Taking Medicaid Away from Those Who Need It

Medicaid was created to help those who, because they are too handicapped or sick, cannot work and thus acquire health insurance through a job — or who at least cannot work and earn enough to purchase health coverage. Since we live in a country by now that is controlled by the ultra-rich and forced to shift ever more wealth from everybody else to the rich, Arkansas has recently turned Medicaid on its head, denying it to those who don’t meet newly created work requirements – kicking 12,000 people off the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid. Furthermore there is a long list of states whose sociopathic governments formed by the money aristocracy are planning to do the same in addition to the five states already approved to do so by the Trump administration. Source: Trump health chief ‘looking closely’ at thousands who lost Medicaid from work requirements (The Hill)

 

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 02-03-2019 (13 videos)

Stars: Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Jimmy Dore, Stef Zamorano, Ron Placone, Richard Wolff, Ralph Nader, Shoshana Zuboff, Jayar Jackson, John Iadarola, RJ Eskow, Max Blumenthal, Abby Martin, Mike Prysner, Ryan Cristián (The Last American Vagabond), Vanessa Beeley, Graham Elwood, Sam Seder, and others

  1. Neat Interview: Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, AOC, Venezuela, Corporate Media
  2. Brilliant Economic Update Episode: Yellow Vests, Bail-In Warning(!)…
  3. Surveillance Capitalism
  4. The Right-Wing Mockery of Poverty
  5. World: Venezuela, France, Global Oligarchy
  6. World: Yellow Vests, France’s Tyranny (on-the-ground info)
  7. Medicare Waterdown Details
  8. Tax Truth
  9. Predatory Crony Capitalism: Mortgage Crisis Revisited

 

I. Neat Interview: Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, AOC, Venezuela, Corporate Media

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for i24NEWS and the title: “Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, AOC, Venezuela, Corporate Media”)

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Political Video Weekend 11-17-2018, Part B (Truly Far-Reaching Deepest Insights from Chris Hedges)

Nobody should miss this one: a sequel to yesterday’s Video Weekend and a really precious two hour talk by investigative journalist and articulate activist Chris Hedges that reveals a LOT, really a lot! Since most of us can only make time to listen to such a long speech on weekends – if we are even lucky enough to get weekends off from our ever worsening wage slavery, that is – I am sharing it today as part B of this video weekend. This speech that goes over so many things really deserves a special place.

 

XVII. Deep Insights

… delivered by Chris Hedges (incl. the pending giant economic crash and likely billionaire-financed rise of Nazi-America):

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet the title: “Chris Hedges: “The useful idiots have taken over.” (11-3-2018)”)

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QuickyPiece: Kings Don’t Like to be Taxed

Kings don’t like to be taxed. So, the newly formed kings (robber barons, billionaires) decided to declare all those with a leg up on the economic ladder to also be kings of sorts. Lesser kings, but still kings. Kings to hate taxes. Well-off winners of the market society’s lottery who hated the idea of paying for welfare given to the needy blamed as lazy. Those royally deluded dupes in the GOP, and later also the “Democratic” Party, promptly worked to lower and abolish taxes for the new kings, hoping to lower them for themselves as well, while getting secretly screwed with increased housing costs, insurance fees, road tolls, FICA taxes, college fees, and so forth.   Continue reading “QuickyPiece: Kings Don’t Like to be Taxed”

On Average, Each American Employee would make $17,000 More Each Year If…

…if it weren’t for the rich stealing from us. … if about 40 years ago they hadn’t begun revving up their plunder of working Americans — this made possible by them having bought the government and having used it to deregulate themselves (removing the referee from the economic game) and also by having used it to shift the tax burden on working families.

I reported on these economic statistics in the past and calculated that the rich are raking in at least half of our earnings (that we work for and they don’t). In fact, my own calculation came to the average working class family making $45,500 more per year if we weren’t getting robbed by the rich.

