THRIVE Fact Check
Of the 68 radical claims in THRIVE, not a single one has been disproven—a dozen years later.
Facts by Chapter
Fact: U.S. media has consolidated from 50 companies down to five in just over 25 years.
Ben H. Bagdikian’s book, The New Media Monopoly, confirms that the main media conglomerates in the U.S. have consolidated down from 50 in 1983, to just five as of 2004: Time Warner, The Walt Disney Company, News Corporation, Viacom, and Bertelsmann. GE follows as a close sixth.
- Ben H. Bagdikian. The New Media Monopoly. Boston: Beacon Press, 2004.
Fact: “Very little writing is found in the Osirian Temple, however there is one very significant piece of information in that temple; it is a very faint but clear and precise drawing. It’s not etched into the rock. It’s not carved. It’s burned into the atomic structure of the rock in some extraordinary way.” — Nassim Haramein
Since the completion and launch of THRIVE: What On Earth Will it Take?, we have received new information that the Flower of Life symbol at Abydos is believed by some experts to be inscribed with Ochre stain, which might date it instead to the 1st century AD. It was clearly meant to stand the test of time and to do further testing would require chipping the stone which is currently not allowed. So it remains an open mystery. Nassim Haramein’s original reference was a statement by Gregg Braden in his book, Awakening to Zero Point, where on page 135, he writes:
“These beautiful geometric codes have not been etched, painted or carved into the hard rose-granite walls — they are literally ‘flash-burned’ into the stone through a process that is not understood today.”
Forbidden City, Fu Dogs
Fact: The same geometry appears at another sacred site [The Forbidden City] built in 1420. You find at the entrance the Fu Dog, the guardians of the knowledge. They guard the knowledge under their paw.
The main area of the Forbidden City was constructed in the years between 1407 and 1420. In Chinese culture the Fu Dog (more accurately called “Guardian Lions”) dates back to 3rd century and symbolizes guardianship and protection.
- Built in 1420: Oakland Museum of CA
Ancient Sun Gods
Fact: “Most of the stories of ancient Egypt, and Mayan and Incas, talk about Sun-Gods coming to the Earth and teaching them engineering, writing and all of their science.” — Nassim Haramein
Various sources, including Helen Chapin Metz’s Egypt: A Country Study, lostcivilizations.net, and Brittanica.com, describe the ancient histories of the Egytians, Mayans, and Incans. History reflects that these cultures have a shared experience of witnessing Sun-Gods coming to Earth.
Advanced Math, Physics Concepts Recorded More than 3,000 Years Ago
Fact: I could see no other rational way advanced math and physics concepts would have been recorded over 3,000 years ago.
Nine or ten temples were constructed on one site at Abydos from the 1st to the 26th dynasties in Ancient Egypt. The Flower of Life Nassim Haramein is referring to is found in “The Osirian” at the rear of the Great Temple of Abydos — or Temple of Seti — that was built during Seti’s Reign, during the 19th Dynasty, from around 1295–1186 BC. This would date the inscription to more than 3,000 years old. This is a conservative estimate, based on the dates found in Ian Shaw’s book, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt.
- Ed. Ian Shaw. The Oxford History of Egypt. Cambridge: Oxford University Press, 200: 479–483.
Likelihood of Other Intelligent Life
Fact: “And when you look at the fact that the most conservative estimates are, in the Milky Way galaxy, that there are at least ten thousand Earth like planets that have intelligent life on them and that at least half of them are likely to be as advanced or more advanced than ours, and that there would be a certain subset that could be in the order of 106 to 107 years more advanced technologically.” — Steven Greer
Dr. Steven Greer bases his calculations on scientific research and numerous interviews with government, military, and intelligence community witnesses. To learn more, visit his website, DisclosureProject.org.
Fact: 5,000 crop circles have appeared in over 30 countries, most of them in England.
This is a conservative estimate. Crop Circles, authored by Colin Andrews with Stephen J. Spignesi, is a reference guide on the subject and answers many commonly asked questions in the field. This work states that more than 11,000 crop circles have been reported in over 30 countries and that they occur mostly in England. Colin Andrews is a former engineer with the British Government and is widely accepted as an authority on crop circle phenomenon. Stephen J. Spignesi is a New York Times best-selling author.
These sources confirm that England is where most crop circles are made.
- Hillary Mayell. Crop Circles: Artworks or Alien Signs? National Geographic.
- Stephen J. Spignesi and Colin Andrews. Crop Circles: Signs of Contact. Franklin Lakes: Career Press, 2003. (178).
- Stephen J. Spignesi and Colin Andrews. Crop Circles: Signs of Contact. Franklin Lakes: Career Press, 2003. (75).
- Star Dreams: A Crop Circle Documentary
Electromagnetic Charge of Crop Circles
Fact: The electromagnetic field over the area where the crop has been laid down to create the image, is often electro-statically charged. Some of these areas are littered with strange magnetic particles.
In the early 1990s a unique discovery was made while studying a crop circle in England. Plants in the formation were coated with fused particles of iron oxides (hematite and magnetite). Since this discovery, soil sampling is regularly undertaken at crop circle sites. Traces of melted magnetic material, adhered to soil grains, have regularly been identified.
- New World Encyclopedia
- Magnetic Materials in Soils. BLT Research.
Fact: The message was a radio signal depicting our planet’s location in our solar system and earth’s people in hopes that it might be received and interpreted by an extraterrestrial intelligence. 27 years later, in 2001, this crop design appeared in England, along with what could be a self-portrait of the sender.
In 1974, to mark major upgrades to the Arecibo Radio Telescope, the most powerful broadcast ever deliberately beamed into space was made from Puerto Rico. An experiment by SETI, the transmission consisted of a simple, pictorial message, including images of the Arecibo telescope, our solar system, DNA, a stick figure of a human, and some of the biochemicals of earthly life. In 2001, a crop formation appearing to be a reply to the Arecibo Message, was discovered by the Chilbolton radio telescope in Hampshire, England.
For more details on the “Arecibo Message,” follow this link.
- Arecibo Broadcast. SETI Institute.
- Our Mission. SETI Institute.
- University of Utah, Department of Physics and Astronomy
- The Chilbolton ‘Arecibo message’ Formation. Crop Circle Research.
Fact: “The Earth is about four and a half billion years old…” — Jack Kasher
The USGS supports estimates that the Earth is roughly 4.54 billion years old.
JP Morgan Cut Tesla Funding
Fact: Before Nikola Tesla could finish the Wardenclyffe Tower, his financier, banker JP Morgan, who had a monopoly on the copper used for electrical lines, recognized how Tesla’s invention could transmit electricity without wires. He then shut down Tesla’s funding.
