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BitChute, a way to get outside of the Digital Oligarchy

YouTube is part of the digital oligarchy (Alphabet/Google, Facebook, Twitter) that enjoys autonomy over the majority of web content. In short, YouTube is a slimy company owned by a bigger slimy outfit.

I’ve reached the point where I really don’t like sharing YT videos because of their actions.

BitChute is an alternative for video content that looks nifty…

How did this idea come about?

Throughout 2015 and 2016 several prominent YouTubers reported a loss of video monetization when covering certain topics or for having particular opinions. YouTube claimed this was due to tighter enforcement of existing rules, even if true this will restrict the type of content that gets made and is a form of censorship.

Here we believe people should be able to express their opinions and choose their topics. If existing services cannot allow that, then let’s make some that will. The question is, how to disrupt a platform as well established as YouTube? It cannot be on their terms; we think we might have an answer, decentralization by torrents and tailored matchups for monetization. *More on the monetization to come soon.

Rather than needing massive data centers with humongous bandwidth costs, torrents depend on many people sharing videos from their home computers. While this has been possible for many years through bit torrent, bit torrent applications have steep learning curves; this site aims to make the torrent experience seamless by working entirely in the web browser.

I just signed up but, I haven’t figured out some stuff like, how to host a torrent. But, I can watch videos seemingly without flaw.

Here’s the link: https://www.bitchute.com/

 

 

 

 

Chico, Strings Attached

I’ve found myself going back to listen to various versions of Chico Hamilton’s bands quite a bit.

Always something interesting compositionally and/or aesthetically.

And, Chico always featured interesting sidemen. This gorgeous album is one of the earliest records with Eric Dolphy and, the seemingly forgotten Dennis Budimir.

 

Fugitives and old remedies

Jasper woke up stomach sick this morning. I said to Beka, “I need to go get some stuff”. As if reading my mind she says, “Jello and Sprite”. Yes, the time honored remedy. So, I headed down to Fred’s which, is a discount store…some of you if there are any of you may not be familiar.

Anyway, I got the stuff there at Fred’s and as I walked out in to the parking lot, I heard the Merle Haggard tune “I”m A Lonesome Fugitive” blaring from an SUV sound system. And I thought to myself, “How refreshing to hear that blaring from an SUV while walking across the parking lot on a beautiful, late Autumn, Sunday morning.”

As I got in my car I glanced over at said SUV and in the passenger seat there was a substantially bodied teen lad wearing a pair of Beats headphones just rocking the fuck out, pumping his head to some unknown death metal, gangster rap symphony….

I’ve always liked the Roy Buchanan first album version of “Fugitive”, not to offend any Hag purists, bur there is in a nutshell the definitive Buchanan country Tele tone and a subtle lyric change…a little different…

I’d like to take you with me but can’t afford the luxury
A fugitive must be a rollin’ stone
You’d only slow me down and they’d catch up with me
For he who travels fastest goes alone

That could be a Clint Eastwood movie right there in one stanza.

 

Thanks

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson

Life Without Social Media

I have rid myself of “social media”…I use the quotation marks because I have obviously retained this website and my email and these things allow for digital communication and could be used socially. To clarify, what I have done is permanently delete first, my Facebook account a bit later my Twitter account.

I don’t notice that I am more productive given that I would presumably have more time without checking in umpteen times a day. I’m not more organized without the distractions. A lot of people who participate in the trendy “digital cleanse” report increased peace of mind or something akin to spiritual awareness. I haven’t experienced either.

All that said, I have no desire to return to those social media platforms. And, oddly enough, I can’t really pinpoint a reason why. Further, I’m not recommending this for anybody else…I have no idea what suits or doesn’t suit you.

In closing, I have no clever or witty nugget to tie it all together, bring it full circle etc.

How Will CNN…

…ever find someone more attention seeking and less relevant to host their New Year’s Eve show…that nobody watches.