Jesus Upside Down

Note: No video weekend today because I am utterly sick this weekend and had a tough week. So, here is a little article I drafted some time ago:

A weird but not uncommon mentality flaw (typically boosted and imposed by those in power) is: loving and admiring the rich, and despising the poor. This society warp has been around for some time. Even Jesus complained about it according to the Bible, making it pretty long ago by now. This is so badly wrong. We humans should always care about ALL humans (or even beyond!). And the poor are never poor by their own design but by the design from the rich. (And the rich have always (mis-)used religion to oppress the poor and protect their own selfish interests.

It’s ironic when people claim hat it is in fact very difficult for a rich person to live a virtuous life. It is actually much much easier for rich people to live virtuous lives, if they only tried. They cpulf gove away so much stolen wealth or even use it to set up stabilizing institutions. But they never do. I still have to meet one who does; hence Jesus’ promise that the rich will never go to heaven.

There is a nice comment I came across online (on dailykos, which is a platform I rarely look into because it so so DNC-allied; in other words allied with a corrupt elite; blasting Sanders in 2016 and 2020… still, sometimes (very rarely) good folks show up there). Here is the quote:

Jesus was asked by a virtuous rich man what ELSE he could do as he obeyed all the commandments. Jesus told the man the only thing the man needed to do was to sell everything he had and give it to the poor and then, “…come and follow me…” When the rich man refused to give up his riches, Jesus watched the man walk away in tears because the man was so tied to his comforts he could not give them up. Then Jesus turned to the crowd and commented, “Truly, it is harder for a rich man to enter the gates of heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle….” (Matthew 19:16-25).

Yes the next passage (Matt 19:26) is about Jesus’ apostles being astonished when he said that, and his comment that “with God all things are possible…” but again you have to understand it in the context of the times ~ and actually our times as well.

There is a mistaken belief that if you are rich than somehow God loves you more than poor people. This is something the rich hold over others’ heads with all three of these religions in spite of the very strict and quite clear mandate and morals that all say “You SHARE.”

I suspect the man referred to nowadays as Jesus having been one of history’s greatest grassroots activists for solidarity and societal justice, quickly executed by the criminal lords, and then repainted by wannabe lords (preachers / church masters) in alignment with the already existing lords into an alleged promoter for a god and angels and an afterlife. Real Christians would fight for democracy and a no rich and no poor egalitarian society. But where are they nowadays? Most supposed Christians now align themselves with the Hell on Earth power and wealth pyramid, making them Anti-Christians actually. So sad.

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The Click in the Brain that Changes Everything

(Note: the Video Weekends are currently stalled because of my relocation — in the worst case this blog may pause for some weeks while I lack both time and Internet access)

WARNING: This can be painful. It might help young (even so-called ‘middle-aged’) people finally grow up inside. But it tends to come with pain. Unlike my fellow human beings, I got to this stage of revelation in my infancy, a condition that always made my fellow humans strike me as some kind of dim-witted semi-sentient alien creatures on whose planet I had unfortunately been dropped somehow. When you get to this stage of awareness (and there is one realization-stage even beyond that *sigh*, one that this frankly imperfectly insightful man in the shared video below has not yet reached) it becomes impossible to glorify or even accept commonly promoted goals and deifications of “meritocratic” competition, rich ruling classes, allegedly “free” markets, oh-so-successful big business “thought leaders”, warmongering jingoism, and similar blind idiocies. It is our lives that really count, both our own and all the other lives in the world, lives infinitesimally short and usually very painful at least towards their ends (if not throughout as they are increasingly becoming to more and more of us human beings despite human domination). To not prepare for the end phase (or ideally even consider preventing it, which would be our ultimate ascension) — not just for oneself but for all of us — and to even artificially make life terrible at younger stages through things like exploitation, abuse, solidarity replaced with excessive competition, and the artificially created poverty; is just utterly insane.

It’s also a main reason why so many people seek refuge in religions who promise eternal lives of some kind or another — but without any evidence. Without any evidence whatsoever. How is that different from putting blinders on? (and may I remind you that Buddha, Jesus, and at least partially Muhammad, as far as I have seen, fought for social justice, solidarity, and compassion?)

Well, below is this video you have been warned about. I can easily imagine folks managing not to really get its message (thanks to their blinders and inner mental walls), but if you do, if you try hard enough, you may come to view our world through new eyes and grasp the insanity of our established and institutionalized cultures and customs, and the huge looming vacuum of stuff we should do, should have done, but haven’t. I am reluctant to share it because of the potential pain and the potential mind-blocks raised against grasping the understanding that takes the blinders off. Still… if one person does have the click happen in his or her brain, it may lead to some reasonable actions. So, with hesitance, here it is:

A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Faces His Own Death ~ The Atlantic (Jan 14, 2020)

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-06-19 (15 videos)

Summary: Insightful reports, speeches, and discussions on important topics like current rigged robbing, colonialism, and changing awareness and culture to change for the better.

