Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-05-09 (13 videos)

Summary: Curated great videos this week. Various issues, including COVID-19, sick political economy, and censored media.

Stars & channels: Democracy At Work (Richard Wolff), The Gravel Institute, The People’s Party, Secular Talk, The Jimmy Dore Show, Scientific American, Second Thought, The Gravel Institute, The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow

Topics:

  1. Homelessness: A Judge Insisting on Moral Civilization
  2. Economic Update: The Theater of Struggle Between Capitalism and Socialism
  3. Certain Reasons Why American Education is Broken
  4. Media War: Trump as New Boogeyman to Promote Censorship
  5. Our Dishonest Lords Preaching the Opposite of What They Do
  6. Interviewed Person on Mass Media Shifting Into Honesty – Wow!
  7. Current Economic Politics vs FDR’s New Deal
  8. COVID-19: Scientific American on the Coronavirus
  9. Discussion Concluding the People Need to Step Up
  10. Why Capitalism Can’t Fight Human Crises (Like Climate Change)
  11. The Awesome Spirit of the Civil War (an unfinished revolution for common good)
  12. Capitalism’s Immorality Boosting the Pandemic (and the depressingly immoral leadership jobs)

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1. Homelessness: A Judge Insisting on Moral Civilization

Astounding, indeed.

Court Orders Homes For Homeless In Los Angeles ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (May 2, 2021)

2. Economic Update: The Theater of Struggle Between Capitalism and Socialism

Often linked up with nationalism (we good, the others bad). Like so much politics we get played with, including Trump’s voter-grabbing tactics that actually gave him hostility from the globalist American capitalist money lords who really run our country now but like to raise their profits by replacing American workers with cheap ones in or from other countries.

Economic Update: How US Capitalism Uses Nationalism ~ Democracy At Work (May 3, 2021)

3. Certain Reasons Why American Education is Broken

Several important revelations (although, as always, the American secret of mishandling teachers way way way beyond merely poor salaries is left out (namely turning teaching into a precarious profession of huge mistreatment and constant turnover of the schools’ teacher staffs (for saving money on wage raises and pension funds, and using kicked out teachers as scapegoats for all the troubles) resulting in huge numbers of inexperienced teachers and even bigger numbers of experienced former teachers trying to reassemble their lives in other types of work – yes, sadly an issue never reported anywhere):

Why American Education is Broken ~ The Gravel Institute (Apr 29, 2021)

4. Media War: Trump as New Boogeyman to Promote Censorship

While demagogues should be restricted in their ability to play with gullible people’s heads, unaccountable censorship by giant corporations owning our public communication places is definitely not in the people’s favor. And, yes, boogeymen are always picked by anti-democratic overlords to justify their actions of enhancing their control over the people. Examples: the Nazis framed an allegedly leftist guy as a parliament arsonist to gain a kind of martial law rulership and then mass murder thousands of actual leftists and eliminate leftist political parties in the Weimar Republic, thus turning it into the fascist regime “Third Reich”. In 2011, framing Islamic terrorists as America’s great enemies (via professional explosive demolition of the Twin Towers and a third sky scraper not even nudged by an airplane) created boogeymen for legitimizing illegal for-proft wars in the Middle East and the tearing up of our American constitutional rights (esp. the 4th amendment — resulting among other things in allowing the government & military to spy on us all and even kidnap U.S. citizens without a court trial and leaving them to rot in black sites never seen or heard again in the open world). And, yes, free speech on the Internet has become another main target by the oligarchy over the last few years. For example, who still comes across this truths revealing blog here?

And let’s not forget. Trump is a lifelong member of the oligarchic ‘elite’, born into his position of power like most are. And he has scapegoated for his own power (immigrants, China, …). But he isn’t very popular among most of his fellow overlords because, unlike most of them, he isn’t secretive enough about his bad deeds, nor very efficient. The oligarchy wants more efficient and more nice-seeming crooks like Obama, for example, who one can argue acted worse than Trump, but making himself look so nice and kind to so many under-informed folks.

Trump Facebook Ban Stands As Liberals Cheer Censorship ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (May 6, 2021)

5. Our Dishonest Lords Preaching the Opposite of What They Do

Edward Snowden pointing out that dishonesty. Correct, we mustn’t gullibly believe what our ruling crooks say, but rather look at what they do.

