Play the Wikileaks Bombshell Game: October 23, 2016

In light of Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian Nationals, a re-blog from  October, 2016

Art by Rob Goldstein

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton is Satanic! Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals Hillary Clinton is Satanic!

The work of destroying the first woman nominee for President requires an assault on reality.  So, the party of patriotism and personal accountability is in the odd place of colluding with and using the strategies of a Russian President who is no friend to the United States.

From the Brookings Institute:

There is significant evidence that individuals acting at the direction of or on the behalf of Russia—the degree of coordination is unclear—are attempting to use organizational doxing to influence the United States presidential election. As Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith noted, this raises a number of scary questions regarding preserving the integrity of U.S. election results. It is not entirely clear what is motivating the DNC document dumps or the apparent targeting of Hillary Clinton; some speculate the aim is to benefit Donald Trump, though a plausible goal might simply be to insert…

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Jazz Age Wednesdays ― Hullaba Lulu 11.1

from Teagan’s Books

Teagan's Books

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Val Margosha getting on train All AbordRose and Valentino boarding the train back at the abandoned subway station.  Now Rose has left the train.  Valentino is gravely ill. Read on to find out what happens next!

Apologies everyone. The WordPress scheduler has been playing games with me the past three weeks.  I’m finally here… again.

Welcome to Jazz Age Wednesdays.  Summer is in full force and so is the diesel-punk train!  It’s great to see all you Sheiks and Shebas here at the station. 

You already know that this story is unplanned. I write it spontaneously as artist, illustrator, and “co-conspirator” Rob Goldstein sends new groups of “three things.”  However, that doesn’t mean that once I get a thing I don’t have to figure out how to evolve what exists of the plot to make it go with the thing.  (Did that make sense?)  This time it was taking me awhile to do that —…

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Hullaba Lulu: Come See About Me

This week the avatar cast of Hullaba Lulu took a detour from Teagan’s universe.

Virtual reality photograph of avatars dressed like the robot from Metropolis, Tesla and an Egyptian Goddess
Life in Ancient Egypt

In our parallel universe, an unnamed Egyptian Goddess and Tesla go clubbing in the future. They have returned to ancient Egypt from the early 1960’s where they are big fans of The Supremes.

They’re teaching the bots to sing Motown.

To get the real Hullaba Lulu click here: Teagan’s Books, Hullaba Lulu

Virtual Reality photo of a make avatar holding a bubble and a female Avatar dressed like a Goddess
Come See About Me

Graphics (c) Rob Goldstein 2018

Come See About Me
1964
The Supremes

Does Trump Treat Putin Like a Confidant?

Logged into Bing this morning and saw this odd little snippet:

Screenshot of Trump and Putin with the caption Trump treats Putin like a Confidant
Trump Treats Putin Like a Confidant

Does Trump ‘reportedly’ treat Putin like a ‘confidant’?

I can believe it, but is it true?

I looked for the source, Business Insider.

Who owns Business Insider?

A screenshot of the search result for who owns Business Insider, it reads Business Insider was launched in February 2009 and is based in New York City. Founded by DoubleClick's former CEO Kevin P. Ryan, Dwight Merriman, and Henry Blodget
Business Insider was launched in February 2009 and is based in New York City. Founded by DoubleClick’s former CEO Kevin P. Ryan, Dwight Merriman, and Henry Blodget

Ok.

Business Insider is nine years old, possibly center-left and uses a
cickbait style.

You can tell it’s click-bait because…

Screenshot of Business Insider headline claiming that Trump treats Putin like a confidant
Click bait…

Are other media outlets reporting this story?

I ran a search for Trump treats Putin like a confidant:

Screenshot of Google Search Results
Google Search Results #!

The top five results are Business Insider, Reddet, YouTube and a December
2016 piece on Kissinger by Politico.

The YouTube video is of an unnamed ex-intelligence chief who says the U.S.
needs to treat Vladimir Putin as an equal.