Stars & channels: Democracy At Work (Richard Wolff), Breaking Points (Krystal and Saagar), The Jimmy Dore Show, Second Thought, Breaking Points, Katie Halper, The Real News Network, Ralph Nader Radio Hour, A New Story of the People ~ Sustainable Human (#CharlesEisenstein), …

Topics:

  1. News (Immigrants, Injustice)
  2. Welfare vs UBI
  3. Brief Look Into Our Political Corruption
  4. Housing: The Rich Robbing our Homes – The Anti-American Dream
  5. How Billionaires Pay Less In Taxes Than We
  6. World: Israel’s Colonialism
  7. World: Latin America Insights (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Columbia, Mexico…)
  8. Police: Cops Framing Innocent People as Felons
  9. Young People Power for Change
  10. Making War Instead of Solutions
  11. Our Weird Society Lacking So Much
  12. Considering Interconnectedness

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2021-05-23 (15 videos)

Summary: Many excellent reports and interviews/discussions this week! 🙂

Stars & channels: Richard Wolff from Democracy At Work, The Jimmy Dore Show (with a Norman Finkelstein clip), Glenn Greenwald interviewed by Chris Hedges in On Contact, The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, The World According to Jesse, The Real News Network, The Rational National, Second Thought, Our Changing Climate, Secular Talk, …

Topics:

  1. Organizing People Power – Cool! Don’t Miss This!
  2. The Fake Claims of Capitalism Goodness (like Poverty Reduction)
  3. Are Rural Areas Naturally Right-Wing?
  4. The Morale of Israel & Palestine
  5. Brilliant Democracy & Fascist Dictatorship Insights from Brazil
  6. Capitalism: Winners and Loosers Setup (and lack of organization among us victims)
  7. Systemically Crazy Countries (both Israel and the U.S.)
  8. Worker Co-Ops Network = Workplaces with Solidarity
  9. Our Injustice System
  10. Our Horrible Money Aristocrats Bleeding us Dry – Example: Pharma
  11. Old Good Times vs Today’s Profit Greed of Capital Lords
  12. Antidemocratic Anti-World Billionairism
  13. Public Feelings about Tax (incl. Wish for Taxing the Rich)

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2020-07-19 (17 videos)

Meaningful videos of this week exposing the criminal oligarchy and building a people’s movement for the so much needed system change.

Stars & Channels: Chris Hedges, Jesse Ventura, Richard Wolff, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, Psychologist Ramani Durvasula (acTVism Munich), Krystal and Saagar of The Hill, act.tv, Ralph Nader Radio Hour, The Grayzone, NonCompete, Rev. William Barber II & Liz Theoharis (The Real News Network), The Jimmy Dore Show

14 Topics:

  1. U.S. Military Murdering Civilians and Journalists & Deep State Persecuting Whistleblowers and Journalists
  2. Homelessness
  3. Racist Capitalism & People Finally Finding Together
  4. Jesse Ventura on Our Oligarchy’s Corruption
  5. Capitalism: Government is its Base
  6. Mind: Trauma, PTSD, Cultural Lack of Compassion and Empathy, Need for Change…
  7. Antidemocratic Duopoly Corruption Revealed by Wallstreet
  8. System Issue, Not Pull Yourself up by (Nonexisting) Bootstraps Issue
  9. Pandemic: Current, Future, COVID Bio-Weapons Research, Pressure on Gov
  10. Media: The “Elite’s” “Cancel Culture” Hypocrisy
  11. Moral Fusion People’s Movement: Fighting for Life
  12. GOP Wants to Gut Social Security Like Biden
  13. The Two-Arm Oligarchic Party (R&D)
  14. Time for Solidarity & Revolution

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Wakeful Video Weekend 2020-05-03 (17 videos)

Remember that Internet algorithms keep you from coming across good stuff. That’s why I share these links I manage to capture each week. You can get good weekly hints and safe some of your valuable time by subscribing (for free of course) and help others as well by sharing these posts with them. Main issues in this collection: the corona crisis, our corrupted political system, and how to fight for our rights, needs, and necessary change.

Stars and channels: Jimmy Dore, Nick Brana, Chris Hedges, Dylan Ratigan, Danny Haiphong, Richard Wolff, Graham Elwood, NonCompete, Nomiki Konst, The Michael Brooks Show, The Rational National, and more…

Topics:

  1. Biden Candidacy Such a Sad Joke
  2. Bernie Officially Kicked by the “D” Party
  3. Insufficient Champion
  4. Bipartisan Betrayal
  5. Housing Crisis <– Foreclosures & Rent Gouging More Profitable than Mortgage Lending
  6. Chris Hedges on Journalism, Media, & Party Politics
  7. Progressive Campaigns Not Yet Clean (& “D” Party Uncleanable)
  8. Unemployment, Crises, Precarious Lives & Inefficiency from Capitalism
  9. Opportunity if Jesse Ventura Runs as Candidate
  10. Bernie’s Shortcomings
  11. Careerists vs Real Champions
  12. How to Unite When so Split
  13. Solidarity over Isms
  14. Stats & News: The Current Gouging of the American People
  15. Music: Piel Morena

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Need for a People’s Union (part 2)

