Bilderberg 2010 – The Guestlist

February 2, 2010

It’s no surprise that this year’s Bildeberg Conference is to be held in Greece.  Next to Iceland Greece is precipitously close to collapse, though the European Union has made the curious move of declaring it will not boot them from the union or provide them with a bailout, leaving many people to wonder… what are Greece’s options?  Well, hosting the Bildeberg conference is a good way to demonstrate how the corporate world may cash in on Greece’s misfortune.  The list for this years conference smacks heavily of consumer-goods corporate leaders as opposed to the financiers of the banking industry who were abundant in previous years (though still adequately represented this year, as always).

Some notable names attending:

David George – Chairman of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Hellenic Division, will be joined by Coco-Cola CEO and President Muthar Kent

Donald E. Graham – Chairman and CEO of the Washington Post (I guarantee you won’t see a story about this meeting in  his paper)

Klaus Kleinfield – Chairman and CEO of Alcoa (Aluminum)

Perennial attendees David Rockefeller and Paul Wolfowitz will be there as well.  The full list below, is borrow from http://www.somethingmustbreak.com

BEL Davignon, Etienne F. Honorary Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings; Vice Chairman, Suez Tractebel
DEU Ackermann, Josef Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG
USA Alexander, Keith B. Director, National Security Agency
GRC Alogoskoufis, George Member of Parliament
USA Altman, Roger C. Chairman and CEO, Evercore Partners, Inc.
GRC Arapoglou, Takis Chairman and CEO, National Bank of Greece
TUR Babacan, Ali Minister of State and Deputy Prime Minister
GRC Bakoyannis, Dora Minister of Foreign Affairs
NOR Baksaas, Jon Fredrik President and CEO, Telenor Group
PRT Balsemão, Francisco Pinto Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA, S.G.P.S.; Former Prime Minister
FRA Baverez, Nicolas Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
ITA Bernabè, Franco CEO Telecom Italia SpA
SWE Bildt, Carl Minister of Foreign Affairs
SWE Björklund, Jan Minister for Education; Leader of the Lìberal Party
CHE Blocher, Christoph Former Swiss Counselor; Former Chairman and CEO, EMS Group
FRA Bompard, Alexandre CEO, Europe 1
USA Boot, Max Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
AUT Bronner, Oscar Publisher and Editor, Der Standard
FRA Castries, Henri de Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, AXA
ESP Cebrián, Juan Luis CEO, Grupo PRISA
BEL Coene, Luc Vice Governor, National Bank of Belgium
USA Collins, Timothy C. Senior Managing Director and CEO, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC
GRC David, George A. Chairman, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co. (H.B.C.) S.A.
GRC Diamantopoulou, Anna Member of Parliament
ITA Draghi, Mario Governor, Banca d’Italia
USA Eberstadt, Nicholas N. Henry Wendt Scholar in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
DNK Eldrup, Anders President, DONG Energy A/S
ITA Elkann, John Chairman, EXOR S.p.A.; Vice Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
DEU Enders, Thomas CEO, Airbus SAS
ESP Entrecanales, José Manuel Chairman, Acciona
AUT Faymann, Werner Federal Chancellor
USA Ferguson, Niall Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University
IRL Gleeson, Dermot Chairman, AIB Group
USA Graham, Donald E. Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
NLD Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings
NLD Hirsch Ballin, Ernst M.H. Minister of Justice
USA Holbrooke, Richard C. US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
NLD Hommen, Jan H.M. Chairman, ING N.V.
INT Hoop Scheffer, Jaap G. de Secretary General, NATO
USA Johnson, James A. Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
USA Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC
FIN Katainen, Jyrki Minister of Finance
USA Keane, John M. Senior Partner, SCP Partners; General, US Army, Retired
USA Kent, Muhtar President and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
GBR Kerr, John Member, House of Lords; Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc
DEU Klaeden, Eckart von Foreign Policy Spokesman, CDU/CSU
USA Kleinfeld, Klaus President and CEO, Alcoa Inc.
TUR Koç, Mustafa V. Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
DEU Koch, Roland Prime Minister of Hessen
TUR Kohen, Sami Senior Foreign Affairs Columnist, Milliyet
USA Kravis, Henry R. Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc.
INT Kroes, Neelie Commissioner, European Commission
GRC Kyriacopoulos, Ulysses Chairman and Board member of subsidiary companies of the S&B Group
FRA Lagarde, Christine Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment
INT Lamy, Pascal Director General, World Trade Organization
PRT Leite, Manuela Ferreira Leader, PSD
ESP León Gross, Bernardino General Director of the Presidency of the Spanish Government
DEU Löscher, Peter CEO, Siemens AG
GBR Mandelson, Peter Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform
INT Maystadt, Philippe President, European Investment Bank
CAN McKenna, Frank Former Ambassador to the US
GBR Micklethwait, John Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
