Are You a Russian Troll?

From the Greensboro News & Record:

The federal indictments special counsel Robert Mueller handed down a few days ago confirmed that Russian agents did, indeed, use social media to interfere with the 2016 presidential election — and, even more than that, to sow political animosity, heighten divisions, and pit Americans against one another. Several workers at a Russian “troll farm” have now confirmed the thrust of the indictment.

As Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said when the indictments were announced, “the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy. We must not allow them to succeed.”

Absolutely right. But how to stop them? Lyudmilla Savchuk — a worker at the troll farm — has explained how Russian agents take pains to hide their true identity: “The most important principle of the work is to have an account like a real person. They create real characters, choosing a gender, a name, a place of living and an occupation. Therefore, it’s hard to tell that the account was made for the propaganda.”

That ability to blend in with online communities raises several troubling questions, the most disturbing of which might be: What if YOU are a Russian troll who sows animosity, heightens division, and pits Americans against one another — and you don’t even know it?

The following quiz has been developed to help answer that very question. Let’s play!

My response:

The ignorance displayed by this article is typical of what we’ve come to expect from the N&R.

The facts remain that the US military under the guise of NATO has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children in Iraq, Ukraine, Libya, Yemen and Syria.

That this has gone unreported is tacit proof, not only of journaliistic cowardice, but traitorous allegiance to Israel’s Zionist warmongers.

America’s Left has abandoned labor, civil rights and peace, while surrendering education to the vagaries of post-modernism and neoliberlaism.

The attempt ro raise consciousness about these crimes does not make one a Trump supporter, much less a Putin troll.

We are witnessing the death of American imperialism and the myth of American Exceptionalism.

Since WWII, the Soviets have been the foil for threat inflation by the military/industrial complex.

The dissolution of the USSR nearly 30 years ago created a Russia which was governed by central bank oligarchs. Putin, a former FSB officer, came to power in 1999, and has struggled mightily to oust the influence of these same banksters which are currently ruining our country.

Russia is an Orthodox Christian nation which has never invaded anyone. That Americans, apparently including the N&R, refuse to make a distinction between the evil Soviet Union and modern day Russia is proof, not only of ignorance, but gross stupidity.

Those of use who value freedom, find it in lots of other places. You can label us trolls when we are in fact patriots.

From Moon of Alabama:

The published indictment gives support to our long held believe that there was no “Russian influence” campaign during the U.S. election. What is described and denounced as such was instead a commercial marketing scheme which ran click-bait websites to generate advertisement revenue and created online crowds around virtual persona to promote whatever its commercial customers wanted to promote. The size of the operation was tiny when compared to the hundreds of millions in campaign expenditures. It had no influence on the election outcome.

The indictment is fodder for the public to prove that the Mueller investigation is “doing something”. It distracts from further questioning  the origin of the Steele dossier. It is full of unproven assertions and assumptions. It is a sham in that none of the Russian persons or companies indicted will ever come in front of a U.S. court. That is bad because the indictment is build on the theory of a new crime which, unless a court throws it out, can be used to incriminate other people in other cases and might even apply to this blog. The later part of this post will refer to that.

I was bewildered by the article and rather than addressing it, I hauled out the standard boilerplate.  Even now, I’m so tired of all this, I don’t even care anymore.

Nafeez Ahmed exposed the Pentagon’s Highlands Forum and The Rendon Group a few years ago.

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