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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).

Wednesday October 18, 2017

How Harvey Weinstein And Kenneth Cole Covered Up A Shady Deal
HP | Yashar Ali | 10/18/17

... Weinstein was meeting with two attorneys. One, he was trying to undermine: Thomas Ajamie, a Texas trial lawyer, was investigating a highly unusual financial transaction involving Weinstein and the American Foundation for AIDS Research, a nonprofit founded in the early '80s to help find a cure for AIDS. The other, he'd recently managed to co-opt: Lisa Bloom, a lawyer known for representing victims of sexual harassment. Weinstein had recently agreed to option Bloom's book about the Trayvon Martin case. But what Ajamie, and the public, didn't know at the time was that Bloom was also one of Weinstein's lawyers. Bloom, who had become known for parading victims of sexual harassment out in front of cameras, was now working with a man who would soon be exposed as a sexual predator. ... Read more

Professor Abdi Samatar of the University of Minnesota dicusses -> Somalia Bombing an Outgrowth of Foreign Meddling | TRNN | 10/18/17 | 13:47

U.S. Stood by as Indonesia Killed a Half-Million People, Papers Show
NYT | Hannah Beech | 10/18/17

BANGKOK -- It was an anti-Communist blood bath of at least half a million Indonesians. And American officials watched it happen without raising any public objections, at times even applauding the forces behind the killing, according to newly declassified State Department files that show diplomats meticulously documenting the purge in 1965-66.

In one of the documents, released on Tuesday, an American political affairs counselor describes how Indonesian officials dealt with prisons overflowing with suspected members of the Indonesian Communist Party, known by the acronym P.K.I. ... Read more
The Act Of Killing (Trailer) | | 09/07/12 | 3:03

NAFTA talks hit impasse as U.S. slams trading partners
Mexico, Canada and U.S. agree to delay next set of talks as a testy round wraps up.

Treasury secretary: Pass a tax bill or markets will tank
Politico | Ben White | 10/18/17

Steven Mnuchin has a stern warning for Congress: You could blow up the stock market if you fail to cut taxes.

The Treasury secretary, in the first episode of the "POLITICO Money" podcast, said Wall Street's big runup following the election of President Donald Trump is largely based on expectations of Congress passing a major tax-relief bill, and failure to do so could have significant consequences. The Dow is now up about 25 percent since the election, a fact Trump tweets about frequently.

"There is no question that the rally in the stock market has baked into it reasonably high expectations of us getting tax cuts and tax reform done," Mnuchin said in the interview. "To the extent we get the tax deal done, the stock market will go up higher. But there's no question in my mind that if we don't get it done you're going to see a reversal of a significant amount of these gains." ... Read more

Roger Stone
Get Me Roger Stone (Trailer) | Netflix | 03/29/17 | 2:09
Get Me Roger Stone | Netflix | | 1:41:00

Donald Trump is the Harvey Weinstein of Washington (#135) | Keith Olbermann | 10/17/17 | 5:27
Donald Trump is F*cking Crazy (#136) | Keith Olbermann | 10/18/17 | 8:29
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, October 18 [13:04]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, October 18 (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.
Note2: You might have to scroll the windows down 1/2 inch to capture the full video.
  1. Headlines
  2. As Puerto Rico Faces $95 Billion Cleanup, Exposé Reveals Vulture Firms Who Own Its $74 Billion Debt
  3. Freed Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera on U.S. Colonialism After Hurricane Maria
  4. Rosa Clemente on Puerto Ricans Drinking Toxic Water & San Juan Mayor's Message to the Diaspora
  5. Why Are Incarcerated Women Battling California Wildfires for as Little as $1 a Day?
As Puerto Rico Faces $95 Billion Cleanup, Exposé Reveals Vulture Firms Who Own Its $74 Billion Debt | DN | 10/18/17 | 15:17
Climate Change Has Doubled Area Hit By Forest Fires in US, Part 1 | TRNN | 10/17/17 | 9:24
Climate Change Has Doubled Area Hit By Forest Fires in US, Part 2 | TRNN | 10/18/17 | 10:51
Trump To McCain: Be Careful... At Some Point I Fight Back | TYT | 10/17/17 | 7:41
The Deal With Drug Czars | 1a.org | 10/18/17 | 1hr
The role of drug czar took the spotlight this week when Trump administration nominee Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., withdrew his name from consideration for the position.

Marino was the subject of a recent investigation by "60 Minutes" and The Washington Post that revealed the Congressman's role as a major player in weakening the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to regulate opioid distributors.

Drug czars are charged with taking the lead on drug policy in the U.S. and the position has a history that dates back to 1930. But their agendas are largely set by the administrations they serve.
Where Do We Come From? | 1a.org | 10/18/17 | 1hr
If you want to answer the most existential of existential questions, don't look at the historical record, look in a microscope. The study of DNA has become so advanced in recent years "that it was transformed into a historical source," writes geneticist Adam Rutherford. This has upended our understanding of human history and evolution.

In his new book, "A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived," Rutherford dispels myths about DNA ("there are people in your family from whom you have inherited no genes at all") and clarifies concepts that were once beyond human understanding.

