Meet Beanstock’s World’s Playlists

Hello, friends! This weekend, I had the idea that it might make sense to create PLAYLISTS on Youtube that mirror some of the video compilations I post here. That way people can have them play automatically one after another, and – who knows – perhaps more people will find them there than here. Naturally, the notes, comments, and analyses of the Video Weekend posts will still only be in the articles posted here, so in the playlist descriptions I will link to them if Youtube (which is to say, Google) doesn’t mind.

I have seeded this new playlist collection with two playlists:

Vapid Lives of Destruction: The Robber Billionaires

… taken from my popular mini series Vapid Lives of Destruction and a few related later posts…

and

2018-05-26 Beanstock’s World Video Weekend

… which mirrors yesterday’s Video Weekend post. If it doesn’t turn out a waste of time, I intend to mirror the videos of future Video Weekend posts there as well.

I wish you enjoyable final hours of this weekend. 😉

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours of spare time each month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

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Video Weekend 05-26-2018 (14 videos)

Once again a wide range of online videos about the wrongs of our world and our fight to fix them. Don’t forget to share. Stars and outlets: Jimmy Dore, Kyle Kulinski, The Real News, Democracy Now, Gayle McLaughlin, Richard Wolff, Mike Figueredo, The Majority Report, Yanis Varoufakis, Jesse Ventura, and others on:

  1. The People’s Wishes
  2. Media
  3. Oligarchy (Plutocracy) vs Democracy
  4. Political Corruption
  5. The People’s Fight
  6. Economic Truths
  7. Historic Causes
  8. Poverty and Ethics
  9. Empire

 

I. The People’s Wishes

Polls reveal popular policies:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for: “Majority Supports Progressive Ideas ” and “Data for Progress“)

 

II. Media

Corporate media blocking a constructive public conversation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »Bernie Yells At Chuck Todd, Stunned By Stupid Question: “Of Course Not!”«)

 

III. Oligarchy (Plutocracy) vs Democracy

The mentality of the lords and our suffering society. Billionaire’s quote: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Billionaires Justifying Their Wealth: ALWAYS Great Content“)

Comment: “Generational theft”, one of those manipulative brainwashing canards from the establishment, suggests that the old are stealing from the young. News flash: the young will become old and wish to retire when their bodies give out. That’s what Social Security was invented for, to ensure at the public level what t the private level often fails, say when senors’ kids died or are too poor themselves to help them through that difficult last phase of life.

Comment: The “entitlement problem”… When I think of an entitlement problem, I think of the billionaires (the 1%) and their right and left hands (the next 10 to 20%) who live in privilege that 99.9% of them were born into (the others being gold diggers and unscrupulous business predators such as hedge fund managers). They think they are entitled to owning the whole world and having us unwashed masses exit purely to serve them and powder their asses. But those very same demon lords paid PR crooks in “think tanks”, the twin-party tyranny, and the mass media to flip the term and accuse out of luck working class Americans of “entitlement” when they gratefully accept desperately needed help from a government that was created by our founders specifically to lend such help as part of serving the people. The hypocrisy and entitlement thinking of the parasites and predators living a demon lords life at the top of our dungheap society, such as this guy squeezing his wealth from thousands of Home Depot workers, are really stunning. Their motto: Me and my friends have done well. So, what’s the problem?

Antidemocratic philosophies and machinations:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democracy in Chains: The Radical Right’s Stealth Attack on American Democracy“)

 

IV. Political Corruption

The party bosses personally rig the primaries:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive Catches Dem’s Rigging Ballot Selection In New Jersey“)

Why not to vote Republican (no reason to vote “Democratic” either):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Republican Voters Get SLAPPED With Reality“)

Let’s not forget that voting for establishment “Democrats” is also self-defeating for the American People.

