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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 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
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. 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
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. 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

Tuesday December 12, 2017

50 World Leaders Gather In Paris For Climate Summit. Trump Was Not Invited.
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 12/12/17

On Tuesday, the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement, 50 world leaders planned to gather in the French capital to attend an invite-only climate change conference hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, the World Bank and the United Nations. In attendance will be British Prime Minister Theresa May, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, among other global leaders and heads of state. There, however, will be one conspicuous absence: Donald Trump.

Macron had said pointedly in November that he had not extended an invitation to Trump, who in June announced plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. Macron said that he could be persuaded to change his mind about the invitation if Trump showed a willingness to "join the club" to fight global warming. ... Read more

Trump Lawyers Want A Second Special Counsel
HP | Willa Frej | 12/12/17

One of Trump's lawyers said the president's legal team wants a second special counsel -- one to investigate the investigators -- after a Fox News report unearthed what the lawyer called a conflict of interest in the Department of Justice.

Fox News reported late Monday that Nellie H. Ohr, the wife of a senior Justice Department official who was demoted last week for not being forthcoming about meetings with Fusion GPS, the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier, worked for Fusion for a part of last year. The dossier reportedly contains salacious but unverified allegations against Trump. ... Read more

16 Women and Donald Trump | Brave New Films | 11/15/17 | 3:33

Trump's proposed federal budget will slash climate change--related NASA missions
Salon | Nicole Karlis | 12/11/17

The administration wants to NASA to reprioritize the moon and Mars, and forget "Earth-centric research" -- One small step for Trump, one giant leap towards Earth's catastrophic demise.

President Donald Trump announced on Monday that America will once again "reach for the moon." According to a White House press release, Trump signed a space policy directive enabling NASA to "pursue extraterrestrial exploration," meaning Mars and moon missions. This newfound focus doesn't come without a sacrifice though, one that wasn't clearly noted in the administration's press release. ... Read more

Kirsten Gillibrand fires back after Donald Trump's sexist Twitter attack
Salon | Charlie May | 12/12/17

After being attacked in a tweet by President Donald Trump, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand fired back by letting him know that she, as well as other women, will not be silenced.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, which was described by many as a form of sexual harassment, Trump whined about Gillibrand and said that in the past begged him for campaign donations and added that she "would do anything for them." ... Read more

And this is old. We are now up to 700 billion dollars, and that doesn't include "Black" operations or our nuclear arsenal. They are robbing us blind!
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, December 12 [11:36]
Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign | DN | 12/12/17 | 12:54
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, December 12 (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. Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign
  3. Roy Moore Attacks Doug Jones Over Abortion Rights, Deflecting from Child Molestation Accusations
  4. Cecile Richards: VP Pence is Installing Authorities to Repeal Women's Rights With No Public Oversight
  5. Rep. Gutiérrez on Passing the DREAM Act, Deaths in Puerto Rico & His Aspirations for the Presidency
Media or Cult? CNN Buries a Massive Russiagate Gaffe | TRNN | 12/12/17 | 18:56
Accusers: Trump's Sex Crimes A THOUSAND Times Worse Than Franken's | TYT | 12/11/17 | 5:33
Roy Moore Campaign Accidentally Releases Accuser Smear Guide | TYT | 12/11/17 | 6:45
The1a.org
Trump's Jerusalem Decision | 1a.org | 11/12/17 | 1hr
The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history | Vox | older | 10:19

President Donald Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is already having violent consequences.

We examine what Jerusalem means to the world and what President Trump's move means for the possibility of negotiating peace between Israelis and Palestinians.


Mika On President Donald Trump: That Tweet Said So Much About His Character | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 9:35
Millions Of Children Set To Lose Health Care As Federal Funds Run Out | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 5:18
Calls For Donald Trump To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Claims | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 7:39
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Called His Sexual Assault Accuser The 'C-Word' | Stephen Colbert | 12/12/17 | 6:20
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
At This Point, Do Republicans Even Care About Sexual Assault? | Trevor Noah | 12/11/17 | 6:23
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Attacks the Press, Goes All-In for Roy Moore | Seth Meyers | 12/11/17 | 9:47
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel Returns with Baby Billy After Heart Surgery | Jimmy Kimmel Live | 12/11/17 | 4:37

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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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