START HERE, Best-Kept Secret:

American Flag Distress

Best-Kept Secret Star here:

Internalised Indoctrination of the Myth of Progress – Joaquin

The 147 Companies That Control Everything

Three systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have taken a database listing 37 million companies and investors worldwide and analyzed all 43,060 transnational corporations and share ownerships linking them. They built a model of who owns what and what their revenues are and mapped the whole edifice of economic power. Read more:

CREATIVE DESTRUCTION

It’s the “.1 percent”

who have the power


http://youtu.be/SL9Y8vWfqNs

 

Published on Oct 5, 2014

As the gap between the rich and the poor continues growing, it’s difficult to fathom how much wealth is truly concentrated in the hands of only a few. Far richer than the “1 percent” are the “.1 percent,” who according to Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman, are largely invisible to the average person. John F. O’Donnell of RT’s Redacted Tonight breaks down the topic and explains.

There Are 85 People Who Are As

Wealthy As Half The WORLD, Oxfam Reports

Worldwide economic inequality is looking rather bleak these days,

according to a new report by relief organization Oxfam.

Oxfam’s “Working For The Few” report looked at Credit Suisse’s

“Global Wealth Report 2013” and Forbes’ list of the world’s billionaires

from 2013 to conclude that 1 percent of the global population

controls half of the world’s wealth.

The report also found that the world’s 85 richest people own

the same amount as the bottom half of the entire global population.

The ramifications of such inequality may be dire, the report suggests:

This massive concentration of economic resources in the hands of fewer people presents a significant threat to inclusive political and economic systems. Instead of moving forward together, people are increasingly separated by economic and political power, inevitably heightening social tensions and increasing the risk of societal breakdown.

Oxfam calls on leaders gathered at the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to tackle the growing inequality through multiple pledges, such as insisting on a living wage for companies they control, and by supporting progressive taxation.

Last Thursday, the World Economic Forum stated in a risk assessment that income disparity was one of the “Ten Global Risks of Highest Concern in 2014.”

HUFFPOST-

————————————————————————-

What this Millionaire Thinks of

Poverty Will Make Your Blood

Boil | Heroes & Villains

Professor William Black-Epic Epidemic of Fraud

Published on Mar 30, 2014

Fraud expert and former regulator Professor William Black says, “Even today, we are well into 2014, and the Department of Justice record is intact. There have been zero prosecutions of the elite officers who led the epic epidemic of fraud. It was the most destructive in world history, zero of them even unsuccessfully prosecuted, much less prosecuted.”

What is the result of massive rampant unprosecuted fraud? Professor Black says, “If you don’t have any accountability, you not only make certain that there is going to be a next blow-up, but it will be worse. . . . We have effectively removed the criminal laws for a particular elite class of frauds.”

Bill Gates Asks Fellow Billionaires

to Help Reduce World’s Population

The US Independent

January 24, 2014


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have invested several billions of dollars into vaccine initiatives to fight the polio virus.

Bill Gates is encouraging fellow billionaires to do the same.

Gates is concerned about Nigeria and Pakistan because “local conspiracy theories have undermined inoculation drives.”

Gates continued: “I don’t think people like to say out loud that we want to let these kids die because there are too many of them. But by choosing not to get into health in our early days I was a victim of the myth around overpopulation. But there is just phenomenally good news here. The world’s population will peak. Now, we do have huge population growth in places where we don’t want it, like Yemen and Pakistan and parts of Africa, where we don’t have the resources to really help those people. So we need to get serious about figuring out how to make sure there’s relative health and satisfaction in those places.”
– See more at: The US Independent –

!  !  !  a  a  a  ADOLLAR

Bill Gates Asks Fellow Billionaires to Help Reduce World’s Population

bill-gates-2013-620x330 Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent
January 24, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have invested several billions of dollars into vaccine initiatives to fight the polio virus.

Bill Gates is encouraging fellow billionaires to do the same.

Gates is concerned about Nigeria and Pakistan because “local conspiracy theories have undermined inoculation drives.”

– See more at: http://www.occupycorporatism.com/bill-gates-asks-fellow-billionaires-help-reduce-worlds-population/#sthash.FPky8JVN.dpuf

Bill Gates Asks Fellow Billionaires to Help Reduce World’s Population – See more at: http://www.occupycorporatism.com/bill-gates-asks-fellow-billionaires-help-reduce-worlds-population/#sthash.FPky8JVN.dpuf

Fed-They Do Not Have Any More Gold-Paul Craig Roberts

How You Can Stop the TPP: Say NO

to Fast Track

Dystopia Now

The Rich and Their Robots Are About

to Make Half the World’s Jobs Disappear

Two hugely important statistics concerning the future of employment as we know it made waves recently:

1. 85 people alone command as much wealth as the poorest half of the world.

2. 47 percent of the world’s currently existing jobs are likely to be automated

over the next two decades.

Combined, those two stats portend a quickly-exacerbating dystopia.

