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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).   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(s) that the World's banks are sitting on.


Monday February 19, 2018
The Moral Issue of Our Time | Bernie Sanders | 02/14/18 | 17:27

Global sea level rise on faster pace than expected
theweathernetwork.com | Dr. Mario Picazo | 02/14/18

A recent studybased on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data shows how sea level rise on earth is increasing faster than originally thought. Water levels have been going upby accelerating incrementally in recent decades, rather than in the steady mode past studies had suggested.

Global warming and consequently the rapid ice meltoccurring in both Greenland and Antarctica, are responsible for this acceleration. The research project that has brought light to this new finding is led by Steve Nerem, a professor of aerospace engineering science at the University of Colorado Boulder, fellow at the Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and a member of NASA´s Sea Level Change team. ... Read more
NASA: We're Entering Waterworld | TYT | 02/18/18 | 8:47

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

Former economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Then he reveals how the deadly EHM cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the US and everywhere else -- to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it. Economic hit men are the shock troops of what Perkins calls the corporatocracy, a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments, and the rich and powerful people tied to them. If the EHMs can't maintain the corrupt status quo through nonviolent coercion, the jackal assassins swoop in. The heart of this book is a completely new section, over 100 pages long, that exposes the fact that all the EHM and jackal tools -- false economics, false promises, threats, bribes, extortion, debt, deception, coups, assassinations, unbridled military power--are used around the world today exponentially more than during the era Perkins exposed over a decade ago. The material in this new section ranges from the Seychelles, Honduras, Ecuador, and Libya to Turkey, Western Europe, Vietnam, China, and, in perhaps the most unexpected and sinister development, the United States, where the new EHMs -- bankers, lobbyists, corporate executives, and others -- "con governments and the public into submitting to policies that make the rich richer and the poor poorer."
An Economic Hit Man Confesses and Calls to Action | John Perkins | TEDxTraverseCity | 06/24/16 | 18:35
Economic Hitmen Cartoon | 04/27/17 | 2:23
According to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock:
...what we have today with the intelligence business is something far more systemic: senior officials leaving their national security and counterterrorism jobs for positions where they are basically doing the same jobs they once held at the CIA, the NSA and other agencies-- but for double or triple the salary, and for profit. It's a privatization of the highest order, in which our collective memory and experience in intelligence -- our crown jewels of spying, so to speak -- are owned by corporate America. Yet, there is essentially no government oversight of this private sector at the heart of our intelligence empire. And the lines between public and private have become so blurred as to be nonexistent.
No, Oprah's not running for president in 2020 | 60Minutes | 02/15/18 | 6:04
Why the Rich are Getting Richer | Robert Kiyosaki | TEDTalk | 07/21/16 | 20:09
How Money Works Cartoon | 05/29/15 | 29:54
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 19 [10:24]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 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.
  1. Headlines
  2. WATCH: Parkland High School Shooting Survivor Emma Gonzalez's Powerful Speech Demanding Gun Control
  3. Five Months After Maria, San Juan Mayor Decries "Disaster Capitalism" & Privatization in Puerto Rico
  4. San Juan Mayor Calls for End to Puerto Rico's Colonial Status Amid Slow Hurricane Maria Recovery
Climate Change Costs Insurance Companies Billions, And Price is Rising | TRNN | 02/16/18 | 6:50
Another Trump Affair, Another Cover-Up | TYT | 02/18/18 | 11:19
Republicans: NO MUSLIMS ALLOWED!!! | TYT | 02/17/18 | 11:07
New Developments In Las Vegas Route 91 Massacre | TYT | 02/17/18 | 6:37
The1a.org
Why The AR-15? | 1a.org | 02/19/18 | 1hr
An AR-15-style rifle isn't just the weapon of choice for the perpetrators of mass shootings in San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs and Parkland, it's the weapon of choice for the nation. The NRA Blog even quipped in 2016 that the AR stands for "America's Rifle" (they do note that it officially stands for ArmaLite Rifle):

Today, the AR-15 has soared in popularity amongst gun owners, due to a wide-range of factors. It is customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate that can be used in sport shooting, hunting and self-defense situations. Civilians can also modify and personalize their AR-15 from carbine-length, stocks, optics, barrels, etc. The AR-15s ability to be modified to your own personal taste is one of the things that makes it so unique.


The "So, SO, SOOOO many accessories" the post touts for the AR-15 can also make it hold more rounds and shoot more accurately. And since it can be customized to almost no end (there's even a Hello Kitty model out there), the AR-15 can be a reflection of the owner's personality. And when a gun is in the hands of potentially millions of Americans, many of whom will never shoot anyone, what does it say about the nation's personality?
How Do You Teach Slavery? | 1a.org | 02/19/18 | 1hr

Robert Mueller Surprises Again, Indicts Russians For Election Intrusion | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/17/18 | 21:12
LA Times: Ex-Trump aide to plead guilty | CNN | 02/18/18 | 7:39
Gun Control: Talk Vs. Action | The View | 02/16/18 | 6:25
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Building Bridges (Not Walls) in Mexico | Trevor Noah | 02/19/18 | 4:54
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Donald J. Trump's Guide to U.S. Presidents, Vol. 1 | Seth Meyers | 02/18/18 | 1:44

Friday February 16, 2018

President Trump's Proposed Budget Is Bad for U.S. National Security
americanprogress.org | author | older, 03/01/17

There are several issues surrounding President Trump's proposed defense budget increase, starting with the fact that U.S. defense spending is already incredibly high: It currently accounts for more than one-third of the world's total military expenditures. According to the latest numbers from the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the United States spent $604.5 billion on defense in 2016, more than four times the next-biggest spender, China, which spent $145 billion, and more than 10 times the third-biggest spender, Russia, which spent $58.9 billion. Further, the U.S. armed forces are already strong. According to Michael O'Hanlon and retired Gen. David Petraeus, "the United States has the best military in the world today, by far. ... Read more
Click to zoom in Top 15 Defense Budgets 2016

Click to zoom in US Intelligence Agencies
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United States intelligence budget - wikipedia
U.S. government spends 90% of its cyber budget attacking people and only 10% on defense.

