More and more Americans waking up to the reality that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election.

By | 2018-07-24T13:45:03+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |21 Comments

Some people are so slow on the uptake. 

Courtesy of Vox:

By three different metrics, Americans’ belief that Russia meddled in the 2016 election — the consensus of the US intelligence community — is rising. The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted during and after Trump’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, when the president’s performance in a press conference was widely panned for his timidity in confronting Putin and his apparent willingness to believe Putin’s claims about the 2016 election over the findings of American intelligence.

Americans clearly feel very differently. From the new survey of 900 registered voters:

65 percent of voters say they believe Russia interfered with the 2016 election. That is up 12 points from a year ago.
41 percent of voters say they believe the Russian meddling affected the outcome of the 2016 election, an increase of 8 points from a year ago.
30 percent of voters say they believe Hillary Clinton would have won the 2016 election if not for Russian interference, up 6 points from last year.

While this is good news it still makes my head hurt to realize that the numbers are still so low. 

This next part provides a little hope, however: 

In a related finding in the NBC/WSJ poll, a mere 26 percent of Americans said they approved of how Trump has handled Russia as president, while 51 percent said that they disapproved. Republicans, however, still remain mostly supportive of the president.

Republicans are essentially a lost cause at this point, having become too tribal to recognize any facts which threaten to pop their bubble of denial. 

That is why it is so important to register as many young people as possible, as the vast percentage of them lean Democratic and are more open to new information than their elderly counterparts in the GOP.  

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21 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 7:12 am

    This is sick. And Trump is emboldening it.

    Inside Incels’ Looksmaxing Obsession: Penis Stretching, Skull Implants And Rage

    …“Women and society have dejected us into loneliness and depression. Their obsession with looks has driven many of us who don’t fit their standards to anger and homicidal tendencies. This is not the result of mental illness, it is a normal response to prejudiced behavior,” one member wrote in April. “What’s the incentive for incels (ugly men) to follow YOUR social rules, when our actions, good or bad, will never be rewarded?” he asked. “Why NOT shoot up that sorority full of girls that teased you?”

    Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old self-proclaimed incel who killed himself and six other people in 2014, is hailed as an inspiration in incel forums. The day before his rampage in Isla Vista, California, he uploaded a video to YouTube titled “Retribution” which detailed his plan to “slaughter every spoiled, stuck-up, blonde slut” he could find in a nearby sorority house.

    “If I can’t have you girls, I will destroy you,” he said in the video. “You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male.”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/incels-looksmaxing-obsession_us_5b50e56ee4b0de86f48b0a4f

    Trump and Putin’s gangster tactics feed insecure white male egos

    Republican senators can scold Trump for lip syncing Vladimir Putin’s lies but their base won’t give a damn. MAGA hat wearing men don’t see treason or collusion. They see Trump and Putin as a defiant spectacle of the world’s two manliest men, gripping hands like mafia dons making a deal.

    …Only violence seemed to guarantee safety. One can look back and see from colonial America to the Civil Rights Movement it has been a golden era of whiteness. They had the guns and law to justify killing. Slave rebellions were put down. Native people herded off land. Jim Crow kept their neighborhoods monochromatic. The high point was post-World War II when America bleached the traces of its old world ethnicity in safe, leafy suburbs.

    Now that fear has returned.

    …For some in the white majority, the change was welcome. For many, it stirred toxic anxiety that needed a new public expression. So the Republican Party did for racism what money launderers do for drug dealers’ cash, they washed it clean enough to use.

    Beltway Republicans used code words like “state’s rights” or “welfare queens” or “culture of poverty.” Millions of conservatives heard the real message. Don’t be afraid. We’re keeping you safe from niggers, spics, fags and gooks.

    They weren’t though. For affluent Republican voters, capitalism’s voracious appetite for culture to commodify meant every pulse of resistance found its way onto store shelves and sitcoms and music.

    And for the one-third of Trump voters who are working-poor, capitalism automated jobs, it searched for low-wage workers, it moved factories and gave executives huge salaries that split the nation by a vast wealth gap. And it hit men’s egos, hard. Now they were underemployed and becoming a minority.

