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.

Thursday February 22, 2018

Florida Shooting Survivors Face Down The NRA And Politicians, Vow To Keep Fighting
HP | Nick Visser | 02/22/18

... More than 7,000 people gathered at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, to listen to many of those affected by the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which left 17 people dead. The tragedy, the 17th school shooting so far in 2018, has prompted a wave of activism in recent days and an outpouring of anger directed at lawmakers who have refused to pass gun control legislation.

Such frustrations were on full display Wednesday as several people asked Florida Sens. Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D) what they plan to do now. Ryan Deitsch, a senior at Stoneman Douglas, asked Rubio about Congress' failure to rein in gun access and why its the students themselves who "have to march on Washington just to save innocent lives." "You're right," the senator replied. "What you've lived through, and what you live through, is not supposed to be a part of your high school experience." ... Read more

Drones in the Sahara
TheIntercept | Joe Penney | 02/18/18

LATE IN THE morning of October 4 last year, a convoy of Nigerien and American special forces soldiers in eight vehicles left the village of Tongo Tongo. As they made their way between mud-brick houses with thatched roofs, they were attacked from one side by dozens of militants, if not hundreds. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Nigeriens and Americans fled, some on foot, running for cover behind trees and clusters of millet, their boots caked in the light brown earth. By the time the fighting was over, five Nigeriens and four Americans were killed, their bodies left naked in the bush after the militants took their uniforms.

The news went straight to the front pages in the United States and sparked a conflict between the family of one of the soldiers and President Donald Trump, after the president made insensitive remarks during a condolence call to the soldier's widow. But the story also spread like wildfire throughout Niger, where the big news wasn't so much that American soldiers had been killed, but that Americans soldiers were fighting in the country in the first place.

... In fact, U.S. Special Operations forces have been in Niger since at least 2013 and are stationed around the country on forward operating bases with elite Nigerien soldiers. What happened in Tongo Tongo is just a taste of the potential friction and instability to come, because the pièce de resistance of American military engagement in Niger is a $110 million drone base the U.S. is building about 450 miles northeast of Niamey in Agadez, a city that for centuries has served as a trade hub on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, not far from Mali, Algeria, Libya and Chad. In January, I hopped aboard an aging plane that followed a roundabout route to one of America's largest-ever military investments in Africa, its latest battleground in an opaque, expensive, and counterintuitive war on the continent. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 22 [12:39]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 22 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. "The Time to Act Is Now": Florida School Shooting Survivors Confront Trump, Rubio on Gun Control
  3. Former Parkland Student: I Interned for Senator Rubio. Now I'm Begging Him to Act on Guns
  4. "A Monstrous Campaign of Annihilation": Death Toll in Eastern Ghouta Tops 300 from Syrian Assault
John Sipher -> Russian Espionage, or Clickbait? Part 1 | TRNN | 02/22/18 | 18:21
Parkland Crisis Actor Conspiracy Theory DEBUNKED | TYT | 02/21/18 | 11:21
1A Live From CPAC | 1a.org | 02/22/18 | 1hr
Last year, a guest on 1A suggested that we broadcast the show from CPAC: the Conservative Political Action Conference. We didn't hesitate to say yes.

And here we are. This year's conference will feature both the president and the vice president, as well as media figures, organizers, theorists and thinkers from across the conservative spectrum. There will be panels on economics, foreign relations, cybersecurity and career development. Here's the full agenda.

Joe: Yesterday, The White House Got It Right By Listening | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/22/18 | 8:56
Ari Melber On Latest Russia Guilty Plea In Robert Mueller's Investigation | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 6:12
Poll: Most Of The Country Doesn't Like Donald Trump As A Person | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 3:56
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Kids From Florida Aren't Acting | Stephen Colbert | 02/22/18 | 7:57
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Conservatives Attack Parkland Survivors Once Again | Trevor Noah | 02/21/18 | 7:28
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Florida Shooting Survivors Being Called Fake News | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/21/18 | 7:16
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Are Child Actors Being Used To Push Gun Control In Florida Shooting? | Alex Jones | 02/21/18 | 13:53
The Truth About Crisis Actors In The Florida Shooting | Alex Jones | 02/21/18 | 38:35

Wednesday February 21, 2018

Billy Graham, influential evangelist and friend to U.S. presidents, dies at 99
Politico | author | date

He preached the gospel around the world and served as a counselor to decades of American leaders.

