Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-08-31 (18 videos)

A collection of great videos you may have missed (most of them new this past week). Very informative! And several even comedic and yet very informative. So… revelations and fun!

Stars & channels: Newsbroke, John Spritzler, The Real News Network, Niko House, The Humanist Report, Ralph Nader, The Grayzone, Redacted Tonight, Jimmy Dore, ContraPoints, and more.

Topics:

  1. Humor: Capitalism vs Climate (Newsbroke)
  2. Those in Power Pretending to be on Our Side
  3. You Want to Know the Real Trump Election Fraud? (Not Russiahhh)
  4. Tulsi: An Interview Letting her Answer the Questions
  5. Warren, The Fake Progressive
  6. Healthcare Destruction: Privatization of Medicare
  7. Communism Failing on its Own?
  8. Ralph Nader Radio Hour: “Juuling” & Anybody But Trump?
  9. Media: Insights into the Corporate Media Bias
  10. Why the American People Need to Revolt
  11. Forced Neoliberalism a Stepping Stone for Fascism
  12. The History and Psychology of Genocide Policy
  13. Immigration: Illegal Green Aliens
  14. Mindfulness for Solidarity rather than Personal Isolation
  15. Humor: 4 Humorous Political Videos (on 2016, Biden, Koch, & the Inefficient Left)

 

1. Humor: Capitalism vs Climate (Newsbroke)

Another attempt to turn scary topics funny:

Can Our Planet Survive Capitalism?
AJ+  

 

2. Those in Power Pretending to be on Our Side

The Capitalist Big Shots Are Running Scared!
John Spritzler

 

3. You Want to Know the Real Trump Election Fraud? (Not Russiahhh)

Not Russiahhh but a long-term practice that has strengthened the R Party for decades, so that the R and D Party can play their “good cop / bad cop” routine to benefit the rich ruling class:

Corporate Interests Use Voter Purges To Disenfranchise Citizens
The Real News Network

 

4. Tulsi: An Interview Letting her Answer the Questions

Note: Though published recently, it seems to have been recorded before June (which also means before the DNC trickery to block her from the fall debate).

*Full Interview* Tulsi Gabbard Discusses CFR, Ässãd, and MORE!
MCSC Network W/ Niko House

 

5. Warren, The Fake Progressive

I think Mike Figueredo makes some good points here, such as that incrementalism isn’t enough in ur disastrous situation and that Warren plays withing the constrictions of the D-Party. Personally, I think there is more: namely that the D-Party, ever since it became about as corrupted as the R-Party, tends to hold a card up its sleeves in the form of fake progressives that it can run as candidates when its progressive base become rebellious demanding progressive policies. Then someone like Warren will promise some of them but never fight for them. There is a crystal-clear indication that she is just a corporatist party tool: Daily Kos has been suggesting her candidacy back when Bernie started running in 2015. A clear bait-and-switch attempt by this propaganda machine that’s employed by the D-Party.

Elizabeth Warren is Buttering Up Democratic Party Elites as Part of 2020 Strategy
The Humanist Report

 

6. Healthcare Destruction: Privatization of Medicare

I wish Thom Hartmann would describe what “Medicare Advantage” offers or claims to offer to its customers. Still, the info on the history of Medicare and of “Medicare Advantage” is good to learn about:

Medicare DISadvantage: The Private Company Taking Your Medicare Dollars
Thom Hartmann Program

 

7. Communism Failing on its Own?

Incomplete but somewhat informative handling of this question:

DOES communism ALWAYS fail…?! [Radical Reviewer Takeover!]
NonCompete

Note: Isms are always problematic to discuss because so many conflicting definitions of them float around. Anyway, when this claim is made that “communism” has always failed and our sight is turned on specific countries like the USSR or China, then we can take a closer look at those countries. To add here: the USSR was also ravaged by Nazi-Germany’s invasion. The USSR had a much faster economic growth than the Western countries opposing it, and the latter is also true for China. Enough insight, I guess, to make these brash “communism” claims doubtful in terms of accuracy and thoroughness. Maybe we should all focus more on real solutions for urgent problems and less on ism labels.

