From Bilderberg to Bohemian Grove – The Elites “Take A Break”

Via orwellwasright:

With the Bilderberg conference this year receiving far more media coverage than ever seen before, it’s tempting to believe that, finally, the secretive gatherings of the world’s rich and powerful are being exposed. It was certainly a step in the right direction – the more lights shining in the murky shadows of corporate and political subterfuge the better. But another secretive meeting looms on the horizon, one of much older provenance than the Bilderberg group with potentially far more sinister implications.

Recently, a friend of mine brought up the subject of Bohemian Grove. Someone had mentioned it to him in passing and his reaction was par for the course – immediate dismissal that such an event could possibly happen, and that the very thought of it was wild conspiracy talk. “The leaders of the world gathering in the woods to perform occult rituals based on mock human sacrifice? Sheer nonsense! There’s be some proof of this if there was any truth to it. The media would have a field day covering something like this!” He had a point – these certainly are outlandish claims, and you’d expect anyone who makes them to be able to back them up with some evidence, and from reputable (in his eyes, mainstream) sources, not some “dodgy internet conspiracy website”. Fair enough, I thought – a perfectly reasonable request.

The first result that comes up from a Google search for “Bohemian Grove” is Wikipedia – far from perfect on many issues but hardly reknowned for peddling obscure conspiracies. “In mid-July each year, Bohemian Grove hosts a two-week, three-weekend encampment of some of the most powerful men in the world.” The sources for this statement include an article by Philip Weiss in Spy Magazine called “Masters of the Universe Go to Camp: Inside the Bohemian Grove” reproduced at the website of University of California’s Professor of Sociology, William Domhoff. Dumhoff has also penned a lengthy article discussing the Grove meeting in terms of “social cohesion,” adopting the standard mainstream response to questions about the camp, concluding that “even though they provide evidence that there is a socially cohesive upper class in the United States, the activities at the Grove are harmless. The Grove encampment is a bunch of guys kidding around, drinking with their buddies, and trying to relive their youth, and often acting very silly.” Predictably, this essay omits all mention of the Manhattan Project – but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Wikipedia is kind enough to provide us with photographic evidence – albeit somewhat dated (1967) – that truly powerful men are in attendance at the Grove (no women guests are allowed). The photograph shows Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and others having what appears to be an amiable chat:

Interestingly, following this image to its source reveals that it is from the US government-affiliated Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories Image Library, and the following comes under Seaborg’s comments (Glenn Seaborg was a Nobel Prize-winning Chemist who made important contributions to the Manhattan Project): “Dr. Seaborg likes to describe the exclusively elite campground and club, The Bohemian Grove, as a place, “where all the important people in the United States decide the agenda for our country the following year.”” A bit of digging for a quote from Nixon and his memoirs published in 1978 provides us with the following: “If I were to choose the speech that gave me the most pleasure and satisfaction in my political career, it would be my Lakeside Speech at the Bohemian Grove in July 1967. Because this speech traditionally was off the record it received no publicity at the time. But in many important ways it marked the first milestone on my road to the presidency.”

The Bohemian Grove has been discussed in a number of mainstream publications. In 2004 the San Francisco Chronicle ran a lengthy piece entitled “THE CHOSEN FEW / S.F.’s exclusive clubs carry on traditions of fellowship, culture — and discrimination“; in 2009, Vanity Fair published “A Guide to Bohemian Grove” which largely echoed the general mainstream response that nothing untoward takes place, saying, “the most suspicious activity that takes place in the grove is the alleged logging of old-growth redwood trees.” This was echoed a year later in an article in the New York Times, “Redwoods Hideaway for the Elite Goes On, but Protest Days Fade“.

Dan Barry’s NYT article contains a line which is indicative of the manner in which the mainstream dismisses the significance of the Cremation of Care ceremony held at the Grove. Barry states, “To quote the sacred script of the grove’s notorious Cremation of Care ceremony, which includes the requisite summer-camp assembly of robed men, a 40-foot concrete owl, and a body burned in effigy (conspiracy theorists note: it is not a real body).” While the ceremony may not be related to the child sacrifices offered to Moloch, as some have claimed, nevertheless such an off-hand dismissal ignores the fact that many of these men are, in public, devoutly Christian – one wonders what their constituents and customers would think if they knew that behind closed doors they enjoy enacting Pagan-style rituals including mock human sacrifice. The reader might ask themselves how their community – or the authorities, for that matter – might respond were they to don robes and hold mock human sacrifices of their own in the woods at night …

Here is some footage of the ceremony:

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Leaving aside the sincerity with which attendees engage in such ceremonies (and, for that matter, their potential deeper meaning) the real concern for many is that these rich and powerful men are meeting in private to set policy and, as Seaborg stated above, to “decide the agenda for our country.” Is it all just a bit of harmless fun, as the media likes to tell us, or is it, like the secretive Bilderberg Group, a forum for real policy-making and forward planning?

While the Grove motto (adopted from Shakespeare) may well be “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here,” there is at least one egregious example where matters of business and politics were not left at the door: Bohemian Grove was the birthplace of the Manhattan Project which led to the development of the atomic bomb. It’s perhaps impossible to get any further removed from the idea that they don’t discuss anything of importance than the development of nuclear weapons.

