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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 December 15, 2017

How the loss of net neutrality could change the internet
Politico | Margaret Harding Mcgill | 12/14/17

Supporters of the repeal say it will free up internet providers to innovate, while opponents fear the online world will become more like cable TV.

The Federal Communications Commission's party-line vote Thursday to dump the Obama-era rules, which required internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally, opens the door for companies like Verizon and AT&T to experiment with new business models free from government regulation.

ISPs point to an array of possible pro-consumer outcomes like "family friendly" broadband packages that block content not suitable for children, or guaranteed fast speeds for health-related mobile applications. But net neutrality advocates paint an array of troubling scenarios -- from smaller websites like the crafts marketplace Etsy and streaming service Vimeo forced to pay tolls to reach consumers, to cable giants like Comcast blocking or slowing disfavored sites while giving priority to their own content. ... Read more
and/or theverge.com
Net Neutrality Officially Dead | TYT | 12/14/17 | 11:50
Try to Watch This Video And Not Cringe | TYT | 12/14/17 | 4:46

It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America by David Cay Johnston

Bestselling author and longtime Trump observer David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more.

No journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who has been following him since 1988. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined. Here is just some of what you will learn:

The Wall. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told President Trump that Mexico will never pay for the border wall. So, Trump is proposing putting a tariff on Mexican imports. But a tariff will simply raise the price of Mexican goods in the US, meaning American consumers will end up paying for the wall -- if it ever gets built.

Climate Change. Welcome to the new EPA, run by Scott Pruitt, a lawyer who has spent much of his career trying to destroy the agency he now heads. Secrecy reigns at the new EPA because Pruitt meets with industry executives to find out which clean air and clean water provisions they most want to roll back, and keeps staffers in the dark to make sure these pro-pollution plans don't leak prematurely.

Stocking the Swamp. Contrary to his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington, DC, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran who made much of his fortune foreclosing on homeowners to billionaire heiress Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has already put the interests of bankers ahead of debt-burdened students and their families.

The Kleptocracy. Under Donald Trump conflict of interest is passé. When Trump isn't in Washington, he stays at one of his properties, where the taxpayers pick up the tab for staffers, Secret Service, and so on, all at full price. And back in Washington, everyone now knows that the Trump International Hotel is the only place to stay if you want to do business with the administration. Meanwhile sons Donald Jr. and Eric run an eyes-wide-open blind trust of Trump holdings to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest -- but not the reality.

Trump's Lies vs. Obama's
NYT | David Leonhardt | 12/14/17

After we published a list of President Trump's lies this summer, we heard a common response from his supporters. They said, in effect: Yes, but if you made a similar list for previous presidents, it would be just as bad.

We've set out to make that list. Here, you will find our attempt at a comprehensive catalog of the falsehoods that Barack Obama told while he was president. (We also discuss George W. Bush below, although the lack of real-time fact-checking during his presidency made a comprehensive list impossible.)

We applied the same conservative standard to Obama and Trump, counting only demonstrably and substantially false statements. The result: Trump is unlike any other modern president. He seems virtually indifferent to reality, often saying whatever helps him make the case he's trying to make. ... Read more
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I talked to people signing up for Obamacare. Here's what I learned
Salon | Myles Ma | 12/15/17

For the past few weeks, health care has been a regular interruption in my life as I've interviewed strangers about their health insurance for a series focused on people shopping the state and federal exchanges. I wanted to know how former President Barack Obama's polarizing health care law affects the people it's meant to insure in a year when the law's existence is more precarious than ever.

I looked online and in person for people to profile. Most exchange shoppers who were willing to go on the record were in favor of "Obamacare," though some ultimately couldn't find affordable coverage on its exchanges this year. Only one person is totally against the law. These profiles aren't a scientific cross-section of America. They're meant to be an up-close look. But some clear patterns emerge when you look at the law in action. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, December 15 [10:56]
Republicans Agree on Tax Bill "Of, By and For the Political Donor Class" with Tax Cuts for the Rich | DN | 12/14/17 | 12:03
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, December 15 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Medics, Observers & a Journalist Face 50 Years in Prison in First Trial of J20 Inauguration Protests
  3. The Growing Case for Impeaching Donald Trump, From Lawlessness and Corruption to Abuse of Power
  4. Psychiatrists "Deeply Concerned" by Trump's Instability Call for Urgent Mental Health Evaluation
World Bank and World's Third Largest Insurer Divest from Most Oil and Gas | TRNN | 12/15/17 | 12:00
Morgan Spurlock Confesses: "I'm Part Of The Problem" | TYT | 12/14/17 | 10:09
The1a.org
Friday News -- Domestic | 1a.org | 12/15/17 | 1hr
Roy Moore was set to ride all the way to Washington this week, but his horse only got him so far.

