Video Weekend 7/15/2017: 7 Videos

This weekend, enjoy politically relevant videos across a wide spectrum of issues: media mendacity, Syria, U.S. poverty, automation and lay-offs , the next economic crash, repression of dissent, government spending for a new New Deal, and Universal Basic Income.

 

1. Media Lies and Syria

Beware the corporate media! Beware, beware, beware! If you use outfits like CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News as your only source of information, you will be mislead again and again. Sometimes they will let a bit of real news slip through; but you can only tell real news from fake news if you do some vetting of sources. One way is to check out multiple information sources from different places on the political spectrum – alternative media especially (to get away from vested corporate interests) – and then compare the disagreeing reports to find commonalities. Another way is to use your brain to take into account how these sources make their money, then put two and two together, and you will know what’s really going on. You know that you can’t trust a used cars salesman when he praises a car standing on his lot; but he may be quite honest talking about the weather or the problems his child has in school. Makes sense, right? — I work hard to bring you the real news, as well as original thoughts and ideas; so you would do well to follow my posts and help me reach more people (or even help me become financed, for example by a small donation from you, or you buying an online course from me).

One topic the corporate media are compulsive liars about is our eternal warfare around the globe. So, here is some rarely heard news about Syria:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Max Blumenthal on How the Media Covers Syria”)

Quote: “The progressive media’s job is to challenge [the establishment media] narrative, but in the Trump era this is not really happening.” The great risk, at this time, is that alternative media join the corporate media in their distractive anti-Trump mania, a convenient trick for our corporate media and politicians not to report on corporate crimes or truly transformative political opportunities. Merely resisting won’t move us forward. We must do more to fight the establishment and take our country back from the robber billionaires.

 

2. American Poverty

Meet the Poor Country USA (over half the U.S. lives in or near poverty (such as working for less than a living wage)). See and hear from their reality, if you don’t experience it yourself every day, or know you are not alone if you do:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “America Is The Poorest First World Country Linh Dinh”)

If you want to know how we got to this place, I write about this regularly. In fact, if you haven’t read it already, I wrote a succinct summary yesterday: How the Bandits Took Over

 

3. Automation and Lay-offs

McDonald’s just used its record stock prices to fire 2,500 of its workers. Conclusion: Technology either improves the profits of plutocrats or the lives of workers. Plutocrats fire workers replaced by machines to improve their profits. In contrast, workers owning their companies and making the decisions would improve their lives and their communities:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “McDonald’s, Capitalism, and Unemployment”)

 

4. The Next Economic Crash

The next economic crash is about to hit:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economist Dr. Richard Wolff – The Lottery Economy”)

 

5. Repression Of Dissent

Brutal repression of dissent is quickly growing in our country. It will soon be the dark future for all of us if we don’t fight back now when it is still only hitting some of us:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[#68] A U.S. Political Prisoner Is Finally Released & CNN Cover Up”)

 

6. Government Spending for a New New Deal

The below is probably the best video by Steve Grumbine that I have seen so far. This one is really good — full of vital truth. Gist: Watch your language! Most Americans need and want the same things, but the way we talk, pushing the party-line-division buttons, we tune each other out. Talk real issues, not slogans, party lines, or candidates:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Crossing political boundaries”)

Gist continued: Federal spending is an investment which can have taxes collected afterwards to balance out the economy. You don’t need to fight drawn-out political trench wars to free up tax dollars first, and you don’t need to burden most working people with higher taxes, to give us things like Medicare for All. All we really need, is a broad coalition of voters (across party lines) to get us a new New Deal. Taxes don’t exactly pay for any of these, the government does. The federal government can print all the money it needs (or create it with a click on a computer, actually). Taxation is only the re-taking of money from the economy lest we get inflation if the growth in money supply exceeds the growth of the economy. This re-taking is best done in places where the money uselessly accumulates (the billionaires).

Now, Steve Grumbine promotes a federal job guarantee but seems to oppose a universal basic income. Personally, I think that combining the two of them would give people a greater amount of flexibility. The thing not to overlook, after all, is that government – even one that is accountable to the voters (as our American government definitely is NOT and has not been for decades!) – is never perfect. One-size-fits-all measures always do wrong by some people. Hence, in my opinion, having an unconditional universal basic income as a financial safety buffer for all those for whom a federal job guarantee might not work, is highly recommendable. For example, if a federal job guarantee, for whatever reason, would exclude taking care of one’s children or one’s elderly (say, because their might be a worry about nepotism or unqualified care), then people able to rely on an unconditional basic income could still make the choice to care for their relatives, making for more individual liberty and a better, more caring society. Liberty and choice is what government should guarantee us, just like our founders demanded.

 

7. Universal Basic Income: A Comedian Talking Sense that Escapes Most Serious People

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Breaking The Stigma Towards Universal Basic Income Can Better Society!”)


