This is a “headline only” post.
UPDATE: The claim that a Russian A-50 airplane (or any airplane) was damaged is **FALSE**.
PS: Mercouris takes an hour to say what he could in five minutes, because he’s a businessman and he’s keeping you hooked for his YouTube ads. Anyone feeling trolled, please unsubscribe now. Everyone else, please give me money and/or follow and like me on Twitter.
Crimea got attacked and Russia did nothing after all the warnings. I’m sure nothing will happen here either. Russia and Putin bluff a lot and will only do something if there is absolutely no choice.
I thought Russia didn’t really begin attacking Ukraine’s energy grid in earnest until after Crimea was attacked. Am I misremembering the timeline?
Correct. It was a response to a sufficient provocation… so there ARE red lines, just not the ones that the people “foaming at the mouth sitting behind a monitor with sweat dripping down praying for WWIII” (as someone below put it) are hoping for. Why would it be otherwise? Why does anyone expect the RF to suddenly launch missiles against the “North American Terrorist Organization” bases in response to a couple of drones dropping grenades?
The story that “Mad Vlad” is going to start WW3 is exactly what the globohomo-controlled msm wants… to keep the NPCs in a constant state of fear and paranoia about “Crazy Tsar Putler” and the “Evil Ruskies” (and ofc now the “Yellow Peril”). In my view, Russia has clearly linked political situations to (and used them as a cover and justification for) military actions, whether it’s recognition of the L/DPR and starting the SMO, the Crimean bridge terrorist attack or the ostensible negotiations leading to the withdrawal around Kiev (which the RF needed to do regardless, imo).
Once there is a sufficient political/legalistic justification, a reaction will occur. We now clearly see this with the suspension of the New START treaty: a response to the US provocation on Russian nuclear capabilities at Engels AFB 2 months ago. So leave the knee-jerk reactions to the globohomo cabal and its Europistan vassals, it’s all they’re capable of.
Pick your battles…..not everything deserves your attention.
Who launched the drone?
If it was powered by peanut oil, my money is on Jimmy Carter. He wanted to go out with a bang.
>Mercouris takes an hour to say what he could in five minutes
Personally, I just read the titles of his videos and move on. He pretty much sums up their content there. Pretty sure, leaving them without a mystery like he does isn’t a very good business model.
I block all the ads and scoot through the filler
It’s all filler.
Mercouris annoys me for mistakes which show he knows little. Recent Scotland episode was so wrong. Also used to also say all the time about LNG not trading on long contracts only spot (many times said). Totally wrong and shows he knows zero about commodities or shipping (which he says he does)
I watch on Odysee. I can comment on there, knowing my comment will show up, unlike YouTube. I use an adblocker, which seems to work. I’m open to all views/info, then try and use my judgement.
I do the same now also.
His videos are getting even longer.
Mercouris sends his love – LoL
…all the way to the bank.
Seriously, Mercouris has missed his calling as a university professor although his main disqualifier is not realizing that an hour long class is actually only 50 minutes of teaching time. Mercouris does have his insights but plowing through his increasingly longer, tedious videos made him inaccessible for me.
I discovered you through The Duran. So they’re not ALL bad.
I listen to Alexander at 2x speed.
Yes me too. Watching the hand flapping is odd to watch at speed
Clever fish don’t bite on every provocative lure you may cast- people are literally foaming at the mouth sitting behind a monitor with sweat dripping down praying for WWIII. On another lure, there’s other commentators out there besides Alexander that throw out various flavors ( some rancid ‘red meat’) Everybody’s got to find a niche or line that works, Alexander was just smart early adopter, can’t blame him
Thank you for telling the truth. Sadly, I think we are on a fast track to WWIII, thanks to the USA and NATO.
The only way to get USA and NATO off their high horse is a big freaking war and lose big time.
About The Duran and their business model I will simply say:
Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
Those guys have bills to pay
Do they really? They are a two man show. Unless they have research assistants behind the scenes I don’t know about, they have very little overhead.
Alexander has a dog, a child, a partner (I suppose), a house/flat (in London, of all places) so, like the rest of us, he needs money.