TYT recently gave a report detailing some of these stats. The clip gets most informative towards the end (6:44 min in) — the preceding stuff is less clear:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “BREAKING: Wages Falling Dramatically”)   Continue reading “On Average, Each American Employee would make $17,000 More Each Year If…”

Video Weekend 06-09-2018 (14 videos)

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Here, again, is an online video compilation for the weekend to save you from having to waste your little bit of spare time on watching adults chasing balls or accepting the intravenous drip from the propagandist establishment media. It sports a great podium discussion on moving forward from our mess, as well as news and analyses of the mess: for example on how we are getting exploited and betrayed to the extreme, the American poverty nightmare, the issue of people’s lacking awareness and moral standing allowing this mess (and animals showing us the finger), the continued raid on our healthcare, U.S.-conducted world terrorism, a deep system analysis, and a reminder that the universe is lurking in ambush while we fight among each other.

 

I. Moving Forward

Brilliant Podium Discussion
(from which the title pic above was taken)

A very important point is the abolition of scarcity. In his marvelous speech (starting ~40 min in), Nick Braña points out that, in the past, humans were pitted against each other over limited resources, but modern technology has abolished these outside limits. Soaring inequality is now artificially created by our outdated thuggish system (as I have written before).

Something else that for me lifts Nick Braña to the very top of today’s political activists is his deep understanding of “technology and the pace of modern change” which he addresses in his speech. I have marveled all my life how my fellow humans could be so blind to things like our rapid perfection of surveillance and public mind controlling technologies, automation, and the tension between aging and genetic engineering and gene therapy about to turn our oligarchs into veritable physical gods and condemn the rest of us into permanently huddled masses of the utterly hopeless never again able to revolt against cruelty… Well, he only hints at some of this, but then who is really ready to hear the full scope, yet?

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Left Forum 2018 Session 1 – Independent Power: Towards a Party for Working People“)

Notes:

  • And, as Nick also points out, the DP is teetering giving this generation of Americans an opportunity to unite for a major new party for working people.
  • Tim Canova’s speech (following Nick’s) is also great. And he is right in that, by his running independent this year, independent voters, always blocked from (rigged!) “Democratic” primaries are empowered to throw in their weight. They don’t have to ponder whether it’s worth to bother with rubber-stamping establishment-picked “R” or “D” candidates. When we vote independent or third party, we are no longer forced to chose between cholera and gonorrhea.
  • Great term: Fusion Politics (ignoring party lines, focusing on working people’s needs and violated rights and a genuine way forward)
  • 1:10:55: Nick brings up the 2nd Bill of Rights, which reminds me to remark that ideas like a UBI are just ways of bringing it to pass.
  • Nick Braña quote: Our economic and political systems will act as threat multipliers and they will determine whether we fall on the abundance side of that potential given to us by our technology or on the self-annihilation side. If we remain in a conflict driven society characterized by soaring inequality, sweeping deprivation, and sectarian intolerance, the risk of catastrophe will be extreme. Applying our potential to create an abundant and harmonious world is not just a moral imperative, it’s a matter of survival for all of us.

 

II. American Nightmare

Today’s American “Dream”: Rich to the Riches, Rags to the Ditch .

These are Facebook videos… so, no hints on how to find them if they get deleted…

 

III. Where is our Humanity?

Let’s delve into our psychology and compare with our wild cousins…

The biology of fairness, empathy, sympathy, and lack thereof…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Age of Empathy by Frans de Waal“)

Can we really not measure up to our animal cousins?

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO ABOUT ANIMALS HELPING EACH OTHER!!!!“)

The plutocrats have driven much of our compassion and solidarity out of our human society. It’s time we reassert those principles, don’t you agree? It strikes me as a little odd that we tend to call them human or humanitarian principles, even in an age when we have put them aside and are getting shamed by our animal cousins.

And, clearly, I am not the only one thinking this way:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “”Charity Is The Opiate Of Capitalism” – Nellie McKay”)

The interview continues here (discussing Bernie and 2020, among things).

