Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-08-04 (17 videos)

The latest collection of remarkable videos from this week. The biggest theme this time: how we the people are divided and isolated in our suffering.

Stars and channels: Anand Giridharadas, DW Documentary, NonCompete, Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Redacted Tonight, Secular Talk, TEDx Talks, The Jimmy Dore Show, The Juice Media (satire!), The Rational National

Topics:

  1. Satire: Tree Politics for Profit
  2. Nuclear Armageddon for Profit
  3. Tulsi: Finally a Candidate Standing up for Freedom of Speech & Information
  4. Yang: Debate Highlights
  5. 2016 All Over Again: The 2020 Info-War
  6. Funky Debate
  7. Bernie: The Wave for Change
  8. Environment: Greenwashing Global Logging
  9. The Economic Hitman Called for Action:
  10. War on the People: The New Aristocracy = The Fake Heroes of Capitalism
  11. White Men Caucus
  12. Divide & Conquer: A Sample
  13. Antisocial Culture
  14. U.S. Sex-Trafficking
  15. Great Jesse Ventura & Lee Camp Conversation
  16. Gangsta Capitalism

 

1. Satire: Tree Politics for Profit

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Taking Medicaid Away from Those Who Need It

Medicaid was created to help those who, because they are too handicapped or sick, cannot work and thus acquire health insurance through a job — or who at least cannot work and earn enough to purchase health coverage. Since we live in a country by now that is controlled by the ultra-rich and forced to shift ever more wealth from everybody else to the rich, Arkansas has recently turned Medicaid on its head, denying it to those who don’t meet newly created work requirements – kicking 12,000 people off the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid. Furthermore there is a long list of states whose sociopathic governments formed by the money aristocracy are planning to do the same in addition to the five states already approved to do so by the Trump administration. Source: Trump health chief ‘looking closely’ at thousands who lost Medicaid from work requirements (The Hill)

 

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 12-15-2018 (24 videos)

A bright video weekend, not only enlightening but also unusually hopeful and with humor as well. Find out how to fix the world’s problems instead of letting yourself be dowsed with establishment propaganda or trivial sports you are not participating in, or with insipid factory entertainment. Stars: Ralph Nader, Paul Hawken, Dana Frank, Chris Hedges, RJ Eskow, Stephanie Kelton, Richard Wolff, Roger Waters, Dimitri Lascaris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Yuval Noah Harari, Vladimir Pozner, Yanis Varoufakis, Bernie Sanders, Jimmy Dore, Ron Placone, Stef Zamorano, Thom Hartmann, Graham Elwood (The Political Vigilante), David Doel (The Rational National), Aamer Rahman (a witty comedian), and more. With 24 videos, there is no need to resort to cable TV this weekend. Happy Weekend! 🙂

Topics:

  1. Climate Change is Reversible! (reason for hope)
  2. Why is there no Left in America?
  3. Fascism (its crimes and source)
  4. Corporate Rule (U.S. lawlessness)
  5. World Politics (Refugees, Russia, …)
  6. Revolution (Yellow Vests, etc.)
  7. Documentaries (consumerism, globalism, the OTHER immigrants, rich causing poor)
  8. DNC Attacks Free Speech
  9. Healthcare Death Panel
  10. Reality (rarely met on the Mass Media)
  11. Funny: Russiagate = $4,700 🙂
  12. The Corporatist State in Broad Daylight
  13. Media War (Facebook to rule the world, controlled media, …)
  14. (Anti)-Doomsday Economics (MMT, Stephanie Kelton…)
  15. Humor: Reverse Racism

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 11-10-2018 (20 videos)

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.

Topics:

  1. Midterm Election 2018
  2. “Democratic” Graveyard
  3. Blue & Red Folks = Progressive
  4. Scum vs. Scum (on the ballots)
  5. Oligarchy
  6. The People’s Rights
  7. SCOTUS: Change Needed
  8. How to Talk
  9. Election Rigging
  10. Fake For-Profit Charities
  11. End the Corporate State
  12. The Road Ahead

 

I. Midterm Election 2018

Too many losses. A few (way too few) progressive wins (only 2 new progressives in Congress):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Humanist Report, Mike Figueredo, and the title: “Election Breakdown: Dems Retake House, Beto & Gillum Defeated”)   Continue reading “Political Awakening Video Weekend 11-10-2018 (20 videos)”

Video Weekend 09-29-2018 (13 videos)

