Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-04-11 (14 videos)

Some really outstanding informative and thoughtful videos came up this week! All great for us getting ready to make change. (the best of the best marked with *s).

Stars & channels: Chris Hedges (on The People’s Party talking with Nick Brana), Chris Hedges (on Michabo Sustainable Harmony), The Real News Network, Democracy At Work (Richard Wolff, Harriet Fraad, Julianna Forlano and others), The Jimmy Dore Show, …

Topics:

  1. People’s Party: Great Discussion of Chris Hedges with Nick Brana ***
  2. Remaining Quality Journalists **
  3. Taxing Workers Instead of the Rich
  4. Economic Update: Comparing “Rescue” Act with New Deal
  5. Corrupt Elites Always Leaving Out Large Population Groups from Profits and Benefits
  6. Police-Manufactured False Charges to Incriminate Justice Activists *
  7. Three Police-Injustice Victims got some Journalism Help
  8. The Modern Version of Legally Approved American Slavery
  9. Totally Weird Police Harassment of a Harmlessly Commenting Twitterer
  10. Caring: The Crucial Infrastructure of Human Life – Finally Considered **
  11. The Utter ‘Elite’ Corruption of Today’s America **
  12. Independent News Getting Shut Down By Tech Monopolies
  13. Discussing the Evil Mass Media
  14. World: The Truth vs Fascism Battle in Brazil (so lacking in the U.S.) *

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1. People’s Party: Great Discussion of Chris Hedges with Nick Brana ***

This week’s top video to watch (or listen to) if you have time for none other.

Chris Hedges: We Must Build A New Party ~ The People’s Party (Apr 8, 2021)

2. Remaining Quality Journalists **

Chris Hedges points at some of the few remaining meaningful and truth revealing journalists:

Chris Hedges Explains HOW to Seek Out Quality Journalism – April 2021 ~ Michabo Sustainable Harmony (Apr 3, 2021)

3. Taxing Workers Instead of the Rich

Two small examples from the U.S. and France (and how the people can react). When looking more deeply into our economic setups than in this short video, we find that taxing working people is done from all directions and the rich are always largely shielded. Linked up with market inequalities this leads to a division of people into rich and poor by design.

Buttigieg’s Idea To Screw Workers for Driving To Work ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Mar 30, 2021)

4. Economic Update: Comparing “Rescue” Act with New Deal

More details (quote of the abstract/summary placed with the video): “On this week’s episode, Prof. Wolff talks about the structural failure of Biden’s American Rescue Plan, Nigerian mass workers’ movement, private electricity for the US rich, big vs small business struggles, and why opposition to lockdowns only prolongs Covid. On the second half of the program, Wolff interviews author Rob Urie on criticizing capitalism.”

Economic Update: When Economic Systems Fail ~ Democracy At Work (Apr 5, 2021)

5. Corrupt Elites Always Leaving Out Large Population Groups from Profits and Benefits

… and the way this can be done (not mentioned in this conversation and therefore added by me) is by building and using cultures that create such groupings and define them as negligible.

Conscious blindness to the US economy not working for the majority – Bob Hennelly & Richard Wolff ~ Democracy At Work (Mar 30, 2021)

6. Police-Manufactured False Charges to Incriminate Justice Activists *

The “CRIME” of unknowingly passing on a counterfit money bill slipped into one’s hand. Was that bill intentionally handed to this innocent person to then charge her with a crime committed by others? Was it even counterfeit? Or was it the equivalent of a police officer pulling drugs out of his own pocket to charge an innocent person with a drug crime? (the latter clearly happening countless times in our corrupted country since our drugs law was obviously created for this purpose; the purpose of easily charging innocent people with felonies)

Did cops RETALIATE against this activist (and did the public defender drop the ball)? ~ The Real News Network (Apr 2, 2021)

7. Three Police-Injustice Victims got some Journalism Help

When a so very rare non-corrupt journalism media investigates and exposes the injustice of police and jurisdiction, targeted victims can occasionally be helped (at least in utterly insane judicial cases whose manufactured and ill intentioned nature is so very obvious from numerous angles that could potentially lead to a backlash against those who commit manufacturing them):

BREAKING: Charges dropped in multiple cases after PAR investigative reports ~ The Real News Network (Apr 9, 2021)

If only most of our media today were not members of the corrupt lordship system we are born into.

