Video Weekend 12-30-2017 (7 Videos)

The topics for this last Video Weekend of 2017:

  1. Our Rigged Political Process
  2. Free Press & Speech
  3. Economy
  4. Some Fun to Finish With

 

I. Our Rigged Political Process

Challenging the Party Duopoly (a.k.a. Twin Party Tyranny):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »New “People’s Party” To Challenge Republicans And Democrats«)

 

II. Free Press & Speech

The upcoming next step to rescue free speech and assembly on the Internet:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Suing The FCC Over Net Neutrality Works”)

What we get from a no longer free press: loads of advertisement and propaganda. Remember the Nazi regime, with a one-voice “people’s” radio and outlawing of listening to any other (in this case foreign) stations? The Soviet Union worked similarly. And now it’s us becoming the same:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “TV Network Caught Airing Commercials As News”)

 

III. Economy

Belt tightening for us but not the rich. Making us pay for debts we didn’t accumulate. Making the underclass pay fo the upper class, and more:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges with Mark Blyth on Contact The Cost of Austerity”)

What’s wrong with the poor? (essentially a rich boy, right-winger, market worshiper, self-righteous, privileged bubble dweller awakens to a bit of reality and realizes the necessity of a UBI which, sadly, some people on the “left” misread just because, like anything else, it can be bungled or misused):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Poverty isn’t a lack of character; it’s a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman”)

Some major points:

  1. venture capital for the people
  2. quite affordable
  3. better to give needy people the money currently wasted on bureaucrats who conduct means tests or think they know better than the people themselves how they should spend it
  4. Too many jobs nowadays are useless, make-work rather than productive. And with increased technological displacement this will get worse.
  5. The goal of education shouldn’t be to prepare you for pointless jobs but for a life well lived.
  6. Productive and wealthy as our nation has become (and the whole planet can become), life without poverty should no longer be a privilege but a right we grant each other. (because we should never stand by idle when fellow humans suffer)

They get to have. We get to watch. They get to fail and cheat us. We get to bail them out. Forget mere regulations, fiddlings, incrementalism and such. The system is foul to the core. It needs a total redesign:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Public Service v. Private Profit”)

 

IV. Some fun to finish

Russia, oh Russia, really is rigging our “Democracy,” oh yeah!

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Jill Stein Is So Horribly Dangerous!”)

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Obituary for the Free and Open Internet

net-neutrality-obituary

On Thursday the 14th of December 2017, our beloved friend and platform for the free exchange of ideas passed away after a long struggle with greedy broadband corporations and their corporate stooges such as Ajit Pai who was sent by Verizon to assassinate Internet Freedom (more commonly known as Internet Neutrality). All its life, the Internet served us as an open platform where facts and ideas could be freely exchanged and suppressed peoples could organize their opposition to despotic regimes and lethal corporations.  Continue reading

Very Funny Show to Start this Week With (Mo, 11/27/2017)

Because of the serious matters that need public exposure, many of Jimmy Dore’s videos are very good but not very funny. And, yet, he is a comedian by trade (which gave him an audience to start with when he began political commenting, unlike guys like me who start from zero), and he just released a recording of one of his live shows which made me laugh all the way through. Don’t miss this:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Proof: Democrats Bought & Controlled By Millionaire Donors”)

Jimmy Dore Quote: “The reason why half the country is poor or low-income is because both [major] political parties represent management.”

Jimmy Dore impersonating the neck-and-reckless plutocrat: “This is the world of guys like me making it impossible for other people to do well. … What’s your [effing] problem?”

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Captain Kirk meets Donna Brazile (and other fine videos)

I just gotta share this. Without further ado:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Captain Kirk meets Donna Brazile”)

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If you haven’t noticed, what’s been happening is damage control upon damage control (FBI-blaming, “Bernie Bro” gaslighting, Russia hack mania, denying the election fraud in the 2016 primaries, finally admitting a little bit of it but painting the DNC as Obama’s and Hillary’s victim, and so on):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Donna Brazile Changes Her Story 100% – What Happened?”)