Also, pressure grows on special counsel Robert Mueller. And more women speak out about President Trump's past behavior, accusing him of sexual misconduct.

Meanwhile, House and Senate Republicans are ready to roll out a massive tax overhaul bill, but already, there's some dissent in the ranks.
Friday News -- International | 1a.org | 12/15/17 | 1hr
The U.S. Secretary of State says he's open to negotiating with North Korea without preconditions.

"Let's just meet and let's -- we can talk about the weather if you want," Tillerson said on Tuesday in Washington. "We can talk about whether it's going to be a square table or a round table if that's what you're excited about. But can we at least sit down and see each other face to face? And then we can begin to lay out a map, a roadmap of what we might be willing to work towards."

The White House and Tillerson's own State Department quickly conflicted this offer of diplomacy. We'll talk about where negotiations with North Korea stand and why Tillerson and President Trump don't seem to be on the same page. Plus, the fallout over Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the next chapter of leadership in South Africa and what the merger between Disney and 21st Century Fox means on a global scale.


Weak President Trump Political Clout Further Eroded By Election Losses | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 12/15/17 | 11:50
NYT Writer Challenges President Donald Trump's List Of Untruths | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/15/17 | 8:46
Is Senator Lindsey Graham Right In His North Korea Talk? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/15/17 | 9:26
Joe On Alabama Senate Race Outcome: Newtonian Physics Will Crush The GOP | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/15/17 | 8:05
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
R.I.P. The Internet | Stephen Colbert | 12/15/17 | 6:17
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Conservative Outrage Grows Over the Mueller Probe | Trevor Noah | 12/14/17 | 4:59
Late Night with Seth Meyers
FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality; Omarosa Drama Continues | Seth Meyers | 12/14/17 | 8:20
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Roy Moore Defeat | Jimmy Kimmel | 12/14/17 | 4:26

Thursday December 14, 2017

Democrats cool to Trump's infrastructure pitch
Politico | Lauren Gardner | 12/14/17

Officials likely have their work cut out for them in wooing Democrats after a year of partisan bickering over nominations, health care and taxes.

The White House is preparing to unveil its long-awaited $1 trillion infrastructure plan soon after President Donald Trump signs the GOP tax overhaul, hoping to begin 2018 with another big legislative win -- but its approach is already drawing resistance from Democrats who are in no mood to cooperate.

The plan set for release in January is expected to call for as much as $200 billion in federal spending over the next decade, with the rest coming from private investment, state or local funding and cuts to other federal programs. An administration official added new details this week, telling POLITICO that a wide variety of projects -- from bridges to broadband -- would have to compete for federal assistance, while showing they're prepared to put their own money on the table. ... Read more

Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?
USA Today | author | 12/13/17

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the president's smear as a misunderstanding because he used similar language about men. Of course, words used about men and women are different. When candidate Trump said a journalist was bleeding from her "wherever," he didn't mean her nose.

And as is the case with all of Trump's digital provocations, the president's words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment. ... Read more
USA Today's Epic Takedown Of Donald Trump | TYT | 12/13/17 | 9:31

When Will Paul Ryan Step Down?
HP | Matt Fuller | 12/13/17

As Republicans finish their long-sought rewrite of the tax code, some lawmakers are beginning to wonder just how much longer Rep. Paul Ryan intends to remain speaker.

The Wisconsin Republican has made no indication he's quitting any time soon, but the possibility that Ryan finishes the tax bill and decides he no longer wants to continue in Congress has begun to loom over internal Republican conversations. Read more

Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.
HP | Lauren Weber | 12/14/17

While the waterborne bacterial disease is relatively rare -- with 6,238 cases nationwide so far this year -- there has been a 13.6 percent increase in cases since this time last year. That's nearly double the increase of 7.8 percent from 2015 to 2016 in the same time period. The disease is not contagious. It's contracted when people breathe in water droplets contaminated with Legionella pneumophilia bacteria.

