Bernie’s 2016 Defeat – A Blessing in Disguise?

Everybody without blinders on knows that Bernie Sanders’ campaign was cheated in the 2016 primaries. Thereby all Americans who don’t belong to the privileged class at the top of our dunghill society were also cheated; and – like millions of my fellow Americans – I have been outraged ever since.

Before he passed away, another Bernie supporter, Jim Peterson, known as Jackpine Radical, wrote during Bernie’s campaignContinue reading

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New Petitions – 9/19/2017

Two organisations, and one… uhm… little guy:

1. RootsAction: Defend Whistleblowers
The Trump administration has already tripled the number of leak investigations since Obama — who was the most aggressive against sources since the Nixon era, and charged more Americans under the Espionage Act for non-spy activities informing the public interest than all other presidents combined.” Support the Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign.

2. People’s Action: Fair Taxes
We stopped Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell from repealing our health care three times. But they’re at it again. Their new budget is a Trojan horse for cutting $2 TRILLION from Medicaid, Medicare and other health programs. Just so they can give more money to billionaires and wealthy corporations.” (this one’s a few days ‘late’ put probably still timely enough) Call your representative now. Tell them to protect our care and vote NO on the GOP’s budget for billionaires. Not one penny should go to corporations and the super-rich.

3. This Site: Revolutions Happens at the Bottom
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MfA is Gaining Ground & Opponents Get Primaried

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Rep. Denny Heck Becomes 2nd Democrat Primaried for Not Supporting ‘Medicare for All'”)

Thanks to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 primary campaign, Medicare for All is no longer falsely considered pie in the sky. In fact, while Bernie just released his Medicare for All bill in the Senate, John Conyers’ similar bill, which has been gathering dust since he introduced it all the way back in 2003, has now a lot more co-sponsors than ever before: a whopping 117 (compared to the previous high of 49 in 2015)!  Continue reading

Video Weekend 9-16-2017 (7 Videos)

Once again, friends, I give you a great collection of recent videos which will fire up your will to fight for a better world and warm your hearts in the company of like-minded fighting spirits who, just like you and I, have had enough of a rigged system and corrupt despots in our lives.

I. A MUST-SEE: THE ONE BIG VIDEO only a weekend may give you time for. A really great conference FULL OF GREAT THOUGHTS :

We have Trump as POTUS now because we don’t have a working people’s party in this country. While the majority of us (60% of Americans) wish for a new party to end the corruption of our party duopoly, a growing bunch of folks are working hard to actually make it happen (you may join them). Some of the leading figures met recently to discuss many issues and work on the plan. This clip, while really long, is well worth watching. The perhaps best part (among many great ones), at least for me, goes from 1:20:00 to 1:32:27:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Draft Bernie Sanders Panel with Cornel West, Kshama Sawant, Jimmy Dore, Nick Brana “)

Another good point made here: Our ruling politicians are posers, posing to be the people’s representatives, posing to be working Americans’ friends.

 

II. American Tribalism & Hillary’s Continued Blame Campaign:

  1. How segments of the people get played against each other, and what it takes for some people to be shaken out of their happy bubble slumber.
  2. Lee Camp reacts to HRC’s recent alternative facts book and media campaign. Talk about a horrific zombie on TV…

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “ [77] How Alternative Media Can Win “)

 

III. The Walking Dead

Sheesh! Crooked Hillary crawling back from the grave gives me a reason to actually look into right-wing media. It’s amazing how (with a few exceptions of dubious stuff) the below clip is spot on and better than what most “left” media have to say about this corrupt graft politician:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: ” She DESTROYS HILLARY’S NEW BOOK! “)

 

IV. Fun Snapshot

To conclude on the last issue, a little fun in form of an unedited smart-phone recording. You probably have seen it already, but in case you haven’t, here it is:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: ” Hillary Clinton Confronted at 2017 Book Signing! Deleted Emails? Benghazi? Seth Rich? [mirrored]“)

 

V. And Since We Are on the Topic of Fun…

Successful revolutionaries throughout history have always reminded us that we must find joy in the fight to fight it well and not burn out, and – indeed – comedians have often been the first voices of rebellion:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: ” Lee Camp and Jimmy Dore: Comedy’s Role In Political Revolution“)

 

VI. Finally, Bernie on the Election Theft Against Him:

A rare moment: Bernie hedgingly commenting on the DNC’s election fraud in the 2016 primaries .