 

8. Ralph Nader Radio Hour: “Juuling” & Anybody But Trump?

Juuling”/Anybody But Trump?
Ralph Nader Radio Hour

 

9. Media: Insights into the Corporate Media Bias

(incl. war on Bernie, defense of the status quo and elitist culture, the war on net neutrality… no conspiracy needed, the ownership and ad dollars are sufficient)

Corporate Media Bias Against Sanders Is Structural, Not a Conspiracy
The Real News Network

 

10. Why the American People Need to Revolt

Apparently reposted last year (originally from 2016, maybe even shared by me back then). Great to listen to now, anyway (even if for a second time), as one would expect a conversation between Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader to be. And the later talk about Greece’s and America’s economy (killing the goose that lays the golden egg because underpaid workers and robots can’t pay the economy’s products) is also quite informative:

Chris Hedges, Dr. Nicholas Ashford
Ralph Nader Radio Hour

 

Some great quotes:

  1. Chris Hedges: Figures like Clinton and Obama are not liberal figures. In Europe the Democratic Party would be a far-right party. It’s neoliberalism masking or disguising itself as liberalism. So you have all these self-identified liberals cheerleading George W Bush’s war into Iraq. You have self-identified liberals endorsing a system of neoliberal economics which is … anti anything that is defined as traditional liberalism. So it’s a faux liberalism where they speak in that traditional ‘feel your pain’ language that liberals have done, but assiduously serve corporate power.
  2. Ralph Nader: We’ve seen that routine before. … Dennis Kucinich had to toe the line. He was done by April. They even kept him out of some of the debates. … We’ve seen that these progressive candidates are done by April, and then they’re forced to produce a loyalty oath to whoever [gets] the nomination, and of course it’s invariably the
  3. corporate Democrats.
  4. Nicholas Ashford: This is the end of the road. A little more squeezing will occur. We have basically killed the goose that laid the golden egg. We basically destroyed our own industrial capacity because you can have whatever productivity you want, but if there’s nobody to buy the products what are you gonna do with extra productivity?

 

11. Forced Neoliberalism a Stepping Stone for Fascism

Much to learn from Brazil’s mirror of the United States’ descent:

Glenn Greenwald on the Amazon fires and the fight for Brazil’s future
The Grayzone

 

12. The History and Psychology of Genocide Policy

Anatomy of America’s Next Disaster Exposed!
Thom Hartmann Program

 

13. Immigration: Illegal Green Aliens

OP’s quote: Such hard workers. God bless them.

Satirical response: Hey, no… Remember, they are “criminals” for crossing the border to harvest our food for us on starvation wages and thus make it a little cheaper for us. We must put them in concentration camps and rip their children away maybe never to meet them again… They are responsible for all the evils in the world somehow, like U.S. drone bombings all over the globe, millions of good jobs shipped to China, and Big Money in Politics. It’s not the billionaires and their millionaire minions in their seats of power who order all these terrible things. No, it’s our brown skinned fellows at the very bottom who are guilty of it all…

 

14. Mindfulness for Solidarity rather than Personal Isolation

(the 1st half of the video)

[170] How “Mindfulness” Became A Capitalist Playground
Redacted Tonight

 

15. Humor: 4 Humorous Political Videos (on 2016, Biden, Koch, & the Inefficient Left)

 

Humor: Ridiculous Relitigation

… of the 2016 General election (and Bernie supporters of the 2016 primaries) instead of relitigating the openly rigged 2016 primaries, and mocking those who mention the rigged primaries, blaming them for us having Trump:

Deranged Clinton Centrists Hate On Susan Sarandon Escalates
The Jimmy Dore Show

 

Humor: Swallow Joe Biden

Jill Biden Admits Joe Sucks!
The Jimmy Dore Show

 

Humor: Koch Death – A Moment of Cheering

Twitter Pounces On David Koch’s Passing
The Jimmy Dore Show

 

Humor: The Inefficient Left

Some interesting points on how the remaining traditional left often fails (presented in an odd entertainment show):

The Left | ContraPoints
ContraPoints

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