Friday, 5 September 2014

YOU REALLY HAVE TO WONDER AT THE ACTIONS OF SOME PEOPLE...


Martin from the Libations has just emailed me. It appears that the Youtube video of Caledonia was hacked causing all sorts of problems. 
Here is what he says about it on the Facebook page:

"On Monday, the day after we made it into the Scottish top 40, The Libations appear to have come under a malicious cyber attack by an unknown party. Our Facebook page was suddenly beset by around 1000 mysterious new followers from around the world and simultaneously our YouTube video was swamped with views from a bot attack breaching youtube rules, causing Youtube to automatically remove the video breaking all links on media and social networks and resetting views and comments.

"This appears to have been a sophisticated effort to remove our video and prevent Caledonia being seen and shared. The mind boggles!

"We have appealed to youtube and await the video being restored - they were just following standard procedure to prevent synthetic boost of viewing figures and were therefore as much a victim of this attack as us.

"We're hurt and frankly a bit frightened by this episode so we simply want to put it behind us.


"Please keep spreading the word needed to get this record to the top of the charts."
OK. Martin has made it very clear that he doesn't want this (instead of food banks) to become the story.

Inasmuch as it matters what I think, I agree with him. 

Some people whine and make a fuss when things go wrong. Others repair the damage and get on with doing what they are doing. The Libations are in the second category.

You have to wonder quietly to yourself, though, who the hell would want to damage the success of a charity record? Someone who likes to see kids starve?

Anyway, in accordance with the Libations' wishes, we'll move on.

Although Youtube refused to reinstate the original video with its thousands of views, likes and comments, the guys have reuploaded it.

I think it would be nice if we could visit the page, like, and if possible, comment.
For those who are visiting here for the first time, the song has been released to raise money for Food Banks in Scotland. Over a thousand pounds has already been donated, and there will be more to come. 

As Martin said, the song charted at #16 just before the cyber attack.

Anyone who wishes to buy it can find it here or here at the exceptionally generous price of 79p!

26 comments:

  1. Proud to support these guys and their campaign

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    1. Thanks you. I know that the guys (who are close confidants of no less than Munguin himself) really appreciate the support they get from this, and other pages.

      They aren't just top rate musicians and decent people trying to help. They are also truly friendly guys. I spent a part of last Saturday afternoon with them. It was a joy.

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  2. Great version of a great song for a great cause and I've downloaded it. What more can I say. Sorry I can't comment directly on their web page

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    1. Great Weegie. No problem. If you aren't on Youtube, you can't comment. Thanks for the download. It's a great version, isn't it?

      The most important thing is to sell the disc and get money for the hungry. I just thought it was a shame that they lost so many lovely comments from the cyber attack.

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  3. I absolutely LOVE this song. It is being downloaded as I speak, sorry type this. ;-)

    Much as I love Flower of Scotland as our National Anthem I am more and more coming round to two, probably over simplistic ideas.

    1) Caledonia should become our new National Anthem after independence

    2) After independence we should change Scotland's name back to its original name of ... wait for it ... Caledonia! :-)

    Just a couple of weird, off the wall, outside the box thinking there Tris. LOL

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    1. Well, I' was thinking that we'd have a 'write in' after next Friday, to see what people thought about a National Anthem.

      The thing is, that I was just thinking the other day as Caledonia went round in my head, that it would be interesting to change the name back, or to Alba.

      Hmmm. Weird?

      You and me too!

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    2. Funnily enough Tris, I was also thinking of Alba as an alternative to Caledonia. To be honest either one would suit me. ;-)

      We ARE going to win this referendum, make NO mistake. I'm just back from the YES stall in Gretna and the vibes were tremendous. We only had 6 grumpy Noes all the time we were there everyone else was so positive it was unbelievable!

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    3. I did have everything that could be crossed Tris but not any more. I'm glowing with so much pride inside it really is causing me so much trouble trying to keep my confidence in check and retain a balanced view of anything any more. LOL

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    4. Well I hope you are right Arbroath. I've been delivering yes papers and one suited guy came over to me and said "No anti-British material through my door" I smiled sweetly and thanked him for returning it. I think he was rather crestfallen I didn't rise to it!!