Nikola Tesla was an inventor beyond his time. Having obtained dozens and dozens of patents for his work, he experienced several periods of success, though he struggled to finance the Wardenclyffe project. Shrouded in secrecy, the intentions of the project were unclear to the public, however, once desperate for money, Tesla felt that he must reveal them to Morgan in order to secure further financing. Margaret Cheney, author of Tesla: Man Out of Time, estimates that Tesla had misjudged Morgan. “The prospect of beaming electricity to penniless Zulus or Pygmies,” she wrote, left the financier unenthusiastic about the project. Morgan ceased funding shortly thereafter.
- William J. Broad. A Battle to Preserve a Visionary’s Bold Failure. New York Times.
- Ron Chenrow. The House of Morgan (174, 257, 289).
- International Copper Association
Nikola Tesla’s Lab Burned
Fact: Tesla’s lab was burned down and he was ostracized — all for trying to implement his vision of unlimited energy for everyone.
In 1895, prior to the completion of his work on the free-energy generator and prior to any patenting, all of Tesla’s equipment, models, and inventions were destroyed when his lab burned down.
- William R. Lyne. Pentagon Aliens. Creatopia Productions, 1993. (283–285)
Adam Trombly New Energy Device Demonstration
Fact: Adam Trombly had been invited to demonstrate one of his generators at the United Nations and the U.S. Senate, but these events were constrained by the first Bush administration. Then the device itself was taken in a government raid.
Former Canadian Ambassador, James George, details the series of events in his book, The Little Green Book on Awakening. In 1981, Adam Trombly filed an international patent application (WO/1982/002126) for his and Joseph Kahn’s co-invention of the “Closed Path Homopolar Machine”, a zero-point energy device. In 1983, Trombly was issued a gag order by the U.S. government to stop development of the “Closed Path Homopolar Machine.” Then sometime before 1989, Trombly’s gag order was dropped and he developed another zero-point energy device with David Farnsworth, called the Piezo Ringing Resonance Generator. In June of 1989, Trombly was scheduled to demonstrate a small version of his Piezo Ringing Resonance Generator at the UN in New York, but at the last minute he was forced to do it at a church down the street.
Afterwards Trombly gave a speech in Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium at the United Nations in front of an international audience. A few days later, Trombly was scheduled to demonstrate the same device at the US Senate Banking and Finance Committee in Washington. Only Senator Carl Levin and a “handful” of staff were in attendance because the Senior Bush Administration called hundreds of Senators, Congressional Representatives and their staff members for an “off-the-cuff” discussion of the Clean Air Act at the exact same time as Trombly’s demonstration. Thus, the Bush administration successfully diverted attention away from the technology in an effort to censor Trombly.
- James George. The Little Green Book on Awakening. 2009. Published by Barrytown/Station Hill Press, Inc. in Barrytown, New York. (pgs. 89–97).
John Bedini New Energy Devices
Fact: Inventor John Bedini began working with Tesla’s theories of “radiant energy” decades ago and has produced an assortment of battery-charging devices that generate more energy than it takes to run them. He announced that he was going to start offering them at low cost. Soon after that, he was attacked in his lab, and warned not to produce the machines. For his own safety he had to let go of marketing free energy devices.
Inventions by John Bedini in the field of “radiant energy” were reported to operate at over 800% efficiency. This document from 1984 reports Bedini’s initial intentions to market such devices.
- American National News Service, May 21, 1984
John Hutchison Lab Raids
Fact: Canadian John Hutchison not only created some free energy batteries, but also used Tesla’s theories to counter gravity, to make objects float. This could revolutionize the field of propulsion. His lab was raided and equipment was taken by police and government officials in 1978, 1989, and again in 2000.
Follow these links for more information regarding the details of Hutchison’s scientific discoveries or the raids made against him.
Fact: Eugene Mallove was mysteriously beaten to death in 2004.
- Greg Smith. DNA Sought in 2004 murder of scientist in Norwich. Norwich Bulletin (June 4, 2008)
Value of Oil, Gas, and Coal Reserves
Fact: “The proven oil and gas and coal reserves are worth north of 200 trillion dollars.” — Steven Greer
As of October 2011, crude oil cost $95/barrel and there were approximately 1.2 trillion barrels of oil reserved on Earth. This equals roughly $114 trillion.
Coal cost $80/ton and there were approximately 500 billion tons of coal reserved on Earth. This equals roughly $40 trillion.
Natural gas cost $400/ton and there were approximately 155 billion tons of natural gas reserved on Earth. This equals roughly $62 trillion.
The total value of these energy reserves is $216 trillion.
Follow the Money
Rockefeller Control of Oil
Fact: The Rockefellers’ oil empire got started in 1870 when John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil and became America’s first billionaire. Standard Oil has since morphed into Exxon-Mobil and others.
In 1911, the Sherman Antitrust Act was passed to oppose entities, such as monopolies or cartels that would harm competition. In theory, the act broke up John D. Rockefeller’s monopoly, Standard Oil. However, the reality is that the Rockefellers were able to maintain control over the spinoffs of Standard Oil, such as ExxonMobil, thus retaining a dominating presence in the oil industry, despite the intent of the law.
- Charles R. Morris. The Tycoons (150, 226).
- The richest Americans. Fortune.
- Raymond William Goldsmith. The Distribution of Ownership in the 200 Largest Non-Financial Corporations. U.S. Govt. Print. Off. (Washington), 1940.
- Jim Marrs. Rule by Secrecy, (46).
- Joseph Kahn. Big Oil: The Old Dynasty. New York Times.
Rockefeller Control of Food
Fact: The Rockefellers control our food. They were primarily responsible for the global shift to large-scale petroleum-based agriculture.
The shift to large-scale petroleum based agriculture characterizes modern agriculture practices, which the industrialized West spread throughout the globe under the term “Green Revolution.” The Green Revolution has also been associated with the development and distribution of hybridized seeds and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. To learn more about how the Rockefeller Foundation catalyzed and supported the Green Revolution see Mark Dowie’s American Foundations: An Investigative History, or “Imaginaries of Development: The RockefellerFoundation and Rice Research” printed in the journal Science as Culture.
- Mark Dowie. American Foundations: An Investigative History. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2001. (Chapter 6, Food).
- Elta Smith. Imaginaries of Development: The Rockefeller Foundation and Rice Research. Science as Culture (2009).
The Green Revolution, Natural Science Division, and Corporate Partners
Fact: The Green Revolution was the brainchild of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Natural Science Division, in partnership with large agricultural corporations.
The Rockefeller Foundation initiated this movement, with its creation of the Mexican Agricultural Plan and the International Rice Research Institute, while the Ford Foundation later became involved. Using their vast influence, these foundations pushed their agricultural agenda, lobbying Congress and the World Bank to support it financially and getting other foundations (such as Kellogg and Milbank Memorial) to join the cause. By the 1960s, $3 billion a year was directed toward developing agricultural practices in the Third World. Today, such development is still supported by powerful foundations with private interests: the Gates Foundation granted the International Rice Research Institute $19.9 million dollars in 2008.
