Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses — to be Shot Dead!

You may have heard of the young woman who tried to cross the border and was shot in the head for it. It’s now death penalty for crossing a border without a visa. That’s the America of today. And she is not the first or the last.

What a contrast to the preceding centuries of America’s existence, when immigrants were invited by the millions to cheaply build our canals and rail roads, to work our mines and factories under deplorable conditions, to speed up the growth of our country and our industrial revolution, not to mention the wealth of the infamous robber barons and their growing rigged economy, built to make them rich and the rest of us poor — a system that lasts until today and is getting worse again.   Continue reading “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses — to be Shot Dead!”

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Video Weekend 06-02-2018 (15 videos)

More fun than usual. Today’s compilation of politically educational online videos — intended for the weekend when we can make some time to educate ourselves or to relax over more enriching footage than some overpaid guys chasing a ball — is a bit lighter in spirit than it so often turns out, thanks to a bit more humor having been sprinkled in. Topics:

  1. The Evangelical Dark Side
  2. How to Talk Politics
  3. The Lying Top
  4. Dem Takeover
  5. Amazing Progressive Campaign (Wow!)
  6. Economy
  7. Nativist Supremacy (+ Humor)
  8. Totalitarianism on the Rise

 

I. The Evangelical Dark Side

Today’s Video Weekend starts out with a video that honors Newsbroke which just went to the grave. (at least for now, there will be no new castings by Newsbroke)

Purported Christians doing evil as their religious duty:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Does The Religious Right Worship A Sinner? “)

And since we are on the topic…

Evangelical terrorists (trying to bring about Armageddon):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How White Evangelicals Sold Their Soul to Donald Trump To Bring About Armageddon”)

And why it is so sweet…:

Give the priest class private jets:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Televangelist Wants Regular Folks To Pay For His 4th Private Jet”)

And since preachers and corrupt politicians are so skilled at messing with people’s heads, let’s take a look at how to effectively frame conversations:

 

II. How to Talk Politics

Frame On! How to get through to people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How words change minds: The science of storytelling | Nat Kendall-Taylor | TEDxMidAtlanticSalon“)

Of course, this is nothing new to the ruling class and their minions. They have manipulated us with psychological tricks and blatant lies for ages. Time to take another look at them…

 

III. The Lying Top

Lying governments and media:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “All Governments Lie and so does their Corporate Media”)

 

IV. Dem Takeover

~50% success rate in replacing establishment “Democrats” with people’s representatives:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Our Revolution Just Won SEVEN Races“)

Analysis: Is this 50% success in the primaries actually taking over (and “reforming”) the “Democratic” Party from within? I don’t think so. I’d say it’s 50% success only with step #1. After the first step comes battling the mechanics and top-down control within the party where further setbacks will occur. Remember, once elected, representatives have to put up with stonewalling, stalling, party pressure, marginalization, exclusion, compromise deals, and worry about re-election. So, sooner or later they have much cause to taper down their goals, ally with the establishment politicians, take Big Money to revive their campaigns, and give up the ever more hopeless-looking resistance against the almighty party top steeped in money and corruption. This is pretty much what I have been predicting for about a year: some short term success, but no chance of long term success unless hefty outside pressure is also brought to bear (from independents and third/new parties, or even better: a coordinated people’s coalition). Merely slipping in a few good people at the bottom of the cesspool won’t suffice to clean it up.

Politicians of stolen wealth pretending to represent us (unlike Robin Hood, they don’t steal from the rich and share with the poor; they do the opposite: enabling the super-rich to steal more from the poor and for that get their cut while in office — the Clintons have been doing the exact same thing, btw):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »Heckler Confronts Pelosi Whats Your Net Worth!?!?)

The privileged don’t care to question and replace the rigged system:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Nancy Pelosi Repels Young People On CNN Town Hall“)

 

V. Amazing People’s Candidate Campaign (Wow!)

Wow! Wow! A must-watch! Alexandria, running on public campaign financing and the power of grassroots, managed to make an ad. And what an ad it is!

