Bilderberg Meeting Attendees: Sitges, Spain 3-6 June 2010


Bilderberg Meeting Attendees: Sitges, Spain 3-6 June 2010

Four generations of my family have shaped and enhanced this house, each adding a personal element, whether Ferdinand's colourful exotic birds, Miss Alice's rigorous housekeeping rules or our contemporary carpet bedding. The generous act of my cousin Jimmy in offering Waddesdon Manor to the National Trust ensured the preservation of the house and its contents in perpetuity.
– Lord Rothschild,

Note: The table is sortable on the Country and Name columns Country Name (Present) Occupation

BEL Davignon, Etienne Honorary Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings; Vice Chairman, Suez-Tractebel
DEU Ackermann, Josef Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG
GBR Agius, Marcus Chairman, Barclays Bank PLC
ESP Alierta, César Chairman and CEO, Telefónica
INT Almunia, Joaquín Commissioner, European Commission
USA Altman, Roger C. Chairman, Evercore Partners Inc.
USA Arrison, Sonia Author and policy analyst
SWE Bäckström, Urban Director General, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
PRT Balsemão, Francisco Pinto Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA, S.G.P.S.; Former Prime Minister
ITA Bernabè, Franco CEO, Telecom Italia S.p.A.
SWE Bildt, Carl Minister of Foreign Affairs
FIN Blåfield, Antti Senior Editorial Writer, Helsingin Sanomat
ESP Botín, Ana P. Executive Chairman, Banesto
NOR Brandtzæg, Svein Richard CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA
AUT Bronner, Oscar Publisher and Editor, Der Standard
TUR Cakir, Ruşen Journalist
CAN Campbell, Gordon Premier of British Columbia
ESP Carvajal Urquijo, Jaime Managing Director, Advent International
FRA Castries, Henri de Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, AXA
ESP Cebrián, Juan Luis CEO, PRISA
ESP Cisneros, Gustavo A. Chairman and CEO, Cisneros Group of Companies
CAN Clark, W. Edmund President and CEO, TD Bank Financial Group
USA Collins, Timothy C. Senior Managing Director and CEO, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC
ITA Conti, Fulvio CEO and General Manager, Enel SpA
GRC David, George A. Chairman, Coca-Cola H.B.C. S.A.
DNK Eldrup, Anders CEO, DONG Energy
ITA Elkann, John Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
DEU Enders, Thomas CEO, Airbus SAS
ESP Entrecanales, José M. Chairman, Acciona
DNK Federspiel, Ulrik Vice President Global Affairs, Haldor Topsøe A/S
USA Feldstein, Martin S. George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University
USA Ferguson, Niall Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University
AUT Fischer, Heinz Federal President
IRL Gallagher, Paul Attorney General
USA Gates, William H. Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Chairman, Microsoft Corporation
USA Gordon, Philip H. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
USA Graham, Donald E. Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
INT Gucht, Karel de Commissioner, European Commission
TUR Gürel, Z. Damla Special Adviser to the President on EU Affairs
NLD Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings
USA Holbrooke, Richard C. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
NLD Hommen, Jan H.M. Chairman, ING Group
USA Hormats, Robert D. Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs
BEL Huyghebaert, Jan Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group
USA Johnson, James A. Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
FIN Katainen, Jyrki Minister of Finance
USA Keane, John M. Senior Partner, SCP Partners
GBR Kerr, John Member, House of Lords; Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc.
USA Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
USA Kleinfeld, Klaus Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
TUR Koç, Mustafa V. Chairman, Koç Holding A.Ş.
USA Kravis, Henry R. Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
USA Kravis, Marie-Josée Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc.
INT Kroes, Neelie Commissioner, European Commission
USA Lander, Eric S. President and Director, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
FRA Lauvergeon, Anne Chairman of the Executive Board, AREVA
ESP León Gross, Bernardino Secretary General, Office of the Prime Minister
DEU Löscher, Peter Chairman of the Board of Management, Siemens AG
NOR Magnus, Birger Chairman, Storebrand ASA
CAN Mansbridge, Peter Chief Correspondent, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
USA Mathews, Jessica T. President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
