Fake News, Media Propaganda & ‘Managing’ Public Perceptions

Submitted by Pachamama

fakenewsRecently a list of more than 200 ‘alternative news sites’ were referenced by the Washington Post, as secondary source, as being the bearers of questionable information. These 200 websites covered a fairly wide range of opinion, from Russia’s RT to Alex Jones’ Prison Planet Radio.

We will argue that anything we see, hear or read, in any environment, could hardly be considered beyond question. Whether we are talking about politics, economy, technology, physical environment, social or legal we see nothing but official lies passing as truths. For it is the area between our ears which represents the most valuable real estate on earth, or mars, for the community of interests.

In between, many critical, alternative news sites, were tarred and feathered by forces which seem to have cleverly cloaked an intention to eliminate or stain fierce competition to the perennial lies of the mainstream. Our instincts suggest, that the targeting of some of the sites was to engender a certain level of confusion. In the intelligence business, such a project is best known as a ‘limited hang-out’.

And it has been previously disclosed that all the major, official, fake news networks, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, Deutsche Welle, BBC, France 21, PBS, Public Radio, etc, are provided constant guidance by the intelligence agencies of the USA. They have their networks of people stationed within. How else would they be able to cover the same (selected) issues in generally the same ways, at the same time, by the same kinds of people, while always reaching the same kinds conclusions.

We were in Czechoslovakia about 30 years ago, to witness an amazing and ongoing propaganda coup. It was a country where the people watched the fake news to hear what was NOT being reported. To make judgements about what the regime did NOT say. In the West, we have come to need that kind of intelligence, especially when dealing with private media working as government propagandists.

Or the story about the Russians who came to the USA during the time of the USSR and wondered how all the media would cover all the stories in the same way. They were to marvel at such a feat and hoped to be able to implement same behind the ‘iron curtain’. What freedom! What fake news!

Or even ‘Democracy Now’, a programmed stolen from WBAI as developed by the late Samori Marksman, which continues to distribute fake news about some formation called LGBTQ. With an Amy Goodman telling the same kinds of officials lies about America’s illegal wars as does the mainstream, to appease her funders. Funders linked to the military-industrial-intelligence-complex. These are the so-called ‘progressives’ in media. They are no less infiltrated.

Our world is highly-propagandized state. The globalization of propaganda. Every major institution is infiltrated by intelligence agencies of one kind or the next. More and more electronically. And fake news is a strategic weapon for internal control.

Or the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) whose notion of evening fake news could be missed by viewers for 15 years without being any less mis-informed. This state-sponsored propaganda medium never seems to be able to find a way to be even critically supportive of the regime of the day.

We were surprised at the emergence of fake news, about fake news, at the height of fake news, in the time of Trump and his ‘fakery’. Just maybe, the emergence of fake news may have something to do with the rise of Trumpism. And while there may be some logic to that way of thinking, there is also an age-old problem of fake news which must be engaged.

We can’t but argue that fake news has become the normal way of the human. Even ‘good news’ is no less fake. Do we not know, with certainty, that the Bible is replete, from genesis to revelations, with fake news? Have we not been raised on Reddiffusion and the BBC with fake news, the news the British wanted us to hear? Is it not a truism that from the very beginnings of time fake information has been used to deceive most of us? Is it not fake information which has our world upside down?

In all this, there is a misguided presumption that the Washington Post, the Barbados Nation, The Advocate News, the New York Times, operate above the spectre of fake news. Are these not the leading lights of journalism, which gave us the illegal wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Supported terrorists as proxy armies for empire. Promoted the ‘White Helmets’ as recipients for Nobel Prizes, Right Livelihood Awards – the alternative Nobel. And do not local papers carry international news from a very small circle of media.

While Obama is exiting and Trump, taking over, the nexus between the intelligence agencies and the role of propaganda or fake news is centered around Russia and its alleged interference in the US elections. How much more fake can ‘news’ be? None of the media who we are to tell the ‘real’ fake news can possibly address the 800-pound gorilla in the room.

That real news is the centuries’ old interference in other countries’ elections by American government agencies, particularly the CIA and NGOs in its pay. If we were from Mars we would be left to assume that this type of thing has never happened before, not on earth. Not when the media of the most powerful country is willing to spread the fake news of its president, in cahoots with untrustworthy secret agencies, based wholly on unproven statements.

If we were from Mars, we might even assume that earthlings were unintelligent beings. If the most powerful man, in the most powerful country, was the most stupid person on the planet, we would conclude that the humanoid was not very smart at all. We could not have known that the humanoid was so ill-informed, and purposely made to be, by fake news. Trumpism for you!

But the Martians will quickly come to realize how earthlings are made to operate within a tapestry of lies. And that for them to gain power on earth they must take control of the vast architecture of fake news which dominates the lives of earthlings.

At the center of the social sciences is the need to measure perceptions, determine gaps and finds ways to satisfy needs. In the hands of politicians, intelligence apparati and ‘fake news’ media networks, instead of managing perceptions, human perceptions are created by this vast propaganda ‘machines’.

We have lost control over notions of free will. Are firmly located within the post-1984 world of George Orwell. And way beyond the ‘manufacturing of consent’!

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372 Comments on “Fake News, Media Propaganda & ‘Managing’ Public Perceptions”

  1. Bush Tea January 14, 2017 at 7:42 AM #

    @ Chad99999
    The idea that he would travel to Russia and immediately get into bed with hired prostitutes has been a head-scratcher — it makes no sense if you know the man.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    From all indications, you are correct.
    Based on the size of his hands, the general consensus is that he would be laughed all the way back to New York upon exposure anyway….
    We accept that ‘the Donald’ is more predisposed to ‘grabbing pokerts’, eyeballing undressed young women (by his own words)…. and, very likely, other more exotic scenarios.