    We’re in the era of defensive whiteness. Each new twist of history turns the temperature up on upper- and working-class white fear. A first Black president? Fear. Protests against police brutality? Fear. Tearing down Confederate statues and flags? Fear. Gay marriage? Fear. China rising? Fear. Whiteness visible? Fear.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trump-putins-gangster-tactics-feed-insecure-white-male-egos/

    • Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Here’s how white supremacy is intimately intertwined with a deep-seated loathing of women

      …The Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday published its seminal report on the subject titled “When Women are the Enemy: The Intersection of Misogyny and White Supremacy.”

      “There is a robust symbiosis between misogyny and white supremacy; the two ideologies are powerfully intertwined,” the ADL’s report noted. “While not all misogynists are racists, and not every white supremacist is a misogynist, a deep-seated loathing of women acts as a connective tissue between many white supremacists, especially those in the alt right, and their lesser-known brothers in hate like incels (involuntary celibates), MRAs (Men’s Rights Activists) and PUAs (Pick Up Artists).”

      In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine a few hours before the public release of the paper, report author Jessica Reaves explained what the ADL hopes to accomplish by publicizing the links between violent racist and misogynist ideologies.

      “There’s a growing sense of resentment among certain groups of men, especially white men, towards women for what they see as a theft of their power and status,” Reaves told Cosmo. “Violence, vicious harassment, and other forms of misogyny are a huge threat to women everywhere. We want people to understand that misogyny is dangerous and that by elevating everyone’s understanding of this critical threat, we can reduce the risks.”

      In the report’s first section, titled “The Alt Right’s Woman Problem,” Reaves included a quote from Andrew Anglin, the man who runs the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website to illustrate her point.

      “The fact is, when you give women rights, they destroy absolutely everything around them, no matter what other variable is involved,” the Anglin quote reads. “Even if you become the ultimate alpha male, some stupid b*tch will still ruin your life.”

      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/heres-extremists-move-forums-dedicated-sexism-white-supremacist-violence/

  2. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Alex Jones threatens Mueller: ‘You’re going to get it, or I’m going to die trying’

    …”That’s a demon I will take down, or I’ll die trying. So that’s it. It’s going to happen, we’re going to walk out in the square, politically, at high noon, and he’s going to find out whether he makes a move man, make the move first, and then it’s going to happen,” Jones said, miming a pistol with his hand.

    “It’s not a joke. It’s not a game. It’s the real world. Politically. You’re going to get it, or I’m going to die trying, bitch. Get ready. We’re going to bang heads. We’re going to bang heads.”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/media/398512-alex-jones-threatens-mueller-youre-going-to-get-it-or-im-going-to-die-trying

    • Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Jones went on an unhinged rant, which has often been the hallmark of his show, and baselessly accused Mueller of being a “monster” who “controls” pedophiles. He then went on to describe Mueller as a “demon I will take down, or I’ll die trying.”

      Miming shooting a gun, Jones said, “We’re going to walk out in the square, politically, at high noon, and he’s going to find out whether he makes a move man, make the move first, and then it’s going to happen. It’s not a joke. It’s not a game. It’s the real world. Politically. You’re going to get it, or I’m going to die trying, bitch. Get ready. We’re going to bang heads. We’re going to bang heads.”

      https://shareblue.com/alex-jones-trump-adviser-robert-mueller-murder-fantasy/

  3. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Russian hackers penetrated networks of U.S. electric utilities: WSJ

    Russian hackers gained access to the networks of U.S. electric utilities last year, which could have allowed them to cause blackouts, according to federal government officials, who said the campaign is likely continuing, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

    The hackers, who worked for a Russian state-sponsored group known as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear, claimed “hundreds of victims” in 2017, according to officials at the Department of Homeland Security, the Journal reported.

    Hackers used conventional tools such as spear-phishing emails and watering-hole attacks that trick victims into entering their passwords and then gained access to corporate networks of suppliers, which allowed the hackers to steal credentials and gain access to utility networks, the report on.wsj.com/2LxBrtZ said.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-russia/russian-hackers-penetrated-networks-of-u-s-electric-utilities-wsj-idUSKBN1KE03F

  4. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Trump Just Claimed That Russia Is Going Meddle In The Midterm Election For Democrats

    ‘I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!’

