Radio Interview Podcast: ‘Trump, Rosneft, Russian Mob’

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The timely podcast of my radio interview with #EdOpperman is now up online – on Spreaker, and on YouTube.

There are two posts of mine, which provide further information:

• ‘Mueller Is Not Looking To Impeach Trump.’

• ‘Trump, World War, Armageddon,#MaggiesHammer.’

The theme: “Ed interviews British-American lawyer and author #GeoffGilson about the real story behind the #Mueller investigation. Is Mueller after Russian Mob ‘Boss of Bosses’#SemionMogilevich, not #Trump? Why does it all lead back to Eastern Europe, the Velvet Revolution and the covert influence of Chivalric Orders?”

PS Do ever so quickly check out the YouTube link, for the delicious takedown of me by ‘Sunshine.’ One of the great advantages of age and an unshakably irreverent sense of humor is that I really do enjoy the negative reviews more than the positive. That said, I’m still open to being bought off, and going to Bermuda. I think I’ve earned a comfortable retirement … 

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Published in: on November 13, 2017 at 9:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Just How Innocent Is Bill Browder?


Earlier today, I wrote a piece about the news that anti-Putin activist and Trump nemesis, #BillBrowder, was being denied entry into the US. The problem was, I had to mess about with my referencing links. I’d come face-to-face with the issues now inherent with a free internet, alternative web-sites and fake news.

The now-standard line on Bill Browder, for those of you paying attention, is that he is the missing link in the potential Impeachment of Donald Trump. But all is now propaganda, psyops, political spin, alternative facts, fake news, and double-take. If you have an agenda you want to run as news, you can find a way to do it. So whom do you believe?

The prevailing ‘conventional wisdom’ has Bill Browder as crusading victim. But there is an opposing story being peddled that he got his hands caught in the till. And has been using his considerable charms, funds and PR experience very successfully to market his different yarn.

Pretty much all I can do is present some of the other articles I’ve come across, and let you make up your own minds. But bear this in mind. We all need to be more cautious about the information we immediately accept online. Research the source. Compare. Use your own intelligence. And think about it. Before you present it to others as gospel.

And so …

(Yet, this is what we read about the author of the last article:

(And this is what we read about the author of this last article:

But why, I hear you ask, do I even bother with these esoteric sources? Because we live in an age of corporatized mainstream media. Where almost all media has bias and agenda (be it right-wing or left-wing). Where ‘good’ information is fed to whacko sources by folks who want deliberately to discredit that information (a favorite psyops device of intelligence agencies). And where even responsible investigators are forced to use ‘alternative’ sites, due to the agendas and biases of more mainstream outlets. Er. I can attest to that.

So. We have to look a bit further, a bit wider, a bit deeper than we used to. And we have to accept all information that we read with a pinch of salt, until we have managed to effect at least some due diligence. So. Do yours …

Published in: on November 10, 2017 at 2:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Bannon, Trump: The Normalizing of Political Assault


If you want the clearest illustration of what we are up against with the forces aligned with Trump, look no further than Bannon’s speech to the California GOP on October 20, 2017:

“It’s not about your race, your color, your gender, your religion, your ethnicity, your sexual preference,” he said. “It’s about one thing — are you a citizen of the United States of America? Because if you’re a citizen, there are certain responsibilities and obligations that come with that — but as a citizen also you should have preference for jobs and economic opportunities.”

The high and mighty of one of the union’s strongest Republican state parties essentially gave their support to Bannon, as he savaged their 43rd President.

They stayed silent as he laid out his plan aggressively to take the populist fight of the AltRight to the existing Republican Establishment.

They sat on their hands as he enunciated a platform which remains removed from fascism only by the fact that we still live in a democracy, and one can argue what precisely represents ‘statism.’

Republicans cannot tame Trump and Bannon. Only the Democrats can defeat them. And they stand no chance of achieving that ambition while they themselves still trade in denial, hypocrisy and banality.

The only realistic path to overturning Trump is successfully to remove from him the voters who remain scared of what the future holds. But who might find themselves attracted to a populism that eschews hatred and inspires with inclusivity.

