Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-12-29 (21 videos)

Main issues treated by this week’s video collection: the cheating and rule of the rich, and the many angles of our immigrant nation.

Stars & Channels: Double Down News, Richard Wolff, Lewis Black, The Laura Flanders Show, VICE News, BuzzFeedVideo, NowThis News, As/Is, Ralph Nader & Harvey Wasserman, The Real News Network, Academy of Ideas, and several more…

Topics:

  1. Fighting the Oligarchy ***
  2. Great Wolff Speech from 2013 ***
  3. Corporate Tax Cheats – How & How Much (prime example: Amazon)
  4. The Rich Doubling their Wealth while we Struggle to Live
  5. U.S. (Anti?)-Immigrant Nation
  6. The Buyers’ Labor Market
  7. Empire: The Afghanistan Scam
  8. U.S. History: Especially Election Fraud & Green vs Nuclear Power
  9. News: The Real Reason for R&D Sanctioning Against a Russian-EU Gas Deal
  10. Public Brainwash: The People Played by Schools & Media
  11. Music: Let’s Recall our Immigrant Ancestry – Immigrants are Human Beings
  12. Music: Colorful America (Star Spangled Banner)
  13. Humor: Lewis Black on 2019

 

1. Fighting the Oligarchy ***

Why Labour Lost: Oligarchs are Gaming Democracy 💰🗳 | George Monbiot ~ Double Down News

 

2. Great Wolff Speech from 2013 ***

Great to hear again (or for the first time) now:

A Cure for Capitalism – Palo Alto ~ RichardDWolff

 

3. Corporate Tax Cheats – How & How Much (prime example: Amazon)

“Legal” tax breaks and loop holes are gotten from corrupticians via lobbyists and the tax burden is then solidly shifted onto the working people away from the rich and their corporate tools. Here you can learn some specifics (esp. of Amazon) how the rigged tax laws are played by these selfish giants:

How Amazon Paid $0 Federal Income Tax in 2018 ~ CNBC

And this does not even cover the tax evasion discovered in the Panama and Paradise Papers.

 

4. The Rich Doubling their Wealth while we Struggle to Live

World’s richest doubled their wealth this decade. Did you? ~ RT America

 

5. U.S. (Anti?)-Immigrant Nation

Slashing Worker Exploitation at the Bottom rather than the Top

… doesn’t necessarily help more than hurt.

Let’s keep in mind that what farmers get paid for the food they produce is only a tiny fraction of what we pay in groceries. The bosses of the middle-man segments in the food flow make most of the profits. Exploitation is wrong at any level, and violently slashing at one spot rather than restructuring to a healthier overall economy may only increase the widespread suffering more than help improve things:

For Undocumented Workers, It’s Not-so-Sweet Home Alabama ~ PBS NewsHour

Healthy economies must be balanced and people should always be valued above profits. The new anti-immigration laws and government practices in a long-term immigrant and migration country has huge effects of dubious outcomes.

Swirling around Workers at the Expense of Tax Payers

One thing is obvious. For these industries to survive, they must replace lost workers. And since few Americans are able or willing to do these jobs, it just results in a costly circling of undocumented immigrants back and forth at our costs in taxes and prices while at the same time human costs get kicked below the belt:

The Worst Job In New York: Immigrant America ~ VICE News

And also a glimpse at the developing replacement of working people by robots. (something to deal with by shorter working weeks and a citizen’s dividend (fair slice of the economic pie providing security for our basic needs rather than keeping the economy-ownership reserved to the rich))

Nature of & Impact by Immigrants and Refugees

How are immigrants and refugees different? ~ CNN

America’s Immigration History

America an Immigration Nation 2017 ~ Immigration Nation 2016

Immigrant Nation America (Short Sample)

A Nation Of Immigrants ~ BuzzFeedVideo

Immigrrr: A Citizen Standing up for Constitutional Rights

… something seen so rarely nowadays that our Constitution rots in a ditch. Quote: ‘I have no obligation to oblige by that warrant.’ — This citizen stopped ICE agents from arresting 2 undocumented immigrants because he knew his rights, our constitution protecting citizens against officials raiding their homes and private places.

