Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-Up – 4/19-4/26: On a Personal Note

Following the news this week was intellectually challenging and emotionally exhausting.

I’m not a lawyer or a trained journalist, I have problems with memory and concentration, but I am determined to decide what I think of The Mueller report by reading it.

The Mueller Report describes a lawless president intent on obstructing the the legitimate investigation of an attack on the people of the United States.

A Page from Robert Mueller's Report to Congress
A section of Robert Mueller’s Report to Congress regarding trump’s attempts to obstruct his investigation.

The Report describes this attack as meticulous and psychological.

Russia used the personal data and psychological profiles of over 87 Million Americans to target specific groups of people with appeals to tribalism and fear.

The Internet Research Agency built Facebook communities across the political spectrum, but targeted Clinton in all of them. Mueller’s report lists conservative groups like “Being Patriotic,” “Stop All Immigrants,” “Secured Borders,” and “Tea Party News”; black social justice groups like “Black Matters,” “Blacktivist,” and “Don’t Shoot Us”; LGBTQ groups like “LGBT United”; and religious groups “United Muslims of America.”

“Main idea: Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary [Clinton] and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them),” IRA operators told specialists. BuzzFeed.News

According to the University of Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Research Project the Russian attack began in 2013:

Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Research Project

No lie about Clinton was too absurd:

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton Murdered Vince Foster!

No racist attack was too base:

 

Screenshot of antisemitic propaganda produced by the Russian Internet Research Agenc
Antisemitic propaganda produced by Russia’s Internet Research Agency

In 2016 I saved hundreds of screenshots of the propaganda campaign deployed by the IRA.

What kind of President blocks his government’s investigation of an enemy attack?

Based on the emerging evidence, Trump is an idiot if he genuinely believes he’s a legitimate president with a mandate, and if he’s one of Putin’s useful idiots, my guess is his strategist is the Kremlin’s top handler.

The House and Senate GOP know what Trump is, but they’re useful idiots too.

What comes next is up to us, I don’t like it, I’d rather think about and do other things, but I won’t belong to the generation that killed American Democracy.

This moment is not about winning a game.

This is moment is not about our feelings.

This moment is a reckoning with the facts and history will damn those who choose to ignore them.

I believe in a God that expects humanity to use reason and science to nurture and fully inhabit creation.

To do this we need a civilized world order governed by leaders who respect and protect the rule of law regardless of political and religious affiliation.

With Trump as President, Russia is free to continue to attack our minds, and the gaslighting will only get worse as we head into the 2020 campaign.

Here is a link to the Mueller Report, please read it and pass it on.  Below are a few the videos I liked this week

Know your first amendment rights on the internet:

Learn lateral reading, use multiple tabs in your browser to look stuff up and fact check as you read. Real-time fact-checking can help you figure out what’s real and what’s not on the internet.

 

Ageism: Why do we treat old people like babies?

 

A History of LGBT rights at the UN

 

The Creative Process: Leonard Nimoy on developing “Star Trek’s” Spock character

 

Rob Goldstein, 2019

Rob’s Weekly Wrap-up 02/15-02/22

This week started with much ado about Trump’s Fake Emergency followed by the stark midweek revelation from Andrew McCabe that trump is a suspected enemy agent, at best, unwitting. In the meantime North Carolina gets a new congressional election, the FBI arrested a violent white supremacist for planning to unleash a chemical weapons attack against everyone on Trump’s political hit list, a judge gagged Roger Stone and Robert Mueller is and is not soon to release his report on #TrumpRussia, maybe.

On a personal note, therapy is rough as I come to terms with the years I lost to my illness.

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Header Image, Media Bias Checklist (c) Vanessa Otero, used here for educational purposes.

Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-up 2/08-2/15

Trump’s corruption, lies, psychopathology, and possible participation in a conspiracy to steal the 2016 election dominated this week’s news cycle.

Trump dramatically declared a national emergency when he submitted to Nancy Pelosi and signed her bill to keep the government open without funding for his racist wall.

The important news this week is from the Mueller investigation:

 

 

and we have a new Attorney General:

On Friday we had another preventable mass shooting.

On a personal note, I had a productive week, a couple of my projects took place
off-line for a few days so I could not blog, but I’m back now.

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Rob’s News Wrap Up 01/18-01/25

“Michael Cohen feels like his personal safety has been threatened by President Trump, that’s the kind of anxiety known only by every other person on the planet.” Stephen Colbert

In the last 48 hours, we’ve had a year’s worth of news; this is a big collection of videos.

The standoff between House Democrats and Trump’s lickspittles in the Senate
was a focus of coverage.

Michael Cohen credibly accused of Trump of witness tampering but this got lost
in coverage of the #TrumpShutdown.

Friday we woke to news of the indictment and arrest of Roger Stone.

Read Mueller’s Indictment of Stone on LawFare

This was followed by Trump’s capitulation to Nancy Pelosi and the end of
a month long shutdown of the Federal Government.

Trump got no funding for his racist wall.

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I’ve added Steven Colbert to the list because I think his political monologues are brilliant.

On a personal note, I’m coming out of a lengthy funk, and feeling good.

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Rob Goldstein January 25, 2019