- Mark Dowie. American Foundations: An Investigative History. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2001. (Chapter 6, Food).
- Elta Smith. Imaginaries of Development: The Rockefeller Foundation and Rice Research. Science as Culture (2009).
- International Rice Research Institute
Costs of Green Revolution
Fact: The true costs of the Green Revolution can now be seen: taxpayers pay billions in subsidies to giant agribusiness corporations; small family farms have all but disappeared; biodiversity is destroyed; toxic chemicals poison farm workers and pollute the land, water, and our food supply, endangering the health of all of us.
According to The New York Times, in the United States total agricultural subsidies amounted to nearly $16 billion in taxpayer money in 2009.
Small family farms are continually forced out. According to Farm Aid, every week 330 farmers leave their land. There are nearly 5 million fewer farms in the U.S. today than there were in the 1930s — of the 2 million that remain, just 565,000 are family operations.
The Green Revolution ushered in new agricultural model: monoculture, which has created a “ecological vacuum” wherein 97% of the vegetable varieties grown at the beginning of the 20thcentury are now extinct. Monoculture causes genetic uniformity, which renders plant species vulnerable to insects and disease.
Pesticides and herbicides have substantial negative effects on the environment and the health of humans exposed to them. Harmful effects include but are not limited to:
- Biodiversity loss
- Endangerment of animal species
- Water and soil contamination
- Birth defects
- Poisoning resulting in death
To learn more about the harmful effects of pesticides and herbicides, check out the following articles:
- Down on the Farm? Yields, Nutrients, and Soil Quality
- Vanishing Bees Threaten US Crops
- Cancer Health Effects of Pesticides: Systematic Review
- Non-cancer Health Effects of Pesticides: Systematic Review and Implications for Family Doctors
- Acute Pesticide Poisoning: A Major Global Health Problem
To learn more about the dangers of industrial agriculture in general, see Deborah Garcia’s film, The Future of Food.
1/7 People are Malnourished
Fact: As of 2010, approximately 1 in every 7 people worldwide did not have enough to eat.
According to the World Food Programme, as of late 2010 there were 925 million undernourished people in the world. One in seven people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, making hunger and malnutrition the number one risk to health worldwide, greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
- Mark Dowie. American Foundations: An Investigative History. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2001. (Chapter 6, Food).
925 million people do not have enough food to lead normal, active lives. In other words, 1 in 7 are hungry.
- 2011 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics. World Hunger Education Service.
- Ending hunger. World Food Programme.
- Global Hunger. Bread for the World.
Rockefeller Domination of Education
Fact: It was the Rockefellers who created the National Education Association, with help from the Carnegie Foundation and later from the Ford Foundation. What the captains of industry wanted from our schools was an obedient and docile workforce who would be manageable employees and eager consumers.
In the early 20th century both the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations were donating large sums of money to education and the social sciences. They supported, in particular, the National Education Association. By way of grants, they spent millions of dollars, money which was used to radically bend the traditionalist education system toward a new system that favored standardized testing over critical thinking, toward “scientific management” in schools. This was part of a calculated plan to make the schooling system benefit corporate America, at the expense of the American school child. Powerful foundations with private interests, such as the Ford Foundation, continue to support, and thereby influence the policy of, the NEA to this day.
Additionally, an unprecedented U.S. Congressional investigation into tax-exempt foundations identified the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations engagement in an agenda for vast population control. Norman Dodd, Research Director for the Congressional Committee, found this statement in the archives of the Carnegie endowment:
“The only way to maintain control of the population was to obtain control of education in the U.S. They realized this was a prodigious task so they approached the Rockefeller Foundation with the suggestion that they go in tandem and that the portion of education which could be considered as domestically oriented be taken over by the Rockefeller Foundation and that portion which was oriented to International matters be taken over by the Carnegie Endowment.”
The impact of promoting standardized testing remains to this day. “No Child Left Behind,” enacted in 2001, enforced yet even more standardized testing on US school children. It requires that all government-run schools receiving federal funding administer a state-wide standardized test to all students annually. NCLB has been widely criticized, the most common criticism being that it reduces effective instruction and student learning by causing states to lower achievement goals.
- Gary Allen. The Power of Foundations.
- John Gatto. Underground History of American Education. New York: Oxford Village Press, 2006.
- The NEA Foundation
- Duncan: Keeping No Child Left Behind Is ‘Height of Arrogance or Tone-Deafness’. Huffington Post.
American Medical Association Largely Funded by Rockefellers
Fact: The American Medical Association (AMA) is largely funded by the Rockefellers, who in turn use their funding to influence AMA research and decision-making.
The Rockefeller Foundation website points to various connections between the American Medical Association and the Foundation. Here are a few examples:
- Rockefeller Foundation Annual Report, 1932
- Rockefeller Foundation Annual Report, 1957
- Making the eHealth Connection: Participants
- The Long Road to Universal Health Coverage
The American Medical Association has been accepting money from the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations from as early as 1910. In The World Without Cancer G. Edward Griffin makes the argument that the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations began to support the AMA in an effort to control the medical schooling establishment and to gain power over this “large and vital sphere of American life.”
Royal Rife’s Cancer Cure and Suppression
Fact: Royal Raymond Rife developed a technique called “coordinative resonance” in the 1930s that was apparently able to destroy cancerous tumors as well as viruses. Rife’s treatment was tested on 16 terminally ill cancer patients. Within 3 months, they were all successfully cured. Through the efforts of Morris Fishbein, head of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Rife was essentially shut down and ruined, his brilliant and promising work all but forgotten.
Shawn Montgomery’s documentary film, The Rise and Fall of a Scientific Genius: The Forgotten Story of Royal Raymond Rife, confirms this information and provides an in-depth view into the life and work of Royal Rife. As Rife explained, “coordinative resonance” works by sending an “electronic frequency through the tissues of the body, that simply devitalizes the bacteria with no harm to normal tissue.” In 1934, at the Scripps Institute in La Jolla, Southern California, Rife conducted clinical trials on sixteen terminally ill cancer patients. Fourteen patients were successfully treated in the first seventy days and the remaining two were pronounced “cured” after three more weeks of treatment. The clinical trials were affiliated with the University of Southern California. A team of medical specialists (including Dr. Milbank Johnson, Chairman of the Special Medical Research Committee of USC; George Fischer of the NY Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Wayland Morrison, the chief medical officer of the Santa Fe Railway) confirmed the findings.