It looks like pro-Putin propaganda.

The YouTube video is from Sky News.

Rupert Murdoch founded Sky News in 1989.

screenshot of SkyNews was founded in 1989 by Rupert Murdoch
SkyNews was founded in 1989 by Rupert Murdoch

What if I Google Trump ‘reportedly’ treats Putin like a confidant?

Screenshot of search results for Trump Reportedly Treats Putin like a Confidant
Google Search Trump reportedly treats Putin like a confidant

The top five search results are Business Insider and MSN (Bing)
and that December 2016 piece on Kissinger by Politico.

Does Trump treat Putin Like a Confidant?

Perhaps.

I think it’s true.

But that doesn’t make it true.

Based on my research the Business Insider headline is nothing but clickbait
and has no value as news.

So, Business Insider:

Judging you animated gif from GIPHY
Judging you

Rob Goldstein 2018

Screenshots are for educational purposes only.

Animated gif found on GIPHY

Stay Frosty

I was out in the City on a sun drenched Thursday in San Francisco.

It was a day away from the Internet of Trump, though his name came
up in the chats I had with the people I met on my stroll around the City.

We are the riff-raff of San Francisco, the people who make the City real.

Word on the street is Trump’s shithole presidency ain’t gonna sully us.

We like our democracy; we like how it lets us bitch it out when we think
it’s wrong…so hands off, Vlad.

If you don’t like our diversity we glad your ass ain’t here, cause we ain’t
got time for it.

As Auntie Maxine says, we don’t honor you. We don’t respect you, and
we don’t want to be involved with you.

Animated Gif of Maxine Waters Reclaiming her Time
Auntie Maxine

We’re part of long red line that stretches all around the globe; we San Franciscans who ride the bus and walk the City.

We’re #TheResistance and we call bullshit because it keeps us alive in a system that wants divided and shooting each other.

We’re poor, not stupid.

And we vote. Mostly Blue.

As the mid-terms near we find ourselves facing the same firehouse of lies as we did in 2016.

 

from a 2017 article on Lawfare:

The recent revelations from Silicon Valley giants Facebook, Google, and Microsoft—revelations that Russia likely spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on politically targeted advertising that spread disinformation—illustrate how Moscow is pursuing long-standing foreign policy goals while adapting to changing technology. The political ads appeared to address both sides of the U.S. political divide, reaching millions of Americans. The goal of these ads appears to be the widening of domestic divisions and amplification of existing fears. Some Facebook ads, for example, supported the Black Lives Matter movement, while others aimed to paint the organization as a danger to society. Some ads appeared to highlight support for then-candidate Hillary Clinton, while others attempted to alarm potential voters by showing her popularity with Muslim women. In a number of cases, the ads were targeted directly at key demographics in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Addressing Russian Influence: What Can We Learn From U.S. Cold War Counter-Propaganda Efforts?

 

They’re Back

Animated GIF of an ad from Poltergeist with the caption, 'they're back.'
They’re Back found on GIPHY

The House and Senate Majority does nothing to stop Vladimir Putin from using the internet as a weapon against the American People.

Here’s what Microsoft Bing had as the lead story in the U.S. last Friday:

Screenshot from Microsoft Bing
Bing, Fox News Category U.S.

Examine the headline and ask yourself who processed the photos, who chose
the wording and the layout, and why?

Why is this racist opinion peace the lead story on my Bing news feed?

Maybe the answer is simple, but how many people ask why?

“No one believed in Trump, not even a little bit,” Soldatov says. “It was a series of tactical operations. At each moment, the people who were doing this were filled with excitement over how well it was going, and that success pushed them to go even further.” Andrei Soldatov

Gaslighting makes it hard to know what’s real because the lies are based on a smattering of truth.

MS Bing category, the U.S. South

 

Screen Shot Bing
Saturday July 5 Screenshot Bing

According to Bing the lead story in the South is this Fox headline
about a Mother who stopped a kidnapping.

