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Summary: mostly reports on humanist societies destroyed by capitalism and also older greeds versus the internal growth into love for all that can let us return to truly human lives.
Stars and channels: Democracy At Work (Harriet Fraad, Richard Wolff), The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow (and Richard Wolff), More Perfect Union, Second Thought, The Jimmy Dore Show (with Liam Madden), The Peaceful Revolution
Individualism Cult: Capitalism-Made Forlornness vs Freedom Gained Together ***
The Faulty Fed and Likely Great Depression
Destructive Monopolies (main example on live music) *
How The Returning of Privatized Capitalism Burned Russia **
Continued Colonialism (Political Economy)
Progressive Invader into the R Party
The Bible Not the God’s Word (says a deep Jesus believer) **
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Summary: current economy trouble, good vs bad Christianity, MIC, robbed housing, and making change
Stars and channels: Roger Ray on CCCSpringfield, Second Thought, The Jimmy Dore Show, Wendover Productions, Benji, Richard Wolff and David Harvey on Democracy At Work, thejuicemedia (“Honest Government Ads”), Marianne Williamson, Sustainable Human, NonCompete
A Real Christian’s View of Rich and Poor
Historic Shift of American Christians to the Right (i.e. Anti-Christianity)
Genocidal Tyranny & Utter Disrespect of The People
Crapitalism: What’s Behind our Current Products Shortage & Insane Prices
The Delay/Shortage Chain Reaction in Just-In-Time Supply Chains
The Intentional Part of our Current Inflation
Rations as Market Safety Belts
Affordable Housing Bought Away by the Money Lords
Military Squandering across the Globe
Making Beneficial Changes in our Past and in Other Countries
(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)
Have you been mulling over a wealth tax? Are you aware of the wrong kind of wealth tax that has long been in place, not to take back from the thieving rich but to ravage people’s shelter from the elements? Listen to this report video and read my comments below:
$600M Property Tax Overcharge Is Eroding Detroit’s Black Homeownership ~ The Real News Network (Jan 16, 2020)
While Detroit hit municipal bankruptcy (as other cities will), it is not the only place where property taxes strangle people who oh-so-facetiously claim to need a roof over their heads. It is really terrible how we American people get gouged and mauled from the top (the rich in cahoots with their political puppets). We try hard to escape some of the rentier gouging by getting to own our homes, but the money lords’ banks often demand about twice the homes’ alleged prices in pay when we take a mortgage (because the interests and compound interests can double the price of the loan the banks make possible with money made by them out of thin air). In addition, the banks play games like stock-market-gambling subprime mortgages and also illegitimate foreclosings on people who did make their mortgage payments on time. And communal governments also ravage us even when we finally DO own our homes. Even then we can get evicted and foreclosed, having our home and entire life’s savings taken away in one big swoop “justified” with property taxes that should not be imposed on people’s homes any more than on the air we breathe.
Imagine toiling all your life to own a home so that when you become too old and sick to pay rent you think you will be safe from having paid off your mortgage and escaped bank foreclosure. But then the local town government forecloses on you because you can’t pay its willy-nilly-rated and even inflated property taxes when you cannot earn an income anymore. Honest property tax should be imposed on luxury property only, such as huge private lands, private jets, fleets of giant luxury yachts, and excessive Wall Street stocks. We should get excessive wealth taxed, not people’s shelters from the elements.
And regard the amazing 18% interest rate a town government imposes on tax payment lag at an age where we working people are lucky if we get a mere 1.2% interests on savings (while paying a cash advance interest rate of 36% to a credit card baron). Holy moly! Maybe we need a new inequality term called “money market inequality”, where the money-gambling banksters and other rich creeps and their political puppets can gouge people at 18% interest rates or 36% (or even a lot more*) while people who have to toil for their living can’t even get 2% on any penny-pinching savings if they manage to scrape away some savings at all in this institutionalized inequality system.
* What’s a lot more? Full payment on payday loans is due on the borrower’s next payday, which typically is around two weeks. Payday lenders usually charge interest of $15-$20 for every $100 borrowed (within those 2 weeks!!!). Calculated on an annual percentage rate basis (APR) – the same as is used for credit cards, mortgages, auto loans, etc. – that APR based on late repays then ranges from 391% to more than 521% for payday loans, making desperate poor working people pay the highest loan interests of all — insanely high rates of having to pay back more than five times what you borrowed in some cases! (one info source: https://www.thebalance.com/average-credit-card-interest-rate-4772408 )
We definitely need a proper wealth tax that recovers the accumulated loot of the rich thieves in human society, not home property taxes that steal even more from common people into the pockets of the super rich. Huge systemic inequality is like cancer in human societies. We should all be opposed to it and get rid of it. If any rich person read this, I ask you to look in the mirror while you mull over it.
