Wednesday, December 6, 2017

● Dumb All Over [ Ep.45 ]

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   [  Trump and Circumstance ]  
Dumb All Over :  A little Podcast with brash opinions on politics, religion, pop culture, and a love of craft beer! [Listener Discretion is Required]

Dumb All Over, the perfect name for a podcast at the dawn (and hopefully soon to be the dusk) of Trumpism. For an hour distraction (reminder) from the horrors of our times, put down all preconceived notions & socially accepted inhibitions, and listen to Tom and Austin banter away the bad. ...and give hope to our post-dystopian future. Best taken with their choice of craft beer. 🍺

D.A.O. Trump and Circumstance [ Ep.45 ]
Published Dec. 01, 2017 Trump and Circumstance
[ Recorded 2017/11/28 ]  blogtalkradio with Kurt Riebel of uResist
Trump and Circumstance [ Episode 045 ]
This week we talk about Trump's endorsement of Roy Moore, Trump's comments about Senator Warren, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and more! We were joined by Kurt from @uResist! #podernfamily #podcast #resist #resistance #new   


This week: [ Dec. 01, 2017 ]
  • Alabama Senate Race 
  • #RoyMooreChildMolester
  • Pat Roberson gives his opinion on how to fix a struggling marriage? 
  • A guest appearance by Kurt Riebel of uResist http://uResist.org ... 
  • ...and more!
Beer [ Episode 045 ]
🍺 Tröegs Mad Elf
🍺 Southern Tier Cinnamon Roll Ale

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

● Demonizing The Left



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● Demonizing The Left : Destroys Democracy

Decades of demonizing the left has had an effect. The effects for the most part have been devastating to communities and the economy as a whole. Cutting programs and regulations that help the poor, middle-class, workers, and consumers, while simultaneously cutting taxes for the rich and giving government handouts to the wealthiest 0.1%, has decimated the public sphere. Giant multinational corporations lease the public airwaves for free. They dominate the discussion with the bias of the corporate elite. And, this devastation did not come about by accident. It has been a well thought out plan and very successful campaign by the extreme right.

After the great depression, parties on the left organized. It was a time when practically everyone had joined a workers’ union. Two socialist parties, the communist party, and the workers’ unions got together to pressure Franklin Delano Roosevelt to implement the New Deal. There was talk of revolution across the country. In 1944, FDR proposed a tax increase of 100% on the top marginal tax bracket of the time, which was income over $25,000 per year ($400,000 in today’s terms). He went to the wealthiest people (the people who had benefited the most from the system) and told them, if they don’t give something back, they could stand to lose it all. They settled on a tax of 94% on the top marginal tax bracket. And, that paid for the programs that gave us the Golden Years of Capitalism. The New Deal was a half measure. It was not socialism. It merely saved capitalism. One of the conditions, was for the organized left to stop talking about revolution. And they did, but the enraged right began to plot their revenge.

Equality feels like oppression to the privileged. They couldn’t accept the fact that everyone was doing better and that they themselves were still benefiting the most from society. The generation that elected FDR understood the lessons their children never learned. The top marginal tax rate stayed in the ninety percentile throughout the 1950’s and into the 60’s. By the 1970’s, it was in the seventy percentile. The wealthiest are generally able to subtract 40 to 50% off the percent they owe, so when they were supposed to pay 90%, they ended up paying 40% on income above the top rate. So, now that they’re supposed to pay 39%, they actually pay nothing, while still receiving huge subsidies to their businesses and districts, not to mention the bailouts when they fail. Over the longterm, Republicans cut taxes for the rich, and increase taxes on the lower 90 percent, while Democrats tax the rich a little more and the majority a little less. The Corporate Democrats have damaged the economy in a similar way as Republicans, but to a lesser degree. If an establishment news anchor attempts to relay this information to the public, they’re quickly removed, as we have seen with Dylan Ratigan, Ed Shultz, and others.

Some think that war is good for the economy, but World War II did not save the economy after the depression. Our longest war is the Afghan War, and it’s obviously not helping anyone but the rich. Only war profiteers benefit from war. Even if war helped society (which it doesn’t), it would be the most immoral solution ever devised. Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us of the growing military-industrial complex, but the Traditionalists and Baby Boomers didn’t listen. Although, the Baby Boomers did make great contributions to society with the civil rights and women’s rights movements, which came out of the more stable more equal New Deal economy. Practically, everything good that we have today can be traced back to the progress of the left, and likewise, most setbacks can be traced to the achievements of the right and the decimation of the New Deal. As we take from the poor and give to the rich, inequality increases. It’s very predictable and easy to understand, unless you’re being informed by those who benefit from your misunderstanding. If you’re angry at the poor, it’s because you’re being informed (actually manipulated) by the rich.