Four years later, a corporation was formed called “Beam Rays Incorporated” (owned by Ben Cullen, Royal Rife, Philip Hoyland, and C.R. Hutchinson) in order to build modern, compact Rife Frequency Instruments that could be widely used in a clinical setting. The new machines, created by engineer Philip Hoyland, were faulty and did not achieve the same results as Rife’s earlier invention. It was reported that AMA agents, including Morris Fishbein, bribed Hoyland to take control of the corporation and undermine the project. In 1939, Hoyland took “Beam Rays Incorporated” to court in an attempt to replace the Board Members. Once the trial began, the AMA launched a campaign against Rife, requiring doctors to return the Rife devices or lose membership in the AMA. After the court case, Rife and the corporation were left penniless and without support from the scientific community.
- The Rise and Fall of a Scientific Genius: The Forgotten Story of Royal Raymond Rife. A film by Shawn Montgomery. Zero Zero Two Productions.
Kimberly Gamble on Suppression of Alternative Cancer Cures
Fact: Rene Caisse, Harry Hoxsey, and Max Gerson had natural cancer remedies that worked. — Kimberly Carter Gamble
Rene Caisse was a Canadian nurse who, in the early 1920s, discovered the health benefits of Essiac, a blend of herbs with cancer fighting properties. Caisse successfully treated dozens of patients but struggled to gain the support of the medical establishment. For more information regarding the various disputes ensuing from attempts by Caisse to legalize the Essiac treatment, see “Challenging the Establishment.”
Harry Hoxsey popularized a cancer cure that his father, a veterinarian, had successfully developed. The Hoxsey treatment is herbal and consists of both a topical paste and an internal tonic. Hoxsey made believers out of skeptics by curing dozens of patients. In 1936, he established the largest independent clinic in the country in Dallas, Texas. Hoxsey was opposed by his local government and arrested over 100 times. The Journal of American Medical Association attacked him viciously. Hoxsey sued the journalists who attempted to expose him as a fraud, and Hoxsey won. A book called When Healing Becomes a Crime was written about Hoxsey’s life story.
In the mid 20th century Dr. Max Gerson developed an alternative dietary therapy that he called the Gerson Therapy. He claimed it could cure cancer and most chronic, degenerative diseases. Gerson published patient results from the dietary therapy in A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases. Despite several hundred articles (domestic and foreign) confirming the diet’s therapeutic value and effectiveness against tuberculosis, diabetes, and other degenerative diseases, the Amercian Medical Association and the American Cancer Society dismissed Gerson’s work. He was effectively “blacklisted” by the medical establishment (Dr. Max Gerson: Healing the Homeless, 262–263). Through various efforts, Gerson spent a great deal of his career resisting his oppressors. In a letter to the daughter of a patient he had helped, Gerson urged, “I think it would be advisable that you write of your own accord to your Senators and Congressmen to tell them that it is a crime to suppress such an effective cancer treatment” (Dr. Max Gerson: Healing the Homeless, 328).
Fact: American banks have about nine times as much money loaned out as they have on reserve in their vaults.
According to the Federal Reserve’s Website as of December 31, 2009 any “depository institution” (bank) in the U.S. with more than $55.2 million in deposits must have at least 10% of their deposits (what banks call “liabilities”) on reserve. Most banks in the U.S. have far more than $55.2 million in total deposits, so they are subject to this 10% requirement. Smaller banks, however, have lower reserve requirements. Banks with less than $10.2 million in deposits are not required to hold any reserves and banks that have between $10.2–$55.2 million in deposits are subject to only a 3% reserve requirement.
As stated in the “Reserve Requirements” section of the Federal Reserve site, the Board of Governors has “sole authority over changes in reserve requirements.”
To learn more about how “fractional reserve” lending works, you can check out: Modern Money Mechanics by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Money as Debt by Paul Grignon; or Dollar Deception: How Banks Secretly Create Money by Ellen Brown.
Jekyll Island Drafting of Federal Reserve Act
Fact: In 1910, representatives of the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Morgans and other private bankers gathered secretly on Jekyll Island to draft the legislation that would create the Federal Reserve.
The details of this secret meeting on Jekyll Island are described in Michael A Whitehouse’s article, Paul Warburg’s Crusade to Establish a Central Bank in the United States, which was published by the Minneapolis branch of the Federal Reserve. Those who attended the meeting included: Senator Nelson Aldrich, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who had close ties with J.P Morgan and whose eldest daughter married John D. Rockefeller, Jr.; Paul Warburg, European-born banker and Partner of Kuhn, Loeb and Co.; Frank Vanderlip, President of National City Bank; Harry P. Davison, Partner of J.P. Morgan; Benjamin Strong, Vice President of Bankers Trust Co.; and Piatt Andrew, Former Secretary of the National Monetary Commission.
More details of the meeting and the attendees are also described in G. Edward Griffin’s book, The Creature from Jekyll Island (American Media 2002).
- Michael A. Whitehouse. Paul Warburg’s Crusade to Establish a Central Bank in the United States.
- G. Edward Griffin. The Creature from Jekyll Island. Westlake Village: American Media, 2002.
IRS Established same year as Federal Reserve
Fact: I found it revealing that in the same year the Federal Reserve was founded, 1913, the Internal Revenue Service was also established.
In 1913, Wyoming ratified the 16th Amendment, providing the three-quarter majority of states necessary to amend the Constitution. The 16th Amendment gave Congress the authority to enact an income tax.
The Federal Reserve Act passed on December 23, 1913.
- Donald R. Wells. The Federal Reserve System: A History. North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2004. (18).
- Brief History of IRS
The Federal Reserve is Private
Fact: The Federal Reserve is not a government agency. It’s a group of private bankers.
In a 2007 interview with Jim Lehrer, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan stated: “The Federal Reserve is an independent agency…There is no other agency of government which can overrule actions that we take.”
In 1982 a District Court ruled:
“…we conclude that the Reserve Banks are not federal instrumentalities for purpose of the FTCA, but are independent, privately owned and locally controlled corporations.”
— Lewis v. United States, 680 F.2d 1239 (9th Cir. 1982)
The Federal Reserve System is also listed in the District of Columbia White Pages.
Purchasing Power of U.S. Dollar
Fact: The purchasing power of the dollar has declined more than 96 percent.
Based on figures provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, $1 in 1913 is the equivalent of $22.92 in 2011. The exact value marking the decline of the dollar’s purchasing power since 1913 is 95.6%.
Global Wealth Gap
Fact: Globally, the richest 2% of adults currently own more than half the world’s wealth.
In 2007, the Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at UC Santa Cruz published, within it’s “Mapping Global Inequalities” series, a paper entitled “The World Distribution of Household Wealth.” The study found that:
“The wealth share estimates reveal that the richest 2 percent of adult individuals own more than half of all global wealth, with the richest 1 percent alone accounting for 40 percent of global assets. The corresponding figures for the top 5 percent and the top 10 percent are 71 percent and 85 percent, respectively. In contrast, the bottom half of wealth holders together hold barely 1 percent of global wealth. Members of the top decile are almost 400 times richer, on average, than the bottom 50 percent, and members of the top percentile are almost 2000 times richer.”
