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.

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
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. "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

Tuesday February 20, 2018

A decade after meltdown, Senate moves to roll back bank rules
Politico | Zachary Warmbrodt | 02/20/18

U.S. senators are planning to mark the 10th anniversary of Wall Street's meltdown this year with a gift to the nation's banks: a bill that would unravel regulations put in place after the crisis.

The proposed rollback of some key post-crisis rules - which could advance in the coming weeks - is one of the few examples of bipartisanship in Washington since President Donald Trump's election.

On one side are moderate Democrats such as Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and Jon Tester from Republican-leaning states who support the legislation because they say it will provide relief to small and regional banks and boost rural economies.

On the other are progressives like Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown and their activist allies, who argue that the bill will put consumers at risk. They're working to undercut the party's centrists before the vote, with several of the moderates -- as well as Brown -- facing tough reelection campaigns this year. ... Read more

Cancer drug Lomustine, at one point was being sold for around $50 a capsule, the same dose now costs $768.
TYT | author | 02/19/18

Lomustine has been used to treat brain tumours, lung cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma for more than 40 years but is now seen by some patients as too expensive.

In 2013, production of the drug, which was previously called CeeNU, passed from pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb to a Miami-based startup called NextSource Biotechnology.

At that point it was being sold for around $50 a capsule. The same dose now costs $768 (£570).

NextSource has increased the price nine times in less than five years. A 20 per cent hike in August was followed by a further 12 per cent rise in November, according to analysis by the Wall Street Journal. Prices of other doses of the drug, which the company has renamed Gleostine, have also been increased exponentially.

Although the patent for lomustine has expired, there is no generic version being produced and so NextSource has no competitors to discourage it from raising prices.

Professor Henry Friedman, a neuro-oncologist at Duke University, said: "This is simply price gouging. People are not going to be able to afford it, or they're going to pay a lot of money and have financial liability."
Cancer Drug Price Raised 1400% | TYT | 02/19/18 | 9:05
Anderson Cooper: Trump is all about himself
Anderson Cooper: Trump is all about himself | 02/19/18 | 7:43
Trump has... spent 26% of his time out on the golf course spend 33% of his time at a Trump branded property cost US $43,000,000.00 in tax payer money for golf.

A Consensus Emerges: Russia Committed an "Act of War" on Par With Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Should the U.S. Response Be Similar?
TheIntercept | Glenn Greenwald | 02/19/18

IN THE WAKE of last week's indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an "act of war" against the U.S., but one so grave that it is tantamount to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Indeed, that Russia's alleged "meddling" is comparable to the two most devastating attacks in U.S. history has, overnight, become a virtual cliché.

The claim that Russian meddling in the election is "an act of war" comparable to these events isn't brand new. Senators from both parties, such as Republican John McCain and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, have long described Russian meddling in 2016 as an "act of war." Hillary Clinton, while promoting her book last October, described Russia's alleged hacking of the DNC and John Podesta's email inbox as a "cyber 9/11." And last February, the always war-hungry Tom Friedman of the New York Times said on "Morning Joe" that Russian hacking "was a 9/11-scale event. They attacked the core of our democracy. That was a Pearl Harbor-scale event." ...

BUT ...
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 20 [9:03]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 20 (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. Mueller Probe Heats Up: 13 Russians Indicted, Ex-Trump Aide to Plead Guilty, Focus on Kushner Grows
  3. Robert Reich: Morality & the Common Good Must Be at Center of Fighting Trump's Economic Agenda
Why is a Russian Troll Farm Being Compared to 9/11? | TRNN | 02/20/18 | 16:11
Conservatives Attacking School Shooting Survivors Online | TYT | 02/19/18 | 6:36
Dan Rather Defends the Parkland Survivors | TYT | 02/19/18 | 26:36
The Columbine Generation | 1a.org | 02/20/18 | 1hr
In April 1999, two students killed 12 classmates, one teacher and themselves at Columbine High School in Colorado. Nineteen years later, a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In between, an estimated 150,000 students experienced a shooting at their school.

The students at Parkland were born after Columbine. And now some of the survivors are taking action to try to ensure children born today won't grow up in a world where school shootings are common occurrences.
What's In The Gun Background Check Plan The President Endorsed? | 1a.org | 02/20/18 | 1hr
After a national outcry over gun violence in Florida last week, there are the early signs of compromise in Washington: President Donald Trump has endorsed a bipartisan proposal to strengthen gun background checks. But what is this legislation, and could it have helped prevent last week's bloodshed?

Joe: White House Makes Smart Move In Mitt Romney Support | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 8:36
Historian Says President Donald Trump Ignoring Worst US Attack Since 9/11 | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 12:50
Indictment Rings Alarms On Facebook, So What Can Be Done? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 6:19
After Mueller Indictments Donald Trump Fails To Criticize Russia | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 02/19/18 | 8:22
Lawrence: Advisers Held Off Donald Trump's Golfing, But Not His Tweeting | The Last Word | MSNBC | 02/19/18 | 7:46

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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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