CAN McKenna, Frank Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group
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
INT Moyo, Dambisa F. Economist and Author
USA Mundie, Craig J. Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
NOR Myklebust, Egil Former Chairman of the Board of Directors SAS, Norsk Hydro ASA
USA Naím, Moisés Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy
NLD Netherlands, H.M. the Queen of the
ESP Nin Génova, Juan María President and CEO, La Caixa
DNK Nyrup Rasmussen, Poul Former Prime Minister
GBR Oldham, John National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity
FIN Ollila, Jorma Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc
USA Orszag, Peter R. Director, Office of Management and Budget
TUR Ozilhan, Tuncay Chairman, Anadolu Group
ITA Padoa-Schioppa, Tommaso Former Minister of Finance; President of Notre Europe
GRC Papaconstantinou, George Minister of Finance
USA Parker, Sean Managing Partner, Founders Fund
USA Pearl, Frank H. Chairman and CEO, Perseus, LLC
USA Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
ESP Polanco, Ignacio Chairman, Grupo PRISA
CAN Prichard, J. Robert S. President and CEO, Metrolinx
FRA Ramanantsoa, Bernard Dean, HEC Paris Group
PRT Rangel, Paulo Member, European Parliament
CAN Reisman, Heather M. Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
SWE Renström, Lars President and CEO, Alfa Laval
NLD Rinnooy Kan, Alexander H.G. Chairman, Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER)
ITA Rocca, Gianfelice Chairman, Techint
ESP Rodriguez Inciarte, Matías Executive Vice Chairman, Grupo Santander
USA Rose, Charlie Producer, Rose Communications
USA Rubin, Robert E. Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
TUR Sabanci Dinçer, Suzan Chairman, Akbank
ITA Scaroni, Paolo CEO, Eni S.p.A.
USA Schmidt, Eric CEO and Chairman of the Board, Google
AUT Scholten, Rudolf Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG
DEU Scholz, Olaf Vice Chairman, SPD
INT Sheeran, Josette Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
INT Solana Madariaga, Javier Former Secretary General, Council of the European Union
ESP Spain, H.M. the Queen of
USA Steinberg, James B. Deputy Secretary of State
INT Stigson, Björn President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
USA Summers, Lawrence H. Director, National Economic Council
IRL Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman, Goldman Sachs International
GBR Taylor, J. Martin Chairman, Syngenta International AG
PRT Teixeira dos Santos, Fernando Minister of State and Finance
USA Thiel, Peter A. President, Clarium Capital Management, LLC
GRC Tsoukalis, Loukas President, ELIAMEP
INT Tumpel-Gugerell, Gertrude Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
USA Varney, Christine A. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust
CHE Vasella, Daniel L. Chairman, Novartis AG
USA Volcker, Paul A. Chairman, Economic Recovery Advisory Board
CHE Voser, Peter CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc
FIN Wahlroos, Björn Chairman, Sampo plc
CHE Waldvogel, Francis A. Chairman, Novartis Venture Fund
SWE Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB
NLD Wellink, Nout President, De Nederlandsche Bank
USA West, F.J. Bing Author
GBR Williams, Shirley Member, House of Lords
USA Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman, Wolfensohn & Company, LLC
ESP Zapatero, José Luis Rodríguez Prime Minister
DEU Zetsche, Dieter Chairman, Daimler AG
INT Zoellick, Robert B. President, The World Bank Group
GBR Bredow, Vendeline von Business Correspondent, The Economist (Rapporteur)
GBR Wooldridge, Adrian D. Business Editor, The Economist (Rapporteur)

AUT Austria
BEL Belgium
CHE Switzerland
CAN Canada
DEU Germany
DNK Denmark
ESP Spain
FRA France
FIN Finland
GBR Great Britain
GRC Greece
IRL Ireland
INT International
ITA Italy
NOR Norway
NLD Netherlands
PRT Portugal
SWE Sweden
TUR Turkey
USA United States of America

Singapore Masonic Temple

Masonic Temple former crown colony of Singapore

US Capitol Building Masonic Twin Pillars Architecture Symbols

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Ex; Buffalo NY Sherriff Deputy Charged in Freemason Royal Order of Jesters Mann Act Case

Buffalo News
Ex-deputy charged in Jesters case

June 09, 2010

The ‘Jesters’ are an internal secret society of Freemason Shriners. All of Leaders of the Shrine are members of the Royal Order of Jesters according to biographical information previously contained on the Shriners International Website.