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The previous article briefly exposed our rigged electoral system(s) and concluded that we, the people, need to form a People’s Union. Here are some further thoughts:

Question: How does this connect with party politics? Answer: It does quite a lot. We need to build a people’s movement, at the bottom, with which to wield power outside our gamed political system. It can form a basis for the people’s power outside of candidate campaigns that come and go and depend on campaign leaders who may collapse or sell out. It can let us circumvent the completely rigged electoral processes we are currently trapped in and which easily kill campaigns. It can push for urgently needed things, something that the build of a new political party would take too long to achieve (for example dealing with our current pandemic-economic crisis which can’t wait for future elections). Despite this (much needed) wielding of power outside of party politics, a people’s union could nevertheless (and probably should) push for the creation of a truly democratic people’s party to represent us governmentally once we have overcome election rigging so that elections can work again. Doing so will probably make sense because the two major parties who have monopolized and rigged the electoral processes are through-and-through corrupt and owned by the rich ruling class and seem remarkably immune against a takeover by the people. Suggested link for this path: The People’s Party – A coalition party for the people. Meanwhile, some people still think they can take over our existing major parties (at least the D-Party) from within. A people’s union could actually greatly strengthen both a new party’s creation and attempted takeover of an existing one by imposing strong pressure on the establishment. Strengthening both would enable an inside-outside strategy making both attempts much more successful since the corrupt gangsters at the top would be pushed from the inside, the outside, and below. Much harder to withstand than an attack from only one direction.  Continue reading “Need for a People’s Union (part 2)”

Wakeful Video Weekend 2020-03-29 (32 videos on 13 Topics)

Main issues emerging this week: Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID origin, crisis, measures, our capitalism boosting it, and the oligarchy robbing us via it and making our country’s inequality even worse), people power and rebellion, growing corruption and totalitarianism at the top, Bernie, Biden, and the urgent need for Medicare for All:

Stars & channels: Bernie Sanders, Dylan Ratigan, Nomiki Konst, Jerry Eldred, Jimmy Dore, Kim Iversen, Krystal Ball & Saagar Enjeti (The Hill), Michael Brooks, Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!), Norman Swan (thejuicemedia), Rebel HQ, Red Revolution Media, Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work), RJ Eskow (The Zero Hour), Robert Reich, The Rational National, The Real News Network.

Topics:

  1. COVID-19 (Coronavirus Pandemic)
  2. Evil Empire Exploiting and Killing Us / General Strike for People’s Power
  3. Lesson from France: People’s Power That is Not Circumventable by Rigged Elections
  4. Capitalism vs Democracy
  5. Economic Update: Pandemic, Mobility, Yellow Vests, and Lee Camp
  6. Pandemic Crisis, Predatory Rich & Corporations, New Housing Crisis
  7. Growing Totalitarianism from BOTH Arms at the Top
  8. The People vs Oligarchy
  9. Jimmy Dore Show Picks
  10. Bernie
  11. Bad Biden
  12. World: Cuba’s Solidarity (Helping Italy with the COVID Pandemic)
  13. Medicare for All Urgently Needed

 

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 03-09-2019 (12 videos)

Great speech by and discussion with Chris Hedges, great conversation between Ralph Nader and Noam Chomsky, great economic and social insights from Richard Wolff, a great exposure of the surveillance capitalism turning us all into bots by Shoshana Zuboff interviewed by Amy Goodman, amazing new insights on Venezuela from Greg Palast interviewed by Jimmy Dore. Yanis Varoufakis speaking about the antidemocratic European cartel and the fight for liberty and justice in Europe. And there is more: such as the psychology of conservatives and progressives, the destruction of our social human bonds by capitalism, neoliberals beginning to recognize their faults, and updates on Net Neutrality and the media war.

List:

  1. Great Chris Hedges Speech and Discussion
  2. Nader & Chomsky Conversation
  3. Economic Update
  4. The New Surveillance Industry Turns us into Their Bots
  5. Amazing New Insights on Venezuela
  6. Solidarity vs Tribalism
  7. Rules-Following Conservatives vs Creative Progressives
  8. The Social Poison of Capitalism
  9. The Oh-So-Wholesome ‘Center’ in Politics
  10. Wall Street “Dem” Admits their Failures
  11. Net Neutrality Update
  12. Media War

Note: Over time these video weekend posts have grown to a very large size. For now they are shrinking since I am stuck in continued education costing me much time in an effort to resurrect a former career to rescue myself from sweatshops and precarious short-term/regular-un/and-frequent-under-employment. You still got hours of enlightening stuff to watch for your weekend, though, instead of pointless sports, bad entertainment, and cable propaganda “news”. Enjoy:

 

I. Great Chris Hedges Speech and Discussion

… from early April 2016, I think, probably shared by me before, but worth witnessing again:

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Constructing Rebellion, The Overthrow of Corporate Tyrrany – Chris Hedges”)

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Being Human or Vermin

Human nature has both a bright and a dark side. Which circumstances bring one or the other to the fore? I think, we may best answer the question by looking at times of war when the largest numbers of people are driven by the dark side and atrocities reach extremes.   Continue reading “Being Human or Vermin”