Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chevy Chase makes splash at gala
Cheeky Chevy Chase poked fun at billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller Jr. in front of wealthy bidders at Christie's auction house, joking that his "Sailors for the Sea" charity encourages people to "protect the ocean and molest young boys."

Chase, the night's emcee, caused a stir with the line as he introduced co-chairs Rockefeller Jr. and his filmmaker wife, Susan, onstage at Christie's Green Auction Thursday night.

The "National Lampoon" legend quickly added, "I don't know where that came from," as the celebrity crowd which included Salma Hayek and supermodel Miranda Kerr burst into embarrassed laughter.

Rockefellers and Mexico
Anne-Emanuelle Birn1

(1) Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School for Social Research, New York

Abstract This article explores how the Rockefeller Foundation's hookworm campaigns, sponsorship of local sanitary units and involvement in public health education in Mexico shaped the conceptualisation and practice of public health during the decades following the Mexican Revolution. A 1923 hookworm agreement set the terms of the relationship, minimising the Foundation's financial commitment while maximising its administrative control. In establishing rural health units, the Foundation adapted to local conditions without compromising scientific public health by ingeniously incorporating midwives while shunning other traditional healers. When President Lázaro Cárdenas's socialist politics threatened the Rockefeller model of public health in the 1930s, delicate tactics enabled the Foundation to overcome these challenges. For the Mexican government, the overriding goals of modernisation and progress required an acceptance of Rockefeller pressure and scientific expertise. The special status granted the Rockefeller foundation, its political, administrative, educational and financial strategies, and its institutional flexibility enabled it to influence profoundly the development of the Mexican public health system.
The author gratefully acknowledges the assistance provided by Christine Ridge in the preparation of this manuscript. This article is based on a paper presented at the International Society for Third-Sector Research 1994 Inaugural Conference held at Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, Hungary, July 1994.
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The Rockefellers and their hookworm campaign
Late in October 1926, a poor man from Bucamaranga, Colombia, wrote a letter to the richest man in the world. Juan de la Rosa Quintero Parra informed John D Rockefeller that his ten-year-old son, José Vicente, had “died suddenly as a result of a purge administered by the Bureau of Uncinariasis”, the local incarnation of the Rockefeller Foundation’s global project to eradicate hookworm disease. The death of the boy, who worked full-time as a streetsweeper for the municipality, had been “a serious blow since he was the only one who contributed to the support of the family consisting of seven young children”. Having heard of Mr Rockefeller’s generosity, Quintero appealed to him for assistance, thanked him in advance for the attention he would give to the matter, and hoped that Divine Providence would spare the great philanthropist’s life for many years to come. He mailed the letter to Rockefeller Foundation headquarters at 61 Broadway in New York City, the same address where, probably unbeknownst to him, bits of his son’s organs had been sent following a post-mortem. Quintero Parra’s letter came to the attention of either the 84-year-old patriarch or his son, John D Rockefeller, Jr, the Foundation’s president. Their executive secretary, F M Read was instructed to make inquiries into the death of the child, José Vicente Quintero.1

History matters Mexico and Standard Oil
The Reply to Mexico: Standard Oil Puts Forth Its Position
In 1933, newly elected President Franklin Roosevelt announced a “Good Neighbor Policy” that promised a more friendly and less interventionist policy toward Latin America. The policy was prompted as much by Latin American resistance to U.S. intervention as by the U.S. government’s benevolence. In 1937, the policy was put to the test when Bolivia charged that Standard Oil of New Jersey had defrauded the Bolivian government; Bolivia canceled the company’s oil drilling rights and confiscated its facilities. True to its new policy, the United States avoided military intervention and instead pressured Bolivia by withholding loans and technical assistance. The following year, a war of words erupted between the government of Mexico and the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey over who owned the rights to exploit a portion of Mexico’s oil reserves. After U.S. oil companies refused to accept the arbitration terms of the Mexican labor board, Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas expropriated oil company properties worth an estimated half billion dollars. In The Reply to Mexico, Standard Oil offered a vigorous response to the Mexican expropriation of its property in 1938.

Drug story
Soon after the present-day Nujol was put on the market it was discovered by physicians to be harmful. It robbed the body of fat soluble vitamins and caused serious deficiency diseases. Standard Oil checked the loss in sales by adding carotene (one of the fat soluble vitamins) to Nujol and claiming this overcame these injuries. Physicians disagree with the sales department of Standard Oil on this point.

And what of Nujol, now being sold to the public as a laxative. For some uyears before his death Senator Royal S. Copeland of New York used to set up a radio microphone every morning in his Senate Office Building quarters in Washington, furnished by the American taxpayers, and plug this greasy concoction – at $75,000 a year.

The New York Senator was a doctor of sorts. Although he possessed a medical degree he was never able to make a living as a bedside practitioner. He went into politics and made medicine pay in a big way. First he became a health commissioner of New York City, then a Senator from the Empire State where he used the prominence thus gained to ballyhoo Nujol to unsuspecting radio listeners.