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Powerful Ad Has Corporate Dems Shook: ‘Not All Democrats Are The Same’“)

 

VI. Economy

More on BS jobs created by our warped system (one of the discoveries to lead to the conclusion that we need not make people work more but rather distribute better what we already have and produce (e.g. a UBI instead of limitless dividends for the rich)):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bullsh** Jobs Are Invading America!“)

When we would decide how to apply our improved mechanized productivity, we might choose to cover all our needs while working less and and living more (at least I would), but when a few holders of robbed and hoarded wealth got to make the big decisions, they instead revved up production past what we need and kept us shackled in excessive working hours lest we have time to think and take a stand for better lives:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Infinite Growth Cant Work“)

 

VII. Nativist Supremacy (+ Humor)

One of the last Newsbroke videos: White supremacy hiding behind linguistics (as always a tool to keep the privileged privileged by recruiting the less privileged over issues of skin color, language, and what not… you know, identity politics).

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Powerful White Nationalists Behind the English Only Movement“)

Comment: If you ask me, the English language is quickly deteriorating in both the U.S. and the U.K. (and maybe elsewhere)? Past subjunctive, past perfect, and even past participles distinct from past tense are disappearing quickly (example: I have gone = correct. I have went = wrong but increasingly common). Muricans and Brits are losing their timeline. And then the spreading use of “of” in place of “have”! It tickles me in funny ways when people who are not in full command of their own native language deride others over being slow to learn it or over daring to use another tongue once in a while, say when they prefer not to be eavesdropped upon or have something important to discuss for which their still deficient second language doesn’t quite suffice yet. Or because Spanish is far more capable of communicating love and affection than English ever was or will be…

Uhm… so what really is English? Here’s a bit of humor on the topic:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Rude Americans – Do you speak English? “)

Or how about Brits making fun of American vocab? It’s titled “Americans Don’t Understand English”.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Americans Don’t Understand English – The Jonathan Ross Show “)

Now imagine me going off about the decay of pronunciation in the U.K., such as when Mark Blyth makes astute commentaries about our economy and politics and is so darn hard to understand with all those missing consonants? I mean, there are some profound-seeming videos with him talking that I haven’t shared because they were just too unintelligible in spoken form (same goes for some Austrians).

 

VIII. Totalitarianism on the Rise

Below all the flashy and noisy political battles, totalitarianism is quietly creeping in. Connect the dots to see it. How antidemocratic plutocratic forces establish totalitarian power (right out of Hitler’s playbook):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Authoritarians Take Over Democracy Part One”)

Part 2 (ok)
Part 3 (good)

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours of spare time each month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

Get to Know the DCCC (“C” Stands for Corruption)

While the DNC marries the entire “Democratic” Party to our plutocracy and infamously rigs especially the presidential primaries, the DCCC (known as D-triple-C or D-Trip) is – as the name Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee suggests – focused on rigging the primaries for the House of Representatives. It does so up close on a district by district basis. It takes candidates by the hand to twist their arms and put on its thumb screws. This is why we so often hear about the DCCC lately in this Congressional election year of 2018.

An examples of how the DCCC works: it puts you on the “Democratic” ticket only if you raise at least a quarter million dollars from its list of wealthy donors, or should I say party owners?   Continue reading “Get to Know the DCCC (“C” Stands for Corruption)”

Good and Bad Tradition

If you can’t think for yourself (or believe that you can’t) you prefer to leave the thinking to the traditions into which you were born. If those traditions are well-balanced, you and those around you may benefit from them. But how can you know if they are actually good traditions if you forfeit your ability to think like a smart human and instead live the instinctive life of an animal that lives its preprogrammed life? Don’t you throw away the greatest gift of humanity, the ability to evaluate, analyze, and improve things?

