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Let's talk about Syria

Who thinks it's a great idea? Who doesn't? Someone needs to talk about it. Thoughts on Obama saying, "I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization." And thoughts one him at the very least deferring to Congress for a declaration of war? And Secretary of State Kerry's comments on military intervention?

Here's a picture of Kerry and his wife having dinner with Assad, taken 2009. I voted for him 2004. Shudder:

Obama's thoughts on it today:

VideoSift isn't iPhone friendly

Mainly the pagination breaks on my iPhone 5. Lucky, I know you're awesome, you work very hard, and also a droid guy. So, you know, like whatever and shit. You are awesome and stuff and have a big penis. But whatever happened to the mobile site at least?

Or who cares? Or fuck Apple? Etc.

New Member Profile Comment

If someone quotes you or quotes at you, you get a nice tidy subject line that says something like...

@dystopianfuturetoday just Quoted you

But it doesn't matter who or what leaves a comment on your profile, you get the same subject line each and every time:

New Member Profile Comment

Maybe add the username just there at the end? Pretty please? With sugar on top? Would be deeply appreciated.

ReasonTV presents "Ask a Libertarian Day"

Welcome to Ask a Libertarian with Reason's Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch. They are the authors of the new book The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America.

On June 15, 2011 Gillespie and Welch used short, rapid-fire videos (typically around 2 minutes each) to answer dozens of reader questions submitted via email, Twitter, Facebook, and

On to the questions (click "expand" to watch video):

1. I agree with the politics, but why are libertarians smarmy prigs?

2. What do you think about fiscal conservatives who are also social conservatives?

3. What should be done about everything?

4. Why do sports teams and their need for stadiums dominate the political climate?

5. Can a libertarian work for Leviathan?

6. What's the libertarian position on abortion?

7. Gary Johnson or Ron Paul?

8. What is the libertarian stance on education?

9. Should libertarians work within the two-party system?

10. Can we hunt and eat endangered animals in a libertarian society?

11. Ask a Libertarian Lightning Round!: NHL Team Names, Political Vomiting, Is It Just a Game?

12. Is there a modern example of libertarianism at its best?

13. What's a liberaltarian and how is it different than a libertarian?

14. What's the libertarian take on foreign policy?

15. Why are libertarians so susceptible to infighting?

16. How do I know I'm not just a Republican who likes smoking pot?

17. Who wrote the majority of the book?

18. What about the 'war on drugs' and libertarians?

19. What is the libertarian stance on net neutrality and intellectual property?

20. What is the libertarian take on religion?

21. Did you come to libertarianism from the left or right?

22. Who influenced you the most writing the book?

23. What are libertarian solutions to enviromental problems?

24. What about healthcare and libertarians?

25. Ask a Libertarian Lightning Round 2!: Joseph Schumpeter, Eminent Domain, Students for Liberty?

26. Is The Jacket libertarian? (just for fun)

27. Why is it different this time?

The "I think I know Who Posted This" Game

We're all anonymous video posters this week. I've seen a lot of vids where people are writing comments like, "I bet I know who posted this one." Do you? Let's see.

Without breaking the contest rules, please post within the comments below a link to the video and the member you think posted it. If you're mentioned or if you posted the video, PLEASE DO NOT LET ON WHETHER YOU DID OR DIDN'T POST THE VIDEO! I cannot stress that enough. If you break the contest rules you'll probably hurt someone's feelings, then fingers will be pointed, blame assigned, the fun times will end, people will be banned, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria, and we'll have to hear about why we can't have nice things.

Let the guessing begin!

Anyone else see Malick's Tree of Life?

Saw it in the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood Saturday Morning. It was only playing in 4 theaters this past weekend, but hopefully it'll open up to more soon. I won't give any details away just yet unless someone else has seen it, then we can geek out in the comments about it.

It's certainly a movie that needs to be seen on the big screen.


Edna Mode Dubbed Royalty!

Our very own @MikesHL13 is now royalty! Quietly in the night, MikesHL13 accepted the crown and joined the ranks of the few.

All hail Edna Mode!