    Your attempted defence of the man re these allegations is therefore completely misguided.

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  2. de pedantic Dribbler January 14, 2017 at 8:38 AM #

    @Are-we, according to the various remarks in the press “the vaporings of an old man who has read too many spy novels” are absolutely viable.

    After all, the ‘investigatory’ work of former spies and current G-men is vilified as ‘fake’ anyhow so we all might as well rely on the fiction of the spy authors to inform us.

    I differ with you on two key points, however. It is impossible that Mr Trump will not be inaugurated on Jan 20. He will take on his legally achieved role of the President of the USA barring an oft repeated baseball phrase “the shot heard around the world”.

    And this is not even baseball season, so go figure just how earth shatteringly impossible it is to smash a Major League home run right now.

    Otherwise your vapourings are worth their weight in gold.

    Oh, the other thing. According to the press this former agent has a wife and four kids. Do you really feel that he would take on this rather innocuous assignment to do oppo research on Trump and ‘unnecessarily’ align/affix HIS name to it (he has an entire company of personnel) if he felt his life or that of his family would be in danger.

    In sum to what avail his demise at this point. What would be the killer’s boss intent to achieve….of course that person not being some unhinged rabid Trump fan, of course.

    Maybe Putin can be described as such but I don’t think he would issue a polonium cocktail in this case; that would surely be an act of war to the Brits.

    But you are absolutely right that Trump is in a world of hurt right now. Two days ago no Senate or House Committee seemed primed to take on an investigation. They all said that was the job of the FBI and to your point then everything turned on a dime.

    So as your spy novels tell you, that is the grist of this story. Something went down overnight that caused Sen Burr (a republican) to decide that he needed to cover his backside and that of the nation….and surely it was not the other major news related to the Comey internal investigation.

    BTW you need to recommend some spy books to Chad45. You make complete sense to me whereas he seems totally clueless.

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  3. are-we-there-yet January 14, 2017 at 9:20 AM #

    dpD;

    Thanks!

    You said above “I differ with you on two key points, however. It is impossible that Mr Trump will not be inaugurated on Jan 20. He will take on his legally achieved role of the President of the USA barring an oft repeated baseball phrase “the shot heard around the world”. Oh, the other thing. According to the press this former agent has a wife and four kids. Do you really feel that he would take on this rather innocuous assignment to do oppo research on Trump and ‘unnecessarily’ align/affix HIS name to it (he has an entire company of personnel) if he felt his life or that of his family would be in danger.”

    Re. point one, it seems that you agree with me on the only likely circumstance that might result in Trump not being inaugurated on Jan 20th. But there is at least one normally very unlikely circumstance related to the immediacy of the dire consequences of placing the Nuclear codes in the hands of a man who appears to be a total asset of Putin and could possibly be proven to be so within the next few days.

    Re. point two. Might the explanation not be that unexpected revelations and events caught up with the spy. He might have originally considered that the original assignment was an innocuous one but as his work progressed he realised that it was far from innocuous and that he and his family would be in the crosshairs from two sides, the FBI and the KGB. How else can we understand the fact that the Spy, who is apparently well thought of in Espionage circles, bypassed his clients and passed on a copy of his dossier to the CIA last year before the American elections and the Intelligence community in the US did nothing with it, instead, Comey strategically came out to publicise Clinton’s miniscule motes while disregarding Trump’s gargantuan beams, resulting almost certainly in her loss to Trump.
    The way the Comey investigation is conducted and its revelations are likely to be pivotal to the future of the US. How else can we interpret the fact that the brit Steele, and I presume, his family as well have now gone into MI6 assisted hiding?

    Note also that the press reports suggest that the Trump report is a compilation of incomplete interim progress reports and not just one monolithic report signed by the Spy

    There is something very dark in the leaks that have been coming from the FBI running up to the elections. Will that situation be glossed over in the Congressional investigation in the actuality of Republican control of the three pillars of American Governance? Will patriotism trump self interest for all the republicans who will be involved? Are there any patriots left in the US?

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  4. ac January 14, 2017 at 9:36 AM #

    Now Steve Harvey has been caught in the cross hairs of Trump parade of black celebrities stars Steve is going to have hell to pay what on earth was steve thinking when he allowed himself to be used by this self serving demagogue

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  5. chad99999 January 14, 2017 at 9:37 AM #

    For all the people out there who know nothing

    Since the 1980s, when Donald Trump became a celebrity, his fear of disease and reluctance to shake hands has been openly discussed in a hundred magazine and TV profiles.

    Only people who are new to Trump don’t know about this. It has been public knowledge for more than 30 years.

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  6. are-we-there-yet January 14, 2017 at 9:38 AM #

    dpD;

    …. indeed the situation is one where extremely important decisions must be taken within the next 3 or so days. Inaction is not an option and Congress is poised between 2 devils and the deep blue sea. And for those who feel that it is not worthy of discussion in Barbados, think again.

    Will the timorous ones win out? or will the Putin-Trump-FBI axis continue their winning streak and change the World? I somehow think that the odds at this stage are in the latter’s camp.

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  7. David January 14, 2017 at 9:47 AM #

    Some of the views here have been vividly painted by the brush of the western media.

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  8. Sargeant January 14, 2017 at 10:02 AM #

    Hurrah to John Lewis for saying publicly that he doesn’t see Trump as a legitimate President, Lewis states it’s because the Russians helped him get elected but we know the real reason and the good Lord will forgive you for that small fib.

    Speaking of Russians, Trump’s National security advisor spoke to the Russian Ambassador the same day that Obama expelled those “diplomats” presumably to pass on the message to Putin that they could return after Jan.20 and return they will in dribs and drabs as a “thank you” message from Trump over the next year.

