This Is a Dark Hour for America

The question is: What are we — the vast majority of Americans — going to do about this? 

By Robert Reich, The Baltimore Sun
05 July 18

Seven suggestions:

First and most importantly, do not give up. That’s what they would like us to do. Then they’d have no opposition at all. Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Please do not succumb to it.

Second, in the short term, contact your senators and urge them to oppose Mr. Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

If your state has a Republican senator, you might mobilize and organize your friends and neighbors to do whatever they can to get that senator to reject Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Or, at the least, postpone consideration of that nominee until after the midterm elections, so there’s a chance to change the composition of the Senate.

Third, make a ruckus. Demonstrate. Engage in nonviolent civil disobedience. Fight lies with truth. Join the resistance.

Many grassroots organizations are doing great work, and could use your help. Among them are: @IndivisibleTeam, @swingleft, @UpRiseDotOrg, @MoveOn. @Sister_District, and @flippable_org. I’m sure I’ve left out many others. Check with your friends, and check online.

Fourth, don’t engage in divisive incrimination over “who lost” the 2016 election. There’s no point in Hillary Clinton loyalists, Bernie Sanders supporters, Jill Stein voters, and others turning on one another and blaming each other for the outcome. We must be united.

Fifth, vote this Nov. 6 for people who will stand up to the Trump Republicans’ rampage. Mobilize and organize others to do so, too. If you live in a blue state, contact friends and relatives in red states and urge them to do the same.

Sixth, help lay the groundwork for the 2020 presidential election so that even if Trump survives Robert Mueller’s investigation and a possible impeachment proceeding, he will not be re-elected.

Finally, bear in mind that this fight will be long and hard. It will require our patience, our courage and our resolve. Yet the stakes could not be higher. We’re talking about the future of our democracy, and the well-being of our children and our children’s children.


Source: Baltimore Sun 07/05/18 republished ReaderSupportedNews.org

Nunes Memo is a dud

Source: Politico.com

“It’s been a rough week for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, the California Republican at the center of a Washington firestorm after crafting a memo alleging bias and misconduct at the FBI and Department of Justice.

But for Andrew Janz, the congressman’s Democratic opponent, things have never been better.

Janz, a previously little-known Fresno prosecutor, reports he’s been deluged by donations and media attention. Last week, the congressman’s hometown paper, the Fresno Bee, headlined a scathing editorial under the headline, “Rep. Devin Nunes, Trump’s stooge, attacks FBI.” Even late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel piled on this week, sniping that “to call Devin Nunes Donald Trump’s lapdog would be an insult to dogs. And to laps.”

In recent days, Twitter has been abuzz with calls from Democrats across the nation to donate to Janz’s campaign.

“We’re looking really good, thanks to him,’’ Janz told POLITICO, just hours after the memo’s Friday release. “I think we took in $100,000 between today and yesterday.”

Source: Politico.com


#MuellerInvestigation #MuellerTime #Mueller #ProtectMueller #ProtectMuellerNow #NunesMemo #NunesMustResign #NunesMustGo #GOPMemo #GOPComplicitTreason #GOPCorruption #GOPC #GOPTrainWreck #GOPTraitors #Maralago #RussianWitchHunt #VetsRESIST #VetsForKaepernick #TheResistanceVOTES

Putin thanks #realDonaldTrump @DevinNunes @MikeTurnerOH #Ohio_10 @RepBradWenstrup #Ohio_02 the #GOP @Jim_Jordan #RepTedPoe @HouseGOP @SenateGOP #HouseGOP #SenateGOP for “sowing discord, mistrust in your democratic institutions.” #dezinformatsiya #VetsRESIST #TheResistanceVOTES

@Comey @FBI @NewYorkFBI @FBIBoston @FBILosAngeles @FBIWFO @FBIMostWanted @FBIOmaha @FBINewOrleans @FBIOklahomaCity @FBISanFrancisco @FBISeattle @FBISacramento @FBITampa @FBIKansasCity @FBICincinnati @FBIPhoenix @FBIPhiladelphia #VetsRESIST #TheResistanceVOTES #NunesFakeMemo #FBR

The RESISTANCE Video BRILLIANTLY produced by @1oneclone / Deutschland

Video BRILLIANTLY produced by @1oneclone / Deutschland.

#GameOnVA #votingrights Let America Vote @votevets @VoteMidterms @out_2018 #TakeBackCongress2018 #NeedToImpeach @TomSteyer


Virginia Gubernatorial Race 

Bots stoke racial strife in Virginia governor’s race

Latino Victory Fund retracted a controversial ad. But the reaction has been amplified on Twitter by automated accounts. By 

Twitter bots are swarming into the Virginia governor’s race and promoting chatter about a racially charged Democratic ad days before Election Day, according to a report commissioned by allies of Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s campaign.