Hookworm in the South
Stiles was convinced that an education campaign could solve the hookworm problem, but it took several years of effort on his part before he could convince any authorities to implement such a program. In 1908 Stiles was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt to the Country Life Commission, a group formed to suggest ways to improve farm life. Through this appointment Stiles met Walter Hines Page, a crusading southern journalist. Page had connections at the General Education Board, a philanthropy funded by industrialist John D. Rockefeller. In October 1909 Rockefeller donated $1 million to fund the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission. This commission cooperated by invitation with state boards of health in creating education and eradication programs that helped hundreds of thousands of hookworm disease sufferers in the southern states. The commission operated until the end of 1914, by which time hookworm control was well advanced in those states. More than twenty years after Stiles's first suspicions about the "germ of laziness," his untiring efforts finally produced results.

1) AMERICA'S MEDICO-DRUG CARTEL Back To Top The medico-drug cartel was summed up by J.W Hodge, M.D., of Niagara Falls, N.Y., in these words: "The medical monopoly or medical trust, euphemistically called the American Medical Association, is not merely the meanest monopoly ever organized, but the most arrogant, dangerous and despotic organisation which ever managed a free people in this or any other age.

2) Rockefeller had always had a particular interest in China, where Standard Oil was almost the sole supplier of kerosene and oil "for the lamps of China". So he put up money to establish the China Medical Board and to build the Peking Union Medical College, playing the role of the Great White Father who has come to dispense knowledge on his lowly children. The Rockefeller Foundation invested up to $45,000,000 into "westernizing" (read corrupting) Chinese medicine. Medical colleges were instructed that if they wished to benefit from the Rockefeller largesse they had better convince 500 million Chinese to throw into the ashcan the safe and useful but inexpensive herbal remedies of their barefoot doctors, which had withstood the test of centuries, in favor of the expensive carcinogenic and teratogenic "miracle" drugs Made in USA, which had to be replaced constantly with new ones, when the fatal side-effects could no longer be concealed; and if they couldn't "demonstrate" through large-scale animal experiments the effectiveness of their ancient acupuncture, this could not be recognized as having any "scientific value".

Its millenarian effectiveness proven on human beings was of no concern to the Westem wizards. But when the Communists came to power in China and it was no longer possible to trade, the Rockefellers suddenly lost interest in the health of the Chinese people and shifted their attention increasingly to Japan, India and Latin America. THE IMAGE Back To Top "No candid study of his career can lead to other conclusion than that he is victim of perhaps the ugliest of all passions, that for money, money as an end. It is not a pleasant picture.... this money-maniac secretly, patiently, eternally plotting how he may add to his wealth.... He has turned commerce to war, and honey-combed it with cruel and corrupt practices.... And he calls his great organization a benefaction, and points to his church-going and charities as proof of his righteousness.

The Ludlow Massacre and the Rockefellers
The Ludlow Massacre

A lot more than 2,000 miles separated the Rockefeller estate from Southern Colorado when on Monday April 20, 1914, the first shot was fired at Ludlow. One of history's most dramatic confrontations between capital and labor — the so-called Ludlow massacre — took place at the mines of the Rockefeller-owned Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I).

The face-off raged for fourteen hours, during which the miners' tent colony was pelted with machine gun fire and ultimately torched by the state militia. A number of people were killed, among them two women and eleven children who suffocated in a pit they had dug under their tent. The deaths were blamed on John D. Rockefeller Jr. For years, he would struggle to redress the situation - and strengthen the Rockefeller social conscience in the process.

Contemporary voices provide a rare window into the divide that separated the Rockefellers from some of the harsh realities tied to their business decisions. They powerfully illustrate the clashing viewpoints that were at the heart of the crisis and shed light on Rockefeller's ultimate transformation.

Slaughter of the Innocents
As somebody who has read many books about our mistreatment of animals, this is the most comprehensive book I've read about the wrongs of vivisection. Hans Reusch describes how vivisection or animal experimentation is wrong for the following reasons: 1. the horrific cruelty to animals; 2. it is fraudulent research and is not helping humans, eg., a drug which reacts in humans one way may react completely different in another species; and 3. how the pharmaceuticals are more interested in profiting from diseases instead of looking into preventing them in the first place.
Reusch gives great historical perspectives on medicine and pharmaceuticals. He provides plenty of footnotes. I also found it good that Reusch forwarns the readers of a chapter which can be skipped over because it graphically describes the actual experiments.

I'm giving the book four stars instead of five because I really hope Reusch considers a new edition. Everything written in this book rings true today. It would, however, be useful to see more recent examples of the harm which the experiments have brought to both animals and mankind.

Rockefellers and Rothschilds
by Eustace Mullins
Many American conservatives believe as a matter of faith that the Rockefellers and the Council on Foreign Relations exercise absolute control over the government and the people of United States . This thesis can be accepted as a working formula if one remains conscious of the larger issues . Two writers for whom the present writer has great respect, Dr. Emanuel Josephson and Morris Bealle, insisted on focusing on the Rockefellers and excluding all other aspects of the World Order . This severely limited the effect of their otherwise ground breaking work on the Medical Monopoly.

This writer advanced a contrary view in ``The World Order,'' fixing upon the Rothschild monetary power, which reached a point of world control by 1885, and its London policy group, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, as the policy makers for what has essentially been since 1900, re-established colonial government in the United States. The colonial, or occupation, government, functions primarily through the Council on Foreign Relations, but only as the subsidiary of RIIA and through the Rockefeller Foundation which controls government functions, the educational establishments, the media, the religions and the state legislatures.

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