The lie is in the frame

For Fox, the story is about the firing of a gun, which is why the
headline is a lie.

The writer tortured English to make sure we knew that Mother had a gun.

Texas mom shoots man who tried to take car with her kids inside a gas station!

That sentence is almost not English.

Fox has headlines in all of Bing’s regional categories in the U.S.

This was the big story in the Midwest last night.

Screenshot of Russian propaganda from Fox News on Microsft Bing
Category U.S. – South

Heroic white vet on a lonely MAGA hatted parade of patriotism.   It’s as
if he’s braving persecution.

And why are the photos of three criminal looking men from Latin America in the upper right of the screen?  Why does Fox call these men ‘non-Citizens’?

I checked in with Bing this morning for the lead story in the United States and again, the lead is from Fox.

Screen shot of Russian Propagaganda on Fox News
The Lead Story in the United States on Microsoft Bing, July 6, 2018

Do I sense persecution as an emerging Trumpian theme?

This is supposed to be a random video but we know from the 2016 campaign
that Putin hired actors and staged events.

Active Measures includes the staging of events for the media.

I think it’s propaganda because it fuels the stereotypes and racial
animosity that gave Putin the edge in 2016.

Fox wants me angry.

U.S. investigations are mostly focused on what Russia did in 2016, instead of what it will inevitably do in 2018 and 2020. The Atlantic

What can the average American do to protect themselves from this inevitable onslaught of lies?

Trump can’t gaslight people who know what he’s doing. Trust your eyes and ears, if you think you heard the President say he fired Comey over Russia, you did hear him say it.

False information sometimes comes from trusted friends who haven’t verified their sources.  My friends and I agree to verify all news reports. If we can’t verify a story it’s false.

Question Headlines. Forbes reports most Americans are fooled by fake headlines.

Disinformation is often click-bait with deceptive content designed to smear political opponents.

Question news reports that normalize politicians who use name calling and smear campaigns. The people need political leaders who discuss policy.

Look for a story on multiple platforms across a spectrum of opinion.

I use CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune,The UK Guardian, The Telegraph, PBS the U.S. News & World Report and the BBC.

I also use Snopes.com 

If a story is only on marginal outlets on the political extremes it’s either a distortion of the truth or an outright a lie.

Protect yourself from disinformation on social media by following different people with different points of view.

Legitimate news sites list who runs the site and have a straightforward mission statement with an easy to verify listed of owners and staff. A news site without an ‘about us’ section is a fraud.

Verify quotes. If you read that President Obama says he’s going to run again
in 2020 run a search. If he said it, read the context. A quote out of context is
the same as a lie.

Opinions are not fact.

Sean Hannity is not reporting news, he’s telling you what he wants you to think:

October 25th 2016 - Sean Hannity
October 25th 2016 – Sean Hannity

Stay frosty.

If your vote didn’t count, Putin and the GOP wouldn’t be working so hard to psych you out.

Click here for more information on False or Misleading Website

 

Header image Rob Goldstein, 2018

Screenshots used for educational purposes and are fair use as I understand it.

9th and Harrison

Harry watches television in silence.

God plants clues in everything, and Harry thinks
with enough silence, God will say who he is.

But these distractions, these sins; they’re not Harry’s
sins, but they want to be.

These sins want to inflate Harry’s ego and obscure God clues.

Harry searches God’s hiding places: asylums, dumpsters,
crack dens, hustlers, and speed freaks.

God swims in oceans of puke and dares Harry to follow.

Harry sleeps for two or three days in the sanitized houses
of God where pious friars who don’t know God tell him to
pray and give him deodorant.

Harry wants to belong to these men.

He wants clean hair and an eternally pregnant mother
dressed in stars.

But God is on the street across from the church sleeping
in a stream of piss.

How did it begin?