Royal Order of 'Jesters'

Federal prosecutors charged a former Erie County sheriff’s deputy with taking prostitutes across state lines five years ago to attend a convention of a fraternal club.

Michael Lesinski, who retired from police work in November 2008, is the latest person charged in a government probe into human-trafficking activities involving the Royal Order of Jesters.

Lesinski made arrangements for a limousine to transport at least a dozen prostitutes from Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga to a hotel in Niagara Falls, Ont., in April 2005, according to charges filed by the U. S. attorney’s office.

Niagara Falls was the site of a Jesters convention — known as a “book” — for Jesters from across the United States, FBI Special Agent Jennifer Amo said in court papers.

Retired State Supreme Court Justice Ronald H. Tills—who is now in prison — was in charge of transportation for the event, Amo said.

“This transportation was for [Jesters] members and the ‘Jester Girls’ [prostitutes],” Amo said in court papers. “Tills delegated that duty to Michael Lesinski, a member of the [Jesters] and then an active deputy sheriff with the Erie County Sheriff’s Department.”

Lesinski is charged with conspiring to violate the Mann Act, a federal law that prohibits transporting people across state lines for prostitution.

The former road deputy, who was with the Sheriff’s Office for 21 years, is expected to appear before Magistrate Judge

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Bro. Mulroney’s actions -inappropriate- Bro. Oliphant says

Globe and Mail

Tuesday, Jun. 01, 2010

Greg McArthur and Daniel Leblanc

Freemasons Brian Mulroney PC and Richard Wolson QC, Lead Oliphant 'Inquiry' Counsel

Freemasons Brian Mulroney PC and Richard Wolson QC, Lead Oliphant ‘Inquiry’ Counsel

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from Karlheinz Schreiber “as part of a scheme” to conceal the payments, a commission of inquiry has found. But after spending at least $14-million, listening to 39 days of testimony and reviewing 150,000 pages of evidence, the Oliphant inquiry couldn’t say what he did to earn it.

In a sometimes scathing examination of Mr. Mulroney’s acceptance of at least $225,000 in cash from the German-born, and now incarcerated, lobbyist, Mr. Justice Jeffrey Oliphant, the inquiry’s chair, repeatedly called Mr. Mulroney’s actions “inappropriate.” He described his own “skepticism” of the former prime minister’s explanation about the work he performed for the money, and called Mr. Mulroney’s explanation for his failure to disclose the payments during a court proceeding “patently absurd.”

Almost as soon as Judge Oliphant and his legal staff concluded their remarks to the media Monday, calls began for the government to recoup the $2.1-million that the Justice Department agreed to pay Mr. Mulroney’s lawyers and public-relations team in 1997 as part of a settlement agreement.

That settlement, made long before the cash payments in hotel rooms were known, was the conclusion to a defamation lawsuit that the former prime minister launched against the government over a letter the RCMP sent to Switzerland. In the letter, the Mounties accused Mr. Mulroney and Mr. Schreiber of defrauding the Canadian government in relation to Air Canada’s 1988 purchase of 34 Airbus airplanes, a charge that Mr. Mulroney vigorously denied.

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George W. Bush/George H.W. Bush Masonic Handshake

Interesting video clip, also compare to appearance of Congressman Ron Paul on Bill Maher HBO program.

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Civil Marriage Watch: Freemason Larry King seeks 8th divorce


Larry King seeks 8th divorce

April 15, 2010
By Alan Duke, CNN

Shawn and Larry King attend a party in February. Both cite “irreconcilable differences” in their filings.