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer
NYT | Max Fisher | older, 11/07/17

But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America's fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many mass shootings? Perhaps, some speculate, it is because American society is unusually violent. Or its racial divisions have frayed the bonds of society. Or its citizens lack proper mental care under a health care system that draws frequent derision abroad.

These explanations share one thing in common: Though seemingly sensible, all have been debunked by research on shootings elsewhere in the world. Instead, an ever-growing body of research consistently reaches the same conclusion.

The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns. ... Read more
Click to zoom in What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer
America's Mass Shooting Problem EXPLAINED | TYT | 02/15/18 | 20:02

My son was a Columbine shooter - Good
Sue Klebold -> My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story. | TEDTalk | 02/27/17 | 15:18
Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. She's spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son's violence. In this difficult, jarring talk, Klebold explores the intersection between mental health and violence, advocating for parents and professionals to continue to examine the link between suicidal and homicidal thinking.

Inside the Senate's ugly immigration breakdown
Politics | Burgess Everett | 02/16/18

The failure of a months-long effort to help Dreamers is the latest display of legislative ineptitude.

A conservative senator from Oklahoma with a youthful visage, Lankford had been working since September to help so-called Dreamers. The 49-year-old Lankford dutifully attended bipartisan meetings, cobbling together ideas and trying to enlist support for a bipartisan deal. But when the group showed him the latest draft of their plan Tuesday night, Lankford was stunned. It was far from what he had expected.

"I looked through the outlines of the proposal and realized: 'This is nothing close to what we've talked about,'" Lankford said. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 16 [10:27]
When Will This Stop? 17 Shot Dead in Florida School Massacre, the 18th School Shooting of Year | DN | 02/15/18 | 15:53
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 16 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Trump Blames Mental Illness for Parkland Shooting, Ignores Easy Gun Access & Loose Background Checks
  3. White Supremacy, Patriarchy and Guns: FL Shooter Had Record of Death Threats, Violence Against Women
  4. Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's New President, Known for Moving Profits to Offshore Tax Havens
Economist John Weeks -> Democratic institutions are not under stress--they're under aggressive attack, as unconstrained financial greed overrides democratic decisions | TRNN | 02/16/18 | 25:09
Click to zoom in *Free Market Threat to Democracy
Charter School Principal: No Evidence Privatization Is Better For Students | TRNN | 02/15/18 | 13:07
Congress To Make Mass Shootings Even Easier | TYT | 02/15/18 | 3:55
Republican Tells THE TRUTH About Gun Control | TYT | 02/15/18 | 6:43
The1a.org
Friday News Roundup -- Domestic | 1a.org | 02/16/18 | 1hr
  1. We'll get the latest from Florida after a deadly school shooting. There have been the usual calls for thoughts and prayers, but at least one survivor has asked for something more.
  2. U.S. intelligence officials gave a dire warning about upcoming elections and Russian interests.
  3. In other international competitions, there was high drama at the Olympics.
Friday News Roundup -- International | 1a.org | 02/16/18 | 1hr
  1. A number of longtime world leaders made headlines this week
  2. South African President Jacob Zuma resigned. Zimbabwe lost a man of conscience and courage with the death of Morgan Tsvangirai. And the future of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes under more doubt.
  3. And why is Australia's Prime Minister banning sex between his ministers and their staff?
Trump Uses MS-13 To 'Sell Draconian Overhauls Of Border Issues,' Journalist Says | NPR Fresh Air | 02/15/18 | 1hr


Donald Trump Words On Gun Tragedy Ring Hollow Given Past Legislation | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/15/18 | 12:37
Donald Trump Team Uses Gun Tragedy As Cover, Reveals Financial Documents | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/15/18 | 9:29
Joe: Why Is President Donald Trump Impotent When It Comes To This? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/16/18 | 8:55
Joe: President Donald Trump Knows Another Shooting Is Coming | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/16/18 | 8:12
WH briefing gets heated over school shooting question | CNN | 02/15/18 | 5:41
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
This Week in Chaos: Nunes & BIEs | Samantha Bee | 02/07/18 | 6:58
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on School Shooting in Parkland, Florida | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/15/18 | 4:49
http://EveryTown.org
We are all reeling after yet another senseless shooting that took place at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people lost their lives and more than a dozen are hospitalized. Donald Trump gave a speech addressing the tragic events saying that no child or teacher should be afraid of their lives while at school. Jimmy agrees with Trump but in order to fix this SOMETHING has to be done. We need real laws that keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids. These Congressmen and lobbyists don't work for the NRA, they work for us. If you want to help go to www.everytown.org and write to your representatives. If they don't listen, vote them out.

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National Debt - TRILLIONS
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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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