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In today’s totally Not Fake News:

From Achmed E. Newman:

How was I to know
She was with the Russians too?

 
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  1. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Maybe the defense can use Tibbett’s tweets.

    “Your honor, Mr. Rivera wanted to love white people. All he wanted to do was make love to Miss Molly Tibbetts. But she insisted that he hate white people. He resisted but she insisted, and so, he felt compelled to carry out her wishes.”

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  2. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    If Jewishbots stop pushing for open borders and cause so much trouble, maybe Russianbots won’t be able to play such tricks.

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  3. Cristhian is Who We Are.

    Steve’s just bitter and jealous because he’s Whom We Were.

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  4. That makes me wonder if someone at Yahoo screwed up, putting the pic together with the headline. If it was on purpose, nice snark there, Yahoo.

    Full disclosure: I still get email there, but I get off their home page as soon as I’m done. DO! NOT! CLICK! on Lyin’ Press sites.

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  5. Worse than realizing the establishment media is no better than Pravda, lies constantly to us, and really IS the enemy of the American people, is that many American people support the MSM’s mission. No small number of Americans know they’re supporting a propaganda operation against American citizens. They’re all around you.

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    Actually, I find Pravda more credible.
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  6. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    All right-thinking people now have to consider the very real possibility that Mollie Tibbetts herself was a Russian Fembot sent over by Trump for the express purpose of ensnaring one of our fine All-American boys who was just out enjoying the evening air in Real America. Yeah, that’s it.

    The only rational response to this outrage is to kill all white males.
    Can I have a job at the NYT now?

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    If not the NYT at Congressman Schiff's office.
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  7. donut says:

    That’s fake news Alex .

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    • Replies: @Forbes
    Should be in the form of a question...
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  8. donut says:

    Walter died a happy man because Jesse passed his course in chemistry , an A student .

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  9. Nathan says:

    Wow, ugly stuff. In the long run, this will just hasten the decline of social media. Who wants to be on a platform that’s just going to accuse of being a Russian algorithm?

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  10. Anon7 says:

    This tweet was retweeted 148,000 times:

    “@jordyntieman

    Mollie Tibbetts was murdered because she told a man to leave her alone while she was jogging. But because he was an illegal immigrant you all wanna advocate for border control instead of against the root of the problem: violence towards women for saying no.”

    In other words, we (guys) are the REAL problem here.

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    • Replies: @clyde

    This tweet was retweeted 148,000 times:
    @jordyntieman
    Mollie Tibbetts was murdered because she told a man to leave her alone while she was jogging. But because he was an illegal immigrant you all wanna advocate for border control instead of against the root of the problem: violence towards women for saying no.”
     
    Her mindless man hating drek got retweeted 148,000 more than Vlad's Mighty Bot Army.
    , @Peripatetic commenter
    Of course, as someone is bound to say on Twitter:

    White American Males generally understand that no means no. It's the illegal immigrants who don't and who fly into a killing rage when presented with a no.
    , @Anon
    Some feminazus and liberals including men are already saying Rivera raped and murdered her because he was infected with toxic masculinity.

    It’s a sparsely populated rural area. He has a job and lives in a group house so he doesn’t have many chances to go off and rape women.

    Almost always rapists are serial rapists they do it all the time. They are like shoplifters. He’s 24. I doubt it’s his first time I assume law enforcement is checking other victims.
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  11. Altai says:

    Am I the only one who finds it funny how the MSM have to keep telling us what the highly influential and omni-present and powerful Russian bots are up to? Almost like they don’t exist and we need to be told what they’re up to because we’re not exposed to their propaganda ourselves.

    It’s some powerful Kafka-esque madness. The media telling us what their fantasy foe is telling us to think and why it’s automatically wrong because of that. Thank god their audience is never expected to think themselves.

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    Yeah, and thank God we dont have to worry about the MSM telling us what to think -- about bots or anything else.
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  12. Here’s Hamilton 68′s tortured explanation of why they don’t actually identify any Twitter accounts:

    Q. Why don’t you name these accounts? Can you tell me if a specific account is a Russian bot?

    By analyzing large groups of accounts, we can track the activity and focus of the network using accounts from each category. Our analytical methods allow us to determine when groups of accounts are acting in a synchronized manner, but they do not always allow us to definitively separate the sources of influence (knowing instigators of and participants in Russian influence campaigns) and unknowing participants (people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated). We prefer to focus on the behavior of the overall network rather than get dragged into hundreds of individual debates over which troll fits which role.

    Who takes this seriously?

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    • Replies: @J.Ross
    people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated
    This is the key right here. This is how they sidestep everything we say. There is nobody who actually disagrees with Evan McMullin's foreign policy or George Soros' ideas on community policing or the Koch Brothers' opposition to borders. No, there are only ridiculous dupes who fell for the Russian hackers. A refurbishing of the "conspiracy theory" attack.
    You don't want to be considered ridiculous do you?
    , @ben tillman

    Who takes this seriously?
     
    Most people. Even now, 90% of Americans are in thrall to the lies of the MSM.
    , @MBlanc46
    The NYT, the WaPo, the LaT, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, NPR, ....
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  13. Kris Kobach would tell The Independent corporate propaganda outlet to go to hell.

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  14. clyde says:

    Almost immediately after a guilty verdict was announced in the trial of Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges, there was a flurry of activity among hundreds of pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts believed to be controlled by Russian government influence operations. Those accounts began posting thousands of tweets about Ms Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who had been missing for nearly five weeks.

    So what’s stopping Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and his flunkies from deleting these hubdreds of Russian bot accounts? #2- I doubt these Russian bots have many followers, so they are tweeting out with minimal impact. #3 Perhaps the biggest joke is being played on Comrade Vlad as he pays his Comrade bot operators with fat ruble paychecks for accomplishing nothing burger much.