- James B. Davies, Susanna Sandstrom, Anthony Shorrocks, and Edward N. Wolff. The World Distribution of Household Wealth. Mapping Global Inequalities, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz: July 2007.
American Wealth Gap
Fact: In the United States, the richest 1% own more assets than 90% of the population combined.
According to the Economic Policy Institute:
“The richest one percent of U.S. households now owns 34.3 percent of the nation’s private wealth, more than the combined wealth of the bottom 90 percent.”
- By the Numbers: Income. Inequality.org.
Big Bankers Benefit from Great Depression
Fact: Before the crash in 1929 that led to the Great Depression, elite bankers pulled their money out of the stock market. After the crash, they used that money to buy up cheap stocks and smaller failing banks for pennies on the dollar.
In Secrets of the Federal Reserve Eustace Mullins details how, during the Great Depression, elite bankers controlled the financial system such that it would protect and grow their own assets while American workers and farmers were stripped of their savings, having invested in stocks recommended by government leaders.
See also Gary Allen’s None Dare Call It Conspiracy, “How a Group of International Bankers Engineered the 1929 Crash and the Great Depression.”
- Pulled their money out: Gary Allen. How a Group of International Bankers Engineered the 1929 Crash and the Great Depression (Derived from None Dare Call it Conspiracy).
- Used their money to buy up cheap stocks: 1929 Crash and Bankers.
- Morgan and Rockefeller: John Kenneth Galbraith. The Great Crash 1929. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
Most Americans Against Bailouts
Fact: The majority of Americans were against bailing out the banks in 2008.
A Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times poll conducted in September 2008 found that 55 percent of those polled believed “the government was not responsible for rescuing ailing private financial firms with taxpayer dollars.”
World Bank and IMF
Fact: At the international level, central bankers use the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to make more money while exploiting the resources of countries they lend to — bankrupting them in the process.
John Perkins describes the mutually beneficial relationships amongst international corporations and the multinational organizations, such as the World Bank and the IMF, in his best selling book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. This is the true story of Perkins’ life as an “Economic Hit Man.” The tell-all work describes how global consulting firms justify (with false economic projections) enormous international loans to developing countries that funnel money through massive engineering projects back to other U.S. companies, such as Bechtel and Halliburton. After that initial deal is made, Perkins writes, “I would work to bankrupt the countries that received those loans so that they would be forever beholden to their creditors, and so they would present easy targets when we needed favors, including military bases, UN votes, or access to oil and other natural resources” (17–18). In essence, the goal of lending to developing countries is to amass large profits for contractors and establish the political loyalty of governments around the world.
The IMF serves as a sort of “lender of last resort” to developing or struggling countries. Its stated goal is to “alleviate poverty”, however, many countries that have received IMF loans are now buried in debt, unable to pay back the interest. The World Bank, like the IMF, also issues Structural Adjustment Loans which place restrictions on how money can be spent. These Structural Adjustment Loans often benefit transnational corporations. (The Debt Threat By Noreena Hertz, page 102.)
Here’s some supporting evidence:
According to the World Bank Website, “procurement under World Bank-financed projects results in the award of about 20–30,000 contracts with a total value of about $20 billion each year. Of these, about 7,000 contracts (particularly large-value contracts) are reviewed by Bank staff prior to contract award. Information on the winning contracts, which were subject to the Bank’s review is publicly available after contract signature.”
According to CorpWatch, “The US Treasury Department calculates that for every US$1 the U.S. contributes to international development banks, US corporations receive more than double that amount in bank-financed procurement contracts.”
According to Halliburton Watch, “Since 1992, the World Bank approved more than $2.5 billion in financing for 13 Halliburton projects.”
According to another CorpWatch article, “ExxonMobil has been involved in several scandals, but the International Finance Corporation (IFC) — the private arm of the World Bank — is financing a part of a 3.7 billion dollar construction project in Chad and Cameroon in which ExxonMobil has 40 percent (Petronas has 35 percent, and Chevron 25 percent).”
“Bechtel got the contract as a result of the World Bank’s aggressive pressure campaign on Bolivia to privatize state enterprises.”
Global Domination Agenda
Fact: Those secretly driving the agenda have been known by many names. Leaked reports confirm that they meet throughout the world, behind closed doors, to discuss their agenda. Then, like clockwork, their plans begin to show up in the media, finance, corporate, government and military arenas.
To learn more about these groups and how they influence global agendas, check out the following links.
Supreme Court in Israel Funded by Rothschilds
Fact: The “All-Seeing Eye” over-sees the Supreme Court complex in Israel, designed and funded entirely by the Rothschilds.
Dorothy de Rothschild financially supported the creation of a new Supreme Court building in Israel.
- Supreme Court of Israel
- Dorothy de Rothschild, 93, Supporter of Israel. The New York Times. December 13, 1988.
Fact: Central bankers funded both sides of WWII as well as some of the corporations associated with Hitler's atrocities against the Jews.
The central bank that facilitated these corrupt financial transactions was the Bank for International Settlements. Originally established to direct assets owed by Germany as reparations for World War I, the BIS became controlled by Nazi interests. In Trading With the Enemy, How the Allied Multinationals Supplied Nazi Germany throughout World War II Charles Hingham writes that the Bank for International Settlements turned into a “money funnel for American and British funds to flow into Hitler’s coffers and to help Hitler build up his machine.” Moreover, some directors of the bank were officially tied to the very corporations associated with Hitler’s atrocities against the Jews. BIS director Herman Schmitz was also a director of IG Farben, whose subsidiary company manufactured Zyklon B, the pesticide used in Nazi concentration camp gas chambers.
- Paul Joseph Watson. Former Nazi Bank to Rule the Economy.
Quote: There is urgent need for a true world political authority. — Pope Benedict XVI, Encyclical letter, 2009
- Thomas R. Eddlem. “Pope calls for World Political Authority” in The New American.
Fact: Politicians from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have been working on plans for an American Union.
In 2005 the Council on Foreign Relations published a document called “Building a North American Community,” which describes how North American nations would benefit from becoming more interdependent. A number of public officials, including former Mexican foreign minister, Jorge Castañeda, have also openly discussed the potential of a North American Union.
Banking Elite Put Huge Organizations in Place to Implement Plan
Fact: On the international level, the central banking elite have put huge organizations in place to implement their policies, including the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.
- David Icke. The Biggest Secret.
- Alex Jones. prisonplanet.com.
- Jim Marrs. Rule by Secrecy.
Fact: This kind of compartmentalization explains how the Manhattan Project, which developed the Atom bomb in World War II, was kept secret despite having 130,000 people working on it.
Plans for Global Currency
Fact: The global elite are intentionally collapsing the U.S. dollar, and attempting to replace it with a global IMF currency.
