A Note Regarding Pro-Putin Comments on my Blog

Bloggers who blog about politics inevitability attract Russian trolls.

Now that Americans knows more about Trump’s involvement in the attack on the United States, it’s safe to say Pro-Trump propaganda is Pro-Putin propaganda.

I won’t allow Putin’s useful idiots to use the comments section of my blog as a platform.

That’s right, I censor bullshit.

I’m willing to have intelligent disagreements.

Cheap backwater racism and divisive pro-Russian bilge are not
intelligent or worthy of discussion.

A collage of Russian Facebook ads found online
A grouping of Russian Facebook ads

I know the history of the United States is littered with crimes, but I have
never seen an American President high-five a monarch who ordered the butchering  of a journalist.

 

Here’s my rule on readers who leave pro-Putin propaganda on my blog as a comments:  I will blacklist your comment and use is as an example of propaganda and ‘ambient gas-lighting’ so other bloggers will know to
remove them too.

Example 1, was left in response to my post, Are you Obsessed
with the News:

Russina propaganda as comments
Because you get your information from credible news sources you are complicit in advancing a globalist agenda.

The comment above does not address the news items in my post.  It deflects and uses ambient gas lighting to suggest that merely watching legitimate news outlets makes me complicit in an evil globalist agenda.

Example 2 was left in response to the same post:

Screenshot of trooll propaganda left as a comment
Everyone is pedophile except the man accused of raping a 13 year old girl.

Why would Putin’s trolls return to pushing a conspiracy theory in which Trump is a noble warrior against pedophilia?

With Trump’s pedophile friend, Jeffery Epstein back in the news, we may start to hear more about Trump’s alleged rape of a 13 year-old.

Screenshot of a July 7, 2016 UK Guardian story about the legal issues around rape allegations against Donald Trump
Article in the July 7, 2016 UK Guardian about rape allegations against Trump
screenshot of the court date set for a woman who claims she was 13 when trump raped her
On October 12 we learned that a court date was set for a woman who claims Trump raped her when she was 13.

I urge all of my readers who also blog politics to check their comments
and feel comfortable removing those that look suspicious.

I also urge you to study the NATO Handbook of Russian Information Warfare.

Click the link below to download the PDF file.

Handbook of Russian Information Warfare – NATO Defense College

Don’t let the Russian GRU use OUR blogs to subvert American Democracy.

Rob Goldstein 2018

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#WordlessWednesday: Variations on a Theme

National Youth Orchestra-USA performs Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

With dance:

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Sunday’s Meditation: If You Want to Achieve Greatness, Stop Asking For Permission

 

 

 

The Blue Sky Tag from D. Wallace Peach

The Blue Sky Tag comes to me from D. Wallace Peach.

The rules are:

Use the Blue Sky banner  (Designed by Rachael Ritchey).

Answer the 11 questions set by your tagger.

Make up 11 original and interesting or funny questions for those you tag.

Tag 11 people.

Thank you for the tag, Diana. 🙂

The questions:

  1. What country have you never visited but would love to, and why?

I would love to visit Spain, my family is Sephardi, and so I’ve always felt an affinity for Spain and for the Spanish language.

 

A Public Domain Photo 1900 photo of a Sephardi couple from Sarajevo
1900 photo of a Sephardi couple from Sarajevo


2. What person in your life (not including family members) has most shaped who you are today?

Gee, that’s a tough one. My first impulse is to say my partner of 27 years; but the person who most shaped who I am today was my literary mentor, Harold Norse.

3. List three things that make you happy?

My Partner, the City of San Francisco, and the spiritual energy I feel when I write or make art.

  1. What’s your favorite genre to read?

I’m re-reading ‘Miss Lonelyhearts‘ by Nathaniel West and and ‘Trout Fishing in America’ by Richard Brautigan, I’m also reading the Physician’s Desk Reference (seriously). The side effects and adverse reactions sections are a hoot.  

 

This is the front cover art for the book Miss Lonelyhearts written by Nathanael West. The book cover art copyright is believed to belong to the publisher, Liveright, or the cover artist.
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathaniel West.

5. What time period in history most intrigues you, and why?

This period in history is damned intriguing.

Americans face two clear paths. We decide to move forward, to join a global community that uses technology to enlighten and empower the many, or we decide to create a hellish dystopia, a barbaric high-tech dark ages ruled wealthy tyrants who control us with lies and fear. It’s fascinating because we’re still a democracy, so it’s a choice.

6. If you could add a new talent to your repertoire, what would it be, and why?

Animation.  I’d like to use it to perform.

7. Where is your favorite place in the world, and why?

Home. Home is the best place for a time of introspection. 

  1. What animal best describes your personality, and why?

The Cat.

animated gif of a cat batting its owner's face
found on GIPHY

Cats are loving but not servile. 

  1. What’s your favorite recipe (and please share it)?

Oatmeal made with chocolate soy-milk and cinnamon. Pour water and chocolate soy milk into a saucepan, add oatmeal and cinnamon, soak for an hour, add some banana, and bring to a boil while stirring.

  1. Hiking boots, sneakers, heels, or flip-flops?

Hiking boots. 

11. Would you rather have tons of love and little wealth, or tons of wealth and little love?

Tons of love and little wealth is what I chose, so I guess I have what I want. 🙂

I tag you, whoever you are and I like these questions so here you go.

Thanks again, Diana.

Let’s have some Ella!

 

 

Rob Goldstein 2018

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