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    Don Eichelberger, Bohemian Grove Action Network Research Collective

    We are always vigilant, looking for lessons on what we believe is the pivotal role played by the Bohemian Club and its annual party at the Grove encampment: to keep the controlling shares of the world’s economic and political wealth in the hands of a group of men able to fit easily in to its outdoor dining circle. Here is another exhibit. Can mere proximity breed conspiracy? You decide.

    A recent issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspective reports that since hydraulic fracturing (fracking) began in Pennsylvania around 2005, “the same areas of the state as the fracking operations generally showed higher readings of radon” (Washington Post, 4/9/15). Radon is a colorless, odorless gas, known to be carcinogenic that exists naturally in hard rock formations just like many being fracked to get at their natural gas. The study was quickly rebuked by the non-profit Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) through their front group, Energy in Depth.

    A follow-up report by the watchdog group PR Watch looked at IPAA’s supporters and turned up some interesting bedfellows from Bohemia. Of the eleven corporate sponsors of IPAA named in the article, five of them had seven Bohemian connections, among them an Iraqi Oil Ministry advisor and a notorious set of brothers, can you guess who? Supporters of IPAA connected to Bohemian Club membership include Shell Oil, Chevron, XTO Energy, Halliburton and, yes, Koch Industries.

    First is one of the largest fracking companies in the country, XTO Energy. A subsidiary of ExxonMobil they are a gas driller and developer in Texas with major developments in the Rockies and New England. William H. Adams III, Meyerling Camp, has been a director of XTO Energy since 2001. He is Executive Regional President of Texas Bank in Fort Worth and previously worked at Frost Bank in Texas as President of the South Arlington branch in charge of Commercial/Energy Lending. His banking experience has been centered primarily in the oil and gas industry with significant experience in risk management (Equilar, Bloomberg).

    Another Bohemian oil insider is Philip J. Carroll, Jr., Wild Oats camp. He has been CEO of Shell Oil, Fluor Corp., BAE Systems and is an American Petroleum Institute Lifetime Member. Mr. Carroll joined Shell as a petroleum engineer and over 37 years worked his way to the top. He participated in meetings in 2002-2003 where US State Department and former oil executives planned for Iraq’s post-invasion oil industry. He served two years at the pleasure of fellow Bohemian, George W. Bush, as the first Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Oil at the United States Department of Defense starting in 2003 (Harper’s, 4/2005).

    Chevron Corp is also a big player in fracking, boasts four Bohemians, starting with the many connections of Samuel Armacost. Armacost has held lead positions for Chevron Corporation, BankAmerica Corporation Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, and Weiss, Peck & Greer L.L.C.(corporate buy-outs). From 1998 to 2010 he was the chairman of SRI International, formerly Stanford Research Institute, an independent research, technology development and commercialization organization, a member of the board of directors since 1981 (Bloomberg).

    In 2009 Armacost was sued by a coalition of Amazon groups for conflict of interest after it was revealed that while heading Chevron, he was the majority shareholder in Exponent Inc., “a pro-industry scientific consulting firm that was paid by Chevron to perform the study of cancer rates in Ecuador’s Amazon region where Texaco (now Chevron) was the exclusive operator of an oil concession from 1964 to 1990” (Reuters). Chevron lost the suit and it is still under appeal (Huffington Post).

    Kenneth T. Derr, a member of the prestigious Mandalay camp, joined the Chevron Corporation in 1960 and served a number of executive positions, including President, until 1999. Derr also served until 2008 as the Chief Executive Officer of Calpine Corp, the largest natural gas fueled power producer in North America (calpine.com), and is or has been a director of AT&T Corp., Citigroup Inc., Citigroup Finance Canada Inc. and CitiCorp (Bloomberg Business).

    Derr served as Director of Halliburton Company, another fracking profiteer, from 2001 to May, 2009. Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company, renamed Halliburton Company in 1961, patented a fracking process in 1949 that earned Halliburton an exclusive license for the process in Texas and Oklahoma (Montgomery, et al). Mr. Derr has been in a position to effectively promote the fracking technology during its recent spike, both as a producer and one of the largest gas consumers.

