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Gloomy spin forecast ahead…

Friendly warning: This post is another warning about our scorched earth spin information war. In light of the Mueller report, not saving America from the spin war, I just felt like repeating my warning.

The endless semantical musical chairs word game has frustrated me about American presidential politics since the advent of sophisticated spin operations began in the 90s.  This same word game still frustrates me today.  Perhaps my frustration stems from a childhood spent struggling not to stutter, struggling to spit out words, but most of  all, devoting hours  upon hours, reading the dictionary.  I practiced trying to learn how to pronounce words and I practiced trying to remember what words mean.  Of course, many words have multiple meanings, but with the spin word games, most of the effort is to redefine the truth, using slippery language to manipulate people into believing bold-faced lies.

Spin is mostly bold-faced lies, deliberately used to dupe the American people. 

That’s the truth.

Sure, we all know politicians aren’t noted for their candor and truthfulness, but spin operations are mass media driven efforts to drive and control public opinion in America.   Mass media serves as the battlefield for the cultural war in America.  It’s doubtful that most politicians and the media, who serve as the foot soldiers battling forth in the spin war, even really realize they are fighting in an information war to control public opinion in America.  The entire spin war runs counter to American free speech principles and assures corruption of all who engage in it.  When you begin to go along with using “spin” to win, you’ve bought into deliberately manipulating Americans, deliberately spreading carefully crafted political messaging and deliberately working to confuse the meaning of words (mass media propaganda brainwashing operations). You’ve bought into deliberately spreading lies.

If you embrace spin information warfare, you are embracing a march toward authoritarianism.

Winning the spin war is to control public opinion in America via sophisticated control of mass media messaging (winning the spin cycles).

The Left has owned the spin cycles in America since the 90s.

The Right relied on Fox News, talk radio, online forums and formats, but the Left controlled all of the mainstream media avenues in America.

I feel like a broken record repeating this, but American liberty depends on Americans, especially our leaders, understanding the dangers posed to American liberty by this endless spin information war.  America is not only politically divided, but due to the effects of non-stop, scorched earth spin information warfare blazing across American media 24/7, it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep track of the spin, keep track of the corrections, keep track of which parts of reports were true, which parts were debunked and frankly, the amounts of spin starts destroying our ability to figure out the truth.

If you watch MSNBC and CNN, you live in one hermetically sealed spin bubble.  If you watch FOX, you live in a different hermetically sealed spin bubble.  Much of what is reported, as objective news, inside either spin bubble is obviously biased, but the real insidiousness of spin comes with the pundits in these bubbles, who tirelessly spew out carefully crafted spin messaging, to herd and corral their viewers into remaining loyal, rabid partisans.

Before Trump, the Left was winning the larger cultural war, and had owned the spin war for decades, afterall, they have dibs of being referred to as “the mainstream media”, while Fox news was dismissed as “Faux news” and talk radio was cast as the home of “dangerous, right-wing militia types, who should be regulated by the government”.

Trump broke through the Left’s control of the spin in America and he did it by learning how to emulate the Clinton spin messaging tactics.  He doesn’t have as sophisticated of a spin messaging strategy as Bill Clinton and his spin gurus, but Trump operates as a spin guerilla.  He mastered rapid spin attacks that disrupt the Left’s carefully crafted spin attacks and his guerilla spin attacks often win the spin cycle (OODA loops).

Trump followers are just like Clinton followers and Obama followers.  They buy into the spin of the leader.  They repeat the leader’s spin.  They become emotionally invested in the leader’s spin messaging.  Trump just like the Clintons and Obama relies on spin messaging to keep his following.  They are all dedicated to deliberately lying to the American people to advance, first themselves, and second their political agenda.

None of them has any respect and reverence for speaking the truth.

None of them will save America from the reckoning that will come at the end of our scorched earth spin war.

All three camps – Trump, the Clintons and Obama were engaged in corrupt activities to win the spin in 2016

That’s the truth.

All three camps, with their media spin operators, are still engaged in corrupt spin messaging operations to cover-up their corrupt activities to win the spin in 2016.

