Obituary for a Journalist

Caitlin Johnstone is one of those passionate citizen journalists we need more of. I have been too busy writing my own articles to follow her closely; but every once in a while I come across one of her articles and am usually very positively impressed, either with her revelations or her way with words. Yesterday I chanced on a recently written piece in which she laments the death of a professional journalist whom she considers to have been one of the rare beasts in that zoo who was driven by the need to make our world better rather than his own career path. Wrapped up in her obituary there are, as one can expect, big picture notions of profundity worth reading. Here is a quote:  Continue reading

Advertisements

Video Weekend 01-27-2018 (10 Videos + Commentaries)

This weekend’s collection of politically instructive videos not only addresses a variety of issues (more than easily shows in its titles) but also sports a large collection of notables: Chris Hedges, Jimmy Dore, Lee Camp, Abby Martin, Mike Figueredo, and Kyle Kulinski, to name the best known.

  1. Plutocracy and Patient Dumping
  2. The Fight to Retake the “Democratic” Party
  3. Class Warfare, White Male Fury…
  4. The Base of the Far Right
  5. Medicare for All
  6. Tell Tale World Politics

 

I. Our Toxic Plutocratic Civilization (case: Patient Dumping)

Plutocratic, profit-driven, me-me-me-mentality-polluted societies treat people like commodities and trash:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Video Shows Baltimore Hospital’s ‘Patient Dumping’ | NBC Nightly News”)

Like most of us, when I saw one of the original videos about this case, I was outraged. I also couldn’t help but wonder if it was real or staged. So I searched around and found the mainstream media agreeing that it was real. I asked myself, what were those security guards thinking. Were they thinking of their paycheck and the video games awaiting them at home? Had they been reluctant but ordered by their boss, threatened with being fired? Had the patient been violent endangering hospital staff and other patients?

So, I kept digging and came across this video. It reveals a lot about our broken healthcare system and our broken society on the whole. The bigger picture is always worth looking at. Yes, we should be outraged, but not just at a particular hospital staff dangled before us by people who don’t see the big picture or by media moguls who are only into making money and status from their position on our TVs. Do watch this doctor telling about the big picture and ask yourself if there isn’t indeed a lot more to be outraged about, a lot more needing to be fixed:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The REAL Story Behind That Baltimore Patient Dumping Video | Incident Report 135”)

 

II. Update on the Fight to Retake the Democratic Party

Maybe, just maybe, not all hope is lost for a Democratic Wing of the “Democratic” Party. This is a follow-up to Thursday’s article ( The Poisonous Duopoly):

I guess, this year will show how this plays out:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Signs Revolution Happening Inside Democratic Party w/Nomiki Konst “)

Here is another possible indication that corporatist “Democrats” may be breaking, but at the same time it is a reminder to be cautious in believing their smooth talk. Do the actions confirm the words? We have been lied to by forked-tongued politicians before, hence we must keep a close eye on their actions:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kirsten Gillibrand Names Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren as Leaders of Democrats “)

Comment: Before anybody dissolves in a warm, fuzzy assurance that the “Democratic” Party is about to start representing us (the people) to any extent, please keep in mind that the party bosses will have no reason to buckle unless we have somewhere else to go, meaning a growing people’s movement and coalition that has third parties and independent candidates cooperate with each other and become a strong alternative to the Repucratic-Dempublican duopoly (a.k.a. Twin Party Tyranny). A new party that’s a true people’s party may take some time to build, but a coalition of existing third parties and new parties can produce a powerful people’s voting bloc quite fast, not to forget that independent voters are our largest voting bloc these days. Without the coalition they (just like the twin party lemmings,too) just rarely know who truly deserves their vote. A people’s coalition could do even more than provide an alternative to the duopoly. It could present us with entire cabinets running for office instead of just a single nominee, and it would bring ideas and issues to the table that the duopoly and establishment media have kept taboo. Oh, I can’t wait…

 

III. MISC

Insights on a mix of subjects:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[95] Class Warfare, Alienation, & Real Origins Of #MeToo With Dr. Harriet Fraad”)

 

IV. Societal Cancer: The Unreasonable Far Right

The populist powerhouse of the American fascist right:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges 2018 (Jan 13, 2018) – Abby Martin Trump, Fascism & the Christian Right “)

 

V. Medicare for All

The healthcare and media war:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Over 1 Million Watch Bernie’s Medicare For All Town Hall, Media Yawns “)

 

VI. The Media War

The Media wars and more:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Is Rachel Maddow Dangerous To Journalism? W/Abby Martin “)

Oh, dear Abby… more power to your words of citizen journalists and people’s media needing to build each other up and creating networks. Just like what I keep saying.

