Video Weekend 09-23-2018 (15 videos)

Stars for this weekend, so much more fulfilling than ball chasers, enlighten us a myriad ways: Phil Donahue, Ralph Nader, Lori Harfenist, Nick Brana, Cindy Sheehan, Kyle Kulinski, Richard Wolff, Lee Camp, Yasmina Mrabet, Jimmy Dore, Ron Placone, Medea Benjamin, Tim Camova, Jesse Ventura, Brigida Santos, Cathy Schlund-Vials, Noam Chomsky, Mike Figueredo, Michael Prysner, Thom Hartmann, and Greg Palast.

Topics:

  1. Plutocracy
  2. Human Rights
  3. Economic Crash
  4. War for Corporate Profit
  5. Environmental Destruction
  6. Racism & Ethnic Stereotypes
  7. Capitalism
  8. Mind Control
  9. Media War
  10. Right-wing BS for Profit
  11. Twin-Party Tyranny
  12. Awakening
  13. Socialism
  14. Election Rigging

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Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses — to be Shot Dead!

You may have heard of the young woman who tried to cross the border and was shot in the head for it. It’s now death penalty for crossing a border without a visa. That’s the America of today. And she is not the first or the last.

What a contrast to the preceding centuries of America’s existence, when immigrants were invited by the millions to cheaply build our canals and rail roads, to work our mines and factories under deplorable conditions, to speed up the growth of our country and our industrial revolution, not to mention the wealth of the infamous robber barons and their growing rigged economy, built to make them rich and the rest of us poor — a system that lasts until today and is getting worse again.   Continue reading “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses — to be Shot Dead!”

Society Punishes the Poor for Being Poor

I avoid ever referencing a Quora post because of Quora’s censorship against non-privileged people, but today I came across a post that I feel really needs to be shared around. It illustrates the deep immorality in our me-me-me society, and also the reason for why I object to leaving socio-economic justice in the hands of gatekeepers, a chief reason of why I want a universal basic income for all, so that injustices like those described in this post can be stopped in their tracks.  Continue reading “Society Punishes the Poor for Being Poor”

Video Weekend 10-14-2017 – Part B (3 Videos)

Sundays are meant to be relaxing. So, here are three calm videos of politically educational caliber. The first connects with yesterday’s videos by being yet another reason for Americans to appreciate RT. How often do U.S.-establishment-controlled media discuss issues like these?

 

Peter Joseph on our current state of things and our so much better alternative options:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Empire Files: Peter Joseph & Abby Martin on Abolishing Capitalism”)

 

Antidemocratic “Democrats” :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Smash The Democratic Party, Save the World “)

Gist: If the DP resists change, dismantle or starve it. Something else will take its place. Something better. Challenge corruption in politics! Bernie Sanders is the “Democratic” Party’s ghost of Christmas past, showing it (and everybody else) what this party used to stand for but no longer does. Long ago it acted as a people’s party, not just another tool for the robber barons (Republican Party 2.0), and Bernie keeps reminding everybody of that.

 

Humanity First Instead of Markets First

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Ultimate Problem is Trust : “)

Gist: Our current economic system knows only one goal: profit for the few. If that means stealing from the poor to give to the rich, the people in charge don’t so much as blink.

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Video Weekend 10-07-2017 (6 Videos)

This video weekend has a story arc that starts with the topic of state violence and gun ownership, transitions to high-brass corruption and holding the corrupt accountable, then reviews some of our nation’s highest corrupt politicians (i.e. presidents), circles back to our last not-so corrupt president in conversation with Bernie Sanders, and ends in a grand finale about our country’s decay presented by some of our best and brightest truth tellers and fighters.

 

I. Riot Police against Voters

I have a slightly different take on Catalonian’s desire for secession from Spain than Lee Camp. I think they should reconsider. My rationale: I am for fewer rather than more borders. Instead of more affluent regions surrounding themselves with walls and fences, and leaving poorer regions to struggle all the harder, I’d prefer to see more solidarity and a successful push to bring affluence to all parts of the world. Then we wouldn’t have these silly wishes for costly walls, mass migrations disrupting millions of families, badly justified hatred of immigrants, and/or a bad conscience for how we stiffed the less fortunate. On the other hand, I do share Lee’s outrage at riot cops brutally suppressing voters or stealing ballot boxes. It’s an example of what 2nd-Amendment proponents warn against. And while I’d like to see less mass shootings and gun-assisted crimes in the U.S., I do get the argument of 2nd-Amendment proponents that day-to-day folks should not be completely helpless against violence brought against them by warlords, corporations, and governments. I think we have to fix our political and economic riggings first before we can all come to much of a consensus on what to do about guns.

Anyway, here is Lee Camp’s fine rant. He does his rants very well:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What They Won’t Tell You About Catalonia, Spain”)

 

II. When the Mighty are Held Accountable

Another report about events outside our border. Big fish can be held accountable (heck, Peru even prosecutes its presidents for crimes committed in office!):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Lawyers Fight Staggering Corruption In Brazil & Win!”)

 

III. When the Mighty Have no Clue

Talk about being privileged and disconnected from your fellow human beings:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump Throws Paper Towels At Puerto Rican Victims”)

 

IV. Presidents of Graft

Our wonderful presidents (could we have a little Peru here?):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Corp. Democrats Disgusting Rehabilitation Of George Bush”)

 

V. Our Last Not-so-Corrupt President

President Carter is now often seen as a virtual angel. He wasn’t a perfect president. Deregulation began under him, starting the neoliberal slide of our country towards hell. Still, the beginning of his panel discussion with Bernie is quite good (the rest less). I thought I shared this one before but can’t find it if I did. So, here it is:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “FULL CONVERSATION Between Bernie Sanders and Jimmy Carter on Human Rights”)

A point made about human rights and economy: We violate human rights when we allow corporations to push people into poverty. And that is true both here and globally, because today’s economy is global.