The Rev. Billy Graham, one of the most influential religious figures in U.S. history and a trusted adviser to decades of U.S. presidents, has died. He was 99.

Graham was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1992. For decades starting with Harry Truman, Graham would be seen at the side of U.S. presidents as he served as a valued counselor, during both their brightest days and their sleepless nights. "People in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to," the evangelist said in 2011. ... Read more

"Has anyone had to bury their child because of pornography?" asked Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D), who sponsored the legislation seeking to ban assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

Florida House Debates Porn, But Refuses To Discuss Assault Weapons
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 02/21/18

As tearful survivors of the Parkland school shooting watched, the Republican-led Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday refused to discuss a ban on assault weapons. Photos showed a distraught student being comforted in the gallery. Another survivor of last week's massacre expressed "indescribable" rage on Twitter.

Later in the day, many of the same lawmakers discussed at length a bill that declares porn a public health risk. The bill ? which calls for improved "education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography" -- was approved by a voice vote, reported the Tampa Bay Times. ... Read more

White House Press Briefing | WH | 02/20/18 | 20:07
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
*Trump vs. The World | John Oliver (HBO) | 02/18/18 | 19:14

Trump White House official says Florida shooting was 'reprieve' from bad publicity
Independent | Alexandra Wilts | 02/20/18

A Trump White House official reportedly said coverage of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week has given the administration "a reprieve" from having to deal with bad publicity.

"For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve," the official told the Washington Post. "A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled."

"But as we all know, sadly, when the coverage dies down a little bit, we'll be back through the chaos," the official reportedly said. ... Read more
LEAK: Trump Team Enjoying "Reprieve" Of School Shooting | TYT | 02/20/18 | 5:53

How Much Data Does the NSA Look at Daily?
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 21 [12:26]
Robert Reich: Morality & the Common Good Must Be at Center of Fighting Trump's Economic Agenda | DN | 02/20/18 | 24:32
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 21 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. "Orgies While People Are Dying": How Charity Oxfam Allowed Sex Abuse in Ailing Countries Like Haiti
  3. Edwidge Danticat: I Hope Oxfam Sex Scandal in Haiti Is a #MeToo Moment for Aid Organizations
  4. Inside the U.S. Military Recruitment Program That Trained Nikolas Cruz to be "A Very Good Shot"
Max Blumenthal -> Can Trump's Neocons Exploit Russiagate? | TRNN | 02/20/18 | 10:11
Angry Senator Yells At Students Who Drove 300 Miles To See Him | TYT | 02/20/18 | 5:57
Movie Club Sees "Black Panther" | 1a.org | 02/21/18 | 1hr
"Black Panther" broke several box office records in its opening weekend. The latest film in the Marvel movie canon earned more than $201 million (and counting) and was the biggest opening ever for a movie directed by an African-American -- or not directed by a white man.

But beyond the numbers, "Black Panther" [won hearts and minds culturally]. Moviegoers across the country dressed in costume or traditional African prints to celebrate the film's release. And the blockbuster platform elevated a black superhero to superstar status -- along with a gorgeous, brilliant and daring entourage of warrior women.

New White House Security Rule Could Force Jared Kushner And Others Out | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 20:57
Americans Google Alex Van Der Zwaan As Mueller Issues New Charges | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 20:48
As Shootings Become Epidemic, Is Now The Time For Change? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 18:16
Playmate Alleges Affair With President Donald Trump During Melania Marriage | AM Joy | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 14:01
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
If Politicians Won't Take Action, These High Schoolers Will | Stephen Colbert | 02/20/18 | 3:39
Trump's Twitter Spree After Robert Mueller's Russia Indictments | Stephen Colbert | 02/21/18 | 6:11
Trump's State Of Affairs. . . Actual Affairs | Stephen Colbert | 02/21/18 | 6:29
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Parkland Shooting Survivors School Congress on Gun Violence | Trevor Noah | 02/20/18 | 8:11

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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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