I woke up this morning to a call from my Sister’s partner in Virginia.
My Sister had an accident on her way to work and was killed in a
collision with a truck.
JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. – Authorities are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Thursday morning in James City County.
The crash occurred around 7:45 a.m. on Industrial Boulevard and Richmond Road and involved a tractor-trailer and a vehicle.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by 59-year-old Sandra Sarah Dunaway, was headed eastbound on Richmond Road. In the area of Industrial Boulevard, the Taurus crossed over the media and hit a tractor-trailer head on.
The tractor-trailer was driven by a 40-year-old Yorktown man.
Dunaway, who was believed to not be wearing her seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured.
The point of Putin’s propaganda is not to persuade anyone, but to keep the viewer hooked and distracted—to disrupt Western narratives rather than provide a counternarrative. It is the perfect genre for conspiracy theories, which are all over Russian TV. When the Kremlin and its affiliated media outlets spat out outlandish stories about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in July—reports that characterized the crash as everything from an assault by Ukrainian fighter jets following U.S. instructions, to an attempted NATO attack on Putin’s private jet—they were trying not so much to convince viewers of any one version of events, but rather to leave them confused, paranoid, and passive—living in a Kremlin-controlled virtual reality that can no longer be mediated or debated by any appeal to ‘truth.’
“WASHINGTON ― A political group released a new video Monday of a counter-sting that has uncovered evidence of right-wing activists trying to sow chaos at Donald Trump’s inaugural ceremony, an effort to portray critics of Trump who march against him as violent fringe figures. The counter-sting, carried out by The Undercurrent and Americans Take Action, a project of a previous target of provocateur James O’Keefe, managed to surreptitiously record elements of O’Keefe’s network offering huge sums of money to progressive activists if they would disrupt the ceremony and “put a stop to the inauguration” and the related proceedings to such a degree that donors to the clandestine effort would “turn on a TV and maybe not even see Trump.” To have riots blot out coverage of Trump, the donor offered “unlimited resources,” including to shut down bridges into D.C. The Undercurrent, led by executive producer Lauren Windsor, is sponsored by American Family Voices, which was among a constellation of groups infiltrated by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas during the presidential campaign, an effort to link Democrats with voter fraud.”
Donald Trump is a man who incites strong, contradictory opinions. One thing we should be able to agree on – he is not subtle.
This is evident in his Twitter feuds. After her measured criticism of him, he announced that Meryl Streep is “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood”. Streep is an actress who pretty much everyone seems to rate – Kramer vs Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and so on. Even 2015 Trump admired her, choosing her second after Julia Roberts when asked to name the actresses he admired. The smart line of attack would be to admit she’s a good actress, but undermine her political expertise, maybe paint her as a ‘Hollywood liberal’. This is what pretty much every Trump supporter who we’ve seen react to Streep has done – none of his supporters are as unsubtle as the man himself. In Trump’s mind, it appears, a…
The word is now a virus. The flu virus may have once been a healthy lung cell. It is now a parasitic organism that invades and damages the central nervous system. Modern man has lost the option of silence. Try halting sub-vocal speech. Try to achieve even ten seconds of inner silence. You will encounter a resisting organism that forces you to talk. That organism is the word.
I admire his passion for conservation and his dedication to saving the jaguar from extinction.
Josh is currently running a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for
research on jaguars in Guyana.
Q.) How long have you been blogging, Josh?
A.) I have blogged since June of 2015, so for about a year and a half.
Q.) What sparked your interest in conservation?
A.) I have always loved animals. As a child, I enjoyed looking for deer in local parks, going to the Cleveland Zoo, and learning everything I could about wild animals. I always wanted to contribute to their conservation, but figured I had the wrong skill set. So at first I settled on Psychology, specifically Mental Health Counseling. However, after carrying out some voluntary work for the Center of Biological Diversity, and after discovering Wild Safari Live, I knew what I had to do. So now, I’m trying to use my social science background to help wild animals.
Q.) Why jaguars in particular?
A.) Many reasons, with the first being where they live. Jaguars inhabit some of the most bio-diverse landscapes on Earth. In order to conserve top predators like jaguars, you have to conserve all the links of the food chain they depend on. They also perform valuable services by keeping the populations of large herbivores and smaller predators in check. By conserving jaguars, then, we can benefit entire tropical ecosystems.
