YouTube Annoyances Remover (GreaseMonkey JavaScript) 2020.01 update

Format labels are now included in the download links

Recently, I found that the thumbnails were not loading and the alternative download links were not getting listed. Both problems have been fixed in this update.

Youtube video download links and thumbnail fixed

About this User JS

Disables ads, turns off autoload/autoplay, adds RSS link, deletes “recommended for you” videos, unhides description, displays all comments, changes profile link to videos page; changes region to US, displays video thumbnail image, and adds a link to the lighter version on Hooktube if video is not playable for codec reasons. Supports Firefox-based browser up to Firefox 36. Newer versions should use a UserAgent (UA) spoofer add-on. YouTube loads a lighter version of the YouTube page for older browsers. This script will require the GreaseMonkey add-on to be executed by the Firefox browser. For embedded YouTube videos, use the script com.vsubhash.js.embedded-video-catcher.user.js.

The download links can then be sent to the DownThemAll add-on with the file renaming mask set to “*text*.mp4”.

EmailTweetor v2020.01.21 for Linux/Mac/Windows can list trolls (followers) and follow, unfollow, mute, unmute, block and unblock Twitter accounts

I will add a direct message option when the ones that I am following start following me.

I have written another book – a book of cartoons. I wanted the book to be privately reviewed by some American commentators and had to manually log into Twitter to follow them. ‘Following’ is the only way to send a direct message with the download link.

I also found that some accounts following my account. The only way to block an account is to visit that person’s timeline and then click on block option. I hate to look at these people. (I block everyone on Twitter and I do not follow anyone.)

So, I updated EmailTweetor with new options – trolls, follow, unfollow, block, unblock, mute, and unmute.

EmailTweetor.jar -jar trolls #list 1000 followers
EmailTweetor.jar -jar block HillaryClinton #blocks the mad cow
EmailTweetor.jar -jar unblock realJamesWoods #unblocks the jailed

http://www.vsubhash.com/subhash-email-tweetor-app-for-android.html

Bloomberg and New Yorker also protect their paywall with Javascript

Joins New York Times and BloombergQuint

Thanks to Modi’s slow Internet, I found yet another site taking forever to download. When the page finished downloading, the content of the article suddenly disappeared and paywall appeared. Now, Bloomberg is also confirmed to be using Javascript to protect its paywall.

A few months after I informed BloombergQuint, they implemented a real paywall with truncated content, instead of one protected by CSS. New York Times continues to be on Javascript security.

When you truncate content, search engines cannot find much value in the pages. These pages will not appear in the search results. CSS and Javascript paywalls continue to provide the content to search engines.

There is a simple alternative to all this. Like my website, use Javascript to lazy-load images, CSS, other Javascript files and content for sidebar, header and footer. Someone who disables Javascript will not see the images and miss out on formatting. Search engines will continue to index those pages.

Articles should be truncated and moved behind the paywall as they grow old. Their URLs should not be changed to retain whatever search engine mojo they have acquired.

Update: I found that the New Yorker is also on Javascript security.

New York Times protects its paywall with JavaScript – BloombergQuint used CSS

Instead of promoting social media sites and writing click-baity articles using millennials, how about hiring some experienced journalists and programmers.

One of the advantages of having the Modi government’s slow Internet is that web pages take forever to download. I clicked on a link and this NYT page started downloading quite lethargically. For some time, I was able to read the article but when the Javascript gunk finished downloading the article suddenly got truncated and a floating panel asked me to register to read the article. So, I turned off Javascript and the article loaded in full. No registration necessary.

They say that the site is still free if you sign up but I was not going to investigate. With BloombergQuint, I had to write a GreaseMonkey script.

NYT paywall defeated by switching off Javascript

NYT paywall defeated by switching off Javascript


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Kate Bush – What a woman! And, Luv!

80s music seems like inexhaustible energy resource

Kate Bush was very popular in the 80s as a pop star. She wrote the lyrics, composed the music and also produced the videos. Many of her songs are considered experimental in style and content. I saw her “Moving” video recently and instantly became a fan. She combines interpretive dance and mime to go with her music. This makes her videos look a bit like Bharatanatyam. She is a one-woman army of music! Apparently, she started writing the lyrics when she was very young, published many songs and albums, and became very famous with fan clubs all over UK and beyond. In her some of her older songs, she has a squeaky and almost comical voice. You get to ignore it after a while. I do not know if she did this deliberately. Her newer songs seem to have a more mature normal-sounding voice. My favorite Kate Bush songs are Moving, Babushka, and Sensual World. The meaning of the lyrics are a little difficult to understand, particularly in the absence of context. Because Kate was a jane of all trades, the music mixing is not as great as it could have been. When you play them in a music system, the sound stage seems subdued. Of course, I am nitpicking.

