Wakeful Video Weekend 2019-09-07 (20 videos)

Several funny but enlightening videos mixed with vital news, rare revelations, and deep insights.

Not to miss: a great conversation of Richard Wolff with Chris Hedges and a heart-wrenching speech on the Assange Case. Oh, and so much more.

Channels: thejuicemedia, ContraPoints, The Jimmy Dore Show, Democracy At Work, John Spritzler, TeleSUR English, Brave New Films, Redacted Tonight, The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, RT America, Cowboy Economist, Empire Files, The Michael Brooks Show, Ralph Nader Radio Hour, redfish, The Grayzone, Rolling Stone

Topics:

  1. Humor: “Honest” Government Ad
  2. Humor: Capitalism’s Badness
  3. D.C. Shutdown
  4. Paying Taxes for a Bad Government
  5. Identity Politics for the Rich
  6. Our For-Profit Wars
  7. Marketed “Mindfulness”
  8. Our Fake Meritocracy
  9. Humor: Is Socialism Alien?
  10. Socialism (Abby Martin & Richard Wolff)
  11. Not only the Top Fights the Bottom, The Upper Middle Does Too
  12. Media for the People or The Oligarchs?
  13. How do Germans See Today’s Concentration Camps in the U.S.?
  14. Nicaragua: Free Healthcare, Free Education, & a Federal Housing Program
  15. Joe Biden Gave us the Refugee Caravans
  16. Media BS: Interview with Jimmy Dore
  17. Free Press and Tyranny (The Assange Case)

 

1. Humor: “Honest” Government Ad | We’re F**ked

Honest Government Ad | We’re F**ked
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Political Awakening Video Weekend 2019-06-02 (19 videos)

Another weekend compilation of special videos and commentary for political and economic awakening that popped up this week. Definitely no focus on party or identity politics. Rather insights in the rigged system we struggle in and why or how we must stand up against it pushing for a good one instead. Stars: Bernie, AOC, Chris Hedges, Richard Wolff, Graham Elwood, Kim Iversen, Jimmy Dore, Lee Camp, Naomi Karavani, Thom Hartmann, Stef Zamorano, Greg Palast, Jesse Ventura, Howie Hawkins, and more.

Topics:

  1. War & Profit: The Wreckage of our Billionaire’s War Profiteering
  2. Brainwash: The Anti-Left “Cultural Marxism” Scaremongering
  3. Docu (Realism): “»Free«” Trade vs Protectionism
  4. Party Loyalty Mental Gymnastics
  5. Bernie on Meet the Press
  6. The Bernie-Assange Tumble
  7. Docu: Capitalism – The Winner Take All Society
  8. Docu: Giving up the Middle Class
  9. Docu (2016): Even Two-Income “MC” Families Struggle
  10. Economic Health from Public Spending
  11. Jesse Ventura agrees with me: Stop Voting R&D
  12. Trump Derangement Syndrome
  13. Free or Cheap Service When we Already Have Massive Un-&-Underemployment
  14. Many Ways of Voter Suppression
  15. Green Candidate & Discussion Beyond Weak Reform
  16. Corporate Tax Games (Amazon et al)
  17. AOC Exposes Our Domestic Terrorism
  18. U.S. Economy: Not Just the Young & Middle-Aged Get Screwed
  19. Redacted Tonight (incl. Humor): Elections, 1st Amendment, Arms Deals, Surveillance…

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Proper Tax vs. Iɯdɹodǝɹ ┴ɐx

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As the Tax Day is about to hit us over the head or under the belt line again, it makes sense to give a thought or two about how proper or improper our tax system is.

Clearly, lots of people across the political spectrum hate taxes, or at least their own taxes, or would like others to be taxed more, or – in some cases – gladly pay their taxes as a contribution to the society that grants them a civilized life. (I once belonged to the latter group.)

But how many of us have actually thought this through? What our taxes are for and what they could be used for instead?

Since many of us are busy meeting the deadline, I want to keep this article as short as possible, only throwing out a funny historic remembrance and some food-for-thought seeds for our future.   Continue reading “Proper Tax vs. Iɯdɹodǝɹ ┴ɐx”

Political Awakening Video Weekend 03-30-2019 (12 videos)

Once more an enlightening video compilation so we can spend time on our weekend to educate ourselves for desirable change rather than letting ourselves be dumbed down by the corporate media. Enjoy!

