Many great news and discussions on socialism & liberty, capitalism’s thorough destructiveness, the Green New Deal, Venezuela, how to make democracy work, fraudulent politics, people’s uprisings, climate change, Bernie’s second coming, the screwing of the poor by the rich (even literally!), and insights in party politics.
Socialism & Liberty
Astute Richard Wolff Comments (Socialism, Capitalism, Green New Deal, Venezuela)
Our President of Capitalism
Green New Deal (and Way More) Totally Affordable
Making Democracy Work (& Lead not only in Flint!)
Fake vs Real Representatives
Economic Update: Global Downward Spiral, People’s Uprisings, & Lee Camp Interview
Not to overlook: The commentaries on the video clips are worth reading and discussing.
Note: Please share, so more of us will catch this video compilation that took a lot of time searching and previewing to make — a labor of love so that people strapped for time won’t miss those worthwhile videos. Another reason to share: some folks aren’t good at finding worthwhile videos on the Internet, instead watching silly videos or the establishments’ cable “news”.
List of topics:
AOC (Money in Politics, Medicare for All)
Financially Gouged American Lives
Automation in Capitalism
Socialism: 21st Century vs the Past
Oligarchy (esp. the close-knit Global Superclass)
World: Venezuelan Coup, Yellow Vests, U.S.‘s Al Qaeda, Russiahhhh, Israel
Net Neutrality Update
Pseudoscience in Politics (a bit entertaining)
Abusive Policing from the Top
The BS of Incremental Politics
Mental Prostitution: Society & Politics Based on Lies
I. AOC (Money in Politics, Medicare for All)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) exposes Money in Politics, and the fellows in the bribed system AGREE!
(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “AOC Masterfully Breaks Down How Money Affects Politics”)
A full dozen world view improving videos for the weekend. I apologize for not getting this out before Sunday this time. Having to do these things in my scarce spare time can cause delays. Anyway, the topics range from mentality for change, economy, democracy, our changing world, corrupt politics, imperialism, and disenfranchisement, to a visionary look at our present and future. Jimmy Dore’s team took the prize of making no less than five of this weekend’s featured videos. Other stars: Chris Hedges, Richard Wolff, Jesse Vetura, Jamarl Thomas, Frances Moore Lappé, and a bunch of monkeys that were not subjected to our mass media propaganda and thus behave more human than some of us…
I. Mentality for Change
Karl Marx’s hope to save democracy:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part I)”)
Exactly 200 years ago from yesterday, Karl Marx was born, a man who fell in love with the American and French Revolution and dedicated his life to rescuing their goals from a growing plutocracy. In the intervening two centuries, the plutocracy has spared no effort to demonize him. Today, as we begin to wake up to the evils of plutocratic rule, the time is ripe to take a fresh look at this perhaps most influential man in history.
Emplyee-Employer-War, No Recovery, Evictions over Chicken Feed, etc.:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Employees VS Employers — Endless Tensions”)
Note: The fact that in Germany employees have representatives at companies’ boards of governors resulted in German companies not laying off their workers during the big 2008 crash. Instead, they agreed with their workers to reduce pay and work hours until sales would rise again. So, people didn’t lose their jobs and companies didn’t lose their trained workers. As soon as sales rose again, they could simply increase the work hours and pay again and be instantly ready for recovered business opportunities.
The fight for democracy:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Struggle to Wrest Back Control of Our Democracy with Frances Moore Lappé”)
Comment: Indeed, for so many brainwashed people, economic democracy is completely off the table, out of sight and out of mind, replaced by a quasi-religious worship of a so-called “free” market (which is anything but free nor creates anything even close to freedom except for a few despots… or else it is absurdly viewed as being natural rather than the creation of selfish thugs that lived in the past and paved the way for today’s dungheap society.
Good question asked by this lady: What is freedom when you can talk but not be heard? — This is precisely why I started Beanstock’s World, why anyone with a sensible story to tell or argument to make can send me an article I will post, and why all of us should spread the word about sites like this to our friends and family.
Note: Really interesting idea for public campaign financing (AKA getting money out of politics): vouchers (each voter gets 4 publicly financed vouchers worth $25 he or she can give to the candidates of their choice).
