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#1 venom

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 08:10 PM

Bankers Rule the World: The Network of Global Corporate Control

Stephen Lendman
Global Research
Fri, 16 Dec 2011 09:39 CST

Bankers rule the world. A new Swiss Federal Institute of Technology study says so. Written by Stefania Vitali, James Glattfelder and Stefano Battiston, it's titled "The network of global corporate control," saying:

"We find that transnational corporations from a giant bow-tie structure and that a large portion of control flows to a small tightly-knit core of financial institutions. This core can be seen as an economic 'super-entity' that raises new important issues both for researches and policy makers."

The study says 147 powerful companies control an inordinate amount of economic activity - about 40%. Among the top 50, 45 are financial firms. They include Barclays PLC (called most influential), JPMorgan Chase, UBS, and other familiar and less known names.

Twenty-four companies are US-based, followed by eight in Britain, five in France, four in Japan, and Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands with two each. Canada has one.

Moreover, "top ranked" companies "hold a control ten times bigger than what could be expected based on their wealth."

As a result, they have enormous influence over political, financial, and economic activity.

In his book titled, When Corporations Rule the World, David Korten said they're able to transfer enormous amounts of power, wealth and resources from public to private hands with government complicity. Money power and concentrated wealth in few hands especially harm humanity.

"These forces have transformed" financial institutions and other corporate predators "into instruments of a market tyranny that is extending its reach across the planet like a cancer, colonizing ever more of the planet's living spaces, destroying livelihoods, displacing people, rendering democratic institutions impotent, and feeding on life in an insatiable quest for money" and profits as a be and end all.

Only bottom line priorities and market dominance matter, not human welfare, environmental sanity, peace, equity and justice.

Transnational giants are the dominant institution of our time - especially financial ones with money power control of everything.

They decide who governs and how, who serves on courts, what laws are enacted, and whether or not wars are waged. Corporate dominance, especially financial power, and democratic values are incompatible.

They operate ruthlessly as private tyrannies. They're predators. We're prey, and every day we're eaten alive. They do it because they can, and in America by mandate.

Publicly owned US corporations, including financial ones, must serve shareholders by maximizing equity value through higher profits. They do it by exploiting nations, people and resources ruthlessly.

Social responsibility doesn't matter. Neither does being worker-friendly, a good citizen, or friend of the earth. Bottom line priorities alone matter. Failure to pursue fiduciary responsibilities means possible dismissal or shareholder lawsuits.

Yet nothing in America's Constitution or statute laws endow corporations with their rights. They usurped them by co-opting Washington, the nation's courts, state capitals, and city halls.

As a result, over half the world's largest economies are corporations. Financial ones controlling the power of money are most dominant.

Corporate personhood enhanced their power, yet imagine. Although corporations aren't human, they can live forever, change their identity, reside in many places globally, can't be imprisoned for wrongdoing, and can transform themselves into new entities for any reason.

They have the same rights and protections as people without the responsibilities. As a result, they operate freely unrestrained, especially financial giants controlling the power of money at the public's expense.

Beginning in the late 1960s, financialization grew more dominant. Economic control began shifting from industry to finance. Corporations are now seen as bundles of assets, the more liquid the better. A new monopoly finance capitalism developed to exploit it.

FIRE sector (finance, insurance, and real estate) predators capitalized. Casino capitalism gained prominence. Today it thrives. Major players took advantage, profiting hugely from speculation, chicanery and fraud.

A burgeoning financial superstructure gained a life of its own. Today it's omnipotent, especially in America and Europe. Their business model involves grabbing everything that smells money, no matter what harm is caused.

Money doesn't buy everything, but it buys enough influence to matter. The smartest guys in the room take advantage, buying politicians like toothpaste. Democracy's just a figure of speech.

Only wealth and power matter. Enough of them turned financial giants into monsters. Whatever they want, they get, including the right to operate freely outside the law, manipulate markets, bilk investors, strip-mine nations and people for profit, and get bailed out at public expense if overreach.


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:31 PM

just consider this. What's the next career path AFTER Goldman Sach's? Makes you wonder.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:33 PM

A very important bit of esoteric history i recently learned of which i feel is pretty relevent to this thread. Here's it in a nutshell...

Back in 1921 the Rothschild's created the Bank of International Settlements. They created a very secret plan in which most the world's gold (China held 85% at the time) was confiscated and put under deposit secretly. A significant portion of the gold collected was done by Hirohito's forces (Japanese, compromised by European banking cartels) who robbed China of their gold through a plan called "Golden Lily" during WWII. The Jews were also robbed of their gold during this time period, as well as Americans through Executve Order 6102 (1933)...which was ultimately repealed in 1974. Today, this 2,000,000 tons of hoarded gold is still being held on deposit by the Bank of International Settlements, as well as the Federal Reserve. Secretly the Anglo-American countries of the world have this money on deposit which from what I understand equates to a total of $11 million, trillion dollars. Unfortunately this is bad news for those who have invested in gold, because everything we hear about gold being scarce is simply not true. 120,000 tons of gold is "officially" recognized in the world, however the actual amount as stated earlier is 2,000,000 tons. Because of this, the whole fiat money backed by nothing idea is an illusion. All of this gold has been used as the secret collateral to back up all the fiat currencies of the world; it was the only way to get these countries to go along with the bankers' systems.