Luv was a three-girl pop group from The Netherlands. Many of their songs were available in English but they were popular mostly in Europe. Marga Scheide and José Hoebee were always part of the lineup but the third one was changed several times. Marga Scheide has a million-dollar smile and the team’s youthfulness seems to rub off positively on young and old. My favourite Luv songs are Trojan Horse, One more little kissie, My number one… all of them. Luv was a manufactured music team like the 90s Spice Girls. The promoters brought out of the best in the girls’ performance and combined it with the best that other professionals could provide. As a result, Luv’s songs can be blasted from a hi-fi system for good effect.

Masculinity and femininity

Added to 2020 Fresh Clean Jokes For Everyone under ‘political jokes’.

When you say ‘feminine charm’, are you implying that men do not have charm? When you say ‘feminine beauty’, are you claiming that men cannot be beautiful? Men are handsome and women are beautiful? Let us not bluff. I am sure you get my drift.

In recent years, PC propagandists have been pushing the term ‘toxic masculinity’ to describe abrasive behaviour that men exhibit towards women. Offended men are saying that masculinity means being there to open jars or teaching kids to use swear words. Both sides are wrong. Here are the correct definitions:

  • Masculinity: personal qualities of a man.
  • Femininity: personal qualities of a woman.
  • Masculine: the nature of a quality found in a man; belonging to a man.
  • Feminine: the nature of a quality found in a woman; belonging to a woman.

Any quality found in a woman is a feminine quality. The sum of all feminine qualities in a woman is her femininity. Not necessarily unique or traditional qualities. The strength in a woman is her feminine strength. Just because it is called feminine strength, it does not mean strength is unique to women. The feminine proclivity to like teary-eyed soaps is a uniquely feminine quality. Men would not like to be caught dead with tears in their eyes. These are uniquely feminine and masculine characteristics.

Being a father is not masculinity. Some men abandon their families. They continue to be masculine but not fathers or husbands. Women work in the military as soldiers and also die fighting in wars. They may have adopted a traditionally masculine role but the roles were not masculine or feminine. Nursing used to be an exclusively feminine domain. (I could have said female domain.) After years of struggle against discrimination, some wimps have broken through the glass ceiling of matriarchy.

How can established lexicographers get it so wrong? You need to have a criminal brain like mine. This is one of many reasons why you should buy my Dictionary of Indian English (DIE) when it is released. Because of PC invading every aspect of life, the lexicon and even grammar will become unrecognizable and understandable in the next few years. That is when my dictionary will become really valuable. It will be unique and traditional. All these other dictionaries will have to adapt to new PC culture and become totally useless.

The old DIE was not very good. Frankly, I am embarrassed by what I had written so many years ago. The new one will be buntastic.

Thank you, Carlos Maza, for preventing Google from ever again fooling millennials with false promises of making money off YouTube videos

Google skewed page views to artificially create some YouTube millionaires to attract young content creators and new audiences. Not anymore, thanks to CNN, Carlos Maza and pressure groups.

Google employees used to hit schools, colleges and universities to encourage millennials to join YouTube and post videos. They made presentations of how young people with nothing more than a phone camera could make money off videos – money based on page views. It seemed too good to be true. Youtube also created some artificial millionaires to buttress their claims.

Why do I say that YouTube created artificial millionaires? If today YouTube can surreptitiously choke traffic (shadow banning) to right-leaning channels, then after Google’s acquisition YouTube could certainly have been driving traffic to artificially “organically” grow some channels.

Besides that, YouTube does not make money, as neither do most Google services. Except for Adsense. It is a combination of creating accounting and tax evasion. Adsense is a corporate legal fiction created in multiple tax havens that the IRS and EU tax officials have refused to look closely. Every big US multinational corporation is doing the same thing. Adsense makes just enough money within the US to float Alphabet above water while secreting most of the profits away from the IRS. Adsense is more of an Irish or Dutch company than American.

YouTube Search becomes useless, as censorship decimates discoverability

After CNN campaigned against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, advertisers asked YouTube to shadow ban channels that were too opinionated or off centre. Now, Youtube search is totally useless. Old search terms do not work. Notifications do not work. Useless videos from TV channels appear like spam in the results.

