Wakeful Video Weekend 2020-08-09 (23 videos)

Again, if you are too short on time to discover many top level meaningful videos covering critical events, problems, and solutions, here is a weekly share for you to check out and share onward. Main issues this time: the American economic catastrophe, mindset, and the fight for our lives and democracy (incl. protests and the People’s Party)

Stars & channels: thejuicemedia (“Honest Government Ad”), Second Thought, On Contact with Chris Hedges, Jimmy Dore, Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), Unregistered Podcast, JamesFromTheInternet, We Don’t Have Time, NonCompete, The Rational National, Status Coup, Step Back History, LastWeekTonight, The Real News Network, Secular Talk, Movement for a People’s Party, …

Topics:

  1. Most Everything Summed Up in this Comedic Episode of “Honest Government Ad” (Wow!) **
  2. The Inverted American Dream ***
  3. Resurgence of Popular Left Media ***
  4. Mass Extinction and Nonviolent Rebellion **
  5. Meritocracy’s “Smartness” Cult Blatantly Justifies Inequality
  6. Exploding Surveillance via Facial Recognition
  7. Protest Marches
  8. Handling a Crisis Properly
  9. U.S.A. = Failed State
  10. Economic Update: Theft by Insurances, etc.
  11. Richard Wolff Comparing Fascism with Socialism
  12. News: Businesses are Crashing (+Jobs disappearing, Homelessness Coming)
  13. UBI Becoming More Convincing even Among the ‘Elite’
  14. Democracy: The Magic of the Early Internet Has Been Lost
  15. Police State: Gun-Pointing and Handcuffing Children
  16. DNC Meetings Rigged by Corporate Criminals
  17. Long-Term History of Party Elite Corruption
  18. Pandemic: Boosted in Jails and Prisons
  19. Corona Crisis: Call For Moratorium On Utility Shutoffs
  20. Healthcare: The Corruption of Congress (Both Parties!)
  21. People’s Party Update: Latest National Call

 

1. Most Everything Summed Up in this Comedic Episode of “Honest Government Ad” (Wow!) **

(and not about Australia this time but the U.S.!)

Honest Government Ad | A message from the White House ~ thejuicemedia (Jul 30, 2020)

Great quote: Exploit the CRISIS to FUNNEL WEALTH from the poor TO THE RICH!

Note: The only (small) flaw is blaming it all on Trump rather than both corrupt parties and their rich puppet masters. (I think Australians have a parliamentary democracy system rather than thatstupid winner take all one we have in the U.S. that gives us a tyranny constructed by two parties working together while pretending to oppose each other.)

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2. The Inverted American Dream ***

previously: work hard, buy a home, live a pleasant life, retire financially safe, and see your children do even better

now: work your ass off for very little and see yourself as morally superior to your even-lower-paid counterparts (when in reality there is so much more to life than work and money, and life is so short)

America’s Overwork Obsession ~ Second Thought (Aug 7, 2020)

 

3. Resurgence of Popular Left Media ***

Escaping the oligarchy’s propaganda bubble:

The Resurgence of Popular Left Media ~ Second Thought (May 22, 2020)

Apparently a cool game to check and spread: Tonight We Riot ***

 

4. Mass Extinction and Nonviolent Rebellion **

Nonviolent Rebellion with Roger Hallam ~ On Contact with Chris Hedges (RT America, Aug 1, 2020)

 

5. Meritocracy’s “Smartness” Cult Blatantly Justifies Inequality

Academically smart deserve good lives, everybody else doesn’t (even though those who allegedly don’t deserve good lives do so much of the work that makes those arrogant sociopaths’ lives so good). And, no(!), giving everyone better grades and graduations does NOT EVER reshape the dungheap pyramid society of hierarchy and vastly uneven wealth and income distribution one single bit.

Freddie deBoer on The Cult of Smart ~ Unregistered Podcast (Jul 30, 2020)

 

6. Exploding Surveillance via Facial Recognition

Facial Recognition: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) ~ LastWeekTonight (Jun 15, 2020)

 

7. Protest Marches

I wonder how the police might react if many signs would say “Stop Acting Evilly!”, “We Pay Your Wages”, and “We are your relatives!”?