That’s the truth, too.

With American partisans entrenched in spin operations, it’s paramount for America’s leaders to recognize that SPIN info war is more of a threat to America than any one political leader or political party.  Spin information war leaves America wide open to hostile foreign information warfare attacks.  We have no means to protect ourselves from insidious foreign mass media efforts to fuel divides in America, when our American media is engaged running domestic partisan spin war operations.

At the end of a scorched earth spin information war, America will be a totally balkanized country, easily defeated by hostile foreign organized sophisticated information warfare operations, and we could fall sway to abandoning large chunks of our liberty, out of mass panics incited by spin operations (both domestic or hostile foreign ops).

Stopping this scorched earth spin information war, that is tearing the soul of America apart, remains vital to American liberty and to America’s future as a constitutional republic.

Quite a gloomy prediction, here, but never fear, everyone in America can fight against spin info war – just stop buying into the politicians and media spin messaging efforts, start thinking for yourself and look for the truth.  Sure, for some partisans, who have become mind-numbed spin robots repeating their side’s spin for many years, the spin detox might take a bit longer… almost like leaving a cult, but for most Americans, it shouldn’t be that hard to break free of the spin.

Start thinking for yourself, instead of relying on other people to think for you.

Be a rebel against spin…

Have a good day, lol.

 

 

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Another lamentation about our Spin Information War

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This post is just another lament about our endless spin information war, that’s tearing America apart.  There’s nothing new in this post, but it’s what’s on my mind this morning.

Living in a culture where the information we receive is controlled by mass media generated spin information warriors, waging full-throated media battles over words, truly decimates critical thinking skills.   It also totally corrupts the people who engage in this spin war.

Yesterday, during Congressional testimony attorney general, Bill Barr, uttered the word “spying”, referring to the, well, spying, on the Trump campaign, that took place in 2016, during the midst of a presidential race.  Barr stated a team is investigating, to determine if the surveillance of the Trump campaign was predicated on sound intelligence and established policies.

A “mainstream” (liberal) media and Dem politician outrage spin cycle erupted over Barr’s use of the word spying.  Along with the demands that Barr recant, the mainstream media, along with many Dem. politicians, began a media character assassination effort to destroy Barr.  They are out to destroy Barr’s personal credibility and preemptively discredit any negative findings that may emerge.

The Dems and mainstream media engage in these orchestrated character assassination efforts, to personally destroy anyone, whom they deem a heretic, based on something that person said that challenges their control of the media spin or the political threat they feel that person represents.

It wasn’t enough to express disagreement with Barr’s use of the word spying, instead the Dems and mainstream media launched an all-out smear effort to discredit Barr, so that whatever facts that might emerge from this investigation of spying on the Trump campaign will be rejected by the mainstream media and denounced as a partisan witch hunt… again.

Trump borrowed the Clinton spin information warfare tactics, except he does not rely on political operatives to hone his spin messaging and to disseminate it to the media for amplification.  Trump crafts his own spin messaging and engages with the mainstream media and Dem spinners directly, with his one-man show ad hominem attacks on Twitter or impromptu press skirmishes.

Despite its lack of sophistication, Trump’s spin word games do corrupt people, just as much as the Dems’ carefully crafted deceptive word games do.

All sense of decency and proportionality in reactions fly out the window in spin information warfare, where grossly misleading and downright dishonest information control the information battlefield (our American media platforms).

Spin is a ruthless mass media information warfare strategy.  That is the truth.

Spin corrupts, not only our politics, with the incendiary word battles 24/7, it corrupts everyone who participates in it.

The mainstream media and Dems want to destroy Barr’s credibility, to preemptively neutralize any negative findings the team investigating the spying on the Trump campaign may uncover.

Stepping back from the legalisms, here’s the reality check on spin and those who embrace using spin information warfare – spin corrupts everyone.

Spin distorts perceptions, it deliberately shades the truth in deceptive language and calculated word games.

Spin radicalizes people into hostile partisan camps.