Pretty sure AM and his wife have twin girls, and at least two dogs. Those bills do add up. I’m grateful to A&A for opening my eyes to some geopolitical realities, but now I only listen to 1-2 episodes a week at high speed. No need to watch, and they repeat enough that I don’t miss anything. I can do physical work while I listen — it helps pass the time.
Spot on regarding Mercouris. He says the same thing three times over but with a slight variation with each iteration. Often he will speak for over 3 mins to say what could be said in 15 seconds. He has had these long videos everyday for a year. He puts a commercial in at every 5 mins at least.
If I do listen, it is on TG. He can’t insert ads on that platform. I wonder how much they have made in a year. Does anyone know, do they share the revenue with any of the guests?
Thanks, you should go back and read my “archives.” A month or two ago, I published my estimate of how much Mercouris and his wingman earn per month, between the two of them (on their main channel and their respective personal channels, as well as access subscriptions to their own website.)
Based on my own brief YouTube earnings experience, and looking at their numbers, I estimated at least $50,000 per month. That is probably rather low, but I’m confident that’s the absolute minimum. It’s not less than $50,000 per month.
I tried to watch the guy again a few days ago. Only made it through a few minutes. It’s freakish and unwatchable. He says almost nothing, over and over, and he’s got that bizarre shaking going on. Most of the time, there is no real informational content. It’s a moral fraud. No one with a real job and kids (or a social life) has time for this bullshit.
No, Mercouris does not share revenue with guests. I was on his show in early June 2022, it was his best-rated episode up to that time. They also posted, on their own channel, my first five or so YouTube videos, which again were some of their best performers, up to that time. I estimate they made close to $10,000 off of me, and they never offered me a cent, it was not even discussed. I’m not mad, I gained a lot of followers (not all desirable) for myself, but, just to answer your question.
I have many readers (including many who give me money) who used to watch Mercouris but have since stopped, or, only watch him occasionally. I also still have very many Mercouris groupies, who I’m trying to shake. They are mostly quite young (and broke) and quite stupid, and as such, they will never give me any money. All they’re doing is costing me (e.g., by remaining on my mailing list.) I’m trying to provoke them to leave. I’ve gotten rid of many thousands already.
Thanks, I did read that post.
I don’t begrudge people making a living but they have profitted handsomely from a war.
As an update, I have been ejected from the Duran chat group and I guess their channel on TG. I committed the cardinal sin of pointing out that Mercouris was innacurate in his video over Brexit betrayal. Nothing more than pointing out the fact that I was able to easily buy eggs at £1.68 per dozen and only once had the shelves been bare and with regards to certain fresh produce, we are having supply chain issues because of cold weather in Spain and N. Africa and many other growers have shutdown because of the cost of energy.
He made a great deal of uninformed statements about Brexit supporting red seats and just revealed his complete lack of understanding about UK local and grass-roots politics. Mercouris lives in a wealthy part of London. He has little or no contact with working people in Britain.
From what I hear, they will be happy to go to war (I live in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the UK, Bootle). The support for Ukraine isn’t necessarily strong but people have a lot on their plate but if it comes to fore, these lads will march to war. I asked about if anyone knew of people going to Ukraine to fight. I have been told of quite a few who have gone and of some who were stopped by the women of their families. Anyway, Mercouris knows nothing of the working man’s world in the UK.
Mercouris has changed his setup so that he’s closer to the screen. One result is that his hands are no longer visible.
Coincidence? Or, did he read this post?
I do not understand what the fuss is about. I am listening to Alexander on Telegram and there are no ads interruptions
Duh. The man clearly said, there are no ads on the TG channel.
I’m glad you got those egg-problems under control in Britain. Did the Americans deliver LNEGG (liquified natural eggs) or did GB somehow circumvent egg sanctions to get Russian eggs via India or China? Acc. to Mercouris that was a major problem up to now and I already feared that many Englishmen would die because of egg hunger (can’t get more inhuman than that).