A Cornell West Speech during the protest marches:

Million People’s March For Justice #1 – Dr. Cornell West Speech ~ JamesFromTheInternet (Jun 5, 2020)

There is more here than just Black Lives Matter:
(the people at the bottom have had enough brutality from the top)
e.g.:

  • “If there is no struggle there is no progress!”
  • “Economic Justice”
  • “It is right to rebel”
  • “Lift every voice to fight oppression!”
  • “Respect human rights!”
  • “Police Terror”

Million People’s March For Justice #2 w/ Dr. Cornell West ~ JamesFromTheInternet (Jun 5, 2020)

 

8. Handling a Crisis Properly

Climate Action News: One-on-one with Bertrand Piccard ~ We Don’t Have Time (Jul 23, 2020)

 

9. U.S.A. = Failed State

America’s Unemployment Crisis Is About To Get Worse! ~ he Jimmy Dore Show (Aug 2, 2020)

 

10. Economic Update: Theft by Insurances, etc.

Economic Update: Pandemic Capitalism:: A View From Asia ~ Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work)

Important point: The right have long understood that they need to offer a unified message with simple core pillars that can be easily distilled to win people over.” Namely:

  1. “America is freedom”
  2. “immigrants are bad”
  3. “poor people are lazy”
  4. “corporations benefit everyone”

These are simple ideas that anyone can understand. The left by contrast is prone to infighting over all sorts of topics, some important but many frivolous.” (like how someone dresses)

 

11. Richard Wolff Comparing Fascism with Socialism

AskProfWolff: Mussolini: From Fascism to Socialism ~ Democracy At Work

 

12. News: Businesses are Crashing (+Jobs disappearing, Homelessness Coming)

Guess who else just declared bankruptcy? ~ RT America

 

13. UBI Becoming More Convincing even Among the ‘Elite’

Andrew Yang tries to convince Anand Giridharadas that we need UBI | Yang Speaks ~ (Aug 3, 2020)

Remember: a UBI (when properly done called a People’s Dividend or so) would be a financial safety floor under our feet. It’s great but not enough. Besides regulations protecting us from getting it stolen (by rent-raising landlords, for example) and public financing of things like healthcare that no individual basic income can be guaranteed to meet when a family has an expensive health crisis, we ALSO need a financial safety ROOF over our heads to protect us from psychopaths getting so much excessive income and wealth that they can bribe democracy away, as they have been doing for generations!

 

14. Democracy: The Magic of the Early Internet Has Been Lost

What is Real? ~ NonCompete (Aug 3, 2020)

Alternatives to the criminal Internet corporations recommended in this video:

  • mastodon (a decentralized social media network)
  • peertube (decentralized video platform)

 

15. Police State: Gun-Pointing and Handcuffing Children

Cops Handcuff Children, Assume Black Family Stole Vehicle ~ The Rational National (Aug 4, 2020)

 

16. DNC Meetings Rigged by Corporate Criminals

EXCLUSIVE: DNC Rigged Rules Committee Meeting ~ Status Coup (Jul 31, 2020)

Note: Please don’t take this as a hint that the GOP is any bit less rigged by corporate criminals. Both “major party” wings of the oligarchy are.

 

17. Long-Term History of Party Elite Corruption

What is often forgotten is that the “Democratic” Party had been corrupt, pro-slavery, etc. from the get-go (like the Whig Party, which is why the latter eventually broke apart creating the (then, not any more) progressive Republican Party). When the Communist Party and united Labor Unions FORCED Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression to adopt progressive measures (known as the famous New Deal) that gave healthy lives to a large section of the American population for a generation or two and boosted our economy to become world-leading, the D Party got progressive (in other words GOOD) reputation. But inside at the top still sat greedy, selfish corrupticians accustomed to please immoral people for political victories. And, so, when youthful activists in the sixties pushed for civil rights and ending the Vietnam War and the party elite had to struggle with Bernie-Sanders-like stand-uppers for people’s wishes, they turned their efforts and force on cheating them out of the 1968 primaries, and caucuses, and national convention (just like in 2016 with Bernie Sanders) rather than defeating the R Party in November (exactly like 2016) which is why the R Party landslide-like won in November (just like in 2016!) placing a highly corrupt corruptician (Nixon) in the White House (just like 2016!). And in the aftermath, this party ‘elite’ or party ‘leadership’ (what odd names for criminal dictators) eventually designed super candidates to reinforce its corrupt anti-democratic power and completely abandoned the working class it had significantly depended on during election since the New Deal, instead shifting full blow towards Wall Street and corporate bribes while pretending to still be for people using identity politics as a camouflage:

How the Establishment Steals Primaries ~ Step Back History (Mar 27, 2020)

 

18. Pandemic: Boosted in Jails and Prisons

Coronavirus VIII: Prisons & Jails: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) ~ LastWeekTonight (Jun 21, 2020)

 

19. Corona Crisis: Call For Moratorium On Utility Shutoffs

Sen. Merkley And Community Leaders Call For Moratorium On Utility Shutoffs ~ The Real News Network (Aug 5, 2020)

 

20. Healthcare: The Corruption of Congress (Both Parties!)

(and this when a recent poll showed 2/3 of Americans support Medicare for All)

Senate Bill Provides Medicare For All For Me But Not For Thee ~ Secular Talk (Jul 31, 2020)

The poll:

Medicare For All Support Keeps Skyrocketing ~ Secular Talk (Aug 4, 2020)

 

21. People’s Party Update: Latest National Call

MPP National Call 8.6.2020 ~ Movement for a People’s Party (Aug 6, 2020)

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