FRA Montbrial, Thierry de President, French Institute for International Relations
ITA Monti, Mario President, Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
ESP Moratinos Cuyaubé, Miguel A. Minister of Foreign Affairs
USA Mundie, Craig J. Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
CAN Munroe-Blum, Heather Principal and Vice Chancellor, McGill University
NOR Myklebust, Egil Former Chairman of the Board of Directors SAS, Norsk Hydro ASA
DEU Nass, Matthias Deputy Editor, Die Zeit
NLD Beatrix, H.M. the Queen of the Netherlands
ESP Nin Génova, Juan Maria President and CEO, La Caixa
FRA Olivennes, Denis CEO and Editor in Chief, Le Nouvel Observateur
FIN Ollila, Jorma Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc
GBR Osborne, George Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
FRA Oudéa, Frédéric CEO, Société Générale
ITA Padoa-Schioppa, Tommaso Former Minister of Finance; President of Notre Europe
GRC Papahelas, Alexis Journalist, Kathimerini
GRC Papalexopoulos, Dimitris Managing Director, Titan Cement Co. S.A.
GRC Papathanasiou, Yannis Minister of Economy and Finance
USA Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
BEL Philippe, H.R.H. Prince Prince of Belgium
PRT Pinho, Manuel Minister of Economy and Innovation
INT Pisani-Ferry, Jean Director, Bruegel
CAN Prichard, J. Robert S. President and CEO, Metrolinx
ITA Prodi, Romano Chairman, Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation
FIN Rajalahti, Hanna Managing Editor, Talouselämä
CAN Reisman, Heather M. Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
NOR Reiten, Eivind President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
CHE Ringier, Michael Chairman, Ringier AG
USA Rockefeller, David Former Chairman, Chase Manhattan Bank
USA Rubin, Barnett R. Director of Studies and Senior Fellow, Center for International Cooperation, New York University
TUR Sabanci Dinçer, Suzan Chairman, Akbank
CAN Samarasekera, Indira V. President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Alberta
AUT Scholten, Rudolf Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
USA Sheeran, Josette Executive Director, UN World Food Programme
ITA Siniscalco, Domenico Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley International
ESP Solbes, Pedro Vice-President of Spanish Government; Minister of Economy and Finance
ESP Sophia, H.M. the Queen of Spain
USA Steinberg, James B. Deputy Secretary of State
INT Stigson, Bjorn President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
GRC Stournaras, Yannis Research Director, Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE)
IRL Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman, BP plc and Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
INT Tanaka, Nobuo Executive Director, IEA
GBR Taylor, J. Martin Chairman, Syngenta International AG
USA Thiel, Peter A. President, Clarium Capital Management, LLC
DNK Thorning-Schmidt, Helle Leader ofThe Social Democratic Party
DNK Thune Andersen, Thomas Partner and CEO, Maersk Oil
AUT Treichl, Andreas Chairman and CEO, Erste Group Bank AG
INT Trichet, Jean-Claude President, European Central Bank
GRC Tsoukalis, Loukas President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELlAMEP)
TUR Ugur, Agah CEO, Borusan Holding
FIN Vanhanen, Matti Prime Minister
CHE Vasella, Daniel L. Chairman and CEO, Novartis AG
NLD Veer, Jeroen van der Chief Executive, Royal Dutch Shell plc
USA Volcker, Paul A. Chairman, Economic Recovery Advisory Board
SWE Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB
SWE Wallenberg, Marcus Chairman, SEB
NLD Wellink, Nout President, De Nederlandsche Bank
NLD Wijers, Hans Chairman, AkzoNobel NV
GBR Wolf, Martin H. Associate Editor & Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
USA Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman, Wolfensohn & Company, LLC
USA Wolfowitz, Paul Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
INT Zoellick, Robert B. President, The World Bank Group
GBR Bredow, Vendeline von Business Correspondent, The Economist (Rapporteur)
GBR McBride, Edward Business Editor, The Economist (Rapporteur)

The number of reporters on this list is startling, considering how much is never actually spoken of outside the walls of whatever 5-star hotel the group has chosen for their conference.  This is the first year I have seen such a heavy presence from the Economist.  It would be a treat to know what world leaders were actually planning for the future of the global economy… but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.


A Marketing Plan for Morning Talk Shows*

December 11, 2008

Objective – To atrract new viewers by capitalizing on the growing health and fitness industry.

Method: Most morning shows run 3-4 hours long, and cover a wide variety of topics.  It feels quaint to think about the million of houswives who tune in every day for a cheerful spin and neglect of tragic issues.  I read the other day that the lady on the “Biggest Loser” charges $250,000 for a private session.  People are crazy about working out with TV personalities.  Instituting a daily workout break in the show could attract a larger audience building on viewer participation.  The workout would have to be extremely moderate to accomodate people of all fitness levels, so it could be limited to 10 minutes and comprised of stretching and balancing.

