Keeping Members Informed 02.21.13

I was out sick last night and Kim was nice enough to post but she was not informed about a workflow change causing the late uploads, they should work now.

Sorry for the late uploads.

The player and download links are working from February 4th on.

Members content before February 11th is not working properly. We are working on fixing this now.

Cenk Uygur Interviewing Aaron Swartz

On Friday, Internet pioneer and open information activist Aaron Swartz took his own life at the age of 26. At the time of his death, Swartz was under indictment for logging into JSTOR, a database of scholarly articles, and rapidly downloading those articles with the intent to make them public. If Swartz had lived to be convicted of the charges against him, he faced 50 years or more in a federal prison.

Read more:

PCCC Plans To Stop Confirmation Of Ben Bernanke To Fed

Why No Public Option(?) w/ The PCCC’s Aaron Swartz

Fed Audit w/ PCCC’s Aaron Swartz

Sellout Democrats In NY w/ PCCC’s Aaron Swartz

Help Us Win The Shortys

The Shorty Awards are a worldwide effort to engage hundreds of thousands of Twitter users to identify the best people and organizations on social media, culminating in a blockbuster ceremony in New York City.

We’ve won a Shorty before (who could forget this acceptance speech?) and we want one again, will you help? All you need is a Twitter account. You can only nominate once per category (READ THE RULES HERE: Be creative with the reason. A tweet without a reason for the nomination will not be counted. The nomination process ends February 10, 2013.

To nominate us follow the links below.

CLICK HERE to nominate @TheYoungTurks for #WebShow

CLICK HERE to nominate @AnaKasparian for #VideoBlogger

CLICK HERE to nominate @CenkUygur for #YouTubeStar 

CLICK HERE to nominate @RockNRoll_Jesus for #Director


January Twitter Takeover Schedule

In order to introduce our new TYT network partners we’re doing something crazy in January, we’re giving them each the keys to our Twitter account (@TheYoungTurks) for a day.


Here’s the schedule

January 5  – Lee Camp @LeeCamp

January 12 – Dennis Trainor Jr. @dennistrainorjr

January 19 – David Pakman @dpakman & @davidpakmanshow

January 26 – Julianna Forlano @AbsurdityGirl

February 2 – Sam Seder @SamSeder & @majorityfm


They will be tweeting from our account @TheYoungTurks from 12:01 am until 11:59 pm. They will be fielding questions, so be sure to ask them anything.

TYT Network’s Top Ten Clips of 2012

Here’s 2012’s top ten most viewed clips from TYT Network. This list consists exclusively of clips we published on TYT network in 2012.


10. ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Sparks Outrage 

1,218,937 views, published on 9/12/12 on The Young Turks

…the movie — “Innocence of Muslims” — would be blamed the world over for inciting mobs in Egypt and Libya. The movie was filmed and first released in Southern California, but much else about its origins remains a mystery.


9. Forced to Shave Vaginas at Beauty School?

1,221,449 views, published on 8/31/12 on TYT University

John Iadarola and Lisa Ferguson debate one of the grossest stories yet on TYT University.


8. Tennis Players Hate Blue Clay

1,547,199 views, published on 5/14/12 on TYT Sports

The blue clay at the Madrid Open stole all the headlines this past weekend as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic verbally expressed their hatred for the court.


7.  Anastasiya Shpagina – Real Life Anime Girl

1,687,475 views, published on 10/2/12 on The Young Turks

Behold: the real-life anime girl. Anastasiya Shpagina, a 19-year-old Ukrainian woman, has brightly colored hair, pale skin and a doe-eyed stare that could be mistaken for an actual cartoon — it looks as if she’s walked straight off the television screen (of a “Sailor Moon” episode, obvi).


6. Trayvon Martin 911 Call

1,707,100 views, published on 3/19/12 on The Young Turks

Cenk Uygur, former prosecutor Steve Oh, and Misty Kingma break down the shocking 911 audio with shooter George Zimmerman on The Young Turks.


5. Amanda Todd: Bullied Teen Commits Suicide

1,839,249 views, published on 10/12/12 on The Young Turks

Ana Kasparian and Steve Oh analyze what happened, and if anything can be done to prevent teen bullying deaths.


