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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).

Friday August 18, 2017
Our Revolution: A Future to Believe by Bernie Sanders (2016)

When Bernie Sanders began his race for the presidency, it was considered by the political establishment and the media to be a "fringe" campaign, something not to be taken seriously. After all, he was just an Independent senator from a small state with little name recognition. His campaign had no money, no political organization, and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment.

By the time Sanders's campaign came to a close, however, it was clear that the pundits had gotten it wrong. Bernie had run one of the most consequential campaigns in the modern history of the country. He had received more than 13 million votes in primaries and caucuses throughout the country, won twenty-two states, and more than 1.4 million people had attended his public meetings. Most important, he showed that the American people were prepared to take on the greed and irresponsibility of corporate America and the 1 percent.

In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all?and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started. The campaign may be over, but the struggle goes on.

Van Hits Pedestrians in Deadly Barcelona Terror Attack
NYTimes | Anne-Sophie Bolon | 08/17/17

Spain was hit by its worst terrorist attack in more than a decade Thursday, when a van driver plowed into dozens of people enjoying a sunny afternoon on one of Barcelona's most famous thoroughfares, killing at least 13 people and leaving 80 bloodied on the pavement.

Hours later, the Catalan police said they foiled a second van attack, in the seaside town of Cambrils 70 miles to the south, fatally shooting at least four people who appeared to be wearing explosive belts, according to Spanish news reports. ... Read more

Gary Cohn stays put -- for now -- following Trump's comments on Charlottesville
WashingtonPost | Damian Paletta | 08/17/17

The White House on Thursday took the unusual step of saying that National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn would not resign, trying to contain the fallout from President Trump's controversial comments about the deadly riot in Charlottesville over the weekend and his assertion that "very fine people" were protesting alongside neo-Nazis.

Cohn, who funded the Cohn Jewish Student Center at Kent State University in 2009, was mortified by Trump's comments, three people close to him said, and he has been bombarded with calls from friends asking him if he will leave. ... Read more

President Trump on Aug. 15 said that "there's blame on both sides" for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 | 09/15/17 | 2:45

Trump's Longtime Business Partner Told Family He and POTUS Are 'Going to Prison': Report
AlterNet | David Edwards / Raw Story | 08/17/17

Felix Sater hinted last month that he's already flipped on the president.

Felix Sater, one of Donald Trump's shadiest former business partners, is reportedly preparing for prison time -- and he says the president will be joining him behind bars.

Sources told The Spectator's Paul Wood that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's deep dive into Trump's business practices may be yielding results. Trump recently made remarks that could point point to a money laundering scheme, Wood reported. ... Read more

"They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what? You just magnified her." | CSpan | 08/16/17 | 6:58

**Bannon ridicules White House adversaries in wide-ranging interview
Politico | Louis Nelson | 08/17/17

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon pledged to shake up staffing at the Departments of Defense and State and said his adversaries, both inside and outside the White House, are "wetting themselves" at the prospect of his plans.

He also appeared to take on National Economic Council Chair Gary Cohn and said the U.S. must ready itself for an "economic war with China" that has already begun. ... Read more

Steve Bannon Accidentally Spills The Beans? | TYT | 08/17/17 | 10:28

CEOs to move their White House talks underground
Politico | Nancy Cook | 08/17/17

Chief executives no longer want to appear in photo-ops with President Donald Trump following his race comments about Charlottesville, but that doesn't mean they're giving up on trying to shape his agenda

There's simply too much money at stake with tax reform, infrastructure and health care in play -- billions of dollars in a tax overhaul alone -- for corporations to disengage entirely with the White House or official Washington.

So while companies will rely less on direct access to Trump through advisory councils and meetings at the White House, their advisers and lobbyists still plan to engage with top White House aides such as Vice President Mike Pence or National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, political appointees at agencies, and Congress to make their case for rolling back regulations, keeping specific tax breaks, or cutting the corporate tax rate. ... Read more

Markets Roiled on Trump Stance Tensions: Markets Wrap
Bloomberg | Eric J Weiner | 08/17/17

A sense of growing unease gripped financial markets as President Donald Trump exacerbated the controversy sparked by a racist rally in Virginia and terrorists struck a crowded street in Barcelona.

