Video Weekend 02-10-2018 (11 videos)

This weekend’s video compilation focuses on national politics and a wide array of economy-related topics, ranging from our oligarchy’s war on thinking, the Dempublican-Repucratic resistance against the will of the people, corporate deception, different segments of the public suffering from different economic changes, the unhealthy consequences of inequality and historic rise of inequality with the rising chance of violent revolutions.

 

I. National Politics:

Newsbroke: Anti-Intellectualism – The War on Thinking

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Rich Want To Keep You Dumb”)

 

Jimmy Dore: The Voter’s Will Keeps Getting Trampled by the Dempublicans

I reported on other ballot initiatives (such as laws against politician corruption) being trampled by state governments. Well, here is a new case once again:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ranked Choice Voting Under Attack In Maine”)

 

HR: The “Dem” arm of the Dempublican Corporate Stooges:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democratic Establishment Still Cheating Progressives, Shielding Corporatists “)

 

HR: The Manipulative Dishonesty of our Corporations

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “AT&T Caught Funding Fake Activism for Phony Net Neutrality “Protection” Law”)

 

II. Economics

Billionaire admits that tax gifts to the rich do nothing for us:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Have you gotten your $4,000 yet? “)

 

Richard Wolff – the abusiveness built into oligarchic power structures:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff On Hierarchies And Workplace Abuse“)

 

And now two talks on the consequences of inequality (you can skip the longer second if you are short on time since it overlaps with the first):

Inequality creates Unhealthy Societies by all Measures (17 min short):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How economic inequality harms societies | Richard Wilkinson”)

 

Social Science: The psychological and health effect of income inequality (56 min long):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Inequality is unsustainable | Richard Wilkinson”)

Note: At 20:17 minutes in you may note that the U.S. is an outlier with regard to prison population since here we don’t only have the direct effects of income inequality, but in the U.S. we additionally have a racket in the form of private prisons and prison-profiteering supply companies which put pressure on our legislature to create them more prisoners to profit from. We also have a high share of politically motivated legal persecution (the war on drugs really always having been a war on Blacks and dissidents (such as the hippies once were)).

 

Economists sorting out the types of our current problems and solutions at the World Economic Forum (in part interesting because that’s the place where our oligarchs meet to hobnob and pat themselves on the shoulders while heads of governments visit to kiss their feet) (I must warn you of the chortling moderator, though, who clearly has no clue about the suffering many of us go through nowadays):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Is Rentier Capitalism Aggravating Inequality?”)

 

Thom Hartmann’s very telling recent interview of Richard Wolff:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Prof. Richard Wolff Believes Extreme Poverty in America is only Going To Get Worse”)

 

III. Media

A very rare case of honesty and significance in corporate media reporting (telling stuff I have been writing about all along, very surprising for the Clinton “News” Network, probably as part of their anti-Trump menu of dishes):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “U.S. May Soon Have Revolution”)

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Video Weekend 01-20-2018 (5 Videos & Commentaries)

… in 4 categories:

  1. The Money Monsters (hedge fund politics and more)
  2. Russia, Russia, Russia! (instilling some reality)
  3. Celebrity Politics (lets take off the blinders)
  4. Moving Forward (good strategy wins)

 

I. The Money Monsters

Money “Making” Money (in reality siphoning it away from those who earn it). The super-rich taking from the rich and turning our government into their puppet. A little explanation of index funds and the hedge fund scam, plus an additional little insight into the current tax “reform” gift to the rich:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Warren Buffett Wins $1 Million Bet That Hedge Funds Are a Rip-Off “)

 

How the Predatory Capitalists Crashed the World Economy. What’s sadly funny is that the makers of this documentary in 2011 still thought the mortgage banksters and Wall Street predators who with their self-enriching criminal gambles crashed the world economy and robbed millions of working people of their homes, jobs, and careers – in other words their chance at a tolerable life – were about to be held accountable:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The men who crashed the world“)

 

II. Russia, Russia, Russia!

Some real info about Russia:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “American Journalist In Russia Tells Truth About RT“)

Note: 21:22 min in, a great point is made. Namely, if the Russian political elite had really wanted to boost Trump’s candidacy in 2016, all they would have had to do is publicize what they know about the Clinton’s uranium deal with them. No need for them to hack into the DNC’s emails to commit the oh so horrible “election hacking” of revealing important truths to the public. That was clearly done by others. Plus, the Russian political elite doesn’t care who’s in office in the U.S. because it won’t make a difference since ALL U.S. governments, R or D, have been hostile to them.