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/24/trump-just-claimed-that-russia-is-going-meddle-in-the-midterm-election-for-democrats.html

    Spineless Paul Ryan Dances For Russia With Claim That Trump Will Be Strong With Putin

    …To recap, Ryan believes that the man who sided with Putin LAST WEEK and has gone back to denying Russia’s ongoing attack against the United States and insisted on meeting in private with Putin will somehow magically turn into someone who puts the United States first on this next meeting.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/24/spineless-paul-ryan-dances-for-russia-with-claim-that-trump-will-be-strong-with-putin.html

    • Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      For Trump, who has been busily endorsing candidates and holding rallies and trying very much to make the midterms about him, nothing could be worse than a humiliating, widespread defeat in November. So now he’s making up excuses.

      Someone must have told Trump about all the polls saying Republicans will get wiped out in November.

      And what better excuse than to suggest that if Republicans do lose in November, as they are predicted to do, it must have been Russia — certainly not the American electorate — that made it so.

      https://shareblue.com/trump-afraid-losing-november-hes-already-blaming-russia/

  5. anonymous July 24, 2018 at 8:39 am

    A Must See & Hear>”Margaret MacMillan, a Military Historian and Oxford University Honorary Fellow who is this year’s Reith Lecturer joins Christiane Amanpour in London to discuss why WAR is still such an integral part of our human existence.”

    https://www.pbs.org/video/amanpour-margaret-macmillan-tzrmfh/

  6. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Donald Trump Tweets Unsubstantiated Claim Russia Wants Democrats To Win

    The president’s tweets about Vladimir Putin are making less and less sense.

    …Trump’s claim earned an immediate rebuke from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who let the president debunk himself:

    REPORTER: Did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?

    PUTIN: Yes, I wanted him to win. Because he talked about bringing the U.S. Russia relationship back to normal.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-tweet-russia-democrats-win_us_5b574bb8e4b0de86f490f35a

  7. Anon July 24, 2018 at 8:49 am
  8. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 9:47 am

    MSNBC analyst John Heilemann explains Trump’s tweets: ‘Gibberish’ to distract from things that scare him

    On MSNBC, host Lawrence O’Donnell opened his show by explaining how the president appeared to be using the threats as a way of trying to alter a news cycle stuck on his collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 election and the trial of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s trial.

    Analyst John Heilemann agreed that war with Iran seemed unlikely—and said that we’ve seen this move used in Trump’s playbook before.

    “I often scare people on television when I talk about Donald Trump being dark and paranoid and ominous,” he said. “I always think when he’s tweeting about something, I shouldn’t worry about it very much, because mostly when he’s tweeting about something it’s gibberish most of the time. It is just deflection, and projection and incoherent rambling. The stuff he doesn’t tweet about is the stuff he cares about. He doesn’t tweet about Playboy models, doesn’t tweet about Stormy Daniels, he doesn’t tweet about Michael Avenatti… But the stuff that scares him, the stuff that worries? He doesn’t tweet about Paul Manafort very much, right?”

    Watch below.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/msnbc-analyst-john-heilemann-explains-trumps-tweets-gibberish-distract-things-scare/

    Conservative demands GOP reject NRA cash until feds find out how much came from Russia

    …With Maria Butina, a Russian national who has been accused of illegally working as a foreign agent, being held by federal authorities without bail, Rubin made the case for every lawmaker — Republican or Democrat — to come clean if they have been in contact with her after she was accused of funneling money to the NRA.

    “The indictment issued last week states she [Butina] worked closely with a Russian official, widely believed to be Russian Central Bank Deputy Gov. Alexander Torshin, to access and influence conservative organizations and politicians,” Rubin wrote. “Voters surely are entitled to know whom she tried to influence and who, if anyone, got allegedly Torshin-laundered money.”

    …She then made the connection between Butina and the White House.

    “News reports have confirmed that one of the people Torshin met with was none other than Donald Trump Jr. (Yes, the president’s son met with the man allegedly sending Butina to infiltrate GOP circles for the benefit of Russia.) She explained. “Now we should know whom else the duo met with, what was discussed and whether Torshin was able to route NRA money to sympathetic candidates.”

