Video Weekend 02-17-2018 (9 videos)

A very varied weekend video collection of informative reports and interviews sporting Richard Wolff, Chris Hedges, Abby Martin, Michael Lewis, David Pakman, Jimmy Dore, and others. The topics range from unfair taxes, a People’s Alliance¸ billionaire badness, the false-hearted celebration of business frauds and billionaires, the thieving stock market culture, U.S. Empire and its death economy, and the U.S. lottery of life to how incredibly cheap some of our corrupt politicians are. Five sections:

  1. The Class War from the Top and the Bottom Fighting Back
  2. More Billionaire Badness
  3. U.S. Empire
  4. Political Corruption
  5. The U.S. Lottery of Life

 

I. The Class War from the Top and the Bottom Fighting Back

How our taxes are set up to gouge the many on behalf of the few:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff On How US Tax System Favors the Rich “)

As Richard Wolff concludes, naturally the Trump/GOP Tax “Reform” didn’t fix any of this injustice (instead, it made it worse… the fox guarding the henhouse).

 

Richard Wolff on socially responsible income redistribution and the People’s Alliance:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff On Taking Care Of The Elderly And The Disabled Maine Style “)

Comment: As long as it won’t be repealed by the plutocracy, the financing of old age care in Maine should likely work, like it did under FDR when he heavily taxed the rich. Unfortunately, merely taxing the rich while not undoing the imbalanced wealth and income distribution of our economic system that creates the rich in the first place, showed itself to be only a short term solution under FDR, because the rich (at least some of them), feeling outraged over having their privileges curtailed somewhat, bribed and propagandized democracy and an educated citizenry out of existence and used the co-opted government to roll the New Deal back to where there is precious little left; and they are coming for that tiny residue now, too.

 

II. More Billionaire Badness:

In line with this week’s mini-series “Vapid Lives of Destruction,” here are two more telling videos revealing the rottenness of our reverse-Robin-Hood system and the spoiled brats straddling it at the top:

More Billionaire Badness :

Limitless taking from fellow humans to become rich beyond measure:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Inside The World Of The Global Super-Rich“)

Note on language and narrative: One should never call making or receiving unearned money “earning” money.

Pertinent quote: “For everyone who’s making money [at the stock market], someone is losing money.” It is really important to realize that their are two… well… let’s say three ways of making money: (1) by producing something of value or providing a valuable service (honest work), (2) by doing BS jobs or holding a paid BS position (a lot more these days than most folks realize, for example useless bureaucracy), (3) stealing from others (typical at the stock market and other investment schemes plus any other forms of assets hoarding)

 

How the rich and the reverse Robin Hood system are often celebrated by idiots, sycophants, and that special kind of human hyena who dedicates his life to climbing up the dungheap of our warped society (probably involving cheating those he promises to help with their business ideas, and definitely stealing from workers if he does get involved in the creation of a capitalist business). I must say this youtuber gets on my nerves (just like the majority of wealth reporters who constantly drool and cheer): always smiling and going ‘wow’ ‘wow’ ‘wow’, feeding right into the sick mindset that hoards and shows off wealth on one end and ignores the misery created by that stealing and hoarding on the other end of the equation where people starve, are homeless, and get zilch opportunity in life! I wouldn’t watch this youtuber during or shortly before a meal. You have been warned:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “THE BILLIONAIRE LIFESTYLE OF DUBAI !!! “)

And, yet, sometimes there is a glimmer of hope, or at least honesty:

 

Some plutocrats are more forthcoming than our corporate media stooges:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Michael Lewis: Nobody Understands the Stock Market“)

Before you feel depressed from all this rigging reported here, call to mind that learning about these things enables us to fight for radical systemic change.

