I’m in the middle of writing another volume of memoirs, and thus I’m rather exhausted at the moment, too exhausted to give much time to this blog. However, politically things are so crazy right now that I have to say something. I’m talking about President Trump and the totally unprecedented attacks against him. There’s obviously a coup going on within the American Establishment. I could talk lots about that, but for now I’ll just say that this coup is so obvious. It’s right in your face, all backed up by the presstitutes. They don’t even bother trying to disguise it anymore. How can any citizen say that they still live in a democracy?!
Yes, I’m tired at the moment, but fortunately I have Glenn Greenwald to articulate it far better than I…
As I always say, I’m no fan of Donald Trump and hold completely opposite political views to his. However, he was elected President in what appeared to be a free and fair election (even if only half the eligible voters could be bothered to turn out) and you have to respect that. The character assassination that’s now going on against President Trump is unprecedented. It’s quite breathtaking to watch and is yet another sign that the lunatics have well and truly taken over the asylum.
But let me stick to the lunatics on this side of the Pond, and the fascist police state that Britain has become. The recently introduced Investigatory Powers Act is the most egregious assault on civil liberties in modern history, anywhere in the world. This Act basically puts into law what the UK security services have been doing quite illegally for ages: mass surveillance of citizens without any boundaries. As if that weren’t enough, the traitorous loons in Westminster are now proposing amendments to the old Espionage Bill, which came into law in 1911. These amendments will allow the government to totally control what journalists can say and do.
You tell people about this stuff and most of them just look at you with a blank stare. I imagine it was much the same in 1930s Germany. I’ll give you an example of how bad things are now. I regularly post in the comments section of a high profile political blog which will remain nameless. The comments section is infested with security service trolls, as are all comment sections of high profile news and politics sites. This is all part of JTRIG, which GCHQ have recently massively expanded. I should stress that even with the horrendous Investigatory Powers Act this trolling by GCHQ is totally illegal. Anyhows, getting back to my example, I was composing a post for this high profile political blog, and it took me about five minutes to bang on about much of what I’m banging on about in this post. Literally within seconds of posting my comment I received a lengthy reply. The vermin at GCHQ had been following the key strokes on my computer while I was composing my comment.
If you’re not worried about such things you really should be.
And I will add that this blog continues to be under hack attack, making it difficult for me to login to the Admin side and make posts. I would hazard that I’m under attack not because the Burgundy Blog is any kind of threat to the Establishment (in relative terms very few people read this blog compared to other news and blog sites), but because I steam into the little security service wankers on other sites.
This month there have been more major riots here in France, both in the south of the country and in Paris. The RT report that I include here blames this civil unrest on accusations of police brutality, but actually it goes much deeper than that. The RT report zooms in on dusky skinned people, yet if you look closely you’ll see that most of the protestors are white. This recent unrest all stems from the massive protests that have been taking place in France in the last few years, protests against ‘austerity’, globalisation and the new employment laws that the Hollande government have forced through. There’s quite literally a revolution going on in France at the moment, and the mainstream media aren’t reporting it (because they don’t want to give the plebs in other western countries any ideas).
Be very careful about what the mainstream media tell you about the forthcoming presidential election in France, with regard to who may or may not win the presidency. There are much bigger forces at large here which you are not being told about.
And here’s a message for the corrupt little tossers in the security services: you might have the ability to continue to hack this blog, and make it increasingly difficult for me to post, as you do with many other voices in the alternate media, but be aware that all your actions are being carefully noted, and you will be held to account in a real court of law.
Politics is so confused at the moment; which is not a good sign.
President Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ is a prime example. This is not a Muslim ban; it’s a temporary 90 day restriction on people from several Middle Eastern countries from entering the USA, and it’s legislation that was introduced under the Obama administration.
I’m no fan of Donald Trump, but this guy is exactly what it says on the tin: far right wing, and Trump is carrying out his pledges made during the election campaign, which people voted on. On the other hand you’ve got the UK Tory government of Theresa May, which is also far right, but pretends not to be because they know that most UK voters wouldn’t stomach it. Who’s more honest, Donald Trump or Theresa May?
A brilliant example of confused politics is David Horowitz, who started out on the far left and over the decades has moved to the far right (you can find a very good piece about Horowitz here). Here’s a recent episode of RT’s CrossTalk in which Horowitz has a bit of an on-screen meltdown…
The views that Horowitz expresses here are very similar to those of President Trump and his cabinet. It’s still better than Hillary Clinton, though, because if she had become President there would have almost certainly been war with Russia.
This is where we are now at: the choice between one bunch of batshit crazies and another bunch of batshit crazies.