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    I suspect that most of the people getting a paycheck from the Russian government for goofing around on English-language Twitter and Facebook are doing it to get career experience before they set up their own Internet Spam businesses.
    , @D. K.
    ***

    Those accounts began posting thousands of tweets about Ms Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who had been missing for nearly five weeks.

    ***

    There are well over half a billion tweets published on an average day:

    http://www.internetlivestats.com/twitter-statistics/
    , @Forbes

    So what’s stopping Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and his flunkies from deleting these hubdreds of Russian bot accounts?
     
    Nothing is stopping Twitter from deleting them--except for the fact that Twitter, Dorsey, FB, etc., will have to find a new bogeyman to blame and attack. Russian bots are the newest addition to The Narrative to be very frightened of Russia and Putin interfering in any and all ways in American life, politics, and elections.

    The prog-left is impervious to facts. Trump & Hillary spent several hundred millions on internet ads in 2016. Russia spent, maybe a few hundred thousand--one-tenth of one percent. Trump & Hillary spent 1,000 times the Russians--but the Russians influenced the outcome.

    The Russian bot meme serves media's needs and purposes to generate eyeballs/viewership to have an enemy to expend energy and resources against. It's the Red Scare all over again--wrapped up in a Vlad Putin package. Media only cares about revenues, share, and other metrics--truth is a casualty.
    , @Fred Boynton
    Clearly, the Trump Administration needs to takeover Twitter, Facebo0k and every other social media platform to rid America of the Red Menace. Since Americans are not commies the social media companies will be compensated for a penny on the dollar. As red-blooded patriotic Americans, the social media owners will no doubt think that that is too much compensation and will demand nothing at all in return for ridding God-fearing, flag-waving Silicon Valley of the KGB/Nazi menace. This is an idea whose time has clearly come.
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  15. How was I to know-oh…
    she was with the Russians too.

    Warren Zevon

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  16. Cortes says:

    If Mollie had been black she could’ve used the old

    “That’s MS Tibbetts, Sheriff.”

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  17. How Russian bots used Mollie Tibbetts’ death to distract from Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort

    LOL. It’s like living in the Onion.

    Every day debunks their narrative, but no evidence has the slightest impact. It’s an ideology which is completely false, yet completely non-falsifiable.

    Everyday i wake up and as the the fog slowly lifts and my brain reboots reality, i think “you’ve got to be ‘effing kidding me”.

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    • Replies: @Bard of Bumperstickers
    That's 'cause they're trying to wear us down by repetition of nonsense:

    “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to." ~ Theodore Dalrymple

    It applies to all of the obvious lies we're monkey-hammered by daily: gender kookoo, Russia election lies, etc.
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  18. clyde says:
    @Anon7
    This tweet was retweeted 148,000 times:

    “@jordyntieman

    Mollie Tibbetts was murdered because she told a man to leave her alone while she was jogging. But because he was an illegal immigrant you all wanna advocate for border control instead of against the root of the problem: violence towards women for saying no.”

    In other words, we (guys) are the REAL problem here.

    This tweet was retweeted 148,000 times:
    @jordyntieman
    Mollie Tibbetts was murdered because she told a man to leave her alone while she was jogging. But because he was an illegal immigrant you all wanna advocate for border control instead of against the root of the problem: violence towards women for saying no.”

    Her mindless man hating drek got retweeted 148,000 more than Vlad’s Mighty Bot Army.

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  19. gp says:

    “the root of the problem: violence towards women for saying no.” I think a much bigger problem is that too many women say “yes” to violent and skeevy guys. (Not in this case most likely.)

    But OK OK, I advocate for an end to violence against women!

    Now that that’s taken care of, build the wall.

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    • Replies: @L Woods

    I think a much bigger problem is that too many women say “yes” to violent and skeevy guys.
     
    Yeah, this. Their incessant, screeching demands that we "respect" them and their "choices" ring pretty hollow when you look at what their choices are.
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  20. @clyde

    Almost immediately after a guilty verdict was announced in the trial of Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges, there was a flurry of activity among hundreds of pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts believed to be controlled by Russian government influence operations. Those accounts began posting thousands of tweets about Ms Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who had been missing for nearly five weeks.
     
    So what's stopping Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and his flunkies from deleting these hubdreds of Russian bot accounts? #2- I doubt these Russian bots have many followers, so they are tweeting out with minimal impact. #3 Perhaps the biggest joke is being played on Comrade Vlad as he pays his Comrade bot operators with fat ruble paychecks for accomplishing nothing burger much.

    I suspect that most of the people getting a paycheck from the Russian government for goofing around on English-language Twitter and Facebook are doing it to get career experience before they set up their own Internet Spam businesses.

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    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    I am all too familiar with this, Steve, even with my small readership. I don't know if the Russian IP numbers are just easier or safer to spoof or what, but the comment spam ramped up last October to the point of needing a quick work-around, with the IP numbers associated with the spam being 95% Russian (if not Russian, they were Ukranian or Chinese).

    I'll tell you what these people need to do next - learn proper English. If you're gonna advertise for Viagra, make it readable, at least. Right now, it just seems like a waste of time for everyone.

    (Glad you liked my comment.)
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  21. MarkinLA says:
    @Anonymous
    All right-thinking people now have to consider the very real possibility that Mollie Tibbetts herself was a Russian Fembot sent over by Trump for the express purpose of ensnaring one of our fine All-American boys who was just out enjoying the evening air in Real America. Yeah, that's it.

    The only rational response to this outrage is to kill all white males.
    Can I have a job at the NYT now?

    If not the NYT at Congressman Schiff’s office.

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    Congress needs moar jewish lawyers!

    Schiff Introduces Resolution Urging Trump Administration to Support Improved Infant Nutrition Through Breastfeeding Education and Protection
     
    Also, in the last 24 hours he called Trump a Nazi and a Mob Boss.
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  22. @AnotherDad

    How Russian bots used Mollie Tibbetts' death to distract from Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort
     
    LOL. It's like living in the Onion.

    Every day debunks their narrative, but no evidence has the slightest impact. It's an ideology which is completely false, yet completely non-falsifiable.

