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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.


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
Click to zoom in US Intelligence Funding 2013
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.

Thursday February 15, 2018

We're Averaging One School Shooting Every 60 Hours In 2018
HP | Lydia O'Connor | 02/14/18

That's an average of one school shooting every 60 hours thus far in 2018, more than double the number of school shootings recorded in any of the previous three years in that same period. Those numbers are according to data compiled by the gun control advocacy organization Everytown for Gun Safety, which defines a school shooting as any time a firearm is discharged on or around a campus.

Details are still emerging about what happened during Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but as of 6:30 pm., at least 15 people had been reported dead. President Donald Trump has spoken vaguely about the need to curb shootings, saying after the Las Vegas massacre in October that the U.S. would start "talking about gun laws as time goes by." ... Read more
290 School Shootings In America Since 2013 | everytownresearch.org | current | graph

BREAKING: Florida Mass Shooting Suspect In Custody | TYT | 02/14/18 | 9:56
Las Vegas Autopsies Reveal The True Brutality Of Mass Shootings | HP | 02/14/18 | article
Media coverage often serves to sanitize the graphic, uncomfortable reality of these tragedies. Maybe we don't deserve the privilege of that comfort.


How Should We Approach - China?
The Coming War on China
The Coming War on China | good | 1:23:00
Death by China: Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action by Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro is a Harvard Ph.D. economist and professor of public policy at the University of California, Irvine. His latest book Death By China is a sequel to his best-selling book The Coming China Wars and is now a documenatry film. In addition to his work on China, Professor Navarro has written numerous books on strategically managing the business cycle from both an executive and a stock trading point of view. ...

Crouching Tiger: What China's Militarism Means for the World by Peter Navarro

Will there be war with China? This book provides the most complete and accurate assessment of the probability of conflict between the United States and the rising Asian superpower. Equally important, it lays out an in-depth analysis of the possible pathways to peace. Written like a geopolitical detective story, the narrative encourages reader interaction by starting each chapter with an intriguing question that often challenges conventional wisdom.

Based on interviews with more than thirty top experts, the author highlights a number of disturbing facts about China's recent military buildup and the shifting balance of power in Asia: the Chinese are deploying game-changing "carrier killer" ballistic missiles; some of America's supposed allies in Europe and Asia are selling highly lethal weapons systems to China in a perverse twist on globalization; and, on the U.S. side, debilitating cutbacks in the military budget send a message to the world that America is not serious about its "pivot to Asia."

In the face of these threatening developments, the book stresses the importance of maintaining US military strength and preparedness and strengthening alliances, while warning against a complacent optimism that relies on economic engagement, negotiations, and nuclear deterrence to ensure peace.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 15 [13:35]
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump's Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly | DN | 02/14/18 | 13:21
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 15 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. When Will This Stop? 17 Shot Dead in Florida School Massacre, the 18th School Shooting of Year
  3. Republican Lawmakers Refuse to Adopt Gun Control Despite 200 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook
  4. Kept Out: Banks Across U.S. Caught Systematically Rejecting People of Color for Home Loans
Trump's Infrastructure Fantasy a Gift to His Donors | TRNN | 02/15/18 | 11:16
Anti-Immigrant Trump Only Hires Foreign Workers | TYT | 02/14/18 | 9:50
The1a.org
17 Killed In Deadliest School Shooting Since Sandy Hook | 1a.org | 02/15/18 | 1hr
A school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has left 17 students dead. The shooter is in custody. The investigation is in the early stages.
Policing The Police | 1a.org | 02/15/18 | 1hr
The Gun Trace Task Force is an elite unit of the Baltimore Police Department charged with getting illegal firearms off the streets. But a day on the job for several of its members included illegal searches and seizures of thousands of dollars, jailing innocent civilians, dealing illicit drugs or weapons and falsifying payroll documents.

Many of their tactics increased citizens' fear and resentment of officers and did nothing to abate the city's violent crime rate. Eight members of the task force were indicted last year. This week, two were convicted of racketeering, robbery and fraud. They face up to 60 years in prison.

There is an official call to disband the entire Baltimore PD, something the mayor says won't happen. Something to that effect has been implemented in Oakland and Camden, New Jersey -- but can you change a culture of high-level corruption without wiping the slate clean?


Joe: We Are In The Midst Of An Epidemic Of Mass Shootings | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/15/18 | 7:17



The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Heroes of "The 15:17 to Paris" - Extended Interview | Trevor Noah | 02/15/18 | 7:17
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Trump's Lawyer Paid Off Stormy Daniels | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/14/18 | 2:02

Wednesday February 14, 2018

Senate immigration debate quickly stalls
Politico | Burgess Everett | 02/13/18

And Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is giving senators only one week to find a solution for Dreamers.