There’s more extraordinary stuff going on in the USA, such as President Trump withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal; but instead of again concentrating on all things Trump, I’m going to stick to this side of the Pond and the forthcoming presidential election here in France, which might possibly throw out another surprise.
Last month President Francois Hollande announced that he would not be seeking a second term (because he’s the most unpopular President in French history), leaving the then Prime Minister Manuel Valls as a likely presidential candidate for the ruling Parti socialiste. Although it’s not exactly the same, Hollande and Valls are neo-cons much like the Blairites in the UK Labour Party and are widely disliked amongst party members. Thus, it wasn’t that surprising when this weekend, in the first round of the Parti socialiste vote for who will be their presidential candidate, Benoit Hamon topped the poll. Benoit Hamon got 35% of the vote and Manuel Valls got 31%. The two will now go into the second and final round next weekend to decide who will be the Parti socialiste presidential candidate.
Benoit Hamon compares himself to and is a fan of US Senator Bernie Sanders. I would say that’s stretching it a bit and is just political capital. Some people also compare Hamon to Jeremy Corbyn, which once again is a bit incredulous: Hamon is way further to the left than Corbyn and puts forth politically risky policies, such as legalising cannabis and introducing a universal basic income of 750 euros a month. Benoit Hamon also believes that France should remain open to immigrants. This of course brings me onto the right wing side of politics, where the two main contenders for the presidential race are Marine Le Pen, president of the Front Nationale, and Francois Fillon of the Les Républicains (LR) party. At the time of writing here’s an average representative opinion poll of the top six presidential candidates for the first round of the election, which takes place in late April. The second and final round between the two top contenders takes place in early May:
Marine Le Pen – 26%
Francois Fillon – 25%
Emmanuel Macron – 19%
Jean Luc Mélenchon – 14%
Manuel Valls – 11%
Benoit Hamon – 7%
My own take on it is this: although Marine Le Pen is slightly ahead in the polls at the moment, the French have long memories of the German occupation during World War Two, and the likes of Le Pen assisted the Germans during this period, hence I don’t think she’ll cross the line first. Francois Fillon, Emmanuel Macron (who split with Les Républicains to form his own party) and Manuel Valls are all neo-cons, and the French are sick to the back teeth of neo-cons and ‘globalisation’. Benoit Hamon, on the other hand, is too pro-immigration and too far to the left to make the presidency. This leaves Jean Luc Mélenchon, who’s the horse I would back in this particular race. Remember, after Brexit and then President Trump, opinion polls and the garbage pumped-out by the presstitutes are not a very good indicator of what’s happening on the streets. We also need to bear in mind that French presidential elections have a far wider range of candidates than those in the USA, and the top four or so candidates often run a very close race in the first round.
Jean Luc Mélenchon joined the Parti socialiste in 1976 and ended-up as a minister under the Jacques Chirac presidency. In 2008 he formed his own political party called Front de gauche (FG). Under the shadow of the financial collapse and ‘austerity’ he came fourth in the 2012 presidential election with 11% of the vote. Mélenchon has since abandoned the Parti socialiste and mainstream politics and in early 2016 founded a movement called ‘Unsubmissive France‘ (LFI). It’s under this movement that he is running in the 2017 presidential election (if you want to know a bit more about Mélenchon see here).
Over the last few years there’s been massive protests in France against ‘austerity’ and globalisation, protests that have been barely covered by the presstitutes. Jean Luc Mélenchon and his run for the presidency is the real political expression of these protests. This guy has got a mass movement behind him, which is why I think we might see another upset for the Establishment in the form of President Mélenchon next May.
On his YouTube channel Jean Luc Mélenchon puts out a weekly political review. Here’s a review from last week, where he talks about Donald Trump and Russia and China, which starts at about 4 minutes 40 seconds into the video. Oh, and apologies for the low sound volume in this clip; although this may help English language speakers follow the sub-titles (there should be English sub-titles, but if not click on the first little icon on the right of the toolbar)…
After my last 11 posts I was going to give all things Donald Trump a rest for a while. However, it’s history in the fast lane at the moment, so: yesterday, Saturday, was President Trump’s first full day in office, and he gave his first official speech as President at the CIA headquarters in Langley. This follows the serious spate that Trump had with the CIA in the weeks leading up to the inauguration, and the delayed confirmation of Mike Pompeo, who is Trump’s choice as the new CIA director. Of course, Trump is trying to get the CIA onboard (and judging by his rapturous reception, which included a five minute standing ovation, he seems to have succeeded) but the other extraordinary thing about the speech is that Trump absolutely tore into the mainstream media. I’ve never seen anything quite like it from a US President. Here’s a 4 minute excerpt from Trump’s speech…
The full speech can be found here (it’s 15 minutes long and well worth a listen).