Spin is designed to divide our country into seething enemy camps.

While Trump’s spin tactics lack the verbal sophistication of the Dem’s  and media’s carefully crafted messaging, it does serve to often hijack the spin cycle and dominate the spin battlefield.  Who can control the spin is all that “winning” is in America politics.

Spin information warfare is antithetical to American free speech principles.

The more spin messaging you listen to, the more it clouds rational thinking.  By design, spin messaging is meant to incite people, to push people to buy into rushed, prepackaged spin judgments and most ominous, it repetitively repeats politically packaged slogans and rhetoric (mass media brainwashing).

All of those who engage in waging spin information warfare and,  even those who listen to it, become corrupted.

Spin corrupts people and it clouds rational thinking. 

Spin information warfare incites people to become reactionary thinkers and to make rushed judgments.

That is the truth.

Spin information warfare sows the seeds of American division and partisan hatred.

That is the truth.

I’ve said all of this so many times, but I felt like saying it again this morning.  I’ll be spending some time today on stitching away on the cute Russian dolls cross-stitch piece.

It’s a waste of time even writing about spin information war, when our political class, both left and right, and our media  refuse to even recognize they are participating in a dangerous form of mass media information war, designed to tear America apart.

We are sowing the seeds of our own destruction.

#StopTheSpinInformationWar

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Trumpers grasp fevered spin dreams, again

The Trump-spinners went into overdrive last night based on this news bit:

Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to investigate how the Russia investigation and other counterintelligence probes began, a U.S. official told CBS News. Barr said in a Congressional hearing Tuesday that he is “reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/william-barr-has-team-reviewing-how-investigation-started-official-says/

The DOJ also has an ongoing investigation into 2016 happenings and there’s still the ongoing DOJ-appointed Huber investigation looking into the FBI’s conduct investigating the Trump campaign during 2016.  The Mueller report should have covered all of the Dems claims of Trump campaign corruption in 2016.

The truth is both campaigns were very corrupt and that’s the fact none of the partisans want to face.  The FBI had two criminal investigations of the Clintons in 2016.  The email scandal has always been cast as “Hillary’s homebrew server”, but the truth is Hillary never set up a homebrew server in her home.  Bill Clinton had that private server set up in their home, as his Clinton Foundation server.

The server scandal focused on Hillary failing to turn over State Department emails and keeping them on the private server in their home.  Why she decided to meld  all of her State Department emails onto their private Clinton Foundation server has never been answered.

All of her so-called private emails of yoga schedules and wedding plans glossed over the fact that there had to be Bill Clinton foundation emails on that server, because that’s why HE had that private server set up in their home.  Once Hillary was Secretary of State, she and Huma Abedin had private emails accounts on that server.  Huma Abedin was involved in orchestrating a server upgrade and Huma recommended the Clinton campaign IT guy, Pagliano, to work with Bill Clinton’s IT guy, Cooper, to  set-up an upgraded server.

All of these server details matter, because in the fall of 2016 , news came to light that several FBI field offices were investigating the Clinton Foundation for pay-to-play corruption.  Details of what they were looking at matter too, because if it was the foundation’s foreign big money donations and Hillary was ensconced running the State Department, wouldn’t it be interesting to know if there was private foundation email correspondence back and forth between Abedin and Hillary with Bill Clinton or other Clinton Foundation peeps, capitalizing on the State Department info?  Kind of a cozy relationship the Clintons’ set-up there with that personal foundation server in their home…

And the real question remains, why on earth wasn’t the FBI looking into that server in connection with the Clinton Foundation criminal investigations?  

Yoga schedules, indeed…

While it’s good that the new AG, Bill Barr, is looking into all of this, my prediction is no one in the Clinton campaign or Obama administration will ever be held accountable for 2016 corruption.  I believe the corruption went all the way to the top – to President Obama, based on a Lisa Page text with her lover, Peter Strzok, where she mentioned that the POTUS wanted to be kept updated about the Trump investigations.  The Bill Clinton-orchestrated meeting with Loretta Lynch, leads me to wonder if she had direct communications with President Obama about how to deal with the media fall-out about that meeting.  The top people in the Obama administration weren’t acting independently.