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Contents: Our corrupt system and politicians, the top raiding the rest of us, fighting back from the bottom to end the corruption and mental warp (incl. in the police).
Stars & Channels: George Carlin (After Skool); The Jimmy Dore Show; Richard Wolff (Democracy At Work); After Skool; NonCompete; Andrew Yang & Ryan Knight; Jason Kafoury, David Michaels & Ralph Nader; Jesse Ventura and Brigida Santos; Taya Graham (The Real News Network); Kyle Kulinski (Secular Talk)…
Graphic Speech: George Carlin Was so Much Ahead of Us
The Top Raiding the Rest of Us Using COVID as an Excuse
Current Stimulus Bill Pillaging Us Again
No Help from Either Party (But Trump Making Himself Look Better)
2020 Review: The Capitalist Ideology Killing Us and Rebellions Growing
Rich & Poor: History of Taxes & Abuse by Corporations
Why Socialism? by Albert Einstein
Previously Head-Played “Dem” Supporters Leaving
Ralph Nader Radio Hour: Holding Police Accountable | Politics’ Pumping Up the Pandemic
The World Acc. to Jesse
Our Demonic Capitalist Cultist Culture
Lowered Stimulus Checks: Bipartisan Tax Steal from Us (with Biden at the front line)
Merry Christmas from the Strained Healthcare Workforce
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Meaningful videos from this week. Their main themes: the coronavirus-triggered economic crisis (with abuse from the corrupt ‘elites’) and capitalism, how it hurts, and where to move from that. Also, how Europe has handled COVID-19 far less harmfully.
BTW, if you ever wondered why we, the people, should connect differently than only through corporate social media, look at what happened within a minute of me trying to share a previous Video Weekend on Facebook (I originally suspected an anti-democratic algorithm, but it may have been a troll, either way is bad): Public Censorship by Facebook — Also, I am too busy with continued education currently for sharing these posts on social media. So, subscribers please make use of my posts to save your own time searching for informative alternative media publications and also share the videos you find good, or the whole post, with your friends so that the time I spend sharing them here isn’t totally wasted. 😉
Stars and Channels: Movement for a People’s Party (incl. Nick Brana, Jerry Perez, and more), The Jimmy Dore Show, “Useful Idiots” (Rolling Stone), Richard Wolff, The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow, Yanis Varoufakis, The Rational National, and the Ralph Nader Radio Hour.
European Stable COVID-19 Economic Crisis Treatment
Even the Fed Chairman Suggests Relief for the People
People’s Party Update (National Call)
The Need for System Change
Beyond FDR / Capitalism = Anti-Democracy
Getting Capitalism Out of its Box: UB-Dividend
A Hacker Fighting our Oligarchy’s Un-Unemployment Slavery
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“)
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).
“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“)
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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This weekend’s anti-corporatist, pro-democratic video collection has two parts. The first starts with some news — one on healthcare sabotage, the other on our kleptocracy’s failure to help the hurricane-ravaged U.S. colony Puerto Rico — and then ends with a somewhat humorous bit on a sane view of reality. The second part is about the last element in the unholy trinity of oppression by the 1%: censorship. (The first two elements of this unholy trinity are economic enslavement and political manipulation, and you can read yesterday’s article about those if you haven’t already.) Today, I am adding insights into the third element since censorship is sharply on the rise in America this year.
Part 1 – News & Miscellaneous Stuff
News: Obamacare Gutted
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Trump Guts Obamacare With Executive Order “)
News: No Help for Puerto Rico
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Where Are Puerto Rico’s Supplies Going? (You’ll Be Shocked!) “)
A word to the wise adapted from a comment made in this interview by New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, as he explained his motivation for working to help Puerto Rica recover: Let’s never let the mix of sadness, anger, and frustration shut us down!
A cure for Bill Maher? I doubt it. But this one is for a cherished friend of mine:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Russell Brand Educates Bill Maher On Neoliberal Failures “)
Part 2 – Censorship
Why we need non-US-government-allied foreign media to publish in the U.S.:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “These 5 Censored Books Tell a History the Establishment Wants Hidden “)
…and, what’s worse? Fake news, which will never go away, or censorship?
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Facebook decides censorship is better than fake news “)
… and to draw a line under it:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Punishing Reporters for Truth in a Censored Media | Abby Martin & Amber Lyon “)
… Does anyone need another reason why this is important?
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Abby Martin Discusses Her Arrest At The DNC – The Ring Of Fire “)
Just so you know, our corporate government last month officially permitted US networks censorship of RT (and any other content that is “owned or controlled by the Government of the Russian Federation”). This assault on free speech has been buried deep inside the 2018 defense budget to make it less conspicuous. The oligarchs of today have become very sneaky. They manage to raise their resurrection of the former Soviet iron curtain quietly and in the dark. This is why we need independent media more than ever.
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