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HNY 19


(Re-edited 6th January with a new production schedule)

It’s the first post in a New Year, the tenth of this Blog. 2018 started very well and looked as if I would break the views annual record for the blog, but after a splendid June everything seemed to go quiet in the second half year despite regular posts.

Last year in total 299 posts were made and of these the vast majority involved rehearsing the YouTube channel ensuring that everything on there is properly tagged and classified and aiming to allow a forum for comment outside YT itself.

This idea is the reason why I called this site Huliganov TV. I chose the .TV area code because I knew that video and my channel would make up the bulk of what is on here, and Viktor Huliganov was for the first few years the flagship “character” on the Channel.

Between that point in time and this, much has happened, of course. YouTube itself has become the two tier system that it is, with corporate players taking precedence over the community of individuals who really made it take off to the point where Google was interested and bought it. Much of the content is more professional even parallel to established TV channels and the community style, one person channel struggles more and more for views unless they can find a particular angle or specialism and develop an audience around that.

I never really wanted to do that, as I have a number of different interests and instead of running many channels as some have done in order to develop audiences and revenue streams, I wanted a channel which simply recorded me, and reflected my various thoughts and opinions and experiences for the benefit of a smaller number who would appreciate that mix or at least be willing to work around the bits they didn’t like.

In retrospect, that may have been a big mistake. If I had known ten years ago what I know now I could be making thousands of dollars a month online. And passive income is not to be sniffed at as one gets older. Anyway, what’s done is done.

So having set out to do this I do mean to finish it, and one quarter is done with three quarters of the films to go. It will take years more to get them all over here. And the stats show that doing this is not massively interesting for the audience so I have to do some other things while this is going on.

So I thought that I would put up other items on different days of the week this year. I will still try to produce a post every morning for you, but it will be like this:

At this point I am editing on 6th January, because I was fortunate enough to have a very productive meeting with my good friend Alan Heath whom some of you will know from YouTube and his camper van videos and website. He has, by dint of hard work over 12 years, achieved a point where he is able to regard keeping his channel going as a part of his living. He gave me some useful perspectives on the initial plan, which was:

Mondays – a new language related article
Tuesdays – a video from the channel
Wednesdays – a current affairs comment containing a poll. For this I maintain a paid subscription with a polling engine so let’s make good use of it. I hope my subbers will share these articles with friends.
Thursday to Saturday will be videos, again.
Sunday will be a quiz. Different topics will be covered and a quiz section added to the side navigation.

NOW instead of this schedule, I was advised to go like this: the old videos Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and then in the second half of the week when people have a greater chence to relax and enjoy the best new content, there will be the following:

Thursday – The poll
Friday – The foreign languages article (Much Ado About Polish series)
Saturday – A selection of reposts from Quora (I have about 500 Quora answers and recent events have shown that that place is also not secure, so I want to ensure that the work I have done there is maximised, after all, I still do own my answers. Some will be posted both here and in my business site Quoracy.com in the case of those related to business or accountancy. In whichever of my blogs they are they will be classified by theme as well as in a special section in the side navigation, namely “Quora posts”.
Sunday – the Quiz, as above. Always 10 questions, multiple choice A, B, C, D. They will also be classified in their own Quiz section and in the section of the kind of theme they contain. Hopefully they will help to teach you things which can be of more use than mere trivia.

This gives three video uploads to four fresh items per week. I hope this mix will encourage you to give this place a bit more engagement. Especially shares and comments. I always hope a community will develop here with people talking to each other in the comments but these days it seems Facebook groups have a near monopoly on that.

It means of course that it will take me longer ever to get up to date full with the old YT channel, plus the remainder of the material from five years ago, 2014’s videos, which are still being put through post-production and posted up there. Once that happens I even have a lot of old photographs that also could do with being placed up on line, but maybe I will use a photo-specific place for that, one of those where you can actually trade in them if anyone wants to buy one of them. Not very likely, but who knows?

I hope that finally in 2019 I can break the viewing records which I didn’t quite manage to break in 2018. All I am asking for is 150 views a day, which on a worldwide scale is peanuts. Please subscribe and click on the mails when they come, enjoy the show and engage and share onward!

There will be lots to see, read and talk about.

Happy New Year to all my readers and viewers.

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Are some animals more viable for exploitation than others?


Christopher Lewis asked me on Facebook:

I am interesting on understanding your scale for judging an animal’s suffering. How do we know killing one animal is fine, another is wrong. Torturing one animal ok, hunting another to extinction not.

Here’s my answer:

Christopher Lewis It’s an excellent question.

