Video Weekend 04-07-2018 (8 videos – some long with segment pointers and commentaries)

This weekend compilation shares videos on a variety of subjects mostly dealing with our systemic corruption, its sad consequences, and the narratives and mindsets that support it:

Categories:

  1. System Analysis
  2. Mindset
  3. Media (and some fun)
  4. Candidates Facing Political Corruption
  5. Economy
  6. Political Conversation

 

I. System Analysis

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness“)

Quotes:

  • Tariq Ali: “This total, uncritical acceptance of capital and corporate power is not the way the world is going to move forward. An alternative to that is what needs to be mounted. And, on it’s success or failure will depend the future not just of this country but of the planet.”
  • David Korten: “If you look at where we are headed as a nation and as a species, we’re going where nobody in their right mind will want to go. This is a very decisive moment. We have to literally choose our future as a nation and as a species.”
  • Tariq Ali: “Who owns this country? Not its people. It is owned, essentially, as is the case elsewhere in the world, by the rich and the very rich — which George W. Bush, when he was president, put in [these] very memorable words: ‘We are on the side of the haves and the have-mores.’” (perhaps he refers to this event)

 

II. Mindset

Edifying lords of corruption such as genocide-scale war profiteers who, on the side, also de facto erased our Bill of Rights:

More on the loss of our morals — we celebrate war criminals instead of prosecuting them:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bush Era War Criminals Embraced By Establishment Media“)

 

Money, The New God

The wrong mindset sets us up for hurt, flipping our priorities and supporting economic inequality and widespread corruption.

This documentary makes some very good points but also has passages I don’t approve of, the kinds that divide people over religion. The good points and the news on a whistleblower who was fired, threatened and jailed for exposing the banksters’ money laundering of criminals and other rich goons are definitely well worth watching. Below the clip, I point to various segments in the video that you can skip to:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Money, happiness and eternal life – Greed (director’s cut) | DW Documentary“)

Segments:

  1. The real beef starts at 28:07 min into the video.
  2. 42:02: “We became consumed with consumption.”
  3. A question asked by a kid: why do people do wrong, or right, knowingly? My answer: various conditions and motives depending on their living circumstances: greed, narcissism, and status-whoring in the case of the rich and well-to-do; despair, resignation, and the next survival move on the list in case of the rest.
    When you have to struggle to pay this month’s rent, the global climate shifts a notch down on your list of worries. And when you are a rich lord, seeing yourself as a god and living the life of a demon lord stomping on everyone else, your head is in the clouds because you don’t want to look down on the ones you are stepping on (unless you are a cruel psychopath actually enjoying the blood on your feet).
    So, most of us are wearing blinders of some kind, much enabled by our mainstream media and politicians, of course.
  4. 1:18:13: Wisdom and compassion… how to spread it among the young?
  5. 1:20:59: Finally someone other than myself addressing the idea of a mortality and a fulfilled, meaningful life.

Ending words: only by melting the ice in the heart of man, man will have a chance to change and start using his knowledge wisely.

 

III. Media (and some fun)

A little fun with the media (talking about what really matters rather than just chanting gang slogans):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kyle Kulinski Of Secular Talk Utterly Baffles Fox News Talking Heads“)

 

IV. Candidates Facing Political Corruption

When the “Democrats” rig their primaries, running as a Dem is pointless:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz Opponent Tim Canova Dumps Democrats“)

 

V. Economy

Dirty tricks and mindsets to get and stay rich and shaft the public, gender pay, slave-like over-work, homeless children…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Socialism Past, Present, and Future“)

 

VI. Political Conversation

We all need to have political conversations with our fellow Americans to lift our awareness and debunk myths and manipulative narratives and come to fully understand what we need to demand and implement for a better future. These are real conversations about real issues that we must have, not the popularized bleating, barking, and repeating of party slogans and propaganda. If you want a sample, you can be a fly on the wall at this conversation between Jamarl Thomas and Debbie Lusignan (I liked the early part best; later it unraveled a bit):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Lusignan, the SaneProgressive, Live! Not To Be Missed!“)

The best part: Get to know the mafia-like powers controlling our government and open up to realism, going beyond partisanship. (this part is to challenge our believes and drive our awakening further; not easy if you haven’t advanced enough, yet; it’s about us needing to deprogram ourselves from the manipulative narratives, sugar-coating, and warped perceptions that have been instilled in us our entire lives):

