15 tip-offs that it’s Russian Propaganda

I posted this checklist as the close of,  ‘If you based your vote on Russian Facebook ads you were tricked‘ but decided to post it as an Info-graphic for
people to download and share.

This check-list comes from the Ukraine so the translation into English is a
little shaky. The point is Trump/Putin are pulling the same stunts in the
United States.

Screen shot of 15 points of Russian Propaganda from Euromaidan Press (EP)
15 points of Russian Propaganda from Euromaidan Press (EP)

The only way to stop Putin’s Cyber Attacks is to take his weapon away
from him. We can that, in part, by saying no to his racist appeals and
cynical distortions of the truth.

A russian facebook ad targeting immigrants
One of 470 sites set up by a Russian troll farm –Facebook ads from Russia

Russian information warfare is a psychological attack based on decades
of advanced Soviet Era research into human behavior. 

Peter Pomerantsev, the author of Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia” says,Moscow’s propaganda works because it breaks down the distinctions between fact and fiction and provides emotionally satisfying narratives regardless of their truthfulness.”

Screenshot of a russian facebook ad blaiming immigrants for American poverty
Russia’s stories are more emotional and the stories are more exciting even if we know they’re not true.

“The Kremlin narrative,” says Pomerantsev, “is ‘there is no truth out there, and you’ll never find it; but go with us because our emotional content is more vital.”

That promotes cynicism and “cynicism breaks down critical thinking” because at its root is something quite medieval and emotional – a world of myths and storytelling.”

“When you don’t believe in facts,” Pomerantsev concludes, “you are just left with that.”

from Euromaidan Press (EP)

Russian Propaganda Works by confusing fact with fiction

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Thanks,

Rob Goldstein

If you based your vote on Russian Facebook ads you were tricked

I finally had a long hard look at Russia’s 2016 Facebook ads.

The Vladster had a Facebook Page for everyone.

Were you a Blacktivist? Vlad was there with a false story
to convince you your government
has always hated you:

A Russian Facebook that makes a false connection between the persistance of the KKK and the demise of the Black Panthers
A Russian Facebook Ad that falsely claims the Black Panthers were founded to fight the KKK

Actually, the Black Panther’s formed as an armed citizens’ patrol to monitor the behavior of officers of the Oakland Police Department and challenge police brutality in Oakland, California. The Justice Department was formed to fight the KKK.

Are you LGBTQ? Vlad wants you to think of Bernie Sanders as a gay rights
superhero (especially ‘Berniacs’ who didn’t know Clinton and Sanders held
the same positions on Gay Rights):

A russian facebook ad that depicts Bernie Sanders as a gay superhero
Vlad says color me Bernie!

Or maybe you’re concerned about Police Brutality and the killings of
unarmed African-Americans:

 

A russian facebook page purporting to be against police Brutality
A Russian Facebook Page against police brutality

Perhaps you wondered if Black Lives Matter was a problem:

A Russian Facebook ad that blames Black Lives Matter for Policeman's death
Did you wonder if ‘Black Lives Matter’ was the problem?

Or maybe you were a ‘Woke Black’ willing to think the ‘Democrat welfare
state’ keeps Black People down:

 

A Russian Facebook page called 'Woke Blacks"
A Russian Facebook Page for ‘Woke Blacks’

If you were a white supremacist who kept his racist shit to himself, Vladdy
was there to set you free, with this:

A Russian Facebook ad for Southern Heritage
Or maybe you were a White Racist who kept it to himself.

And this:

A 2016 Facebook Ad defaming Latino Immigrants
A hypothetical Immigrant crossed our border to have a hypothetical baby that deprives a hypothetical vet of his or her benefits

And this:

A Russian Facebook ad attacking Muslim Women: ban the Buurka
A Russian Facebook ad attacking Muslims

And these:

A Russian Facebook Ad defaming Liberals
A Russian Facebook ad defaming liberals and Mexicans.
A russian Facebook ad that creates a false dichotomy between citizens and Refugees
Hypothetical Citizens before Hypothetical refugees

And if you happen to hate Trump, Vladdy has a Facebook page for you, too!

A 'Not my President anti-Trump Facebook page
A Russian anti-Trump Facebook Page.