    Succeeding Derr in 2000 as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Chevron, then Chevron/Texaco after their 2001 merger was David O´Reilly also, conveniently, a Mandalay campmate.

    Before taking over as CEO, O’Reilly held a number of executive positions, culminating in Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Chevron Chemical Company. He retired from Chevron end of 2009 (Bloomberg).

    Besides Bohemian Club, Derr and O’Reilly both serve as Directors of the American Petroleum Institute, and between them hold membership in some fourteen business associations, including The Business Council, The Business Roundtable, Council on Foreign Relations, Hoover Institution, Institute for International Economics, JPMorgan International Council, World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, and the Trilateral Commission.

    J. Dennis Bonney, a Caveman, “served Chevron Corporation in various capacities from 1960 to 1987, including Vice President with responsibilities for worldwide logistics and trading, international production, corporate planning, European refining and marketing, Indonesian oil exploration and production and diversified investments. Mr. Bonney retired from Chevron Corporation in 1995” (Bloomberg).

    The Koch brothers, Charles and David of Midway camp are major frackmasters. The brothers made their billions after inheriting a great deal from their industrialist father, who used his patented oil processing method to set up Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union oil infrastructure. According to a recent family biography, Sons of Wichita by Daniel Schulman, Koch, Sr., struggled to make his sons “real men”, not pampered trust fund babies; favored the use of boxing to inflame his sons’ competitiveness.

    The brothers, led by second born Charles, increased their inherited wealth 2000 fold maximizing profits from drilling and refining oil and gas, tar-sands development, fracking, pipeline development, chemicals production, ranching, chemical fertilizer production, forest products, commodity speculations and oil derivatives.

    The Kochs have built a formidable empire of private oil, gas and chemical companies that help fund a network of right-wing think tanks, institutions of higher learning, political action committees, and non-profit front organizations to support their political take over (Schulman, Kochtopus).

    Fracking for dollars has skyrocketed since George W. Bush exempted it from the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2005 (EEC Environment). How Bohemian Club or other individual members also aided the growth of fracking, uncluttered by regulatory roadblocks is, of course, speculation. Ten years ago, fracking and tar sands development were mere gleams in the eyes of men like Chuck and Dave Koch, Bill Adams, Ken Derr or Sam Armacost. While sociologist Dr. G. William Domhoff wonders in his “Study of Ruling Class Cohesiveness” if “Texas oilmen and Wall Street bankers might well need a little fraternizing to come to trust each other”, he concludes that accusations of the Grove being used to seal deals are overblown (Domhoff).

    We can only surmise a cohesion among the ruling elite, already bonded in their pursuit of profit above all else, by the ever widening gap between haves and have-nots, and the plight of the natural world in the current epoch. Such a cohesive culture of rulers comes closest to being realized at Bohemian Grove’s annual secretive encampment. Sonoma State University Sociology professor, Dr. Peter Phillips concludes in his 1995 doctoral dissertation, “A Relative Advantage: Sociology of the San Francisco Bohemian Club” that, while general parameters of major policy “can and have evolved”, the process is not deliberate, but “occurs through normal social intercourse”.

    The upper class in this country can, in other words, build general consensus around important public policies as an incidental consequence of spending time together. The richest patriarchs get to get drunk and play together, off-the-record, year after year for over 100 years for two weeks in cabins and tents, around the campfires, beneath the redwood grove’s protective canopy. At minimum, it is hard to believe more calls don’t get returned once outside. And among men of this power and wealth, a phone call returned by someone who can help solve a problem is gold.

    Sources:

    Bloomberg Business bio of J. Dennis Bonney, 5/5/15 http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=783513&ticker=CBI&previousCapId=330169&previousTitle=Alumax%252C%2520Inc.

    Bloomberg Business bio of Kenneth Derr. Web. 5/5/15
    http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=615679&ticker=CVX

    Bloomberg Business bio of Philip J. Carroll, Jr. Web. 5/5/15
    http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=655668&ticker=VMC

    Bloomberg Business, Weiss, Peck and Greer LLP. Website. 5/5/15
    http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=23883

    Domhoff, G. William, The Bohemian Grove and other retreats—a Study of Ruling-class Cohesiveness. Harper and Rowe Publishers. New York. Print. 1974.