 

III. U.S. Empire

Abby Martin interviewing Chris Hedges on the American Empire:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Abby Martin & Chris Hedges: War, Propaganda & the Enemy Within”)

 

The Death Economy – David Pakman interviewing John Perkins, author of Hoodwinked and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man“)

 

IV. Political Corruption

How cheaply some enemies of the people are bought:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Woman Dragged From Public Meeting For Exposing Corruption“)

 

V. The U.S. Lottery of Life

The Humanist Report tells the story of a man who almost lucked out:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Uninsured Man Could Finally Afford Doctor Visit After Lottery Win, But It Was Too Late…”)

Concluding word: Let us always have news of the corrupt rigging of our civilization strengthen our resolve to cure it.

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Vapid Lives of Destruction, Part 4: Selfish vs Responsible Spending

How humanity spends its resources is directly linked to how good or bad we live, how much we maintain or destroy our planet, and whether we make wonderful progress or regress into the dark ages. Ever wonder what happens to the wealth and income that is taken away from you and given to the rich, in other words the resources we need for progress? This series has informed you a bit on this. Today’s video report, shared below, shows even more excesses of billionaires directing our resources into one-upping each other on their luxury toys. Once again, you get to see these billionaires swimming in so much money (unearned, stolen from the rest of us who work!), and at the same time being so selfishly self-indulgent, that they have to come up with most outlandish ways to spend lavishly on themselves and outspend each other for status gain over each other to satisfy their vacuous, immature personalities:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Fabulous Life Of Filthy Rich Billionaires- 2015”)

Now, imagine how many homeless people a narcissistic creep like that could house for the price of his flying Jumbo Jet palace.

Imagine what could happen if – besides buying one opulent luxury toy after another – billionaires wouldn’t at the most stoop to giving merely a tiny fraction of their unearned wealth to charities as a way of pretending to be good and at the same time justifying even more tax evasion. Imagine the amazing impact it could have if just one of them chose to seriously invest in a better world.  Continue reading

Vapid Lives of Destruction, Part 3: The Stalled Minds of the Billionaires Forestall Human Progress

When one watches filmed documentaries about the lives of billionaires, it’s like watching a crowd of naughty children. They squander enormous wealth on luxurious shopping, jet-setting, and partying, instead of spending it in socially responsible ways. By co-opting governments, or by simply squandering the large chunk of humanity’s wealth that they control, they block human process in order to live their childish god-fantasies. When they (physically, but not mentally!) leave behind their childhood, they have to be on constant guard against gold diggers, and – when they do marry – they typically maintain their marriages so badly that frequent divorces are the norm. And finally they raise their own children to become utterly immoral narcissists to repeat the disastrous cycle.

Waking up out of their empty and destructive way of life is difficult since everybody always says yes to them because of how they wield their wealth as a club. And so they never grow as human beings to arrive at sound insights, sensible opinions, and good goal-setting. Everybody around them only loves the opulence that sticks to them like a bad smell. Nobody cares about them as a person. All the human consideration they get they must buy since, as persons, they are underdeveloped, blithe, abominable, and vacuous. What an empty life to live!  Continue reading

Vapid Lives of Destruction, Part 2: Billionaires are Bad for Us

In this second part of the mini-series on the super rich, let’s look at a few of them. As I promised before, the actual evil deeds committed by some of them are discussed in other articles while this series focuses on exposing their lifestyle and the destructive mindset that comes with that. This second part of the mini-series focuses on how the super-rich arrive in their elevated position and how they live their lives.

First the arrival:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Billionaires: The Youngest In The World (2016) | Forbes”)

Most billionaires are indeed born billionaires, born to be incredibly rich through no accomplishment of their own, born to privilege, and born to be bad. The tiny fraction of them that wasn’t born as billionaires, and who therefore are constantly being dangled in front of us as a justification of our huge wealth inequality (by making huge wealth look as if it were self-made), simply won the lottery of the our capitalist market system — typically with a piece of crap in the software industry, like this Snapchat dude in the video.  Continue reading

Vapid Lives of Destruction, Part 1: The Pathology of the Rich

In the current hailstorm of government acts taken against its own people on behalf of the super-rich (like tax cuts for the robber billionaires tied to many expenditure cuts for the rest of us), it may be sensible to take a look at the puppeteers behind the scenes. When I say puppeteers, I don’t mean the middlemen in public office, whether they be presidents, governors, legislators or others, nor am I referring to the 42,000 strong army of lobbyists, nor the think tank plotters or mass media propagandists, nor even the political consultants that by now are gobbling up much of the donations given to the Repucratic-Dempublican twin party tyranny, but the billionaires whose desires these handmaidens fulfill.

