building this video module took only a couple of weeks. The reason for this efficiency was that the underlying video files and streaming software are actually hosted on YouTube own cloud servers, and are accessible to anyone providing a link. So I had only to build an elegant presentational front-end utilizing the standard toolkit of function calls and features, together with the flexible software technology I’d developed for the other parts of the website. Here’s the main video channel page, currently ordered by most recent videos:

Although the video capabilities I’m now providing are hardly revolutionary, I do believe they provide several important advantages.

First, the individual video channel pages allow easy access to thousands or even tens of thousands of individual videos, organized by date, popularity, or length, thus allowing visitors to more easily locate those of interest to them. For example, here’s the archive page displaying the RT Channel videos from October 2016, just prior to the last presidential election:

Since embedded videos are quite “heavy” and too many of them would considerably reduce the loading time of a web page, only the first eight are displayed in that form on a given archive page, with the remainder being in the form of clickable image-links, which immediately transfer you to the particular video play page. By default, the archive pages also have “infinite vertical scrolling” enabled, so that as you scroll downward new videos are added to the bottom without limit (this feature can be disabled on the User Settings menu).

On a given video page, the most popular from that channel are embedded just below the featured video, while the right sidebar displays links to the most recent 100 videos.

The system also provides full Search capabilities. For example, here’s a search for 2015 New China TV videos containing “Ukraine” in the title or subtitle:

Once activated, the commenting system will provide the same range of powerful features used in the other parts of the website.

 

All these features are nice and I believe that my Video presentation system is superior in many respects to what YouTube provides on its own Channel pages. However, the primary motive spurring the creation of this Video section was the rapidly growing concerns about widespread censorship.

Whereas in the past, YouTube only removed videos that explicitly advocated criminality or otherwise violated the legal standards, over the last year there has been a growing tide of ideological censorship, with videos fully conforming to First Amendment practices being removed or otherwise censored because they attracted the hostility of the government or various influential activist groups. In some cases, YouTube has blacklisted such videos or even entire channels from recommendations or links on social media, while also blocking them from advertising and viewer comments.

Even worse, there are plausible concerns that these types of restrictions or harassment may soon lead to the wholesale removal of large numbers of videos or channels that provide perspectives sharply divergent from that of establishment media outlets or governmental bodies. The ideological “Prague Spring” of the last decade made possible by giving millions of independent individuals access to a worldwide video distribution channel may end in a harsh crackdown.

The Video presentation system provided by this website might partially mitigate the impact of such a censorship regime.

First, if YouTube blocks certain videos from receiving comments or being directly linked on social media, their corresponding Video pages here would still retain those capabilities, indeed possessing a commenting system probably superior at promoting extended substantive discussion than that provided in the original. Depending upon circumstances, those Video pages might turn up in web searches from which the YouTube pages are banned.

Even more importantly, consider that YouTube is merely one of a number of functionally-similar video hosting sites, though by far the largest. The only connection a video on this website would have to YouTube is the short identifier used to play or embed the item in question. Therefore, in the unfortunate event that YouTube chooses to remove certain videos, those files may quickly and easily be uploaded to one of those alternate hosting systems, and the identifiers immediately replaced to reflect the new location.

Under such a situation, the impact of such YouTube censorship would be greatly reduced. Regular visitors to the channel on this website would still see exactly the same video located in exactly the same place as before, and all links on other websites or via social networking would be maintained. The only difference would be that the playable video itself would now be hosted elsewhere. Indeed, so long as the producer uploads the videos elsewhere, an entire channel might be banned by YouTube without almost anyone noticing that anything untoward had occurred.

Internet pioneers once used to proclaim that the distributed data-transmission system they had developed would treat censorship as damage, and automatically reroute around it. With regard to videos, the this website’s video presentation system might begin to provide similar utility.

 
Hide 84 CommentsLeave a Comment
Commenters to Ignore...to FollowEndorsed Only
Trim Comments?
    []
  1. Eagle Eye says:

    Thank you, Mr. Unz.

    Sadly, these and many 0ther anti-censorship efforts in the Soviet-era samizdat tradition are assuming fundamental importance as the walls of censorship and intimidation close in all open, public forums of information exchange and discussion throughout the former Free World.

  2. Given the rise of “ad-safe” policies first being used to demonetize videos and no doubt this leading to removal from YouTube’s search feature and who knows … ultimate blockage of “unverified” sources, this seems like a good public service in the cause of breathing life into the now moribund freedom of expression and the exchange of ideas in public fora.

    Thank you, Mr. Unz.

  3. Thank you for your work and this site, Mr. Unz.

  4. Bravo. I keep wondering why no-one with the requisite know-how and capital has launched an alternative platform for rational, conservative content. This is exactly what I have been hoping for. I hope it works out well for you.