    Domhoff, G. William, “Who Rules America?” Website. 5/5/15
    http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/bohemian_grove.html

    EEC Environment, history of fracking. Web. 5/18/15
    http://eecworld.com/services/258-a-brief-history-of-hydraulic-fracturing

    Energy In Depth radon critique, 5/5/15.
    http://energyindepth.org/marcellus/four-key-facts-about-a-new-radon-study/

    Equilar Atlas, William H. Adams III bio. Website. 5/11/15. http://people.equilar.com/bio/william-adams-xto-energy/salary/47126#.VVFxmpOTVX8

    Forbes Magazine, “(Armacost) Breaking Up a Great Bank”. Web. 5/11/15 http://archive.fortune.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1988/06/06/70620/index.htm

    History Commons, Iraq post invasion oil ministry. Web. 5/11/15
    http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=complete_timeline_of_the_2003_invasion_of_iraq_3257

    Huffington Post, Chevron vs. Ecuador Lawsuit. Web. 5/8/15
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/chevron-ecuador-lawsuit/

    Kochtopus, http://kochcash.org/the-kochtopus/. Web. 4/25/15

    Montgomery, Carl T.; Smith, Michael B. (December 2010). “Hydraulic fracturing. History of an enduring technology” (PDF). JPT Online (Society of Petroleum Engineers): 26–41. Web. 5/11/15

    Phillips, Peter, “A Relative Advantage—Sociology of the San Francisco Bohemian Club”. http://library.sonoma.edu/specialcollections/bohemianclub/. Web. 5/25/15

    PR Watch EID critique, 5/5/15
    http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/12/11921/%E2%80%9Cenergy-depth%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-reporters%E2%80%99-guide-its-founding-funding-and-flacks

    Reuters, “Amazon Defense Coalition: Chevron Board Member Armacost Tied to Conflict of Interest over Cancer Study in Ecuador`s Amazon”. 5/19/09. Web. 5/5/15
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/05/19/idUS177778+19-May-2009+BW20090519

    Schulman, Daniel, Sons if Wichita. Grand Central Publishing. New York. 2014. Print

    Washington Post, “Rise of Deadly Radon Gas in Pennsylvania”, 4/9/15. Web
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/04/09/rise-of-deadly-radon-gas-in-pennsylvania-buildings-linked-to-fracking-industry/

    XTO Energy. Web. 5/6/15
    http://www.xtoenergy.com/index.html


  • Cave Man Camp 2004

    Cave Man Camp 2004

    Herbert Hoover III Captain- Grandon of President Herbert Hoover and Chairman of Hoover Institute.

    Haig G Mardikian – Owner of Haig G. Mardikian Enterprises, a real estate investment business (1971-present);Mr. Mardikian has served as Managing Director of the United Broadcasting Company, radio broadcasting (1983-2001) and Chairman and Director of SIFE Trust Fund (1978-2002). He serves as a director of the Downtown Association of San Francisco (1982-present) and the Market Street Association (1982-present) and as a trustee of Trinity College (1998-present); the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library (1997-present); the Herbert Hoover Foundation (2002-present) and the Advisor California Civil Liberties Public Education Fund (1997-present).

    Martin Carl Anderson – Martin Anderson is the Keith and Jan Hurlbut Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Expertise: National economic policy, national defense, the U.S. presidency, U.S. higher education, campaign financing.
    Orley Clark Ashenfelter – is a Frisch Medal winning economist who serves as a professor of economics at Princeton University. His areas of specialization include labor economics, econometrics, and law and economics. He is the director of the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University, and has been director of the Office of Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Labor.

    J Dennis Bonney was vice chairman of Chevron Corporation from 1987-95, with responsibility for its worldwide oil and gas exploration and production. During his tenure, he supervised the negotiations leading to Chevron’s 1993 signing of a joint venture with Kazakhstan to develop the Tengiz oil field, which created the largest Western business venture in the former Soviet Union. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is also a past president of the Commonwealth Club of California.

