Moments before the US bombed Syria, I recorded this talk on TRUTH TALK NEWS CHANNEL 2 regarding the chemical attack in Syria.
Three systems theorists at the They built a model of who owns what and what their revenues are and mapped the whole edifice of economic power. have taken a database listing 37 million companies and investors worldwide and analyzed all 43,060 transnational corporations and share ownerships linking them.
They discovered that global corporate control has a distinct bow-tie shape, with a dominant core of 147 firms radiating out from the middle. Each of these 147 own interlocking stakes of one another and together they control 40% of the wealth in the network. A total of 737 control 80% of it all. The top 20 are at the bottom of the post. This is, say the paper’s authors, the first map of the structure of global corporate control.
The #occupy movement will eat this up as evidence for massive redistribution of wealth. The New Scientist talked to one systems theorist who is “disconcerted” at the level of interconnectedness, but not surprised. Such structures occur commonly in biology, things like fungus, lichen and weeds. Economists say the danger comes when you combine hyperconnection with the concentration of power. The Swiss scientists warn that this can lead to an unstable environment. No Scheisse, Sherlock.But the web of corporate control is not de facto a conspiracy of world domination. There are many reasons for tightly bundled nodes and connections: anti-takeover strategies, reduction of transaction costs, risk sharing, increasing trust and groups of interest.
A few caveats with the data set: It excludes GSEs and privately-held companies and is dominated by banks, institutional investors and mutual funds that don’t always have much in the way of control over assets. Reader danogden left an especially good comment below: “…pension plans, corporate 401(k) plans and individual funds..manage trillions in assets ultimately belonging to individuals who are predominantly not in the “1%”. …There are a number of “custodian banks” in the list — companies who hold the assets of asset managers to ensure timely processing of things like foreign dividend and bond interest, name changes (due to mergers, etc.), foreign currency conversion and the like…Again, they do not own the assets, or even really control the assets — they merely house the assets. A better list would be the actual asset OWNERS, rather than the vendors who manage, house and clear said assets.”
According to the 2011 annual factbook from the Investment Company Institute, there is $24.7 trillion in all the mutual funds in the world (a little less than half from the US). Based on data from the ICI, $1.24 trillion of this is directly invested in index funds, plus another $992 billion in assets beyond that $24.7 trillion in Exchange Traded Funds, which aren’t mutual funds but are index funds. That means the bulk of that money is in “active” managed funds or fund of funds.
But then consider this: the chief of hedge funds at a very large asset manager told me last week (alas, I cannot identify either) that an internal study his firm recently performed found that the vast majority of mutual funds defined as actively managed see 95% of the assets they hold determined by an index. That means just 5% of actively managed funds really are driven by the active manager’s judgment.
This less-than-active management is for two reasons: one is to maintain the fund in a style box (i.e. large value stock, medium value stocks) and comply with the reality all mutual funds are required to have a benchmark index they compare their relative performance to. The other reason is to adhere to risk metrics to which most of the fund industry is beholden. This second point is partly due to Modern Portfolio Theory (a complex topic we won’t debate here) and to the human nature that active managers tend to build portfolios close to the indexes they benchmark against to avoid really awful downward relative performance years that ends up costing them their jobs.
So of the $25.69 trillion in worldwide assets we’ve identified, $2.23 trillion are directly in indexes (ETFs and index mutual funds) with another $22.3 trillion indirectly beholden to indexes (that 95% of actively managed fund holdings said to be determined by an index).
You can see where I’m headed here. That means the real power to control the world lies with four companies: McGraw-Hill, which owns Standard & Poor’s, Northwestern Mutual, which owns Russell Investments, the index arm of which runs the benchmark Russell 1,000 and Russell 3,000, CME Group which owns 90% of Dow Jones Indexes, and Barclay’s, which took over Lehman Brothers and its Lehman Aggregate Bond Index, the dominant world bond fund index. Together, these four firms dominate the world of indexing. And in turn, that means they hold real sway over the world’s money.
PAST IS PROLOGUE:
The world has become inured to war. Since 2000, the US alone has launched over forty military actions, ranging from deployment of a few military personnel in East Timor, ostensibly to aid in a government transition, to full blown invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Conflict has also broken out in Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, Ukraine, Pakistan and Chad, to name just a few locations.
Countries known for a generally tranquil and orderly way of life, such as France and Germany, have experienced bloodshed as a result of armed terrorist attacks within their borders. In the US, a recent killing spree in San Bernardino left 14 dead and 22 seriously injured, and was deemed to be an IS related attack.
It does appear that the US has developed a unique signature in repeated events involving reportedly disgruntled or allegedly mentally ill individuals, who have sprayed schools, malls and hospitals with gunfire in dozens of such incidents.