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  9. de pedantic Dribbler January 14, 2017 at 10:11 AM #

    @Are-We, fully accepted at 9:20. I agree Steele’s oppo research investigation has essentially blown up in his face. Safety was not an issue initially but now there are too many crazies out there willing to do something for this ‘Manchurian’ candidate.

    Let’s all buckle in. And buy some selected stocks if we have that interest. War or mayhem generates lots of money…for those who survive!

    Oh yes very troublesome stuff re FBI. I defended Comey here but as we glean what they were aware of and when it starts to seem a lot less resolute. Apart from Comey’s actions recall too a former top agent of the NY FBI office speaking of the supposed unrest of the active agents at the time and of course Guiliani’s charged remarks when he said – and then retracted – that he was in touch with active agents, re displeasure with the Clinton probe.

    I’ll say this however. Putin has done very well to cast such considerable disquiet to the vaunted American system. Yet, he better be ready for the snap-back….forget the US and Trump for now but this is as much an assault on the Brits and French et al.

    They HAVE to step up. In life and in espionage the best defense is to attack. Vladimir has elections too !

    @Chad45, get off that excuse of Trump as a hand-shake germaphobe, fah real. Can you stop for just one rational minute and wrap your senseless defense to its incongruous reality of Mr Trump’s other bluster.

    — he admits that he will grab women (not necessarily at their vagina, but also by their hand) and a number of women have confirmed such actions: the lady in the plane; the lady in the NY night club; the lady in the elevator; at least two beauty pageant contestant – one during one of his Russian visits.

    —by his own admission he loves the company of beautiful women and be speaks glowingly of how many he has taken to bed.

    How does all that square with this supposed clean freak. Can you be honest for even one post re your Trump ramblings. Steeupse

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  10. de pedantic Dribbler January 14, 2017 at 10:29 AM #

    @David January 14, 2017 at 9:47 AM re “Some of the views here have been vividly painted by the brush of the western media.”

    Not sure how to analyse your remark. Would you prefer that our views be painted vividly with a brush of the eastern media; that we determine what percentage of news we take from sources like RT or Al-Jazeerra or other.

    Is that to suggest that all western media is biased or are you saying you prefer the wood pulp used for Eastern media as compared to the less resolute trees in the west! LOL.

    Admittedly and ashamedly I am a western media type of guy…with a healthy skepticism and and acceptance of vividly painted alternative sources and authors. Just saying.

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  11. David January 14, 2017 at 10:33 AM #

    @Dee Word

    Kudos to you, confession is good for the soul.

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  12. chad99999 January 14, 2017 at 10:34 AM #

    The way you reconcile an extraordinary fear of disease with an appetite for women is to do what many dictators (e.g., Ghadafy) do: Test their blood, and if they are disease-free, go ahead and plug them.

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  13. Hants January 14, 2017 at 10:37 AM #

    FAKE OR REAL

    The move would see Stuart retiring from politics on calling the elections, while one of his colleagues leads a team with a number of fresh faces included into the poll.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/92448/flying-fish-cou-cou-lead-dlp#sthash.hQBu1ZZ8.dpuf

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  14. ac January 14, 2017 at 10:43 AM #

    Lewis knows of what he speaks . He has read and understands stand the Constitution which is in full agreement with his words.
    The Republican party gang should be locked up for hoisting this fraud on the world

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  15. Pachamama January 14, 2017 at 10:54 AM #

    AC

    You really don’t understand the like of Steve Harvey

    These people, including Obama, are prostitutes.

    They have well learnt from White people how not to have morals.

    You should stop looking to these Black yankees for guidance.

    Not even all the horses on earth could stop Harvey from doing what is necessary to draw nearer to Trump as massa.

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  16. are-we-there-yet January 14, 2017 at 10:58 AM #

    Hants; Good news if real!

    To my mind, Stuart has been the most inept PM we have ever had and getting him away from prolonging the agony, if the DLP wins the next elections, would be a plus for them. Re. a successor; they all have serious warts.

    Wonder if the speculation is triggered by the possibility of a snap election being called.

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  17. chad99999 January 14, 2017 at 11:02 AM #

    Although there are people on this thread who don’t get it, the dirty dossier on Trump is already a huge blot on the record of the mainstream media.

    They have no supporting evidence for their claims and it is very bad journalism to publish a scandalous story without evidence. No journalism school can defend Buzzfeed News/CNN and everybody knows this.

    The much-discussed investigation by the US Senate Intelligence Committee cannot possibly find a smoking gun because key elements of the dossier’s story have already been disproven (mistaken identities, Cohen’s clean passport), and the rest of it is completely inconsistent with what we know about Trump.

    All the Democrats can hope to show is that Trump aides Carter Paige and Paul Manafort had conversations with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.

    So what? Richard Nixon contacted North Vietnamese officials ahead of the November 1968 election and told them not to make a peace deal with the Johnson-Humphrey Administration. That was high treason, but nothing happened/could be done to Nixon even though the Democrats found about about his betrayal in real time.

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  18. chad99999 January 14, 2017 at 11:08 AM #

    The list of black celebrities joining Trump now includes Jim Brown, Steve Harvey, Kanye West, Don King, and Mike Tyson.

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  19. David January 14, 2017 at 11:14 AM #

    @Chad99999

    That is as mottley a crew you will find anywhere.