The theme I am discussing in this short piece is one of the two main pillars of Republican-co-opted conservatism: the placement of tradition over thinking. (Blind faith in authority is the other.) I am not saying that conservatism is bad. Good things deserve to be preserved. But do bad things deserve to be preserved, too? I don’t think so.   Continue reading “Good and Bad Tradition”

Video Weekend 05-19-2018 (14 videos)

  1. The People’s Movement
  2. The Fight Within the DP Camp
  3. People’s Fight at the Local Level
  4. The Israeli Twilight Zone
  5. Net Neutrality
  6. Economy
  7. System Analysis
  8. Socialism
  9. Iran, S.A., & Foreign Meddling

 

I. The People’s Movement

The Violence of The Rich and Well-To-Do

Nick Braña and Portia Boulger talked about the blowout that progressives are suffering in the rigged “Democratic” primaries. How the party bosses play their base and the public… It’s real nice to see young and old get together to reshape our corrupted country. The conversation starts out a bit slow but gets and stays really great and moving after the first half hour:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for: “Nick Braña“, “Portia Boulger“, and maybe something like the blowout that progressives are suffering in the rigged Democratic primaries“)

Portia: [Bill Clinton’s] welfare “reform” took people who were in poverty into dire poverty.

At -32:50 Nick tells about a powerful experience. And Portia adds another great commentary. -27:23: “The basic foundation of society is honesty and treating our people right. Our constitutions in our states and our nation’s constitution talk about taking care of the people. And that’s beautiful about the poor people’s campaign. They are holding people accountable that are supposed to be supporting and protecting our rights. Around -24:40, Nick gives a very astute analysis of news coverage and the “Democratic” Party’s long-standing practice of co-opting change movements and reducing them to nothing but vote gatherers for the party corporatists… and the potential of the Poor People’s Campaign to resurrect the progressive movement that died with MLK’s assassination. -22:13 Portia: People who choose not to be good don’t support poor people. When we got people dying because they can’t afford medical care, that’s violence. And more and more and more by Nick and Portia… (incl. liberal doesn’t mean liberal anymore…)

Portia Boulger has been featured here before[1][2]. Since they are most fitting to watch again, here are the two shared videos again in reverse chronological order:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Portia Boulger, Featured in Viral Video Viewed by Millions, Explains her Anger at DNC”)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “sd Claudia Stauber was live”)

Discussion about Inside and Outside Strategy with Ron Placone (another sharp young man):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Get Your News on With Ron Placone: Time to DemExit?“)

 

II. The Fight Within the DP Camp

The people want progressive representatives:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressives And Socialists Surprise D.C. With Big Primary Upsets”)

Comment: We have had plenty of cases of the “Democratic” Party establishment blocking progressive candidates (people’s candidates) in the primaries, the most famous among recent cases: Dennis Kucinich. The party seems to be corrupted by money in politics to the point of no return, just like the Republican Party. Hence inside pressure in the DP is very useful but will probably fail to change the party, as it has for decades, and a new party or party-transcending people’s coalition will have to join the fight for democracy and a just economy that serves us all. I think that pressure from both sides (inside and outside) is necessary to break the DP corruption and open a way for the people to have its voice. The fact that some progressive challengers do slip through the party establishment’s barriers and then have great success with voters indicates that we voters have learned a lot, aren’t willing to suffer the status quo any longer, and are ready to establish an America for us all. That is very encouraging.

The other side:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrats Outrage After Progressives Reject Kamala Harris 2020“)

 

III. People’s Fight at the Local Level

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive Victor! Now Running For CA Lt. Governor“)

 

IV. The Israeli Twilight Zone

I can’t help but be reminded of ancient religions’ human sacrifices:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump White House Scapegoats Hamas For Israel’s Slaughter of Gaza Protesters“)

Note: The last death count I heard was 62.