    David Davenport – David Davenport is counselor to the director for external relations and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He specializes in international law and treaties, constitutional federalism, and American politics and law. Davenport is the former president of Pepperdine University (1985–2000).

    Edwin J Feulner Jr – President, Heritage Foundation. Member, George Mason University Board of Visitors. Trustee, Acton Institute. Trustee, International Republican Institute. former Fellow, Hoover Institution. former Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
    Maurice R Greenberg – Mr. Greenberg is the Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. and is the retired chairman and CEO of American International Group, Inc. (AIG) He is past chairman, deputy chairman and director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Honorary vice chairman, Council on Foreign Relations.

    Thomas H Henricksen – Thomas H. Henriksen is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. His current research focuses on American foreign policy in the post-cold war world, international political affairs, and national defense.
    Michael B Howard –

    Edwin Meese III – Meese graduated from Yale University, where he was a president of the Yale Political Union. After Reagan’s election, he became Counselor to the President, member of the President’s Cabinet and the National Security Council from 1981 to 1985. Meese became Attorney General in February 1985, holding this office until August, 1988.

    David K Newbigging – Chairman, Talbot Holdings Limited UK, EIR’s Dope, Inc. called him “the most powerful man in Hong Kong today.” Member of the Board of Merrill Lynch (1996-2007)

    Charles G Palm – Associate Director Hoover Inst. Retired 2001

    Stephen J Ryan M.D., is Dean of the Keck School of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Medical Care of the University of Southern California.

    Robert J Swain – Director, OYO Geospace Corporation, Swain currently serves as chairman of the Coalition of Professional and Scientific Associations in support of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program. He also has served on the boards of directors of several corporations, Board of overseers Hoover Inst.

    John E Swearingen – John E. Swearingen, 89, a Chicago banker and oil executive who led Standard Oil Co. of Indiana to become the sixth-largest U.S. company, Died Sept 2007
    John Brian Taylor – John B. Taylor is the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University. Expertise: Monetary, fiscal, and international economics; international finance; public policy.

    Dan King Thomasson – He is a trustee of Franklin College, a member of the National Public Affairs Council for Indiana University, a member of the board of advisors of Ohio University School of Journalism at Georgetown University and of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Thomasson also serves as president of the Raymond Clapper Foundation and vice president and trustee of the Scripps Howard Foundation. He is a member of the Gridiron Club (president in 1992) and the National Press Club. His awards include election to the Washington Journalism Hall of Fame.

    Morley P Thompson – former president and chief executive of the Baldwin-United Corporation, the financial services conglomerate.

    James Q Wilson – born May 27, 1931) in Denver, Colorado is the Ronald Reagan professor of public policy at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy in California, and a professor emeritus at UCLA. From 1961 to 1987 he was a professor of government at Harvard University.


  • Cave Man Camp

    Names obtained from the 2010 Bohemian Grove Attendee List.

    Members – 21

     

    Haig G. Mardikian– Owner of Haig G. Mardikian Enterprises, a real estate investment business (1971-present); a General Partner of M&B Development, a real estate investment business (1983-present); President and Director of Adiuvana-Invest, Inc., a real estate investment business (1989-present); Director of The Walnut Management Company, a privately held family investment management company (2008-present). He is a past President and is a Director of the Foundation of City College of San Francisco (2006-present); President of The William Saroyan Foundation (1992-present), and a Director of the Near East Foundation (2007-present). He also presently serves as Chairman of the Board and Director of the Forward Funds, a mutual fund company.

    He has served as the Chairman and Director of SIFE Equities Trust Fund, sold to Wells Fargo Bank in 2002, and Managing Director of the United Broadcasting Company, sold to American Radio Systems in 1996.

    In other civic activities, he has served as a trustee of Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, and as Vice Chairman of the Commission on California State Government & Economy and the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commission. He is a former director and president of the Downtown Association of San Francisco and the Market Street Association, and a Director of the International House at the University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and the San Francisco Visitors & Convention Bureau. Haig also served as past president of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and Better Business Bureau of San Francisco. He is a former advisor to the California Civil Liberties Public Education Fund and a member of the San Francisco Charter Revision Commission.

    He has a BA from Trinity College and an MBA from Harvard University. Source.