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  20. David January 14, 2017 at 11:16 AM #

    > @Chad99999 > > That is as mottley a crew you will find anywhere >

    >

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  21. Sargeant January 14, 2017 at 11:25 AM #

    The list of black celebrities joining Trump now includes Jim Brown, Steve Harvey, Kanye West, Don King, and Mike Tyson
    +++++++++++
    A pity that none of them can sing (well Kanye is a singer of sorts but not the kind that appeal to the big money donors and right wing Conservatives that would populate the upcoming inaugural Balls), I sent the organising committee a tape of me singing “America the Beautiful” a la Ray Charles and received an invitation to perform on Jan.20.

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  22. Sargeant January 14, 2017 at 11:29 AM #

    Earlier I brought up the spectre of Christopher Steele going into protective custody and I just listened to an interview with Marina Litvinenko widow of Alexander and she mentioned that one can’t run into a pharmacy and buy polonium so it had to be obtained by someone at the highest level. The methods used are sophisticated and not readily traceable, Markov was killed by Ricin which is derived from the Castor plant (yes that the same plant that produces Castor oil that many Bajan mothers inflicted upon their children).

    Many of Putin’s internal political opponents or journalists critical of his regime die from mysterious falls, traditional poisons or by good old fashioned lead poisoning and residence in Western countries is no assurance of safety.

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  23. Hants January 14, 2017 at 12:49 PM #

    Forgive those who voted for Thump because they don’t know what they have done……. but they will find out sooner than later.

    The CiA will be very busy. I bet they have lots of “stuff ” on the twit ter in chief.

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  24. de pedantic Dribbler January 14, 2017 at 2:01 PM #

    @chad45 at 11:08 AM … So what is your point! Regardless of the number of Black celebrities who accept or seek out a Trump inauguration invitation how on earth does that change his racist persona and divisive stewardship of the US!

    @ at 11:02 AM you certainly seem to be one of the ” people on this thread who don’t get it”. Your propensity to make absolutely false or ludicrous claims in your posts is remarkable.

    The dossier is NOT “a huge blot on the record of the mainstream media.” BuzzFeed were wrong to publish it perhaps. But they clearly advised of its unverifiable nature and this was published well after the elections when its impact is principally noise and discord.

    People like us can argue endlessly but the publication certainly does NOT really affect anything at this time.

    CNN offered a valid and ACCURATE story re the dossier. They said it had been presented in the Intel briefings. It was. They did NOT present any salacious details of the report.

    Maybe as a crusading blogger for veracity – not Trump’s truth – you may carefully check YOUR evidence before offering these unsupported allegations.

    Let’s assume that everything in the dossier was disproved except that one idea “that Trump aides Carter Paige and Paul Manafort had conversations with Russian officials during the presidential campaign”.

    Let’s further assume those conversations led to collusion on distribution of hacked data or deliberate interference with the election process, are you really so clueless to misunderstand the complete seismic shake @ a 10 Richter scale level to the US system.

    Is it temerity or Trumpian stupidity to offer “Richard Nixon contacted North Vietnamese officials …and told them not to make a peace deal with the Johnson-Humphrey Administration. That was high treason, but nothing happened…”.

    Well fella it wouldn’t be treason as no one is at war but if any definitive link like that to/from Trump and Putin is made rest assured that by the time the Senate is done with the Trump family emigration to a new Trump tower in North Vietnam would be their most glamorous option.

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  25. chad99999 January 14, 2017 at 2:43 PM #

    Dribbler

    does not have a first rate mind. Any impact of Russian hacking on the US election happened because the information revealed about Team Clinton was true (I.e., highly credible and never challenged, not even by Clinton herself).

    The American people were left alone to make up their minds about facts they were entitled to have. The voting machines were not rigged. What part of these events do you have a problem with?

    Even if Comey had also revealed the existence of a dossier on Trump during the campaign, the voters would have discounted its claims because of the complete lack of supporting evidence.

    The election results would almost certainly have been exactly the same.

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  26. de pedantic Dribbler January 14, 2017 at 3:36 PM #

    @Chad45, re “Even if Comey had also revealed the existence of a dossier on Trump during the campaign, the voters would have discounted its claims because of the complete lack of supporting evidence. The election results would almost certainly have been exactly the same.”

    Let’s say hooray. I basically agree with you on that based on the evidence seen. Donald Trump was able to withstand everything and likely would have overcome that as well. Frankly the information was there, Sen Reid was apoplectic about it being made public by Comey particularly after he did his Clinton debacle. But many people were aware of it still.

    I know you can’t be so stupid with your first rate mind to actually believe that any verifiable Russian hacking would be validated because the data was accurate. You absolutely can’t be that …uneducated, should I say.

    Just be assured oh clueless one, that he can’t wiggle out of this Senate investigation if there is anything remotely damaging found re Russia collusion. That becomes high crimes and misdemeanors and political knives will be drawn…not to mention possibly impeachment papers.

    Anyhow lets cap this. Trump’s Russia bromance is strategic. The moment that Putin makes any move to, for example, impact the US currency as the main financial instrument for oil purchases then Trump’s will react and all this Russia sweetness will become sour very quickly.

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  27. Sargeant January 14, 2017 at 5:18 PM #

    Anyone seeking a dossier on Trump only has to contact Mark Burnett the Executive producer of reality fare like Survivor, the Apprentice et al. There are plenty of outtakes that show the foul mouth, lecherous, racist misogynist in action, but Mark an avowed Christian and producer of such Christian epics like the mini- series “The Bible” would not release the tapes and threatened to sue any one who did as he owned the content.

    Mark is a friend of Donald but when ethics and morality compete against friendship and power guess which sides prevail? ( Even among Christians)

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  28. are-we-there-yet January 14, 2017 at 9:13 PM #

    Here’s the report on the Steele Dossier on Donald Trump published in Britain’s “The Independent”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-russia-dossier-file-investigation-hacking-christopher-steele-mi6-a7526901.html

    Several aspects of it ring true.

