Putin’s Propaganda People: Puppets and Puppeteers

If one good thing has come out of Vladimir Putin’s secret war against Ukraine, it is how that war has exposed Putin’s extensive propaganda network in the West. Using classic Soviet methodology, the network consists of a large number of loosely connected cells who are unaware of each others workings and loyalties. This protects the network from being infiltrated, because an infiltrator can only destroy a single cell. Some cells are official employees of the Russian government, others are Russian government contractors, still others are disaffected Westerners who believe that Putinism is a preferable alternative to Democracy. The most dangerous cells are those where most or all the members of the cell are not even aware they are being funded by the Kremlin. An activist organization which promotes Putin’s agenda will receive money from one of Putin’s many front organizations to continue their “good work”.

Many scholars and journalists have begun mapping Putin’s extensive propaganda network, but the network is simply too large for any one person to map. In addition, the financial transactions are done without public disclosure, making it effectively impossible to determine who all is being paid by Kremlin front organizations. However, the invasion of Ukraine has raised the visibility of the network high enough that parts of it are being publicly mapped.

Due to these recent events in Ukraine, most of the analysis of the network focus on anti-Ukrainian propaganda. However, once you start looking into the network you can see that Putin’s other agenda items are also heavily promoted, such as support for the Iranian mullahs and opposition to modern agricultural science.

Here is one map of portions the network developed by Olexander Scherba:
propagramm3 Putins Propaganda People: Puppets and Puppeteers

The most comprehensive write-up so far is Pro-Russian Network Behind the Anti-Ukrainian Defamation Campaign, by Anton Shekhovtov, a scholar studying the “far-right” political movement in Europe. (Note: In the US, we might call these “far left” political movements.)

Here are a few other sources to use when attempting to map this vast network:

If you know of additional resources, please mention them in the comments. Together, we might be able to make some progress in removing the covers from this secretive organization.

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Web Sites Which Publish Fake News and Other Hoaxes

Web Sites Which Publish Fake News and Other Hoaxes

A small group of morally-challenged individuals have discovered that there is a great deal of money to be made by publishing fake news articles. These rags publish ridiculous headlines like “Monsanto is Killing Your Children”, “Ukrainians Worship the Devil”, and “Hillary Clinton’s Secret Affair with Vladimir Putin”. These inflammatory headlines are then promoted though social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The owners of these sites make money from ads that display on their sites when people read the articles. It appears that the more inflammatory and unbelievable the headline, the better it spreads through social media. Debunking these stories can be almost impossible, as the “facts” they contain are unverifiable and therefore unfalsifiable. Although there is no evidence that Hillary Clinton is having an affair with Vladimir Putin, there is also not evidence that she is not having an affair with Vladimir Putin.

A few of these web sites may be run by truly insane people who actually believe what they publish, but if so that is a small minority. One of the proofs of this is how obviously fake the articles are. Old and heavily debunked articles from several years age are routinely updated with new dates and names and republished as new stories. Some site owners may believe that they are trying to shift public opinion by convincing the public to believe outrageous lies. Followers of this Overton Window theory believe that by making wildly unbelievable and bombastic claims, their slightly less unbelievable claims will feel more acceptable to readers. While this certainly may be true, that does not make it a morally acceptable strategy for discussing public policy. Other site owners may feel that they are simply “talking to their base” and that this relieves them of any moral duty to tell the truth. This is a reflection of the sad state of moral thinking in our society today. A few sites claim to be “humor” or “satire” sites and exist mainly to provide links which people can use to fool unsuspecting victims on social media. These sites will sometimes post a disclaimer in the site footer, but often these disclaimers will disappear and reappear over time. A small number of sites on our list are simply government-funded propaganda sites which post ridiculous claims from tyrannical governments which want to improve their public image or attack the public images of their opponents.

The sites on the list below are a mix of all of these types of sites. Strict categorization is not simple as many of these sites exist in multiple categories or switch between categories based upon whatever proves to be most profitable at the current time.

