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I hate getting into US domestic politics, but Russia appears to be undermining the US through the political system, is supporting Trump, and attacking Hillary. Russia appears to be waging almost a multi-faceted Information Warfare campaign against the US political election system, fanning the already fanatical flames, and using every opportunity to sow chaos, confusion, misinformation, and disinformation.
I’ve been forced to stop commenting on Facebook about politics, I can’t seem to differentiate between Russian disinformation and normal, domestic “dirty tricks”. I do circulate some of what I consider the more powerful political messages, but I’ve detected quite a few originate in Moscow.
LinkedIn is exploding with pro-Russian and actual Russian trolls and buffoons, we’ve even discovered one who works inside the Pentagon. I’m not sure who I should speak with in counterintelligence (not Army) regarding a pro-Russian troll there. Any hints? I can go full-bore but I’d rather slip the information into someone’s back pocket.
We understand the Clinton camp has hired beaucoup and Zwanzig (a lot) of trolls, we also understand the Kremlin has done the same. We just do not know if Trump has followed suit. From a counterintelligence perspective, this is confusing as heck.
Personally, if anyone is still publishing an article analyzing and touting the results of the first debate, I think they’re slow – mentally and professionally.
If somebody knows, please tell me who is hiring trolls and for whom? That’s an ongoing request, just so that you understand. I need to understand the battlespace.
Some remarkably good reports today across the full spectrum.
The ABC panel discussion on cyberwar is stellar, especially Kasparov’s comments on the Russian elites’ gossip mill about the extent of Putin’s support for Trump. The Russia issue is apt to persist throughout this campaign, seeing how they continue to pour kerosene into the conflagration in the hope that America will tear itself apart. Why fight an unwinnable conventional or nuclear war against America, if Americans are happy to self-destruct for the cost of some hacker, troll and propagandist time?
Some stellar articles on the digital social media and its use/abuse in electioneering. The Politico essay is a must read, showing the Trump campaign soundly whipping the Clinton campaign 80:50 in Twitterbot use to inflate Twitter traffic. Some fascinating essays on Facebook, including one by Dr. Michael Brand.
Some very good essays on demographics, especially the Applebaum and Willies essays on Evangelicals, a theme I was waiting to see addressed – as noted previously, Trump is seen as the “champion” by the disenfranchised and disaffected groups, be it the blue-collar whites, or evangelicals, and his failings are thus irrelevant. In a sense, Trump is the price America is paying for the mainstream media and political “classes” neglecting these groups. Marketwatch essay on exporting of jobs is another bullseye I have been waiting for. It seems the Lasch model is being independently rediscovered bit by bit during this election – had the MSM and political elites read this they could have pre-empted this.
Update: Worth adding this link to the reference on Lasch as not everybody knows who is was or what he wrote: https://www.amazon.com/Revolt-Elites-Betrayal-Democracy-ebook/dp/B00D8UOBRW/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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The tax issue is running hot in the media. The misogyny issue is not going away. The debate is still reverberating.
The issue of Trump’s role as “champion” of the disaffected / disenfranchised demographics is central to this election, and the reason why conventional political campaigning has not and will not put a dent into his support base – two or more decades of feeling disenfranchised has imbued this group with absolute determination to be recognised, and if possible have a national leader to champion their causes and fulfill their wants. Until this reality is understood and the wants of these groups understood and acknowledged by all, they will continue to support Trump, or others like him. For the disaffected / disenfranchised demographics this election is an existential war for survival of their identities and as they see it, their communities. Whether their wants and perceptions of the state of American society and culture are real or imagined is immaterial, as they will act upon what they believe to be real, whether it is or is not.
Richard Clarke: Retaliation Against Russia Could Lead to Cyber War Video – ABC News Is the 2016 election in danger of being hacked by Russia? Our expert panel weighs in on “This Week.”
