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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FANTASTIC POLITICAL BEASTS THEN AND NOW


https://futurism.com/images/fantastic-beasts/

WHEN THE MESS MET THE PRESS
(*Original Super Delux video was taken down)








Trump’s “drug infested nightmare” press conference comments at 5:30 
sounded very much like the “rusted out factories” Mad Max vision of 
America from his 2017 Inaugural speech labeled American Carnage
as if addressing and reassuring a foreign Russian audience that their 
economy, the size of New York State, isn’t nearly as bad as the one he inherited. 

He assumed office eight years into an economic rebound.  The slowest
recession recovery in modern times was, as my sister recently reminded me,
testimony to the depth of the disaster that was the Great Recession of 2007.

That recession along with two foreign occupations caused Dick Cheney to
predict that President Obama would only serve one term in office.  Implying
that anyone assuming power after eight years of Cheney Bush Republican
induced hegemonic chaos would by necessity exhaust all political capital
in the act of recovering from the mess both foreign and domestic.  Austerity
would restrict any Democratic President from functioning as a Democrat.
The shear impossibility of overcoming such immense obstacles along with
Republican Congressional opposition would force Obama from office after
four years.  Obama was elected twice.  Cheney was not quite dead wrong.
He’s still alive.


LET US NOW RESORT TO DEEP (state/ throat) THOUGHTS:
And serious/ humorous comparisons between a movie, “Fantastic Beasts
And Where To Find Them” and equally fantastic political reality.

Starting of all places, with the Wikipedia entry for David Chalmers PhD, 
Rhodes Scholar, philosopher and cognitive scientist currently at NYU 
specializing in the areas of philosophy and language.  Chalmers inspired
the recent Tom Stoppard play, “The Hard Problem” (of Consciousness) that
played in Europe and was seen by me in late 2018 at Lincoln Center NYC.
And the relevance to Trump will eventuate.

David Chalmers thought experiments in tracking down what is called
the “hard problem of consciousness” draws comparisons with
hypothetical entities that are by necessity without consciousness: 

philosophical zombie.[12] (pZombie), “unlike the zombie of popular 
fiction, in philosophy of mind and perception is a hypothetical being 
that from the outside is indistinguishable from a normal human being 
but lacks conscious experience, qualia, or sentience.”

*behavioral zombie (bZombie), behaviorally indistinguishable from a human.

*neurological zombie (nZombie) has a human brain and physiologically
indistinguishable from a human.[5]

*Put em all together and whattayaget? 

The Nov. 2016 U.S. and New York City premier of “Fantastic Beasts and 
Where To Find Them" coincided with the release of a different sort of 
Beast, the Nov 2016 Presidential election of Donald J. Trump.  Despite 
one being fictional they have a few things in common beyond release dates.

“Fantastic Beasts” movie summery:
My grandfather used to speak about his “Blizzard of 1888” Brooklyn tough
neighborhood trick question, “wattaya want, pie or cake?”  The following
is the NYC Roaring 1920’s pie or strudel version...




Fantastic Beasts main characters:
Credence Barebone, he of the suppressed destructive monstrous id played by
Ezra Miller is an orphan with understated nasty abilities completely opposite
his look.

Newt Scamander is played by Eddie Redmayne.  His name in the movie
is pronounced as one word, Misterscamander suggesting more than one
personality.  He has a “brother.”

Newt comes with paranormal powers, out of focus eyes, itchy face, duck-toed
walk with no apparent need for eating, sleeping or getting along with
ordinary humans called muggles.

Scamander is also keeper of the “Fantastic Beasts” loosed upon 1920’s NYC
from his 5th dimensional James Bond-like suitcase.  The beasts contained
are then falsely blamed by a hierarchy of wizards for unexplained 1920's
NYC mayhem which they deem needs stopping before attracting attention
and thus betraying the existence of supernatural beings with the look of
ordinary humans who intrude upon this world and have the added advantage
of hiding and existing behind a wall of disbelief.

Porpentina “Tina" Goldstein played by Katherine Waterston is the rare
1920's "career girl" who is tall, wears asexual double-breasted men's
suit jackets and is a possible forebear across fictional barriers of Emmanuel
Goldstein the alleged underground resistance leader of George Orwell’s 1984.

Tina's sister, Queenie Goldstein, is a different sort of “witch.”  A “legilimancer”
telepath who violates all rules of 1920’s propriety, dress and magic by making
eyes at “nomag” baker-to-be, Jacob “Muggles" Kowalski.  She knows the
quickest way to Jacob’s heart is through her own 1920's version of fast food
strudel, “double-plus ungood” fast talk and telepathic powers.  Her difficulty
in reading Scamander’s mind is due to his British accented not quite encrypted
thoughts.  Suggesting atypical reasons for being around foreigners.