The President Obama corruption is why nothing came of the Hillary email investigation.  The released FBI notes of Huma Abedin’s FBI interview in 2016, indicate that the FBI had a classified President Obama email, which he sent using a private google email account with an alias, to Hillary at her unsecured private server email address…  Top Obama officials, including President Obama, were very careless at handling classified information, not just Hillary.  And that is why nothing was ever going to happen to Hillary.

The same is true for this investigation into the FBI handling of the 2016 investigations into the Trump campaign.   Comey and McCabe weren’t acting alone in these machinations to investigate the Trump campaign.  You can be sure Loretta Lynch and top DOJ officials were part of all of these decisions and actions and you can be sure that President Obama was being kept abreast of every move.

I always think back to this odd August 2015 photo of Bill Clinton and President Obama golfing at Martha’s Vineyard, where Bill Clinton, Obama and old Clinton-fixer, Vernon Jordan, were hitting the links.  The email scandal broke in March 2015 and by August 2015, the story was sucking oxygen out of Hillary’s presidential run.  Bill Clinton wanted that investigation buried and I am sure he dealt with that, one-on-one with President Obama.  By the summer of 2016, and that email investigation still being a weight dragging down Hillary’s campaign, Bill Clinton must have been livid.  And all throughout this media spin storm about Hillary’s emails before the Dem convention, there was Joe Biden in the background, dithering on about whether he was going to enter the race to unite the party.  At the top of the Democratic Party (Obama-level), there had to be a lot of calculations and discussions going on about these FBI criminal investigations of the Clintons and how to deal with the Clintons.

Fox News spinners may be bellowing on about FBI, Clinton and Obama corruption in 2016, but these Trump spin-fever dreams, that someone will be held accountable for the 2016 corruption, will end up being only wishful thinking, I suspect.   Hillary isn’t the only one above the law in America.  The 2016 Dem corruption reaches to two former presidents, Obama and Clinton, whom the American media complex will move heaven and earth to run 24/7 spin damage control operations.

There is no way truth stands a chance against the power of their media spin forces.

 

 

 

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Time to finally look into the Clinton SPIN operatives

The Mueller report key findings hit yesterday, so here goes:  Mueller did not find any evidence that Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign.  On the obstruction of justice allegation over firing James Comey, there’s sure to be more efforts by Dems in SDNY to try to continue fomenting that spin effort to take down Trump.

Here are the main things the Mueller report doesn’t explain:

Who on earth were Steele’s Russian sources “close to the Kremlin”?

Were these Russian sources paid, or did they just offer up this supposed “Kremlin dirt” to Steele?

If Steele did pay his sources, where did those funds come from?

Cody Shearer, longtime Clinton operative (sleaze merchant), was reported to have produced a second dossier, which was fed to the Obama State Department as “reliable intelligence”.

How much overlap, collaboration or “collusion” (dare I say) was there between Shearer, Steele and/or Fusion GPS?

From 2018: “The second dossier — two reports compiled by Cody Shearer, an ex-journalist and longtime Clinton operative — echoes many of the lurid and still unsubstantiated claims made in the Steele dossier, and is receiving new scrutiny. Over the weekend, Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a TV interviewthat his panel is shifting its focus concerning the genesis of the Russia investigation from the FBI to the State Department. This probe will include the Shearer dossier.

In late September 2016, Sidney Blumenthal, a close Clinton confidant and colleague of Shearer’s, passed Shearer’s dossier on to State Department official Jonathan M. Winer, a longtime aide to John Kerry on Capitol Hill and at Foggy Bottom.”

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/04/25/test.html

That 2018 report asserts, “two reports compiled by Cody Shearer, an ex-journalist and longtime Clinton operative — echoes many of the lurid and still unsubstantiated claims made in the Steele dossier”.   Why do the Steele dossier and Shearer dossiers “echo” each other and who are the Kremlin-connected sources, or even Russian sources both Steele and Shearer relied on???

