There are two ways of learning the nature of a law. One is to read its every word and letter, and try to interpret it as prosecutors and judges will. The second, much simpler and much more accurate way is to look at how it gets applied.
Doing this, the nature of our Espionage Act can be defined in one sentence: “We, the oligarchy can name anyone we don’t like a ‘spy’ and then have them executed or locked away for life. And the people hasn’t rebelled against it gullibly believing our spy smear. Yeehaw!”
Sheesh, what a fine democracy we have become, haven’t we our founders? Why are these whirring noises coming from your graves?
Want to take a deeper look? Listen to Kim (the video is shared at 12:48 minutes in where the heart of the matter is struck, but you can of course rewind to the start if you wish):
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Kim Iversen and the title: “The Dark History of The Espionage Act and Treason in America”)
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The overarching theme of Wikileak’s Julian Assange, his history, accomplishments, past celebrity status, recent arrest and current instrumentalization in our oligarchy’s war on free speech and democracy, the forces and interests behind his arrest, and the far reaching consequences of it all, even criminalizing freedom of the press and turning truth-telling into a crime. The horrors likely facing him. Also the reasons why powerful politicians and journalists don’t stand up for him and the basic concepts of free press and democracy… There is a lot to be learned this weekend in and around the news and conversations held along this theme. Great words and revelations from lots of remarkable people: Snowden, Chomsky, Greenwald, Chris Hedges, Tulsi Gabbard, AOC, Tim Black, Jimmy Dore, Mike Figueredo, to mention only a few, also various insiders and a really impressive really powerful speech by Kim Iversen. If you have no time to watch anything else, listen to her clip that summarizes a lot.
These videos are very worth watching. So much to learn and be up to speed about.
- Julian Assange’s Arrest
- Jimmy Dore – “Save The Internet Act” Passes In the House
- Jimmy Dore – Why all that agression against Assange
- Jimmy Dore – Assange, Tulsi, & the “Dems”
- Media & Ignorance & Party Politics & Freedom of the Press on Trial
- AOC on Manning and Assange, Ecuadorians on Assange
- Assange’s History: Now Pawned, He Used to be Celebrated
- Powerful Final Words
Continue reading “Political Awakening Video Weekend 04-14-2019 (22 videos) — The Assange Story”
In a video I will share this weekend, I heard the following phrase: “In the criminal justice system the people are repressed by two separate but equally important important groups: the police who defend private property and the policy makers who criminalize disobedience”. When I heard “the police who defend private property and the policy makers…” my mind spun ahead completing the sentence with “the policy makers who define private property”.
Why did that pop up in my head? Well it is because of the immoral and cruelly corrupt system of human life into which I was born and in which I therefore have had to utterly waste my short time on Earth. It arranges and justifies its inequality and its abuse of people – and even the destruction of our life-supporting environment – on the concept of private property.
And what is that concept of private property? How is it defined for us?
Continue reading “The ‘Private Property’ Demon behind Inequality”
A bright video weekend, not only enlightening but also unusually hopeful and with humor as well. Find out how to fix the world’s problems instead of letting yourself be dowsed with establishment propaganda or trivial sports you are not participating in, or with insipid factory entertainment. Stars: Ralph Nader, Paul Hawken, Dana Frank, Chris Hedges, RJ Eskow, Stephanie Kelton, Richard Wolff, Roger Waters, Dimitri Lascaris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Yuval Noah Harari, Vladimir Pozner, Yanis Varoufakis, Bernie Sanders, Jimmy Dore, Ron Placone, Stef Zamorano, Thom Hartmann, Graham Elwood (The Political Vigilante), David Doel (The Rational National), Aamer Rahman (a witty comedian), and more. With 24 videos, there is no need to resort to cable TV this weekend. Happy Weekend! 🙂
- Climate Change is Reversible! (reason for hope)
- Why is there no Left in America?
- Fascism (its crimes and source)
- Corporate Rule (U.S. lawlessness)
- World Politics (Refugees, Russia, …)
- Revolution (Yellow Vests, etc.)
- Documentaries (consumerism, globalism, the OTHER immigrants, rich causing poor)
- DNC Attacks Free Speech
- Healthcare Death Panel
- Reality (rarely met on the Mass Media)
- Funny: Russiagate = $4,700 🙂
- The Corporatist State in Broad Daylight
- Media War (Facebook to rule the world, controlled media, …)
- (Anti)-Doomsday Economics (MMT, Stephanie Kelton…)
- Humor: Reverse Racism
Continue reading “Political Awakening Video Weekend 12-15-2018 (24 videos)”
Nobody should miss this one: a sequel to yesterday’s Video Weekend and a really precious two hour talk by investigative journalist and articulate activist Chris Hedges that reveals a LOT, really a lot! Since most of us can only make time to listen to such a long speech on weekends – if we are even lucky enough to get weekends off from our ever worsening wage slavery, that is – I am sharing it today as part B of this video weekend. This speech that goes over so many things really deserves a special place.
