I think I’m finally back, after a long pause, posting on this blog. I’m still not healed from the brown recluse spider bite which I suffered on September 03, 2013 but the pain is more tolerable and I can focus a bit more.

I derive no joy from writing about Google Chrome after such a long pause but it’s been hard to even find the sites and pages of the most popular sites like YouTube and Yahoo using this browser.

It seems that for the last few months, if not for longer, Google Chrome has a hard time finding Yahoo, YouTube and really any other site. It’s not happening all the time but at least as often, if not more often, than not.

Getting “This Page Is Not Available” when going to YouTube or Yahoo repeatedly is no fun. Nor is it fun getting “Resolving Host” when going to these sites that lasts what seems like forever.

If these things are caused by something else than Google Chrome, which is not entirely impossible, I’d like to know what it is. I do not experience this when I use Firefox almost at all. When there is a problem while using Firefox these days it’s then really almost always a problem with the internet service provider which I can tell by not being able to get to the internet at all.

I’ve heard from other people that Chrome is not working properly for them either. They too have to revert to Firefox quite often.

Another thing that is making Google Chrome incredibly slow at times is waiting for fonts google apis or for ajax google apis. There could be more reasons but the bottom line is that Google Chrome just doesn’t cut it anymore as it used to. It is getting increasingly hard to use. Even if it worked properly it would still be significantly slower than Firefox.

If you too are having similar problems with Google Chrome, I’d like to know. Please mention it in your comment.

You Can Hear Me Sing – Play Instruments

That’s right. As you may or may not know I do play the guitar, harmonica and sometimes ukulele for fun and I also sing for fun. This hobby kept me out of trouble as a youngster and now when I was in incredible pain for months due to the brown recluse spider bite the hobby helped a great deal to maintain my sanity. I could hardly do anything because of the pain but somehow while singing and playing the instruments I was able to partly forget about the pain. All the voices in the two videos below are mine.

In the first video I sing a well known song and as I was recording it I was thinking of all the people that had been so helpful during my affliction. I dedicated the song to them.

In the second video I sing a song dedicated to my Mom. It’s a song by Demis Roussos called Magdalena which happens to be my Mom’s name. To me she’s the Best Mom In The World.

I look forward to your comments on Google Chrome or even my videos and the music in them. Cheers.

Authored by Vance Sova

It’s true. You can get a spider bite in BC. A recluse spider bite. Recluse spiders are extremely poisonous. I got bitten by one, most likely the brown recluse spider, on September 03, 2013 at about 5:45 p.m. and almost 3 months later the resulting wound is still open, my foot and leg is very swollen and I can’t walk nor can I fit my injured foot into any shoe because it’s so big and also painful and sensitive.

The video further down the page shows me walking by the use of crutches 17 days after the spider bite. The doctor at the walk in clinic to which I went 17 days after being bitten and 3 days after being (ill)treated at the hospital was very pleasant and did his best to help.

His attitude was a million times better than what I found inside the hospital emergency. The reception at the hospital emergency was OK but the emergency itself is another story.

At this point I want to express my immense gratitude to my good and dear friends one of which took me to the clinic and another to the hospital. They continue to give me rides to doctors appointments as I cannot drive because of the injury.

One of my friends also took this video of me. He should have held the smart phone horizontally to get a full screen picture but I didn’t notice how he held it and he’s not a video person. I’m grateful for at least this level of video but if you don’t like the format I don’t blame you and I apologize.

In the video I suggest to everyone to kill spiders on sight. It’s up to you what you do with them. I used to often carefully take them out to spare their life. At least at this point, still unable to walk and in pain I can’t even do that even if I wanted to. When my foot is back to normal I may get over it and release the spiders that I find in the house alive.

I’m now more skilled in walking with the crutches. I just got them when the video was taken by my friend. If you get a laugh out of watching me struggling to walk with them that’s OK.

Watch the video below to see how a spider bite can disable a person:

Hospital Emergency Treat Spider Bites

With Antibiotics.

That’s All They do.