Be sure to visit mikes personal queue and show some love:

Mikes has been a Sifter for a long time. Always pleasant, always friendly, always working to contribute to the quality of the community. Mikes is one of our most valuable members, so let's show some love! Major congrats, mikes! Welcome to the exclusive VideoSift Realm of Crowns!

Let the ceremony commence!

How Will You Vote in 2012?

Remember when people told you that if you didn't vote Republican or Democrat you'd be throwing your vote away? According to wikipedia, as of 2004 nearly 25% of voters in the U.S. are registered as independent.

So, don't believe the lies. Your vote for an independent party is NOT throwing your vote away. In fact, it's quite possibly the sign of the times. Given that every President from the "two parties" have lied and charged headlong into war, even the great savior that promised change, it's probably time everyone looked at the other parties and what they offer. So without further ado, I give you a comprehensive list of Independent U.S. Political Parties and their platforms.

Constitution Party
We declare the platform of the Constitution Party to be predicated on the principles of The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States and The Bill of Rights. According to the original intent of the Founding Fathers, these founding documents are the foundation of our Liberty and the Supreme Law of the Land. The sole purpose of government, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, is to secure our unalienable rights given us by our Creator. When Government grows beyond this scope, it is usurpation, and liberty is compromised. We believe the major issues we face today are best solved by a renewed allegiance to the original intent of these founding documents.

Green Party
The Green Platform presents an eco-social analysis and vision for our country. In contrast to the way in which major political parties create their platforms, through the back-room deals of insiders and power-brokers, we have created a grassroots process that invites submissions from every local Green Party and every Green individual. Through democratic process over a year and a half, we arrive at a final draft to present to our national convention for approval. The Green Platform is an evolving document, a living work-in-progress that expresses our commitment to creating wise and enduring change in specific policies and in the political process itself. The Green Party is committed to values-based politics, as expressed in our Ten Key Values. These values guide us in countering and changing a system that extols exploitation, unsustainable consumption, and destructive competition.

Libertarian Party
As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others. We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized. Consequently, we defend each person's right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

Communist Party USA
The Communist Party USA is the party of and for the U.S. working class, a class which is multiracial, multinational, and unites men and women, young and old, employed and unemployed, organized and unorganized, gay and straight, native-born and immigrant, urban and rural, and composed of workers who perform a large range of physical and mental labor—the vast majority of our society. We are the party of the African American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, all other Latino American, Native American, Asian American, and all racially and nationally oppressed peoples, as well as women, youth, and all other working people.

America First Party
Under our Constitution, foreign policy can only serve the lawful best interests of the United States Government and its citizens. The Constitution empowers and limits the federal government; therefore all treaties, alliances and agreements must be subordinate to the Constitution. The America First Party pledges its total allegiance to the Constitutional Republic of the United States of America. The America First Party believes that interpreting the Constitution must be based on the Framers' precise words and the meaning intended at that time. The America First Party totally rejects the concept that the Constitution is a "living document," in which the meaning can be interpreted and altered as society changes. This concept is not only seductive, but totally against the intentions of its Framers. If the citizens of this nation wish to revise or change a portion of the Constitution there is a provision provided by the Framers called the Constitutional Amendment. It is very interesting that the citizens of this nation have found it necessary to amend the Constitution only twenty-seven times since adoption of the Constitution in 1788.

Freedom Socialist Party
The U.S. Freedom Socialist Party is a revolutionary, socialist feminist organization, dedicated to the replacement of capitalist rule by a genuine workers' democracy that will guarantee full economic, social, political and legal equality to all who are exploited, oppressed and repelled by the profit system and its offshoot—imperialism. We are unionists, antiwar activists, free speech advocates, environmentalists, gay freedom fighters and rebellious people of color and youth.

Independence Party of America
It is time we send a new political prototype into the White House — a true non-partisan Independent. Someone who has led a successful life in the private or non-profit sector, away from Washington, and can drive the type of innovation needed to repair its broken systems and regain the faith of the People. Each and every state in the nation will soon represent the Independence Party of America. The Independence Party of America will offer a ‘third way’ to professionally manage the federal government. As America’s largest third party organization of political independents — with more than 350,000 members in our home state alone and growing daily — we intend to bring INDEPENDENCE to the national forefront. We intend to change the DEBATE in Washington and offer a viable alternative to the two-party duopoly. And we hope to recruit America’s increasingly apathetic electorate with a plan and a mission to offer a REAL alternative to the major party candidates.