The activity centers on an ad from Latino Victory Fund, depicting a child’s nightmare in which a supporter of Republican Ed Gillespie chases immigrant children in a pickup truck bearing a Confederate flag. Gillespie’s campaign reacted furiously to the ad, which barely ran on TV but got major attention online, and has made backlash to the Democratic ad a major part of its closing message.

That backlash erupted quickly, and Latino Victory Fund later retracted the ad. But the reaction has been amplified on Twitter by automated accounts. Out of the 15 accounts tweeting most frequently about the Latino Victory Fund ad, 13 belong to fully or partially automated bots, according to an analysis from Discourse Intelligence. (The other two accounts are Republican political operatives.)

“Highly scripted, highly robotic accounts are being used to boost this message into the Twitter conversation,” said Tim Chambers, the report’s author and the U.S. practice lead for digital at the Dewey Square Group. The firm was retained by the National Education Association, whose Virginia affiliate has endorsed Northam.

Of the 15 accounts most frequently sending out messages about the ad from Latino Victory Fund, just two accounts belonging to GOP operatives were human, while 13 belonged to either fully or partially automated bots, according to the report from Discourse Intelligence. The National Education Association, whose Virginia affiliate backs Northam, paid for the report.

“What we saw during the 2016 presidential campaign was a consistent and coordinated effort by trolls and bots to ‘flood the zone’ to manipulate the conversation on social media,” Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said.

“Twitter’s anonymity, reach and speed make it the perfect platform for spreading fake information and hyper partisan content.”

Chambers also said more than 400 suspicious accounts have followed Northam’s campaign Twitter account in recent days, with many of them tweeting mostly in Turkish or eastern European languages.

“NEA has followed the race very closely and has commissioned research reports on a variety of topics, including the role of social media in amplifying messages about issues in the election,” the union said. “One of those reports disclosed significant information about the use of automated bots to create an echo chamber of anti-public education and anti-social justice attacks.”

Source: Politico.com 11/3/17

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true.” Kierkagaard

LUIS G. RIVERA-MARÍN @LuisRiveraMarin is lying about @FEMA #PuertoRicoRelief.
#LeaveHerAlone #Troll @cernovich
#CarmenYulinCruz #FBR

Russian soldiers joining #ISIS in the thousands.
Russia feeds #FakeNews social media.
#Dezinformatsiya
counter intelligence warranted.

Wanna see something really terrifying? https://americarisingblue.com/2017/10/31/1272/
#NYCTerroristAttack was set up year ago in case #HRC won.

TOO CONVENIENT.

Jack joined the discussion yesterday, when Ed Klein published a book claiming that antifa are traveling abroad to be trained by ISIS.


“The President needs to stop Tweeting and start leading.” Senator Chuck Schumer.

#WEARESOFUCKED
#ICANNOTEVENBELIEVEIT
#OHMYGOD
#THEYARESTARTINGARACEWAR
#TOPANDERTOTHEIRNAZIMERCENARYBASE
#DISGUSTINGDESPICABLEALLEGEDPEOPLE

We are witnessing the Deconstruction of the Administrative State per Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News altRIGHT Leninist ideology. 

My Goodness, I cannot believe that Jeff Sessions a
self-avowed
lifelong
racist
scorner of all things
factual & intellectual
LIED UNDER OATH!
NOT!

Letter from Coretta Scott King protesting @JeffSessions #JeffSessions institutional racism at the beginning of his career. Nothing changed.

I’m hoping that more folks wake up and realize the holy shit our country is in.

TheRESISTANCE!

"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true." Kiekagaard - America Rising BLUE
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true.” Kiekagaard – America Rising BLUE

Happy Birthday to me

America Rising BLUE - Trump ties to Putin are investigated as Paul Manafort, Rick Gates indicted for Conspiracy to Defraud the United States.

8:15 am in
October 30, 2017
My 66th Birthday
I get a gift today that will truly keep on giving
INDICTMENTS
JUST WHAT I WANTED!
THANKS!

CONGRATS Paul Manafort! You have been charged with a Federal Crime! Happy days are here again. #ThankGodForMueller #SaveAmerica #RESIST

When you see demeaning debasing #FakeNews images of Hillary, Bill or Chelsea REPORT to @TWITTER for Targeted harassment of PRIVATE CITIZENS.

Thank you @DirectRelief #DirectRelief #PuertoRico #PuertoRicoRelief @CarmenYulinCruz @ltgrusselhonore #USNSComfort

It is AGAINST @Twitter policies to target private citizens for troll, smear campaigns. #Election2016 cyberops still harassing them. REPORT.

