Sometimes YouTube is Actually Useful

For more than watching silly videos.  For instance, my car headlights were getting that dingy yellow glaze on them and looking pretty faded and nasty.  So I looked around at the local auto zone for a fix and was told to get a certain kit (for $24) and use it to clean the lens.  The problem, though, was twofold.  First, I own no drill (which was needed to run the circular cleaning attachment) and second, I’m far too cheap to spend $24 on anything but a book.

So I looked around on YouTube for a video on how to clean a headlamp lens.  And I found one- recommending toothpaste and a towel.  So I figured, what have I got to lose but a little toothpaste, right?  And boy, did it work.  I didn’t snap a before photo but here’s the after-

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I expect now I’ll actually be able to see victims of nighttime drive by baptisms!  Thanks YouTube, for having something on besides cats.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula Is an Evil Man Who Should Be Back In Prison

No, not because of the stupid film he made (as disgusting as that is) but because he violated his probation.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, reportedly the filmmaker behind the incendiary trailer “The Innocence of Muslims,” is on probation following a conviction for bank fraud which restricts him from using the Internet without official approval, court documents obtained by TheWrap show.

That’s right, he was – as a condition of probation – barred from the internet.  He posted his filth on YouTube.  Ergo, he violated his probation and he needs to be back in prison for a very, very long time.

Because his bank fraud involved the use of computers, Nakoula’s five-year probation dictates that he “shall not possess or use a device with access to any online service at any location without the prior approval of the Probation Officer,” according to the sentencing order from June 20, 2010.

Back to prison he must go.

Oh, and he is no Christian,  Coptic or otherwise, any more than Joel Osteen or Todd Bentley.

Rotten Fruit: The Anti-Islamic Film of ‘Becile’

The bright folk at the Neue Zurcher Zeitung write

Dass der ausschnittweise auf YouTube zu sehende Mohammed-Film zu Ausschreitungen in der islamischen Welt führen würde, war abzusehen. War das Unterfangen die daraus resultierenden Spannungen wert? Und wer profitiert letztlich davon?

Very pointedly the question is asked in the essay-

Wer gewinnt?

And the answer…

In dieser Hinsicht aber darbt, wer sich Baciles Machwerk antut. Der Film reiht munter, was an antiislamischen Klischees längst bekannt ist, und fügt noch die eine und andere Erfindung – etwa den Verweis auf eine homoerotische Neigung des Propheten – hinzu. Rücksicht auf historische Fakten muss Sache einer solchen Darstellung nicht sein: So kann Mohammed im Film einem würdigen Juden gerne an den Kopf werfen, er solle doch den Koran lesen, obwohl dieser erst einige Zeit nach dem Tod des Propheten in schriftlicher Form gefasst wurde; so lassen sich – obwohl Mohammed von einem hübschen Jüngling dargestellt wird, den man ebenso gut als Christus aufs Set hätte scheuchen können – die humanen Seiten des Religionsstifters, etwa seine insistente Sorge um die sozial Schwachen, bequem ausblenden.

Leave it to the Swiss to see things so clearly.

Karl Barth Blog

KBarth.org has a blog to go along with their cool YouTube channel.  It, to date. has one post: on the recent Barth Conference in Switzerland.  It has neither links nor further info concerning those who post or those who organize and run it.

I genuinely hope they expand it beyond the, at present, very narrow reach, by including links to relevant blogs, the YouTube channel, other Barth resources, and their own organizational homepage.  Elsewise it will simply be, and remain, insular and rather unfriendly.

‘Pastor’ Charles Worley Isn’t Christian in Anything But his own Mind

A North Carolina ‘Pastor’s’ call for gays to be penned up until they die shows only one thing: that he is not a Christian and that he has no idea, no clue, and no understanding of what Christianity is.

North Carolina pastor Charles Worley has an, er, unorthodox suggestion for how to spread God’s love to gay people. “Build a great, big, large fence—150 or 100 miles long—put all the lesbians in there. Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out,” he suggested in a sermon last week, which was posted to YouTube today and spotted by the Huffington Post and other blogs. “You know what, in a few years, they’ll die out,” he continued. “Do you know why? They can’t reproduce!”

Worley’s comments were in response to President Obama’s declaration that he supported gay marriage. “I ain’t gonna vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover!” Worley yells. In the full video on the church’s website, Worley goes on to specify that though homosexuality makes him “pukin’ sick,” he’s against the sin, not the sinners. He wants homosexuals to “get saved,” meaning, presumably, that he doesn’t actually want to kill them all.

Such language is despicable, sub-Christian, and pathetically ignorant.  ‘Pastor’ Worley should resign and apologize to the Church and Christianity as well as Christians across the country and around the world for misrepresenting them so grossly.  Furthermore, he should apologize to the objects of his hatred.  What he wants to do- even if mere hyperbole- is NOT what Jesus would have his disciples do- or even say.