 

III. Celebrity Politics

For most people, politics has always been about particular personalities in politics. Not for me. I prefer to look at the big picture, find the faults, and design strategies to fix them. However, sometimes it is useful to review what the corporate politicians do to us and remove their false halos:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Obama Chose Wall St. Over Main St. – Thomas Frank on RAI (8/9) “)

Thomas Frank is someone with whom I don’t agree under the bottom line. He stays faithful to the treacherous “Democratic” Party, and he even endorsed Hillary if I recall correctly, an attitude which in my opinion misses the point that we will only go further down the drain if ALL the main parties (currently two) keep betraying the people, our country, and world to the robber billionaires because they can keep doing so as long as we keep playing into their hands.

It’s not some kind of impractical “purity” stance by me, when I insist we must create a new major party (or coalition of parties) to represent us. Rather, it’s an external pressure strategy combined with a fallback strategy. And it is also the simple reality on the ground, meaning it’s happenng and won’t just go away.

This strategy is not really in conflict with attempts to take over this duopoly party by flooding the base, either. In my opinion, it is a mistake to learn nothing from the past and continue to let any of the current two major parties get away with endless corruption and treason just because of many long years of habitual allegiance and unjustified trust in them. The time for such naiveté is over!

We are too close to the cliff now, to let corrupted politicians push us ever closer to it or – as has become ever more common in this century – sell us out at a rate that can only be described as a frantic fire-sale. We can’t expect different results by doing the same thing. We can’t expect the crooks in politics to go away if we give a pass to those crooks who rule a party we think we can take over. Taking over a party must include outing the crooks in it. And historically, it has always required massive pressure from outside the party, as well. Study up on what pressured FDR into going for the New Deal. Established political parties don’t change when the crooks running them feel assured that voters have nowhere else to go. Hillary and her machine were a blatant example of that attitude, as are Tom Perez and the lingering corporatist elite in the “Democratic” Party. They want their corporate money and figure we are helpless. Let’s prove them wrong!

 

IV. Moving Forward

Thoughts about breaking the corrupt party duopoly:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “People’s Party Founder Nick Brana, Live! Paradise Or Oblivion!?”)

Great points:

  1. 57:15 min: “What’s the U.S. mission statement? ”
  2. 1:43:38: “People get so normalized into the way the world is that they have a hard time seeing what it could be. In a weird way, they believe that society is organized in a natural way. They believe that the way we are organized is the natural way to organize. … No, these were policy choices that people made to advantage themselves while disadvantaging others. And all these policy choices can be changed. ”

Election Integrity:

I really do wonder why so many Americans seem to be so sold on electronic voting or electronic vote counts, and that in the face of massive election fraud in our country, a good deal of which made possible because of our electronic voting and vote counting. In other countries, much greater election integrity exists because they count votes by hand at the polling stations in the public and with opposing party members double-checking (recounting) each others’ counts. Simple and solid. The only chance of tampering exists up-chain in the count reporting. As long as that is handled in a transparent way, there can be no tampering with the cast votes.

So, why does Nick Brana seem to like block chain voting which is toted as a means of more tamper-proof electronic voting? Maybe because the American public isn’t yet ready to ban electronic voting and vote counting like, for example, Europe has done? Maybe he is looking forward to greater citizen participation in decision making by letting us all vote on issues rather than leaving them to corruptible delegates? The latter is something I toy with. I just don’t yet know if it can be done in ways that (A) eliminate tampering and (B) maintain voter anonymity. It’s another thing to research in the future. One question in my mind: can block chain voting really be transparent?

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All the GOP Has Done is Attack the Poor

It’s the gist of 2017, but it’s also been true for a very long time. The thing to add is that some thirty years ago the “Democratic” Party joined in this feeding frenzy of the rich upon the poor. The Dems try to save face by sometimes standing up for one or the other safety net program when the Reps are attacking it. However, in the long run, both political gangs are set to steal from the poor to give to the rich. It’s the millionaire minions working for kickbacks from the robber billionaires. And whenever we, the people, turn a blind eye because the current raiders are affiliated with the party we believe to be ours, we enable them.

The below video describes the current raids:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Donald Trump & Republicans Want to Cut Social Safety Net Programs in 2018 “)

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The Party Fence Sitters

When I watch a video like Robert Reich’s piece on our economic decline (presented below), I have mixed feelings. I agree with much and find it good to share with many for a little economic nutshell that even the life-long brainwashed and continuously deluded among us may understand. However, it also irks me that he makes little strategic exemptions for the mainstream party he has been associated with all his life (and the administration he served in). It makes him a fence sitter when he leaves out that Bill Clinton also contributed to our decline and that $Hillary Clinton rigged the 2016 primaries away from Bernie Sanders whom the American People wanted and would have elected over Trump.

He shouldn’t leave out that – even though each country has dark and dumb elements – Bernie’s message of us needing a political revolution to overcome our economic rigging resonated better than Trump’s neo-fascist message that he is a strong and “wonderful” “leader” who is sooo much better than democracy and that blaming weak ethnic groups like immigrants and Muslims is all the cure we need.