This is the fantastical prequel Harry Potter universe of meta-physicians
existing in and out of a space-time continuum that intrudes on "our" everyday
existence everyday in every way.  (The reality based “Personal Shopper" with
Kristen Stewart understates the intrusion and ends typically by attributing
everything to madness or hallucination)  The MACUSA, Magical Congress
USA is assigned the task of making sure their kind remain on the borders of
superstition held by ordinary humans.

MACUSA, is also a play on the very real Professor Herbert Marcuse of 1940's -
50's America that Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch hunting HUAC made
into a Communist bogeyman incarnate surpassing even that of Saul Alinsky
stupidly billed by today’s Republicans as Hillary Clinton’s evil “wizard”
subversive mentor.  Prof. Macuse is depicted in two recent movies "Hail Cesar"
and “Trumbo” about Hollywood writers of the 40’s and 50’s.

Here is an excellent video of silent era star Buster Keaton.  Ezra Miller's
resemblance to Keaton was acknowledged by screenwriter J.K. Rowling.
Other characters of the movie have deliberate but unacknowledged physical
resemblances to actual well known historical personalities of Prohibition
Roaring 20’s New York City.  Like newspaper tycoon and media star
William Randolph Hearst and NY State Senator and NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker.





The Roaring Twenties were typified by NYC Mayor James Walker the real-life
subject of the 1956 Bob Hope comedy, “Beau James."  Walker is depicted in
Fantastic Beasts as US Senator Henry Shaw played by Josh Cowdary chosen
because of his resemblance to Walker as shown in old YT footage and in
further Fantastic Beasts video clips below:




Jimmy Walker was a New York State Senator until 1926 which is exactly
when the movie takes place.  His political mentor was the famed NY
Governor and 1928 Presidential candidate, Al Smith.  Walker was the fancy
dressing corrupt populist thrown out of office in his second term as NYC
Mayor in 1929 by then New York State Governor and future President,
Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Just in time for the 1929 Great Depression made
worse by Republican policies of then President Herbert Hoover.  Even
before assuming office in 1933 President elect Roosevelt survived an
attempted assassination in Florida.  He then took on the thankless task
of digging out of the worst economic disaster in American history.
Sound familiar?

Below, complete with Chinese subtitles are scenes showing Credence,
U.S. Senator Henry Shaw (James Walker), his powerful newspaper tycoon
father, Shaw Sr. (Hearst) and JK Rowling dialogue from #2 son, Langdon Shaw,
“the people behind this aren't like you or me, this is witchcraft don't you see."





The Harry Potter term "Muggles" or "Nomag" refers to ordinary humans
(Orwell’s proles or proletariat) who can be bumped, taunted, mugged,
stepped on, made to trip over suitcases, be manipulated, chased, humiliated,
but never killed.  As seen above and below, Senator Henry Shaw Jr is the
unhappy exception.

It’s also no coincidence that the name Shaw also happens to sound
like polite slang of the times for something else.  When cursing among
polite company in my grandfathers and fathers time or in science fiction
novels of the 1950’s you had only to put a silent p in front of shaw for pshaw.

As shown above, Senator Shaw has the misfortune of calling Credence a
freak in front of his adopted family.  The resulting uncontrolled rage
manifests as a free floating monster of the id called an Obsecuret
or Obscurial unleashed on an unsuspecting Senator Shaw, Wizard Graves,
played by Colin Farrell, and New York City.

In the movie, John Voight plays Henry Shaw Sr. father of the US Senator.
Voight is a stand-in for newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst,
America's first media star.  Hearst overextended himself and lost much
of his newspaper fortune by buying and refitting old mansions including
Hearst Castle at San Simeon.  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearst_Castle

Pictures of Hearst are usually shown with darkened dyed hair.  Aside from
that there's a loose resemblance between him and the grey haired Voight.
Hearst newspapers of the pre-WWII 1930's ran unopposed columns by
Germany's Hitler and Göring.

John Voight’s newspaper tycoon character gives a fund raiser for his son
the Senator and possible future President that resembles the famous
annual Al Smith dinners given in New York City that in 2016 hosted
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as seen in the
video below co-staring Cardinal Dolan, Al Smith IV, Governor Cuomo,
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, ex-NYC Mayor Giuliani, ex-NYC Mayor
Bloomberg, ex-NYC police Commissioner Kelly and Maria Bartiromo’s
weirdly cleaving fantastic breasts.

