Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-11-16 (26 videos)

Highlights: An excellent (Hedges & Street) discussion over why we need a true people’s party rather than what we now have, a great video on taxing the rich, a clip about the true reason for the Trump impeachment, revealing issues on candidates (Warren, Tulsi, Yang, Bernie), and, and, and… AND much info on last weekend’s coup in Bolivia plus other world issues.

Stars & Channels: BadEmpanada, Breakfast Club, Chris Hedges (On Contact), Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), Democracy Now!, goingundergroundRT, Michael Brooks, Press TV, Secular Talk, Stansberry Research, The Grayzone, Krystal Ball (The Hill), Jimmy Dore, The Rational National, and more…

Topics:

  1. Why We Need a True Left Rather than the “D”-Party (Hedges & Street) ***
  2. The “Democratic” Party Against Medicare for All
  3. Taxing the Rich Properly ***
  4. The R-Like D-Party Establishment Bailing out The Banks Instead of Us
  5. SJW Hypocrisy
  6. Rich Farts Celebrating Digital Technocracy
  7. Economic Update: Stocks, Yellow Vest Revolution, Medicare for All
  8. World: Bolivia’s Fascist/Racist/Colonialist Coup
  9. World: Brazil’s Bernie, France’s Blue Vests, Britain’s Bernie…
  10. Murderous Socialism and/or Capitalism (Soviet Union, UK, & U.S. Facts)
  11. Assange: FINALLY an Australian Discussion
  12. Laws & Police to Harass People
  13. The True Reason for the Trump Impeachment
  14. Candidates: Warren (Mask Off), Andrew Yang (Interview), Tulsi (Medicare for All)
  15. Bernie Reality

 

1. Why We Need a True Left Rather than the “D”-Party (Hedges & Street) ***

… one that starts organizing from the ground, allying with people in need, boosting them, and growing a political movement from there rather than bickering about a twittering corrupt president in a totally corrupt upper structure that he is a natural product of.

On Contact: Resistance & the Left with Paul Street ~ RT America (On Contact)

Note: This reminds me of what is happening in West Virginia.

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QuickyPinion: Warped Socialism for the Wealthy

American citizens keep getting bombarded with smear attacks on socialism. Yet, we live in a country of warped socialism for the wealthy. The very oligarchs who smear real socialism for the people as something that doesn’t work are the ones who receive all the benefits of a socialism for the rich. They are the ones who get enormous freebies from the government and can count on being bailed out by the government if things don’t go well for them.

The very definition of socialism is a socially responsible system of an economy and politics made possible through law and government, the latter often having to come in and help out people at times of need. The goal: everybody receives based on their needs rather than on how much they can pay for in a highly unequal wealth distribution. Instead of this we currently have socialism for the rich, a government and set of laws which almost exclusively helps them at extreme expense for the rest of us.

The rich get huge gifts from our government (like cheap lands and subsidies for their corporations even as they move U.S. jobs abroad or replace working people with machines). They get those even though they are the least needy for financial help (being rich already, after all). These gifts are financed by cutting services to working class Americans who often desperately need them. The gifts to the rich also include tax loopholes and tax breaks. The rich and their corporations get tax havens abroad while working U.S.-citizens get taxed or even hit with ruinous fees by the IRS, treasury, and state tax agencies when they work and live abroad (except when the foreign taxes exceed their U.S. taxes in which case double-taxation protection treaties can come into effect; but costly tax filings are still demanded). And when banks or businesses of the rich fail, they get bail-outs.

These are examples of the unequal treatment of the rich (boost, safeguard, help them in any way, and turn their policy suggestions into law) and the rest of us (tax us, fine us, hold us back, harass us, deny us aid, make false promises, cut our wages and benefits, and ignore our wishes).

So… a gouging capitalism for “ordinary” Americans is combined with a warped parody of socialism for the rich giving them subsidies, gifts, bail-outs, monopoly protections, and tax loopholes while more and more of the rest of us drown in poverty.

 

And if this article was too short for you, there is a great read that came out this Tuesday on The Revolution Continues, reminding me of why I have so long loathed Halloween, telling us how to check up on the toxic tap water we may have flowing at home…

 

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Wakeful Videos 2019-08-10 (24 videos)

This is essentially a collection of enlightening videos published once a week and so helpful in learning what is really going on and how we may change our rigged system into a good one that everyone should watch them. The top topic this week: mass shootings (intelligent thoughts, not the usual BS).