Quite rightly, in this past week particularly, our attention has been focused by the #MeToo campaign on the sexual aspects of abuse of power.

But abuse is not always sexual. Bullying exists in the political and social as well as the sexual context. It all comes back to the concept of folks with power using their power to abuse others.

If we want to reduce the incidence of bullying, in all its demonstrations, then we need an environment where all chauvinism, supremacy and notions of dominion are considered anathema.

The silent enablement of the inappropriate imposition of authority is the active normalizing of all behavior which leads to bullying, abuse and assault. There is no excuse for ignoring the connection.

And Trump and Bannon are about nothing if not the creation of an environment where political and social Darwinism is considered the norm. They are the active personification of political assault. Not just with the ugliness of their behavior. But with the savage and divisive denigration contained in their rhetoric.

If you ain’t speaking out about this. If you aren’t preaching against this, by supporting political as well as sexual #MeToo. If you aren’t promoting a plan that has a realistic chance of stopping it. Then you might just as well be a card-carrying member of it …


Published in: on November 10, 2017 at 2:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Weinstein, Trump, North Korea, et al – Is There An Upside To Ugly?


Yes. You read that right. First, let me make clear, if it is not already obvious. Unlike those celebrities and politicians, who first had to check their social diaries, campaign finances, moviemaking schedules (insert where appropriate), before they thought it wise to criticize Harvey Weinstein publicly. And speaking as someone with five sisters and most of whose extended family and close friends are female. I have no problem whatsoever in saying that Weinstein is a monster. And that I’m clearing out all Weinstein Company and Miramax films from my DVD collection. I just wish they’d made enough decent movies that such a move would have any kind of significant impact.

But. As a rather outré observer of social and political phenomena. I find myself compelled to comment that there seem to be some rather interesting, disturbing, welcome (again, choose whichever works) consequences to the focus on Weinstein.

1) First, the most disturbing. It is normalizing Trump. Don’t let this happen.

2) But. The good. Folks are coming forward. Trump, and now Weinstein. Have made the atmosphere so unbelievably toxic. We are prepared to believe anything and everything. And in a weird way. I sense people feel more comforted about coming out and speaking up. And are finding that there is more support for them. Well. Possibly not from those who have taken the Weinstein shilling.

3) There is so much ugly in the air at the moment. Those of us with a conscience are actually more alert, not exactly looking for, or expecting someone to support. But more ready to do so. And. Strangely. Prepared to discuss, advance social responses a bit more out of the ordinary than usual. I mean, I know we expect the unorthodox from Justin Trudeau. But would he have found himself able to suggest, as he did yesterday, in an essay in Marie Clair, that boys should be raised as feminists to change the culture of sexism. If the social and political environment were not so poisonous?

4) Broadening the scope beyond Weinstein. Taking into consideration issues like North Korea, Iran, Corker, Puerto Rico. Think of the times we have not organized sufficiently or quickly enough in response to allegations of wrongdoing. Because they seemed too unbelievable. The ‘Oh C’mon Syndrome.’ Do we have that stance any more? If you’re missing my point. Consider how long it took for people to believe that the BBC harbored child abusers. Or the Catholic Church protected sex molesters.

5) Our headlines at the moment are a psychological nightmare of uncomfortable. But, I remember reading a political analyst who, halfway through the TV Reality Show otherwise known as the 2016 Republican Primary, opined that, if elected, Trump might well serve a useful function in leeching the social poison simmering just below the surface of the collective US psyche. Er. Anyone want to contest that opinion now?

6) Put it another way. Would Weinstein have been exposed without Trump? Would we be thinking, bloody hell, we really do need to do something about North Korea, Iran, healthcare, jobs, immigration (again, you fill in the gaps), if we were not truly frightened sick that Trump and his ilk were about to take us all into the Dark Ages?

I genuinely am not making light of any of this. I’m just noticing that we merrily took the elevator to the Seventh Level of Hell. Sniffed. Dropped one. And now find ourselves truly mobilized to do stuff. And unwilling any longer just to accept.

