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) where I'm trying to weave the videos/documentaries into comprehensive stories. 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 that the World's banks are sitting on (see the Financial Crisis News Magazine).

Monday October 12, 2015
News Articles

Bernie Sanders Is Exceeding Obama's Historic 2008 Run in Crowds, Donors and Polling
magazine | author | date

In three key areas, Sanders is actually ahead of the insurgent campaign Barack Obama ran in 2007 and 2008.

When Bernie Sanders announced he would be running for president late in the Spring of 2015, many observers didn't take it seriously -- making analogies to failed perennial candidates like Ron Paul, who had a fervent base but did not make traction in the election.

Record-Breaking Crowds
Over the summer, it became clear that Sanders was drawing some of the largest crowds in Democratic primary history -- with tens of thousands pouring out into cities to see the senator. ... Read more

Disaster Capitalism by Antony Loewenstein

Award-winning journalist Antony Loewenstein travels across the US, Britain, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Australia to witness the reality of Disaster Capitalism--the hidden world of privatized detention centers and militarized private security, formed to protect corporations as they profit from war zones. He visits Britain's immigration detention centers, tours the prison system in the United States, and digs into the underbelly of the companies making a fortune from them. Loewenstein reveals the dark history of how large multinational corporations have become more powerful than governments, supported by media and political elites.
Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan's Workplaces to Clinton's Columbine and Beyond by Mark Ames

Going Postal examines the phenomenon of rage murder that took America by storm in the early 1980's and has since grown yearly in body counts and symbolic value. By looking at massacres in schools and offices as post-industrial rebellions, Mark Ames is able to juxtapose the historical place of rage in America with the social climate after Reaganomics began to effect worker's paychecks. But why high schools? Why post offices? Mark Ames examines the most fascinating and unexpected cases, crafting a convincing argument for workplace massacres as modern day slave rebellions. Like slave rebellions, rage massacres are doomed, gory, sometimes inadvertently comic, and grossly misunderstood. Going Postal seeks to contextualize this violence in a world where working isn't--and doesn't pay--what it used to. Part social critique and part true crime page-turner, Going Postal answers the questions asked by commentators on the nightly news and films such as Bowling for Columbine.

Ankara, Turkey Bombings Kill 86, Injure More Than 186
AP & HP | Suzan Fraser | 10/10/15

Two bomb explosions targeting a peace rally in Turkey's capital Ankara on Saturday killed 86 people and injured 186, Turkey's health minister said.

The explosions occurred minutes apart near Ankara's main train station as people were gathering for the rally, organized by the country's public sector workers' trade union and other civic society groups. The rally aimed to call for an end to the renewed violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces. ... Read more

Smoking Will Kill 1 in 3 Young Men in China.

You Think the NSA Is Bad? Meet Former CIA Director Allen Dulles.
MotherJones | Aaron Wiener | 10/10/15

Mother Jones chatted with Talbot about the reporting that went into his 704-page doorstop, the controversy he invited with his discussion of Kennedy-assassination conspiracy theories, and the parallels he sees in today's government intelligence overreach. ... Read more

"What follows," David Talbot boasts in the prologue to his new book The Devil's Chessboard, "is an espionage adventure that is far more action-packed and momentous than any spy tale with which readers are familiar." Talbot, the founder of Salon.com and author of the Kennedy clan study Brothers, doesn't deal in subtlety in his biography of Allen Dulles, the CIA director under presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, the younger brother of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, and the architect of a secretive national security apparatus that functioned as essentially an autonomous branch of government. Talbot offers a portrait of a black-and-white Cold War-era world full of spy games and nuclear brinkmanship, in which everyone is either a good guy or a bad guy. Dulles--who deceived American elected leaders and overthrew foreign ones, who backed ex-Nazis and thwarted left-leaning democrats--falls firmly in the latter camp.
Some History

The REAL Reason Saudi Arabia Hates Iran
ZeroHedge | author | 10/08/15

Everyone knows that the Saudi Arabia -- the center of Sunni Islam -- hates Iran because it is the center for the rival Shia Muslim sect.

In other words, the Saudi government hates Iran because it is a republic, while Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states are monarchies. The Saudis want to crush Iran so that it cannot set an example showing that Muslims can live in a republic without a monarchy. ... Read more

The CIA in Iran
NYTimes | James Risen | date

The Central Intelligence Agency's secret history of its covert operation to overthrow Iran's government in 1953 offers an inside look at how the agency stumbled into success, despite a series of mishaps that derailed its original plans.

Written in 1954 by one of the coup's chief planners, the history details how United States and British officials plotted the military coup that returned the shah of Iran to power and toppled Iran's elected prime minister, an ardent nationalist. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, October 12 [10:01]
*DN | Making Money from Misery? Disaster Capitalism from the Migrant Crisis to Afghanistan and Haiti (10/09/15) [18:51]
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver Lets Big Oil Have It: N. Dakota Boom Is Literally Killing People (10/12/15) [19:33]
Daily Show
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | Trevor Noah Points Out Huge Republican Hypocrisy (10/07/15) [8:49] TRNN | Journalist Mark Ames explains: What The Changing Workplace Has to Do With Mass Shootings (10/12/15) [10:37]
*TRNN | Abby Martin explores the history of anti-communism in America. America's Unofficial Religion - The War on an Idea (10/12/15) [10:37]
TYT | Kevin McCarthy Accuses Others Of Playing Politics Regarding Him Playing Politics (10/11/15) [4:53]
TYT | Ben Carson: Gun Control Led To Holocaust (10/11/15) [12:26]
*TYT | Democrats And Republicans Both Furious About Money In Politics () [11:27]
*RT | Syria: Russia's Turn (10/12/15) [24:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Diane Rehm Show - http://thedianerehmshow.org
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - www.pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
The Deep State
The Deep State has a life of its own, like the government itself. It's composed of top-echelon employees of a dozen Praetorian agencies, like the FBI, CIA, and NSA...top generals, admirals, and other military operatives...long-term congressmen and senators...and directors of important regulatory agencies.