  5. Thank you for the new video channel page. It is visually appealing and easy to use. I wasn’t aware of the Institute for Justice’s channel. I just watched two of their videos and it appears that they focus on government regulations that keep people out of the workforce, such as unnecessary certifications and licenses. Very informative.

  6. chris m says:

    good idea, although not surprised at this much-needed initiative
    considering where current trends are leading.

    YouTube hiring thousands of staff to stop disturbing videos aimed at children

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/youtube-children-kids-moderators-google-alphabet-announcement-latest-a8093191.html

    “YouTube says it will hire more than 10,000 people in part to address a disturbing trend among its videos.

    The new moderators will try and stop the spread of bizarre, potentially damaging videos across its site. In recent weeks, the site has been increasingly criticised for hosting the posts, which seem aimed to target children but in fact show graphic, extremist and violent content.”

    Gwot/to stop money-laundering/protecting young children etc etc.
    it’s called a scheme to catch-all, pure and simple.

    i doubt if very few, if any, see this for what it is. ie censorship of the internet.

  7. m___ says:

    Evidently, completely right, it is about the tools. Wonder who “sponsors” this magnanimous effort.

    Need any help, if help is mine, up to you to judge.

    m___

  8. Olorin says:

    Many thanks. Looking fwd to finding time this weekend to dig into your online library holdings.

  9. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I had only to build an elegant presentational front-end utilizing the standard toolkit of unction calls and features

    Oh dear. Not extreme unction, I do hope :)

    But one serious question: it’s easy enough to re-route pointers if and when YT deletes vids, but what if the owner of the vid isn’t on the ball and doesn’t re-host? I’d actually guess this would happen more often than not. Is the actual data backed up somewhere safe? I’d guess not, given the quantities involved.

    You’re dong God’s work, Mr Unz. (And I’m an atheist!)

  10. Ron Unz, you are building an extraordinary content archive that will be of use to people of various political perspectives. Thank you from this reader.

  11. lavoisier says: • Website

    This kind of work is essential to stop the book burners from controlling the internet–as they already control virtually everything else.

    Thank you Ron Unz.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  12. MEH 0910 says:

    Ron Unz is an American humanitarian.

  13. with how heavy handed google has been with censoring content it doesn’t like, this is a great move by Mr. Unz.

  14. If the Agree buttons would work for me, I’d Agree to all of the above comments!

    Bless ya’ll!

  15. No legal problems? Hundred year articles from defunct mags are one thing…

  16. Thank you, Ron. Great work! Free Speech is being targeted by billionaire activists and powerful globalists who are in bed with YouTube, Google and an array of ruthless government agencies that are using select incidents ‘terrorism’ (blowback) as a pretext to punish dissent and censor the world wide web. You are leading the charge to preserve liberty and combat tyranny. Bravo!

    Just say ‘NO’ to Zio-American warmongering, hegemony and militarism.

  17. TWS says:

    Mr Unz this is a good thing. Thank you

  18. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Excellent. I have not checked yet to see if he is already included, but The Corbett Report and his affiliated channels have some of the best info on youtube about the Deep State and Fake News. It’s where I watched the five part foxnews post 911 report on all of the israeli spies being rounded up by the fbi – which was later scrubbed from the internet by fox. His video on the 911 suspects and the dancing israeli video were definitely eye openers. Corbett has also recently been asking for decentralized hosting of his videos before youtube cracks down on his channel.

    Does youtube claim to own the IP behind the videos though?

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  19. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @lavoisier

    Which raises what I believe to be an important question: what sort of backup will there be if Mr Unz is (heaven forfend) struck by lightning or simply kidnapped by the NSA or Mossad? This one man is collecting/creating work more important than any one man.

    At the very least, efforts are surely underway already to ‘deplatform’ him. As the SPLC/ADL/SJW/Google/Facebook types are forever reminding us, our right to free speech does not include a right to be heard, particularly when we’re saying things they don’t like.

    Once upon a time, you could stand on a soapbox and call out your message in the Town Square. Now they own the air itself.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
  20. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    You are right. Ron Unz is leading the way. Others must follow his lead and start to create platforms upon which free speech can be protected from the evil doers and control freaks..

    I sense Ron Unz knows more than anyone how critical free speech is to a functioning civilization and the preservation of individual liberties.

    That is why he is a hero to me.

  21. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Mr. Unz,

    A modest suggestion:

    Perhaps the basic idea – providing listing and commenting capabilities beyond the reach and control of the original content provider – could also be adapted to MSM newspapers many of which already impose stringent censorship on content not to the liking of their NWO sponsors.