U.S. stocks retreated, with the S&P 500 Index posting its second biggest one-day decline of the year, and a measure of market volatility spiked higher. Treasuries rose with the yen as investors sought havens. Gold jumped. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 18 [10:58]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 18 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Anne Frank Center: Trump's Personal Twitter Account Amplifies Hate and Should Be Suspended
  3. Nephew of Fascist Who Marched in Charlottesville & Former Neo-Nazi on Confronting Racists
  4. Trump's DOJ Demands Personal Info On 1.3M Visitors to "DisruptJ20" Inauguration Protest Website
Alt-Right and Ultra-Zionist Alliance against National Security Advisor McMaster | TRNN | 08/18/17 | 11:15
US Begins Korea War Games, Not Peace Talks | TRNN | 08/17/17 | 17:09
US Wants Online Data of Anti-Trump Protesters | TRNN | 08/17/17 | 11:33
In an unprecedented act, the Justice Department is seeking the personal internet information of 1.3 million visitors to www.disruptj20.org, an anti-Trump website that organized Inauguration Day protests.
Trump Defends Confederacy More Than Southern Republican | TYT | 08/17/17 | 8:44
Is Donald Trump giving a voice to white supremacists? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 08/17/17 | 24:45
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 08/18/17 | 1hr
A single story dominated the news cycle this week: a tragedy that took the life of a young woman in Charlottesville, Virginia and the president's controversial responses to the event that led to her death.

The White House, white supremacy and where President Trump's agenda goes from here.
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 08/18/17 | 1hr
Last weekend's violence in Charlottesville may have grown from American history but it's international news. Around the world, leaders are criticizing President Trump's reaction to the events. Even Ayatollah Khameni spoke up.

The news has overshadowed developments in the high-tension verbal sparring between North Korea and the United States, Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Latin America and a round of international trade talks.

The world is also sending condolences to Spain after a van attack killed at least 13 people and injured about 80 others.
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
No Nazi Scumbags Allowed In The US Military | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/17/17 | 16:05
Trump Pushes 'Huge Historical Lie' After Attack | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/18/17 | 4:18
Bill Moyers: Instead Of A 'Soul,' Donald Trump Has An 'Open Sore' | MSNBC Last Word | 08/17/17 | 11:15
Joe: The President Is Narrowcasting | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/18/17 | 16:37
Charles Krauthammer Crushes His Fox' colleague For Defending Trump's "AWFUL" Statements | FoxNews | 08/17/17 | 7:15
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
General Kelly's 18 Days Of Discipline | Stephen Colbert | 08/18/17 | 3:32
Trump Botched His Well-Wishes For Spain | Stephen Colbert | 08/18/17 | 4:39
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel Reads Mean Comments from Trump Supporters | Jimmy Kimmel | 08/18/17 | 2:19

Thursday August 17, 2017

After Trump Hedges His Condemnation of Hate, C.E.O.s Organize a Mass Defection
NYTimes | David Gelles | 08/16/17

On Monday, Indra Nooyi, the chief executive of Pepsi, picked up the phone and began calling other prominent corporate chieftains who -- like her -- had agreed to advise President Trump. A rebellion was brewing.

Ms. Nooyi quickly reached Mary T. Barra, the head of General Motors, and Virginia M. Rometty, the chief of IBM, who were both similarly outraged with the president's response. Together, they agreed that it was time to step down from the Strategic and Policy Forum, an elite group formed late last year to advise the president on economic issues.

As these calls were occurring, the president's other main business advisory group, the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, had begun to disintegrate. Early Monday, the chief executive of Merck stepped down from that group, followed by the chiefs of Intel and Under Armour, and representatives from a labor group and a nonprofit business alliance. ... Read more

Amid C.E.O. Exodus, Trump Disbands Top Business Panels
  1. President Trump's main council of top corporate leaders disbanded after he equated white nationalist hate groups with the protesters opposing them.
  2. Soon after, the president announced on Twitter that "rather than putting pressure" on the members, he would end his executive councils.
Eclipsing the Sun | On August 21, the moon will paint a swath of North America in darkness. The Great American Eclipse. | 4:36

Bannon Mocks Colleagues and 'Alt-Right' in Interview
NYTimes | Michael D. Shear | 08/17/17

... Speaking on Tuesday, the same day that Mr. Trump was being assailed for his response to the Charlottesville protests, Mr. Bannon also dismissed the right-wing fringe as "a collection of clowns." He said the more liberals talk about "identity politics," the easier it will be for Mr. Trump to defeat Democrats by focusing on economic nationalism.