Adam Schiff, James Comey, John Brennan and James Clapper  may want to keep faith in the Steele dossier, but it’s way past time to dig into the details of who were the Clinton sewer rats behind feeding that Steele dossier to top Obama officials and then trying to figure out why these officials bought into the Steele dossier so completely.

It’s time to investigate the Clinton SPIN operatives.

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Cart before the horse… as usual

Space abhors a vacuum… so in lieu of any facts about what the Mueller report actually says, the media, partisans and the punditry “smart” set have talked themselves into extraordinary spin contortions, since news broke Friday that the Mueller report is finished.  In the political media cart before the horse fashion, by the time we learn actual details, the media spin fronts have already staked out their talking points.

The Dem spin pivot is it’s now all about the SDNY, according to Adam Schiff,  while Trump spin is working to cast Trump as a sainted martyr.

The truth remains, regardless of Mueller’s report, that both 2016 campaigns were extremely corrupt and working to acquire Russian dirt on their opponent.  While that isn’t criminal, it speaks to both Trump and Hillary being thoroughly corrupt and willing to do anything to win.  That fact should disturb every American.

All along I’ve contended that the Russians would not want to openly “collude” with either campaign, because that would require the Russians having some level of “trust” in those American political operatives and besides, why should the Russians “collude” with American political operatives, when they can feed tantalizing bits of partisan disinformation into the American media and keep the American partisans attacking each other?

Now, the quest to uncover the Clinton/Russian collusion will begin, as the focus shifts to trying to uncover how the Steele dossier came about and how on earth the FBI, DOJ  and top Obama intel peeps bought into it so completely.  Fun times as the 2016 SPIN information war drags on and on and on.

2016 Russian Collusion count

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Yes, the Russian threat is serious

The day kind of got away from me, so it’s after midnight and I’m finally trying to write a blog post.  I ran to my local Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market for some groceries this afternoon, did some laundry, then made some homemade beef stew for supper.  After cleaning up the supper dishes, I intended to sit down and write, but then I got the idea that I needed to make PA Dutch Pickled Beet Eggs (you can find plenty of recipes on YouTube).  Of course, I have several types of vinegar, but I forgot to buy more plain old apple cider vinegar this afternoon, and which I used the last of about a week ago.   So that meant another trip to Wal-Mart.  I have a glass gallon jar with a lid, specifically for my pickled beet eggs, because I make them fairly often.  Since my husband doesn’t eat them, I only made a dozen eggs, which will last me a while.

I use hard-boiled eggs, 2 cans of sliced pickled beets, 1 small sliced onion (optional)  I add a couple of bay leaves, a cinnamon stick, and a few whole cloves, but many people don’t add these.

I put 1/2 c. to 2/3 c/ of sugar and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar into a medium saucepan, heat on medium.  Pour the juice from both cans of pickled beets into the pan.  Add the bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.

Place the shelled hard-boiled eggs, beets and sliced onion in a clean gallon glass jar.  Onions are completely optional – I like them pickled and use them on salads, along with the beets and sliced pickled eggs.   Pour the cooled liquid into the jar.  Place the lid on tightly and gently shake the jar a bit to make sure the eggs are completely covered with the pickling liquid.  Refrigerate.  Every day gently shake the jar.  The eggs will be well pickled in a couple of days.  After a week or so, you can remove the cinnamon stick, bay leaves and cloves, if the  flavor is getting too spicy.

It’s fine to add more hard-boiled eggs to this pickling juice a couple of times before making up a fresh batch.

Now, onto politics.  I wanted to clarify something, in case anyone doubts that I take the Russian information warfare threat seriously.  I take it very seriously. What I don’t take seriously is how the Dems and mainstream media are using the “Trump/Russian collusion” and the “Russian bots everywhere” hysteria to incite fear and to create another one of their pathetic, partisan narratives for their SPIN information war.