For my own part. I have written some fairly whacky stuff in my time. But most of it now pales in comparison to the reality of what I’m reading in the headlines. Even on the fake news web-sites. My angels-fear-to-tread posts now have footprints that make them look like Macy’s carpet the day after Black Friday. Ok. That was a lighter reference. Just in case you’re finding it difficult to tell the difference.

The point is. I guess. As awful as are the stories we are reading at the moment. From Weinstein to California wildfires. From Vegas to Myanmar. As much as we may feel like the world is going to heck in a hand-basket. Even more than normal. Like we want to take a kneel just walking into a Regal 16. I find myself more heartened than normal. And I am Mr. Optimist. I find myself genuinely comforted that we are a sufficiently resilient and compassionate species. That we will always find remedies. And we may be more ready to do so now, because of, not in spite of, the monsters in our midst.

Having said which. For the love of the soon-to-be-incinerated Hollywood Couch. Please do not sink back into our now-normal, societal, 15-minute ADD, and not stay alert. There’s shit out there. Loads of it. Yet uncovered. Still unexposed. Keep your eyes open. Be ready to help someone you know. And be prepared to believe anything and everything. And then act. I’m not saying I’m happy we have monsters among us. I’m observing that they’re bringing to the surface matters we need to be ready to address.

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Make America Ok Again


I read an article by Damon Linker from The Week. With some trepidation. Normally his writings make my toes curl. They are beyond self-righteous paeans, aimed at the George Clooney Wing of Democratic Anxiety. But his essay’s title catches my attention: “This is the America we deserve”.

For once. I agree with him. At this moment in our collective history, I think we are precisely the America we deserve.

Before I explain why. And also, why I disagree with Damon’s analysis, although not his conclusion. Before all of that. Let me deal with the term ‘America.’ Which is not as tangential a point as it may at first appear.

Yesterday was Columbus Day. A day which appears to be having less and less relevance. A day when people remember that an Italian, funded by the Spanish Royal Family, claimed to have ‘discovered’ a land, already settled by an indigenous people.

Columbus didn’t name it ‘America.’ He didn’t found ‘America.’ He landed on an island in the Caribbean. He never set foot on what we now call North America. And he spent much of his later years also exploring Central and South America.

The word ‘America’ comes from a lesser-known navigator and explorer, Amerigo Vespucci. Who made the decision? A cartographer. Like Columbus, Vespucci traveled to the New World (first in 1499 and again in 1502). Unlike Columbus, Vespucci wrote about it.

Vespucci’s accounts of his travels were published in 1502 and 1504 and were widely read in Europe. Columbus was also hindered because he thought he had discovered another route to Asia; he didn’t realize America was a whole new continent. Vespucci, however, realized that America was not contiguous with Asia. He was also the first to call it the New World, or Novus Mundus in Latin, in his books.

Er. Thank you for the history lesson, Geoff. You’re welcome. But, there’s a point. Which goes to the heart of the ‘American’ character. Much like our current President (which is one reason why we deserve him), most ‘Americans’ are not that concerned with accuracy. They prefer the story. The boast. The self-righteous self-aggrandizement.

And so. We celebrate Columbus ‘discovering’ America. With no thought for the settlers already here. And we merrily call it ‘America.’ Without a thought for the fact that most maps call it ‘North America.’

Columbus and Amerigo explored many other parts of a continent, all of which is known as ‘America.’ Yet, it is only we inhabitants of the United States of North America who abrogate to ourselves the term ‘American.’

And here’s the rub. It ain’t just a white or a European thing. For this demonstration of supremacist nationalism, all residents of the United States of North America bear equal blame. Whether legal or not, all such residents are happy to use the epithet ‘American’ once they set foot here.

Which illustrates a further aspect of why, right now, I think we are the America we deserve to be. Not only do we always enjoy presenting ourselves in the best light possible. That ‘we’ relates to everyone. And it ain’t always just a ‘best light’ thing. If we can’t be the best on our own merits, we have no problem being ‘best’ by dissing someone else.

So. We abrogate the term ‘American’ solely to ourselves. Regardless of the fact that there is a whole continent and some 55 countries and dependent territories which are also ‘American.’