Exactly! ‘Don’t they know there’s a war on?’ :). Things haven’t broken down yet, maybe they will but there is little any person can do against such events. Eat well is my approach, it keeps you warm 🙂
It is always interesting to see who are the players, the spectators and the commentators… especially those clowns who call themselves patriots in the North American Terrorist Organisation.
Sooner the American stench is removed from Europe the better which will hopefully be soon enough thanks to the vaxxed sterility and some clown Eunochery…
$140Bn blown away on dead Ukrainians and cost’s Americans $10Bn to buy Ferraris for the #EU Monaco residents …
If Biden was a Russian or Chinese agent he could not have done a better job.
Who launched the drone? Bastards.
I guess the Alexes always wonder: “Why is nobody asking for his share? Do they know that it is not cultured to offer money to someone?”
Jacob, you should have asked man. ;-))
But you are right, Mercouris is becoming a YT-industrialist by repeating for more than an hour what Rybar and Slavyangrad say on a daily basis.
I often watch their EU-specials since it really informs me what is going on and I don’t have to read all those European feces-papers myself. Mercouris is competent in EU-terms and has a good feeling for French, German and British politics, one has to give him that. I don’t see any ads at YT anymore since I use U:block. They have never gotten a cent from me though – maybe I am an s-hole (pretty sure I am) but someone who sells mugs, sweaters and shit has enough money imho.
Btw., recently in one of their together-shows they mentioned that one of their paying axers axed when they would put Jordan Peterson on the show since he is supposedly somehow better informed than Chomsky, who was on a couple of weeks ago – somehow indicating that Peterson is more “realistic” towards Russia, and the Alexes quasi-confirmed it as they always do.
2 problems: I respect Chomsky for his linguistic work and for his opposition work during the past 60 – 70 years, but the guy clearly lost his shit during the panda-a-mick. And despite his high age the man knows that he has to put an “Putin is an incompetent violent guy” before every sentence to show how critical he is before he rants against the US.
Jordan Peterson: He is some kind of intellectual Christian fundamentalist who is followed like Jesus by millions of people (most of them white pigmented I guess). I never understood the cult around him fully since he is literally nothing else than a pickup artist who speaks a lot but doesn’t say much. He has no fucking clue about politics – he said it himself, he follows the same media that defames him to get informed about international politics (!?). He attacks “Stalinists” but I guess that he doesn’t know shyte about it (he always starts with Solzhenitsyn then and thinks that this name alone is enough to show how competent he is). He has actually the same understanding of what a leftist is as all those modern, new, self proclaimed leftists do. He would never understand that many “Stalinists” in the past had quite conservative moral codes and values. He LOVES to emphasize that “Stalin killed more people than Hitler!”, which is in itself a standard mainstream emphasis and highly relativistic towards Hitler and the Nazis industrial killings of millions of people.
And they want to get this guy on the show to talk about what? The Ukraine-war? Please spare us from that.
Your rambling comment is at my length limit, but it’s so greatly entertaining, I’ll let that go. Petersen obviously won’t ever be invited to Mercouris’ show, they’re not going to risk YouTube demonetization by bringing on a guy whose number one issue is fighting wokeness. That’s just dumb. There’s a “business reason” why Mercouris talks “geopolitics” and nothing but.
Peterson is great for debate shows, or for a one-on-one with some idiot BBC anchor. He has at least 30 more IQ points than anyone else on the set. It’s fun to watch him mop the floor with people.
But, yes, if you let him ramble, he will ramble. I heard him on a podcast, once. He took at least 20 minutes to explain how the Bible is the only common story and “prism” (or whatever) that our culture has. I literally just now said it in one sentence, he took 20+ minutes.
The guy is in love with his own IQ, it’s too much. I’m also high IQ, but I try to keep things down to earth (often making fun of myself, in small ways.) Peterson wears it on his sleeve.
He also has that high-pitched, whiny, monotonous voice, as if he is straining under a migraine to talk. He sounds like he has Aspergers. Like fingernails on a chalkboard. Zero charisma or like-ability. Perhaps he was a research psychologist, as I can’t imagine a clinician (treating patients) with Aspergers.