Stars: Jimmy Dore, Nomiki Konst, Ralph Nader, Abby Martin, RJ Eskow, Thomas Frank, Richard Wolff, Mike Figueredo, Andrea Witte, Mike Papantonio, Kaniela Ing, Frank Clemente, Thom Hartmann, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Kyle Kulinski. Content: Medicare for All financing, the current and next tax scam, important historic developments which got us into today’s mess, great new candidates, and much more. Categories:

  1. Medicare for All (esp. Costs & Funding)
  2. Taxes (Good & Bad)
  3. “Democratic” Party Analysis
  4. Bully Politics & War Crimes
  5. Past & Present (Ralph Nader & Abby Martin)
  6. Corrupt Corporate State & Tax System
  7. True vs Fake Progressives
  8. Corruptitian Lies
  9. History Shames Us
  10. Candidates: Nomiki Konst

 

I. Medicare for All (esp. Costs & Funding)

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Humanist Report, Mike Figueredo, and the title: “How We Pay for Medicare for All: An In-Depth Breakdown (w/ Andrea Witte)”) Continue reading “Video Weekend 09-29-2018 (13 videos)”

Political Awakening Video Weekend 09-15-2018 (17 videos)

Economic rigging, rigged elections, corrupt politics and business… So much more elucidating stuff to watch this weekend than big boys chasing balls. –- Stars: Chris Hedges, David Cay Johnson, Anya Parampil, Alissa Quart, Mike Papantonio (America’s Lawyer), Farron Cousins, Thom Hartmann, The Rational National, Naomi Karavani, Jimmy Dore, Jamarl Thomas, Greg Palast, Lisa Graves, Jim Carrey (yes, you read right!), Tulsi Gabbard (!), and others.

Topics:

  1. The Choice between Hell or Heaven on Earth
  2. The Global Oligarchy (Thom Hartmann)
  3. The Corrupt Corporate State & Fascism
  4. Another Toy For The Rich
  5. Middle Class Struggles
  6. Corporate Corruption
  7. Election Rigging
  8. Healthcare
  9. Rogue Nation U.S.A.
  10. Digital Book Burning
  11. Blood-Sucking Capitalism (Not Just Bezos)
  12. Tulsi Gabbard

 

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The Fox in Charge of the Henhouse: Some Stats

When the corporate state goes full bore (or should we say ‘boar’?), you get a complete reversal of the justice system. Fines, imprisonment, and family separations against weak individuals (such as immigrants and all sorts of poor people) soar while the rich and their corporations don’t even get slaps on their wrists anymore. Examples: In the 1st year of the oh-so-swamp-draining Trump Administration, not only did mistreatments of immigrants (which had already been very bad under Obama) ratchet up to new heights, but corporate fines by the Department of (In-)Justice dropped 90%! By the EPA it even plummeted 94%! Nine more agencies dropped their duty to the people by also shocking amounts. To see a bunch of relevant numbers (and graphics usable as memes), check out this article: ‘Law and Order’ Trump Is Soft on Corporate Crime and Wrongdoing

Or, if you have the time and the guts to see how fully blown our corporate takeover is, you can dig into Public Citizen’s full report (PDF).

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Video Weekend 07-14-2018 (18 videos)

This weekend’s online video compilation, sporting many stars (including several non-regulars) like Susan George, Ralph Nader, Abby Martin, Noam Chomsky, Jimmy Dore, Richard Eskow, The Rational National, Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, Richard Wolff, Jamarl Thomas, and Thom Hartmann, ranges from news on the oligarchic “Dem” establishment vote-splitting its own base, through deep system analyses, exposure of corruption, media manipulation, economic “free market” reality, political theater, class war, immigration, and automation to enlightened political conversations and spiffy political humor. (Warning: so many good videos piled up this week that I am planning for a Part B tomorrow). Invitation: sign up for notifications from this site as a rich source for eye-opening and ideas-spawning videos and articles.

 

I. System Analysis

Global Debt Slavery: The people worldwide has been colonized by the rich corporatists (A.K.A. Neocons/Neoliberals / robber billionaires and their millionaire minions):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Susan George on Neoliberalism“)

Corporate-state elections:

Prophet Ralph Nader’s stunning precognition in 2015:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Empire Files: Ralph Nader & Abby Martin on the Corporate Elections“)

Noam Chomski Interview on a broad range of issues:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “PRIMO NUTMEG #144: Noam Chomsky“)

Note: The one thing on which I definitely disagree with him is that “the weight of evidence” suggests that Assad launched chemical attacks. Here, Chomski may have fallen victim to the widespread lies dispersed throughout all the major media outlets. It is simply illogical for Assad to shoot himself into his foot that way (prompting hostilities from super powers like the U.S.), even more so when he is already winning anyway. And that the White Helmets which parade through our media as a kind of Middle Eastern Red Cross are actually a branch of the islamist terrorists, one that specializes in creating fake news (such as those alleged chemical attacks), is pretty well documented by now.

