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While we wring our hands in the United States over whether or not such a strategy is even conceivable, the erstwhile President of Russia has been running this playbook out in the open in Ukraine and Eastern Europe for some time. With help from Propagandist-in-Chief Vladislav Surkov, Putin has leveraged the open secrets about the psychology of crowds we learned in the late 19th and early 20th century to stir up emotional antagonisms within the political spectrum -- to predictable results.
It's no accident that fascism is on the march in America. The conditions have been brewing for some time, predominantly since the Conservative movement began breaking away more militantly from democratic principles and towards authoritarian philosophy (elite rule by force: preferably invisible force via economic hegemony for the middle and upper classes, and violent force / the carceral state for The Undesirables) in the late 1970s and 1980s. All Putin had to do was make use of available prevaili...
Without the doing of some thing brand inappropriate
If i don't rend the cloth of this Culture Fit soon i will die
Like the coral
Like two-thirds of the wild
Like the humans on the edge of a rising shoreline
In a ceaseless world
With iceless poles
And icy proles
As the planet heats,
Swallowing our red or our blue pills;
Interned into camps of grievers and shills
Grieve i do and for the West
Our president the Bigly Best!
We'll come and go at his behest
Put down your Freedom of Info Requests
Baby, you just ain't seen nothin' yet
Joe Walsh got his balls out, and his musket too
The Lefties dream of Saskatoon
We're all gonna get that Change real soon
You'll see when fascism hits High Noon
We'll finish tearing ourselves apart
In the streets and in the dark
Can no longer recreate in this park
Leslie Knope didn't fit the part
She had the mighty audacity
To take purview over Benghazi
Once Bush and...
I still see a lot of denialism on this point from the far-left (or the alt-left, depending on your favored terminology), which is a bit devastating to see as it essentially parrots the pro-Russian ideology of the far-right (both the alt-right and the neo-libertarian flavors). Green Party candidate Jill Stein is an especially pernicious promoter of this myth that Vladimir Putin is a poor, innocent, peaceful world leader who is being bullied by NATO (when in fact, Russia has been the aggressor since its annexation of Crimea in 2014):
DNC hack forensic evidence
Two separate Russian-affiliated adversaries were behind the attacks, according to a post-mortem by cyber-security firm CrowdStrike when the news of the intrusion first broke in early June, 2016. This has since been confirmed by other independent security firms including Fidelis, Mandiant, SecureWorks, and ThreatConnect as well as corroborated by analysis from Ars Technica and Edward Snowden.
At this point the US intell...
He says it "not in a braggadocious way" https://t.co/88ZMW8Lu6q— Neil Irwin (@Neil_Irwin) September 27, 2016
Debate 1 recaps
Markets identify Clinton as the winner
... for his rallies, maybe, but not for his businesses.
It's funny, because Florida has a 5.6% unemployment rate, which is higher than the national average, so you might think some percentage of those domestic unemployed persons might have the skills required to be housekeepers, waters, and cooks...
...but apparently Donald Trump can't find them. Because he needs to hire 78 immigrants for his resort properties. Which seems odd given that his immigration reform platform includes a provision to force American companies to hire from the pool of unemployed domestic labor.
If the candidate is as concerned about helping American workers find jobs as he has claimed, he has yet shown no evidence. This indicates either a hollow claim, or a lack of skill in producing the outcome he is promising.
Every political pundit (or even remotely connected cultural pundit) is tying themselves up in knots to find the reason(s) -- we know it's complex, yet cannot seem to stop ourselves from Finding The One True Reason behind all things -- behind the sheer absurdity of this U.S. presidential election. No one can find the meaning in Election 2016, because we appear to have hit Peak Meaninglessness.
It is the moral equivalent of the 2007-8 financial disaster we also fomented: overweaning hubris and overconfidence in our ability to book tomorrow's profits, today. We so strongly believe in the Power of Progress to make us better people that, combined with our increasing impatience for the Glorious Future, we simply demand to leverage our Future Awesomeness, Right Now. Why wait? Technology helps create the illusion that we can Be Anything we want, whenever we want, as quickly as we want, simply by thinking it so -- and without all the pesky drudgery of having to wait for it, like unsophistic...
(i.e., save them from the gaping black hole of Twitter search)
"In Trump’s world, broadcasting his beauty pageant on a private tv station is a First Amendment right" https://t.co/fpgiqTrQta via @cjr— barb dybwad (@doctorparadox) November 2, 2015
how very fascist https://t.co/85FlDGnXlF i'm sure #Trump has some very Deep Thoughts on supplanting gov w/corps w/o limiting his own power— barb dybwad (@doctorparadox) October 26, 2015
he would demand weekends off with his family but campaign against providing family leave to other people https://t.co/bAVI6BH5WQ— barb dybwad (@doctorparadox) October 24, 2015
3rd GOP debate
w/(undue) respect to @cnbc who claim to have won the #GOPDebate (?!) -- pretty sure Hillz just dropped the mic https://t.co/zgLu17jbuc— barb dybwad (@doctorparadox) October 29, 2015
so Chris Christie apparently did not watch the Democratic debate if he's trading on this one being the "CIVIL" of the 2— barb...
"Why live in constant fear of beliefs and interpretations different than your own? There's a better way!"
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