 

V. The People’s Fight

Great ideas, including the building of a broad progressive tent (~6:56):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Are Million$ Pouring Into CA Lt. Governor Race?“)

News Update on the People’s Grass Roots Fight: A Teacher running amazingly successfully against a party boss, being blocked out by the media, and having an army of volunteers…

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive FIERCELY Challenging Corrupt Corporatist Dianne Feinstein“)

 

VI. Economic Truths

The truth about risks and profits (risks for us, profits for the rich). Workers run more risks than entrepreneurs and investors:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Another Gilded Age“)

Gist: We are always being told that capitalist inequality is justified by entrepreneurs/investors taking risks with their wealth when they invest into businesses. In truth, if they are half-way smart or well consulted, their eggs are never in a single basket. Meanwhile, workers who “choose” to work for them can loose their jobs, employability, homes, healthcare, and families when those entrepreneurs/investors or their CEOs make mistakes or callous decisions. As workers, in our current system, we live at the mercy of the plutocrats, A.K.A. the 1% and their henchmen.

Money is political, bank magic, inflation, deflation, gold standard, bitcoin, growing fascism, system analysis, DM, healthcare profiteering, pretenses of right-wing populists, changing the conversation…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “A Brief History of Capitalism. Yanis Varoufakis Interview“)

 

VII. Historic Causes

How our society of plight and suffering was built:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The American Industrial Revolution“)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Just the Facts: The Emergence of Modern America- The Gilded Age“)

 

VIII. Poverty and Ethics

Morality Revival: The New Poor People’s Campaign fights Policy Violence.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: ““It’s Time for Moral Confrontation”: New Poor People’s Campaign Stages Nationwide Civil Disobedience“)

 

IX. Empire

Empire’s Dark Side (esp. interesting the unconstitutionality of U.S. wars and empire 12:43 min in):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Empire In Crisis & Bruce Fein”)

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours of spare time each month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

Get to Know the DCCC (“C” Stands for Corruption)

While the DNC marries the entire “Democratic” Party to our plutocracy and infamously rigs especially the presidential primaries, the DCCC (known as D-triple-C or D-Trip) is – as the name Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee suggests – focused on rigging the primaries for the House of Representatives. It does so up close on a district by district basis. It takes candidates by the hand to twist their arms and put on its thumb screws. This is why we so often hear about the DCCC lately in this Congressional election year of 2018.

An examples of how the DCCC works: it puts you on the “Democratic” ticket only if you raise at least a quarter million dollars from its list of wealthy donors, or should I say party owners?   Continue reading

The Obsession with Tradition

If you can’t think for yourself (or believe that you can’t) you prefer to leave the thinking to the traditions into which you were born. If those traditions are well-balanced, you and those around you may benefit from them. But how can you know if they are actually good traditions if you forfeit your ability to think like a smart human and instead live the instinctive life of an animal that lives its preprogrammed life? Don’t you throw away the greatest gift of humanity, the ability to evaluate, analyze, and improve things?

The theme I am discussing in this short piece is one of the two main pillars of conservatism: the placement of tradition over thinking. (Blind faith in authority is the other.) I am not saying that conservatism is always bad. Good things deserve to be preserved. But do bad things deserve to be preserved, too? I don’t think so.   Continue reading

Video Weekend 05-19-2018 (14 videos)

  1. The People’s Movement
  2. The Fight Within the DP Camp
  3. People’s Fight at the Local Level
  4. The Israeli Twilight Zone
  5. Net Neutrality
  6. Economy
  7. System Analysis
  8. Socialism
  9. Iran, S.A., & Foreign Meddling

 

I. The People’s Movement

The Violence of The Rich and Well-To-Do

Nick Braña and Portia Boulger talked about the blowout that progressives are suffering in the rigged “Democratic” primaries. How the party bosses play their base and the public… It’s real nice to see young and old get together to reshape our corrupted country. The conversation starts out a bit slow but gets and stays really great and moving after the first half hour:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for: “Nick Braña“, “Portia Boulger“, and maybe something like the blowout that progressives are suffering in the rigged Democratic primaries“)

Portia: [Bill Clinton’s] welfare “reform” took people who were in poverty into dire poverty.