As more and more automated machinery (robots, if you like) are

brought in to generate efficiency gains for companies, more and

more jobs will be displaced, and more and more income will accumulate

higher up the corporate ladder. The inequality gulf will widen as jobs

grow permanently scarce—there are only so many service sector jobs

to replace manufacturing ones as it is—and the latest wave of automation

will hijack not just factory workers but accountants, telemarketers,

and real estate agents.

That’s according to a 2013 Oxford study, which was

highlighted in this week’s Economist cover story. That study attempted

to tally up the number of jobs that were susceptible to automization,

and, surprise, a huge number were. Creative and skilled jobs done

by humans were the most secure—think pastors, editors, and

dentists—but just about any rote task at all is now up for automation.

Machinists, typists, even retail jobs, are predicted to disappear.

Continue reading:

Odark dark dark.

“Odark dark dark. They all go into the dark,
The vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant,
The captains, merchant bankers, eminent men of letters,
The generous patrons of art, the statesmen and the rulers,
Distinguished civil servants, chairmen of many committees,
Industrial lords and petty contractors, all go into the dark.

Extract from East Coker, T.S. Eliot

Now that you know 85 people own more

than half the world, here’s what to do about it

The media has done a great job covering the 85 people who own

more than half the world statistic from the Oxfam report entitled:

Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality.

Media examples here, here, and here.

What I didn’t realize until I read the report was that it has an excellent set

of recommendations on how to improve the situation.

Since they’re excellent, the mainstream media seems to have ignored them,

and I don’t think Oxfam would mind, here is their series of recommendations.

 photo oxfam-working-for-the-few_zps0680b0e0.jpg

From the Oxfam report

Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality:

Call to those gathered at Davos

Those gathered at Davos for the World Economic Forum have

the power to turn around the rapid increase in inequality. Oxfam is calling

on them to pledge that they will:

• Not dodge taxes in their own countries or in countries where they

invest and operate, by using tax havens;

• Not use their economic wealth to seek political favors that

undermine the democratic will of their fellow citizens;

• Make public all the investments in companies and trusts for

which they are the ultimate beneficial owners;

• Support progressive taxation on wealth and income;

• Challenge governments to use their tax revenue to provide

universal healthcare, education and social protection for citizens;

• Demand a living wage in all the companies they own or control;

• Challenge other economic elites to join them in these pledges.

Policy recommendations

Oxfam has recommended policies in multiple contexts to

strengthen the political representation of the poor and middle

classes to achieve greater equity. These policies include:

• A global goal to end extreme economic inequality in every country.

This should be a major element of the post-2015 framework, including

consistent monitoring in every country of the share of wealth going

to the richest one percent.

• Stronger regulation of markets to promote sustainable and

equitable growth; and

• Curbing the power of the rich to influence political processes and

policies that best suit their interests.

Some starting points from developing countries

The particular combination of policies required to reverse rising

economic inequalities should be tailored to each national context.

But developing and developed countries that have successfully

reduced economic inequality provide some suggested starting points, notably:

• Cracking down on financial secrecy and tax dodging;

• Redistributive transfers; and strengthening of social protection schemes;

• Investment in universal access to healthcare and education;

• Progressive taxation;

• Strengthening wage floors and worker rights;

• Removing the barriers to equal rights and opportunities for women.

The Controllers:

#1. – Carlos Slim Helu & family

list of the world’s billionaires

2

Bill Gates

$67 B 58 Microsoft United States
3

Amancio Ortega

$57 B 77 Zara Spain
4

Warren Buffett

$53.5 B 83 Berkshire Hathaway United States
5

Larry Ellison

$43 B 69 Oracle United States
6

Charles Koch

$34 B 78 diversified United States
6

David Koch

$34 B 73 diversified United States
8

Li Ka-shing

$31 B 85 diversified Hong Kong
9

Liliane Bettencourt & family

$30 B 91 L’Oreal France
10

Bernard Arnault & family

$29 B 64 LVMH France
11

Christy Walton & family

$28.2 B 59 Wal-Mart United States
12

Stefan Persson

$28 B 66 H&M Sweden
13

Michael Bloomberg

$27 B 71 Bloomberg LP United States
14

Jim Walton

$26.7 B 66 Wal-Mart United States
15

Sheldon Adelson

$26.5 B 80 casinos United States
16

Alice Walton

$26.3 B 64 Wal-Mart United States
17

S. Robson Walton

$26.1 B 70 Wal-Mart United States
18

Karl Albrecht

$26 B 93 Aldi Germany
19

Jeff Bezos

$25.2 B 50 Amazon.com United States
20

Larry Page

$23 B 40 Google United States
21

Sergey Brin

$22.8 B 40 Google United States
22

Mukesh Ambani

$21.5 B 56 petrochemicals, oil & gas India
23

Michele Ferrero & family

$20.4 B 88 chocolates Italy
24

Lee Shau Kee

$20.3 B 85 diversified Hong Kong
24

David Thomson & family

$20.3 B 56 media Canada
26

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud

$20 B 58 investments Saudi Arabia
26

Carl Icahn

$20 B 77 leveraged buyouts United States
26

Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family

$20 B real estate Hong Kong
29

Dieter Schwarz

$19.5 B 74 retail Germany
30

George Soros

$19.2 B 83 hedge funds United States
31

Theo Albrecht, Jr. & family

$18.9 B 63 Aldi, Trader Joe’s Germany
32

Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family

$18.2 B 82 mining Mexico
33

Jorge Paulo Lemann

$17.8 B 74 beer Brazil
34

Alisher Usmanov

$17.6 B 60 steel, telecom, investments Russia
35

Iris Fontbona & family

$17.4 B 71 mining Chile
36

Forrest Mars, Jr.

