Rob’s Weekly News Wrap up 1/25-02/01

Be informed, not influenced
Newsy

This was another dense news week.

The President continues to subvert his own government as House Democrats
consolidate power.

This week news coverage of Trump changed tone as Americans try to understand a president who behaves like an enemy.

From The Washington Post, “Helping Trump is helping Russia.”

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Rob Goldstein 02/01

Politics: Be informed, not influenced.

January was a lifetime for news junkies.

Every day is another month of corruption and narcissism and treason.

There is no Trump without Putin and the chaos and random violence that
plagues our lives the result of a long-term and ongoing Russian attack on American Democracy.

Putin’s declaration of war is a classic gaslight: we elected his puppet, he didn’t make us to vote for it; or did he?

Americans should find foreign intervention intolerable in our public debates and elections intolerable.
Americans should find foreign intervention intolerable in our public debates and elections intolerable.

Vladimir Putin’s Information Warfare is a psychological theater of cruelty where the people of the ‘target nation’ are convinced to turn on each other each other, while a small cadre of criminal oligarchs steal their wealth and freedoms.

To accomplish a ‘regime change’ Putin unleashes an arsenal of psychological weapons designed to distort our perceptions of reality.

This includes staged events.

 

Screenshot from, the New York Post
Russian’s staged pro trump rallies in the us

Putin calls these strategies ‘Active Measures’.

An active measure can be anything, such as inciting or paying anonymous
thugs to attack a beloved performer while shouting right-wing slogans.

I am not saying that his is what happened to Jussie Smollett; I’m saying the trump administration and the GOP have done nothing to protect America from Russian Active Measures so we have no way to be sure.

Nothing is at it seems until we know all the facts and see them verified by multiple national and international news outlets.

If you see appeals to emotion and divisive propaganda ask yourself why you’re seeing it.

Be angry that we have a president who incites violence when you hear reports of hate crimes against gays and people of color; don’t be angry with anonymous straight white people.

Be informed, not influenced.

If you live in a democracy, you are under attack.

Here is collection of PDF files, links, and videos with information about Russian Information Warfare, and the strategies he uses to turn us against each other.

Click the link below to download the NATO Handbook of Russian Information Warfare.

Handbook of Russian Information Warfare – NATO Defense College

Here is a Rand Study of the Russian ‘Firehose of Falsehood’ Propaganda Model.

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Here is a link to the Committee to Investigate Russia.

The following short videos use simple language to explain the 2016 attack and a warning of what to expect as we enter the 2020 Campaign.

How to Defeat Authoritarianism

Factory of lies

Russian Propaganda In The Internet Age: How To Spot A Russian Troll Online

How Russian Trolls Took Over Americans’ Instagram Accounts

How to fake a trend on Twitter – BBC Trending

 

 

 

 

Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/14-12/21

Compare the words and actions of Trump and the House and Senate
GOP to what NATO reports in its handbook of Russian Information Warfare.

It is chilling to see how it all fits together and more chilling to realize
Putin achieved a primary strategic goal:

Screenshot_2018-12-21 (PDF) Handbook of Russian Information Warfare-
incapacitate as much of the state as possible before it is aware of the conflict. From the NATO Handbook of Russian Information Warfare.

Most Americans still don’t know we’re under attack.

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Russia strategically uses powerful nonprofits like the NRA to discredit government agencies and erode the credibility of law enforcement. From the NATO Handbook of Russian Information Warfare.

For Context, from July 2017:

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Russia pollutes the pool of information and thus creates a ‘permissive’ media environment that treats Russia’s lies as credible. (are there really two sides to the idea that it’s wrong for the Trump Administration to hold toddlers in detention centers?)

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People are unaware they are targets of a campaign to influence their decisions with a stream of lies.

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So, who is happy about Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria?

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Context, what can it mean when the U.S. President unilaterally makes decisions that everyone says will only benefit a foreign adversary?

Why would the U.S. President look for reasons to shut down our government and weaken our ability to defend ourselves?

Is the United States so destabilized under Trump we’ve temporarily lost our sovereignty?

 

Handbook of Russian Information Warfare - Loss of Sovereignty
The State is deprived of its Sovereignty without seizure of the state’s territory

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Please read the NATO Handbook of Russian Information Warfare

Rob Goldstein 2018

 

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Homily: Why Did God do That?

According to the New Testament, the God of Israel becomes
mortal: Immanuel, God with us.

God can descend as an adult and live as a God.

God can choose birth to a royal house and live as a man of the educated
upper class.

Instead, God decides to break the Law of Moses by impregnating a young,
unmarried peasant girl who is already betrothed and likely to suffer
execution by stoning  for the crime of adultery.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.” Matthew 1:18-19

Joseph later adopts Jesus as his own.

Everything about the birth of Jesus is unsavory in terms of Mosaic Law and the rigid class system of the ancient world.

“Unlawful intercourse with a woman betrothed to a man was adultery, because the betrothed woman was deemed as inviolable as the married woman. The punishment for this crime was stoning to death at the place of public execution (Deut. xxii. 24). The punishment for Adultery according to the Mishnah (Sanh. xi. 1) was strangulation; the rabbinical theory being that wherever the death penalty was mentioned in the Bible, without any specific statement of the manner of its infliction, strangulation was meant. The Jewish Encyclopedia


The child of an incestuous or adulterous relationship was branded a mamzer.

 

A mamzer was not permitted to become a member of the Jewish body politic (Deut. xxiii. 3 [A. V. 2]), and could not intermarry with a Jew or Jewess (Ḳid. iii. 12), although it did not lose its right to inherit from the husband of its mother, who, while not the legitimate father, was for this purpose the putative father.”’ The Jewish Encyclopedia

There is no room at the inn for Mary’s mamzer, so he is born in a cave where he sleeps in a device for feeding livestock.

(Away in a manger, no crib for his head)

So, why did God do that?

 

Animated GIF of Matt Damon doing math on a mirror
found on GIPHY

Why did God choose to live and die as an outcast?

 

 

Rob Goldstein 2018
Portrait of the Christ with Red Hair (c) Rob Goldstein 2018
Animated gif from GIPHY