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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

You CAN handle the truth

I haven't much time to blog right now, but I would like to encourage you to listen to some important (albeit discomforting) truths, via the most important writer/speaker/researcher of our time, Max Blumenthal.

Give him a chance. Like a fine old tube amplifier, he takes a little while to warm up, but when he gets going, he is gripping and astounding -- at times, downright shattering. Even if you think you've heard it all already...well, you haven't. Not by a long shot.

A tech note: YouTube features many lectures which you may want to transfer to your personal mp3 player. The visual aspect of these presentations is superfluous. You'll want to keep the file size as small as possible, because a spoken word audio file doesn't require high fidelity.

There are many ways to accomplish this task. If you use a desktop or laptop, consider this approach:

Users of Firefox or one of its knockoffs (such Pale Moon and Ice Dragon) probably already have an addon for downloading videos. I'm sure that IE/Chrome/Opera/other browser have their own video downloaders.

These downloaders give you a choice of versions to save to your computer. Choose the smallest one, which will probably have the .3gp suffix and will be labeled "mobile." Because the file is so small, the download time is usually very short.

Now we must convert that file to an .mp3 file. The best free program for the job is called Freemake. Just drag and drop the .3gp file into the main window, then chose the "to MP3" button in the bottom left corner.

A new, small window will pop up, allowing you to choose the type of mp3 file you want to make. Hit the small icon that looks like a blue gear. Under "channels," choose "mono." Under "bitrate" choose 32 KBPS. Hit OK. Double check to make sure that the file is being saved in the place where you want it to go. Then hit "Convert."

Conversion occurs very rapidly. The resulting audio file will be teensy-tiny, taking up very little space on your player. And it'll sound just fine. You can listen while walking, driving or (if you have the right kind of job) working.
Just an added note. I review a vast quantity of audios in a given week; most of them are from talk shows that have about ten minutes worth of content stretched over two to three hours. Oftentimes, some person will speak in such a slow manner that I can’t pay attention, so I use AVI player and increase the playback speed anywhere from 1.4 to 1.7 x, and sometimes up to the point that the audio sounds like the cartoon chipmuncks.talking. After a while a person can become accustomed to the high speed speech and go through, say 30 hours’ worth of audio files, in less than an hour.

This feature can also be useful if you have a partner who talks too much. Just ask them to tape it and you will get back to them later. ;) j
It's as if the revolution isn't happening.

It's like. while you're gnashing your teeth over Palestinians or whatever the hell ISIS is, who cares if our own barely emanicipated slaves rise up to protest their daily slaying at the hands of our slavemaster police force.

Or just paste the URL for the streamed video in at

For example, to get a link for the audio from the third Max Blumenthal video above, click here.

See also, which enables the downloading of streamed video in various file formats and has also got a SnipMP3 option.
Corrected links: and

(Link for downloading audio of the Blumenthal video was right the first time.)
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