Tuesday, February 28, 2017


(Try watching till the “stable political genius” ending)

(the relevance to DJT will eventuate)

David Chalmers, The Character of Consciousness, 2010 Oxford Books:
"Where physics is concerned with the microscopic processes that 
underlie macroscopic reality, metaphysics is concerned with the 
fundamental nature of reality.  metaphysical hypothesis might make 
a claim about the reality that underlies physics itself. Alternatively, it 
might say something about the nature of our minds, or the creation of 
our world"...David Chalmers, PhD, Rhodes Scholar, philosopher 
and cognitive scientist currently at NYU specializing in the 
areas of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language.

SERIOUS/ HUMOROUS COMPARISONS (and point of this post)
using David Chalmers' hypothetical thought experiments per
philosophical zombie.[12] or pZombie (**particle, political) 
“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 things in common beyond release dates.

Fantastic Beasts Summary: (Spoiler alert)
The main characters: Credence Barebone, he of a suppressed destructive
monstrous id is played by Ezra Miller (no relation to Stephen) serving as
counterpart to Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne.  Along with
supernatural powers, out of focus schizy eyes, itchy face, duck-toed walk,
Scamander has no need for eating, sleeping or getting along with ordinary people.

Scamander is also keeper of the “Fantastic Beasts” loosed upon 1920’s NYC
from his 5th dimensional James Bond-like device-loaded suitcase.  The beasts
contained are then falsely blamed by the MACUSA magical ruling class for
unexplained 1920's NYC mayhem which needs be stopped 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.

The Credence Barebone character is a foster child with nasty abilities
completely opposite his look.  (Bigger the front, bigger the back.)
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 forebear across fictional barriers of Emmanuel
Goldstein the alleged underground resistance leader of Orwell’s 1984.

Tina's sister, Queenie Goldstein, supposedly violates all rules of magic by being
attracted to nomag baker-to-be, Jacob “Muggles" Kowalski.  She knows the
quickest way to Jake's heart is through her own 1920's version of magical fast
food strudel, double-plus ungood fast talk and telepathic powers.  Her inability
to read Scamander’s mind is due to his British accented telepathic encryption.
(Suggesting atypical reasons for being around foreigners)

This is the fantastical Harry Potter universe of meta-physicians existing in
and out of a space-time dimension that intrudes on "our" everyday existence
everyday in every way.  (The reality based movie “Personal Shopper" with
Kristen Stewart understates the intrusion)  The MACUSA or Magical
Congress USA makes 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" about Hollywood writers of the 40’s and 50’s and other
recent 1950’s blacklist movies.)

Here is an excellent video of silent era star Buster Keaton.  Ezra Miller's
resemblance to Keaton was acknowledged by screenwriter JK 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 NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker.


The Roaring Twenties of the movie was typified by NY State Senator and
NY City Mayor, Jimmy Walker the real-life subject of the 1956 Bob Hope
comedy, “Beau James."  He is depicted in Fantastic Beasts as US Senator
Henry Shaw played by Josh Cowdary undoubtedly chosen because of his
resemblance to the real life NY State Senator and Mayor as shown in old
footage below followed by another segment of the movie in question.

Jimmy Walker was a New York State Senator until 1926 which is exactly
when the movie takes place.  His political mentor was the famed Al Smith.
Walker was the fancy dressing corrupt populist thrown out of office as NYC
Mayor in 1929 by then New York State Governor and future President,
Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Just in time for Republican President Herbert
Hoover’s 1929 Great Depression.

Here are some scenes showing Credence, U.S. Senator Henry Shaw
(Walker) and 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 belief in witches and demons in the NYC of that time was likely
very common.  The Harry Potter term "Muggles" or "Nomag" refers
to ordinary humans (paroles or proletariat) who can be bumped,
taunted, mugged, stepped on, made to trip over suitcases, be
manipulated, chased, humiliated, but never killed.  Senator Shaw
is the unhappy exception.

As shown above Sen. 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 Obsecurus) unleashed on an unsuspecting Senator Shaw, Wizard
Graves 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 in real estate by buying and refitting old
mansions and castles.  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 would run unopposed columns by Germany's
Hitler and Göring.

Voight's newspaper tycoon character gives a fund raiser for his son
the Senator resembling the famous Al Smith dinners given in NYC
that in 2016 hosted Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and
Donald Trump.  The movie fund raiser version doesn't turn out so well.
The Senator, Shaw Jr., is violently killed in front of his father by
Credence in Obscurial form.

In stranger than fiction reality, the real life John Voight gave the introductory
speech prior to the 2017 Washington DC inauguration of the 45th President
of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

Should anything like Credence exist today, possibly in the forms of present
and former Trump officials Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller (no relation
but in the obscurant looks department he’s much better than Ezra).  Let’s
hope they show some restraint should they ever turn on their “Wizard Master, 45.”

**Update to this posting originally made shortly after Voight introduced
Trump’s January 2017 inaugural celebration and revised after Bannon
left the Trump administration.  As predicted, Steve Bannon’s January 2018
exposé via Michael Wolf, “Fire and Fury, Inside The Trump White House”
has had results similar to those in the Fantastic Beasts movie.  Wizard Graves
changed identities and was unmasked for who and what he was.  As was
blizzard Wizard of lies, 45.