No one in the mainstream media, American politics, even our national security officials even view the “SPIN war” as a real domestic information war, dedicated to fueling partisan divides and spewing 24/7 agitation propaganda at the American people.  THAT is the larger problem with trying to deal with hostile foreign information warfare directed at America.  Our domestic SPIN war creates a wide-open media space for hostile foreign info war operators to flourish.  Heck, they just need to “amplify” domestic SPIN war messaging at respective domestic partisans and they blend right in here.

I think our national security people fully grasp the cyber/technology aspects of hostile foreign information warfare activities and work very hard to try to counter those threats.  Things like protecting networks, protecting our electrical grid, preventing cyber attacks, cyber theft, the endless hacking assuredly are easier to grasp than information operations geared toward manipulating the American people (mass media agitprop efforts, psychological operations, etc.).

After decades of the Left’s very real culture war in America and the advances of political correctness, replete with morally bankrupt terms and ideology, America no longer has a coherent sense of American values and principles and finding any firm common ground, for Americans to rally around anything presents a real challenge.  Americans unifying around anything usually lasts less than 24 hours before the partisan rancor shatters the calm.

For a few years now,  thought pieces occur fairly regularly at online political commentary sites, asserting American is already in a state of  “civil war” and I’m willing to concede the extreme partisan divides in America have deepened and definitely corrode hopes of national unity on almost anything, but I remain optimistic.  The challenge with dealing with aggressive hostile information warfare geared toward deepening partisan divides among partisans, who are likewise working to deepen partisan divides, is, well, obviously we are making it easy for our enemies to “divide and conquer” us.  This point, I’ve stated many times already – we are our own worst enemy and unless and until our rabid partisans stop our domestic SPIN information warfare, there’s no hope of countering hostile foreign messaging operations.

The best defense against hostile foreign information messaging operations is an informed citizenry, who are united by some common values and principles, so working toward that seems more important than all sorts of hysterical, knee-jerk censorship efforts.  Just trying to get Americans, who have different political views, to embrace my “let’s go have pizza” solution, which I wrote about back in 2015, might be a good start.   I’ll repost it.

 

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Russian bots everywhere…

Lately, if you listen to mainstream media news, pundits and Democrats, we all are seeing Russia from our browser window…  here a Russian bot, there a Russian bot.  All roads lead to the Kremlin in this new Dem Red Scare environment.

JK posted a comment the other day, mentioning two links, one to a 2016 article at The Root , about Hillary Clinton’s use of the superpredator term as being racist, the other, a February 13, 2019 article, BLACK CRITICS OF KAMALA HARRIS AND CORY BOOKER PUSH BACK AGAINST CLAIMS THAT THEY’RE RUSSIAN “BOTS”, at The Intercept, which deals with the hashtag, #ADOS (American Descendants of Slaves) falling under a cloud of suspicion as being a Russian bot operation.  This recent article also alleges that the 2016 attacks against Hillary/superpredator issue were also a foreign bot generated operation.  A CNN commentator made the charge:

“Angela Rye, a CNN political commentator and board member of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, has said she believes that some ADOS arguments are not organic, but were “paid for by Russia.” She added that she’s “not saying everyone who uses the hashtag is a Russian bot,” but she does believe “it originated from Russian bots.” Rye went on to argue that the same is true of critiques relating to “some of the stuff around the crime bill” circa 2016 — presumably referring to critics of Hillary Clinton who questioned her support of the bill now widely understood to have caused overwhelming harm to black Americans.”

https://theintercept.com/2019/02/13/ados-kamala-harris-cory-booker-russian-bots/

Rye is a lawyer and Seattle native, liberal activist, not an intelligence analyst.

The actual creator of the #ADOS hashtag, Antonio Moore, takes issue with the Russian bot allegation:

“THE CREATORS OF the hashtag — Antonio Moore, an attorney in California, and Yvette Carnell, a political commentator — are neither Russian nor bots and are demanding an apology.

