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#3. Willful Ignorance and Disinformation

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On how media interpret events in Crimea, Russia, Kiev. Or I'm playing a mythbuster.

Oh for God’s sake, stop lying! I can’t breathe because of all the bullshit media’s feeding people.

Euronews today:

Russian military is attaking Ukrainian military base in Simpheropol. One Ukrainian soldier is dead.

Ukrainian Ministry of Defense:

One is injured: he was shot in his leg twice/he was shot in his leg and his neck (I still don’t know which one is right and I think neither knows their Ministry of Defence - belakqwa) and people that are attacking are not from Russian military but some people in Russian old military uniforms.

You know, after all this shit in Ukraine I see that Euronews is not the best news channel. They are lying so much that they are not better than any other russian channel - in fact we do have one news channel that’s quite unbiased (RBK).

This is a post for people who think that they can believe in everything they hear or read. I read so many wrong articles and heard so many stupid reports - you. Have. No. Idea. So here’s some myths from EU and US media and me trying to make it right.

1. How’s Crimea doing right now? Crimea’s alright. Yeah, some people do celebrate (all of them if you believe what Russian media is saying and I know they looove to lie and make everything beautiful and pretty) - many people do, but some not (every Crimean tatar in Crimea is crying their eyes out and wants to fight and is against the results of referendum and hates Russians and is afraid for his life if you believe Ukraine’s Klichko - omg I lost all of my respect for him, he’s such a liar these days - and media in the US and EU). They are quite happy wiht the results of their referendum.

I don’t think you understand: after the USSR Crimeans and Russians (I mean people in Russia who study Russian history in schools) were left with this feeling of injustice because of Khrushchev’s decision - we call him a fool for what he did - to give Crimea to Ukraine. We love Crimea so it’s no surprise that we are happy right now. Of course we are, we’ve always wanted Crimea back.

2. People in Crimea voted for integration with Russia because Russian military forces were threatening them. NO. They were not threatened, goddamnit, and international observers from USA, China, Germany and other countries said so (also I have information from people who live in Crimea, so kindly fuck off with this lie, ok? Bye). People made this decision themselves. No one made them do this or that and really for us it was no surprise - again - that this happened. Crimea and Russia loves each other just because. No reason is needed. And there’s this new weird Ukrainian government that tried to take down a law that gave Russian a status of Regional language and this new government says nothing about how ultra-right organizations became so active, how Right Sector (an organization that says that there’s no ethnic Russians in Ukraine and if they think they are Russians they have to move to Russia… well hello, there are 58% of people in Crimea that consider themselves Russians so they voted) is going to politics and how their leader is going to run for president (and he’s in international wanted list!).

3. Russia invaded Ukraine and/or Crimea. OMG what. Putin asked for Federal Council’s permission to use Russian army and they gave him this permission. But to use an army he had to give an order. And he did not do it. There was no order to the army to invade in Crimea and/or Ukraine. There’re no Russian forces in Ukraine and there’s only Russian Black Sea Fleet - it’s based in Crimea under international treaty with Ukraine (Russia paid for this). And this fleet has the right to be in Crimea till 2040 if I’m not mistaken. Then Yatsenyk issued an order to remove the Black Sea Fleet from Crimea and it was against this treaty (because Russia paid. For. It. He can’t just say that he doesn’t want it to be there! It’s a violation of said treaty!) and Russia paid no attention.
There was one order - to send additional 6000 (or more, I don’t know the exact number) soldiers to Crimea (to this Black Sea Fleet’s military unit) and it’s legal because, as Yatsenuk himself says, there are now (after these additional forces came to Crimea’s fleet) 21000 soldiers and under the treaty Russia can have up to 25000 soldiers there, as Putin said today. So legally Russia did nothing wrong. It was not an invasion and you can’t call it an invasion, boys and girls. UPD: Yatsenyk didn’t issue an order to remove the fleet he was just discussing the possibility of this course of action. I wrote about it and why it’s not an intervention here.

4. Crimean Tatar (all of them) didn’t vote. Wrong. Presumably less than one half of them didn’t vote but others did.

5. Crimean Tatar are now in danger of opression. Wrong. Their language is one of the official languages in Crimea (these languages are: Russian, Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar - Putin declared it today). Also people in Russia live with Tatar quite well, no one’s hating anyone and everyone is friendly. I mean general public and politically. What happened with USSR and Crimean Tatars - it was during the WWII and it was reported that Crimean Tatars was helping (and some other ethnic groups too) German army so to reduce their influence it was decided by Stalin - yep, the same dude most of Russians believe to be worse than Hitler (some people love him though… But he still was one hell of a dictator) - to deport them far far away from front. Other ethnic groups were deported as well, for example, Volga German people.

No one was deporting Ukrainians and you know what? Some of them was helping German army and German administration on territories that was occupied by Germany - and quite willingly. They were working in concentration camps and fought Red Army (Soviet army) and reported all kinds of useful information to German leaders. I’m not saying this to make you hate Ukrainians, I’m saying this so you would understand the origin of some ultra-right organizations that exist up to this date.