    The extent of the problem in the U.S. will be well known to you and many readers of this forum.

    In Europe, censorship, especially of any views opposing wide-open immigration, has become much more noticeable in the UK press as well as the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

    The most drastic censorship in thoroughness and agenda-driven focus is in place in Germany where government instructions are channeled to co-opted press outlets through semi-public “private” entities such as the Bertelsmann Foundation. Europe-wide “cooperation” between government broadcasters and newspapers is another mechanism for government control.

    Over time, Unz.org could become known as the popular alternative venue to discuss news and post information and views beyond the reach of MSM censorship and opinion-shaping.

  22. Ron, I bow my head in admiration. You are representative of what’s best in American, sadly shrinking, culture, and what should be saved.

  23. Ron Unz says:
    @anonymous

    I have not checked yet to see if he is already included, but The Corbett Report and his affiliated channels have some of the best info on youtube about the Deep State and Fake News….Corbett has also recently been asking for decentralized hosting of his videos before youtube cracks down on his channel.

    Well, I have to admit I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of The Corbett Report, but it wasn’t hard to find on YouTube, and then it only took my automatic software machinery about 10m to scrape all his 1500 videos from the last decade into the system. So here’s the new Channel page:

    http://www.unz.com/video/channel/thecorbettreport/

    If anyone knows this Corbett fellow, you might want to tell him about it.

    Although it takes time to build good software, once you’ve done that, you don’t have to worry about it afterward.

    And my thanks to everyone else for the very kind words about my new Video section.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    , @Wade
  24. Great idea dear Ron!

    YouTube has been after me from DAY ONE banning my Videos and harassing me.

    Here is what they sent me last month:

    Hi Brother Nathanael,

    As you may know, our Community Guidelines describe which content we allow – and don’t allow – on YouTube. Your video “Seeds Of America’s Collapse” was flagged for review.

    Upon review, we’ve determined that it violates our guidelines. We’ve removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty, to your account.

    Video content restrictions

    We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express their points of view, even if unpopular. However, YouTube doesn’t allow hate speech.

    Sometimes there’s a fine line between what is and isn’t considered hate speech. If you’re not sure whether or not your content crosses the line, we ask that you don’t post it. Learn more here.

    In certain circumstances, YouTube blocks content in order to comply with local laws in certain countries. Please note that no penalty will be applied to your account.

    The impact of strikes

    This is the second strike applied to your account within three months. As a result, you’re unable to post new content to YouTube for two weeks. If there are no further issues, the ability to upload will be automatically restored after this two-week period.

    We understand that users seldom intend to violate our policies. That’s why strikes don’t last forever – this strike will expire in three months. However, it’s important to understand that if you receive three strikes within three months, we’ll terminate your account, rendering it permanently inaccessible.

    I’m back on YouTube now but feel like every time I upload a Vid a censor is hanging over my back.

    +Brother Nathanael Kapner

    PS: Would love to be a columnist on this your excellent site to post both my Videos and Articles.

    I have tried many time to contact you via “Email Unz Review Editors” but the link does not activate.

    Please advise as to how I can proceed.

  25. Ron Unz says:
    @Brother Nathanael Kapner

    Well, I’m not too familiar with your Channel, but it only took me about 5m to add it to the system. Good software makes everything much easier…

    http://www.unz.com/video/channel/brothernathanael/

    However, this really will have to be the last new Channel I add until I can get my current software work finished.

  26. Dear Ron,

    Thanks also for the print archive. I had reason to use it recently when someone wanted to see the original of a G.K. Chesterton short story. I was able to find it and transmit the link quite easily:

    http://www.unz.org/Pub/Colliers-1935apr27-00016

  27. @Ron Unz

    I appreciate what you are doing and get your concept of keeping the ability to link to, and comment, on videos in a place beyond youtube’s control. However, either I am unclear on this, or I don’t understand what you mean by “scraping” these videos of Jim Corbett’s* (just as an example). I went to view his stuff on your site, as you just linked, and the videos are hosted by youtube, as you said.

    If this guy does get his stuff completely wiped off of youtube, as Anonymous says Corbett is worried about (with good reason, IMO), then he would still need to get those things hosted elsewhere before your site does any good, right? I do know that there’ll be a record that he made these videos, along with the comments, but no videos. Would Mr. Corbett, after he found another place to host them, just give you a note telling you where to “scrape” them from?

    See, to me, “scrape them” means actually saving the video yourself, for posterity, hopefully. Correct me if I’m wrong, but you don’t have the hosting or, let’s say just storage space in general, for everything youtube’s got (and they’ve got a lot of silly crap you don’t need of course).
    .
    .