Carnell told The Intercept that she thinks calling out ADOS is an effort to delegitimize the grassroots movement they’ve worked to cultivate and to “undermine a real debate that we have about Kamala Harris within the black community.” For years, Moore and Carnell have been doing regular YouTube and radio shows together where they discuss issues like reparations and the racial wealth divide under the lens of “native descendants of American slaves.””

https://theintercept.com/2019/02/13/ados-kamala-harris-cory-booker-russian-bots/

Alleging “Russian influence operations” has become part of the Left’s SPIN messaging now, so I expect a lot more of this and also more of the corrupt Dem false flag operation, like the one they pulled in 2017 during the Moore campaign … fielding fake Russian bots.  In this corrupt political media environment, it’s impossible to know which are real Russian bots and which might be fake Russian bots, or even some other hostile country’s bots (there’s a subject for another blog post – foreign threats besides only Russia).  Russia isn’t the only foreign country waging online influence operations in American media, but it’s the only one the Dems and mainstream media want to talk about.

You don’t have to look far to find Dems and Leftists seeing Russian collusion and influence operations everywhere in American political SPIN messaging activities these days.  The political pressure on social media giants to be more aggressive at dealing with Russian influence operations ramped up and just today CNN  reported:

“Three online video channels designed to appeal to millennials have collected tens of millions of views on Facebook since September. But the pages pushing the videos do not disclose that they are backed by the Russian government.

The pages are run by Maffick Media, a company whose majority stakeholder is Ruptly, a subsidiary of RT, which is funded by the Russian government. Although Maffick Media has hired contractors and freelancers in Los Angeles in recent months, the company is not registered in the US, it is registered in Germany.
Facebook suspended the pages on Friday, saying it would reach out to the people running them to ask that they disclose where the pages are run from and their affiliation with their parent company in order to get back on the platform.
The move was an unusual one for Facebook. The company does not require users to provide information about parent companies, but it is rolling out ways to try to increase transparency about who runs popular Facebook pages, and it has been taking aggressive steps to tackle covert government-backed information operations on its service. In 2016, a Kremlin-linked troll group ran a network of pages designed to look like they were operated by real American activists.”
Here’s a CNN Business report from today, How the Russians did it, by Donnie Sullivan, who is the same CNN reporter, who reported on the Covington/Phillips video and the anonymous @2020fight, cited as the main Twitter account that amplified that video.  Sullivan writes:
“A federal indictment against 13 Russian nationals made public on Friday provides new insight into how the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked Russian troll group, set up a vast network of fake American activist groups and used the stolen identities of real Americans in an attempt to wreak havoc on the U.S. political system.
According to the indictment, the group, which is based in St. Petersburg, Russia, began monitoring the social media pages of real American activist organizations in 2014, before setting up fake pages and personas that became, the indictment says, “leaders of public opinion.”

The pages were designed to look like they were run by real Americans. They focused on a number of divisive issues in American life, including race relations, religion, immigration, and the 2016 presidential election.On Facebook alone, an estimated 126 million Americans may have been exposed to material the group produced, the social media company told Congress last fall. The indictment provides a fuller picture of how the Internet Research Agency worked. It details a sophisticated operation that allowed the group to achieve such wide reach. The agency had a budget of over $1.25 million by September 2016 — big enough to include money for bonuses.

“To measure the impact of their online social media operations, Defendants and their co-conspirators tracked the performance of content they posted over social media,” it says. “They tracked the size of the online U.S. audiences reached through posts, different types of engagement with the posts … changes in audience size, and other metrics. Defendants and their co-conspirators received and maintained metrics reports on certain group pages and individualized posts.”

The group worked hard to make its work look like it came from real Americans. Apart from the occasional typo — or a phrase that, in hindsight, was clearly written by a non-native English speaker — the group’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr pages were convincing. They looked like many other politically-themed pages on social media: Designed to take advantage of Americans’ divisions, to get engagement by stoking outrage.”

https://money.cnn.com/2018/02/16/media/internet-research-agency-mueller-indictment/index.html

This CNN Business report chronicles Russians hiring unsuspecting Americans and even one incident of the Russians using a stolen identity, including the social security number, of an American citizen.  This report also mentions the alarming 2016 incident where Russian influence operations orchestrated two opposing events, on the same day, at the same location in Houston, to try to incite an actual real world confrontation:

“The Internet Research Agency also worked hard to ensure that its influence would stretch beyond social media and into the physical world, the indictment says. It successfully organized real demonstrations.

