Reality Check

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 01:30:00 PDT

By Foster Gamble

One of the motives I had for making THRIVE was to make it easier for us all to engage in more informed and effective solutions. Debating information when facts can be known is a dangerous distraction from the more important and leveraged conversations that we need to be having, so we invested in having third-party fact-checking to verify – or not – our research.

We’ve now put together “Reality Check” –  a quick, fun way for you to check your facts on critical information. You can take it here, and then share it with friends and family to have a common understanding of what’s really going on – and what we can do about it.

The first of the top 10 actions that we recommend in the movie THRIVE, is to “get informed, speak up, and connect with others”. Taking THRIVE’s Reality Check  is a great way to get informed and connect with others – share it and see where the conversation leads.  Why is knowing the facts so important? Because your understanding of reality shapes your actions.

For example: if you know that the Central Bank in your country (such as the Federal Reserve in the U.S.) is privately owned and operated and that no other agency can overrule actions that they take, then it becomes much more obvious that transparency and an audit of its actions are a reasonable first step solution. However, without this fact, you may think your Central Bank was just another inept government institution already subject to oversight. Instead, getting the facts straight allows us to consider the implications of having private central bankers in control of the money supply.  It begs new questions: What role did these bankers have in the recent economic collapse? If they are independently in charge of the money supply, are they responsible for our current economic situation? How can we avoid making the same mistake again? What would meaningful reform look like?

Another example: say you’re talking about 9/11. Here are some basic facts: Building 7, a 47-story skyscraper was not hit by a plane, yet it collapsed in 6.5 seconds in the exact manner of a controlled demolition [1]; no high-rise steel-framed building has ever collapsed into its own footprint from fire alone [2]; there was very little visible airplane debris where flight 93 supposedly crashed in Pennsylvania; and the impact zone on the Pentagon was nowhere near the size of the Boeing 757 that supposedly hit it, and all local security videos that would have recorded the crash were confiscated by the FBI.[3] Some videos were released following a FOIA request and none of them show the impact. The 3 closest surveillance videos, which should show what impacted the Pentagon, have been kept in custody. These are facts, and knowing them can help generate an informed discussion about what really happened, what the ramifications might be of a misleading official story, and what can we do about it.

So, with that, I encourage you to take THRIVE’s Reality Check and share it with your network so that we can get on with informed discussions and grounded solutions that can truly meet the challenges we face. 





[1] Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth:





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