It takes 6 weeks to several months to get to see a specialist In BC.

I went to a hospital emergency 2 weeks after being bitten. The reason for the delay in going there was that I read on the internet that hospitals don’t really help with this kind of injury and in some cases have made matters much worse. (Yes, to the point of starting to discuss amputation).

It was only because of my wife and friends who were pleading with me to go to the hospital that I finally went there.

The experience at the hospital emergency in British Columbia was, on the whole, at least as horrible as you can imagine. I won’t go into everything that happened there right now, except that all those internet sites describing what happens to a person going to a hospital emergency with this kind of injury were right when they said that the only thing a person is given there is antibiotics.

There is no anti-poison or anti-venom for the brown recluse spider bite and it is precisely the poison or the venom from the spider that does the damage.

(I took the video of my foot which you can see just below yesterday, December 03,2013, exactly three months after the spider bite. What you see there is the spider venom damage, there is no infection.)

And the damage is severe. The spider venom which is very similar to snake venom basically liquifies the body tissues that it gets to. It turns them into mush. The venom eats through you and leaves a lot of damage destroying your veins, skin and flesh.

Although there are people who know how to treat brown recluse spider bites, they are apparently not to be found in BC and in fact in most hospitals in North America the treatment that apparently works is not used and it is often denied even when asked for.

People that know how to treat these bites are usually vets and they are in the United States in the states where these spiders commonly live. It seems that the brown recluse spiders are now living well beyond these known areas in places where they are not supposed to live, like in BC and California.

The problem in the states where the spiders are acknowledged to live and even more so in BC is, that medical doctors are largely ignorant about how to treat these spider bites effectively.

Worse yet, they won’t listen to anybody who refers them to the information about a treatment that has been done with good results. So even in the United States it is very likely that the doctor, the hospital emergency you’ll visit, will only give you antibiotics and nothing else.

While antibiotics can prevent an infection, they are totally useless when it comes to neutralizing or getting rid of the poison which  the spider has injected.

In BC the hospital emergency gave me an antibiotic drip and a prescription for a week’s supply of oral antibiotics, saying that I should come or go for another antibiotic drip the next day.

The doctor at the hospital emergency was the only doctor there and being very busy refused to look at the treatment that tens of people have had a success with and that I was asking for.

She promised to look at it the next day. I doubt that she looked at it as there is a different doctor in the emergency every day and, of course, I was never contacted by her to be told that she looked at it or anything else.

I was convinced that I had no infection from the spider bite and that was confirmed by the labs results after 4 days in which no bacterial growth from the swab test was found.

By the way the blood test showed a lower count of white blood cells than normal which any doctor should know means that there is no infection. High count of white blood cells would indicate the opposite.

But I was pumped with antibiotics anyway and was told to get another drip of them the next day.

There must be good money from antibiotics. Just one week’s supply of the oral prescription of them cost around $40.

Anyway, here I am, 3 months less 2 days since suffering the spider bite and after visiting a hospital emergency and making 4 or 5 visits to doctors I have not experienced any helpful results.

The last visit was with a specialist. The waiting time to get to the specialist was more than 6 weeks.

The specialist that I really wanted to see was booking for January and February of next year.

I am very sorry to have to write about the disturbing fact here, which is that the Health Care in British Columbia, Canada, the BC Medical system can’t treat spider bites in the 21st century.

Perhaps in the Middle Ages the level of care and treatment could not have been much worse.

I hope that you’ll never get a spider bite and should you be as unfortunate as me in this case and suffer the affliction, I hope that you’ll find a doctor who is not ignorant about how to treat it.

I strongly suggest that you go to a hospital emergency right away but make sure you ask them how they will treat the spider bite. If the only thing they offer you is antibiotics I suggest, if you believe that your wound is not infected, that you leave right away and find somewhere else where they can treat it properly.

Otherwise you’ll end up like me being injured and unable to walk for months. It will be 3 months on December 03, 2013 since I was bitten. The specialist told me that it will be many more months before the wound heals and I can walk again. He refused to tell me how many months.