Judging by the laughs and the digs at Hillary and the boos Trump received,
no one should ever underestimate our mafioso-in-chief and especially the
political Party that, in my opinion, arranged his Russian, Chinese and North
Korean friendly foreign policy before Ed Snowden gave away the NSA store
to Russia in 2013.  Before unelected Republican proxies Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan
and Franklin Graham praised Putin’s moral leadership in 2014.  Before Rudy
Giuliani endorsed Putin’s Ukraine leadership on Fox News also in 2014 which
preceded candidate Trump’s initial Praise of Putin in 2015.  Unrelated events?
The above referenced arrangement can only be inferred.  So far.




Back to the movies.  As with the Nov, 2016 election reality, the fictional 1920’s
movie fund raiser doesn't turn out so well.  The U.S. Senator, Henry Shaw Jr.,
is assassinated in front of his father and brother and rich fund raisers by
Credence Barebone in nasty Obscurial form in ways that would be impossible
to describe in real life Hearst newspapers of that time or any time.  Everyone
would have to conclude that some drug was put in the punch resulting in mass
hysteria and unfortunate fatal injury to a U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate.





In stranger than fiction reality, the real John Voight gave the introductory
speech prior to the 2017 Washington DC inauguration of the 45th President
of the United States, Donald J. Trump.  This MAGA intro pic replaced the
original video of Voight’s speech which introduced the worst most obscure
musical talent to ever precede a Presidential Inauguration.





As Mark Twain probably didn’t say history doesn’t repeat but it always rhymes.
Should anything like Credence exist today say in the persons of Evangelical
pastors or referends, former Trump official Steve Bannon or White House aid,
Stephen Miller who is no relation but in the obscurant looks department much
“Better Than Ezra”, Miller that is.  Let’s hope they show more restraint should
they ever turn on their “Wizard Blizzard of Lies, Autocrat45.”

Update January 2018:
Originally this posting was made shortly after actor John Voight introduced
Trump’s January 2017 inaugural celebration.  As predicted above, Steve
Bannon’s January 2018 exposé via Michael Wolf, “Fire and Fury, Inside
The Trump White House” had results similar to those in the movie wherein
Wizard Graves was unmasked for what he was, the nasty Grindelwald.

Except everyone, his administration, his voters already knew who and
what serpent Trump which means the book’s exposé was muted and
further discredited by obvious erroneous assertions that the President
made passes at specifically named females in and out of the White House.

UPDATE 9/6/18
It’s possible VP Mike Pence was the anonymous NYT “Deep (State) Throat”
NYT Op-Ed author claiming to uphold true American conservative ideals
vs the nefarious President Trump.  But I doubt it.

UPDATE 9/19/20:
My Guess: this was a “Murder On The Oriental Express” Fox “News”
group effort.  The Trump administration again had months to prepare
for the publishing of the Bob Woodward book, “Fear, Trump In The
White House.”  The subsequent NYT anonymous OpEd was probably
an attempt at Saturday Night Live humor via Fox “News” hosts Sean
Hannity and Lou Dobbs trolling the non-Fox News MSM.  A very loose
version of a Thomas Friedman NYT oped on the anonymous OpEd.

Get a load of the cut and buff otherworldly Stephen Miller below who,
as SF novelist William Gibson noted on Twitter, doesn’t exhibit much of a
blink reflex when going at it with CNN’s Jake Tapper.  Is he amplified for
war while on high dose roidrage “stamina” or is it Miller Time showing
off for his boss watching in DC?




Monday, February 27, 2017

FANTASTIC POLITICAL BEASTS NOW AND THEN


ATTNY. GENERAL JEFFERSON BEAUREGARD WHATEVER SESSIONS III



KATE MCKINNON AS AG JEFFERSON BEAUREGARD SESSIONS III

                                         


On a more serious note, there were seemingly few speculations about the following:
The country was attacked or attempts were made during the first year of every
President since Bill Clinton right on through 2009 when an attempt was made to
blow up an airliner.  In 2016 Russian cyber and fight club Russian troll factories
attacked and interfered with US elections and helped elect the 70 year old Trump
who in turn was likely propped up by what he calls “stamina.”

As President Trump signs off on 2017 easily overturned Executive Orders,
it's probable that many of his moves can be seen as setting up his political opposition.
IF an airliner is attacked during the Trump administration as was attempted during
Obama's first year, DJT can deflect and claim that his attempts to save the country
were thwarted and obstructed by the "lying liberal press” and judiciary.

On the other hand DJT represents the same Republican Party that obstructed and
blocked President Obama's TSA appointment during the latter’s first year as
President in 2009.  Yes, that Republican Party.  A "loyal" opposition that easily
gets away with national security obstruction in plain sight then and now.