    Martin Carl Anderson– After serving as director of policy research for the 1968 Presidential campaign of Richard Nixon, Anderson was Special Assistant to the President from 1969 to 1970, and then, from 1970 to 1971, “Special Consultant to the President of the United States for Systems Analysis.” It was through his recommendation that Alan Greenspan began his career in government. He is also widely credited with helping to end military conscription in the United States. He was a senior policy adviser to the Reagan presidential campaigns of 1976 and 1980, and under President Ronald Reagan he served as the chief domestic policy advisor from 1981 to 1982, and then as a member of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board from 1982 to 1989. Under President George H.W. Bush, Anderson served as a member of the President’s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control from 1987 to 1993. Anderson was a trustee of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation from 1985–90 and a member of the California Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1993–98. A senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University since 1971, he was named Keith and Jan Hurlbut Senior Fellow there in 1998. Source.

    Orley Clark Ashenfelter – Professor of economics at Princeton University and also the director of the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. His areas of specialization include labor economics, econometrics, and law and economics. Born in San Francisco, Ashenfelter attended Claremont McKenna Men’s College. has been director of the Office of Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Labor, a Guggenheim Fellow, and the Benjamin Meeker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol. He was awarded the Frisch Medal in 1982. He is a recipient of the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, the Mincer Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Society of Labor Economists, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of Labor Economics, and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Source.

    J. Dennis Bonney – Served Chevron Corporation in various capacities from 1960 to 1987, including Vice President with responsibilities for worldwide logistics and trading, international production, corporate planning, European refining and marketing, Indonesian oil exploration and production and diversified investments. Mr.Bonney retired from Chevron Corporation in 1995, where he served as Vice Chairman of the Board from 1987 to 1995 and as Director from 1986 to 1995. From 1987 until his retirement in 1995, Mr. Bonney was responsible for worldwide oil and gas exploration and production. He has been a Director of Alumax Inc. since 1996 and is a Member of Audit and Human Resources and Compensation Committees. Mr. Bonney is a Director of Aeromovel USA, Inc. He served as a Director of United Meridian Corp. since May 1996. Source.

    Terry Considine – CEO of AIMCO, an American real estate investment trust that he helped found through various acquisitions and mergers. He attended Harvard University for his undergraduate degree and later returned to Harvard for law school. He is also a former Republican member of the Colorado state Senate, having served from 1987 until 1992. Considine was the primary organizer of Coloradans Back in Charge, a grassroots initiative that led to Colorado being the first state to impose term limits on the governor, state legislature and congressional delegation. He left the state Senate early in 1992 to pursue the open seat in the United States Senate created by the decision of Democrat Tim Wirth to forgo a bid for a second term. Considine was defeated in the 1992 general election by Democrat Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Campbell later became a Republican while still in office and was re-elected as a Republican in 1998. Considine is a son-in-law of former Georgia U.S. Representative Howard “Bo” Callaway (born 1927). He is listed as member of the Leadership Council of the conservative Club for Growth which funds Tea Party and other Republican candidates and provides advertising and policy promotions for Republicans without naming a specific candidate through its 527 operations. Source.

    David Davenport – Counselor to the director and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He specializes in international law and treaties, constitutional federalism, and American politics and law. Davenport is the former president of Pepperdine University. Davenport cofounded Common Sense California and the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. He also serves on the board of California Forward, a bipartisan reform group, and was a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Performance Review Commission. Davenport is a member of several corporate and nonprofit boards as well. His work on policy appears in a number of places, including regular radio commentaries on the Salem Radio Network and Townhall.com (where he is a contributing editor), as well as frequent newspaper columns in the San Francisco Chronicle. He has contributed chapters to Hoover books on values in a free society and legal threats to American values. He has also authored articles in Policy Review on “The New Diplomacy” and “The Politics of Literacy.” Davenport is a popular public speaker, currently serving as a world affairs lecturer for Crystal Cruises. Davenport earned a B.A. with distinction in international relations from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and earned national and international awards in moot court competitions. Source.