  • 21StCenturyWire.com
  • ActivistPost.com
  • Alternet.org
  • AntiWar.com
  • BeforeItsNews.com
  • BigPZone.com
  • Chronicle.su
  • ConsciousLifeNews.com
  • ConspiracyWire.com
  • CountdownToZeroTime.com
  • CounterPsyOps.com
  • DailyBuzzLive.com
  • DailyCurrant.com
  • DCClothesLine.com
  • Disclose.tv
  • DuffelBlog.com
  • DuhProgressive.com
  • EmpireNews.net
  • English.ruvr.ru
  • EUTimes.net
  • FederalistPress.com
  • FreePatriot.org
  • FromTheTrenchesWorldReport.com
  • GeoEngineeringWatch.org
  • GlobalResearch.ca
  • GonzoGlobe.com
  • GovtSlaves.info
  • GuardianLV.com
  • GulagBound.com
  • HangTheBankers.com
  • HealthImpactNews.com
  • HumansAreFree.com
  • Huzlers.com
  • InfoWars.com
  • IntelliHub.com
  • LewRockwell.com
  • LibertyNews.com
  • LiveFreeLiveNatural.com
  • NationalReport.net
  • NaturalCuresNotMedicine.com
  • NaturalNews.com
  • Newswire-24.com
  • NoDisinfo.com
  • NowTheEndBegins.com
  • PakAlertPress.com
  • PoliticalBlindSpot.com
  • PressTV.ir
  • PrisonPlanet.com
  • RandPaulReview.com
  • RawForBeauty.com
  • RealFarmacy.com
  • RedFlagNews.com
  • ResponsibleTechnology.org
  • RT.com
  • SouthWeb.org
  • TheCommonSenseShow.com
  • TheControversialFiles.net
  • TheDailySheeple.com
  • TheFreeThoughtProject
  • TheLastGreatStand.com
  • TheNewAmerican.com
  • TheRightPlanet.com
  • TheRunDownLive.com
  • TheUSPatriot.com
  • TopInfoPost.com
  • TruthAndAction.org
  • TruthBroadcastNetwork.com
  • TurnerRadioNetwork.com
  • UndergroundHealth.com
  • USAHitman.com
  • VeteransToday.com
  • WesternJournalism.com
  • WhyDontYouTryThis.com
  • WorldNewsDailyReport.com
  • WorldTruth.tv
  • AmericanNews.com

Each of these sites may, at times, publish legitimate news articles. This is a useful technique for making the illegitimate articles harder to spot. The fact that a home burglar doesn’t rob houses three nights a week does not make him any less of a home burglar. The fact that some of these sites occasionally posts a legitimate article does not make the publication itself legitimate. Any news site will occasionally publish a poorly-researched article. To earn a spot on this list, the publication must show a clear disregard for the objective truth. We all know how terribly mainstream media outlets like ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN fail to promote legitimate news stories. The promise of alternative media is that we can do better than traditional centralized mass-media. The publishers listed above are purposefully failing to do better. They are actually doing a worse job than the mainstream media — something many of us once thought impossible.

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New Economics and Investing Blog Launched

New Economics and Investing Blog Launched

A new blog on economics and investing is being launched this week. The new web site, BankableInsight, will be focused on educating the public on economic issues that affect their lives. The site will publish economic analysis for non-economists with the intent of helping readers become more informed citizens and investors.

Unlike most similar web sites, BankableInsight will be focused on Main Street, not Wall Street. It will serve retail investors, not institutional investors. It will help non-professional investors make better decisions on how to manage their investment capital.

BankableInsight will also help readers understand the economic aspects of government policy decisions, from taxes and regulations to immigration and the federal debt.

Finally, BankableInsight will publish useful advice on saving money to help readers accumulate funds that can be used for investment.