Barak and the Abusive IDF Officer

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak condemned  the Israel Defense Forces officer who was filmed over the weekend hitting a Danish protester with his rifle butt in the Jordan Valley.  In a statement released by his office on Tuesday night, Barak responded to the incident for the first time . “The defense minister has determined, in closed conversations, that there is no contradiction between carrying out operations, appropriate behavior and preserving the principles and spirit of the IDF,” said the statement.  The statement went on to criticize any justifications for IDF Lt. Col. Shaul Eisner’s behavior made over the past day. “Barak said tonight that the baseless statements made over the past 24 hours that the severe and out of the ordinary behavior conducted by the senior officer emerged from an operational necessity or out of a principle of sticking to an operation, are not accepted by the defense minister and were never acceptable by the IDF,” said the statement.

Good for him.  Astonishingly, the officer attempted to justify his barbarism:

Eisner, who was suspended from duties following the incident, told Channel 10 that “it could have been a professional mistake to use a weapon in front of the cameras.” The televised report also showed a document indicating he had broken his finger.

He wasn’t concerned with his behavior, he was concerned that he did it in front of cameras.  Makes you wonder what he’s done before and will do again when the cameras are absent.

Video footage posted on YouTube showed Eisner, deputy commander of the IDF’s Jordan Valley brigade, striking Danish activist Andreas Ias in the face with an M-16 rifle during a cycle rally near Jericho in the West Bank.

Barbarism.

Facebook’s Intrusiveness

INTERNET giant Facebook is accessing smartphone users’ personal text messages, an investigation has revealed.  Facebook admitted reading text messages belonging to smartphone users who downloaded the social-networking app and said that it was accessing the data as part of a trial to launch its own messaging service, The (London) Sunday Times reported.  Other well-known companies accessing smartphone users’ personal data – such as text messages – include photo-sharing site Flickr, dating site Badoo and Yahoo Messenger, the paper said.  It claimed that some apps even allow companies to intercept phone calls – while others, such as YouTube, are capable of remotely accessing and operating users’ smartphone cameras to take photographs or videos at any time.

If true- intrusive in the extreme.  Very intrusive.  With thanks to Mark Stevens for the tip.

Reaping What We Sow: Society’s Obsession With Looks Is Corrupting Children

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When little kids take to YouTube to ask total strangers if they’re pretty, parents have failed to instill a good self image and people who comment perpetuate the disorder of poor self image and the life wrecking results of that disorder.

“People say I’m ugly. So … tell me — am I?”  A young girl stares earnestly, and perhaps a bit awkwardly, into the camera asking the world wide web of YouTube users to comment on her appearance. With 35,000 views and nearly 1,200 comments, her video is just one small piece in what seems to be a growing trend of teen and “tween” (between the ages of 11 and 13) girls taking to the Internet to broadcast concerns about their looks — and asking strangers to weigh in on these insecurities.

This thirst, this desire, this need for approval concerning looks is really disgraceful.  Kids are all beautiful.  If parents and family members don’t teach them that simple truth they’ll find someone who will- even if its an abuser or a pedophile.

Indeed, the reason pedophiles are able to take advantage of and snare children is exactly because the little ones need affirmation.

Parents, if you aren’t affirming your kids every day, you’re a failure.

mark driscoll responds after his elders ‘sit him down’, offers no apology

Unfortunately those with inflated self opinions are unwilling, even when clearly in the wrong, to admit it. This is the simplest and most likely explanation for Driscoll’s response to the just deserved criticism of his misogynist remarks.

mark driscoll responds after his elders 'sit him down', offers no apology There was no apology, but neo-fundamentalist Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll responded to the backlash of criticism (including my own, Rachel, Joel, Jim, Scott, and others) about his general theology of men and women self-described “flippant” remarks made on Facebook: [caption id=”attachment_7215″ align=”aligncenter” width=”468″ caption=”Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll incites gossip about “effeminate” worship leaders and as … Read More

via XKV8R: The Official Blog of Dr. Robert R. Cargill

Loaded Guns Do Go Off, You Know…

Maybe, just maybe, you shouldn’t treat them as toys.

Derek “Tex” Grebner, who describes himself on his YouTube channel as “a pretty unprofessional outdoors show host and an unbiased online gear reviewer,” accidentally shot himself in the leg with a Kimber Pro Carry II .45 while drawing his weapon.  He’s since uploaded the video to YouTube as a warning that “negligent discharges happen.”

‘Tex’… How many of you want to bet that he’s from Texas?  And apparently he should have viewed a few gun safety videos himself before he strapped one on.

YouTube Help

Does anyone know if there’s a way to make video files smaller so they upload to YouTube faster?  I’m doing some video segments for our course at the Philippines Baptist Seminary and the first 10 minute segment is a whopping 327 MB!  Surely there’s some way to make such segments smaller while still having them be 10 minutes or so, right?

With thanks in advance.