Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-09-14 (18 videos)

News, deep insights, and some humor as well. Outstanding videos from this week, some of which you may have missed.

Issues: isms, equality of life, UBI, drone wars, billionaire badness, globalist corporatism, Assange, revolution vs reform, lawlessness, refugees, education, Bernie, and more…

Stars & Channels: Cowboy Economist, John Spritzler, Redacted Tonight, Brave New Films, Jesse Ventura, The Michael Brooks Show, The Humanist Report, Jimmy Dore, Thought Slime, The Real News Network, The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, Chris Hedges (On Contact), Democracy At Work, Newsbroke, TED

Topics:

  1. Thoughts: Capital-/Social-/Marx-/Cummun-ism with a Satirical Bent
  2. Faux Progressives: Their “Equal Opportunity” Trap
  3. Insights: Rational UBI & Google Censorship
  4. Connection: Student Debt, Drone Wars & Terrorism
  5. News: Predatory Corporations and Globalist Fascism
  6. Thoughts: Going Far Enough
  7. Candidates: Fighting Elitist Politics
  8. Candidates: Conversation with Bernie’s Press Secretary
  9. Media War: Hounding a Political Prisoner
  10. Change: Revolution or Reform & Nice or Edgy
  11. Police: Police Protected from the Law
  12. Refugees: Mass Murder by the Supreme Court
  13. Education: Schools Sort People as Commodities
  14. Empire: The Enemy from Within
  15. Poverty: Housing Gouging (and More)
  16. Billionaires: The Oh So Good Ones Are NOT Good
  17. Christian Fascists: Religious Liberty Warped to Crush Liberty
  18. Strategy: Lighting the Path to a Better World

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Mississippi, ICE, ISIS, “Illegal Aliens” – And Some Rational Thoughts

In the aftermath of the recent ICE raids and the outrage on both sides (one legit, the other absurd) some reasonable thoughts finally emerged. Thoughts everyone should mull over. The following video presents some of them and my commentary below goes further:

 

11 Year Old Girl Tearfully Pleas For Father’s Release From ICE Custody
The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder

That terrible government official in the shared video above (someone I admit to call an oligarchy pig in the back of my mind) speaks of “criminal search warrants”. I must ask: How the heck do we, the people, let these power peddling corrupticians get away with criminalizing misdemeanors and labeling people as illegal? How can any honest and morally upstanding person put entering a country without a visa on the same level with committing murder, rape, or child kidnapping (the latter done by the same “police” forces who go after this supposed “crime”)?  Continue reading “Mississippi, ICE, ISIS, “Illegal Aliens” – And Some Rational Thoughts”

Quick Insight: The Espionage Act

There are two ways of learning the nature of a law. One is to read its every word and letter, and try to interpret it as prosecutors and judges will. The second, much simpler and much more accurate way is to look at how it gets applied.

Doing this, the nature of our Espionage Act can be defined in one sentence: “We, the oligarchy can name anyone we don’t like a ‘spy’ and then have them executed or locked away for life. And the people hasn’t rebelled against it gullibly believing our spy smear. Yeehaw!”

Sheesh, what a fine democracy we have become, haven’t we our founders? Why are these whirring noises coming from your graves?

Want to take a deeper look? Listen to Kim (the video is shared at 12:48 minutes in where the heart of the matter is struck, but you can of course rewind to the start if you wish):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for Kim Iversen and the title: “The Dark History of The Espionage Act and Treason in America”)

 

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Our Growing Digital Dictatorship

The spying on and mind control of us is constantly growing. This brief article reveals latest developments and the dark future where we are headed (previewed in China), sharing two informative videos and enhancing them with commentary.

It is also related to the censorship which keeps the vast majority of passionate readers and video watchers of this blog from ever finding out about its existence — for example, yesterday my attempts to post a notice of the latest Video Weekend post on Facebook groups that I am a longtime member of where blocked by Facebook’s oh-so “anti-spam” algorithms (even though I had not posted in a week).Dear readers, I can only recommend that you tell your friends about this blog and subscribe to it (for free, of course) if you haven’t yet.

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The Camouflage of Authoritarianism

In the interview clip shared below, a caller makes an important point about authoritarian regimes, namely that authoritarianism can camouflage in any present economic or political system. Therefore socialism gets easily smeared by pointing at the Soviet Union where an authoritarian undemocratic regime hid behind the facade of socialism (or communism, depending on which representative or critic was speaking). It’s almost funny considering that the Soviet Union’s economic system wasn’t really socialist or communist but a form of state capitalism where the ruling capitalists aren’t private owners of everything but bureaucratic members of a regime controlling everything, making workers as ruled from above, voiceless, and possibly exploited at their places of work as in any private ownership style capitalist system. If you research the history of the term socialism you will find that it was created around the idea of democracy in our economy, the workers owning the means of production, not an authoritarian regime acting out as the workers’ alleged representative and thus painting itself as socialist. But I digress…

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Making a Chilling Example of a Truth Teller

Great interview concerning the Julian Assange case. I fully agree that this case is an effort to make a chilling example of a truth-telling journalist so that no-one ever again dare to spread truth about government malfeasance to the people for fear of being arrested and expedited into the hands of cruel despotic government officials. And we all must stand up against this to fight for our own freedom and a chance to hold our governments accountable.

I must say, Roger Waters really impressed me deeply in this interview. It speaks for itself and covers the main points of importance in this case, including the perverse arguments made by evildoers and their gullible puppets in favor of this persecution. A must-hear interview, especially since even some good-hearted people (like for instance presidential candidate Marianne Williamson as you could see in yesterday’s Video Weekend) are still trapped in the false narratives we have been fed on the mass media:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: WHOLE WORLD Must Focus on Julian Assange Arrest!”)

None of the arguments made by supporters of Assange’s persecution do in fact carry the same weight as our vital need for a free press.

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 01-05-2019 (16 videos)

Our mentality is the basis for deprivation or change. This video compilation digs into a lot of that as well as other important things like fake politics, harmful economics, and Medicare for All as a fighting ground to democratize our economy (by Kelly Coogan-Gehr from National Nurses United), and so forth. — Information like this, which you never see on the mainstream media, is the education we need to bring about positive change.

Topics:

  1. Mentality for Change
  2. Our Destructive System
  3. The Anti-Left “Democrats”
  4. The Alleged Progressive Wave in the “D” Party
  5. Sick Mentality: Money, Status, & Pride
  6. Sick & Healthy Mentality: Generosity vs Greed
  7. Democratizing Healthcare & the Economy
  8. Encouragement for 2019
  9. Government For or Against the People
  10. Secret Wall Street Bail-Outs
  11. World Politics: Brazil
  12. Robots and Ethics
  13. AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

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Can we Trust our Government?

… or do we live in a post-constitutional age, oppressed by a secretive criminal government held in the claws of a corporate billionaire oligarchy hiding behind the curtain?

This post shares two very enlightening videos about our oligarchic government lying to the public, committing crimes, mangling the Constitution, and maiming whistleblowers who let us know about it:   Continue reading “Can we Trust our Government?”

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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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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