At -32:50 Nick tells about a powerful experience. And Portia adds another great commentary. -27:23: “The basic foundation of society is honesty and treating our people right. Our constitutions in our states and our nation’s constitution talk about taking care of the people. And that’s beautiful about the poor people’s campaign. They are holding people accountable that are supposed to be supporting and protecting our rights. Around -24:40, Nick gives a very astute analysis of news coverage and the “Democratic” Party’s long-standing practice of co-opting change movements and reducing them to nothing but vote gatherers for the party corporatists… and the potential of the Poor People’s Campaign to resurrect the progressive movement that died with MLK’s assassination. -22:13 Portia: People who choose not to be good don’t support poor people. When we got people dying because they can’t afford medical care, that’s violence. And more and more and more by Nick and Portia… (incl. liberal doesn’t mean liberal anymore…)

Portia Boulger has been featured here before[1][2]. Since they are most fitting to watch again, here are the two shared videos again in reverse chronological order:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Portia Boulger, Featured in Viral Video Viewed by Millions, Explains her Anger at DNC”)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “sd Claudia Stauber was live”)

Discussion about Inside and Outside Strategy with Ron Placone (another sharp young man):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Get Your News on With Ron Placone: Time to DemExit?“)

 

II. The Fight Within the DP Camp

The people want progressive representatives:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressives And Socialists Surprise D.C. With Big Primary Upsets”)

Comment: We have had plenty of cases of the “Democratic” Party establishment blocking progressive candidates (people’s candidates) in the primaries, the most famous among recent cases: Dennis Kucinich. The party seems to be corrupted by money in politics to the point of no return, just like the Republican Party. Hence inside pressure in the DP is very useful but will probably fail to change the party, as it has for decades, and a new party or party-transcending people’s coalition will have to join the fight for democracy and a just economy that serves us all. I think that pressure from both sides (inside and outside) is necessary to break the DP corruption and open a way for the people to have its voice. The fact that some progressive challengers do slip through the party establishment’s barriers and then have great success with voters indicates that we voters have learned a lot, aren’t willing to suffer the status quo any longer, and are ready to establish an America for us all. That is very encouraging.

The other side:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrats Outrage After Progressives Reject Kamala Harris 2020“)

 

III. People’s Fight at the Local Level

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive Victor! Now Running For CA Lt. Governor“)

 

IV. The Israeli Twilight Zone

I can’t help but be reminded of ancient religions’ human sacrifices:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump White House Scapegoats Hamas For Israel’s Slaughter of Gaza Protesters“)

Note: The last death count I heard was 62.

 

V. Net Neutrality

The fight for an uncensored Internet continues:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “VICTORY: Senate Votes to Nullify FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality—CRA Heads to House“)

 

VI. Economy

The Ponzi Stock Market & corrupt party bosses:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “~196~ The Huge Fraud Behind Our Stock Market“)

Comment: The Wall Street Casino must be curbed. Financing businesses by buying their stocks is one thing, but gambling stocks with fictitious prices to rob small investors or sell businesses down the drain is another. Remember, inventing soaring prices on virtual objects such as stocks may make some stock market gamblers rich, but the money for which they cash in their stocks to buy their palaces and luxury yachts must come from somewhere — such as from hard-working people who, if they have anything left at the end of the month, may put their hard-earned left-over dollars into a retirement fund which buys stocks to build a source of dividends. That’s where the stock gamblers’ wealth comes from, and it’s the reason why everyday Americans like you and me can no longer get any worthwhile investment returns or saving account interests.

Economic decline:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff WARNING 2018!! War is Coming, Market Crash, Are You Prepared“)

 

VII. System Analysis

World War I got us started on our course of disaster:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges (Jan 31, 2018) – interviews Noam Chomsky, The Best Speech Of All Time“)

 

VIII. Socialism

Maybe the world has yet to see the best of socialism:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Biggest Myths About Socialism“)

IX. Iran, S.A., & Foreign Meddling

Analysis of Iran Town Hall

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Townhall!” and “Jamarl Thomas”)

Comments:

Foreign-bought (despot-bought) influence in U.S. politics is massive and destructive. But if you have been swallowing the corporate media and corrupt politicians’ propagandist Russia story, ask yourself if you have ever heard of a think tank hall named after Putin or come across a Russia-endowed center on an American university campus, the things the Saudi princes have planted everywhere in our country.

