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Channels: TEDx Talks, The Real News Network, Democracy At Work, The Michael Brooks Show, Rebel HQ, Democracy Now!, The Hill, John Spritzler, The Jimmy Dore Show, Corbett Report, and many more.
- Humor: What Does U.S. #1 Mean?
- Non-Rich Lives: Spending all our Lifetime Not Living! ***
- U.S. Poverty: Both Old & Poor And Mostly Kept Secret
- Sick Society: The Capitalist Disease
- Fascism as Flattery
- Neoliberalism: Neoliberalism in Short
- The Soviet Economy
- Status Quo: Murder by Capitalism & Revolution vs Reformism
- Truth & Lies: Real vs False Flag Whistleblowers
- Elections: The Electoral College Favors Swing States, Not Rural Americans
- Candidates: Bernie, Biden, Warren… True Progressive vs Fakes
- Strategy: Why the D-Party SoSo-Works with Bernie Sanders
- Money in Politics: The R & D Parties’ Race to the Bottom ***
- No Piecemeal But a Big Determined Movement Needed
- U.S.A. is a Paid Servant of Murderous Saudi Regime
- Humor: X-Rated Politics (Jimmy Dore)
- Ancient Wisdom (Fables)
1. Humor: What Does U.S. #1 Mean?
Can America Let Go Of Being Number One?
2. Non-Rich Lives: Spending all our Lifetime Not Living! ***
Time = money. Our morose system has us sell our lives for what?
How Much Does It Cost You To Work | Leonard Skinner | TEDxBallyroanLibrary
If the above video strikes a chord inside you as it does with me, you may want to visit Friday’s article if you missed it.
3. U.S. Poverty: Both Old & Poor And Mostly Kept Secret
The Census Fails to Count 100 Million Americans in Poverty
U.S. Poverty includes at least 40% of all of us (add 100 Million) but we never hear about it, the rich telling us that there is no poverty (and at the same time that the war on poverty failed) and shame us into pretending we aren’t poor when we are:
The Census Fails to Count 100 Million People as Living in Poverty
The Real News Network
Not Only Young People Suffer Today
No more retirement for the age crippled while the billionaires own almost all property and swim in oceans of money. Not only young people suffer today:
Looking Forward to Retirement is a Thing of the Past | Retro Report
4. Sick Society: The Capitalist Disease
In the second half there is a discussion about how our profit-based transaction system destroys social connection making our society sick and resulting in lots of crimes:
Economic Update: Capitalism and Mental Health
Democracy At Work
Comment: In the first half, Richard Wolff, mentions why horrible employers (who DON’T get punished by ICE for breaking the law that prohibits employing workers that have no work permit) so droolingly employ migrants and immigrants. He forgets to mention that after ICE comes in and raids these workers — in order to create a satisfying public show for xenophobic or white supremacy fascist types on behalf of a crony president who manipulates them as his voter base — these above-the-law employers (of which Trump happens to be one) will simply replace them with more of the same kind (or even the same ones, once they come back). Hence it is only a Nazi-style show, not an actual solution for an overblown issue.
Note: BTW, I read or heard somewhere last month that these Koch facilities raided by ICE do NOT belong to the infamous Koch brothers (one of whom finally left this world as all cruel abusive billionaires should by yesterday) despite the same name.
The above video is a good enough reason to re-share another one that I shared before, namely how fascism works in our society:
5. Fascism as Flattery
Why fascism is so tempting — and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari
Comment: This thought aligns more or less with the summary I have gleaned from studying fascism, namely it having two main populations: (1) thugs running the show for personal gain of power and wealth, and (2) followers who join out of a hunger for (A) a sense of belonging (to a group that accepts them when all others seem to turn away), (B) a personal elevation over others (the primitive dark instinct to dominate), and/or (C) protection of their own personal privilege no matter how small this privilege is and no matter how terrible the costs to others will be (like being beaten up, raped, robbed of everything, imprisoned, exiled, and/or murdered).
6. Neoliberalism: Neoliberalism in Short
What Is Neoliberalism?
Thom Hartmann Program
Note: If you want to dig deep into neoliberalism’s history you can watch this three part series (good info but hard to listen to (way too fast talk with no breathing and thinking pauses) and time-wasteful through the use of the spiral education principle): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myH3gg5o0t0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkBpqLWFNg4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsgwVz0D6rI
7. The Soviet Economy
We’ve always been told about the Soviet’s undemocratic totalitarian police and surveillance state (basically what we have in the U.S. ourselves now) and how miserable its economy supposedly was compared to western Europe and the U.S. It’s true the USSR had a rather undemocratic regime similar to ours (only less skilled at pretending the presence of a democratic government than our oligarchy is), but when it comes to the economy we appear to have been played with quite a bit, comparing a third world nation with the first world nations and then overlooking that in a few decades it became one of the two super powers. Overlooking that its citizens had to suffer none of the material fears that dominate our lives… Interesting to hear something other than our usual propaganda in an unorthodox documentary:
Socialism HAS worked
8. Status Quo: Murder by Capitalism & Revolution vs Reformism
But how come revolution?