CNN talk show host has been married 8 times to 7 women

Larry King
Divorce Law

Freemason Larry King and Freemason Sir Paul McCartney

Los Angeles, California (CNN) — CNN talk show host Larry King and his wife, Shawn King, each filed for divorce Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Shawn King’s lawyer did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

The documents said the couple separated on Tuesday, the same day Shawn King signed her papers. Larry King’s signature was dated Wednesday. Both petitions were filed Wednesday.

Each is asking that they not be ordered to pay spousal support to the other, and they both want the other to pay their attorney fees.

While his filing offers little detail about what marital property he will claim, her petition lists the Beverly Hills, California, home where the couple has resided for the past two years and two Utah houses.

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Beatles Manager Sir George Martin Masonic Cutsign Hand ‘Signal’ @ 08:07

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Freemason Barack Obama hints that two-state solution may be impossible: Report

Obama hints that “two-state solution” may be impossible

Remarks during arms negotiations show Obama administration’s uncertainty about peace in region

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010
By Juan Cole

Freemason Barack Obama

President Barack Obama acknowledged Tuesday that, despite the expenditure of substantial political capital by his administration, progress may not be made on Israel-Palestine peace. The AP quoted his reply to a question about how recent successes in negotiating nuclear arms reduction with Russia — and getting 48 nations to sign on to a nuclear material security agreement — might translate into diplomatic successes elsewhere.

The two sides “may say to themselves, ‘We are not prepared to resolve these issues no matter how much pressure the United States brings to bear,’” Obama said.

Obama reiterated that peace is a vital goal, but one that may be beyond reach “even if we are applying all of our political capital.”

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Progressive Conservative’ & ‘Liberal’ Freemason Premiers Join ‘Greenbelt’ 5th Anniversary Celebrations

Link to News Release

Freemason Toronto Mayor David Miller was also in attendance with Freemason Former Ontario Premiers Bill Davis and David Peterson and current Premier Dalton McGuinty, also a Freemason, who recently Hosted ‘Republican’ Freemason Arnold Schwarzenegger during his ‘Climate Change’ World Tour.

So much for affordable single family homes. Guess the future is public housing for all – another great Masonic leap forward

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Dubai police chief seeks Israeli Freemason’s arrest

Radio Netherlands
Dubai police chief seeks Israeli PM’s arrest

Published on 3 March 2010 – 9:48am

Netanyahu Freemason Sign

Grand Entrance Watch

The Israeli secret service, Mossad, has been suspected of being behind the murder for some time. Israel says that there is no proof. But the Dubai police chief is so sure that besides Mr Netanyahu, he also wants a warrant issued for the arrest of Mossad leader Meir Dagan.

The perpetrators of the murder used false Australian, French, Irish and German passports. This recently led to a diplomatic row between Israel and the countries involved.


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Top Turkish Freemasons charged over coup plot

BBC News
25 February 2010

Top Turkish officers charged over ‘coup plot’

Turkey Freemasonry

Turkey Military Parade Ground

Twenty military officers have been formally charged in Turkey with attempting to overthrow the government.

They include four admirals, a general and two colonels, some of them retired.

The men were among more than 40 officers arrested on Monday over an alleged 2003 plot to stir up chaos in Turkey and justify a military coup.

The head of the armed forces, General Ilker Basbug, will meet the country’s prime minister and president later to discuss the alleged plot and arrests.

The meeting was called after the country’s top generals and admirals met at short notice on Tuesday to evaluate what the military called a “serious situation”.

‘Sledgehammer’ plot?

The scale of Monday’s operation against the military was unprecedented and increased the tension between the government and the armed forces.

Dozens of current or former members of the military have been arrested in the past few years over similar plot allegations, and some have been charged.

Turkish military faces crossroads
This is now turning into a critical test of the government’s authority over the military, says the BBC’s Jonathan Head in Istanbul. Never before have so many senior officers faced charges like this in a civilian court.

The charged men were arrested over the so-called “sledgehammer” plot, which reportedly dates back to 2003.

Reports of the alleged plot first surfaced in the liberal Taraf newspaper, which said it had discovered documents detailing plans to bomb two Istanbul mosques and provoke Greece into shooting down a Turkish plane over the Aegean Sea.

