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  • Lakeside Talks 2013

    Apparently Gen. Stanley McChrystal and comedian Conan O’Brien were there. It’s interesting that the ostensibly secretive club appears to be announcing this information to the Press Democrat. Notice how the club spokesman makes a point of saying that the club is still relevant. Usually relevant people don’t have to point it out.

    Has the club turned into a bunch of delusional old men? Has its glory days of Presidents and Secretaries of State passed?

    Also: Paul Otellini, former CEO of Intel, Stanford University President John Hennessey; Jorge Quiroga, former president of Bolivia; David Gergen, political commentator; Chris Matthews, political talk show host; and William Reilly, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

    There are rumors that Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck were at the retreat this year because they were missing from their usual schedules.



  • Lakeside Talks 2011

    Highlights of LAKESIDE TALKS Bohemian Grove July 16 to August 1, 2010 (taken directly from the Bohemian Grove Program of Events: Midsummer Encampment 2010)

    Friday, July 16: WALTER CRONKITE¹S AMERICA:
    Douglas Brinkley, Historian at Rice University

    Saturday, July 17: THE SUPREME COURT IN THE AGE OF OBAMA:
    Jeffrey Toobin, Legal Analyst and Author, CNN & The New Yorker

    Sunday, July 18: THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AT WAR:
    David Martin, National Security Correspondent for CBS News

    Wednesday, July 21: HOW SHOULD WE THINK ABOUT CHINA: PARTNER, COMPETITOR,
    THREAT? Michail Armacost, former Ambassador

    Friday, July 23: K‹12: EDUCATION IN AMERICA:
    Joel Klein, Chancellor, N.Y. City Dept. of Education

    Saturday, July 24: THE FUTURE OF NEWS:
    Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation

    Sunday, July 25: THE REVENGE OF GOD: RELIGION & VIOLENCE IN THE MODERN WORLD: Reza Aslan, Professor/Author, University of California at Riverside

    Monday, July 26: VENTURE PHILANTHROPY ­ ANDREW CARNEGIE 2.0:
    John Wood, Founder: Room to Read

    Tuesday, July 27: CULTURAL DIPLOMACY:
    Dr. Gary Smith, Executive Director of American Academy in Berlin

    Wednesday, July 28: DEFEATING IEDs AS A WEAPON OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE:
    Thomas Metz, Lt. General, U.S. Army (retired)

    Thursday, July 29: THE FOUR MOST IMPORTANT WORDS IN ECONOMICS: PEOPLE RESPOND TO INCENTIVES: Arthur Laffer, Economist

    Friday, July 30: TO BE ANNOUNCED:
    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Saturday, July 31: WHY IS MARS SO IMPORTANT?:
    Michael Malin, Planetary Geologist
    COUNTDOWN FOR AMERICA:
    David Gergen, Statesman (their title)

    Democrats, Republicans mingle in Bohemian Grove
    Column by Willie Brown San Francisco Chronicle August 1, 2010
    It’s Bohemian Grove time, and once again power boys were up at the Russian River last week. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican and possible presidential contender, predicted a GOP takeover of the House. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, a liberal sharing the talk with Jeb, agreed. Don’t think the Grove gathering has lost its clout. Three former secretaries of state – Colin Powell, James Baker and Henry Kissinger – were spotted talking together. Condoleezza Rice would have fit right in, except they don’t allow women.



  • Lakeside Talks 2008

    DEAD MAN TALKING: LAKESIDE TALKS AT BOHEMIAN GROVE August 2008

    The LAKESIDE TALKS, 2008, at Bohemian Grove were somewhat less dramatic than in past years. However, there was one particular talk this year that put a whole new wrinkle into the mix. On Wednesday, July 23, Tony Snow (ex White House press secretary to George W. Bush) was scheduled to talk on LIFE IN THE PRESS ROOM. The problem was that he died on July 12 and Bohemian Club members started arriving for their summer encampment on July 11. There was
    no correction so I guess even the powerful Bohos couldn¹t get a reprint together. We’ll never know (and neither will they) what Tony had to say about life as W’s mouthpiece.

    THE LOGGING ISSUE:
    For the last couple of years there has been an internal disagreement about the way the Bohemians are taking care of their 2000 acre old growth forest.

    In 2006 a longtime 4th generation member quit the club as he tried to warn the Bohemians to be better stewards of their land. This year there were a couple of Lakeside Talks devoted to this subject and they weren’t from the point of view of the man who quit in protest.

    Saturday, July 12: Professional Forester (and club member) Ralph Osterling spoke on TOMORROWS GROVE IN PROGRESS. Mr. Osterling¹s role has been to lend legitimacy to the Grove¹s logging plan.