Mr. Bannon told friends that he did not believe that his conversation was an on-the-record interview. But Mr. Bannon is a savvy media operator who rarely speaks without a clear understanding of the rules. Mr. Kuttner said the issue of whether the call was on the record never came up. ... Read more

Steve Bannon: Charlottesville Reaction A 'Defining Moment' For Donald Trump | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/16/17 | 7:36

Analyst Lays Out China's "Doomsday" Scenario
ZeroHedge | author | 08/17/17

According to Autonomous analyst Charlene Chu, bad debt in China's financial system will reach as much as $7.6 trillion by the end of this year: an estimate which implies a staggering bad-debt ratio of 34%, orders of magnitude above the official number, and nothing short of a "doomsday scenario" for China's financial system if accurate. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 17 [13:51]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 17 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Exclusive: Stonewall Jackson's Great-Great-Grandsons Call for Removal of Confederate Monuments
  3. Life After Hate: Trump Admin Stops Funding Former Neo-Nazis Who Now Fight White Supremacy
  4. "Vile, Hateful & Racist": A Fargo Family Disowns White Supremacist Relative After Charlottesville
**Col. Larry Wilkerson -> Under Trump, Al Qaeda is Flourishing | TRNN | 08/17/17 | 15:57
Historian Gerald Horne says -> Trump Defends White Supremacy to Maintain Elite Power Structure | TRNN | 08/17/17 | 11:38
PREDICTION: Trump Will Resign In Disgrace...Soon | TYT | 08/16/17 | 10:49
Klan Leader Celebrates Murder Of Heather Heyer | TYT | 08/16/17 | 5:35
Moment Of Truth Coming For Trump | TYT | 08/16/17 | 7:55
And The Alt-Right Survey Says... Racist! | TYT | 08/16/17 | 13:39
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
The Search For America's Moral Core | 1a.org | 08/17/17 | 1hr
America is doing some heavy soul-searching after the violence in Charlottesville and President Trump's responses to it.

America has survived far worse, but today millions of Americans are saying, "This is not who we are."
The Next Chapter For Dystopian Literature | 1a.org | 08/17/17 | 1hr
Today's book lovers are hungry for stories of dark, dystopian futures. Novels like "1984," "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Parable of the Sower" are hard to keep in stock these days.

But what's inspiring the next generation of dystopian narratives? We assemble a panel of authors to talk about how current events, national politics and international relations inspire their new works and appeal to an audience with an affinity for apocalyptic endings.
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
President Trump defended the Charlottesville marchers. Here's what we saw. | PBS | 08/16/17 | 4:20
Russia Still Helping Donald Trump, Hacked Mail Story Suggests | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/16/17 | 6:46
GOP, Business And The Country Respond To Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/17/17 | 9:27
Donald Trump Goes After Lindsey Graham In New Tweets | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/17/17 | 3:36
Joe: None Of Us Have Seen Anything Like Yesterday | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/16/17 | 30:37
Anderson Cooper's Brilliant Reaction To Trump's Statements - EXPOSES His Bad Leadership | CNN | 08/16/17 | 10:17
Shepard Smith Just Wrecked Trump's "Disgraceful" Message In An Magnificent Breakdown | FoxNews | 08/16/17 | 13:16
'Wow, That Was Something Else' Jake Tapper Dumbfounded By Trump's Hypocrisy | CNN | 08/16/17 | 8:53
Jake Tapper: Chorus of officials condemn racism | CNN | 08/16/17 | 5:09
Jake Tapper: Fact check: Trump wrong on whether he waits for the facts | CNN | 08/16/17 | 3:33
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump: America's First 'Racist Grandpa' President | Stephen Colbert | 08/17/17 | 8:33
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel Interviews Kellyanne Conway About Trump Damage Control | Jimmy Kimmel | 08/16/17 | 5:31
Late-night reactions: Trump's press conference on Charlottesville | WashingtonPost | 08/16/17 | 1:46

Alternate News ??
Breaking, Stock Market To Crash?: Alex Jones Infowars 8/17/17 (pt-1) | Infowars| 08/17/17 | 24:02

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Trump blows up damage control as he blames 'both sides' for Charlottesville
Politico | Annie Karni | 08/15/17

'My head is spinning,' one White House aide says after the president also pins blame on the 'alt-left.'