By the way, the hospital emergency kicked me out of the hospital close to midnight and I had to ask them 3 times to at least bandage my wound before I go. They were telling me to leave with the open wound uncovered.

I won’t relate the whole story but the male nurse that was giving me the antibiotics drip infected my hand with the needle which he touched after spitting into his hand and then used it to pierce the vein in my left hand several times but he wasn’t successful in placing it into the vein firmly.

As he was trying to make the vein pop up and to get bigger, he hit my hand in the area of the vein several times with a dull object. Finally he succeeded finding a vein that was able to fix the needle in on my right arm, on the other side of the elbow.

There is more to the story but I’ll leave it out as it contains more horrible behavior by the male nurse and the other staff there.

I have finally decided to speak up about this because nobody that I encounter has ever heard of this kind of a spider bite in BC. People are shocked and can’t believe that the injury can be so severe and that the medical system is totally helpless and ignorant about how to properly treat it.

I am doing this in order to make people aware and hopefully to help them to take a more informed action. My experience has so far taught me that the system as such doesn’t care.

You can’t just go to a specialist. You have to be referred to him or her by another doctor. And when you are referred to them, it takes many weeks but more often several months before that specialist sees you.

That kind of time frame is useless, unhelpful and downright dangerous with a spider bite injury. All the damage will be done by that time.

The medical system, at least the way I experienced it in BC with this injury is totally useless and doesn’t really care about your health and well being.

I wish you all good health and to never need the services of the health care system.

Now it’s time for you to comment on what you’ve just read and seen in the video above.

Have you ever heard of poisonous spider bites in the area where you live?

If so, how were they treated? How was the person suffering the bite affected?

What do you think of the health care or medical system in the country, state or province where you live?

For the sake of all people who have never heard of poisonous spider bites in North America and elsewhere where the climate is not tropical, please share this post by liking it on Facebook, tweeting it, G+ ing it and bookmarking it on your favorite site or two.


Authored by Vance Sova


YouTube Video Thief Is Making Money With AdSense On Stolen Videos

Right now on October 09, 2013 a thief of well over 500 YouTube videos re-uploaded to YouTube is making money with AdSense ads on them. All or most of the stolen videos were re-uploaded 2 weeks ago. It could be close to 3 weeks ago since YouTube is not exact on that unless you go deeper and look for the upload date details.

Right now YouTube owned by Google is supporting the thief. My question is why with all the algorithms they can’t detect and check out a channel to which hundreds of videos have been uploaded within a day or even a week.

Since it’s near impossible, more impossible than even remotely possible to contact YouTube and Google and get any reply from them, video thieves appear in fact to be supported more than the video creators who are being robbed.

I am the original video creator and I am being robbed right now.

Over 500 of my videos have been stolen from YouTube and re-uploaded to YouTube.

I have tried to contact YouTube. Going to YouTube and to their help page is largely useless in this case. There is a form they have where you can list one by one the videos that have been stolen from you and re-uploaded. You have to fill out a lot of details and check out that you agree with everything that they warn you about.

Then you have to list each video URL that was stolen and illegally re-uploaded. Try that with almost 600 videos. You also have to add the URL of your original video. It’s a time consuming run around when that many videos are involved.

There is no slot or box in that form to add any remark, like being able to say that a particular channel has stolen all the videos that are in it.

Sending a suggestion to YouTube-Google is possible but you are warned that there will be no response.

Good luck with sending an email to them to any of their email addresses. I have done that and so far have never received any response. Will it be different this time?

I have received an automated reply that they have received my email with a warning that most likely I’ll receive no other response from them and that I should seek help through their help page. It’s an endless loop and it shows that they care very little if at all.

In the meantime Google is sharing the money that the thief is making from my videos. The thief gets about 70% and Google 30%. Something like that anyway.

I will update this post when I see some action taken on this by YouTube-Google.

I’m not holding my breath though. If they do nothing for longer than 3 or 4 days I will mention that in the update.