"A person acquires Legionnaires' disease from mist,"Julien Martinez, assistant press secretary at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told HuffPost in October. "Most cases of Legionnaires' disease can be traced to plumbing systems where conditions are favorable for Legionella growth, such as cooling towers, whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems." ... Read more

Following molestation allegations, Kentucky lawmaker dies in apparent suicide
Politico | Akela Lacy | 12/13/17

... "There's a whole lot of rumors and speculation that the speaker may step aside," one GOP member told HuffPost this week, a sentiment that was expressed by a number of Republicans who, perhaps tellingly, wouldn't go on the record to speak about Ryan's future.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting on Monday released a seven-months-long investigation outlining claims by Maranda Richmond that Johnson assaulted her in the basement of his home. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, December 14 [10:12]
Republicans Agree on Tax Bill "Of, By and For the Political Donor Class" with Tax Cuts for the Rich | DN | 12/14/17 | 12:03
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, December 14 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Republicans Agree on Tax Bill "Of, By and For the Political Donor Class" with Tax Cuts for the Rich
  3. Meet Jessica Leeds, Who Recalls Being Groped by Trump & Is Calling for Congress to Investigate
  4. U.S. Support "Vital" to Saudi Bombing of Yemen, Targeting Food Supplies as Millions Face Famine
Peter Kuznick says -> Undoing the New Deal: Truman Embraces the Cold War, Part 4 | TRNN | 12/14/17 | 24:18
The1a.org
Five Years After Sandy Hook, Are Schools Safer? | 1a.org | 11/14/17 | 1hr
It seemed like a moment when everything would change. Twenty children and six adults were shot and killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

There was sadness. There was anger. There were questions. How could this happen, and what would be done to stop anything like it from ever happening again?

President Obama took executive action, Congress didn't take action and National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun."
Massive Media Merger Matches Mickey Mouse To Murdochs | 1a.org | 11/14/17 | 1hr
"Mouse Eats Fox" the Variety headline says, announcing a $52.4 billion deal for Disney to acquire most of 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company owned by Rupert Murdoch.

The deal needs regulatory approval, but would give Disney "Fox's 22 regional sports channels, cable entertainment brands FX and National Geographic, and Fox's portfolio of international operations, including a fast-growing pay-TV service in India," the Los Angeles Times reports.
An 'Accidental President,' Then And Now | 1a.org | 11/14/17 | 1hr
A relative political unknown becomes President of the United States and the world reacts with trepidation. It happened in 2017 ... and in 1945 when Harry Truman took office.

Truman's unexpected rise to the position of commander-in-chief has a lot of similarities with Donald Trump's ascension to power. And there are many lessons to take away from the Truman administration that can help us understand Trump's approaches to conflict and leadership, says A.J. Baime, author of "The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World."

Baime joins us with a historical look at America under President Truman and a message about whether President Trump is in over his head.


Remembering Sandy Hook Five Years Later | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/14/17 | 7:53
Omarosa Manigault Newman Says She Resigned From White House Position | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/14/17 | 4:56
President Donald Trump Reportedly Blaming Steve Bannon For Roy Moore's Loss | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 10:13
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Walks Back His Roy Moore Endorsement | Stephen Colbert | 12/14/17 | 7:20
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Black Women Save America from Roy Moore | Trevor Noah | 12/13/17 | 4:25
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Doug Jones Wins in Alabama; Moore, Bannon and Trump Lose | seth Meyers | 12/13/17 | 9:54
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Roger Stone: |ntel Update From High Level Sources | Operation HAL | 12/13/17 | 12:54
Roger Stone Gives Insider Info On Omarosa's Downfall | Conservative Citizen | 12/13/17 | 8:05

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Alabama Elects Doug Jones, The State's First Democratic Senator In 25 Years
HP | Amanda Terkel | 12/12/17

This time, Donald Trump's playbook didn't work. Republican Roy Moore faced serious accusations of sexual misconduct in his bid to become Alabama's next senator. But instead of bowing down and backing out, he stayed in the race and went on the attack ? just like Trump did in last year's presidential race. He accused the media and the establishment of orchestrating a conspiracy against him, and cast the race as pitting good against evil, Christians versus everyone else. ... Read more

All The Republicans At Roy Moore's Party Had The Same Reaction
Blame everyone. Except the candidate accused of sexual assault. | HP | 12/13/17 | article

PICTURES: On The Road Of Destruction To The Thomas Fire
HP | Matt Ferner | 12/12/127

HuffPost's reporter headed up the SoCal coast, encountering a trail of haze, smoke and burned-out devastation along the way.