I would formulate my thoughts this way:

  1. Vulnerability to extinction. First, we have to protect species against extinction. I believe it is a massive sin to cause any extinction of species, a total blasphemy against the Creator as we cannot create a single species. And also the loss of the genetic material robs future human generations of the opportunity to experience this life form. So I make the same point here for animals, plants, fungi and without regard to size or complexity. We cannot replace them, and don’t destroy what you cannot create is an excellent maxim for life.
  2. Controllability of habitat and numbers Second, given the first point, we need to take more care with regard to animals or plants where the slide to extinction is less controllable by us. So at the moment marine life has a bigger call on protection because we have certainly placed plastics into the oceans at measurable amounts and this is completely and guaranteedly anthropogenic and there is no debate about it, unlike the debates that can be made in the case of greenhouse gases and global warming. I am in two minds about GW but I am not in two minds at all about the plastic issue, to the degree where I jumped up and down and got everyone in a small chain of stores I do things with to abandon plastic bags entirely. I have been talking about the plastic issue for fifteen years in fact, and finally people are starting to take the issue seriously and hopefully not too late, but we still don’t know how good the clean up can be and how fast. So I put animals in the line of threat from plastics into a degree of priority.
  3. Strength of links to others of the species It does appear that certain animals, even from their behaviour, have empathy to each other and interact with each other and some have interactions with their offspring which are related to love and tenderness in the human. For animals where the loss of one causes distress to others, I give more consideration than for the ones which do not have such a case. There are many species of bird, for example, that could be domesticated but humans have not chosen for the farmyard those which have lifelong pairbonds and which pine away when their loved one is taken. Take a chicken from the rooster and he happily carries on with his existing harem and the other chickens also don’t tend to look around for the missing hen. Do this to penguins, storks, swans and many other birds and mammals and you have a node of suffering. So I give priority not to eat the animals which show tenderness to one another and which demonstrate meaning to one another. In “The Time Machine”, for example, H.G.Wells Morlocks have taken the trouble to breed out of the Eloi race of humans they are farming any kind of empathy for each other. As indeed the powers that be do to us today, replacing Christ’s call to love our neighbour with the empty husk of political “correctness”.
  4. Intelligence regardless of sociability Fourthly, the above point doesn’t mean that vertebrates are always preferred over invertebrates. It appears that shrimp which people eat in great numbers are social and that the octopus, which is pretty anti-social really, is a startling intelligence and deserves a bit more respect than your typical invertebrate. All of this is subordinate to the first and second point, anyway.
  5. Deaths per kilogramme if useable protein This leads on to the fifth and this is an important point. If we are turning a living, sentient animal into amino acids for our own digestion, it seems to me to be more moral to take one animal that will feed many families over many meals than to take an animal which it takes many of to feed one person one meal. This is one of the reasons why I try to avoid shrimps. It takes maybe 10 shrimps to make a meal for one person, whereas a cow might make a hundred meals so the relationship of shrimps to cattle to give you a tonne of protein is at least a thousand (maybe closer to ten thousand) shrimps to one cow. This is an extreme example. Now if we placed the intelligence and value of the life of the shrimp at only one thousandth of that of the cow, maybe that would be justifiable. But if you look at shrimps in an aquarium for any length of time you’ll see probably just as much different activity and expression going on as you’ll see on a cow’s face as it stands around chewing cud, and maybe even more. So for me it’s disturbing to think that we could be making a virtual holocaust of these crustaceans just to produce the kilos of a single slaughtered cow. Likewise when it comes to fish is it not a bit disturbing to take a thousand capelin to give us the equivalent flesh of one tuna? Worth a thought.
  6. Naturally predated And then we have the sixth issue. Prey animals. Animals are by nature divided into hunter and hunted. The hunted tend to be thise which are naturally in the niche of proviing meat to other species and to a degree they evolved into it. It is part of being a sheep that you get eaten by a tiger, it is part of being a tiger that you don’t get eaten by anything. Human agriculture fit into this natural division in that we usually don’t eat tigers (some do) and usually do eat sheep (some don’t).
  7. Substitutability. If an animal or plant can be substituted with another in order to give the necessary thing we are looking for (example tortoiseshell now largely replaced by plastics) then it is best to take the version of the product with the least offences against these other points. If there is no substitute then all the more we need to take care that the species is protected from extinction. Usually this involves careful cultivation over a number of different sites.
  8. Farmability Given the last point, an animal or plant which can actually be farmed is a better candidate for use than a wild species that cannot be kept and cultivated under human control. Those which can be kept ought to be kept in a proper way, with regard to diet, housing and enrichment. The use of battery farms and similar is becoming thankfully a thing of the past, and this trend should continue. We are making a one way trade with these animals, they feed us and give us food and fibres, plants render to us all their nutrients and chemicals and of course it is not a deal any of them signed up to. The least we can do is give them a reasonable time of quality life with as low suffering as possible prior to sacrificing that life, again with the minimum possible suffering. Not all species lend themselves to farming, on the other hand those species which do also seem to lend themselves to adaptation into numerous breeds with varying characteristics.
  9. Multiple products. It is maybe good in view of the above to use synthetic fur rather than real fur, however if synthetic fur becomes unviable for any reason, it is better to farm fur animals which are also edible, such as rabbits, rather than mink which are only there to provide fur and which by the way require the sacrifice of numerous other animals to nourish them, although they can of course be fed on foods made from spent hens and dairy cows not usually sold for human cuisine. If we are going to sacrifice an animal, we should at least waste as little of it as possible. It is good to keep sheep as they provide milk and wool in addition to the produce of their carcase. Cattle produce leather in addition to their milk and blood products taken during their lives but this, like their meat and unlike wool, is a one off event at their death.
  10. Utilisation of inedible food. Humans cannot eat grass which is the easy crop. Cattle, sheep and camels do eat these as they are cellulose metabolised, thanks to their microbiota hosted in special chambers of their alimentary canal. Pigs can eat acorns and scraps which humans cannot eat. Via these animals, oak forests and grasslands have a use to us which might make the difference between keeping them going with their additional biodiversity, which you wouldn’t find in say a wheatfield. Hence farming them has advantages which vegetarians tend to overlook. Now let’s apply all the above to the issue of whales. They for sure let themselves down on the size issue – one whale will feed more than one of almost anything else, and given that we cannot eat plankton they let themselves down in the acorn argument too, but on the other arguments we shouldn’t be taking them.