In 1976 and 1978, the conservatives in the Supreme Court passed laws declaring that corporations are people and money is speech, making bribery legal through campaign donations. Since, we’ve shifted from a Keynesian economy to a Friedmanist economy (or Reaganomics), CEO pay has gone through the roof, while working conditions and wages have gone down for the majority. Worker productivity has gone up, but due to the rollbacks in regulations, workers receive no benefits from their increased productivity. Now, the wealth of the world sits stagnant in the Cayman Islands or other offshore accounts. Giving to the rich has done nothing the right had claimed it would, and yet has done everything the left predicted. The Millennials who grew up with the internet, have not been so easily indoctrinated, and hence the left can be demonized no more.

The decades’ attacks on unions, socialists, and the left altogether, has been disastrous to democracy, civic engagement, and collective action as a whole. In other words, community interests have been forgotten in our political system, while private profits for the rich have taken center-stage in national and international decision making in the United States. Although, there may be one small, yet not completely insignificant, side benefit to all of this demonization and marginalization. And that is, for the past several decades the left has had to continually rethink and reevaluate it’s principles and positions. But now, there is practically no extreme left. Bernie Sanders is less of a Socialist than Eisenhower. Eisenhower taxed the rich more than Bernie has ever suggested. That's how far to the right we have gone. That which is generally considered to be the extreme left, are merely basic new deal economic policies, the lessons the Traditionalists forgot. Although hopefully, what we are left with, are more well thought out ideas. Yet, there's still much to figure out as we navigate through and, with any luck, out of this corporatists neoliberal era. Conceivably, the decades of reevaluation could help in some way, but if nothing else, it has certainly made the criticism from the right, laughable.
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 #ThinkLove #ThinkLoveIdeas #PeacefulProtest #LoveTrumpsHate #Resist @uResist
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Friday, July 7, 2017

● Happy 10th, uResist !


Happy 10th Anniversary, uResist ! 🌎
Ten years of resisting corporate
tyranny, while creating non-corporate logos, and providing progressive apparel for the ongoing resistance. THANK YOU! to all who have supported uResist this past decade! We've come a long way, and we have an even longer way to go!
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The corporate form has evolved into something quite different from it’s beginnings. Corporations originally were required to serve the public good. continue reading... 

An interview with Kurt Riebel of uResist on the
Dumb All Over podcast [ep.15].
Dumb All Over, the perfect name for a podcast at the dawn (and hopefully soon to be the dusk) of Trumpism. Best taken with their choice of craft beer. 🍺
Category: News & Politics
License: Standard YouTube License
Interview with Kurt Riebel [Episode 015]
Published May 05, 2017 HELPLESSLY HOPING
full episode http://youtube.com/watch?v=L_rPp3nS0UQ with Kurt Riebel of uResist
Beer during interview:
 🍺 Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA [ May 01, 2017]
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uResist (founded in 2007) has advocated and fought for worker's rights, consumer rights, human rights, the 99%, climate justice, economic justice, democracy, and peace. ...and, is aligned with Occupy Wall Street and democratic-socialism ☮ ☞ http://youtube.com/uResisthttp://facebook.com/u.resisthttp://uResist.org/about ☮  View our graphics and apparel at shop.uResist
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Our slogan "WEAR YOUR RESISTANCE . . . and be a conversation piece for peace" is more than just a catchphrase. The meaning behind it just might be vital to democracy and freedom. When you make a choice between free advertising for corporate rule or making your political stance a part of your everyday life, this is no insignificant matter. The choice between wearing a big business corporate logo or a conversation piece for restoring our liberties, can be vital to the direction of society. Billions of dollars are spent on advertising and subtle reminders to buy products. Big business knows the importance of advertising. So, we believe, that we can all use this same philosophy of using subtle or bold reminders on our clothing, on our bodies to promote peace and social justice, to resist corporate rule and restore a working democracy. ☮
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#PeacefulProtest #LoveTrumpsHate #ResistCorporateTyranny #Resist @uResist
  RESIST CORPORATE TYRANNY 


Monday, May 8, 2017

● Dumb All Over [ Ep.15 ]

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   [ Helplessly Hoping ]  
Dumb All Over :  A little Podcast with brash opinions on politics, religion, pop culture, and a love of craft beer! [Listener Discretion is Required]

Dumb All Over, the perfect name for a podcast at the dawn (and hopefully soon to be the dusk) of Trumpism. For an hour distraction (reminder) from the horrors of our times, put down all preconceived notions & socially accepted inhibitions, and listen to Tom and Austin banter away the bad. ...and give hope to our post-dystopian future. Best taken with their choice of craft beer. 🍺
Category: News & Politics
License: Standard YouTube License
D.A.O. HELPLESSLY HOPING [Episode 015]
Published May 05, 2017 HELPLESSLY HOPING
[Episode 015] youtube.com/watch?v=L_rPp3nS0UQ with Kurt Riebel of uResist

