Over the last year 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 15.2 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 dollar derivatives bubble that the banks are sitting on (see the Financial Crisis News Magazine).

Tuesday August 19, 2014
News Articles

Two California youths accused of plotting high school shooting spree
Reuters | Steve Gorman | 08/18/14

Police in the Los Angeles suburb of South Pasadena said on Monday they had thwarted a mass shooting plot with the arrest of two teenagers who were conspiring to kill several staffers and as many fellow students as possible at their high school.

"Enough evidence was discovered, and based on that evidence the two students were arrested," the statement said, though it did not identify the pair or make clear when they were taken into custody. ... Read more

Iraq Vet: Small-Town Cops Have Better Armor and Weaponry Than We Carried in a Combat
Bill Moyers | Rafael Noboa y Rivera | 08/15/14

In my year in Iraq, I lost track of how many times my guys asked me why so many Iraqis viewed us with distrust when we were trying to help them. The question would arise while we were walking the beat with Iraqi police officers, manning checkpoints, or in our forward operating base after we went off-duty.

Invariably, my response went something like this: “Imagine that you’re back home, OK? Suddenly, you got a whole mess of Iraqi soldiers in your town. They’re all over the place, doing the same things we’re doing right now. How do you think you’d react? You’d probably get pretty hot, right?” ... Read more
“Civil Disturbances (ATP 3-39.33)”, the Army’s crowd control manual (PDF)

How America’s Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty
Bill Moyers | Laura Flanders | 08/15/14

Before Zaida Ramos joined Cooperative Home Care Associates, she was raising her daughter on public assistance, shuttling between dead-end office jobs, and not making ends meet. “I earned in a week what my family spent in a day,” she recalled.

After 17 years as a home health aide at Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA), the largest worker-owned co-op in the United States, Ramos recently celebrated her daughter’s college graduation. She’s paying half of her son’s tuition at a Catholic school, and she’s a worker-owner in a business where she enjoys flexible hours, steady earnings, health and dental insurance, plus an annual share in the profits. She’s not rich, she says, “but I’m financially independent. I belong to a union, and I have a chance to make a difference.” ... Read more
A Co-op Story: Green Worker Co-op Academy (08/08/14) [8:02]

Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200
Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay | 08/19/14

Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world's worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200.

The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy.

As the Geneva-based World Health Organization rushed to ramp up the global response to the outbreak first detected in March, including emergency food deliveries to quarantined zones, it announced that deaths from it had risen to 1,299 as of Aug. 16, out of 2,240 cases. ... Read more

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 19 [9:46]
DN | Pastor: In Ferguson Police Crackdown, I Need a Gas Mask More Than My Clerical Collar (08/19/14) [13:56]
DN | Activist: For a New Generation, Ferguson Marks Historic Nonviolent Resistance to Police Repression (08/19/14) [5:40], Part 2 [9:41]
*DN | "Overpoliced & Underprotected": In Michael Brown Killing, Neglect of Black Communities Laid Bare (08/19/14) [12:39]
TRNN | Activist Kevin Alexander Gray talks about the need for radical structural change to address the demands of the Ferguson uprising and the killing of unarmed African Americans across the United States (08/18/14) [12:48]
John Oliver
*John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization (08/17/14) [15:09]
TYT News
TYT | Fox Guest’s Ignorant 'Explanation' Of Michael Brown’s Head Wounds (08/18/14) [4:04]
TYT | Are White People Thug Gangsters, Just Look At Their Hands! (08/18/14) [4:37]

*TYT | 'Raid & Detain' Is Now The Standard Procedure For Internet Trash-Talk? (08/18/14) [7:58]
*TYT | President Obama (R) Destroys Lobbyist Regulations (08/18/14) [3:48]
TYT | Congress Gets A Raise, But No Raise For You. (08/18/14) [3:12]
Thom Hartmann
Thom Hartmann: Why Fox News has the Right to Lie to Us (older) [6:55]
Fox News Caught Lying/Knowing Nothing on Solar Power (older) [5:15]
What is going on with these people?
ANOTHER Republican Says Disabled Children God's Punishment for Abortion (04/14/14) [2:17]
Some Other Infamous Quotes

