Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-09-28 (21 videos)

Plenty to cry and laugh, celebrate, or be awed. 21 superb videos harvested this week. If you missed them, don’t miss them now. Main themes: climate crisis, communal revolutions, system flaws, the “elite’s” myths, Medicare for All really is #1, divisiveness, rich vs poor, capitalism, and the American egalitarian spirit.

Stars & channels: Greta Thunberg, David Attenborough, Bernie, Richard Wolff, The Humanist Report, AJ+, Peter Coffin, The Grayzone, politizane, Libertarian Socialist Rants, Tovarishch Endymion, John Spritzler, Jimmy Dore, and more.

Topics:

  1. The Climate Crisis (Planet Plea, Political Criminals, Greta Thunberg)
  2. Communal Revolution (Awesome!)
  3. U.S. Territories
  4. The System Flaws vs Bootstraps
  5. Private Insurances in no Way Preferable to Medicare for All
  6. Economy (Economic Dictatorship, Socially Divisive Markets)
  7. Media: Parroting Talking Points
  8. Domestic Terrorism by the National Security State
  9. Wars to Make the Rich Richer
  10. Evil “Centrists” vs Medicare (Flagship Biden)
  11. Capitalism (Wealth Distribution, Work ‘Rewards’, & Odd Ownership)
  12. The United States of Egalitarians
  13. Humor (Hillary 2020, ‘No’ Child Left Behind)

 

1. The Climate Crisis (Planet Plea, Political Criminals, Greta Thunberg)

Plea For The Planet

David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg’s plea for the planet
World Economic Forum

Criminals in Politics & Mass Media

Loathsome Conservatives Viciously Attack Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
The Humanist Report

Greta Thunberg’s Full Speech at UN Climate Action Summit

WATCH: Greta Thunberg’s full speech to world leaders at UN Climate Action Summit
PBS NewsHour

 

2. Communal Revolution (Awesome!)

… something to learn from Mexico (more closely connected to Native American culture than we):

How This Town Got Rid of Crime | AJ+
AJ+

 

3. U.S. Territories

… for those who don’t know:

What Does It Mean To Be From A U.S. Territory? | AJ+
AJ+

 

4. The System Flaws vs Bootstraps

Good points about the bootstraps-personal-guilt-and-Oh-just-be-happy-and-be-isolated-and-atomized-and-even-uncaringly-selfish-rugged-individualist narratives with which we have been plastered for generations by now byt the oligarchy who wants us to turn a blind eye to their cruel rigging of our human world and nations:

Why it Matters Jordan Peterson is in Rehab | Many Peters⁶⁷
Peter Coffin

(Note: I set this video to start 51 seconds in because the funding requests are repeated at the end anyway – where, btw, IMHO they belong; starting out with them is always wrong. – Yep, this rhymes. *grin* )

 

5. Private Insurances in no Way Preferable to Medicare for All

This video clip is set by me to start at a very telling story (you can always rewind, of course):

Medical Debt Town Hall in Iowa
Bernie Sanders

 

6. Economy (Economic Dictatorship, Socially Devisive Markets)

Workplace and Economic Dictatorship

It seems to me that this was a segment in a longer video I already shared, but I cannot find it. So, maybe it is new here, after all (although – similarly – corporate dictatorship was discussed on the previous video weekend by Chris Hedges and Elizabeth Anderson on the ‘On Contact’ channel):

AskProfWolff: The Corporation as a Totalitarian Institution
Democracy At Work

Brief Economic Status Report (Horrible)

Robert Reich: Trump’s Economy Revealed
Robert Reich

Markets are Socially Divisive

Economic Update: U.S. Economy and the Market
Democracy At Work

 

7. Media: Parroting Talking Points

Michael Moore Confronts Bill Maher Over His New-Fangled Radical Centrism
The Humanist Report

 

8. Domestic Terrorism by the National Security State

The other Ukraine scandal: US support for neo-Nazis fuels far-right terror at home
The Grayzone

 

9. Wars to Make the Rich Richer

Student Loan Crisis Fuels Military Recruitment Boom
The Jimmy Dore Show

Quote of Mike Prysner: The ruling class, the billionaires who profit from human suffering, care only about expanding wealth controlling the world economy. They understand that their power lies only in their ability to convince us that war, oppression, and exploitation is in our interest. … Millions in this country without health care, jobs, or access to education must watch this government squander over 450 million dollars a day on this occupation. Poor and working people in this country are sent to kill poor and working people in another country – to make the rich richer. And without racism soldiers would realize that they have more in common with the Iraqi people than they do with the billionaires who send us to war. I threw families onto the street in Iraq only to come home and find families thrown onto the street in this country, in this tragic and unnecessary foreclosure crisis. We need to wake up and realize that our real enemies are not in some distant land. They’re not people whose names we don’t know and cultures we don’t understand. The enemy is people we know very well and people we can identify. The enemy is a system that wages war when its profitable. The enemy is the CEOs who lay us off from our jobs when it’s profitable. It’s the insurance companies that deny us health care when it’s profitable. It’s the banks that take away our homes when it’s profitable. Our enemies are not five thousand miles away. They are right here at home.

 

10. Evil “Centrists” vs Medicare (Flagship Biden)

Joe Biden Deceives Voters in Pathetic Attempt to Sabotage Medicare For All
The Humanist Report

 

11. Capitalism (Wealth Distribution, Work ‘Rewards’, & Odd Ownership)

America’s Wealth Distribution

Wealth Inequality in America
politizane

Top Ten Capitalism Issues

Top Ten Capitalist Arguments
Libertarian Socialist Rants

Does Capitalism Reward Hard Work?

Or is it a mere oligarchy rather than meritocracy? Check out some telling data:

Does Capitalism Reward Hard Work?
Tovarishch Endymion

The Strange(?) Concept of Ownership

The Strange Concept of Ownership
Tovarishch Endymion

 

12. The United States of Egalitarians

We the People: Egalitarian Revolutionary Photos July-Aug 2019
John Spritzler

 

13. Humor (Hillary 2020, ‘No’ Child Left Behind)

Hillary for 2020 President

The fun part comes at the end.

Everything That’s Wrong With Elizabeth Warren
The Jimmy Dore Show

No Child Left Behind”

Dug up from 6 years ago, but still very relevant and highly funny (except for the death joke IMHO):

How to escape education’s death valley | Sir Ken Robinson
TED

 

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