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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 September 21, 2017

John McCain Can Stop This Health Care Bill
HP | Matt Fuller | 09/20/17

The fate of health care for millions of Americans may, once again, come down to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

It was McCain in July who sank Republican hopes of a “skinny repeal,” siding at the last minute with Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to vote against the Senate GOP’s scaled down health care bill.

At the time, McCain said he was voting no because of the bad process that Republicans had used to bring up the bill, where they skipped committee hearings, markups and amendments to just put the legislation up for a vote with a less than solid idea of the policy effects.

Now McCain is making a similar argument.

“I want regular order,” McCain told HuffPost on Wednesday, a chorus he has repeated over and over again this week.

When asked if that meant he was still a no, McCain said, “I want regular order, is the answer.” Read more

Most Terrifying Footage Of Hurricane Maria 175mph Wind Flash Flood Puerto Rico | Che'dele Review | 09/20/17 | 40:11
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 21 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Coming soon
Trump is Threatening More than Just the Iran Deal | TRNN | 09/20/17 | 18:27
Congress Spars on Healthcare, Unites to Fund War | TRNN | 09/21/17 | 13:28
Entire Country Without Power After Hurricane Maria | TYT | 09/20/17 | 5:32

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Hurricane Maria Slams Into Puerto Rico
HP | Lydia O'Connor | 09/20/17

urricane Maria slammed into eastern Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning as a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, threatening the area with vicious winds and dangerous flooding.

The hurricane's eyewall passed over Vieques around 4 a.m. eastern before heading towards the main island, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm made landfall on the eastern part of the island, near Yabucoa, around 6:15 a.m. with wind speeds of up to 155 mph. ... Read more
Ventusky.com website 09/20/17 11:10 est

Everybody still hates Hillary Clinton: But why?
Salon | Conor Lynch | 09/20/17

Clinton is right that sexism played a huge role in her defeat -- but there are other factors she simply doesn't get

Hillary Clinton is back in the public eye to promote her new memoir on the 2016 election, but most Americans would apparently prefer her to just go away. That's according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which found that just 30 percent of respondents had a very positive or somewhat positive view of the former Democratic nominee, who seems to be getting even less popular as the 2016 election recedes further into the past.

This poll couldn't have come at a more inconvenient time for Clinton, who attempts to explain last year's election in her aptly titled new book, "What Happened," which caused a stir well before its official publication date after a few passages were leaked online. As the former secretary of state proceeds with her nationwide book tour and several high-profile media appearances, she remains an extremely divisive figure, and 10 months after losing the election she has yet to figure out why. ... Read more

Photos of the Earthquake in Mexico City
TheAtlantic | Alan Taylor | 09/19/17

On September 19, 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico City, rattling skyscrapers and sending millions into the streets. Reuters is reporting at least 200 deaths across several Mexican states. Coincidentally, Tuesday was the 32nd anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexico City earthquake, an occasion that led to many first responders and volunteers already being gathered outside, taking part in earthquake-preparedness drills. Below, some early images of the still-unfolding disaster in Mexico City. Updated with new 12 new images on September 20. ... Read more

Donald Trump's Dangerous North Korea Gambit
WiredMagazine| Brian Barrett | 09/19/17

ON TUESDAY MORNING, Donald Trump gave a bombastic speech to the assembled delegates of the United Nations. Pay special attention to how he addressed North Korea and its looming nuclear threat. Unlike most of what Trump said otherwise, its implications are as wide-ranging as they are grim.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," said Trump. "'Rocket Man' is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime." ... Read more
Trump Speaks To UN, Threatens To Destroy North Korea | TYT | 09/19/17 | 16:03

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 20 [9:27]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 20 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Hundreds Dead in Mexico After Earthquake Strikes on Anniversary of Devastating 1985 Quake
  3. Hurricane Maria Strikes Puerto Rico, Threatening to Be Most Catastrophic Storm in a Century
  4. Senate Republicans Scramble to Secure Votes for Last-Ditch Effort to Repeal Affordable Care Act
  5. Advocates Warn All Rohingya May Be Driven Out of Burma If Military's Ethnic Cleansing Continues
  6. Cuban Lawyer Slams Trump as "Enemy to Most of the World" as He Vows Not to Lift Sanctions
*Phyllis Bennis -> Trump's Threat to 'Totally Destroy' North Korea is Illegal | TRNN | 09/19/17 | 23:21
US Increases Military Budget By $80 Billion | TYT | 09/19/17 | 8:03
Trump Saw France's Military Parade And Now He Wants One | TYT | 09/19/17 | 8:18
The United Nations Without The United States | 1a.org | 09/20/17 | 1hr
President Donald Trump addressed the world Tuesday morning from the United Nations General Assembly, an organization he has criticized in the past.