Later in the day, Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer gave his first official press briefing, and once again there was a blistering attack on the media. Quite extraordinary…
The big questions that everyone’s asking are, is Trump genuine? or is he part of a psy-op to fool the public into believing that there will be real change? Judging by Trump’s first full day in office, things seem to be pointing towards the former.
56 years ago on this day, in 1961, John F Kennedy gave his inaugural speech. He said some incredibly prescient stuff here…
Contrast to Donald Trump today, 20th January 2017…
The only thing that stood out for me about Trump’s inaugural speech today was that at the start of it a number of the military came down the steps and stood behind him. Then an officer seemed to order them back. I’ve never seen anything like this before at an inaugural speech.
We seem to be in for some interesting weeks and months ahead.
Here in France it’s not unusual for locally elected officials to be on the ‘far left’. For instance, until recently a village down the road from us had a mayor who was a communist (in terms of membership, the Communist Party is the third largest political party in France). In the United States of America, on the other hand, in mainstream politics there’s never been any kind of a left wing. Instead you’ve got right wing (Democrats) and far right wing (Republicans). Exceptions to this, such as Kshama Sawant, are rarer than hen’s teeth. Tomorrow, 20th January, there’s going to be one of the most contentious change-overs of power in American history. An awful lot of people will be demonstrating against Donald Trump. Amongst their number will be the Revolutionary Communist Party of the USA (yes, it really does exist!). The Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) came out of the San Francisco Bay area and its counter-culture of the 1960s. It also has roots in the Black Panther movement. Since 1975 the leader of the RCP has been the very elusive Bob Avakian. Also demonstrating tomorrow will be the long established US Communist Party (it was founded in 1919), which is believed to have somewhere between 2000 and 3000 members. Back in 2011 Glenn Beck interviewed Sam Webb, the then Chairman of the US Communist Party. Bear in mind that this was during Obama’s first term…
Back in 2010, Donald Trump called Wikileaks “disgraceful” and called for the death penalty for those involved in the organisation. With the release of the DNC and Podesta e-mails last year, Trump’s attitude to Wikileaks and Julian Assange did a 180 degree turn. Last year on the 18th of October, at the height of the Wikileaks releases and with the promise of more to come, Assange’s internet connection was cut off at the Ecuadorian Embassy. There was a slew of other weird events surrounding this, all of which pointed towards the likelihood that Assange had been black-bagged and Wikileaks compromised. In the months since then there have been a number of audio and video interviews with Assange, none of which seemed quite right (for instance, Assange inexplicably gave two interviews to Sean Hannity and the massive Fox News audience). Now we’re asked to believe that Assange would willingly be extradited to the United States, where he would face either spending the rest of his life in some hell-hole jail or else the death penalty. C’mon, my incredulity is at breaking point…
The voice from the telescreen was still pouring forth its tale of prisoners and booty and slaughter, but the shouting outside had died down a little. The waiters were turning back to their work. One of them approached with the gin bottle. Winston, sitting in a blissful dream, paid no attention as his glass was filled up. He was not running or cheering any longer. He was back in the Ministry of Love, with everything forgiven, his soul white as snow. He was in the public dock, confessing everything, implicating everybody. He was walking down the white-tiled corridor, with the feeling of walking in sunlight, and an armed guard at his back. The long-hoped-for bullet was entering his brain.
He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
Starting from last Saturday, there’s been a large number of protests against Donald Trump. These protests will intensify on Friday, Inauguration Day, but the largest protest will probably be the Women’s March on Washington, which takes place on Saturday. Whilst just about all of these protests are anti-Trump, there are a number of pro-Trump demonstrations taking place, Such as Bikers for Trump. It’s all a very heady mixture.
As I see it, there are three scenarios when it comes to Donald Trump:
A) Trump is genuine and when he takes office he will attempt to carry through his pledges, because America is not corrupt and really is ‘the land of the free’.
B) Trump is genuine and scares the totally corrupt Establishment so much that they will try to take him out (most likely by assassination).
C) Trump is a shill, part of a psy-op to convince an increasingly disenchanted public that democracy does still work. Once in office, Trump will make a few moves to assuage his supporters but other than that it will be business as usual.
The American empire can only exist on lies and deceit. In this hall of mirrors scenario C) is quite plausible. The news media are completely controlled, and their hostility towards Trump could just be a way of convincing people that he’s genuine; but then there’s the quite serious spate between Trump and the intelligence services, which does actually seem real; but there again, the dossier recently released by the intelligence agencies, which tried to show that Trump could be blackmailed/controlled by the Russians, was so clumsily done that it could be part of the psy-op.