 

IV. Economy

“Disruptive” Tech as an additional thumb screw and bloodletting on the people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Tech Giants Feed Off Capitalism’s Failures“)

The Mechanism of Rich-and-Poor:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Scumbag Amazon Swimming In Taxpayer Subsidies, Pays Food Stamp Wages“)

Myth and reality:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Are the Rich White Boomers Taking of Millennial Wealth?“)

And the biggest economic unit, our government, which used to spend on us (FDR’s New Deal), today spends on the billionaires instead (who keep telling us that it can’t afford to spend on us):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Starbucks Billionaire: You Can’t Have Healthcare Or College“)

 

V. Healthcare

Once again, corrupt politics aims at benefiting the rich (health insurance owners) at the expense (ruin, pain, and death) of non-rich Americans (you and me and our friends and families):

This is, once again, a Facebook-only video, so it has no title which I could use to give clues for searching for it. So, good luck finding a copy if this video gets deleted. (Youtube may be working to skew things on behalf of the establishment, but if one posts videos only on Facebook (which isn’t trustworthy either), then the lack of titles makes deleted or re-pathed videos all the harder to find again, which is why it keeps boggling my mind why certain information sources only or mostly post on Facebook neglecting other ‘tubes’. Also, Facebook video streaming is cumbersome, feature-poor, and buggy on the viewers’ end. Oh, well… Enough of my ranting.)

 

VI. The Terror Empire

No, it’s not ISIS. It’s the U.Sis:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “~199~ 121 Bombs A Day, Poor People Get Angry, Death Of Local News”)

Also: more on other things like healthcare.

 

VII. System Analysis

A structural system analysis surely giving a high percentage of listeners a lot to think about if the highly intellectual language presents no barrier. The clip, in so many words, agrees with my regularly made claim that our corrupt politics and lousy lives both derive from our rigged economic system which in turn depends for its continuation on our manipulated mentality that has our perceptions and priorities being all wrong:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Critique: Bernie Sanders “Inequality in America” Town Hall from 3.19.18, by Peter Joseph”)

Comment: Bernie may or may not think this deeply, but – running for office – he naturally has to focus on the things that touch people more unquestioningly (the symptoms) rather than a deep system critique (the causes) which many still struggle to comprehend due to the lifelong system propaganda we have been exposed to (unlike the animals shown earlier).

 

VIII. The Real World

Why humanity cannot afford a corrupt system:

Nature isn’t friendly. Our primary human defense is sticking together, preparing for disasters, and changing our environment to be more supportive of our lives. When we create and maintain a socio-economic-political system that adds more problems, like our current system does (albeit it also still provides some improvements, e.g. running water and groceries), it’s like we are shooting ourselves in the foot.

As a graphic reminder of nature’s threats, here is footage of people fleeing from a pyroclastic flow belched up by a small volcano in Guatemala last week:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Videos Impactantes Captados Durante La Erupción del Volcán en Guatemala 04/06/2018“)

If the locals were better educated, their government more responsible, and our global society geared towards optimizing human life rather than squeezing and suppressing everybody on behalf of the rich, people might have been evacuated on time or not lived so dangerously close to their active volcano in the first place.

And if you succumb to the idea that we are so much more advanced as a society a thousand miles north here in the U.S., ask yourself did we properly prepare the levees for Hurricane Katrina? Did our government provide proper help after Katrina hit, or did it rather enable corporate raiders to take people’s homes away from them to convert them into money-making investments for the rich? Has our government done anything to help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico devastated by another big hurricane last year, or is it leaving the door open for disaster capitalism again (a form of vulture capitalism) same as in New Orleans? Is it smart of us to ignore nature’s curses and constantly fight among ourselves because we can’t get our act together and dethrone the pillaging oligarchs and abolish the greed-driven, inhumane, anti-human system they imposed on us generations ago, the system which incentivizes inhumane acts and is ruining our country?


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Video Weekend 04-07-2018 (8 videos – some long with segment pointers and commentaries)

This weekend compilation shares videos on a variety of subjects mostly dealing with our systemic corruption, its sad consequences, and the narratives and mindsets that support it:

Categories:

  1. System Analysis
  2. Mindset
  3. Media (and some fun)
  4. Candidates Facing Political Corruption
  5. Economy
  6. Political Conversation

 

I. System Analysis

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “American Empire: An Act of Collective Madness“)

Quotes:

