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).

Monday October 23, 2017

If you're a black man, expect police brutality under U.S. law and policy
WashingtonPost | Paul Butler | 10/19/17

'The police department is like a crew. It does whatever they want to do." Those words -- from an old-school hip-hop song by the group Boogie Down Productions -- were the soundtrack in my head as I read "I Can't Breathe," journalist Matt Taibbi's gut-wrenching account of the death and life of Eric Garner.

As the whole world knows, Garner died in 2014 after being placed in an illegal chokehold by a New York City cop who was trying to arrest him for supposedly selling a "loosie" tobacco cigarette on a Staten Island street. The book is a deep dive into every aspect of the case, including its legal impact, which is minimal, and its cultural and political impact, which has been profound. ... Read more
Author Matt Taibbi: Eric Garner Death Symptom Of "Bad Politics And Bad Policy" | MSNBC | 10/23/17 | 4:45

The REAL Leaders Of The World | History Repeats Itself | | 2:17:46
9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money | corbettreport | 59:34

Trump Promises to Release Secret JFK Files, But Let's Hold the Applause
AlterNet | Jefferson Morley | 10/21/17

The tweet was probably sincere in expressing Trump's instinct that all of the government's long-secret records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy should be made public. The president knows public opinion favors a conspiratorial explanation of the mysterious assassination of the popular liberal president on November 22, 1963.

He knows, too, that the bogus conspiracy theory he floated during the 2016 campaign, smearing the father of Ted Cruz, was effective in attracting attention and harming a rival.

Trump has also heard from friend and confidante Roger Stone, the hard-right political operative who blames the assassination on Lyndon B. Johnson. Stone told conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars this week that he personally lobbied Trump to release all of the documents. ... Read more

In 263 days, President Trump has made 1,318 false and misleading claims.

How Airbnb Affects Home Prices and Rents
WSJ | Lisa Ward | 10/22/17

Could the use of Airbnb increase home prices and rental rates? A new, not-yet-published working paper suggests the popular home-sharing service might do just that. The researchers looked at rents and home prices in the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. between 2012 and 2016. They found that a 10% increase in Airbnb listings leads to a 0.39% increase in rents and a 0.64% increase in house prices.

"That may sound minuscule, but between 2012 and 2016, rents rose by about 2.2% annually [on average in the 100 areas], so a 0.39% increase in that context isn't very small at all," says Edward Kung, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California Los Angeles and one of the study's authors. The same is true for home prices, which rose by an average of about 4.8% annually in the 100 areas, he adds. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, October 23 [13:06]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 20 (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. Will Catalonia Declare Independence After Spain Moves to Impose Direct Rule, Oust Catalan Leaders?
  3. How Trump's Presidency Is Fueling Right-Wing Nationalist & Anti-Immigration Movements Across Europe
  4. Trump's Proposed Tax Overhaul Would Give Billions to Trump & Cabinet While Sparking Global "Tax War"
Trump's Proposed Tax Overhaul Would Give Billions to Trump & Cabinet While Sparking Global "Tax War" | 10/23/17 | 19:29
The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey | TRNN | 10/23/17 | 26:56
Is The Problem With Capitalism Or Neoliberalism? | TYT | 10/22/17 | 3:45
*What Is America's Military Mission In Africa? | 1a.org | 10/23/17 | 1hr
White House chief of staff General John Kelly says America's mission in Africa is clear. "They're helping those partners be better at fighting ISIS in Africa so we don't have to send large numbers of troops."

But after four soldiers were killed in a recent ambush attack in Niger, an investigation is underway into how and why they died.

What exactly are American troops doing in Africa today? And is it working?
Joe: Steve Bannon's Scam Will Blow Up Next Midterm | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/23/17 | 11:37
Does President Donald Trump Spit Out Controversies Du Jour To Distract? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/23/17 | 10:52
Alt Right
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Roger Stone Discusses JFK and Classified Files Release Authorized by President Trump | Infowars | 10/22/17 | 21:35
Roger Stone BOMBSHELL: Weinstein Procured Children via Bill Clinton | Operation HAL & Infowars | 10/21/17 | 11:37
WTF?! Vegas Massacre Vanishes from News, Still No Answers | Infowars & Operation HAL | 10/21/17 | 13:48

Friday October 20, 2017
*Debate Recap: Sanders Vs. Cruz on Trump's Tax Plan | TRNN | 2017/17 | 9:29

Steve Mnuchin Says It's 'Very Hard' Not To Cut Rich People's Taxes
HP | Arthur Delaney | 10/18/17

WASHINGTON ? It's just too tricky to reform the tax code without delivering a windfall to the wealthy, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in an interview published Wednesday.

Mnuchin is right in one sense: Because of the way the tax code adds layers of higher marginal tax rates as income rises, wealthy people automatically benefit if the lower rates are reduced, since they pay both the lower and higher rates.