It's Monday morning at 10 a.m., and I'm driving north up California's famously stunning coastline toward the Thomas fire, the largest and most uncontrolled of five massive wildfires that have brought devastation to Southern California for the past week. I can see the enormous gloom ahead from 50 miles away ? brown smoke hovering over the southern edge of a fire that had consumed a staggering 230,000 acres so far. ... Read more

Trump Administration Halting Student Loan Forgiveness | TYT | 12/12/17 | 6:57

Democrats call for halt to GOP tax bill until Jones is seated in the Senate
WashingtonPost | Mike DeBonis | 12/13/17

Senior Republican aides said that they did not expect the election of Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama to slow down the tax push. ... Read more

Newtown to Mark Five Years After Sandy Hook Shooting Quietly. No Media, Please
WSJ | author | 12/13/17

Five years after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, how the community marks the grim occasion hasn't changed: privately, quietly and with a request for the media to stay away. ... Read more

Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?
USA Today | author | 12/13/17

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the president's smear as a misunderstanding because he used similar language about men. Of course, words used about men and women are different. When candidate Trump said a journalist was bleeding from her "wherever," he didn't mean her nose.

And as is the case with all of Trump's digital provocations, the president's words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment. ... Read more
Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom? | USA Today | 12/13/17 |

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, December 13 [10:36]
Cecile Richards: Mike Pence is "Orchestra Master" of Assault on Women's Rights Under Trump | DN | 12/12/17 | 12:49
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, December 13 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. No Moore! Doug Jones Rides GOP Storm to Senate in Victory That Could Add Momentum to #MeToo Movement
  3. FCC Set to Roll Back Digital Civil Rights with Thursday's Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality
  4. Major Education Victory in Philadelphia as Parents, Teachers & Activists Reclaim Control of Schools
Cities vs. Climate Change: Can Infrastructures Handle Extreme Weather? | TRNN | 12/13/17 | 9:41
Historian Gerald Horne Interview -> Racism and Trumpism in Alabama | TRNN | 12/13/17 | 30:59
Jones Wins, Bannon Loses in Alabama Special Election TRNN | Michael Sainato | 12/13/17 | article
Trump Swears He Never Met These NINETEEN Accusers (He Did) | TYT | 12/12/17 | 5:30
Roy Moore's Friend On Their Trip To A Child Brothel | TYT | 12/12/17 | 6:05
House Republican Dan Johnson Accused Of Child Rape | TYT | 12/12/17 | 8:58
The1a.org
Alabama: Now What? | 1a.org | 11/13/17 | 1hr
All politics are local ... until they aren't. For months, Alabama's special election for U.S. Senate dominated the national dialogue. Republican candidate Roy Moore was accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls, having nostalgia for a time when slavery was legal and anti-Semitism. On the other side of the contest, candidate Doug Jones ran as a Democrat in a state that doesn't elect many. And President Trump accused Jones of being weak on a number of issues.


Breaking Down The Alabama Senate Race | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 9:31
Mika On Trump's Tweet About Gillibrand: The President Should Have Apologized | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 5:21
Steve Bannon Speechless After Roy Moore Loss In Alabama | The Last Word | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 6:59
FCC Set To Vote On The Future Of The Internet | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 6:30
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's Most Shameless Tweet Of 2017? | Stephen Colbert | 12/13/17 | 5:43
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Treasury Department's Tax Analysis Doesn't Add Up | Trevor Noah | 12/12/17 | 5:12
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Signs $700 Billion Defense Bill, Arby's New Sandwich - Monologue | Seth Meyers | 12/13/17 | 3:21
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Roy Moore Election | Jimmy Kimmel | 12/12/17 | 6:52

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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.

http://demonocracy.info/infographics/usa/us_debt/us_debt.html
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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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