Several nations, including China and Russia, have proposed replacing the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, and the 2009 United Nations Trade and Development Report suggested it as well, blaming the current system of currencies and capital rules for the financial and economic crises. The Telegraph claimed that the report’s proposed changes represent the “biggest overhaul of the world’s monetary system since the Second World War.”
- Edmund Conway. UN wants new global currency to replace dollar. UK Telegraph.
- United Nations Trade and Development Report, 2009, Overview (13, 14).
- Murray Rothbard. What Has the Government Done to Our Money? (99, 100).
Vietnam False Flag
Fact: It’s a documented fact that we entered the Vietnam War under false pretenses. Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara has acknowledged that the attack on a ship in the Gulf of Tonkin didn’t actually take place.
In August of 1964, news broke of two attacks against U.S. naval ships by the North Vietnamese. The first occurred on August 2; the second occurred, allegedly, on August 4. It has since been determined that the second attack did not occur as described. Rather, some reports suggest that they did not happen at all. The significance of this is that it was the second attack that initiated the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which gave President Johnson carte blanche to invade Southeast Asia. Given that there was no second attack, there was in fact no justification for invading Vietnam.
Iraq False Flag
Fact: Former President Bush used non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction as a pretext for invading Iraq.
“The threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction will be removed.”
— Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush and his administration deliberately led the American public to believe that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was justified because its government, due to the alleged possession of Weapons of Mass destruction, represented an “imminent threat” to the United States. The Bush administration later recanted, claiming it never told the public that Iraq was an “imminent” threat. (Read more for yourself about how the Bush administration did indeed report that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction.) Moreover, there is evidence that the Bush administration had drawn up plans to use military force to overthrow the regime of Saddam Hussein before the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This article suggests that 9/11 was “seized on as a pretext for stampeding public opinion to accept US military intervention.”
9/11 False Flag
Fact: A growing number of people believe that 9/11 was a false flag operation by the global elite in order to set the stage for taking over Middle East oil and dismantling US constitutional protections.
Various websites point to a growing movement of people who believe that the events of 9/11 were wrongly reported by the media, including Checktheevidence.com.uk and RestoretheRepublic.com.
A citizens activist group called Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth presents particularly compelling arguments suggesting that the World Trade Towers could not have destructed as they did from the impact of planes alone. In 2010, Richard Gage, the CEO and founder of this group, said:
“After careful examination of the official explanation of the destruction of these three buildings, along with the eye witnesses and testimony and forensic data that was omitted from the official reports, we, along with others, other professionals in the 9/11 truth movement, have concluded that a new, independent investigation into these catastrophic events is both necessary and essential to the preservation of Democracy.”
Michael J. Heimbach, Assistant Director of the Counter Terrorism Division of the FBI, wrote that work done by the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth is “backed by thorough research and analysis.” To learn more about this group and the information about 9/11 that they are uncovering, watch the film, 9/11: Blueprint for Truth.
Loss of Liberties in America
Fact: Right now in America, any of us can be imprisoned without warning or due cause, and we can be kidnapped, tortured, and assassinated, legally, if the government decides what we are doing is a threat to their plan. All they have to do is name us as a suspect in their so-called war on terror.
Since 9/11, Congress has passed or attempted to pass several key pieces of legislation that aim to limit our freedoms, under the guise of protecting our safety. Passed shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Patriot Act substantially expanded the government's powers in anti-terrorism investigations. While supporters of the law believe it acts to provide safety for American citizens by way of increased intelligence, such “safety” comes at the high price of privacy. For example, under the Patriot Act: citizens of the U.S. who are not the subject of criminal investigations are still included in the government’s massive databases; citizens who come into “casual contact” with a suspect could be subject to wiretapping; minor offenses may allow for law enforcement to gain access to highly private personal records.
The Military Commissions Act of 2006 effectively suspended Habeas Corpus, the protection against illegal imprisonment. In 2008, the Supreme Court declared the Act unconstitutional, thus restoring Habeas Corpus.
Under the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Act, dissent against a government agency may be enough to classify as terrorism. This is due to vague language, a lack of a substantial definition for “violent radicalization.” If an individual is deemed “suspect” under these loose guidelines, he or she would be subject to the provisions of the Patriot or Military Commissions — including extraordinary rendition.
Finally, the proposed Enemy Belligerent Act would authorize imprisonment and even assassination of American “terror suspects.”
- Larry Abramson and Maria Godoy. The Patriot Act: Key Controversies.
- Abdus Sattar Ghazali. The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act 2007.
- Philip Giraldi. The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.
- Jeanine Molloff. Where Are Clinton and Obama on the “Homegrown Terrorism Act”?
- Ronald Bailey. Speakers Cornered. Reason.com.
- Chuck Norris. Obama’s US Assassination Program? Townhall.com.
- Paul Joseph Watson. Dissenters to be Detained As “Enemy Belligerents”? Prisonplanet.com.
Surveillance of Phone Calls and Emails
Fact: Every phone call and Email we send is collected and archived, and can be inspected at any time.
CALEA, an act passed by the US Congress in 1994 to facilitate wiretapping of U.S. domestic telephone and Internet traffic, justifies a wide variety of surveillance methods. CALEA stands for “Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act.” Even before CALEA communications providers were legally obligated to comply with law enforcement; now law enforcement is attempting to broaden CALEA by working with the telecommunications providers to design their services such that it will be easier to conduct surveillance methods. Since the act was passed CALEA has grown to include all VoIP and broadband internet traffic. To learn more about the specific methods permitted under CALEA, follow this link.
According to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI has established a surveillance system that can issue wiretaps on virtually any communications device, at any time. Called DCSNet, for Digital Collection System Network, this system connects the FBI wiretapping rooms to wire-line phones, cellular phones, SMS and push-to-talk systems. To learn more, follow this link.
- CALEA FAQ, Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- Ryan Singel. Point, Click … Eavesdrop: How the FBI Wiretap Net Operates.
Fact: Our driver’s licenses and passports have computer chips implanted in them to track our every move, and now hospital patients are getting these same chips implanted under their skin. In fact it was Proctor and Gamble who developed these chips initially for tracking their products.
Increasingly, RFID technology is being used to track humans, whether implanted in their identification cards or directly in their bodies. Check out the following articles to learn more about how the technology operates, how law enforcement justifies these measures, and the legal questions and safety concerns the use of RFID chips raises:
Fact: The would-be controllers, through the US Space Command, have outlined a plan called “Full Spectrum Dominance.” Sophisticated satellite surveillance, as well as “directed energy” and laser weapons — which are already developed — would have the ability to target dissenters anywhere on Earth.
According to the Department of Defense website, “Full Spectrum Dominance” is defined as, “the ability of U.S. forces, operating alone or with allies, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations.” Joint Vision 2020, a report put forth by the Department of Defense, claims “full spectrum dominance” as the primary military goal. It states, “We should not expect opponents in 2020 to fight with strictly ‘industrial age’ tools…Our advantage must…come from leaders, people, doctrine, organizations and training that enable us to take advantage of technology to achieve superior war fighting effectiveness.”
