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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”, historian 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”) and Alex 
Jones occurred long before prominent Republican/ libertarians like Ron Paul, Trump, 
Pat Buchanan, Rudy Giuliani, Ralph Peters, Rep. Steve King praised Putin for his so-
called moral and political leadership.  How many other elected Republican conservatives 
hid their support and influence due to negative impacts on their election chances?
IOW, IMO, influential Republicans are likely years ahead of Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election.  I wish him luck. 

Putin is Christian.  At least he says he is.  The afore mentioned more than take his word 
while questioning 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" $75 a bbl. to bailout the oil economies of Texas, Alaska, 
Oklahoma, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela etc.  Putin’s Russia wants Antarctica 
to melt for it's oil which means, at least for them and for red states, global warming doesn't exist.  They all know that it's caused by humans but economics causes them to "unknow" and deny inconvenient facts.  

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas doesn't looks 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 future 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.?  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 implying the U.S. government not the Russian prototype 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 beyond satire and sarcasm.   

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
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, 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 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 were a 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.  Even as the WSJ suggested in response to the Trump rape tapes that, if elected, Trump would resign after taking the oath whether on his own or by prompting
by the RNC with VP Pense then taking the oath and Chief Justice Roberts
having to get the oath right a second time as he was forced to do whether deliberately or through incompetence in 2009.

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 and worldwide 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 and Chris Christie 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, Ryan and Tillerson
run the show.  While the compliant mainstream and the subservient
to insanity right wing Breitbart and Drudge play "what will Donald J,
FLOTUS Mel and First Daughter Ivy Tweet and wear today?"

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