And this is important - There was no coup in Ukraine. Well, this is something one can argue because, the thing is, there was an agreement between Yanukovich and opposition (they had to put away their weapons and he had to name the date for early elections and do some stuff about integration with Europe etc.) and both sides violated this agreement (Yanukovich didn’t so his part and the people didn’t put away their weapons). So then people said he violated the agreement and the violence spiked and it was awful and then they took over some of the government buildings and then Rada voted and by the results Yanukovich was removed from his post (he was still in Ukraine but hiding from some people hunting him - he said that, IDK about people trying to kill him, but he was still in Ukraine, that’s true) and then the new government came. They said that the removal of Yanukovich was constitutionally legal because he ran away to Russia, leaving his country and his responsibilities. Well, he was still in Ukraine when Verkhovna Rada voted, so Yatsenyk was wrong here about Yanukovish being in Russia. So this moment can be seen as coup or as a constitutionally legal act - you can say whatever you want and your version will answer your political interests.

So listen here. 83% of population voted. And 96,6% voted for integration with Russia. Even if something was miscalculated (on purpose) - the result speaks for itself, International observers say that there were no serious disturbances and everything went well, that no one was threatened and people were happy.

Also, today I heard on Euronews (I’m done with them 100%) that OSCE said that Russia prevented their observers from coming - I’m sorry, WHAT? OSCE on referendum’s eve practically said itself that they won’t send their observers (they were going too) - it was the last minute decision really - because they don’t recognize this referendum. It was their decision, they made it themselves! It’s their problem they were not in Crimea to observe.

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UPD: Now Euronews says that one is dead because of his injuries and one is injured (it’s about what I wrote in the beginning - someone is attacking Ukrainian military bases in Simferopol) and they stopped saying that Russian military is behind the attacks. Well, good, it took you only few hours to get it right!

Protecting Yourself From Online Disinformation and Forum Trolling

In light of the most recent leak coming from Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept, I am compiling a comprehensive list of knowledge from which readers can benefit. This information can be used as a buffer against passive or wanton ignorance in any medium of public discourse.

I’ve mentioned it a number of times now: the NSA and GCHQ actively work to undermine political dissidence they find online. I have seen this first hand on Reddit and 4chan, arguably the two largest hotbeds of internet buzz.

We also recently learned that ‘Anonymous’ forums, Internet Relay Chat (IRC) Rooms, and related websites face direct attacks by these same Government Intelligence Agencies.

Below are links to composite posts which detail tactics which can be (and have been) used online to spread disinformation and subvert political discourse. By informing yourself of these techniques, you will become adept at distinguishing real posts from ‘white noise.’

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According to Nan Flanagan vampires can live off True Blood alone; “Now that the Japanese has perfected synthetic blood which satisfies all of our nutritional needs there is no reason for anyone to fear us. I can assure you every member of our community is now drinking synthetic blood." Liam has a very different POW. So who is correct? Judging from Eric needing to feed of Sookie to heal in season 4, I guess Liam is closer to the truth than Nan.  

The systematic looting of language can be recognized by the tendency of its users to forgo its nuanced, complex, mid-wifery properties for menace and subjugation. Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge. Whether it is obscuring state language or the faux-language of mindless media; whether it is the proud but calcified language of the academy or the commodity driven language of science; whether it is the malign language of law-without-ethics, or language designed for the estrangement of minorities, hiding its racist plunder in its literary cheek - it must be rejected, altered and exposed. It is the language that drinks blood, laps vulnerabilities, tucks its fascist boots under crinolines of respectability and patriotism as it moves relentlessly toward the bottom line and the bottomed-out mind. Sexist language, racist language, theistic language - all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas.

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There is and will be rousing language to keep citizens armed and arming; slaughtered and slaughtering in the malls, courthouses, post offices, playgrounds, bedrooms and boulevards; stirring, memorializing language to mask the pity and waste of needless death. There will be more diplomatic language to countenance rape, torture, assassination. There is and will be more seductive, mutant language designed to throttle women, to pack their throats like paté-producing geese with their own unsayable, transgressive words; there will be more of the language of surveillance disguised as research; of politics and history calculated to render the suffering of millions mute; language glamorized to thrill the dissatisfied and bereft into assaulting their neighbors; arrogant pseudo-empirical language crafted to lock creative people into cages of inferiority and hopelessness.

Toni Morrison Nobel Lecture

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As the Nuremberg prosecutor stated: “The use made by the Nazi conspirators of psychological warfare is well known. Before each major aggression, with some few exceptions based on expediency, they initiated a press campaign calculated to weaken their victims and to prepare the German people psychologically for the attack….In the propaganda system of the Hitler State it was the daily press and the radio that were the most important weapons.”