Another War?—Pass me the sixpack
Altogether, one might say that the entire world has become a battlefield.
Of necessity, one’s visceral reactions to violent events become tempered through repetition. Dead bodies and burned out buildings do, over time, lose their shock value. And so the prospect of yet another military invasion—this time of Syria—might be met with a tepid response from a public accustomed to over a decade of war.
In a recent Sputnik interview, Paul Craig Roberts declared that “I don’t think the world will stand for another illegal US invasion so for the US to send another army into Syria would be another illegal invasion and I don’t think that it will likely happen.”
However, Roberts’ perceptions are not supported by a recent CNN survey, which found that a majority of the Americans polled stated that they would now support an invasion of Syria.
“Let’s Roll!”—President George W. Bush, November, 2001
As US aggression in the Middle East moves forward with what some believe to be bewildering relentlessness, we may need to take a harder look at US domestic policies in order to better assess her policies abroad. Clues to America’s ultimate intentionality lie at home. Through the lens of a frank assessment of her domestic policies, one may come to an enhanced understanding of America’s aggression in the Middle East.
And through this lens, however darkly the image may appear, we can see how the actions of the US, taken in total, may result in a devastation on American soil that has no rival in recent history.
What we need to look at are the eugenics programs now operational in the US. These programs are largely given wide berth by the mainstream media and it is only through the diligent efforts of alternative media that many of these programs have come to public attention.
Under the ludicrous misnomer of “adult guardianship,” the elderly and disabled are being stripped of their assets and sent to early graves.
The elderly and disabled—the “useless eaters” of society—have been a continuing focus of all eugenics movements. Under Adolph Hitler’s T-4 program—the first forced euthanasia program launched by the Nazis—over 200,000 ethnic Germans are thought to have been gassed to death, long before Hitler pounced on the Jews.
Hitler was instructed in many of his ideas about eugenics and the “Master Race” by those in the eugenics movement in the United States. The first US state to introduce a compulsory sterilization bill of those deemed “unfit” was Michigan, in 1897. Other states followed suit, including Pennsylvania, Indiana, Washington and California. In 1927 the infamous Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell legitimized the forced sterilization of residents at a Virginia home for the mentally retarded. While California was known to have conducted the most sterilizations, North Carolina’s program is thought to have been the “most aggressive” of the 32 states with eugenics programs, giving social workers the power to order sterilizations. The North Carolina program was operational up until the 1970’s.
People as lab rats
The Tuskegee syphilis experiments, conducted in secret between 1932 and 1972 by the US Public Health Service, studied the progression of untreated syphilis in African American males in Alabama, under the pretext of providing free health care, in a shocking violation of medical ethics.
According to reports, sterilizations are still being performed in California jails.
The actions of such health institutions as Phoenix Children’s Hospital and UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute reveal a continuing focus on genetics and experimentation on the mentally ill. In Arizona, children suffering from certain genetic illnesses are being forcibly taken from their families and put into experimental drug programs, at least some of which are being sponsored by a research facility known as Translational Genomics Research Institute, also known as TGen.
PCH has an agreement with TGen to refer children ill with NMD (Neuromuscular disease) into TGen research programs. This reporter has acquired documents from the State of Arizona relevant to TGen grants and proposals. According to a grant proposal from TGen researcher Dr. Justin Hunter, “Dr. Saunder Bernes, senior pediatric neurologist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH), has agreed to refer Arizona residents with NMD for these studies (see attached letter of support).” The grant was awarded to Dr. Hunter on October 23, 2014.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital has hotly denied any such agreements with TGen. In an email dated January 8, 2016, Debra Stevens, Director of Marketing and Communications at PCH, wrote the following: “Dr. Bernes declined the request for an interview and supports our previous statements as follows: “We do not have a patient referral contract with TGen.”
In a recent high-profile court case in Arizona, the parental rights of Melissa Diegel were terminated after she began to question PCH’s referral of her two daughters, both diagnosed with a mitochondrial disease, into an experimental drug program sponsored by TGen. In a court case steeped in judicial misconduct and secrecy, Diegel’s right to even see her daughters was first revoked by Judge Kristin Hoffman after Diegel reportedly discovered her children were wasting away in foster care. According to Diegel, Kayla had lost 16 pounds and Hannah had lost 14 lbs. Hannah and Kayla are now up for adoption and Judge Hoffman has sealed the court record.
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital is a high rise modern building gracing several acres in downtown Westwood, a neighborhood featuring sprawling multi-million dollar mansions and toney shopping. Formerly on the grounds of NPI, in the shadows of the towering hospital, was a detached one-story building housing an adult psychiatric unit referred to as “A-South.” For at least some period of time, A-South curiously only serviced those on public assistance. The independent structure known as A-South was razed sometime in the last ten years.