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: ” Bernie Sanders Finally Comments On DNC Fraud Lawsuit“)

Bernie responded to this caller as I expected: he carefully avoids entering a risky debate, but between the lines hints that he always knew he would be up against a gigantic political machine of utter corruption, that he went in for the long fight on the issues not just a quick win of the highest office which was practically impossible while this corruption is at the height of its power, and that he got the stone rolling for a political revolution which no man can run alone. We, who have awoken, must wake up more of our fellow Americans and form a political movement millions strong to set things right in our country.

 

VII. Two Shining Stars Talking

And, to finish an insightful conversation between Tim Black and Kashama Sawant :

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: » Kashama Sawant: “The Democratic Party Will Not Be Our Vehicle For Change!”«)

Kashama Sawant: “The Democratic Party Will Not Be Our Vehicle For Change!”
Kashama Sawant: “What a person looks like is less important than whose side they are on.”

And here is the link she gave: socialistalternative.org

 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and don’t forget to share these videos with your friends and family! 🙂

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Video Weekend 9-02-2017 (7 Videos, 2 by Jimmy Dore)

No need, this weekend, to slump and sink into the corporate media’s dementing morass. Here are six enlightening videos about our man-made nightmare world and ways to fix it. And to finish on a high note, number seven is a recording of some simple, harmless fun for a change. I hope you won’t mind. It reminds me of younger, more innocent times in my life, or the kind of life we could live if we didn’t have to struggle for survival so much in a world where natural scarcity has been overcome and replaced with man-made poverty, exclusion, and despair.

 

I. A Living Minimum Wage

Quite possible. Simply a policy choice:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Australian McDonalds Workers Paid Like No Worker In America Ever Has”)

This video nicely echoes things I keep saying: Low economic stress drives a lot of negative behavior. There are a lot of selfish reasons to want your fellow Americans to do well. You can do things for other people out of self interest.

Quote: “So many Americans have been bamboozled by the billionaires.”

 

II. Patronage instead of Democracy

The big business of raking in and skimming off political donations:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “DNC Having Trouble Fundraising—Nomiki Explains”)

 

III. Kick the Liars

An Example of Not Letting Lying Excuses Pass:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Campaign to Recall Californian Democrat that Blocked Single-Payer Underway”)

Let’s hope the recall works, and every other recall and ousting we must relentlessly attempt until we whittle the corrupt political establishment down.

 

IV. The GOP’s Christian Right

Ever wondered about the Christian Right which played such a big role in the GOP even as the GOP was hurting American workers, steamrollering over our Constitution, spreading war in the Middle East, abducting and torturing people, trying to dismantle Social Security and so on? Certain money barons in the GOP certainly partnered up with “Christian” leaders and took advantage of a unifying force which would let them betray the people to the corporations and billionaire class with impunity while their party base and voters were distracted over ancient Biblical bullying mandates and their modern resurrection, just like neoliberals in the “Democratic” Party were distracting us with minority protection issues (which, while valid, still distract us from the higher priorities — and which were going hand-in-hand with the GOP’s Christian Right trickery, by the way, like both parties were harmoniously working together for our robber billionaires — gee, were they?)? Well here is an interesting video talk about the other end of the equation:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ex-Producer Reveals the truth about Pat Robertson”)

 

V. Grass Roots VS King Money

Ways for regular folks to deflate the iron rule of Money:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “D@W-LA: Nancy Berlin of Arroyo S.E.C.O.”)

 

VI. Manufacturing Terrorism: The Taliban

People rarely turn to extremism without reason or a little help:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Fact: Taliban Has Surrendered Multiple Times – US Rebuffed Them”)

 

VII. Some Harmless Fun to Finish With

Since I serve up so much depressing or exhausting news, how about a little, harmless snippet of fun to finish with for a change (and show us what a happy future world could look like):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Funniest Table Tennis Match in HISTORY”)

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Quickypinion: Why and How Working People Must Revolt

The robber billionaires don’t work for their living. They have us work for their living and for their obscene riches and the power these riches give them over us — both at the workplace which they control directly and our government which they buy away from us. As they stake out ever more of our world, our lives get ever worse. We work harder and harder for less and less. Our revolutionary task is to wrestle the government back into our side of the court (since it is the major weapon we can wield) and then cut the floor from underneath the robber billionaires’ wealth-based power by altering our political and economic rules, so we can then arrange our country (including its economy) the way we want it to be: a place for a free us, not a place for modern-day kings and queens surrounded and propped up by a horde of struggling wage slaves and discarded slum dwellers.