 

II. Corruptitians

Self-declared gods blowing up smoke each other’s a’s while they are screwing us over:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: “Swamp Creature Scott Pruitt Resigns From EPA“)

“Democratic” Party establishment working to split its own “Democratic” Party vote to avoid progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from winning the election for Congress. Remember how they were gaslighting and voter-shaming us in 2016 (and 2000), blaming those of us who want policies for the people and end the establishment oligarchy for allegedly having gotten us G.W. Bush and Donald Trump? Well, while all this was total bogus in an electoral system so heavily rigged, they sure seem to not hesitate to use the sppiler effect to protect their bribe-paying donors from their own voter base:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Rational National and the title: “Joe Crowley Stays On The Ballot As 3rd-Party Challenge To Ocasio-Cortez“)

 

III. Systemic Corruption

Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, and Richard Wolff discuss the erosion of workers’ rights in America and how our corporatist debt-based economy with lots of welfare for the rich and lots of squeezing for the rest of us leads to ever greater inequality.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Workers’ Rights & Richard Wolff“)

 

IV. Media Manipulation

Controlling the people with lies and silencing. Jesse Ventura and Brigida Santos discuss Operation Mockingbird and how America’s most powerful news outlets have been working with the CIA for decades to plant false stories and mislead the public:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, and the title: “Operation Mockingbird & John Barbour“)

U.S.A. = Propaganda State :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jamarl Thomas and the title: “ALERT: U.S. Funded “Ministry Of Truth” Is Lying On Glen Greenwald; Legally Spreading Propaganda To U“)

 

V. Economic Reality

Economic reality of protectionism, government subsidies, and oh-so free trade that never was or likely will be:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The deceptive promise of free trade | DW Documentary“)

Our Power Elite’s Corrupt Economy and Political Theater (very insightful speech!):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Richard D. Wolff and the title: “Global Capitalism: Immigration & Trade War [July 2018] “)

Note: Most important point (which you hear from me again and again, as well) around 33:01 min in, starting with an astute audience comment and continuing with Wolff’s well-put response. And at 40:34 min, he goes over our U.S. experience with it.

Toxic economy:

A suitable Pruit Epitaph: Poison for Profit. The rich have absolutely no consideration for us.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Thom Hartmann and the title: “How the Morbidly Rich are Literally Poisoning the Working Class for Profit!“)

 

VI. Class War

The U.S. Class War (incl. Mortgage Crisis) explained by Richard Wolff:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Class Works – by Richard Wolff“)

I’d like to add that, as I calculated and explained before, about half of the income created by all our work (plus the machines and previously made infrastructure and inventions) goes to the small group of the very rich; and if we simply redirected it to us all by taxing excessive income and wealth, we would all have good lives (except in cases of untreatable health crises and such, which we could then also better fight though, by the way).

 

VII. Immigration

Some good points made on our immigration situation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore and the title: ““We Don’t Want Mexicans” Say Young Trump Supporter“)

The running for your life part of Hispanic immigration to the U.S. (the oligarchy hurts people everywhere — and too many dupes among us still believe this to be ethical and for our safety):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Sana Saeed and the title: “How U.S. Involvement In Central America Led To a Border Crisis| AJ+“)

 

VIII. Automation (quick idea)

Automation could be a good rather than bad thing if handled correctly. Besides Social Security for All as a financial safety cushion and Federal Job Programs (to fund important tasks the private market does not), an additional (not alternative, but additional) way is a shorter work week:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Divide: Why You Should Work Less – And How It Could Save The Planet“)

 

IX. Political Psychology

Culture is only part of our believes and push-buttons. A lot is in-born. We find it among our closest relatives in the wild:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal“)

 

X. Political Conversation

Good conversation comparing the Democratic and Republican gangs… pardon me… “parties” and how to solve our problems. Oh, look at the front picture: more alpha chimps!

