The Mechanics Of Donald Trump And Vladimir Putin’s Disinformation Operations

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by Kseniya Kirillova While analyzing all that is happening today in the United States, I’ve often noticed the striking similarity between the behavior and propaganda of President Trump with his entourage and President Putin’s Russia. The similarities are so obvious that sometimes it seems that Trump and his team’s methodologies were written in Moscow. Renown Russian opposition politician and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov recently last year the typical game plan that an autocratic leader follows when he gets caught “red-handed.” This is what it looks like: Deny, lie, slander. Claim that it was a misunderstanding.…

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Fascism Is On The Rise In America: Is It A Real Threat This Time?

by Tony Wyman There’s never been a time in human history where fascism took hold in a nation unless there existed in the population a strong sense of injustice, social or ethnic tension, or anxiety over a declining or stagnant economy. Never has fascism found purchase in a nation experiencing times when the economy was sound, when plentiful jobs were providing workers with growing paychecks, when the people were united by shared values and a belief that the nation’s governing system worked equally for all, regardless of class, politics, race…

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The Civil War Donald Trump Supporters Want To Fight

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by Tony Wyman Professional hysteric Alex Jones, host of the conspiracy-promoting website Infowars, was roundly mocked in social media this past Independence Day for claiming Democrats were planning to launch a second Civil War on the 4th of July. “Father: Our troops fought bravely but were captured, proving that they aren’t heroes. Today, I wonder if there are good people on both sides. I can go no further. The bone spurs are just too severe. They said this war would be easy to win. Sad!” wrote GOP media adviser and The…

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The Four Reasons Trump’s Supporters Will Never Abandon Him

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by Tony Wyman Trump’s supporters will never abandon him His supporters know he’s a liar.  They know he cheated on every one of his three wives, that he deceived the First Lady with a porn star, who he later bribed to stay quiet.  They know his relationship with Russia, his affection for dictators and his contempt for the rule of law should scare the daylights out of everyone who loves liberty.  And they know that he has no loyalty to anyone but himself. But they still love him. Yes, Donald…

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Conspiracies Arising – And QAnon Heads The List Of Wackos

By Janice Barlow WE HAVE ALL SCRATCHED OUR HEADS at various conspiracy theories. Some of us may have thought that there was merit to some of these telephone-tag notions, causing them to go viral as we jumped on a bandwagon that usually quickly dissipated and disappeared. Most of the believers in these crazy theories then tucked tail and pretended like they never really latched onto these alternative “facts” after they were proven false. But some die-hards stayed on board, still believing for instance, that school shootings are government-staged events created…

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Russian Journalists Should Stay Away From Their Windows

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by Tony Wyman Russian journalists and windows, balconies and staircases According to local police in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, journalist Maxim Borodin, the reporter who embarrassed the  regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin by breaking the story of the deaths of hundreds of Russian mercenaries killed in Syria by American troops, fell to his death from the fifth-floor balcony of his apartment complex.  The police ruled his death a suicide Mr. Borodin, who was 32 and, according to his friends, excited about plans he was making for his future,  joins…

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As Usual, Donald Trump Is “Off The Hinges” – But He Is Not Out Of The Woods

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by Richard Cameron   Donald Trump and his political circus on Fox News and the alt-Right web have been crowing about the Mueller indictments of 13 Russian nationals and in some bizarre alternate universe take, are floating a rendering of events suggesting that Trump is now in the clear based on them. What are they thinking?  Not sure if they are thinking at all, but this is what they are using to sell to their audience this trip to fantasy land.  Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, commenting on the substance…

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The GOP’s House Intelligence “Nunes Memo” – All Hat And No Cattle

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by Richard Cameron   The memo released on Friday, at the approval, perhaps at the behest of the White House, by the GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee – dubbed the “Nunes Memo”, is nothing more than a clumsy political stunt.  A last gasp effort to influence public opinion and clear the way for derailing the investigation into Trump campaign coordination with Russia to interfere with last year’s presidential election.  Equally as troubling, is that Donald Trump and his party are, in the process, willfully compromising the reputation of…

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The Purple GOP and Why it Must Bleed Red Again

By Janice Barlow WELL, IT’S FINALLY HERE. The year of the midterm elections. Instead of being revved up and ready to hit the ground running, Republicans seem skittish. The candidates and Congress members are not red-blooded anymore. They are oxygen depleted and absorbing the blue of the liberals. They are turning purple. Some are announcing their retirement, like Senator Orin Hatch (Utah) who served for 40 years. He certainly should retire though. His most likely replacement at this point is Mitt Romney, another moderate with a slightly better liberty score,…

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