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The Nuremberg Trials

 

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On November 20, 1945, twenty-two surviving representatives of the Nazi elite stood before an international military tribunal at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, and charged with the systematic murder of millions of people.

 

The ensuing trial pitted U.S. chief prosecutor and Supreme Court judge Robert Jackson against Hermann Göring, the former head of the Nazi air force, whom Adolf Hitler had once named to be his successor. Jackson hoped that the trial would make a statement that crimes against humanity would never again go unpunished. Proving the guilt of the defendants, however, was more difficult than Jackson anticipated.


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Floored: Into The Pit - Epic Trader Movie!

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Enter a world where pandemonium reigns and reckless ambition rules: the trading floors in the financial canyons of downtown Chicago. Here, men use strange hand signals to buy and sell everything from pork belly to soybeans while wearing the weight of our complex economy on their shoulders - along with their neon jackets. It's a physical, bruising place, one where a slight gain creates heroes, rich beyond what their high school educations should ever afford. But the wrong move on the wrong day can ruin lives. At a time when millions have lost fortunes in the fickle stock market and fear abounds about the faltering financial system, FLOORED is a gripping, honest look behind the curtain of the trading floor that few have ever seen. Written by James Allen Smith

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The German Wehrmacht

 

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This is a goldmine I loved it!

 

 

This documentary from the History Channel is presented in five parts.

 

1. The approaching war and the emotions it generated, sometimes doubtful, more often an elation among the youngsters who like those snazzy uniforms and had no idea what they were getting into.

 

2. Reversal in Russia, when the foul facts began to be realized and both the officers and men wondered whether it was really true that the good guys always won.

 

3. Crimes and Genocide, some crimes being minor ones like murdering someone you don't like, while others are more nettlesome, like the attempt to exterminate entire populations based on their religion, politics, or sexual practices.

 

4. Resistance, meaning resistance within the ranks or, "How do you slow down a juggernaut that is trundling towards a cliff?" Nothing of Sophie Scholl; this is strictly from inside the Army. 

 

5. The Bitter End, in which some Junker Field Marshals (like Model) commit altruistic suicide, like good soldiers, rather than surrender, while others take more active steps to end the war or get out from under. And the war does finally end. (PS: Kids, we won.) 

 

There is some interesting and new color footage of the Wehrmacht at work. There is none of the now-familiar footage from the concentration camps of pale, bony corpses being shoveled into mass graves, thank God. The film, by the way, deals almost exclusively with its eponymous subject -- the Wehrmacht or German Army. The regular Army had less to do with the more heinous acts, mostly providing guards. They were chiefly combat oriented. The SS and Gestapo were separate entities. Most of the time, we watch and listen to talking heads, sometimes participants and sometimes young historians, all of whom are pretty convincing.

 

Of some 150 German generals, about 46 wound up in relatively luxurious surroundings that served as a prison camp in England. The British had put them all together in order that they relax and speak to each other openly -- while their conversations were recorded secretly. (Reenactors reconstruct some of the exchanges.) Several ordinary soldiers and officers are shown in modern interviews.

 

The overall impression is one of attitudinal diversity. Among the generals, in particular, we're aware of an insoluble conflict between their duty as soldiers and their consciences as human beings. But we don't hear much philosophizing about ethics. It's not the sort of thing the authoritarian mind enjoys dwelling on. The usual response is to try to suppress any acknowledgment that you were part of an evil machine. "Suppress" is a fancy word for "forget." There is the expectable praise for the courage of the German soldiers, and an occasional remark like, "The killing of dissident men, well, that might have been necessary, but to do it IN PUBLIC and later to kill the women and children, that was going too far!" 

 

The men are far more blunt about it all, at least the ones who agreed to be interviewed for this project. They may have enjoyed marching through Czechoslovakia but as the pace of civilian deaths picked up and ordinary soldiers began to witness systematic exterminations, they thought it was disgusting. Every game is fun when you're winning. It's only when you lose that the experience becomes a little irritating.


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This is a brilliant explanation of how banking works and it scary. I can see now why bitcoin will take over.