When the 2009 “Christmas Bomber” airline attack failed Republican
Senator Jim DeMint, who blocked the TSA appointment, was the first to
criticize the President and FBI's handling of the attempt to bring down an
airliner over an American city.  Rumors and manufactured news by
right wing conspiracy bomb throwers claimed that team Obama arranged
the attack to fail.  Sound familiar?

6/6/17 - I wrote the above about Trump's EO's when he made them
in February 2017.  I was unaware of anyone else doing the same.
It turns out that Jack Goldsmith of the influential “lawfareblog” was
one of the few with nerve enough to call attention to what many are
aware of but dare not mention.

https://lawfareblog.com/does-trump-want-lose-eo-battle-court-or-
donald-mcgahn-simply-ineffectual-or-worse.
(EO = Presidential Executive Orders)

Per Jack Goldsmith:
"Last night I tweeted: “Increasingly apparent—from the 
way Trump rolled out EO to his attack on courts—that 
he wants EO struck down.  Not just incompetence.”"

"Here is what I meant.   The clearly foreseeable 
consequence of the roll-out combined with Trump’s 
tweets is to weaken the case for the legality of the EO 
in court.  Why might Trump want to do that?  
Assuming that he is acting with knowledge and purpose 
(an assumption I question below), the only reason I can 
think of is that Trump is setting the scene to blame 
judges after an attack that has any conceivable connection 
to immigration.  If Trump loses in court he credibly will 
say to the American people that he tried and failed to 
create tighter immigration controls.  This will deflect blame 
for the attack.  And it will also help Trump to enhance his 
power after the attack.  After a bad terrorist attack at home, 
politicians are always under intense pressure to loosen legal 
constraints.  (This was even true for near-misses, such as the 
failed Underwear bomber, which caused the Obama 
administration to loosen constraints on its counterterrorism 
policies in many ways.)  Courts feel these pressures, 
and those pressures will be significantly heightened, and any 
countervailing tendency to guard against executive 
overreaction diminished, if courts are widely seen to be 
responsible for an actual terrorist attack.  More broadly, the 
usual security panic after a bad attack will be enhanced quite 
a lot—in courts and in Congress—if before the attack legal 
and judicial constraints are seen to block safety.  If Trump 
assumes that there will be a bad terrorist attack on his watch, 
blaming judges now will deflect blame and enhance his power more 
than usual after the next attack."....Jack Goldsmith, lawfareblog. 

Reaction to President Trump’s Inaugural speech by conservative Max Boot:

“GRAVE DANGERS AND DEEP SADNESS OF AMERICA FIRST”
http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/01/23/the-grave-dangers-and-deep-sadness-of-
america-first-don

"Donald Trump’s caustic, ill-tempered, and divisive inaugural address 
sounded as if it came from a different world from the one I inhabit — 
or, to be exact, from a different America than I have known for the 
40 of my 47 years that I have been lucky enough to live in this 
wonderful country." 

"Trump's America is full of “rusted-out factories scattered like 
tombstones across the landscape of our nation.” It is home to 
an education system “which leaves our young and beautiful 
students deprived of knowledge.” It is rife with “crime and 
gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed 
our country of so much unrealized potential.” And who is 
responsible for this “American carnage”? Trump heaped
blame on other countries and on disloyal American elites""...
Max Boot, Foreign Policy, 1/21/17 

George Bush’s reaction to Trump’s speech: “That’s some weird shit.” 


The depiction of America as a dystopian Mad Max landscape filled
with "rusted out factories scattered like tombstones" as if playing to an
RT, endtime Dominionist or an unofficial Russian Republican United
Petrostate consisting of Russia, Texas, Alaska, offshore oil, Exxon,
Saudi Arabia etc.

Czar Vlad Putin uses the RT network as a platform to carefully report
straight news mixed with disaster and novelty depictions of everything
imaginably negative regarding the U.S. particularly by in-house RT liberals
like Thom Hartmann.

Putin’s job made easier by America’s openly critical media with or without
the present administration.  RT and Sputnik play at straight news reporting
until events like the US presidential elections.  At which point they diverge
into carefully manipulated propaganda from both the right and left.

President Trump's inaugural speech assisted Putin in his years long strategy
of reversing media and internet news that puts closed authoritarian Fight Club
kleptocracies like Russia in a bad light.  Russia's size, history and system of
government before and after Stalin, always said to be in transition, leave
them no choice but to employ Big Brother censorship to the point of
murdering (vaporizing) journalists and opposition leaders right now,
today, not during Stalin’s rule, not 34 years ago when the KGB and Stasi
in East Germany’s GDR (German Democratic Republic) and the KGB’s
Col. Putin competed to see whose vision of hell was worse.