  1. “When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, ‘Oh shut up’ I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.” – Glenn Beck
  2. “Facts are stupid things.” – Ronald Reagan
  3. “Trees cause more pollution than automobiles.” – Ronald Reagan
  4. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” — Todd Akin
  5. “I think it would be a good idea if perhaps we had the kids work for their lunches: trash to be taken out, hallways to be swept, lawns to be mowed, make them earn it, If they miss a lunch or they miss a meal they might not, in that class that afternoon, learn to add, they may not learn to diagram a sentence, but they’ll learn a more important lesson.”- Del. Ray Canterbury (R-Greenbrier)
  6. “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.”- Rush Limbaugh
  7. “What a terrible thing to have lost one’s mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is.” – Vice President Dan Quayle, on “A Mind is a Terrible Thing To Waste”
  8. And I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship… There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, “M-Fer, I want more iced tea.”– Bill O’Reilly on going to a restaurant in Harlem
  9. “But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States. … I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly — men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann
  10. “I think [women] should be armed but should not vote…women have no capacity to understand how money is earned. They have a lot of ideas on how to spend it…it’s always more money on education, more money on child care, more money on day care.”– Ann Coulter

Monday August 18, 2014
News Articles

Federal Authorities Wade Deeper Into Teen's Death
WSJ | Devlin Barrett | 08/17/14

The announcement Sunday came after dozens of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents descended on the St. Louis suburb over the weekend to gather evidence as violent protests resumed following two days of relative peace.

Earlier, more than 3,000 people, including prominent civil rights leaders, gathered at a "unity rally" to call for greater protection for young black men who encounter police and greater federal intervention in the case of Michael Brown, the African-American teen killed Aug. 9 by a white police officer. ... Read more

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Lawmaker To Introduce Bill To Curb Increasing Militarization Of Police Agencies
http://washington.cbslocal.com/ | author | 08/15/14

A police officer keeps watch over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo (north St. Louis)

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A giant column of Russian aid trucks is headed for Ukraine — flanked by attack helicopters
vox.com | Max Fisher | 08/15/14

Russia is sending 280 trucks barreling toward eastern Ukraine as part of what it says is an aid convoy to help Ukrainian civilians effected by the worsening fighting there. But Ukrainian officials say they will not allow the trucks to cross into Ukraine because they believe they are a clandestine invasion force. It's not hard to see why: a few months earlier, Russia sent undercover special forces into the Ukrainian region of Crimea as the vanguard of a hostile invasion, which quickly annexed the territory.

Russia, never great at public relations abroad, is giving Ukraine reasons to worry, and not just because it is actively arming and supplying the eastern Ukrainian separatists who are causing the violence there. On Wednesday, for example, the aid convoy made a mysterious and unannounced stop at a Russian military base -- no one is sure why. Russia will not reveal the contents of the trucks. ... Read more

NAFTA Is 20 Years Old – Here Are 20 Facts That Show How It Is Destroying The Economy
ZeroHedge | author | 08/15/14

Back in the early 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of the hottest political issues in the country. When he was running for president in 1992, Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans that it would reduce illegal immigration. Ross Perot warned that just the opposite would happen. He warned that if NAFTA was implemented there would be a "giant sucking sound" as thousands of businesses and millions of jobs left this country. Most Americans chose to believe Bill Clinton. Well, it is 20 years later and it turns out that Perot was right and Clinton was dead wrong.

