Video Weekend 04-21-2018 (11 videos)

I have been very pressed for time, but here is this week’s video weekend. Topics: media corruption, political challengers & fighting back, disaster capitalism, system analysis, economy, and our oligarchy’s unbelievably cruel and insincere foreign policy.

I. Media War

The corruption of our mass media. Ed Schultz reveals he was ordered to media-blackout on Bernie:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “MSNBC Worse Than Sinclair Broadcasting Ed Schultz Reveals”)

So cool when (so rarely) the truth slips out on the establishment media:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bombshell: Professor Stuns MSNBC Panel On Syria“)

A discussion on media corruption with Chris Hedges:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On Contact: The Destruction of an Independent Press with Mark Crispin Miller“)

 

II. Candidates

Dylan Ratigan runs for office:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Dylan Ratigan Brings Green New Deal To New York “)

Comment: What this made pop up in my mind: Why wars for oil when renewable energy is waiting for us all at our doorsteps. (wind and solar — other countries have windmills and solar panels everywhere and don’t know where to spend all their energy)

 

III. Disaster Capitalism

Disaster Capitalism on the march (just like in New Orleans afterr Hurricane Katrina) — screw people on behalf of absentee investors, rob them of everything, with corrupt governments acting as enablers… The Puerto-Rican people are organizing to rebuild their lives, infrastructure, and economy in a healthy way, but disaster capitalists and corrupt politicians are determined to ruin these efforts:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Battle for Paradise: Naomi Klein Reports from Puerto Rico “)

Note: Remember that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an “unincorporated territory” of the United States (a nice way of saying: a colony) whose people are U.S. citizens by law. The low-wealth people of New Orleans who were robbed of their homes to build real estate investments for the rich on their lands are also U.S. citizens… Disasters are used as cover and excuse for speeding up the ruthless raid of the 1% on the 99%. And all the while the crooks in charge deny the climate change which breeds these storms…

 

IV. System Analysis

System Analysis: Opportunity Hoarding, Dominaton, Exploitation, Mixed Class Identities, Globalisation, and Political Attributions

A bit over-intellectual, but pretty interesting starting at 16:10 min into the video:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “LEFT OUT: Erik Olin Wright on understanding class—a Marxian perspective“)

 

V. Economy

I thought I shared this one already. But I don’t see it in my archives… so:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Beyond the Political Theater “)

So… why don’t the older workers just become door greeters at Walmart? Are they lazy? They haven’t been able to pay off their student loans or mortgages or can’t afford their medical expenses? As door greeters they surely will be able to. Stop complaining and instead praise our system and keep seeking a new job and take the blame when there are no jobs for you!

What the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of income and social services over the last 35 years (which concluded that the incomes of the poorest 20% rose nearly 2% per year, the income of most people only 1%, and the income of the richest 1% by 225%) leaves out are some other issues that seriously affect our prosperity (or lack thereof): exploded student loans, home prices, rent prices, and healthcare costs, plus the huge costs arising from childcare and elderly care that in the formerly common single-earner, two-parent households did often not come into play.

Nice intro and further info:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Winds of System Change“)

 

VI. Fighting Back

Good audio interview (on fighting back from the bottom) :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Savage Joy was live with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez“)

Themes:

  • We can beat gravy train candidates by not collecting BIG Money donations to pay consultancy agencies to collect the signatures to get on a ballot but do the leg work ourselves.
  • We can (and should) fight on all fronts simultaneously: inside the “Democratic” Party, from without (running independent or boosting third parties), then eliminate closed primaries, gerrymandering…
  • Let’s not incarcerate tons of non-violent people.

 

VII. Foreign Policy

Syrian truth: We keep getting lied into wars. Most of the official news we get from Syria are produced by the White Helmets who are allied with the Islamist terror groups and specialize in producing fake news. If nothing else, watch one of their videos being created by them, starting at 14:06 min into this video:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Press For Truth interview with Kevork Almassian“)

Our decades-long terror on the Middle East which has created Islamist terror is bad enough, but not all the imperialistic crimes our horrid establishment commits. You Think You Know Our Foreign Policy? You think our country is a good neighbor in the Americas? Check this Out!

The true face of utter Evil of our oligarchy (example: some 14,000 murdered by Chiquita Banana):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Empire Files: Human Rights Hypocrisy – Colombia vs. Venezuela”)

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Video Weekend 04-07-2018, Part B: Jimmy Dore (5 neat videos)

Last weekend, I featured Lee Camp a lot (including a “So, who is Lee?” segment sharing a more personal interview with him). This weekend, a lot of great Jimmy Dore videos piled up, most of which I didn’t have the time to include in yesterday’s video weekend compilation. To repair that, here are the ones I couldn’t include yesterday but would have liked to. They are some of his best. If you missed them during the last few days, I hope you have the time today to watch them. Enjoy! Especially #2 is superb!

