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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Grassroots News 10-31-2018

While a lot of people focus on the upcoming midterm elections, their candidates, polls, and votes; there is grassroots work to be done going beyond merely voting:

 

I. End Money in Politics

Represent.Us, the organization which fights money in politics through ballot initiatives all over the country announced two days ago:

The most impactful thing you can do to fight corruption right now is call voters in South Dakota and give them the facts on Amendment W.

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South Dakota is where voters passed America’s first statewide Anti-Corruption Act, and where politicians overturned the will of the people in a display that outraged the country.

If the lobbyist-funded misinformation campaign succeeds and the Anti-Corruption Amendment loses, politicians everywhere will think they can ignore the will of voters too. …

If passed, Amendment W will:

  • Restrict lobbyist gifts to politicians.
  • Ban campaign contributions from unions and corporations to candidates and political parties.
  • Ban foreign money from South Dakota politics.
  • Stop politicians from using public office for personal gain.
  • Toughen ethics law enforcement.
  • Protect voter-approved laws from legislative meddling.

End Note: They are hosting virtual phone banks every day for the remaining days. You can join calling voters in South Dakota and help win this crucial fight that will set a precedent for the whole country.

 

II. Rescue Valuable Media

CounterPunch is one of the few remaining truth-telling and establishment-fighting magazines. Since outlets like that can’t survive on advertisement money (read: corporate bribes), it depends on donations.

You can help Ensure CounterPunch Won’t Have to Cut Operations.

Endorsements:

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It is, regrettably, no exaggeration to say that we are living in an era of irrationality, deception, confusion, anger, and unfocused fear – an ominous combination, with few precedents. There has never been a time when it was so important to have a voice of sanity, insight, understanding of what is happening in the world. CounterPunch has performed that essential service with unusual success. It is a matter of paramount importance to ensure that it will continue to do so, with even greater resources than before.” – Noam Chomsky

 

III. Inside-Outside Strategy

Since the takeover of the “Democratic” Party from within seems to be ebbing out, I should take the opportunity to remind everyone of my inside-outside strategy suggestion: make pressure on the establishment both from within the DP and from the outside (nut crackers need to squeeze from two sides!). The outside pressure comes in the form of building a strong new party that truly represents the American People (not the oligarchy), takes no corporate and billionaire’s donations, and has a bottom-up democratic structure, a true grassroots party in other words — one that either forces the “Democratic” Party to reform itself in its image or replaces it when it continues to resist this reform. Setting up a new party takes work, and you can volunteer.

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 10-14-2018 (10 videos + 6 micros)

Stars: Virginia Eubanks, Chris Hedges, RJ Eskow, Alex Lawson, Richard Wolff, Harriet Fraad, Stephanie Kelton, Jimmy Dore, Josh Androsky, Lee Camp et al., Mike Figueredo, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Mark Steiner, D.D. Guttenplan, Thom Hartmann, Jeff Sharlet, and Nick Brana.

Topics:

  1. (Un)Fair Society
  2. U.S. History of Fighting for a Fair Society
  3. Medicare vs the Robber Billionaires
  4. Economic Updates
  5. Money in the Economy Explained (incl. MMT)
  6. Public Banking for a Better World
  7. News (Trade Deal, ‘elite’ SCOTUS Picks, Tax Scams, U.S. Syrian Raid)
  8. Progressives vs SJW Corporatist “Dems”
  9. Hate-Filled Groups for the Oligarchy
  10. Evil ‘Elite’ Mindsets
  11. Movement for a People’s Party

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Why a New Party: Insightful Discussion between Jimmy Dore & Nick Braña (commented video)

An uplifting start into a new week. Find out why we need and can have a powerful new political party to kick the butt of the corrupted old major parties:

  1. The major parties are fiercely immune to change from within and characterized by anti-democratic internal command structure beholden to Big Money. Challenging newbies are caught in a web of wheeling and dealing.
  2. It will take the weapon of a new party ready to replace a corrupt old party to overcome the establishment.
  3. Getting a new party on the ballot in all 50 states is not nearly as hard as we keep getting told. Much easier than taking over a huge money-governed party from within.
  4. America is more ready than ever for a new party. Almost two out of three Americans are calling for a major new party now.

