A Broken-Bread Christmas

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This year, as on some prior occasions, my family had no time and energy to prepare for a festive Christmas break. So we went to a grocery shortly before they all closed on Christmas Eve to buy some tasty tidbits and breads. One star among the latter was a French baguette. Sadly, it broke on the way to the cash register. We noticed it but decided to buy it anyway. It was somehow symbolic for my whole life to me. We decided to make its fracture harmless by eating it first, long before its fracture could dry it out. We even made good use of the fracture by doubling it over in our shopping bag that it otherwise wouldn’t have fit into. Bendable bread. Neat. Best thing since sliced bread perhaps. 😉

Making the best of all circumstances, good, bad, and horrible — that’s been my life. It seemed suitable to celebrate a family holiday that way. Oh, and isn’t Christ supposed to have broken some bread to feed the many?   Continue reading “A Broken-Bread Christmas”

Political Awakening Video Weekend 08-12-2018 (17 videos)

Read the brief descriptions and pick the videos to watch and make your ears flutter. Political awakening and education of the first tier. Share widely and subscribe to notifications, so you don’t miss future ones.

Stars: Paul Jay, Cornel West, Richard Wolff, Harriet Fraad, Chris Hedges, Nick Braña, Abby Martin, Brian Becker, Jimmy Dore & Co, Thom Hartmann, Debbie Lusignan, Ron Placone, Kyle Kulinski (“Secular Talk”), Marc Steiner, Bill Black, Mike Papantonio (“America’s Lawyer”), Jamarl Thomas, and more.

Topics range from corruption through our thieving economy and rigged politics, actual (not fake) election fraud, fake news (Putin/Russia), a cure for both Trump Derangement Syndrome and Trump Denial Sundrome, as well as successful soundbite debating, to deep thoughts on what it means to be human, political humor, and the dawn of the People’s Party.

At the very least, don’t miss the final three: Cornel West’s profound speech, Jimmy Dore & Co’s humorous stage performance, and a conversation between none other than truth teller Chris Hedges and (future president) Nick Braña! 🙂

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Equality of Means, not “Opportunities”

What we need is not the neoliberally toted equality of opportunity, but an equality of means!!! The word opportunity can be interpreted in quite unequal ways, turning the equality of opportunity mantra into a trick to scam people into accepting gross disparity in real living conditions. The remote opportunity of the rags-to-riches legend which hardly ever turns into reality for anyone (and usually only by harming others in the process) compares poorly with what I would call a means equality. Considering the vast difference in life’s starting conditions between upper class privilege and lower class deprivation, the claim of having equality of opportunity becomes a sarcastic joke. Furthermore, when someone falls down on their luck, should we have no compassion whatsoever and deny any help based on the sociopathic idea of everybody being responsible only for themselves?   Continue reading “Equality of Means, not “Opportunities””

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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Video Weekend 06-02-2018 (15 videos)

More fun than usual. Today’s compilation of politically educational online videos — intended for the weekend when we can make some time to educate ourselves or to relax over more enriching footage than some overpaid guys chasing a ball — is a bit lighter in spirit than it so often turns out, thanks to a bit more humor having been sprinkled in. Topics:

  1. The Evangelical Dark Side
  2. How to Talk Politics
  3. The Lying Top
  4. Dem Takeover
  5. Amazing Progressive Campaign (Wow!)
  6. Economy
  7. Nativist Supremacy (+ Humor)
  8. Totalitarianism on the Rise

 

I. The Evangelical Dark Side

Today’s Video Weekend starts out with a video that honors Newsbroke which just went to the grave. (at least for now, there will be no new castings by Newsbroke)

Purported Christians doing evil as their religious duty:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Does The Religious Right Worship A Sinner? “)

And since we are on the topic…

Evangelical terrorists (trying to bring about Armageddon):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How White Evangelicals Sold Their Soul to Donald Trump To Bring About Armageddon”)

And why it is so sweet…:

Give the priest class private jets:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Televangelist Wants Regular Folks To Pay For His 4th Private Jet”)