    Everyday i wake up and as the the fog slowly lifts and my brain reboots reality, i think "you've got to be 'effing kidding me".

    That’s ’cause they’re trying to wear us down by repetition of nonsense:

    “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” ~ Theodore Dalrymple

    It applies to all of the obvious lies we’re monkey-hammered by daily: gender kookoo, Russia election lies, etc.

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    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Repetition of obvious nonsense but also humiliation and threats; in a later thread I have submitted a link of a black man chortling that maybe something like, y'know, maybe two people have died in South African farm murders.
    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov tried to warn us all way back in 1985:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeMZGGQ0ERk

    This is literally the playbook that the controlled media is using to destroy America.

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  23. D. K. says:
    @clyde

    Almost immediately after a guilty verdict was announced in the trial of Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges, there was a flurry of activity among hundreds of pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts believed to be controlled by Russian government influence operations. Those accounts began posting thousands of tweets about Ms Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who had been missing for nearly five weeks.
     
    So what's stopping Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and his flunkies from deleting these hubdreds of Russian bot accounts? #2- I doubt these Russian bots have many followers, so they are tweeting out with minimal impact. #3 Perhaps the biggest joke is being played on Comrade Vlad as he pays his Comrade bot operators with fat ruble paychecks for accomplishing nothing burger much.

    ***

    Those accounts began posting thousands of tweets about Ms Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who had been missing for nearly five weeks.

    ***

    There are well over half a billion tweets published on an average day:

    http://www.internetlivestats.com/twitter-statistics/

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    • Replies: @D. K.
    ***

    There are well over half a billion tweets published on an average day:

    http://www.internetlivestats.com/twitter-statistics/

    ***

    I just double checked, as the day ended, here on the East Coast (E.D.T.), and there were just over 705 million tweets published on Twitter on Friday (E.D.T.), before the tweet counter reset, at the stroke of midnight.
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  24. fnn says:

    This is even more dastardly than poisoning our precious bodily fluids. The only solution is toe to toe nuclear combat.

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    Heck, I reckon by golly we ain't seen a fella like Slim Pickens since he done gone and died dog gone it.
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  25. J.Ross says: • Website
    @The Anti-Gnostic
    Here's Hamilton 68's tortured explanation of why they don't actually identify any Twitter accounts:

    Q. Why don’t you name these accounts? Can you tell me if a specific account is a Russian bot?

    By analyzing large groups of accounts, we can track the activity and focus of the network using accounts from each category. Our analytical methods allow us to determine when groups of accounts are acting in a synchronized manner, but they do not always allow us to definitively separate the sources of influence (knowing instigators of and participants in Russian influence campaigns) and unknowing participants (people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated). We prefer to focus on the behavior of the overall network rather than get dragged into hundreds of individual debates over which troll fits which role.
     
    Who takes this seriously?

    people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated
    This is the key right here. This is how they sidestep everything we say. There is nobody who actually disagrees with Evan McMullin’s foreign policy or George Soros’ ideas on community policing or the Koch Brothers’ opposition to borders. No, there are only ridiculous dupes who fell for the Russian hackers. A refurbishing of the “conspiracy theory” attack.
    You don’t want to be considered ridiculous do you?

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Unlike the more fortunate contributors here, my friends and family are all of the Social Grievance mentality. I can't even make headway with this: "Establishment Media will never, ever permit an accurate portrayal of Anti-Establishment forces."

    To a man and woman, they think that is absolutely insane. The mass media #1) would never lie; only Trumpkins lie and 2) to imagine that they would co-ordinate like that is some kind of crazy conspiracy theory, and only Trumpkins think like that.

    These are people with advanced degrees and 'responsible' positions in society. Some are uncomfortably close to major news stories (uncomfortably for me, that is). Not a one of them sees the slightest issue, and meanwhile shut up because Colbert's talking.

    , @Forbes

    people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated
     
    There are those of us who know who it is that is being manipulated without realizing it, because we have superpowers--we're impervious to manipulation, and recognize it in others.
    , @ben tillman

    People who participate without realizing they are being manipulated

    This is the key right here. This is how they sidestep everything we say. There is nobody who actually disagrees with Evan McMullin’s foreign policy or George Soros’ ideas on community policing or the Koch Brothers’ opposition to borders. No, there are only ridiculous dupes who fell for the Russian hackers.
     

    But they're right.

    Not about us, but about people participating without realizing they're being manipulated.

    Without that manipulation, someone like AnotherDad would be President right now.

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  26. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Bard of Bumperstickers
    That's 'cause they're trying to wear us down by repetition of nonsense:

    “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to." ~ Theodore Dalrymple

    It applies to all of the obvious lies we're monkey-hammered by daily: gender kookoo, Russia election lies, etc.

    Repetition of obvious nonsense but also humiliation and threats; in a later thread I have submitted a link of a black man chortling that maybe something like, y’know, maybe two people have died in South African farm murders.

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  27. J.Ross says: • Website

    pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts believed to be controlled by Russian government influence operations.

    I see they’re no longer trying to claim that Vladimir Putin personally orders this stuff. The yogic construction above allows room for these accounts to be 100% American, uncompensated, and sincere. If you are an American-born veteran who loves the Constitution and roughly agrees with Moscow about something (such as Bill Browder being a con artist or neocon wars being stupid), you would fit neatly in this Procrustean category. Which reminds that the whole “Russian influence” discussion is completely ridiculous. I don’t want a war with Iran and that doesn’t make me a Shi’ite.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    A lot of this Russian stuff is like this, "Hey, boss, I got a cousin in Tel Aviv who is making a fortune off Internet clickbait. We should get into that too! Let me try it for a few months and see what happens!"

    (Admittedly, the tone of my imaginary conversation is far too chipper for a Russian.)

    And the boss's boss used to be Putin's chef and is now a rich guy running a bunch of dodgy businesses.