The army has said the plans had been discussed but only as part of a planning exercise at a military seminar.

The alleged plot is similar, and possibly linked, to the reported Ergenekon conspiracy, in which military figures and staunch secularists allegedly planned to foment unrest, leading to a coup.

Scores of people, including military officers, journalists and academics, are on trial in connection with that case.

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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s Funny Handshake

Freemason Secret Handshake Vatican Secretary of State

Masonic ‘Grip’

Further Reading

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone Freemason Handhsake

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Bro. Rajendra Pachauri’s U.N. IPCC meltdown

IPCC meltdown
Finanacial Post

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Peter Foster

Vice-President Al Gore Cutting A Secret Freemason Recognition Handsign

Vice-President Al Gore 'Cutting' A Secret Freemason Recognition Handsign

The Himalayan Glaciers will still be around in 2035, contrary to oft-repeated alarmist claims by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Whether the IPCC’s head, Rajendra Pachauri, whose credibility is melting faster than the proverbial snowball in Hades, will make it to his next paycheque is another matter.

With Climategate still simmering and the collapse of Copenhagen reverberating, a fresh storm has blown up over the discovery that the IPCC’s claim that Himalayan glaciers were about to disappear is entirely bogus.

“If the present rate [of melting] continues,” said the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007, “the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high.”

There was no significant questioning of this claim until late last year, when the Indian government published a discussion paper that pointed out that there was in fact no sign of any “abnormal” retreat in the Himalayan glaciers. India’s environment minister Jairam Ramesh accused the IPCC of being “alarmist.”

Doing what he has traditionally done in such circumstances, Mr. Pachauri proceeded to smear the messengers and pontificate about the IPCC’s high “peer-reviewed” scientific standards. He denounced the research paper as “voodoo science.” He accused Minister Ramesh of “arrogance.” He said that such skeptical claims were reminiscent of “climate change deniers.”

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Bro. Karlheinze Schreiber Trial Begins in Augsburg


German fraud trial may throw light on slush fund affair

Arms dealer and lobbyist Karlheinz Schreiber, 75, denies bribery and tax evasion

Monday 18 January 2010
Kate Connolly in Berlin

A Pillar of Mutual Support...

'A Pillar of Mutual Support…'

An elderly arms dealer and lobbyist accused of playing a major role in a slush fund affair that plunged Germany’s Christian Democrats into chaos in the 1990s and set the chancellor, Angela Merkel, on the road to power, went on trial today for alleged fraud.

Karlheinz Schreiber, 75, who has joint Canadian and German citizenship, pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, tax evasion and being an accessory to fraud, in a trial that is being watched closely by political and business communities, not least because of revelations he might make over who knew what about the funding scandal.

His friends and contacts with whom he famously shared a table at Munich’s Oktoberfest, included intelligence agents, state secretaries and arms manufacturers.

Prosecutor Marcus Paintinger told the court in Augsburg, southern Germany, that Schreiber had withheld €13.3m in taxes from the €32m commission he received from sales of Airbus aeroplanes to Thailand, helicopters to the Canadian coastguard, and a tank deal with the Canadian military, which flopped.

Schreiber had “built up an obscure house of lies”, Paintinger said, setting up fictitious firms in Liechtenstein and Panama in order to deceive the tax authorities. As he entered the courtroom, Schreiber told reporters: “Today we are where my case belongs”.

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Signs and Symbols of Freemasonry

Signs and Symbols

Further Reading

The Man Called ‘The Licio Gelli of Germany’

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SYMBOL PHOTO: New N.A.T.O. Chief takes charge?

Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen holds his first news conference as NATO Secretary-General at the alliance headquarters in Brussels August 3, 2009.
Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen holds his first news conference as NATO Secretary-General at the alliance headquarters in Brussels August 3, 2009.

