Saturday News Wrap Up, 12/01 thru 12/07

These were some of the major news stories in the  United States for the week of 12/01-12/07.

This collection of videos is not comprehensive.

On a personal note, I’m sick with a nasty flu bug so I’m laying low.

Screenshot from the The SDNY Sentencing Memo on Michael Cohen
The SDNY Sentencing Memo on Michael Cohen

Here is the full text of the SDNY sentencing memo on Michael Cohen

George Bush Senior dies at the age of 94 – BBC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CIA’s Evidence Linking Saudi Crown Prince to Khashoggi Killing
The Wall Street Journal. December 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dow plummets on US-China trade worries December 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the chart that just created widespread panic on Wall Street
December 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 North Carolina election fraud investigation focuses on absentee ballots
CBS News 12/04

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 PBS NewsHour, full episode Dec. 4, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal Facebook Emails Released: What They Reveal
The Wall Street Journal. 12/05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apparent NC Election Rigging Scheme Has Been Going On For Years | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC 12/06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Brennan: President Donald Trump Showing Us He’s Incompetent | Morning Joe | MSNBC 12/07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Experts: Mueller, Feds Just Upped Trump’s ‘Legal Exposure’ | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC  12/07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller says Manafort lied about contacts with Trump administration in 2018 CNN 12/07

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Cohen Told Robert Mueller About Contacts Between Trump Aides And Russia | Hardball | MSNBC 12/07

 

 

 

 

 

New clues in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe 12/07

 

 

 

James Comey speaks out after closed-door hearing with lawmakers 12/07

 

 

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

Header Image, Pro fact (c) Rob Goldstein 2018

I do not own the other images in this post, they
are screenshots and presented here for educational
purposes.

Each one Teach One: How do Russia’s Lies Distort our Perceptions

The previous video, Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News, breaks down a Russian lie about the origin of the AIDS virus: it was a lie that distorted my view of the Federal Government for decades.

The lie was the U.S. Government created AIDS and used it on Gays.

A screenshot of a newspaper headline that reads AIDS is a U.S. Biological Attack on African-Americans and Gays
A headline that reads AIDS is a U.S. Biological Attack on African-Americans and Gays.

Reagan’s homophobic response to AIDS gave power to Russia’s lie.

I could believe his government used my people to test a weapon.

In truth, Ronald Reagan was simply a homophobe in a culture of institutional homophobia.

Reagan was a man of his time.

The #LGBTQ community continued to challenge the law and the Constitution prevailed: we won the right to serve our country and legally marry.

One of the goals of Russian information warfare is to create a society in which we can’t tell the difference between fact and fiction. Brookings

This second video from the New York Times dissects the seven point strategy Russia uses when it launches a cyber attack.

How did Russia’s lies distort your perception of our government during the 2016 campaign?

A Fake YouTube video that falsely claims the U.S. welfare system supports Muslim men who have four wives
A Fake YouTube video that smears Muslims. Source, the New York Times.

I urge you to watch the third video, ‘How Disinformation Is Taking Over the World’

A screenshot from a New York Times video that explains how Russian disinformation affects Americans
How Do Russia’s Lies Distort Your Perceptions of Reality

I do not own the video or images in the post.

Each One Teach One: The KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News

Please watch this recent video from the New York Times.

If you find it informative please share it.

Each one teach one.

 

The saying “Each one teach one” is an African proverb that originated in America during slavery times. Slaves were seen as chattel and therefore denied an education so when one slave learned to read or write, it became his duty to teach someone else.

 

Knowledge is power

 

 

The header image is a screenshot from the video. I do not own the image. I used it for educational purposes.

Rob Goldstein 2018