    With Rubin quoting ex-federal prosecutor Harry Litman saying, “There have been reports for years that Torshin illegally funneled money to the NRA for use in the Trump campaign, and the criminal charges against Butina lay out a thick relationship that she and Russian officials forged with the organization, and through it, various Republican political figures,” she made a demand of all candidates currently running for office.

    “It is not unreasonable for all recipients of NRA money to put any NRA-related donations aside and not touch the money unless and until this is all cleared up,” she insisted. “Every Republican on the ballot in November, as well as members of their staff, needs to disclose contacts with Torshin and Butina or their associates.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/conservative-demands-gop-reject-nra-cash-feds-find-much-came-russia/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2018/07/24/who-met-with-maria-butina

  9. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Agent, Operative, Plant, Spy? What To Call Mariia Butina

    …But those experts caution that such a loose application of the term is unhelpful and actually works to conceal the specifics of what Butina was allegedly up to and on whose behalf. Spies are typically directly employed by a foreign government’s intelligence agency to gather and transmit information—particularly national defense secrets—back to their home country.

    “The intelligence community distinguishes between agents/officers and assets,” Mike Carpenter, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense who focused on Russia, told TPM in an email. “The former are career spies on the agency’s payroll. They recruit the latter, often with money but also by taking advantage of ideological affinities, family connections, and blackmail.”

    Butina, Carpenter continued, “seems more like an asset than an agent to me. My guess is she probably craved the access she had to senior Russian officials like [Russian Central Bank Deputy Governor Alexander] Torshin and was used by them as well as by Russia’s intelligence services, who saw in her an opportunity to create a front organization in the United States to penetrate the NRA and ‘2A’ political circles.”

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/russia-intelligence-experts-butina-operative-not-spy

    Think Tank Director: Butina, Torshin Met With ‘Career State Department Official’

    …“[Torshin] wasn’t under sanctions,” Saunders said. “We certainly weren’t aware of any derogatory information about Mr. Torshin. So we helped to facilitate meetings. No one from our staff was present, and since no one from our staff was present, no, I really don’t know what happened.”

    Butina, he said “wasn’t somebody who we invited” to the event with Torshin at CNI.

    “He brought someone to interpret for him,” he said. “That was Mariia Butina. She wasn’t somebody who we invited. She wasn’t somebody who we knew. He brought her with him. He was the principal, and she was, like, an aide or something.”

    “We had no way of knowing, really, who she was,” Saunders added.

    CNI, along with Jared Kushner, organized then-candidate Trump’s first major foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in April 2016, a year after the events with Torshin and Butina arranged by CNI. On the sidelines of the Mayflower speech, Trump, Kushner, and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) met with then-Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/torshin-butina-state-department-center-national-interest

    • Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Who Whitewashed the Wiki of Alleged Russian Spy Maria Butina?
      Someone at accused spy Maria Butina’s D.C. alma mater has been tampering with her Wikipedia page.

      Anonymous Wikipedia users engaged in a lengthy campaign this year to alter and whitewash the online biographies of two people at the center of an alleged Russian plot to infiltrate prominent conservative groups in America.

      Starting in early spring 2018, the users, one of which maintained an account on Wikipedia’s Russian-language site, made a series of edits to bios for Maria Butina, a Russian national accused of conspiracy and illegal foreign influence, and Paul Erickson, a Republican political activist whom Butina allegedly roped into her espionage campaign and with whom she allegedly traded sex for political access as a “necessary aspect of her activities.”

      The edits sought to discredit reporting on the FBI investigation into one of Butina’s alleged co-conspirators, and to scrub details of Erickson’s and Butina’s business history. It also downplayed attempts by Erickson to arrange a meeting between Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, allegations of fraud against Erickson, and Butina’s ties to a Russian political figure instrumental in her efforts to ingratiate herself with prominent political groups including the National Rifle Association (NRA).

      The identities of the people behind the Wikipedia editing campaign are not known. But other users on the site—including a veteran editor who says his mission is to “combat promotional editing”—publicly speculated that the accounts were part of a coordinated “sockpuppet” editing campaign. Sockpuppets are online identities created by a single person to covertly manipulate information.