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  28. @J.Ross
    pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts believed to be controlled by Russian government influence operations.

    I see they're no longer trying to claim that Vladimir Putin personally orders this stuff. The yogic construction above allows room for these accounts to be 100% American, uncompensated, and sincere. If you are an American-born veteran who loves the Constitution and roughly agrees with Moscow about something (such as Bill Browder being a con artist or neocon wars being stupid), you would fit neatly in this Procrustean category. Which reminds that the whole "Russian influence" discussion is completely ridiculous. I don't want a war with Iran and that doesn't make me a Shi'ite.

    A lot of this Russian stuff is like this, “Hey, boss, I got a cousin in Tel Aviv who is making a fortune off Internet clickbait. We should get into that too! Let me try it for a few months and see what happens!”

    (Admittedly, the tone of my imaginary conversation is far too chipper for a Russian.)

    And the boss’s boss used to be Putin’s chef and is now a rich guy running a bunch of dodgy businesses.

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    • Replies: @J.Ross
    I don't see the part where they swing an election or influence thousands of people.
    You're being a credulity theorist. As reasonable as that sounds, and surely something like that happens (just like hackers who are Russian exist and to an extent have been a problem), nothing in that has anything to do with the issue. They want to dismiss the entire immigration issue as well as several others, all of which started in earnest years ago, because of unrelated scams.
    This isn't about whether people who are ethnically Russian are always ethical online, this is about dismissing without a fight hundreds of established, credible, and non-Russian voices, including for example Ron Unz. If your sketch was relevant, then why, as the guy I respond to points out, not name the Tel Aviv scamnmer? Hell, if I was writing that story I'd love to have a chart with maps and addresses showing the spread out yet connected nature of the operation. Instead we get impenetrable legalese about being under the control (but not the command) of a Russian government operation (but not the Russian government).
    Not naming the "Russians" gives them the freedom to "expand" the list at any time and prevents us from seeing how ridiculous the idea is.
    Last time they tried to offer concrete evidence they showed an advertisement on a platform that 4channers tribally despise which was claimed to have reached a few thousand people. They won't make that mistake again.
    It's like if they insisted that Gypsey car dealers, acting on direct orders from leadership in Rumania, are the source of flat tax advocacy. Gypsey car dealers surely exist, but everything after that phrase is incoherent. It could only be improved by narcotically pursuing ego death.
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  29. The Fashion Conscious Girl aspiring to acceptance by The Smart Set may be a bit confused by the brief flurry of excitement over the recent appearance of unusual Thoughts that run counter to This Season’s Fashion Theme by Leading Thought Designers.

    Don’t be caught DEAD in those Thoughts.

    The Russian Narrative Comes To The Rescue!

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  30. trelane says:
    @fnn
    This is even more dastardly than poisoning our precious bodily fluids. The only solution is toe to toe nuclear combat.

    https://youtu.be/9ynY5NvYsZY

    Heck, I reckon by golly we ain’t seen a fella like Slim Pickens since he done gone and died dog gone it.

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    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Heck, I reckon by golly we ain’t seen a fella like Slim Pickens since he done gone and died dog gone it.
     
    We still have T. Boone, though.
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  31. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @MarkinLA
    If not the NYT at Congressman Schiff's office.

    Congress needs moar jewish lawyers!

    Schiff Introduces Resolution Urging Trump Administration to Support Improved Infant Nutrition Through Breastfeeding Education and Protection

    Also, in the last 24 hours he called Trump a Nazi and a Mob Boss.

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  32. @Steve Sailer
    I suspect that most of the people getting a paycheck from the Russian government for goofing around on English-language Twitter and Facebook are doing it to get career experience before they set up their own Internet Spam businesses.

    I am all too familiar with this, Steve, even with my small readership. I don’t know if the Russian IP numbers are just easier or safer to spoof or what, but the comment spam ramped up last October to the point of needing a quick work-around, with the IP numbers associated with the spam being 95% Russian (if not Russian, they were Ukranian or Chinese).

    I’ll tell you what these people need to do next – learn proper English. If you’re gonna advertise for Viagra, make it readable, at least. Right now, it just seems like a waste of time for everyone.

    (Glad you liked my comment.)

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    Russian IPs easy to spoof
    It came out in WikiLeaks that the CIA has mechanisms beyond the IP address to make something look Russian, Chinese, or whatever is necessary; furthermore, even had this not come out, we should have expected it.
    Why Russian
    Because you can't draw attention to just about anybody else, because almost everybody else really is interfering in our country, and because they hope that boomers suffer still-functioning Pavlovian conditioning from the Cold War.
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  33. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross
    people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated
    This is the key right here. This is how they sidestep everything we say. There is nobody who actually disagrees with Evan McMullin's foreign policy or George Soros' ideas on community policing or the Koch Brothers' opposition to borders. No, there are only ridiculous dupes who fell for the Russian hackers. A refurbishing of the "conspiracy theory" attack.
    You don't want to be considered ridiculous do you?

    Unlike the more fortunate contributors here, my friends and family are all of the Social Grievance mentality. I can’t even make headway with this: “Establishment Media will never, ever permit an accurate portrayal of Anti-Establishment forces.”

    To a man and woman, they think that is absolutely insane. The mass media #1) would never lie; only Trumpkins lie and 2) to imagine that they would co-ordinate like that is some kind of crazy conspiracy theory, and only Trumpkins think like that.

    These are people with advanced degrees and ‘responsible’ positions in society. Some are uncomfortably close to major news stories (uncomfortably for me, that is). Not a one of them sees the slightest issue, and meanwhile shut up because Colbert’s talking.

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    Unlike the more fortunate contributors here, my friends and family are all of the Social Grievance mentality.
     
    Come and work in the defense industry?

    Oh, who am I kidding, the poz is raining down on us from corporate . Oh who am I kidding, between Codes of Conduct, Unconscious Bias training, and "See Something, Say Something" we've got it all on UHF!
    , @Samuel Skinner

    2) to imagine that they would co-ordinate like that is some kind of crazy conspiracy theory, and only Trumpkins think like that.
     