  • Tariq Ali: “This total, uncritical acceptance of capital and corporate power is not the way the world is going to move forward. An alternative to that is what needs to be mounted. And, on it’s success or failure will depend the future not just of this country but of the planet.”
  • David Korten: “If you look at where we are headed as a nation and as a species, we’re going where nobody in their right mind will want to go. This is a very decisive moment. We have to literally choose our future as a nation and as a species.”
  • Tariq Ali: “Who owns this country? Not its people. It is owned, essentially, as is the case elsewhere in the world, by the rich and the very rich — which George W. Bush, when he was president, put in [these] very memorable words: ‘We are on the side of the haves and the have-mores.’” (perhaps he refers to this event)

 

II. Mindset

Edifying lords of corruption such as genocide-scale war profiteers who, on the side, also de facto erased our Bill of Rights:

More on the loss of our morals — we celebrate war criminals instead of prosecuting them:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bush Era War Criminals Embraced By Establishment Media“)

 

Money, The New God

The wrong mindset sets us up for hurt, flipping our priorities and supporting economic inequality and widespread corruption.

This documentary makes some very good points but also has passages I don’t approve of, the kinds that divide people over religion. The good points and the news on a whistleblower who was fired, threatened and jailed for exposing the banksters’ money laundering of criminals and other rich goons are definitely well worth watching. Below the clip, I point to various segments in the video that you can skip to:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Money, happiness and eternal life – Greed (director’s cut) | DW Documentary“)

Segments:

  1. The real beef starts at 28:07 min into the video.
  2. 42:02: “We became consumed with consumption.”
  3. A question asked by a kid: why do people do wrong, or right, knowingly? My answer: various conditions and motives depending on their living circumstances: greed, narcissism, and status-whoring in the case of the rich and well-to-do; despair, resignation, and the next survival move on the list in case of the rest.
    When you have to struggle to pay this month’s rent, the global climate shifts a notch down on your list of worries. And when you are a rich lord, seeing yourself as a god and living the life of a demon lord stomping on everyone else, your head is in the clouds because you don’t want to look down on the ones you are stepping on (unless you are a cruel psychopath actually enjoying the blood on your feet).
    So, most of us are wearing blinders of some kind, much enabled by our mainstream media and politicians, of course.
  4. 1:18:13: Wisdom and compassion… how to spread it among the young?
  5. 1:20:59: Finally someone other than myself addressing the idea of a mortality and a fulfilled, meaningful life.

Ending words: only by melting the ice in the heart of man, man will have a chance to change and start using his knowledge wisely.

 

III. Media (and some fun)

A little fun with the media (talking about what really matters rather than just chanting gang slogans):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kyle Kulinski Of Secular Talk Utterly Baffles Fox News Talking Heads“)

 

IV. Candidates Facing Political Corruption

When the “Democrats” rig their primaries, running as a Dem is pointless:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz Opponent Tim Canova Dumps Democrats“)

 

V. Economy

Dirty tricks and mindsets to get and stay rich and shaft the public, gender pay, slave-like over-work, homeless children…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Socialism Past, Present, and Future“)

 

VI. Political Conversation

We all need to have political conversations with our fellow Americans to lift our awareness and debunk myths and manipulative narratives and come to fully understand what we need to demand and implement for a better future. These are real conversations about real issues that we must have, not the popularized bleating, barking, and repeating of party slogans and propaganda. If you want a sample, you can be a fly on the wall at this conversation between Jamarl Thomas and Debbie Lusignan (I liked the early part best; later it unraveled a bit):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Debbie Lusignan, the SaneProgressive, Live! Not To Be Missed!“)

The best part: Get to know the mafia-like powers controlling our government and open up to realism, going beyond partisanship. (this part is to challenge our believes and drive our awakening further; not easy if you haven’t advanced enough, yet; it’s about us needing to deprogram ourselves from the manipulative narratives, sugar-coating, and warped perceptions that have been instilled in us our entire lives):

Here is an example. You get yourself elected, maybe with partially good intentions mixed in with the plan to get rich – say, you wanted to reverse the torture and war terror of the Bush-Cheney regime – but the forces behind the curtain convince you otherwise and you flip:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Famous Victim Of US Torture Speaks Out”)

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Kentucky Fried Pensions (short video & commentary)

Could it be? A state’s attorney general suing against his colleagues’ corruption? If so, bravo!

