22 top videos: Again, if you are too short on time to discover many top level meaningful videos covering critical events, problems, and solutions, here is a weekly share. (main issues: our crumbling American society under an increasingly brutal oligarchy and current fight-back efforts from the bottom):
Stars & channels: Jesse Ventura & Brigida Santos, Jimmy Dore, Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, acTVism Munich, Second Thought, Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept), The Intercept, Kyle Kulinski (Secular Talk), Richard Medhurst, The Humanist Report, Nick Brana (Movement for a People’s Party),…
New Nuclear Arms Race and Earth-Destructive Tests
Jesse Ventura on American Corruption
Inequality from Robbery: The Public Forced to Fund the Rich
America’s Looming Eviction Crisis
America’s For-Profit Healthcare (Worst Healthcare in the Developed World)
A Worthwhile Debate to Have
No American Democracy
The US-Supported Coup in Bolivia: Revealing and Tragic
Endless War on America and the Globe
Death: Michael Brooks Gone and Youngish Men Beginning to Comprehend Mortality
Created under great difficulties, today’s Video Weekend focuses primarily on analyzing the midterms and a path forward, but a number of other topics as well.
Stars: Mike Figueredo, Jacqueline Luqman, Paul Jay, Ralph Nader, Abby Martin, Farron Cousins, Anya Parampil, Elijah Manley, Jimmy Dore, Ron Placone, Stef Zamorano, Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Thom Hartmann, Marry Wood, Chris Hedges, “The Democratic Socialist Libertarian”, Paul Jay, Natalie McGill, RT America, Anya Parampil, Eugene Puryear, and trailblazing Nick Brana (and more).
One principal question: Who are we gonna vote for to save our lives if all we get on our candidacy ballots is scum vs scum? This video compilation will help answer this and other vital questions.
Midterm Election 2018
Blue & Red Folks = Progressive
Scum vs. Scum (on the ballots)
The People’s Rights
SCOTUS: Change Needed
How to Talk
Fake For-Profit Charities
End the Corporate State
The Road Ahead
I. Midterm Election 2018
Too many losses. A few (way too few) progressive wins (only 2 new progressives in Congress):
This weekend compilation of politically relevant videos includes three that I found gathering dust on my virtual shelves (this happens since I have to do my research and writing on the side of making a living) and which it is high time to share. Topics: mainstream party corruption, the right to assemble and dissent, money in politics, our continued economic decline, the joke our mass media have become, and challenging the system. Major stars: Nick Braña, Jimmy Dore, Richard Wolf, Mike Figueredo, Steve Grumbine…
I. Mainstream Party Corruption
Get an insight view of the “Democratic” Donors Party. Also, why Democrats give up on the “Democratic” Party and root for a New Party:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title “MPP-TV Second Interview With Former Howard County, Iowa Chair Of Democratic Party, Laura Hubka” and the name Nick Braña (our future president, mark my words 😉 ).)
Nice quote:If we want to make change, don’t we actually have to be who we say we are?
II. Constitution and Democracy
The right to assemble and dissent:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title “Free Speech, the Right to Assemble and the Chilling Effects of the Police State” and the name Steve Grumbine.)
Just remember that this only one of many similar events across our country. The establishment is trying throughout our nation to criminalize us for not agreeing with its destructive cruelty. Back when this video apparently slipped through my cracks, so also did this related article.
Note, 234 people were charged with mostly felony charges for being present at a demonstration! Making use of your 1st amendment right or simply passing by while others do is now being treated as a felony! How much more un-American can our country get?
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hillary Clinton & Bill Clinton’s Legally Questionable Schemes Using Clinton Foundation”)
The corruption bosses keep roaming and raiding:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The DNC and DCCC are Funneling Money to Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC”)
DNC Weapon of Mass Distraction, revolving doors, …:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “DNC Files Lawsuit Instead Of Helping People”)
Simple truths that should be obvious to everyone:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Struggling Against the System”)
Richard Wolff: “bottom of the economic heap which is the lower 2/3”
Living space: 14.9 m2 = 160 square feet = a room of 12.6 x 12.6 feet, basically a largish bedroom… and that as a whole apartment. I am sure Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t live on that square footage. It’s more like low-income ancient Romans or their slaves. Essentially, working people who a generation ago could afford real apartments or entire houses are now moving into dormitories. Definitely not an economic “recovery” but an economic decline.