  1. More than 845,000 American workers have been officially certified for Trade Adjustment Assistance because they lost their jobs due to imports from Mexico or Canada or because their factories were relocated to those nations.
  2. Overall, it is estimated that NAFTA has cost us well over a million jobs.
  3. U.S. manufacturers pay Mexican workers just a little over a dollar an hour to do jobs that American workers used to do.
  4. The number of illegal immigrants living in the United States has more than doubled since the implementation of NAFTA.
  5. In the year before NAFTA, the U.S. had a trade surplus with Mexico and the trade deficit with Canada was only 29.6 billion dollars. Last year, the U.S. had a combined trade deficit with Mexico and Canada of 177 billion dollars.
  6. It has been estimated that the U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported from overseas.
  7. One professor has estimated that cutting the total U.S. trade deficit in half would create 5 million more jobs in the United States.
  8. Since the auto industry bailout, approximately 70 percent of all GM vehicles have been built outside the United States. In fact, many of them are now being built in Mexico.
  9. NAFTA hasn't worked out very well for Mexico either. Since 1994, the average yearly rate of economic growth in Mexico has been less than one percent.
  10. The exporting of massive amounts of government-subsidized U.S. corn down into Mexico has destroyed more than a million Mexican jobs and has helped fuel the continual rise in the number of illegal immigrants coming north.
  11. Someone making minimum wage in Mexico today can buy 38 percent fewer consumer goods than the day before NAFTA went into effect.
  12. Overall, the United States has lost a total of more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001.
  13. Back in the 1980s, more than 20 percent of the jobs in the United States were manufacturing jobs. Today, only about 9 percent of the jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.
  14. We have fewer Americans working in manufacturing today than we did in 1950 even though our population has more than doubled since then.
  15. Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, only 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.
  16. As I wrote about recently, one out of every six men in their prime working years (25 to 54) do not have a job at this point.
  17. Because we have shipped millions of jobs overseas, the competition for the jobs that remain has become extremely intense and this has put downward pressure on wages. Right now, half the country makes $27,520 a year or less from their jobs.
  18. When adults cannot get decent jobs, it is often children that suffer the most. It is hard to believe, but more than one out of every five children in the United States is living in poverty in 2014.
  19. In 1994, only 27 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, more than 46 million Americans are on food stamps.
  20. According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades if current trends continue.
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So if NAFTA is so bad for American workers, then why don't our politicians just repeal it? [6:44]

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 18 [13:13]
DN | Missouri Deploys National Guard to Ferguson; Autopsy Shows Police Shot Michael Brown 6 Times (08/18/14) [6:56], Part 2 [12:19], Part 3 [12:11], Part 4 [3:01], Part 5 [7:34]
*TRNN | Nafeez Ahmed and Antonia Juhasz say that the U.S. is using the possibility of Kurdish independence as a threat against the central government in Baghdad (08/18/14) [15:49]
TRNN | IPS's Phyllis Bennis discusses: Will Iraq's New PM Differ from al-Maliki? (08/18/14) [9:33]
TRNN | Richard Falk says: "A Tragic Mistake" To Not Explore Diplomacy With Hamas (08/18/14) [16:12]
*TRNN | Aleksandr Buzgalin says that Western sanctions are fueling a new sense of nationalism and pride, but it serves the oligarchs who want a more powerful state and armed forces to pursue their "Jurassic Capitalism" economic agenda (08/18/14) [10:23]
Stephen Colbert to Replace Letterman, Conservatives Flip Out (04/14/14) [7:18]
TYT News
*TYT | Getting A Military Vehicle Is Shockingly Simple (08/15/14) [10:56] (see left column)
TYT | Russia Sends Hundreds Of Trucks To Ukrainian Border (08/15/14) [2:04]
"Russia is sending 280 trucks barreling toward eastern Ukraine as part of what it says is an aid convoy to help Ukrainian civilians effected by the worsening fighting there. But Ukrainian officials say they will not allow the trucks to cross into Ukraine because they believe they are a clandestine invasion force. It's not hard to see why: a few months earlier, Russia sent undercover special forces into the Ukrainian region of Crimea as the vanguard of a hostile invasion, which quickly annexed the territory.