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How the Bandits Took Over

Wake up, everybody! We are worthy of more than mere crumbs from our powerful economy. We, who do all the human work, definitely deserve more than a few crumbs while all the rest of our fruits of labor goes to the exclusionary, private club of the billionaire class that rips us off at every turn and ends up “owning” our entire world by the process of raking in all this loot.  Continue reading

Private Health Insurances: They are Protection Rackets

Give us money or you will suffer and die:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for title: “Mal Hyman for Congress” and “My Stance on Healthcare”)

Mal Hyman is spot-on describing our private health insurances as protection rackets. Pay us through the nose or suffer and die. That’s exactly how mafiosi make their rounds to collect your hard-earned money. Doctors and nurses don’t talk that way, but they need to get paid for their work like everyone else. Unfortunately, this means that when we get seriously sick, so that treatment costs exceed our savings, we are in deep trouble if we can’t pay.  Continue reading

Save The Internet! – Now! – We Need it to fight for Change!

Cable companies want to get rid of net neutrality. Without it, sites like this one could be censored, slowed down, or forced to charge fees (and thus priced out of the alternative media landscape). We can stop these evil corporations and keep the Internet open (we’ve done it before) if we all contact Congress and the FCC, but we only have a few days left. Click HERE to send off your protest letter or to learn more.

And here are instructions for leaving a comment on the FCC’s on website. (I heard paid trolls filled the site with kill-net-neutrality demands, but I can’t confirm it (not enough time).)

In addition, as I mentioned on Monday, you can donate to Demand Progress to help it fight this censorship in disguise.


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Together for Medicare for All

There is nothing about the northern latitude that makes it possible to have universal healthcare in Canada but impossible for us. When is the last time we Americans looked north across the border for progress we want to emulate? We thought we were the greatest after we defeated Nazi Germany and imperial Japan in World War II (never giving full credit to our allies, especially the USSR which took the brunt of Hitler’s armies). Do we still feel like the greatest when healthcare is a human right in all our peer countries while millions of us can’t get any, suffering great pain and dying avoidable deaths by the tens of thousands each year? Do we have any reason to feel great when tens of thousands of us die prematurely each year because available medical treatments were withheld from them? Can we be proud of propping up health insurance billionaires with the blood money gained from thousands dead each year?  Continue reading

Great Uplifting Interview of Nina Turner by Jimmy Dore (7/2017)

Gee! How did I miss this one last week?!? Watch this to get your spirits up! 🙂

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »Nina Turner On Draft Bernie Party “I Want Him To Do This!”«)

Some great quotes (partly edited):  Continue reading

Vital Battle Fronts This Week (7/10/2017)

I. Our Ability to Inform and Organize: Net Neutrality

Our oligarchs want to return to the time where we only had their corporate media to get “information” from and no efficient way to organize via the Internet. Sure, officially, the war on net neutrality is only about money. However, the key here is this: Once Internet providers can separate data streams for different pricing, they can also separate them for blocking political activism and alternative media. If you ask me, that’s the real reason our corrupt corporate politicians are so eager to comply with the industry giants’ call for differently priced lanes on the Internet.

It’s very clear that Trump-appointed new FCC Chair (and former Verizon lawyer) Ajit Pai – do I dare to think of him as a swamp creature? – wants to undo the net neutrality rules many of us fought so hard for in 2015.

Demand Progress is organizing a fight to keep net neutrality intact. They write:

Net neutrality is the principle that the internet should be an open platform where anyone can build a website, open a small business, and create a community. It’s the idea that no matter how you use the net for your job, your school, or keeping in touch with friends and family, you get treated the same online.”

Americans in every corner of the country support net neutrality—and that’s why we now have rules that stop cable companies like Comcast and Verizon from throttling or slowing down sites—or determining what you can see or post online.”

We’re taking a page from Bernie’s book. We’re working with senior organizing staffers from Bernie’s campaign on a bold new plan: build teams of people in key states and congressional districts who’ll be ready to recruit an even larger cadre to swarm district offices, pack town halls, and stage protests outside Verizon and AT&T storefronts.”

They give this DONATIONS LINK.

 

II. GOP/Trump“care” Could get Snuck Through THIS WEEK

Congress’ plan to finance tax breaks for the super-rich robber billionaires who cannot even feel the difference this will make in their wealth by murdering 28,600 Americans each year through denial of healthcare (in addition to the many thousands already dying from denied healthcare every year) may be snuck through the Senate THIS VERY WEEK like it was done in the HOUSE two months ago.

The “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” would be better called Wealthcare than Trumpcare, caring exclusively about the wealth of the already wealthiest handful of money aristocrats on Earth while leaving many of the rest of us to die, even as doctors and nurses, treatments, and medications are on standby, waiting to be PAID before they help – but not getting paid and therefore not helping – in our harebrained health-for-profit system.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, an advocacy group which has been fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare since 1982, says it is working around the clock to defeat the Senate’s disastrous Trumpcare bill — the bill which so sanctimoniously will gut Medicaid, weaken Medicare, dramatically increase health care costs for millions of older Americans (like five times!!!) and add 22 million MORE Americans to those who have to subsist without any health insurance (with the resulting early deaths already mentioned).

Here is their DONATIONS LINK.


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Quickypinion: Bully Town U.S.A.

As C.A. Matthews of the great weekly blog The Revolution Continues has been saying for quite some time, “We are a society of bullies and scared people kissing up to the bullies (in order to stay alive). How long can we survive under this sociopathic regime before we’ve all gone certifiably insane from its cruelty?”