Comment: O.K. … so, in our economic system, the rich maximize their profits by driving people into poverty and financial struggles, so they become depressed and take anti-depressents, which further turn up the profits for the rich who hold ownership over the drug factories. So, even more profits for the rich. So, all is good.
V. Mainstream Media Morass
AKA lamestream or shamestream media.
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “BBC Host Tries Censoring Truth On Syria”)
Comment: Jimmy asks who actually stills turns on the TV to get informed by corporate channels like CNN. My answer: I occasionally watch those channels, and I do it in order to find out what lies, propaganda, and other manipulation is currently being rained on the American people.
Funny: OMG, don’t tell the truth on TV. If you tell the truth you give credence to the truth! We must never do that on the corporate mass media!
Funny, too: We get lied into war over and over again (Golf of T…, WMDs, gas attacks), and when this experience makes people skeptical, they are “conspiracy theorists”. Even when governments eventually admit their lies, and someone reminds us of this, he instantly becomes a “conspiracy theorist”. How many folks still by this? Good grief!
What a joke our TV news shows have become:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »CNN Reporter Sniffs “Poison” On Air«)
Privileged MSM stooges:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hayes’ Journalistic Malpractice Over DNC Wikileaks Lawsuit”)
Jimmy Dore was mocking our oligarchs and their minions for their “who cares about jobs attitude”. My extension: Indeed! Who cares about jobs? We, the privileged, have bountiful and secure jobs, or we are so rich we don’t need jobs, having the unwashed masses toil for us. Hahahawwww…
VI. System Challengers
One of Bernies biggest gifts for America: we can now run for office without selling out to Big Money:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Screw Blue Wave- Stand For Something! Says Iowa Progressive”)
Great statement from this Berniecrat candidate for 2018: “Nobody that walks out to work every day should ever have to [worry] that if something happens to them – whether they get injured on the job or whether they get sick – that they will lose everything that they have built for their family.” Spot on!
Another good comment on our failing system: ”… how the richest country in the history of the world is actually sliding backwards…”
Also, Jimmy Dore speaking satirically about plans to raise the retirement age: “everybody wants a 70-year-old fireman”
Pete D’Alessandro: “people work as hard as they can and not make any gains” – My life exactly!
Comment: I think that Social Security for All (financed as a citizen dividend that puts a stop to piling all our economy’s unearned income on the billionaires and instead spreads it around like the Alaska Permanent Fund does), possibly even more so if mixed with a earned-shared assets approach that would allow the creation of residual income for workers, could completely change our system to where questions like retirement age would become a personal decision instead of a government imposed same-size-fits-all thing. Let us retire from the rat race when we are ready, not when some lawmaker decides.
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This weekend video compilation exposes our massive systemic corruption and stark economic truths, the repeal of the New Deal, the latest Russiagate nonsense, a silver lining for Net Neutrality, illegal government agency (“deep state”) activities, and candidates for the people.
Manipulative Russia Narrative
Deep State (can we trust the spies who spy on us?)
Candidates for the People
What is illegal anymore?
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Oligarchs Have Captured Our Criminal Justice System”)
Yes, he screams a lot, but he has reason to scream. Who can hear this and not resolve to oust our inhumane, greedy, callous oligarchy? We are an occupied country. Do you get it?
More on Ajit Pai, one of the plutocracy’s moles in government
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ajit Pai Now Being Investigated for Corruption by His OWN Agency“)
Some stark economic truths (for me really good starting at 9:40):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Capitalism’s Excuse: Blame Government [S7 E7]“)
They’re Coming for our Last Drops of Blood. In this interview by Thom Hartmann, Richard Wolff explains how our society is hanging by the thread of its last remaining shreds of the New Deal’s social safety net which the GOP-aligned plutocrats are now coming for:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Dr. Richard Wolff On What America Will Look Like If The Republicans Get Their Way“)
III. Manipulative Russia Narrative
I wonder how much brain it takes to figure out that a handful of misguided Russian trolls weren’t a big deal…:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »Here Are The Russian Memes That “Swung The Election”«)
IV. Net Neutrality
The way to deal with net neutrality:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hawaii Taking BOLD Action to Protect Net Neutrality “)
What’s the trick? Unprivatize it! Return it into the hands of the state (the people) who created it in the first place. Enough corporate hijacking on behalf of the plutocracy! We the people count more than profits for a few. We rightfully own our nation and our states, even our places of work, our economy, our parks, our forests, our lands… Enough of the plunderers and oppressors from the top!