Please visit the new blog, like them on Facebook, +1 them on Google+, and follow them on Twitter. Projects like these are incredibly difficult to get off the ground and your support will help provide motivation to the entire development team.

Thanks!

 

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A Few Words on Law for My Fellow Republicans

A Few Words on Law for My Fellow Republicans

When discussing current events with my fellow Republicans, I often find myself struggling with a common misconception – the bizarre idea that “legal and illegal” are in some way synonymous with “right and wrong”, “good and bad”, or “moral and immoral.” Republicans tend to be not just law-abiding folks, but also lovers of law and order. This love, as love often does, leads to poor thinking.

When I attempt to explain that what is legal may not be moral and what is moral may not be legal, I often find that my fellow Republicans close their minds not only to the idea — but to everything else I say and to me as a person. I find myself classified as a “law breaker” and equated with Charles Manson and Osama bin Laden. It is, to say the least, not conducive to a productive discussion.

As a result of this happening more than a few times, I am preparing this post of a few words from several of my fellow scofflaws. I may be an incorrigible miscreant, but it appears that I am in fine company:

“Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“An unjust law is no law at all.” — Saint Augustine, On Free Choice Of The Will

“When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.” — Frederick Bastiat

“Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim — when he defends himself — as a criminal.” — Frederic Bastiat, The Law

“It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tells me I ought to do.” — Edmund Burke

“Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.” — Edmund Burke

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’, because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.” — Thomas Brackett Reed, 1886

“Men do not make laws. They do but discover them. Laws must be justified by something more than the will of the majority. They must rest on the eternal foundation of righteousness.” — Calvin Coolidge

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957)

“The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it’s enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law, and no courts are bound to enforce it.” — 16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256

“We can never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.”” — Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail (16 April, 1963)

“Just as it is the duty of all men to obey just laws, so it is the duty of all men to disobey unjust laws.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

“All that is good is not embodied in the law; and all that is evil is not proscribed by the law. A well-disciplined society needs few laws; but it needs strong mores.” — William F. Buckley

 

 

All quotations sourced from Famous Quote – Quotes on Law.

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How to Save America – In Three Words

How to Save America - In Three Words

Ronald Reagan used to say “There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” Back in the 1980’s when Ronny was president, Americans had attention spans long enough to watch an entire music video on MTV. Those days, alas, are history. The modern voter, “prepared” for life by our failing “educational” system could never be expected to pay attention to anything for three whole minutes. That’s really just expecting too much from a generation of voters who are accustomed to the majority of their reading occurring via text messages on mobile telephones.

To reach those voters, we need simple messages. These are often called “memes”.  These are far shorter than the “sound bites” that we complained about back in the 1980’s.  Here are a series of memes which document how we can pull America back from the brink of destruction — in three words:

  • Enforce the Constitution
  • Demand Government Accountability
  • Prosecute Government Officials
  • Repeal Unconstitutional Legislation
  • Reduce Government Footprint
  • Balanced Budget Amendment
  • Federal Hiring Freeze
  • Term Limit Politicians
  • Require Voter ID
  • Eliminate National Debt
  • Reduce Tax Burden
  • Eliminate Unnecessary Bureaucracy
  • Reduce Government Overhead
  • Sell Government Assets
  • Eliminate Government Subsidies
  • Respect Taxpayer Dollars
  • Simplify Tax System
  • Eliminate Unnecessary Agencies
  • Outsource Federal Agencies

These are just examples. You can find more memes about how to save America in three words from our followers on Twitter: #ThreeWordsToSaveAmerica.

