Foreign Policy’s Power Map

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Banking, Money, Politics, Rant, Uncategorized | Posted on 05-05-2013

It is far from rare to see total BS in the media, but the following is a spectacularly skewed list.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/29/the_500_most_powerful_people_in_the_world

For the sake of ease, here’s an Excel file that you can sort to have a deeper and easier look into the FUD:

Foreign policy top 500 powerful people

In there you’ll find all manner of insanity and disinformation. But, then again you only need to look at how they compiled the list:

Is it possible to identify the 500 most powerful individuals on the planet — one in 14 million? That’s what we tried to do with the inaugural FP Power Map, our inventory of the people who control the commanding heights of the industries that run the world, from politics to high finance, media to energy, warfare to religion. Think of it as a list of all the most important other lists. Here’s how they stack up — and why (sorry, declinists!) Americans are still No. 1 in pretty much everything that matters. For now.

Sources and Methods: Where possible, we took a “list of lists” approach, consulting the authoritative rankings for a given industry and substituting judgment where quantitative assessments do not exist. Among our sources: Box Office Mojo Yearly Box Office, Citypopulation.de by Thomas Brinkoff, Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes World’s Most Powerful People, Global Finance World’s 50 Biggest Banks, Fortune Global 500, Global Journal Top 100 NGOs, Institute of Media and Communications Policy International Media Corporations, Pensions & Investments/Towers Watson World 500, PFC Energy 50, SIPRI Military Expenditure Database and SIPRI Top 100 companies, Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Fund Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Thomson Reuters, Vanity Fair New Establishment List, Wall Street Journal MarketWatch World’s Largest Mutual Funds.

So, we’re relying on sources like banks? Really? Well, by some measures, that would certainly be correct. After all, who owns the world governments? (Hint: It isn’t the people.) But look at how they categorise people and just think about it for a few moments…

Here are a few highlights…

BRAINS

Of the 38 intelligent people in the world, 27 are from the US of A. Notably, the 1 nuclear scientist on the list isn’t intelligent… He’s just “evil”.

Interestingly, the “brains” list is dominated by CEOs, corporate presidents, chairpersons, company founders, etc. etc.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? This is what they call brains? If you ever needed a reason to believe in the doom & gloom that so many predict, this is it. Money = Brains.

And then somehow Barack Obama manages to get into the “brains” category. WTF!?! Well, if you think it’s smart to continue endless wars against abstract nouns and phantoms, then perhaps.

Britain 4
China 1
Japan 4
Russia 1
South Korea 1
USA 27

It’s simply stunning that “brain power” is dominated the way it is in the list. Stever Ballmer? Really? These are the most powerful brains on the planet?

BULLY PULPIT

As you might expect, the only opinions in the world that matter are from the US of A. Of the 79 people whose voices matter, 35 are from the US.

As you might expect, executives from many media organisations make the cut here, as do many politicians and several religious leaders.

– (Dali Lama) 1
Argentina 1
Brazil 1
Britain 6
Burma 1
Canada 3
China 3
Egypt 2
France 3
Germany 3
India 2
Israel 3
Japan 3
Mexico 1
Nigeria 1
Qatar 2
Russia 1
Saudi Arabia 1
South Korea 1
Sweden 1
Turkey 3
USA 35
Vatican City 1

FORCE

Of the 78 people who wield a great deal of force in the world, it would be irresponsible to list the US with a monopoly there. After all, who would you have to blame as an enemy for your next war?

Speaking of, the Orwellian named “Defense minister/secretary” takes 16 spots there.

Now… ready to crap your pants? Private citizens also make the list. Yep. Not politicians. Those include executives from Raytheon, BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics. Those are 5 of the most dangerous people on the planet according to Foreign Policy.

The rest of the list is mostly rounded out by other military and intelligence service chiefs.