Another reason I focus on jaguars is the social challenges involved in protecting them. These wide-ranging animals occasionally harm livestock, and every now and then humans. As such, it is impossible to conserve them without fostering strong relationships with local people. My training in Counseling, and Psychology more generally, makes me well suited for this task.
But most importantly, jaguars are extraordinary creatures. The more I learn about them, the more fascinating they seem. As Richard Mahler puts it inThe Jaguar’s Shadow (2008), they are “miracles of evolution” that have “a right to exist.”
Q.) Why Guyana?
A.) Guyana is like nowhere else on Earth. This small, South American country is home to some of the largest tracts of unbroken rain forest in the world. This makes it a potential stronghold for threatened species like jaguars. However, reports of conflicts with jaguars are on the rise (J. Persaud, January 6, 2017, personal communication), It is therefore vital that I get in there now, in order to help address this conflict before it gets out of hand.
Q.) Tell us a little about your campaign and research.
A.) For my thesis, I want to spend several weeks living among local communities in Guyana: learning about their beliefs regarding jaguars. Beliefs about large predators have been found to influence their acceptability (Inskip et al., 2016; Carter, Riley, & Liu, 2012; Slagle, Zajac, Bruskotter, Wilson, & Orange, 2013), making this an important topic to study. Communications with conservationists in Guyana have confirmed that it would be helpful to learn more about people’s jaguar-related beliefs. But in order to carry out this research I will need funding.
This is where my GoFundMe campaign comes in. When I was applying to Humboldt State University, all the information about my Master’s program stated that students perform their research during their second year. I assumed this meant I had a whole year to learn about conducting research, make contacts, and plan my thesis. But when classes began, my cohorts and I were strongly encouraged to do our fieldwork this summer. This gives me little time to get everything in order, while simultaneously taking on a full course load: compromising my ability to acquire grants. But I refuse to give up, and have recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for my research.
Q.) Will you blog while traveling and conducting research?
A.) I will try my best. I am going to have limited internet access while in Guyana, so I can’t make any promises. But I will take lots of notes and pictures, and will have plenty to write about when I return!
Before the beginning, there was this turtle. And the turtle was alone. And he looked around, and he saw his neighbor, which was his mother. And he lay down on top of his neighbor, and behold! she bore him in tears an oak tree, which grew all day and then fell over — like a bridge. And lo! under the bridge there came a catfish. And he was very big. And he was walking. And he was the biggest he had seen. And so were the fiery balls of this fish, one of which is the sun, and the other, they called the moon.
“Our new president will flat out lie to us.” Maddow added, “He put out a written statement about what he learned in the briefing. And he blatantly, and overtly, bluntly, simply lied about what is in this report. Right before this report got publicly released so we could check ourselves and see that he was lying.” The Liberal Plug
The primitive nature of the narcissist’s dishonesty and his utter lack of conscience is incomprehensible to the civilized mind.
For Reference, here is a link to the declassified intelligence report. Click the
Confabulation is defined as the spontaneous production of false memories: either memories for events that never occurred, or memories of real events that are displaced in space or time. These memories may be elaborate and detailed. Some may be obviously bizarre, as a memory of a ride in an alien spaceship; others are quite mundane, as a memory of having eggs for breakfast, so that only a close family member can confirm that the memory is in fact false.
Confabulation is not lying and people who confabulate are not deliberately trying to mislead other people. In fact, patients are generally quite unaware that their memories are inaccurate, and they may argue strenuously that they are telling the truth. Neither should confabulation be confused with false memory syndrome, the phenomenon whereby otherwise normal people suddenly “remember” supposedly repressed incidents of childhood abuse or other trauma. Confabulation is a clinical syndrome resulting from injury to the brain.Memory Loss Online
The primary function of the brain is the survival of the organism.
To that end, the brain will use all of its resources.
I did a Google search for Rachel Dolezal and got pages of outraged commentary along with video of her recent interview with Matt Lauer.
Crazypants is a descriptive word that means weird or insane, not insane in the sense that it means cool as in crazy cool or that’s totally insane! Crazypants means insane as in a mental illness. The Urban Dictionary
Crazypants is an N-Wordfor people with mental illness
Dolezal’s parents on TODAY denied charges they were abusive parents, calling the claims a “dramatic change” to what they knew of Rachel growing up, who always wanted to introduce them to her friends.
“We still hold out hope that we’ll be able to be reconciled someday,” Lawrence Dolezal said.