This week: [ May 01, 2017]
  • Who will run against Trump in 2020? 
  • Will Trump even be running in 2020? 
  • Answers to DAO’s audience Twitter questions 
  • Pastor Manning on Kellyanne Conway 
  • The budget passed to keep the Government open... ...for now.
  • A guest appearance by Kurt Riebel of uResist http://uResist.org
Beer [Episode 015]
🍺 Flying Dog Denali Imperial IPA
🍺 Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout
🍺 Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

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● The Intercept_

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█ The Intercept_ is an online publication dedicated to producing fearless, adversarial journalism. Driven by the belief that journalism should bring transparency and accountability to powerful governmental and corporate institutions. The Intercept’s journalists have the editorial freedom and legal support to pursue this mission. https://theintercept.com/staff

Cybersecurity for the People: 
   How to Protect Your Privacy at a Protest
Cybersecurity for the People: 
   How to Protect Your Privacy at a Protest https://youtube.com/watch?v=6FS0Y7TwArE
Planning on going to a protest? You might not be aware that just by showing up, you can open yourself up to certain privacy risks — police often spy on protesters, and the smartphones they carry, and no matter how peaceful the demonstration, there’s always a chance that you could get detained or arrested, and your devices could get searched.

Prepare your phone before you go to a protest to safely communicate with your friends and document the event, and know what to do if you get detained or arrested.

Whether your private conversations are personal, professional, or political, what you say or type into your phone may be of interest to snooping governments, both foreign and domestic.

Fortunately, privacy is a fundamental human right. Unfortunately, most ways that people communicate with their phones — voice calls, SMS messages, email, Facebook, Skype, Hangouts, etc. — are not as private as you might think.

But it’s possible to make sure that your private conversations are actually private. It starts with installing an app known as Signal, and getting your friends to install it too.

More detailed instructions for using Signal can be found on our website at: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/01/cyber...

Micah Lee (https://twitter.com/micahflee), Cybersecurity for the People offers tips for protecting your online privacy. They’ll cover encrypted messaging apps, passwords, whistleblowing, and more.

The Intercept is an investigative nonprofit news organization dedicated to producing fearless, adversarial journalism, with the belief that journalism should bring transparency and accountability to powerful governmental and corporate institutions.

Subscribe: https://interc.pt/subscribe
Website: https://theintercept.com
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

● RESIST CORPORATE TYRANNY


 Private power . . . 
  has usurped our government. 
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The corporate form has evolved into something quite different from it’s beginnings. Corporations originally were required to serve the public good. And now, it is required by law that profits for investors precede everything, including the public good. Today, the largest corporations receive huge subsidies, while paying next to nothing in taxes. Our tax system, by the way, is very progressive only up to about one million per year. After that it drops, so that billionaires pay nothing. Our system is regressive at the top, therefore it’s regressive overall. The public pays for research and development, and as soon as the technology becomes profitable, it’s handed over to big business for free. We pay and they profit. From aviation, computers, the internet, and cell phones, these all have taken decades (30 years each) of publicly funded research and development. They get it for free (or in exchange for campaign donations/bribes), they profit, and receive far more subsidies than they ever pay in taxes. We pay to develop new technology, and then we pay again to use it. They receive the returns on our investment. What ever happened to their bootstraps?

With all of their unfair advantages, they easily destroy medium & small businesses and real jobs, as if they never existed in the first place. And, most of the jobs created by big business do not pay enough to support a single person, let alone families. The corporate hierarchy is as extreme as any totalitarian state, with all of the power at the top. After decades of over regulating the middle class and poor, while deregulating big business, we’ve ended up with corporations more powerful than most countries, virtually above the law. Fines are not frequent or large enough to be deterrents. Externalities require the public to pay most damages. They influence elections and have acquired the rights of immortal persons. They are undemocratic and unaccountable. We need to hold them accountable.

History has given us clear examples of what works and what doesn’t work. The economy we have now is as reckless as the economy leading up to the Great Depression. The New Deal regulations saved the economy after the Great Depression and gave us a stable economy up until the Reagan Revolution destroyed it. We are still fully in the grips of Friedmanism. The policies of John Maynard Keynes gave us a strong middle class and five decades of no crashes on Wall Street, while Milton Friedman’s policies have given us three and a half  decades of one disaster after another. Conservatives still push for more austerity, privatization and deregulation, but:
“Milton Friedman's misfortune is that his economic policies have been tried.” – John Kenneth Galbraith 
This would all be common knowledge, if the private media had an interest to inform the public. Even the left wing of the corporate media has corporate (in other words, right wing) interests at its core. The Orwellian framing of the establishment media as a liberal media, urges the public to act against their own interests. Progressives understand this, but Republicans and Centrist Corporate Democrats are still deluded by the corporate propaganda of the corporate media.
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#PeacefulProtest #LoveTrumpsHate #NotMyPresident #ResistTrump #Resist @uResist
  RESIST CORPORATE TYRANNY