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

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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

DACA, DAPA, DREAM, and Dump

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The way the American people is being controlled from the top involves manipulative narratives and outrageous maneuvers as two of their major weapons. They serve to distract us from the fundamentally important issues, warp our sense of reality, divert citizen activism onto roads to nowhere, disunite us, scapegoat innocents for the crimes of the plutocracy, and so forth. One of the worst versions are wanton atrocities that create problems out of nowhere, to direct us into fighting over them rather than fixing the underlying rigged system.

One of these latter is the current war on immigrants, especially the children of immigrants. Like many mind games of this sort, the perpetrators’ narrative starts out with a reasonable truism: namely that people should take care of their own pressing needs before anything else, much like medics are advised to put their own safety first lest they become hurt themselves and add to the pile of help-requiring accident victims while reducing the pool of helpers. Makes sense, right?  Continue reading

America’s Mirror Overseas

Life shows us that there are places and events which at first glance seem unimportant but which can teach us a lot. One such place is Venezuela, a country we may deem unimportant, far away, and uninteresting; a country with a government we have only heard bad things about. Why not innocently believe the claims made by our corporate media about such an unimportant seeming place? Why care about little Venezuela, somewhere to the south of us? And, yet, if we take a good look at it, we may discover that we are staring at ourselves! Continue reading

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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The Feel-Good Politics Trap

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The previous piece exposed the use of language manipulation to pull people into political movements and parties which do them a disservice. I pointed to the historic fact that the aim and task of right-wing parties has always been to befuddle large segments of the population into acting against their own interests by baiting them with follies like nationalism, racism, or religion — all ways to give the gullible a sense of being special and belonging to a superior social group. I concluded that this is feel-good politics instead of make-good politics and usually at other groups’ expense.

Today I will briefly elaborate on the scam of feel-good politics and also point out that it is no longer limited to only the right wing whose sole purpose it has always been to make the most gullible portion of the people side with its oligarchy.  Continue reading

The Dishonesty of Demagoguery

Here is a little more info on the right-wing media’s language warping and manipulation (following up on a clip of two weeks ago):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Megyn Kelly SHOCKED After Suddenly Realizing Fox News Always Pandered To Racists”)

Speaking code among insiders and reeling in folks by pulling the wool over their heads has always been the strategy of the extreme right. This should hardly be surprising when you consider that the “right” has, from the very beginning, be a corrupt gang serving the ruling establishment. Its original masters were kings and emperors, the Catholic Church (essentially the first multinational corporation in history), and the landed aristocracy. Later bankers, industrial capitalists, and corrupt high-ranking politicians took over. The right’s task always was to befuddle sufficiently large segments of the population into acting against their own interests by baiting them with follies like nationalism, racism, or religion, all ways to give the gullible a sense of being special and belonging to a superior social group. It’s feel-good politics instead of make-good politics and usually at other groups’ expense.

Addendum (1/23/2018): In our military, everybody gets brainwashed by Fox-“News” per force according to this report: EXCLUSIVE: 2-tour Iraq veteran exposes deliberate right wing brainwashing in the military

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Epiphany on the “Leftist Media” Myth

For ages I boggled at the right-wing claim of the corporate media being left-wing when ALL the corporate media were so obviously anti-left. How could right-wingers not recognize that ALL the mass media were propounding right-wing views while blocking, mocking, and smearing left-wing views? The math just didn’t add up to me.  Continue reading

Video Weekend 12-30-2017 (7 Videos)

The topics for this last Video Weekend of 2017:

  1. Our Rigged Political Process
  2. Free Press & Speech
  3. Economy
  4. Some Fun to Finish With

 

I. Our Rigged Political Process

Challenging the Party Duopoly (a.k.a. Twin Party Tyranny):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »New “People’s Party” To Challenge Republicans And Democrats«)

 

II. Free Press & Speech

The upcoming next step to rescue free speech and assembly on the Internet:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Suing The FCC Over Net Neutrality Works”)

What we get from a no longer free press: loads of advertisement and propaganda. Remember the Nazi regime, with a one-voice “people’s” radio and outlawing of listening to any other (in this case foreign) stations? The Soviet Union worked similarly. And now it’s us becoming the same:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “TV Network Caught Airing Commercials As News”)

 

III. Economy

Belt tightening for us but not the rich. Making us pay for debts we didn’t accumulate. Making the underclass pay fo the upper class, and more:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges with Mark Blyth on Contact The Cost of Austerity”)

What’s wrong with the poor? (essentially a rich boy, right-winger, market worshiper, self-righteous, privileged bubble dweller awakens to a bit of reality and realizes the necessity of a UBI which, sadly, some people on the “left” misread just because, like anything else, it can be bungled or misused):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Poverty isn’t a lack of character; it’s a lack of cash | Rutger Bregman”)

Some major points:

  1. venture capital for the people
  2. quite affordable
  3. better to give needy people the money currently wasted on bureaucrats who conduct means tests or think they know better than the people themselves how they should spend it
  4. Too many jobs nowadays are useless, make-work rather than productive. And with increased technological displacement this will get worse.
  5. The goal of education shouldn’t be to prepare you for pointless jobs but for a life well lived.
  6. Productive and wealthy as our nation has become (and the whole planet can become), life without poverty should no longer be a privilege but a right we grant each other. (because we should never stand by idle when fellow humans suffer)

They get to have. We get to watch. They get to fail and cheat us. We get to bail them out. Forget mere regulations, fiddlings, incrementalism and such. The system is foul to the core. It needs a total redesign:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Public Service v. Private Profit”)

 

IV. Some fun to finish

Russia, oh Russia, really is rigging our “Democracy,” oh yeah!

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Jill Stein Is So Horribly Dangerous!”)

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Caller: Why are you so Hard on the Rich? (TH)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Caller: Why are you so Hard on the Rich?”)

It’s really funny, sad, and mind-numbing all at once to witness people who are getting robbed by the rich defending the rich. They chant the fantasy that the amount of wealth and income people have is a reflection of how hard they work. They repeat the establishment’s lie that the government hasn’t enough money to stamp out poverty and that any healthcare-for-all, anti-poverty, and anti-inequality programs would require to take away from hard working people via taxes in order to give to the poor whom they imagine to be lazy welfare queens.  Continue reading