Over the past several years I have discovered a lot of great documentaries on the Internet. The frustrating part was trying to find them again for friends. Thus I started Video Journal(s).   This Video Journal is about corruption, crony capitalism and corporate/Wall Street GREED.

I don't think people understand what Wall Street's GREED has gotten us into. Sure we all know about the 700 billion dollar TARP bail-out, and the 18 trillion dollars national debt.  But, I don't think people are aware of all the trillions of dollars the FED (Federal Reserve) has loaned to the Wall Street Banks, which doesn't trickle down to main street, or the 700 trillion-to-1.2 quadrillion dollar derivatives bubble(s) that the World's banks are sitting on.

Friday February 23, 2018

Trump Blames Gun-Free Zones for School Shootings, Echoing Myth Spread by NRA
TheIntercept | Robert Mackey | 02/22/18

Speaking at the White House on Thursday, Trump ignored pleas from the Parkland survivors for a ban on assault rifles. Instead, he called for the repeal of legislation that created gun-free zones around primary and secondary schools in the 1990s to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons into classrooms. If up to 40 percent of each school’s faculty was armed, Trump said, shooting sprees could be deterred or at least quickly contained.

... In his somewhat meandering remarks to the students and parents on Wednesday, Trump claimed that the federal law banning guns in schools -- introduced in 1990 by a Democratic senator, Joe Biden, and signed by a Republican president, George H.W. Bush -- had only served to encourage attacks. "A gun-free zone to a maniac -- because they're all cowards -- a gun-free zone is, 'Let's go in and let’s attack, because bullets aren't coming back at us,'" Trump said. ... Read more

In 2018 The US Gov't Will Spend Nearly $2 Billion a Day -- Solely on War
The 2018 NDAA approves $700 billion for the Pentagon. This was done despite the fact that a recent report on the budgets of the Department of Defense and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, found that between the two departments, they have lost over $21 trillion in the last 17 years
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 23 [10:30]
Masha Gessen: Russiagate Has Become a Conspiracy Trap Obscuring How Trump Is Damaging Nation | DN | 02/23/18 | 18:04
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 23 (FULL) | 59:02
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for small white (or black) circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump to each story, and around the video.
  1. Headlines
  2. Masha Gessen: Did a Russian Troll Farm's Inflammatory Posts Really Sway the 2016 Election for Trump?
  3. Masha Gessen: Russiagate Has Become a Conspiracy Trap Obscuring How Trump Is Damaging Nation
  4. "The Young Karl Marx": Raoul Peck on New Film Examining How Marx Developed Critique of Capitalism
Wayne LaPierre Blames Socialism During School Shooting Speech | TYT | 02/22/18 | 10:24
Friday News Roundup -- Domestic | 1a.org | 02/23/18 | 1hr
  1. The debate over how to bring an end to mass shootings in America dominated the national conversation this week. Youth and survivors of gun violence raised their voices to the forefront of the discussion. And, after a lot of listening, the president weighed in, too.
  2. Amid calls for Congress to act on gun legislation, Jared Kushner's security clearance was called into question and controversial evangelical reverend Billy Graham was called home.
Friday News Roundup -- International | 1a.org | 02/23/18 | 1hr
  1. North Korea nixes plans to secretly meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
  2. Venezuela's struggle to hold on to its real currency forces it to launch a digital one.
  3. And humanitarian groups say they've simply run out of words to describe the horror being inflicted by the Syrian government on one rebel-held suburb.
NPR Fresh Air
How A Russian Troll Factory Waged An Aggressive Campaign To Disrupt The U.S. Election | NPR | 02/22/18 | 1hr

One State Passes Gun Bill Aimed At Domestic Abusers | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/23/18 | 12:36
Kingston: Dems coached shooting survivorss | CNN | 02/21/18 | 11:26
GOP donor: No money if no action on guns | CNN | 02/20/18 | 8:11
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Asks God's Stance On The NRA | Stephen Colbert | 02/23/18 | 3:54
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Marco Rubio and President Trump Stumble Through Gun Control Debates | Trevor Noah | 02/22/18 | 5:49
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Florida Shooting Survivors Being Called Fake News | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/21/18 | 7:16

Thursday February 22, 2018

Florida Shooting Survivors Face Down The NRA And Politicians, Vow To Keep Fighting
HP | Nick Visser | 02/22/18

... More than 7,000 people gathered at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, to listen to many of those affected by the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which left 17 people dead. The tragedy, the 17th school shooting so far in 2018, has prompted a wave of activism in recent days and an outpouring of anger directed at lawmakers who have refused to pass gun control legislation.

Such frustrations were on full display Wednesday as several people asked Florida Sens. Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D) what they plan to do now. Ryan Deitsch, a senior at Stoneman Douglas, asked Rubio about Congress' failure to rein in gun access and why its the students themselves who "have to march on Washington just to save innocent lives." "You're right," the senator replied. "What you've lived through, and what you live through, is not supposed to be a part of your high school experience." ... Read more

Drones in the Sahara
TheIntercept | Joe Penney | 02/18/18

LATE IN THE morning of October 4 last year, a convoy of Nigerien and American special forces soldiers in eight vehicles left the village of Tongo Tongo. As they made their way between mud-brick houses with thatched roofs, they were attacked from one side by dozens of militants, if not hundreds. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Nigeriens and Americans fled, some on foot, running for cover behind trees and clusters of millet, their boots caked in the light brown earth. By the time the fighting was over, five Nigeriens and four Americans were killed, their bodies left naked in the bush after the militants took their uniforms.