There are always some who will buy such baloney, but not the majority of us. Our majority was deprived of its president, and also many other elected posts, as sadly has become the way our country is run. Reich himself hints at it when he draws politicians as puppets on strings held by the rich who pick who gets on the ballot and keep them loyal with continued bribes:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Big Picture: How We Got Into This Mess, And How Get Out of It I Robert Reich”)

It’s good to have such alternatives to the establishment’s main media. But for us to make true and real change, we will need a great shift from such fence-sitting so-so alternatives to the still largely unknown voices who go all the way, show the whole picture, point out the high aim we need, and pull few punches.  Continue reading

Video Weekend 12-16-2017 (8 Videos)

Another weekend collection of informative videos, this time centered around Net Neutrality, DNC reform (what little there is), and our systemic corruption (including the tax gifts to the rich).

 

I. Death of the Last Bastion of Free Speech:

A local rescue of Internet Freedom (a.k.a. Net Neutrality):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Cities Are Saving Net Neutrality By Providing Internet Themselves“)

and…

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “INVENTOR of World Wide Web Speaks Net Neutrality! “)

but…

The corporate attack is poised to overcome local countermeasures:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Destruction Of Net Neutrality Is Even Worse Than You Think“)

Good points:

  1. Corrupt politicians ban others from opposing them .
  2. The most corrupt, those who push policies that more or less the entire American people is against, pretend to be doing the opposite of what it is they are doing. Net Neutrality destroyers claim to be for the freedom of the Internet. It’s like an arson caught red-handed pouring gasoline on a house and claiming he is a firefighter. (which he is, but in an opposite sense of the general meaning)
  3. The revolving door which places corporate stooges in high government agency positions from where they betray the country to their corporations to which they return later for their pay-off.

 

Corporate greed is behind the repeal of Net Neutrality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ajit Pai Reluctantly Admits Repeal of Net Neutrality Poses “Risk” for Consumers “)

A point I’d like to make: if you somehow happen to consider corporations politically neutral and only after money (completely overlooking that bribing or buying the government creates a huge source of corporate money making it a logical corporate investment), then think about this: What would stop a despotic government from paying the corporations which control our information to censor the information flow? Haven’t you noticed how outsourcing has become the government’s handy means to have bad things done at its command and at the same time distance itself from them? If you haven’t noticed, maybe you should become a U.S. mercenary in the Middle East. It would be highly educational.

 

II. The fight within the “Democratic” Party to become a democratic party:

Amazingly, there are some news about a small bit of progress in the “Democratic” Party after we have been seeing nothing but its corporatist neoliberal thugs at the top digging in their heels since the 2016 debacle. Of course, I am sure, that bit of a bone they now threw to their critics is small enough that they are sure it won’t endanger their seats of power, corporate pay-offs, and privilege. Let’s not forget about the massive purges of the Bernie wing from the big “D” “Democratic” Party and the corrupt “leadership’s” stubborn clinging to corporate tit-for-tats throughout the entire hapless fight of the base for making the party represents them and the rest of the American people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The DNC Unity Reform Commission Results Are… “)

Aye… small concessions, small progress, but too small for sure… carefully kept small enough for the crooks still to rig the primaries again in 2020 just like last year… Oh dear. I am so tired of this. Let’s have a new party, a true people’s party ruled from below, not from above.

 

III. Our systemic corruption:

Inequality built into our system:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debating Piketty’s theories on ‘Capital’ and inequality“)

I wonder why, instead of paying big undeserved bucks to this Kevin Hasset, they didn’t save money by simply tying a necktie around a big fat toad? Oh, right… the establishment media (unlike alternative media like me) are swimming in corporate money, so money is no object when casting such a propagandist show. So, scratch my question. … And what’s that weird tale of substituting workers with houses? Smoke and mirrors, as usual, I suppose. And, as usual, the moderator in establishment media edifies everybody, even the bloated toad, as an “expert” and a serious person, and thus the case allegedly isn’t closed, our systematic inequality isn’t real, and water isn’t wet. Let’s pretend to mull over this issue for all eternity instead of admitting how obvious it is and solving it post-haste.

 

Great comments (in nearly unintelligible heavy Scottish accent):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Mark Blyth – Republican tax plan, Paradise Papers, Brazille’s DNC allegations, Theresa May“)

Good point: When you legalize immorality and evil, it may then be “legal,” but it is still wrong.