    These people have already flushed the 2003 Iraq war down the memory hole? That is impressive.
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  34. Great song. RIP Warren Zevon.

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  35. Jack D says:

    Mexico is in America – in North America actually. So Chrixtian is just as American as you or I. Actually more since at least 1/2 of his ancestors have been hanging around North America for the last 10,000 years.

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    You forgot to say "Fellow White People:"
    , @Anon
    There is something called Central America.
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  36. @Bard of Bumperstickers
    That's 'cause they're trying to wear us down by repetition of nonsense:

    “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is...in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to." ~ Theodore Dalrymple

    It applies to all of the obvious lies we're monkey-hammered by daily: gender kookoo, Russia election lies, etc.

    KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov tried to warn us all way back in 1985:

    This is literally the playbook that the controlled media is using to destroy America.

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  37. Forbes says:
    @donut
    That's fake news Alex .

    Should be in the form of a question…

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  38. @Anonymous
    Unlike the more fortunate contributors here, my friends and family are all of the Social Grievance mentality. I can't even make headway with this: "Establishment Media will never, ever permit an accurate portrayal of Anti-Establishment forces."

    To a man and woman, they think that is absolutely insane. The mass media #1) would never lie; only Trumpkins lie and 2) to imagine that they would co-ordinate like that is some kind of crazy conspiracy theory, and only Trumpkins think like that.

    These are people with advanced degrees and 'responsible' positions in society. Some are uncomfortably close to major news stories (uncomfortably for me, that is). Not a one of them sees the slightest issue, and meanwhile shut up because Colbert's talking.

    Unlike the more fortunate contributors here, my friends and family are all of the Social Grievance mentality.

    Come and work in the defense industry?

    Oh, who am I kidding, the poz is raining down on us from corporate . Oh who am I kidding, between Codes of Conduct, Unconscious Bias training, and “See Something, Say Something” we’ve got it all on UHF!

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  39. @Anon7
    This tweet was retweeted 148,000 times:

    “@jordyntieman

    Mollie Tibbetts was murdered because she told a man to leave her alone while she was jogging. But because he was an illegal immigrant you all wanna advocate for border control instead of against the root of the problem: violence towards women for saying no.”

    In other words, we (guys) are the REAL problem here.

    Of course, as someone is bound to say on Twitter:

    White American Males generally understand that no means no. It’s the illegal immigrants who don’t and who fly into a killing rage when presented with a no.

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  40. Forbes says:
    @clyde

    Almost immediately after a guilty verdict was announced in the trial of Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges, there was a flurry of activity among hundreds of pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts believed to be controlled by Russian government influence operations. Those accounts began posting thousands of tweets about Ms Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who had been missing for nearly five weeks.
     
    So what's stopping Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and his flunkies from deleting these hubdreds of Russian bot accounts? #2- I doubt these Russian bots have many followers, so they are tweeting out with minimal impact. #3 Perhaps the biggest joke is being played on Comrade Vlad as he pays his Comrade bot operators with fat ruble paychecks for accomplishing nothing burger much.

    So what’s stopping Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and his flunkies from deleting these hubdreds of Russian bot accounts?

    Nothing is stopping Twitter from deleting them–except for the fact that Twitter, Dorsey, FB, etc., will have to find a new bogeyman to blame and attack. Russian bots are the newest addition to The Narrative to be very frightened of Russia and Putin interfering in any and all ways in American life, politics, and elections.

    The prog-left is impervious to facts. Trump & Hillary spent several hundred millions on internet ads in 2016. Russia spent, maybe a few hundred thousand–one-tenth of one percent. Trump & Hillary spent 1,000 times the Russians–but the Russians influenced the outcome.

    The Russian bot meme serves media’s needs and purposes to generate eyeballs/viewership to have an enemy to expend energy and resources against. It’s the Red Scare all over again–wrapped up in a Vlad Putin package. Media only cares about revenues, share, and other metrics–truth is a casualty.

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    Nothing is stopping Twitter from deleting them (alleged Russian twitter bots) –except for the fact that Twitter, Dorsey, FB, etc., will have to find a new bogeyman to blame and attack. Russian bots are the newest addition to The Narrative to be very frightened of Russia and Putin interfering in any and all ways in American life, politics, and elections.
     
    You are absolutely correct. But if Trump or someone similar had enough juice in the mass media, he could ask the question, why don't you delete these Russ-Bots? And embarrass Twitter et al. This action could shut down this devious shitshow. When I see a political article in the UK Mail, a website that attracts left and right commenters, I often see rubbish references to Russian bots. It's a big leftard meme.
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  41. THOUSANDS OF TWEETS

    Speaking for me, I don’t tweet at all, and know nothing about the Paul Manafort case (because I don’t find it interesting) but have watched the other closely (because I do find it interesting)

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    Exactly! On what planet is the filing and possibly deliberate mislabeling of third party moneys by a lawyer or a lobbyist a bigger news story than a rape and murder?
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  42. Forbes says:
    @J.Ross
    people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated
    This is the key right here. This is how they sidestep everything we say. There is nobody who actually disagrees with Evan McMullin's foreign policy or George Soros' ideas on community policing or the Koch Brothers' opposition to borders. No, there are only ridiculous dupes who fell for the Russian hackers. A refurbishing of the "conspiracy theory" attack.
    You don't want to be considered ridiculous do you?

    people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated

    There are those of us who know who it is that is being manipulated without realizing it, because we have superpowers–we’re impervious to manipulation, and recognize it in others.

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  43. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer
    A lot of this Russian stuff is like this, "Hey, boss, I got a cousin in Tel Aviv who is making a fortune off Internet clickbait. We should get into that too! Let me try it for a few months and see what happens!"

    (Admittedly, the tone of my imaginary conversation is far too chipper for a Russian.)