Peterson would say that you are applying “stalinistic self-criticism” to yourself :-)) (I do that as well btw).
Watched him on a couple of shows and it was fun indeed. There is nothing more dumb and arrogant than a journo (ok, politicians and actors are going head to head) and I love when those hateful people get rhetorically vivisected. He says that he was a clinician though, which I also couldn’t believe, the whiny thing doesn’t make it better.
I checked his anti-wokeness facts and he is spot on on that (“The Gender-Equality Paradox in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education” by Stoet and Geary for example).
I wonder if the Alexes paid Chomsky something, I mean the guy is the Mick Jagger of US-dissidents.
Last time Duran had Barnes on, I think Barnes insulted JP a lot and effectively said JP was a sellout, so I’d be kind of surprised if they had JP on.
Also for the record on Duran evading certain topics: they have repeatedly let Barnes come on their show and criticize the v,a,c,c,i,n,e and how dangerous it is. They let Barnes do that even during peak c,o,v,i,d hysteria, although they made that a non-YouTube episode (but directed their YT audience to it). Since the censorship lessened, they let Barnes say anti-v,a,x,x stuff on their YouTube channel too.
Anyway, JP is a moron about everything.
1. He regurgitated all the MSM BS about Ukraine.
2. He’s a self-help guru and psychiatrist who got so addicted to opioids he had himself put in a medically induced coma so he could get over his addiction. Asking him for self-help is like asking an obese man for dieting advice.
3. His daughter is an absolute trainwreck. Her prescription med list got leaked and it’s like 2 dozen psych meds and herpes drugs. She cheated on her fiance with some dude who claimed to be possessed by a demon. She’s constantly shilling these r,et,a,r,d,e,d fad diets. If your own daughter is that much of a disaster, you have no business giving life advice.
I don’t particularly want Duran to have him on. Although frankly 90% of their guests are terrible. I still like duran myself and listen regularly, but I skip most of their guest shows as their guests are usually terrible.
Regarding Rabbi Peterstein (his preferred ‘born again’ nomenclature now that he’s visited Israel and become a paid propagandist for Netanyahu, neocons, and whoever else is currently sponsoring “The Daily Wire”), his shtick was synthesizing parts of the Bible with modern psychology into a cohesive worldview that consisted of telling people to clean their rooms, get married and boil lobsters (or something). The academic part of that endeavor failed but he found a receptive audience of mostly aimless young men.
His perspectives were/are skewed by the education system of Canadia (as diversity hire Karine at Brandon HQ says) and the set of values contained therein, as well as his trust in the ‘system’—the latter leads to some of his blind spots, e.g. his “Trust the Science”(Pfizer tm) stance on the vaqseen and more recently his belief in MSM narratives about the Ukraine conflict, while the former is responsible for his tedious whinging about ‘Murder-Dictator’ Stalin and his glorifying of Solzhenitsyn (funny how he never mentions “Two Hundred Years Together”).
Anyway, the initial ‘self-help guru’ spiel he performed was apparently sufficiently helpful for drug addicts, procrastinators and other degenerates, but it’s been milked dry so he’s moved on to marketing his ‘brand’ and focusing on discrediting purple-haired, mentally ill woke warriors (VERY difficult) and calling Vladimir Putin a dictator. So… he’s just another well-off liberal (in the classical sense of the word) ‘culture war’ grifter with no substance.
Sadly, I’d guess a majority of his zombified fanbase really buys into the sponsored messages of his recent interviews; for example, the one in which he sat there nodding for two hours straight while some fat, cretinous D.C. thinktank Swamp Creature spewed word-vomit about how the “Anglo-American 300 year old system of kind of a commercial, capitalist, global liberal framework” was “threatened by ambitious, big powers” and was the reason “the British were able to defeat Napoleon … and how Hitler was defeated” LOL.
As far as I can tell, youtuber etiquette is that guest appearance are not paid. You do it for the exposure. If the Duran guys appear on Viva Frei they don’t get paid, but they get new viewers and subs, and vice versa.
The Duran started as a blog with pretentions of being a news site. They switched to video because that is what the yoof demanded.