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  29. are-we-there-yet January 14, 2017 at 9:28 PM #

    Just for balance, here’s the other side of the story by Craig Murray, a former British Diplomat who is a strong supporter of the new British PM who is herself trying her darndest to get on Donald Trump’s good side.

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2017/01/hitler-diaries-mark-ii-hope-changed-mattress/

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  30. are-we-there-yet January 14, 2017 at 9:52 PM #

    Here’s the Guardian’s take on Mr. Steele and his Trump dossier

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/12/intelligence-sources-vouch-credibility-donald-trump-russia-dossier-author

    Now, having seen the pros and cons represented in the above 3 documents.

    Is it understandable why the US security agencies briefed Obama and Trump with a 2 page summary of the dossier?

    Is it understandable that Obama appears to have been out of the loop on this matter until very recently?

    How does the implicit FBI input in this matter square with what one would expect of such an agency?

    Is Trump and his team likely to have enough wisdom and experience to successfully navigate the current very treacherous waters they will be swimming in by next week?

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  31. are-we-there-yet January 14, 2017 at 10:27 PM #

    Here’s another article by Paul Craig Roberts which deals with the Steele Dossiers. The overall perspective is standard for PCR and therefore has some elements of plausibility. The Haaretz hint that current top US intelligence officers are advising Israeli intelligence not to provide the Trump administration with certain intelligence is eye-opening and underscores the extent to which Trump has turned the Intelligence world topsy turvy.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-establishment-is-trying-to-steal-the-presidency-from-trump/5568443

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  32. Sargeant January 14, 2017 at 10:37 PM #

    The 2016 presidential Election will spawn a few books, they should be sub titled “From Russia with Love”

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  33. David January 15, 2017 at 6:24 AM #

    Today, Donald Trump attacked me on Twitter. He said that I’m “all talk” and “no action.”

    I’ve been beaten bloody, tear-gassed, fighting for what’s right for America. I’ve marched at Selma with Dr. King. Sometimes that’s what it takes to move our country in the right direction.

    We refuse to stop now. We’re not done fighting for progress. We’re ready for the next four years.

    While we have made progress toward a vision of a more fair, just and open country, the majority of Americans are afraid this country is headed in the wrong direction.

    Some leaders reject decades of progress and want to return to the dark past, when the power of law was used to deny the freedoms protected by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and its Amendments.

    I remember when segregation was the law of the land that ordered our society in the Deep South. The forces of law and order in Alabama were so strong that to take a stand against this injustice, we had to be willing to sacrifice our lives for our cause.

    It took massive, well-organized, non-violent dissent and criticism of this great nation and its laws to move toward a greater sense of equality in America. We had to sit in. We had to stand in. We had to march. And that’s why more than 50 years ago, a group of unarmed citizens, black and white, gathered on March 7, 1965, in an orderly peaceful non-violent fashion to walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

    Often, the only way we could demonstrate that a law on the books violated a higher law was by challenging that law. By putting our bodies on the line and showing the world the unholy price we had to pay for dignity and respect.

    We need leaders who will stand up and speak up and speak out for Americans, not someone who will work against us. Not someone who will move us backwards.

    That’s why I will do everything in my power to take on injustice. Will you join me?

    John Lewis

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  34. ac January 15, 2017 at 7:00 AM #

    Donald Trump has attacked every one now he takes it upon himself to attack a man whose live service was that of serving his country in those areas of life that hurts the most . A civil rights advocate ! a man of impeccable moral character ! a an whose lives work continues today to be justifiably right in correcting the wrongs for the most vulnerable in society
    Donald Trump has yet to show any evidence that his moral character is one that can be an example for others to fol.low , His life work has been that which is self serving an having an insatiable appetite for world power , Nothing that Donald Trump has done through out his life would leave a legacy for the betterment of a society

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  35. chad99999 January 15, 2017 at 9:48 PM #

    John Lewis was an important and courageous civil rights worker in the 1960s but he is an excessively partisan Democrat who is poorly suited to the role of representing Atlanta in Congress.

    He doesn’t know much about business or economics. He is not very bright. His political judgment is faulty — he once equated John McCain with George Wallace. Now he is being unnecessarily aggressive with Trump.

    Blacks deserve better leaders.

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  36. are-we-there-yet January 15, 2017 at 10:20 PM #

    Chad99999;

    Your comment above, like most of them, is absolutely amazing coming from someone who represents himself as a black bajan living in North America.

    You said above, after the mandatory faint praises, ….but he is an excessively partisan Democrat who is poorly suited to the role of representing Atlanta in Congress.. You were presumably around during the last 8 years when the presumably non-partisan Repubs set a new low standard for partisanship and yet have the temerity to term John Lewis as excessively partisan. Perhaps you could tell us over how long a period John Lewis was chosen term after term to represent the people of Atlanta in Congress. You know something the people of Atlanta do not?

    Pshaw!

    Pure unadulterated drivel!

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  37. Sargeant January 15, 2017 at 11:10 PM #

    @Chad

    Clearly you and Trump see eye to eye it was reported that Trump discussed housing with Steve Harvey and when questioned about his Secretary of State nominee he gave his response and turned to Harvey with a “Isn’t that right Steve?” Since he hasn’t deigned to meet with any elected Black officials he must see Harvey as a Black leader. Trump also met with Don King (another black leader), they must have had a stirring discussion about ethics.

    All those Republicans boohooing over Lewis’ statement when they stood silent for seven years when Trump did his best to cast aspersions on whether Obama was legally entitled to be President. Trump adopted that line of attack because the real one would be a bridge too far even for him but hey Jefferson Beauregard Sessions will be the next Atty. Gen, that will keep some of them uppity Black people in line.