In the closed societies we now live in, figuring out what’s really going on is not easy. Scenario A) is for those who believe in Father Christmas, which leaves scenario B) as the alternative to a psy-op.
Donald Trump often reminds me of a child who is about to be given the keys of a toy store. In one sense Trump appears to be totally naive, and doesn’t seem to understand the incredibly powerful forces he’s up against, in another sense he’s able to see through all the bullshit propaganda about Russia. Problem is, most Americans still buy into the bullshit. If they do take Trump out they’ll probably blame it on the Russians, and heighten tensions even more.
The President-elect has just given his first interview to European media, The Sunday Times in the UK and Bild in Germany. Amongst other things Trump said that he wants more countries to leave the European Union, he wants to disband NATO and repeated again that he wants friendly relations with Russia. All stuff that will make the military-industrial complex choke on their absinthe. Talking of which, yesterday the outgoing CIA director John Brennan appeared on Fox News – the CIA director and Fox News: a marriage made in heaven. Those who follow these things might want to have a barf bag handy as Brennan (you wouldn’t want to be stuck in a lift with him) talks about ‘threats’ to America…
Once again, it’s totally unprecedented for a CIA director to talk about a President-elect in this way (sorry to keep repeating this term). Trump’s reply to Brennan came in his usual series of late night (hic!) tweets:
.@FoxNews "Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand." Oh really, couldn't do…
The CIA director will be replaced by Mike Pompeo after Friday’s inauguration. Pompeo is one of many on Trump’s team who’s a batshit crazy. Oh, if only we could move the United States of America to a distant galaxy, far, far away.
In some respects, Trump’s choice of Mike Pence as vice president seems a bit strange. Trump and Pence have opposite views on key issues, such as the Iraq War, trade deals and friendly relations with Russia; but there again, Trump was the maverick candidate and his choice of Mike Pence might have been to assuage the geek show wing of the Republican party.
I don’t wish to keep using the term ‘unprecedented’, but these recent attacks against a President-elect just a week before his inauguration have never happened before in US history. Likewise for a President-elect to openly attack the CIA. Both Bush junior and Obama have massively increased the powers of the President. If Trump takes office he could do some serious damage to the military-industrial complex, a military-industrial complex that Bush and Obama were beholden to. Hence I’m still of the opinion that there’s a strong likelihood that they will try to take out Trump before his inauguration next Friday. If that happens, Mike Pence will become President. Whose finger would you prefer to have on the nuclear button, Trump or Pence?
This weekend Donald Trump gave his first full interview in 2017 to the Wall Street Journal. The only notable thing about this interview is that Trump is beginning to soften his stance on China. In the meantime, President Obama has been giving his vomit-inducing farewell speeches, which the presstitutes lapped up, this from someone who will probably go down in history as one of the worst presidents ever. Obama gave his final press conference of 2016 on Friday 23rd December; well, his last press conference will be in January, unless something dramatic happens to Trump on or before Friday 20th January, inauguration day. This final press conference of 2016 was interrupted for a number of minutes as one of the presstitutes keeled-over from all the excitement and had to be attended to by the White House doctor…
During this final press conference Obama banged on about the Russians and ‘fake news’; all a total pack of lies to try and cover-up the corruption in the Democrat Party. To add insult to injury, later that day Obama signed the NDAA 2017 into law, which included a jolly section called the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act, which gives the government powers to prosecute ‘fake news’ web sites (this Act was first proposed last March and has gone through three name changes since then, as a totally corrupt Congress tries to hide what it’s doing from the American people). Obama’s legacy from eight years in office..? I would say the main thing is that he has completely torn the American Constitution to shreds, and with barely a whisper from the presstitutes and the public. If The Donald does actually become president next Friday, a very quick judgement on his integrity will be if he keeps or rescinds these unconstitutional, totalitarian laws.
Dear old Obama seems a bit lost without a teleprompter; oh, and he tells a huge whopper here when he says that Putin was head of the KGB (Obama is well aware that Putin was just a colonel in the KGB)…
I’m finding it increasingly difficult to access the admin side of this blog, and thus make posts. It seems to have started a month ago, coincidentally when I first started talking about Pizzagate, although I deal with so many contentious issues on this blog that it could be any number of parties. It seems to be some kind of repeated hack that’s creating the problem. If I’m no longer able to blog on this WordPress platform I’ll set-up my own platform. What’s happening with this humble little blog is nothing compared to what bigger players in the alternate media are experiencing. It is the nightmare times we are now living in, folks.
But remember, never let the bastards grind you down.