It took President Donald Trump two days to explicitly call out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who engaged in violent protests over the weekend that resulted in the death of a 32-year-old Charlottesville woman. ... Read more

Ryan, other Republicans outraged by Trump news conference
Politico | Austin Wright | 08/15/17

President Donald Trump sparked a barrage of Republican outrage on Tuesday after he blamed "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia -- including from House Speaker Paul Ryan.

"We must be clear," Ryan said after Trump's remarks. "White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity." ... Read more

Trump's "frenemy of the week" campaign is starting to backfire: Which Republican will he try to humiliate next?
Salon | Bob Cesca | 08/13/17

First Sessions, then McMaster -- this week it's Mitch McConnell. These former loyalists will turn on him eventually

It appears as though Trump has decided to make McConnell his "Frenemy of the Week." You might recall previous frenemies in Trump's crosshairs. A few weeks ago, it was Jeff Sessions because the attorney general recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, and Trump basically admitted that Sessions was nominated exclusively in order to obstruct the probe. Then there was Trump's own national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, who was attacked over the situation in Afghanistan, as well as over the feud between McMaster and splotchy contortionist Steve Bannon. ... Read more

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report
NYT | Lisa Friedman | older, 08/07/17

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited. ... Read more

Daily Caller Once Advised How to 'Plow Through' Liberal Protesters With a Car
Mediaite | Aidan McLaughlin | 08/15/17

The Daily Caller in January posted a video compilation of "cars plowing through protesters," instructing readers to "Study the technique" as "it may prove useful in the next four years."

The video was compiled by Mike Raust, the Daily Caller's video editor. It features a number of clips of people in cars and trucks driving through protestors blocking roads.

"If you are easily triggered, stop watching now," a text at the start of the video reads. "Too late," the next text says, as a truck drives through a protester. The compilation is set to a terrible acoustic rendition of Ludacris' 2002 hit "Move Bitch."... Read more
Conservatives Caught Sharing 'How-To Run Over People' Video | TYT | 08/15/17 | 8:37

China's Rising Debt Unnerves the IMF. The Alternative Is Worse.
Bloomberg | Daniel Moss | 08/15/17

With debt three times as large as GDP, the nation will represent a huge global risk. Anything less would be a risk as well.

Debt racked up by China's government, companies and households will likely balloon to almost 300 percent of gross domestic product by early next decade, the International Monetary Fund projected in its annual review of the country's economy. ... Read more

Keith Olbermann
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 16 [9:04]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 16 (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.
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  1. Headlines
  2. Meet the College Student Who Pulled Down a Confederate Statue in Durham & Defied White Supremacy
  3. Bree Newsome: Charlottesville is Latest Chapter in Long U.S. History of White Supremacist Terror
  4. Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets
Erika Andiola says -> Trump Defends White Nationalists, Blames 'Both Sides' for Charlottesville Violence | TRNN | 08/15/17 | 5:22
Witnessing the Terror in Charlottesville | TRNN | 08/16/17 | 12:40
Trump Approval Dropping Fast | TYT | 08/15/17 | 11:04
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
A Monumental Problem | 1a.org | 08/16/17 | 1hr
The debate over Confederate monuments and memorials often boils down to history versus hate ... and it's heating up again.

This week, a group of activists in Durham, North Carolina toppled a statue of a rebel soldier in a scene reminiscent of Baghdad in April of 2003.
United By The Sun: A Solar Event For All Americans To Share | 1a.org | 08/16/17 | 1hr
This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years. The eclipse will travel from Oregon to South Carolina, darkening skies and dropping temperatures along the way. Astronomers are already calling it a jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime event. One told Space.com total eclipses have a tendency to "bring people to tears."
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
Donald Trump Remarks Aid White Supremacists' Political Ambitions | Rachel Maddow | 08/15/17 | 19:34
Russia Investigation Now Reaching Into The White House | All In | 08/14/17 | 6:31
Dr. James Peterson Explains: 'Many Of Us Are Not Surprised' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/16/17 | 18:56
Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke Thanks Donald Trump | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/16/17 | 11:53
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Take A Side, Mr. President: Nazis Or Not Nazis | Stephen Colbert | 08/16/17 | 12:37
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel's Plan to Save Us from Trump | Jimmy Kimmel | 08/15/17 | 12:18
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump's Response to Charlottesville: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 08/14/17 | 14:01
Breaking Crazy: Donald Trump's Charlottesville Press Conference | Seth Meyers | 08/15/17 | 2:04

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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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