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”

Raiding Immigrants to Divide the People and Protect the Oligarchs

In all truth, visa-less immigration — typically smeared as “illegal immigration” as if running for a chance at life were a crime — happens with the approval by our state and federal governments who quietly let it happen in order to please our cheap-labor-hungry plutocracy. The displays of border fences and walls, border patrols, and ICE raids are really nothing but dog-and-pony shows to (A) pretend that this form of immigration which leaves these immigrants bereft of rights is not an establishment-run affair in collusion with our bought government, and (B) divide the working people in our country against each other, lest they unite to overthrow the plutocracy and build a democracy in America.   Continue reading “Raiding Immigrants to Divide the People and Protect the Oligarchs”

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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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! 🙂

 

Blaming the Wrong Culprits (Immigrants)

When you believe that immigration without a visa is a high crime deserving the deportation of people who grew up here, the tearing apart of families and kidnapping (plus “losing!”) of children, and even point blank execution by government agents — all because you have come to fear immigrants as the cause of unwanted changes in your home culture or competition for scarce job opportunities, then you have clearly had your mind manipulated by the blackhearted lords of the oligarchy in which we live — a fake democracy where you have no say at your places of work and only a non-counting vote in our public affairs.   Continue reading “Blaming the Wrong Culprits (Immigrants)”

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 05-19-2018 (14 videos)

  1. The People’s Movement
  2. The Fight Within the DP Camp
  3. People’s Fight at the Local Level
  4. The Israeli Twilight Zone
  5. Net Neutrality
  6. Economy
  7. System Analysis
  8. Socialism
  9. Iran, S.A., & Foreign Meddling

 

I. The People’s Movement

The Violence of The Rich and Well-To-Do

Nick Braña and Portia Boulger talked about the blowout that progressives are suffering in the rigged “Democratic” primaries. How the party bosses play their base and the public… It’s real nice to see young and old get together to reshape our corrupted country. The conversation starts out a bit slow but gets and stays really great and moving after the first half hour:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for: “Nick Braña“, “Portia Boulger“, and maybe something like the blowout that progressives are suffering in the rigged Democratic primaries“)

Portia: [Bill Clinton’s] welfare “reform” took people who were in poverty into dire poverty.

At -32:50 Nick tells about a powerful experience. And Portia adds another great commentary. -27:23: “The basic foundation of society is honesty and treating our people right. Our constitutions in our states and our nation’s constitution talk about taking care of the people. And that’s beautiful about the poor people’s campaign. They are holding people accountable that are supposed to be supporting and protecting our rights. Around -24:40, Nick gives a very astute analysis of news coverage and the “Democratic” Party’s long-standing practice of co-opting change movements and reducing them to nothing but vote gatherers for the party corporatists… and the potential of the Poor People’s Campaign to resurrect the progressive movement that died with MLK’s assassination. -22:13 Portia: People who choose not to be good don’t support poor people. When we got people dying because they can’t afford medical care, that’s violence. And more and more and more by Nick and Portia… (incl. liberal doesn’t mean liberal anymore…)

Portia Boulger has been featured here before[1][2]. Since they are most fitting to watch again, here are the two shared videos again in reverse chronological order:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Portia Boulger, Featured in Viral Video Viewed by Millions, Explains her Anger at DNC”)

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “sd Claudia Stauber was live”)

Discussion about Inside and Outside Strategy with Ron Placone (another sharp young man):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Get Your News on With Ron Placone: Time to DemExit?“)

 

II. The Fight Within the DP Camp

The people want progressive representatives:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressives And Socialists Surprise D.C. With Big Primary Upsets”)

Comment: We have had plenty of cases of the “Democratic” Party establishment blocking progressive candidates (people’s candidates) in the primaries, the most famous among recent cases: Dennis Kucinich. The party seems to be corrupted by money in politics to the point of no return, just like the Republican Party. Hence inside pressure in the DP is very useful but will probably fail to change the party, as it has for decades, and a new party or party-transcending people’s coalition will have to join the fight for democracy and a just economy that serves us all. I think that pressure from both sides (inside and outside) is necessary to break the DP corruption and open a way for the people to have its voice. The fact that some progressive challengers do slip through the party establishment’s barriers and then have great success with voters indicates that we voters have learned a lot, aren’t willing to suffer the status quo any longer, and are ready to establish an America for us all. That is very encouraging.

The other side:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democrats Outrage After Progressives Reject Kamala Harris 2020“)

 

III. People’s Fight at the Local Level

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Progressive Victor! Now Running For CA Lt. Governor“)

 

IV. The Israeli Twilight Zone

I can’t help but be reminded of ancient religions’ human sacrifices:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump White House Scapegoats Hamas For Israel’s Slaughter of Gaza Protesters“)

Note: The last death count I heard was 62.

 

V. Net Neutrality

The fight for an uncensored Internet continues:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “VICTORY: Senate Votes to Nullify FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality—CRA Heads to House“)

 

VI. Economy

The Ponzi Stock Market & corrupt party bosses:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “~196~ The Huge Fraud Behind Our Stock Market“)

Comment: The Wall Street Casino must be curbed. Financing businesses by buying their stocks is one thing, but gambling stocks with fictitious prices to rob small investors or sell businesses down the drain is another. Remember, inventing soaring prices on virtual objects such as stocks may make some stock market gamblers rich, but the money for which they cash in their stocks to buy their palaces and luxury yachts must come from somewhere — such as from hard-working people who, if they have anything left at the end of the month, may put their hard-earned left-over dollars into a retirement fund which buys stocks to build a source of dividends. That’s where the stock gamblers’ wealth comes from, and it’s the reason why everyday Americans like you and me can no longer get any worthwhile investment returns or saving account interests.

Economic decline:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff WARNING 2018!! War is Coming, Market Crash, Are You Prepared“)

 

VII. System Analysis

World War I got us started on our course of disaster:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Chris Hedges (Jan 31, 2018) – interviews Noam Chomsky, The Best Speech Of All Time“)

 

VIII. Socialism

Maybe the world has yet to see the best of socialism:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Biggest Myths About Socialism“)

IX. Iran, S.A., & Foreign Meddling

Analysis of Iran Town Hall

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bernie Sanders Townhall!” and “Jamarl Thomas”)

Comments:

Foreign-bought (despot-bought) influence in U.S. politics is massive and destructive. But if you have been swallowing the corporate media and corrupt politicians’ propagandist Russia story, ask yourself if you have ever heard of a think tank hall named after Putin or come across a Russia-endowed center on an American university campus, the things the Saudi princes have planted everywhere in our country.

Better don’t vote for a billionaire thinking he is a successful businessman and therefore good for government. Instead you get an easily manipulated child in a grown-up body (one definition of a billionaire), someone who never had to struggle with hardship and fight for survival or make tough decisions, someone who is much more interested in his public image as a tough guy and in kick-backs since all he has ever been concerned about was himself. When will there be an equivalent Clinton Town Hall, btw?

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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! 🙂

Democracy Must be Learned

The probably biggest reason why we have no democracy in America, but merely the undermined and bought-up trappings thereof, is that most of us are complete amateurs in the area of the people’s rule and therefore do everything wrong. Read on!

Back when our founders created a democracy in our freshly born nation, they also declared that our country would need an informed citizenry if it were to keep its democracy.

 

An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people. ~ Thomas Jefferson

 

Continue reading “Democracy Must be Learned”