David Graeber — from the Occupy Wall Street movement, reputed to have coined and promoted the statement “We are the 99%”, and shared here on Beanstock’s World a bunch of times with his astounding insights — has died 10 days ago at age 59. Yes, only 59(!) from “internal bleeding”. Lethal internal bleeding at such a young age and without a bullet or knife stab or such smells to me a lot like COVID-19, to be honest. Oddly, an issues not mentioned anywhere on the main media (not even on Wikipedia). Here, btw, is an article digging into the broad spectrum of coronavirus symptoms: The Great Invader: How COVID Attacks Every Organ
Bolivia may seem remote and unimportant to many Americans, but there is much to learn from its old and recent history marked by the same forces that ruin our American democracy and lives. The recent coup in Bolivia and the preceding history of the Bolivian grassroots movement and its critique of U.S. imperialism have therefore been intensely covered on this site. As mentioned before, to look up those past and all future reports, simply click this search link.
Great speech by and discussion with Chris Hedges, great conversation between Ralph Nader and Noam Chomsky, great economic and social insights from Richard Wolff, a great exposure of the surveillance capitalism turning us all into bots by Shoshana Zuboff interviewed by Amy Goodman, amazing new insights on Venezuela from Greg Palast interviewed by Jimmy Dore. Yanis Varoufakis speaking about the antidemocratic European cartel and the fight for liberty and justice in Europe. And there is more: such as the psychology of conservatives and progressives, the destruction of our social human bonds by capitalism, neoliberals beginning to recognize their faults, and updates on Net Neutrality and the media war.
Great Chris Hedges Speech and Discussion
Nader & Chomsky Conversation
The New Surveillance Industry Turns us into Their Bots
Amazing New Insights on Venezuela
Solidarity vs Tribalism
Rules-Following Conservatives vs Creative Progressives
The Social Poison of Capitalism
The Oh-So-Wholesome ‘Center’ in Politics
Wall Street “Dem” Admits their Failures
Net Neutrality Update
Note: Over time these video weekend posts have grown to a very large size. For now they are shrinking since I am stuck in continued education costing me much time in an effort to resurrect a former career to rescue myself from sweatshops and precarious short-term/regular-un/and-frequent-under-employment. You still got hours of enlightening stuff to watch for your weekend, though, instead of pointless sports, bad entertainment, and cable propaganda “news”. Enjoy:
I. Great Chris Hedges Speech and Discussion
… from early April 2016, I think, probably shared by me before, but worth witnessing again:
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Constructing Rebellion, The Overthrow of Corporate Tyrrany – Chris Hedges”)
Amazing videos such as (1) an awesome speech by Bolivia’s president exposing our American oligarchy’s crimes, (2) a giant strike in Mexico calling across the border for us to wake up as well, (3) how to stop the DNC from rigging the Primaries against Bernie and Tulsi in 2020… And more: the U.S. empire and its roots in our nation’s traditional dark side, the ridiculous brainwash operations of our mass media, our rigged elections, American fake “Humanitarian Aid”, capitalism, socialism, the smearing and downplaying of Bernie and his “Bernie Bros”, Bernie’s political history, food for thought regarding a better world, and more…
Wow! The Bolivian President’s amazing Speech!
Another Wow! Mexicans Calling for American Workers to Wake Up!
The Tension between Value, Price, Justice, & Sensibility
Some U.S. Poverty Stats
U.S. Imperialism & Fake Democracy (+ a bit on Korea, too)
Cowboys & Indians: The Dark Side Within our National Spirit
U.S. Rampant Election Fraud & Raiding of Latin America
Stars: Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Jimmy Dore, Stef Zamorano, Ron Placone, Richard Wolff, Ralph Nader, Shoshana Zuboff, Jayar Jackson, John Iadarola, RJ Eskow, Max Blumenthal, Abby Martin, Mike Prysner, Ryan Cristián (The Last American Vagabond), Vanessa Beeley, Graham Elwood, Sam Seder, and others
Neat Interview: Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, AOC, Venezuela, Corporate Media
This year, as on some prior occasions, my family had no time and energy to prepare for a festive Christmas break. So we went to a grocery shortly before they all closed on Christmas Eve to buy some tasty tidbits and breads. One star among the latter was a French baguette. Sadly, it broke on the way to the cash register. We noticed it but decided to buy it anyway. It was somehow symbolic for my whole life to me. We decided to make its fracture harmless by eating it first, long before its fracture could dry it out. We even made good use of the fracture by doubling it over in our shopping bag that it otherwise wouldn’t have fit into. Bendable bread. Neat. Best thing since sliced bread perhaps. 😉
Making the best of all circumstances, good, bad, and horrible — that’s been my life. It seemed suitable to celebrate a family holiday that way. Oh, and isn’t Christ supposed to have broken some bread to feed the many? Continue reading “A Broken-Bread Christmas”→
Another great video weekend for those who can find time in this busy holiday season. More great facts and insight on the Yellow West Movement, public mind manipulation, the core nature and effects of capitalism, and so on.
Yellow Vests News
War, Morals, & Veterans for Peace
Refugees: Fleeing U.S. Dirty Wars in Central America
Filling the Swamp (Mnuchin)
Cool Conversation (Paul Jay, RoseAnn De Moro, John Cusack, and Bob Pollin)
Consumerism is part of the yoke by which we are controlled, enslaved, and distracted from life’s priorities. We should use our holidays more for spending time with friends and family and less on barreling through stores and heaping giant loads of useless junk on everyone. That’s why I shared a critical consumerism documentary in last week’s Video Weekend.
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Jimmy Dore Show , and the title: “Why French Protestors Have 70% Approval From Citizens”)
Quote from the article: “We hear all the time that the US is the richest country on earth. Does it feel like that to you? Does it look like it when you hear of people dying because they cannot afford … medications? For proof, the media offers the stock market. Problem is, only a fraction of Americans actually have money in the stock market. Or a savings account. It’s hard to invest when you can barely pay rent and feed your family.”
The article suggest we are not ready yet in the U.S. ‘cause we are still too brainwashed, thinking that we are free, that mysterious market forces, immigrants, China, Russia, or personal failure is to blame for our pitiful situation. It’s a good read from a nurse (they see a lot of our misery, nurses do). I highly recommend it. Here is the link again.
As long as we keep letting ourselves be divided from above or believe the bullshit we are getting fed from above, we are paralyzed. The French seem to be ahead of us. Let’s move forward ourselves! Inform ourselves. Get a clue. Then act. And, yes, this here site can help you get informed. So better sign up for notifications of new posts.
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A lot of knowledge, news, and insight on the economy, our oligarchy, our elections, world politics, the political gamesmanship, and a powerful video on how people slip into violent right-wing fascism and can find their way out again. Themes:
System: The End of Kings (then and now)
Neoliberalism (cont. fr. last week)
Fake Charity & Fake Leaders’ Mentality
Capitalism: Our market can and must be modified
Corporate Dictatorship (e.g. Amazon)
Elections (Voting Parody, Midterms, Fraud)
Political Action: Bernie Pressure
World Politics (Israel, Nazi Germany’s Mindset, Russia Mania)
Immigration/Asylum (The Caravan & Asylum Blockade)
The Political Slander Game
Lost in Right-Wing Fascism But Then Getting Out
I. System: The End of Kings (then and now)
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The End of Kings“)