 

Richard Wolff at his best. This speech is dauntingly long but packed with hair-raising truths (incl. the GOP tax gift to the rich) and sharp economic and political analyses, the kinds of insights we all need to make meaningful change. If you are not too interested in the lengthy introductions, you can skip ahead to 10:53 minutes into the video where Wolff starts with a big splash about public education:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Global Capitalism: What The Tax “Reform” Means To Us All [December 2017]”)

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Obituary for the Free and Open Internet

net-neutrality-obituary

On Thursday the 14th of December 2017, our beloved friend and platform for the free exchange of ideas passed away after a long struggle with greedy broadband corporations and their corporate stooges such as Ajit Pai who was sent by Verizon to assassinate Internet Freedom (more commonly known as Internet Neutrality). All its life, the Internet served us as an open platform where facts and ideas could be freely exchanged and suppressed peoples could organize their opposition to despotic regimes and lethal corporations.  Continue reading

Workplace Democracy (Jimmy Dore & Richard Wolff)

A co-op economy is a great alternative to our American one-share-one-vote anti-democracy.

Jimmy Dore held a delightful interview with Richard Wolff, nicely describing the core-problem of our economy and a bloodless, peaceful way out of it and towards democracy, first in the workplace and then in the public sphere (once the plutocratic oligarchs – our money aristocracy – have had the rug pulled out from under them).

Our current corporate economy gives 1% of people nearly all the wealth (including three quarters of all company shares) and along with it all the decision-making power not only in the business sector but the public sector as well. In contrast, when workers own their companies, when they can democratically make all the important decisions (whether or not to move their jobs to China, for example), when they can hire and fire the managers who work for them rather than the other way round, then we not only walk into our places of work with our heads held high (being co-owners), but our daily work lives are democratic in nature with important decisions reflecting our needs and wishes, and so can be the country when it is resting on a truly democratic base rather than the rotten plutocratic base we currently have.

And the best news is that the conversion from the plutocratic economy to a democratic worker co-op economy has already begun. Here is the sweet interview:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Solution For Capitalism’s Brutalities Easier Than You Think w/Prof. Richard Wolff”)

Note: Support at the national level, such as offered by Jeremy Corbyn in he UK, would of course accelerate and strengthen the economic conversion, as would putting a stop to corporate welfare and exclusive tax gifts to the rich. Hence worker co-op friendly policies should be on the People’s Platform.

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Capitalism, Socialism, Democracy, Freedom, and Self Esteem

More than one thing is wrong with our economic system. Not only does it create poverty by funneling wealth and income to the top, and not only does it bribe democracy out of existence in our government and flood us with corporate propaganda through the mass media, but it also denies us a democratic say in our affairs in the places where we spend most of our waking time: our places of work. Thus, at the heart of our system, and the beginning of each workday, lies the anti-democratic force of property-based despotism that – like a rotten apple – spoils all aspects of our civilization. This is why we never had a full democracy and why democracy in our government was doomed from the start. It’s also why we must change our economic system if we ever want to have a democracy and a moral society rather than a mafia-like racket of the robber billionaires. In the following video interview, Richard Wolff explains this:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »Warning! Dangerous Thoughts: Richard Wolff on The Economy “What Freedom?”«)

Continued reading: If the topic interests you, there’s a very fitting article I wrote a year ago which you may really want to read to examine our antidemocratic forces from several angles (judicial, economic, and political): Have We Ever Had a Democracy?

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Dance of the Vampires around Net Neutrality

In case you haven’t noticed, we live not in a democracy and just economy but a cruelly callous oligarchy which concentrates all wealth and authority in the hands of a few robber billionaires and their millionaire minions. Part of the latter group are establishment “journalists” and news anchors, as well as the corporate stooges who get plucked into federal agencies whose official task it is to regulate the corporations from which these stooges come and to which they return after their agency stint to get repaid for their treason in millions of blood money. And when these various kinds of millionaire minions meet to dish out a buffet of misrepresentations and lies to the (often all too gullible) public, it reminds me of a dance of vampires. Watch how they are leading each other in their carefully choreographed minuets and baroque pavannes, the Grand Ball of Bloodsuckers:

(warning: watching these creeps can give you indigestion)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Pai’s Lies | Episode 121”)

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How the Corrupt Reps and “Dems” Rearrange the Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Video)

It’s all theater to befuddle public opinion with their “good cop/bad cop” routine and false emergencies like “fiscal cliffs,” government deficits, and national debts, all excuses to steal even more from working class people to give to the rich leeches at the top with all sorts of cover-up names like “The sequester” or the current GOP tax scam called Trump’s “tax reform,” even as 400 rich people have asked them not to do this (realizing that it destroys the economy and riles up the people against them — but there are always some rich leeches who can’t control their greed, and they pay off whichever major party is in power to steal the last piece of bread from our mouths… just one more heist… just one more… come on puppets, we are your campaign donors, your bribers, your sugar daddies, your puppeteers… just one more heist for us before it all collapses…):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Warning! Dangerous Minds: Dr. Richard Wolff Gives A No BS Breakdown of The Sequester”)

The latest instance of this fake-democracy-show:

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