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Russia and the Menace of Unreality - The Atlantic

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Well before the candidacy of Donald Trump, this article warned about how Vladimir Putin is revolutionizing information warfare.

Ultimately, many people in Russia and around the world understand that Russian political parties are hollow and Russian news outlets are churning out fantasies. But insisting on the lie, the Kremlin intimidates others by showing that it is in control of defining ‘reality.’ This is why it’s so important for Moscow to do away with truth. If nothing is true, then anything is possible. We are left with the sense that we don’t know what Putin will do next—that he’s unpredictable and thus dangerous. We’re rendered stunned, spun, and flummoxed by the Kremlin’s weaponization of absurdity and unreality.

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You know, Don, I hear Rachel Maddow is looking for a sidekick. You should look into that. There's got to be more DNC money in it for you than what you're doing now.

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How about you as anchor on Fox?

Submitted on Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 at 2:47:25 PM

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Keep up the good work Don, without neo-liberal war hawks like yourself our MIC would need to pack it up and do something productive with their capabilities.

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From the Atlantic article: "The belief in the absolute power of propaganda has roots in Soviet thinking."

This reads exactly like CIA's Mike Morrell being interviewed by Charlie Rose. It is a facet of the larger strategy to create Russia as perfect enemy, so necessary for the defense industry and the Empire's various global adventures. Ah yes, the Atlantic. Check out the editor, Jeffrey Goldberg, who as a youth went to Israel and joined the IDF.

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Yes, forget about healthcare, debt, infrastructure, jobs, and nuclear war. And ignore China. Russophobia is the priority.

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The point isn't to wage with Russia. The point is to stop Trump and to emphasize the reality of Russiagate, the denial of which PolitiFact has called the "Lie of the Year" for 2017.

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How do you quantify the number of voters who went for Trump in 2016 due to the Russians buying ad space and posting messages on Facebook and Twitter? And how many American idiots get their news and info from Facebook and Twitter? If the Russians hadn't bought ad space would the outcome be different. I already had my opinion of Clinton formed well before the election. The Russians had nothing to do with a great majority of votes against Clinton. Would she be President today? Does anybody know? Let's start an Israeligate investigation. They are the real election buttinskis.

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The election was close enough that dozens of causes were sufficient to flip it: Russian trolling, Comey's announcement, Hillary's poor campaigning (of course!), Obama's weakness as a leader, Stein's candidacy, etc. Everyone is guilty.

On many left-wing blogs, such as OpEdNews, there's a large group of Russiagate-deniers. I don't know if they're trolls or if they just hate the Dems, the Deep State, and the cold war. A friend, Lansing Scott says, "Yeah, I know several people like that. They believe that any talk about Russia is either to deflect blame from HRC for losing the election, or else warmongers trying to reignite a Cold War. They follow folks like Glenn Greenwald (legit) & Caitlin Johnstone (less legit), who have been railing against Maddow, Mueller, the Dems, the FBI, & anyone else who has sought investigation into Trump-Russia connections. Those Russia-deniers may have had a point worth considering in 2016, but now anyone who still holds those views is looking pretty foolish."

I agree.

And Glenn Greenwald has now changed his opinion and believes Russiagate is for real (as reported in an article about him in The New Yorker).

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Hey, Russiagate deniers, it's time to throw in the towel.

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