The Senate's much-anticipated immigration debate stalled on Tuesday with party leaders feuding over how to even begin. And there may not be much time left to reach a deal, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate's work on a solution to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be limited to this week. ...

... McConnell twice attempted to set up floor votes on a sanctuary cities amendment from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and a competing proposal chosen by Democrats. But Democrats objected, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) saying the Toomey language "doesn't address Dreamers, nor does it address border security" -- the two basic elements underpinning this week's debate over the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who will soon be at risk of deportation. ... Read more
Mitch McConnell Tricks The Democrats Again | TYT | 02/13/18 | 7:37

Jeremy Scahill's Podcast
Jeremy Scahill -> Share America's Distribution of Violence | TheIntercept | 02/14/18 | 1hr

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen: I Paid Porn Star Stormy Daniels
HP | Ed Mazza | 02/14/18

Michael Cohen, personal attorney for President Donald Trump, told The New York Times on Tuesday that he paid Stephanie Clifford (a.k.a. porn star Stormy Daniels)$130,000 in 2016. However, he insisted that the money was his own.

"Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly," Cohen told the newspaper. "The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone." ... Read more

Trump Still Hasn't Chosen A Science Adviser -- After 390 Days In Office.
Military | Military Budgets
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**Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For (2014) [5:32]
China Valley of Tunnels

China Valley of Tunnels

A report written by a Georgetown University team led by Phillip Karber conducted a three-year study to map out China's complex tunnel system, which stretches 5,000 km (3,000 miles). The report determined that the stated Chinese nuclear arsenal is understated and as many as 3,000 nuclear warheads may be stored in the underground tunnel network.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 14 [10:51]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 14 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Two Reuters Journalists Face 14 Years in Burmese Prison After Exposing Massacre of Rohingya Muslims
  3. Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump's Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly
  4. As Lawmakers Debate Future of DACA, What Will It Take for Democrats to Protect DREAMers?
  5. As Porter Domestic Violence Scandal Roils WH, Lawmakers Demand Kelly's Ouster & Trump's Impeachment
  6. V-Day: Global Movement to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls Marks 20th Anniversary
Col. Larry Wilkerson -> From Trump Parade to Budget, There's 'Too Much Military' | TRNN | 02/13/18 | 10:38
Trump Wants To Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes | TYT | 02/13/18 | 6:47
The1a.org
How Much Are Drugmakers To Blame For The Opioid Crisis? | 1a.org | 02/14/18 | 1hr
According to a 23-page document from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, pharmaceutical companies funneled millions to pain-treatment advocacy groups who then turned around and promoted prescription painkillers to their clients. (See below for the full report.)
Purdue Pharma says its representatives have stopped marketing Oxycotin to physicians, but is that too little, too late?

In 2016, at least 42,000 Americans died after overdosing on opioids. The drug killed more people that year than falls, guns or car accidents -- and it isn't slowing down.
Fresh Air
Joshua Green -> Devil's Bargin | NPR | 02/13/18 | 1hr








Joe: Institutions 1, Chaos 0 After FBI Director Christopher Wray's Hearing | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/14/18 | 16:32
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Even George W. Bush Sees Evidence Of Russia Meddling | Stephen Colbert | 02/09/18 | 6:11

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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.

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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The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Petere Kuznick

The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Petere Kuznick | 2014 | 10 Episodes

Oliver Stone and American University historian Peter J. Kuznick began working on the project in 2008. Stone, Kuznick and British screenwriter Matt Graham cowrote the script. It covers "the reasons behind the Cold War with the Soviet Union, U.S. President Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, and changes in America's global role since the fall of Communism." Stone is the director and narrator of all ten episodes.
Kuznick Interviews

Kuznick Interviews

Historian Peter Kuznick says Eisenhower called for decreased militarization, then Dulles reversed the policy; the Soviets tried to end the cold war after the death of Stalin; crazy schemes involving nuclear weapons and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba put the world of the eve of destruction - with host Paul Jay

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China Valley of Tunnels

China Valley of Tunnels

A report written by a Georgetown University team led by Phillip Karber conducted a three-year study to map out China’s complex tunnel system, which stretches 5,000 km (3,000 miles). The report determined that the stated Chinese nuclear arsenal is understated and as many as 3,000 nuclear warheads may be stored in the underground tunnel network.
The Vietnam War

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