Here is an example. You get yourself elected, maybe with partially good intentions mixed in with the plan to get rich – say, you wanted to reverse the torture and war terror of the Bush-Cheney regime – but the forces behind the curtain convince you otherwise and you flip:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Famous Victim Of US Torture Speaks Out”)

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Video Weekend 03-31-2018 (9 videos)

This weekend’s video compilation deals with our growing poverty, a historic review of how we have been sliding down the drain in a sequence of steps, a system analysis with an eye on mentality and egotistical partisanship (such as of those who have a pretty good life and turn a blind eye to their victimized fellow Americans), systemic corruption, gun violence, and getting to know Lee Camp and Richard Wolff a little better (for example, their beginnings). Other figures of note: Bill Moyers, Robert Reich, Paul Jay, Jamarl Thomas, and Lauren Steiner…

  1. Growing Poverty
  2. System Analysis
  3. Corruption
  4. Economy
  5. Gun Violence
  6. So, who is Lee?

I hope you enjoy another informative and interesting video weekend.

 

I. Growing Poverty

Humanitarian Crisis In America! That’s why we need a universal basic income (and federal job programs for additional improvements) as a guaranteed insurance of income not only for the rich, as it is currently done, but for everybody — a failsafe against conditions like this:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Humanitarian Crisis In Hollywood “)

 

II. System Analysis

America’s long slide down the drain and today’s glimpse of hope:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Robert Reich – The Common Good”)

America’s Class Society (speech video) . Paul Jay gives a good account how in our system different classes of our inequality pyramid are played against each other and dominated by the top class (this makes a good follow-up to Wednesday’s article which shone a light on the very top whereas Paul Jay here reminds us of their henchmen in the upper middle part of our wealth and income pyramid):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Paul Jay: Threats Facing Humanity, Basic Income & Importance of Historical Context “)

 

III. Corruption

Boundless and institutionalized corruption from the top is where all the suffering comes from:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “13 Ways We Are The Most Corrupt Nation”)

More on the criminal collusion between bought government and the billionaires’ corporations:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Were You Drinking Micro-Plastics From Your Water? | America’s Lawyer on RT America | “)

 

IV. Economy

A look five years back (the weakness of Dodd-Frank and regulations within our fundamentally corrupt system, Richard Wolff and his message becoming known, the globalist inequality-economy, capitalism vs democracy, American team spirit, Wolff encouraging our college students to organize…):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What Has Capitalism Done for Us Lately?”)

Note: The preceding Wolff interview was shared here previously.

 

V. Gun Violence

An attempt to approach the issue of mass shootings and gun violence with a calm head:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “AntiGun Protesters March Totally Miss Point. Dems & Reps Positions Are Also Absurd. Here’s TRUTH!”)

Gist: The big question in gun violence is why, and this isn’t really being addressed by background checks. Poverty and our systemic injustice are the main causes of gun violence in America and should be cured. Lines are – and obviously must be – drawn as to what kinds of weapons are allowed in private hands (assault rifles, nuclear bombs…); so that at least that part of the current public discussion makes sense…

More on gun violence (and the immoral values of our system) :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[104] The Gun Debate Not Allowed On Corporate Media”)

 

VI. So, who is Lee?

Lee Camp being interviewed in part about himself:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Conversation with Lee Camp of “Redacted Tonight””)

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Video Weekend 03-24-2018 – Part 2

A worthy long speech.

I have heard (and therefore probably shared) much of this speech before (perhaps it was only a segment), but I can’t find it in my archives, so I am sharing it now in case I didn’t before. The speech starts slow and has some lulls in it, but it covers many important issues very well. So, if you can make the time to listen for an hour and a half (that’s what weekends or similar times off are for), you may want to check it out, maybe passing over the long lull at the start by skipping ahead to 12:34 minutes into the clip:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Global Capitalism: Cut Taxes, Deport Immigrants, Impose Tariffs [March 2018]”)

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Video Weekend 03-24-2018 (10 videos & comments)

This weekend’s video compilation covers various areas:

  1. U.S. Barbarity
  2. Voter Manipulation
  3. Economy
  4. Corrupt Politics
  5. Shamestream Media
  6. Change

 