Information is your best defense against Russian bullshit.

Animated Gif that says 'All the Lies and All the Bullshit
found on GIPHY

If you see one or more of the following 15 points in a news story, or hear them used by a public figure be suspicious:

  • A black and white division of the world into “ours” and the “alien” other;
  • Epithets that imply more than they describe;
  • Constant assertions that those supporting Putin or Trump are more numerous and united.  (The results of manipulated and flawed polls are often used to support such assertions);
  • Empty declarations that mean nothing but seem to promise or
    prove everything;
  • Playing games with cause and effect, often reversing their true order;
  • Making false accusations but not providing proof;
  • A vicious circle or tautology where the second part of an
    assertion is simply a repetition of the first;
  • Confusing the part with the whole by focusing on only one part
    of something such as liberals within the opposition;
  • Creating false dilemmas that don’t exist;
  • Careful preparation of headlines which are the only thing
    most people pay attention to;
  • Citations to experts, often false and even more often out of context;
  • Claiming all media reports when only one media outlet does;
  • Using weasel words like “so-called” or “it would appear” to give an appearance of objectivity;
  • Outright falsification; and
  • Conspiracy theories and suggestion of hidden motives.

The 15 Point Propaganda Check List is from Euromaidan Press

Russian Facebook ads found at the NYT and Google Search

Signs of the Times

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in the Bay Area
yesterday, and my partner and I were among them.

Imagine a coalition of every group of people targeted by
the Trump GOP.

This is an aerial view of the Rally in front of San Francisco
City Hall.

This view shows Market Street packed demonstrators from the
beginning of the march at City Hall to the end of the march at the
Embarcadero.

Here are some of the better shots of the day:

A photograph from the 2018 San Francisco Women's March in fron't of San Francisco City Hall
City Hall – San Francisco Women’s March 2018
Scenes from the 2018 Women's March in San Francisco - A sign that reads When injustice becomes law resistance becomes duty
When injustice becomes law resistance becomes duty
Scenes from the 2018 Women's March in San FranciscoTo be silent and indifferent the greatest sin of all
To be silent and indifferent the greatest sin of all
Scenes from the 2018 Women's March in San Francisco - A sign that reads stop trump's racist agenda
Stop Trump’s racist agenda
Scenes from the 2018 Women's March -I Stand with Her
I Stand with Her
Scenes from the 2018 Women's March in San Francisco - A sign that reads Time's up
Times up
Scenes from the 2018 Women's March in San Francisco - A sign that reads the rise of women, the rise of a Nation
The Rise of women, the rise of a Nation
Scenes from the 2018 Women's March in San Francisco -a sign that reads I refuse to live in your shithole
I refuse to live in your shithole
Scenes from the 2018 Women's March in San Francisco - A sign that reads Love + Power
Love plus Power

 

A sign at the 2018 San Francisco Women's March in support of DACA
Doing the right thing is not a political issue, it’s a moral issue.
Scenes from the 2018 Women's March in San Francisco - Market Street during the march
Market Street San Francisco
Scenes from the 2018 Women's March in San Francisco - A child sits on her Father's shoulders
A Child on Dad’s Shoulders

 

All Photographs (c) Rob Goldstein 2018 All Rights Reserved

This Weekend The Women’s March Goes Global

Jan 20 & 21, 2018, are pivotal dates in the
#resistance to the Trump/Putin agenda.   

This Weekend The Women’s March goes global.

An estimated 4,956,422 people will march in solidarity
across all 7 continents.

We will March in Paris

A flyer for the January 21 Women's March in Paris, France
2018 Flyer for the Women’s March in Paris

We will March in New York

2018 Flyer for the Women's March in NYC
Women’s March New York

We will March in Heidelberg

Flyer for the 2018 Women's March in Heidelberg Germany
2018 Flyer for the Women’s March in Heidelberg

We will March in San Francisco

flyer for the 2018 Flyer for the Women's March in Phoenix
2018 Flyer for the Women’s March in San Francisco

We will March in Virginia

Flyer for the 2018 Women's March in Virginia
March Forward Virginia

 

Find the 2018 March near you: 2018 March Locations