Edward Snowden ROASTS Kamala Harris ~ Secular Talk (May 5, 2021)

6. Interviewed Person on Mass Media Shifting Into Honesty – Wow!

Professor Shuts Down BBC’s Propaganda In Real Time ~ The Jimmy Dore Show (Apr 25, 2021)

7. Current Economic Politics vs FDR’s New Deal

Wolff Responds: Evaluating Biden’s Shift Leftward ~ RichardDWolff (May 4, 2021)

8. COVID-19: Scientific American on the Coronavirus

Scientific American is a well established science magazine I was a big fan of in my youth (I might still read it regularly if I had the time and money) around since 1845(!). I just discovered it now also puts out some videos nowadays. Here are two videos dealing with the coronavirus giving some scientific insight:

Some tips given: The coronavirus motivates less fast than many other viruses (by being a virus that protects itself to some extent from synthesis errors); a good thing for us, of course, since this will past-recovery immunity and vaccination-made immunity be more a bit more reliable. COVID-19 tends to start out with low to imperceptible symptoms because it defends itself against the early immune system response. Some of the trouble caused by COVID-19 may be self-harming side effects of a strong immune response that builds up too slowly, comes too late to prevent further infection, and hurts the own body (lung especially) too much. And, mentioned at 50:00 antibodies drop down to half their number by 36 days after recovery.

Geek Out Session: Coronavirus–how It infects us and how we might stop it ~ Scientific American (Sep 9, 2020)

But coronavirus mutations are anything but rare (so, not as little as the previous video may have sounded like); but at least there is a hope that they are slow enough to let us update vaccines fairly effectively:

A Visual Guide to the New Coronavirus Variants ~ Scientific American (Feb 11, 2021)

Note concerning India: The recently reported 3915 deaths among 414188 infections comes out to slightly under a 1% death rate. So, rumors of higher deadliness of the Indian coronavirus variant are mistaken. Rather it seems to be more highly contagious (which indirectly raises deaths, but luckily much less than a major deadliness raise would since it has been fairly contagious from the start). (another major reason for the fast infections swoop is that social distancing was reversed to huge and dense electoral meetings, parties, and religious ritual crowds — important to note when there have been recurrent rumors that social distancing does nothing)

9. Discussion Concluding the People Need to Step Up

… because there is no knight on the hill who will save us from our catastrophes. Corrupticians like AOC and Biden promise us the moon (well, only a visit to the moon in Biden’s case) but keeping none of their promises. Others like Sanders, give a lot of good talk but don’t walk the walk. A bunch of details discussed in this video. Another big issue: the spiraling censorship of media and social media. The time when this started getting discussed is when this discussion video reached its major interest level, which is why I have st this looong video to start there (at 55:50):

The Eynelys Show 100 Day Special w/Nick Braña, Lee Camp, Stef Zamorano, and more! ~ The People’s Party (May 4, 2021)

Note: Current alternative to Youtube being proposed in this video is: https://rokfin.com (I thought it had no free use, but apparently it runs on the freemium concept, so one may be able to get enough there for free when stuck in poverty — it may be worth to check out)

Side note: I was reluctant to look into this one because Eynelys has in the past annoyed me with excessive constant cackling, even when sad issues are discussed. This time it went better. She either did it less, or I managed to filter it out. Anyway, I found this conversation worth listening to, especially after the first 55 minutes.

10. Why Capitalism Can’t Fight Human Crises (Like Climate Change)

Short answer: its overarching goals are profit making and capital accumulation (anything else doesn’t matter to the capitalist culture)

Why Capitalism Can’t Handle Climate Change ~ Second Thought (May 7, 2021)

11. The Awesome Spirit of the Civil War (an unfinished revolution for common good)

What They Didn’t Teach You About the Civil War ~ The Gravel Institute (Oct 15, 2020)

12. Capitalism’s Immorality Boosting the Pandemic (and the depressingly immoral leadership jobs)

… from more angles than the presented one, that one being the monopoly vaccine patents (not even having self-developed what they patented or the patents they bought).

Prof. Richard Wolff on Capitalist Cognitive Dissonance ~ The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow (May 8, 2021)

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Not to forget weekly broadcasts (but not among their own best, hence only pointed it but not shared, since I prefer to limit the shared ones to the better ones come up). Here is one: Ralph Nader Radio Hour – May 8, 2021
Winning and Losing in One-Click America ~ Ralph Nader Radio Hour (May 8, 2021)
Contents: How Amazon continues to suck the life out of Main Street, some Covid pandemic thoughts (the problem of profit-making patent-monopolism letting the pandemic go on forever), talk about avoiding the dangerous Boeing’s 737 Max airplane, the danger of ignoring the corrupt Congress…

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