Topics:

  1. Society: The Crippling Corporate Culture
  2. Isms: Socialism vs Fascism
  3. Corruption: Law Run by the Thieves – The ‘Big Four’
  4. Revolutionary History: What to learn from the Bolsheviks
  5. Unions: Top Middle-Class Unionizing Against its Decline
  6. News: U.S. Election Rigging, Venezuela, Yellow Vests, Social Media Censorship
  7. Media: ‘The Cleaners’ Who Scrub Social Media
  8. World: U.S. Sabotage of Venezuelan Power Plant?
  9. Capitalism: Greed Ends the Age of Antibiotics
  10. Change: Government is a Tool
  11. Democracy: Our Fraudulent Elections
  12. A Good Life for All: The Citizen Dividend (a.k.a. UBI)

 

I. Society: The Crippling Corporate Culture

Here is an old, yet outstanding, speech by Chris Hedges. It’s from April 3, 2013. If you are certain to have heard most of this before and are short on time, you may fast forward to 1:05:32 where his wrap-up starts and hits hard: https://youtu.be/KJ9nvAX-S1g?t=3932 Otherwise, here the clip starts from the beginning:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges – America from the Outside – How the World sees US – 2013”)

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Our Two Class Society

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Essentially, Americans are split into two groups: the privileged and the underprivileged. The privileged range from the super-rich god kings, through the rich, the upper middle class, and maybe still the middle-middle class (depending on where you draw the line). The underprivileged include the lower middle class and the rarely ever mentioned underclass.   Continue reading “Our Two Class Society”

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 10-28-2017 (7 Videos)

This weekend’s video collection deals with a broad mix of issues illustrating a need for a systemic overhaul:

  1. No More Middle Class or Rule of Law
  2. Instead: Neoslavery, State Oppression, and MSM BS
  3. The Pathology of the Rich
  4. Capitalism vs Democracy… and a new Vision

 

I am amazed by this guy’s patience and tolerance, and yet I agree with his final critique: too many of us are indeed accomplices of our sickeningly inhumane society:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “From Middle Class to No Class in America Documentary”)

 

Get more familiar with our new slave plantations (Jimmy Dore):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “LA Sheriff Wants “Good Ones” For Prison Labor”)

 

Destroy the World by money-making. Save it by changing your priorities (Jimmy Dore):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Stunning Photos Of Ocean Pollution & New Cleanup Solution”)

 

We really need more anti-establishment media (Lee Camp shining a light on NPR):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “What You Aren’t Being Told About NPR”)

 

Ancient Greece invented state democracy. Hear a modern Greek explain democracy’s (and our economy’s) decline. He also proposes a fair economic system (which won’t devour democracy):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Capitalism will eat democracy – unless we speak up | Yanis Varoufakis”)

 

The culture of our lords:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Pathology of the Rich – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)”)

And please abandon the neoliberal myth that if you study and work hard enough you will be well off in life and – by implication – those who are not well off didn’t study and work hard enough. This argument totally ignores that our economy is structured like a pyramid scheme with wealth at the top, poverty at the bottom, a range in between, and wealth being extracted upward. In such a society, your financial state depends on where you are placed in the pyramid, and if you manage to climb up, you hold someone else down. Only by restructuring our society towards prosperity for all can we really nip the anguish from poverty and artificial scarcity in the butt. You can listen to the rest of the interview here.

 

Bipartisan consensus for lawlessness and “law” wielded as a weapon by the power elite:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful: Noam Chomsky & Glenn Greenwald”)

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Death Of The American Middle Class: How the Middle Class is Being Forced Out

Here is the fifth part of this week’s rigged economy series. A 28-minute documentary that is very good presenting the 1%’s war on the middle class, but – as so often – skips over the class below into which they are being pushed. This blind spot is a pet peeve of mine. I deplore that so many who rebel against the class war from the top against the so-called middle class (what exactly is that, really?) still ignore the underclass subsisting below, where millions of Americans have suffered in poverty all along and where we all are headed. Tomorrow, I will serve up a documentary which fills that gap, but this video today is still very worth watching. Ultimately, we need to take a look at all the tiers of our class society to get the full picture. So, please watch this report and read my commentary below:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Death Of The American Middle Class”)

Commentary:  Continue reading “Death Of The American Middle Class: How the Middle Class is Being Forced Out”