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Summary: Way too many informative videos found this week. I felt forced to put some aside for the next weekend. Those of the current weekend deal primarily with our life-crushing modern system we must struggle to live in and the censorship of news we get (except in little truth outlets like this blog here, making subscription of it useful for people who want to stay well informed).
Stars and channels: Our Changing Climate, Democracy At Work (Richard Wolff), Her Homestead Skills, The Jimmy Dore Show, Then & Now, Second Thought, Ryan Chapman
Our World Built around Work (killing us and our environment) ***
And the Ridiculous Conspiracy Theory to Preserve the Catastrophic System ***
Warning From A Farmer: Food Lack Coming Up **
Unsustainable Capitalist Farming System *
Shrinking Confidence in Institutions
The Invention of Individuals’ Responsibility for their Poverty
David Graeber — from the Occupy Wall Street movement, reputed to have coined and promoted the statement “We are the 99%”, and shared here on Beanstock’s World a bunch of times with his astounding insights — has died 10 days ago at age 59. Yes, only 59(!) from “internal bleeding”. Lethal internal bleeding at such a young age and without a bullet or knife stab or such smells to me a lot like COVID-19, to be honest. Oddly, an issues not mentioned anywhere on the main media (not even on Wikipedia). Here, btw, is an article digging into the broad spectrum of coronavirus symptoms: The Great Invader: How COVID Attacks Every Organ
A brief video clip indirectly insightful of the flaw of our system (although the video hints that following your passion will become livable, which maybe once was partially true for a significant number of lucky folks… maybe during my parents’ generation… but which defintiely never worked in my life because our system had become way too rigged for profits at the top and gouging below). Still, the clip gives a hint of how or world SHOULD be:
What Would You Do If Money Didn’t Matter? | Short Film Showcase ~ National Geographic
And, by the way, this is the main reason of why a citizen’s dividend (often called a UBI, a fair slice of the economy unrightfully owned only by a few privileged rich folks when it should belong to us all)… why this would get us much closer to a humanitarian world for humans to live in, instead of a capitalist hamster wheel fueling the rich lords and wasting all our lives.
The video gives a glimpse of what our bright future, if we make it happen, could look like, without bothering with the details of how to make it happen… just giving a glimpse of the vision that should lead us.
P.S.: Oh, and in case you are tired of standard X-Mess songs, The Revolution Continues shared some alternatives today. 😉
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Neat videos: First, a great video on what human life is meant to be (egalitarian and natural!). Next, billionaires are systemically evil. And lots more on: the money aristocracy, awareness, state coups, “Dem” debates, “Dem” candidates (Bernie vs Warren, Tulsi vs DNC, Biden BS), billionaires vs free speech, separating anger from action to make change, our political choice between fascism and a better world, and, and, and, incl. some humor. 🙂
Stars & channels: Christopher Ryan, Jimmy Dore, The Grayzone, The Real News Network, Democracy Now!, Abby Martin (Empire Files), The Michael Brooks Show, Hard Lens Media, Krystal Ball (The Hill), Secular Talk, Yanis Varoufakis, NonCompete, and a bunch more…
There is a reason why in my critique of our abusive current system and promotion of a Good Life for All (incl. No Rich and No Poor but universal prosperity) system I regularly point at how our ancestors lived before resources-hoarding from agriculture and abusive large-population hierarchies ruined human life having us all born into a man-made hell to fizzle out our lives in:
How We Are Being “Civilized To Death” w/Christopher Ryan ~ The Jimmy Dore Show
As far as our rapidly changing world goes, let’s not forget that those of us who grew up in the fifties, sixties, or possibly even seventies, grew up with the expectation of picking a profession, contributing to society in this profession throughout our working lives (stable working lives!!!), enjoy hobbies, maybe build or buy a home, and then retire in comfort for the last slice of our lives. But job security went away, retirement security went away. Even healthcare and education did. All was taken by the super rich to make themselves even richer. People like me have been crushed out of their jobs AND PROFESSIONS over and over and over again, losing all our lives savings every time, and seeing ahead of us a bleak future of a last phase of life in utter poverty and helplessness.
As far as trying to return to where we came from goes, there isn’t only hunting and fishing (and other hobbies) that resemble H&G life, there are also other popular activities: parties, sports, and VACATIONS… socializing with other people, traveling around to see nature or villages or town and ruins never seen before. Vacations that aren’t staycations (that poor people like me are often limited to, if in fact we aren’t busy hunting for a new job) do indeed resemble the roaming H&G life! Travel-vacations are such a high mark in people’s lives and so incredibly relaxing and recharging for some reason, aren’t they?
