Showing posts with label Main Page support. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Main Page support. Show all posts

August 03, 2007

Want to Do More?

Several organizations work to support the troops in the field, directly or to help soldiers' efforts to help the people rebuild their countries after years of brutal dictatorship, or soldiers who have sustained injuries on our behalf, and need a hand during their recovery.

Soldiers' Angels

Spirit of America

Wounded Warrior Project

There are several independent journalists trying to get the full story out about Irag and Afghanistan:

Michael Yon

Patrick S. Lasswell

Michael J. Totten

If you support or work with a similar project, and would like to see it added to our list, please email us at QTRadmin@gmail.com. Back to Main Page.

July 23, 2007

Tips for First-Time Blogger Users

Blogger.com uses a rather quirky Comments System, and can take some getting used to.

1. To leave a comment on our Weekly Comments thread, go there and scroll to the bottom of the comments and click the "Post a Comment" button.

2. That will take you to a blogger.com page where you edit & post the actual comment. We have very little control over how that page operates.

3. Initially, you can use the Back/Forward buttons on your browswer to navigate back and forth between our blog and the blogger.com comments page. However, once you post a comment, the previous page seems to 'expire' and Back/Forward may not work to get you back here.

4. Once you've left your comment, you can click on our link at the top of the comment page where it says, "Post a Comment On: Quoth the Raven".

I told you it was quirky, but that's Blogger for ya.
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How to Flag (tag) a Video and Shut it DOWN!
Just follow these easy steps!

#1) If you don’t have a YouTube account, go sign up for one. You don’t have to use it for anything but this.
#2) Click one of the videos in the playlist, let it start and then click the pause button on the player so you don’t have to actually watch the propaganda if you choose not to..
#3) Below the video, click “Flag"
#4) Choose "Select a Reason"
#5) "Violent or Repulsive Content" works for most.
#6) If not violent, choose "Hateful or Abusive Content"
#7) Next, "promotes hatred or violence"
#8) Where it says “please indicate the group attacked” choose National Origin.
#9) Where it says “provide additional information” type or copy/paste in the below statement and then at the very bottom click "Flag This Video"
Providing services to terrorists violates executive orders 12947 and 13224.

Congratulations! You have just flagged your first Internet Terrorist Video!

We thank you! America thanks you! Our military thanks you!

Note - If you have not registered with YouTube they will require you to do so in order to voice your opinion (flag the videos). It's simple enough - go to YouTube and just do it! They won't give out your email address, but it's probably best not to have any personal information on any account/email you use for this. A lot of us just put in a first name, last name initial, a user or "handle" of our liking. Oh yes, and they want your birth date to be assured you are old enough to be viewing the films. Some of us kinda fib about our birthdates. Who cares! So long as it reflects you being 18 or over.

Hate Speech, Free Speech, Whose Speech?

The First Amendment prevents the government from curtailing our free speech rights. But YouTube isn't the government; it has wider discretion to prohibit or allow the flow of information that flows thru it's servers. Different broadcasters and distributors of information set different standards, according to their target market's expectations. CNN and Fox generally don't show scenes of explicit violence and shattered corpses. Al-Jazeera isn't alone among satellite stations that don't feel the need to respect delicate sensibilities. The Internet is a big place, and there is no shortage of places that will host whatever the customer pays for.

But YouTube presents itself as as a certain kind of company, one that let's viewers 'flag as inappropriate' videos that contain 'hate speech.' This sounds more like the work of a politically correct University administrator than a company that's going to go to the mat for every last internet user's free speech rights. And, YouTube uses new technology; it's at least possible to allow a broader range of views and images on YouTube than are allowed on broadcast or even cable television, in the name of free speech, without exposing 9 year olds to it. The Internet isn't a broadcast medium in the same sense radio is.

But YouTube can't seem to make up it's mind whether they're all about the free speech, or all about protecting people from hate speech. If there's a way to reconcile high-minded policies against hate speech in an effort to create 'non-threatening' environments, protecting everyone's feelings along the way, while offering free webspace for the spread of ideas that pursue little else but creating threatening environments, and are bent on hurting people feelings, faith, and body parts, I'm not aware of it.