Rutherford joins us to talk about what we can learn from the 107 billion humans who have existed, and what this information can tell us about the next big question before us: where are we headed next?
Mike Pence Extremism, Unpopularity Overlooked In President Trump's Shadow | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 10/17/17 | 10:28
Joe: President Donald Trump Used Kelly Family As Political Throwaway Line | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/18/17 | 12:54
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson On Sergeant David Johnson: 'He Died As A Hero' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/18/17 | 10:08
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump & McConnell's BFF Presser | Trevor Noah | 10/17/17 | 6:14
Alt Right
Note: I add this just to expose you to the other side... what the Alt Right is listening to.
Roger Stone latest news and current events October 17th, 2017 | Infowars | 10/17/17 | 28:17
$40 Trillion Missing! Catherine Austin Fitts | Infowars | 10/17/17 | 38:27

Tuesday October 17, 2017

John McCain Scorches Trump's 'Half-Baked' Nationalism in Fiery Liberty Medal Speech
AlterNet | Chris Sosa | 10/17/17

McCain is a strong critic of Steve Bannon's so-called "economic nationalism," which has strongly informed the isolationist policy decisions of the Trump administration.

"To fear the world where we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we've advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of Earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who had rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans have consigned to the trash heap of history," McCain said amid cheers from the audience. ... Read more

Thom Hartmann: The America I knew has almost disappeared
Salon & AlterNet | Thom Hartmann | 10/17/17

President Jimmy Carter took it head on when he told me on my radio program that the Citizen's United decision:

"[V]iolates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it's just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members. So now we've just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get favors for themselves after the election's over."

This "complete subversion of our political system" grew, in large part, out of Richard Nixon's 1972 appointment of Lewis Powell to the Supreme Court. Powell, in 1971, had authored the infamous Powell Memo to the US Chamber of Commerce, strongly suggesting that corporate leaders needed to get politically involved and, essentially, take over everything from academia to our court system to our political system. ... Read more

A Remarriage of Convenience Between Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell
The president and the Senate majority leader make nice at the White House after a summer of bickering and ahead of a crucial period for the Republican agenda. | TheAtlantic | Russell Berman | 10/16/17

North Korea Says Nuclear War 'May Break Out Any Moment'
HP | Nick Visser | 10/16/17

The rhetoric is typical for Pyongyang but adds to an uptick in tensions with the U.S.

North Korea warned a United Nations committee on Monday that a nuclear conflict "may break out any moment," continuing a bombastic war of words between the East Asian country and the United States that has only increased in recent months.

Kim In Ryong, North Korea's deputy ambassador to the U.N., told the General Assembly's disarmament committee that his country was now a "full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges, including the atomic bomb, H-bomb and intercontinental ballistic rockets," according to The Associated Press. ... Read more

The Great Undoer
Donald Trump's biggest political wins have come in dismantling existing policies, but constructive and proactive steps have eluded him. | TheAtlantic | David Graham | 01/17/17

Gregg Popovich Goes Full Throttle On 'Soulless Coward' Donald Trump
HP | Lee Moran | 10/17/17

"We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office."

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich did not hold back in his latest criticism of President Donald Trump. The five-time NBA champion coach has a history of tearing into Trump, but on Monday he took his condemnation of the commander in chief to the next level by calling him a "soulless coward." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, October 17 [13:53]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, October 17 (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.
Note2: You might have to scroll the windows down 1/2 inch to capture the full video.
  1. Headlines
  2. Mogadishu Massacre: Hospitals Run Out of Blood, Antibiotics for Victims in Mass Bombing Killing 300+
  3. Meet Tarana Burke, the Activist Who Started #MeToo Campaign to Ignite Conversation on Sexual Assault
Why didn't Kurdish Forces Fight Back the Iraqi Invasion? of Kirkuk? | TRNN | 10/16/17 | 11:50
*On Iran, Trump Follows the Neocons | TRNN | 10/17/17 | 21:06
*Piece By Piece: The End Of Obamacare | 1a.org | 10/17/17 | 1hr
There's a better way to offer health insurance to Americans, according to the president.

Subsidies known as cost-sharing payments are how an estimated 7 million people afford their co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs for medical treatment under the Affordable Care Act. President Trump has decided to do away with these payments to insurers, prompting outcry from both sides of the aisle.

With the enrollment period for the ACA fast approaching and the president pushing forward on his promise to dismantle it, what's at stake for consumers, health care providers, the markets and the lawmakers who have to answer to their constituents?
*Today Is The Day To End Poverty (Literally) | 1a.org | 10/17/17 | 1hr
October 17 is the United Nations' International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Nearly 11 percent of the world's population lives on less than two dollars a day, according to the World Bank. And that's an improvement. The World Bank says more than a billion people have moved out of poverty since 1990.

We ask what worked for that billion, and what would it take to improve the outlook for the world's poorest people.
President Donald Trump Hits 'Rock Bottom' Discussing Fallen Troops | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/17/17 | 12:32
Joe: Why Was Mitch McConnell There With President Donald Trump? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/17/17 | 10:05
Senator John McCain Delivers 'Incredible Moment' On Monday | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/17/17 | 6:36
President Trump: Barack Obama Didn't Call Families Of Fallen U.S. Troops | MSNBC 11th Hour | 10/16/17 | 6:35
House Speaker Paul Ryan Responds To Steve Bannon's Attacks (Full) | MSNBC | 10/16/17 | 8:26
Alt Right
Roger Stone, Deflect Attention | Infowars | 10/16/17 | 17:27
Info-Warriors, Seek the Truth | Infowars | 10/15/17 | 39:47
Roger Stone Discusses Barry Seal (American Made) | Infowars | older 10/09/17 | 29:06
President Trump Delivers Speech to the 2017 Values Voter Summit. | C-Span | 10/14/17 | 30:26
Watch Phil Robertson Preach! Values Voters Summit. | C-Span | 10/13/17 | 31:53
Roger Stone Speech at "Free-Speech" (10/14/2017) | C-Span | 10/13/17 | 31:53

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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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