9. Truth & Lies: Real vs False Flag Whistleblowers
(incl. Whistle on Trump?)
Actual CIA Whistleblower Calls Out Trump’s “Whistleblower” w/John Kiriakou
The Jimmy Dore Show
10. Elections: The Electoral College Favors Swing States, Not Rural Americans
“But, rural Americans!”
Note: The claim of Clinton having one the popular vote of 2016 by 3 million is not necessarily true. With the amount of election fraud committed by the ‘elites’, the reported numbers are never all tha trustworthy. (hint: this site’s page on election theft)
Comment: Talking about the 2016 presidential election and completely skipping over its by far biggest rigging scandal, namely the cheating Sanders out of his “D” Party nomination, is always a slip-up.
11. Candidates: Bernie, Biden, Warren… True Progressive vs Fakes
Irony: Mass Media’s Slam on Bernie
Rising Up | Bernie 2020
Solidarity from the Black Corner
Killer Mike Keeps Showing Up For Bernie & Shows What Solidarity Looks Like ft. Mike Recine
The Michael Brooks Show
The ‘Elites’ Are Trying to Placate us with Fake-Progressive Warren Over…
… shoving blatantly openly corporatist Biden down our throats:
Biden Campaign’s BIZARRE Surrender
Comment: It’s the throw a small bone, ideally a fake one, backup strategy to be used by the establishment parties when the people’s uprising grows above a non-threatening level. It’s been in preparation for many years (propping up ex-Republican Warren as an alleged (but really only fake) progressive in the “D” Party voter base). Having failed with an identity politics candidate twice already (Hillary and Harris) and with the attempt to find and pool enough misinformed stuck-in-habitual-party-loyalty old folks with an oh-he-is-my-generation-and-charming-Obama’s-left-hand mentality around openly outright corporatist Biden, Warren is the next natural choice. Have her talk the talk but not walk the walk, and the establishment will continue to thrive in its reserved fortress of obscene privilege. And if a real bone must be thrown to us, well one of Warren’s white paper bills who never go very far in upsetting the establishment but can be sold as major progress to a portion of the disadvantaged public having seen not a tidbit of progress in ages may do the trick.
So… the R Party already offers right-wing demagogues who grasp the dark side hooks in people vulnerable to such manipulation. That leaves the D Party to offer fake leftist candidates to cover both sides of the traditional political isle (soso privileged selfish upper middle classers and misled self-described conservatives allied with the immoral money aristocracy on the declared right and people fighting for decent lives of working families on the declared left (but now deluded by fake lefties)). It’s all about straw men in politics. Here is a short clip of Chris Hedges mentioning some of this:
Straw Men in Politics
Chris Hedges: “Democracy has been destroyed by global capitalism”
And another revelation from a crony of the money aristocracy stumbling in front of the camera:
Trump, Biden, Warren… All Corrupt ‘Elite’
Elizabeth Warren Face Plants On Biden Corruption Question
The Jimmy Dore Show
12. Strategy: Why the D-Party SoSo-Works with Bernie Sanders
We all have been thinking, for sure, about why Bernie runs inside the “Democratic” Party, especially after it downright cheated him out of the 2016 primaries. Some consider him fauxgressive because of that and feel betrayed. Others (more or less myself included) think it’s his belief that this is the most workable strategy to overcome the establishment barriers. But another question that makes sense is why the D Party rulers even bother to let him run in their dog and pony show primaries. How about this possibility: they want to bait people with a progressive candidate they feel sure enough about that they can cheat him again (like the R Party rulers probably thought they could do with a Reality TV show host)? The following discussion of Jimmy Dore with “The Hill” may get some thoughts rolling in that sphere:
Jimmy Dore: If Bernie wants to win, he’s got to stop playing by the rules
13. Money in Politics: The R & D Parties’ Race to the Bottom ***
How the big betrayal of the American People by the two major parties got started and proceeded since. This explains a LOT of what we need to know (and amazingly from November 2015!):
Days of Revolt – The Corporate Coup d’etat with Ralph Nader
14. No Piecemeal But a Big Determined Movement Needed
Enough With the Foolish Magical Thinking Get-Rich-Quick Schemes!
15. U.S.A. is a Paid Servant of Murderous Saudi Regime
REAL Reason Trump Sent Troops To Guard Saudi Oil w/John Kiriakou
The Jimmy Dore Show
16. Humor: X-Rated Politics (Jimmy Dore)
Warning! Really X-rated (sexish).
Dumbest Thing Ever Said On Meet The Press!
The Jimmy Dore Show
17. Ancient Wisdom (Fables)
Aesop’s Fables – Film, Literature and the New World Order
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