What’s perhaps the most interesting, is the bunch of comments Youtube viewers left under this video. Here are some I picked out:

AS A BILLIONAIRE I WANT OUR COUNTRY TO SAVE MONEY. I [WANT] ALL AMERICANS WHO HAVE 2 LEGS, 2 ARMS, TO SIGN UP FOR WORK. WE OFFER A 401K PLAN TO SAVE YOUR MONEY.

Yeah, right, so that guys like you can siphon off a large portion into your vaults… I’d prefer living size social security benefits or that now mostly extinct thing called “pension” over this trick of stock market gamblers raiding people’s retirement savings.

WE LOVE BILLIONARES, WE DO NOT LIKE PEOPLE [WHO WANT] TO TAKE FREE MONEY. EARN YOUR BILLION.

I wonder if that was meant literally or sarcastically… After all, currently, it’s mostly the billionaires who get free money.

Does anyone really “earn” a billion dollars? If folks knew the dark, heartless shit untalented people will do to make that money as they hypocritically tell you “work hard”, you’d hunt and put them down as the conniving thieving dogs that they are.

Ditto!

52% of our income was paid into taxes. It’s like I work for the government, part time. I need a new roof, I need some windows, and I can’t afford to maintain my property so it looses value, because I am taxed to death!

That’s what happens when the governmnet has been bought up by the rich and works for them, taxing working folks and giving tax breaks, tax loopholes, and government subsidies to the rich.

Support OUR Public Schools & Public School Teachers! We have been dumbed down by big money behind standards and testing while the richest get even richer off our young’s back.

Having worked as a teacher, I can confirm that. Yes, the crooks have their claws in our school system, too.

 

VI. Summing Up America’s Decline

And now let’s turn from American presidents to really great Americans who have been telling us the truth about our systemic corruption and fighting for the people (a fight for us all to join):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Poverty Inc. a film by Gary Null”)

There is much in this video about how the privileged keep themselves in charge, and ever grow their privilege, at the expense of us all, employing an antiquated pyramid scheme when the age of natural scarcity is long past and we could remake our system in the image of prosperity for all, even with plenty of leisure for all.

At 1:16:24 into the video, the important point gets made that we have moved from industrial capitalism to finance capitalism: a system which no longer is buying materials and labor and selling products but buying and selling entire companies, producing nothing for people, only shifting more and more of the world’s wealth to the top.

Also good to remember: in 1983, 90% of American media were owned by 50 companies. Today, the same 90% is controlled by 6 companies! Six corporations which, surprise(!), push corporate-friendly (a.k.a. billionaire-friendly or status-quo-friendly) narratives. And when you think about it, in the long run our status-quo isn’t necessarily friendly to the rich, either, since it is busy undermining our national and global economy and also destroying the life support systems of our planet on which human survival depends.

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Our ISISian “Friend” Saudi Arabia

Despite of all the horrendous problems we have back at home, you hopefully have paid enough attention to the world at large to know our two major allies in the Middle East: Israel and Saudi Arabia. Perhaps you have even heard of the massive arms sales from our soil to Saudi Arabia.

But what else do we know about our beloved ally whom we are currently helping to bomb the $#*% out of its neighbor Yemen?

The video report below can tell you a lot:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Empire Files: The Real House of Saud”)

Some Saudi highlights:  Continue reading “Our ISISian “Friend” Saudi Arabia”

Entitlement Happens Not at the Bottom but at the Top

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In our warped society where human values and virtues have to take second or last place below such artificial and callous creations like money – and where the narratives we keep getting fed by the mass media turn everything upside down – we keep hearing a never-ending drum beat about entitlements. Human beings who dare to ask that they be treated as human beings keep being accused of “entitlement thinking.” People who ask that human society do what it has always done throughout almost all of humanity’s existence (at least within tribes), namely for its members to take care of one another, thereby allowing humanity to survive, are told that “personal responsibility” trumps empathy, mutual help, and even kindness. Those who need help the most are accused of being parasites living on wrongful “entitlements.” They are being told to “get a job.”

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Manchester, May 22 — Decadent Concert — Sick-Minded Terrorism — Capitalist Consequences — 22 dead & 59 injured

bombs-for-money

Last night another sick-minded, pathetic, inexcusable Islamist terror strike occurred (at least, we believe it’s Islamist like most absolutely horrendous terror attacks these days, what a religion…). Once again, the target was situated in Europe: Manchester, England. But what is really behind this?  Continue reading “Manchester, May 22 — Decadent Concert — Sick-Minded Terrorism — Capitalist Consequences — 22 dead & 59 injured”

Great Lee Camp Interview of the Author of “Creating Freedom”

There is a new book out which does a good job explaining our horrendous income and wealth inequality and their impact on our freedom. Lee Camp interviewed the author. It’s a really good interview:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[59] Raoul Martinez On Why Our Society Is Constructed Completely Wrong”)

I’ll summarize:   Continue reading “Great Lee Camp Interview of the Author of “Creating Freedom””

Poor Immigrant Workers in the U.S. – Another Failure of Our Economic System

Broken families. Broken hearts. Used up lives. Violated human rights. Human trafficking. Slavery. When the focus of our society isn’t people and human values, this happens. Continue reading “Poor Immigrant Workers in the U.S. – Another Failure of Our Economic System”