And since preachers and corrupt politicians are so skilled at messing with people’s heads, let’s take a look at how to effectively frame conversations:

 

II. How to Talk Politics

Frame On! How to get through to people:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How words change minds: The science of storytelling | Nat Kendall-Taylor | TEDxMidAtlanticSalon“)

Of course, this is nothing new to the ruling class and their minions. They have manipulated us with psychological tricks and blatant lies for ages. Time to take another look at them…

 

III. The Lying Top

Lying governments and media:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “All Governments Lie and so does their Corporate Media”)

 

IV. Dem Takeover

~50% success rate in replacing establishment “Democrats” with people’s representatives:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Our Revolution Just Won SEVEN Races“)

Analysis: Is this 50% success in the primaries actually taking over (and “reforming”) the “Democratic” Party from within? I don’t think so. I’d say it’s 50% success only with step #1. After the first step comes battling the mechanics and top-down control within the party where further setbacks will occur. Remember, once elected, representatives have to put up with stonewalling, stalling, party pressure, marginalization, exclusion, compromise deals, and worry about re-election. So, sooner or later they have much cause to taper down their goals, ally with the establishment politicians, take Big Money to revive their campaigns, and give up the ever more hopeless-looking resistance against the almighty party top steeped in money and corruption. This is pretty much what I have been predicting for about a year: some short term success, but no chance of long term success unless hefty outside pressure is also brought to bear (from independents and third/new parties, or even better: a coordinated people’s coalition). Merely slipping in a few good people at the bottom of the cesspool won’t suffice to clean it up.

Politicians of stolen wealth pretending to represent us (unlike Robin Hood, they don’t steal from the rich and share with the poor; they do the opposite: enabling the super-rich to steal more from the poor and for that get their cut while in office — the Clintons have been doing the exact same thing, btw):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: »Heckler Confronts Pelosi Whats Your Net Worth!?!?)

The privileged don’t care to question and replace the rigged system:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Nancy Pelosi Repels Young People On CNN Town Hall“)

 

V. Amazing People’s Candidate Campaign (Wow!)

Wow! Wow! A must-watch! Alexandria, running on public campaign financing and the power of grassroots, managed to make an ad. And what an ad it is!

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Powerful Ad Has Corporate Dems Shook: ‘Not All Democrats Are The Same’“)

 

VI. Economy

More on BS jobs created by our warped system (one of the discoveries to lead to the conclusion that we need not make people work more but rather distribute better what we already have and produce (e.g. a UBI instead of limitless dividends for the rich)):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Bullsh** Jobs Are Invading America!“)

When we would decide how to apply our improved mechanized productivity, we might choose to cover all our needs while working less and and living more (at least I would), but when a few holders of robbed and hoarded wealth got to make the big decisions, they instead revved up production past what we need and kept us shackled in excessive working hours lest we have time to think and take a stand for better lives:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Infinite Growth Cant Work“)

 

VII. Nativist Supremacy (+ Humor)

One of the last Newsbroke videos: White supremacy hiding behind linguistics (as always a tool to keep the privileged privileged by recruiting the less privileged over issues of skin color, language, and what not… you know, identity politics).

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Powerful White Nationalists Behind the English Only Movement“)

Comment: If you ask me, the English language is quickly deteriorating in both the U.S. and the U.K. (and maybe elsewhere)? Past subjunctive, past perfect, and even past participles distinct from past tense are disappearing quickly (example: I have gone = correct. I have went = wrong but increasingly common). Muricans and Brits are losing their timeline. And then the spreading use of “of” in place of “have”! It tickles me in funny ways when people who are not in full command of their own native language deride others over being slow to learn it or over daring to use another tongue once in a while, say when they prefer not to be eavesdropped upon or have something important to discuss for which their still deficient second language doesn’t quite suffice yet. Or because Spanish is far more capable of communicating love and affection than English ever was or will be…

Uhm… so what really is English? Here’s a bit of humor on the topic:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Rude Americans – Do you speak English? “)

Or how about Brits making fun of American vocab? It’s titled “Americans Don’t Understand English”.