Vox Adpocalypse

Anyway, former Vox ‘journalist’ Carlos Maza waged a long crusade against a conservative YouTuber named Steven Crowder. (I put the word journalist in quotation marks because Mr. Maza says the job of a journalist is not supply the news but to censor it.)

Maza has published many openly partisan and anti-Trump videos. Crowder took him to task by giving many of his videos point-by-point rebuttals. Crowder is a comedian and he peppered his criticism with sarcastic jokes about Maza. Maza identifies himself as a ‘Marxist pig’ and has also called for violence against conservative politicians. He still took offense at Crowder’s swipes at him. Despite being a male, grownup and a ‘journalist’, he complained to Google that Crowder was bullying him. He complained to YouTube that the site was not a ‘safe space‘ for precocious man-boys like him.

YouTube reviewed Crowder’s content and found them legally safe and withing the terms of the site policy. After all, it is not Youtube’s job to protect someone from ridicule and criticism. Maza was not satisfied and went raving mad. Crowder’s channel was demonetized and censored from searches, ‘related videos’ and other places. Crowder was one of the first batch of ‘Youtube Partners’ and feels betrayed by Google.

Google-YouTube censorship deserves FTC action

Google claims it is a private company and can deal anyway it feels like with its content creators. This is not legally tenable. By making false promises and bait-switching, Google has indulged in anti-competitive and anti-consumer business practices. This invites action from Federal Trade Commission. If YouTube did not sign any agreement with its creators, it would have been legally safe but by making a contract Google has bound itself with normal business rules. It cannot indulge in censorship without proper explanation. Many class-action suits have already been filed against Youtube. One Youtuber went as far as shooting up the offices of the outfit.

Subscriptions are increasing but page views are decreasing, indicating suppression

Remember the time, when Google claimed that a programmer wrote Street Maps van code that inadverdantly collected wireless network IDs and passwords. Something similar will happen when it is discovered that Google algorithmic skewing suppressed page views to decrease payouts to content creators.

Eli, the computer guy, was another early Youtuber. He used to make lots of money from videos. He decided to become a full-time YouTuber and made investment in video and studio equipment. Now, despite having nearly one million subscribers, he gets only 1000 views on all new videos. He has also been deprived of the ability to livestream videos using some unwritten rule that his channel manager in Youtube refuses to disclose to him. Eli sometimes speaks about controversial topics. That must have upset somebody. So, some Youtube manager dedicated a few hours of his life to sit through Eli’s videos, found that livestreaming was crucial to Eli at that moment, and took away that privilege.

There are many such YouTubers. They have millions of subscribers but their channels are not recording as many views. How can this happen? With everyday, subscribers are increasing? Shouldn’t page views similarly? Who is stealing the page views if not for Google.

These content creators have been given false promises by YouTube and now their investments have been rendered useless. They abandoned their careers and their lives have been permanently ruined.

Suppressing page views has not been enough so Youtube has simply deleted or demonetized thousands of channels. Videos that have been on YouTube for years without any problems have suddenly been demonetized. If YouTube had money like earlier, this would not happen.

The new advertiser-friendly and censorship-heavy Youtube is making less money than earlier and even lesser to share with content creators. Youtube is suppressing traffic stats across the site, irrespective of the nature of the content. Everyone is suffering from low page views. This is also a clear deceptive trade practice. They have become trapped by Google. They cannot move their business elsewhere. It is time to break up Google.

A channel with 30 million subscribers struggles to get even 1 million views per video, unless it is about India.

CNN, Maza and pressure groups have ensured that Youtube is not a profitable site for independent content creators. This is good for millennials. While many young kids say that they want to be Youtubers, once they realise how little money they can make off videos and how dramatic algorithmic changes can affect their earnings, better sense will prevail. Young people will find real stable jobs offline. Thanks, Maza. You have unwittingly done something useful in your life.

A liberal left-leaning angel of peace.

How to browse like it is 2009

Firefox has committed suicide by destroying its add-on ecosystem. Google must be very happy but not as happy as it will be when Firefox becomes a Chrome clone.

If there was a conspiracy to destroy Firefox, it must have begun when some homosexuals started campaigning for the ouster of Javascript inventor and Mozilla chief Brendan Eich for some political donations he made in his personal capacity.

After Eich left, Mozilla abandoned Gecko HTML engine and switched to a new one written in Rust. This made the vast ecosystem of Firefox add-ons incompatible with the Firefox browser.