    Edwin J. Feulner Jr. – President of the Heritage Foundation, American conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. Heritage’s stated mission is to “formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense”. The foundation took a leading role in the conservative movement during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, whose policies drew significantly from Heritage’s policy study Mandate for Leadership. Heritage has since continued to have a significant influence in U.S. public policy making, and is considered to be one of the most influential conservative research organizations in the United States. Source. Source 2.

    Maurice R. Greenberg – Former chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG), which was the world’s 18th largest public company and its largest insurance and financial services corporation. He is currently chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. (C.V. Starr), a diversified financial services firm that is named for the founder of AIG, Cornelius Vander Starr. He joined C.V. Starr as Vice President in 1960 and was given the additional responsibilities of President of American Home Assurance Company in 1962. He was elected Director of C.V. Starr in 1965, Chairman and Chief Executive officer in 1968 and continues in that role. Greenberg is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Starr International Company Inc., and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starr International USA, Inc. (Starr International USA). C.V. Starr and Starr International USA are collectively known as Starr Companies. Source.

    Thomas H. Henriksen– Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the U.S. Joint Special Operations University. Dr. Henriksen specializes in U.S. foreign policy, defense issues, and counter-insurgencies. He has authored or edited fourteen books or lengthy monographs and scores of articles. He is Palgrave’s Series Editor for its new series American Foreign Policy in the 21st century. He also concentrates on armed and covert interventions abroad.

     
    Michael B. Howard– Lawyer with degrees for MicroBiology and BioChemistry. Member of Miles and Stockbridge P.C.’s Labor and Employment practice group. Mike regularly litigates federal and state claims of workplace harassment, retaliation, and failure to accommodate disabilities in federal and state court. Mike also litigates and provides advice in the areas of state and federal wage and hour law, FMLA compliance, workplace harassment and violence prevention, independent contractor status including the Maryland Workplace Fraud Act, and reductions in force and the Warn Act. Mike regularly drafts severance agreements and releases, Executive employment agreements, commission agreements, employee handbooks, and vacation and leave policies. Mike’s traditional labor experience includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements, supervising elections, and providing advice regarding campaigning during an election period. Mike has significant experience litigating wage and hour class and collective actions, including claims alleging misclassification of employees as exempt from state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws and allegations of failure to pay travel time and on-call time. Mike regularly works with health care and retail pharmacy clients to assist them with managing their workforce and reducing risk from human variables, such as harassment and discrimination, and from operational challenges, such as wage and hour compliance and workplace safety. He also assists construction clients manage their obligations under the Davis Bacon Act’s prevailing wage and fringe benefit requirements and new state laws targeting certain industries that classify employees as independent contractors. Source.

    Robert Langholz – Director and Secretary of Bryan Apparel Corp. (Importer/Manufacturer of Clothing), Vice President of Diamond Leasing (Passenger Car Leasing), Partner at Holarud Building Co. (Commercial Building Operations), Vice President and Director at Laru Property Management (Private Real Estate). Odd and Recent inclusion into this camp. Seems to be mostly based in Tulsa, OK and contributed to the “Romney For President Exploratory Commission back in 2007. Source.

    Edwin Meese III – Attorney, law professor, and author who served in official capacities within the Ronald Reagan Gubernatorial Administration (1967–1974), the Reagan Presidential Transition Team (1980), and the Reagan White House (1981–1985), eventually rising to hold the position of the 75th Attorney General of the United States (1985–1988). He currently holds fellowships and chairmanships with several public policy councils and think tanks, including the Constitution Project and The Heritage Foundation. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He currently sits on the National Advisory Board of Center for Urban Renewal and Education. Source.

