America’s Mirror Overseas

Life shows us that there are places and events which at first glance seem unimportant but which can teach us a lot. One such place is Venezuela, a country we may deem unimportant, far away, and uninteresting; a country with a government we have only heard bad things about. Why not innocently believe the claims made by our corporate media about such an unimportant seeming place? Why care about little Venezuela, somewhere to the south of us? And, yet, if we take a good look at it, we may discover that we are staring at ourselves! Continue reading

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The Dishonesty of Demagoguery

Here is a little more info on the right-wing media’s language warping and manipulation (following up on a clip of two weeks ago):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Megyn Kelly SHOCKED After Suddenly Realizing Fox News Always Pandered To Racists”)

Speaking code among insiders and reeling in folks by pulling the wool over their heads has always been the strategy of the extreme right. This should hardly be surprising when you consider that the “right” has, from the very beginning, be a corrupt gang serving the ruling establishment. Its original masters were kings and emperors, the Catholic Church (essentially the first multinational corporation in history), and the landed aristocracy. Later bankers, industrial capitalists, and corrupt high-ranking politicians took over. The right’s task always was to befuddle sufficiently large segments of the population into acting against their own interests by baiting them with follies like nationalism, racism, or religion, all ways to give the gullible a sense of being special and belonging to a superior social group. It’s feel-good politics instead of make-good politics and usually at other groups’ expense.

Addendum (1/23/2018): In our military, everybody gets brainwashed by Fox-“News” per force according to this report: EXCLUSIVE: 2-tour Iraq veteran exposes deliberate right wing brainwashing in the military

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Video Weekend 01-06-2018 (8 Videos)

The first Video Weekend this year has eight neat videos covering three major themes:

  1. Plutocracy: Evil Incarnate
  2. Media: Brain Washing and Net Neutrality
  3. World Politics: American Empire in the Middle East

 

I. Plutocracy (Evil Incarnate)

Excellent piece! Taking off the mask of the despicable plutocrats, enemies of the people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Corporate Leaders Are Not Nice People – Richard Wolff“)

 

A Plutocrat Despising and Threatening us for Standing up for ourselves

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Centrist Democrats Refuse to Embrace Progressivism (w/ Jimmy Dore) “)

 

Another great piece by Richard Wolff. How the industrial plutocrats brought us to heel. Consumerism VS Lifetime:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “EconoMinute: Consumerism“)

 

The co-opted government – just cutting improvable programs isn’t beneficial reform:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump WILL Cut Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid “)

Quote: “They meant to take my money and give it to the rich!” A: “Yes, that’s the whole point of the Republican Party!” — Correction: It’s the whole point of the duopoly! Stop giving the “Democratic” Party a pass, Cenk, please. Your plan to take it over from within isn’t really helped by turning a blind eye.

 

II. Media (Brain Washing & Net Neutrality)

If you read yesterday’s piece about the leftist media myth, here is a clip addressing the gradual right-warping of our mass media and manipulated minds:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Fox News Brainwashed Her Dad“)

Follow-up: The Dishonesty of Demagoguery

 

Update on the continued fight for a censorship-free Internet:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Net Neutrality Repeal Reinvigorates Nationwide Fight for Public Broadband “)

Pity that Mike Figueredo has to pronounce advertisement at the end to finance his work. Any ads you see here on Beanstock’s World, by the way (other than my plea for help and mention of my online course), are placed not by me but by WordPress.com for hosting this blog free of charge. I have picked the route of asking for donations and/or other forms of support (such as link sharing and written contributions).

 

I am glad that there are other people with a fighting spirit out there who won’t take the oligarchy anymore, maybe more fellow fighters than I am quite aware of:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “FCC Now Being Sued by 17 States, Senate Will Vote to Undo Net Neutrality Repeal“)

 

III. World Politics (American Empire in the Middle East)

Middle East Open Secrets

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “American’s Biggest Misconceptions About Israel/Palestine Conflict w/Rania Khalek “)

You may also be interested in the earlier half of this interview, focused on Syria and Iran. (esp. interesting starting at 8:05 min)

 

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They Want Kunkle to Say Uncle

Another case where the establishment strangles the no longer free press:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “WaPo Threatens Writer For Exposing Horrible Working Conditions”)

Comments: Yes, sadly, these practices of the robber billionaires are nothing new. In the old days, they were called robber barons. They set up business practices to shift the nation’s wealth from the hands of the many into their own, gouged the people in the process, corrupted politics to make it all possible, and – when they had hoarded so much wealth that they started running out of ideas of what to do with it, or were getting old and facing the time of life (old age and its decrepitude) when we become increasingly dependent on the goodwill of people around us, or when the worry arises that their might be divine justice after death – they then began to give to charities, or even start their own charities proudly bearing their names, in order to make themselves look good. But when has one of these master thieves ever turned around to try for real absolution and do something to actually fix our rigged system?