Better don’t vote for a billionaire thinking he is a successful businessman and therefore good for government. Instead you get an easily manipulated child in a grown-up body (one definition of a billionaire), someone who never had to struggle with hardship and fight for survival or make tough decisions, someone who is much more interested in his public image as a tough guy and in kick-backs since all he has ever been concerned about was himself. When will there be an equivalent Clinton Town Hall, btw?

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Wednesday’s Incremental Win for Net Neutrality in the Bigger Picture

I am really glad that on Wednesday the needle tipped in the proper direction in the Senate — for a change. Of course, now we must keep the pressure on the House of Representatives, remembering that they are the robber baron’s representatives, not our representatives, which is why – just like the senators – they require so much pressure from us to do anything right.

Their natural inclination, for sure, will be to please ISP corporations like Comcast and Verizon in exchange for bribes. However, with so many heists to pull off and with so much public outrage about some of the more visible ones, they may throw us this bone. Then, the White House Billionaire will still want to veto the bill rather than sign it. Can we pressure him to undo the dark deed done by the mole he placed at the top of the FCC? We’ll see.   Continue reading

Can Today’s Senate Vote on Net Neutrality, if Successful, Rescue Free Speech?

Sadly, even if the vote were to succeed, it may not go anywhere. This article I came across explains why. I am not familiar with the publication it appeared in, but the argumentation appears sound and leads to the conclusion that we must focus our fight less on particular battle fronts and more on the big picture war against systemic corruption. We must hurry to create a true democracy that’s rooted in a fair economy freed from the curse of Big Money. We may lose net neutrality pretty soon. So we better hurry with the fundamental political revolution we desperately need to pull off — best getting it done while we can still communicate effectively.

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month of “spare time” to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

Video Weekend 05-12-2018 (8 videos)

This weekend compilation of online videos ranges across a wide range of economic and political topics (democratic-economy, corruption, establishment hypocrisy, election integrity, the Religious Wrong, and more). It sports stars like Jimmy Dore, Richard Wolff, Lee Camp, Lora Chamberlain, Peter Joseph, Mike Figueredo, Francesca Fiorentini, and Jesse Ventura (order of appearance).

  1. Democracy & Economy
  2. Corruption
  3. Election Integrity
  4. System Analysis
  5. Segregation Politics (the Religious Wrong)
  6. Fake-“Democratic” Party
  7. Establishment Hypocrisy
  8. Speaking Truth

 

I. Democracy & Economy

Democracy is needed in our economy lest economic despots destroy democracy and a worthy life for all. Karl Marx figured this out nearly two centuries ago. Are we finally catching up to grasp it, too?

Marxism: Democracy in the Workplace — Interview of Richard Wolff by Jimmy Dore

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Marxist Economic Theory Easily Explained w/Richard Wolff“)

 

II. Corruption

Corruption Gallore (report mixed with some humor, since it’s a comedy show, after all):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “~195~ New Proof About $21 Trillion Missing, Big Oil Hiring Fake Activists, & More“)

 

III. Election Integrity

(and government fake news)

Part 1: Fighting back against the establishment’s massive election theft.

Part 2: Government fake news.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[110] Election Integrity Activist Reveals Huge Holes In The System“)

Good suggestion made: Traceable paper ballots and observable genuine audits.

Question: What about observable, genuine vote counting like other countries have? (Yes! In other countries EVERY counted vote is automatically audited IN PUBLIC. They have competing-party members verify each other’s counts! Each count!!! Why can’t we do that???!?!?!?!?!?????)