Listen to what Nick Braña, National Political Outreach Coordinator on Bernie Sanders’ presidential 2016 campaign and one of the founders of Our Revolution, has to reveal about the establishment’s walls and how to break them down:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “3rd Party Formation Very Doable Says Former Bernie Official ”)

What do you think about it? I think: let’s make it happen. And to do this, work on bringing change-desiring people and existing third parties and challenger candidates together, supporting each other, working out a big tent platform of changes we all want. Such a coalition may by itself make change possible and – if things come to a head – give birth to a grand new party, a People’s Party.

Connect:

Most of the web presence and action seems to be happening on Facebook (a page and numerous groups):

 

P.S.:
A common question: Why not simply support the Green Party which advocates many or all of the broadly desired changes? Answer: people wanting change are more likely to try a new party than one that has been around but small. It’s the psychology of confidence. Also, the Green Party has suffered a lot of smears and misrepresentations that circulate through people’s heads. Other than that, the Green Party is awesome and well worth voting for at every chance. It would (or will) make a great member in a People’s Coalition.

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Short yet Smashing Speech by Chris Hedges

As a follow-up to Monday’s sharing of Chris Hedges’s and Richard Wolff’s great recent conversation and yesterday’s sharing of late Ed Schultz’s Swan Song Speech (less far along but perhaps the exactly right stepping stone for some people who have still a little to catch up), here is another speech by Chris Hedges, a short one this time (only 16 minutes!) but still packing a big punch. Enjoy:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for ChrisSmileyMedia and the title: “Chris Hedges Revolutionary Speech”)

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The Deportations Are Only for Show — Take a Second to Dig Deeper

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These days, so-called illegal immigration and mass deportations have been added to the growing hysteria marking the United States of Agony. Emotions are running high for good reason, but logical thinking is getting kicked into the ditch at the same time, as I will point out three paragraphs below. First, though, a look at the pandemonium:   Continue reading “The Deportations Are Only for Show — Take a Second to Dig Deeper”

Video Weekend 05-26-2018 (14 videos)

Once again a wide range of online videos about the wrongs of our world and our fight to fix them. Don’t forget to share. Stars and outlets: Jimmy Dore, Kyle Kulinski, The Real News, Democracy Now, Gayle McLaughlin, Richard Wolff, Mike Figueredo, The Majority Report, Yanis Varoufakis, Jesse Ventura, and others on:

  1. The People’s Wishes
  2. Media
  3. Oligarchy (Plutocracy) vs Democracy
  4. Political Corruption
  5. The People’s Fight
  6. Economic Truths
  7. Historic Causes
  8. Poverty and Ethics
  9. Empire

 

I. The People’s Wishes

Polls reveal popular policies:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for: “Majority Supports Progressive Ideas ” and “Data for Progress“)

 

II. Media

Corporate media blocking a constructive public conversation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »Bernie Yells At Chuck Todd, Stunned By Stupid Question: “Of Course Not!”«)

 

III. Oligarchy (Plutocracy) vs Democracy

The mentality of the lords and our suffering society. Billionaire’s quote: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Billionaires Justifying Their Wealth: ALWAYS Great Content“)

Comment: “Generational theft”, one of those manipulative brainwashing canards from the establishment, suggests that the old are stealing from the young. News flash: the young will become old and wish to retire when their bodies give out. That’s what Social Security was invented for, to ensure at the public level what t the private level often fails, say when senors’ kids died or are too poor themselves to help them through that difficult last phase of life.

Comment: The “entitlement problem”… When I think of an entitlement problem, I think of the billionaires (the 1%) and their right and left hands (the next 10 to 20%) who live in privilege that 99.9% of them were born into (the others being gold diggers and unscrupulous business predators such as hedge fund managers). They think they are entitled to owning the whole world and having us unwashed masses exit purely to serve them and powder their asses. But those very same demon lords paid PR crooks in “think tanks”, the twin-party tyranny, and the mass media to flip the term and accuse out of luck working class Americans of “entitlement” when they gratefully accept desperately needed help from a government that was created by our founders specifically to lend such help as part of serving the people. The hypocrisy and entitlement thinking of the parasites and predators living a demon lords life at the top of our dungheap society, such as this guy squeezing his wealth from thousands of Home Depot workers, are really stunning. Their motto: Me and my friends have done well. So, what’s the problem?

Antidemocratic philosophies and machinations:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democracy in Chains: The Radical Right’s Stealth Attack on American Democracy“)

 

IV. Political Corruption

The party bosses personally rig the primaries:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive Catches Dem’s Rigging Ballot Selection In New Jersey“)

Why not to vote Republican (no reason to vote “Democratic” either):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Republican Voters Get SLAPPED With Reality“)

Let’s not forget that voting for establishment “Democrats” is also self-defeating for the American People.