Media war & American Empire:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Abby Martin Exposes Untold History of U.S. Empire”)

An idea just occurred to me. I haven’t been keen on a Trump impeachment because I fear that Mike Pence, taking over from him, will be even worse. The silver lining that just occurred to me is that if those who are working their evil behind Trump’s front would then be more exposed…

 

VII. World Politics

Thanks to Facebook’s increasing blocking, word of yesterday’s post hasn’t gone out as much as it should. OK, none of our articles here do, but this one was stymied more than past ones. It provides a really important insight into the oligarchy’s trickery, though, and the lies fed us on the corporate mainstream media, so I am reposting the featured video report here:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Smuggled Crisis: Who’s crashing Venezuela’s economy?”)

Have a restful weekend if at all possible, my friends.

APPEAL: I need your help to share links on social media. Facebook is blocking me from sharing them, treating me like a spammer if I share to more than a tiny handful of groups, effectively locking me out of groups I have participated in for years and always been welcome in. It’s getting worse every day. Soon nobody but my few subscribers will know when I publish a post. Please contact me if you wish to join an outreach team over which we can scatter the sharing.

~

Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month to research and write (and draw) for this site and work on my book. If you find value in what I do, please consider becoming a patron and supporting this site with an automatic monthly donation of $1 or more. If you can’t afford this, then don’t, but please share my posts, tell folks about my online course offering, refer others to this site, refer me to paying outlets or companionable fellow blogs, partake in discussion, or contribute articles of your own. Or help my book get out there when it’s finished. Thanks. Only together can we change this world. 🙂

America’s Mirror Overseas

Life shows us that there are places and events which at first glance seem unimportant but which can teach us a lot. One such place is Venezuela, a country we may deem unimportant, far away, and uninteresting; a country with a government we have only heard bad things about. Why not innocently believe the claims made by our corporate media about such an unimportant seeming place? Why care about little Venezuela, somewhere to the south of us? And, yet, if we take a good look at it, we may discover that we are staring at ourselves! Continue reading

The Dishonesty of Demagoguery

Here is a little more info on the right-wing media’s language warping and manipulation (following up on a clip of two weeks ago):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Megyn Kelly SHOCKED After Suddenly Realizing Fox News Always Pandered To Racists”)

Speaking code among insiders and reeling in folks by pulling the wool over their heads has always been the strategy of the extreme right. This should hardly be surprising when you consider that the “right” has, from the very beginning, be a corrupt gang serving the ruling establishment. Its original masters were kings and emperors, the Catholic Church (essentially the first multinational corporation in history), and the landed aristocracy. Later bankers, industrial capitalists, and corrupt high-ranking politicians took over. The right’s task always was to befuddle sufficiently large segments of the population into acting against their own interests by baiting them with follies like nationalism, racism, or religion, all ways to give the gullible a sense of being special and belonging to a superior social group. It’s feel-good politics instead of make-good politics and usually at other groups’ expense.

Addendum (1/23/2018): In our military, everybody gets brainwashed by Fox-“News” per force according to this report: EXCLUSIVE: 2-tour Iraq veteran exposes deliberate right wing brainwashing in the military

~

Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month to research and write for this site and work on my book. Please share or help any other way you can. 🙂

Video Weekend 01-13-2018 (7 Videos) — JJJ

This Triple-J video weekend is dominated by three great personalities. On one hand, Jimmy Dore and his team produced so many good videos lately that I am having a hard time catching up to share them all. So, this video weekend is dedicated to the Jimmy Dore Show. Only the last video is from another source, namely great thinker Jamarl Thomas doing what I like to do most, too: calibrating our perspective and turning our focus on the great world we can build, a perfect world for humanity that is only a decision and political revolution away. And, not to forget, we have here a great, visionary, and very historically informative interview with none other than Jill Stein. Enjoy!

 

I. Jimmy Dore

A) Getting the Crooks out of Politics

Learn more about Tim Canova and Deplorable Debbie

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Imran Awan Criminal Investigation Snares Debbie Wasserman Schultz”)

There is more:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Election Fraud Likely In Debbie Wasserman Schultz Victory “)

 

B) Net Neutrality

The fight for a censorship-free Internet continues:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Good News In Fight For Net Neutrality “)

 

C) The Surveillance State

Big brother is watching you (thanks to the Twin Party Tyranny):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Pelosi Just Helped Trump Spy On You! “)

Comment: Well said. We truly live in unconstitutional times. All this century, ever since the never-elected Bush-Cheney Regime took over and trampled our Constitution with impudence and glee, have our country’s political handmaidens to the robber billionaires blithely ignored and violated our Constitution.