His wife added, “And we hope that Rachel will get the help that she needs to deal with her identity issues. Of course we love her, and we hope that she will come to a place where she knows and believes and speaks the truth.”
They say they were not abusive and they hope that she gets help with her identity.
I decided to experiment and Googled Rachel Dolezal Abuse.
Within that story is this nugget: Hours after their daughter told NBC’s “Today” show that she identifies as black, Rachel Dolezal’s white parents went on Fox News to dispute several elements of her interview. For starters, Ruthanne Dolezal told the cable news channel that her 37-year-old daughter’s claim that she self-identified as black starting at a very young age is a “fabrication.”
Rachel Dolezal told “Today’s” Matt Lauer that as a young child, she “was drawing self-portraits with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon and the black curly hair. That was how I was portraying myself.”
The 37-year-old said she began to identify with the black experience at age five.
Her parents went on Fox News to accuse their daughter of fabricating the way she remembers her childhood drawings.
Did you show everything you drew as a child to your parents?
This is where the story becomes painfully familiar:
“In 2013, Joshua was charged with four felony counts of sex abuse of a minor. The incidents, according to an affidavit obtained by the Post, happened at his parents’ home in Colorado “in 2001 or 2002.” The victim “was 6 or 7 years old,” and Joshua Dolezal was “19 years older.” Dolezal allegedly made the victim perform oral sex on him twice and he performed oral sex on the victim “7 or 8” times, allegedly telling the victim “Don’t tell anyone or I’ll hurt you.” The affidavit also lists another allegation of abuse in 1991 of another victim that had a racial element.”
Joshua is an English professor at Central College in Pella, Iowa.
The same article describes the family from Joshua Dolezal’s autobiography, Down from the Mountaintop: from Belief to Belonging:
“Joshua Dolezal watches his mother praying while listening to his father read an entire chapter of the Bible before dinner, “as is customary.”
“Down from the Mountaintop chronicles a quest for belonging. Raised in northwestern Montana by Pentecostal homesteaders whose twenty-year experiment in subsistence living was closely tied to their faith, Joshua Dolezal experienced a childhood marked equally by his parents’ quest for spiritual transcendence and the surrounding Rocky Mountain landscape.” WorldCat
When I read Joshua Dolezal’s author comments, I felt that something terrible must have happened to him as well:
“From my earliest school days, when I wore handmade clothes to kindergarten and carried a fringed leather lunch satchel, I knew that my childhood experience in the mountains of Montana was different from everyone else’s. I write essays as experiments in explanation, efforts to make what was and is foreign in my life comprehensible, maybe even familiar, to a reader. In Down from the Mountaintop, like many memoirists, I try to make sense of my past.” Iowa Center for the Book
“What was and is foreign in my life.”
That’s an odd choice of words.
In an interview, Rachel Dolezal’s Mother states that the sibling that Joshua Dolezal is accused of abusing suffers from Reactive Attachment Disorder:
“… A condition in which a child can’t bond with a parent or caregiver, and “seeks to cause trouble in the family.”
She goes on to say she never left the child alone with her son.
“The aligning with Rachel on this is a very bad combination,” she says. “Our son wasn’t even home a lot of the time it was alleged it was happening,” she says, “and I was a stay-at-home mother and very attentive to the kids because of her disorder. I never left her at home with our son or anything like that.” People.
Why would Ruthanne Dolezal be that specific?
Why insinuate that the child is “disordered” and “out to make trouble”?
She says she was a stay at home Mom and attentive to all the kids because of this one child’s “disorder.”
She never left the child at home with her Son. Why?
Why does she describe the child as aligning with Rachel?
It all sounds so damned familiar because these were the kind of lies told
in my family.
The strategies survivors use to survive seem normal to us; even the act of becoming a different race is normal and possible for an abused child of five with an active imagination.
“Alters within the same patient may be of different ages, genders, races, and even species, including lobsters, ducks, and gorillas. There have even been reported alters of unicorns, Mr. Spock of Star Trek, God, the bride of Satan, and Madonna. Moreover, some practitioner’s claim that alters can be identified by distinct characteristics, including distinct handwriting, voice patterns, eyeglass prescriptions, and allergies. Proponents of the idea of multiple personalities have also performed controlled studies of biological differences among alters, revealing that they may differ in respiration rate, brain-wave patterns and skin conductance, the last being an accepted measure of arousal.” The Scientific American
If I told you my name is Mateo and I am a Black, would you call me a lying crazypants?
