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Bilderberg: Day Two

Posted: 08/06/2013 12:15

The Bilderberg delegates may be snugly tucked in their plush Grove enclave for their clandestine weekend meeting, however the Fringe event was in full swing on Friday. Hundreds of activists, concerned citizens and media rubbed shoulders within the entrance area of the Grove specifically allocated by Watford authorities to house them. News that David Cameron was to arrive that afternoon was the hot topic of the day and whilst unexpected, the reactions drew major eyerolls, suspicion, scorn and downright anger.

Needless to say, the mood was ebullient; truth seekers, pro-transparency campaigners and curious locals all engaged in a positive, thoughtful dialogue about Bilderberg with one another. What does go on in there? Why the need for secrecy? And the burning question; just how does Henry Kissinger take his gin?

"You would have to be very naive not to think something sinister goes on at Bilderberg," one activist, Francis, from Manchester explained to me. "Just look at what's going on over the world globally - the ultra elite are getting richer at the detriment of the working and middle classes who only continue to suffer under the guise of austerity. Are we really to believe these highly powerful - and time poor - individuals would make the effort to meet in such darkness were they not engineering policy to benefit themselves? The evidence is all around us: we are living evidence."

Whilst the Grove area is on complete lockdown with a gigantic, imposing ring of steel erected around the grounds' perimeter, snaking its way right though the middle of the no-go zone runs the Union Canal. Despite the tow paths closing under 'counter-terrorism' and mooring banned, the canal itself remains a public right of way. This means only one thing: ALL ABOARD THE BILDERBARGE! Spending the afternoon chugging down with Alex Jones, his Infowars team and We Are Change, we managed to legitimately infiltrate Grove land. As the barge (replete with bespoke Bilderbanners) slowly wound along the quaint English canal, its occupants taking in the scenery, it slowly became apparent that *adopts David Attenborough voice* amongst the herons, ducks and swans, the lesser-spotted GS4 security and rare breed police officers were the most commonly found wildlife.

Pairs of police were stationed at every lock and bridge whilst G4S manned golf buggies hugging the borders of the Grove zipped along casting a watchful eye over us. Waterside security was everywhere. As the barge approached the point equidistant between the Grove and the Fringe and Alex whipped out his trusty bullhorn to express the collective dissent, we noticed the crew had been joined by a not-so-friendly floating flotilla of police behind us demanding we move along. Tailing us until the Bilderbarge was out of the counter-terrorism area, they then forced the barge steerer to show his identity.

David Cameron was not seen being driven through the Grove front gates (the roads surrounding the back entrance, however, have been completely sealed off) though Number 10 did officially confirm he will be attending. As for his pledge to be the most open and transparent government when he took office ("We must be different from what has gone before us. Careful with public money. Transparent about what we do and how we do it") not to mention their self appointed Ministerial Code, his refusal to reveal what was discussed behind the Grove gates is nothing short of hypocritical. Thankfully he may be forced to out the nature of his meeting with the ultra-elite cabal.

 

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Gareth Milner
A northerner exiled to the South West
11:41 on 10/06/2013
Whilst I think that even David Cameron has more credibility in his little finger than Alex Jones, it is true what others have said in here, that Mr Jones does have some valid and interesting points which are drowned out not only by his horrific rudeness, but also his warped sense of reality.
21:24 on 09/06/2013
And you should really have a look of the videos of him dressed as the Joker, running around the room screaming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ccX_PQtlMY.

There's also the one with him ranting about how the Mexican army are planning to invade America and using the film "Machete" as part of his evidence.

Or the video of him on the barge, telling Policemen that their kids are going to die from cancer/vaccines, then starts wobbling and has to get a tow off his fascist oppressors.
20:08 on 09/06/2013
Someone made the excellent point on a forum today that 10% of rational things that Alex Jones may say are overshadowed by the 90% of ridiculous nonsense he says. And that If there was a New World Order , they would love him as he makes the very concept of conspiracy theorism seem completely idiotic. Anyone who takes him in any way remotely seriously needs to get medical help. He also misresents constantly and frequently lies, it's well documented. Did anyone see him on the politics show? Repeatedly promoting his website, then having a pretend meltdown .He knows full well what he's doing - making cash from the gullible. Shame (or pity!) on anyone taking him even remotely seriously.
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stciappelletto
margaritas ante porcos
17:18 on 09/06/2013
The irony of Bilderberg is that while Bilderberg in it's present form and constituency is a danger to humanity, something similar to Bilderberg is needed.

"Openness" can be a way of being quite closed and killing off creativity. It can force people to only raise only hyper-conventional points of view and prevent honest debates from even getting started.

Just look at all the policy errors in the US and Europe in recent years, everybody is engaging in groupthink and afraid to raise disagreements because most debates are held in the open. Anybody challenging the existing order risks being roadkill without changing anything.

There needs to be a forum where people can be brutally blunt without fear that the yellow press is going to be running with it in the morning.

There is a new kind of divorce law approach called collaborative law, where one of the principles is that while the process is ongoing you don't either go to court or threaten to do so, just deal with the merits.

Something like that is needed for politics, a forum where one party or the other isn't constantly threatening to run crying to the yellow press if they don't like what they hear so as to have important issues decided by propaganda.

We need an alternative Bilderberg, the question is how to have checks and balances for such a forum and to prevent it from gaining dangerous influence.
05:35 on 09/06/2013
I am quite shocked that Huffingtonpost is giving coverage to the ultra right wing John Bircher Alex Jones and his crew. It seems that the writer has not research deep enough on the origins of Alex Jones and his ultra right wing John Birch Society conspiracy theories.

His theories are not new. They are rehashed theories from the 60s which were pushed by the far right John Birch Society.

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/alex-jones#.UbIQeOf7Bc2

http://archive.adl.org/special_reports/rage-grows-in-America/alex-jones.asp

http://www.irehr.org/issue-areas/race-racism-and-white-nationalism/item/376-who-is-alex-jones

http://www.irehr.org/issue-areas/race-racism-and-white-nationalism/item/455-alex-jones-explodes-on-cnn-video

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-alex-jones-20130418,0,1322244.story

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrWf977SjAY
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saviour1263
09:28 on 09/06/2013
Well Alex Jones is basically king of the conspiracy theorists so he had to be there , the coverage was quite interesting , and dave is will be marching in the shouting and barking about their tax avoidance demanding action , nah i was only kidding about that bit his kneecaps will be filthy with all the scraping he had to do .
Well done to Ellen tho she did do well with this summary ...
20:12 on 09/06/2013
As Andy Warhol said, everyone in the future will have a blog on the Huffinton post. They do appear to let absolutely anybody have a blog here these days.