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Passing the buck. Blaming everything on an ex, so the current and future crooks in politics can continue unimpeded. Journalists making it all about isolated figureheads instead of how we, the people, are robbed of our voice in our affairs:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »”Journalists” Act Unsurprised At Admission The DNC Rigged Election Against Bernie Sanders«)

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In the end, it’s all the same old “good cop/bad cop” routine played on us by the political crooks in both political gangs (the Republican and “Democratic” Party) who all work for the billionaire bandits while pretending to work for the people.

It’s high time for a new party:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Nick Brana Comments on Brazile DNC Fraud Admission-Audio”)

Video Weekend 11-04-2017 (7 + 1 Videos)

This weekend’s mix of enlightening videos, starring Jimmy Dore, Chris Hedges, and David Graeber, focuses primarily on two topics: government (despotism vs democracy) and the economy:

Note: Somehow the announcement of this posting failed to go out yesterday. I have therefore just added one very entertaining video at the end here instead of making a new post out of it. It’s big fun! Skip to it if you watched the others yesterday.

 

I. “Democratic” Party Reform not Working (Jimmy Dore):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Tulsi Gabbard Rips The DNC – Demands Change”)

Maybe Tulsi should dress in her uniform when she gives speeches. (and also stop being so polite)

 

II. The hill of the shining beacon has caved in (Jimmy Dore):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “CIA Whistleblower Reveals CIA Still Torturing – Here’s How“)

 

III. The Silencing of Truth, Justice, and The People (Chris Hedges):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On Contact: The Silencing of the Left with Robert Scheer”)

The thing to realize for a lot of folks who have been raised to hate the “left” and self-identify as the “right” is that when you are against billionaire money in politics and for the needs and wishes of the people, you are actually “left” by the standard definition. The establishment has played a trick on you reversing the definitions of political labels, turning them on their heads, so that we, the people, fight each other over self identification, hating the other group for being our opposite when, for the most part, they are actually the same. So, if we can’t agree on the meanings of these labels, let’s drop them – they are only words, after all – and unite around the actual issues on which most of us agree, like a fair economy and functioning democracy where we all can have a good living and a voice in our public affairs.

Quote: “Everybody out there has a story of abuse.” So… maybe we should all become more willing to accept the grievances of others and commit to help one another?

 

IV. Ideal vs real vs underestimated economic inequality (in case I haven’t shared this before):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The collapse of the american dream – This will scare you”)

 

V. Money is not our limit (David Graeber):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “David Graeber: debt and what the government doesn’t want you to know | Comment is Free”)

 

VI. When the rich make the tax rules to their benefit, it creates gross inequality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Were Not Broke – The Corporate Tax Cheats of America”)

 

VII. A final word of reason — Voter’s Leverage — This is how democracy works:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democratic Civil War! A Struggle We Must Win“)

 

VIII. HEHEHE:

Jimmy Dore at his finest as a comedian, giving us an ironic parody of disgusting MSM behavior:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Thank You, Hillary! Our Response To The Tonight Show’s Hillary Love Fest”)

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Humor/Quickyrant: Our Tweet-Short Future

Twitter just sent out a recommendation for improving the chance of one’s tweets to be noticed: “Short and sweet. Sticking to 140 characters may be challenging, but Tweets that are even shorter (less than 70 characters) normally get more engagement. Here are some tips for writing effective Twitter Ads copy…”

OMG! Yes, I get it that our lives have become terribly busy, overloaded, and stressful. I am a prime example. Toiling for the moneycrats, we hardly have time to breathe, leave alone read articles of mine, watch independent news, catch up on our emails, or even read a whopping 140 characters on our hero site Twitter which came at us with the bright idea of shortening our communications (by force!) to 140 characters, just enough text to describe the booger you just picked out of your nose and that the whole world must know about. Yes, thank you Twitter! The dumbing down you have done for us is splendid. In this horrible world, which gets worse every year, a dumb mind is all we have left to help us tolerate it. A world made for twits, Twitter’s favorite customers.