It sounds to me as if Rachel and Josh Dolezal are trying to make sense of a past that they can’t fully remember, understand, or escape.
And even if they weren’t abused as children and enjoy perfect mental health the thought of it is sad.
I watched #MSNBC this morning as various experts and news people discussed Trump’s strengths and weaknesses in his relationship with Vladimir Putin.
KellyAnn Conway arrived to give her opinion of Putin’s attack on the United States:
And I thought, how can we know the damage without a complete investigation of the facts?
According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Russia worked “…to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency,”
The report also describes: “… a vast Russian intelligence operation that extends from hacking both Democratic and Republican targets to propaganda campaigns to troll-fueled social media disinformation. It re-asserts the intelligence community’s findings that the Kremlin is behind breaches of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and even state election board websites. And the express intention of those operations, the report states, was to not only disrupt the American electoral process, but to elect Donald Trump.”Wired
That’s a serious crime against the American people.
Free and verified elections that produce a legitimately elected leader
is the heart of our Democracy.
Confidence in our vote is what makes us America.
It’s as if Washington was nuked and Trump says nothing happened.
Reprocessed Public domain video of a nuclear explosion
Addendum: A special thanks to people who respect me enough to let me know when they think I’ve crossed a line.
One of the stranger aspects of 21st-century geopolitics has been the West’s denial that it has an adversary or enemy in Vladimir Putin. –Peter Pomerantsev
I once knew a physicist who said he worked for the military on
something called a clean bomb.
“It kills the people but there’s no radiation so we can go in and take the land.”
I never spoke with him again but I never forgot the horror of his
Machiavellian disregard for human life.
That conversation comes to mind as read news of Russia’s Hack
of our 2016 Election.
I think of bombs so clean we don’t even know we’re at war.
If you’re one of millions of people still think the United States created the AIDS virus in 1969 you can thank a successful Soviet Style disinformation campaign launched by the Soviet Union on July 17, 1983.
“A small pro-Soviet paper called the Patriot published a front-page article titled “AIDS may invade India: Mystery disease caused by US experiments.”
The story cited a letter from an anonymous but “well-known American scientist and anthropologist” that suggested AIDS, then still a mysterious and deadly new disease, had been created by the Pentagon in a bid to develop new biological weapons.
“Now that these menacing experiments seem to have gone out of control, plans are being hatched to hastily transfer them from the U.S. to other countries, primarily developing nations where governments are pliable to Washington’s pressure and persuasion,” the article read.
The Patriot’s article was subsequently used as a source for an October 1985 story in the Literaturnaya Gazeta, a Soviet weekly with considerable influence at the time.
The next year, it ran on the front page of a British tabloid. After that, it was picked up by an international news wire.
By April 1987 the story appeared in the major newspapers of more than 50 countries.
The problem? The story was a lie.
A variety of credible experts quickly came out to say that the idea that AIDS had been deliberately or inadvertently created in a laboratory was ridiculous; even the president of the Soviet Academy of Medical Sciences went on the record saying AIDS was of natural origin.
Yet even after the Cold War was over and the threat of AIDS became more widely understood, the idea that the disease was man-made persevered around the world.
The conspiracy theory even persisted in the United States: A 2005 study found almost half of African Americans believed that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was man-made.”
According to the online New Eastern Europe, the “weaponisation of information” is an essential tool of Russian foreign policy.
To study this “weaponisation of information” I reviewed an archive of
political ads produced by the RNC during the 2016 Elections.
To assess the ads as propaganda the ads must use one or more of the following propaganda techniques.
Whataboutism: a logical fallacy that attempts to discredit the opponent’s position by asserting the opponent’s failure to act in accordance with that position in a similar situation without directly refuting or disproving the opponent’s initial argument.
The strategy is designed to turn the argument into a discussion of irrelevancies.
I tell you that Trump said on tape that he can grab women’s genitals because he’s famous and you reply what about Bill Clinton?
The story or video uses of words, music, and images in a way that subvert one’s sense of reality and to disengage critical thinking.
The story fabricates an all-powerful enemy with unverified accounts of outrageous behaviors and dishonest strategies.
A Loud, crude and aggressive tone of voice.
Active measures: Discredit credible media and authority while spreading unverified conspiracy theories and outright lies.