I am not making the unsubstantiated claim that all billionaires are evil beyond redemption. In fact, I strongly suspect that it is only a portion of our contemporary billionaires who even bother to get involved in actively rigging the system against everybody else. Most likely, a large portion of billionaires just go with the flow, floating through their lifelong vacations, being way too immature to realize their responsibility to the rest of the world — something this mini series will visibly expose.  Continue reading

Video Weekend 02-10-2018 (11 videos)

This weekend’s video compilation focuses on national politics and a wide array of economy-related topics, ranging from our oligarchy’s war on thinking, the Dempublican-Repucratic resistance against the will of the people, corporate deception, different segments of the public suffering from different economic changes, the unhealthy consequences of inequality and historic rise of inequality with the rising chance of violent revolutions.

 

I. National Politics:

Newsbroke: Anti-Intellectualism – The War on Thinking

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Rich Want To Keep You Dumb”)

 

Jimmy Dore: The Voter’s Will Keeps Getting Trampled by the Dempublicans

I reported on other ballot initiatives (such as laws against politician corruption) being trampled by state governments. Well, here is a new case once again:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ranked Choice Voting Under Attack In Maine”)

 

HR: The “Dem” arm of the Dempublican Corporate Stooges:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democratic Establishment Still Cheating Progressives, Shielding Corporatists “)

 

HR: The Manipulative Dishonesty of our Corporations

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “AT&T Caught Funding Fake Activism for Phony Net Neutrality “Protection” Law”)

 

II. Economics

Billionaire admits that tax gifts to the rich do nothing for us:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Have you gotten your $4,000 yet? “)

 

Richard Wolff – the abusiveness built into oligarchic power structures:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff On Hierarchies And Workplace Abuse“)

 

And now two talks on the consequences of inequality (you can skip the longer second if you are short on time since it overlaps with the first):

Inequality creates Unhealthy Societies by all Measures (17 min short):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How economic inequality harms societies | Richard Wilkinson”)

 

Social Science: The psychological and health effect of income inequality (56 min long):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Inequality is unsustainable | Richard Wilkinson”)

Note: At 20:17 minutes in you may note that the U.S. is an outlier with regard to prison population since here we don’t only have the direct effects of income inequality, but in the U.S. we additionally have a racket in the form of private prisons and prison-profiteering supply companies which put pressure on our legislature to create them more prisoners to profit from. We also have a high share of politically motivated legal persecution (the war on drugs really always having been a war on Blacks and dissidents (such as the hippies once were)).

 

Economists sorting out the types of our current problems and solutions at the World Economic Forum (in part interesting because that’s the place where our oligarchs meet to hobnob and pat themselves on the shoulders while heads of governments visit to kiss their feet) (I must warn you of the chortling moderator, though, who clearly has no clue about the suffering many of us go through nowadays):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Is Rentier Capitalism Aggravating Inequality?”)

 

Thom Hartmann’s very telling recent interview of Richard Wolff:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Prof. Richard Wolff Believes Extreme Poverty in America is only Going To Get Worse”)

 

III. Media

A very rare case of honesty and significance in corporate media reporting (telling stuff I have been writing about all along, very surprising for the Clinton “News” Network, probably as part of their anti-Trump menu of dishes):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “U.S. May Soon Have Revolution”)

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Video Weekend 01-27-2018 (10 Videos + Commentaries)

This weekend’s collection of politically instructive videos not only addresses a variety of issues (more than easily shows in its titles) but also sports a large collection of notables: Chris Hedges, Jimmy Dore, Lee Camp, Abby Martin, Mike Figueredo, and Kyle Kulinski, to name the best known.

