Monday, August 29, 2011

If you want a good laugh...

I think the title says it all...

Members of congress complaining that they don't get paid enough and need a raise

And I'm sure we all feel so sorry for them. I don't know how I could survive off of 174,000 a year (plus, of course, non-discretionary benefits, which one can only assume are quite substantial), not to mention the best healthcare, pension, and benefit packages in the nation.

Yup... can't even wrap my mind around how horrible that must be.

Your daily dose of optimism in the US economy

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Monsanto in 5 minutes

Was watchin a little Adam vs. The Man earlier today and I came across this little report on Monsanto. Since most people (in my experience, anyway) aren't familiar at all with Monsanto, I figured a little 5 minute summary would be a great intro. I've watched hours and hours worth of documentaries on them, so needless to say, the shit pile is a lot deeper than covered here, but you gotta start somewhere.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Public Education

Just one of an interesting and stimulating series of animated lectures, this one covers the public education system. Worth a watch if you're into this kinda thing (felt like breaking up the usual political news with some engaging thought).

If, like me, you're dissatisfied with your current job, you might want to watch this one too.

There's a whole bunch of these, of which I've only watched a handful. So far, though, I've been very impressed with the ones I've watched.Some of the ones on capitalism and the US political system seem like facinating watches that I haven't gotten around to yet.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

One day after Tripoli falls

The Oil grab begins, and NATO countries are already fighting for the spoils of war.

If you want an alternative (non-NATO) version of what's going on in Libya right now, RT (the original, not the American version) is giving the issue a lot of coverage.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rise Against Music Videos

I wanted to share a few other music videos that are phenomenally well done. Rise Against is quickly becoming one of my favorite bands... Admittedly, I was ignorant to how politically charged their songs were until I saw them in concert, but the more I look into them, and the more I listen to them, the more I've developed a very strong appreciation for them... Not just because of their messages, and the strength and execution of their videos, but because, through videos like these, they can hopefully reach out to, and wake up, a whole new demographic of people, especially all the disenchanted, disenfranchised pissed-off youth out there.

I think you'll like these if you take the time to watch.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Even Jon Stewart finds it ironic how the mass media ignores Ron Paul

After the republican debates in Iowa just a few days ago, Ron Paw finished a close second after Bachman, by a margin of about 150 votes. However, it is worth noting that her campaign directly purchased 4,000 tickets (at $30 a pop) and handed them out to supporters, for free, presumably so they could vote for her later. Ron Paul encouraged his supporters to attend, of course, but did not -pay- for them to do so. Does this count as 'rigging' the straw poll? Maybe, maybe not, but it's a matter that should be at least factored in and weighed in upon.  

I just want to say this... personally, I do -not- agree with Ron Paul on every issue. Infact, there are a lot of things, including his stance on abortion, his extreme opinions on entitlements and his unwillingness to raise taxes on the super rich, just to name a few, that I strongly disagree with. However, that being said, Ron Paul is the true 'change' that Obama was hiked up to be and never was. He's been in politics saying the same thing he's saying now for 12 years, and on the most important issues surrounding our country, like war and our fucked up federal-reserve based monitary system, he couldn't be more right. Do I think he's perfect... no. Is he better than any other establishment candidate out there in the running, including Obama? Infinitely so.

And, if you're curious, here's some of the highlights of his from the debates.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Revolution is Now

A random handful of videos that I've come across over the months that I felt were finally worth sharing, given what's currently going on. Granted, revolution is still a ways out, but it's definitely in the air. 

Hopper explains the world:
Profound statements don't always have to be complex. 

Land of Confusion:
One of my favorite songs, and one of my top 3 music videos of all time.

Pledge of Resistance:
Take it. You are a human being, not a sheep. Never submit, and never stop questioning.

Do you ever feel like you're living in a movie?

It seems like every day we're getting closer and closer to living in V for Vendetta. 

The revolution is now.

BART shuts down cell-phones, Anonymous responds.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

London Riots... My thoughts.

It's been awhile since my last post. I'd like to say I have a reason for that, and sure, I do have some excuses. But the truth of the matter is, apathy is really starting to set it. I daresay I've reached the point where I'm no longer filled with hope (that died a long, long time ago) or even anger or concern anymore. It's not that I don't care... I truly do, I just fail to see the point anymore. People don't care, and people don't listen. People don't see the truth for what it is. We're at a point now where the world is finally starting to fall apart. We're beyond the "warning" stage now, and it's so obvious that even the god-damn mainstream media and the 'professional' economists are starting to sing the same tune that myself and the small minority of people out there who actually get it have been singing for years. The loose threads that were never trimmed are being pulled, and the world is literally coming apart at the seams.

The riots going on in London right now are just one example of this. Gerald Celente predicted that there would be massive, wide-scale global riots, starting in the mideast, spreading throughout Europe, and eventually hitting here in the US several months before the tinderbox in Tunisia took flame. Now, London is burning, and of course the mainstream media is trying to play it off as 'racism' or like it's just a bunch of lawless heathens. Isn't it ironic that when it happens in the Mid-East, it's called a pro-democracy movement, but when it happens in a western country, it's called lawlessness. The truth of the matter is, when you ask the rioters why they're doing it, it's the exact same reasons they were doing it in the Mid-East. The youth, highly educated, by the way, are disenchanted. They see the world falling apart around them, they have no jobs, no prospects for a better life, and they know things are just going to get worse. They have no hope, and they see their futures being squandered right before their eyes, knowing there's not a damn thing they can do about it. They have nothing left to loose, so they loose it. That's the same story all across the world right now, and it's certainly no different here in the US... In fact, it's probably worse. We're always the last ones to the party, it seems, but sooner or later, these riots will happen here. When they do, I'll be one of the first ones out in the streets... I promise you that much. Like them, I've got nothing else to loose.

However, that being said, I do have two concerns about the riots going on in London right now.

1) Disorganization / Lack of meaningful targets. Stores, pubs, cars, etc. seem to  being hit at random, and while this still makes a statement, other, more effective targets should be pursued.

2) Problem/Reaction/Solution. There've been many reports that I've watched where witness's have stated that police have stood by and watched as rioters targeted stores and other buildings. In a way, this is remaniscent of the G-20 riots, where the government may allow (if not -encourage-) a certain level of dissent until they can justify the elimination of more civil liberties. As you'll see, military involvement, martial law, and killing free communication are just some of the measures being deliberated as we speak.

3) When you combine the two above, you get a very effective strategy indeed. Let the lower class destroy their own communities -AND- pass sweeping civil liberty reform on top of it. Could be a pretty effective strategy to further the propagation of the machine. 

Anyway, here are some interesting video's regarding the London riots. Watch if you want... or don't. I don't really care anymore.