 

V. The People’s Fight

Great ideas, including the building of a broad progressive tent (~6:56):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Are Million$ Pouring Into CA Lt. Governor Race?“)

News Update on the People’s Grass Roots Fight: A Teacher running amazingly successfully against a party boss, being blocked out by the media, and having an army of volunteers…

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive FIERCELY Challenging Corrupt Corporatist Dianne Feinstein“)

 

VI. Economic Truths

The truth about risks and profits (risks for us, profits for the rich). Workers run more risks than entrepreneurs and investors:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Another Gilded Age“)

Gist: We are always being told that capitalist inequality is justified by entrepreneurs/investors taking risks with their wealth when they invest into businesses. In truth, if they are half-way smart or well consulted, their eggs are never in a single basket. Meanwhile, workers who “choose” to work for them can loose their jobs, employability, homes, healthcare, and families when those entrepreneurs/investors or their CEOs make mistakes or callous decisions. As workers, in our current system, we live at the mercy of the plutocrats, A.K.A. the 1% and their henchmen.

Money is political, bank magic, inflation, deflation, gold standard, bitcoin, growing fascism, system analysis, DM, healthcare profiteering, pretenses of right-wing populists, changing the conversation…:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “A Brief History of Capitalism. Yanis Varoufakis Interview“)

 

VII. Historic Causes

How our society of plight and suffering was built:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The American Industrial Revolution“)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Just the Facts: The Emergence of Modern America- The Gilded Age“)

 

VIII. Poverty and Ethics

Morality Revival: The New Poor People’s Campaign fights Policy Violence.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: ““It’s Time for Moral Confrontation”: New Poor People’s Campaign Stages Nationwide Civil Disobedience“)

 

IX. Empire

Empire’s Dark Side (esp. interesting the unconstitutionality of U.S. wars and empire 12:43 min in):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Empire In Crisis & Bruce Fein”)

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours of spare time each month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

 

Video Weekend 04-28-2018 (10 videos)

This weekend compilation of politically relevant videos includes three that I found gathering dust on my virtual shelves (this happens since I have to do my research and writing on the side of making a living) and which it is high time to share. Topics: mainstream party corruption, the right to assemble and dissent, money in politics, our continued economic decline, the joke our mass media have become, and challenging the system. Major stars: Nick Braña, Jimmy Dore, Richard Wolf, Mike Figueredo, Steve Grumbine…

 

I. Mainstream Party Corruption

Get an insight view of the “Democratic” Donors Party. Also, why Democrats give up on the “Democratic” Party and root for a New Party:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title “MPP-TV Second Interview With Former Howard County, Iowa Chair Of Democratic Party, Laura Hubka” and the name Nick Braña (our future president, mark my words 😉 ).)

Nice quote: If we want to make change, don’t we actually have to be who we say we are?

 

II. Constitution and Democracy

The right to assemble and dissent:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title “Free Speech, the Right to Assemble and the Chilling Effects of the Police State” and the name Steve Grumbine.)

Just remember that this only one of many similar events across our country. The establishment is trying throughout our nation to criminalize us for not agreeing with its destructive cruelty. Back when this video apparently slipped through my cracks, so also did this related article.

Note, 234 people were charged with mostly felony charges for being present at a demonstration! Making use of your 1st amendment right or simply passing by while others do is now being treated as a felony! How much more un-American can our country get?

As this more recent article explains, some 59 arrested people are still being prosecuted.

 

III. Money in Politics

Pay-to-Play Clinton Style :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Hillary Clinton & Bill Clinton’s Legally Questionable Schemes Using Clinton Foundation”)

 

The corruption bosses keep roaming and raiding:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The DNC and DCCC are Funneling Money to Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC”)

 

DNC Weapon of Mass Distraction, revolving doors, …:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “DNC Files Lawsuit Instead Of Helping People”)

 

IV. Economy

Simple truths that should be obvious to everyone:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Economic Update: Struggling Against the System”)

Richard Wolff: “bottom of the economic heap which is the lower 2/3”

Living space: 14.9 m2 = 160 square feet = a room of 12.6 x 12.6 feet, basically a largish bedroom… and that as a whole apartment. I am sure Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t live on that square footage. It’s more like low-income ancient Romans or their slaves. Essentially, working people who a generation ago could afford real apartments or entire houses are now moving into dormitories. Definitely not an economic “recovery” but an economic decline.