Our great ape relatives: Chimps resemble capitalism or (with the lack of hoardable resources) a simpler form of unequal authoritarianism. Bonobos (an evolutionary recent split from chimps) resemble the “Love not War” Hippie movement or communes that was perhaps sparked to no small extent by the development of birth control. We humans seem to have both instinctual MOs built in.
And kudos for bringing up the vastly important topic so generally avoided: our dying phase that our greed-driven capitalist society is not at all prepared to handle with any form of dignity. An issue we must discuss because it is critical and can also help us tie ourselves together and dismiss the silly distractions with which we are lambasted daily by the establishment.
Imagine taking a modern online course to become astute in politics and economics, learning what is wrong with our system and how to fix it. That’s exactly what the Wakeful Video Weekend series amounts to, both new and old episodes. My suggestion: watch or listen, share and discuss. (and maybe even voluntarily donate to Beanstock’s World for all that hard curating work)
Channels: TEDx Talks, The Real News Network, Democracy At Work, The Michael Brooks Show, Rebel HQ, Democracy Now!, The Hill, John Spritzler, The Jimmy Dore Show, Corbett Report, and many more.
Humor: What Does U.S. #1 Mean?
Non-Rich Lives: Spending all our Lifetime Not Living! ***
U.S. Poverty: Both Old & Poor And Mostly Kept Secret
Sick Society: The Capitalist Disease
Fascism as Flattery
Neoliberalism: Neoliberalism in Short
The Soviet Economy
Status Quo: Murder by Capitalism & Revolution vs Reformism
Truth & Lies: Real vs False Flag Whistleblowers
Elections: The Electoral College Favors Swing States, Not Rural Americans
Candidates: Bernie, Biden, Warren… True Progressive vs Fakes
Strategy: Why the D-Party SoSo-Works with Bernie Sanders
Money in Politics: The R & D Parties’ Race to the Bottom ***
No Piecemeal But a Big Determined Movement Needed
U.S.A. is a Paid Servant of Murderous Saudi Regime
The green-blooded moneycrats who rule us, think life is all about money. Well, it is not. That’s why they ruin our lives. Let’s take a look at people who have turned their back on the the corrupt system and hear what they have to tell:
Human connections and interactions count much more in human happiness than material things:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Route 66: Free living and liberty at a rural commune “)
Comment: In my imagination I would love to live in such a commune (except for my physical handicaps and the gross hunt for squirrels who I see neither as nasty tree rats nor tasty morsels). It would be so much better not having to fight over incomes and savings with my neighbors but rather support one another, be fellows and friends rather than desperate strugglers pitted against each other by a system that is set up to do so. Continue reading “Living to Live”→
At the end of this short piece, I share a video that’ been gathering dust in my archives.
It may be rather long and rambling, but the great point Jamarl’s speech ultimately comes down to is: What kind of life do we want to live? He mentions nobody wanting to be a cog in a wheel which is what people end up being in our current human world. So, ask yourself what kind of life do you want to live? Continue reading “One man’s wish: Let the people be free!”→
Summary: (1) The explosion of bullshit jobs and the need to uncouple our livelihoods from such bullshit jobs. (2) A jobless future from automation and the opportunity to create prosperity and leisure for all. (3) A cool video on these topics.
Here is some news: most of the productive manufacturing, agricultural, and useful service jobs of the past are gone. Meanwhile, useless or even harmful(!) administrative and clerical jobs have tripled. We have three times as many people pushing paper than we had in the 1930s, and that is so despite us having computers nowadays, computers which do many times a person’s work accounting, calculating balance sheets, documenting and measuring stuff, answering consumer questions, creating and disseminating communications, and, and, and… With the quickly improving artificial intelligence, we now even have industrial robots that that can learn their tasks, software that writes music and sports news, self-driving cars and patient care robots currently being tested, and so forth.
Twitter just sent out a recommendation for improving the chance of one’s tweets to be noticed: “Short and sweet. Sticking to 140 characters may be challenging, but Tweets that are even shorter (less than 70 characters) normally get more engagement. Here are some tips for writing effective Twitter Ads copy…”
OMG! Yes, I get it that our lives have become terribly busy, overloaded, and stressful. I am a prime example. Toiling for the moneycrats, we hardly have time to breathe, leave alone read articles of mine, watch independent news, catch up on our emails, or even read a whopping 140 characters on our hero site Twitter which came at us with the bright idea of shortening our communications (by force!) to 140 characters, just enough text to describe the booger you just picked out of your nose and that the whole world must know about. Yes, thank you Twitter! The dumbing down you have done for us is splendid. In this horrible world, which gets worse every year, a dumb mind is all we have left to help us tolerate it. A world made for twits, Twitter’s favorite customers.
I can see the trend continuing. 140 characters originally… 70 characters now… and in the end just one short word: HELP!
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