SLEIGHT DIGRESSION:  The movie Atomic Blonde spy thriller
was loosely based on events prior to the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.



It depicts an American tough blond female Bond like spy, a W. German spy working
against the GDR in E. Germany named Merkel who is seen at the end of the clip
outside the hotel room.  The deliberately imprecise reference is to present day
Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel who was born and educated in the Russian
controlled section of Berlin.

Then there’s the bearded KGB stand-in for Col. Vlad “The Impaler” Putin stationed
in E. Germany in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down.  His character gets shot
at the end and bleeds out from the neck.  Impaler Putin expires appropriately.  No
Trump steaks through the heart.

Russian troll farms of today with frequent assist from American RT guests like
ex-CIA Putin fan, Hillary hater and 911 truther, Ray McGovern.  How can
anyone dislike the smooth as silk ex-spy Irish jokester McGovern who pronounces
Putin’s name as “Puteine.”  They must pay very well on RT.  Right Ray?  Max?

Russian opposition media exists but is so diminished as to necessitate
books with titles like, "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible:
The Surreal Heart of the New Russia" a 2015 book by ex-Russian
journalist Peter Pomerantsev that summarizes Russian media and
propaganda strategies.  I read the glowing reviews in the NY Times
in 2015.  Apparently no one of any importance read the reviews or the book.

Robert Mueller, James Comey and all the “Never Trump” Republicans
didn’t have to read books to know what was coming if the GOP won in 2016.
2014 was when Rudy Giuliani endorsed Putin’s leadership in the Ukraine
over his own President on Fox “News.”  2014 also saw Ron Paul, Pat
Buchanan, Franklin Graham all praised Putin’s “moral” “Christian”
leadership before Giuliani.

What events of the year before, 2013, gave them the nerve to go public?
Was it a contractor named Snowden who gave away the NSA store and
proceeded to take up residence in Russia?  With plenty of help from pro-
Putin Republicans, possibly Republican Senators and I.C. luminaries
other than the corrupt General Michael Flynn.  Help us get elected and
intervene with N. Korea and we in turn will make sure sanctions against
Russia are never enforced and we’ll all benefit when price of oil hits $100.
And whose to say it will stop there?

The Russian local internet was polluted and turned upside down years ago.
At the same time Putin turned his attention to the world beyond Russia's
borders for similar results.  None of which is in any way new.  We do not
now live in a post fact, post truth world despite ten years of You Tube
video and comment manipulation by Religious Right, alt/ right, Alex Jones,
fake bizarre YT RW radio channels, 4-Chan, National Enquirer and especially
Russian troll farm YT channels.  Which of the above enabled Trump’s advance
on Casablanca (DC)?  No one thing.  All the above including the lefty tag team of
Max Blumenthal and Glenn Greenwald.

The full employment economy in the U.S. that greeted Trump on January
20th, 2017 was in sharp contrast to the 800,000 job loses occurring the
month before Barack Obama took office in 2009.  For the latter disaster
we can thank "excellent" chess moves of Dick Cheney of the Cheney Bush
administration and a Republican Party that left Democrats to their traditional
role of digging out from Republican deregulation which gave us a (1929 redux)
2008 Great Recession.  It took until 2013 for major banks to recover and
pay off fines.

Deutsche Bank, one of the few majors that would still lend to Trump Inc,
fined for LIBOR manipulation was also fined for laundering money for
Russian oligarchs (blamed on an American employee of course) and is
still paying off fines assessed in the billions by the Obama DOJ in 2016.

In reprisal Deutsche falsely announced before the 2016 election that the
US was entering recession.  Duly reported on bogus financial sites who mimic
Russian talking points.  Like “Zero Hedge” of right wing persuasion and
“Naked Capitalism” on the left.

Did I mention Glenn Greenwald?  *ucker Carlson of Fox “News” calls him
“a very brave man” for refuting MSM collusion claims.  Greenwald’s
favorite pushback response to charges of Trump campaign collusion with
Russia was to merely repeat the word “McCarthyism” over and over.  Likely
Russian troll farms labeled interference charges as US Cold War “Russophobia.”
A term our very brave man Greenwald never used.  Glenn Greenwald absolutely
refused to define himself that low.

IT’S WORTH REPEATING:
2008 left America's first African-American President with options both
bad and terrible.  Things were in such horrific shape that Dick Cheney
famously predicted that President Obama could only be a one-term President.
That the combination of two wars and near economic collapse would
overwhelm any administration so unfortunate as to follow 8 years of
Cheney and Republican controlled imploding deregulation.