 

D) America and the World

America’s Decline Seen From Abroad (gets really good 5:16 min in, but also has good stuff before (for example on our faked corporate media’s Middle East reporting)):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Europe Laughing At America’s Red Scare w/Rania Khalek”)

 

E) Alternative to the Duopoly

Very informative interview of Jill Stein by Jimmy Dore

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Jill Stein’s Strategy To Coalesce The Left“)

Notes: No more lesser evil voting. Ranked Choice Voting to free us from the spoiler straight jacket. Major unions thinking about a new party. People’s movement umbrella organizations sprouting. The “Dems” have denied us a people’s party for about three generations. When you silence the people you make a demagogue inevitable. J20 Trials.

 

II. Jamarl Thomas

Closing words on getting past our own hang-ups, our self-created problems, and learning to think and act big:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “We Must Retain Our Capacity to Think & Do BIG Things as a Collective “)

Note: Now, my call to arms tends to focus on cosmic challenges like our short lifespans and horrid decrepitude in the later part of life. Cosmic exploration would also be nice, and I openly dream of a Star-Trek-like human world we can build, my focus not being on space travel but a good life for all. Isn’t that the goal we should all set for ourselves and rally around?

~

Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month to research and write for this site and work on my book. If you find any value in what I do, please consider becoming a patron and supporting this site with an automatic monthly donation of $1 or more. If you can’t afford this, then don’t, but please share my posts, tell folks about my online course offering, refer others to this site, refer me to paying outlets or companionable fellow blogs, partake in discussion, or contribute essays of your own. Or help my book get out there when it’s finished. Thanks. Only together can we change this world. 🙂

Video Weekend 01-06-2018 (8 Videos)

The first Video Weekend this year has eight neat videos covering three major themes:

  1. Plutocracy: Evil Incarnate
  2. Media: Brain Washing and Net Neutrality
  3. World Politics: American Empire in the Middle East

 

I. Plutocracy (Evil Incarnate)

Excellent piece! Taking off the mask of the despicable plutocrats, enemies of the people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Corporate Leaders Are Not Nice People – Richard Wolff“)

 

A Plutocrat Despising and Threatening us for Standing up for ourselves

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Centrist Democrats Refuse to Embrace Progressivism (w/ Jimmy Dore) “)

 

Another great piece by Richard Wolff. How the industrial plutocrats brought us to heel. Consumerism VS Lifetime:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “EconoMinute: Consumerism“)

 

The co-opted government – just cutting improvable programs isn’t beneficial reform:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump WILL Cut Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid “)

Quote: “They meant to take my money and give it to the rich!” A: “Yes, that’s the whole point of the Republican Party!” — Correction: It’s the whole point of the duopoly! Stop giving the “Democratic” Party a pass, Cenk, please. Your plan to take it over from within isn’t really helped by turning a blind eye.

 

II. Media (Brain Washing & Net Neutrality)

If you read yesterday’s piece about the leftist media myth, here is a clip addressing the gradual right-warping of our mass media and manipulated minds:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Fox News Brainwashed Her Dad“)

Follow-up: The Dishonesty of Demagoguery

 

Update on the continued fight for a censorship-free Internet:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Net Neutrality Repeal Reinvigorates Nationwide Fight for Public Broadband “)

Pity that Mike Figueredo has to pronounce advertisement at the end to finance his work. Any ads you see here on Beanstock’s World, by the way (other than my plea for help and mention of my online course), are placed not by me but by WordPress.com for hosting this blog free of charge. I have picked the route of asking for donations and/or other forms of support (such as link sharing and written contributions).

 

I am glad that there are other people with a fighting spirit out there who won’t take the oligarchy anymore, maybe more fellow fighters than I am quite aware of:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “FCC Now Being Sued by 17 States, Senate Will Vote to Undo Net Neutrality Repeal“)

 

III. World Politics (American Empire in the Middle East)

Middle East Open Secrets

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “American’s Biggest Misconceptions About Israel/Palestine Conflict w/Rania Khalek “)

You may also be interested in the earlier half of this interview, focused on Syria and Iran. (esp. interesting starting at 8:05 min)

 

Note: Please share widely! Social Media are blocking our own attempts to share.