$17 B 82 candy United States
36

Jacqueline Mars

$17 B 74 candy United States
36

John Mars

$17 B 77 candy United States
36

Georgina Rinehart

$17 B 59 mining Australia
40

German Larrea Mota Velasco & family

$16.7 B 60 mining Mexico
41

Mikhail Fridman

$16.5 B 49 oil, banking, telecom Russia
41

Lakshmi Mittal

$16.5 B 63 steel India
43

Aliko Dangote

$16.1 B 56 cement, sugar, flour Nigeria
44

Len Blavatnik

$16 B 56 diversified United States
44

Cheng Yu-tung

$16 B 88 diversified Hong Kong
46

Joseph Safra

$15.9 B 75 banking Brazil
47

Rinat Akhmetov

$15.4 B 47 steel, coal Ukraine
47

Leonid Mikhelson

$15.4 B 58 gas, chemicals Russia
49

Leonardo Del Vecchio

$15.3 B 78 eyeglasses Italy
49

Michael Dell

$15.3 B 48 Dell United States
51

Steve Ballmer

$15.2 B 57 Microsoft United States
52

Viktor Vekselberg

$15.1 B 56 oil, metals Russia
53

Paul Allen

$15 B 61 Microsoft, investments United States
53

Francois Pinault & family

$15 B 77 retail France
55

Vagit Alekperov

$14.8 B 63 Lukoil Russia
56

Phil Knight

$14.4 B 75 Nike United States
56

Andrey Melnichenko

$14.4 B 41 coal, fertilizers Russia
58

Dhanin Chearavanont & family

$14.3 B 74 food Thailand
58

Susanne Klatten

$14.3 B 51 BMW, pharmaceuticals Germany
58

Vladimir Potanin

$14.3 B 53 metals Russia
61

Michael Otto & family

$14.2 B 70 retail, real estate Germany
62

Vladimir Lisin

$14.1 B 57 steel, transport Russia
62

Gennady Timchenko

$14.1 B 61 oil & gas Russia
64

Luis Carlos Sarmiento

$13.9 B 80 banking Colombia
65

Mohammed Al Amoudi

$13.5 B 69 oil, diversified Saudi Arabia
66

Tadashi Yanai & family

$13.3 B 64 retail Japan
66

Mark Zuckerberg

$13.3 B 29 Facebook United States
68

Henry Sy & family

$13.2 B 89 diversified Philippines
69

Donald Bren

$13 B 81 real estate United States
69

Serge Dassault & family

$13 B 88 aviation France
69

Lee Kun-Hee

$13 B 72 Samsung South Korea
69

Mikhail Prokhorov

$13 B 48 investments Russia
73

Alexey Mordashov

$12.8 B 48 steel, investments Russia
74

Antonio Ermirio de Moraes & family

$12.7 B 85 diversified Brazil
74

Abigail Johnson

$12.7 B 52 money management United States
76

Ray Dalio

$12.5 B 64 hedge funds United States
76

Robert Kuok

$12.5 B 90 diversified Malaysia
78

Miuccia Prada

$12.4 B 64 Prada Italy
79

Ronald Perelman

$12.2 B 71 leveraged buyouts United States
80

Anne Cox Chambers

$12 B 94 media United States
81

Stefan Quandt

$11.9 B 47 BMW Germany
82

Ananda Krishnan

$11.7 B 75 telecoms Malaysia
82

Alejandro Santo Domingo Davila

$11.7 B 36 beer Colombia
82

James Simons

$11.7 B 75 hedge funds United States
82

Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi

$11.7 B 69 drinks Thailand
86

Zong Qinghou

$11.6 B 68 beverages China
87

Dirce Navarro De Camargo & family

$11.5 B construction Brazil
87

John Fredriksen

$11.5 B 68 shipping Cyprus
89

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor & family

$11.4 B 62 real estate United Kingdom
90

Harold Hamm

$11.3 B 68 oil & gas United States
91

Rupert Murdoch & family

$11.2 B 82 News Corp United States
91

John Paulson

$11.2 B 58 hedge funds United States
91

Azim Premji

$11.2 B 68 software India
94

Ernesto Bertarelli & family

$11 B 48 biotech, investments Switzerland
94

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

$11 B 59 Heineken Netherlands
94

Hans Rausing

$11 B 87 packaging Sweden
94

Jack Taylor & family

$11 B 91 Enterprise Rent-A-Car United States
98

Lui Che Woo

$10.7 B 84 gaming Hong Kong
98

Laurene Powell Jobs & family

$10.7 B 50 Apple, Disney United States
100

Eike Batista

$10.6 B 57 mining, oil Brazil

« Back

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: