Thursday, June 08, 2006

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Work

Across the street from where I work is the Brookstreet Hotel. It’s one of the finest hotels in Ottawa. It is also the location for the 2006 meeting of the Bilderberg Group. The Bilderberg Group annually invites 130 people to their conference. The sessions are private, and all attendees are sworn to secrecy. Those who believe in conspiracy theories think the Bilderberg Group runs the world. Those who are naïve think 130 of the most influential politicians and financial figures just get together to share a few drinks and tell stories.

The whole hotel is booked. Barricades are up, police are on hand, private security is visible and the press are staked out. And it’s all on the road I have to drive down to get to work. Thankfully the protestors haven’t showed up yet (anti-free trader, anarchists, socialists, communists, Marxist-Leninists, and other nut bars). Things really get going tomorrow. I hope nobody decides my car needs to get torched for the greater good of The Cause.


Blogger Blake said...

Was it your intention to imply that people who do not believe in conspiracy theories are naïve?

1:16 a.m.  
Blogger Shawn Abigail said...

Good point.

What I meant to communicate is that just because a somewhat naive fringe element sees a conspiracy doesn't mean they are totally wrong. Those who think powerful people just get together to share a few stories are also naive.

Perhaps the biggest influence at one of the meetings is not the official programme, but the unofficial contacts.

Years ago I read something that stuck with me. "Even paranoids have enemies." Just because a person sees some things that aren't there doesn't mean that they are always wrong when they see something.

6:38 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Blake:

Was it your intention to be incredibly supercilious, rude, arrogant and accusatory? Just wondering since every single one of your comments and blog posts appears to be of that nature, here and everywhere else I've seen.

It's a pity, because it's just possible that you might have something worthwhile to say on occasion, but the obnoxious manner in which you say it ensures that most of the very people you'd like to reach will be alienated and repulsed. No doubt you believe yourself to be in the position of Christ (or perhaps just John the Baptist -- I'd like to give you some credit for sanity here) confronting the Pharisees, but you are neither the Son of God nor a prophet, to know the hearts and motives of the people against whom you are ranting. And neither Christ nor John the Baptist continually confronted, accused, insulted and belittled people the way you do.

I'm sure Shawn can handle your gadfly behaviour just fine, so I'm not here to defend him. But I've been watching you in action for a long time now and I can no longer keep silent about how much your actions and attitude appal me. If you hate "Brethrenism" so much, by all means go elsewhere more suited to your particular beliefs and disposition. Stop hanging around on the sidelines, reading "Brethren" magazines and blogs for (apparently) the sole purpose of working yourself up into an acrimonious frenzy over how hidebound, ignorant and hypocritical Those Brethren Types are.

Oh, and if you want to know why this is anonymous, it's because I don't want you stalking me around the Internet and tearing apart everything I say for the next six months like the bully that you so manifestly are. I'm sure you'll have some devastating rejoinder for that which is meant to expose my intellectual cowardice and spiritual poverty, but I really don't care. I just wish you'd either go away or grow up.

12:07 p.m.  

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