One of my hymns sung in an actual Church service.


Many thanks to my friend John Sapieha, who has been kind enough to express encouragement for the hymns I wrote (usually words only to existing tunes, as in this case) whiich can be found in the right hand navigation under “Poetry and Songs – The Psalms of Davey”. There are ten such hymns which I wrote a long time ago. This is the second, “Royal Priesthood, Holy Nation”. It feels very humbling to see a hymn written by oneself sung in real public worship. This was in Brazil on 16th of December 2018.

In Old Madrid (Huliganov’s Madrid Experience #3)


Original YT playout date: 23 May 2008
Duration: 26:18

“In the third part of Huliganov’s Madrid series we get into the old town centre of Madrid.

The song at the beginning of this series, which many of you have asked about, is available to purchase on

http://astore.amazon.com/wwwusenetposc-20/102-8302334-6748953?node=10&page=2

If you buy it there, I get 4 cents.

I don’t need 4 cents, so buy it somewhere else if you can get it cheaper!”
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NTTBS 18th May 2008


Original YT playout date: 23 May 2008
Duration: 2:56:16

Enjoy
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500th Video – and Huliganov’s May Rant


Original YT playout date: 20 May 2008
Duration: 19:38

I had 500 videos at this point and about half a million channel views, and Huliganov talks about that and what is in store for the channel and the Russian course, which leads into a discussion about perfectionism.
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Spaghetti Scene Re-enactment


Original YT playout date: 20 May 2008
Duration: 1:14

You thought it was only Brandon Hardesty that could do Hollywood re-enactments on YouTube? Not so, as this re-enactment of the famous spaghetti scene in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp by my delightful kids will aptly demonstrate.
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Uncle Davey’s Cyprus #5/6 – Karatello


Original YT playout date: 20 May 2008
Duration: 11:24

The Karatello in Limassol. What a night we had, of great Cyprus food and live music. This is the fifth part of the Cyprus series. The Karatello restaurant is in an old carob mill near the former port and is a large eating venue capable of handling sizeable conferences competently.
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Historical NTTBS (#4 – 20th January 2008)


 

Original YT playout date: 18 May 2008
Duration: 2:59:33

The talk radio saga continues. We are short of Polish Joe in this episode, as he has other engagements, a literal one in fact, but Stu and Matt still effortlessly handle a great show.
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Little horse in the park


Original YT playout date: 18 May 2008
Duration: 14:17

Some of the playgrounds in Warsaw are called “Ogrod Jordanowski” after this guy Jordanowski who worked out that swings and roundabouts and stuff for kids rather than just have a park with plants in it.
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Walking in Madrid (Huliganov’s Madrid Experience #2)


 

Original YT playout date: 18 May 2008
Duration: 25:03

Another chance to see my colleague Kasia, as we walk around in Madrid, drinking water and seeing booksales. Read the rest of this entry

We have lift off


Original YT playout date: 17 May 2008
Duration: 6:57

Taking off in a Boeing 737 on a day with reasonable visibility, I reconed there was a good chance to see my flat from the air, and so I did. Actually we were going to Madrid but I didn’t make this part of the Madrid series as it had a different focus.
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