10/18/17

“Non-Communist” Putin Opens Major International Communist Youth Festival

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal

“Non-communist” Russian President Vladimir Putin has just opened a mass international communist youth festival in Sochi, Russia. The week long event, timed to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution, was personally endorsed by the Russian President. Putin  personally intervened so that the organizers could secure the Sochi venue.

Various reports have put attendee numbers between 10,000 and 60,000, with 30,000 the most often cited number. That includes a significant number of young Communist Party USA supporters including, Sara Ladino Cano (New York), Yennifer Mateo (Forida), Chauncey Robinson (New York), Emiliana Sparaco (California), Cameron Orr (New York) and Al Neal (Missouri) among them.

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The Festival is organized by the decades old and still very much alive Soviet international front organization World Federation of Democratic Youth, and has drawn communist youth from more than 180 countries.

Russian Communist Youth festival delegates

Not surprisingly, veteran US communist and New York based professional Russia propagandist Caleb Maupin and Kremlin financed TV channel RT have been publicizing the event.

Why would Vladimir Putin be putting his considerable political weight behind the largest international communist gathering in decades?

Why are communist youth from all over the world listening in rapt attention to the leader of a country that has allegedly repudiated their Marxist ideals?

What do they know that we don’t? Putin is the conservative movement’s friend now, right? Right???

10/18/17

The Mysterious Death of Joe McCarthy

By: Cliff Kincaid | America’s Survival

The new book Betrayal at Bethesda looks at the death of anti-communist Senator Joe McCarthy and others. The author J.C. Hawkins asks, how is it that McCarthy could go into Bethesda with a knee injury at five o’clock in a Sunday afternoon and be pronounced dead five days later from acute hepatitis. Hawkins speculates about a CIA role in the Senator’s demise, noting that McCarthy had wanted to investigate the infiltration of the agency by Soviet and Chinese intelligence operatives.

10/18/17

NFL: Blame the media for inflaming tensions

By: James Simpson | Bomb Throwers

And liberal policies for creating the problems that caused them.

(image via CNN, goo.gl/SLt7wk)

Incongruously, the media has been more focused these days on the NFL/national anthem flap than the most deadly shooting in U.S. history that occurred a mere two weeks ago in Las Vegas, Nevada. That by itself should say something. The media has been curiously incurious to dig too deeply into the past of Nevada shooter Stephen Paddock. What are they afraid they will find, another James Hodgkinson?

But the NFL controversy would not exist if the grandstanding Colin Kaepernick had not decided to lend his name to the Black Lives Matter movement by sitting down for the national anthem. And that wouldn’t have happened if a bunch of St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams had not made a “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture at a football game shortly after the acquittal of the police officer who shot Michael Brown in self-defense. And that wouldn’t have happened if the media hadn’t promoted the notion that Brown, Freddie Gray , and Trayvon Martin were simply innocent victims, instead of the criminals they were.

The media deliberately inflamed tensions in minority communities by promoting the lie rather than telling the truth. Facts were ignored, suppressed, or misconstrued as simply defensive reactions to the “racist” charge. The resulting outrage sparked riots that turned entire inner-city neighborhoods — where black families live and work — into cinders. An unprecedented rash of police assassinations followed.

The media has blood on its hands. But did that stop it?

Media expanded the narrative by using President Trump’s very wise and responsible actions on immigration to smear him and anyone associated with him as “racists,” “bigots,” and “Islamophobes.” This in turn signaled the radical Left antifa communists to weaponize the “racist” charge, taking to the streets to protest this “Nazi” takeover by Donald Trump. This calculated message of hate has in turn encouraged the Black Lives Matter crowd to become even more sanctimonious than they were before (but no less violent).

Victimhood is the new heroism in America.

Leftists now lunge at any opportunity to attack public messages of support for the president and this country. A restaurant in Phoenix posted a Facebook message supporting Trump and opposing “political correctness.” The restaurant promised not to show NFL games “until the organization got it together.”

The post went viral and the restaurant was forced to close its doors on October 9 following threats it received. According to owner Ron Sanchez, “People threatened to burn down the restaurant with the owners in it. It’s a crazy world we’re in.”

Local ABC News reporter Jennifer Martinez tweeted with perhaps a bit too much enthusiasm: “This was the viral FB post that Cup It Up American Grill posted & deleted after backlash. Restaurant is closed indefinitely.”