‘A Pretty Little Pin’

—– Original Message —–
From: “Alistair Rae”
Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2001 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: unusual symbol

> Don
> The backing symbol is derived from Hindu mythology. It was used by the Nazi
> Party inverted which denotes an evil connotation, which was borne out by
> later events. In its normal configuration it has some good/ light meanings.
> I would assume from the emblem atop it, that it is used in that degree
> Scottish Rite.
> In UK the base symbol is used in some of the esoteric orders, but not in
> white.
> Hope this gives some guidance. Pretty little pin tho.
> Alistair
> SW Union of Malta, No 407
> 1AS William Kingston RA Chapter
> MM Mother Kilwinning No 0
> Fr Elias Ashmole College SRIA
> “Donald C. Sargent” wrote in message
> >
> >
> > Today I received an e-mail from a friend in New Hampsire. He has a
> > lapel pin and a tie bar that have a symbol that neither of us have
> > seen. It is a white swastika (with the bent arms turning counter
> > clockwise) that has a black triangle with a 32 in it. If you would like
> > to see a picture, you can find it at
> >
> >
> > Has anyone seen anything like this before or know what organization uses
> > it? Any help that anyone can give me will be greatly appreciated.
> >
> > Sincerely and fraternally,
> >
> > Don Sargent
> >
> >


According to  Freemason Occult Leader Albert Pike, who rewrote the Scottish Rite Rituals in the late eighteen hundreds and who is buried in a crypt inside the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry ‘House of the Temple’ in Washington D.C. Freemasons must ‘Harness the seething energies of Lucifer’ if they want to become the big wheels on the masonic block.

According to ‘off the record’ statements made by attendees of the  Freemason founded and controlled ‘Bilderberg meetings’, which is believed to have been set up as a sub-committee to recruit and influence international politicians by the Freemason founded and controlled Council on Foreign Relations, the ‘plan’ is for N.A.T.O.  to become the ‘Standing Army’ of the UN.

Satan, er ‘Lucifer’s’, ‘liberal’ jihad international: Welcome to Helmand Province 

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Corporate ‘Knights’: Bro. Conrad Black on Bro. Maurice Strong, Bro.Warren Buffett and Bro. Bill Gates

Funny Oped by Bro. Black who spent decades as a member of  the secret Freemason-Politician Bilderberg-Meetings, which have been promoting a one world  Global U.N. Government scheme for the past fifty years, by manufacturing and using/abusing various ‘events’ and ‘crisises’ thoughout the world. ‘Conservative’ Black also wrote a 800 page biography on Bro. Stalin’s best bud Bro. FDR.

Guess Lord C.  Harbour has had a change of heart while at Camp Coleman, at least while his new appeal is underway. 

Wish he had elaborated a little more about his ‘old friend’ Bro. Maurice Strong though. Perhaps for the next dispatch from the sunshine state eh ?

National Post
July 11, 2009

Conrad Black: Capitalists celebrate capitalism’s enemies
Conrad Black, Full Comment

Last week, I wrote in this space about Corporate Knights, a magazine insert (in another Canadian newspaper) whose editorial mission consists in large part of feting tired left-wing icons. The lively response to my column brought the information that this astounding organization had a celebratory day of festivities in Toronto last month, at which its chief private-sector financial supporters were given awards as Canada’s most “sustainable” corporations. As a special reward, they all got to hear from Ralph Nader that corporations are evil and should be nationalized, and from my ineffable old friend Maurice Strong about environmental imperatives.

How can the Royal Bank, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, Alcan and Investors Group go through this charade? Nader’s whole career has been an anti-climax since he exposed the safety shortcomings of the Chevrolet Corvair almost 50 years ago, except for his under-recognized international benefaction of providing the margin of victory for George W. Bush over Al Gore (self-elevated inventor of the Internet), by taking 1% of the vote in the 2000 presidential election. Nader is a stuck record, background music to half-a-century of socio-economic evolution. What were hundreds of well-heeled Toronto executives and their innocent guests doing, paying through their unperceptive noses to listen to him?

