Posts tagged ‘YouTube’

April 30, 2012

Bullying – Being Silent.

Amen!  Little things like young people speaking out is the future.

January 27, 2012

Eric Ethington in I’m From Driftwood

Eric Ethington  of Pride in Utah (and all around cool guy)  tells his moving story as part of  the I’m From Driftwood Project.

January 8, 2012

Discover Elephant.

Totally NSFW.

I just discovered this twin duo by accident on YouTube today but I see they did an interview with  The Huffington Post back in November which you can read  here. Their language is coarse but I find their music strangely engaging.  One thing is for sure – they sure get your attention.


To fight for your own identity is to fight for everyone’s. Our message is in our DNA. Being yourself and embracing it, owning it, maybe the message of Elephant–but more importantly–could be the meaning of life itself. Although we’re not particularly philosophical as musicians, it’s unavoidable when explaining this great big holy mess. We find that people often ask us the same questions. “How the fuck did this happen?” “What exactly happened to you?”

Whether or not this is a good thing (we’re still unsure), it seems that we’re one of those bands that almost requires an explanation. If we tried to explain exactly how we became “artists”, that’s easy: we were born with passion that we best express through music. But, that’s not what people want to know. What they’re really after is the dirt: did we both come out of the proverbial closet at the same time and–as a sort of therapeutic release—air our angst-ridden tales of rowdy bathroom stalls, heroin binges, month-long hunger strikes, and the like? Maybe.

Maybe it was years of feeling like we couldn’t survive high and certainly couldn’t survive sober that have opened our eyes to this mindset of “not giving a fuck” about anyone else’s opinions, judgments or suggestions. Dark roads tend to do that. Or this could all simply be a fated part of our path. Since the moment of conception it seems that path has been headed toward a—hopefully—deeper understanding of what’s important to us as individuals. Elephant is our way of embracing that identity. If we can’t embrace it, how will we get down that long road to higher self-discovery?

Visit Elephant’s website here.

You can also see other videos on their YouTube channel.

January 3, 2012

[LIVE] Lady Gaga – Yoü And I, Born This Way

Just came across this little gem of a musical performance by Lady GaGa in Japan on YouTube uploaded by Non8Nov. Enjoy!

December 9, 2011

Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman

Found these lovely excerpts from an American Experience documentary  about the fascinating and groundbreaking poet Walt Whitman  and ( to me) one of the greatest poetical works of the 19th century. What an amazing character he was.

Part 2


If you would like to watch the entire documentary, albeit with Spanish subtitles, look no further:




October 25, 2011

This is NOT my Canada.

My Twitter friend @PaisleyRae , an activist of  no mean reach, tweeted this video this evening in horror.   I suspect that evil people like Stephen Harper who have worked hard to destroy the national reputation that Trudeau created are responsible. The evil starts at 1:07

That commercial is hateful, evil and un-Canadian.  Let kids be whatever they want to be. Pardon my Quebecois but fuck you Harper!


Vern. A proud Canadian who is enduring you and your kind trying to muck up my Canadian dream for me and my kind.


October 1, 2011

A discovered Norwegian documentary on YouTube – 1996

I found this incredibly moving. There are so many wonderful things to discover on the internet and I relish every one.

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September 30, 2011

Most awkward moment on YouTube ever.

This really interesting ( and brave) US soldier had a fairly easy coming out to his father on the phone before but his Mom was a bit of a challenge – including the old Adam and Steve thing. I am reading the South African novel Moffie now so his reactions really resonate.


“There’s nobody in this world who is any better than me Mom.”

April 1, 2011

Bullied girl speaks with signs on YouTube

No way of accounting for the veracity of the video but it is still very touching. ***Update – it is real***

Via @JoeMyGod

From the video annotation:

“Inspired by someone who gets me. Jade. I wanted to share how I feel. Sticks and stones? I don’t think so. Words can really hurt. Think before you speak.
For inquiries, please send an email to
and not directly to Alye.
Thank you, her family.


The Canadian anti-bullying site Pink Shirt Day has an update to the  story – read it here.


February 16, 2011

The Birth of a New Egypt

Via Ayman Mohyeldin