    * BTW, Corbett is very interesting and I seem to agree with him on everything I’ve watched, though his voice gets to me for some reason (too smug sounding or something …)

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Aschwin
  28. mobi says:

    At some point, I’d suggest announcing things like this in a more prominent spot on the homepage – like, with one of the large, banner images that lead at the top of the homepage currently.

    The ‘Announcements’ in the top right corner don’t often draw nearly as much attention as the rest (I noticed this more or less by accident).

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  29. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Corbett’s voice bothered me a bit as well initially, but I suppose I stopped noticing it after a while. He is a canadian living in japan and very high iq perfectionist type – which probably explains the voice. Corbett is not smug at all in my view – it must be a Canadian thing, eh!

    Check out his five minute summary of the absurd official story of 911:

    He also has a corbett report extras channel with tons of interesting info:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM6EbmEFrTbrQ_31bUx5h3w

    He has a whole series of videos on suspicious suicides that is fascinating. I also really enjoyed his two part documentary “how big oil conquered the world” and “why big oil conquered the world” linked below:

    P.S. Thank you, mr unz. You are doing amazing work against the evil empire.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  30. Aschwin says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Web Scraping is automated data collection. You set up the rules according to what kind of data and from which sources you want to capture data, and the program proceeds to do so automatically.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  31. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Hello Ron,
    I might be an outlier, but the site takes up to 5 minutes to load and has ‘script debug/ignore’ popups.
    Using Firefox with Win 10? over three devices with the same result.
    Thank you.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  32. alexander says:

    Great idea , Mr Unz.

    I am curious about whether your new video hosting site will be able to capture and hold onto
    raw video footage from our sorted “mass terror events”.

    Much of the best footage and the most accurate analyses always seem to quickly disappear .

    I recall one of your readers posting a video from the Las Vegas shooting which had very clear footage of gunfire coming from the fourth floor….Very, very clear footage, Mr. Unz…….and the video was shut down on You tube within the hour.

    • Replies: @Hu Mi Yu
    , @Wade
  33. Ron Unz says:
    @mobi

    At some point, I’d suggest announcing things like this in a more prominent spot on the homepage – like, with one of the large, banner images that lead at the top of the homepage currently.

    Exactly. The system has only been released for initial testing and development, and once it’s closer to being finalized, I’ll make it’s given much more prominence.

  34. Ron Unz says:
    @Anon

    Hello Ron,
    I might be an outlier, but the site takes up to 5 minutes to load and has ‘script debug/ignore’ popups.
    Using Firefox with Win 10? over three devices with the same result.
    Thank you.

    Very helpful. Those are strange problems. Are you encountering them on all website pages or just those connected with the new video module?

  35. ironicus says:

    A great idea, a great service, many many thanks Ron!
    A minor quibble. In the search box on the print archive, I tried to enter an author’s name, 2 words, and whenever I tried to enter the space, a pop-up said “Invalid – letters only”. I couldn’t get past that. I am using Waterfox (the last good version of Firefox) under Ubuntu 17.10.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  36. @Aschwin

    I understand that, Aschwin, but I don’t think this scraping captures the video data itself. There is a whole lot of it on youtube’s storage space, whatever way they do it. I am not complaining, mind you, as I don’t think storing that much data is kid stuff (not necessarily difficult, but I mean, expensive). The links to the videos, commenting, and organization are now taken care of very well by this site. That is a great thing, but here’s my point from the previous comment:

    It’s that I think readers here might be assuming that all the videos are stored “on unz”, and it doesn’t sound like that’s the case. I tried to ask Mr. Unz what a procedure might be to either a) be ready for using a back-up storage place for the time when youtube determines that you are not an appropriate person, or b) take care of it now, and already have an alternate site for your videos and channels to be seen, requiring only a quick switch, by the unz site, were this to happen.

    No answer yet.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Pericles
  37. @anonymous

    I have heard Canadians, believe me, and “eh” and “abooot” is not the problem. Smug may be the wrong word. Anyway, that won’t stop me from watching more of his stuff.

    BTW, that Jordan Peterson has a definite Canadian accent, as he IS Canadian, and that is not bad to listen to at all. I had hard time believing I would enjoy a 1 hour, 40 minute video of two intellectuals just sitting at a table talking, but his interview or discussion with Camille Paglia was really good (1st 30 minutes optional, I’d say, but good for background).

  38. Hu Mi Yu says:
    @alexander

    I remember that footage, and found an independent and altogether different video buried in the comments at Breitbart that showed exactly the same thing. There were two shooters on two different floors. I posted a link here as a response to wayfarer’s post.

    Immediately the story died in the MSM.