 

V. Net Neutrality

The fight for an uncensored Internet continues:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “VICTORY: Senate Votes to Nullify FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality—CRA Heads to House“)

 

VI. Economy

The Ponzi Stock Market & corrupt party bosses:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “~196~ The Huge Fraud Behind Our Stock Market“)

Comment: The Wall Street Casino must be curbed. Financing businesses by buying their stocks is one thing, but gambling stocks with fictitious prices to rob small investors or sell businesses down the drain is another. Remember, inventing soaring prices on virtual objects such as stocks may make some stock market gamblers rich, but the money for which they cash in their stocks to buy their palaces and luxury yachts must come from somewhere — such as from hard-working people who, if they have anything left at the end of the month, may put their hard-earned left-over dollars into a retirement fund which buys stocks to build a source of dividends. That’s where the stock gamblers’ wealth comes from, and it’s the reason why everyday Americans like you and me can no longer get any worthwhile investment returns or saving account interests.

Economic decline:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff WARNING 2018!! War is Coming, Market Crash, Are You Prepared“)

 

VII. System Analysis

World War I got us started on our course of disaster:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges (Jan 31, 2018) – interviews Noam Chomsky, The Best Speech Of All Time“)

 

VIII. Socialism

Maybe the world has yet to see the best of socialism:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Biggest Myths About Socialism“)

IX. Iran, S.A., & Foreign Meddling

Analysis of Iran Town Hall

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Townhall!” and “Jamarl Thomas”)

Comments:

Foreign-bought (despot-bought) influence in U.S. politics is massive and destructive. But if you have been swallowing the corporate media and corrupt politicians’ propagandist Russia story, ask yourself if you have ever heard of a think tank hall named after Putin or come across a Russia-endowed center on an American university campus, the things the Saudi princes have planted everywhere in our country.

Better don’t vote for a billionaire thinking he is a successful businessman and therefore good for government. Instead you get an easily manipulated child in a grown-up body (one definition of a billionaire), someone who never had to struggle with hardship and fight for survival or make tough decisions, someone who is much more interested in his public image as a tough guy and in kick-backs since all he has ever been concerned about was himself. When will there be an equivalent Clinton Town Hall, btw?

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

Video Weekend 05-06-2018 (12 videos)

A full dozen world view improving videos for the weekend. I apologize for not getting this out before Sunday this time. Having to do these things in my scarce spare time can cause delays. Anyway, the topics range from mentality for change, economy, democracy, our changing world, corrupt politics, imperialism, and disenfranchisement, to a visionary look at our present and future. Jimmy Dore’s team took the prize of making no less than five of this weekend’s featured videos. Other stars: Chris Hedges, Richard Wolff, Jesse Vetura, Jamarl Thomas, Frances Moore Lappé, and a bunch of monkeys that were not subjected to our mass media propaganda and thus behave more human than some of us…

 

I. Mentality for Change

Karl Marx’s hope to save democracy:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part I)”)

Exactly 200 years ago from yesterday, Karl Marx was born, a man who fell in love with the American and French Revolution and dedicated his life to rescuing their goals from a growing plutocracy. In the intervening two centuries, the plutocracy has spared no effort to demonize him. Today, as we begin to wake up to the evils of plutocratic rule, the time is ripe to take a fresh look at this perhaps most influential man in history.

 

II. Economy

Emplyee-Employer-War, No Recovery, Evictions over Chicken Feed, etc.:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Employees VS Employers — Endless Tensions”)

Note: The fact that in Germany employees have representatives at companies’ boards of governors resulted in German companies not laying off their workers during the big 2008 crash. Instead, they agreed with their workers to reduce pay and work hours until sales would rise again. So, people didn’t lose their jobs and companies didn’t lose their trained workers. As soon as sales rose again, they could simply increase the work hours and pay again and be instantly ready for recovered business opportunities.

