Smokescreen 2012

A Re-Make of the Baz Luhrmann Spoken-Word Song "Sunscreen"

 As of July 23, 2012 (9am)
Smokescreen 2012 Viewed By Over 37,000
Video Rise Continues Despite Suspected YouTube Manipulation
As video approaches 30,000 hits, nearly 1% of Americans will have watched.

Smokescreen 2012

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YouTube Puts Breaks On Video, Trends Suggest Manipulation
Initial Viewing Trends Cause Question Over YouTube Hit-Counter Accuracy
NewsFocus Op/Ed, by Tim Watts - 052512

As of this writing, it has been five full days since the video was released on May 20th. Even though the views have exceeded well over 3,000 per day early on, they are still holding at an average of 2,000 per day over the long haul. Nevertheless, there is a suspicion that the numbers from YouTube are not as they appear, but are possibly many times higher than what is being reported.

This is a common thread in the YouTube community. We are not the first to question the way YouTube handles its viewing hits. Do a Google search for YouTube view count wrong and you will see what I mean.

One thing is pretty obvious, ascertaining accurate viewing hits is a total crapshoot with YouTube. When you go to the YouTube search window and type in Smokescreen 2012, you will see the number of viewing hits in the description, but when you go to the video, the number is seldom ever the same, and can be up or down from the YouTube search description, by a lot!

YouTube will weakly try to say that the discrepancy is due to the fact that their viewing hit counter cannot keep up with the overload of traffic. Hmmmm... let's think about that one. They seem to be able to keep up with the latest viral videos with stupid people stunts, or anything at all to do with sex or scantily clad girls, but for some reason they can't handle the volume of viewing hits for truth videos?


For one thing, the number of hits that they are reporting are not enough to overwhelm their view counters, so what then is the real story? Censorship?

If the hits are overwhelming the YouTube view counters, the resulting numbers that are being reported so far do not back up, nor support that claim.

With the help of three very prominent websites, we tested the video counter after each site uploaded a version of the video to their domain. Once posted, we tracked the hits. The initial hits are quite frequent, best described in internet circles as "viral." The initial average has been 150 to 200 viewings within the first 20 minutes, sometimes more, but then strangely enough, every site has had a sudden unnatural drop-off in viewing numbers after their debut with the video, as if the numbers were being throttled back.

Viral videos do not just start out hot and then stop cold instantly. That just doesn't happen.

At this point, it takes many hours for YouTube to report new viewing numbers. They show the numbers increasing in moderate amounts, but nothing overwhelming to their system, so why won't YouTube update the hit counter for these videos after every single play?

Don't think for one minute that they can't. Their own historical trending research proves that they can keep updated with the view counters, but for some strange reason they supposedly can't keep up with a few websites that they show to be adding but a few thousand hits per day.

The YouTube (and Google) juggernaut can't keep up with that kind of traffic? Really?

Perhaps the numbers are far higher than what Google is reporting? Perhaps they are coming in huge streaming bursts. That might explain the four to six hour lag between updates, because they are physically adjusting the numbers. Who really knows? Only the folks at Google and YouTube. The fact that they can keep up with other highly viral videos, but can't keep up with this one is suspicious for many reasons.

Commenting also appears to have been shut down, or severely restricted. The sites with the most viewings have strangely enough had their comments frozen. Many sites have had no new comments for days, even though these YouTube sites continue to score numerous viewing hits.

Surely people are still commenting, but for some unknown reason, there are no more new comments on the largest viewed sites.

Why is this? Did people just quit talking or is Google saying they can't handle simple text from commenters?

One thing that is overwhelming about the comments though... they are 99.9% positive. That's an incredible testament to the effect that this video is having on people. It is clearly resonating with the populace and has proven itself to be viral in nature, capable of spreading quickly from system to system through email, and through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

The only way to affect a hot trending video is to restrict its viewership, or massage the hit counter, bumping the number of plays up or down, depending on the result desired. They can hack voting machine results, so does anyone really think they wouldn't manipulate YouTube viewing numbers, if it fulfilled an ideological agenda?

There are numerous video sites featuring this video. Below is just a small sampling.

To date, there are at least 70 websites that are writing about or featuring this video, plus, there are officially 25 YouTube channels that are now playing the video as well.

