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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 November 17, 2017

Lawyers call White House sexual harassment policy 'useless'
Politico | Matthew Nussbaum | 11/17/17

The executive office of the president, which is shielded under a 2002 law from reporting harassment allegations, offers employees bare-bones instructions on dealing with problems.

At the Department of Justice, there have been 31 sexual harassment complaints through the third quarter of 2017, a number in line with recent years. At the CIA, there were six sexual harassment complaints from 2012 to 2016, according to its federal reports. But there are no comparable records for the White House, thanks to a 2002 law -- the No FEAR Act -- that exempts the executive office of the president from filing requirements that apply to other executive branch agencies.

As Congress and the private sector move to improve reporting procedures and increase transparency amid multiplying revelations of widespread harassment, the White House remains uniquely opaque -- and reliant on guidance lawyers say falls short of common standards for shielding employees from abuse. ... Read more

Trump's Tweet Condemning Al Franken Assault Allegations Backfires Spectacularly
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 11/17/17

President Donald Trump, infamously caught on tape bragging about groping women, was attacked on Twitter Thursday night for criticizing Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who now faces allegations of sexual assault.

Anchorwoman Leann Tweeden said on Thursday that Franken groped and kissed her without her consent during a USO tour in 2006. ... Read more

Kellyanne Conway explains why Trump tweeted about Franken but not Moore
Politico | Louis Nelson | 11/17/17

President Donald Trump felt compelled to tweet out his thoughts on allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken because they represented a "brand new news story," counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Friday, explaining away the difference between the president's Franken tweets and his relatively couched comments on allegations against Republican Roy Moore.

"Al Franken was a brand new news story yesterday and the president weighed in as he does on the news of the day often enough," Conway told Fox News Friday morning. "The Roy Moore story is eight days old and the president put out a statement during his Asia trip on that. and since then, our press secretary has spoken on behalf of the president saying that he believes the people of Alabama will sort out what to do with Roy Moore and with that election." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, November 17 [9:20]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, November 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.
  1. Headlines
  2. "Keep It in the Ground": As COP23 Ends, Activists Protest at Europe's Largest Open-Pit Coal Mine
  3. Activists Condemn Failure of COP23 to Address Interrelated Crises of Climate, Energy & Inequality
  4. Key Architect of Paris Climate Accord: "We Cannot Combat Climate Change with More Coal"
  5. Tom Goldtooth: Carbon Trading is "Fraudulent" Scheme to Privatize Air & Forests to Permit
Al Franken Apologizes After Sexual Assault Allegations | TYT | 11/16/17 | 19:04
So you think You'll Get a Tax Break, or tax cut? Really? | Thom Hartmann | 11/16/17 | 9:15
*Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 11/17/17 | 1hr
Does Roy Moore's campaign for Senate have a future? More women came forward this week with allegations of sexual misconduct against the former Alabama judge and outspoken evangelical. And more Republican lawmakers have come forward to say they believe the women and that Moore should remove himself from the race. Moore says the claims are false.

The reputation of Republicans is also riding on their ability to pass a new tax reform bill that looks more like a takedown of the Affordable Care Act. Can the majority party get tax reform done?

Plus, more lives were taken in another mass shooting. There was another hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the Hill. And Mattel celebrated Muslim women with a new Barbie doll.
*Friday News - International | 1a.org | 11/17/17 | 1hr
The government takeover in Zimbabwe is not a coup d'etat ... according to the armed members of the country's military who have placed Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe under house arrest. How will the so-called "bloodless transition" of power play out?

In Germany, leaders of the world's most powerful countries gathered to talk climate change, but the Trump administration's delegates were met with protests. A huge far-right nationalist march disrupted an annual independence celebration in Poland. And Australia voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

We'll also review the end of President Trump's visit to Asia, which included a meeting with the controversial president of the Philippines.
*Mika: What Is The Goal Of Discussing Assault And The Strength Of Women | 11/17/17 | 7:44
*Kasie Hunt Weighs In On Sexual Harassment In Washington | 11/17/17 | 5:12
Donald Trump Tweets About Al Franken, Silent On Roy Moore | MSNBC The Last Word | 11/16/17 | 18:25
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Bipartisan Pastime Of Harassing Women | Stephen Colbert | 11/17/17 | 11:08
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Al Franken Faces Groping Accusations & Roy Moore Stays on Defense | Trevor Noah | 11/16/17 | 4:53
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Sexual Harassment in Congress: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 11/16/17 | 9:12
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Roger Stone Discusses Senator Al Franken Leeann Tweeden, Next Round of "Me Too" from California Dems | Infowars | 11/16/17 | 18:08

Thursday November 16, 2017

Trump Chases U.S. Arms Deals in Asia to Help Him Win Re-Election
Bloomberg | Justin Sink | 11/14/17

President Donald Trump had one question for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc: Why wasn't his country buying more American military equipment?

