Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Entourage Of Rockefeller’s Effect On Cannabis And Hemp Prohibition

(This is Part 3 in a Four Part Series on the corruption that lead to Cannabis and Hemp Prohibition)

The Rockefellers, and their financial rise was based largely on a near global control of oil refining right?  As many people believe the Rockefellers began their fortune with oil. The Rockefellers also had large interests in other monopolies. Anthony Sutton,  a British and American economist, historian, and writer; notes “[Rockefeller] controlled the copper trust, the smelters trust and the gigantic tobacco trust, in addition to having influence in some [JP] Morgan properties such as the U.S. Steel Corporation as well as in hundreds of smaller industrial trusts, public service operations, railroads and banking institutions. National City Bank was the largest of the banks influenced by Standard Oil-Rockefeller, but financial control extended to the U.S. Trust Co. and Hanover National Bank [and] major life insurance companies – Equitable Life and Mutual of New York” (Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, 1981)

However to have been able to obtain this great monopoly of oil, it was the initial wealth from Dr. Bill Levingston, a ‘Celebrated Cancer Specialist’ of the late 1800’s, who sold miracle drugs that enabled them to invest in oil and create their vast fortune. Dr. Levingston was your run-of-the-mill snake oil huckster, someone who had no issues about preying on the weak and the innocent in his pursuit of wealth and power.

And like every snake oil salesman, he had a cure-all tincture to sell. He called it Rock Oil and charged $25 a bottle for it, equivalent at the time to two months’ salary for the average American worker. Claiming it could cure all but the most terminal cancers, there were always desperate souls in every town who could be duped into buying a bottle.  Dr. Livingston, having abandoned his first wife and their six children, started a bigamous marriage in Canada at the same time as he fathered two more children by a third woman. And later was even charged for raping a young girl. In fact, that although he did not first get married until the age of 27, by being a bigamist Dr. Levingston was able to be married a total of 103 years even though he died at the ripe old age of 96.

As near as anyone can tell, “Rock Oil” was in fact just a mixture of laxative, petroleum, and heroin and had no effect whatsoever on the cancer of the poor townsfolk he conned into buying it. But “Dr. Bill” didn’t have to worry about the consequences when his customers discovered they’d been had; he never stayed in any one place for very long. This was also the same time that the German Bayer Company began mass production of heroin and marketed it as a new health remedy. Bayer described the new drug, heroin, as a non-addictive panacea for adults and infants respiratory diseases. Trace amounts of opium was also found to have been used in Bayer Aspirin, which saw huge gains in the market and sales following The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.  ( see The Decline and Fall of the United States of America, Part 1 - By Anthony Kishko)

Who Was Dr. Levingston
Yes, in almost every respect, Dr. Levingston was your typical snake oil huckster of the times, someone who had no problems about preying on the weak and the innocent in his pursuit of wealth and power.

There was one thing that set him apart however. His name was not in fact “Levingston.” That was an identity he had assumed after being indicted for raping a girl in Cayuga in 1849.

His actual name was William Avery Rockefeller, and he was the father of John D. Rockefeller, founder of the infamous Rockefeller dynasty.
The official histories of the Rockefeller family, many commissioned or approved by the Rockefellers themselves or produced by public television stations owned and managed by family members, downplay the significance of the dynasty’s snake oil lineage and the lives lost or destroyed by their family.

William Avery Rockefeller who hawked remedies and medications that had opiate bases. He was literally a traveling salesman, a ‘hack doctor’ and a trickster. In fact if this was going on today, Attorney General Jeffrey Session would have him arrested as a drug dealer.

He called himself a ‘cancer specialist’, and eventually, with the sales of his elixirs and growing ‘snake oil fortune’, was able to give large amounts of money to his son, John Davison Rockefeller, who used that money to start an oil business.

John Rockefeller saw that oil was going to bring in even bigger profits than ‘snake oil elixirs’. He played the railroad companies against each other, eventually gaining ‘control’. The railroads and cheap transportation were key to transporting the oil; refiners who could ship his oil for less would put the others out of business.

The Standard Oil Company
In 1865, Rockefeller bought out his partners in the kerosene business for $72,500. In 1870, he and a few others, organized The Standard Oil Company, with capital of $1 million. He built his company by buying out competitors, price cutting and controlling secondary businesses related to pipelines, trains, oil terminals and barrel making. By 1880, his monopoly controlled the refining of 95% of America’s oil. In 1885, 70% of Standard Oil’s sales were overseas, largely to northern Europe and Russia. All of its properties were merged into the Standard Oil Trust with an initial capitalization of $70 million, and by 1900 Rockefeller controlled about two-thirds of the entire world’s oil supply. He was also a director of the U.S. Steel Corp when it formed in 1901

With the railroad the only reasonable option for traversing the vast expanses of the US in a reasonable time, the American frontier was built up around the railroads. Along with the invention and widespread adoption of the ‘horseless carriage’ meant that the new modern America would be built up around the automobile, and it was the 20th century snake oil salesman like the Rockefellers who stood to profit from it.

Now, it would be difficult to imagine an industrialized nation without oil. All the cars we drive- cars burning fuels derived from oil, running on tires derived from oil, or to go to the store to buy plastic goods derived from oil in plastic packaging derived from oil. Big Pharma uses oil as a basis for many pharmaceuticals, Big Agra uses oil in for fertilizers, Big Food uses oil for additives. If they could- they’d have us dunking our Oreo’s in a glass of Oil.