    And the boss's boss used to be Putin's chef and is now a rich guy running a bunch of dodgy businesses.

    I don’t see the part where they swing an election or influence thousands of people.
    You’re being a credulity theorist. As reasonable as that sounds, and surely something like that happens (just like hackers who are Russian exist and to an extent have been a problem), nothing in that has anything to do with the issue. They want to dismiss the entire immigration issue as well as several others, all of which started in earnest years ago, because of unrelated scams.
    This isn’t about whether people who are ethnically Russian are always ethical online, this is about dismissing without a fight hundreds of established, credible, and non-Russian voices, including for example Ron Unz. If your sketch was relevant, then why, as the guy I respond to points out, not name the Tel Aviv scamnmer? Hell, if I was writing that story I’d love to have a chart with maps and addresses showing the spread out yet connected nature of the operation. Instead we get impenetrable legalese about being under the control (but not the command) of a Russian government operation (but not the Russian government).
    Not naming the “Russians” gives them the freedom to “expand” the list at any time and prevents us from seeing how ridiculous the idea is.
    Last time they tried to offer concrete evidence they showed an advertisement on a platform that 4channers tribally despise which was claimed to have reached a few thousand people. They won’t make that mistake again.
    It’s like if they insisted that Gypsey car dealers, acting on direct orders from leadership in Rumania, are the source of flat tax advocacy. Gypsey car dealers surely exist, but everything after that phrase is incoherent. It could only be improved by narcotically pursuing ego death.

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  44. Jack D says:

    You sort of have to feel sorry for the MSM, almost. They spend thousands of hours writing propaganda about our wonderful, wonderful future Alan Dershowitzes and one idiot like Crithsian negates it all and puts them back to square one.

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  45. @Jack D
    Mexico is in America - in North America actually. So Chrixtian is just as American as you or I. Actually more since at least 1/2 of his ancestors have been hanging around North America for the last 10,000 years.

    You forgot to say “Fellow White People:”

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  46. @Anonymous
    Unlike the more fortunate contributors here, my friends and family are all of the Social Grievance mentality. I can't even make headway with this: "Establishment Media will never, ever permit an accurate portrayal of Anti-Establishment forces."

    To a man and woman, they think that is absolutely insane. The mass media #1) would never lie; only Trumpkins lie and 2) to imagine that they would co-ordinate like that is some kind of crazy conspiracy theory, and only Trumpkins think like that.

    These are people with advanced degrees and 'responsible' positions in society. Some are uncomfortably close to major news stories (uncomfortably for me, that is). Not a one of them sees the slightest issue, and meanwhile shut up because Colbert's talking.

    2) to imagine that they would co-ordinate like that is some kind of crazy conspiracy theory, and only Trumpkins think like that.

    These people have already flushed the 2003 Iraq war down the memory hole? That is impressive.

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    To a huge extent these are the same people and this noise is their expected getaway. Bill Kristol had a tweet the other day babbling (his own word was "spitballing") that, because of unrelated financial and procedural crimes, some of which long predated the campaign, it is now reasonable to expect that Trump is KGB. I would think that there's a much tighter and easier to see case tying neocon foreign policy to never-Trumpism out of criminal desperation.
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  47. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Roderick Spode

    THOUSANDS OF TWEETS

     

    Speaking for me, I don't tweet at all, and know nothing about the Paul Manafort case (because I don't find it interesting) but have watched the other closely (because I do find it interesting)

    Exactly! On what planet is the filing and possibly deliberate mislabeling of third party moneys by a lawyer or a lobbyist a bigger news story than a rape and murder?

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  48. L Woods says:
    @gp
    "the root of the problem: violence towards women for saying no.” I think a much bigger problem is that too many women say "yes" to violent and skeevy guys. (Not in this case most likely.)

    But OK OK, I advocate for an end to violence against women!

    Now that that's taken care of, build the wall.

    I think a much bigger problem is that too many women say “yes” to violent and skeevy guys.

    Yeah, this. Their incessant, screeching demands that we “respect” them and their “choices” ring pretty hollow when you look at what their choices are.

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  49. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Samuel Skinner

    2) to imagine that they would co-ordinate like that is some kind of crazy conspiracy theory, and only Trumpkins think like that.
     
    These people have already flushed the 2003 Iraq war down the memory hole? That is impressive.

    To a huge extent these are the same people and this noise is their expected getaway. Bill Kristol had a tweet the other day babbling (his own word was “spitballing”) that, because of unrelated financial and procedural crimes, some of which long predated the campaign, it is now reasonable to expect that Trump is KGB. I would think that there’s a much tighter and easier to see case tying neocon foreign policy to never-Trumpism out of criminal desperation.

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  50. TheBoom says:

    We can laugh all we want about the absurdity of the Russia Did It Whatever It Was!!!! mania all we want but every Hillary voter I come across buys the shifting narrative 100% and is very fired up to vote in the midterms

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  51. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Achmed E. Newman
    I am all too familiar with this, Steve, even with my small readership. I don't know if the Russian IP numbers are just easier or safer to spoof or what, but the comment spam ramped up last October to the point of needing a quick work-around, with the IP numbers associated with the spam being 95% Russian (if not Russian, they were Ukranian or Chinese).

    I'll tell you what these people need to do next - learn proper English. If you're gonna advertise for Viagra, make it readable, at least. Right now, it just seems like a waste of time for everyone.

    (Glad you liked my comment.)

    Russian IPs easy to spoof
    It came out in WikiLeaks that the CIA has mechanisms beyond the IP address to make something look Russian, Chinese, or whatever is necessary; furthermore, even had this not come out, we should have expected it.
    Why Russian
    Because you can’t draw attention to just about anybody else, because almost everybody else really is interfering in our country, and because they hope that boomers suffer still-functioning Pavlovian conditioning from the Cold War.

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    The CIA does have more sophisticated weapons, but anyone with a VPN can make it look like they have a Russian or whoever, IP address. Even myself.

