Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-10-06 (22 videos)

Imagine taking a modern online course to become astute in politics and economics, learning what is wrong with our system and how to fix it. That’s exactly what the Wakeful Video Weekend series amounts to, both new and old episodes. My suggestion: watch or listen, share and discuss. (and maybe even voluntarily donate to Beanstock’s World for all that hard curating work)

Channels: TEDx Talks, The Real News Network, Democracy At Work, The Michael Brooks Show, Rebel HQ, Democracy Now!, The Hill, John Spritzler, The Jimmy Dore Show, Corbett Report, and many more.

Topics:

  1. Humor: What Does U.S. #1 Mean?
  2. Non-Rich Lives: Spending all our Lifetime Not Living! ***
  3. U.S. Poverty: Both Old & Poor And Mostly Kept Secret
  4. Sick Society: The Capitalist Disease
  5. Fascism as Flattery
  6. Neoliberalism: Neoliberalism in Short
  7. The Soviet Economy
  8. Status Quo: Murder by Capitalism & Revolution vs Reformism
  9. Truth & Lies: Real vs False Flag Whistleblowers
  10. Elections: The Electoral College Favors Swing States, Not Rural Americans
  11. Candidates: Bernie, Biden, Warren… True Progressive vs Fakes
  12. Strategy: Why the D-Party SoSo-Works with Bernie Sanders
  13. Money in Politics: The R & D Parties’ Race to the Bottom ***
  14. No Piecemeal But a Big Determined Movement Needed
  15. U.S.A. is a Paid Servant of Murderous Saudi Regime
  16. Humor: X-Rated Politics (Jimmy Dore)
  17. Ancient Wisdom (Fables)

 

1. Humor: What Does U.S. #1 Mean?

Can America Let Go Of Being Number One?
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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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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 “Paper vs Online Voting”

There Was No Real Recount of 2016

One again, we have been had.

Jill Stein and the Green Party did us all a favor attempting to get us a recount of the 2016 presidential election in the three swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin where some Clintonites try to mislead us into thinking that Stein’s running for office shifted the victory from Clinton to Trump — a complete false logic which relies on the assumption that all who voted for Stein would have voted for Clinton otherwise – an utterly preposterous assumption.

Anyway, what became of the attempt? Continue reading “There Was No Real Recount of 2016”

A Voice of Reason in the World of Election Theft

I especially want to highlight these points well said by Mark Crispin Miller a few days ago:

  1. Private companies tell us what the vote count is, and we have no way to tell if it’s honest.
  2. This not only allows the wrong people to come to power, but it also distorts our (and the world’s) view of ourselves, where we stand on issues.

(Note: if the video to which this article links gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Can U.S. Elections Really Be Stolen? Yes.”)

 

 

“For members only” American Politics

Closed primaries are one of the most damaging aspects of a regulatory scheme that breeds civic apathy. “For members only” is the principle on which these taxpayer-funded primaries operate — as if they were club elections whose outcomes mattered to members only, and not to all American citizens.

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