Here, by the way, you can watch the above-mentioned video footing about monkeys wanting justice:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Capuchin monkey fights for equal rights – Inside the Animal Mind: Episode 3 – BBC Two”)
Joke: Well, if I were still caught in the “good cop/bad cop” twin-party mentality I might jeeringly say that chimps are clearly not Republicans (despite the grinning chimp appearance of Reagan and G.W. Bush…), referring thereby to that group of well-off don’t-take-from-me-to-share-with-the-less-fortunate traditional Republican voters I described, side by side with several others, in my recent article Allies Against Democracy. ;-P
IV. The Changing World
Automation, threat or opportunity?
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Future of Work | SingularityU Germany Summit 2017”)
Best parts: 00:30–2:00 & 24:05–25:30
V. Corrupt Politics
The Dempublican twin-gang smuggles thugs into public office and gang member was caught admitting it:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “CAUGHT! Leaked Audio Reveals Democrats Cheating Progressives Again”)
Face of the political elite:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hillary Has New Excuse On Why She Lost – Capitalism!”)
Really good discussion of our corrupt political elites:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Nancy Pelosi Admits She’s Ok With Cheating Progressives”)
The political ping pong of pretending we have only two voting choices keeps getting played on us by the establishment:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrats Lose Ground With Millennials – New Poll Reveals”)
Our awful imperialist media supporting murderous governments:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “NY Times Jaw Dropping Biased Reporting On Israel”)
Citizenship without a right to vote:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Puerto Rico, Forgotten Territories & Jen Briney”)
The Meaning of freedom. I marked this video from last September back then to share here, but it seems that it fell through the cracks. In the wake of last fall’s Convergence Conference, Jamarl made very important points which haven’t become outdated and won’t for many years to come. So, here they are:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “After Nick Brana’s Draft Sander’s Convergence – Problems The Soft Left Must Confront”)
Undeniably true: People should have healthcare, they shoud have education, and they should have an income. Society shouldn’t be hostile to what it means to be human.
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Spectacularly harsh winter weather events make some people doubt global warming since they don’t understand Earth’s climate, even though we all have models of our climate in our kitchens. I’ll explain. But first, let’s look at the latest big winter event making the news. You probably are experiencing or have heard about The Bomb, right? Here are two news reports about it which you may not have seen:
CBS reported it has been more than 100 years, in the U.S., since two category-4 hurricanes have made landfall in the same year. Tearing through the Caribbean, Irma was upgraded to category 5! And, meanwhile, Hurricane Jose is coming strong in its wake, a third big hurricane (or tropical storm for hair-splitters?) to form within some two weeks of time in our part of the planet. According to USA Today, Hurricane Jose joined Irma in reaching 150 mph winds on Friday, the first time on record the Atlantic has seen two storms that intense at same time. Meanwhile a 4th, weaker (105-mph) hurricane named Katia (it has been rare so far to have three roaring at the same time) is taking aim at Mexico’s east coast right now.
With all this happening, who here still insists on denying climate change or, in other words, reality? Years ago, I explained the severe weather events from global warming (including strengthened blizzards in wintry regions on Earth) comparing our planet to a pot of water being brought to a boil (the turbulent boiling water being our atmosphere in the analogy). I have been around long enough to have personally experienced our climate change. The cold winters of my youth are gone where I grew up, and record low harvests are hitting the farmers there from way to many rains in the growing season, rotting grains and fruits. Back in my earlier years, no-one ever imagined melting ice caps on the poles and polar bears swimming to Canadian beaches seeking refuge. Climate change is real, folks; and among this weekend’s videos is plenty of evidence.
Some notable facts before the videos start:
Communication with Cuba and other Caribbean islands has been lost. Barbuda, the first island to feel the force of Hurricane Irma was devastated. Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, said 90% of buildings have been destroyed (the count may have risen to 95% by now), and 50% of the population of around 1,000 have been left homeless.
ABC’s West Palm Beach news announced that Irma’s 24-hour-long 185 mph winds are unprecedented in recorded history! According to ABC Action Weather, Irma would be classified as category 6 if 5 weren’t the highest number on our rating scale. Maybe climate change will soon force us to expand the scale? I heard of storm surges up to 20 feet in the Caribbean.
Another sad piece of related news: price gouging by some airlines asking people trying to get to safety thousands of dollars for inland flights. Likewise, I heard of $45 prices charged on water bottle packs.