A fear mongering word salad of lies and debunked accusations that spiral into a series of insults that ends with Hillary Clinton as the living embodiment of everything people hate about politics.
The ad closes on the gender stereotype of a cackling witch who shouts, “I am a real person!’
Democrat Senate candidates need to ask themselves a question. Can they really support Hillary Clinton? She’s a living history of scandal, lies and spin. Defended an accused child rapist then laughed about his lenient sentence. Whitewater. Travelgate. Chinagate. Filegate. She politically attacked sexual harassment victims. Pretended she landed under sniper fire. Benghazi. The Clinton Foundation. FBI investigation. Ruthless. Fake accents, fake concerns and fake laughs. Hillary Clinton. She is the living embodiment of everything people hate about politics. Democrat senate candidates, she is your burden to bear. I am a real person. NRSC is responsible for the content of this advertising.
Caught Lying Again
This GOP ad takes up the question of Hillary Clinton’s email.
We hear a montage of out of context quotes from Hilary Clinton as she responds to questions about her use of a private server for classified
email against a musical backdrop of tinkling apocalypse.
The ad was released on August 25, 2016.
The FBI cleared Hillary Clinton of all charges regarding her email a month before, on July 05th, 2016.
Hillary Clinton’s historically accurate comment that Martin Luther King’s Dream began to be realized when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 becomes a racist slam against Martin Luther King.
As a reality check, here’s a photograph of the signing of the Civil Right’s Act of 1964.
Martin Luther King is among the dignitaries at the signing.
The ad uses a collage of words and images that twists a factual statement into a racist slur.
When we arrived in South Carolina yesterday, this was The State newspaper. Clinton camp hits Obama. Attacks painful for black voters. Many in state offended by criticism of Obama and remarks about Martin Luther King. Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It’s as if you are minimizing I Have A dream. It’s a nice sentiment, but it took a white President to get blacks to the mountain top
I understand why Americans don’t want to deal with the seriousness of this attack.
Taking a partisan stance is the easy way out and a possible path to our destruction.
What matters is that a foreign government attacked the people of the United States through our media to thwart our political process.
We must know how this attack happened, what the damage was, and what
we can do to protect ourselves.
“If Europe was important, however, finding the means to sow doubt and insecurity about the political system in the United States, the last remaining superpower, was the big prize.
Television has been relentless in trying to paint the American system as flawed, suggesting that the process was not better than that in Russia. One prominent Russian politician even joked about it before the votes came in.
Gennadi A. Zyuganov, the longstanding leader of the Communist Party, said that Mrs. Clinton was smart but not good for Russia. “If Americans will vote honestly, I think Trump will make it, but if they will vote like here, then Hillary will win,” he said.
If the Cold War was rooted in ideological differences, the new Russian goal is to show that all political systems are equally bad. Also by interfering in conflicts like those in Ukraine and Syria, Mr. Putin has sought to reassert Russia’s role as a global power to be reckoned with.
Dmitry Kiselyev, the most prominent anchor on state television, called the United States election campaign the dirtiest in that country’s history, saying it provoked “disgust” toward what is somehow still called democracy.“
The photo that illustrates the story in the New York Times gives me chills:
I like to say the difference between a Conspiracy Theory and a Conspiracy are facts.
Fifteen years ago, a few months into his presidency, Vladimir V. Putin told Larry King on CNN that his previous job as a K.G.B. officer had been like that of a journalist. “They have the same purpose of gathering information, synthesizing it and presenting it for the consumption of decision makers,” he said. Since then, he has excelled at using the media to consolidate power inside Russia and, increasingly, to wage an information war against the West.
So the apparent hacking by Russian security services of the Democratic National Committee emails, followed by their publication by WikiLeaks, should come as no great surprise to Americans. It is only the latest example of how Mr. Putin uses information as a weapon. And the Kremlin has cultivated ties with WikiLeaks for years.
“US intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the presidential election and in US political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said.”
Propaganda is closely integrated with the Kremlin’s model of ambiguous warfare, which relies on rapid action, covert troops, the creation of a digital fog of war, and inflaming ethnic and sectarian tensions. Western governments shouldn’t overreact to RT’s presence in the West. But they can take the opportunity to revamp and modernize their own public diplomacy, targeting ethnic-Russian audiences to ensure that accurate reporting stands a chance amid the blizzard of Moscow’s lies.