Channels: Empire Files, Kim Iversen, John Spritzler, AJ+, Thom Hartmann, Greg Palast, RT America, The Humanist Report, Democracy Now!, PowerfulJRE, RT UK, HOT 97, Secular Talk, The Majority Report, Graham Elwood, The Grayzone, The Jimmy Dore Show, The School of Life…

Topics:

  1. Mass Shootings: Why they Happen
  2. Oh-So Criminal “Illegal” Immigrants
  3. National “Defense” For Profit
  4. Medicare for All: Bernie, Scare Tactics & Private Insurance
  5. Bernie: 6+ Million Views of Lengthy Informative Interview
  6. Capitalism: The Global Rentier System, UBI & the 1%
  7. Capitalism: The Current Trend May Have the Top 10% Own EVERYTHING by 2052
  8. Easy Elections Hacking in America
  9. Recent AOC Interview
  10. Rich Boys: The Koch Boy
  11. War-for-Profit Empire: U.S. Kills More Afghan Civilians than the Taliban
  12. World: Interesting Maduro Interview (Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal in Venezuela)
  13. Police Brutality against the Homeless
  14. The Billionaire Meter on Candidates
  15. Humor: Political Porn Comedy
  16. Loneliness & Friendship

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 05-19-2019 (22 videos)

Lots of informative videos. Major topics: healthcare, media war, U.S. poverty, tyrrany & rule of capital, empire of the Americas, and candidates (AOC, Bernie, Tulsi). A must-see video is “Lawyers VS The System”. Some of the stars: Chris Hedges, Bill Moyers, Tulsi, AOC, Bernie, Jimmy Dore, Richard Wolff, and more.

Topics:

  1. Healthcare: Growing Trouble, AOC, Limitless Profits, Big Pharma Racketeerig
  2. Media War: The Constant Word Twisting & Fake News
  3. Humor: Goofy Corporate Media
  4. Info for the Elders
  5. Tyranny: Chelsea Manning Endlessly Punished & Our Lawless Government
  6. Poverty & Struggle: Hungry Students, The AMERICAN Caravan, & Real Unemployment
  7. Rule of Capital & The Fake “Conservative” Stance
  8. Empire: Tyrannical Rule over the Americas
  9. War: Iran Trump Affair
  10. Candidates: AOC, Bernie, Tulsi

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 02-03-2019 (13 videos)

Stars: Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Jimmy Dore, Stef Zamorano, Ron Placone, Richard Wolff, Ralph Nader, Shoshana Zuboff, Jayar Jackson, John Iadarola, RJ Eskow, Max Blumenthal, Abby Martin, Mike Prysner, Ryan Cristián (The Last American Vagabond), Vanessa Beeley, Graham Elwood, Sam Seder, and others

  1. Neat Interview: Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, AOC, Venezuela, Corporate Media
  2. Brilliant Economic Update Episode: Yellow Vests, Bail-In Warning(!)…
  3. Surveillance Capitalism
  4. The Right-Wing Mockery of Poverty
  5. World: Venezuela, France, Global Oligarchy
  6. World: Yellow Vests, France’s Tyranny (on-the-ground info)
  7. Medicare Waterdown Details
  8. Tax Truth
  9. Predatory Crony Capitalism: Mortgage Crisis Revisited

 

I. Neat Interview: Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, AOC, Venezuela, Corporate Media

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for i24NEWS and the title: “Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, AOC, Venezuela, Corporate Media”)

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Short yet Smashing Speech by Chris Hedges

As a follow-up to Monday’s sharing of Chris Hedges’s and Richard Wolff’s great recent conversation and yesterday’s sharing of late Ed Schultz’s Swan Song Speech (less far along but perhaps the exactly right stepping stone for some people who have still a little to catch up), here is another speech by Chris Hedges, a short one this time (only 16 minutes!) but still packing a big punch. Enjoy:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for ChrisSmileyMedia and the title: “Chris Hedges Revolutionary Speech”)

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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:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “BREAKING: Wages Falling Dramatically”)   Continue reading “On Average, Each American Employee would make $17,000 More Each Year If…”

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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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 how 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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Bernie Sanders and Mike Figueredo expose our System’s Moral Bankruptcy

Heap limitless money on the already rich with one hand (including by financing genocide and mass murder abroad) and claw away spending on the people (including those in desperate need) with the other. That’s our current governing system, and too many regular Americans are still way too OK with it, voting for and supporting the kinds of thugs (from both major parties!) who do this (one of the two major parties usually acting as the enabler for the other):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Spars With Mick Mulvaney Over Trump’s Immoral Budget “)

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