    • Replies: @alexander
    , @Wade
  39. alexander says:
    @Hu Mi Yu

    Right.

    It was “wayfarer” who posted.

    I do not understand how there can be any expectation of solving crimes that impact our society and cost taxpayers billions of dollars in “terror security” services…..when they continually “erase” the evidence of what actually happened.

    Can you ?

    • Replies: @Hu Mi Yu
  40. Ron Unz says:
    @ironicus

    A minor quibble. In the search box on the print archive, I tried to enter an author’s name, 2 words, and whenever I tried to enter the space, a pop-up said “Invalid – letters only”. I couldn’t get past that. I am using Waterfox (the last good version of Firefox) under Ubuntu 17.10.

    It’s fixed. But make sure you refresh your browser to load the updated webpage…

  41. Ron Unz says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s that I think readers here might be assuming that all the videos are stored “on unz”, and it doesn’t sound like that’s the case. I tried to ask Mr. Unz what a procedure might be to either a) be ready for using a back-up storage place for the time when youtube determines that you are not an appropriate person, or b) take care of it now, and already have an alternate site for your videos and channels to be seen, requiring only a quick switch, by the unz site, were this to happen.

    All I’ve built is a nice presentational “front-end” that merely displays the videos hosted on YouTube or some other service. It’s essentially the same as what happens when you embed a YouTube link on some webpage, so all I’m scraping are the IDs used for those links.

    The video files themselves are quite large, and I’d assume that their content is owned by the creator, though those IP issues may not usually be enforced. Therefore, it’s really up to that creator to keep back-up copies and reload them on another host if YouTube trashes them.

    Once they’re reloaded, all I would need to do is update the IDs to those of the new service, and all the Video pages, including their Social Networking links, would remain unaffected by the YouTube removal.

  42. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Just learned of this service watching a Ramzpaul video ( am a huge Sailer/Derb fan so am on the site frequently). You are truly a hero for providing these services, especially since much of it is anti- Tribe. Thank you!

  43. norm741 says:

    Thanks for restoring freedom of speech Just show all videos that Utube censors

  44. Hu Mi Yu says:
    @alexander

    I do not understand how there can be any expectation of solving crimes that impact our society and cost taxpayers billions of dollars in “terror security” services…..when they continually “erase” the evidence of what actually happened.

    Can you ?

    No! But I lost hope decades ago. It just gets more and more obvious as the years go by.

    • Replies: @Hu Mi Yu
  45. Hu Mi Yu says:
    @Hu Mi Yu

    Here are the links that wayfarer posted. They are still active.

    and

    The one I posted was from 8chan, and it has been deleted. I thought it was the most convincing. There was no narrative or propaganda with it: just a raw cell phone video from someone at the scene.

    • Replies: @alexander
  46. @Ron Unz

    Thanks for the reply, Ron. That’s what I figured, as you explained it like that, but then your comment about the Corbett report videos all being sucked in (my term) made me think that maybe you were saving all that video data.

    What I’m starting to get (like just now!) is that these videos would not have to be at any specific other video hosting service, just on one’s own server, for example. Corbett, if he had a hosting account of his own, could have them all there right now. Whether he wanted to keep them on youtube as long as they let them, which would make sense, or have your site “scrape” them from his server and categorize them right now would be his choice. If that’s right, no need for a reply, as I’ve taken up your time already.

    Get back to work! No, seriously, this is the kind of stuff (just thinking generally) that people with the means and skills can do to break the establishment’s hold on information. It’s great work on your part.

  47. Hi Ron, appreciate your work.

    I would like to be a columnist here to post both my Articles and Videos.

    I’ve tried to contact you via “Email Unz Review Editors” but the link does not work.

    Please advise as to how to proceed.

    +Brother Nathanael
    Publisher, Real Jew News @

    http://www.realjewnews.com/

  48. alexander says:
    @Hu Mi Yu

    I recall these two videos posted by wayfarer.

    Neither one showed the same clarity of evidence …… not by a long shot.

    It was the video he posted (on a later comment) which was deleted from You Tube.

    The video which was “erased” seemed to take all available footage of the “active shooting scenes” and examined them through cross referencing…providing stop action sequencing…..and a super clear blow up of the fourth floor window from where the shots were fired.

    You could actually see the silhouette of a man in the room as the rounds went off.

    It was quite good work, and seemed to demonstrate,beyond a reasonable doubt, that the fourth floor gun fire could NOT have been a “reflection” of gunfire coming from the 32nd floor.

    All the other videos , which remain up, are muddy and inaccurate by comparison.

