A quick news summary of this week: Continue reading
So, after the Panama Papers, the latest leak, called Paradise Papers, once again reveal how the rich “legally” (but not legitimately!) avoid paying their taxes and make play with their money in even illegal ways, well hidden behind aiding and abetting global institutions. Meanwhile, working Americans are getting squeezed out of their last drop of blood and persecuted like criminals when they have any foreign income, for instance when our jobless economy drives them out of the country or they are married to a foreign spouse.
First, in case you haven’t heard about the recently published Paradise Papers, here is a TV report (sadly with a dubious focus on laying bare even the flimsiest Russian connections to the Trump cabinet, as if we really needed those to realize that practically all current big-time politicians and their Big Money associates are utterly corrupt):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Paradise Papers: Millions of Leaked Docs Reveal Shady Ties & Tax Evasion by Trump’s Inner Circle”)
But let’s now cut down to the bone: Continue reading
I just gotta share this. Without further ado:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Captain Kirk meets Donna Brazile”)
If you haven’t noticed, what’s been happening is damage control upon damage control (FBI-blaming, “Bernie Bro” gaslighting, Russia hack mania, denying the election fraud in the 2016 primaries, finally admitting a little bit of it but painting the DNC as Obama’s and Hillary’s victim, and so on):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Donna Brazile Changes Her Story 100% – What Happened?”)
Passing the buck. Blaming everything on an ex, so the current and future crooks in politics can continue unimpeded. Journalists making it all about isolated figureheads instead of how we, the people, are robbed of our voice in our affairs:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »”Journalists” Act Unsurprised At Admission The DNC Rigged Election Against Bernie Sanders«)
In the end, it’s all the same old “good cop/bad cop” routine played on us by the political crooks in both political gangs (the Republican and “Democratic” Party) who all work for the billionaire bandits while pretending to work for the people.
It’s high time for a new party:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Nick Brana Comments on Brazile DNC Fraud Admission-Audio”)
No honor among thieves. Not even when they blow a whistle on their fellow thieves can you trust their words or intentions. That’s the conclusion we can draw from the latest political bombshell: Donna Brazile’s recent confession of the stolen 2016 primaries that you may have heard things about.
At first I was surprised, then I started thinking; and I suggest you do the same. I see far too many knee-jerk reactions and snap judgments out there related to this piece of news, and those are exactly what makes us subject to manipulation.
I highly recommend you read Donna Brazile’s Politico article yourself. In it the former interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile explains the DNC’s collusion with Hillary Clinton’s 2015-2016 campaign for nomination, a campaign that was nothing more than a dog-and-pony show because Hillary was controlling the “Democratic” Party the entire time. How? With money, honey! It’s always the money!
Nick Hanauer, who possesses at least half a billion dollars in assets and is one of the few moneycrats who realize that pushing the rest of the people into abject poverty will ruin the economy that makes his kind so rich, just weighed in on the PCCC’s petition:
“The Republican cuts would only worsen already-unprecedented inequality and undermine our commitment to the one thing that will actually strengthen our economy — inclusion. The more people participate in our economy, the better it will work for everyone.
— Nick Hanauer, business owner and really rich guy who doesn’t need a tax cut.
Our lords have spread among us a myth of self-reliance. Americans are supposed to be self-reliant as part of their culture. So self-reliant they never ask for help. So self-reliant we never denounce grand theft by the 1%. When we have been mugged, we are supposed to stand up on our broken legs, dust ourselves off, and say: “It’s all right. I am self-reliant. I need nothing from anybody, not even my own things back that were just stolen from me (like one’s home, one’s job, one’s career opportunity, one’s pension funds, one’s health insurance, one’s social security…). This creed, promulgated by the 1%, is – of course – easily believed by the 1% themselves. It’s much more agreeable to see oneself as a strong, self-reliant success than a thug. Continue reading
We all know that our economy is a mess and that the money-royalty, whom I like to call our robber billionaires, has bought our politicians and thereby our government which therefore colludes with them to squeeze the rest of us further and further out of a livable life so the rich can become richer and richer at the expense of us becoming poorer and poorer.
It’s nothing new. If it was new to you, watching and reading this week’s series on this topic should have brought you up to speed. I recommend you share the posts from the week that is now ending with everybody you know who is still unclear.
But what good is all that muck-raking unless we dig down to the root of the problem? Well, you may be surprised. After a week of sharing the work of more or less well-known personalities with you, today – in order to take you to the root of the problem – I will share with you an article and video from someone much less known, plus another video which might seem to come out of left field because it isn’t about humans but nevertheless shows us a way out of our man-made set of problems.