4. Road Rage Fight In LA (GRAPHIC Video)

2,044,898 views, published on 6/21/12 on The Young Turks

Three Los Angeles men were arrested in relation to a videotaped freeway fistfight inspired by road rage — two are suspected of beating and kicking a man who was later arrested on suspicion of being involved in a similar altercation last month…Ana Kasparian, Cenk Uygur, Steve Oh, and Hermela Aregawi discuss on The Young Turks.


3. Forced to Masturbate for College Class?

2,225,486 views, published on 7/8/12 on TYT University

Students were forced to masturbate, write detailed sexual fantasy journals, and reveal details about their sexual past, homosexual experimentation, and other graphic sexual details for their Human Sexuality course, according to a lawsuit. John Iadarola and Ana Kasparian debate whether this lawsuit has merit, on TYT University.


2. Honey Boo Boo Child

3,650,742 views, published on 8/7/12 on The Young Turks

“The Toddlers & Tiaras star known as “Honey Boo Boo” after her personal catchphrase visited CNN’s Starting Point Tuesday morning to discuss her new reality series and to debut a whole new slogan soon to be seen emblazoned on crop tops all across this great nation…”.* Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur break it down on The Young Turks.


1. Bus Driver Uppercuts Female Passenger (Video)

3,689,557 views, published on 10/12/12 on The Young Turks

Ana Kasparian and Steve Oh break down the violent incident, why it shouldn’t have happened, and why some people are defending the driver.


Tell us in the comment section below what your favorite clip of 2012 was.

Watch Cenk Uygur, Lawrence Lessig, Trevor Potter and more LIVE this Saturday (Nov. 17th) at 1pm PST on The Young Turks LiveStream.

Cenk will be moderating a panel called: Legislative v. Constitutional Remedies: The potential and limits of legislative solutions from 1:00 – 2:15 pm PST with Trevor Potter (former FEC Commissioner – lawyer to Stephen Colbert’s SuperPAC), Lawrence Lessig (Harvard Law School), and Trent Lange (California Clean Money Campaign)

RSVP to this event by Clicking Here 

The Money out of Politics Conference at UCLA can be watched live all day starting at 10:45am PST until 9:15pm on The Young Turks Live-stream. 

Community Blog 11.13.12 – Get to Know Your Community Ambassador

TYT Army!

To those of you with children… You know when you host your kid’s birthday party, you are constantly reminded that there are plenty of other children who behave far worse than yours?

This bears no relevance to me, just thought I’d point that out.


Hello! My name is Kimani Wallace David (pronounced Key-mah-knee, or for those of you who appreciate IPA, it’s [kí.mɒ.ni]), your TYT Community Ambassador!

And I’m pretty damn excited.

Consider this my official self-introduction.

Kimani is a Kenyan name. More specifically, it is a Bantu name from the Kikuyu tribe, though I am not of Kikuyu blood, not that it matters. I turned 23 years old on September 30th, 2012. I know, to many of you I am a little kid. I accept that. I have a lot to learn. That said, I also have a lot to offer.

I was born to a drug-addled mother in San Pablo, California in 1989. I say this not to garner sympathy, but it does serve as a reminder that some of us are born on base (Romney) and others are born in the dugout. Immediately after birth, I was handed over to CPS and subsequently the nightmare of the California foster care system. I was eventually adopted by two very loving, very strict, and very religious parents and moved to a small town called Foresthill, also in California. Now, I live in Los Angeles after living in Santa Cruz, San Jose, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Sacramento, Rocklin, Auburn, and Foresthill. Through this short journey, I learned to question… well, everything.

The first time I was transferred under the foster care system. My foster parents and sister, shown here, eventually adopted me into their family. I was very fortunate.

How I met my mother.

I graduated from the University of California: Santa Cruz (Class of 2012) with a BA in Film and Digital Media Production, a minor in Linguistics, an AS in Behavioral Science, and an AA in Liberal Arts.

My best friend and I on the day I graduated from college.

I’d like to explain my political philosophy and talk about how I came to be with The Young Turks (both as a fan and as an employee).

I consider myself a socialist libertarian. I believe that only pure purpose of government is to provide for the general welfare of the citizenry and to protect the civil rights of said citizenry. That’s it. So, when the government operates outside of those two basic functions, I am fundamentally against any actions taken.

Get inside my head for a minute.