Clinton On Cyberwar: An Attack Just Like Any Other? – StarTribune.com While virtually glossed over in the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton’s policy on cyber attacks could lead to conventional war.
Russia-linked site targets Clinton campaign, State Department in latest leak – POLITICO The release came on the site DC Leaks, which previously released Colin Powell’s emails.
Putin, Trump’s leadership role model, is a brute | Miami HeraldVladimir Putin is a threat who seems determined to move Russia from superpower to rogue as Donald Trump cheers him on.Donald Trump, American Oligarch – The New Yorker Jane Mayer writes that, with the revelations about Donald Trump’s tax history, he is looking more and more like a Russian oligarch.
GOP Congressman: Trump Should be ‘Out Front’ Condemning Putin | PJ Media‘As the party of Ronald Reagan…we’re the ones that stood for freedom for people that lived behind the Iron Curtain.’
Why the world is cheering for Hillary Clinton in the US presidential electionFor a country supposedly in decline, the United States is getting a lot of attention these days. Millions of people around the world were glued to screens …
The U.S. is riding Europe’s superpower coattails | Pittsburgh Post-GazetteIt’s not the other way around, as Trump and Obama would have you believe.
Trump’s laziness harms security | The Seattle TimesEven Trump supporters are bemoaning the fact that the Donald refused to prep sufficiently for the first presidential debate. But his lapse was more than a display of intellectual laziness….
From troops to nukes: This is how Trump and Clinton would manage the militaryThey’ve scrambled party lines on national security, staking out positions often at odds with traditional Republicans and Democrats.
Donald Trump keeps acting like an apprentice to Putin – MarketWatchIn response to his critics, Donald Trump sounds like a would-be Vladimir Putin, writes Chris Edelson.
Inside Trump’s ‘cyborg’ Twitter army – POLITICO Could automated online propaganda sway the election?
How Facebook could swing the election — and who will benefit if it does – The Washington Post With the push of a button, Facebook can get hundreds of thousands of new voters to register.
Can Facebook influence an election result? Facebook has already proved it can increase the number of people who vote in elections. But what if it tries to influence how they vote?
Facebook Employees Asked Mark Zuckerberg If They Should Try to Stop a Donald Trump Presidency This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared to publicly denounce the political positions of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign during the keynote speech of the company’s annual F8 developer conference.
Facebook Says it Doesn’t Try to Influence How People Vote Facebook has declared it will never use its product to influence how people on the platform vote. Earlier today, Gizmodo reported that employees had asked Mark Zuckerberg to answer the question, “What responsibility does Facebook have to help prevent President Trump in 2017?” in an internal poll.
Facebook Feels Bad That Emotions Experiment Was ‘Poorly Communicated’ Sheryl Sandberg said Wednesday that Facebook “never meant to upset you” about the psychological experiment that affected nearly 700,000 users.
New ABC News/Washington Post poll: White men prefer Trump over Clinton by huge margin of 40 points: 65% to 25%
Harrop: The decline, and likely fall, of Donald TrumpWhen reality hit the reality-show host.The Gathering Nuclear Storm – WSJMark Helprin writes about the rise of nuclear instability: Lulled to believe nuclear catastrophe died with the Cold War, America is blind to rising dragons.
This S&P index chart predicts Donald Trump will win the White House | afr.comOctober’s got a long, unhappy equity history – 1929, then Black Monday in 1987. The S&P500 index shows Donald Trump may win.
Yoni Appelbaum: Donald Trump Is No Moral Exemplar—He’s a Champion – The AtlanticThe conservative, Christian voters backing the Republican nominee are looking for someone who can defend them, not someone who embodies their values.
Egberto Willies: Evangelical contortions to support Donald Trump are a travesty against Christianity Evangelicals contort themselves into knots to find justifications to vote for Donald Trump and consider him one of their own. Still, conservative radio personality Steve Deace described him as anathema to all their values in a piece he wrote warning Christian leaders about the hypocrisy of voting for Donald Trump.