    David K. Newbigging – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jardine Matheson & Co. from 1975 until his retirement in 1983. Mr. Newbigging served as Senior Managing Director of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Limited, a Hong Kong-based international trading, industrial and financial services group, from 1975 to 1983. Mr. Newbigging has been Chairman of the Board of Talbot Underwriting Ltd., since December 2003. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Faupel Trading Group PLC and Equitas Reinsurance Limited. He served as Chairman of the Board of Thistle Hotels PLC. Mr. Newbigging served as Chairman of the Board of Friends Provident PLC, a United Kingdom-based life assurance and asset management company from 1998 to May 26, 2004. He served as Chairman of the Board of Equitas Holdings Limited, the parent company of a group of reinsurance companies based in the United Kingdom, from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Newbigging was the Chairman of the Board of Rentokil Group PLC, an international support services company based in the United Kingdom, from 1987 to 1994. He is also Chairman of The Council of Trustees of the Mission to Seafarers. He served as the Chairman of the Council of Trustees of Cancer Research UK. He has been Deputy Chairman of Benchmark Group PLC since October 30, 1996. He served as Deputy Chairman of the Council of Trustees of Cancer Research UK. Mr. Newbigging has been a Director of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. since 1996, which is a General Partner of Merrill Lynch Preferred Capital Trust I, II, III, IV, V and VI and Merrill Lynch Preferred Funding LP I, II, III, IV, V and VI. Mr. Newbigging has been a Director of Paccar Inc., since 1999. He serves as a Director of Ocean Energy, Inc. Mr. Newbigging serves as a Director of Benchmark Group PLC and a Member of the Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee. Mr. Newbigging is a member of the Supervisory Board of DAF Trucks NV of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Paccar Inc. Mr. Newbigging served as a Director of United Meridian Corp. since August 1987. Mr. Newbigging served as a Director of Thistle Hotels PLC from March 25, 1999 to May 10, 2003. Mr. Newbigging served as an Independent Director of Friends Provident PLC from April 2001 to May 26, 2004. EIR’s Dope, Inc. called him “the most powerful man in Hong Kong today.” Source.

    Charles G. Palm – Former Deputy Director of the Hoover Institution.

    Stephen J. Ryan– Ophthalmology. President, Doheny Eye Institute, Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Home Secretary, Institute of Medicine Council. Dr. Ryan is Home Secretary of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of The National Academy of Sciences (2005-present). He was previously Chairman of the IOM Membership Committee. He is the Executive Vice President of The National Academies Corporation (TNAC). Dr. Ryan served as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Southern California (USC) from 1974 to 1995. He served as Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC from 1991 to 2004 and as Senior Vice President of USC from 1993 to 2004. He currently holds the Grace and Emery Beardsley Chair and is the Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology. From 1982 to 1985, he was a Member of the NIH National Advisory Eye Council (NAEC) and subsequently Chair of the Retina Panel for the NAEC. From 1975 to 1979, Dr. Ryan served as a Member of the Visual Sciences “A” Study Section in the Division of Research Grants at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). An internationally recognized expert in the field of retinal diseases and ocular trauma, Dr. Ryan has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions for more than 25 years in support of the NIH and the National Eye Institute. Dr. Ryan is a member of numerous ophthalmologic organizations and has served as President of a number of them. As a Board member of the International Council of Ophthalmology, Dr. Ryan has organized and chaired the Scientific Program Committee for the last three World Ophthalmology Congresses. He is President of the International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation. Source.

    Kenneth W. Starr – Served as a federal Court of Appeals judge and also at another time as Solicitor General. He received the most publicity for his tenure as Independent Counsel while Bill Clinton was U.S. president. Starr was initially appointed to investigate the suicide death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster and the Whitewater real estate investments of Bill Clinton. The three-judge panel charged with administering the Independent Counsel Act later expanded the inquiry into numerous areas including an extramarital affair that Bill Clinton had with Monica Lewinsky. After several years of investigation Starr filed the Starr Report which alleged that Bill Clinton had lied about existence of the affair during a sworn deposition. The allegation opened the door for the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the five-year suspension of Clinton’s law license. Starr currently serves as the president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas and is on the board of trustees at the Baylor College of Medicine. Source.

    No stranger to conspiracy theorists, Kenneth Starr is a recent addition to this camp and very involved with several Bill Clinton controversy’s. His inclusion within the Grove seems to lend some legitimacy to these claims.

    Robert J. Swain – Director, OYO Geospace Corporation, Swain currently serves as chairman of the Coalition of Professional and Scientific Associations in support of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program. He also has served on the boards of directors of several corporations, Board of overseers Hoover Inst.

