29 June 2013

The Bohemian Club for the Super-rich, and the Cremation of Care Child Sacrifice

On Friday the 28th of June 2013, Kenrick Ward and I (Robert F. W. Whitlock aka "Berd") called the Bohemian Club on the YHDWM (Your Daily Hour With Me) program. That episode is scheduled to be published next Friday, the 5th of July, and the YDHWM YouTube Channel (user name KennySandwich) shortly thereafter.

My interest in the Club, and the Summer Encampment at the Grove, was re-piqued when an age-enhanced photo of Lindsey Baum was released by the Grays Harbor County Sheriff. 10 year old Linsdey Baum disappeared without a trace from her neighborhood in McCleary Washington 4 years ago, on the 26th of June 2009. At the time, I was researching the Bohemian Grove, and its Cremation of Care Ceremony. More information about that below, along with a photo of the main-gate of the Grove (near Monte Rio, Forestville, Santa Rosa CA (about 70 miles North of San Francisco and the Bay Area,)) from a drive-by visit when I was there in April 2009.

From comment published to the article on The Olympian Newspaper:
4 years ago, Lindsey Baum of McCleary WA, 10 years old, vanished from her neighborhood without a trace.

At the time, I was researching The Bohemian Grove, a place where a couple thousand of some of the world's most monied and powerful gather every summer for the men's only Bohemian Club Summer Encampment.

The initiation ceremony for the two week gathering is called "The Cremation of Care." During the ceremony, Priests of the Grove sacrifice and burn the effigy of a young child. I couldn't help but think of recently disappeared Lindsey Baum in association with this ceremony.

Unfortunately for all of us, the activities of these powerful men have come at the expense of humanity, including many children who have suffered as a result of extractive/exploitative industries.

There is an article about Lindsey in today's newspaper, and I have several other writings about this on my blogs, at peacepotential.blogspot.com and olyblog.net/blog/berd

Age-enhanced photo of Lindsey Baum released

Entrance to Bohemian Grove

21 June 2013

Inhumane and Reckless Economics / Industrialism

What about this idea, that Millions and perhaps billions of people have suffered unnecessary harms as a result of inhumane and reckless industrialism. And even more millions and even more billions are likely to suffer increased continuing harm, unless urgent efforts--along the lines of a race to the Moon mentality--are launched to ameliorate the situation. Do the financial profits and takings for a few justify suffering imposed upon great masses of people? What do you think?

14 June 2013

June Bees


june bees, a set on Flickr.

Helpin' out wit' da bees, the awesome creatures they are.

04 June 2013

"Made for TV Movie," a celebration of death—not nihilistic?!?!

MADE FOR TV MOVIE from video archive- good or bad on Vimeo.

a Reid Urban production, www.reidleeurban.org

—my friend Carl and I starred in this most excellently produced short film. Working with Reid was a great experience.

03 June 2013


Swinging into late springtime the long days are markedly discernable. Even at 9:50pm tonight there was a seriously bright extended twilight glow, and not just in the northwest, I saw it in the south and east too.

Here are three recent photos from the last few days, one is an amazing rose, blooming brilliantly, this one had a lovely fragrance as well:

The next is a chicken from my friends' house. I have been helping take care of the chickens, the next feat is to get the adult chickens and new chicks living together in harmony without anyone automatically trying to peck anyone else to death...

Finally, here is one looking into the distance with a golden sunset glow on the trees, and some electric utility poles and wires in the shot, which reminds me of what's been going on with Puget Sound Energy and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. PSE made their annual rate increase request, although this year was a little different, for a few reasons. One was that they asked for decoupling, another was that they asked for automatic rate increases for the next three years (rather than having to return to make their case each year.) It's a long story, that I will leave for another time, although I have been posting some more on Facebook. One of the other questions I have is about their Green Power program, and their wind generating facilities. I want to know why they charge their customers a premium for their green power program when the cost of building and operating their wind generating facilities came out of the rate-base.
Trees in the distance