    Cry me a river

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  38. chad99999 January 15, 2017 at 11:30 PM #

    Blacks are at the bottom of the economic ladder.

    We don’t need leaders who spend their time on ineffective civil rights gestures.

    We need leaders who know how to help raise skill and income levels in the ghettos.

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  39. ac January 16, 2017 at 6:00 AM #

    Chad

    We don’t need leaders who spend their time on ineffective civil rights gestures.

    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Now i understand why you and Trump are singing from the same Hymn book, You two are illiterate jc a..ss having no idea of what civil rights legislation has done to empower the lives of millions of minorities worldwide

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  40. David January 16, 2017 at 6:38 AM #

    The comedy in US politics continues, Barbados is not alone. Trump blames Comey for the leaks. Where is the evidence Trump.

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  41. de pedantic Dribbler January 16, 2017 at 9:11 AM #

    David, to be frank this US presidential comedian elect cannot be compared to the skits being played out in Bdos.

    Our ‘idiots’ strut and fret their tales on a very small stage affecting us Bajans and some Caribbean souls.

    This ‘idiot’ struts and affects the world stage, of course.

    And when did he ever need evidence to make his bold assertions.

    Obama selected as FBI Director this career prosecutor who was ostensibly a man of integrity with a non-political bias in his interpretations of the law – as it should be. Despite all that has happened since then Mr Comey is likely still best suited to his post rather than a Trump appointee.

    One hopes the internal investigation validates his actions as being untinged by any biases or blurry judgement and that he remains as FBI director.

    Trump has also accused the CIA Director , a political appointee but yet a career spook – of possibly being the source of the leaks too.

    He is an equal opportunity serial comedian.

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  42. Sargeant January 16, 2017 at 9:18 AM #

    @David
    He didn’t blame Comey, he blamed the outgoing CIA Director Brennan. It is interesting to note that the initial research into his activities in Russia came at the behest of Jeb Bush’s campaign when he was contemplating a run for the Republican nomination. Perhaps Donald knew about it and it explains his over the top vitriol towards Bush during that campaign. When Bush faltered Steele was contracted by other parties to dig up dirt on Trump so the information could have been circulating for months but mainstream media wasn’t comfortable running with unverified information and it seemed too outlandish to be true while tabloids like the National Enquirer was solidly in Trump’s corner and were only interested in negative stories about Clinton.

    About Comey although he has a 10 year term if the President wants him out he will be gone, but Democrats are in a bind although they want to see the back of Comey they believe a Trump appointee could be worse.

    Interesting times ahead.

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  43. de pedantic Dribbler January 16, 2017 at 9:33 AM #

    @Sargeant, please clarify “About Comey although he has a 10 year term if the President wants him out he will be gone…”. How so??

    I have read that in general terms and even saw what I considered one quite erroneous report which said the FBI post was a political appointment in the same way as CIA Dir or the very new post of DNI.

    But the history of the position does not speak to that narrative.

    In the last whatever number of years no FBI Director has been fired by an incoming President on a political basis.

    There is NO WAY Trump can do that now despite the anger facing Comey from both Dems and Republicans…unless he is badly dinged by the internal investigation and then he will simply resign.

    A president has no real ability to get an FBI director out unless he concocts a case…which s possible of course.

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  44. chad99999 January 16, 2017 at 9:38 AM #

    Trump is an iconoclast, not a comedian.

    He is upending a corrupt system. The fact that a criminal dunce like Hillary is seen by most of the BU crowd as not just preferable, but a ‘respectable’ option, is beneath contempt.

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  45. David January 16, 2017 at 9:43 AM #

    @chad99999

    Come on, use commonsense. Trump can’t say don’t blame Putin and on the next day blame the Intel heads for this or the other without ‘evidence ‘. What is iconoclastic about that?

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  46. Sargeant January 16, 2017 at 9:56 AM #

    @DPD

    The FBI Director reports to the Atty. Gen. but is nominated/appointed by the President, if the Atty Gen tells the FBI Director he wants his/her resignation wouldn’t that request have the imprimatur of the President? How can an FBI Director serve effectively if his boss doesn’t want him?

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  47. de pedantic Dribbler January 16, 2017 at 10:15 AM #

    David, being frank again …Chad45 and blogging commonsense going together is like water and oil. Nuff said.

    But on the other hand I would accept that history’s pages will term Trump as an ‘iconoclast’: An iconoclastic perfidy of the post of President of the USA. Of that we can be assured.

    @Chad45, the campaign is OVER. Trump is the president elect. STOP comparing him to Clinton. He must now be compared to past Presidents at this stage of their tenures and moving forward. He fails BADLY there.

    Your candidate, regardless of whether one likes his proposals or not, is reckless and extremely comedic in his behaviour. His every action can cause lives to be upended and he seems to take great pride in doing that and having his ‘ring’ kissed.

    It was so absolutely pathetic to see a report (fake?) that Trump said he loves the monarchy as he grew up with a mum who adored the Queen.

    Pathetic because Trump clearly always had the ‘royal blue blood’ demeanor and like any great king he threw scraps to his fawning subjects who grabbed them up in gleeful ministrations before him….apparently never realizing they were mere minions to the majesty that is Trump.

    I can’t blame the man for that captivating King Arthur like personality. Kudos to him.

    But this is time to lead…stop the bluster and BS.

    Govern like a man of stature and substance he clams to be and not like the icon of fraud, lies and ego …

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  48. de pedantic Dribbler January 16, 2017 at 10:39 AM #

    @Sargeant at 9:56 AM ….yes that is all technical quite accurate.