Comment: O.K. … so, in our economic system, the rich maximize their profits by driving people into poverty and financial struggles, so they become depressed and take anti-depressents, which further turn up the profits for the rich who hold ownership over the drug factories. So, even more profits for the rich. So, all is good.

 

V. Mainstream Media Morass

AKA lamestream or shamestream media.

Propaganda TV:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “BBC Host Tries Censoring Truth On Syria”)

Comment: Jimmy asks who actually stills turns on the TV to get informed by corporate channels like CNN. My answer: I occasionally watch those channels, and I do it in order to find out what lies, propaganda, and other manipulation is currently being rained on the American people.

Funny: OMG, don’t tell the truth on TV. If you tell the truth you give credence to the truth! We must never do that on the corporate mass media!

Funny, too: We get lied into war over and over again (Golf of T…, WMDs, gas attacks), and when this experience makes people skeptical, they are “conspiracy theorists”. Even when governments eventually admit their lies, and someone reminds us of this, he instantly becomes a “conspiracy theorist”. How many folks still by this? Good grief!

 

What a joke our TV news shows have become:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »CNN Reporter Sniffs “Poison” On Air«)

 

Privileged MSM stooges:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hayes’ Journalistic Malpractice Over DNC Wikileaks Lawsuit”)

Jimmy Dore was mocking our oligarchs and their minions for their “who cares about jobs attitude”. My extension: Indeed! Who cares about jobs? We, the privileged, have bountiful and secure jobs, or we are so rich we don’t need jobs, having the unwashed masses toil for us. Hahahawwww…

 

VI. System Challengers

One of Bernies biggest gifts for America: we can now run for office without selling out to Big Money:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Screw Blue Wave- Stand For Something! Says Iowa Progressive”)

Great statement from this Berniecrat candidate for 2018: “Nobody that walks out to work every day should ever have to [worry] that if something happens to them – whether they get injured on the job or whether they get sick – that they will lose everything that they have built for their family.” Spot on!

Another good comment on our failing system: ”… how the richest country in the history of the world is actually sliding backwards…”

Also, Jimmy Dore speaking satirically about plans to raise the retirement age: “everybody wants a 70-year-old fireman”

Pete D’Alessandro: “people work as hard as they can and not make any gains” – My life exactly!

Comment: I think that Social Security for All (financed as a citizen dividend that puts a stop to piling all our economy’s unearned income on the billionaires and instead spreads it around like the Alaska Permanent Fund does), possibly even more so if mixed with a earned-shared assets approach that would allow the creation of residual income for workers, could completely change our system to where questions like retirement age would become a personal decision instead of a government imposed same-size-fits-all thing. Let us retire from the rat race when we are ready, not when some lawmaker decides.

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Ending Note: It takes me at least 100 hours a month to research and write news updates and analyses and work on my book. Please widely share links to these articles, so this work is not for naught. You can also help in other ways (including much needed financial support). Only together can we change this messed-up world. Let’s do it! 🙂

Understanding Economics is Important for Meaningful and Lasting Change

Here is a recording and written summary of a podcast interview on MMT, budget deficit myths, and a number of economic topics with economist Stephanie Kelton who used to be a chief economist on the US Senate Budget Committee and was an economic adviser to the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign:

First, the iTunes link for those who can use podcast technology (say during a long commute). It’s 1:52 hours long!

It’s also available as a Youtube audio:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Left Out: [FULL EPISODE] Stephanie Kelton on MMT and debunking budget deficit myths”)

 

Summary #1 (with a little added spice from me, of course):  

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Quickynews – The High and Mighty Need not Stay above the Law

We are used to presidents, CEOs, and so forth to be above the law in our country. They have demonstrated that they can commit any crime (lie, steal, torture, and mass murder) and get away with it. However, let’s realize that we can change this. Let’s take a look at other countries, Peru for example. Former Peruvian President Fujimori was recently released after many years spent in jail — supposedly on humanitarian grounds because of bad health at his old age. His successor (Toledo) is currently taking cover in the U.S. with an international arrest warrant issued against him. His successor (Humala) is currently being investigated, and his successor (Kuczynski), who is the current president in office, is also in the cross hairs already. Wait a moment… just another moment… Yup! Kuczynski just stepped down shortly before an assured impeachment. Let’s see if he manages to flee the country before he is apprehended.  Continue reading “Quickynews – The High and Mighty Need not Stay above the Law”