As expected, the remarks echoed the president's nationalist platform. At the podium, he reminded world leaders, "I will always put America first just like you, the leaders of your countries, should put your countries first." The president called the Iran nuclear deal "embarrassing" and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea "if forced."
Lawrence: Why Donald Trump's UN Speech Worst, Most Dangerous In History | MSNBC Last Word | 09/19/17 | 9:57
Joe: Once Again, GOP Trying To Pass Terrible Bill | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/20/17 | 5:01
Minus Bombast, President Donald Trump UN Speech Proves Conventional | 09/20/17 | 11:05
Madeleine Albright: The Tone Of Donald Trump's Speech Was 'Really Bad' | 09/20/17 | 10:12
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's UN Speech Advocates For Both Peace And Nuclear War | Stephen Colbert | 09/20/17 | 4:48
Kim Jong-Un Responds To Trump's 'Rocket Man' Nickname | Stephen Colbert | 09/20/17 | 1:24
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
A Trumpian Debut at the United Nations | Trevor Noah | 09/18/17 | 7:50
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Manafort, Rocket Man and the New GOP Health Care Bill: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 09/19/17 | 11:43

Tuesday September 19, 2017

Trump Threatens To 'Totally Destroy' North Korea In 'America First' Speech At United Nations
HP | Marina Fang | 09/19/17

Trump also strongly indicated he would not renew the Iranian nuclear deal, in a forceful first speech before the international body.

President Donald Trump forcefully defended the United States and condemned North Korea and Iran in his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, hailing "strong, sovereign nations" and urging fellow world leaders to "put your countries first," while trying to strike a cordial tone on the international alliances he had previously criticized.

"As president of the United States, I will always put America first," he said. "The United States will always be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies, but we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal in which the United States gets nothing in return." ... Read more

Scott Pruitt shifts on climate change: "How much do we contribute to it?"
Salon | Jarrett Lyons | 09/19/17

The head of the EPA says that humans may be responsible for climate change

On Fox News Tuesday morning, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt finally admitted that humans contributed to climate change, but is still skeptical about to the degree to which human activity affects the environment.

"No one questions that the climate changes. No one questions that we contribute to it in some way. That's not the question overall." Pruitt said in the interview. "The question is as we look as this issue, how much do we contribute to it, and what can we do about it," he said. ... Read more

Petro Dollar Breaking Down
*Why is the MSM (Finally) Reporting on the Petrodollar? | CorbettReport | older, but timely 01/01/16 | 17:09

New study: White people lack empathy across the socioeconomic spectrum
Salon | Sophia Tesfaye | 09/19/17

Apparent empathy gap among white Americans shows up on questions of both race and economics, study finds

Since the election of Donald Trump, the hunt to figure out what's the matter with White America has pitted racism against economic anxiety as if those things existed in separate and competing silos, forcing a narrow debate about the future of identity politics that seemingly goes nowhere. Instead of a post-racial America, two terms of America's first black president left many voters -- and a large majority of political pundits -- ill-equipped to discuss what it means to be white in America at precisely the time when whites have reasserted their collective identity in this nation. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 19 [9:07]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 19 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump
  3. Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
  4. No Is Not Enough: Naomi Klein on Bernie's Medicare-for-All Bill & Future of Democratic Party
*Col. Larry Wilkerson -> Trump a 'Diplomatic Fiasco' at the UN | TRNN | 09/18/17 | 22:22
*TRNN SPECIAL: Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science | TRNN | 09/18/17 | 32:05
Keiser Report: RIP, Petrodollar? (E1121) | RT | 09/09/17 | 25:48
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Global Trade Will Help Boost Our Economy | 09/19/17 | 8:58
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Profiles in Tremendousness - Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin | 09/18/17 | 7:17

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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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