In one case, as CNN has previously reported, the troll group organized and promoted two opposing events on the same day at the same location in Houston, Texas.”

Yes, it’s obvious the Russians upped their influence operations in America in recent years, however the mainstream media/Dem/Left new Red Scare SPIN messaging effort serves only their shallow, single focus, partisan political agenda of trying to delegitimize Trump, by any means necessary.  The absurdity of their new Red Scare messaging coupled with the destructive calls to censor social media and online speech bode poorly for American free speech rights.

There’s even a “bipartisan”, absurd online McCarthyite listing of alleged Russian bot accounts – Hamilton 68, which is the work of the Alliance for Securing Democracy. Hamilton 68 is rolling out a 2.0 effort soon, geared toward:

“Starting in 2019, we will transition to a new interface that will communicate Kremlin information operations in a manner less vulnerable to misinterpretations, with a particular focus on the outputs of overt, Russian state-sponsored social media accounts and websites – reflecting what we believe is an increased role of such accounts in driving narratives (the list of monitored accounts will be available to the public). The new site will incrementally incorporate new functions and visualizations as they come online; always improving, updating, and adapting to the outputs of Putin’s propagandists operating across the entire mainstream and social media ecosystem.”

https://securingdemocracy.gmfus.org/hamilton-68/

What’s the point of publishing lists of suspected Russian bots, thereby letting the Russians know which of their bots, are compromised?  Honestly, how many Americans are going to scan lists of alleged Russian bots while using social media?   If they do come into contact with a Russian bot, so what.   On social media you have complete control on who you choose to communicate with.  On Twitter, you can mute or block accounts, that you don’t wish to see.  Instead, of all this public fear mongering about Russian influence operations, the real intelligence operators should be quietly upping their game.

In my opinion, instead of media efforts hyping the new Red Scare, the time and effort would be better spent trying to educate Americans about American constitutional principles, good citizenship and treating other Americans with respect.

On Twitter, I’ve been accused several times of being a bot.  I have very few followers, dropped a few recently –  52.  I could not care less really.  Being “popular” has never been a goal of mine, nor has “amplifying”  my message to large numbers of people.  I hope a few select people might listen to my message.  For 20 years, I’ve been trying to expose “SPIN” as a vicious information warfare operation targeting the American people and it’s been run by the Dems/Left colluding with the mainstream media to “amplify” the Dem SPIN messaging and control the “spin cycles”.  Controlling the SPIN effectively controls public opinion in America.

For the umteenth time, hostile foreign influence operations have easy pickings fomenting distrust and divides in America.  Along with escalated Russian influence operations in recent years, the Dems/Left ramped up their SPIN info war and Trump broke through the Left’s lock on controlling SPIN messaging in America.  In my opinion, while all the hostile foreign influence operations are a serious threat, the much larger threat to America’s political institutions comes from within.  We have both political parties and our media totally invested in a very corrupt, divisive scorched earth homegrown SPIN information war, which provides our enemies with non-stop messaging ammunition to foment more anger and division.

Along with being “unpopular”, often I feel like a lone voice in the wilderness warning about our domestic, scorched earth SPIN information war, as the civil carnage and wholesale public corruption leave American culture a virtual wasteland.

The Dems and the media hyping Russian influence operations creates only fear, hysteria and a sense of helplessness among Americans. 

Teaching Americans that each and every one of them has the power to defeat Russian influence operations (or anyone else’s influence operations) in their own lives would do more to empower Americans.  How about teaching Americans to fearlessly think for themselves?  How about teaching them to not let media and political figures scare them?

Online influence operations are ONLY words and videos promoting a message, which every American can CHOOSE not to buy into.  Don’t let other people scare you about communicating with people on social media and expressing your opinions online.

 

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