The new HTML engine was written to support Google Chrome’s WebExtensions add-on format. The trouble was that Chrome users are technological morons. Unlike Firefox users, Chrome users do not know what add-ons are and have no use for them. They are too stupid to even change the browser home page settings and that’s how Google like its users to be.

If Firefox users are power-users, then I am a super-power-user. I worked mostly on the old Presto-based 12x Opera and rarely on Firefox. After Opera became a Chrome clone, I had to reluctantly use Firefox more than I would like. It has been several years now and I am not entirely veined off Opera but I am more reliant on Firefox.

Use CA Add-ons Archive

To force holdouts like me to switch to the new and lousy Firefox, Mozilla has cut access to the add-ons portal. When you try to install add-ons in older Firefox versions, Firefox website asks you to update to the latest version.

Fortunately, some developers have salvaged the add-ons archive and made it available to Firefox v45 using an add-on named CA Add-ons Archive. You will need to turn off the “about:config” setting “xpinstall.signatures.required” to false to enable this add-on.

WARNING: As the signature verification has been turned off, no financial transactions or other mission-critical operations should be performed in such compromised browsers.

The CA Add-ons Archive also allows you to download older versions of add-ons, not just the last one. This is very useful because I do not use v45 either but a much older version. Older versions of Firefox require older add-ons. Firefox v45 and CA Archive add-on is good just for that.

Many sites become too slow on v45. On older versions of Firefox, sites like YouTube load the older and lighter version of the site and work well with my Greasemonkey scripts.

Turn off mediastreaming

In newer versions of Firefox, mediastreaming is used to load videos. This makes it difficult to grab streaming video files. (I am unable to stream Internet videos because a group of monkeys play with my Internet connection and power supply.)

Type “about:config” in the address bar, disable the options for “mediasource” and restart. Then, my Greasemonkey scripts work.

Use a userContent.css stylesheet

In your Firefox profile directory, there has to be a chrome directory. If not, create it. Then, create a userContent.css file there to prevent ad blocks from appearing on sites that you usually visit. The ads work fine on newer browsers. On older browsers, they block the page from loading. Here is an example of the file contents.

body { background-image: none!important; } /* For all sites */
@-moz-document url-prefix(https://us.cnn.com/) { /* Only for CNN */
  /* Don't use quotation marks for class or ID names */
  #breaking-news, section[data-zone-label="Shopping Content by CNN Underscored"] { display: none!important;
}

Prevent right-click capture

Some sites prevent you from using the right-click context menu. In “about:config”, disable “dom.event.contextmenu.enabled”

2020 Fresh Clean Jokes For Everyone – A book-read

300 jokes out of a total of 2600 read and commented.

I wrote and illustrated the book. I had also designed its cover. The book was already formatted to look like a real one from day one. Now, someone at a literary agency or book publisher needs to look at the book and take a decision.

I took 300 jokes out of the 2600 and printed it. (Unfortunately, no edge-to-edge printing for the cover.) I bound it and made it look like a real book. In true DIY/maker or programmer style, I created a demo video of the product (even though this is a book). It took me forever to complete the book-read and edit it. The recording did not have many words that I spoke so I removed the audio. In place of the audio, I have added subtitles for the entire length.

http://www.vsubhash.com/2020-mint-fresh-jokes-book.html

The jokes start at 20 minutes.

  • Part 1 – Children’s Jokes, computer jokes, cross-the-road jokes, animal jokes, physics jokes, chemistry jokes, biology jokes…
  • Part 2 – Bar jokes, blonde jokes, financial jokes…
  • Part 3 – Confucius-say jokes, ethnic jokes, political jokes…

2020 JokeBook book-read

Best of Booktube

I have been doing some research on publishing books and I found a subset of YouTube called BookTube. Here are some good videos that I found.

Snow White Reader

Booktube is populated by young college girls who read nothing but “Young Adult” novels. Hoping to turn girls into feminists, American school boards seem to have used female authors Jane Austen and Bronte sisters in the school curriculum. Many continue to read similar books. Many others move to “YA”. Almost nobody reads non-fiction. And, absolutely no humour because no humour books are being published. This girl is different.

Piera Forde

She is also film maker and actress.

Little Book Owl

This girl’s anecdote about one female author is really hilarious.

Nour Zikra

Read with Cindy

Kids say the darnedest things. Uses bad language but is frank and funny.

Xtine May

(That’s not her name.) She is funny but she is funniest when she sings.

Books and Things

I experience most of the same problems that this girl describes and I do not work in publishing.