The news went straight to the front pages in the United States and sparked a conflict between the family of one of the soldiers and President Donald Trump, after the president made insensitive remarks during a condolence call to the soldier's widow. But the story also spread like wildfire throughout Niger, where the big news wasn't so much that American soldiers had been killed, but that Americans soldiers were fighting in the country in the first place.

... In fact, U.S. Special Operations forces have been in Niger since at least 2013 and are stationed around the country on forward operating bases with elite Nigerien soldiers. What happened in Tongo Tongo is just a taste of the potential friction and instability to come, because the pièce de resistance of American military engagement in Niger is a $110 million drone base the U.S. is building about 450 miles northeast of Niamey in Agadez, a city that for centuries has served as a trade hub on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, not far from Mali, Algeria, Libya and Chad. In January, I hopped aboard an aging plane that followed a roundabout route to one of America's largest-ever military investments in Africa, its latest battleground in an opaque, expensive, and counterintuitive war on the continent. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 22 [12:39]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 22 (FULL) | 59:02
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for small white (or black) circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump to each story, and around the video.
  1. Headlines
  2. "The Time to Act Is Now": Florida School Shooting Survivors Confront Trump, Rubio on Gun Control
  3. Former Parkland Student: I Interned for Senator Rubio. Now I'm Begging Him to Act on Guns
  4. "A Monstrous Campaign of Annihilation": Death Toll in Eastern Ghouta Tops 300 from Syrian Assault
John Sipher -> Russian Espionage, or Clickbait? Part 1 | TRNN | 02/22/18 | 18:21
Parkland Crisis Actor Conspiracy Theory DEBUNKED | TYT | 02/21/18 | 11:21
1A Live From CPAC | 1a.org | 02/22/18 | 1hr
Last year, a guest on 1A suggested that we broadcast the show from CPAC: the Conservative Political Action Conference. We didn't hesitate to say yes.

And here we are. This year's conference will feature both the president and the vice president, as well as media figures, organizers, theorists and thinkers from across the conservative spectrum. There will be panels on economics, foreign relations, cybersecurity and career development. Here's the full agenda.

Joe: Yesterday, The White House Got It Right By Listening | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/22/18 | 8:56
Ari Melber On Latest Russia Guilty Plea In Robert Mueller's Investigation | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 6:12
Poll: Most Of The Country Doesn't Like Donald Trump As A Person | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 3:56
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Kids From Florida Aren't Acting | Stephen Colbert | 02/22/18 | 7:57
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Conservatives Attack Parkland Survivors Once Again | Trevor Noah | 02/21/18 | 7:28
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Florida Shooting Survivors Being Called Fake News | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/21/18 | 7:16
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Are Child Actors Being Used To Push Gun Control In Florida Shooting? | Alex Jones | 02/21/18 | 13:53
The Truth About Crisis Actors In The Florida Shooting | Alex Jones | 02/21/18 | 38:35

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National Debt - TRILLIONS
*Demonocracyinfo | US Debt in Physical $100 bills [2:10]

National Debt
US Debt Stacked in $100 bills
United States owes a lot of money, with its debt equal to the size of the economy as of 2012. See the Statue of Liberty & WTC being dwarfed by the debt.


Now... Who Own the Derivative Time Bomb?

Five Banks Account For 96% Of The $250 Trillion In Outstanding US Derivative Exposure; Is Morgan Stanley Sitting On An FX Derivative Time Bomb?
Zero Hedge | Author | 09/24/11

The latest quarterly report from the Office Of the Currency Comptroller is out and as usual it presents in a crisp, clear and very much glaring format the fact that the top 4 banks in the US now account for a massively disproportionate amount of the derivative risk in the financial system. Specifically, of the $250 trillion in gross notional amount of derivative contracts outstanding (consisting of Interest Rate, FX, Equity Contracts, Commodity and CDS) among the Top 25 commercial banks (a number that swells to $333 trillion when looking at the Top 25 Bank Holding Companies), a mere 5 banks (and really 4) account for 95.9% of all derivative exposure (HSBC replaced Wells as the Top 5th bank, which at $3.9 trillion in derivative exposure is a distant place from #4 Goldman with $47.7 trillion). The top 4 banks: JPM with $78.1 trillion in exposure, Citi with $56 trillion, Bank of America with $53 trillion and Goldman with $48 trillion, account for 94.4% of total exposure. As historically has been the case, the bulk of consolidated exposure is in Interest Rate swaps ($204.6 trillion), followed by FX ($26.5TR), CDS ($15.2 trillion), and Equity and Commodity with $1.6 and $1.4 trillion, respectively. Read more


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