We claim to be the greatest country the world has ever known. Even if that is always true. It is the manner of the claim which underlines our national character. None of us. White, black, brown, yellow, red. Could ever settle for merely being ‘as good as,’ or ‘ok.’ Nope. We have to be the greatest. And when we think we are slipping. We elect a rogue who promises that he can ‘Make America Great Again.’

Now. Any outside, unbiased observer might conclude that, with so much emotion invested in our singular greatness, there would be a singular viewpoint as to what makes us great. Um. Not so much.

For while we are all happy erroneously to abrogate to ourselves the single description ‘American’ once our feet touch the soil, we’re none too successful at actually melding ourselves into a singular strand of ‘American.’

For why, I do not know. Another essay, for another time. But we delight in almost immediately dividing ourselves into sub-categories of ‘American.’ It is as if, at the very moment we recognize our own ‘Americanism,’ we look up, see a different color, hear a different language, experience a different culture, and demand separation at the very same time as we yearn for melting pot.

And so we build our own walls. Immediately. And become British-Americans, Indian-Americans, Chinese-Americans; gay Americans, black Americans, Christian Americans; liberal, conservative, AltRight; supremacist, oppressed, disadvantaged.

We divide ourselves with railway lines. Neighborhoods. Gated communities. Various shades of red and blue. And worst of all, with self-righteous polemic, that refuses to accept any kind of social or political communality. But rather demands that our very own individual ‘greatness’ can only exist if all others are minimized and characterized as being ‘wrong.’

We deserve, not because we earn. But because we exist. And if we do not have. Then someone else took it away. Undeservedly. We can only be right today, because someone else was evil yesterday. We divide. We conquer. We polarize. We demonize. And if we cannot do it on merit. Then we lie. All of us. Every day.

And that is why we are the ‘America’ we deserve.

It is why we elected the monster we deserve. For he knew precisely to whom he was appealing. He knew exactly what would happen when he said: you deserve; and if you do not have, I will find someone to blame; and someone from whom to take. If that person is already here, we will get rid of them. If that person is abroad, we will push them aside. I will give you freedom to hate. To acquire. To control. Without regard for consequence. Follow me.

How did he know that we would react as positively as we did to this message? Because, leaving aside all of the remainder of the history of the United States of North America, very specifically, that is what we have been doing these past forty years or so. ‘We.’ All of us. All ‘Americans.’

We have been giving ourselves permission to be who we want to be. Believe what we want to believe. Behave how we want to behave. Take what we want. Own what we want. Whether or not it is ours. Whether or not we can afford it. For no reason other than the fact that we are ‘American.’ And we deserve.

And we have done all this regardless of the impact upon others. Regardless of consequence. To ourselves. To our neighbors. To our friends. To our enemies. Regardless of resulting debt, whether financial, emotional or political.

But it’s been worse than ‘regardless.’ Very often, we have had full ‘regard.’ ‘Regard’ for what we have recognized has been in our way. ‘Regard’ to express our own self-righteous objection. Whether that self-righteous objection has been properly informed or not. And then precocious disregard, as we have arrogantly tossed aside what has been in our way. Domestically, and abroad.

All of which has left us a populace now at war with ourselves. And pretty much with the rest of the world.

What is the answer? Simple. Stop thinking we are always entitled. As individuals and as a nation. Stop believing we are the greatest. Ditch the nationalist and supremacist narcissism that leads to toxic convictions like the one that says we are the only country on this continent permitted to call itself ‘America.’

Truly take to heart the fact that there are six and a half billion other people in the world. With whom we have to live in harmony. Three hundred million inhabitants of this country, who have to find a way to live together. And who have to learn how to disagree in a civil manner.

Accept that it’s ok to be ‘ok.’ That other folk can be ‘ok,’ too. Without it taking anything away from us. All of us. Each of us. That would be a good start.

Along with realizing that the blame lies with all United States Americans. Not just the one in the White House. He is merely the reflection of the rest of us. A reflection of the America we have all become. The America we currently deserve to be …

Published in: on November 10, 2017 at 1:55 am  Leave a Comment