    John Brian Taylor – Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University, and the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. In research published in 1979 and 1980 he developed a model of price and wage setting—called the staggered contract model—which served as an underpinning of a new class of empirical models with rational expectations and sticky prices—sometimes called new Keynesian models. In a 1993 paper he proposed the Taylor rule, intended as a recommendation about how nominal interest rates should be determined, which then became a rough summary of how central banks actually do set them. He has been active in public policy, serving as the Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs during the first term of the George W. Bush Administration. His book Global Financial Warriors chronicles this period. He was a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors during the George H. W. Bush Administration and Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisors during the Ford and Carter Administrations. Source.

    Dan King Thomasson – Dan King Thomasson has long been known as “the lean gray wolf” of investigative journalism. He is a trustee of Franklin College, a member of the National Public Affairs Council for Indiana University, a member of the board of advisors of Ohio University School of Journalism at Georgetown University and of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Thomasson also serves as president of the Raymond Clapper Foundation and vice president and trustee of the Scripps Howard Foundation. He is a member of the Gridiron Club (president in 1992) and the National Press Club. His awards include election to the Washington Journalism Hall of Fame.

    Morley P. Thompson – Appointed President of Baldwin Piano Company in 1970. Having graduated from the Harvard Business School in 1950, Thompson had started out as a door-to-door piano salesman. His skill at shuffling money among subsidiaries to limit corporate taxes and generate acquisition funds won him a reputation as a financial “wizard.” Thompson would not be satisfied with a mere sideline in finance; he wanted to fashion a major conglomerate out of the nation’s largest keyboard company. Under his guidance, Baldwin acquired literally dozens of financial services firms in the 1970s and early 1980s. At its peak, the company controlled over 200 insurance companies, savings and loan institutions, and investment firms. Some of its larger deals included a 1977 merger with Cincinnati investment company United Corp. to form Baldwin-United Corp. and the October 1981 acquisition of Sperry & Hutchinson, best known for its “S&H Green Stamps.” Baldwin’s most popular financial product was the single-premium deferred annuity (SPDA), a life insurance policy that amassed interest tax-free until withdrawals began. From 1980 to 1983, Baldwin sold 165,000 of these policies, or over $4 billion worth, at interest rates of at least 7.5 percent and up to 14.5 percent. By 1982, keyboard instruments constituted a mere three percent of Baldwin-United’s $3.6 billion revenues. Although Thompson employed a complex array of transactions to maximize income and minimize costs, several factors fouled up his plans. Fundamentally, the company was paying higher interest rates than it was earning on its own investments. Thompson’s fiscal juggling allowed the company to generate tax credits on the losses, but with little profit against which to count those credits, Thompson began to register some tax credits as profits in 1979. In the absence of net income at his own companies, Thompson set out on a quest to acquire companies with positive cash flow. In March 1982, Baldwin acquired Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. (MGIC), a Wisconsin-based residential mortgage insurer that ranked at the top of its field. Baldwin-United took out nearly $600 million in short-term loans from eight banks to help pay the $1.2 billion price tag. When MGIC’s profits slid more than 20 percent, Thompson started siphoning liquid assets from insurance subsidiaries’ reserve funds to service the debt, a move that drew the attention of insurance regulators in three states. Source.

    James Q. Wilson– Deceased March 02, 2012. American academic, political scientist, and an authority on public administration. A Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University and a senior fellow at the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College, he was a co-author of the 1982 article introducing the broken windows theory. He was a Professor of Government at Harvard. Wilson was a former chairman of the White House Task Force on Crime (1966), of the National Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse Prevention (1972–73) and a member of the Attorney General’s Task Force on Violent Crime (1981), the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1985–90), and the President’s Council on Bioethics. He was a former president of the American Political Science Association. He served on the board of directors for the New England Electric System (now National Grid USA), Protection One, RAND, and State Farm Mutual Insurance. He was the chairman of the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute. Wilson was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the International Council of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation. Source.

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    This is the camp for the Hoover Institute though not all of the members are associated with Hoover. There are, however, some very interesting aspects. This group contains yet another ophthamologist and one wonders why eye doctors are so far the most popular field in medicine for the Grove. Kenneth Starr’s inclusion into the Grove is very interesting as well.