The top three sites are the ones that we tested against. These specific sites have the largest audiences by far, literally in the tens of thousands for daily readership.
 Websites Playing The Video

Video Link

 Views (Since 5/20) FJ YouTube Link 15,581
 TheFreedomLink FL YouTube Link 8,165 * IH YouTube Link  4,888
 NewsFocus.Org NF YouTube Link 1,037
 TubeWatcher TubeWatcher Link 837
 Folkvar2012 FV YouTube Link 2,400
 SeaTown001 * SW YouTube Link 460
 EyezOpenWyde EW YouTube Link 431
 TheLipperTube LP YouTube Link 418
 FreedomLink 2 F2 YouTube Link 457
 MeteDude MD YouTube Link 336
 LynnC83 LC YouTube Link 242
 BubbaKiah * BK YouTube Link 193
 GNut1980 * GN YouTube Link 160
 Cip1881 CP YouTube Link 153
 AkitOtheGeek AG YouTube Link 139
 NoLongeraTheory NL YouTube Link 236
 MJMProductions * MJ YouTube Link 124
 6Matt7 6M YouTube Link 95
 Chewbacca1978 CH_YouTube Link 88
 TimWatts58 TW YouTube Link 786
 GroundZeroLounge GZ YouTube Link 77
 VindexDoGood VX YouTube Link 55
 Anon1913 AN YouTube Link 49
 C1rcusMax1mus CM YouTube Link 81
 Chewbacca1978 CH YouTube Link 44
 No2Trolls567 * N2 YouTube Link 25
 Watchmannoyes * WM YouTube Link 25
 SkyStreak11 SS YouTube Link 38
 NewsFocus (Vimeo) + NF Vimeo Link 71
 B1uebott1e1Unplugged BB YouTube Link 91
 YahsServent144000 * YS YouTube Link 10
 TheQuantaLight QL YouTube Link 38
 World2Awakens4 W2 YouTube Link 204
 * Site pulled
 + Vimeo stifles stats, withholds Likes
 TOTAL VIEWS TO DATE: (5/20 to 7/23 9am)  37,434 Views

Add to this the fact that a Google search (the owner of YouTube) the first two days showed an initial posting of no less than 46 significant websites on the net, such as, The FreedomLink (YouTube channel),,,,,,,,,,,, the PrisonPlanet forum, and many other very high traffic sites, including overseas sites such as and

Again, over 46 significant websites picked up the video in the first two days alone.

On the third day, the Google search mysteriously changed from a fixed 50 page search to a 78 page search. Suddenly we could no longer find all the websites that were previously listed the two days before, however... what we did find were tons of hits for innocuous sites that never came up during the first two days of searching.

The only way to describe it would be if someone put the breaks on the search reference dealing with the Smokescreen 2012 video, while at the same time increasing the sensitivity on the keyword search term of  "smokescreen." The difference of the search on the third day was drastically different from the first two days.


Strangely enough, three new start up companies that deal specifically in counting YouTube video traffic have been bought up and then had their websites parked, as in, there is no more service. ( is one example.) The buy-out and elimination of sites that specifically count YouTube viewership is very interesting to note.

One could make the assumption that someone does not want you to have an idea on the live viewing stats of YouTube videos, or perhaps more importantly, the censorship that is alleged to exist, a charge supported by some industry insiders.

The purchase and parking of these video statistics websites is a damning indictment that just maybe indicates that there is an effort to prevent the public from knowing what truly is a "viral" video and what isn't.

It's all about censorship, disinformation and propaganda. If your message exposes a lie that threatens the powers that be, chances are your video will never be allowed to show its true traffic, or it is banned altogether.

As one ex-Microsoft executive explained, on the condition of anonymity, "It's their sandbox. They can set the rules any way they want. Is it ethical? Probably not."

So are we to believe that the internet Goliath of Google and YouTube, with all of their expensive high-tech computer mainframes and their hardened search algorithms can't get an essential key component of their service right, a simple viewership hit counter?

This is the company that our government granted an exemption to from strict federal rules that prohibit cookies to collect information from visitors to federal agency web sites, so their YouTube tracking cookies are pretty much allowed everywhere.

And YouTube tries to say that it doesn't have the means to keep up with its viewing?


Excuse me for pointing out the obvious... this is a critical statistic to keep track of, because the hit counter is clearly a vital key to validate and help support YouTube's business model.

Does anyone really believe that they disregard this number, or can't keep track of it?