Great quote: “Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.” ~ Honoré de Balzac

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We Are So Out-Donated on Political Campaigns, We Are Letting Our Information Sources Die

Truthout, which for the longest time has been providing trustworthy and critical news coverage unlike all those mainstream media — the same Truthout about whose hair-raising revelations I have often reported here — just gave out a final desperate yell for financial help. For years, Truthout has always survived on reader donations (like I would like to do, too). In their current fund drive, they have whittled down the missing donations amount to about $10,000. However, after all our donating to Bernie Sanders and other anti-corporate candidates and campaigns, we seem to be reaching our limit. Truthout writes:  Continue reading

Look Here and See Our Plutocrats in the Flesh

This report is from the early phase of the last election cycle, but still very relevant, because we get to see what those few money-aristocrats who control our government and economy look and sound like; how slimy and mendacious at least some of them are.

These are the kinds of human predators who destroy our environment, ruin our lives, and rob us of any say. They are the types who even let us die for their profit in money-making military wars, from pollution, or by gutting our healthcare coverage to fund giant tax breaks for themselves. The ones presented here are only two crooked members of the ruling American aristocracy that, according to the show-cased TV “news” show, consists of about 150 quasi-royal families. Nevertheless, they give us a representative sample. It drives home the point that the oligarchy of the plutocrats doesn’t only exist in theory. No, the thieving and scheming robber billionaires are very real, and they are our world’s personified evil which drives all the rigging against us:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Charles Koch Puzzled Everyone Hates Him”)

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Corrupted World: Brutalizing Citizens who Disagree with Environmental Destruction (Video)

Jordan Chariton has smeared some great citizen journalists (and I still hope he will apologize and resist the pull from the Dark Side), but he also still produces reports worthwhile to watch and with valid criticism of certain establishment powers. Here is a recent one:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “DAPL BOMBSHELL: Feds & Private Contractor Lied About Water Protector’s Injury”)

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Smears Turning Everything Upside Down – Exposure by Jimmy Dore

I have skin in the game. I get smeared like this, too. When I post an article which challenges a publicly disseminated lie, I am often accused of uttering this lie by one bunch of commenters while others defend the lie calling me a liar without bothering to address the facts or arguments I presented to disprove the lie. When I plead for people to put away their differences and unite behind the issues which concern us all, I am often accused of dividing the people. It’s like accusing fire fighters for the fires because they are seen around them. It’s how people with big megaphones in the corporate media and paid trolls in social media marginalize truth tellers with blatantly false accusations and smears. Truth no longer matters. Only the size of the megaphone does.

People have been gullible for too long. It’s time we all start paying more attention to what’s hidden under all that megaphone noise and media veneer.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Share Blue Journos Blatantly Lie To Smear Truth Telling Journalist”)

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What Really Are or Aren’t Progressives

Different people have a wide range of notions as to what makes a progressive. Especially people warped by right-wing media often have an upside-down misconception which sees progressives as liberals and liberals as neoliberals, in other words: the very opposite of progressives. Even progressive-minded people are sometimes so confused, they don’t know they are progressives and perceive the term as a red flag. Continue reading

Video Weekend 5/28/2017: Bernie Sanders and Jimmy Dore on Fire

Best recent videos for you weekend pleasure…

1.) Recently, Bernie ripped the new budget:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders SLAMS mick Mulvaney Trumps Budget plan, estate taxes”)

2.) Jimmy Dore on the dishonesty of our corporate mass media, the formerly “free” press, the so-called 4th estate which was supposed to keep a watch on governmnet for us. The case exposed: The Washington Post

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Washington Post Caught Blatantly Lying To Their Readers Yet Again”)

3.) Noam Chomsky agrees with Jimmy Dore and me (and you?) on the reprehensible election rigging of the 2016 “Democratic” primaries:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chomsky’s Comments Give Support For DNC Lawsuit”)

4.) Jimmy Dore on our plutocrats’ horrible arms deals with the Saudi-Arabian terror regime (and thus ISIS, as well):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Saudi Arms Deal Exposes Obama Administration’s Jaw Dropping Hypocrisy”)

As always, you are invited to comment below, and if you agree that the dishonesty of our corporate mass media is a problem, you can help independent media like this one, perhaps the only way to keep us all informed and the ideas flowing.