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Bilderberg 2014 – Participant List

Bilderberg 2014 – Participant List

62nd Bilderberg conference to take place from 29 May – 1 June 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Copenhagen, 26 May 2014
– The 62nd Bilderberg meeting is set to take place from 29 May until 1 June 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. A total of around 140 participants from 22 countries have confirmed their attendance. As ever, a diverse group of political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media have been invited. The list of participants is available on http://www.bilderbergmeetings.org

The key topics for discussion this year include:

  • Is the economic recovery sustainable?
  • Who will pay for the demographics?
  • Does privacy exist?
  • How special is the relationship in intelligence sharing?
  • Big shifts in technology and jobs
  • The future of democracy and the middle class trap
  • China’s political and economic outlook
  • The new architecture of the Middle East
  • Ukraine
  • What next for Europe?
  • Current events
 

Founded in 1954, Bilderberg is an annual conference designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America. Every year, between 120-150 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media are invited to take part in the conference. About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America; approximately one third from politics and government and the rest from other fields. 

The conference is a forum for informal discussions about major issues facing the world. The meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) nor of any other participant may be revealed.

Thanks to the private nature of the conference, the participants are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights.

There is no desired outcome, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.

Of particular note to me is this alarming statement questioning the very existence of privacy.

Among some notable participants: Huang, Yiping, Professor at Peking University (indicating the evolution of Chinese involvement within liberal elite power blocs), David Petraeus (noteworthy in light of his role in the Benghazi scandal), Kasim Reed (Mayor of Atlanta), Eugene Rumer (Senior Associate and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Eric E.Schmidt (Executive Chairman, Google Inc.), Thiel, Peter A. (a notable returnee who gained some notoriety among libertarians for donating $2 million to the Ron Paul campaign), among others. 

This will be the second year without Jim Tucker, who died about a month or so prior to the last Bilderberg meeting in 2013. Perhaps Daniel Estulin will have some luck disseminating some details.

Creepy show on Disney: Indoctrination by the surveillance state or innocent entertainment?

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Special Agent Oso.

This is quite intriguing in light of last year’s revelations about the surveillance state.

Most people probably already know that insect spy drones are already in the works. While spy shows are not new (Here, here, and here you can find some information about the Pentagon’s and CIA’s ties to Hollywood), it is not hard to see that at the very least, this show gets young children used to the notion that small cameras are everywhere and that their ends are always beneficial. Notice that the Shutterbug sends signals of its location directly to agent Oso via the satellite, where he is told the children’s exact whereabouts. Some illuminating lyrics from the song:

She’s always in flight, on the case both day and night 
Sending the picture right up to the satellite!

Also,

She’s on the front line of a unique team 
So things will be fine whenever she sounds the alarm!

In other words, whenever something is “going wrong,” Shutterbug takes a picture of it and sends that picture and a signal of the location of that “wrong” to Special Agent Oso so that he can help to “fix” the situation. In the video, you see the Shutterbug taking a picture of a dead plant to document that someone has let a plant die and did not clean up the mess. Shutterbug also takes pictures of sad kids to report to Special Agent Oso that their lives need some “fixing.” Note that the Shutterbug flies inside the home of these children. All of this happens while the parents have left the child unattended.

This has probably already circulated around Tumblr, but I just couldn’t resist giving my opinion about this, especially since similar smart phone apps are now available.

Indoctrination by the surveillance state or innocent entertainment? You decide!

Woman Wearing Google Glass Says She Was Attacked In San Francisco Bar – CBS San Francisco

It should come as no surprise that we are starting to see some public pressure against those who choose to wear Google Glasses in public. On a more subtle level, no one likes to be openly recorded, especially by some random tech geek. On a broader scale, privacy concerns, especially in light of recent revelations about NSA’s spy program, PRISM, are particularly vexing coming from a fellow citizen. This could develop a number of ways; one potential result could be that private establishments request that their patrons not use these given the nature of their clientele (as this article would suggest). These could also end up like smart phones, where the lack of owning one might serve as an inconvenience to those who do not have one.

There is also the possibility of law enforcement and other state operatives incorporating them as a tool, depending on reasonable expectations of privacy…

Woman Wearing Google Glass Says She Was Attacked In San Francisco Bar – CBS San Francisco

Ajit Pai: The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom

Ajit Pai: The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave $100 million to fund a giant database to collect private information of American school children starting in early education and extending all the way through high school.

Promoted as a technological tool to help teachers tailor education to the individual needs of students, inBloom is a database that stores student’s scores, attendance, special needs, disabilities, etc. The intent is to exploit the technology that is available today to replace antiquated paper records.

Launched in February of 2013, inBloom is working with nine states representing over 11 million students. The nonprofit organization was launched to help educators keep up with the ever changing standards of state Common Core education. 

So far, the states include Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina.

Security concerns have been addressed in the FAQ section of the website. However, many parents are still concerned that very personal data of their children could be vulnerable or fall into the wrong hands. Over privacy concerns, MoveOn.org began a petition to stop the New York State Education Department from collecting this information without parental consent. So far, over 4,000 signatures have been attained. And in at least one school district of New York, a delay was issued in schools releasing student information to the inBloom database.

More states will indeed sign up to participate in inBloom’s goal of educational success.

To succeed in today’s global economy, students need learning experiences that meet their individual needs, engage them deeply and let them learn at their own pace. This requires teachers to have an up-to-date picture of a student’s progress; an understanding of where he or she needs extra attention; and access to materials that will help progress their students’ learning.
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