Light Party
The Light Party is a wholistic, proactive, educational new political paradigm party dedicated to "Health Peace and Freedom For All". The Light Party Platform is a synthesis of the finest elements of the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Green Parties. We have formulated a practical, synergistic 7-point program which addresses and serves to resolve our current socioeconomic and ecological challenges. We urge you now to educate, support and align yourself with The Light Party, our progressive and inspired programs and policies!

And many, many more:

Lucky760 Programs Your Requests!

Have an idea for a great invocation? Want to change the landscape of VideoSift? Do you stay up late at night wishing and hoping dag wasn't full of it when he said this place was an egalitarian utopia [not an official quote]? Well, wait no more!

You can now do just that! All you have to do is leave a comment below with your invocation and a brief but bright description of what you expect that invocation to do. If your comment receives the most votes by April 21, 2011 at 12:00am PST, our faithful VideoSift programmer lucky760 promises to program the invocation! And why not? He's at our beck and call after all right?!

So, want to be able to invoke *lame on a video you find dumb? Want to invoke *loud on a video with distorted volume? *AIDS for whatever reason? Well, hop to it and leave a comment below and happy voting!

Gov't stopped funding charity, private donations surge 500%


"Online gifts to Planned Parenthood have surged by 500 percent since Republicans passed a budget amendment stripping the group of its federal funding."

So the government stops funding a charity and their private donations go up 500%? So let me get this right, people don't need a monolithic organization spending their money for good? They will just do the right thing all by themselves? Hmmm.

What is a dupe?

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A total of 41 votes have been cast on this poll.

Apparently we've got a major discrepancy in how we define duplicates on the Sift, and there's a bit of a rift starting over it. Let's end this once and for all.

What constitutes a dupe? According to a duplicate is "a copy exactly like an original."

A vote for 1. means you agree a duplicate is "a copy exactly like an original."
A vote for 2. means you think any portion of another video is a duplicate. In other words, ten seconds of a video is a dupe of a two hour movie.

Should we distinguish between NSFW videos vs. GRAPHIC videos? A vote to...

  (22 votes)
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  (10 votes)
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A total of 55 votes have been cast on this poll.

As discussed here:

Please do not vote without reading.

This vote is to gather a consensus on whether the current *NSFW grading system is adequate or requires modification. Some videos display graphic images of death, violence and brutality that some regard as newsworthy while others consider it unworthy of the standards of VideoSift. The same goes for videos with explicit sexual content or language. The options are as follows:

1. *establish an enumerated list of tags for NSFW. This would add to the current *NSFW tag by appending the rating, e.g., NSFW-L (language), NSFW-S (sexual content), NSFW-V (graphic violence), etc.

2. **create a system where videos are either tagged as NSFW or GRAPHIC only. NSFW would be for content deemed a bit explicit for work, but generally accepted at home with family or friends around (naughty language, mild violence). GRAPHIC would be for content too explicit for work and possibly for friends and family (sexual content, nudity, extremely graphic violence).

3. ***create a system where videos can be tagged as NSFW, GRAPHIC or both. NSFW and GRAPHIC are defined in 2 above.

4. +Or vote for no change.

Should we have a *graphic tag?

Not sure if you've heard, but there's a protest going on in Egypt. It's news. Some of us feel it's important. But some of the videos show harrowing images of brutality, torture and even death.

And placing graphic videos like these under the same NSFW tag as videos with the word "fuck" in it is a bit too broad. Should we entertain the idea of having a *graphic tag to be used only for videos demonstrating extremely graphic visuals such as death, police beatings, torture, etc.

We have to face it at some point that we're living in a global-centric world when it comes to news and events. What say you?

Another commenting bug?

Anyone else able to recreate this bug?

Steps to recreate:

1. Post a comment.
2. Edit that comment.
3. Add either embed code from YT or even our own VideoSift embed [script] code.
4. Save changes.

Seems to work fine most of the time but not always. Also, I can't get any of the VideoSift embeds to work at all. At all. It looks like Siftie is stripping the code completely from the comments.

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