While we're on that subject, how is it that YouTube has all but hidden the latest rendition of the Smokescreen video that was posted from yours truly, negating it in any YouTube searches, yet somehow they are able to post the three dead links for the early test videos that no longer exist on their server?

For a company whose bread and butter relies on the viewership of its content, it is unfathomable that such an enormously well financed company (owned by Google), with tremendous resources at its disposal, can't seem to keep track of the simple viewing counter that sustains their product. Very curious indeed.

When we see a video go viral with the initial hourly numbers that we've seen, yet then fall short when it comes to making the most viewed list on YouTube, while a video of some guy needing Facebook hits jumps to number one with over 200-thousand hits... well, we have to wonder if all of those posts circulating the net that criticize YouTube for censorship might have some foundation and merit after all.

More investigation is needed. We will continue to watch and monitor the statistics that come out of "GooTube." Watch this webpage for more information to come.

Update: This video was also posted on Vimeo and there are now glaring discrepancies there as well. With all of the overwhelming positive feedback from viewers on YouTube, it is quite curious to see no "likes" on Vimeo. It was reported early on that there were five immediate likes after posting the video, but strangely enough those have been pulled down. The fact that there are only 18 views, after being posted on the Occupy Oakland website, is quite curious indeed. Censorship lives in America. Nice to see the message threatened the powers that be so much that they had to resort to such lows as holding down the view count.

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NewsFocus Teams With Studio B For Classic Re-Make
Re-Make of the 1997 Baz Luhrmann Spoken-Word Hit, With A Modern Twist
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 050312

As one more way to reach people, NewsFocus, in conjunction with Studio B, has produced a re-make of the 1997 Baz Luhrmann hit record, "Sunscreen," but this time with an updated twist that deals with a government gone awry, the US police state and the New World Order. The Op/Ed re-make is titled "Smokescreen." The idea was to keep the tone and theme the same as the original, but with new verbiage that dealt with the world as we know it today.

Written and recorded by this author, the Studio B / NewsFocus re-mix features two backtracks that were merged together as one. The backing is the choral version of "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)," a 1991 song by Rozalla, used in the film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. The chorus, which also just happens to be from "Everybody's Free," is sung by Quindon Tarver.

The original was recorded by Australian film producer Luhrmann and narrated by Australian voiceover talent Lee Perry. It hit number 45 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was number one in the UK in 1999.

The source of the original song copy came from a Chicago Tribune columnist, Mary Schmich, who wrote a June 1, 1997 article entitled "Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young." She described it as the commencement speech that she would give if she were ever asked to give one.

It is hoped that the Studio B / NewsFocus re-make might act as a new vehicle to spark talk and open discussion on the current state of the country and the oncoming police state, with the focus on the plan for a New World Order run by the ultra-wealthy banking families. If people don't wake up soon, they may never get the chance again, because it might be all for not at some point here in the near future.

We are fighting to prevent that. Freedom must reign. Our original Constitution must stand. We will not accept tyranny and rule by crooked oligarchs. Any government that does not bow to "we the people" is a treasonous affair. "We the people" are the true legal power, as laid out by our forefathers and ratified by Congress.

Stand ready America, for tumultuous times are at hand. We must hold our government officials accountable, lest they ever try to hold us in contempt. We must take back our government, before it enslaves us. And make no mistake about it, the 2012 NDAA and HR-658 are true threats to all of us.

Thomas Jefferson once said that an informed public could govern itself. Step away from the mainstream corporate media and seek out the unbiased alternative press so that you can be informed. Know the truth and be free.

Be at the ready to protect our forefather's America, because you won't like the rich, fat-cats idea for a new world order, an oppressive fascist rule run exclusively by them.

Governments obtain unpopular ideals and agendas by fooling the people, or coercing them through fear. They use the Hegelian Principle to do so. The first step is to create a threatening crisis. The second step is to wait for the desperate reaction from those inflicted with suffering and seeking relief. The third step is to offer relief, but through an unpopular plan that benefits those behind the scheme. The idea is that the people will accept an unpopular political decision, if it brings them relief from their own immediate plight.

Know one thing, our government does engage in deception and false flag attacks.

Former DOD head Robert McNamara admitted before he died that the Gulf of Tonkin incident never happened. It was staged to give the US a reason to enter Viet Nam. The New York Times reported that the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was facilitated by the FBI, who provide the explosive and allowed them to be detonated inside the WTC.