A minute example of this is California’s seatbelt law: requiring car manufacturers to have some sort of safety restraint in their product is fine, but requiring the citizen to wear them is outside of the responsibility of the government.

A grander example of this is the USA’s penchant for war and by proxy, corporate imperialism. I feel that we have had one good reason to engage in war on a foreign front, and that reason was Pearl Harbor. I find it utterly shameful that the USA continually perpetuates it’s own collapse by ignoring our domestic issues in favor of attempting to control international interests. Rome wasn’t built in a day, sure, but it didn’t take long for that empire to fall apart.

That said, my world view is still under construction.

In regards to my ethnicity, I do believe that ethnic solidarity is important. I am Kenyan and French Creole by blood; my dad, however, is from Honduras and is what is now termed as ‘Black, not African.’ The appropriate term for his ethnicity is Carib, though that is not the colloquialism nowadays.

My father was a civil engineer.

My mother is of English and German descent (níe Barnes). She is a huge fan of Tea Party politics. No, I am not joking. Her religion is a big part of her life.

Which is weird, because she used to be a borderline flower girl in the late 60s.

The first time I became aware that black people were considered different than white was in second grade, or the summer following. I had just seen the movie Toy Story, and my 7-year old self was incredibly excited. My mother bought me some cowboy boots, a vest, and a hat from a goodwill so I could pretend to be Woody. (I was 7. Times were different. Calm down).

Big fan of Disney back in the day.

Our neighbor ran a daycare, and they would always let me come over and play on their playground equipment. The day after I received my Woody outfit, I was over there in the full garb, running around the swingset like a maniac (which is a little weird – my mom didn’t let us eat much sugar).

One of the older kids, Nico (he was in 5th grade, so 10 or 11) confronted me about my clothes. At this time, I was swinging on the swingset, and he had grabbed the chain as I was going by. He laughed, said something to the effect of “Who are you trying to be?”

Then he told me that blacks couldn’t be cowboys. Cowboy boots were for white people. So I did what any bad 7-year old would do and I kicked him, or at least tried to. I was still on the swing and obviously didn’t think my strategy through. He rewarded my feeble attempt with a fist to my forehead, knocking me off the swing set. He jumped on top of me and kept hitting and kicking me. The neighbors weren’t supervising us, so this went on for a while. I must have been crying loudly, because my mother came outside and saw what was happening. She shrieked and stormed down to the playground, causing Nico to run off. He actually lived down the street by 8 or 9 houses, so I assume he went back there.

I remember the pain, but I also remember being confused. Needless to say, my family had many a problem with his (like father, like son in Nico’s case). I hope he’s learned something by now. At the very least, I hope he’s learned that there were black cowboys indeed.

My life has gone quite well considering how many alternative routes there could have been. I grew up in a lower-middle class home in a mountain town in California of 4,000 people. Foresthill. I was one of five or six kids in the town that wasn’t white.

I became a fan of TYT in 2008, when I was looking for any news media source that wasn’t bullshit. I was taking a sociology class in junior college (the professor of which was the daughter of the Sacramento Kings sign lady for those of you who are really in tune with the NBA) and I had realized that the mainstream media was driven by corporate interests. I wanted no part. During the election cycle, right after McCain had chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate, I discovered TYT. I had been trying, like so many others, to find out who Sarah Palin was.

I found this video and never looked back.

I thought TYT’s perspective appropriately meshed with my own views, and they weren’t malicious about their treatment of Palin. TYT became my main news outlet that day.

When Cenk posted a video asking for someone from the ranks to step up and apply for this position of Community Ambassador, I decided to throw my hat in the ring. I moved to the LA area a month after I graduated. I had 300 dollars in my bank account having maneuvered my way through my collegiate experience working for my education with no outside support.

So I was very available for employment. I annoyed the shit out of Aaron until I was able to get an interview with him. He passed me on to Steve Oh, who I learned was NOT the audio guy. For whatever reason, they liked me enough to hire me!

I’m here. For you guys.

I want to be your resource, your insider. I am always available to answer any non-technical questions via [email protected] or via my twitter, @kimaniWdavid. And we can really talk about anything!

Thanks for reading, TYT members. Damn pleased to meet you all!
~Kimani W. David, your TYT Community Ambassador

Enjoy the cuteness of my niece and nephew (I’m unbearable with how cute I think they are):

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