The Obscure Agenda, Central Banker Speak, Tin Foil Hats, and a F&^% You to Transparency

Since I’ve become a central banker, I’ve learned to mumble with great incoherence. If I seem unduly clear to you, you must have misunderstood what I said.
Alan Greenspan, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal, September 22, 1987

This is a difficult subject to get into, the conspiracy theorists and their crazy idea of a global elite put in place to orchestrate domination over the 6 billion pee-ons that make up humanity. Go too far into it and next thing you know you're reading Alex Jones all day and contributing thousands to Ron Paul's next presidential campaign. There is a fine line, so I'll leave out the part about the domination and jump right into the specifics. And I kid, I love Dr Paul and his devoted fans.

Every year, the Bilderberg Group meets to discuss what one might only speculate about since the group is largely ignored, hardly covered in the media, and shrouded in secrecy. No wonder the tin foil hattists love to chase after the Bilderberg happenings.

Just days after a Fed meeting on Jekyll Island (God, did they intentionally try to make conspiracy theorists work 10 times harder this week to uncover the insidious truth or what?) sponsored by the Atlanta Fed, now news that the Bilderberg's yearly soiree is going down in Greece. Well that's just fucking adorable, don't you think?

Tim Geithner has been confirmed as an attendee this year. Only as confirmed as Internet rumor can be, that is.

Ask a tin foil hattist what the Bilderberg Group intends and they'll likely launch into a bit about global economic panic, population control, media control, RFID chipping, etc etc. Makes them sound like a bunch of really nice guys, but seeing as how no one really knows what they discuss at these meetings, it is only natural that some might postulate. Wildly, in some cases. (the Fed might be able to explain this cause-and-effect relationship between level of transparency and amount of wild and sometimes entirely well-founded speculation.)

Ask the members of the group themselves (if you can get one to tell you - it's all super-gangsta-hush-hush sort of stuff) and they'll admit their goal (oh, not so insidious now wtf) but insist that it is for the greater good of humanity. The audacity of all of this has always been that these people are so disillusioned by their own lies they find themselves believing they are performing some type of service. Case in point: AIG's Edward Liddy, who had to profit off of the $3 million in Goldman Sachs shares he held when GS came up on the AIG bailout (don't ask me which one, who is keeping track?), believing he was performing a public service by agreeing to play AIG CEO. What the fuck?

The Times UK even published a piece on the meeting complete with the address to the swanky hotel the group is using, should you care to send a letter of appreciation for all they do to keep you in line.

The good news in all of this regardless of the side you stand on when it comes to tin foil hats, at least it appears Tim Geithner is no Socialist (the last thing we need is another one of those on the Economic Demolition Team).

The Bilderberg consensus is that national problems are best solved by an internationally oriented elite, that a global network of decision-makers should have a common language and that the boundaries are fluid between the monied and the political classes.

And so there has been a natural bias towards inviting conservatives and market liberals. The only socialists invited are those who “understand money”.

Ed Balls has taken part and the most indiscreet Bilderberger of all time was Denis Healey, the former Labour Chancellor and fierce Atlanticist.

“To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair,” Lord Healey told the author Jon Ronson for his book Them: Adventures with Extremists. “Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on for ever fighting one another for nothing. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”

Take this at face value. Open admissions from groups that don't like to make their activities widely known and, more importantly, understood should never really be considered anything but an attempt to obscure their agenda. (see also: central banker speak)

The Times nails it saying "Whether Lucifer will be down there on the sun-loungers remains to be seen." poking at the "diabolical" reputation of the group amongst the blogosphere. Watch out for those bloggers, I've heard they can be vicious. o_O

It doesn't peg Satan to the meeting of course but it does go on to point out that former Goldman Sachs managing director and current World Bank President Robert Zoellick will be kicking it with Tim "my brother thinks I'm sexy" Geithner poolside with the rest of the bad guys. Not only are these people delusional enough to believe they are performing some public service, they probably think they're awesome while doing it.

Our friend Zimbabwe Ben Bernanke was there last year in Virginia, the summer after Bear Stearns, before Lehman, the bailouts, and the rewrite of mark-to-market. It's been a busy year it seems.

Cute. It's almost like a really bad movie at this point, isn't it?

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.