Russia, never great at public relations abroad, is giving Ukraine reasons to worry, and not just because it is actively arming and supplying the eastern Ukrainian separatists who are causing the violence there. On Wednesday, for example, the aid convoy made a mysterious and unannounced stop at a Russian military base — no one is sure why. Russia will not reveal the contents of the trucks.
TYT | Ukraine Destroys Russian Military Convoy, Open Warfare Looms (08/15/14) [7:03]
"Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that Ukrainian forces had attacked and destroyed part of a column of Russian military vehicles on Ukrainian territory, a step that, if confirmed, would represent a significant escalation of hostilities between Ukraine and Russia.

Poroshenko told British Prime Minister David Cameron that “the majority” of a column of Russian military vehicles “had been destroyed by the Ukrainian artillery at night,” his office said in a statement. The announcement came as NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday that the defense alliance had seen an “incursion” into Ukraine the previous night.

The Kremlin denied Friday that there had been a border incursion, and a Russian military spokesman said that no Russian vehicles had been destroyed.“
NYTimes | For days after the death of Michael Brown, protesters faced off with the police as racially charged demonstrations gripped the streets of Ferguson, Mo. (08/15/14) [3:09]
Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire | Papantonio: Ferguson Displays New Militarized Police Culture (08/15/14) [7:22]
Shadow Government | COG
TheLipTV | Sean Stone: CIA Secret Terror & the Shadow Government with Juval Aviv (04/11/14) [44:27]
What do the CIA, Hamas, the Mossad and Iran have in common? More than you may believe. CIA secrets of drugs, terror and the Lockerbie bombing, and the web of influence that has made political enemies into brothers in business through the shadow government is shared by retired Mossad agent, Juval Aviv. We also look at what the Russian government are really doing in Ukraine, US and Chinese government interest in Malaysia Flight 370, and more on this Buzzsaw interview hosted by Sean Stone.

Guest Bio:
Juval Aviv is an Israeli-American security consultant and writer. He may be best known for his work with the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, and for having conducted the counter-terrorist operation as detailed by George Jonas in his novel, Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team. Since 2003, Aviv has published four books related to security, two of which address notable mysteries. He writes under the nom-de-plume of Sam Green.
Shadow Government - Alex Jones DVDs
I don't normally post Alex Jones Show or his Videos, because he has gotten to extreme in his opinions. I can see how that can happen through frustration. But, since he is on the Right and I'm on the Left I rather stick with DemocracyNow, TRNN, Ring-of-Fire, Thom Hartmann, TYT, etc. However, I do like his videos for the historical information on the NWO and also exposing Secret Societies, i.e. Freemason, Illuminati, CFR, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg, Bohemian Grove, Skull & Bones, etc.
Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined () [2:14:00]
Fall of the Republic () [2:24:19]
Police State 4: The Rise of FEMA () [2:20:38]
EndGame () [2:19:30]
The Obama Deception () [1:53:40]
Shadow Government - History
I found this 2hr video one of the best Histories on Secret Societies. If you are short on time, you can skip over the intro to 4:35, and if you are not particularly religious you can probably skip the ending, 2:17:00 to 2:26:14. Otherwise, the history is very well layed out.
*The New World Order- Secret Societies and Biblical Prophecy () [2:26:13]
The following video is part of the Zeitgeist Movement... this is Part 3. I particularly like the whole set of videos and will try to post them later this week. This video again reinforces the Histories on Secret Societies.
The Men Who Own and Run the U S Government (2013) [48:55]
Aaron Russo Told About 9/11 in Advance (2009) [5:12]
Reflections And Warnings - An Interview With Aaron Russo (2009) [1:35:45]

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Jason Hall Organized a Movement.
I started Slow Roll to show Detroit in a positive light.
It takes heart to live in Detroit. Locals are quick to acknowledge their city’s challenges, and Jason Hall was no different. “I was feeling a bit beaten down by this city,” he says. But everything changed when a friend suggested he do the simplest thing: Take a bike ride to clear his head. “I got out and started to see Detroit in a different way,” he says. “On the ground level, you see the potential that exists. The city’s wide open for new ideas.”
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Robin Williams
Koko's Tribute to Robin Williams (08/13/14) [4:36]
A Robin Williams tribute video from USO (08/13/14) [6:50]

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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