The Cambridge Analytica & Facebook Story — (Spying and Electoral Manipulation)

Let’s have a look at the facts so little reported by the establishment media which prefer to dazzle us with trivial sensationalism, keep important facts from us, and drench us in establishment propaganda.  Continue reading

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Corporate Greed Shredding Democracy — Meet the Twitter Bots

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As to now, I had always thought that twitter bots were the creation of black hat hackers hacking into Twitter. Sadly, the opposite is the case. Once again, it’s corporations gobbling up democracy fro profit.   Continue reading

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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QuickyPinion: The Democratic Party Trap and Outside Pressure

We want change. We badly need change. Tea Partiers tried to make change happen from within the Republican Party, and right now people try to make it happen from within the “Democratic” Party and consider other approaches (like forming a new party or building up existing third parties) as a competition that weakens their own inside strategy.

What this stance overlooks is that, as long as the Democratic Party can rest assured that progressive/working class/leftist/Black/etc. voters have nowhere else to go, its party bosses will continue as before, unimpressed by any inside takeover attempts which they can squelch as long as they can count on sufficient votes. In the end, they don’t even need to win elections, since their deep pocket Big Money donors will gladly continue to dowse them with money for enabling their Republican buddies.   Continue reading

Video Weekend 03-03-2018 (12 videos)

A very varied compilation of enlightening videos, some heavy, some light, ranging from the trap of consumerism through political rigging and reform, Russiagate, immigrants, mindsets, mass shootings, the commercial manufacturing of the Christian right, and military spending to a great pair of very inspiring videos about our road forward:

  1. Consumerism (Consumption instead of Living)
  2. Exclusionary Presidential Debates
  3. Electoral Reform
  4. Russiagate
  5. Immigration
  6. Mindsets
  7. Military Nation
  8. Democracy & the Will of the People

 

I. Consumerism (Consumption instead of Living)

Selling Life for Consumption – Oh What a Great System (excerpt from a longer speech I shared before, I think):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Root Of Consumerism – Richard Wolff“)

 

II. Exclusionary Presidential Debates

There’s a lawsuit against the establishment’s silencing of public debate and exclusion of independent or third party candidates:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Lawsuit Could Change Presidential Debates Forever Says Attorney for Independent Voter Project“)

In case you somehow don’t really know about the exclusion and silencing that keeps most important ideas and issue discussions from us, watch this brief review:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Who Really Controls Presidential Debates?“)

Comment: I like how he finishes asking us to imagine having more than just 2 choices. Remember the two choices of 2016? Cholera or Plague, which did you prefer? (well, as I kept saying back then, you could have voted for Jill Stein, neither Cholera nor plague. Democratic voting is supposed to be voting for our preference, not a “lesser evil” forced down our throat, after all. How is it a democracy when we merely rubber-stamp the establishment’s pick?).

 

III. Electoral Reform

An attempt in Oregon to satisfy both the duopoly and the people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Primary Elections Work: Oregon’s Revolutionary Primary Bills“)

 

IV. Russiagate

An opinion (and some relevant facts) on the topic of the manufactured Russiagate hysteria (best at the start and end):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[Web Exclusive] Mueller Indictments Are A F**king Joke & It’s Dangerous“)

 

V. Immigration

A little gift to dreamers and other demonized “illegal” immigrants:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Undocumented Immigrants Are Superheroes | Newsbroke (AJ+)“)

Comment: Let’s not forget that people forced to migrate (and not too many leave their home towns, families, countries, cultures, and languages behind frivolously) are humans, too, like the rest of us. As an immigrant nation, we should really be aware of that.

 

VI. Mindsets in Politics

Left VS Right. How the American “Right” and “Left” look and talk past one another:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Are Republican Voters the Stupid Ones?”)

 

A lesson from Mass Shootings:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[100] Parkland Teacher Says What Isn’t Allowed on MSM [EXCLUSIVE] “)

Comment: It’s true. Special ed fails consistently because the lords above insist on saving money on it. Lots of great measures have been written into law but can never been done because of underfunding. So, only cheap measures remain, like reseating a student, with the described consequences of stigmatization and isolation, even, or especially, in integrated classrooms. I have worked as a teacher. I know. – What’s left out in this episode is that even if we create a warm and supportive school environment, once young people enter the adult word, they are exposed to the cruel law of the jungle where the poisonous snakes and largest predators rule, having turned their predation into law, and then you get adults losing it and engage in mass shootings in a vain effort to end this immoral civilization.