 

I. Good one: Behold the lock-step march of the establishment’s propaganda-spewing Big Media monopoly, spiked with their script-reading talking heads (all massively overpaid so they won’t question their treacherous work). Jimmy reminds us how this propaganda army was enabled by Bill Clinton and the neoliberal Fake-Democrats, out to destroy the last vestiges of democracy together with their Republican buddies while pretending to protect it. The work of two corrupt political gangs… pardon me… “parties”:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Sinclair Media Nightmare Made Possible By Clinton & Democrats“)

 

II. Excellent one: Upsetting the apple cart. Tim Canova, who challenged utterly corrupt Debbie Wasserman Schultz in 2016 and – by all appearance – was cheated out of the race with election fraud just like Bernie Sanders, has left the “Democratic” Party to fight Wasserman Schultz from the outside since fighting from the inside was made impossible by the corrupt party bosses. This led to a really cool conversation with Jimmy Dore about our rigged elections (and the Russian phantoms) with some hard facts:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Tim Canova Leaves Democratic Party & Support Increases”)

The point: when retaking democracy from within the “Democratic” Party is impossible (because of systemic criminality in the party leadership), then the fight must be brought from the outside.   Continue reading

Video Weekend 04-07-2018 (8 videos – some long with segment pointers and commentaries)

This weekend compilation shares videos on a variety of subjects mostly dealing with our systemic corruption, its sad consequences, and the narratives and mindsets that support it:

Categories:

  1. System Analysis
  2. Mindset
  3. Media (and some fun)
  4. Candidates Facing Political Corruption
  5. Economy
  6. Political Conversation

 

I. System Analysis

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness“)

Quotes:

  • Tariq Ali: “This total, uncritical acceptance of capital and corporate power is not the way the world is going to move forward. An alternative to that is what needs to be mounted. And, on it’s success or failure will depend the future not just of this country but of the planet.”
  • David Korten: “If you look at where we are headed as a nation and as a species, we’re going where nobody in their right mind will want to go. This is a very decisive moment. We have to literally choose our future as a nation and as a species.”
  • Tariq Ali: “Who owns this country? Not its people. It is owned, essentially, as is the case elsewhere in the world, by the rich and the very rich — which George W. Bush, when he was president, put in [these] very memorable words: ‘We are on the side of the haves and the have-mores.’” (perhaps he refers to this event)

 

II. Mindset

Edifying lords of corruption such as genocide-scale war profiteers who, on the side, also de facto erased our Bill of Rights:

More on the loss of our morals — we celebrate war criminals instead of prosecuting them:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bush Era War Criminals Embraced By Establishment Media“)

 

Money, The New God

The wrong mindset sets us up for hurt, flipping our priorities and supporting economic inequality and widespread corruption.

This documentary makes some very good points but also has passages I don’t approve of, the kinds that divide people over religion. The good points and the news on a whistleblower who was fired, threatened and jailed for exposing the banksters’ money laundering of criminals and other rich goons are definitely well worth watching. Below the clip, I point to various segments in the video that you can skip to:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Money, happiness and eternal life – Greed (director’s cut) | DW Documentary“)

Segments:

  1. The real beef starts at 28:07 min into the video.
  2. 42:02: “We became consumed with consumption.”
  3. A question asked by a kid: why do people do wrong, or right, knowingly? My answer: various conditions and motives depending on their living circumstances: greed, narcissism, and status-whoring in the case of the rich and well-to-do; despair, resignation, and the next survival move on the list in case of the rest.
    When you have to struggle to pay this month’s rent, the global climate shifts a notch down on your list of worries. And when you are a rich lord, seeing yourself as a god and living the life of a demon lord stomping on everyone else, your head is in the clouds because you don’t want to look down on the ones you are stepping on (unless you are a cruel psychopath actually enjoying the blood on your feet).
    So, most of us are wearing blinders of some kind, much enabled by our mainstream media and politicians, of course.
  4. 1:18:13: Wisdom and compassion… how to spread it among the young?
  5. 1:20:59: Finally someone other than myself addressing the idea of a mortality and a fulfilled, meaningful life.

Ending words: only by melting the ice in the heart of man, man will have a chance to change and start using his knowledge wisely.