I can see the trend continuing. 140 characters originally… 70 characters now… and in the end just one short word: HELP!

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Video Weekend 9-02-2017 (7 Videos, 2 by Jimmy Dore)

No need, this weekend, to slump and sink into the corporate media’s dementing morass. Here are six enlightening videos about our man-made nightmare world and ways to fix it. And to finish on a high note, number seven is a recording of some simple, harmless fun for a change. I hope you won’t mind. It reminds me of younger, more innocent times in my life, or the kind of life we could live if we didn’t have to struggle for survival so much in a world where natural scarcity has been overcome and replaced with man-made poverty, exclusion, and despair.

 

I. A Living Minimum Wage

Quite possible. Simply a policy choice:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Australian McDonalds Workers Paid Like No Worker In America Ever Has”)

This video nicely echoes things I keep saying: Low economic stress drives a lot of negative behavior. There are a lot of selfish reasons to want your fellow Americans to do well. You can do things for other people out of self interest.

Quote: “So many Americans have been bamboozled by the billionaires.”

 

II. Patronage instead of Democracy

The big business of raking in and skimming off political donations:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “DNC Having Trouble Fundraising—Nomiki Explains”)

 

III. Kick the Liars

An Example of Not Letting Lying Excuses Pass:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Campaign to Recall Californian Democrat that Blocked Single-Payer Underway”)

Let’s hope the recall works, and every other recall and ousting we must relentlessly attempt until we whittle the corrupt political establishment down.

 

IV. The GOP’s Christian Right

Ever wondered about the Christian Right which played such a big role in the GOP even as the GOP was hurting American workers, steamrollering over our Constitution, spreading war in the Middle East, abducting and torturing people, trying to dismantle Social Security and so on? Certain money barons in the GOP certainly partnered up with “Christian” leaders and took advantage of a unifying force which would let them betray the people to the corporations and billionaire class with impunity while their party base and voters were distracted over ancient Biblical bullying mandates and their modern resurrection, just like neoliberals in the “Democratic” Party were distracting us with minority protection issues (which, while valid, still distract us from the higher priorities — and which were going hand-in-hand with the GOP’s Christian Right trickery, by the way, like both parties were harmoniously working together for our robber billionaires — gee, were they?)? Well here is an interesting video talk about the other end of the equation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ex-Producer Reveals the truth about Pat Robertson”)

 

V. Grass Roots VS King Money

Ways for regular folks to deflate the iron rule of Money:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “D@W-LA: Nancy Berlin of Arroyo S.E.C.O.”)

 

VI. Manufacturing Terrorism: The Taliban

People rarely turn to extremism without reason or a little help:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Fact: Taliban Has Surrendered Multiple Times – US Rebuffed Them”)

 

VII. Some Harmless Fun to Finish With

Since I serve up so much depressing or exhausting news, how about a little, harmless snippet of fun to finish with for a change (and show us what a happy future world could look like):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Funniest Table Tennis Match in HISTORY”)

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Yes Men DNC Stunt and Tips for a Party Takeover

Here is an interesting conversation about the Yes Men’s funny DNC stunt and tips for a party takeover:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Interview With The Yes Men Following Their DNC Prank”)

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Funny but true: The Blinders of Privilege (The Jimmy Dore Show)

I have mingled with people from all classes of society, and directly observed the limits of their perception bubbles. With this as my background, I find the instances of blind-spot-hypocrisy in this political ad absolutely spot-on:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Pro Jeremy Corbyn Commercial Makes Right Wingers Cry”)

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Remembering the November Election with Lewis Black

I dug this up. It’s still funny (and fitting):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Lewis Black on Donald Trump and Election”)

… except for him dismissing Hillary’s criminal acts (example her arms deals and regime change acts). Maybe he’s getting old. Not sure. I haven’t watched him in years since The Daily Show lost traction.