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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 June 22, 2017

Trump Says He Doesn't Want Poor People In Charge Of The Economy
HP | Nick Visser | 06/22/17

President Donald Trump, addressing criticism that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and others in his Cabinet are too rich, said at an Iowa rally Wednesday that he doesn't want poor people in charge of the economy.

"These are people that are great, brilliant business minds, and that's what we need, that's what we have to have so the world doesn't take advantages of us," Trump, told a crowd of about 6,000 in Cedar Rapids. "We can't have the world taking advantage of us anymore. And I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just don't want a poor person. Does that make sense? Does that make sense? ... Read more

Special counsel Mueller also investigating possible 'money laundering by Trump associates'
Raw Story | Elizabeth Preza | older, 06/14/17

In addition to investigating whether or not Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey, special counsel Robert Mueller is also reportedly investigating "money laundering by Trump associates," the New York Times reports.

The Times report corroborates a separate bombshell Washington Post article, published Wednesday, that said in addition to possible obstruction, investigators are also "looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates."

"A former senior official said Mr. Mueller's investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates," a source told the Times. "The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been done in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payoffs, most likely by routing them through offshore banking centers. Read more

Counsel Investigating Trump For Money Laundering | TYT | 06/21/17 | 5:20
Oliver Stone on how the US misunderstands Putin | Financial Times | 06/15/17 | 8:06

Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. emerge as possible targets in Mueller probe of Russian money laundering
RawStory | Travis Gettys | 06/21/17

Trump biographer Tim O'Brien published a detailed report Wednesday on Bloomberg examining the president's ties to suspected money launderers through the Bayrock Group -- often through real estate deals negotiated by his children.

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. come up several times in the piece, particularly in relationship with former Bayrock employee Felix Sater, a mob informant and felon who claims ties to Russian intelligence.

Bayrock partnered with Trump and his two eldest children on a series of real estate transactions between 2002 and 2011, according to Bloomberg, including the troubled Trump Soho hotel and condominium. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, June 22 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. As Yemen War Rages On, Saudi King Elevates the War's Architect -- His Own Son -- to Be Crown Prince
  3. From War to Cholera, Yemen Is Facing World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis
  4. U.S. Tied to Torture in Network of Secret Yemen Prisons Run by UAE
  5. Austerity & Neglect Blamed as 79 Die in U.K. Apartment Fire Housing Immigrants & Low-Income Workers
Bill Black -> Barclays and Its Executives Are Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Fraud | TRNN | 06/21/17 | 16:03
Ben Norton of Alternet's Grayzone Project -> Trump Risks War with Russia and Iran in Syria | TRNN | 06/21/17 | 16:16
Steven Donziger, the lawyer representing affected indigenous communities in Ecuador -> US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Chevron Pollution Case | TRNN | 06/22/17 | 12:08
How "Blue Dog" Democrats Are Helping Trump | TYT | 06/21/17 | 6:58
Philando Castile Dash Cam Footage Released (VIDEO) | TYT | 06/21/17 | 12:55
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
Dems Have Lost Economic Message, Says Dem | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/22/17 | 10:18
Vladimir Putin's Power In Russia Exaggerated, Says Author Mikhail Zygar | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/22/17 | 7:06
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Georgia, Healthcare, and All The Other Bad Things | Samantha Bee | 06/21/17 | 6:30
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Republicans Want A Vote, Not A Debate, On Healthcare | Stephen Colbert | 06/22/17 | 3:26

Tuesday & Wednesday June 20 & 21, 2017
Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren DESTROY "Cowardly" Republican Health Care Bill | C-Span | 06/19/17 | 33:10

Ford To Move Focus Production From Michigan To China
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 06/21/17

Under pressure from Donald Trump, Ford scrapped its plans to build a $1 billion plant in Mexico that would've produced its Focus compact car. But in a move that's likely to vex the president, the automaker has decided to relocate its production to China in 2019.

