In all truth, visa-less immigration — typically smeared as “illegal immigration” as if running for a chance at life were a crime — happens with the approval by our state and federal governments who quietly let it happen in order to please our cheap-labor-hungry plutocracy. The displays of border fences and walls, border patrols, and ICE raids are really nothing but dog-and-pony shows to (A) pretend that this form of immigration which leaves these immigrants bereft of rights is not an establishment-run affair in collusion with our bought government, and (B) divide the working people in our country against each other, lest they unite to overthrow the plutocracy and build a democracy in America. Continue reading “Raiding Immigrants to Divide the People and Protect the Oligarchs”
An immigration hysteria has invaded our immigrant nation. It has divided American voters, boosted dangerous politics, resulted in horrible crimes, and obfuscated the true causes of our problems. Both corrupt major parties are pouring gasoline on this fire for their party bosses and secret donors to benefit.
While I don’t share the xenophobic fears of certain people, I have a piece of advice for them: If you worry about too many immigrants, don’t go criminal or inhumane. Don’t waste time on building walls, either. Eliminate the cause of mass migrations, instead. Continue reading “Ending Mass Migration”
When you believe that immigration without a visa is a high crime deserving the deportation of people who grew up here, the tearing apart of families and kidnapping (plus “losing!”) of children, and even point blank execution by government agents — all because you have come to fear immigrants as the cause of unwanted changes in your home culture or competition for scarce job opportunities, then you have clearly had your mind manipulated by the blackhearted lords of the oligarchy in which we live — a fake democracy where you have no say at your places of work and only a non-counting vote in our public affairs. Continue reading “Blaming the Wrong Culprits (Immigrants)”
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!”
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:
- The Evangelical Dark Side
- How to Talk Politics
- The Lying Top
- Dem Takeover
- Amazing Progressive Campaign (Wow!)
- Nativist Supremacy (+ Humor)
- 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’“)
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 Can‘t 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”)
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A very varied compilation of enlightening videos, some heavy, some light, ranging from the trap of consumerism through political rigging and reform, Russiagate, immigrants, mindsets, mass shootings, the commercial manufacturing of the Christian right, and military spending to a great pair of very inspiring videos about our road forward:
- Consumerism (Consumption instead of Living)
- Exclusionary Presidential Debates
- Electoral Reform
- Military Nation
- Democracy & the Will of the People
I. Consumerism (Consumption instead of Living)
Selling Life for Consumption – Oh What a Great System (excerpt from a longer speech I shared before, I think):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Root Of Consumerism – Richard Wolff“)
II. Exclusionary Presidential Debates
There’s a lawsuit against the establishment’s silencing of public debate and exclusion of independent or third party candidates:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Lawsuit Could Change Presidential Debates Forever Says Attorney for Independent Voter Project“)
In case you somehow don’t really know about the exclusion and silencing that keeps most important ideas and issue discussions from us, watch this brief review:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Who Really Controls Presidential Debates?“)
Comment: I like how he finishes asking us to imagine having more than just 2 choices. Remember the two choices of 2016? Cholera or Plague, which did you prefer? (well, as I kept saying back then, you could have voted for Jill Stein, neither Cholera nor plague. Democratic voting is supposed to be voting for our preference, not a “lesser evil” forced down our throat, after all. How is it a democracy when we merely rubber-stamp the establishment’s pick?).
III. Electoral Reform
An attempt in Oregon to satisfy both the duopoly and the people:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Primary Elections Work: Oregon’s Revolutionary Primary Bills“)
An opinion (and some relevant facts) on the topic of the manufactured Russiagate hysteria (best at the start and end):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[Web Exclusive] Mueller Indictments Are A F**king Joke & It’s Dangerous“)
A little gift to dreamers and other demonized “illegal” immigrants:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Undocumented Immigrants Are Superheroes | Newsbroke (AJ+)“)
Comment: Let’s not forget that people forced to migrate (and not too many leave their home towns, families, countries, cultures, and languages behind frivolously) are humans, too, like the rest of us. As an immigrant nation, we should really be aware of that.
VI. Mindsets in Politics
Left VS Right. How the American “Right” and “Left” look and talk past one another:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Are Republican Voters the Stupid Ones?”)