XVII. Deep Insights
… delivered by Chris Hedges (incl. the pending giant economic crash and likely billionaire-financed rise of Nazi-America):
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet the title: “Chris Hedges: “The useful idiots have taken over.” (11-3-2018)”)
Continue reading “Political Video Weekend 11-17-2018, Part B (Truly Far-Reaching Deepest Insights from Chris Hedges)”
Imagine getting a 30-year prison sentence for having suffered a miscarriage. That’s what we get when authoritarians (esp. right-wingers, particularly the “religious” right) with a totally warped sense of justice rig the law and government to invade people’s lives and privacy, and to rip away their sovereignty in order to force their warped moral code on them. Cases like these are not just about women’s rights but what government and our laws should stand for in an enlightened civilization:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “Kavanaugh Screams at the Left & Democrats to Prove He is Qualified Bipartisan and Impartial”)
Continue reading “Law to Commit Injustice”
Economic rigging, rigged elections, corrupt politics and business… So much more elucidating stuff to watch this weekend than big boys chasing balls. –- Stars: Chris Hedges, David Cay Johnson, Anya Parampil, Alissa Quart, Mike Papantonio (America’s Lawyer), Farron Cousins, Thom Hartmann, The Rational National, Naomi Karavani, Jimmy Dore, Jamarl Thomas, Greg Palast, Lisa Graves, Jim Carrey (yes, you read right!), Tulsi Gabbard (!), and others.
- The Choice between Hell or Heaven on Earth
- The Global Oligarchy (Thom Hartmann)
- The Corrupt Corporate State & Fascism
- Another Toy For The Rich
- Middle Class Struggles
- Corporate Corruption
- Election Rigging
- Rogue Nation U.S.A.
- Digital Book Burning
- Blood-Sucking Capitalism (Not Just Bezos)
- Tulsi Gabbard
Continue reading “Political Awakening Video Weekend 09-15-2018 (17 videos)”
Some people clamor for that. (unclear whether they are referring to actual law breaking like election theft, to human rights and constitution violations by institutions or lawmakers, or simply to Trumpmania)
Many people think that a rule of law is the answer to every problem.
Law is not automatically good. The rule of law is only good when the law is fair and benign. Continue reading “QuickyPinion: Restoring the Rule of Law”
Read the brief descriptions and pick the videos to watch and make your ears flutter. Political awakening and education of the first tier. Share widely and subscribe to notifications, so you don’t miss future ones.
Stars: Paul Jay, Cornel West, Richard Wolff, Harriet Fraad, Chris Hedges, Nick Braña, Abby Martin, Brian Becker, Jimmy Dore & Co, Thom Hartmann, Debbie Lusignan, Ron Placone, Kyle Kulinski (“Secular Talk”), Marc Steiner, Bill Black, Mike Papantonio (“America’s Lawyer”), Jamarl Thomas, and more.
Topics range from corruption through our thieving economy and rigged politics, actual (not fake) election fraud, fake news (Putin/Russia), a cure for both Trump Derangement Syndrome and Trump Denial Sundrome, as well as successful soundbite debating, to deep thoughts on what it means to be human, political humor, and the dawn of the People’s Party.
At the very least, don’t miss the final three: Cornel West’s profound speech, Jimmy Dore & Co’s humorous stage performance, and a conversation between none other than truth teller Chris Hedges and (future president) Nick Braña! 🙂
Continue reading “Political Awakening Video Weekend 08-12-2018 (17 videos)”
Pharaohs and other ancient kings and queens were often buried with sacrificed servants and soldiers to serve them in their purported afterlife. Rulers often had harems full of what we might call sex slaves. There were hierarchies topped by rulers with god status, administrators beneath them, then free men and women, some living well, some like exploited not-really-so-free serfs; and at the very bottom officially-unfree slaves, human beings denigrated to the status of cattle.
How did past populations put up with these huge disparities that scattered people across a spectrum ranging from god-like to animal status? In part, they were controlled through violence. Especially slaves were. However, another very important method of control was mentality, in the forms of commonly held beliefs, both in terms of religion and worldly world view.
As far as I know, today’s pharaohs, known as billionaires*, are not buried with a sacrificed staff, and only some still keep harems. But have things significantly changed in other ways, as well? Continue reading “The Pharaonic Creed Ruining our Times”