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Memorial Day Quotes

Memorial Day Quotes

Courtesy of Memorial Day Quotes, here are some inspirational quotes for this solemn day:

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. — General George S. Patton

All we have of freedom, all we use or know –
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.
– Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899

Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored. — Daniel Webster

We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. — Francis A. Walker

The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
– Minot J. Savage

I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did. — Benjamin Harrison

Cover them over with beautiful flowers,
Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours,
Lying so silent by night and by day
Sleeping the years of their manhood away.
Give them the meed they have won in the past;
Give them the honors their future forcast;
Give them the chaplets they won in the strife;
Give them the laurels they lost with their life.
– Will Carleton

Decoration Day is the most beautiful of our national holidays…. The grim cannon have turned into palm branches, and the shell and shrapnel into peach blossoms. — Thomas Bailey Aldrich

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
– Lee Greenwood

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. — Benjamin Disraeli

They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast,
And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Perform, then, this one act of remembrance before this Day passes – Remember there is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders, but is increasingly recruited from the eternal sources of the American spirit and from the generations of American youth. — W.J. Cameron

With the tears a Land hath shed
Their graves should ever be green.
– Thomas Bailey Aldrich

On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! — Thomas William Parsons

Green sods are all their monuments; and yet it tells
A nobler history than pillared piles,
Or the eternal pyramids.
– James Gates Percival

Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism? — Henry Ward Beecher

Is’t death to fall for Freedom’s right?
He’s dead alone who lacks her light!
– Thomas Campbell

They fell, but o’er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
– Francis Marion Crawford

For love of country they accepted death… — James A. Garfield

Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead!
There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old,
But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold.
– Rupert Brooke

Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth;
Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth…
– Thomas Moore

But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,
Is their monument to-day, and for aye.
– Thomas Dunn English

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. — Thomas Campbell

Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.
– Richard Watson Gilder

The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots. — Randy Vader

We who are left how shall we look again
Happily on the sun or feel the rain
Without remembering how they who went
Ungrudgingly and spent
Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?
– Wilfred Wilson Gibson

Our battle-fields, safe in the keeping
Of Nature’s kind, fostering care,
Are blooming, – our heroes are sleeping, –
And peace broods perennial there.
– John H. Jewett

Their own souls rose and cried
Alarum when they heard the sudden wail
Of stricken freedom and along the gale
Saw her eternal banner quivering wide.
– John LeGay Brereton

The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem. — Aaron Kilbourn

Our cheer goes back to them, the valiant dead!
Laurels and roses on their graves to-day,
Lilies and laurels over them we lay,
And violets o’er each unforgotten head.
– Richard Hovey

But fame is theirs – and future days
On pillar’d brass shall tell their praise;
Shall tell – when cold neglect is dead –
“These for their country fought and bled.”
– Philip Freneau

Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic. — John A. Logan

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alas, how can we help but mourn
When hero bosoms yield their breath!
A century itself may bear
But once the flower of such a death.
– S. Weir Mitchell

They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation. — Henry Ward Beecher

These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea. — Schuyler Colfax

They saw their injured country’s woe;
The flaming town, the wasted field;
Then rushed to meet the insulting foe;
They took the spear, – but left the shield.
– Philip Freneau

“Dead upon the field of glory,”
Hero fit for song and story.
– John Randolph Thompason

Knights of the spirit; warriors in the cause
Of justice absolute ‘twixt man and man.
– Richard Watson Gilder

Their silent wounds have speech
More eloquent than men;
Their tones can deeper reach
Than human voice or pen.
– William Woodman

These heroes are dead. They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars – they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead. — Robert G. Ingersoll

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

How sleep the brave, who sink to rest,
By all their country’s wishes blest!
When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallow’d mould,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod
Than Fancy’s feet have ever trod.
By fairy hands their knell is rung,
There Honour comes, a pilgrim gray,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
And Freedom shall awhile repair,
To dwell, a weeping hermit, there.
– William Collins

And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave. — Joseph Drake

The Flag still floats unblotted with defeat!
But ah the blood that keeps its ripples red,
The starry lives that keep its field alight.
– Rupert Hughes

Life hangs as nothing in the scale against dear Liberty! — Lucy Larcom

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. — Joseph Campbell

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