Here's why this is important: The global bankers confiscated all the world's gold so that no country could ever rise up against the fiat bubble money system in which they type numbers on a computer screen or print fancy symbols on worthless paper; ensuring their domination over these countries. This goes to show that the devaluing of our dollar, the collapse of 2008, as well as other past and present economic turmoils have intentionally been allowed to happen by these handful of bankers and state representatives up at the top. This is huge. They sacrificed world markets so that their gold stash could remain a secret.

Naturally, since the confiscation of all this gold by the european bankers, there has been an on-going war between Chinese and Anglo-American entities over it. Apparently the federal reserve had made deals by issuing China bonds as collateral to the gold, promising China they would use the wealth for good purposes. However after failing to live up to their promises after many decades (a 60-year charter had to expire first), China filed a lawsuit against the Federal Reserve in 1998. This trial was held in secrecy at the Hague in the United Nations. In the end, the Federal Reserve lost and had a settlement put on them and were told to give China their gold back by September 12, 2001. Surprise surprise the gold was being held in a secret vault in the basement of WTC7, which was emptied before the attacks...but of course the pseudo-public story given to China was, "ooops, sorry, looks like its all gone now." Of course China saw through the crap and had continued making inquiries on the gold. There was a shipment of gold made to them from the Fed, but it turns out it was tungsten and electro-plated with gold on the exterior...so in other words, it was worthless. Because of this, the Chinese were angered and decided to change strategies - I should probably make it clear that i'm not talking about the ruling party of China when I reference "the Chinese," i'm not talking about the communists...i'm talking about the Quomintang, which is a whole other story in itself. Anyways, their response was the formation of an international alliance that caused the collapsing of the dollar and certain corporate entities in 2008. To their dismay, they had no idea the US would institute TARP and trade around that many fiat units to keep everyone afloat; so their plan had been delayed.

Presently there is a 111-page lawsuit that has been filed against the Federal Reserve as of November 23 of this year. It speaks of all this I am talking about and more. It is being backed by this alliance of 117 countries from Asia, South America, etc, who some refer to as the "White Dragon Society;" consider them the anti-New World Order...they are our friends. If this thing goes through and the Quomintang reclaims the gold, it will change everything.

Edited by venom, 17 December 2011 - 11:35 PM.


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:51 PM

just consider this. What's the next career path AFTER Goldman Sach's? Makes you wonder.


We should ask that question to Obama's cabinet.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:00 PM

Venom, I'd love to sit down and drink a few beers with u...

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:04 PM

Venom, I'd love to sit down and drink a few beers with u...


I'm all about it man. I could talk for days about this stuff, I find it absolutely fascinating.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:17 PM

It's a good article, I read it earlier today. It's based around a study that I created a thread about months ago. Don't let Happy Panther see it though, he'll complain incoherently about page 33.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:22 PM

i always throw this out there for stuff like this. it's not the youtube or even alex jones stuff you should worry about. that junk is "mainstream".

if you do your homework, pay attention to trends stuff just comes to you and you can piece together the puzzle.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:26 PM

i always throw this out there for stuff like this. it's not the youtube or even alex jones stuff you should worry about. that junk is "mainstream".

if you do your homework, pay attention to trends stuff just comes to you and you can piece together the puzzle.


as i like to say, its an on-going learning process :D

you are very correct though.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:51 PM

i always throw this out there for stuff like this. it's not the youtube or even alex jones stuff you should worry about. that junk is "mainstream".

if you do your homework, pay attention to trends stuff just comes to you and you can piece together the puzzle.


I just enlightened a friend of mine last night. Drinking, talking, you tube videos... I warned him that there was no going back.

The dude no poo has sent me at least 8 different YouTube clips today... Like he's really teaching me something.

He was piecing shot together left and right... I was kind of impressed actually.

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:06 AM

I just enlightened a friend of mine last night. Drinking, talking, you tube videos... I warned him that there was no going back.

The dude no poo has sent me at least 8 different YouTube clips today... Like he's really teaching me something.

He was piecing shot together left and right... I was kind of impressed actually.


I love nothing more than presenting the rabbit hole with people/friends and watching them get all charged up and fascinated by it all. You should have your friend watch Thrive, in my opinion that's the #1 go-to documentary about all this stuff.

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:08 AM

:leaving:


*packs for China*

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:10 AM

This sounds more true than what we've heard from the gubment.
This actually makes sense. We all knew what we were being told was nonsense deep down.

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:15 AM

China?? You better learn how to habla... South America is where it's at

Get u some land, horses, cows... Little house on the prairie style

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:17 AM

Freedom to fascism is a pretty good intro as well


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