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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).


Thursday October 19, 2017

The Big Lie pays off: Trump voters believe fake news (about the news being fake)
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 10/19/17

Nearly half the public believes the media makes up stories about Trump -- and the media is partly to blame for that

Sometimes I think Donald Trump is trying to drive us all crazy. The relentlessness of the lies, the bizarre behavior and the overall chaos are just plain nuts. We've never experienced anything like this. Well, actually, there might be one precedent in "mad" King George, the monarch who was on the throne of England when America declared its independence. But that was a long time ago. Since then we've had good leaders and bad leaders: Some were even great while others were actual criminals. But this nonstop presidential pandemonium is unprecedented. And it's downright discombobulating.

In order to keep a grip on reality, it's tempting to look for a guiding logic behind all the activity and ascribe the confusion to some sort of underlying strategy. You observe a wily character like Steve Bannon and read about his bizarre fringe philosophy of "disruption" to bring on some sort of global denouement -- he literally called Donald Trump "a blunt instrument for us" -- and you figure this might just be a big act in service of his ominous vision. ... Read more

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Bannon, Trump's New C.E.O., Hints At His Master Plan
Can the man behind Breitbart -- a Harvard M.B.A. who worked at Goldman Sachs and made a killing off of Seinfeld -- save Trump? And at what cost? | Vanity Fair | older 08/17/16

Poll: 46 percent think media make up stories about Trump
Politico | Steven Shepard | 10/18/17

But voters diverge from the president on whether the federal government should be able to punish news organizations that he believes make up stories about him

Nearly half of voters, 46 percent, believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. Just 37 percent of voters think the media do not fabricate stories, the poll shows, while the remaining 17 percent are undecided.

More than three-quarters of Republican voters, 76 percent, think the news media invent stories about Trump and his administration, compared with only 11 percent who don't think so. Among Democrats, one-in-five think the media make up stories, but a 65 percent majority think they do not. Forty-four percent of independent voters think the media make up stories about Trump, and 31 percent think they do not. ... Read more
Poll: Scary Amount Of Americans Believe Media Is Lying | TYT | 10/18/17 | 13:34

The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis
Esquire | Christopher Glazek | 10/18/17

The Sackler name is no less prominent among the emerald quads of higher education, where it's possible to receive degrees from Sackler schools, participate in Sackler colloquiums, take courses from professors with endowed Sackler chairs, and attend annual Sackler lectures on topics such as theoretical astrophysics and human rights. The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science supports research on obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. Meanwhile, the Sackler institutes at Cornell, Columbia, McGill, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sussex, and King's College London tackle psychobiology, with an emphasis on early childhood development.

The Sacklers' philanthropy differs from that of civic populists like Andrew Carnegie, who built hundreds of libraries in small towns, and Bill Gates, whose foundation ministers to global masses. Instead, the family has donated its fortune to blue-chip brands, braiding the family name into the patronage network of the world's most prestigious, well-endowed institutions. The Sackler name is everywhere, evoking automatic reverence; the Sacklers themselves, however, are rarely seen. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, October 19 [10:49]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, October 19 (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. Trump's Travel Ban Suffers Another Defeat as Judges Say Threat of Discrimination "Still Intact"
  3. Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin
  4. Guantánamo Prisoners on Hunger Strike Say Guards Threatened to Kill Them by Stopping Force-Feeding
Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin | DN | 10/19/17 | 24:03
Is China the next global leader? | Aljazeera | 10/18/17 | 25:00
The1a.org
Is Free Speech In A 'State Of Emergency'? | 1a.org | 10/19/17 | 1hr
White nationalist Richard Spencer plans to speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Thursday. In response, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency.

We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion, however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority. I have been in constant contact with Sheriff Darnell who has requested this Executive Order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource. This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.

Some college students are furiously asserting their right to hear from any speaker they want. Others are equally furious about shouting down hateful voices.
Maddow: What Is President Donald Trump Hiding About U.S. Military In Niger? | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 10/18/17 | 13:16
President Trump Disgrace Laid Bare In Interactions With Gold Star Families | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 10/18/17 | 17:43
Why Nobody Wins With The Latest Back-And-Forth | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/19/17 | 7:03
President Donald Trump Tweets: 'Who Knows?' If GOP has Votes For Budget | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/19/17 | 7:45
North Korean Official Confident The Nation Could Win A War | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/19/17 | 6:15
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
How to Solve the Harvey Weinstein Problem | Trevor Noah | 10/18/17 | 5:08
Profiles in Tremendousness - Senior Adviser Stephen Miller | Trevor Noah | older 02/14/17 | 6:12
Late Night with Seth Meyers
John Kelly's Press Briefing, Trump and FEMA | Seth Meyers | 10/13/17 | 3:00
Alt Right
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Another 9/11 Coming, China Rising 10/19/17 | Infowars | 10/19/17 | 37:54
China weaponizing North Korea? | Fox News | 10/18/17 | 5:50
Roger Stone, Rage the Machine! 10/18/17 (pt-5) | Infowars | 10/18/17 | 30:32
US War With North Korea | Right Wing | 10/17/17 | 11:15
Breaking: China Moves To Kill The Petrodollar | The Alex Jones Channel | 10/18/17 | 12:11

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
The1a.org
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

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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

worlds-debt

02.10.2011. 07:16

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