For more information about “directed energy” and laser technology, check out the following articles:
- “Weapons Freeze, Microwave Enemies”
- “The Pentagon’s Ray Gun” by David Martin
- Arsenal of Hypocrisy by Bruce Gagnon
- Jim Garamone. Joint Vision 2020 Emphasizes Full-spectrum Dominance. Department of Defense Website.
- Joint Vision 2020: America’s Military—Preparing for Tomorrow
- Federation of American Scientists
- Weapons Freeze, Microwave Enemies.
- CBS News. The Pentagon’s Ray Gun.
Fact: FEMA “containment camps” and railroad cars with shackles have been recently constructed or refurbished all over the United States for use in what officials call “times of pandemic or civil unrest”.
The existence of such detainment camps, along with Presidential Executive Orders giving the President and Department of Homeland Security control over “national essential functions” in the event of “catastrophic emergency,” raises concerns over whether the camps will be used to forcefully detain American citizens for unconstitutional purposes. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 legalizes indefinite imprisonment of citizens deemed “enemy combatants.” The reported equipment of railroad cars with shackles is similarly worrisome.
- GlobalResearch.ca. US FEMA Detainment Camps.
- New Legislation Authorizes FEMA Camps in U.S.
- Govtrack.us. H.R. 645 (111th): National Emergency Centers Establishment Act.
- Lewis Seiler and Dan Hamburg. Rule by fear or rule by law? in SFGate.
Fact: I found startling documentation that eugenics is one of the core pillars of the elite plan. Eugenics is the practice where some people get to decide who is worthy to breed and who is not. Sterilization is one of the many insidious ways this covert plan is being implemented. In 1904, the Carnegies, funded the first Eugenics laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. The Rockefellers funded involuntary sterilization of people of color through their eugenics programs, and funded the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Germany to further the racial supremacy agenda later adopted by Hitler.
New York Times best-selling author and investigative journalist, Edwin Black, discusses the beginnings of the eugenics movement in the United States in his recently published book War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race. Black describes that the eugenics movement, in its early years, was financed by large corporate philanthropies, including the Carnegie Institution and Rockefeller Foundation. Not only did the Carnegies and Rockefellers lend financial support, the political and social significance of their philanthropic endeavors endowed the movement with greater credibility, which attracted some of the nation’s brightest minds, from Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, amongst others.
- Meaning of Eugenics. Etymonline.com.
- Sterilization: Edwin Black. The Horrifying Roots of Nazi Eugenics.
Toxic Aerial Spraying in California
Fact: In 2007 the US Dept of Agriculture and Homeland Security funded a proposed project to aerial spray over 7 million people in urban areas of Northern California. After citizens organized against the plan, officials were forced to reveal that the spray included multiple toxins that can cause disease and disrupt the reproductive cycle. Civil resistance stopped the project.
This project was intended to spray pesticides over nine Northern California counties with the purpose of eradicating the Light Brown Apple Moth. Before they were to initiate spraying, the California Department of Food and Agriculture failed to address the community with the health and environmental impacts known to be associated with the selected Checkmate pesticide. Moreover, the CDFA had hidden critical information from the public, including concealing ingredients that are known to be toxic. Civil resistance uncovered these truths and was successful in halting the project. To read the full report, follow this link.
US Government Experiments on Own Citizens
Fact: The US Government has been caught over 30 times covertly experimenting with toxic chemicals on its own citizens - from soldiers, prisoners, and Native American reservations, to entire towns and counties.
Human experimentation in the U.S. has been documented as early as 1890. ChemTrails911.com references dozens of such cases, from syphilis experiments conducted by Tuskegee Institute in the 1930s, to biological waste dumping in the 1990s, and mysterious Army vaccine related deaths in the 21st century.
- ChemTrails911.com. A History of Secret Human Experimentation.
- A History of US Secret Human Experimentation
- Timothy W. Maier. Mystery Deaths Fuel Vaccine Anxieties; Recent pneumonia deaths among soldiers who have been injected with the anthrax and smallpox vaccines are renewing fears that the inoculations are unsafe. Insight.
Mass Covert Sterilization
Fact: Mass covert sterilization of women and girls, usually using secret additives to vaccines, has been exposed in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Mexico and the Philippines. These have been under the auspices of such programs as: John D. Rockefeller's Population Council; the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where Nelson Rockefeller was Under Secretary; The Rockefeller founded World Health Organization.
For more information about covert sterilization projects conducted across the globe, check out the following articles and websites.
- “Massive Brazilian Vaccination Raises Suspicions of Covert Sterilization Program”
- “New World Health Organization Chief Involved In Population Control Vaccine Scandal”
- “Bill Gates talks about ‘vaccines to reduce population’”
- Matthew Cullinan Hoffman. Massive Brazilian Vaccination Raises Suspicions of Covert Sterilization Program.
- LifeSiteNews.com. New World Health Organization Chief Involved In Population Control Vaccine Scandal.
- Sales Augusto dos Santos and Laurence Hallewell. January 2002. “Historical Roots of the ‘Whitening’ of Brazil.” Latin American Perspectives, Issue 122, Vol. 29, No. 1. (p. 81).
- LibertadLatina.org. An overview of the effects of forced sterilization policies across the Americas.
- MargueriteLaurent.com. Genocide by vaccination in Haiti and Is this a way to sterilize Haitian women, as was done to Puerto Rican women?
- Bill Gates talks about ‘vaccines to reduce population’
- Florita Z. Louis de Malave. Sterilization of Puerto Rican Women: A Selected, Partially Annotated Bibliography.
Novartis and Syngenta, in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Defense, have field-tested a spermicidal strain of GMO corn that would render male consumers infertile. This was quietly announced as a “contribution to the world over-population problem.”
In 2001, a small, privately owned biotech company from San Diego called Epicyte announced that it had successfully developed a “contraceptive corn.” Taking antibodies from women with the rare condition immune infertility, Epicyte isolated the genes that regulate the production of the infertility antibodies and inserted the genes into ordinary corn seeds. Epicyte collaborated with the Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute (Syngenta) to develop other antibody-based microbicides for contraception. In 2002, CBS reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Department of Defense, financed more than thirty field trials of these crops. Epicyte hD presented the contraceptive corn as a solution to “over-population.”
This information is from Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation by F. William Engdahl, a skillfully researched and substantially supported work on the subject of GMOs.
- Robin McKie. GM corn set to stop man spreading his seed. The Observer.
- F. William Engdahl. Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation. Montreal: Global Research, 2007.
Fact: Right now, global human fertility is plunging.
The CIA World Factbook reports that global fertility rates are generally in decline.