    But as we both know the FBI is a law enforcement position that is outside the direct purview of President and to some extent even the AG.

    The quickest way to explain what is the reality of the position as history seems to validate is by examples.

    If the AG can ‘control’ the FBI Dir wouldn’t you consider it gross insubordination that Comey defied AG Lynch re the Clinton email probe announcement. He is still there.

    And let’s go back to the famous Nixon period. His AG ( a political appointment) refused to follow his lead. The President did basically as you said and demanded his resignation. We all know how that eventually played out.

    In that context do we really believe that firing an FBI director will not bring grave accusations of political interference with the law enforcement process.

    So yes the President can set his imprimatur and can certainly direct AG Sessions (when appointed) to request Comey’s resignation. But on what grounds? Comey can refuse and force Trump to fire him.

    Then we are back to your well made statement that “…Democrats [would be in a bind as] although they want to see the back of Comey they believe a Trump appointee could be worse”.

    One FBI Director was fired in recent times when he refused to resign. But then again only one waiver to have a recently retired flag-officer serve as SecDef was made prior to the Mathis waiver…so maybe Trump will pull off another major historical second without any blow-back!

    We shall see.

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  49. chad99999 January 16, 2017 at 11:23 AM #

    Dribbler is hopelessly out of touch.

    Trump has never had a royal demeanor. He has been repeatedly described as a poor man’s idea of what a rich man is like. He himself is proud of his vulgar philistinism.

    The Trump family were upstart (relatively small-time) developers from Queens, NY. The Manhattan developers looked down on people like them, and Trump’s father plotted his moves to succeed in Manhattan and provide a foundation for his son to rise to the top there. Trump is acutely aware of the fact that he is not and will never be a blue-blood and likes to order the blue bloods around. Good for him.

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  50. chad99999 January 16, 2017 at 11:34 AM #

    Given the current political circumstances, Trump would find it relatively easy to fire Comey. Or he can ask the Republicans in Congress to impeach Comey.

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  51. David January 16, 2017 at 12:09 PM #

    It seems poetic (used loosely) that Trump would rebut Lewis on the eve of MLK day.

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  52. are-we-there-yet January 16, 2017 at 12:34 PM #

    Chad99999;

    You said “…Or he can ask the Republicans in Congress to impeach Comey.”

    Yuh serious! Ask the Republicans in Congress to impeach Comey for getting them totally unexpected power and also to risking serious exposure of Trump, Comey and the FBI?

    Good joke! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  53. are-we-there-yet January 16, 2017 at 12:43 PM #

    David re. your 12:09 pm post;

    Trump is a bull in a china shop iconoclast.

    He gives no thought to what is likely to happen when he does his icon breaking, as ordered by the voices within him, to create total unguided chaos of benefit to no human.

    He is the supreme iconoclast!

    Chad is partially right!

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  54. chad99999 January 16, 2017 at 12:55 PM #

    Are-We-There-Yet

    You are parroting the Democrat line. Comey did not get Trump elected. Hillary lost for a lot of reasons, but none of them have to do with Comey.

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  55. David January 16, 2017 at 1:18 PM #

    @AWTY

    Attacking the status quo does not mean the person doing so is correct to your point ‘bull in a china shop’. This is what an iconoclast is about.

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  56. are-we-there-yet January 16, 2017 at 1:54 PM #

    Chad99999;

    Its not just the Democrat line.

    Its the line of the Democrats and any thinking non partisan person who has followed the numbers in the polls around that time. Comey gave waverers pause at a crucial time, 11 days before the election, when he made his controversial announcement of a new enquiry into the Clinton Email story, an announcement that was verboten under the tenets of past practice. He then proceeded to make a complicated convoluted announcement which appeared to be designed to obfuscate the fact that, properly read, he was now announcing that she was cleared just a couple days before the Election when peoples minds would have already been swayed by the earlier announcement. There is no doubt, except to Republican partisans, that Hillary Clinton would have won except for the intervention of Comey.

    What is slightly murky, given no-drama Obama’s publicly stated views on the matter, is whether or not Comey’s actions were intentionally designed to harm Clinton. I suspect that a statistical study of the daily polls at that stage of the elections, would make an indisputable case that Comey’s actions almost certainly caused Clinton to lose the elections and could only have been unintentional if Comey did not have the mental wherewithal to do his Job properly.

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  57. Hants January 16, 2017 at 1:58 PM #

    REAL NEWS………POT HOLES. Listen to de guyanese woman yuh. lol

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  58. chad99999 January 16, 2017 at 2:08 PM #

    You are wrong.

    Hillary lost many of the late-deciders in the final week of the November election. This is offered as proof of the “Comey effect”. It is not.

    In nearly every presidential election, the late-deciders are voters who are leaning against the party which holds the White House. They waver until the final week or the final weekend, or if they decide how to vote much earlier, they keep it secret until the end of the campaign. But they cannot bring themselves to vote for the party in control of the White House. Go back in history and see how Ronald Reagan won nearly all the late-deciders in the election against Jimmy Carter. Ditto the late swing to Obama in 2008 vs McCain.

    Hillary was going to lose most of the late-deciders regardless of what happened in the campaign. If you are the Establishment candidate, and you can’t close the deal with a voter, and there are only two weeks to go before the vote, you have lost that vote.

    Comey did Hillary a favour in “clearing” her before the vote. He should have indicted her in July, because she violated federal laws with her email server caper.

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  59. are-we-there-yet January 16, 2017 at 6:37 PM #

    Chad99999;

    I went searching for an article or report that was partially based on Statistics and came to a conclusion on the “Comey Effect”.