 

III. Media (and some fun)

A little fun with the media (talking about what really matters rather than just chanting gang slogans):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kyle Kulinski Of Secular Talk Utterly Baffles Fox News Talking Heads“)

 

IV. Candidates Facing Political Corruption

When the “Democrats” rig their primaries, running as a Dem is pointless:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz Opponent Tim Canova Dumps Democrats“)

 

V. Economy

Dirty tricks and mindsets to get and stay rich and shaft the public, gender pay, slave-like over-work, homeless children…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Socialism Past, Present, and Future“)

 

VI. Political Conversation

We all need to have political conversations with our fellow Americans to lift our awareness and debunk myths and manipulative narratives and come to fully understand what we need to demand and implement for a better future. These are real conversations about real issues that we must have, not the popularized bleating, barking, and repeating of party slogans and propaganda. If you want a sample, you can be a fly on the wall at this conversation between Jamarl Thomas and Debbie Lusignan (I liked the early part best; later it unraveled a bit):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Lusignan, the SaneProgressive, Live! Not To Be Missed!“)

The best part: Get to know the mafia-like powers controlling our government and open up to realism, going beyond partisanship. (this part is to challenge our believes and drive our awakening further; not easy if you haven’t advanced enough, yet; it’s about us needing to deprogram ourselves from the manipulative narratives, sugar-coating, and warped perceptions that have been instilled in us our entire lives):

Here is an example. You get yourself elected, maybe with partially good intentions mixed in with the plan to get rich – say, you wanted to reverse the torture and war terror of the Bush-Cheney regime – but the forces behind the curtain convince you otherwise and you flip:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Famous Victim Of US Torture Speaks Out”)

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Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and Geek Squad Spying Update (short video)

… and a reasonable voice in the current din:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “BREAKING: Facebook Admits To Tracking Android User’s Calls & Text. Be Aware!”)

Jamarl Thomas at his best. I couldn’t add anything to make it better.

 

 

Video Weekend 03-24-2018 (10 videos & comments)

This weekend’s video compilation covers various areas:

  1. U.S. Barbarity
  2. Voter Manipulation
  3. Economy
  4. Corrupt Politics
  5. Shamestream Media
  6. Change

 

I. U.S. Barbarity

Finalizing the transformation of the U.S. into a country of 100% barbaric brutality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bolton Fabricated Lies that Justified War on Iraq “)

Note: Let’s be careful not to make this only about Trump. Reagan invaded Granada. G.H.W. Bush invaded Iraq. Bill Clinton ravaged flourishing Yugoslavia leaving a clutter of tiny, weak, and poor new nations behind. G.W.-Cheney invaded Afghanistan and Iraq (war for oil). Obama expanded our wars and drone-based from-the-sky terrorism on civil populations in many nations (the kind of horror which breeds violent terrorism coming back at us). Trump is just the latest and possible last step. (Let’s see how much our domestic corporate police state brutality, not discussed in this news video, will also be revved up during his tenure.)

 

II. Voter Manipulation

Twitter, Facebook, Cambridge Analytica…

More on political social media abuse, the corrupt government-corporation marriage, etc.:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “‘Pro-Hillary Bots’ Used Twitter Bots on Sanders Supporters | America’s Lawyer on RT America | “)

More confirmation of the Cambridge Analytica Meddling and also an example of how money can mess with integrity. After all, the oligarchs have their paid foot soldiers:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Brittany Kaiser, former Cambridge Analytica director: ‘I voted for Bernie’“)

If you missed them, here are this week’s articles on electoral rigging via Twitter and Facebook:

  1. Corporate Greed Shredding Democracy — Meet the Twitter Bots
  2. The Cambridge Analytica & Facebook Story — (Spying and Electoral Manipulation)

 

III. Economy

Richard Wolff on creating inequality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Capitalism Breeds Inequality“)

 

Robert Reich on why are we working harder than ever and getting nowhere. It’s the rigged “Political Economy” which structures the market against us.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Robert Reich, “Saving Capitalism”“)

Gist: The market vs government debate is a distraction. There is no market without a government (that sets and enforces the market rules, like what is legal tender, what is fraud, contract fulfillments, etc.). So, the real question is whether the market-government system (which is the real economy) works for most of us or merely a small number at the top. The other common myth that is utter nonsense is that (in our current system) people get paid what they are worth. Also, trusts and lobbying create behind-the-scenes pre-distributions which shift wealth and income to the top while they raise our living expenses.

Good point: If we give up on politics, we give up on a good nation and world.

 

More government rigging for the Robber Billionaires:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On Contact: The New Gig Economy with John McDonagh“)

Note: So, New York’s taxis were limited by number to some 13,000 for umpteen years. Then, Uber comes in, promises the regulators comfy kickback jobs on its board, and suddenly 100,000 more taxi-like Uber cars are allowed into the market, and the taxi drivers – whose earnings have been ruined in one fell swoop – get levied an additional congestion tax to penalize them for all the extra cars. Their garages switch from splitting profits with their drivers to charging them a whopping $120 leasing fee each morning, putting them into a hole they must try to dig themselves out of in the next 16 hours or so of uninterrupted work and customer-hunting, while the garage owners income is thereby secured. And, eventually, a taxi driver who can’t take it anymore drives right up to the front of City Hall and blows off his own head with a shotgun. That’s how our rigged market-government economy is screwing workers and coddling the top and their corrupt political handmaidens until life for the rest of us becomes an agonizing ordeal we prefer not to stay in anymore.