I. U.S. Barbarity

Finalizing the transformation of the U.S. into a country of 100% barbaric brutality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bolton Fabricated Lies that Justified War on Iraq “)

Note: Let’s be careful not to make this only about Trump. Reagan invaded Granada. G.H.W. Bush invaded Iraq. Bill Clinton ravaged flourishing Yugoslavia leaving a clutter of tiny, weak, and poor new nations behind. G.W.-Cheney invaded Afghanistan and Iraq (war for oil). Obama expanded our wars and drone-based from-the-sky terrorism on civil populations in many nations (the kind of horror which breeds violent terrorism coming back at us). Trump is just the latest and possible last step. (Let’s see how much our domestic corporate police state brutality, not discussed in this news video, will also be revved up during his tenure.)

 

II. Voter Manipulation

Twitter, Facebook, Cambridge Analytica…

More on political social media abuse, the corrupt government-corporation marriage, etc.:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “‘Pro-Hillary Bots’ Used Twitter Bots on Sanders Supporters | America’s Lawyer on RT America | “)

More confirmation of the Cambridge Analytica Meddling and also an example of how money can mess with integrity. After all, the oligarchs have their paid foot soldiers:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Brittany Kaiser, former Cambridge Analytica director: ‘I voted for Bernie’“)

If you missed them, here are this week’s articles on electoral rigging via Twitter and Facebook:

  1. Corporate Greed Shredding Democracy — Meet the Twitter Bots
  2. The Cambridge Analytica & Facebook Story — (Spying and Electoral Manipulation)

 

III. Economy

Richard Wolff on creating inequality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Capitalism Breeds Inequality“)

 

Robert Reich on why are we working harder than ever and getting nowhere. It’s the rigged “Political Economy” which structures the market against us.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Robert Reich, “Saving Capitalism”“)

Gist: The market vs government debate is a distraction. There is no market without a government (that sets and enforces the market rules, like what is legal tender, what is fraud, contract fulfillments, etc.). So, the real question is whether the market-government system (which is the real economy) works for most of us or merely a small number at the top. The other common myth that is utter nonsense is that (in our current system) people get paid what they are worth. Also, trusts and lobbying create behind-the-scenes pre-distributions which shift wealth and income to the top while they raise our living expenses.

Good point: If we give up on politics, we give up on a good nation and world.

 

More government rigging for the Robber Billionaires:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On Contact: The New Gig Economy with John McDonagh“)

Note: So, New York’s taxis were limited by number to some 13,000 for umpteen years. Then, Uber comes in, promises the regulators comfy kickback jobs on its board, and suddenly 100,000 more taxi-like Uber cars are allowed into the market, and the taxi drivers – whose earnings have been ruined in one fell swoop – get levied an additional congestion tax to penalize them for all the extra cars. Their garages switch from splitting profits with their drivers to charging them a whopping $120 leasing fee each morning, putting them into a hole they must try to dig themselves out of in the next 16 hours or so of uninterrupted work and customer-hunting, while the garage owners income is thereby secured. And, eventually, a taxi driver who can’t take it anymore drives right up to the front of City Hall and blows off his own head with a shotgun. That’s how our rigged market-government economy is screwing workers and coddling the top and their corrupt political handmaidens until life for the rest of us becomes an agonizing ordeal we prefer not to stay in anymore.

 

IV. Corrupt Politics

The GOP raiders and their Dem enablers committing the latest Wall Street deregulation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Cites “Corruption” as Reason for Wall Street Deregulation Push “)

 

Change on the Outside, Continuity on the Inside (the roll-back of Dodd-Frank by a Repucratic-Dempublican alliance):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrat’s Playbook To Sell You Out Revealed “)

 

V. Shamestream Media

Why we need independent media:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Calls Out Media’s Obsession with Stormy Daniels Scandal“)

 

VI. Change

An academic analysis of our flawed world and a suggestion for how to fix it:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Is Another World Possible? – Leo Panitch on RAI (4/4) “)

Notes: Living conditions were actually improving during much of the 20th century under a system of capitalism held to certain limits and socially responsible rules by a political upheaval and lingering political awareness of the citizenry. But when these improved lives led to a slothing off of public political awareness and participation, the plutocrats that had been left in their seats of imbalanced power, started rolling back the societal advances so we ended up in our current mess echoing medieval conditions of autocracy and serfdom. Now we need to think about change, fundamental change, so it won’t be rolled back again. Various ideas are being discussed.