  1. Plutocracy and Patient Dumping
  2. The Fight to Retake the “Democratic” Party
  3. Class Warfare, White Male Fury…
  4. The Base of the Far Right
  5. Medicare for All
  6. Tell Tale World Politics

 

I. Our Toxic Plutocratic Civilization (case: Patient Dumping)

Plutocratic, profit-driven, me-me-me-mentality-polluted societies treat people like commodities and trash:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Video Shows Baltimore Hospital’s ‘Patient Dumping’ | NBC Nightly News”)

Like most of us, when I saw one of the original videos about this case, I was outraged. I also couldn’t help but wonder if it was real or staged. So I searched around and found the mainstream media agreeing that it was real. I asked myself, what were those security guards thinking. Were they thinking of their paycheck and the video games awaiting them at home? Had they been reluctant but ordered by their boss, threatened with being fired? Had the patient been violent endangering hospital staff and other patients?

So, I kept digging and came across this video. It reveals a lot about our broken healthcare system and our broken society on the whole. The bigger picture is always worth looking at. Yes, we should be outraged, but not just at a particular hospital staff dangled before us by people who don’t see the big picture or by media moguls who are only into making money and status from their position on our TVs. Do watch this doctor telling about the big picture and ask yourself if there isn’t indeed a lot more to be outraged about, a lot more needing to be fixed:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The REAL Story Behind That Baltimore Patient Dumping Video | Incident Report 135”)

 

II. Update on the Fight to Retake the Democratic Party

Maybe, just maybe, not all hope is lost for a Democratic Wing of the “Democratic” Party. This is a follow-up to Thursday’s article ( The Poisonous Duopoly):

I guess, this year will show how this plays out:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Signs Revolution Happening Inside Democratic Party w/Nomiki Konst “)

Here is another possible indication that corporatist “Democrats” may be breaking, but at the same time it is a reminder to be cautious in believing their smooth talk. Do the actions confirm the words? We have been lied to by forked-tongued politicians before, hence we must keep a close eye on their actions:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kirsten Gillibrand Names Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren as Leaders of Democrats “)

Comment: Before anybody dissolves in a warm, fuzzy assurance that the “Democratic” Party is about to start representing us (the people) to any extent, please keep in mind that the party bosses will have no reason to buckle unless we have somewhere else to go, meaning a growing people’s movement and coalition that has third parties and independent candidates cooperate with each other and become a strong alternative to the Repucratic-Dempublican duopoly (a.k.a. Twin Party Tyranny). A new party that’s a true people’s party may take some time to build, but a coalition of existing third parties and new parties can produce a powerful people’s voting bloc quite fast, not to forget that independent voters are our largest voting bloc these days. Without the coalition they (just like the twin party lemmings,too) just rarely know who truly deserves their vote. A people’s coalition could do even more than provide an alternative to the duopoly. It could present us with entire cabinets running for office instead of just a single nominee, and it would bring ideas and issues to the table that the duopoly and establishment media have kept taboo. Oh, I can’t wait…

 

III. MISC

Insights on a mix of subjects:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[95] Class Warfare, Alienation, & Real Origins Of #MeToo With Dr. Harriet Fraad”)

 

IV. Societal Cancer: The Unreasonable Far Right

The populist powerhouse of the American fascist right:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges 2018 (Jan 13, 2018) – Abby Martin Trump, Fascism & the Christian Right “)

 

V. Medicare for All

The healthcare and media war:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Over 1 Million Watch Bernie’s Medicare For All Town Hall, Media Yawns “)

 

VI. The Media War

The Media wars and more:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Is Rachel Maddow Dangerous To Journalism? W/Abby Martin “)

Oh, dear Abby… more power to your words of citizen journalists and people’s media needing to build each other up and creating networks. Just like what I keep saying.

Media war & American Empire:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Abby Martin Exposes Untold History of U.S. Empire”)

An idea just occurred to me. I haven’t been keen on a Trump impeachment because I fear that Mike Pence, taking over from him, will be even worse. The silver lining that just occurred to me is that if those who are working their evil behind Trump’s front would then be more exposed…

 

VII. World Politics

Thanks to Facebook’s increasing blocking, word of yesterday’s post hasn’t gone out as much as it should. OK, none of our articles here do, but this one was stymied more than past ones. It provides a really important insight into the oligarchy’s trickery, though, and the lies fed us on the corporate mainstream media, so I am reposting the featured video report here:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Smuggled Crisis: Who’s crashing Venezuela’s economy?”)