The payoff: 5 minutes of ad time.  Paid for handsomely by health food chains and non-FDA regulated “vitamin suppliments.”

*Patent Pending – I deserve some of that sweet ad milk.


Dystopia

October 9, 2008

It began like it had, time and time before, as societies rebuild and mourn. They listen to the prescient words of ivory tower sages who speak of peace, of hope, and world order. Slowly they rebuild, from fallen ashes, skyscrapers that reach the limits of their creativity and ingenuity. Modernization spreads rapidly and so does the quality of life. But deep within something deeply unsettling lurks and gnaws away at conscience, and the suffering is profound.

Insurmountable debt is the updated form of slavery; legal and innocuous.

Spending and consuming as much as possible is the advertised desire of life.

Towns and provinces built around retail commerce, each one indistinguishable from the next.

People cling to a zero-chance lottery with hopes of escape as though the God of numbers and probability will grant them a pardon from their serfdom.

A society where faith has disappeared. Faith in mankind, faith in a higher power, faith in love. Cynicism, like quicksand, trapping the impulses of the heart.

A society where the higher power is the head of the global bank, who maintains the massive gap between the rich and poor to promote stability and safety.

Where dissent is voiced only in private. The fear screaming from deep within cannot break the placid shell which encases the mind.

Where debate and discourse our lowered to the lowest common denominator, where rhetoric outweighs logic and reason.

A place where it is a struggle to reach the lighter side of life because the platitude in maintaining rest position #1 seems so light.

The society of ever expanding bureaucracy, where each new and imagined condition is met with regulations and restrictions.

A place where the promise of Utopia seems like a sick joke.

A place where you wake up in the morning, and realize that no politician, company, or ideology is going to change any of this… where the limited freedom you hold seems insufficient to conquer your fears and that instinct to repress your desires… and you decide…

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato


Comic of the Day

October 6, 2008

Thanks to Sinfest for making me laugh and cry at the same time.


Delicate Truths

October 2, 2008

We are all guilty of dereliction of the basic duties of citizenry. 

The War on Terrorism has consumed the modern age.  It is a war without boundaries, limitations, ethical considerations and a war that may be fought in perpetuity.  It is a war in which we have given blind faith to our government, to act ceaselessly, without question, so that we may feel secure in our own homes.  

Like most people, I do not put much faith in our government.  They exist because without their existence there would be chaos, but the illusion of security they provide is not reason in itself to unabashedly trust their actions.  

Like most people I believe we will never know the full story behind 9/11.  We know the highlights, we think we know who to blame (sadly more than a 1/3 of this country still believes Iraq had something to do with it.)  But people somewhere, within our government are lying, still actively trying to cover-up small details that threaten to unravel the web of deceit… 

PBS is due to release a documentary called ” The Shadow Factory,” in a matter of days.  It’s uniquely topical in our neo-fascist state by elaborating on the eavesdropping techniques of the national security agency.  What is uniquely interesting about this documentary is that the FBI prevented two active agents from explaining to James Bamford, the documentarian, how the CIA deliberately withheld information from the FBI prior to the 9/11 attacks.  

It is well known that the ball was dropped somewhere within our government and that many individuals deserve to be reprimanded for dereliction of duty, yet none have been punished.  Instead the government continues to actively conceal the truths through intimidation and coercion.  

It is a frighteningly fascist path… their plan is… “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” 

It’s analogous to the recession.  For months as our economy suffered through a recession our government refused to call it a recession, believing that they could spin it… it’s now “a crisis that could lead to a long and protracted recession” to quote the President.  The government’s function is to continually lie about basic circumstance… to provide the illusion of security.  It’s not a conspiracy theory because we are all complicit… we believe the big lies. 

 

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” – Adolf Hitler


Lower Back Tattoos

September 30, 2008

I’ve noticed a lot of my visitors arrive at the site by searching for “lower back tattoos” or some variation… 

Please stop the madness.  Why do girls still think these are cool?  They are hardly ever original, and sadly always called tramp stamps… if you don’t want to be called a tramp, don’t get one.

 

Just to prove the point… this is the web address to the wikipedia article entitled “Lower Back Tattoos

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tramp_stamp


Fear and Objectivity

September 29, 2008

One of our most human traits is empathy.  The ability of a person to separate themselves from their inherent solipsism, to embrace and accept another person’s frame of reference, that is a truly divine ability. 

We pride ourselves on being open-minded, accepting and progressive.  

As I read punditry about the debate I cannot fathom how anyone would believe that McCain was the stronger debater.  I watched it live with everyone else.  I fear mine, and perhaps everyone’s objectivity has gone out the window as we approach the election.  

If there is no objective truth or standard, then who is right and who is wrong and how do we know which direction we are headed?

My only solace is that no matter what either party says, it can be close to certain that the next 4 years will be better than the last 8.