REALITY CHECK - TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE



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Economics
1
Who controls the money supply in the United States?
The Treasury Department.
The Congress.
The Federal Reserve.

2
What is the Federal Reserve?
The U.S. Central Banking System.
The New York Bank responsible for setting Federal interest rates.
The vault where the U.S. Treasury stores the nation’s gold reserves.

3
Is the Federal Reserve a government agency?
Of course, that’s why they call it the Federal Reserve.
No, it’s no more federal than Federal Express.
Partially, it’s affiliated with the government but is privately owned and operated.

4
What is the U.S. dollar backed by?
The Government.
Gold.
Silver.

5
Inflation is when the purchasing power of a currency decreases so it takes more money to buy the same item than it used to. What causes inflation?
When people are careless in their spending, which inflates their credit card debt.
When the amount of money in circulation fails to reflect the amount of goods and services in supply.
The “business cycle.”

6
What is Fractional Reserve Lending?
The fraudulent practice of bundling bad debt and selling it.
When a bank uses a fraction of its profits to lend to low-income families.
The way banks create new money.

7
Where do most American Federal income taxes go?
Schools, roads, police and fire fighters.
Education.
The Military.
Interest on the debt.

Education
1
What are some ways that private corporations influence education?
By sponsoring curriculum development.
By funding research in Universities.
By funding and training teachers.
By developing, scoring and reporting standardized tests.
All of the above.

2
For every American tax dollar spent in 2010, how much went to education?
26.5 cents.
13.6 cents.
2.5 cents..
2 cents.

Environment
1
What are GMOs?
General Missionary Organizations - church groups working to keep food safe.
Genetically Modified Organisms - Organisms whose genetic material has been altered using DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes.
Good Mood Organics - The process of grafting two fruit trees together to create a hybrid breed.

2
What is HAARP?
A giant stringed instrument for soothing agitated wildlife.
An association to provide insurance and benefit discounts for elderly people.
The worlds largest antenna array designed to affect changes in the atmosphere.

3
What is human geo-engineering?
Cloning people.
Running passenger trains on bio-fuel.
Taking control over naturally occurring Earth processes like the climate and the atmosphere.

4
Do scientists agree on what's causing climate change?
Yes. There is global consensus among the scientific community that CO2 emissions are causing climate change.
No. Some believe it is caused by the sun's activity, others believe it's caused by pollution, and others believe it's due to geo-engineering of the skies, also referred to as "chemtrails".

5
Why is nuclear power so dangerous?
Plutonium is the most lethal substance on Earth.
The materials stay lethal for 500,000 years.
Insurance companies won't insure them, so they rely on government subsidies, which are funded by taxpayers, who are the ones harmed in the case of an accident or leakage.
It's easy for people to use nuclear waste for weapons.
All of the above.

6
What are “externalized costs” and who benefits from them?
Subsidized goods that are discounted to benefit the consumer.
Environmental, economic, and social costs that are unaccounted for in the price of a consumer good or service. They benefit the producer.
Government sponsored hi-tech outdoor clothing. They benefit social workers in cold climates.
Off-shore bank accounts. They help corporations and individuals avoid tax payments.

7
Why does moving your money from a large centralized bank to a local bank help stop funding environmental destruction?
Because local banks are legally required to use your deposits for “green loans”, whereas larger commercial banks don’t have lending restrictions.
Because large centralized banks are some of the largest funders of environmental destruction.
Because you don’t have to drive as far to a local bank, so you can cut down on emissions.

8
Has global warming ever happened before in Earth's history?
Yes, many times.
No, this is the first time in history.

9
What is “Cap & Trade?”
A proposed international system that sets limits on carbon emissions for businesses and allows them to buy and sell “pollution credits.”
A proposed new international law that would require wearing hats while working on any stock exchange.
A new law in major league sports that says when a team has gone over their salary cap for a single season, they must trade the rest of their players.
A new proposal to cap the amount of money any single energy corporation can make in a single year.

Governance
1
What is Government?
A body of elected officials who are required to represent all their constituents.
A select group of individuals who coercively collect taxes and have a monopoly on force.
An organizational body established to serve and protect the people within its nation-state.

2
What is Collectivism?
The desire to accumulate things.
A system that depends on unanimous vote.
When majority preference overrules individual rights.

3
What are signing statements and executive orders?
Internal government memos.
Ways the U.S. President can bypass or create new laws.
Delegation of authority to the cabinet.

4
What is the US military budget, with hidden costs included?
Approximately $100 billion.
Approximately $400 billion.
Approximately $1.045 trillion.

5
What’s the problem with Electronic Voting?
The machines can be hacked.
Power outages can compromise the voting process.
Sometimes people get shocked.

Health
1
The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most profitable industries in the world. How does it make most of its money and continue to grow?
By curing people of disease.
By selling more drugs.
By training doctors.

2
What is the leading cause of death in the United States?
Cancer.
Auto Accidents.
Medical Intervention.

3
What is Codex Alimentarius?
A prescription drug pulled off the market due to dangerous side-effects.
An international food regulation agency.
A poisonous chemical that has leached into our water supply.