IMPORTANT as they ramp up
REPORT trump troll smears on
#Obama Michelle #HRC Bill Chelsea
They are PRIVATE CITIZENS NOW
Targeted Harassment

@PressSec @AltUSPressSec @Alt_Spicerlies @ALT_uscis #IndictmentMonday Paul Manafort #Russiagate #MuellerHasCometh #NeedToImpeach #PapaDop

#TomSteyer #Impeach #NeedToImpeach #Election2016 #Russiagate Paul Manafort #ManafortMonday #Manafort #Mueller #Papadoupolis

I need advice, suggestions. I’ve found lots of interesting – albeit horrifying in its implications – Twitter accounts tied to Election 2016 & Brad Parscale. Many have been reactivated recently. Ever wonder why realDonaldTrump never updates his profile pic?

Duffey

In honor of my proud Father, Stanley Winchester Call, Marine Republican Mason Husband

In honor of my Republican Family

Senator Jeff Flake (AZ-R) pivoted history today as he eloquently & passionately reminded us of who we are  and what our Nation stands for. Flake echos what we have been discovering – that the Trump Administration presents a clear & present danger to our children, our morals, values, traditions. Our Nation. 

Millions of people around the globe are horrified that Trump and his ContCons (Contemporary Conservatives) continue to recklessly steer our ship of state into the rocks.

Another metaphor.  Germany 1937.

Please,  just listen to Senator Flake. He, Senator John McCain & Representative Bob Corker are warning us BECAUSE THEY LOVE OUR COUNTRY.  Don’t believe Breitbart News, Steve Bannon and his altRIGHT trills / trolls FOX News, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson et.al. ad nauseum.

America Rising BLUE - Signs of Fascism
America Rising BLUE – Signs of Fascism

Trump’s DEZINFORMATSIYA Campaign

Never Forget. Never Again. We are #TheResistance.

Responding to @Aroliso #Tweet :

“Every single day the  media try to take you down.. You never falter, you always stand strong!”

#potus45 #ReTweets with comment: 

“Thank you, the very dishonest Fake News Media is out of control!” 

DailyKos.com article by David Akadjian “Three Russian propaganda techniques being used by the Trump administration—and how to fight them

Reprinted here
with credits.


Toxic cynicism

The idea behind toxic cynicism is discouragement.

If you believe that nothing you do is going to make a difference, you’re more likely to check out and not even vote.

We saw this in large doses in the last election: Everything is awful so f*ck it, why not vote for Trump? If everyone is lying, what difference does it make?

We’ve heard this for years from right-wing pundits in these forms:

  • You can’t trust the government
  • You can’t trust the media
  • You can’t trust science
  • You can’t trust academia
Breitbart News is the Grand Daddy of #FakeNews
With Steve Bannon back at the helm, Breitbart News is the grand Daddy of #FakeNews.

In the past, these narratives have been used to discredit traditional institutions while building up the organizations that corporate America wants us to trust: Big business.

We all know the marketing—We need to free some “markets.” We need tax cuts to unleash the power of our corporations. What’s good for business is what’s good for America. Markets regulate themselves. More consumer choice will fix all of our issues with government.

All of these narratives were designed by corporate special interest groups like the Chamber of Commerce to encourage one thing: Selling off government (organizations designed by and for people) to private industry (organizations with profit as the main goal).  (ed: great example of public to private is #EricPrince proposal to RUN the #AFGHANISTAN WAR as a private contractor. Only $10BILLION per year! Prince is Sec Education #BetsyDevos brother. He is notorious for his private security firm in Iraq War #BlackWater.)

We’ve heard so much of this over the years from our own propagandists that we were really susceptible to even greater levels of cynicism in this past election. Over and over again we were told that Hillary Clinton was just as bad.

Vanity Fair wrote about the goal of toxic cynicism in Russian propaganda:

At the heart of this mind-set is the idea that there is no such thing as objective truth or even facts, because everything is spun or disguised to reflect advantageously on one group or another. “The whole idea of values has been thoroughly debased [in Russia], to the extent that if you talk about Western values you’ll just get a laugh,” says Ben Nimmo, a research fellow at the Atlantic Council.

This environment of toxic cynicism allows Putin’s word to be as good as anyone else’s, because according to Moscow’s worldview everyone, including and especially westerners, is a self-righteous hypocrite and a liar.

Simply put, conservatives are led to believe that everything that comes from the left (#MainStreetMedia #TheResistance #antifa #LibTards #Snowflakes etc.) is some sort of spin.

Therefore, any spin of their own is justified. “I’m only a hateful, lying hypocrite because Libtards are.” 

We are #TheResistance.

Read full article reprinted with credits here.