Remembering the November Election with Lewis Black

I dug this up. It’s still funny (and fitting):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Lewis Black on Donald Trump and Election”)

… except for him dismissing Hillary’s criminal acts (example her arms deals and regime change acts). Maybe he’s getting old. Not sure. I haven’t watched him in years since The Daily Show lost traction.

 

It’s Trust, Not Trump, Baby!

In a recent article, Umair Haque explained pretty well why the spreading attitude of me-me-me and to hell with society and the related phenomenon of splintering into tribes are so damaging for all of us, including for those who live this attitude. You may know people who need this explained to them. I sure do. Hence this article.

Salient Quotes:

“What’s a place where there’s no trust? A jungle. Maybe a prison. … Without trust, a society can’t be a society. It becomes something else entirely: a place where predators rule. … There must be some level of trust that binds people together, or else a society will almost inevitably decay into demagoguery, collapse, and ruin.”

“Americans can’t have what the rest of the rich world takes for granted: public healthcare, education, finance. They live profoundly crippled lives: precarious, anxious, afraid. They will never retire, can’t afford to educate their kids, and their incomes have been stagnant for decades. No wonder there is widespread rage.”

“First, trust is lost. Then, society loses the ability to function. Then, public goods are lost. Without public goods, people’s lives shatter. The rage that results from broken dreams produces demagoguery. Today’s gilded demagogue, then, isn’t the issue: the loss of trust is.”

Here is the link to the full article: The Five Letter Word That Spells the End of Societies

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The Competition Curse

Our society = a pyramid scheme!

Quote: “Our competition and internal strife weaken us and prevent us from facing the universe’s tough challenges like disease; the ravages of aging and a short life-span; as well as natural disasters like earthquakes; tsunamis; pandemics; global climate change, with its ever increasing hurricanes; and giant meteorite impacts, such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs…”

Read the full article…

 

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Introducing the Precariat — Are You and I Members?

Definition from Wikipedia:

Precariat

In sociology and economics, the precariat is a social class formed by people suffering from precarity, which is a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare. Unlike the proletariat class of industrial workers in the 20th century who lacked their own means of production and hence sold their labour to live, members of the precariat are only partially involved in labour and must undertake extensive “unremunerated activities that are essential if they are to retain access to jobs and to decent earnings”. Specifically, it is the condition of lack of job security, including intermittent employment or underemployment and the resultant precarious existence.[1] The emergence of this class has been ascribed to the entrenchment of neoliberal capitalism.[2][3]

 

I sure am a member of this growing social class. How about you?

Uhh… how… uhm… great it is to live a precarious life in a rigged society! Isn’t it? Oh, and Merry Christmas to you… The guy whose birth many Christians celebrate this season sure would have praised us for our 21st century dung heap societies, wouldn’t he? So, let’s celebrate with a will… (Sorry for the sarcasm. Sometimes it’s needed to draw attention. Let’s enjoy the holidays if we can – any way we can – but not forget our outrage and the need to make change for the better.)

Please comment below.

A Voice of Reason in the World of Election Theft

I especially want to highlight these points well said by Mark Crispin Miller a few days ago:

  1. Private companies tell us what the vote count is, and we have no way to tell if it’s honest.
  2. This not only allows the wrong people to come to power, but it also distorts our (and the world’s) view of ourselves, where we stand on issues.

(Note: if the video to which this article links gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Can U.S. Elections Really Be Stolen? Yes.”)

 

 

The Questions We Never Ask

Another great Freshtastical video:

 

Title: “The Questions We Never Ask” (in case the link becomes deleted and you need to search for a surviving copy)

Great Speech about our Collapsing Civilization and the Moral Imperative to Resist

Title: “Chris Hedges Greatest Speech Ever Made” (in case the link gets deleted)

Great Interview with Jesse Ventura

Excerpts:

Beware of the Online Octopus

There was a time when people remembered regimes like the Nazis and insisted on data privacy. Along came online services like user-information hungry search engines and social media making unimaginable billions out of their “free” service to the public. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that government spook galvanizations like the NSA aren’t the only ones who can make your skin crawl with what they find out about you and – in the case of the “free” online services – share with others (advertisers for profit and other users for convenience): other patients of your shrink or protected journalistic sources, for example.

Read more at this source: Is Facebook’s People You May Know putting users at risk?

Funny: Why Do We Call It Black Friday?

The term was originally used to label Fridays when historic calamities occurred, such as the market crashes of 1869 and 1873. In some countries it still is. How, in America, “Black Friday” became to refer to a big shopping day after Thanksgiving makes me chuckle.
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