Dick (DC) Cheney had eight years to deregulate, with help
from mortgage loan fraud specialists like Roland Arnall, the SEC
and Cheney's long time “friend" across three Republican Presidents,
Allan Greenspan, the “independent” head of the Federal Reserve.
Together they unleashed the free market “BEASTS” of unregulated
predatory economic mayhem upon the U.S. and the world in 2007.
Larry Kudlow refused to say the U.S. was in recession while Bush
was still in office.  He has been rewarded.  He again answered the
call of country and now works for Trump.

The main 2007 predators were fraud based subprime real estate loan
companies like Arnall's Ameriquest.  Arnall was the number one
2004 Bush campaign single contributor which is how he stayed ahead of
fines imposed by Democratic state Attorney General's.  Ameriquest
sponsored the Bush owned Texas Rangers baseball team until the
publicity, scandals and fines forced them to change the name of their
field from Ameriquest Field.

Cheney, as it turned out was very wrong in predicting four years for 44.
In 2012 Republican challenger Mitt Romney could not read his own
Benghazi press release soon after the Sept. 11, 2012 attack.  U.S.
Ambassador Stevens was killed but was not taken hostage which meant no
September surprise to match Reagan’s October surprise vs then President Carter.
Obama won his second term.

Secretary of State Clinton came to realize that everyone up the extensive
chain of command had failed to respond effectively which ultimately left the
blame for Benghazi on her.

Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz, however, was finally elected to Congress
in 2016 to offset her fathers failed powers of prediction.  Possibly as a challenge
to a faltering Trump and or Pence in 2020 as the first female VP.  Enough!  The
world can only handle so many horror reality shows at one time.

In 2008, elements of right wing America thought President Obama was
going to take away their *freedumbs* and guns.  This resulted in an
exponential uptick in death threats and the sale of guns and ammo.
Typical and expected from NRA “Purge Night” Skinheads.  How
many believed such hyperbolic crap?  (Is this blog equally hyperbolic?
Hardly)  Political power, oil and nihilistic party over country is what the
2016 GOP believed as per moderate heavyweight George Packer at the 2017
NYPL appearance.  Republican moderates Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein
rightly singled out their own party with worse descriptions.

Going from Cheney and Arnall to Fantastic Beast Obscurants like Trump,
Miller, Bannon and Jeff Sessions wasn't such a stretch after all.



Sunday, February 26, 2017

THE UNPOSSIBLE FILES







This blog is a mix of politics, humor and far-out philosophical musings.  
I start with some Loudon Wainwright III political humor to prepare 
myself for what's to come from President Trump, Religious Right, 
Putin, Netanyahu, Alex-ander "Zoolander" Jones.

"In Russia, farms of online trolls systematically harass democratic 
voices and spread false information on the Internet and on social 
media" - Eric Schmidt CEO, Alphabet (Google)

The above is far from confined to only Russia's local internet...

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html...Adrian Chen







http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/17/how-pro-trump-twitter-bots-spread-fake-
news.html?via=desktop&source=twitter...Gideon Resnick

The Paranoid Style As Weaponized Disinformation:
"In fact, the idea of the paranoid style as a force in politics would 
have little contemporary relevance or historical value if it were 
applied only to men with profoundly disturbed minds.  It is the 
use of paranoid modes of expression by more or less normal 
people that makes the phenomenon significant."
...The Paranoid Style in American Politics”, Richard Hofstadter, 1964

http://www.cjr.org/analysis/breitbart-media-trump-harvard-study.php 
From the above Columbia Journalism Review March 3, 2017: 
"What we find in our data is a network of mutually-reinforcing hyper-
partisan sites that revive what Richard Hofstadter called “the paranoid 
style in American politics,” combining decontextualized truths, 
repeated falsehoods, and leaps of logic to create a fundamentally 
misleading view of the world." 

"“Fake news,” which implies made of whole cloth by politically 
disinterested parties out to make a buck of Facebook advertising 
dollars, rather than propaganda and disinformation, is not an 
adequate term. By repetition, variation, and circulation through 
many associated sites, the network of sites make their claims 
familiar to readers, and this fluency with the core narrative gives 
credence to the incredible" ...benkler-faris-roberts-and-zuckerman, 
Columbia Journalism Review
                                                                                                        
NY Times, 9/7/16 - OXFORD, England — "Defense Secretary 
Ashton B. Carter lashed out at Russia on Wednesday, accusing the 
government of President Vladimir V. Putin of demonstrating a “clear 
ambition to erode” international order and warning Russia to stay 
out of the American elections.  Russia plainly ignored that admonition." 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/miriamelder/trumps-critics-are-letting-the-
bigger-russia-story-slide?utm_term=.ivkEvpYmK#.hcPWrde61