Hurricane Irma pushes aside recent Hurricane Harvey in severity and brings up memories of Hurricane Katrina:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hurricane Irma Is Stronger Than Katrina Was At Its Peak “)
Overall, Katrina killed 1,245–1,836 people, making it the deadliest United States hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. It’s really sad that some right-wingers among our political crooks have been trying to rewrite history by spreading rumors that it was Obama, not Bush II and his war-profiteering and torture-promoting puppeteer Dick Cheney, who stood by idly as the catastrophe unfolded. Katrina also opened our eyes to how much our infrastructure, built during the New Deal, has been left to rot since our robber billionaires and our politicians and media pundits joined forces to focus exclusively on squeezing wealth from the middle and bottom to the top of the dungheap society we have become.
A bit more about our current storms:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Strongest Hurricane EVER RECORDED In Atlantic Heading Toward Puerto Rico And Florida”)
What a storm surge is and how it comes to be:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What exactly is storm surge? “)
… and some more on our climate change catastrophes:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It “)
Montana is an example for the disastrous result of curring government spending in areas that protect and serve the people and our lands (while always maintaining and boosting the graft and pork spending such as military expenditures and corporate subsidies in connection with which we never hear a peep about budget deficits).
I have noticeably reduced the degree to which I watch The Young Turks (other than their associate Jimmy Dore, that is) ever since Cenk Uygur and others switched to supporting HRC in the 2016 presidential election — and after some underhanded smear attacks against citizen journalists — but I want to share this clip, largely because it rings true with me what these guys are saying about the reality perception and compassion of traditional “conservatives” (or GOP-voters) based on my own personal experience with many of them:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Trick To Being A Paid Liar: Zero Empathy “)
A little explanation of the greenhouse effect behind climate change:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Simple Explanation of Climate Change “)
A little bit more explanation of climate change:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Climate change explained in under 2 minutes “)
If you want to listen to a pointy-headed scientist for nearly 20 minutes, here you can (For me it got really interesting 12 minutes in):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Climate Change Explained and Proof it’s Man Made (Dr. Michael E. Mann 1 of 2) “)
And, I guess, I just learned that pointy hats are designed to hide balding. 😉
As a final word on the issue in this post, maybe I should remind everybody that I now offer an online science course which makes science super easy and fun and removes all excuses for science illiteracy and denial such as climate change denial even as hurricane after hurricane is hitting us in the face. And, besides, best of luck to everyone in the path of these storms!
And now to something completely different (a favorite Monty Python quote of mine):
Rummaging through useful news, info, and commentary clips I came across yet another TYT segment I’d like to share, because this is huge news, IMHOP, for the majority of Americans. You know, Equifax isn’t a company that you do business with. They get your data without your consent. With 143 million folks affected, most adult Americans may now soon be targeted with identity theft and the many horrible after-effects, as soon as the crooks can catch up with their enormous windfall. Expect to never qualify for a loan again, be blacklisted from employment and rental apartments, possibly for the rest of your life, and get arrested out of the blue for crimes you didn’t commit and know nothing about. I have long felt that our credit bureaus and collection agencies were a scourge on our country, and now they are about to prove it to everybody:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “UNPRECEDENTED Hack Leaks Financial Info Of 143 MILLION People “)
Hmm… on the other hand, maybe the wave of identity theft we may now experience may create a strong enough backlash to also give us a tool to fight the ongoing criminalization of political dissidents…? I wonder.
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So, our country was hit by yet another hundred-year hurricane, the third in just twelve years, and – yet – when the rare beast of an honest reporter mentioned climate change in connection, he was quickly cut off by the corporate controllers on his TV network. (watch the clip below if you haven’t seen it, yet)
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “MSNBC Cuts Off Reporter Telling Truth About Floods & Oil”)
A picture is worth a thousand words. Among other interesting things, this article sports exactly such a picture about the issue of climate change, one which makes it visible like none other I have ever seen.
Meet Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education: Betsy DeVos
Qualifications: billionaire heiress, no experience with K-12 education, no experience with college financial aid or student loans. Christian fundamentalist. Long time busy trying to undermine public education through questionable school voucher programs.
For some people, evolution is strangely hard to wrap their minds around. One key difficulty may be resolved by exaptation, well explained in an article which appeared in The Atlantic. Salient quotes:
The turtle’s shell, then, is a wonderful example of exaptation—the evolutionary process where a trait evolves for one function and is then co-opted to serve another. They began as digging platforms and then became suits of armor. Feathers are another example. They now help birds to fly, but they probably originated as ways of keeping warm or signaling to mates and rivals.
“A change in a structure of the body can only provide a selective advantage based on its current abilities, not potential future ones,” says Cebra-Thomas. “That’s very important, and not just for understanding the evolution of turtles.”