Law to Commit Injustice

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”)

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We Need a Considerate Compassionate Culture

All day, every day, I meet people with virtual blinders on. Last week, in order to help out desperate family members against government reprisals (the details are private) I accepted a menial job in a sweatshop for which I am totally overqualified in terms of education and professional experience but physically underqualified due to bad health. The task is to de-staple, de-eyelet, de-booklet thousands of paper sheets each day to make them scannable. The papers are banking files. It’s unbelievable how many inches of papers are put together for a single person’s single credit by bank clerks many of whom also plaster them with countless staples, metal eyelets, and so forth only for other people to get paid a minimum wage to remove all those troublesome metal pieces again prior to digital scanning. The hand-breaking job reminds me of the movie scene of two guys digging and tossing the dirt into each other’s holes. This dumb job is quite symbolic of the socio-economic system of today in which we modern humans waste away our lifetimes.

One of my colleagues told a local bank branch director that his workers place way too many staples and such on their paperwork requiring a lot of work to remove them again. The director’s only response was laughter. Rather than musing about instructing his clerks not to waste so much time and metal that only raises the banks’ costs for scan preparation he just laughed.   Continue reading “We Need a Considerate Compassionate Culture”

Political Awakening Video Weekend 08-12-2018 (17 videos)

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! 🙂

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Our Anti-Social Abusive Cult of Self (video & short commentary)

A modern paint on what I have described as the ancient pharaonic creed which is destroying our country is the cult of self. The cult of self is part of our consumer culture created by sales-mad capitalism, but it is also the sociopathic result of marrying individualism and its side-effect of disconnectedness to the old pharaonic creed which assigns value, benefits, power, and rights to people based on their perceived status:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The cult of self explored in new film Generation Wealth”)

A skewed perception like this leads to self-deception which leads to abuse and destruction, the victims and the victimizers both playing their predefined roles without questioning the system. Welcome to the modern United States of Aberration and Anguish.

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 07-28-2018 (16 videos)

In this weekend’s video compilation, stars like Claudia Stauber, active berners, Brian Becke (awesome!), Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Jimmy Dore, Brigida Santos, Mike Figueredo, Thom Hartmann, Jason Stanley (very informative!), The Rational National, Tim Canova, Melissa Schwartz (from DemocracyCounts), Kaniela ‍‍‍Saito Ing (from Hawaii), Sharmini Peries, Jen Senko (“The Brainwashing of my Dad”), Richard Hobbs, and America’s rising hero Nick Braña shine bright lights on the people’s awakening; the reality of Russia, the Middel East, our government budget, our (nonexistent) democracy, capitalism and socialism; on fascism, capitalism-neoliberalism; establishment lies & corruption; U.S. genocide and mass migrations; rigged U.S. elections; the public brainwash; and successes in political revolution.   Continue reading “Political Awakening Video Weekend 07-28-2018 (16 videos)”

Equality of Means, not “Opportunities”

What we need is not the neoliberally toted equality of opportunity, but an equality of means!!! The word opportunity can be interpreted in quite unequal ways, turning the equality of opportunity mantra into a trick to scam people into accepting gross disparity in real living conditions. The remote opportunity of the rags-to-riches legend which hardly ever turns into reality for anyone (and usually only by harming others in the process) compares poorly with what I would call a means equality. Considering the vast difference in life’s starting conditions between upper class privilege and lower class deprivation, the claim of having equality of opportunity becomes a sarcastic joke. Furthermore, when someone falls down on their luck, should we have no compassion whatsoever and deny any help based on the sociopathic idea of everybody being responsible only for themselves?   Continue reading “Equality of Means, not “Opportunities””

Short yet Smashing Speech by Chris Hedges

As a follow-up to Monday’s sharing of Chris Hedges’s and Richard Wolff’s great recent conversation and yesterday’s sharing of late Ed Schultz’s Swan Song Speech (less far along but perhaps the exactly right stepping stone for some people who have still a little to catch up), here is another speech by Chris Hedges, a short one this time (only 16 minutes!) but still packing a big punch. Enjoy:

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