Saturday, June 07, 2008

BIG Dogs

Inside the secretive Bilderberg Group
How much influence do private networks of the rich and powerful have on government policies and international relations? One group, the Bilderberg, has often attracted speculation that it forms a shadowy global government. As part of the BBC's Who Runs Your World? series, Bill Hayton tries to find out more.

Bilderberg chairman Viscount Davignon
Bilderberg's head Viscount Davignon plays down the group's role in setting the international agenda
The chairman of the secretive - he prefers the word private - Bilderberg Group is 73-year-old Viscount Etienne Davignon, corporate director and former European Commissioner.

In his office, on a private floor above the Brussels office of the Suez conglomerate lined with political cartoons of himself, he told me what he thought of allegations that Bilderberg is a global conspiracy secretly ruling the world.

"It is unavoidable and it doesn't matter," he says. "There will always be people who believe in conspiracies but things happen in a much more incoherent fashion."

Lack of publicity

In an extremely rare interview, he played down the importance of Bilderberg in setting the international agenda. "What can come out of our meetings is that it is wrong not to try to deal with a problem. But a real consensus, an action plan containing points 1, 2 and 3? The answer is no. People are much too sensible to believe they can do that."

There need to be places where these people can think about the main challenges ahead, co-ordinate where policies should be going, and find out where there could be a consensus
Professor Kees van der Pijl

Every year since 1954, a small network of rich and powerful people have held a discussion meeting about the state of the trans-Atlantic alliance and the problems facing Europe and the US.

Organised by a steering committee of two people from each of about 18 countries, the Bilderberg Group (named after the Dutch hotel in which it held its first meeting) brings together about 120 leading business people and politicians.

At this year's meeting in Germany, the audience included the heads of the World Bank and European Central Bank, Chairmen or Chief Executives from Nokia, BP, Unilever, DaimlerChrysler and Pepsi - among other multi-national corporations, editors from five major newspapers, members of parliament, ministers, European commissioners, the crown prince of Belgium and the queen of the Netherlands.

"I don't think (we are) a global ruling class because I don't think a global ruling class exists. I simply think it's people who have influence interested to speak to other people who have influence," Viscount Davignon says.

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton was featured at a Bilderberg meeting while he was governor of Arkansas
"Bilderberg does not try to reach conclusions - it does not try to say 'what we should do'. Everyone goes away with their own feeling and that allows the debate to be completely open, quite frank - and to see what the differences are.

"Business influences society and politics influences society - that's purely common sense. It's not that business contests the right of democratically-elected leaders to lead".

For Bilderberg's critics the fact that there is almost no publicity about the annual meetings is proof that they are up to no good. Jim Tucker, editor of a right-wing newspaper, the American Free Press for example, alleges they organise wars and elect and depose political leaders. He describes the group as simply 'evil'. So where does the truth lie?

Professor Kees van der Pijl of Sussex University in Britain says such private networks of corporate and political leaders play an informal but crucial role in the modern world.

"There need to be places where these people can think about the main challenges ahead, co-ordinate where policies should be going, and find out where there could be a consensus."



Take what you will from these 'pillars' of humanity, they themselves know what is good for the world and how to make it tick.

They have ideas on how to make it beneficial to themselves and crumbs will tumble down to us so that we can prosper, yea right.

The benevolent Bilderbergs, now thats a hoot!

If you can't run with the BIG Dogs, stay on the porch with the puppies, poor puppies.



Saladin said...

Undying support for this. Thank you Obama!

Eight-year-old Palestinian girl killed by an Israeli rocket

June 6, 2008

Khan Younis, (PIC)-- The body of 8-year-old Aya al-Najjar was mutilated on Thursday afternoon by a rocket fired from an Israeli airplane while she was playing in the garden outside her house in the village of Khuza'a in the southern Gaza Strip.

The little girl had just finished her school exams and went home eager to play as she had no more revision to do.

She asked her mother if it was ok for her to play in the garden and the mother agreed.

An apache helicopter hovered over the place, Aya looked at it and carried on playing. Neither her nor her mother expected to be the target of a rocket fired from the apache.

It seems, however, that Zionist hate for everything Palestinian has no limits as Aya was hit directly with the rocket causing her young body to be shredded into little pieces.

Aya was not the first Palestinian child to be targeted by the IOF and will not be the last; Muhammad al-Dora, Iman al-Hams and Iman Hijjo are but three names, of Palestinian children killed by the IOF, in a list of about 1000 Palestinian children killed by the IOF since the start of the Aqsa intifada out of a total of 5000 Palestinians killed during the same period.

Earlier, Palestinian resistance fighters fired a home made missile at an Israeli colony in retaliation to an IOF incursion into the Gaza Strip during which the troops bulldozed tracts of land and uprooted trees.

The attack resulted in the death of one Israeli settler and the wounding of three others, according to Israeli sources.

Take a look America, look at her and what remains, you paid for it.

Beautiful little baby girl. Before and after:
Piled in a plastic bag!

This is what remained from the 8 years old Palestinian girl, Aya Al-Najjar, after being hit by an “Israeli” missile which “mistaken” its target during an air strike on a house in southern Gaza Strip.

Caution: Some of the photos are too graphic… But if you BLINDLY think that Israel is defending itself by such crimes, then you shouldn’t have a problem looking at the photos; I wouldn’t expect you to have a heart that will feel these graphic photos!

DEN said...

Injustice never paints a pretty picture, but the picture must be seen to know it's wrong.

Alan said...

Fox News is fkn pitiful.

Fox News' E.D. Hill said: "A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab?

I guess dumya's chest bump with the Air Force cadet was what, a communion invitation? Surely something Christian and holy, right? sheeesh!

Alan said...

Excuses, Excuses
Ten Industry Arguments Against Action on Global Warming ... and Why They Are Wrong
And on a side note, they said while ago that this is the hottest Belmont Stakes ever.

David B. Benson said...

Gasoline $4.05.9 here. Next stop, around $6--7.

Record breaking hot day in Norfolk VA today.

Heat wave in Norway. Good for the ice cream vendors. :-)

ò¿óarol said...

Oh, my god! What does the fist bump mean? Are they out of their minds?
If anyone asks Obama about that he ought to tell them to go f*** themselves. *eyeroll*

That fist bump is like a high five. I see it on Cash Cab EVERY day!!! Duh. Geez, maybe it has a hidden meaning.

Hajji said...

Whelp, ffolks,

Looks like the last 4 or more years of drought has finally (dumb)struck Hajji's Happy Hilltop Heavy Petting Zoo!

The well seems to have run dry...

Had plenty of water for this morning's "Hollywood" shower.

At 5pm, when Jill woke up to get ready for work...
...notsomuch. :(

I'm trying to figure how long it takes water to percolate down through a couple thosand feet of red clay, sandstone, limestone and granite...

On the bright side, there's a chance that there was no electronic protection for the pump (deep submersible variety) so...


Does EVIAN make 100gal bottles?


David B. Benson said...

Haiji --- Ouch!

Hajji said...

Fortunately, some of the cheaper varieties of beer are much cheaper than bottled water...

The "Beer Snob's" gonna get some funny looks lugging home suitcases full of "Keystone Light"!

(but my hair will be bouncier and shinier than ever!)


David B. Benson said...

Isn't bathing in beer supposed to be good for the skin?

°¿º arol said...

I've always been worried our well would run dry. Been here 30 years now. Not only would the cost be awful, but the big equipment tearing up the lawns. I don't even know how the well-driller thing would get back there because I planted a wall of spirea to close off the back of our property.

I just have to hope it doesn't run dry.