    But since I'm a Russian spy/bot, I would be expected to say that anyone can make themselves look like a Russian spy/bot because I'm so villainous.
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  52. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon7
    This tweet was retweeted 148,000 times:

    “@jordyntieman

    Mollie Tibbetts was murdered because she told a man to leave her alone while she was jogging. But because he was an illegal immigrant you all wanna advocate for border control instead of against the root of the problem: violence towards women for saying no.”

    In other words, we (guys) are the REAL problem here.

    Some feminazus and liberals including men are already saying Rivera raped and murdered her because he was infected with toxic masculinity.

    It’s a sparsely populated rural area. He has a job and lives in a group house so he doesn’t have many chances to go off and rape women.

    Almost always rapists are serial rapists they do it all the time. They are like shoplifters. He’s 24. I doubt it’s his first time I assume law enforcement is checking other victims.

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  53. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    Congress needs moar jewish lawyers!

    Schiff Introduces Resolution Urging Trump Administration to Support Improved Infant Nutrition Through Breastfeeding Education and Protection
     
    Also, in the last 24 hours he called Trump a Nazi and a Mob Boss.

    I thought Trump was KGB

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  54. Anon[565] • Disclaimer says:

    He already has the “prison pussy” beard, so he’s set to go.

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  55. @Altai
    Am I the only one who finds it funny how the MSM have to keep telling us what the highly influential and omni-present and powerful Russian bots are up to? Almost like they don't exist and we need to be told what they're up to because we're not exposed to their propaganda ourselves.

    It's some powerful Kafka-esque madness. The media telling us what their fantasy foe is telling us to think and why it's automatically wrong because of that. Thank god their audience is never expected to think themselves.

    Yeah, and thank God we dont have to worry about the MSM telling us what to think — about bots or anything else.

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  56. @The Anti-Gnostic
    Here's Hamilton 68's tortured explanation of why they don't actually identify any Twitter accounts:

    Q. Why don’t you name these accounts? Can you tell me if a specific account is a Russian bot?

    By analyzing large groups of accounts, we can track the activity and focus of the network using accounts from each category. Our analytical methods allow us to determine when groups of accounts are acting in a synchronized manner, but they do not always allow us to definitively separate the sources of influence (knowing instigators of and participants in Russian influence campaigns) and unknowing participants (people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated). We prefer to focus on the behavior of the overall network rather than get dragged into hundreds of individual debates over which troll fits which role.
     
    Who takes this seriously?

    Who takes this seriously?

    Most people. Even now, 90% of Americans are in thrall to the lies of the MSM.

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  57. @J.Ross
    people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated
    This is the key right here. This is how they sidestep everything we say. There is nobody who actually disagrees with Evan McMullin's foreign policy or George Soros' ideas on community policing or the Koch Brothers' opposition to borders. No, there are only ridiculous dupes who fell for the Russian hackers. A refurbishing of the "conspiracy theory" attack.
    You don't want to be considered ridiculous do you?

    People who participate without realizing they are being manipulated

    This is the key right here. This is how they sidestep everything we say. There is nobody who actually disagrees with Evan McMullin’s foreign policy or George Soros’ ideas on community policing or the Koch Brothers’ opposition to borders. No, there are only ridiculous dupes who fell for the Russian hackers.

    But they’re right.

    Not about us, but about people participating without realizing they’re being manipulated.

    Without that manipulation, someone like AnotherDad would be President right now.

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    And the fact that someone like A.D. will never be president shows just how far from its worthy origins this benighted nation has strayed.
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  58. clyde says:
    @Forbes

    So what’s stopping Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and his flunkies from deleting these hubdreds of Russian bot accounts?
     
    Nothing is stopping Twitter from deleting them--except for the fact that Twitter, Dorsey, FB, etc., will have to find a new bogeyman to blame and attack. Russian bots are the newest addition to The Narrative to be very frightened of Russia and Putin interfering in any and all ways in American life, politics, and elections.

    The prog-left is impervious to facts. Trump & Hillary spent several hundred millions on internet ads in 2016. Russia spent, maybe a few hundred thousand--one-tenth of one percent. Trump & Hillary spent 1,000 times the Russians--but the Russians influenced the outcome.

    The Russian bot meme serves media's needs and purposes to generate eyeballs/viewership to have an enemy to expend energy and resources against. It's the Red Scare all over again--wrapped up in a Vlad Putin package. Media only cares about revenues, share, and other metrics--truth is a casualty.

    Nothing is stopping Twitter from deleting them (alleged Russian twitter bots) –except for the fact that Twitter, Dorsey, FB, etc., will have to find a new bogeyman to blame and attack. Russian bots are the newest addition to The Narrative to be very frightened of Russia and Putin interfering in any and all ways in American life, politics, and elections.

    You are absolutely correct. But if Trump or someone similar had enough juice in the mass media, he could ask the question, why don’t you delete these Russ-Bots? And embarrass Twitter et al. This action could shut down this devious shitshow. When I see a political article in the UK Mail, a website that attracts left and right commenters, I often see rubbish references to Russian bots. It’s a big leftard meme.

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  59. @trelane
    Heck, I reckon by golly we ain't seen a fella like Slim Pickens since he done gone and died dog gone it.

    Heck, I reckon by golly we ain’t seen a fella like Slim Pickens since he done gone and died dog gone it.

    We still have T. Boone, though.

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  60. Anon[264] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D
    Mexico is in America - in North America actually. So Chrixtian is just as American as you or I. Actually more since at least 1/2 of his ancestors have been hanging around North America for the last 10,000 years.

    There is something called Central America.

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  61. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @ben tillman

    People who participate without realizing they are being manipulated

    This is the key right here. This is how they sidestep everything we say. There is nobody who actually disagrees with Evan McMullin’s foreign policy or George Soros’ ideas on community policing or the Koch Brothers’ opposition to borders. No, there are only ridiculous dupes who fell for the Russian hackers.
     

    But they're right.