But Deep State is much broader than just the government. It includes the heads of major corporations, all of whom are heavily involved in selling to the State and enabling it. That absolutely includes Silicon Valley, although those guys at least have a sense of humor, evidenced by their "Don't Be Evil" motto. It also includes all the top people in the Fed, and the heads of all the major banks, brokers, and insurers. Add the presidents and many professors at top universities, which act as Deep State recruiting centers...all the top media figures, of course...and many regulars at things like Bohemian Grove and the Council on Foreign Relations. They epitomize the status quo, held together by power, money, and propaganda. Altogether, I'll guess these people number a thousand or so.

Friday October 09, 2015
News Articles

Kickstart our hearts: Our moral depravity in Syria rises to callous new levels
Salon | Ben Norton | 10/09/15

We have money to bomb Syria, but not to help Syrian refugees. Our government's answer to that is just embarrassing

The U.S. launched a campaign this week on Kickstarter -- a crowdfunding website on which people around the world can donate to fund proposed projects — to help provide aid to Syrian refugees. All proceeds will go to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the leading international body on refugees. ... Read more

Here’s How Much We’re Spending on the War Against ISIS
MotherJones | Edwin Rios | older, 06/14/15

More than 6,200 targets damaged or destroyed in the course of nine months, according to the DOD. Roughly two-thirds of that spending, or a little more than $1.8 billion, came from the Air Force, with air operations costing $5 million per day. ... Read more

Wholesale Inventories Rise And Sales Tumble Sending Ratio To "Recession Imminent" Cycle Highs
ZeroHedge | author | 10/09/15

Wholesale Inventories rose 0.1% MoM (more than expected and the most in 7 months) and Sales dropped 1.0% MoM (notably less than expected and weakest in 7 months) sending the inventory-to-sales ratio to 1.31x - new cycle highs - and flashing the brightest recession warning yet. With inventories up 4.2% YoY and Sales down 4.5% YoY, the stunning reality is the absolute dollar spread between inventories and sales has never been bigger. ... Read more

Bank Of England Tells British Banks To Reveal Their Full Exposure To Glencore And Other Commodity Traders
ZeroHedge | author | 10/09/15

Overnight we got confirmation that Glencore has indeed become a systemic risk from a regulatory standpoint after the FT reported that the Bank of England has asked British financial institutions to reveal their full exposure to commodity traders and falling prices of raw materials amid concerns over the impact of the oil and metals slump. Or, in other words, their exposure to Glencore, Trafigura, Vitol, Gunvor and Mecuria. ... Read more

[PHOTO ESSAY] These Photos Will Make You Want to Quit Your Job and Ride a Mustang From Mexico to Canada
MotherJones | Bryan Schatz | 09/25/15

On a midsummer afternoon in 2013, in the wilds of southern Utah, Ben Masters jumped off his horse, tied it to a tree, and watched his three friends ride off into the mountains in the wrong direction. It had been a tough day. They'd already been forced to turn back after trying to scale the Wasatch Plateau, snow-choked at 10,500 feet above sea level; the horses struggled and postholed through thick snowdrifts, and the group could go no farther. ... Read more
Unbranded, the film (trailer) (09/27/15) [2:01]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 09 [8:46]
Interesting Video
*Drain The Great Lakes () [41:56]
TRNN | Journalist Patrick Cockburn, who just returned from Syria, speaks about the impact of the Russian airstrikes in Syria and weather it can play a role in bringing the civil war to an end (10/09/15) [19:31]
TRNN | Andrew Jones and Chris Williams discuss: Countdown to Paris: Are the Pledges to Cut Emissions Enough to Save the Planet? (10/09/15) [17:06]
TRNN | Stathis Kouvelakis says: Defeat and Demoralization in Greece (10/09/15) [12:49]
TYT | Ben Carson Doesn't Know What The Debt Ceiling Is (10/08/15) [7:50]
TYT | Bill Cosby Forced To Testify About Allegedly Raping Teenage Girl (10/08/15) [3:50]
DR | Friday News -- Domestic (10/09/15) [1hr]
DR | Friday News -- International (10/09/15) [1hr]
RT | Targeting All Terrorists (10/09/15) [23:31]
RoF | GOP Has Dismantled The Constitution, And Consumers Are Getting Screwed (10/08/15) [9:04]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | ALEC's 2016 Agenda (10/09/15) [6:20]
ThomHartmann | Francesco Femia, The Center For Climate & Security: Syria's Climate Conflict (10/09/15) [27:31]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - www.pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

More News Menu

National Debt - TILLIONS
*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


02.10.2011. 07:16

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