Make no mistake about it, false flag attacks from our own government do happen.

It isn't our government that's bad. It's the few unscrupulous people within that exploit strategic positions of power for their own nefarious agendas, at our personal expense.

I cannot stress it enough... be alert... be on guard... never underestimate a morally weak or crooked politician... and always beware of the government smokescreen.

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by Tim Watts

Ladies and gentlemen, and the class of 2012Ö always beware of the government smokescreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, watch out for the ďsmokescreenĒ would be it. The deceptiveness and long term dangers of a smokescreen have been proven by investigators, whereas the rest of my advice does have basis, and is backed up by my own independent research.  

I will dispense this advice, now. 

Enjoy the right of freedom and liberty. Oh never mind, you will never understand the right of freedom and liberty until itís threatened or taken away from you. But trust me, twenty years from now you may look back and recall, in a way that you cannot yet grasp now, about the threat that was before you, and how freedom really felt. 

You are not as weak as you think.  

Donít be cavalier with your future. Know that apathy and ignorance are as helpful to you as trying to solve a Rubik's Cube with a sledgehammer. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never once crossed your gullible mind, the kind that blindside you in a false flag disaster. 

Do one thing every day that enlightens others. 


Donít keep the truth to yourself. Never infringe on another manís rights, and donít put up with people who try to infringe upon yours. Read. Donít waste your time on the network TV news. Sometimes youíre fooled, sometimes you see through the lie. Always ask questions, because in the end, the facts must answer to you. 

Remember the pain youíve enduredÖ but forgive those whoíve caused it. If you can do that, youíre a better person than most. 

Keep your privacyÖ remember that FaceBook is nothing more than a CIA affiliated data-mining operation.


Donít feel guilty for not knowing the truth, but be damned if you donít seek it, nor spread it to others. Whatever you do, donít pat yourself on the back too much, or belittle yourself either. Your perception has been deviously manipulated, but so has everyone elseís. 

Take care of yourself. Your health is a gift that youíll never realize until itís taken away from you. Be aware of big pharma and GMO food. Protect your body because itís the greatest vehicle youíll ever know. 

Laugh out loud, even if itís by yourself. Research the past so that you can understand the present. Our forefathers crafted the greatest country the world has ever known

A Republic if you can keep it is what Benjamin Franklin said, but those who who would give up liberty for safety deserve neither. Since 9/11 the Republic has been captured. Horrific changes have been made to our country. If you donít see that, then youíre watching too much television.  

And Donít watch FOX News. It will only make you stupid.                

Understand that humility, compassion and mercy are the greatest virtues of all. Pride, envy and jealousy are the worst. Get out of the left right political trap. It will only enslave you.

Understand that freedom is not guaranteed. You have to be willing to fight to keep it.

Truth is stranger than fictionÖ and the victor always writes the history.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. 

A coup has taken place in our country. That any man, woman or child can be arrested in the US under the NDAA, and detained indefinitely without habeas corpus rights or without trial, is an outrage. 

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Now, if only the Tea Party, Occupy Protestors, and the 9/11 Truth movement could embrace that. United we shall stand, but divided we shall fall.

Treason is afoot. The US government was taken over in 1913 by an ultra-wealthy banking cartel that has deceived this nation on a grand scale. Their goal is to do away with national sovereignty for a new world orderÖ a one world rule by the unscrupulous filthy rich. 

We hold these truths to be self evidentÖ that all men are created equal.

Truth is the greatest weapon there is. Love is the most powerful force in the universe.

The one thing they donít want you to know isÖ that youíre free without fear.

Conspiracy isnít a theoryÖ itís a fact.

So trust me on the smokescreen.

The Original 1999 Version

by Baz Luhrmann

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are NOT as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing every day that scares you. Sing. Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours. Floss. Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself. Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements. Stretch. Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't, maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines... they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They are your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young. Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85. Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth. But trust me on the sunscreen.

About The Author:
Tim Watts is a veteran San Francisco broadcaster with 25 years experience in the industry as an on-air talent, Program Director, and consultant. He is the creator and sole author of the websites, and He has been writing about U.S. corruption over the last decade, while also investigating 9/11 from the moment that the first tower fell. He has documented his detailed 9/11 research on a website called A September Coup

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