    Here is an article that does just that, including taking the late-decider effect into consideration:

    http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/1/11/14215930/comey-email-election-clinton-campaign

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  60. chad99999 January 16, 2017 at 7:11 PM #

    If a voter is not going to vote for Clinton, but is slow to make the final decision for Trump, he can either wait until election day to decide, or he can use an excuse, like a statement from Comey, to come to an earlier decision. Either way, he is not going to vote for Clinton.

    It is also clear that most of these late deciders turned away from the entire slate of Democrat candidates, not just the corrupt presidential candidate investigated by Comey. The Democrats lost most of the state and local elections in November, not just the presidential elections. That tells you this goes beyond Clinton and the Comey effect.

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  61. ac January 16, 2017 at 9:21 PM #

    so president elect once again says he will abandon Nato in favour of Russian alliance Is this man a madman

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  62. Sargeant January 16, 2017 at 11:19 PM #

    This report states that Trump thought different of Putin in 2014, Trump criticized most of his European allies and he has criticized the Chinese but one person whom he hasn’t been critical of is Putin. The Russians must have minted a gold mine of photos and video from the golden showers.

    Some iconoclast, welcome to the kakistocracy

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/16/politics/kfile-trump-russia-sanctions-2014/index.html

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  63. chad99999 January 17, 2017 at 11:22 AM #

    Trump is not abandoning NATO in favour of a Russian alliance. That is a grotesque distortion of his position.

    He is rebelling against the persistent habit of relentless hostility to Russia among US policymakers, and telling NATO members that the US cannot be expected to continue carrying a disproportionate share of the financial and military burdens of NATO operations.

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  64. Sargeant January 17, 2017 at 11:36 AM #

    When Gorbachev was President of Russia there was rapprochement with the US and a softening of US positions which continued under Yeltsin. When Putin the ex KGB Colonel took over he reset the relationship and this hardening of positions continued under his stooge Medvedev. Now that Putin has maneuvered his way back to power the situation is almost back to Cold War status.

    To blame the US for “relentless hostility” to Russia is to ignore recent history.

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  65. GreenMonkey January 17, 2017 at 11:43 AM #

    CIA director slams Trump for slamming CIA

    by Jon Rappoport

    “’The world is watching now what Trump says and listening very carefully. If he doesn’t have confidence in the [US] intelligence community, what signal does that send to our partners and allies as well as our adversaries?’ Brennan said.”

    Signal?

    Mr. Brennan, the signal was sent to our partners, allies, and adversaries decades ago:

    The CIA is a criminal agency.

    Is that clear enough?

    Long ago, the CIA criminally stepped outside its mandate, in order to shape world events it had no business participating in. Is that clear enough?

    In that regard, do these names and phrases mean anything to you, Mr. Brennan?

    The Gehlen Org. * Operation Gladio. * MKULTRA. * Operation CHAOS. * Nugan Hand Bank. * BCCI Bank. * Golden Triangle. Asian heroin.* Air America.* Central American cocaine. Mena.
    The Contras. * Henry Luce. William Paley. Arthur Sulzberger. Operation Mockingbird. * Overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh (Iran). * Overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz (Guatemala).* Murder of Patrice Lumumba (Congo). * Bay of Pigs.* JFK. * Diem assassination. * Rafael Trujillo assassination. * Sukarno. Suharto. * East Timor genocide. * Military coup—Greece. * Allende. * Gulf of Tonkin. * Operation Phoenix. * Laos bombing. * Sihanouk. * The Khmer Rouge. * El Salvador death squads.

    On and on it goes…

    See Mark Zepezauer’s book. The CIA’s Greatest Hits.

    https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/cia-director-slams-trump-for-slamming-cia/

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  66. ac January 17, 2017 at 1:53 PM #

    Things would only get wirse for Trump . He has castigate insulted offended almost everyone so much to the point of alienating himself from the people who would help him the most.
    His bf Putin encouragement would not savpe Trump from the executive laws in the Constituion which would pave way for his impeachmeny
    Once again Trump would soon be order to give testimony on a legal directive being placed over his head against him in a case of sexual assualt

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  67. chad99999 January 17, 2017 at 2:49 PM #

    Sargeant is wrong.

    US policymakers were exceedingly hostile to Russia throughout the 1990s, but because Gorbachev and especially Yeltsin were already bending over, the US could act on its hostility by actually interfering in Russian politics and changing their economic system without facing any organized resistance. Hundreds of American “advisors” mid-wived the transition from Communism to capitalism.

    Under Putin, such domination and control of Russia is no longer possible. So the US is back to its devious tricks and public slander of the Russians.

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  68. Bush Tea January 17, 2017 at 3:35 PM #

    What Chad99999 has going for him is that, when Trump takes over and the jobby starts bouncing off the big-ass fan, he can always do a ‘balancing’ act…. (like a BU blogger who used to go by the name ‘balance’)
    ….change his pseudonym on BU, adopt a different line of defence, and pretend that his old handle ‘Chad99999’ has resigned from the battle…..

    Possible new handle for Chad99999 will be;
    – Judas Iscariot2
    – Brutus33333
    – Aaron Burr22222

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  69. Artax January 17, 2017 at 3:49 PM #

    Bush Tea January 17, 2017 at 3:35 PM #

    Possible new handle for Chad99999 will be;
    – Judas Iscariot2
    – Brutus33333
    – Aaron Burr22222

    @ Bushie

    Or Ahab 666

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  70. chad99999 January 18, 2017 at 11:55 AM #

    Bush Tea, Artax,

    First of all, nothing is going to hit the fan.
    But if it does, I’m not going anywhere, and I’m not changing my handle. You guys are jokers.

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  71. alpha079er February 19, 2017 at 3:27 PM #

    Do you have any actual evidence for these conspiracy theories?

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