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.

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Military Quietly Prepares for a Last Resort: War With North Korea
NYT | Helene Cooper | 01/14/18

Across the military, officers and troops are quietly preparing for a war they hope will not come. At Fort Bragg in North Carolina last month, a mix of 48 Apache gunships and Chinook cargo helicopters took off in an exercise that practiced moving troops and equipment under live artillery fire to assault targets. Two days later, in the skies above Nevada, 119 soldiers from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division parachuted out of C-17 military cargo planes under cover of darkness in an exercise that simulated a foreign invasion.

Next month, at Army posts across the United States, more than 1,000 reserve soldiers will practice how to set up so-called mobilization centers that move military forces overseas in a hurry. And beginning next month with the Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang, the Pentagon plans to send more Special Operations troops to the Korean Peninsula, an initial step toward what some officials said ultimately could be the formation of a Korea-based task force similar to the types that are fighting in Iraq and Syria. Others said the plan was strictly related to counterterrorism efforts. ... Read more

Worker who sent false Hawaii missile alert reassigned.

Hawaii missile snafu: That was no 'wrong button.' Take a look.
WashintonPost | Fred Barbash | 01/16/19

Pushing the "wrong button" was the explanation provided in an official timeline for that false warning that scared the devil out of people in Hawaii on Saturday morning alerting them to an incoming ballistic missile that never was. "The wrong button was pushed," declared Vern Miyagi, head of the state's emergency management agency.

But as The Washington Post's Amy Wang reported, the errant employee actually was working with a drop-down menu on a computer program, from which the official chose the wrong item. On Monday, state officials released an image of that menu, provided to The Post by Hawaii News Now, and it shed some light on why it might be confusing. ... Read more

Trump has...
  1. spent 26% of his time out on the golf course
  2. spend 33% of his time at a Trump branded property
  3. cost US $43,000,000.00 in tax payer money for golf

Trump spends Martin Luther King Jr. Day at golf course
Politico | Matthew Nussbaum | 01/15/18

President Donald Trump returned to his Florida golf course on Monday, appearing to disregard his own advice that people spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day performing acts of service for others. Trump arrived at his golf course shortly after 9 a.m., and the White House did not respond to a request for comment about his activity. His public schedule is empty and he is scheduled to return to the White House Monday night.

When signing a proclamation to honor King on Friday, Trump called on all Americans to honor the the late civil rights leader's birthday "with acts of civic work and community service." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 16 [17:01]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 16 (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. Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa
Trump's Spiritual Adviser: God Says Give Me One Month's Pay! | TYT | 01/13/18 | 5:36
Chelsea Manning To Run For Senate | TYT | 01/15/18 | 10:22
America On Alert | 1a.org | 01/16/18 | 1hr
What went wrong? That was the top question after a frightening emergency alert hit people's phones in Hawaii last weekend. The message warned of an imminent missile attack on the island and told recipients to seek shelter. "This is not a drill," the warning ended.

Turns out, it wasn't a drill. It was a mistake. From The New York Times:

"Officials said the alert was the result of human error and not the work of hackers or a foreign government. The mistake occurred during a shift-change drill that takes place three times a day at the emergency command post, according to Richard Rapoza, a spokesman for the agency. "Someone clicked the wrong thing on the computer," he said.

Now the top question is: Could it happen again? And if push notifications are capable of causing such panic, should we be receiving emergency alerts alongside calendar reminders and sports scores?

WSJ: Jared Kushner Warned About Ties To Wendi Deng Murdoch | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/16/18 | 6:30
NYT: Steve Bannon Subpoenaed By Special Counsel In Russia Probe | MSNBC | 01/16/18 | 5:21
The Russia Investigation Closes In On President Donald Trump's Inner Circle | MSNBC | 01/16/18 | 7:55
On Donald Trump And The Africa That Lawrence Knows | The Last Word | MSNBC | 01/16/18 | 5:15
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Don't Fire The Hawaiian Who Hit The Emergency Alert | Stephen Colbert | 01/16/18 | 3:48
Did Trump Say Sh*thole Or Sh*thouse? | Stephen Colbert | 01/16/18 | 6:58
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Backlash Continues on Trump's "S**thole" Comments | Trevor Noah | 01/15/18 | 4:48
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump and GOP Face Fallout from His Racist Immigration Comments | Seth Meyers | 01/15/18 | 8:25

Monday January 15, 2018

Trump Administration Waives Punishment For Convicted Banks, Including Deutsche -- Which Trump Owes Millions
ibtimes.com | David Sirota | 01/09/18

The Trump administration has waived part of the punishment for five megabanks whose affiliates were convicted and fined for manipulating global interest rates. One of the Trump administration waivers was granted to Deutsche Bank -- which is owed at least $130 million by President Donald Trump and his business empire, and has also been fined for its role in a Russian money laundering scheme.