 

Manufacturing Believes. The money-milking, profiteering, attention-whorish, PR-professional source of the religious right (the types who support death penalty and overwhelmingly worship Trump):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How to Stop Being a Fundamentalist Evangelical Christian“)

 

VII. Military Nation

The Role of the Pentagon (besides war profiteering):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Noam Chomsky: The Military Is Misunderstood“)

 

 

VIII. Democracy & the Will of the People

 

People’s Platforms Can and Do Win:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Polls Show Jeremy Corbyn Leading Labour To Stunning Destruction of Tories in Local Elections“)

 

Building the Movement to reverse our Runaway Inequality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “MPP-TV Third Series Interview With Les Leopold”)

Comment: Become a movement builder and boost and assist other movement builders like me or those I present here all the time. 😉

Quotes: progressives colonized by the DP, financial strip mining (Wall Street, financialization, etc.)

Bombshell information at 40:29: When the progressive movement of the 1890s entered the “Democratic” Party too soon, they became dissipated and colonized. Conclusion: befriending one’s too-powerful enemy is risky. Depending on relative power, holding back and building your own power can be the better choice. Since we awoken people are currently trying both inside and outside strategies, let’s be prepared for setbacks and stay flexible to jump ship when necessary, but never give up on our longterm goals of a prosperous and fair country for all, and – most importantly – not see each other as competitors when we are currently working with different strategies.

Links:

  1. forapeoplesparty.org
  2. runawayinequality.org

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The Great People’s Platform

I want to share this remarkable piece of work with you. As I and others have pointed out before, being against bad conditions of our current world isn’t enough. To move forward, we also need a vision of the future we want. I shared with you my own attempt at a draft of a people’s platform (or agenda, or wish list) in 2016 as a way to kindle a discussion. It is still up for reading and a Facebook Page for commenting on it is also still up.

However, the Movement for a People’s Party (which started out as the Draft Bernie for a People’s Party idea and movement but evolved beyond Sanders by now, looking especially at forming a people’s coalition outside the twin-party tyranny; a way to have third parties, old and new, work together against the tyranny and to give us, the people, our voice back in our country’s affairs) just came out with its own more fleshed-out draft and is inviting everybody to take a look and make their own proposals. If you wish to really go deep, you could compare their draft with my draft and point out the gaps in each. 😉 Admittedly, I have been too busy these days to read the MPP draft from end to end. How do other people get by with only 24 hours in a day?

Anyway, perhaps you can make the time in a timely fashion. Here are two snippets from this platform document to raise your interest:

 

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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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Deep Insights Into Our Society From A Healthcare Worker And Long-Time Political Activist

Overlook the disheveled hair, skip over the setup shenanigans of the first 2:34 minutes, and be ready peer into corners you may have never looked at before.

I mean it! Skip the first 2:34 minutes that are probably the result of faulty technology called live streaming. If you don’t know Debbie Lusignan (who no longer cares to call herself the Sane Progressive because labels like ‘progressive’ have been abused, turned upside down, and co-opted by the establishment) you might get a wrong impression and stop watching. Take my word for it, when you have looked into the abyss as long and far as she, it is hard to appear sane at times. But listen to what she has to say, to the facts and their processing, and you will be guaranteed to learn something and advance your own points of view, or even your perception, and maybe enable your own inner growth on which the growing up of humanity co-depends.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Sane Progressive Sunday Musings on Societal Despondency, Collective Delusions”)

Three (from among MANY) good points:   Continue reading

Discovery and Unity

Probably all the folks who read my writings have had many, most, or all of their lives’ dreams crushed to the point that being born a human in this world is a curse.

My own dreams and goals were crushed again and again, forcing me countless times to restart my “life” from scratch and lower my goals to where I am now reduced to a struggle for mere short-term survival, the fight for long-term survival having been lost forever, making me wish – if I am to be honest – that I had never been born. (On the side of my struggle for survival, I try to fight this corrupt system through my writing while I still can.)

This depressing hardship is the life not just endured by me but, I suspect, the majority of human beings born in our times… at least once they reach a certain age. How can we be proud of such a failed civilization or not wish to improve it?

I think that most people don’t have it in their nature to rock the boat. They just want to pursue their goals, no matter how sensible or senseless they are; and they want to be left in peace. Therefore it is easy for confidence tricksters to scam them and set up a system that works as a continuous and self-perpetuating scam known as our economic and political system.  Continue reading

Paper vs Online Voting

Folks, imagine if we had a site where fantastic visionaries and activists like Nick Brana, Jimmy Dore, Lee Camp, C.A. Matthews, Jamarl Thomas, Tim Black, Mike Figueredo (just to name a few in no particular order) could and would put their heads together and anybody else (besides trolls) could join a genuine public discourse and even vote on issues, thus creating a forward moving alternative to our rigged political system and propagandist establishment media… It’s something I hinted at last Friday.

Then, on Saturday, someone whom any frequent reader of mine surely knows left a comment. Nick Brana! Yeah! A happy day for me! 🙂  Continue reading