~

Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month to research and write for this site and work on my book. If you find any value in what I do, please consider becoming a patron and supporting this site with an automatic monthly donation of $1 or more. If you can’t afford this, then don’t, but please share my posts, tell folks about my online course offering, refer others to this site, refer me to paying outlets or companionable fellow blogs, partake in discussion, or contribute essays of your own. Or help my book get out there when it’s finished. Thanks. Only together can we change this world. 🙂

Epiphany on the “Leftist Media” Myth

For ages I boggled at the right-wing claim of the corporate media being left-wing when ALL the corporate media were so obviously anti-left. How could right-wingers not recognize that ALL the mass media were propounding right-wing views while blocking, mocking, and smearing left-wing views? The math just didn’t add up to me.  Continue reading

Video Weekend 12-23-2017 (7 Videos)

A variety of topics covered this weekend by outstanding interviews and speeches:

  1. the Media War
  2. our Rigged Elections
  3. What is Socialism?
  4. the UBI
  5. Clintonites & 2020

 

I. Featured: Jesse Ventura & Jimmy Dore on the Media War

For-profit news are not reliable and facts don’t have two sides. Jesse Ventura meets Jimmy Dore. Oh, that’s good (published on Dec 15):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “WATJ 15: FCC, Death of Real News & Jimmy Dore”)

Comment: The Internet is really a utility. Ending Net Neutrality is like allowing giant corporations to sell you poisoned Flint Michigan water instead of safe water if you can’t afford a luxurious protection racket water bill or that corporations doesn’t like your political views.

 

II. Our Rigged Elections

Voter fraud is a fake claim used to justify voter suppression:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Voter Fraud Isn’t a Problem. Voter Suppression Is. “)

 

III. What is Socialism?

Have you ever heard people say “socialism has never worked?” Turns out it isn’t true. Here is a rich review of a number of meanings and flavors of traditional socialism, just to clear the air a little with a bit of realism:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debunked: “Socialism Has Never Worked””)

Note: Not much mentioned are modern versions of socially responsible economics (which is what the word socialism is really meant to stand for) like worker co-ops and a shared assets economy. But then this is mostly a historic review. Very useful, though, in enriching our political debate and debunking a slew of dalse notions about “socialism,” whatever a particular person may mean when using the word.

 

IV. More on the UBI:

Good take on the UBI by a left-winger. Yanis Varoufakis is a smart one when it comes to questions of economy or democracy:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Varoufakis – Why the Universal Basic Income is a Necessity – by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute”)

The discussion about ubi seems to be progressing well across the big pond:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why we should pay everyone a basic income | FT Comment”)

 

V. Clintonites are on the wrong side of the American People:

Thinking ahead to the 2020 election… Hillbots use false math:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Depth of Hillary Clinton’s Failure in 2016 – Let’s Dispel Any Notion of 2020”)

Note: one important fact not to overlook is that Hillary’s alleged win of the popular vote matches the same pattern of her election fraud in the “Democratic” primaries where Bernie would lead all election night, then suddenly boxes of alleged absentee votes would be carried in, and all of a sudden the results would flip.

Clintonites are NOT the adults in the room:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton’s Already Abysmal Approval Rating Plummet Even Further “)

Happy Holidays, everyone! 🙂

~

Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month to research and write for this site. If you find any value in what I do, please consider becoming a patron and supporting this site with an automatic monthly donation of $1 or more. If you can’t afford this, then don’t, but please share my posts, tell folks about my online course offering, refer others to this site, refer me to paying outlets, partake in discussion, or contribute essays of your own. Thanks. Only together can we change the world. 🙂

The Continued Fight for an Open Internet

fighting-back-for-net-neutrality

The Internet we have been used to – an open platform for uncensored communications and organizing – has suffered a major sabotage by a corrupt appointee sitting at the head of the FCC, but – just like our general fight for a fair civilization in which we all can live lives worth living – the fight for having such an open platform which is vital to our fight for a better world isn’t over. In fact, it is part of the fight for a good world to live in, a fight that has been raging ever since selfish bullies transformed the egalitarian societies of our ancestors into cruel pyramid schemes based on underhanded tricks like land ownership, “blue blood,” privately held corporations, and ill-gotten positions of state power.  Continue reading

Dance of the Vampires around Net Neutrality

In case you haven’t noticed, we live not in a democracy and just economy but a cruelly callous oligarchy which concentrates all wealth and authority in the hands of a few robber billionaires and their millionaire minions. Part of the latter group are establishment “journalists” and news anchors, as well as the corporate stooges who get plucked into federal agencies whose official task it is to regulate the corporations from which these stooges come and to which they return after their agency stint to get repaid for their treason in millions of blood money. And when these various kinds of millionaire minions meet to dish out a buffet of misrepresentations and lies to the (often all too gullible) public, it reminds me of a dance of vampires. Watch how they are leading each other in their carefully choreographed minuets and baroque pavannes, the Grand Ball of Bloodsuckers:

(warning: watching these creeps can give you indigestion)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Pai’s Lies | Episode 121”)

Comments:  Continue reading