Afghanistan 1
Australia 3
Brazil 2
Britain 5
Canada 3
China 5
Colombia 1
Denmark 1
Egypt 1
France 4
Germany 3
India 3
Indonesia 1
Iran 3
Israel 3
Japan 2
Jordan 1
Lebanon 1
Mexico 1
Netherlands 1
North Korea 1
Pakistan 2
Russia 6
Saudi Arabia 2
South Africa 1
South Korea 3
Spain 1
Turkey 2
UAE 2
USA 12
West Bank 1

GOOD

Of the 40 forces of good in the world, over half come from the US. Perhaps strangely, while the Dali Lama managed to nag a “Bully Pulpit” position, he didn’t manage to get credit for being a force for good in the world.

Bangladesh 1
Britain 3
China 1
France 2
Gambia 1
Germany 1
India 2
Japan 1
New Zealand 1
Portugal 1
South Africa 2
South Korea 1
Switzerland 1
USA 22

Somehow Ban Ki-moon managed to make the list. Really? The fellow who heads up the UN? The UN is one of the most corrupt, evil organizations on the planet. If you don’t think so, you really need to have a deeper look into what the UN actually does, because you are woefully ignorant about the UN. Look up Agenda 21 and understand the implications of it. (Hint: If they get their way, you’ll be living in a shoebox with a prescribed diet that includes <0.01% of the vitamin D your body needs (I’m being generous there).

Even more Orwellian, the president of the World Bank manages to get on the “good” list. Seriously? It gets worse… Christine Lagarde, IMF managing director, is on the “good” list. But then again, so do Bill & Melinda Gates…

EVIL

Well, you can expect all the usual suspect on the “evil” list. No real surprises if you swallow the MSM “us vs. them” BS. Well, a few surprises, like Obama not making the list…

Afghanistan 2
Algeria 1
Egypt 1
Iran 3
Iraq 1
Lebanon 1
Mexico 3
North Korea 1
Pakistan 1
Russia 1
Sudan 1
Syria 1
West Bank 1
Yemen 1

MONEY

Money is what makes the banksters stick their hands down their pants, but they’re not alone. Of the 216 names on the list, the US gobbled up a full third.

Argentina 1
Australia 2
Austria 1
Brazil 4
Britain 9
Canada 3
China 16
Colombia 1
Finland 1
France 13
Germany 12
Hong Kong 6
India 3
Indonesia 1
Iran 1
Italy 6
Japan 12
Kuwait 1
Mexico 5
Netherlands 2
Nigeria 1
Norway 3
Qatar 1
Russia 14
Saudi Arabia 6
Singapore 2
South Africa 3
South Korea 2
Spain 2
Sweden 1
Switzerland 2
Taiwan 1
Thailand 1
Turkey 1
UAE 1
USA 73
Ukraine 1
Venezuela 1

POLITICS

And, then we have the politics…  That was a far more diverse list with 118 names on it, but 62 countries represented with the US only taking 16 spots.

Afghanistan 1
Algeria 1
Argentina 3
Australia 3
Belgium 1
Brazil 5
Britain 6
Burma 2
Canada 3
China 9
Egypt 2
Ethiopia 1
France 5
Germany 4
India 6
Indonesia 4
Israel 1
Italy 2
Japan 7
Lebanon 1
Mexico 5
Nigeria 1
Pakistan 1
Philippines 1
Poland 2
Portugal 1
Qatar 1
Russia 4
Saudi Arabia 3
South Africa 2
South Korea 4
Sweden 1
Turkey 4
UAE 3
USA 16
Vietnam 1
West Bank 1

I’ve gone over just a few points, but you can filter through the list with the Excel file and have a look at just who Foreign Policy says are the top 500 most powerful people in the world.

But it should be pretty obvious that Foreign Policy is touting banksters, corrupt politicians, corporatists, and war mongers as the “top 500” kinds of people that we should all aspire to be. Sickening.

Is Barack Obama one of the most powerful? Certainly. But he, along with most of the other people on the list, should also be labeled as a force of evil on the planet.