The income of the top 358 billionaires in the world exceeds that of half of humanity

Pilger’s always good.
 This came into comments, and is no exception.
He explains how we are a media dominated society.
That was 1996.  What’s changed?

Sorry.  The video’s been deleted by Google or someone breaking in.  I don’t know where it came from. If you do, please resend it.  Here’s another link bearing the same information.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/358-billionaires-who-own-half-the-world-1328963.html

EXTRACT –

TAP – The Sultan of Brunei – so rich and powerful, you rarely hear of him.  If you own the media, you keep out of it.  The Rothschilds are able to keep themselves hidden in similar vein.  The Royals must be well down the list of power, and are thoroughly played by those hiding in the shadows, part of the media deception.

Among the more startling conclusions of the 1996 Human Development Report, prepared by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is that the world’s 358 billionaires, including the Sultan of Brunei and Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, have more assets than the combined incomes of countries representing nearly half – 45 per cent – of the planet’s population.
“The world has become more economically polarised,” said James Speth, the UNDP administrator. “If present trends continue, economic disparities between industrial and developing nations will move from inequitable to inhuman.” The report, compiled by Richard Jolly, a Briton who is special advisor to Mr Speth, will be published by the Oxford University Press tomorrow.
In analysing trends within developed countries, the report singles out Britain and Australia for displaying growing economic injustice between the haves and have-nots. In both countries, the richest 20 per cent of their populations earn 10 times more money than thepoorest 20 per cent. The differential is almost as sharp in the United States and Switzerland.
TAP – the statistic about the billionaires tells you how small the power group in the world really is – about 300 people.
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