Except everyone, his administration, his voters already had a good idea of
who and what Trump was so the surprise was muted.  Supposedly, the
Trump administration expected a positive Bannon appraisal of his
administration’s first year.  I find that difficult to believe.  Nonetheless...

Get a load of the cut and buff otherworldly Stephen Miller who,
as novelist William Gibson noted on Twitter, apparently doesn’t
have much of a blink reflex.  Maybe he borrowed some “STAMINA.”:)

Monday, February 27, 2017





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.  (Apparently the attack
in question was on our U.S. election in 2016 via Russian hackers,
fight club Russian trolls helping the infatigable Trump)

As President Trump signs off on 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, as was attempted
during Obama's first year, DT can deflect and claim that his attempts
to save the country were thwarted and obstructed by the "lying"
liberal press, and the judiciary with SCOTUS decisions pending.

On the other hand DT represents the same Republican Party that
obstructed and blocked President Obama's TSA appointment
during his first year of 2009.  Yes, that Republican Party.
A "loyal" opposition that easily gets away with national security
obstruction in plain sight.  When the “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 Republican bomb throwers
claimed that team Obama arranged the attack to fail.

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 was and is
on everyone’s mind but which no one dares to write about.
(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. 

And now a take on President Trump by conservative, Max Boot:

"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 (whose family immigrated 
to the US from Russia.) 

“That’s some weird shit.” Bush’s reaction to DT’s Inaugural speech...

which, in part, depicted America as a dystopian Mad Max landscape filled
with the above named "rusted out factories scattered like tombstones" as if
playing to endtime fundamentalists or an RT audience whose petrostate
unofficial government news sponsor, Czar Vlad Putin, uses RT network as a
platform to carefully depict everything imaginably negative regarding the U.S.
disguised as straight news reporting particularly by in-house RT liberals like
Thom Hartmann.  Putin’s job made easier by America’s open 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 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 Russian
Fight Club kleptocracies in a bad light.  Russia's 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 with the Nazis to see whose vision of hell was worse.

The recent movie spy thriller, Atomic Blonde had an E. German spy
working against the GDR named Merkel and a balding KGB stand-in
for Vlad “The Impaler” Putin whose character gets shot at the end
and bleeds out from the neck.  (Who says Hollywood writers have no
sense of humor?).  Nonetheless Putin's troll farms of today with frequent
assistance from RT guests like ex-CIA Putin fan, Hillary hater and 911
truther, Ray McGovern.  How can anyone dislike smooth as silk Irish
jokester Ray McGovern?

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 perfectly.  I read the glowing reviews in the
NY Times in 2015.  Apparently few others bothered.

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 years of You Tube and
social media manipulation by Religious Right, alt/ right, Alex Jones,
fake YT radio channels, 4-Chan, National Enquirer and especially, Russian
troll farms.  Which of the above aided Trump’s advance on Casablanca (DC)?
All the above.

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)
2008 Great Recession.  It took until 2013 for major banks to 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 Deutschebank falsely announced before the 2016 election that the
US was in recession.  Duly reported on bogus financial sites who mimick
Russian talking points.  Like Zero Hedge” (right wing) and “Naked
Capitalism” (left wing).  Glenn Greenwald?  *ucker Carlson of Fox
“News” calls him “a very brave man” for standing up to “Russophobic”
onslaught of the “MSM.”  Fox “News” is somehow seen to be an outsider.

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
overcome any administration so unfortunate as to follow 8 years of
Cheney and Republican controlled deregulation.

Dick (DC) Cheney had eight years to deregulate, and, with the help
of mortgage loan fraud specialist Roland Arnall, the Cheney Bush
SEC and cooperation from Cheney's long time “friend" across three
Republican Presidents Allan Greenspan - who together unleashed the
beasts of "free market" predatory economic mayhem upon the U.S.
and the world.

The main predators were fraud based subprime real estate loan
companies like Arnall's Ameriquest.  Arnall was the number one
2004 Bush campaign contributor which is how he stayed ahead of
fines imposed by Democratic 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.  Republican challenger
Mitt Romney could not read his own Benghazi press release soon
after the Sept 2012 attack.  The U.S. Ambassador Stevens died and
was not taken hostage, there was no September surprise to match
Reagan’s October surprise vs Carter.  Obama won his second term.
Secretary Clinton came to realize that everyone up the chain of
command had failed which ultimately left the blame on her for 2016.

Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz, however, was finally elected to Congress
in 2016 to offset her fathers powers of prediction.  Possibly as a challenge
to a faltering Trump and or Pence in 2020 as the first female VP or
Republican Presidential candidate.  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?
Not even close)  Political power, oil and nihilistic party over country
is what matters for the GOP as per moderate heavyweight George Packer
at the 2017 NYPL.  Republican moderates Thomas Mann and Norm
Ornstein have rightly singled out their own party with worse descriptions.

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

Sunday, February 26, 2017


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... Chen
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 
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."

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).
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. 

(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.
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?"