... On Tuesday, Ford announced it will shift its Michigan production of the Focus to China. According to Bloomberg, the automaker plans to then sell those made-in-China vehicles to the U.S. market. Once this transition is completed, the Focus will reportedly be the biggest automotive export ever from China to the U.S. ... Read more

Alex Jones Of 'Infowars,' Conspiracy Theories, And Trump Campaign (Full) | NBC Megyn Kelly | 06/20/17 | 17:35

GOP sneak attack on health care nears a critical moment -- and it's a total monstrosity
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 06/20/17

A few days ago a Republican Senate aide was asked by a reporter why the GOP leadership felt the need to keep all the discussions for the health care bill completely under wraps and he replied, "We're not stupid." Leading Republicans know that what they're planning is so poisonous to the voters that if they let anyone see the monstrosity they're constructing before the bill is hurriedly voted on and signed into law by President Donald Trump, it could well cause riots. After all, according to recent polling, only 17 percent of the American people surveyed said they approved of the bill as it currently stands.

The fact is that Republicans are willing to destroy the health and financial security of millions of Americans so they can give massive tax cuts to Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and others like them who are lucky enough to be vastly wealthy. This is their first real chance to enact permanent tax cuts since 1986. (This Vox article explains why that is.) Republicans have been chasing this dream a very long time. It is their white whale, so important that even the prospect of millions of people suffering and going bankrupt is not enough to make them think better of it. They are willing to hold hands, jump over a cliff and commit political suicide for it. ... Read more

Why Republicans are still desperate to pass a health bill absurdly quickly
Vox | Andrew Prokop | older, 05/02/17

Their complex legislative strategy falls apart if health reform doesn't pass very soon.

This behavior might come off as odd. The original Obamacare bill, after all, took more than a year to pass, but it did pass in the end. So why not take it slow, legislate, build support, and make compromises over the following months in a process like the one Democrats used, rather than continuing on this mad dash?

Republicans do have a rationale. Months ago, they agreed on a legislative strategy designed to game Senate rules so they could pass two major bills -- Obamacare repeal and tax reform -- with just 51 votes, ensuring that the filibuster would be bypassed and Democratic support wouldn't be necessary. Furthermore, the GOP agreed to put health care first, which would have the happy side benefit of allowing them to pass a bigger total permanent tax cut, for other complex Senate rules--related reasons. ... Read more

Keith Olbermann
So, Does Trump Have Tapes of Comey? (#88) | Keith Olbermann | 06/20/17 | 6:16
Trump Appears to Be Self-Destructing (#87) | Keith Olbermann | 06/19/17 | 7:00
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 21 [13:02]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, June 20 [12:26]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 21 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. As Jon Ossoff Loses Georgia Special Election, Where Do Democrats Go from Here in Challenging GOP?
  3. Katrina vanden Heuvel Cautions Against Overreading into Ossoff's Loss in Georgia Special Election
  4. Media Malpractice? As GOP Moves to Strip Healthcare from Millions, Press Remains Focused on Russia
  5. Can Brooklyn's Little Pakistan Survive Trump? Inside One Family's Fight to Stop Their Deportation
Michael Lighty of National Nurses United says -> The Fight Within the Democratic Party Over California Universal Health Insurance Plan | TRNN | 06/19/17 | 12:29
Obesity Is Ridiculously Deadly | TYT | 06/19/17 | 5:55
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
The1a.org
Only One Bank Faced Criminal Charges For The Mortgage Crisis. Bet You've Never Heard Of It. | The1a.org | 06/21/17 | 1hr
The documentary, "Abacus: Small Enough To Jail," tells the story of a family-owned bank in New York's Chinatown -- the only U.S. institution to face criminal fraud charges in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis.
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
Robert Mueller Team Paints Picture Of Donald Trump Russia Investigation | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/20/17 | 4:20
Lawrence: Donald Trump Has The Worst Lawyers Of Any President | MSNBC Last Word | 06/20/17 | 6:26
Lawrence: Donald Trump Has The Worst Lawyers Of Any President | MSNBC Last Word | 06/20/17 | 6:26
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Sean Spicer Is Irreplaceable (Because No One Wants His Job) | Stephen Colbert | 06/21/17 | 6:55
Is Trump Under Investigation? His Lawyer Says Yes, No, And More! | Stephen Colbert | 06/20/17 | 7:17
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Terrifying Tale of Trumpcare | The Daily Show | 06/20/17 | 7:15

Monday June 19, 2017

Trump's Poll Numbers Crater Even Further As GOP Support Slips
AlterNet | m2c4 / DailyKos | 06/18/17

Lost amid all the dramatics of Jeff Sessions' testimony,Trump's ranting and ravings, and his reported desire to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, (which we all know he will eventually do), was an AP poll that confirmed Nate Silver's earlier analysis that Trump's support among Republicans is beginning to not only slip, but to slip badly.