When Harry was five, he lapsed into the unhurried sleep of the
child and had a dream

 

 

(c) Rob Goldstein 2018

Hullaba Lulu, The Tacit Slip

The weekly companion video for episodes of Hullaba Lulu evolved from
games of playing ‘what if’ with Teagan; what if Tesla shows up at the
pyramid or what if Lulu channels the Egyptian goddess, Isis?

This week Lulu winds up in Egypt and meets the mysterious
Nikola Tesla.

Virtual Reality photo of an avatar in the character of Tesla
Nikola Teslaish

I mean, what if?

 

Get the scoop on Teagan’s Books.

Virtual Reality photo of an avatars staging a scene of Tesla reviving Valentino
Somewhere, a camel dreams of more, Tesla said to no one in particular

(c) Rob Goldstein 2018

San Francisco Pride -Strength Across Generations

The first generations of modern gay activists were soldiers.

We fought for and still fight for a great and noble cause: liberation of
all people from the tyranny of ignorance.

I made this video in 2015 with images from two years of Pride
celebrations.

This year I made a new version and added photos from 2017.

Fight for what’s right and decent and celebrate your life.

We are Family:

 

‘We are Family’ Sister Sledge 1979

Photography (c) Rob Goldstein 2018

Market Street at 3AM

Market Street at 3AM

Two quarts and a five,

splashes of

of

yellow & red,

glass shatters,

a speed freak
on crutches,

and the barefoot
drag queen

shouts

KA-POW!

“EEZEEE STORAGE”

“immediate move in”

You can Fail but you can’t Flop

as the last drunk

staggers onto the bus.

(c) Rob Goldstein 1984-2018

revised June 13, 2018

11 Beautiful Minds of The 20th Century

Eleven brilliant and courageous men and women.

1.

Pablo Neruda
July 12, 1904-September 23, 1973

Art by Rob Goldstein
Pablo Neruda Ricardo Reyes as a young man

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,
the sovereign nose of your arrogant face,
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,

and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,
hunting for you, for your hot heart,
like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.

~ Pablo Neruda

2.

Norma Jeane Mortenson
June 1, 1926-August 5, 1962

Art by Rob Goldstein
Portrait of Norma Jeane Mortenson

I am not a victim of emotional conflicts. I am human.
Norma Jeane Mortenson

3.

Harvey Milk
May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978

 

Art By Rob Goldstein

“All men are created equal. No matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.”
Harvey Milk, The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words

4.

el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
Malcolm X


“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
Malcolm X

5.

Nina Simone

February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003

Art by Rob Goldstein
Nina Simone

“I am just one of the people who is sick of the social order, sick of the establishment, sick to my soul of it all. To me, America’s society is nothing but a cancer, and it must be exposed before it can be cured. I am not the doctor to cure it. All I can do is expose the sickness.”
Nina Simone

6.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy
May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963

Art by Rob Goldstein
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”
John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

7.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15, 1929- April 4, 1968

Art By Rob Goldstein
Dr. Martin Luther King

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

8.

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau
July 5, 1889 – 11 October 11, 1963

Art by Rob Goldstein
Jean Cocteau

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
Jean Cocteau

9.

Frank O’Hara
March 27, 1926 – July 25, 1966

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
Frank O’Hara


“I wonder if the course of narcissism through the ages would have been any different had Narcissus first peered into a cesspool. He probably did.”
Frank O’Hara, Early Writing

10.

Simone de Beauvoir
January 9, 1908 – April 14, 1986

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
Simone de Beauvoir


Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying. Simone de Beauvoir

11.

Jean Genet
December 19, 1910-April 15, 1986

 

Art by Rob Goldstein
Jean Genet

What I did not yet know so intensely was the hatred of the white American for the black, a hatred so deep that I wonder if every white man in this country, when he plants a tree, doesn’t see Negroes hanging from its branches.  Jean Genet

 

Disclaimer: To the best of my knowledge the images on this page are in the public domain.

Header photo, Portrait of Malcolm X, by Rob Goldstein (c) 2016

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