A lesson from Mass Shootings:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “ Parkland Teacher Says What Isn’t Allowed on MSM [EXCLUSIVE] “)
Comment: It’s true. Special ed fails consistently because the lords above insist on saving money on it. Lots of great measures have been written into law but can never been done because of underfunding. So, only cheap measures remain, like reseating a student, with the described consequences of stigmatization and isolation, even, or especially, in integrated classrooms. I have worked as a teacher. I know. – What’s left out in this episode is that even if we create a warm and supportive school environment, once young people enter the adult word, they are exposed to the cruel law of the jungle where the poisonous snakes and largest predators rule, having turned their predation into law, and then you get adults losing it and engage in mass shootings in a vain effort to end this immoral civilization.
Manufacturing Believes. The money-milking, profiteering, attention-whorish, PR-professional source of the religious right (the types who support death penalty and overwhelmingly worship Trump):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How to Stop Being a Fundamentalist Evangelical Christian“)
VII. Military Nation
The Role of the Pentagon (besides war profiteering):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Noam Chomsky: The Military Is Misunderstood“)
VIII. Democracy & the Will of the People
People’s Platforms Can and Do Win:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Polls Show Jeremy Corbyn Leading Labour To Stunning Destruction of Tories in Local Elections“)
Building the Movement to reverse our Runaway Inequality:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “MPP-TV Third Series Interview With Les Leopold”)
Comment: Become a movement builder and boost and assist other movement builders like me or those I present here all the time. 😉
Quotes: progressives colonized by the DP, financial strip mining (Wall Street, financialization, etc.)
Bombshell information at 40:29: When the progressive movement of the 1890s entered the “Democratic” Party too soon, they became dissipated and colonized. Conclusion: befriending one’s too-powerful enemy is risky. Depending on relative power, holding back and building your own power can be the better choice. Since we awoken people are currently trying both inside and outside strategies, let’s be prepared for setbacks and stay flexible to jump ship when necessary, but never give up on our longterm goals of a prosperous and fair country for all, and – most importantly – not see each other as competitors when we are currently working with different strategies.
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This weekend video compilation spans a bow from a look at the mentality of the rich, through system analysis and news, to principles for a good world, and even some music. Sorry for being so late. I have been very sick. But hopefully, the idea of better late then never still applies.
- Justification of Inequality at the Top (interviewing the rich)
- Some System Analysis (Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky…)
- The Jimmy Dore Show (Commented News)
- Homage to Immigration (achievements and… music)
I. Justification of Inequality at the Top
In case I soon start my mini-series on the mindset and lifestyles of the rich (important because they determine how most of our resources are spent), here is an interesting piece on interviews held with rich people and their self-perceived morality:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Does Being Rich Change Your BRAIN?! “)
II. Some System Analysis
Long interview of Noam Chomsky by Chris Hedges telling about the advent of wage slavery among other things:
(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 “)
Mental awakening beginning to happen in liberal communities:
The revelations of this investigative reporter on our current kakistocracy (government by the worst) are in themselves worth hearing about, but I was also intrigued by the verbal arm wrestling in the Q&A section (the last third of the video), as it indicates an awakening among the traditionally self-satisfied liberal Dems that has made them drink the “Democratic” Party’s Kool-Aid as eagerly as the Republican constituency has been drinking theirs.
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “David Cay Johnston, “It’s Even Worse Than You Think”“)
The constantly overlooked but very important gentry in our plutocracy:
Thinking about the issues presented shines a light on the fact that the nature of our inequality and the suffering it causes for so many is systemic, making it necessary for us to analyze the flaws of our system and fix the system to be good for everybody. Having built less wealth and income inequality built into our system, would do wonders:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How the upper middle class keeps everyone else out “)
Good point: Upward mobility is one side of a coin the other of which is downward mobility. The elitists’ mantra that all we need is more upward mobility opportunities has always been flat-out wrong (to the point of making me suspect flat-out lying). You don’t help a huge section of underpaid people by giving them a better chance at rising into the privileged layers of our societal pyramid because it will force the same number of people down from those privileged layers. The true fix is to make all layers good to live in.
Along these lines goes the next video:
A Just Society:
Too bad this video has a loop problem at 12:08 min in, but the stated principles should be taken to heart by all of us:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Nick Brana On Our Potential As a Society With Jamarl Thomas Part 3 “)
To dig deeper into the woman tossed from a hospital in a gown, check out last week’s Video Weekend, where the multi-layered systemic forces coming into play in such cases are revealed.