    • Replies: @Hu Mi Yu
  49. Clyde says:

    Make your Unz hosted videos downloadable to MP3 format and the complete video MP4 or an alternative. Most You tube videos are downloadable this way.

    You will be hosting many educational videos and many of these are very useful in MP3 format. For example, I can go to youtube and find the latest Michael Savage broadcast which consists of a still photo of Savage with audio. Thus many YouTube videos are really audio podcasts. Youtube is just a free and convenient place to put them where they can be found via a youtube search.

    Commenting on your videos will be enabled? Then you might need to hire people to remove very nasty comments, though youtube itself is the wild wild West as far as comments.

  50. Ron, we really appreciate all your hard work.

    I would also like to add that one very unique aspect of Unz.com is that not only the content but the technical details of the site feel like the work of one individual. And from a technical perspective this site is amazing: fast load times, very little cruft, layout is functional and not pointlessly fancy. Easy to read. That is a triumph in and of itself, aside from the amazing job you have done assembling writers. You have a real talent for this stuff.

  51. @Ron Unz

    Just a suggestion – there are utilities like youtube-dl – https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/ – which could be run on the server to download each archived video. Many youtubers don’t use alternative video sites like vimeo etc, so it would be good to get the actual video file.

  52. Hu Mi Yu says:
    @alexander

    All the other videos , which remain up, are muddy and inaccurate by comparison.

    Maybe by comparison, but they are still convincing. The problem with them are the provocative titles, heavy handed commenting, and the editing. Just listening to the videos it is impossible that the second shooter was a reflection.

    Still this illustrates the problem with providing links rather than copies of data. Linked data can be deleted or changed on the host server. However making copies can run afoul of copyright laws. I don’t think we should ask Ron to do this. The potential liability is too great. I suspect suppressing “secrets” (evidence) was the whole point of the new copyright law.

    Nothing to prevent you from making a private backup of something particularly interesting. I failed to think of this in time to catch that 8chan video before it was gone.

  53. I’m not an internet savvy guy, but youtube paid them to post their videos.
    Why would those guys make videos if they are not paid ?

  54. Some suggestions

    The internet is the most resistant to failure and censorship when it is the most
    distributed. Internet services are the most powerful when they build upon the contributions of their users.

    Many authors have either links or complete copies of their material on their
    personal sites. Just scaping may not get it all, as some smaller or personal sites may not allow
    bots of any kind.

    Many fans may also have copies or links on their own personal sites.

    So:

    Consider adding 1-2 alternate links that can be updated only by the
    author/publisher (at any time).

    Consider adding 2-5 alternate links that can be updated by users at any time. If one becomes inactive, delete it so someone might see the empty space and replace it.

    This will allow us to help keep the links updated and fill in the holes.

    Consider allowing sections of your database to be downloaded by users in some simple format.

    Please continue NOT requiring Javascript for most functions. Youtube is a problem with this of course.

    Too bad the comment function seems to require it (I have never used it on this site before). Hmmm, this is a bit awkward, when I just hit Preview I see the changed text in the input box. But if I use the ‘B’ button to add bold, another area appears as a preview above the input box.
    …but only every other time. Weird. Sort of confusing behavior.

    Your site is wonderful. I really appreciate your hard work and skill.

  55. Pericles says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    There are a few problems with storing the actual videos rather than just the metadata.

    First, physical storage. Let’s say one hour of video is about 500 MB to 1 GB of data. If there are multiple formats (HD, mobile, etc), add their sizes together. Amazon S3 at the moment wants $0.02-0.04 per GB per month. They also want $0.01 per GB bandwidth used, for example for playing the video once. So the cost for storing 150,000 videos of 1 GB each would be $6000/month, excluding the cost to play them. Since this is merely a ball park estimate, let’s just say a few thousand dollars per month for storage, plus cost to playback.

    Second, there is of course also the issue of rights, which is likely the more problematic. ‘Rehosting’ videos this way is presumably not legal without the permission of the owner. However, providing a way for invited creators to upload their videos according to suitable terms of service might take care of that. Since these guys are downtrodden by youtube, I assume the main question would be the longevity of the service.

    Third, we can ask if providers like Amazon would start playing games when the SJWs complain about triggering content. We have seen Google do this in the last few months so it has to be part of the calculation. Running your own large scale storage system requires a substantial investment plus admins. Outsourcing of some sort is probably easier (but not long-term cheaper).

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  56. Sparkon says:
    @Pericles

    (Note: I inadvertently replied to Pericles, but my comment is a general one about typography, legibility, presentation, and appearance.)