The waivers were issued in a little-noticed announcement published in the Federal Register during the Christmas holiday week. They come less than two years after then-candidate Trump promised "I'm not going to let Wall Street get away with murder." ... Read more

Liberals and Conservatives
The moral roots of liberals and conservatives - Jonathan Haidt | TEDTalk | older | 18:39
Empire Files: What the Russian Revolution Proved Possible | TRNN | 11/25/17 | 27:16
Nov. 7, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the seizure of power by workers and peasants in the Russian Revolution, regarded as the most world-altering event in the history of civilization. Abby Martin talks to Brian Becker, socialist organizer and co-author of the book "Storming the Gates: How the Russian Revolution Changed the World."
Storming the Gates: How the Russian Revolution Changed the World (2017) by Brian Becker

The Russian Revolution 'shook the world' in 1917. It was the first time a socialist revolution had taken hold, putting the workers in power, seizing private property and society's productive capacity. This was the basis for a rational, cooperative society. That revolution became the nemesis of the United States and other imperialist countries, which would not rest until its gains were undone. The Bolshevik Revolution inspired anti-colonial revolutions and national liberation movements around the world, lending solidarity and material assistance to them. As it emerged to be the second-largest economy in the world, the first to put a satellite and human into space, it became a valid counterweight to claims of capitalism's superiority. Storming the Gates looks inside the revolution, from the early years to the last -- not as a neutral observer, but a partisan for revolutionary change. Recounting the vast accomplishments, global impact, loyal followers, challenges and shortcomings, this book remembers 'the Soviet Union not as the end of communism but as its first grand, real-life experiment.' Looking to the future, Storming the Gates examines what role a Bolshevik-type party can have in the 21st Century, and how it can once again shape history. "The single biggest event that shaped global politics in the 20th century was the Russian Revolution of 1917, which gave birth to the Soviet Union. The first socialist government's existence was the pivot for world events in history's most turbulent and dynamic century. The destruction of the Soviet Union 74 years later in 1991 has been the dominant factor shaping global politics ever since."
Meet the rural Americans who voted for Trump
Meet the rural Americans who fear they're being forgotten | WashingtonPost | 07/22/17 | 11:07

Here's What The FBI Lovers' Secret Texts Actually Say About Trump, Clinton And Leaks
HP | Ryan J. Reilly | 01/14/18

Last week, a story by The Hill's John Solomon set off another firestorm in the conservative media about the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The article, which was linked to by The Drudge Report and aggregated by sites across the right-wing internet before being prominently featured on Sean Hannity's Fox show, fit nicely into a theory about the FBI that some members of Congress and President Donald Trump have been pushing to undermine Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Stay with us, because this gets a bit bizarre. The theory Trump and others have been pushing insinuates that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two current FBI employees who were having an affair, were at the heart of an FBI conspiracy against Trump during the 2016 election campaign. Adherents of this theory believe that the couple's 2016 texts criticizing Trump ? which were recovered from their government cellphones, provided to Congress and shared with some reporters ? prove they were out to get the then-candidate. ... Read more

Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. | Amazon | $179.99 | 11/19/17 | 4:33
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 15 (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. Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa
Fire and Fury: Insights into the Fights Within the US Ruling Elite? Part 1 | TRNN | 01/15/18 | 13:15
Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahead Tamimi | TRNN | 01/15/18 | 19:55
North Korea And South Korea Reach Historic Agreement | TYT | 01/13/18 | 1:54
Trump Banking Scandal EXPOSED | TYT | 01/13/18 | 8:35
Trump's Batsh*t Stupidest Interview Yet | TYT | 01/13/18 | 8:38
The Personal Toll Of Civil Rights Activism | 1a.org | 01/15/18 | 1hr
The fight for civil rights has always been hard work. It takes a toll on the mind and the body. And the struggle continues today, 50 years after the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Every generation has their crusaders: the big names we know, and untold thousands of others whose support makes these movements possible. Who exactly are the new activists and what battles are they fighting? And how do they stay in the fight?

Joe On Trump's Remarks: How Does GOP Not Immediately Condemn This Language? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/13/18 | 20:50
Tapper: You know who loved Trump's comments? | CNN | 01/13/18 | 5:46
McAuliffe: Trump is an embarrassment to US | CNN | 01/14/18 | 8:24
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
People Keep Buying The Wrong 'Fire And Fury' Book | Stephen Colbert | 01/13/18 | 4:37
What Exactly Is Trump Doing During 'Executive Time?' | Stephen Colbert | 01/13/18 | 3:03
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Between The Scenes - Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark | Trevor Noah | 01/13/18 | 1:07
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Jake Tapper Talks About His Stephen Miller Interview | Seth Meyers | 01/12/18 | 6:30
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
BREAKING INTEL! Hawaiian Nuclear False Missile Alert Staged By Deep State To Embarrass Trump | Alex Jones | 01/13/18 | 31:10

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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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