Fact: Russia is the confirmed the culprit in the computer hacks on the DNC.
But intelligence officials have cautioned that they are uncertain whether the electronic break-in at the committee’s computer systems was intended as fairly routine cyberespionage — of the kind the United States also conducts around the world — or as part of an effort to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.
The U.S. said publicly for the first time that intelligence agencies are “confident that the Russian government directed” the hacking of American political groups and leaked stolen material in order to interfere with the Nov. 8 election.
“These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” the Office of Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security said in a joint statement on Friday. “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”
Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.
The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials, and the security experts
Fact: Trump’s first act as President is the unleashing of Vladimir Putin
Putin “called to offer his congratulations on winning a historic election,” according to a Trump statement. The two leaders discussed issues including shared threats, strategic economic issues, and the historical US-Russia relationship.
The two men also spoke about working to normalize relations between the two countries and emphasized the importance of creating a foundation of bilateral ties through trade, the Kremlin said.
They also discussed the need for “joint efforts in the fight against common enemy No. 1” — international terrorism and extremism.
In this post I offer a screenshot timeline of the disinformation campaign
against Hillary Clinton from June through November of 2016, though
GOP smears against her go back decades.
This post was first published as A Gilded Throne of Lies: The Right- Wing War on Truth.
I’ve changed the title to illustrate what the U.S. government confirms
as fact: Russia attacked the United States with a new form of
propaganda spread by new technologies.
“Russian disinformation takes its roots from the Soviet dezinformatsiya, which consisted of operations aimed at influencing opinion in the West through fakes and forged ‘disinformation’.
in Russia, press freedom has been very limited.
The tradition of opposition media was totally annihilated during the communist era and despite the hopes for the development of free media environment after the collapse of the USSR, Russia has followed the path of heavy propaganda. Recently, a new global strategy has been set in motion, linked to the notion of soft power.
President Putin himself recognized the concept of weaponisation of information. In a 2014 interview, he declared: “The rapid progress of electronic media has made news reporting enormously important and turned it into a formidable weapon that enables public opinion manipulations. The intense media warfare has become a mark of the times, when certain nations attempt to monopolize the truth and use it in their own interests”. Since then, the so-called “weaponisation of the information” has become an essential tool of Russian foreign policy, and several specialists acknowledged that Russia has been using information as a weapon. The term “information warfare” was coined a while ago, taking its roots in the Cold War and the rise of communication technologies, however, “weaponisation of information” appears to be a rather new phenomenon.
Russian propaganda has evolved in sophistication, intensity, reach and impact.
Russian efforts are carefully orchestrated, thoughtfully targeted, generously funded and professionally produced.
The truth is not important and there is a strong sense of relativism.
In simple terminology, weaponised disinformation is the use of mass social media to subvert reality to such a degree that the people are no longer able to trust their own perceptions.
Russian Disinformation as a weapon is designed to erode the trust between the people and their institutions which is essential to the success of free and open democracies.
If you want to bring down American Democracy the best way is to erode the people’s faith in their own system of government.
The result of this attack against the United States was that false allegations based on a daily leak of unverified rumors about Hillary Clinton dominated the media despite video taped evidence of Donald Trump bragging about his sexual assaults on women.
Despite the revelation that he has not paid taxes in decades.
Despite accusations of rape.
Despite his own demonstrable lack of insight, qualifications, and
fitness to be President.
Even now, as our government attempts to assess the damage of this attack, Trump’s team argues that President Obama’s sanctions against Russia are excessive.
The incoming President doesn’t think that the intrusion of a foreign
power on our elections is a big deal.
How did this happen?
Let’s review a timeline on Russia’s 2016 assault on reality that gave the
Presidency to Donald Trump.
There is no evidence for any of the accusations made against Clinton
or the Democrats in the clippings below.
America’s corporate media is all abuzz about hip Nazi’s and downtrodden ALT-Whiteys who ‘repudiated’ Obama and progressives by rigging the electoral college and still losing nationally by 2.5 million votes.
I thought we might want to back a mere 36 years to the 1980’s when bigots
were called bigots by journalist who didn’t play word games to mask the
This 1980 CBS News video examines the methods the Ku Klux Klan used
to indoctrinate members’ children in the tenets of Alt-White Supremacy
and American Nazi contempt for human rights.
As I watched this flick I wondered if the children in this
video became Trump voters in their 50’s.
The flick has some degradation but its worth watching.