    Not about us, but about people participating without realizing they're being manipulated.

    Without that manipulation, someone like AnotherDad would be President right now.

    And the fact that someone like A.D. will never be president shows just how far from its worthy origins this benighted nation has strayed.

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  62. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    ‘I didn’t survive the Holocaust to have my name sullied by Trump’: How Michael Cohen’s Polish surgeon father convinced his son to flip against the embattled President

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6091071/Michael-Cohen-turned-Holocaust-survivor-father-said-didnt-want-sullied-Trump.html

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  63. @J.Ross
    Russian IPs easy to spoof
    It came out in WikiLeaks that the CIA has mechanisms beyond the IP address to make something look Russian, Chinese, or whatever is necessary; furthermore, even had this not come out, we should have expected it.
    Why Russian
    Because you can't draw attention to just about anybody else, because almost everybody else really is interfering in our country, and because they hope that boomers suffer still-functioning Pavlovian conditioning from the Cold War.

    The CIA does have more sophisticated weapons, but anyone with a VPN can make it look like they have a Russian or whoever, IP address. Even myself.

    But since I’m a Russian spy/bot, I would be expected to say that anyone can make themselves look like a Russian spy/bot because I’m so villainous.

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  64. @clyde

    Almost immediately after a guilty verdict was announced in the trial of Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges, there was a flurry of activity among hundreds of pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts believed to be controlled by Russian government influence operations. Those accounts began posting thousands of tweets about Ms Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who had been missing for nearly five weeks.
     
    So what's stopping Twitter boss Jack Dorsey and his flunkies from deleting these hubdreds of Russian bot accounts? #2- I doubt these Russian bots have many followers, so they are tweeting out with minimal impact. #3 Perhaps the biggest joke is being played on Comrade Vlad as he pays his Comrade bot operators with fat ruble paychecks for accomplishing nothing burger much.

    Clearly, the Trump Administration needs to takeover Twitter, Facebo0k and every other social media platform to rid America of the Red Menace. Since Americans are not commies the social media companies will be compensated for a penny on the dollar. As red-blooded patriotic Americans, the social media owners will no doubt think that that is too much compensation and will demand nothing at all in return for ridding God-fearing, flag-waving Silicon Valley of the KGB/Nazi menace. This is an idea whose time has clearly come.

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  65. c matt says:
    @BEER/ we're all going to die
    Worse than realizing the establishment media is no better than Pravda, lies constantly to us, and really IS the enemy of the American people, is that many American people support the MSM's mission. No small number of Americans know they're supporting a propaganda operation against American citizens. They're all around you.

    Actually, I find Pravda more credible.

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  66. D. K. says:
    @D. K.
    ***

    Those accounts began posting thousands of tweets about Ms Tibbetts, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student who had been missing for nearly five weeks.

    ***

    There are well over half a billion tweets published on an average day:

    http://www.internetlivestats.com/twitter-statistics/

    ***

    There are well over half a billion tweets published on an average day:

    http://www.internetlivestats.com/twitter-statistics/

    ***

    I just double checked, as the day ended, here on the East Coast (E.D.T.), and there were just over 705 million tweets published on Twitter on Friday (E.D.T.), before the tweet counter reset, at the stroke of midnight.

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  67. Anon[830] • Disclaimer says:

    The left brings up the bot excuse because they assume that their opponents are doing what they are doing themselves: paying private companies to generate millions of bots across social media in order to give a false sense of conformity of opinion and discourage contrary opinions (no one wants to be ostracized). Example: in a recent Twitter purge, Obama lost around 2 million of his followers; they were all bots, likely from back during his reelection campaign.

    What isn’t well known by the public is that a hodgepodge of private companies, foreign governments, our own government, and liberal billionaires attempt to influence public opinion in surreptitious ways.

    They pay for bots to Tweet and get hashtags trending.

    Their friends in Silicon Valley and YouTube alter search results to favor one side.

    The ADL and SPLC have people who flag YouTube videos and social media posts they disapprove of.

    The State Department has a budget of over 40 million dollars for public opinion shaping (makes you wonder what they are doing with all that money).

    And left wing billionaires finance unprofitable internet outlets via investments/infusions of cash (Buzzfeed, the WaPo, Polygon, the Weekly Standard, The Young Turks, etc.) – most of which actually either lose money or aren’t profitable enough to justify their staff. They exist to push their master’s politics, not because they have a large enough customer base among rational people.

    Polygon, for instance, is basically a Soros-funded propaganda outlet aimed at bullying video game companies into inserting leftist propaganda into their products; they’ve run countless articles trying to bait big companies into doing this under the guise of having discussions about “politics.” One problem, though: there is no market for that. Most gamers are male and disproportionately white. See the failure of Battlefield 5 if you are curious to see just how left-wing that demographic is. So obviously, Polygon has no appreciable constituency within the field…but yet they, like the Young Turks, are kept in business anyway so they can push an agenda no one wants.

    Just do a search of the Young Turks’s 20 million dollar “investment” or the even greater sum infused into Buzzfeed to see what this is all about:

    https://money.cnn.com/2014/04/03/technology/cuban-twitter/index.html

    You don’t take that kind money if things are going well behind the scenes.

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  68. MBlanc46 says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic
    Here's Hamilton 68's tortured explanation of why they don't actually identify any Twitter accounts:

    Q. Why don’t you name these accounts? Can you tell me if a specific account is a Russian bot?

    By analyzing large groups of accounts, we can track the activity and focus of the network using accounts from each category. Our analytical methods allow us to determine when groups of accounts are acting in a synchronized manner, but they do not always allow us to definitively separate the sources of influence (knowing instigators of and participants in Russian influence campaigns) and unknowing participants (people who participate without realizing they are being manipulated). We prefer to focus on the behavior of the overall network rather than get dragged into hundreds of individual debates over which troll fits which role.
     
    Who takes this seriously?

    The NYT, the WaPo, the LaT, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, NPR, ….

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