I hope this view can pull some weight with traditional “conservatives.” After all, kissing up is a lousy version of “personal responsibility,” the odd counter-argument we hear so much from the Republican-owned side of voters and their nose-leading demagogues in the GOP and corporate media (even some neoliberals) whenever they block our efforts to form a posse with which to topple the ruling bullies.  Continue reading

Video Weekend 7/8/2017: “Democratic Party” Sinking, the “Patriotic Millionaires,” Devious “Reforms,” and our Oligarchs’ Global Empire (8 Videos)

A wide range of topics awaits you this video weekend:

Hundreds of billions of tax gifts to the super-rich (who can’t even feel them), paid for by cuts to Medicaid among other things and another devious calculation (4 billion dollars saved by letting 200,000 older people die early in the next ten years):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Who Will Win the Coming Democratic Civil War? “)

By the way, I contacted the Patriotic Millionaires, proposing they help finance my work. I wanted to see how serious they are, and give my financial betters the chance to put their money where their mouths are. I never heard back. One of many indications that people at or near the top who talk a good game don’t necessarily walk much of the walk, and that those who benefit from our society’s rigging may be willing to place a band-aid here or there, or perform a little tweak, but don’t really want to fix the system.

 

The “Democratic” Party Digging its Own Grave:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Julian Assange Explains Why The Democrats Are Doomed”)

Quote: “The Democrat establishment needs the support of the security sector and media barons to push this diversionary conspiracy agenda…” (He is referring to the – so far still baseless – Russiagate hysteria.)

 

Richard D. Wolff on gentrification, legalization of gambling and marijuana as a way of not taxing the rich, betrayal of the American voter, free trade, deregulation, tax cuts for the rich and gutting of welfare to allegedly make the poor work harder, anti-governmental revenge politics… BITTER politics… This video is about an hour long and starts out a bit slow, but towards the middle and the end there come really valuable news and sharp insights:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Capitalism’s Self-Destruction”)

 

And now to a much overlooked and ignored, but very important, topic:

It is high time we take a look at how our oligarchs not only rig the system in our country but the rest of their global empire, as well. I have occasionally exposed our oligarchs’ dark deeds in the Middle East before and once also shown a light on Venezuela. Venezuela is actually far more important than most U.S. Americans currently realize. Venezuela has the largest oil reserves on the planet! Let that sink in! It also replaced classical dictatorship back in 1958 with a political system mirroring ours: three branches, two corrupt parties passing power between them and enriching their own (and their plutocrat cronies’) pockets while the majority of the nation became ever more impoverished. Then, Hugo Chavez sparked off a political revolution. That’s correct! A political, not an armed revolution. He was their Bernie Sanders, not the awful “dictator” as which our corporate media kept defaming him! Venezuela apparently has clean elections (unlike us!!!), confirmed by hundreds of international observers! Venezuela (constantly decried in our corporate media as a despotic commie country) actually has it written in its constitution that the people (yes, the people, not unreliable, bribable representatives in Congress) can impeach the president and trigger an automatic election. All they need is enough signatures. Imagine that!

Now, when you put all these things together, you get a mix of circumstances which practically SCREAMS for intervention by our oligarchs, to secure the oil and stamp out the kind of political revolution that might topple them from their own thrones right here at home in the States if it were to leak over our border and catch on here.

Let that sink in! And so, unsurprisingly, our oligarchs have been putting pressure on Venezuela ever since they realized that Hugo Chavez wasn’t just talk but the real deal.

This is what that looks like when they don’t stage an outright military invasion (like they so often do in the Middle East) but prefer to try regime change closer to home in the Americas through infiltration and financing rebel-rousing insurrection by local plutocrats:

An introductory summary:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Abby Martin: World Ignores Opposition Violence at Venezuela Protests”)

If you want more detail on these violent opposition actions, you can watch this coverage: Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets the Venezuelan Opposition

If you want more detail on our oligarch’s hand in all this, their usurping and misusing millions of our tax dollars through institutions like the USAID and the “National Endowment for Democracy” to kill democracy elsewhere under the false banner of fighting FOR democracy (that’s how we have been hoodwinked for ages), you can learn more here:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why the CIA Won’t Give Up on Venezuela | Interview with Eva Golinger”)

And here is an interview with one of those alleged despots (Venezuela’s Economy Minister):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Empire Files: Venezuela Economy Minister—Sabotage, Not Socialism, is the Problem”)

In conclusion, you might want to watch (perhaps for the second time?) this summary, previously served up on this site — Tariq Ali’s very insightful, comprehensive summary on what has been happening in Venezuela:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Global Empire – Crisis in Venezuela”)


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With friends like Democrats, Who Needs Republicans? (Jimmy Dore + Commentary)

With friends like these so-called “Democrats” (D-corporatists), who needs enemies (R-corporatists)?

In Jimmy Dore’s video below, meet another crook or two from our Impossibility Party (the “Democratic” Party). It shoes us how the twin-party tyranny leaves us with no option within traditional voting and much reason for a new party Continue reading