What is never thoroughly explored in the Rockefeller histories and always left out by the mainstream press, however, are the ways that viable alternatives to Big Oil have been systematically suppressed by the snake oil salesman and their lackeys in the positions of political power that have long since been bought and paid for through the Washington lobbyists.

Henry Ford, in 1925, told the New York Times:
“The fuel of the future is going to come from fruit like that sumach out by the road, or from apples, weeds, sawdust – almost anything. There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented.”
This was not merely a pipe dream. The original Model T could run on either ethanol or gasoline. In 1941, Ford produced a vehicle made of cellulose fibers derived from hemp which ran on hemp ethanol. The dream of an agrarian revival and an alternative to petroleum, however, was soon squelched by the snake oil salesmen, and gasoline became the de facto standard, preserving the mind-boggling fortunes of the oil barons.

Rockefeller’s only son, John Davison Rockefeller, Jr., used the fortune to launch a number of crusades of his own, including financing a large part of the movement to prohibit alcohol in the United States .  Although his crusade against alcohol ultimately failed, he was not discouraged from public enterprises. He built Rockefeller Center at the height of the Depression as a monument to the family’s enterprise, and encouraged his second-eldest son, Nelson, to enter public life.

Rockefellers Invisible Hand
Nelson Rockefeller first learned the techniques of propagating and controlling information when he was appointed coordinator of inter-American affairs at the age of thirty-two by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and given the responsibility of running a $150-million propaganda agency in Latin America. The archives for the inter-American affairs reveals that to gain complete control over the media of Latin America, Rockefeller engineered a ruling from the United States Treasury which exempted from taxation the cost of advertisements placed by American corporations that were “cooperating” with Rockefeller in Latin America. This tax-exempt advertising eventually constituted more than 40 percent of all radio and television revenues in Latin America.

By selectively directing this advertising toward newspapers and radio stations that accepted “guidance” from his office, he was effectively able to control the images that the newspapers and radio stations of Latin America projected about America during World War 11. By 1945 more than 75 percent of the news of the world that reached Latin America originated from Washington, where it was tightly controlled and shaped by Rockefeller’s office. In developing this mode of psychological warfare, Rockefeller learned not only the vulnerabilities of the press but the techniques of manipulating news. By supplying a daily diet of some 30,000 words of “news”-including editorials, articles, news photographs, and “exclusive features”-to the media of Latin America, Rockefeller came to appreciate the reality that journalists acted mainly as messengers of dramatic and titillating stories, rather than as any sort of independent investigators. As long as Latin Americans were spoon-fed manufactured anecdotes and dramatic happenings that fell within the generally accepted definition of “news,” they would not question the interest or politics that lay behind the disclosure of this information to them. This education in the management and manipulation of news was to prove invaluable to Nelson Rockefeller in his political career after World War II. (Agency of Fear – Opiates and Political Power in America, Edward Jay Epstein)

It was this manipulation of the media that also had a ‘invisible-hand’ in hemp prohibition.

Rockefeller Jr. wanted cannabis/hemp gone. He knew that it was a huge threat to his oil industries and chemical investments. The strategy of controlling narcotics was his edge to getting hemp farming prohibited.  With the help of his father, he was able to use his business sense to strategize and prohibit some medications, which gave him control over the whole medical system. Prohibiting only certain medications guaranteed that HIS pharmaceutical companies would continue to flourish.

Because hemp was known to be an excellent alternative to fossil oil, and known to have excellent healing properties, it was a tremendous threat to Big Oil and pharmaceutical investments.

“Despite Industrial Hemp having 50,000 uses, Dupont, Rockefeller, Hearst, Mellon and their constituents cornered the industrial and medicinal market with political propaganda…so big business and capitalist politics thrived and outlawed the hemp plant that had sustained the United States of America, since the days of our founding fathers and all for someone else’s selfish monopolistic goals.[Malmo-Levine, David]

It’s Reefer Madness
Thus, the propaganda flourished, hemp was classified to be ‘dangerous as marijuana’ and this lead to the propaganda film ‘Reefer Madness’ was created.
Reefer Madness: High-school principal Dr. Alfred Carroll (Josef Forte) relates to an audience of parents that marijuana can have devastating effects on teens. In his story, a drug supplier entices several restless teens, including sister and brother Mary (Dorothy Short) and Jimmy Lane (Warren McCollum) and Mary's boyfriend, Bill (Kenneth Craig), into frequenting a "reefer" house. Gradually, Bill and Jimmy are drawn into smoking dope, which affects their family lives and leads to a terrible crime. Release date: 1936 (USA) Director: Louis J. Gasnier Story by: Lawrence Meade Production company: George A. Hirliman Productions

Reefer Madness ORIGINAL TRAILER - 1936 (Not the full film)

Like many exploitation films of the time, "Reefer Madness" tried to make a quick buck off of a forbidden subject while skirting the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930. The Code forbade the portrayal of immoral acts like drug use. (The illegal drug traffic must not be portrayed in such a way as to stimulate curiosity concerning the use of, or traffic in, such drugs; nor shall scenes be approved which show the use of illegal drugs, or their effects, in detail.)

Photo Credit:FindGrave

Dr. Levingston would no doubt approve of the stain his legacy has left on our society. This is the trick by which John D. and the Rockefeller dynasty and all of their ilk have transformed themselves from two-bit peddlers of phoney cure-alls to multi-trillionaire controllers of our economic reality. William Rockefeller seemed so proud of his perverse double-life as a fake doctor and was even buried as William Avery Levingston on the headstone.

That 70s Show REEFER MADNESS 1938