A semi-anonymous poster on the Skeptoid.com web site, Jo from MO, has added a valuable link to my episode a couple weeks ago on The Bilderberg Group. The Bilderberg Group is an annual meeting of influential people from government, business, and economics from the United States and Western Europe, who gather unofficially to discuss issues facing the West. Consequently, conspiracy theorists default to their usual belief that any such gathering is planning Global Domination and is actually the secret world government.
Not that this new information will do anything to change those beliefs, but it's interesting for the rest of us. As you may know, WikiLeaks is an anonymously held web site that publishes classified documents, to the chagrin of governments and secret-holders everywhere. The Bilderberg Group does take minutes of their meetings, but as they are the private property of the Group, they are never made public. Somehow, somebody got ahold of the minutes from some of their earlier meetings and posted them.
Here are the URLs:
If you have the courage to read through them, you'll notice two things. First, names are omitted. The Bilderberg Group never records the identities of speakers, as a way to encourage uninhibited discussion. This is in accordance with a policy called the Chatham House Rule. The lists of each meeting's attendees is, however, publicly released by the Bilderberg Group and they're all available on their web site.
Second, you'll note that they're not very interesting. A lot of world politics stuff is discussed, and just as the Group states, they do not make any decisions or issue any orders.
Yet if you ask a conspiracy theorist if there's anything that could change their mind regarding their belief that the Bilderbergers are the secret world government, they'll probably say no (the definition of a closed mind). Those few who might answer yes would probably tell you that reading the actual minutes of a Bilderberg meeting could change their mind. Well, here's your chance. Let us know.
It's too bad I wasn't aware of this resource when I wrote the episode, it would have been a great addition. Oh well.