    Because it appears to be too small by a point size or two, I suggest the new italicized font rolled out within the last few days is inferior to its predecessor here at Unz.com.

    test:

    ABCDEFGH ABCDEFGH
    abcdefgh abcdefgh

    The italicized font of any typeface should be the same vertical size as the standard font.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
    , @Ron Unz
  57. Sparkon says:
    @Sparkon

    Please note too the difference in style between standard lower case ‘a’ and its italicized counterpart:
    a a

    It seems the italicized text font is not only too small, but also from a different typeface.

  58. Ron Unz says:
    @Sparkon

    Because it appears to be too small by a point size or two, I suggest the new italicized font rolled out within the last few days is inferior to its predecessor here at Unz.com.

    That’s very odd. There haven’t been any recent changes in the italicized font, and it seems to be the same font-family and size as the normal font. Perhaps you’ve had some problem in downloading the most recent .css files, so you might try refreshing your browser and maybe clearing your cache.

    Has anyone else noticed this particular font problem?

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  59. Sparkon says:
    @Ron Unz

    I have to backtrack on my claim about the different typeface. I had never noticed before that the roman and italicized fonts of some typefaces do have a different style of lowercase character a / a, so this is perfectly normal for them to have a different appearance – open in the roman font, closed in the italic.

    But the size disparity appeared on my browser just recently. Both my browser and live linux versions are outdated. I don’t see it at another site using WordPress, WUWT, where the roman and italic fonts look to have the same vertical size.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/12/14/where-the-temperature-rules-the-sun/

  60. @Brother Nathanael Kapner

    Brother Nathanael

    Love your work. Your heart is pure, my own heart senses it.

    Mr Unz

    You provide a valuable service, the communist cabal will scorch the earth to remain in power.

    Regards
    aam

  61. Fo a channel that has already been kicked off of YouTube, how would that work? Would they need to figure out some sort of cloud hosting and then register their channel here? What if Amazon won’t host them in their cloud and other cloud providers also kick them off?

  62. Dan Hayes says:

    Ron,

    Here’s a question directed to you (although, unfortunately, I doubt that I will receive a response):

    Is the UR, as I suspect, a one-man operation with the one-man being Ron Unz?
    (I am under the impression that you operate under the dictum that if one wants things done, do it yourself.)

    Additionally, I also wish to thank you for publishing so many previously disenfranchised writers as well as so many interesting and knowledgeable commentators.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  63. FKA Max says: • Website

    Thank you from me too, Mr. Unz!

    The featured RamzPaul video on the Unz Review front-/homepage does not seem to expand/embed properly as per usual. One can only see the link:

    RAMZPAUL and the Unz Review

    P.s. Minor aesthetic problem: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/chisalas-last-word/#comment-2108705

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  64. Wade says:

    Ron, dude, you are awesome.

    A very sincere thank you.

  65. great idea, you might want to talk to the guys who run Pew.Tube or BitChute.come, those are two promising Alt Tech video hosters that support Free Speech

    both creators are active on Gab if you wanted to contact them there

    https://gab.ai/pewtube

    https://gab.ai/BitChute

  66. Ron Unz says:
    @FKA Max

    he featured RamzPaul video on the Unz Review front-/homepage does not seem to expand/embed properly as per usual. One can only see the link:

    It’s now fixed.

    • Replies: @FKA Max
  67. Ron Unz says:
    @Dan Hayes

    Is the UR, as I suspect, a one-man operation with the one-man being Ron Unz? (I am under the impression that you operate under the dictum that if one wants things done, do it yourself.)

    Well, sort of, depending upon how you define things.

    Obviously I don’t write any of the articles, and I only help “moderate” a fraction of the comments, so there are at least a couple of dozen other people involved. But pretty much all the other work is done by my software, and I wrote just about all of it.

    The nice thing about software is that it’s very hard-working, never unionized, and only asks for a little electricity to do its job. In fact, it’s so hard-working that (except for my software-development work!) I doubt my job as “publisher” of this webzine absorbs more than about 10% of my time.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  68. Dan Hayes says:
    @Ron Unz

    Ron,

    Thanks for your response and for all your work (as well as for your hard-working, non-unionized and electricity-frugal software).

    Bottom line: as suspected, the UR is a one-man show!

  69. FKA Max says: • Website
    @Ron Unz

    Thank you very much, Mr. Unz.

    It worked great yesterday, but it appears like the problem has returned today.

    Thank you very much.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  70. Ron Unz says:
    @FKA Max

    It worked great yesterday, but it appears like the problem has returned today.

    Fixed. And this time I think it will stay fixed…

  71. mh505 says:

    Ah Ron, not sure what we would do w/o you.

    Even in good “old Europe“ your reputation is growing by the day !