 

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The sole purpose of this story is to explain the simple maths of reality and the current Banking System – that is – 100 plus NOTHING does NOT equal 105 – and that charging interest on something that is created out of nothing, makes it impossible to repay, giving great power to those who do create money out of nothing – ie the Banks. This story was written by Larry Hannigan in 1971 and uses a fictional character (Fabian) in the narrative.

 

Money is NOT a commodity, it is a system of debit-credit bookkeeping – nothing more. Banks create credit. It is a mistake to suppose that bank credit is created to any extent by the payment of money into the banks. A loan made by a bank is a clear addition to the amount of money in the community.

 

The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the People v. The Banks.

 

None of our problems will disappear until we correct the creation, supply and circulation of money. Once the money problem is solved, everything else will fall into place.


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The Banker's Guide to Art - BBC Documentary 2016

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Documentary taking an inside look at the high-stakes and sometimes murky world of art collecting.

 

In recent years, the value of London's art market has soared to unprecedented heights, driven by the nouveau riche of the financial world, whose money has poured into the bank accounts of dealers, galleries and auction houses.

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Incredibly interesting and eye opening: Hyper Normalisation

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HyperNormalisation is a film by British filmmaker Adam Curtis, it tells the incredible story of how we have managed to get to this bizarre time of uncertainty and confusion, a time where we see those who are meant to be in power become paralysed, searching for answers.

 

Curtis argues the case that ever since the 1970’s, those in power i.e. governments, financier, and technological utopians have given up on the complicated “real world” in favour for a simplified “fake world”, one which is controlled by corporations and merely kept stable by politicians. However, as time moves forward we seem to keep witnessing events that appear to be inexplicable and out of control, take the election of Donald Trump for example or Brexit, perhaps the War in Syria or the countless number of random bomb attacks.

 

Curtis explains not only why events such as these keep happening but also why we and our political leaders can’t seem to understand them. The film reveals that we have all retreated into a simplified “fake” version of the world because it is all around us and we choose to accept it as normal.

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The Cult Next Door

 

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Critically acclaimed director Vanessa Engle has spent the last three years putting this film together in order to expose the extraordinary tale of a bizarre cult which came to light back in 2013 after a sensational news story broke. It involved three women who emerged from a small flat located in Brixton, south London, after being held captive for decades.

 

This cult can be traced back to the 1970s when it’s leader Aravindan Balakrishnan, who was a student at the time, formed a small political sect. He believed in an international communist revolution and therefore wanted to follow in the teachings of China’s Chairman Mao.

 

The Cult Next Door includes exclusive interviews with two of the women who managed to escape, these are Aisha Wahab, who is a 72 year old Malaysian woman and Katy Morgan-Davies, Balakrishnan’s daughter, who was brought up in captivity. This film provides an excellent vantage to see how this small left-wing group managed to evolve into a crazy cult.

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Born Rich

 

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First-time filmmaker Jamie Johnson, a 23-year-old heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune, captures the rituals, worries and social customs of the young Trumps, Vanderbilts, Newhouses and Bloombergs in the documentary special, BORN RICH, a 2003 Sundance Film Festival selection. Offering candid insights into the privileges and burdens of inheriting more money than most people will earn in a lifetime.

 

Narrated by Johnson, a history student at New York University, and filmed over a three-year period, BORN RICH spotlights ten young adults who came into the world knowing they would never have to work a day in their lives. These society-column names speak frankly about the one subject they all know is taboo: money.

 

With his unfettered access to this rarified subculture, Johnson explores topics such as the anxieties of being “cut off,” and the misconception that money can solve all problems. “Most wealthy people are told from a very young age not to talk about money,” notes Johnson. “Consequently, they are extremely reluctant to speak to people about their backgrounds. Also, many of the subjects in my film already have more public recognition than they may want, and have very little to gain by receiving more.” Among the peers Johnson interviews are: Josiah Hornblower, heir to the Vanderbilt and Whitney fortunes; S.I. Newhouse IV, of the Conde Nast Newhouses; Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump; and Georgianna Bloomberg, daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

 

The story begins with the advent of the filmmaker’s 21st birthday, and his mingled anticipation and fear of receiving his portion of the family inheritance. Unsure about the future direction of his own life, Johnson decides to document the experiences of his privileged peers in dealing with their family’s legacies. He explores their candid perspectives on subjects ranging from life philosophies and trust funds to prenuptial agreements and career choices, ultimately revealing their common struggle to discover their own identity.