The media has deliberately fanned these flames. But all of it is based on a lie. Police do not oppress blacks. In fact, an opposite case can be made. The following chart shows that while blacks comprise only 13 percent of the U.S. population they represent almost 40 percent of fatal attacks on police.Meanwhile, black crime is off the charts in comparison with every other racial group in this country. Critics argue that blacks’ 40 percent share among U.S. prison populations is direct evidence of institutional racism (see table below). In a color-blind society, they charge, incarcerated black populations would reflect their 13 percent share of the general population.

Source: http://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/rates.html

However, if black crime rates were the guide, it would seem that blacks are, if anything, underrepresented in prison populations. Take homicides for example. The table below shows that, despite representing 13 percent of the American population, blacks commit by far the majority of murders. Stats for 2015 are the latest available. Prior years, however, show similar results. Blacks also commit a disproportionate number in all other categories of violent crime.

There are many more statistics that reinforce this point. I could go on and on. Blacks are not over-represented in prisons because of institutional bias, they are over-represented because they commit more crimes. It is high time we get honest about that fact. Doubtless the SJWs will call me a racist for even mentioning it. But there is nothing racist about telling the truth. You can’t fix a problem until you are willing to admit you have one.

But the sad truth is that inner-city blacks do have plenty to be angry about. The media understands this and knows it can count on black anger so it rubs salt in the wound and misdirects the anger toward the media’s political opponents — i.e. conservatives, the one and only group consistently willing to stick its neck out to offer solutions that work.

But we rarely get the chance. The swamp doesn’t like real ideas, because they usually involve some kind of sacrifice. Just think about what happened with Obamacare. The GOP offered multiple proposals to abolish it when they knew it wouldn’t happen. But the minute they had the majority, and a real opportunity? Well, there were too many lobbyists to disappoint. Don’t get me wrong. The swamp is all about sacrifice — our sacrifice, but not theirs. And Democrats? Perish the thought!

Inner cities are falling apart before our eyes. Buildings are abandoned and crumbling. Schools teach much about how blacks have been wronged, but little that will help them get right. Massive amounts of drug abuse, prostitution, and violence plague inner cities. More people were murdered in inner-city Chicago last month than the total killed in the Las Vegas shooting. Meanwhile, to add outrage to injury, immigrants, both legal and illegal, are welcomed into the inner city to take those jobs that do exist. All this can be laid at Democrats’ feet — but they could never get away with it without a complicit press.

If I were black I’d be seeing red.

But not because of police brutality or excessive police shootings. If anything, there needs to be more police present in inner-city neighborhoods, and those black residents who understand this have been intimidated into stony silence while the left-wing fanatics among them rage and burn. Even Black Lives Matter people don’t buy this. Their real objection is capitalism. Why? Because the leaders of that movement are communists!

Not because of phony “white privilege (a concept invented by a hardcore Communist),” or “unequal access.” Blacks have been given more “access,” — more special grants, racial preferences in hiring and lending, and more welfare as a percent of their population than any other group, except refugees and certain other immigrants, (and what’s with that?)

I’d be seeing red because of the horrible way blacks have been used by the establishment Left, black and white, to entrench itself in power. Chicago, New York, Detroit, Baltimore — name the city. If a Democrat runs it, it’s a mess. They have entrenched themselves in power and suck tax resources like a bottomless sinkhole.

The only politician in recent memory who has offered to help actually remedy this problem is… wait for it… Donald Trump. If you recall, candidate Trump famously asked “What do you have to lose?”

The Democrats have failed completely in the inner cities… year after year, failure after failure, worse numbers after worse numbers; poverty, rejection, horrible education, no housing, no homes, no ownership. Crime at levels that nobody’s seen! You can go to war zones, in countries that we are fighting, and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities! They’re run by the Democrats. And I ask you this… What do you have to lose?

Really, what do they have to lose? The media has abandoned the American people, and the lies they promote have had the most profound effect in inner cities, deliberately! The Democrats and establishment Republicans have abandoned the American people, and the lies they promote have had the most profound effect in inner cities. The hard left protesting in the streets and shouting “shut it down!” could care less about the issues they protest. Their real goal is anarchy, and the lies they promote have had the most profound effect in inner cities, deliberately!

 Deliberately!