For Trump, a self-styled traveling salesman, crisscrossing the region to reverse decades of trade deficits, Vietnam's decision to buy arms from Russia was incomprehensible, almost insulting. Never mind that U.S. law prevented such sales until last year.

Trump reminded Phuc that he's been president for 10 months, according to two people who requested anonymity to discuss a private meeting. What was he waiting for? ... Read more
Trump Begging Countries To Buy Weapons | TYT | 11/15/17 | 9:34

WeWorks.com | WeLive.com
*WeWork Community Refugee Hiring Initiative | | 11/15/17 | 1:53
WeWork.com Community Refugee Hiring Initiative is a new initiative, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee, the Tent Partnership for Refugees, Breaking Barriers, and other partners, to empower refugees by providing opportunity for work, growth and community.
*Why Millennials Are Paying To Live In Shares Spaces Like WeLive | Vice | 10/26/16 | 3:44

Hope Hicks may hold the keys to Mueller's Russia puzzle
Politico | Darren Samuelsohn | 11/16/17

Prosecutors will interview the White House communications director in the coming weeks as they continue questioning those in the president's inner circle.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is preparing to interview the woman who's seen it all: Hope Hicks. She's been part of Donald Trump's inner circle for years, first at Trump Tower and then as an omnipresent gatekeeper and fixer who could get emails or other communications directly to the boss during the 2016 campaign.

As a senior White House adviser and now as communications director, she's been in the room for moments critical to Mueller's probe, which has grown to include the president's response to the Russia investigation itself.

Hicks' history with Trump makes her one of the more useful witnesses for Mueller as he looks for insights into the president's habits and moods. She also is one of the few people well positioned to recount the president's reactions at various moments as the Russia scandal has sidetracked his presidency -- including the Mueller appointment itself. ... Read more

*Scientists Issue Dire Warning on Climate Change & Key Researcher Urges "Changes in How We Live" | DN | 11/16/17 | 12:22
*Scientist Kevin Anderson: Our Socio-Economic Paradigm Is Incompatible With Climate Change Objectives | DN | 11/16/17 | 25:40
Broadcasting from the United Nations Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, we continue our conversation with Kevin Anderson, one of the world's leading climate scientists. Anderson is deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester in Britain. The report is entitled "Can the Climate Afford Europe's Gas Addiction?"
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, November 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.
  1. Headlines
  2. Zimbabwe in Limbo As Military Seizes Control & Places President Mugabe Under House Arrest
  3. Nigerian Environmental Activist: Displacement from Climate Change Contributed to Rise of Boko Haram
  4. Activists at COP23 Decry Companies & Corporate Sponsors Pushing Fossil Fuel as Energy Solution
  5. Migration Expert Urges Immediate Action as Millions Are Already Displaced by Climate Change
*Is Canada a 'Rogue Nation' on Climate Change? | TRNN | 11/15/17 | 19:52
Roy Moore Got The Most Racist Lawyer He Could Find | TYT | 11/15/17 | 9:41
Two Certainties In The Senate: Health And Taxes | 1a.org | 11/16/17 | 1hr
The much-vaunted Senate tax bill is now a health bill.

Senator Rand Paul ?@RandPaul
Today I am announcing my intention to amend the Senate tax bill to repeal the individual mandate and provide bigger tax cuts for middle income taxpayers.
The mandate repeal is a promise we all made and we should keep. It also allows an additional $300 billion+ in tax cuts.

With a dearth of legislative victories, House and Senate Republicans had pinned their hopes on a sweeping change to the tax code -- no easy task. But now, with another mission heaped on top of their primary goal, can Republicans pass major legislation before the year is out?

Rep. Tom Cole On GOP Tax Plan: We Think It's Right For The American People | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/16/17 | 9:38
'President Donald Trump Comments On Vladimir Putin Don't Help Investigation' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/16/17 | 4:53
Mika: Is Ivanka Trump Still Fighting For Women's Issues? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/16/17 | 3:42
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Roy Moore Still Has Robots On His Side | Stephen Colbert | 11/16/17 | 3:55
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump-Proofing America's Nukes | Trevor Noah | 11/15/17 | 5:28
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Roy Moore Scandal | Jimmy Kimmel | 11/16/17 | 5:23
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Alex Jones Infowars (1st Hour) Thu - 11/16/17 | Infowars | 11/16/17 | 42:49
Ex-Secret Service Agent Says Biden Is A “Weinstein-Level” Abuser | Alex Jones Channel | 11/16/17 | 19:08

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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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