Maurice Strong is, as a Monty Python narrator might say, something completely different. I have known him for 25 years and have always found him an original character and an engaging scoundrel. His corporate ethics have often been questioned by people a good deal less fastidious than Ralph Nader. Did anyone in this well-stuffed room see the irony in Nader sharing a platform in his fulminations about the evils of capitalism with one of Canada’s formerly most uninhibited corporate raiders, who moved on to plunge up to his eyeballs amid the corruption of the United Nations? Probably none of them thought of Lenin’s assertion that capitalists were so stupid and greedy that they would sell him the rope with which he would, and in many cases did, hang them. But Maurice probably did.

One of the greatest ailments of contemporary capitalism is the mousey ambiguity of most of the lions of finance. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are two of the most ruthlessly competitive businessmen in U.S. history, which is doubtless the main reason why they are also two of the wealthiest. But Buffett seems almost to believe his own masquerade as America’s friendly Uncle Warren, all smiles and wrinkles rippling amiably out from his twinkling eyes as he sprinkles bons mots and Nebraska saws upon us like stardust. Bill Gates’s less aphoristic performance as the world’s rich altruistic nerd is a little less verbally gymnastic a walk-on part, but is well-costumed in corduroys and a viyella shirt.

Their business and dissimulative talents and their good charitable works are beyond question, but it is all almost enough to incite nostalgia for J.P. Morgan’s admittedly peevish “The public be damned!” or certainly Roy Thomson: “Why do you want to make more money, Lord Thomson?” “To buy more newspapers.” “Why do you want more newspapers?” “To make more money.” JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Thomson Reuters are all great (and sustainable) companies, and I doubt that any of them has ever paid to listen to Ralph Nader or Maurice Strong.

The real “corporate knights” are people who stand unapologetically for something useful. Donald Trump is an unambiguous capitalist, a very high quality builder, a civically minded New Yorker who has helped the city through some difficult moments, and is personally a very generous and unpublicized philanthropist and a tenaciously loyal friend. Another is Ken Langone, who stuck with New York Stock Exchange president Dick Grasso when he was being persecuted by Eliot Spitzer, after he was deserted by his other blue-ribbon directors.

And there are Canadian corporate knights, too. Frank Stronach has a strange share structure and an unusual range of assets. He built up a splendid auto-parts business, had to rebuild it after the adoption of free-trade agreements with the United States, has had a colourful foray in gambling and entertainment and has seen off the market vulture who brought down Lehman Brothers. When opportunity knocked, he made a strong play to get Opel back from General Motors, which would establish Canadian ownership in the automobile industry for the first time since R.S. McLaughlin sold Buick to General Motors after the First World War.

Where is the outburst of public admiration for Frank Stronach, and when is the banquet to thank him for what he has done for Canada? Even Ralph Nader could not imagine that Canada would be on the cusp of such a corporate repatriation, not even when Frank’s daughter was a federal minister.

Galen Weston is one of the world’s greatest retailers, now locked in mortal combat with Wal-Mart. The Weston-Loblaw group has to carry the dead weight of Canadian unionization, kits out quality stores in always new ways, advertises and markets very imaginatively and has never had a serious quality-control problem or political controversy. The Weston family has been highly respected for 100 years, especially its present leaders, Galen and Hilary Weston and their talented son and daughter.

But the connoisseurs of corporate worthiness are taking their time saluting Weston’s defence of the Canadian food and dry goods market against the Wal-Mart monster, which floods the world with cheap and often defective Chinese products, and puts competition to the wall with its minimalist approach to sites, personnel and compensation. Apparently, they are simply too busy taking in lectures from capitalism’s enemies.
National Post

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Freemason Governor of Georgia Appointed Another Freemason To Head Georgia National Guard

Video: Bro. Barnes’ Appointment of Bro. Poythress

 Fox 5 Atlanta

 April 29, 2009

 David Poythress Preps for Governor’s Run ATLANTA (MyFOX ATLANTA) – David Poythress said Georgia is ready to elect a conservative Democrat as governor.

The former commander of the Georgia National Guard was the first Democrat to enter the race last summer, 10 years after his last run for the state’s highest office.

General Poythress said he spent half of his time meeting with voters and the other half raising money. Poythress said he expected he will need up to $10 million to run a strong campaign for governor.

This amount is more than six times what Poythress said he spent 10 years ago.

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