By comparison, it's almost easy to understand why YouTube might have a history of deleting videos of citizens whose politics they appear to disagree with. At least in those cases we can assume it all comes down to the question of whose speech is being subjected to the narrowest, strictest, letter-of-the-law reading of YouTube content policies. Not that it's fair, but it's at least understandable, if we assume YouTube operates in a politically partisan fashion. But it becomes unfathomable that YouTube would cater so much to the politically correct at the same time it's protecting the right of people to expound a muderous ideology that would like to take away everyone's right to free speech (and that whole life, liberty, pursuit of happiness would come in for some serious revision, too).

And I'm not talking about Islam here, or targeting Muslims just for being Muslims. I'm perfectly willing to concede that Islam is a Religion of Peace. Just as long as we all agree the death-cult, snuff-flick, hate-drenched videos YouTube hosts in such abundance aren't considered a part of True Islam, and deserve no protection on the grounds of religious freedom, any more than we'd accept a murderer's excuse that the devil made him do it on religious freedom grounds. I've seen many videos posted by Muslims pursuing religious practices no more disturbing than any other religious tradition I've known. I'm not talking about those videos.

Allahu Akbar simply means God is Greatest. I'm fine with that. But when you post a video with traditional religous background music, and repeat that phrase as you loop of the precise moment an IED goes off under a Humvee or other vehicle, a leading cause of death for Coalition soldiers, that's celebrating it. That is not simply committing an act of journalism. That, in my book, is hate speech. Odd thing, YouTube once at least pretended to agree.

The week Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion dollars, "In an e-mail message, Ms. Supan [senior director of marketing for YouTube] said that among the videos removed were those that 'display graphic depictions of violence in addition to any war footage (U.S. or other) displayed with intent to shock or disgust, or graphic war footage with implied death (of U.S. troops or otherwise).'" - NY Times, Oct. 6, 2006

Try telling that to them now. Oh wait, that's just what we're doing here.

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How YouTube Operates

From The YouTube Editor's Blog

Let's take a quick trip to the YouTube Help Center. Oh, look, there are their Policy and Copyright Guidelines. See how prominently they display their help page for handling inappropriate content? Ooh, look, we're all a communityhere; a community with guidelines.

And if you want to learn more about YouTube online, there are many many helpful articles. If you're taking the tour of our site, you may have just seen a quote from one of them, demonstrating how concerned YouTube was (when it was being bought by Google for 1.65 billion-with-a-B dollars and getting it's name in all the papers). Something like:

Julie Supan, senior director of marketing for YouTube, said the company removed videos after they were flagged by users as having inappropriate content and were reviewed by the video service.

In an e-mail message, Ms. Supan said that among the videos removed were those that “display graphic depictions of violence in addition to any war footage (U.S. or other) displayed with intent to shock or disgust, or graphic war footage with implied death (of U.S. troops or otherwise).” - NY Times, Oct. 6, 2006

Sounds good to us. Of course, if you try and get YouTube to act on those quotes, well, good luck. No really, good luck; we wish you all the success in the world. That's what we're about here at Operation YouTube Smackdown, ourselves; trying to smack down those videos YouTube says have no place on their service. Let's take a look at some of those Community Guidelines, looking at those that seem most likely to apply to the kinds of Jihadi videos we're talking about. Emphasis in the selected quotes below is mine:

- Don't post videos showing dangerous or illegal acts, like animal abuse, drug abuse, or bomb making.
- Graphic or gratuitous violence is not allowed. If your video shows someone getting hurt, attacked, or humiliated, don't post it.
- YouTube is not a shock site. Don't post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies and stuff like that. This includes war footage if it's intended to shock or disgust.
- We encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view. But we don't permit hate speech which contains slurs or the malicious use of stereotypes intended to attack or demean a particular gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or nationality.

While people are free to flag videos for any reason YouTube offers, the ones we're focusing most on here are the ones that are part of the Internet Jihad that is, in part, hosted by YouTube. If you're interested and what to see how we're going about it, head over to our How To Guide, see what comes next. And thanks.

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