As for Petersen, he is a classic case of boomer Gell-Mann amnesia. He knows the media is lying about Canadian truckers, the transcult etc. Then he turns the page to Ukraine and believes every word. Steve Sailer is another example. To guys like that, it’s easy to spin this mess as simply Russia violating Westphalian principles. My brother is like that – we avoid the subject now.
I agree with your assessment of both Chomsky and Peterson. Peterson can be the most uninformed person at times –I think he found out who Klaus Schwab was just a few weeks ago… Actually, I don’t think he’s that smart: there are hundreds of more qualified conservative thinkers on Youtube alone. His books have zero deep/philosophical value apart from a few good, common sense, practical pieces of advise for young people. His success can only be explained by the desperate need the Western youth has to bring a little bit of common sense into their lives. As a trained linguist, Chomsky’s brain malfunction during the panda-emic was especially hurtful to watch. My hope in any kind of left libertarian reaction to the woke/corporate/socialist insanity went to the gutter together with him
There will come a time, soon I fear, when the ukranians will do something not only stupid, but bat shit crazy, like attacking a russian NPP or the Kremlin. Then mad Vlad will go medieval on their asses. They will get nuked, but not with a tinny tactical nuke , but a big ass 750kt “night turns to day” nuke. And they will film it în glorious 4K and uploaded on YouTube, 1billion views în the first hour. A worthy finale to this war.
Well well well. I thought I was the only one who thought Peterson was highly overrated. I, too, have a problem with his voice. It’s grating on my nerves. It’s screechy and somehow accusatory. Also, after reading about a fifth of his first book, I got bored out of my mind and put it away. And frankly, I don’t care what he has to say. Go yell at somebody else. High IQs don’t impress me. Lots of us have them. And some are batshit crazy……
I use an ad blocker on utube. When I can’t use that I’ll be finished with all but work related utube.
I used to listen to McCurious pretty often until early 2019. At that point his ramblings became too much and he was just playing to the Trumpers and almost looked like he was getting into Qtard territory. He is very well read and reads media sources of several countries it seems. That was the attraction at first. Because he has to fill an hour every day be often goes out of his lane rambling about things be obviously doesn’t know much about. Would be nice if he occasionally got a knowledgeable guest on to discuss such topics but he’s probably too stingy to pay good analysts.
Attacked? Who? What? Oh I’m sorry, I tripped, and she fell… not my lucky day at all.
And people wondered why western countries started highly regulating drone use.
YouTube? It’s torture anyway. Had a 8 minute video (failblog) playing with 1.5-2 minutes ads. I hardly use this platform anymore. And if I copy the link into the browser brave (not logged in), use tor/VPN and don’t see any ads. Can’t take it. Doesn’t matter which channels. Apparently if the creator doesn’t switch off monetization completely, YouTube can decide what they want in terms of ads. Styx turned it completely off and sometimes there were still f**** ads on his videos.
Mercouris doesn’t have a clue about British politics and seems to have a soft spot for the Conservatives… the same people who have stolen billions from the taxpayer and have jumped NHS waiting lists from 800,000 under Labour to 7,000,000 today and foodbank useage from 40,000 in 2010 to 2.5 million in 2021. We now live a heavily corrupted failing state/ banana republic with even health workers striking.
He is clearly one of those classically media programmed types whose ego cannot accept that they have been badly had, strange considering everything that’s gone on with Russia/ Ukraine.
On Russia/ Ukraine maybe China and Russia should have been more expansionist over the years to counter US bases spreading across the globe. I suppose they never thought the Americans would go this far but at least to protect allies and economic interests. Could have saved the middle east a ton of grief if they had bases in the various countries attacked. Syrian oilfields for example would not now be in US hands. After Iraq (you could say even going back to the Yugoslav war) why leave your allies to suffer. All you are doing is shrinking the number of people who have your back in some way.
He is an old school lefty. His family was Pasok “royalty” – Melina Mercouri is (was?) his aunt. Now that supporting Labour involves a commitment to forever wars forever more, open borders, rapists in womens’ prisons, a drag queen in every primary school class etc he has soured on the new pseudo-left.