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Our Abusive Co-Dependent Economy and its Hegelian Alternative (audio)

An interesting speech by Richard Wolff approaching the solution to our miserable economy from a philosophical angle:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Master-Slave Dialectic in Capitalism and What to Do About It”)

 

Petition

The current federal budget decimates Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid by $1.8 trillion (kicking millions of seniors, children, and disabled people off their health care), cuts $215 billion from food stamps, $203 billion from college students, and $1.5 trillion from schools, highways, medical research, and environmental protection — all that to make the super-rich richer through special tax cuts and such for them. Here you can sign a petition against this theft from the top.

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Video Weekend 03-10-2018 (9 videos)

This video weekend compilation deals with our rigged economy, rigged elections (and cures for them), the fate of the wealth the rich wrench from us, and multi-topic discussions of Kyle Kulinski with Jimmy Dore and Ron Placone with Jamarl Thomas. Other stars in the videos: Richard Wolff, Lee Camp, Tulsi Gabbard, and Debbie Lusignan. Enjoy! Have a happy weekend! 🙂

  1. The Rigged Economy
  2. The Rigged Elections
  3. Where the Fruits of our Labor go
  4. Final Discussions

 

I. The Rigged Economy

Very good episode by Richard Wolff. Ever wondered how much the ““Democratic” Party ever was on the right side?

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: A System Rigged Against Us“)

 

The rigging and the wealth of the robber billionaires’ system that imprisons and enslaves us:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Amazon Is Screwing America“)

 

II. The Rigged Elections

So, you have been wondering if governments try to influence elections in other countries, including our own heavily home-rigged elections? As I have been saying, (1) yes, this has always been going on, (2) the U.S. does most of it, and (3) Russia is dwarfed by others:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “British Data Company Admits Meddling In U.S. Elections w/Lee Camp“)

 

Worried about election hacking (whether real or the overblown Russia narrative)? Here’s the thing to do:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Here’s How To Secure Elections-“Paper Ballot” Bill Introduced By Tulsi Gabbard “)

Finally some action instead of the endless Russia distraction! 🙂

 

Chipping away at the party rigging of the electoral process:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive “Blue Revolution” Activists Confront Dem. Party at California Convention“)

Reminder: if we don’t fix the system profoundly, these incremental advances will simply be rolled back again. This time we must walk the last mile or we may never get another chance to overcome the tyranny with its rapid advancement of surveillance, brain washing, mind games, and control from the top.

 

At this point it might help to travel a year back to review our electoral rigging (Debbie Lusignan monitored the entire 2016 election rigging, and here she draws conclusions):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “On Post Partisan People’s Movement & Yes, Virginia, Election Fraud is Real (cc Justice Democrats)“)

Quotes:

We need a post-partisan people’s movement where we are bringing thinking people together of all the American people that are done with this cesspool of a duopoly that is utilizing this bi-partisan division to keep the American people from uniting to truly take our power. F**k uniting the left. Unite the American people and take away that partisan divide so we can actually heal.”

Hillary Clinton did not win the 2016 primaries. There was mass purging of voter rolls. We know that for sure. We have mass evidence of vote flipping on the machines with the exit polls not matching the official results. We have mass evidence of absentee ballot stuffing and caucus rigging and every other dirty trick in the book.”

Conclusion: What’s needed are candidates who commit to prosecuting election theft that denies them victory and voters who vote only for candidates who will do that and take no corporate money.

 

III. Where the Fruits of our Labor go

Following in the wake of the Vapid Lives of Destruction mini-series, here is another video documentary exposing what all that money is spent that gets funneled to the rich by plundering us with paycheck deductions, rents, interests, and taxes — all money that finds its way into the vaults of the robber billionaires and their millionaire minions.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Million Dollar Rooms-The life of rich millionaires Rich,Bold,beautiful and spectacular “)

Comment: A personal ATM machine in your home adds an entire new dimension to gated living, doesn’t it?