The fundamental obstacle to honest and thorough investigative reporting on Bohemian Grove is the fact that many of the leaders of mainstream media outlets are also in attendance (for example, Walter Cronkite reportedly provided the narration for the Cremation of Care ceremony). Just as, until this year, the media either ignores or whitewashes anything relating to the Bilderberg Group (which their top men also attend), so too do they make light of concerns over the Grove. In this situation, revelations over back room agreements – whether or not they’re of the same magnitude as the initiation of the Manhattan Project – are likely to be few and far between, coming from the rare infiltrators or whistleblowers who leak attendee lists.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    So what, nobody can go in there with a ghilly suit and a directional mic?

    • alizardx

      One suspects that there is real security at that event.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Fair enough.

      • Ittabena

        My ex-website partner went to San Fran a couple years ago and actually went there. Security all year round now. He was met by them before he even got to the entrance.

      • HCE

        What is “real” security, as opposed to fake security? How are these defined?

        • alizardx

          In this context, “real” security is the kind that heads of state and the people who own them can buy. For practical purposes, unlimited budget, access to take from NSA and fusion centers, unlimited LEO cooperation, immunity from prosecution.

          Fake security? Think Windows OS right out of the box.

    • Greenleaf Stickybud

      Alex Jones paid a waiter to secretly film the Grove. Its on you tube.

  • alizardx

    For those who wonder about whatever happened to the values of the ’60s counterculture, two members of the Grateful Dead are also members of Bohemian Grove. (google it yourself)

    • Anarchy Pony

      One wonders what the percentage of those involved with the counter culture were just there for the free love.

      • smooth_operator

        Maybe they were the gay prostitutes at Bohemian Grove the local newspapers used to talk about.

        EDIT: Never mind, I think I read your post wrong.

      • echar

        and drugs.

    • echar

      What values, sell drugs, get high, and get higher? Besides “the Chicago Seven” whose goal was chaos, and maybe create change.

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        So the counterculture turned all the angry young men and women into druggies & sexual deviants?. How wonderfully absurd.

        • echar

          Not all, but many of the heroes were drug dealers, and many of the followers became burnouts. It is and was absurd.

          • alizardx

            Is millenial counterculture an improvement? Or living proof that today’s professional/educated classes learned nothing from their parent’s mistakes?

          • echar

            That’s a tough question. In short, I feel that nothing was learned. Protesting clearly does little good, and possibly more harm. The US government is adept at manipulating emergences. Even some of the acts of “hacktivists” has backfired in some senses (e.g. the Stubensville rapists and Knightsec.

            Occupy got the message out, but now what? Besides fox made it seem like to the average person that it was a bunch of stinking, jobless, layabouts wanting something for free. The word may have gotten out there, but it’s a mixed message.

            From my perspective tansformation is created through educating the youth. There’s a reason why religious encourage having large families. Young minds are impressionable.

            Also if you are going to create a movement, everything needs to be solid, and people must be in alignment. Those people must be a mass of leaders. If one falls or fails, another or multiple step up peacefully with integrity and clarity with the purest of intentions.

          • HCE

            Not true either. Either you’ve gotten the TimeLife version, or you’ve never checked out the history of those times. Much more complex and multi-faceted than most know. I could go on, but you clearly have your mind made up, so nothing anyone says to you has a ghost of a chance of getting through. Just be sure to thank LSD for the computer we’re communicating as a result of.

          • echar

            Owsley ring a bell, who was he friends with? The dead? Do you have any clue how much money the brotherhood made? How about all those people selling weed? How about what Haight Ashbury turned into? Junky central.

            The drugs rotted a hole in a well intentioned but naive movement, from my perspective. Great music, sex, and drugs… but the chaos took it’s toll, giving the powers that be an excuse to tighten up on later generations.

    • Ittabena

      Wow, did not know that. Thanks

    • HCE

      Well, Bob Weir at least was on board before the Haight was even on the radar. He was with that group of people doing the Acid Tests, and all that came before Haight Ashbury. I found out about Bob Weir and Mickey Hart being members some time ago. There’s a video you can find, where Weir gets quite defensive when asked about it. My thought was “Garcia is rolling in his grave.” Garcia and Lesh were always the two most outsider, sort of Groucho Marx ‘wouldn’t be a member of an organisation that would have me’ types. I don’t expect much of Weir and Hart.

  • echar

    Bohemian Grove is old hat… You ain’t evil genius and powerful unless you get invited to Sumerian Grotto. I can be “liquidated” for just mentioning it, and never mind the even more secretive one that I totally just didn’t mention.

    • Eric_D_Read

      What happens in **************** stays in ******************.
      Oh fuck! Someone’s at the d

  • Noah_Nine

    that’s a party someone should crash….

  • Nathaniel Harris

    Whay about the whole Moloch thing? Because that’s the name of the method of sacrifice, not the name of an atual entity, right? Moloch was not an owl. Maybe the child stealing screetch owl? I’ve noticed a lot of people I know to be paeds are into ‘owls’ as a symbol of recignition. Not because they are ‘wise’, but because they invade nests and steal the young. I don’t discount the idea that the sacrifice might be genuine- what better way to control and seal a cult? Like when Batley (Google him) implicated everyone by their presence during ritualized child abuse.. I don’t know many temples where the Magister has a gun in his hand when he gives instructions, but that was one.. the cult still exists, but nobody will ‘whistleblow’, because they would go to jail themselves.

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