Recommended books and links given by Lora Chamberlain in this interview:

  • “CODE RED” by Jonathan Simon (on computerized election theft and the new American Century) .
  • Democracy Lost”, the (free!) report by Election Justice USA about the democratic primaries and all of the election fraud that occurred there.
  • Short youtube videos by Dr. Alex Halderman from the University of Michigan on computerized election fraud, making it really simple to understand .
  • Verifiedvoting.org is the place to go for knowing what kind of voting machines / election machinery you have (and maybe info on audits and fraudits?)
  • Common Cause and Public Citizen are very interested in this issue and they put up a website Secure Our Vote (also has other participants/sponsors like RockTheVote, StandUpAmerica, Center for American Progress, and Democracy 21) — They have short webinars with excellent guests on their resource pages. These webinars let us get up to speed quickly.

Further resources and informations can be found on CLEAN COUNT COOK COUNTY

and also here on Beanstock’s World[1][2].

Great call: Stop being an establishment pawn!

 

IV. System Analysis

Important stats. And a vision: end the war among ourselves.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What You’re NOT Told About Unemployment w/Peter Joseph pt. 2”)

 

V. Segregation Politics (the Religious Wrong)

Creation of the Religious “Right”:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How The Religious Right Became A Political Force |AJ+“)

 

VI. Fake-“Democratic” Party

“Demosaurs” and the civil war in the “Democratic” Party — a party thereby headed for extinction:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bill Clinton Reportedly Instructed Tom Perez to Stop Bernie Sanders’ Influence”)

 

VII. Establishment Hypocrisy

Unfortunately, this video only focuses on (R)-hypocrisy letting some (D)-hypocrisy shine through between the lines, though. Let’s remember, the establishement hypocrisy on which the twin-party tyranny lives is horrible and for us to end:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Greatest Hypocrisies In The Trump Era“)

 

VIII. Speaking Truth

Great conversation between Jesse Ventura and Jimmy Dore:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Jesse Ventura Would Run For President In 2020 -pt. 3”)

One of many good points from Jesse: Government has to earn patriotism. Government cannot mandate patriotism.

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month of “spare time” to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

 

A Moving Farewell from Stephen Hawking (short)

Last March, one of our most amazing scientists died after miraculously battling the crippling and lethal Lou Gehrig’s disease for most of his life. Through sheer force of will, it seems, Hawking managed to survive for many decades a horrible disease that normally kills in a few years, and he still managed to maintain an illustrious position in science while being helplessly tied to a wheelchair and hardly able to move. Whenever I think “mind over body” I think of Stephen Hawking. He is mostly known for his famous work in theoretical physics, and to some degree for his atheism (so much for the health miracles alleged to result from prayers and religious faith), but he was also quite aware of humanity’s socio-economic problems, and before he died left us with a moving statement, a swan song so to speak:

If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.”

I agree with him that machines won’t bring about the economic robot apocalypse. Greedy humans will, if we don’t stop them. Economic inequality will continue to skyrocket as more and more jobs become automated and the rich owners of the robots and software systems refuse to share their fast-growing wealth. Remember: the “owners” neither invent nor build the robots and pieces of software that drive us out of our jobs without any compensation. We do. And who keeps the system running that shafts us? We do.

Time for us to rethink what we do.

By the way, I just managed to squeeze in some time to visit The Revolution Continues. So much new good stuff has accumulated since my last visit, it’d take too long to list it all. You may want to pay a visit yourself. 😉

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month of “spare time” to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

 

Scarcity Made to Order

One of the main arguments of those who hold back progress towards a better life for all is the claim of scarcity, such as “We can’t afford it!”, “Who is gonna pay for it?”, “If we help the poor who will then do the needful work?”, and so on. Claims, excuses, and doubts based on the concept of scarcity are easily believed because, like all creatures on Earth, we humans have been living with scarcity as a natural occurrence throughout most of our kind’s existence. But are we plagued by natural scarcity in these modern times? I say: No! Scarcity today is artificial — and you can easily determine this for yourself in just a few minutes of reading this piece.   Continue reading