 

IV. Final Discussions

Both of the following two discussions are worthwhile to listen to if or when you can make some time:

Wrestling with the corporatist “Democrats” (Kyle Kulinski & Jimmy Dore):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Did Progressives Win In Texas Primaries? w/Kyle Kulinski “)

 

Two smart young men discussing our country (lots of topics):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ron Placone of the Jimmy Dore Show and 5 Chords & The Truth, Live!”)

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Barnum & Bailey’s Trump: The Only Sensible Evaluation of The Donald PLUS a Bomb-Shell Economic Insight

Noam Chomsky has a long history of close observation and deep insights in our national affairs. In the below interview he gave a spot-on analysis of Trump’s role in the current fire sale of our country to the robber billionaires, followed by an often overlooked insight into our nation’s corporate takeover that could make people smack their foreheads asking themselves how they never noticed this tell-tale connection. Much of our bought-and-paid-for government’s role in a global heist is laid bare here:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Special Interview: Noam Chomsky”)

Good points to mention:   Continue reading

Vapid Lives of Destruction, Part 4: Selfish vs Responsible Spending

How humanity spends its resources is directly linked to how good or bad we live, how much we maintain or destroy our planet, and whether we make wonderful progress or regress into the dark ages. Ever wonder what happens to the wealth and income that is taken away from you and given to the rich, in other words the resources we need for progress? This series has informed you a bit on this. Today’s video report, shared below, shows even more excesses of billionaires directing our resources into one-upping each other on their luxury toys. Once again, you get to see these billionaires swimming in so much money (unearned, stolen from the rest of us who work!), and at the same time being so selfishly self-indulgent, that they have to come up with most outlandish ways to spend lavishly on themselves and outspend each other for status gain over each other to satisfy their vacuous, immature personalities:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Fabulous Life Of Filthy Rich Billionaires- 2015”)

Now, imagine how many homeless people a narcissistic creep like that could house for the price of his flying Jumbo Jet palace.

Imagine what could happen if – besides buying one opulent luxury toy after another – billionaires wouldn’t at the most stoop to giving merely a tiny fraction of their unearned wealth to charities as a way of pretending to be good and at the same time justifying even more tax evasion. Imagine the amazing impact it could have if just one of them chose to seriously invest in a better world.  Continue reading

Vapid Lives of Destruction, Part 3: The Stalled Minds of the Billionaires Forestall Human Progress

When one watches filmed documentaries about the lives of billionaires, it’s like watching a crowd of naughty children. They squander enormous wealth on luxurious shopping, jet-setting, and partying, instead of spending it in socially responsible ways. By co-opting governments, or by simply squandering the large chunk of humanity’s wealth that they control, they block human process in order to live their childish god-fantasies. When they (physically, but not mentally!) leave behind their childhood, they have to be on constant guard against gold diggers, and – when they do marry – they typically maintain their marriages so badly that frequent divorces are the norm. And finally they raise their own children to become utterly immoral narcissists to repeat the disastrous cycle.

Waking up out of their empty and destructive way of life is difficult since everybody always says yes to them because of how they wield their wealth as a club. And so they never grow as human beings to arrive at sound insights, sensible opinions, and good goal-setting. Everybody around them only loves the opulence that sticks to them like a bad smell. Nobody cares about them as a person. All the human consideration they get they must buy since, as persons, they are underdeveloped, blithe, abominable, and vacuous. What an empty life to live!  Continue reading

Vapid Lives of Destruction, Part 2: Billionaires are Bad for Us

In this second part of the mini-series on the super rich, let’s look at a few of them. As I promised before, the actual evil deeds committed by some of them are discussed in other articles while this series focuses on exposing their lifestyle and the destructive mindset that comes with that. This second part of the mini-series focuses on how the super-rich arrive in their elevated position and how they live their lives.

First the arrival:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Billionaires: The Youngest In The World (2016) | Forbes”)

Most billionaires are indeed born billionaires, born to be incredibly rich through no accomplishment of their own, born to privilege, and born to be bad. The tiny fraction of them that wasn’t born as billionaires, and who therefore are constantly being dangled in front of us as a justification of our huge wealth inequality (by making huge wealth look as if it were self-made), simply won the lottery of the our capitalist market system — typically with a piece of crap in the software industry, like this Snapchat dude in the video.  Continue reading