 

Related recent posts:

  1. Stock Market Up, Economy Down
  2. Inequality for All (BM, RR, & DD)

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This Time We Must Do Better than Just Repeat History

There is something to the old claim that history moves in cycles: mistreated people revolt, fix some things, go back to sleep, have their world rigged against them again, have to wake up and revolt again, and so on. In the current popular uprising, we better aim higher than ever before to achieve more than before. If we don’t, the next uprising may hit an impermeable wall of perfected surveillance, “security,” and manufactured consent. So, while history went through its cycles, the means by which to control us, the people, from the top became ever more polished. If we don’t roll them back and put safeguards in place this time, we may pass a point of no return and never get another time. That’s why the current mantra of resist-resist-resist is not enough. In fact, I see it as a slick trick by the establishment to prevent us from achieving substantial change and keep us from stopping the perfection of our subjugation. So, beware: do not merely resist. Aim high. Aim for fundamental system change. Our current system is so sick that palliative treatment will end as it always does in medicine: with death. Death of democracy, justice, and hope, in this case.  Continue reading

Fitting Rant Responding to the Charlottesville Murder

For sane people, the Charlottesville Murder was either a psy-ops trick or a lunatic’s egress of identity politics with which we, the 99%, are constantly divided from above to stop us from rising up to fix our country so it becomes a good place for everyone. The brutish and idiotic murder cannot be justly explained any other way. Wage slaves hating on each other over superficial stuff like skin color is simply not justifiable as a sane act. Rather, it is the mark of being manipulated from above. And when Steve Grumbine rants about people being too lazy to try and understand economics, he is simply pointing at the elephant in the room so many of us fail to see: the origin of Money in Politics. We all realize that Money in Politics is what turns our own government against us, instead of it serving us, as it is supposed to. Many of us realize that Money in Politics turns our economy against us. But the thing, that too many people still are “too lazy” (or to afraid) to do, is to follow the money and realize that it is our flawed economic system itself that creates the concentration of Big Money (in a few privileged hands) which then gives rise to Money in Politics in the first place. It’s a vicious circle, one part of which too many of us still don’t see.

I wrote about this yesterday. But if you prefer to hear this packaged in a passionate rant on video, here it is:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Neoliberalism’s bastard spawn. Wanna know why racism has a foothold in America?”)

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Context of Charlottesville: Who Owns the World?

So, recently, we had a murder of peaceful protesters by a right-wing, white supremacist youth, or some such, and many of us are joining the barking at each other across sections of the population so neatly divided into splinter groups across the dividing lines of identity politics and top-down propaganda.

The thing we often forget in our current right-left polarization is that the fury (or even hate) which can lead to outright violence is caused by a terrible injustice which should actually unite rather than divide us, the American People, because it hits all of us who aren’t rich. Whether we join right-wing or left-wing extremism, or no extremism at all, we – the majority – are all caught in one and the same wage slavery, ripped off, exploited, and oppressed from above, and used like domesticated animals for political spectacles – whether they be street marches or election circuses – even as we don’t actually get a real voice in how our country’s society should be organized.

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America Must Radicalize – But in the Correct Direction

Over the last three or four decades, our nation has steadily declined. Furthermore, the fire sale of our country – and of the democracy that we need so badly to take it back – is not slowing down but reaching a feverish frenzy. We, the people, must therefore act quickly and with resolution. In other words, any clinging to the false hope of gradual improvement, with a small reform here and a tiny tinkering there, is a most stupid stance which ignores the ongoing fire sale and which we no longer have the luxury to believe in. Gradualism has proven itself a false promise, an insincere voter pacification, over the course of those dismal decades that saw our country go down the drain as our politicians from both major parties talked a good game but sold us out to wealthy special interests behind closed doors. Instead of hoping for gradual change-for-the-better to come from the people who have been selling us out, we must go after the root problems, which is to say: we must radicalize.

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