The patients on A-South were provided “treatment” which could be considered in violation of the Nuremberg Code, which mandates informed consent. Some A-South patients were given electroshock therapy far in excess of recommended standards. In at least one case, a patient was given a medication which produced seizure-like activity, resulting in numerous falls. Prior to the hospitalization, the patient did not have seizures or falling episodes.
When she requested that the medication be terminated, she was told that it would not be. When she then demanded release from the hospital, she was also refused this. She then informed staff that she had placed a phone call to an attorney. She was discharged within the hour.
UCLA maintains that no such detached unit ever existed. In response to a public records act request, UCLA manager Robert Baldridge wrote that: “
“A South was the location (A floor, south wing) in the old NPI of one of the inpatient units.” He goes on to write that “A South” is simply a reference to a particular physical location of the hospital….” He denied that research took place on A-South, stating that “it was not a research unit, but a standard clinical unit.”
He has also refused to supply a list of residents who were assigned to A-South, in a violation of the California Public Records Act.
UCLA Senior Media relations officer Enrique Rivero also promotes the myth of “no detached structure” delineated as A-South. In a recent email, Rivero wrote this reporter in response to an email providing proof of the existence of A-South: “The A-south at both of these links are not a separate building, they are sections within the Neuropsychiatric institute within the ucla center for the health sciences. The A is the floor and the south is the part of the building.”
Dr. Michael Gitlin, whose tenure at UCLA exceeds thirty years, remembers A-South well. In an interview this December, Gitlin stated that A-South was indeed a detached building and was demolished about ten years ago.
More Eugenics Programs
As recently reported in NEO, yet another covert eugenics mechanism has been uncovered, involving “heart attack” drugs, which are masquerading as normal pharmaceuticals. It is believed that these “impostor pharmaceuticals” are being dispensed to targeted populations in nursing homes and also to unsuspecting political targets.
The shift in policy away from President Lyndon Johnson’s vision of “The Great Society,” to a society which uses human beings as lab rats, subjected to non-consensual experimentation and outright murder speaks to the existence of a cemented and pervasive eugenics policy within the US government.
This shift in policy, coupled with the layers of protective denial, provides a different lens through which to view the US’s aggression in the Middle East. By insistently stirring the cauldron in that region, the US has put Israel at enhanced risk. The Iran deal is exemplary of this endangerment to the Jewish state.
Most Israelis no longer see the US as the great friend of Israel. Rather, the US is increasingly viewed as a potential Judas. According to John Loftus, former DOJ prosecutor and author of four intelligence histories, the US has always engaged in a policy of duplicity with Israel. The subtitle to his national bestseller, co-authored with Mark Aarons, entitled “The Secret War Against the Jews,” pithily sums up his central thesis: “How Western Intelligence Betrayed the Jewish People.”
It would only take one missile launched from Syria to decimate the Jewish state. President Assad has repeatedly threatened that should the US attack Syria, he would retaliate by bombing Israel.
What Assad may not have realized is that this is exactly what the US intends.
As Goes Syria, So Goes the World
As reported in the Washington Post on October 30, 2015, “President Obama is sending a small number of Special Operations troops to Northern Syrian, marking the first full-time deployment of US forces to the chaotic country.”
In addition, Obama has requested Congressional approval “in case he wants more.”
If Syria (or failing Syria, Iran) should bomb Israel, a chunk of the covert eugenics program launched by America will have come to fruition. The problem will then remain as to how to deal with those in the diaspora, as well as other “genetically undesirables” residing within the US—most likely people of color and indigenous peoples. The US has in place a nearly undetectable delivery system which could eliminate targeted sectors of her population, while leaving non-targets unscathed.
The use of water as a weapon has historical precedent; however, this may be the first time that a nation has deployed such a massive bio/chem weapon against its own citizens.
As a war-jaded US population appears to have given the green light to a US invasion of Syria—a faraway country, inhabited by people who, on the surface at last, are alien to US culture and customs—the lesson of interconnectedness of all living beings must be attended to. If we fail to do so, devastation and death will visit our own shores, in a pre-planned “plague” which will forever change the face of America from one of diversity to one of homogeneity. Through telecommunications and travel, the world has become quite small. The once interesting hypothetical that what happens in a distant land may have profound reverberations thousands of miles away is no longer theoretical.
These two threads of American aggression—a caboodle of wars in the Middle East coupled with her own eugenics efforts at home—must be recognized for what they really are: a thrust towards world domination coupled with remaking the face of the world population.
Our ability to recognize this dark union may be our strongest and best hope for a future worth inhabiting.
Janet C. Phelan, investigative journalist and human rights defender that has traveled pretty extensively over the Asian region, an author of a tell-all book EXILE, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
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