THE UNPOSSIBLE FILES:
IMO, this has been happening for a decade.  Russian troll network 
disinformation merging their message with elements of the U.S. 
and Israeli Religious Right, the Trump friendly National Enquirer, 
Murdoch media empire (worldwide tabloids, Fox “News”), 
Alex Jones intentionally or unintelionally merged with Russian 
troll farm disinformation long before prominent Republican/ 
libertarians like civilian Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, Rudy 
Giuliani, Ralph Peters, Gen. Mike Flynn, Rep. Steve King, 
Franklin Graham, Jim Bakker and the religious right praised 
Putin in 2014 for his moral and political leadership.  How many 
other elected Republican conservatives like then newly elected 
Senator Rand Paul lent the power and influence of their office 
and family to aid Russia and undermine the Obama administration 
in 2013?  The same year contractor Ed Snowden gave away the 
NSA store to Russia where he now lives.  

GOP Senators and Representatives like Dana Rohrbacher hiding 
support and influence due to negative impacts on future election 
chances?  IMO, influential Republican proxies and electeds 
like those named are likely years ahead of Mueller’s investigation 
into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election.  Russia, who wanted 
to be caught undermining U.S. elections will, IMO, arrange for 
people to be killed and actual evidence implicating Trump made 
to be deniable.  I wish Mueller luck.  Snowden journalist, Russia 
defender and new Fox News star guest Glenn Greenwald appears 
confident when on Fox News.  He has been low profile lately in 
early 2018 for good reason.  Maybe he’ll go on to have his own 
show if collusion charges aren’t proved. 

Putin is Christian.  At least he says he is.  The aforementioned 
more than take his word while in 2014 they questioned their 
own leader's religion and citizenship.  None dare call it_____(guess).  


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-13/will-putin-
and-trump-bond-over-oil
What else do all of them have in common?   Many are funded by oil 
and might want the price of same to go to "at least" $100 a bbl. to 
bailout oil economies of Texas, Alaska, Oklahoma, Russia, Iran, 
Saudi Arabia and Russia friendly Venezuela.  Putin’s Russia wants 
Antarctica to melt for it's oil which means, at least for them and for 
oil red states, global warming doesn't exist.  They all know that it's 
caused by humans but economics causes them to "unknow" and 
deny that which is inconvenient.  Like facts.  

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas doesn't look like a genius 
promoting tax cuts and supply-side economics for his state.  
He recently quit as Governor to take a job with the Trump 
administration.  It doesn't hurt that his state of Kansas is the 
Koch Brothers home base.  The right wing put their faith in oil, 
in Putin, Koch, Exxon CEO and former Sec. of State, Rex Tillerson, 
in Donald Fucking Trump and, last but not least, in fear and doom 
ultra-nationalism.  potent combination.  A vindication of Czar Putin, 
Trump's financial, cyberpathic hacking and financial backer of last resort.  
They won.  They lost the popular vote (again) but they won. 

"In a report dated May 21, Internet Research Agency commercial 
director Svetlana Boiko discussed the progress of the trolling 
project’s $75,000 trial period, which began April 10. The report 
says that during that period, the trolls left more than 2,500 
comments on 30 different news websites, tweeted 1,220 times 
from 12 accounts, wrote 85 Facebook posts, posted 175 times 
in an unspecified number of forums, and made five bizarre 
YouTube videos attacking the U.S. government."
"Bizarre" YT videos attacking U.S. government?  Deliberately 
using "bizarre" "paranoid modes of expression" as a means of 
spreading not misinformation but disinformation by Psy-war 
troll farm networks whose deliberately demented content is 
offset by shear numbers of You Tube channels, deliberately 
psychotic You Tube supporting comments and further offset 
by officious British accented narrators.  Thousands of bogus 
"alternative" YT channels, fake comments, blogs, fake news, 
bogus forums (Above Top Secret) and websites with "news 
government (always stating or implying the U.S. government 
not the Russian Big Brother surveillance state) doesn't 
want you to know."  

That last is now referred to as U.S. Cold War paranoid 
McCarthyism by so-called journalistic gatekeepers like 
Glenn Greenwald and Max Blumenthal.  The term 
Russophobia is seen in what's left of comment sections 
used with exaggerated formality, feigned insult and pointed 
accusing finger of fake political correctness thrown back at 
US liberals.  Only slightly exaggerated: "At the end of the day sir, 
have you no shame with your insulting Russophobic baseless 
accusations.  Where's your proof?  It is indeed a sad day."  
IOW, trolling Joe McCarthy beyond satire and sarcasm.   
Which aligns perfectly with the Greenwald defense of Russia 
when he repeats the charge of McCarthyism over and over at 
anyone who dares say the word collusion. 