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Kentucky Screws Teachers-They Fight Back! ” and “Jimmy Dore”)

Naturally, one thing behind the curtain needs to be looked at, too: that promises were made by politicians in the past but the necessary steps to fulfill them not necessarily taken. Instead, they were kicked down the road for future administrations to deal with, eventually resulting in cities going broke while the local robber barons buy up all the public utilities, parking lots, spaces, and buildings… and make out like bandits collecting fees, raising rents, or running tax-free businesses…). The solution is not, of course, to break the promises, but to cleanse government of the corruption which funnels all wealth and an ever greater share of the local and national economies’ income to the top.

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P.S.: There was a moving video about a union rally in NY shared live just now. I hope this link will work for a while:

Video Weekend 03-31-2018 (9 videos)

This weekend’s video compilation deals with our growing poverty, a historic review of how we have been sliding down the drain in a sequence of steps, a system analysis with an eye on mentality and egotistical partisanship (such as of those who have a pretty good life and turn a blind eye to their victimized fellow Americans), systemic corruption, gun violence, and getting to know Lee Camp and Richard Wolff a little better (for example, their beginnings). Other figures of note: Bill Moyers, Robert Reich, Paul Jay, Jamarl Thomas, and Lauren Steiner…

  1. Growing Poverty
  2. System Analysis
  3. Corruption
  4. Economy
  5. Gun Violence
  6. So, who is Lee?

I hope you enjoy another informative and interesting video weekend.

 

I. Growing Poverty

Humanitarian Crisis In America! That’s why we need a universal basic income (and federal job programs for additional improvements) as a guaranteed insurance of income not only for the rich, as it is currently done, but for everybody — a failsafe against conditions like this:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Humanitarian Crisis In Hollywood “)

 

II. System Analysis

America’s long slide down the drain and today’s glimpse of hope:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Robert Reich – The Common Good”)

America’s Class Society (speech video) . Paul Jay gives a good account how in our system different classes of our inequality pyramid are played against each other and dominated by the top class (this makes a good follow-up to Wednesday’s article which shone a light on the very top whereas Paul Jay here reminds us of their henchmen in the upper middle part of our wealth and income pyramid):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Paul Jay: Threats Facing Humanity, Basic Income & Importance of Historical Context “)

 

III. Corruption

Boundless and institutionalized corruption from the top is where all the suffering comes from:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “13 Ways We Are The Most Corrupt Nation”)

More on the criminal collusion between bought government and the billionaires’ corporations:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Were You Drinking Micro-Plastics From Your Water? | America’s Lawyer on RT America | “)

 

IV. Economy

A look five years back (the weakness of Dodd-Frank and regulations within our fundamentally corrupt system, Richard Wolff and his message becoming known, the globalist inequality-economy, capitalism vs democracy, American team spirit, Wolff encouraging our college students to organize…):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What Has Capitalism Done for Us Lately?”)

Note: The preceding Wolff interview was shared here previously.

 

V. Gun Violence

An attempt to approach the issue of mass shootings and gun violence with a calm head:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “AntiGun Protesters March Totally Miss Point. Dems & Reps Positions Are Also Absurd. Here’s TRUTH!”)

Gist: The big question in gun violence is why, and this isn’t really being addressed by background checks. Poverty and our systemic injustice are the main causes of gun violence in America and should be cured. Lines are – and obviously must be – drawn as to what kinds of weapons are allowed in private hands (assault rifles, nuclear bombs…); so that at least that part of the current public discussion makes sense…

More on gun violence (and the immoral values of our system) :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “[104] The Gun Debate Not Allowed On Corporate Media”)

 

VI. So, who is Lee?

Lee Camp being interviewed in part about himself:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Conversation with Lee Camp of “Redacted Tonight””)

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Video Weekend 03-24-2018 – Part 2

A worthy long speech.

I have heard (and therefore probably shared) much of this speech before (perhaps it was only a segment), but I can’t find it in my archives, so I am sharing it now in case I didn’t before. The speech starts slow and has some lulls in it, but it covers many important issues very well. So, if you can make the time to listen for an hour and a half (that’s what weekends or similar times off are for), you may want to check it out, maybe passing over the long lull at the start by skipping ahead to 12:34 minutes into the clip:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Global Capitalism: Cut Taxes, Deport Immigrants, Impose Tariffs [March 2018]”)

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