V. Deep State (The String Pullers Behind the Curtain)
The Deep State Revealed:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Mindblowing Corruption At FBI – NSA Whistleblower Reveals“)
VI. Candidates for the People
What we need: Candidates with Skin in the Game of American Life
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive With Unbelievably Powerful Story Set To WIN Congressional Seat- Amy Vilela“)
And another candidate to unseat a lifelong crook. This one’s a union working “stiff”:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Iron Stache Makes Bold Promise To Progressives“)
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Scenes are popping up in America such as we are used to see in foreign dictatorships. Our founding fathers gave us the 1st Amendment (and several others) to protect us from a dictatorial government. We were always supposed to be free to peaceably assemble and petition our government. But now that our government has been bought up by the robber billionaires who already robbed us of economic freedom, political freedom is also being eliminated. Wake up to the United Tyranny of America.
Steve Grumbine who has been on a journey of political awakening, starting on the political right and gradually moving left, becoming a Bernie supporter in 2016, and nowadays challenging the false popular economic and monetary wisdom that keeps being used to deny us our fair economic share of our country (and thereby our lives, as well), recently gave a powerful speech about the now sharply rising assault on our right and ability to dissent:
(Note: sadly he posted this on Facebook. So, if it shoulld et deleted, you may not be able to search for it anywhere. If you try, maybe look for this description: “Free Speech, the Right to Assemble and the Chilling Effects of the Police State”)
For details on the arrests and criminalization ofabout 200 people who may be facing years – or even decades – in prison by “guilt” of association or simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time (which is to say being in an American street — don’t ever commit that “crime”), you can read more here.
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Someone once mentioned that he or she found sheriffs much more trustworthy than police because sheriffs (at least officially) serve the populations who vote them into office. Police, on the other hand, is an enforcement tool of the state, and when the state is undemocratic and despotic by nature (not a democracy) or in bed with a corrupt private sector oligarchy, police becomes a terror upon the citizenry.
In the U.S., with all our internationally unequaled police killings,unlawful (or at least unconstitutional) arrests under bogus charges to criminalize peaceful protesters, with rampant police rackets, and rising overall hubris and brutality, we are alarmingly far along the way to out-and-out despotism. Watch the case of a dutiful, lawful nurse being brutally assaulted and arrested by a law-breaking cop, with commentary and numerous updates on the case (which many of you may already know about minus some of the updates):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Crazy Cop Brutalizes A Nurse Inside Hospital In Utah”)
Afterword: One of the dangers in all of this is the adaptability of human beings. Like frogs that never jump out of a slowly heating pot until it boils them to death, yesterday’s outrage becomes today’s new normal and the prelude of worse things to come. Hence we must fight the beginnings.
With all the current mess going on, we tend to overlook a recent dark chapter of our country, a regime which played a major part of getting us into our current mess. It’s good that someone in public view finally reminds us:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Life & Crimes of Dick Cheney | Jesse Ventura Off The Grid – Ora TV”)
That’s right. This isn’t 18th century news from King George’s American colonies. I didn’t just step out of a time machine. This is the news now! In at least ten states free speech, at least in the form of public protests, has already been criminalized and outlawed (perhaps 20 by now, as such people-silencing legislation keeps getting introduced all over the country (but thankfully sometimes fails)). With this flurry of attacks, I find exact numbers of the current state hard to come by in these highly turbulent times where this topic often doesn’t get the attention it should, not even on the alternative media. This issue is far too important not to keep our eyes open, though. Here is an article someone wrote with many links in it to references, if you wish to dig a little deeper: Crackdown in the States. I don’t know its author, Chip Gibbons, enough to vouch for him, but the many links in his article suggest credibility to me.
In addition, here is a telling, short TED Talk:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Will Potter: The shocking move to criminalize nonviolent protest”)