Have a restful weekend if at all possible, my friends.

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America’s Mirror Overseas

Life shows us that there are places and events which at first glance seem unimportant but which can teach us a lot. One such place is Venezuela, a country we may deem unimportant, far away, and uninteresting; a country with a government we have only heard bad things about. Why not innocently believe the claims made by our corporate media about such an unimportant seeming place? Why care about little Venezuela, somewhere to the south of us? And, yet, if we take a good look at it, we may discover that we are staring at ourselves! Continue reading

The Feel-Good Politics Trap

feel-good-politics

The previous piece exposed the use of language manipulation to pull people into political movements and parties which do them a disservice. I pointed to the historic fact that the aim and task of right-wing parties has always been to befuddle large segments of the population into acting against their own interests by baiting them with follies like nationalism, racism, or religion — all ways to give the gullible a sense of being special and belonging to a superior social group. I concluded that this is feel-good politics instead of make-good politics and usually at other groups’ expense.

Today I will briefly elaborate on the scam of feel-good politics and also point out that it is no longer limited to only the right wing whose sole purpose it has always been to make the most gullible portion of the people side with its oligarchy.  Continue reading

Video Weekend 01-13-2018 (7 Videos) — JJJ

This Triple-J video weekend is dominated by three great personalities. On one hand, Jimmy Dore and his team produced so many good videos lately that I am having a hard time catching up to share them all. So, this video weekend is dedicated to the Jimmy Dore Show. Only the last video is from another source, namely great thinker Jamarl Thomas doing what I like to do most, too: calibrating our perspective and turning our focus on the great world we can build, a perfect world for humanity that is only a decision and political revolution away. And, not to forget, we have here a great, visionary, and very historically informative interview with none other than Jill Stein. Enjoy!

 

I. Jimmy Dore

A) Getting the Crooks out of Politics

Learn more about Tim Canova and Deplorable Debbie

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Imran Awan Criminal Investigation Snares Debbie Wasserman Schultz”)

There is more:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Election Fraud Likely In Debbie Wasserman Schultz Victory “)

 

B) Net Neutrality

The fight for a censorship-free Internet continues:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Good News In Fight For Net Neutrality “)

 

C) The Surveillance State

Big brother is watching you (thanks to the Twin Party Tyranny):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Pelosi Just Helped Trump Spy On You! “)

Comment: Well said. We truly live in unconstitutional times. All this century, ever since the never-elected Bush-Cheney Regime took over and trampled our Constitution with impudence and glee, have our country’s political handmaidens to the robber billionaires blithely ignored and violated our Constitution.

 

D) America and the World

America’s Decline Seen From Abroad (gets really good 5:16 min in, but also has good stuff before (for example on our faked corporate media’s Middle East reporting)):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Europe Laughing At America’s Red Scare w/Rania Khalek”)

 

E) Alternative to the Duopoly

Very informative interview of Jill Stein by Jimmy Dore

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Jill Stein’s Strategy To Coalesce The Left“)

Notes: No more lesser evil voting. Ranked Choice Voting to free us from the spoiler straight jacket. Major unions thinking about a new party. People’s movement umbrella organizations sprouting. The “Dems” have denied us a people’s party for about three generations. When you silence the people you make a demagogue inevitable. J20 Trials.

 

II. Jamarl Thomas

Closing words on getting past our own hang-ups, our self-created problems, and learning to think and act big:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “We Must Retain Our Capacity to Think & Do BIG Things as a Collective “)

Note: Now, my call to arms tends to focus on cosmic challenges like our short lifespans and horrid decrepitude in the later part of life. Cosmic exploration would also be nice, and I openly dream of a Star-Trek-like human world we can build, my focus not being on space travel but a good life for all. Isn’t that the goal we should all set for ourselves and rally around?

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