  72. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    After an absence of two weeks from my Twitter account, I returned today to find that nearly everyone I follow has been suspended. And this, from Twitter, which makes such loud noises about “Net Neutrality” but actually consorts with the ADL and SPLC when the mood to censor strikes. As it seems to, with increasing frequency.

    ETA: Okay, I just searched and found this. I’m not the most ‘connected’ of people :)

    http://www.unz.com/article/the-great-twitter-purge-corporate-cultural-marxists-overplay-hand/

  73. Wade says:
    @Ron Unz

    Ron,

    As long as you’re accepting requests, the same needs to be done for Ryan Dawson’s (of the anti-neocon report) content. Youtube, are already censoring his videos. And Facebook gave him a temporary ban for pointing out that Mao and Stalin killed more people than Hitler. I believe Vimeo is doing it to him too.

    If you recall, Ryan is the person who conducted the interview with Phil Giraldi after his firing from TAC and which you featured on your website a few weeks back. He also worked with Sibel Edmunds of Boiling Frogs for a while. He has done quite a lot of good work on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and 911 as well.

    Regards,

    Wade

  74. Wade says:
    @alexander

    I wish you could find this again and post it. When you see things like this it may be best to back the video up yourself on your own harddrive until such a time when you can safely put it back up online for posterity.

    I think Unz should consider hosting a selection of raw videos such as this one so they don’t disappear.

    • Replies: @alexander
  75. Wade says:
    @Hu Mi Yu

    Can you provide the link now?

    • Replies: @Hu Mi Yu
    , @Hu Mi Yu
  76. Astonishing! Staggering! I must be dreaming! Someone on “our side” has had the brains and dedication to actually respond to some bad thing the left has done other than by whining about it on Hannity or on some backwater website visited by nobody under seventy. It seems too good to be true, but if it’s true, let there be two, three, many Ron Unzes.
    You are a true patriot, sir!!

  77. Hu Mi Yu says:
    @Wade

    This is what I wrote in the other thread on October 7, 2017 at 8:38 pm GMT.

    Here is another independent video with sound. Not as clear as the taxi driver’s, but clear enough to hear two shooters and two different locations. The taxi stand must have been very near that fourth floor window.

    https://8ch.net/pol/res/10722835.html

    Parenthetically the search function did not work to find this. It seems limited to displaying one page. Second and subsequent pages are dead links. I was able to click on my handle and find all my comments listed there.

  78. Hu Mi Yu says:
    @Wade

    A couple of other things…

    If you should happen to run across a backup somewhere, the page looks at first as if there is nothing significant on it. You have to scroll down to find the video.

    Also the interaction with wayfarer was in two different threads. The topic came up in a second thread, and I copied his links from the first.

  79. alexander says:
    @Wade

    Had I known it would disappear so fast, I would have.

    But I don’t really think “I” should have to.

    None of us should.

    Extremely clear evidence of a crime should be considered by everyone (most especially Law Enforcement ) as sacrosanct.

    Its “erasure” is highly suspicious…and, needless to say, quite obstructive in apprehending the fourth floor shooter.

    Erasing the footage that shows him clearly firing the shots is equivalent to making him “disappear”,
    thereby allowing a “mass terror” perpetrator to get away with it.

    I don’t think that’s right.

    If the best “homeland security” can do with the tens of billions in taxpayer dollars we give them every year is …..”erase the evidence”….They should be all be fired, right away.

    Right away!

  80. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    There is no way “web searches” will find your mirror, unless the censors would be extremely stupid (which they aren’t). The same people that order videos from Youtube be deleted for no reason are able to demote your website from web searches in Google. Speaking of which, how much money do you plan to make from advertisement? Because the same people who delete Youtube videos and re-rank pages in Google searches…

    I am sorry, but Americans’ right to free speech was always permitted to the extent that you speak to yourself. As for the video hosting “alternatives”, they are in countries where don’t even bother with formalities and pretenses. Youku or Dailymotion will not be any more stable.

Current Commenter
says:

Leave a Reply - Comments on articles more than two weeks old will be judged much more strictly on quality and tone


 Remember My InformationWhy?
 Email Replies to my Comment
Submitted comments become the property of The Unz Review and may be republished elsewhere at the sole discretion of the latter
Subscribe to This Comment Thread via RSS
Personal Classics
Are elite university admissions based on meritocracy and diversity as claimed?
The sources of America’s immigration problems—and a possible solution
What Was John McCain's True Wartime Record in Vietnam?
Hundreds of POWs may have been left to die in Vietnam, abandoned by their government—and our media.
Talk TV sensationalists and axe-grinding ideologues have fallen for a myth of immigrant lawlessness.
The major media overlooked Communist spies and Madoff’s fraud. What are they missing today?