      Details gleaned through a review of Wikipedia’s edit logs link two of the accounts to the Washington D.C. university where Butina studied before she was arrested last week. The edits suggest that months before her life blew up, someone close to, or allied with, Butina knew what investigations into her and her associates might uncover and launched a clandestine campaign to expunge the record or at least downplay it.

      https://www.thedailybeast.com/who-whitewashed-the-wiki-of-alleged-russian-spy-maria-butina?ref=home

      • Sarah is GUILTY as SIN July 24, 2018 at 5:50 pm

        Tampering is a specialty of some.

  10. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    The Battle For The Right To Vote Has Never Been Won
    Now We’re Losing Ground

    “In many ways, today’s battles over voter ID, felon disenfranchisement, gerrymandering and more are simply a continuation of a struggle that has been going for more than two centuries, with a clear line of continuity stretching through the battle for voting rights in the Civil Rights Era South.”

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/feature/the-battle-for-the-right-to-vote-has-never-been-won

  11. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Ex-CIA officer reveals how Trump is using Russian meddling to delegitimize potential blue wave in November

    He continued: “If there is a Democratic wave in November, Trump can say, well look you can’t accuse me of being on the beneficiary side of Russian involvement, because you yourself were put into office in 2018 by the Russians. So it’s a wash now. That’s if the Democrats win. If the Democrats lose, he can go back to saying look how popular I am. Look how popular we are. Even the Russians couldn’t get their bad message across to the American people. It’s a win-win for Donald Trump.”

    Watch below.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/ex-cia-officer-reveals-trump-using-russian-meddling-delegitimize-potential-blue-wave-november/

  12. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Hacked emails reveal Trump donor Elliot Broidy had financial arrangement with aide indicted in Mueller probe

    The emails show Elliott Broidy paid Rick Gates for access to Trump.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/24/us/politics/rick-gates-elliott-broidy-trump-payments.html

  13. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Donald Trump, the Boy President Who Cried Wolf
    Two years ago, that deranged Iran tweet would have shocked. Now, it’s like, sure, buddy, whatever. This may sound like progress, but it’s not.

    …We are becoming inured and desensitized, and I think this poses several challenges.

    There is a boy-who-cried-wolf danger. Trump’s tweet threatening North Korea with “fire and fury” is the most obvious example of Trump ramping up the fear, only to have it dissipate. This trains us not to take the president’s alarming words seriously, lest we look like suckers.

    Indeed, in the wake of Trump’s tweet about Iran, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro mocked people who bought into the whole “‘Trump will explode the world’ thing,” reminding us that it “led to pretty much nothing.” Well, two years left!

    …What happens when we have a legitimate threat to our country, and Trump can’t rally folks behind him because he’s pushed bogus threats so many times? What if he wants to prove that he should be taken seriously and actually launches some sort of preemptive strike?

    The long-term problem: Trump’s behavior is rewiring us to stop viewing politics as a serious struggle between good and evil and to view it instead as a reality-show drama performed for our amusement.

    And just like that, Trump has redefined our role, transitioning us from the active role of citizen or activist to the passive role of consumer or viewer. In fairness to Trump, this trend predates him. However, he has taken this pre-existing problem and put it on steroids.

    Again, this might be a necessary coping mechanism, since taking everything seriously would be too emotionally taxing. Conservative writer Peter Wehner warns that a “feeling of sheer exhaustion from our politics is a defining feature of this era. Increasingly people want to be free of it.”

    Conservative writer David French agrees, adding, “But there are also people who thrive on the rage and chaos. My concern is that reasonable people will grow exhausted and increasingly retreat from the public square, leaving mainly the trolls and the truly angry to dominate discourse.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-the-boy-president-who-cried-wolf?ref=home

  14. Mary July 24, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Wake up everyone. Trump met with Putin to fix this next election too. The 10 traitor congressmen who went to Russia on the 4th of July did the same –begged for their elections to be fixed. That is why the GOP stripped the funding for cybersecurity out of the defense bill last week. They are denying the harges and will till their dying day. Meanwhile they will work with the kremlin and sell out the USA for their stupid ambitions. The USA is over if this works. There will be no shakng the power out of their hands

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