How This Citizen Stopped ICE From Arresting 2 Immigrants | NowThis ~ NowThis News

Immigrant Children on their Parents’ Sacrifices – Part 1

Children From Latino Families Reveal Sacrifices Their Parents Made ~ As/Is

Immigrant Children on their Parents’ Sacrifices – Part 2

Children Of Asian Immigrants Reveal Sacrifices Their Parents Made ~ As/Is

Good” vs “Bad” Immigrants

Scot Nakagawa: Asian America’s Overlooked Diversity ~ The Laura Flanders Show

An immigrant citizen once said in a documentary what so many of them feel: “It’s not my native land; but it means more to me than my native land.” (And how many U.S.-born citizens love America this much? I wonder.)

 

6. The Buyers’ Labor Market

Why Job Seekers, Employers Aren’t Connecting ~ PBS NewsHour

So…, while some employers may actually be honest about not finding enough job applicants for decently paid jobs (say, because of their geographic location or because of lacking job security), I am well familiar with employers who simply feel entitled to freely pick from a bloatedly large pool of job applicants (willing to be overworked and abused out of desperation) and/or pay too little in order to max out their profits while officially whining about a lacking or lazy labor force on their way to the bank. This was hinted at in this report. Something else that came up but was not discussed is another suspicion I have. Namely, when you consider how many unemployed nowadays are in their fifties or sixties, having been dumped from the jobs in which they used to do good work only to then be replaced by less experienced younger workers who get paid less, thus pushing down wages across the board, or not replaced at all (making the remaining workers simply work twice as much for a stagnant wealth), and when you recall seeing a lot of unemployed in that age group being interviewed in this report, one can also conclude that the story of a lacking or lazy workforce is part of a game to ratchet up capitalist profits without regard for dire consequences such as ruining countless lives and driving our economy into the ground.

 

7. Empire: The Afghanistan Scam

ON CONTACT: Afghanistan papers with Spenser Rapone ~ RT America

 

8. U.S. History: Especially Election Fraud & Green vs Nuclear Power

(set to start there; the preceding talk is about self-driving cars)

The Self-Driving Car: Is It Safe? ~ Ralph Nader Radio Hour

 

9. News: The Real Reason for R&D Sanctioning Against a Russian-EU Gas Deal

Yep, that’s right. Mercantilism, the old feudal age practice of forcing trade deals on behalf of the powerful. Will we finally come to realize that we live in a modernized version of feudalism?

After Democrats Push Bill to Send Fracked Gas to EU, Trump Includes in Budget ~ The Real News Network

Red or Blue, neither work for you. Both oligarchy-serving major parties (R&D) who stage rigged elections and a “good cop/bad cop” routine to pretend to us that we have a real democracy instead of a mere sham ornamented with democratic mechanisms but totally undermined from above. And fracking the ground away from under our feet is all perfect for the profit makers who live in palaces all over the globe on private islands and the most beautiful places. We are just human trash for them, not fellow humans.

 

10. Public Brainwash: The People Played by Schools & Media **

Why Public Schools and the Mainstream Media Dumb Us Down ~ Academy of Ideas

 

11. Music: Let’s Recall our Immigrant Ancestry – Immigrants are Human Beings

… and a lot of migration is the consequence of trouble in the world, not the cause. Should we not solve the troubles rather than stomp on their most desperate victims?

Great Irish Song – The Emigrants Story – Jack Carey ~ JCM Ireland

 

12. Music: Colorful America (Star Spangled Banner)

The Star Spangled Banner in Multicultural Societies ~ starspangledmusic

 

13. Humor: Lewis Black on 2019

Stuff That Pissed Off Lewis Black in 2019 | The Daily Show

 

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One thought on “Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-12-29 (21 videos)

  1. I’m really impressed with the gentleman who held to his constitutional rights even while the ICE agents were trying to pressure him into complying with an order that was NOT an actual warrant. Bravo!! (I think we need to train all people to understand the differences and how to assert their rights as citizens not to comply with these illegal orders and the intimidation.) #familiesbelongtogether

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