How Donald Trump hijacked the Democrats’ best issue – MarketWatch Trump’s populist campaign is fueled by working-class anger about unfair trade, an issue the Democrats need to reclaim, writes Rex Nutting.
The real Donald Trump, everyone – The Globe and Mail Post-debate tantrum reveals the man for who he truly is
Donald Trump’s massively epic meltdown shouldn’t really surprise anyone – The Washington Post A disastrous speech in Pennsylvania for Trump.
Donald Trump for dummies – Al Jazeera EnglishWhen Republicans express outrage at Donald Trump’s racism, they are being disingenuous or self-deluded.
Donald Trump Demeaned Female ‘Apprentice’ Contestants: AP Investigation – NBC News The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 people — former crew members, editors and contestants — who described crass behavior by Donald Trump.
Donald Trump: Angelina Jolie is ‘not a beauty’ It appears no woman is safe from the insults of Donald Trump — not even celebrated beauty Angelina Jolie.
How Hillary Clinton Grappled With Bill Clinton’s Infidelity, and His Accusers – The New York Times Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign used aggressive tactics to combat claims about his extramarital conduct. Here is a look at Mrs. Clinton’s role.
Donald Trump’s reaction to tax story shows a candidate in free fall Senator Sanders links Trump’s taxes to bigger issue of inequality: “This is exactly why so many millions of Americans are frustrated.”
Donald Trump and His Allies Struggle to Move Past Tax Revelation – The New York TimesMr. Trump’s campaign lurched between refusing to acknowledge that released 1995 tax records were bona fide to insisting that his not having paid taxes was evidence of his unrivaled business prowess.
How Donald Trump Turned the Tax Code Into a Giant Tax Shelter – The New York TimesIf Mr. Trump’s pattern of generating losses and using them to offset other income has continued, as seems likely, it’s obvious why he has not released his tax returns: because he hasn’t paid any taxes.
Donald Trump allies: He is a ‘genius’ if he avoided paying taxes for 18 years – Chicago TribuneDonald Trump’s business losses in 1995 were so large that they could have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for as many as 18 years.
If Donald Trump doesn’t pay income taxes, is he ‘smart’? – Chicago TribuneDonald Trump has appeared to admit that, as many suspected, he used various legal loopholes to pay no federal income tax in certain years.
Donald Trump Tax Records Show He Could Have Avoided Taxes for Nearly Two Decades, The Times Found – The New York TimesThe Republican nominee reported nearly $1 billion in losses in 1995, opening the door to tax avoidance in subsequent years.
What do three pages of Trump tax returns show us? | PBS NewsHourOn Saturday night, The New York Times published an analysis of several pages of Donald Trump’s 1995 tax return, where he declared business losses so large he may have avoided paying federal taxes for years. Trump is the first major party presidential candidate in 40 years to refuse to release his tax returns. David Barstow, who co-authored the story, joins Hari Sreenivasan.
51 percent of people say Hillary Clinton won the debate: WaPo-ABC poll – Chicago Tribune Almost three times as many Americans say Hillary Clinton won last Monday’s debate than Donald Trump, with the Democratic nominee regaining a clear favorability
Dems stop spending to oust Rubio in Florida, as path to Senate takeover gets rockier | Fox NewsWashington Democrats’ strong bid to take control of the Senate by defeating several Republican incumbents is showing signs of struggling in the final weeks of the election cycle.
Here’s What Donald Trump Got Wrong About Mexico’s Taxes | TIMERepublican nominee Donald Trump wrongly suggested that foreign countries’ value-added tax amounts to a tariff on American companies.
Oliver Stone: The U.S. Is Playing a ‘Dangerous’ Game With Russia – The Daily BeastThe Oscar-winning director of ‘Snowden’ opens up about allegations of Russian hacking against the U.S., ‘evil Hillary,’ and how Obama can prove he’s ‘human’ by pardoning Snowden.