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Very good documentary about Warren Buffett

 

Becoming Warren Buffett 2017 (HBO Documentary Films)

 

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With a net worth of more than $60 billion, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. Now 86, the legendary investor still lives in a modest home in Omaha, and continues to drive himself to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fourth-largest public company in the world. But more surprising than his humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality are Buffett’s moral integrity and unique mind, which drove him not only to become the most successful businessman in the world, but also an unparalleled philanthropist. 

 

With unprecedented access to his day-to-day personal life, Becoming Warren Buffett tells the improbable story of how an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska became one of the richest, most-respected men in the world. The definitive documentary on Buffett, this candid portrait sheds new light on a man who has helped shape the way Americans view capitalism and, more recently, philanthropy. Told primarily in Buffett’s own words, the film features never-before-released home videos, family photographs, archival footage and interviews with family and friends.

 

Buffett, along with partner Charlie Munger, would build his fortune at Berkshire Hathaway, a struggling textile company that he turned into a behemoth holding corporation with stakes in Coke, Heinz, Geico and other blue-chip companies. Tracing his ascent from first-time investor to business maven, the documentary delves into the highs and lows of Buffett’s career and personal life, from becoming a father of three and the world’s richest businessman, to weathering the Salomon Brothers treasury bond trading scandal, which threatened his sterling reputation, the loss of his wife and first love, Susie Thompson Buffett, and what led him to make the largest philanthropic donation in history.

 

Kunhardt Films’ HBO credits include the Emmy-nominated Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words, the Emmy-nominated Gloria: In Her Own Words, the Emmy-winning Teddy: In His Own Words and the Emmy-winning Jim: The James Foley Story.

 

Becoming Warren Buffett is a co-production of HBO and Kunhardt Films; directed by Peter Kunhardt; produced by Teddy Kunhardt and George Kunhardt. For HBO: senior producer Jacqueline Glover; executive producer Sheila Nevins

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This film, titled “Not Business As Usual,” takes a provocative look at capitalism and the price of success. According to Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, twentieth century capitalism has one rule in its operating system which is that the purpose of the corporation is to maximize shareholder value exclusively, even if that means that there are significant unintended consequences.

 

It’s amazing how consumers have an unshakeable trust in the products they buy without bothering to check the ingredients or the manufacturer. History has taught us that on many occasions a product that was deemed “harmless for human consumption” turned out to be toxic or poisonous. Yet consumers continue to blindly buy whatever is placed out there and businesses make a whopping profit.

 

This happens because the mentality that “people who are successful have stuff” has shaped the minds of generations since WWII. And so people get into the habit of accumulating a lot of unnecessary items because big companies have consistently encouraged them to do so. Most people are convinced that in order to look and feel successful they have to have a lot of possessions. For businesses and manufacturing companies it has become all about making a profit. Never mind the effect of this on society or the environment.

 

The inevitable questions we need to analyze are: in today’s highly competitive market does it make sense to expect businesses to operate according to universal values? And is it realistic to expect a company to lose money just to accommodate business ethics?

 

Not Business as Usual intentionally exposes the changing landscape of businesses around the world due to the rising tide of conscious capitalism. Local entrepreneurs who have found inventive ways to bring humanity back into business, share their stories to prove that there is a better way. Watch this documentary now.

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FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith goes inside the government’s ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading, drawing on exclusively obtained video of hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen, incriminating FBI wiretaps of other traders, and interviews with both Wall Street and Justice Department insiders.