 

IV. Corrupt Politics

The GOP raiders and their Dem enablers committing the latest Wall Street deregulation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Cites “Corruption” as Reason for Wall Street Deregulation Push “)

 

Change on the Outside, Continuity on the Inside (the roll-back of Dodd-Frank by a Repucratic-Dempublican alliance):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrat’s Playbook To Sell You Out Revealed “)

 

V. Shamestream Media

Why we need independent media:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Calls Out Media’s Obsession with Stormy Daniels Scandal“)

 

VI. Change

An academic analysis of our flawed world and a suggestion for how to fix it:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Is Another World Possible? – Leo Panitch on RAI (4/4) “)

Notes: Living conditions were actually improving during much of the 20th century under a system of capitalism held to certain limits and socially responsible rules by a political upheaval and lingering political awareness of the citizenry. But when these improved lives led to a slothing off of public political awareness and participation, the plutocrats that had been left in their seats of imbalanced power, started rolling back the societal advances so we ended up in our current mess echoing medieval conditions of autocracy and serfdom. Now we need to think about change, fundamental change, so it won’t be rolled back again. Various ideas are being discussed.

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month to research and write for this site and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles or help in other ways, so this work is not for naught. Donations are really great, too! Thanks. Only together can we change this messed-up world. 🙂

The Cambridge Analytica & Facebook Story — (Spying and Electoral Manipulation)

Let’s have a look at the facts so little reported by the establishment media which prefer to dazzle us with trivial sensationalism, keep important facts from us, and drench us in establishment propaganda.  Continue reading

Corporate Greed Shredding Democracy — Meet the Twitter Bots

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As to now, I had always thought that twitter bots were the creation of black hat hackers hacking into Twitter. Sadly, the opposite is the case. Once again, it’s corporations gobbling up democracy fro profit.   Continue reading

Your Information Channels are in Trouble

Independent media have come under all sorts of attack by the establishment which doesn’t want us to tell you the truth or strategies to make things better. There are smear attacks and criminalization, online censorship through the elimination of Net Neutrality, as well as online revenue defunding schemes you certainly have heard about. Let’s spend a few minutes on this issue. I’ll mostly let two well-known youtubers do the talking.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive YouTubers Are In Danger…Do You Care?”)

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The True Russiagate

The true Russiagate is not what you have been told. It’s not about a serious threat from without but about a much more dire threat from within.

Even as our country is crumbling before our eyes from boundless inside corruption, we hear almost nothing else on the corporate mass media than Russia hacked our election and Russia gave us Trump.

Overlooked are the facts that our nation has been going down the drain since long before Trump and will continue to do so after Trump unless we, the people, come to our senses and make profound systemic change happen. With our entire establishment burning down our nation for the insurance money, we are long past having to make foreign influence or individual members of the destructive gang our prime concern. The entire house is burning! Take your eyes off that Russian who stands outside holding a match, and call the fire fighters instead!   Continue reading

How the Corporate Media Try to Smear the Champions of the People

Once a media black-out followed by off-hand ridicule (as in the MSM’s war against Bernie Sanders’ early campaign) or the constant repetition of false accusations (like blaming Ralph Nader for G.W. Bush) haven’t worked, the corporate MSM have a two-puch approach to destroy the public reputation of true champions for the people:

  1. First punch: They invite them for an interview in which they lambaste them with unfounded accusations that would make the toughest street fighter speechless (plus: if the interview isn’t live they edit out crucial parts and if it is live they cut off the interviewee whenever he or she is coming for their throats with the truth).
  2. Second punch: After the interview, their allied mass media and lesser establishment media stooges smear the champion as having been crushed in the interview, even though this didn’t happen. They are counting on far too many people — us being so busy surviving — to blindly believe their headlines (as too many of us still do). Let’s hope enough of us are waking up not to let ourselves be played like that anymore.

Here is Jimmy Dore exposing this kind of an attack on Jill Stein, a Green Party candidate who has long been fighting for free College, healthcare for all, and end to U.S.-corporate war profiteering around the world, and an economy that works for everybody; and who is now being smeared as a Russian agent by the establishment media:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Jill Stein Smacks Down MSNBC Host Over Russian Propaganda”)

These attempted character assassinations by the establishment’s mass media are nothing new. Remember how they were blaming Bernie Sanders for Deplorable Trump’s victory over Deplorable Hillary? They have grown quieter around this propaganda line now that the “Democratic” Party finds Bernie a useful sheepdog for herding gullible people back into the sinking “Democratic” Party, but I recall a veritable propaganda frenzy. (apparently being revived now that he is planning to run again in 2020)

The big take-home message of all this is about America’s public enemy #1!   Continue reading