Update: October 10, 2013

I have tweeted Matt Cutts of Google at 11:41 a.m. PT. You can see the tweet below:

@mattcutts YouTube-Goofgle supports YT video thief making money with AdSense on stolen videos. Can you do something about that?

I made a typo and somehow I missed that until the tweet went already out. I typed Goofgle instead of Google. It was unintentional but when I noticed it it actually made me giggle. They do goof at times don’t they?

Then at 10:45 a.m. Pacific Time I tweeted YouTube at the suggestion of Glenn who commented on this post.You can see the tweet below. Notice that I have now typed Google instead of Goofgle. That tweet you can see below:

@YouTube YouTube-Google supports YT video thief making money with AdSense on stolen videos. Can you do something about that?

If you want to help, please find those tweets and re-tweet them. You could even copy them and send them to @mattcutts and @YouTube so that they will get the message for sure.

My email to YouTube which I sent late afternoon yesterday and to which I got automated response that they received it has not otherwise been responded to yet.

Update October 11, 2013: I have sent email to 2 more YouTube email addresses and one AdSense email address. From two of them I received automatic reply that they don’t respond by email. From one YouTube address I have yet not received any reply, not even an automatic one which I took as a good sign since from all the other 3 addresses the automatic reply came immediately.

At around 12:30 PT I left a voice mail message on a YouTube phone number with a perpetual voice mail that no-one can answer the phone right now and that you’ll be served faster by going to their website. Right, you can enter the perpetual loop there.

While I was chatting on Facebook with a friend about this horror story she discovered that the thief’s YouTube channel was just suspended. That’s a great news. I don’t know yet what helped to shut the thief down. I have not heard from anybody so far.

I suspect it was one of my emails that finally got read by a person at YouTube or Google.

It could have also come about as a response to my phone message. They have not called me but they can find out what my account is by the phone number I left. In the message I described the problem and they then could have checked it out and take action.

I have also replied to one of Matt Cutt’s tweets but I doubt that he did anything. If he did I think he’d let it be known.

I want to thank everybody, to all my friends and strangers that were helpful with their tweets, Facebook likes, doing bookmarking of my post etc. I am very grateful to you for caring.

If and when I find out how my message got through to YouTube-Google I will post it inside this post under another update. All my readers deserve to know what, if anything, works in this case.

If you have a YouTube channel, please be very attentive and watchful to make sure nobody is stealing your videos. I have found my own videos copied, stolen and re-uploaded to YouTube with AdSense ads on them. These stolen videos were in some cases placed above my original videos even though the thief had no descriptions for them. The only reason why the stolen videos were above my original videos, some of which were uploaded years ago and have tens of thousands views, is probably the fact that the thief put AdSense ads on them and Google was sharing the profits with him. (My own AdSense account was disabled by lovely Google because some hater click-bombed my channel for a day or two. The two appeals that I made got only canned automated negative response).

The thief stole 571 of my videos and re-uploaded them to YouTube within a day or a maximum of a week. It boggles my mind that YouTube-Google doesn’t watch for this. Google punishes websites that add content too quickly and yet the same Google who owns YouTube can’t detect a channel that has just opened and that uploads hundreds of videos per day.

Then Google profits from the AdSense ads that are put on the stolen videos.

Through my investigation of this and trying to get hold of YouTube or Google I have found again that getting in touch with support at this huge company is getting worse. It is virtually an impossibility.

For example the YouTube email partner-support@youtube.com will send you an automatic reply saying that they no longer reply to emails sent there.

There is a link in that automated email through which I found that even if you are a YouTube partner, you cannot get email support unless your channel is getting over 15,000 hours of views in 90 days. That works out to be 7 hours of views for each hour, 24 hours a day. Most YouTube channels and YouTube partners are thus ignored and can’t get any email support from YouTube. That is a very sad state of affairs at YouTube-Google.


Below is the continuation of my post which I wrote initially before the updates.