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore, Richard Eskow, and the title: “Who’s More Corrupt, Democrats Or Republicans?“)

 

XI. Political Humor

Neat, humorous conversation on immigration, nativism, elite-privilege, election integrity, people striving to make our country being smeared as extremists and the denied the right to do so when they didn’t pick the right soil to be born on…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Jimmy Dore, Richard Eskow, and the title: “Democrats Are Plotting A “Coup”! Says Tucker Carlson”)

The continuation of the conversation (also has good moments): Should A Tolerant Society Tolerate Intolerance?

Note: Keep your eyes peeled for tomorrow’s Part B (at least 3 or 4 more videos).

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On Average, Each American Employee would make $17,000 More Each Year If…

…if it weren’t for the rich stealing from us. … if about 40 years ago they hadn’t begun revving up their plunder of working Americans — this made possible by them having bought the government and having used it to deregulate themselves (removing the referee from the economic game) and also by having used it to shift the tax burden on working families.

I reported on these economic statistics in the past and calculated that the rich are raking in at least half of our earnings (that we work for and they don’t). In fact, my own calculation came to the average working class family making $45,500 more per year if we weren’t getting robbed by the rich.

TYT recently gave a report detailing some of these stats. The clip gets most informative towards the end (6:44 min in) — the preceding stuff is less clear:

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The Federal Deficit Myth

OR: We Have the Money to Have Good Things

With tax day just having come and gone like a deadly meteorite with countless annual casualties, now may be a good day to discuss the federal deficit (and national debt), so often mentioned to justify federal budget decisions. In connection with this, here is one of Stephanie Kelton’s best (or so I think) interviews:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “There IS Money For Good Things – Professor Stephanie Kelton”)

Gist: As Stephanie Kelton explains, the federal deficit is created when the federal government spends – say, a $100 billion – but collects only – say, $90 billion – in fees and taxes. The resulting $10 billion red ink of the government is someone else’s black ink. Someone else got $10 billion out of it.

Let’s think this through a little: In our current corrupt system, this “someone” who got the $10 billion black ink is mostly a gang consisting of billionaires and their corporations, banks, Wall Street predators, CEOs, and affiliated millionaire shareholders. So, a growing federal deficit doesn’t mean that we all are sinking as a nation. It merely means that the government-created money was spent but not fully circulated back; and that, as a result of where it was left, some parts of the country rose up while others didn’t. If we raise up those who are already floating high in the clouds, while we leave struggling members of our nation in the dust, that is the real problem.

We therefore shouldn’t worry about the federal deficit but about how we invest and distribute wealth and income. In the most prosperous country in human history, we have the prosperity (measured with money) for good things for us all. Unfortunately, and stupidly, we give way too many of the good things to the robber billionaires. That’s why they fly around the globe in gold-plated cloud castles (made from private jumbo jets), have a luxury mega yachts parked in every major harbor in order to one-up each other, have multiple palaces waiting for each of them in every place they might choose to visit on Earth (most of them standing empty when they choose not to visit), have whole fleets of Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini luxury cars parked in all these palaces, own the best pieces of land on Earth where the rest of us may not “trespass” and can only dream of ever visiting, hold in their possession the factories, offices, hotels, banks, shops, construction and transport companies, and such, where we work and are forced to grovel before them and their managers. It’s also why they can pour money into politics to bring it to heel and make the government serve them instead of its people.

Quote (Kelton answering why people should care): “People should care because … the deficit is normally trotted out by policymakers and pundits and others as the reason that we can’t do more for the economy, more for people who are struggling — saying »Oh we’d love to be able to put more money in education or to deal with infrastructure, but we can’t because of the deficit.« So, … it’s just this impediment to allowing better policy to create programs and lift people up, to allow us to have a safer cleaner more prosperous economy. The deficit [myth] is this barrier that prevents us from getting better economic policy.”

This, indeed, is the true nature of the oh-so-scary federal deficit or the national debt it builds up over the years: it’s nothing more than a lame excuse for the corrupt gangsters at the top to justify their cutting of government programs and redirection of that government money into their own pockets, say when they give themselves huge tax breaks or pump up government military spending (which raises the profits of those billionaires who control the arms industry)… Never ever do we hear claims that our government can’t afford those giant expenditures and revenue cuts. Only when we, the people, whom the government should actually serve, ask for government investment in us (such as our schools, healthcare, transportation, career development, jobs, or to help us climb out of poverty), only then the chorus breaks out with two-faced politicians and media pundits howling about the deficit and asking where the money should come from. It’s so hypocritical that all my life I have marveled at people believing this obvious scam.

By the way, yesterday’s publication on The Revolution Continues has lots of awesome graphic memes.

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