The Red Pill: ZeroHedge, InfoWars and others are Russian Fronts 

April 16, 2017

I’ve been advocating this based on my own empirical evidence that came to surface during the 2016 election. 

If anyone spends more than a few minutes surfing ZeroHedge (InfoWars and others) they will find a litany of conspiracies, agitated gloom, and as of that last 18 months a lot of love (propaganda) for Russia.  

The purpose of ZeroHedge (around the time of the financial crisis) began as a way to reach the minds of Wall Street and to sew seeds of feer and doubt. It was all nearly veiled as an inside-scoop of the secrets that led to the financial crisis. The site rose to such popularity it has often been quoted in main-stream-media and has a list of well-heeled (unwitting) followers. 
That said, the reference in Warontherocks to ZeroHedge/InfoWars as grey matter in the information war from Russia is so on point, it’s a wonder no one has talked about it sooner or with more frequency. 

If you, like me, have used and liked ZeroHedge in the past, prepare to be heartbroken and nauseous.  However, the feelings of having been used will become constructive to your new awareness of the world, as it is today. 

I beg you to read this blog post. I know it lacks credibitly by virtue of brand, but check the authors, search your soul, and their references for the truth. 

The Rand Corporation has also well documented the Russian Info Operation Model. But they leave a lot to the imagination where Warontherocks fills in. 

https://warontherocks.com/2016/11/trolling-for-trump-how-russia-is-trying-to-destroy-our-democracy/

Since I felt it relevant, the Rand research is here:


https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE198.html

There may be nothing more patriaotic we can do as Americans than to begin to think critically about our news and information sources. In the long run we need to solve for getting Putin out of power, in the short run, we need to reclaim our democracy, red, blue and everyone in between. 

This is not a partisan issue and while it may involve #trumprussia, the implications are far deeper and more severe than possible malfeasance (impeachable malfeasance). 

When the majority of Americans (left and right) wake up to the fact that half of what they believe to be true is Putin’s programming the consequences will be dire, and far worse than a president impeached. This will ripple through congress, the senate, the intelligence community and military, and a large number of our elected officials will end up buried by this. The ensuing power vacuum in Washington, distrust and eventual paranoia, will castrate our leadership for a period of time.  
We should hope for and look for the technocrats who won’t be lifelong public servants but whom will have the credibility and willingness to restore order in Washington, and ultimately to keep us safe. They are out there and waiting for their time to shine. 


Wrecking Ball

April 15, 2017

Click here: Wrecking Ball


Single most missed story of the 2016 US Presidential Election

March 1, 2017

#robertmercer #cambridgeanalytica #facebook #bigdata #privacy #cybersecurity #deletefacebook

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

Facebook says it can sway elections after all—for a price
Here’s How Facebook Actually Won Trump the Presidency
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down


#9thCircutCourt

February 7, 2017

I hope people realize the #misdirection in motion right now.  POTUS (Bannon) is using the #travelban as a test for blocking the system. 

The more legislation he can stuff down the court system the further he will be to “proving” the courts are failing (in this case at the expense of “national security”)

If the 9th Circut Court calls their bluff with a fast decision to keep the lower court ban in place it will help (but not end) this tragic waste of taxpayer resources. 

If anyone thinks this is anything other than the first of many uses of executive power to gun-up the courts, then they are naively mistaken. 

The short-con (passing questionable restrictions on immigration) is simply a cover for the long-con of dismantling our democracy. 

I pray to god our elected representatives on BOTH sides of the aisle can see this.  


Why Putin Want’s Trump to Win

October 9, 2016

Dear Trumpkins, picture this: Trump has won. The Mexican wall is under construction, trade deals are being dismantled, the debate on immigration runs long on what quota and screening measures are appropriate.

The house and likely the senate are in democratic hands, so despite campaign promises very little gets done except the ratings at C-SPAN surge.

Twitter and the NYT are are bought by a consortium led by the Trump kids as an anchor for the Trump media empire they will build while dad is in office as a gift for his service.

We read dozens of platitudes in the media exchanged between Trump and Putin, their shared admiration, and the peace they have brought to the world working together.

The White House gets a face lift in Trump style at taxpayer expense using long standing contractors in the Trump network.

Do you think along side this type of change anyone is really paying attention to Putin?

Meanwhile, Syria falls into Putin’s fold – along with his spoils in the Ukraine and Crimea – and he is emboldened. (Look at a map for a moment: http://bit.ly/2dWVC2L.) From Syria he makes covert inroads (InfoOps and special forces) into Iraq, building a front along Saudi Arabia. Iran is literally and figuratively behind him. Upon completion of securing the Saudi border, or possibly sometime before He then takes a stake in Lybia.

All along the way his info operations allow him to win enough local popular support that democratic processes fail to slow or stop him.

In a few years, he controls the Middle East, African Peninsula, and threatens or already has waged war on the west.

Maybe I’m crazy, or maybe there is a master plan. Doesn’t need to be exactly as I’ve laid it out, but the gist of it is the mass wave of protectionism will create a huge window for Russia to jump through as we are all occupied with our own unrest.  Their expansionist policy, can only come if no one is looking.  Much like our own bombing in Yemen went unnoticed today.

This is the US playbook, but now it’s being used against us. If we don’t wake up to it soon, we will lose a great deal more than what was once a noble election process.


Weaponized Information

October 1, 2016

This is a fascinating read: link below. Here is an excerpt:

“… in the aftermath of the annexation of Crimea and the current destabilisation of Ukraine – that information can be used to disorganise governance, organise anti-government protests, delude adversaries, in uence public opinion, and reduce an opponent’s will to resist. Furthermore, it is critical that such activities begin prior to the onset of traditional military operations.”

Russian Information Warfare: Lessons from Ukraine


A Look Behind Trumps Campaign Strategy

September 21, 2016

If you are perplexed by the rampant success of Trumps aggressive media war against all political rivals with the use of disinformation, avoidance, misinformation, outright lies, inflammatory remarks and personal assaults then you may feel a sense of relief in understanding that his tactics are not new and have been scientifically proven to work.

What struck me about Trump’s brilliant understanding of these tactics is that they reminded me of a bygone era (on steroids) , during the Cold War where truth was hard to find on either side, and the war was for ideological mind share.

The two articles below from a major wartime think-tank discuss how Putin has used the exact same tactics in recent years and offers some suggestions on how to counter them.

What is as chilling as the twists and turns in this election cycle is the growing knowledge of Putin’s own InfoOps inside the United States and the sad lack of countermeasures and public education of their existence.

It will make me a “fringer” to even suspect that Putin has in some form, directly or indirectly, helped Trump if in no other way than to validate his methods.  But I’d rather be a “fringed” than a “deplorable” or “crooked”.

The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model. Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It

http://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE198.html

Russian Propaganda Is Pervasive, and America Is Behind the Power Curve in Countering It

http://www.rand.org/blog/2016/09/russian-propaganda-is-pervasive-and-america-is-behind.html

This campaign will go down in history as the closest contest waged under the lense of social media. I pray we don’t repeat this type of campaign every four years. My hope is that we won’t is based on the maturation of technology in the culture. Technology changes quickly and I am optimistic that our adoption and understanding of it can evolve, if not AS quickly, then at least in forward motion.