4
What natural cancer treatments and possible cures have been suppressed by Big Pharma and the American Medical Association?
Royal Rife’s “Coordinative Resonance” Technology.
The Hoxsey Therapy.
Essiac.
The Gerson Therapy.
Vitamin B17.
All of the Above.

5
How does the AMA support the Pharmaceutical Industry?
By promoting allopathy (conventional, drug-based medicine) as the only legitimate form of medical practice.
By discrediting treatments that can’t be patented by the Pharmaceutical industry.
By featuring Pharmaceutical advertisements in their medical journal, JAMA.
All of the above.

6
How does the FDA support the Pharmaceutical Industry?
By approving drugs even when they have harmful side effects.
By allowing Direct-to-Consumer drug advertisements in broadcast media (eg. Radio and television).
By hiring advisors that have financial ties to the drug industry.
By discrediting treatments that can’t be patented by the Pharmaceutical industry.
All of the above.

7
Who funds research in medical schools?
Students.
Vested interests.
Physicians.

Infrastructure
1
How many people worldwide don’t have access to basic services such as electricity, sanitation, and clean drinking water?
310 million.
900 million.
2 billion.

2
What percentage of GDP does the U.S. spend on infrastructure such as bridges, water, roads, and energy systems?
2.4%.
5%.
9%.

3
How much estimated funding is needed in order to get U.S. infrastructure functioning properly?
$600 million.
$750 billion.
$2.2 trillion.
$9.3 trillion.

4
What is a Superfund?
A highly profitable investment.
An uncontrolled hazardous waste site.
The U.S. government budget.

5
True or False: Clean Coal is a renewable energy source.
True.
False.

Media
1
How many conglomerates own the majority of the media in the U.S.?
50.
29.
14.
10.
5.

2
What is net neutrality?
The Internet being equally available to all users and not controlled by the government or any other agency.
A movement to keep content on the Internet unbiased.
An FCC policy balancing public and private interests on the Internet.

3
Who owns the airwaves in the U.S.?
The public.
The government.
Media broadcasters.

Science
1
Is scientific knowledge influenced by those who fund the research?
No, research is never influenced by funders.
Yes.

Worldview
1
What is a worldview?
The view of Earth from the Moon.
Worldview is a term meaning how you interpret reality, or what you believe to be true.
A new satellite surveillance system to monitor everyone.

2
What are some forces that shape worldview?
Science, Religion, Education, Media, and the Moneyed Elite Who Fund Them.
Electro-magnetic wave weapons.
Extra-terrestrials.

ET/UFO
1
How many galaxies are estimated to exist in the Universe?
10 million.
1 billion.
Hundreds of billions.

2
How long would it take to get to the nearest solar system using our current space travel technology?
A year.
A hundred years.
Sixty thousand years.

3
How many government and military officials have gone on record about direct knowledge or experience of the existence of UFOs?
None. They are not allowed to.
20.
Over 400.

4
Which government has NOT disclosed information about UFOs?
Mexico.
The United States.
France.
England.

Fundamental Pattern
1
What is the fundamental geometry of absolute balance in the Universe from which the symmetries of flowers, crystals & other life-forms emerge?
The Vector Equilibrium.
The Cube.
The Tetrahedron.

2
What is the one pattern of energy throughout the Universe that is known to sustain itself in a continuous medium?
A sphere.
A torus.
A tetrahedron.

3
What aspect of the pattern allows forms of life to grow while maintaining their proportion?
Pi (3.1416 / 1).
The Phi Ratio (1.618 / 1).
Proton / Electron Mass Ratio (1836.15 / 1).

Global Domination Agenda
1
Are there particular families from throughout history who have dominated the banking industry?
No, the banking industry is controlled by government.
Yes, they include the Rothschild, Rockefeller, and Morgan families.

2
What is one of the most effective tools for controlling masses of people?
Money.
Beer.
Sex.
Rock & Roll.

3
Which of the following has significant global political power?
Corporations.
Banks.
Both banks and corporations.

4
Which of the following have been suppressed by elite controlling interests?
Cancer cures.
New energy technologies.
Alternative currencies.
All of the above.

5
Is there any evidence that grand level conspiracies actually take place?
No, they are all just “conspiracy theories” put forth by paranoid wing nuts.
No, there are small conspiracies but big ones would be too hard to keep secret.
Yes, though our society has been taught to think of conspiracy talk as silly, there is vast evidence throughout history of actual conspiracies.

6
What is MK Ultra?
A special ultra-lightweight airplane popularly used to track wildlife in the Savannah.
A new low- calorie beer called Mister Kick Ultra Light , often referred to as MK Ultra.
A CIA Project experimenting on uninformed citizens to alter mental states and brain functions.

Liberty
1
Which of the following is a principle of universal morality?
The golden rule – treat others as you want to be treated.
Non-violation.
Eye for an eye.

2
What has been the greatest source of death and destruction on Earth?
The Church.
The "State".
Natural Disasters.
Disease.
Terrorists.

3
Has capitalism proven itself to be a failure?
Yes, obviously free markets don’t work and they only benefit the rich.
No. We have not had a truly “free market.”

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