But Mnuchin is wrong that it would be difficult to devise a tax plan that doesn't make up for lost revenue with higher marginal rates for the wealthy. ... Read more
Mnuchin: "It's Very Hard Not To Give Tax Cuts To The Wealthy" | TYT | 10/18/17 | 7:41

Trump on health care: 90 seconds of talk, 5 fact checks
Politico | Politico Staff | 10/19/17

The president released another 90-second stream of thoughts on health care reform -- one of several this week. After a meeting Thursday on Puerto Rico hurricane recovery, he was asked about the bipartisan Obamacare fix proposed by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray. He's flipped back and forth on that bill several times. Here's POLITICO's annotated guide to his latest remarks: ... Read more

Alaska Is Warming At Twice The Rate As The Rest Of The Planet | Journeyman Pictures | older, 08/30/16 | 16:39

Trump: Obama-era uranium deal is 'real Russia story'
TheHill | Max Greenwood | 10/19/17

President Trump said Thursday that an Obama-era uranium deal with Moscow is "the real Russia story," and again dismissed allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia as "a hoax."

The comments came hours after Trump tweeted Thursday morning that the so-called "Fake Media" did not want to cover news about the 2010 uranium sale, which gave Moscow control of more than 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply.

"The problem is mainstream media does not want to cover that story because that affects people they protect," Trump claimed. "So they don't like covering that story. But the big story is uranium and how Russia got 20 percent of our uranium and, frankly, it's a disgrace and it's a disgrace that the fake news won't cover. It's so sad." ... Read more
Trump Actually Telling The Truth About Clinton-Russia Uranium Scandal? | TYT | 10/19/17 | 13:01

Why Did Paul Manafort Need to Get to Trump? (#137) | Keith Olbermann | 10/19/17 | 7:00
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 20 [10:25]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 20 (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. Fearing Deportation, Immigrants Fleeing California Wildfires Avoid Shelters & Face Homelessness
  3. Urban Conflagration: Fire Scientist on Climate Change & What Makes California's Wildfires Different
  4. Major Victories for Climate Movement, But Global Chaos Grows: Roundtable with Leaders on What's Next
Protesters Drown Out Nazi Richard Spencer | TYT | 10/19/17 | 12:46
You'll Never Guess How Trump Grades His Puerto Rico Response... | TYT | 10/19/17 | 2:40
Trump's Wall: Prototypes 'spring up' along Mexican border. | RT | 10/20/17 | 1:45
*Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 10/20/17 | 1hr
There was a lot of confusion -- perhaps even more than usual -- about the state of health care this week. After President Trump signed an executive order and said he'd eliminate Affordable Care Act cost-sharing payments that help low-income recipients pay out-of-pocket expenses, the subsidies seemed to be temporarily reinstated. But then ... confusion.

In this edition of the News Roundup, we'll also ask what the president said, or didn't say, to the widow of a veteran killed in Niger. And why did he take so long to reach out to the families of the fallen?

Plus another block for Trump's travel ban and a review of the president's meeting with Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico.
*Friday News - International | 1a.org | 10/20/17 | 1hr
Stories of fights against militants dominated international news this week:

  1. In a significant blow to ISIS, U.S.-backed forces say they've retaken the northern Syrian city -- and de facto ISIS capital -- of Raqqa. But it's not yet time to declare victory, reports the Los Angeles Times
  2. Col. Ryan S. Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, told reporters at the Pentagon that Raqqa is about 90 percent freed, but more fighting will be required to fully liberate the city.
  3. In Somalia, nearly 300 people were killed in a truck bombing in Mogadishu.
  4. And the U.S. continues looking for answers as it investigates the deadly ambush in Niger earlier this month.

In other headlines, the Spanish government is cracking down on Catalonian autonomy in response to pushes for independence. And a journalist who covered corruption in Malta was killed in a car bombing attack.
General John Kelly's Powerful Speech Hit At Wilson And President Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/20/17 | 28:08
Former Presidents Bush And Obama Speeches Take Aim At Heart Of Trumpism | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/20/17 | 18:58
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló: I Answered Donald Trump Truthfully | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/20/17 | 7:45
Wilson responds to John Kelly | CNN | 10/20/17 | 17:52
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Feuds with Gold Star Families | Trevor Noah | 10/19/17 | 6:34
The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper - Bipartisanship Is an Evil Conspiracy | CC | 10/19/17 | 5:57
Alt Right
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
John McCain: A Globalist VS American Progress | Alex Jones Channel | 10/19/17 | 4:31
Roger Stone Discusses Bush Remarks at Trump, J Kelly Latest News and Current Events | Infowars | 10/19/17 | 1:19:05
John McCain, Traitor? (pt-2) | Infowars | 10/20/17 | 19:59
Roger Stone: Big Bombshell, CIA, JFK, FBI, Traitor Bush, Weinstein | Infowars | 10/20/17 | 19:26

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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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