8. The Modern Version of Legally Approved American Slavery

Built by tricky laws; corrupt police, judicial, corporate, and prison system; and a still people-dividing culture. Private slave ownership has simply been state-ified and then even married to corporatist capitalism, using countless prisoners (often created by police framing and silly laws) as slaves and serfs.

How mega-corporations exploit US prison labor ~ The Real News Network (Apr 5, 2021)

9. Totally Weird Police Harassment of a Harmlessly Commenting Twitterer

No idea how real and accurate any of this is, but… weird and either scary or funny or both:

AOC Critic Intimidated By Police Over A Tweet ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Apr 10, 2021)

10. Caring: The Crucial Infrastructure of Human Life – Finally Considered **

Even if it doesn’t come through, the new infrastructure bill proposal finally puts (traditionally women) care labor on the map of value. Reminder: I have a family member who did care work in a senior center / hospice. And not only was she paid a very low wage but not even given a health insurance! Health care workers denied health care! What kind of cultural system is this?!? (one of the many reasons why we need Medicare for All plus also Social Security for all, the latter usually known as a UBI meaning pay for being a member of society and its economy)

Capitalism Hits Home: Caring: The Crucial Infrastructure of Human Life ~ Harriet Fraad and Julianna Forlano (Democracy At Work | Apr 8, 2021)

11. The Utter ‘Elite’ Corruption of Today’s America **

Richard Wolff talking about the American billionaire’s wealth raid and disgusting dismissal of their fellow citizens in 2020.

The winners of 2020 – Richard Wolff [Global Capitalism] ~ Democracy At Work (Apr 10, 2021)

12. Independent News Getting Shut Down By Tech Monopolies

Personally I didn’t catch much of what was being said (only having time to listen to it while doing stuff), and much of it appeared like ranting by independent media marketing experts going over the head of most of us. But i could be wrong since I was distracted, after all. Anyway, I am having this shared video start at a point that stuck out for me: the artificial reduction of subscribers. (a real pity even for me personally, since I have been dreaming of creating an online conversation series with a good friend, one that could be appealing and highly informative to lots of people, including elder ones; but what good would such efforts do if we staid unknown for ever (much like blogging nowadays)?)

Independent News Getting Shut Down By Tech Monopolies ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Apr 11, 2021)

13. Discussing the Evil Mass Media

Interesting to hear that Glenn Greenwald started out as a blogger. Also reconfirming what I based on my blogging already suspected: that doing good investigative or analytical reporting makes the entire media industry hate and block you.

Glenn Greenwald: Why American Journalism Sucks ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Apr 8, 2021)

Comments I picked up:
“American journalists are simply stenographers to the rich and powerful.”
“The media has severely hurt the country. They are truly evil in my opinion.”

14. World: The Truth vs Fascism Battle in Brazil (so lacking in the U.S.) *

For regular visitors of here a good deal of this is not really new, but this interview gives a good updated summary (with even the latest 2021 events included). In comparison, sadly we in the U.S. do no longer have a trustworthy democracy-dedicated supreme court. So, while the fascist movement built by long-time slave masters in Brazil is dangerously strong, it is not as thoroughly immersed throughout the national power structure as it is so sadly in our country, the United States. While plenty of sociopathic members in key positions of government, jurisdiction, military, and police (as fascism ALWAYS manages to get because of the lust for wealth and power and acceptance of authoritarian structure and utterly immoral actions among the members of these institutions) exist in Brazil and happily conduct fake crime investigations, false charges and court verdicts, and brutal assassinations; at least the supreme court there still stands up for democracy and even at least one corrupt fascist judge chose to abide by the supreme court’s ruling (apparently worried about what might happen to him if he just plaid the corrupt fascist game in blatant disobedience to the supreme court and legal system). Boy, here in the U.S. we need some spots in the system still stand up for democracy and due process, too. One of the attempted but so far failed crimes in Brazil turns out to be an attempt to imprison or deport the truth exposing journalist (Glenn Greenwald) by the same phony accusations of hacking with which Julian Assange has been endless years imprisoned already (without a verdict, yet, btw) for his truth reveals. And, boy, does Greenwald have balls of steel!

Glenn Greenwald Breaks Second Biggest Corruption Story Of Our Time ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Apr 8, 2021)

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