In the meantime YouTube-Google are supporting the thief and placing the videos which were stolen from me in the recommended videos on other peoples channels and in the search results and on the right hand side below the videos that people are watching, sometimes higher in the results then my original videos. That is because I do not have AdSense ads on my videos and the thief has placed AdSense ads on the videos stolen from me.

YouTube-Google is thus in a partnership with the YouTube video thief. They probably aren’t doing it knowingly but the fact is that they are doing it right now.

What do you think about the state of the affairs with YouTube-Google? Do you think this is right, the way Google makes it impossible to be communicated with and how they ignore people?

Did you ever get any other reply from Google or YouTube other than an automated canned reply which is useless?

Why do you think it is that Google punishes honest people for no reason and rewards thieves, like in this case and commits other injustices in spite of their motto “Do no evil”?

What could be done to make YouTube-Google come to their senses and to start treating honest people correctly and to stop partnering with thieves?

Please add any other thoughts and suggestions and like this post on Facebook, google+ it, tweet it, bookmark it and send the link to it by email to your friends who care.

The more people know about this and express their views the better chance that things will change.

Evil should not triumph over YouTube-Google for obvious reasons and also because of their motto “Do no evil” which they may have stopped using by now. Otherwise it will be very similar to what was happening not so long ago when evil totalitarian states were calling themselves democratic.

Will you like this on Facebook, google+ it tweet it etc? Please do.


Authored by Vance Sova

Smart Phones May Not Display Videos With Old YT Embed Code

Just a few days ago I’ve noticed that the latest video which I had uploaded to YouTube and later embedded on my blog wasn’t being displayed on my smart phone. All other videos embedded on my blog were displaying normally at the same time as the newest one was not. Weird.

I suspected that something was wrong with the code, perhaps I made a mistake in copying and pasting it. So I did it again just to make sure the mistake was not mine. But the same result occurred.

The video was displaying in all browsers on desk top computers but not in smart phones.

I started suspecting that perhaps it was the old embed code which I have been using until then with no ill effect. But why would all other videos on my blog display normally, they too were embedded using the old embed code and the latest embedded video would not?

The answer to that question can only be guessed, projected and theorized. Maybe YouTube and Google know but they aren’t talking to anyone.

The fact is that when I replaced the embed code of the latest video from the old one to the new, the video was being displayed on smart phones.

If you are embedding YouTube videos on your blog or your website and have been using the old embed code out of habit or because you thought that it was better, perhaps it’s time to switch to using the new embed code for you too if you want to be sure that your videos will be displayed on mobile devices.

While my story above may not seem to make sense, it is a true story. Reality is often stranger than fiction. Why all the videos but one would display in smart phones using the same type of code is a mystery.

I will now embed the same video, using the new embed code and then the old embed code.

If, for some reason, both videos will display on smart phones then the mystery will deepen and I may then delete one of them and write below what happened.

The video shows Greek food at a Greek Cypriot restaurant in Richmond BC:

Video embedded with new YouTube embed code:

Same video as above embedded with old YouTube embed code:

The second video using the old YouTube embed code is indeed not showing on my smart phone. Is it showing on yours?

Update: August 31 and September 01, 2013: I have now confirmed beyond the shadow of a doubt that the videos that had been uploaded prior to a couple of weeks ago and embedded with the old YouTube embed code are displayed on smart phones. However, any more recently uploaded videos that were embedded with the use of the old embed code are not displaying on smart phones.

Somebody pointed out to me that the old embed code means that the videos are flash videos and that flash videos don’t display on iPhones, for example. But the fact is that the YouTube videos embedded with the old embed code until recently are displayed on smart phones such as the iPhone and they are flash videos too.

But recently uploaded videos embedded with the old embed code aren’t, such as the second video in this post. Just check it out on your smart phone.

Please leave a comment. Maybe you never dreamed of using the old embed code and you think I was crazy for using it. Maybe you have been using the old embed code and have never realized a video may not be displayed in mobile phone. Let me know.

Tweet this post, like it on Facebook, G+ it, spread it any way you can in order to enable others to see it and to comment on it.


Authored by Vance Sova