III. The Jimmy Dore Show (Commented News)
We may be winning Net Neutrality faster than expected:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bombshell: Montana Implements Net Neutrality – Cable Companies Are Scared “)
Dems, the enablers:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrats DOUBLE CAVE On DACA! Trump Mocks Them “)
Dems standing up for their wealthy donors against the people:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrat Stuns CNN Host With Her Stupidity”)
And since we have once again come across the topic of mistreatment of immigrants and those with human ties to them, here is an homage to them:
IV. Homage to Immigration
The benefits America has had from immigration have always been huge. Irish built our canals. Chinese built our railroads. Germans, Poles, and Italians built and worked many of our factories. But there are more benefits than the massive labor and the young, healthy hands that the rest of us need when we age. There is also the cultural enrichment, whether it be in cuisine, music, or all the other arts (the man seen by many as the Father of Science Fiction was a an immigrant from Luxembourg).
Also not to overlook: many immigrants have seen the horrors of tyrannies and bring their own experiences with political struggles. They value a just society. The very man who took full advantage of people’s power to lead the movement for consumer protections that we benefit from every day, and who in his day became a widely celebrated American hero (now heavily smeared as a vote spoiler by our establishment) was the child of immigrants, from the MIDDLE EAST, at that! Under our current administration his parents might never have been let in; or if he had been born a little earlier he might have been deported as a Dreamer if his parents didn’t do all the paperwork correctly. That’s how fickle our immigration laws have become. The man I mentioned is Ralph Nader, by the way.
But now a look at the political culture of Hispanic America:
The revolutionary hymn from Chile (not of the war of independence from Spain which only freed the Chilean oligarchs) but in the middle of the last century when people’s movements for a good life for all swept across the globe only to be mollified with concessions (and later betrayed) here in the U.S. and Europe, and violently crushed elsewhere (which much help from the U.S. – for shame!). If you don’t understand Spanish, just enjoy the music:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Quilapayún (con Victor Jara) – Plegaria a un labrador”)
Victor Jara was the Chilean combination of the likes of Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, inspiring and adulated during Chile’s people’s movement. After the U.S.-directed military coup of Pinochet he was dragged from stage and tortured to death. The likewise politically “tarnished” band Quiliapayun which Jara smuggled on stage against the organizers’ will so they could accompany him on this song’s debut, later had to live and work in exile, like other famous Chilean bands as well.
The song is a derivative (or, in the eyes of some, a parody) of the Lord’s Prayer, asking that God finally fulfill his will here on Earth, save the people from their oppressors, and give the people the strength they need for their fight.
Back in those days, the U.S. had its own folk music revival with political activism. Rather than cultivating a mindset of circling the wagons, pull up ladders after us, and excluding fellow members of society’s economic bottom, the idea of solidarity and strength derived from joining forces had not yet been lost. So, Pete Seeger made it a point to adopt Cuba’s revolutionary song and sing it in Spanish(!):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Guantanamera – sings young Pete Seeger “)
How far have we sunk since then, letting our brains be washed by the corporate mass media working for the oligarchy. And, by the way, when you realize how much Central and South American people have suffered from our Deep State’s imposing one cruel, military dictatorship on them after another, as we – the American people slept through it all with our heads in the sand and lapping up cold-war propaganda – where exactly is our moral standing denying any of them entry? … Just something to mull over, all right?
It is also said to note how our protest songs have deteriorated and become co-opted by now. Hip-hop and rap not only are musical abominations because melody-free recital simply isn’t music, but while they started out with some degree of social protest, now all we here is materialist “gangsta” rap that actually endorses a social system driven by unscrupulous greed, but the recent shift of some protest-type pop-music towards outing sexual abuse is just all too convenient in its timing when the establishment currently wants very badly to distract us from its class war on us. Forget about money in politics and rigged primaries. Forget about us still not having universal healthcare or an economy that works for all of us. Instead let’s have white nativists fight immigrants and women fight men, while the establishment crooks laugh on their way to the bank. Divide and conquer, an old game not to fall for anymore. Guess what? If we had a socially responsible society, such as people like me are fighting for, we could do a lot more to prevent and treat sexual abuse. When looking at the larger picture, the current Me-Too “Movement” is just another astroturfing used by the establishment to divide us, just like the Tea Party “Movement” was.
Let’s fight such ills without letting the establishment use those fights to distract us from the larger fight: the fight for a socially responsible society of a sustainable good life for all!
Maybe I wrote too much. Too many words. I am still very sick. I just hope I managed to stay coherent. I may take a break tomorrow…
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