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The Fall of the British Empire

 

If MoneyWeek are to be believed, Britain's love affair with borrowing has put us on a collision course with complete economic, social and political collapse. Osborne cannot save us now. The Fall of the British Empire - End of UK

 

An apocalyptic documentary regarding the sorry state of the British Economy and it's colossal debt mountain. Warning: Unpleasant content.

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We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. 

 

Though they have improved in last century, batteries remain finicky, bulky, expensive, toxic, and maddeningly short-lived. The quest is on for a “super battery,” and the stakes in this hunt are much higher than the phone in your pocket. With climate change looming, electric cars and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power could hold keys to a greener future...if we can engineer the perfect battery. 

 

Join host David Pogue as he explores the hidden world of energy storage, from the power—and danger—of the lithium-ion batteries we use today, to the bold innovations that could one day charge our world.

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Divided States of America

 

Two days after the election, Donald Trump and Barack Obama, old antagonists met one another for the first time. There was something surreal about this moment due to the fact that the two had such a bumpy past with Trump publicly questioning the legitimacy of Barack’s presidency stating that he was not born in the United States and now here Barack was sat feet away from president-elect Trump.

 

This led to many asking themselves how in the world did this happen and what have we just gone through? For Trump this was the beginning of a new era and for Obama this moment marked the devastating end to an already difficult presidency. Donald Trump was a rejection of everything Barack Obama stood for, as a candidate, as a politician and ultimately as a president.

 

This 2 episode PBS special Divided States of America examines past events during President Barack Obama’s years in office that revealed deep divisions in the United States. The film itself offers a brilliant in-depth view of the partisan gridlock in Washington, the rise of populist anger on both sides of the aisle, and the racial tensions that erupted throughout the country.


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CHICK-FIL-A: A Chicken Empire documentary

 

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A documentary about the origins of Chick-Fil-A and the story of its creator S. Truett Cathy.This documentary narrates the success story

of S Truett Cathy's amazing success story.

 

Chick-fil-A is an American fast food restaurant chain headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, Georgia, specializing in chicken sandwiches.Founded in 1946, it is associated with the Southern United States. Chick-fil-A has more than 1,850 restaurants in 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

 

The company's culture is strongly influenced by its founder's Southern Baptist beliefs. All Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed for business on Sunday. In 2012, CEO Dan Cathy's public statements in opposition to same-sex marriage became the subject of public controversy.

 

The chain's origin can be traced to the Dwarf Grill (now the Dwarf House), a restaurant opened by S. Truett Cathy, the chain's former Chairman and CEO, in 1946. The restaurant is located in Hapeville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta,and is near the location of the now-demolished Ford Motor Company Atlanta Assembly Plant, for many years a source of many of the restaurant's patrons.

 

In 1961, after 15 years in the fast food business, Cathy found a pressure-fryer that could cook the chicken sandwich in the same amount of time it took to cook a fast-food hamburger.Following this discovery, he registered the name Chick-fil-A, Inc. The company's current trademarked slogan, "We Didn't Invent the Chicken, Just the Chicken Sandwich," refers to their flagship menu-item, the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich.

 

Cathy initially called his creation a "chicken steak sandwich", but he wanted to create a more appealing name. Because the fillet is the best cut of beef, Cathy chose to call the chicken in his sandwiches a "fillet", hence the name "Chick-fil-A". The capital A is supposed to connote high quality.

 

The first Chick-fil-A opened in 1967, in the food court of the Greenbriar Mall, in a suburb of Atlanta.During the 1970s and early 1980s, the chain expanded by opening new franchises in suburban malls' food courts.The first freestanding franchise was opened in 1986, and the company began to focus more on this type of franchise than on the food court type. Although it has expanded outward from its original geographic base, most new restaurants are located in Southern suburban areas.As of 2012, the chain has approximately 1000 stand-alone locations.It also has 32 drive-through-only locations.Chick-fil-A also can be found at universities, hospitals, and airports through licensing agreements.

 

Since 1997, the Atlanta-based company has been the title sponsor of the Peach Bowl, an annual college football bowl game played in Atlanta on New Year's Eve. Chick-fil-A also is a key sponsor of the SEC and the ACC of college athletics.

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