FROM THE ABOVE 2014 BUZZFEED LINK
(prelude to much wider coverage):
"Russia’s campaign to shape international opinion around
its invasion of Ukraine has extended to recruiting and training
a new cadre of online trolls that have been deployed to spread
the Kremlin’s message on the comments section of top
American websites."

"Plans attached to emails leaked by a mysterious Russian 
hacker collective show IT managers reporting on a new 
ideological front against the West in the comments 
sections of Fox News, Huffington Post, The Blaze, Politico
and WorldNetDaily."  (Fake newspeak: "shocking, appalling 
and cause for concern")

"The bizarre hive of social media activity appears 
to be part of a two-pronged Kremlin campaign to 
claim control over the internet, launching a million-
dollar army of trolls to mold American public 
opinion as it cracks down on internet freedom at home."
Not to mention an army of Russian hackers and trolls
influencing the 2016 elections with help from the RNC,
Wikileaks, and DNC incompetence in failing to heed
repeated FBI phone calls in Sept 2015 that high ranking
DNC computers and emails had been breached.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/us/politics/russia-
hack-election-dnc.html?
_r=0

https://newrepublic.com/article/138019/right-giving-democracy
Explaining evangelical support for Trump via Jeet Heer of
The New Republic: "More recently, a virtual Vladimir Putin 
cult has arisen among religious conservatives longing for a 
return to cultural purity."
Putin’s macho bearing, his hostility to LGBT rights, 
and his fusion of nationalism with support for the 
Russian Orthodoxy all make him an attractive 
figure to right-wing Christians disenchanted 
with Obama’s socially liberal America. 
Franklin Graham, heir to the most influential
American evangelist, says Putin should be
celebrated for taking “a stand" to protect his
nation’s children from the damaging effects of
any gay and lesbian agenda,” even as “America’s
own morality has fallen so far on this issue.”
Rush Limbaugh cheers Putin for opposing “a
full-frontal assault on what has always been
considered normalcy.” Religious Right stalwart
Bryan Fischer, host of the radio program Focal
Point, has hailed Putin as a “lion of Christianity.”
Sam Rohrer, president of the America
Pastors Network, calls the Russian president
the moral leader of the world.”.....Jeet Heer Oct 24, 2016

Disinformation soft news and comments on YT videos and
on HuffPo’s old comment sections are the least of new Cold
War blizzard of lies tactics.  They are way down in terms of
importance.  Sowing fear and doubt by increments: hacking
the internet, large corporations, banks, candidate emails.  
Soon to come: possible political blackmail of the Trump
White House via Wikileaks, Stormy Daniels, right wing
governments on Russia's border, a "big emergency" possibly
involving domestic terror in the US to reverse Trump's sinking
poll numbers or an emergency of the kind that will spike the
price of oil upward.

The 2016 NYC pre-election explosions on 23rd Street three
blocks from where I live where no one was killed and all
injured were released from the hospital the next morning
was prelude to something worse.  The Nov. 8th election of
Donald Trump.

The fact that the explosions occurred across the street
from the home of TPM editor and virulent Trump foe,
Josh Marshall and his family has to be an unfortunate
coincidence.  He and his family were elsewhere
at the time.  Marshall was writing editorial after editorial
critical of Putin's relationship with Trump and Russian
backing of New York City's Trump Soho hotel.

Now the Republican base grinds clenched teeth as a
Trump regime takes shape.  As liberal Keith Olbermann
and conservative David Frum have recently tweeted, the
25th Amendment Article 4 will be getting a lot of scrutiny
even as Trump concedes $25 million in restitution
regarding Trump U to NYS AG, Schneiderman.  The only
reason it wasn't bigger was because statutes of limitations
had run out.  If Trump had been defeated he wouldn't have
paid the 25 million.

My personal nightmare continues for four or eight more
years with Trump's Republican Party much more of a
danger than he is with legislative powers much greater
than the last time they lost the popular vote and assumed a
mandate to govern.  They will do so with or without the
Soprano level R/ E gangster unless he has something really
terrible on them or Fox News.

It's become a tradition for Republican's to use the #1 spot
as a foil to distract while the big boys, in this case Pense,
Nunes and Grassley, McConnell run the show.  While the
compliant mainstream and the subservient to insanity
right wing Enquirer, Globe, Breitbart and Drudge play
“what will Donald J, FLOTUS Mel and First Daughter
Ivy Tweet today?"