Of course, the Tories are the same with token resistence to some of these things (not the wars).
Mercouris has a wife and small twins. One time he said, he is a classic old fashioned social democrat – assume like in the 70ties and like Willi Brandt and Harald Schmidt – those are also enemies of the new green—left neo libs with fascistoid methods and globalism religion.
Some people can’t get to the point without going down the winding road of their thought process. That’s just how some people are wired. And it’s why I have to do something else while listening to Mercouris, or listen on 2X speed. The boring people are just as likely the more thorough ones and some people can’t handle the thoroughness.
Apparently he is a lawyer by training so it’s expected. I’ve only listened to their interviews with interesting guests. Alexander M is knowledgeable in some areas such as history and can carry a conversation—I enjoyed his long form talk with Glenn Diesen and that older Russian diplomat, for example.
Don’t know what’s the obsession with the Duran… it’s the same type of infotainment as almost any other ‘alt-media’ but with a European/pro-Russian slant. If you don’t have the desire to read telegram for 30 minutes a day you can listen to them talk about the same things, lol. Funny if they already have angry groupies, though. Fwiw, anything from this sphere (infotainment) I listen to on 2x speed.
I wonder what people here think about Glenn Greenwald—his show is probably the most high quality one I’ve come across in the last year. Although, I wish he’d have better regular guests on than that midwit Michael Tracy (his plodding, verbose commentary makes Alexander M seem like a Texas auctioneer cycling through bids by comparison).
Read somewhere that Russia struck two Western SpecForces base in Ukraine today, if true, than that is the answer to the attack in Belarus.
But again, as of yet, its just hearsay.
Let’s pray that’s true. I always fear that the traitors within Russia are gaining the upper hand. The US & its ‘derivatives’ are alimenting a whole ‘army’ of such individuals (as everywhere but in Russia’s case this is catastrophic. At this time anyway). A year-old video is suddenly circulating virulently wherein HRC (the diabolic bitch) is calling the ‘inner circle’ to take down Putin for ‘the sake of Russia’. Oh yeah, sure. Pointing out that he might be ‘physically or even mentally ill’, or at least ‘erratic’ in his behavior. You know, like Hitler in his bunker.
Dreizin, you are such a High IQ Punk. I love it.
You can get an extension for Chrome that surpresses the ads. I don’t see any ads. Sometimes there is a momentary pause, you can’t even count to one, and the video resumes.
I want to know what our prophet thinks of Scott Ritter. Guy is a anti war guy during iraq, sends dick pictures to a fed he was told was a kid but argues he somehow knew it was a fed, stupid fucking argument imo. Now he’s a big mouth running on how the USA can’t win a war with Russia via conventional means and making many statements from a perspective that I’m doubtful he really possesses.
I personally suspect he’s a washed out old man but one with some relevant experience from 20 years ago or more whose just found a comfortable grift. I keep seeing him pop up on “literally who?” tier YouTube channels and other stuff so I assume he has no daily job to do. It actually surprised me he was at that Ron Paul event, the last thing most people want associated with is an SO let alone a chomo.
Nothing I can add to this. One minor correction: The “kid” was a local cop, not a Fed.
Didn’t you once say his commentary on the war has been pretty spot on
Yes, but that does not contradict anything this gentleman wrote here. Also, while the substance of Ritter’s commentary has been pretty good, he has a very excitable and jumpy style that I don’t like.
Where is the Locals link?
I think you stated you were setting it up moving forward.
FYI. I like Alex but Alexander M is just a waste of time. Who has time to listen to that guy? I never listen when he is on but I do like Alex
Christoforou can ramble sometimes also, but not ALL THE TIME like Mercouris. And when he does, it’s still not that bad to me because he is more entertaining and charismatic than Merc.
I also like scenery as he walks around, if he gets boring, watch the scenery, lol!
Last but not least, I also like his goofy humor.
I prefer the younger Alex’ solo channel myself. The older Alex, the crooked barrister one, looks to me like he likes the white stuff, and his mannerisms and hysterics are insufferable.