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Americans Don’t Understand English – The Jonathan Ross Show “)

Now imagine me going off about the decay of pronunciation in the U.K., such as when Mark Blyth makes astute commentaries about our economy and politics and is so darn hard to understand with all those missing consonants? I mean, there are some profound-seeming videos with him talking that I haven’t shared because they were just too unintelligible in spoken form (same goes for some Austrians).

 

VIII. Totalitarianism on the Rise

Below all the flashy and noisy political battles, totalitarianism is quietly creeping in. Connect the dots to see it. How antidemocratic plutocratic forces establish totalitarian power (right out of Hitler’s playbook):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Authoritarians Take Over Democracy Part One”)

Part 2 (ok)
Part 3 (good)

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Discovery and Unity

Probably all the folks who read my writings have had many, most, or all of their lives’ dreams crushed to the point that being born a human in this world is a curse.

My own dreams and goals were crushed again and again, forcing me countless times to restart my “life” from scratch and lower my goals to where I am now reduced to a struggle for mere short-term survival, the fight for long-term survival having been lost forever, making me wish – if I am to be honest – that I had never been born. (On the side of my struggle for survival, I try to fight this corrupt system through my writing while I still can.)

This depressing hardship is the life not just endured by me but, I suspect, the majority of human beings born in our times… at least once they reach a certain age. How can we be proud of such a failed civilization or not wish to improve it?

I think that most people don’t have it in their nature to rock the boat. They just want to pursue their goals, no matter how sensible or senseless they are; and they want to be left in peace. Therefore it is easy for confidence tricksters to scam them and set up a system that works as a continuous and self-perpetuating scam known as our economic and political system.  Continue reading “Discovery and Unity”

Investing for Progress, Not Profit

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An open-minded look at our world quickly reveals that our systems’ focus on profit is destroying many or most of our lives and the only world we have to live in. It is clear that humanity’s focus should rather be on optimizing its systems for human life and a healthy world.

Today I reworked last week’s post titled “World Progress Inc. – Humanity 2.0”, refining parts and adding some. I wanted to make it even clearer than before that, as nations and a species, we are at a point close to self-caused extinction where we must shift focus from elbowing each other for personal material profit at others’ expense and with no regard for negative consequences to creating a sustainable world built to let us all thrive. I also added more concrete strategies and stressed the need even for wealthy people to invest for progress rather than profit.

The time spent and improvements made warrant that I present the upgraded article for re-reading. So, without further ado, here is the link: World Progress Inc. – Humanity 2.0 (reworked)

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World Progress Inc. – Humanity 2.0

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An Ashoka-related speech at the Digital-Life-Design conference of 2016 (shared by me below) inspired me to ask my own burning question for change: What if we could discuss and promote ideas for profoundly system-changing human progress so energetically as to overcome systemic resistance, establishment propaganda, and demagoguery?

I like to think that this would result in greatly accelerated generation, refinement, promotion, and realization of those game-changing ideas. I imagine it being a small step for social investors that would result in a giant leap for mankind, to roughly quote the first man on the moon.  Continue reading “World Progress Inc. – Humanity 2.0”

Starting the New Year Politically Aware — (a few ideas for change)

An altered mindset is the start of any change. One can’t expect different results from doing the same over and over. So, with a new year upon us, I’m throwing out a few tidbits that came to mind today and can help us refocus. (even though my impression is that today most folks are recovering from last night and won’t see this post, judging by how little is happening on Facebook today)   Continue reading “Starting the New Year Politically Aware — (a few ideas for change)”

HELP! How Can We Be Heard?

This is long overdue. Millions of Americans have woken up from their fifty years of slumber, but they don’t know where to go, what to do, what is really going on, and that we could build a Star-Trek-like utopia in our lifetime… if only they knew how. And the few, like me, who do know, are struggling to make ourselves heard.

And what are all the awoken doing to get the word out? Close to nothing. 

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