I hope you’re exited, because this is gonna be good. Continue reading
This week’s series about our economic rigging and its collusion with politics comes to an end in the first segment of today’s Part A of this Video Weekend. The second segment has some mixed videos on recent events, and the third segment ends with a special rant and interview. Tomorrow, in Part B as a proper response to so much wrong and misery presented all week, I plan to share an analysis of the deepest roots of our trouble and a light at the end of the tunnel, a glimpse at a chance for our nation and humanity to crawl out of its trap, oddly enough spearheaded by human cousins. Well, let’s get started:
Segment 1: The Finale of the Rigged-Economy-Week
I. The Face of our Engineered Poverty: The End of the Rope
I have quite a bit in common with… Without further ado:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Line: Poverty in America – Officially Licensed Version”)
Have you shed any tears watching? I hope you have. It’s proof of your humanity — and/or indication that you have experienced some of this yourself and are therefore recruitable for change.
II. The Invisible Victims
One way our rigged system has survived and done so well is by our habit of turning a blind eye to those who suffer the most. The ill fate of the poor is mostly known only to them. Few documentaries exist, and filling the gap in everybody else’s knowledge won’t happen in a single day. Still, for a start, here is a second telling documentary.
One aspect of poverty is not being able to afford proper housing, and – as usual – we not only have a situation of an entire section of the public being of low means (and being blamed for it on top of that), but of being not helped, only allegedly helped, discriminated against, price-gouged, cheated, and held in poverty and obscurity, with the rest of us lookin elsewhere. What a surprise we have coming when we find ourselves pushed out of the shrinking middle class and suddenly find ourselves in this dark underworld we never bothered to acknowledge or take a look at because looking below us might make us feel guilty and scared.
ZIP Code is Destiny – Housing is disappearing for Americans:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The American dream is turned into poverty. Documentary 2017”)
III. Gods or Demons?
To top it off and complete the picture, an inside view of the 1% (not so much of their dark deeds which have already been exposed, but their lives and attitudes):
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The One Percent”)
I wonder if a rare rich boy like this will ever move past making an Emmy-nominated confession and actually do something about the evil doings of his inherited business empire, or – better yet – not only do that but also work on changing the hellish course of our world? As it happens, Johnson & Johnson is still listed among the corporations that employ prison labor! Prison labor is a modern day form of slavery in the United States (and elsewhere, especially Asia). Inmates, often imprisoned without trial and on drummed-up or rather meaningless charges, work for $1.15 or less for a full day of work! This is not only an inhuman practice in itself but also takes away properly paid job opportunities from the labor makrket outside these slave-prisons.
Segment 2: The Political Establishment & State Machinery Continue their Evil Romp Unabated
So as not to fall completely behind on current events, here are some recent current event videos not to be missed:
IV. Meet our upside-down justice system:
Remember our Monday video telling of how the state machinery of pre-Nazi Germany helped bring the Nazis to power by actively opposing the working people’s unions, parties, and activists while at the same time promoting and shielding from prosecution and punishment many murderous fascists? We just had an eerily similar case in the U.S. — an outrageous, sad, and horrible mockery of justice and the law by none other than a judge and our police:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “VICTIM Of Beating In Charlottesville Charged With Assault”)
V. The “Democratic” Party Unvervingly Committed to Evil Corporatism
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Corporate Democrats Purge Bernie Backers From DNC”)
Segment 3: Patriotism, Nationalis, War Machine, and POTUS
VI. To finish, a bit of fun with Jesse Ventura:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “WATJ 5: Paid Patriotism, the NFL & Dennis Kucinich”)
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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
Here is the fourth installment of this week’s series about our rigged economy. It is another well-made documentary, less than 30 minutes this time (phew!) serving up lots of data. It shines a light on many aspects of the dire schemes brought to bear against us. Below the clip follows my commentary addressing a central question raised in this film.
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Heist: A Who Done It On The Economy “)
The documentary makers ask how were “they” be able to pull this off right before our eyes, meaning: how were the the robber billionaires and their thugs able to disown and subjugate all of us, thereby causing widespread poverty but little resistance or even public awareness of their heist? To this I wish to reply that the system in which we grew up, and therefor are used to, has always been about a few dominating and ripping off the many. So the heist was just an acceleration of what we were used to and accepting of. Continue reading