During the run-up to the Iraq war – an unprovoked war of aggression - many of you endlessly repeated, without proper critique or doubt, the false Bush Administrations claims that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that this somehow justified military invasion.[—-]

[—-] Now many of you working for the corporate mass media are at it again – demonizing Russia and Putin, preparing the public to accept the necessity to ‘punish the devil’. Your propaganda is concealing the fact that two neo-Nazis parties, Svoboda and Right Sector, have gained control of the military and security apparatus of the Ukraine…

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(Note: this image is believed to be of Russian neonazis. See here.)

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…they are now ministers of those departments – through a violent seizure of power from a democratically elected government;

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…you are glossing over the fact that Russia has a standing military base and treaty rights for Russian soldiers to be present in the Crimea; and you are mindlessly presenting the U.S. administrations argument that Russia’s willingness to help protect Crimeans from fascist forces is somehow ‘aggression’, though they have fired no shots, and that American sanctions or even military action may be ‘required’ to ‘protect Ukraine’.

The reality on the ground has been shamelessly distorted by a large number of media journalists, helping to prepare public opinion for threats, sanctions, or even military action against Russia…
—  Turning Ukrainian Fascists into “Freedom Fighters”: Why US Journalists Have Blood on Their Hands, Eric Sommer, Counterpunch

For more on the topic of US journalism’s submission to the demands of the Imperial state against the better interests of the American people look here.

anonymous asked:

What are you gonna do if you're wrong? You are playing Devil's advocate to a T but what will you have to say if all signs point to the abuse of power by the Ferguson Police Dept.

Then I will openly condemn that department. I have previously said that we do not know what happened (yet) between the time after the robbery and Brown’s death. When the facts come out, we can go from there. The things I’ve been hearing from official outlets, as well as a few unofficial ones, lead me to believe that this isn’t what people are trying to make it out to be: an innocent kid killed for no reason.

It’s actually sounding like a robbery went down, the robber (presumably, though not definitive yet) was Mike Brown and he was feeling cocky. He and his friend were walking down the street and an officer saw this and decided to see what was up. Brown was aggressive with the officer (a claim backed up by how aggressive he was in the robbery video) and tried to fight the officer. There was a scuffle, the officer was punched and beaten which resulted in the officer shooting Brown.

Now, with that said, we do NOT know if that is the case. This is based off of snippets from the mayor, police chief and eyewitness accounts. When the facts come out, we will be able to say with certainty. Until then, it’s all speculation. There’s no need to bend things to fit anybody’s narrative. The truth is it’s own narrative.

Selling Stupidity Like Drugs

Every damn winter, two things can be counted on as though your very life depended on it.
The first is that Fox News will be flogging it’s annual War on Christmas crapola as though it’s some kind of genuine threat, when in reality it’s just another “immigrants are trying to destroy your way of life” bait and switch. Fox News makes it’s money by setting up a danger that will cause tremendous concern to those terrified of change and then declaring themselves the last line of defense between you and that danger. It’s what’s called a straw man. If you have ever debated competitively, you will see this immediately as a logical fallacy.
The second is that they will trot out their climate change “experts” to loudly proclaim that global warming and climate change are obviously horseshit or some kind of left wing conspiracy because it’s cold outside. “Look,” they’ll say, “can’t you see the snow? How can global warming be true if it’s snowing outside?” The idiocy of this argument isn’t even worth countering, yet there they are, year after year, doling it out to an audience of eager boneheads who lap it up like it’s the milk from Sarah Palin’s tits.
Watch people like Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly for a while and you will come to understand that they and their appreciative audience genuinely believe there are two kinds of intelligence. There is the book learning, going to college, knowing and being able to think about things kind of intelligence and the kind they have. The ignorant, homespun, “common sense” type of intelligence. The kind only stupid people have.
Notice that people without great physical strength don’t believe there are two kinds of strength. The being able to lift things kind and a nebulous, abstract type of flimsy strength that only weak people possess.
It’s all part of a process, that has been Fox News’ bread and butter, of telling people that their racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic thinking is not only perfectly acceptable but actually makes more sense than the thinking of anyone who has actually seriously considered the issues. That not thinking is, in reality, smarter than thinking. This has always been the line that despots take. “Don’t worry about this complicated stuff. It will be much easier if we do the thinking for you.”
You know, when you think about it, societal change does threaten deliberately ignorant morons. The more we erase their demonized minorities and demonstrate conclusively that raping the environment is not the best thing for us and the planet, they will be forced to actually consider these issues. And isn’t that the thing that terrifies them the most?

We’ve all been in line at the grocery store behind the person who pulls out the SNAP card and then turns around and pays for the rest of it with a roll of hundred dollar bills.
—  OH, HAVE WE, Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton)? Because I personally haven’t, and I actually live and shop for groceries in a neighborhood where a lot of people rely on SNAP to feed their families! It sounds to me like you’re using second-or-third-hand anecdotal hearsay to perpetuate the Myth of the Welfare Queen, which you wealthy white men so looooove to harp on because it basically lets you all say the n-word in the media without getting in trouble. And even if you HAVE witnessed this yourself, which you haven’t, since when has a SNAP card supposed to be a person’s only form of currency? For all you know that roll of hundred dollar bills is that person’s entire life savings, you heartless fucking asshole.