When it comes to Europe, Mercouris actually provides some insights. I think he’s also right about Erdogan the mood in Turkey, at least my turkish friends confirm it. He’s also right about my country, Romania, and about Moldova, but that’s not much, since everyone with half a brain can see these are two failed states with NATO puppets as leaders.
Dreizin is valuable within his area of expertise. Mercouris is great on issues that Dreizin doesn’t even touch. It’s not a zero sum game. Commentators should do their best to excel in their chosen field(s) while having, at minimum tolerance, for others who do different and complimentary work.
No one is arguing with you. Still, he could get his point across in five minutes a day. (It wouldn’t make him much money, obviously.)
Is this the go-to place to rant about commenters we don’t like……..? That’s totally lame and just the opinion of ‘somebody’ – we all have one. What I am however interested in are the commentators that have a 100% track record, are concise, young and of magnificent stature, could be female if she has big boobs, not religious, not partisan, can see into the future……..well, you get my drift – AI maybe?
I made exactly the same comment about Mercouris, and unsubscribed from his channel and the Duran. On top of this, he’s always agitating his hands like a puppet on a string, and he likes to say he isn’t a military person but right after that makes comments like he became field Marshall Montgomery overnight…
Hello first of all thanks for the work you put into this blog. As Ukrainian expat living in CZ I really appreciate the fresh POV on SMO. Don’t want to defend Duran (ain’t got no time to watch their whole series neither), but Mercouris has also Telegram channel, where he has around 40k-ish subs, and where he reposts all of the content directly w/o ads. It doesn’t really fit into the ytb ad-revenue narrative, do it?
Hello. Regarding your last sentence… You’ve obviously never had to reach an audience, or multiple audiences.
There are people—the great majority of Mercouris’ followers—who will not leave YouTube under any circumstances. Most of them will tolerate the ads. (A small proportion use an ad blocker, but that’s out of his control.)
There are also people who have left YouTube, and will no longer watch it under any circumstances. Providing ad-free videos for this group on Telegram, Mercouris loses nothing. He can still earn a few bucks from Telegram-hosted ads, and, perhaps one or two percent of this crowd will buy his silly T-shirts. Again, he loses nothing.
What the Duran says you can get from most Russian telegram channels like Slavyangrad 12 to 24 hours in advance. Given up watching them also some live discussions with guests are interesting. I haven’t come across any adds.
So if I understand the comments, Mercouris launched the drone from YouTube?😉
Looking forward to Locals. Comment section should be fun.
I’m guessing that if you’re pushing out daily content on YouTube you have only so much to say and far too much time to say it in, so you have to pad, no choice. An original, content-fill one hour video will take hours to research, never mind the time to actually edit it. And if you’re commenting on current affairs how much real raw material is there anyway?
Belarus has its “casus belli” – (or not).
Question is, if BR can decide for i t s e l f if there is such a CB at all.
Won’t happen. Neither NATO nor Russia is seriously interested in significantly widening this war. Both sides are happy with the status quo. Clearly. I mean, in the words of Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein in the closing moments of “Casino” … “Why fuck up a good thing?”
I have read that Russia’s Defence Ministry considers “live combat zone” training for its armed forces to generate THE best bang for their buck, versus endless “exercises” in what is a very, very diverse, somewhat corrupt, and widely distributed country. Syria did wonders for Russian updating. Not saying they are great at war now, BUT they really did need some updating since Chechnya and Georgia, or they’d already have been driven from the field, and have to go to full mobilisation.
So NATO is giving the Russian Army its single best and most effective sustained “software” update in modern combined arms combat warfare training since Guderian smacked Stavka around in 1941. NATO is getting to test their ‘previous gen’ stuff against its original intended target: the Russian Army. Why? Well, given that ‘next gen’ is to replace perceived crappy aspects of ‘previous gen’, might be good to know if you threw out the baby with the bathwater, no? Oh and of course, the consulting industry is making a killing off PowerPoint presentations to NATO and EU officials, of course.
Money still makes the world go round, baby.