Today I just wanted to share a rather clever youtuber whom I discovered, in case you are not familiar with his work. His blog is in English, actually very nicely accented British English, he even goes by the moniker iEarlGrey. (Earl Grey happens to be my own favorite tea brand, so I was predisposed to him right away!) Plus, this guy is young and very nice looking, apparently he is a computer gamer coder who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia. His knowledge of gaming code and Artificial Intelligence has helped him devise cunning ways to thwart the youtube Algorithm. For those who don’t know, the Algorithm is basically designed to downplay and suppress videos which contain pro-Russian sentiments and elevate those which contain pro-Ukrainian sentiments. This is especially important for professional bloggers/podcasters who actually try to make a living from their blogs and videos, they call this “monetizing” the content. The opposite is called de-monetizing. It’s not as important for people like me, who have a real job and just blog for fun; but it’s definitely a problem for those who want to earn a living from their creative work but happen to have the “wrong” political opinions.
The ideological culling is done via Artificial Intelligence, here is how it works: AI is not quite clever enough to see the whole picture, so to speak; the best it can do is a “verbal analysis” of utterances, based on rules and a database of examples. It scores utterances based on key words. For example, using the word “Nazi” sends red alerts. Which is why Malaysian blogger “Wyatt” over at Defense Politics Asia channel coyly refers to the Azov Brigade as “neo-naughties”. Not that any English-language AI algorithm would understand Wyatt’s crazy accent anyhow, LOL! I have also read about a Swedish podcaster who rants pro-Ukrainian sentiments, but also holds up caption cards containing the exact opposite of what he is saying. Apparently the Algorithm is too dumb to be able to read his caption cards. (Which actually doesn’t make sense to me, since Banking AI algorithms can easily decipher people’s crazy handwriting when they desposit checks – go figure.)
In the end, one has to remember that, in the final analysis, computers are still just dumb machines, so it is rather easy to fool them. For example, Mr. Earl Grey will utter out loud something like, “We support Ukraine, of course!” and then wink at the camera, and that’s all that it takes to fool an idiot computer or robot.
Anyhow, here is one of my favorite videos from Mr. Grey’s arsenal, it is about the curious story of “Wali” and his friend The Sniper. Both of them evidently French Canadians (Quebecois) who went to the Ukraine to be mercenaries. I have watched a lot of videos of mercenaries from various nations, they all say the same thing, that they just wanted to help the Ukrainian people. There was one young English fellow, in an interview, who laid it on very thick: “I just wanted to put a smile on the face of a Ukrainian child.” One has to literally pick oneself up from the floor, from laughing out loud. Or vomiting.
The sad (and disgusting) fact is that all of these mercenaries, every last one of these sons of bitches, went to the Ukraine expecting it to be a kind of “Safari” experience, where they could simply hunt humans like animals. Animals don’t usually shoot back. Imagine their shock and disappointment when they found themselves the targets of Russian artillery. An experience said to be worse than anything that Satan could ever devise in the bowels of Hell. So, the hunter became the prey, and the Safari became a reverse turkey shoot. Wali and Sniper had to witness a young Ukrainian soldier have his legs blown off when he made the mistake of leaving his trench to have a smoke. Wali and his friend quickly decided that enough was enough, they hightailed it back to Quebec. (They were lucky the Ukrainians let them leave.) No, this was not the war they had signed up for! It wasn’t fun any more. But Sniper at least had a consolation prize: in one of his own videos, which you can find on youtube (the Algorithm gives it high marks and recommends) he narrates how, his last day in the Ukraine, before escaping from this grand holiday gone sour, he had the opportunity to fire a bullet through the window of a civilian house. That was the only time he even got to use his special “sniper” skills, and that alone I reckon was worth the price of his “Safari” vacation. He doesn’t think he actually killed anyone. Even so, somebody has to pay for that broken glass.
The really sad thing is that the Algorithm has decided that these guys are cool. Average Canadians won’t even blink an eye at the notion that it’s okay to shoot through the window of a civilian house. Because the people inside are Russians, after all. Which means they are not human beings. But the cowards who went to kill them, and then fled with their tails between their legs — those guys are heroes!