 

III. Democracy

The fight for democracy:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Struggle to Wrest Back Control of Our Democracy with Frances Moore Lappé”)

Comment: Indeed, for so many brainwashed people, economic democracy is completely off the table, out of sight and out of mind, replaced by a quasi-religious worship of a so-called “free” market (which is anything but free nor creates anything even close to freedom except for a few despots… or else it is absurdly viewed as being natural rather than the creation of selfish thugs that lived in the past and paved the way for today’s dungheap society.

Good question asked by this lady: What is freedom when you can talk but not be heard? — This is precisely why I started Beanstock’s World, why anyone with a sensible story to tell or argument to make can send me an article I will post, and why all of us should spread the word about sites like this to our friends and family.

Note: Really interesting idea for public campaign financing (AKA getting money out of politics): vouchers (each voter gets 4 publicly financed vouchers worth $25 he or she can give to the candidates of their choice).

 

Here, by the way, you can watch the above-mentioned video footing about monkeys wanting justice:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Capuchin monkey fights for equal rights – Inside the Animal Mind: Episode 3 – BBC Two”)

Joke: Well, if I were still caught in the “good cop/bad cop” twin-party mentality I might jeeringly say that chimps are clearly not Republicans (despite the grinning chimp appearance of Reagan and G.W. Bush…), referring thereby to that group of well-off don’t-take-from-me-to-share-with-the-less-fortunate traditional Republican voters I described, side by side with several others, in my recent article Allies Against Democracy. ;-P

 

IV. The Changing World

Automation, threat or opportunity?

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Future of Work | SingularityU Germany Summit 2017”)

Best parts: 00:30–2:00 & 24:05–25:30

 

V. Corrupt Politics

The Dempublican twin-gang smuggles thugs into public office and gang member was caught admitting it:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “CAUGHT! Leaked Audio Reveals Democrats Cheating Progressives Again”)

Face of the political elite:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hillary Has New Excuse On Why She Lost – Capitalism!”)

Really good discussion of our corrupt political elites:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Nancy Pelosi Admits She’s Ok With Cheating Progressives”)

The political ping pong of pretending we have only two voting choices keeps getting played on us by the establishment:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrats Lose Ground With Millennials – New Poll Reveals”)

 

VI. Imperialism

Our awful imperialist media supporting murderous governments:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “NY Times Jaw Dropping Biased Reporting On Israel”)

 

VII. Disenfranchisement

Citizenship without a right to vote:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Puerto Rico, Forgotten Territories & Jen Briney”)

 

VIII. Vision

The Meaning of freedom. I marked this video from last September back then to share here, but it seems that it fell through the cracks. In the wake of last fall’s Convergence Conference, Jamarl made very important points which haven’t become outdated and won’t for many years to come. So, here they are:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “After Nick Brana’s Draft Sander’s Convergence – Problems The Soft Left Must Confront”)

Undeniably true: People should have healthcare, they shoud have education, and they should have an income. Society shouldn’t be hostile to what it means to be human.

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

To End Wage Slavery

Something not everybody yet understands is that we need to work on our perception and mentality in order to solve our zoo of severe societal problems, such as our bad economy, our corrupt politics, denied healthcare, rampant debt and bankruptcy, the lack of good jobs with benefits, the lack of personal liberty, a world of repeatedly crushed dreams — a plethora of troubles that reflect a transition from a cooperative, neighborly, compassionate human culture to a wolf-eat-dog society.

Since we are so caught up in our current superficial fights over an economic band-aid here or a party-political tactic there, we are often too distracted to look at the underlying causes or even be aware of them. One way to bring them back to the surface is to briefly glance at our preceding generations in which our world changed to the messed-up world we live in today.

Glance #1: Most of our ancestral generations lived as hunters and gatherers, having no bosses to answer to and no money to worry about. Their work was authentic and genuine: hunt and gather food, make your own clothing, housing, and tools, and share with your tribe members as needed (both giving and receiving, thus everybody benefiting from strength in numbers).   Continue reading “To End Wage Slavery”