Boho Wrap 2017

by Don Eichelberger

This year’s glimpse in to the Bohemian Grove encampment of the ruling elite was a unique one. We were not able to get a copy of the grove schedule as we have often in the past, but one intrepid worker was able to get cell phone photos of an unnamed member’s schedule, complete with margin notes. While there were a number of interesting titles and presenters for the daily Lakeside Talks and other events, the margin notes offered extra insights about the more spontaneous occurrences not documented in the program.

Among documented events, William Bratton spoke on “Policing in 2017: Everything Old is New Again”.  The former NYC Police Commissioner was a first advocate of “Broken Windows Policing,” which includes intolerance of “antisocial” behavior (however you define it?), and favored going after minor infractions to avoid drift toward more major law breaking, stop and frisk being a major tool. Prediction: Right wing police methods will continue to escalate.

An interesting MUSEUM TALK, “The Case for Climate Engineering” was given by Harvard climate scientist, David Keith. We don’t have a text of his speech, but we do have his 2013 book by the same title. His speech likely updates his thesis that climate change is real and that even with big cuts to carbon production, carbon will continue to accumulate in the atmosphere for a long while, causing warming. We must therefore implement ways to actively combat the effects of increasing carbon, and his company, Carbon Engineering is working on it. The 2013 book sets out plans to spray 250 thousand tons a year of sulfuric acid above 60,000 feet to help reflect solar radiation back in to space. Has he done it? Perhaps only the Bohos know.

We can only echo the warning by author Naomi Klein, whose seminal book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” warns about the Capitalist approach to environmentalism, whose answer to climate change is worldwide applications of various chemicals or devices into the atmosphere or the oceans to reduce rising temperatures.  The Law of Unintended Consequences is likely to crop up here but, by then, the “solutions” cannot be undone.

While Keith raises many of the same concerns, he comes down on the side of engineering. With Bohemians taking up the subject of climate engineering at their secret retreat, the investment opportunities must be endless.

Spooks and the military dominated Friday, July 21, with a Lakeside Talk titled “Disorderly Conduct–at Home and Abroad” from Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director.  It would be interesting to know what disorderly conduct is being discussed, but this info is for Boho ears only.

On the same schedule page is a penciled notation, “10:00 Bobby Inman @ Hillside 9:30”. Inman is a member of Hillside camp and has served as Director of Naval Intelligence, also Vice Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, then Director of the National Security Agency, then as the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a post he held until June, 1982. To his credit, Inman criticized the Bush administration’s use of warrantless domestic wiretaps, making him one of the highest-ranking former intelligence officials to criticize the program in public.

On the same page, Gates’ name is circled with an arrow pointing to another notation, “* 1:15 Hillbillies fun (?) ‘The Presidence’ w/ Medal of Honor winners”. Also in the margins, several names, including Gates and some others. One name, “Walter Huss” may be Walter Hussman, Jr., a Bohemian in Valley of the Moon camp who runs a string of newspapers in the south, including his flagship Little Rock (Arkansas) Democrat-Gazette.

That could explain another name on the hand written list, Tom Cotton. He’s the junior US Senator from Arkansas, darling of the Tea Party. His name is circled, and under it in parentheses, “invite only”. Another informal gathering?

We wonder if another Lakeside Talk presenter was invited. Speaking on “When Duty Calls . . . and Everything Changes Forever” Jack Jacobs, Colonel US Army, (ret’d), is listed as a Medal of Honor recipient.

On the page listing the Colonel’s talk is a penciled notation, “5:45 Fireside Chat Paul Tagliab??”. While the last two letters are a little hard to read, odds are they’re talking about Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the NFL. Wanna talk sports the Boho way?

“The New Populism: Where It Came From & Where It’s Likely to Go” is a Lakeside Talk given by JD Vance, US Marine (Ret’d). He is author, according to Amazon, of “Hillbilly Elegy”, telling of his family’s escape from the poverty of the Ozarks. It describes his social rise culminating with a Yale degree and his family’s difficulty breaking free from the ravages of their class (with insights in to votes for Trump?).

This page also has a penciled-in note, “5:15 Campfire Chat, Don Rumsfeld” speaks for itself. Another note, “4:00 Spot Haas Ross Levine ‘Globalization’” could refer to UC Berkeley Haas School of Business head and, according to Wikipedia, last year’s tenth most quoted economist with insights to share on world economics. The last entry promises “6:15 Heavy appetizers”. One can only wonder.

“How Smart Could/Should/Will Cities Get?” by Steve Koonin, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress is a compelling title, given these are men who “could”. It would be interesting to know if they “should”, and what criterion he uses.

“An Actor’s Life for Me” from actor/director Charles Siebert sounds tame, but the page includes several penciled notation that are curious and enticing, like the phrase written across the top, “Cave Man Economics”. Wonder if they’re talking about Caveman Camp?

Another entry, “Kissinger @ ? Midway” offers promise of face time with the great backroom dealer. The question mark may refer to time, or possibly doubt about where. Kissinger’s camp is Mandalay, which sounds a lot like Midway. Both are camps at Bohemia; hope he found it.

Another notation on that page, “1:15 Hill Billies Wine Lunch” has an arrow pointing to the name C. Covington, which is crossed out, and beneath it written enticingly in parentheses, “see back page”. This could refer to Christopher Covington, an investment banker in biotechnology and healthcare, a member of Cool-Nazdar Camp.  Unfortunately, the back page was not photographed, so we’ll never know why he was crossed off.

“When the Prosecutor is the Problem” has preeminent trial lawyer, David Boies, famous for trying to break up Microsoft and representing Al Gore in the losing Gore v. Bush supreme court case that won Bush the presidency in 2000, talking law.

“Why Music is Great” features bass virtuoso, Victor Wooten, sharing a Lakeside Talk on the wonders of music, one of which is allowing a black man to enter this bastion of rich, white men.

Another interesting musical event has musicians Lawrence Hobgood and Tom Scott, with “special guests” discussing musical beat. With Grateful Dead Percussionist, Mickey Hart now a grover, and Scott’s history of playing with the band, it could be an interesting drum circle.

Same with the “midnight: guitar picking around the campfire” noted at the end of the day of the Cremation of Care; a campfire listed as “Care’s Wake”. Bobby Weir is noted more as a rhythm guitarist, but he may pick a tune if inspired. Only the Bohos know for sure.