10/18/17

Scope of Russian Troll Operation Explained

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Information Warfare = Troll Warfare

Russian Journalists Publish Massive Investigation Into St. Petersburg Troll Factory’s U.S. Operations

A day after Dozhd television published an interview with a former member of Russia’s infamous Internet Research Agency, the magazine RBC released a new detailed report on the same organization’s efforts to meddle in U.S. domestic politics. Meduza summarizes RBC’s new report here.

The Internet Research Agency, Russia’s infamous “troll farm,” reportedly devoted up to a third of its entire staff to meddling in U.S. politics during the 2016 presidential election. At the peak of the campaign, as many as 90 people were working for the IRA’s U.S. desk, sources told RBC, revealing that the entire agency employs upwards of 250 people. Salaries for staff working in the U.S. department apparently range from 80,000 to 120,000 rubles ($1,400 to $2,100) per month.

The head of the IRA’s U.S. desk is apparently a man originally from Azerbaijan named Dzheikhun Aslanov (though he denies any involvement with the troll factory).

In August and September this year, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter suspended 118 communities and accounts run by the St. Petersburg “troll factory,” disabling a network capable of reaching 6 million subscribers. In 2016, at the height of the U.S. presidential campaign, this network reportedly produced content that reached 30 million people each week.

A source also told RBC that the Internet Research Agency spent almost $80,000 over two years, hiring roughly 100 local American activists to stage about 40 rallies in different cities across the United States. The activists were hired over the Internet, communicating in English, without their knowledge that they were accepting money or organizing support from a Russian organization. According to RBC, internal records from the IRA verify its role in these activities.

The main activity in the troll factory’s U.S. desk was to incite racial animosity (playing both sides of the issue), and promoting the secession of Texas, objections to illegal immigration, and gun rights.

RBC estimates that the Internet Research Agency’s total salary expenses approach $1 million per year, with another $200,000 allocated to buying ads on social media and hiring local activists in the U.S.

According to RBC, the IRA still has a U.S. desk, though its staff has apparently dropped to 50 employees.

Note: Formally, the Internet Research Agency ceased to exist roughly two years ago, rebranding itself under different names, but sources say the organization continues to operate as before.

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One part of the factory had a particularly intriguing name and mission: a “Department of Provocations” dedicated to sowing fake news and social divisions in the West, according to internal company documents obtained by CNN.

Prigozhin is one of the Kremlin’s inner circle. His company is believed to be a main backer of the St. Petersburg-based “Internet Research Agency” (IRA), a secretive technology firm, according to US officials and the documents reviewed by CNN. Prigozhin was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department in December of 2016 for providing financial support for Russia’s military occupation of Ukraine. Two of his companies, including his catering business, were also sanctioned by Treasury this year.

CNN has examined scores of documents leaked from Prigozhin’s companies that show further evidence of his links to the troll factory.
One contract provided IRA with ways to monitor social media and a “system of automized promotion in search engines.”

Prigozhin has a colorful past. He spent nine years in prison in the 1980s for fraud and robbery, according to Russian media reports. After his release, he went into the catering business — renovating a boat and opening New Island, one of a half-dozen upscale restaurants he owns in St. Petersburg. Putin turned to him to cater his birthday parties as well as dinners with visiting leaders, including President Bush and Jacques Chirac of France. A headline in The Moscow Times referred to Prigozhin as Putin’s “Personal Chef.”

Prigozhin subsequently won lucrative catering contracts for schools and Russia’s armed forces. He escorted Putin around his new food-processing factory in 2010. By then he was very much a Kremlin insider with a growing commercial empire. More here.

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Trolling NATO? Yuppers

Seventy percent of Russian-language tweets targeting NATO military activities in Eastern Europe are generated by automated Russian trolls, according to a survey done by the military alliance.

“Two in three Twitter users who write in Russian about the NATO presence in Eastern Europe are robotic or ‘bot’ accounts,” the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence stated in a report made public this week.

The Russian bots sent 84 percent of all Russian language messages. English language tweets against the alliance also were found to be automated, with some 46 percent generated by automated Twitter accounts.

The report criticized the global social media platform for not doing enough to counter Russian bot activities on Twitter. “Our impression is that Twitter in Russian is policed less effectively than it is in English,” the report said.

A Twitter spokesman could not be reached for comment. Colin Crowell, Twitter’s vice president for public policy, stated in a recent post on the company website that “we strictly prohibit the use of bots and other networks of manipulation to undermine the core functionality of our service.” Read more here.