Mr. Universe's Revolutionary Roundup
Mr. Universe is a character from the science fiction movie Serenity. It's from him that I get my name "Can't Stop the [Macedonian] Signal:"
Dystopianmovies.org describes him as
So, in the interests of making this a true open thread, I thought I'd present you with a roundup of the current news sources and commentators I've been watching over the last week. I think Mr. Universe might not be averse to sharing a beer with these people. They are interested in spreading the truth of the signal, just like he is.
Jimmy Dore is usually my first stop. The attacks on his character and tone have only served to make me watch his show more.
This video has a bit of sound distortion initially, but it's a highly important story. The lawyer in question is being prosecuted by a corporation
Since we're living under a politics of personality and identity politics, I thought I'd include this Dore video on Kamala Harris. She seems to share a characteristic with both George W. Bush and Trump: confronting her with her own errors results in her doubling down on those errors. It is, I think, a standard part of the neoconservative playbook:
Another Young Turks refugee, Jordan Chariton, is doing good work on homelessness. He calls it "the other pandemic." He's traveling around America talking to people who are both suffering and organizing in response to the problem. He's started in Philadelphia. It's a good choice, because Philly has had a homelessness problem since at least the 90s. The podcast really starts at around 1:14. It goes on for over an hour, but it's rare these days to find actual investigative reporting, not beholden to any wealthy puppetmasters, and it's well worth the time. He interviews a woman from a local mutual aid society. I had no idea that there were mutual aid societies were being formed, and it's very encouraging.
I don't know if you all have been watching the ongoing drama between Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks and Aaron Mate, an independent journalist who got an award for debunking Russiagate, and who has done some groundbreaking work in Syria (literally *in* Syria; he went there to do investigative reporting on the effects of the war). Jimmy Dore gives you the background story:
Mate is part of an excellent enterprise called The Gray Zone (his own show on The Gray Zone is called "Pushback.") Here he is being interviewed by one of his colleagues, on the show "Moderate Rebels." This one, too, is long, but worthwhile even if you only listen to the first few minutes of it. It's so great to have real investigative journalism, reported by someone who has actually gone to a place and talked to the people involved.
Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti have left The Hill and their show "Rising," and become independent. Their new show is called "Breaking Points," and it has performed wonderfully, unlike the re-tooled "Rising" the Hill concocted after they left. So far, they've done remarkably well:
Krystal is doing really good work on labor:
This is a good piece. Krystal speaks for worker-owned cooperatives and legalized marijuana:
Kyle Kulinski is probably the most mainstream podcaster I watch. Here he reports on the McCarthyite attacks on Ilhan Omar by both the Republican and Democratic right. Why is she being attacked? Because she told the truth about America's crimes against humanity:
I love Hard Lens Media. It's mostly young people from Chicago, and they make me smile every time I watch them. They do, however, have long intros. If you don't want to watch the intro, move the dial to 8:17. They have stories about medical bankruptcy, Kamala Harris' recent speech, and more.
I've actually seen Graham Elwood live, and like him a lot. Here he reports on El Salvador making bitcoin its legal tender. I'm not a big fan of bitcoin, myself, because unfortunately the servers making the calculations are running on electricity produced from fossil fuels, and have a carbon footprint the size of New Zealand.
But if it were run on electricity produced from solar or wind, I'd probably be in favor of it. Here's Graham's segment on it:
Apparently, sonar uncovered a mass grave in Canada. There were 215 children's bodies in it. The dead came from "indigenous schools." These "schools" were run by the Church, and backed by the Canadian government as a tactic to destroy indigenous cultures and force indigenous people to assimilate. So they essentially kidnapped children and put them to work in what actually looks more like a forced-labor camp. They did this from the 1840s to the 1990s, and a lot of children died.
For some reason, I can't embed Lee Camp's coverage of this story on Redacted Tonight. So here's a link:
Abby Martin of The Empire Files does excellent work on American foreign policy, particularly in relation to the Middle East. Here she talks about Netanyahu's fall.
And finally, there's some actual good news: looks like scientists are finding a way to counter the mites that are causing such problems for the honeybee! It's early days yet, but the signs are encouraging:
How are you all today?