Disturbing YouTube Ad Developments

YouTube Sets Stricter Requirements for Creator Partners in Response to Advertiser Concerns

Starting Tuesday, new creators applying to the YouTube Partner Program will need to have accumulated 4,000 hours of video watch-time for their videos within the past 12 months and have 1,000 subscribers to be eligible to earn advertising revenue from their channels.

Previously, the minimum threshold to participate in the revenue-sharing program was 10,000 views. But according to YouTube that didn’t provide enough information to weed out “bad actors” like spammers and impersonators.

And then things get weird and actually scary.

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Not The Fake Money Bubble Bursting Yet

Yesterday, I wrote:

I’m still waiting for the bursting of the fake “digital currencies” that are bubbling even worse than tulips did in their day.


Crypto carnage: Bitcoin briefly dips below $10,000 on Coinbase, and ethereum crashes too

$260 billion ‘cryptocalypse’ as cryptos plunge 30 per cent amid fresh China, South Korea fears

That’s not the end. Anyone who thinks it is, is just wrong.

When that house of vapor disperses, it will have deep and vast ramifications in the world of actual money.

What? You don’t think people are using the fake money as collateral for getting loans of real money? Of course they are! This will pop far worse than any real estate bubble — including the one that involved all of those crooked mortgages.

Wait and see.


Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

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R.I.P. Singer Dolores O’Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan, Lead Singer of the Cranberries, Dies at 46

I just learned of this. I am shocked.

Her voice!

Rest in peace.

The Cranberries – Zombie

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Flu 2018

California hospitals face a ‘war zone’ of flu patients — and are setting up tents to treat them

“I was flat on my back and in bed for 10 days,” said Oktay, who lives in Palms. “This has been hands down the worst flu I’ve ever dealt with.”

Think Flu Season Is Bad? It Might Get Even Worse

The influenza virus that’s sickened millions of Americans this season is already the most widespread outbreak since public health authorities began keeping track more than a dozen years ago. Now, with the threat of more strains emerging, it might get even worse.

“Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” says Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the national Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “This is the first year we have had the entire continental U.S. be the same color on the graph, meaning there is widespread activity in all of the continental U.S. at this point.”

I haven’t been stricken yet. I’ve had bad flu in the past. This time it seems like the strain is even worse.

It could actually kill me.

I’ve read two books and seen several documentaries about the 1918 worldwide flu pandemic. If you’ve never read up on it, you should. It’s the most frightening reading you can do.

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Epic (And Wait For The Epic Crash!)

I’m still waiting for the bursting of the fake “digital currencies” that are bubbling even worse than tulips did in their day.

It’s too bad I didn’t have the foresight to grab some Bitcoins way back when. I’d be cashing the hell out right now.

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NYC Snow Warning

The Weather Channel says no. NY1 Weather — which has often been better than TWC — says yes.

Snow May Cause Problems for Your AM Commute

Expect two to four inches across the region.

We just got rid of the white death that plummeted to earth last time! We don’t need another bout.

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The Winter Agony Until Spring Ecstasy

How Many Days Until Spring 2018?

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Long Weekend Review, January 13-15, 2018

The three-day Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday caught me by surprise.

Frigid air and IRL complications kept me mostly immobile. And I’m sure kept electric vehicles off the roads.

Reading was Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva and a re-reading of Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman.

Previously here:

Weekend Review, January 6-7, 2018
Too-Long Weekend Review, December 28, 2017-January 1, 2018
December 23-25 2017 (Long) Weekend In Review
December 16-17 2017 Weekend In Review
December 9-10, 2017 Weekend In Review
December 2-3, 2017 Weekend In Review
Weekend In Review

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Weekly Update #2 From Puerto Rico

Since the first and longer post is no longer a Sticky, I’ve asked Astrid (@artistikem) in Puerto Rico to submit a weekly update on relief efforts and the status of things there. Each of these Updates will be a Sticky for a week. Let’s help end the misery down there. Scroll down one for each day’s new posts (if any).

132 days after Irma. 118 days after Maria.

And Puerto Rico is still in crisis.

I can sincerely say I’m happy with what we’ve been able to do yet, deep inside, it only shows that this crisis is far from over.

I spoke to Sister Blanca so I could channel some donations from other people I know and I have to report that some of the baby/kids stuff I delivered to them were then taken to a children’s shelter called Hogar Ave Maria, where they care for babies surrendered to them, most of them HIV+.

One of these people was a friend’s mother who channeled a donation from another friend and her coworkers. Thanks to their donation we managed to get a lot of food and supplies to Sister Blanca, including the so much needed EleCare (green can) baby formula. She also helped me with three cases in my area (the blind mother and disabled daughter duo, a bedridden alzheimer’s patient, and a new family in need) and another by proxy who requires Similac for Spit-Up formula.

My cases are only a tiny example of what’s going on. In the municipality of Humacao two adults have died of apparent malnutrition and a senator has declared an SOS because of how precarious the situation is there. This week Sam’s Club closed two stores (Rexville and Barceloneta), however, the Humacao one had so much damaged it hasn’t reopened. Wal-Mart was also destroyed by Maria and small businesses are struggling to survive so just getting food is an uphill battle for residents.

The state police force is on “strike” because they haven’t been paid overtime, so they’ve been calling in sick (the so-called Blue Flu) since before Christmas which has spiked crimes. (http://time.com/5099781/puerto-rico-murder-rate-hurricane-maria/) An FB friend was murdered last week after having witnessed a drive-by shooting and wanting to take the car’s license plate, which caused for the murderers to see him and shoot him too (http://www.primerahora.com/noticias/policia-tribunales/nota/asesinanhijodeexjuezenmediodedeberciudadano-1262649/). It’s not safe to be out in the street anymore because of the lack of police and how crazy people have gotten after spending so long without basic utilities. There’s little to no patience left and, quiet frankly, I don’t blame them, but common sense has left the building for a lot of the population.

And don’t get me started on the missing. So many missing people flooding our social media feeds. Our government doesn’t want to declare it a crisis but we see it, we’re the ones hurting.

This is why I’ll keep on doing what I’m doing. Because every time we deliver a donation we brighten that person’s life, even if for just one day. So please donate. Either to me or to any organization you find worthy of your time or money. I’ve been modifying my Amazon wish-list to suit current needs. Feel free to contact me about other things you might find useful. We’ve created a network among smaller relief efforts so nothing goes to waste.

Ways to donate:

Amazon wish-list: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3T4USG7ULMQN2
Amazon gift cards: artistikem@gmail.com
PayPal: artistikem@gmail.com
Mail: Artistikem PO BOX 7225 Caguas PR 00726-7225
ATH Móvil: 787-366-5068

Previously here:

Puerto Rico And America’s House Of Cards
Weekly Update #1 From Puerto Rico
The Post-Maria Horror In Puerto Rico Continues
Third Update From Puerto Rico
Don’t Forget Puerto Rico Or Its Abandoned Pets
Puerto Rico Is Still In Trouble
Second Update From Puerto Rico
An Update From Puerto Rico
Amazon Wish List For Hurricane Maria Relief In Puerto Rico

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Oof. Bezos Just Made A Major PR Mistake

After Trump’s “Shithole” Comment, Amazon CEO Donates $33 Million To DACA Students

Given the litany of reports about abysmal working conditions at Amazon warehouses/shipment centers, I can’t think of something that says “Fuck you” to workers louder than that!

He’s also alienated just about every damn Trump voter out there. I wonder if we’re going to see any protest from them or if they’ve been lulled by Prime goodies.

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