Silver has pointed out that the level of strong support for Trump has slipped by almost one-third since his inauguration. And now the most recent AP-NORC poll shows that Trump's approval rating has dropped to 35% and over half of the country strongly disapproves of the job he is doing. But here is the real kicker from the AP poll: "Nearly a third of Republicans and independents who lean toward the Republican party think Trump has little to no respect for the country's democratic institutions, and a quarter disapprove of the job he's doing as president." ... Read more

Megyn Kelly Grills Alex Jones In Controversial Interview
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 06/19/17

Megyn Kelly challenged Alex Jones' most inflammatory conspiracy theories in a much-anticipated interview that aired Sunday night on her new NBC News show, but Jones ducked her toughest questions.

The 17-minute long interview had prompted a public furore when it was first announced last week, with critics accusing Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly of lending credence to the right-wing radio personality's views by giving him a mainstream platform. Jones has in the past called the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a "hoax" and claimed that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was linked to a child sex ring. ... Read more

Why banks love public debt | Aljazeera | 06/18/17 | 2:03

Israel Has Been Secretly Funding Syrian Rebels For Years
ZeroHedge | author | 06/19/17

Israel has been secretly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a "secret engagement in the enemy country's civil war" aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces, the WSJ reported. ... Read more

NPR 1a
So...How's The Resistance? | The1a.org | 06/19/17 | 1hr
Stephen Bannon's War | PBS Frontline | 05/29/17 | 51:58
Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon | teleSUR English | older, 03/13/17 | 26:02
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, June 19 [12:18]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, June 19 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. "Philando Can Be Any of Us": Black Lives Matter Protests Acquittal of Officer in Minnesota Killing
  3. Civil Rights Lawyer: Philando Castile's Skin Color Ended Up Being a Death Sentence
  4. Advocates Resign En Masse from Trump's HIV/AIDS Council: Trump "Simply Does Not Care" About HIV
  5. Crackdown in Egypt: Seven Men Tortured in State Custody Face Execution; 90 News Websites Blocked
  6. Egyptian Writer: Saudi Arabia Bankrolling Authoritarian Regimes Across the Arab World
James Early -> Trump Cuba Plan at Odds with 75% of Americans | TRNN | 06/16/17 | 13:38
Phyllis Bennis -> US White Phosphorus Bombs Won't Eradicate Terrorism In Syria | TRNN | 06/16/17 | 14:19
Trump Keeps Stacking EPA With Fossil Fuel Stooges | TYT | 06/18/17 | 5:25
Fox News vs Harvard On ISIS Turns Into Embarrassing Ignorance Fest | TYT | older | 5:02
Why the Air Is About to Come Out of America's Bubble Economy - Peter Schiff | Cambridge House | 06/09/17 | 32:22
The June 1967 Arab-Israeli war lasted only six days but its consequences are still felt across the Middle East today. On June 5th, 1967, just three weeks after it marked the 19th anniversary of its founding, the state of Israel went to war with the armies of neighbouring Egypt, Syria and Jordan. What would come to be known to Israelis as the Six-Day War and to Arabs as the June War, saw the defeat of three of the mightiest armies in the region, in a total victory for Israel.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
Political Ad Uses Scalise Shooting As Its Subject | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/19/17 | 6:22
Key Donald Trump Players Get Lawyers. Why? | MSNBC AM Joy | 06/19/17 | 13:52
Jared Kushner's Finances Examined In Russia Probe | MSNBC AM Joy | 06/19/17 | 6:02
Why the Air Is About to Come Out of America's Bubble Economy - Peter Schiff | Cambridge House | 06/09/17 | 32:22
How to Profit from the Coming Trump Train Wreck - Peter Schiff | Cambridge House | 06/09/17 | 25:35
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Hasan the Record - America's War Problem | The Daily Show | 06/17/17 | 4:05
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
GOP Senators Won't Let Us See Their New Healthcare Bill | Stephen Colbert | 06/17/17 | 5:03
Trump Says 'Not To Worry' About Rising Sea Levels | Stephen Colbert | 06/17/17 | 2:11
LastWeekTonight
We've heard a lot of talk about coal miners in the last year, but what are the real issues surrounding coal? | LastWeekTonight by John Oliver | 06/18/17 | 24:20

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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

worlds-debt

02.10.2011. 07:16

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