What’s with the Anti-Welfare Argument: “I can spend my money better than the government”?

Well, sure. If you’re rich you can spend the money that fell into your lap better on YOURSELF than the government would after taxing some of it back from you. Duh!

How does that disqualify taxes or government spending on the poor, though?   Continue reading “What’s with the Anti-Welfare Argument: “I can spend my money better than the government”?”

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Late Ed Schultz’s Swan Song Speech

You may recall that Ed Schultz who died last week lost his corporate media job over wanting to cover Bernie Sanders’s presidential race announcement. Well, he came from the “conservative” side, learned in his life that social responsibility also matters besides looking out for oneself and one’s family; and before he died gave a speech delivering what he had learned (not enough, as he still stood with some corruptitians like Obama who were still able to con him into believing that they mean well, but still he had learned a lot… something worth spreading, I think, since it might resonate with others who are currently less far along on their journey of awakening):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “America is Morally Bankrupt | Ed Schultz | Oxford Union”)

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The Deportations Are Only for Show — Take a Second to Dig Deeper

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These days, so-called illegal immigration and mass deportations have been added to the growing hysteria marking the United States of Agony. Emotions are running high for good reason, but logical thinking is getting kicked into the ditch at the same time, as I will point out three paragraphs below. First, though, a look at the pandemonium:   Continue reading “The Deportations Are Only for Show — Take a Second to Dig Deeper”

Video Weekend 06-23-2018 (12 videos)

This collection of informative online videos for weekend viewing deals especially with where our money goes (why we have so little and the rich so much), the scapegoating and persecution of immigrants, voter suppression and the secret dismantling of a moral society, the poor people’s campaign, and more. Stars: Paul Jay, Richard Wolff, Lee Camp, Jimmy Dore (a lot), Thom Hartmann, Greg Palast, Nick Braña, and Martin Luther King.

 

I. Oligarchy

The billionaires are destroying our world and heading for the hills:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Billionaire Class is Not Fit to Rule – Paul Jay“)

 

II. Economy

Richard Wolff exposes among other things the phony private sector vs government narrative (Big Business has been using government from day one):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Tariffs In An Unraveling Economy“)

 

III. Redacted Tonight

Slave Labor, Corporate Crimes, the U.S. is the world’s 2nd biggest tax haven (for the rich and their corporations, of course, not working people):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “~201~ Nestlé Horrors, Defense Dept Censors Its Crimes, and More”)

Endless blood money disappearing inthe vaults of the rich:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[115] Truth About $21 Trillion Missing At The Pentagón w/ David Degraw“)

 

IV. Jimmy Dore

Immigration: Jimmy Dore & Abby Martin had a long discussion on the demonization and abuse of immigrants in our immigrant nation. Flogging and murdering the slaves (the refugee and migrant worker ones) instead of reforming the rigged economy…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kamala Harris Supports ICE! Says Immigrants Murder & Rape“)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “NY Times Blames Obama For Trump’s Immigration Horribleness w/Abby Martin”)

The inhumanity of the establishment defenders:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Laura Ingraham Calls ICE Detention Center “Summer Camps”. w/Abby Martin”)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hillary: Undocumented Children “Should Be SENT BACK!”. w/Abby Martin“)

2. Party Corruption: And if you still had any doubts that the “Democratic” Party is just as corrupt as the Republican party and both are essentially acting in concert on behalf of the oligarchy, hear this:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrats KILL Net Neutrality In California & Help Trump Again!“)

 

V. Incrementalism

… leads into the abyss:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What is it Going to Take for Us to Stop the Rise of Fascism in America?”)

 

VI. Voter Suppression

Thom Hartmann interviews Greg Palast who is suing our vote suppressors, and they are scattering like roaches in the light:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Journalist & Filmmaker Greg Palast is Suing Ohio & Kansas for Voter Purges“)

 

VI. Right to Life

The dispossessed call for their right to live — real life, not just a painful existence pushed to the margins of our world by establishment bullies and their injustice machine:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign 2.0 Kicks Off”)

Ref.: poorpeoplescampaign.org (gee, I wished I had discovered this clip sooner, considering the June 23rd announcement)

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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! 🙂

Being Human or Vermin

Human nature has both a bright and a dark side. Which circumstances bring one or the other to the fore? I think, we may best answer the question by looking at times of war when the largest numbers of people are driven by the dark side and atrocities reach extremes.   Continue reading “Being Human or Vermin”

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!”

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! 🙂