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    5. That's the whole point PP we are always polite when they confront us with their feeble attempts to get us to rise up and they can not handle it. LOL

      My partner had something similar recently as well. The wee wifie came out and claimed if her husband was still alive we'd all be shot for being traitors. When politely asked who was fighting for Scotland and therefore who is the traitor she turned tail and marched off in the huff. LOL

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    6. LOL Yes. Well done PP. A woman told me today to go F myself, I smiled and said... Oh, well, I guess that's a no... because I couldnt think of a snappier comment. I wanted to keep it polite. I could think of plenty rude things to say, but nothing polite.

      It's hard. I've been called a traitor too, by an old man. I just said, "you're entitled to you opinion, sir". Old geezers like to be called sir.

      There's no point in arguing with that kind of thing.

      Of course, I might well return BT correspondence because it is anti Scottish, so I can't blame anyone for doing the opposite. But having your husband shoot people as traitors... well, she might find that that was illegal and her husband would go away for a long time.

      I think I may have mentioned that I met an ex colleague who said she was voting no, because she couldnt stand Alex Salmond. She thought he was up to something. I tried the tested "Do you like David Cameron? Don't you think he's up to something?" tack. She refused to debate it. I've completely given up on her. If she can't see that Cameron and Salmond are "here today, gone tomorrow politicians" then she's simply too dim to argue with. So move on and talk about how good the coffee is or how her old mum's getting on, and forget the grown up stuff.

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  4. Tris, tried to post a link to this @ WoS, couldn't. Most annoying.

    More shennanigans.

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    1. I dunno Conan. It's weird. All the lads are doing is trying to raise money for starving families.

      It's a weird thing to try to stop, and it would take a special kind of ass to want to spoil that.

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  5. As I said we have downloaded this and I will go over and add another comment. I love this song and would much prefer this as a new anthem. I cannot really stand the dirge that is Flower of Scotland.
    When I told Hubby what they had done he said, what are they so afraid of to do that to a song issued for Charity. Pretty bad I would say.

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    1. I like FoS. I loved hearing it at the Games,

      But I'm not sure that we want an anthem that is so anti English.

      It seems that this is a bit like stealing a charity box out of a shop.

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  6. Munguin I am angry at this, I know how hard these guys worked and to lose their hard won place in the chart is beyond bad.

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    1. Hopefully the chart position will maintain, because they didn't mess with Amazon or iTunes, but they may have lost momentum because of the reduction in publicity.

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  7. The state seem to have some rotten folk damaging a site raising money for our own hungry. We all help in any way we can and Scots are a most generous lot when the cause is just.

    Nice to see the video back up and now i can go and post links to everyone and push for a NO1 hit.

    Darren , the singer has a wee page up on google plus , great reviews and more songs to give a listen too.


    https://plus.google.com/u/0/110700575388444869481/posts?cfem=1

    Great pics from party at the palace.

    great stuff Tris. and a big thanks to all at Munguins .

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    1. Go for it Richy.

      Thanks for the link to Darren's page.

      Once again it's a pleasure to do our little bit to help.

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    2. The Beitish State only cares for its standing in the world only not for much longer as the people are waking up.

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    3. I wonder if the Sun editor will take that as a hint that he should start supporting independence...

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  8. If you spot any Wings posters in Dundee, i deny all responsibility for fly posting. I also deny handing in some to the Dundee Yes shop.
    I claim the Lamont defence. A big boy did it and ran away. :-)

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    1. It wouldn't have occurred to us that it was anything to do with you at all.

      Goodness... as if!!!

      Actually Munguin himself donated a little bit and got himself an "Alert Reader" badge.

      Anyway... when are BT going to apologise to Tesco form trying to put them out of business by suggesting that their prices were going to rise, when they are not?

      And why do BT hate Tesco?

      Have they got shares in Sainsbury? Isn't Lord Sainsbury a Labour OAP in the Lards?

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  9. An attack of the cyber-no's or more likely GCHQ

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    1. You just really can't rule anything out when you are dealing with a state that goes to war, kills hundreds of thousands and leave chaos in its wake knowing that they reason they gave was a pack of lies.

      I wouldn't believe them if they said the sky was up.

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