    Tuesday, July 22: Jack Blackwell, Vice President of Lands & Conservation at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, spoke on CONSERVATION EASEMENTS: PROTECTING YOUR RIGHT TO A GROVE SHOWER. This may seem quite tame and reasonable until one learns that this is the foundation that the Grove is donating an easement to in order to lower the acreage level on paper so as to avoid stricter logging regulations. For more info on this issue go to:


  • Lakeside Talks 2006

    2006 SCHEDULE OF LAKESIDE TALKS AT BOHEMIAN GROVE

    The most striking thing about this years schedule is that there is NO
    listing for the 12:30 PM lakeside talk for the second Saturday, July 22. In the past the second Saturday usually features a special big wig with a scary topic and is often just listed as ³to be announced² so nosy outsiders won¹t know. So this has piqued our interest and hope by July 22 someone out there will share what they know. Here is a partial list of other talks this year:

    Friday, July 14: ³GLOBAL FINANCIAL WARRIORS²
    by John Taylor, Bohemian and Professor of Economics at Stanford

    Saturday, July 15: CREMATION OF CARE

    Monday, July 17: ³UNTOLD TALES FROM THE COLD WAR²
    Tom Reed, Bohemian & former Secretary of the Air Force

    Tuesday, July 18: ³ENERGY, CO2 and CLIMATE CHANGE
    Lynn Orr, Director Global Climate & Energy Project, Stanford

    Wednesday, July 19: ³GULF COAST EROSION: CONSEQUENCES FOR AMERICA²
    King Milling, Chm. Louisiana Governor¹s Coastal Restoration &
    Conservation Committee

    Friday, July 21: ³AMERICA IN A NEW WORLD² Fareed Zakaria,
    Editor: Newsweek

    Tuesday, July 25: ³ISLAND CONSERVATION WITH GUNS, TRAPS & POISON
    Bernie Tershy, Research Biologist Institute of Marine
    Sciences, U.C. Santa Cruz

    Wednesday, July 26: ŒTHE PARALLELISM & ULTIMATE CONVERGENCE OF SCIENCE
    & RELIGION, Charles Townes, Bohemian & Scientist

    Thursday, July 27: ³GLOBAL URBANIZATION: A CHALLENGE FOR THE FUTURE²,
    Richard Koshalek, President, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
    ³THESE EUROPEANS: DO THEY UNDERSTAND US? OR ANYTHING?²
    Andrew Knight, Bohemian and Editor

    Friday, July 28: ³LESSONS LEARNED FROM WAR, ASSASSINATION, THE WHITE
    HOUSE & HOLLYWOOD², Jack Valenti, past president, Motion Picture Ass. Of
    America

    Saturday, July 29: ³FROM BATTLEFIELDS TO PLAYING FIELDS‹ECONOMICS,
    ENERGY & EDUCATION², Colin Powell, Bohemian & Soldier/Statesman



  • Lakeside Talks 2005

    HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LAKESIDE TALKS at BOHEMIAN GROVE — 2005

    July 15: Be Careful What You Wish For: by Howard Leach, former Ambassador to
    France

    July 16: Of Laughter & Leadership: David Gergen, Public Policy Professor and
    former Presidential Advisor

    July 16: CREMATION OF CARE ceremony

    July 17: To Be Announced, Richard Leakey, Naturalist

    July 18: The Case for Immigration Restriction: by Richard D. Lamb,
    Professor, Unv. Of Colorado & Former Colorado Governor

    July 19: Iraqi Medicine: Rip Van Winkle¹s Burden: by Bernard S. Alpert, M.D.
    Bohemian

    July 20: Wealth, Poverty & the Threat to Global Security: by William W.
    Lewis, Director Emeritus, McKinsey Global Institure

    July 21: Dark Energy & the Runaway Universe: by Alex Filippano, Professor of
    Astronomy, Unv. Of California, Berkeley

    July 21: Unlimited Government: by Chris DeMuth, Ex. Director, American
    Enterprise Institute

    July 23: To Be Announced: (on Second Saturday usually an indication of
    someone very important)

    July 25: Nuclear Considerations‹the Way Ahead: by Albert Konetzni, Vice
    Admiral, U.S. Navy

    July 26: Peering Into Pandora¹s Box: Avian Flu & Beyond: by W. Ian Lipkin,
    M.D., Scientific Director, Northeast Biodefense Center

    July 29: To Be Announced: by Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico

    July 30: Hoover Talk: by General Colin Powell, Bohemian & Soldier/
    Statesman