- The World Factbook. Country Comparison :: Total Fertility Rate.
- S H Swan, E P Elkin, and L Fenster. Have sperm densities declined? A reanalysis of global trend data.
Power in Numbers
Fact: We outnumber the architects of the global domination agenda by more than 1 million to 1.
In his 2008 book Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making, political scientist David Rothkopf argues that the global population is governed by an elite group of merely 6,000 individuals. (The global population is roughly 6.9 billion.) This elite group is made up of world political leaders, hedge fund managers, technology entrepreneurs, private equity investors, and others who wield great sums of power on a global scale.
David Rothkopf formerly served as undersecretary of commerce in the Clinton administration. He also has experience working for an assortment of advisory firms, including Kissinger Associates (run by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger) and Garten Rothkopf, which he founded. Currently, Rothkopf is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His writing on international affairs is regularly published by major newspapers.
- Laura Miller. The Rise of the Superclass.
Largest Social Movement in History
Fact: The largest social movement in the history of mankind is happening right now.
Paul Hawken estimates that there are over one million organizations in the world currently working toward ecological sustainability and social justice. He presents this information in his New York Times best-selling book Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History isRestoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty in the World. Hawken’s research used various methods to approximate the number of environmental and social justice groups from tax census data.
Fact: “This freedom movement, which is a freedom movement for all species not just for individual humans, is something that’s growing so fast and is reflected in the movement for GMO-free zones in Europe. I turn my back and there’s another thousand GMO-free zones, 90% of Italy, 90% of Austria. The freedom zones around the seed, around food are creating massive shifts.” — Vandana Shiva
To learn more about the GMO-Free movement in Europe, check out these articles:
Government is Biggest Killer
Fact: Governments have been responsible for most of the war, death, and destruction on the planet — more than 200 million individuals were killed in the 20th century alone.
The University of Hawaii offers a breakdown of this figure and much more information regarding democide, the murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide,politicide, and mass murder. Data on this site is mainly derived from R. J. Rummel’s Death by Government.
Money Needed to Restore Planet
Fact: According to Lester Brown’s Earth Policy Institute, it would take under 200 billion dollars a year to restore the Earth’s environment and meet global social goals.
Lester Brown is the founder and former president of the Worldwatch Institute, named as one of the top ten sustainable development research organizations by Globescan Survey of Sustainability Experts. The Washington Post has called Brown, “one of the world’s most influential thinkers.” More recently Brown founded and is the current president of the Earth Policy Institute (EPI). The EPI has estimated that it will cost roughly 200 billion dollars a year to restore the Earth’s environment and meet global social goals. This figure was published in Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (EPI, 2009). For a detailed breakdown of the Earth Policy Institute’s proposed budget, see Chapter 10, Section “Plan B Budget: Additional Annual Expenditures Needed to Meet Social Goals andto Restore the Earth.”
- Earth Policy Institute Website. Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
US vs. Global Military Expenditure
Fact: If we cut the US military budget in half it would still roughly equal the defense spending of the entire rest of the world.
In Nemesis: The Last Days of Empire, Chalmers Johnson dissects the current military budget and details how these figures are incomplete and deliberately misleading. For example, in 2005 the Pentagon stated its official budget was roughly $440 billion. This figure was substantially inaccurate as it excluded several costs integral to military operations, including: the war in Iraq; the nuclear weapons program; the Homeland Security Department’s outlays for defense against terrorism; the Department of Veteran Affair’s responsibilities for the lifetime care of the seriously wounded; the Department of State’s financing of foreign arms sales and military developmental assistance; and the Military Construction Appropriations Bill amounted to an additional $278 billion. This adds up to a total of $718 billion in 2005.
With rising costs and budget increases (official budget for 2011: $725 billion) U.S. military expenditures currently amount to roughly $1.045 trillion per year,* as far we can tell. The trouble is taking for granted what the Pentagon claims to be spending. In 2005, the Government Accountability Office reported to Congress that “the Pentagon has no accurate knowledge of the cost of military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, or the fight against terrorism” (Nemesis). It said that, lacking a reliable method for tracking military costs, the army merely inserts into its accounts figures that match the available budget. “Effectively, the Army [is] reporting back to Congress what it had appropriated.” Therefore, not only does the Pentagon exclude major military expenditures from the official budget, it also grossly under-reports expenses in accounting practices.
Latest reports indicate that military expenditures for the rest of the world combined amount to $820 billion, or roughly half what we can reasonably assume the U.S. spends accounting for the Pentagon’s under-reporting.
*$1.045 trillion ($600 billion [expenditures in 2005 less cost of wars] + $285 billion budget increase + $159.3 billion for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq)
The figures above are from Chalmers Johnson’s Nemesis. Johnson was an American author and professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego. He served in the Korean war, was a consultant for the CIA from 1967–1973, and chaired the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley from 1967 to 1972. He was also president and co-founder of the Japan Policy Research Institute, an organization promoting public education about Japan and Asia. In more recent years, he published three examinations of the consequences of American Empire: Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic.
Notes from Nemesis:
- Official 2007 Pentagon budget is $439.3 billion, “not including the costs of America’s current wars” (289).
Other costs not included:
- Department of Energy’s spending on nuclear weapons: $16.4 billion in fiscal year 2005.
- Department of Homeland Security’s outlays for the actual “defense” of the US against terrorism: $41 billion.
- Department of Veteran Affair’s responsibilities for the lifetime care of the seriously wounded: $68 billion.
- Department of State’s financing of foreign arms sales and military related developmental assistance: $23 billion.
- Department of Treasury’s payments of pensions to military retirees and widows and their families: undisclosed.
- Military Construction Appropriations Bill: $12.2 billion.
- Sum of these numbers: $717.5 billion (excludes the Treasury’s defense spending).
If you count all these costs, the total is $669.8 billion. This amount easily outdoes the rest of the world. In fact, if you count just the costs of the National Defense budget function, the approximate $538 billion we spend is $29 billion more than the $509 billion the entire rest of the world spends.
— from “A Tutorial on How to Find the Real Numbers: Just How Big is the Defense Budget?”
John D. Rockefeller Sr. Photos
Correction: Two photos in the movie referenced as being John D. Rockefeller Sr., are actually John D. Rockefeller Jr.
We became aware of this after the release of the movie. As evidenced in Ron Chernow’s book, Titan, the pictures in THRIVE meant to depict John D. Rockefeller Sr. are actually his son, John D. Rockefeller Jr.
Dwynne Arneson Interview
Correction: Dwynne Arneson was a 28th Air Division C & E Officer, not a SAC Control Officer.
The interview footage from the Disclosure Project of Dwynne Arneson states that he was a “SAC Control Officer.” In fact, Dwynne Arneson was a 28th Air Division C & E Officer stationed at Malstrom AFB, Montana in 1967 when the UFO incident he described took place.