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A lot of traffic today, but scattered across a wide range of topics.

The Russian propaganda machine appears to remain in paralysis following Amb Haley’s statement, and it appears most of its effort is currently focussed on attacking Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and now France – some good observations by Whitmore today.

Russia conducting major combat readiness exercise for the VKS (Aerospace Forces), which historically has always been done to scare Ukraine, Baltic States, Scandinavia, and now likely Belarus as well.

Wood’s essay is very good and restates what many others have already said – there are no good deals for POTUS in Russia. Kagan also restating the often stated, that any power vacuum will be filled by others.

NYT continues with Yalta 2.0 narrative, arguing on the basis of language used that POTUS is favouring Russia in the Ukraine argument. Thornberry (HASC) arguing again for lethal aide to Ukraine – that would definitely kill the Yalta 2.0 / #goldenshower narrative for once and for all, and further weaken Putin’s negotiating position. But one suspects that POTUS would have to board the “Kneecap” and initiate the OPLAN/SIOP against Russia to dispel the Yalta 2.0 / #goldenshower narrative for once and for all 🙂

Multiple reports of sharp criticism of Russian Avdiivka attacks, the recurring theme being that Avdiivka was attacked to test / probe / push POTUS, which is almost certainly the case, even if other motives were present.

Russian bombardment of Donbas continues. Russian propagandists now alleging UA will be firing at residential areas of Ukraine to blame Russia, likely a reaction to the InformNapalm report on Donetsk City false flag bombardment by the Russian proxy force. As always, “blameshifting” by attributing Russian actions to others.

Joel Harding is looking at “naming and shaming” Western MSM who propagate Russian propaganda constructs, by emulating the model used in fake news identification websites, identifying those publications and authors who have propagated propaganda. He also posted Paula Chertok’s excellent essay on the topic. This is something that should be properly funded and supported. MSM propagate Russia propaganda due to ignorance and laziness, but mostly greed, as it often makes for good clickbait and thus revenue generating traffic – and the Russians play this greed for what it is worth.

Exorcism (yes of the Linda Blair variety) is according to the Moscow Times a growth industry in Russia – evidently the Kremlin’s drift into medieval models of government from the era of Ivan IV is part of a broader national trend to medievalism, the same disease that gripped parts of the Muslim world during the late 1970s, and has persisted ever since.

Interesting SciAm article on using Big Data methods to identify language constructs used in fake news.

Matisek essay is on the money – and should be widely propagated – most of our woes across the West are the result of ineptitude, itself the result of broken educational practices, and widespread rejection of critical thinking.

A lot of T3 traffic, but also some valid criticism that will be ignored, as it is embedded in a matrix of T3.

SNL spoofs of Spicer and Conway are producing viral effect, and they are especially wicked and very funny political satire. Melissa McCarthy and Kate MacKinnon are simply brilliant in these skits, credit where due. Whether we agree or do not agree with political satirists, they do often reflect what is not being done right, and both Spicer and Conway have got themselves into difficulty more than once by not paying attention to detail.


Snap check of Russia’s Aerospace Forces begins Tuesday – media Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has announced a snap check of the Russian Aerospace Forces, which began on Tuesday morning by decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Russian news agency TASS. News 07 February from UNIAN.

Belarus or Kazakhstan – who’s next? – News about politics | UNIAN Read online in the news feed of Ukraine’s UNIAN Information Agency – politics from 06 February

Emily Tamkin | What Exactly Is Going on Between Russia and Belarus? | Foreign PolicyBelarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is speaking as though there’s a new battle being waged between Russia and Belarus. In reality, it’s the same old fight. For years, Lukashenko has tried to play Russia and Europe off one another. He’s redoubled those efforts since the fighting erupted in Ukraine in 2014, criticizing Putin’s annexation of Crimea and hosting peace talks in Minsk. In January, Belarus announced visa-free travel for citizens from 80 countries — including the United States — to Belarus, effective Feb. 9. This time, he may have overplayed his hand, flirting too forcefully with the European Union. Russia now seems to be pulling the Belarusian pendulum back to Moscow. On Wednesday, it announced it would establish a security zone on its previously virtually open border with Belarus. The border issue is perhaps a stand in for a larger conflict. On Friday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko criticized this move by Moscow, and said that his country’s ties with Russia are deteriorating because Russia is afraid of Belarus turning toward the West. He also spoke of a much larger problem: Russia recently threatened to cut oil exports to Belarus by half. The two countries have been arguing about the price and delivery of oil and gas for months.

Belarusian authorities are helpless before information and psychological attacks from Russia -Euromaidan Press | Information attacks from Russia in light of tension in Russo-Belarusian relations have demonstrated Minsk’s inability to counteract them efficiently. Belarus’ costly propaganda machine was unable to act without a clear guidance from the top, while the leadership was unprepared to react promptly and set clear tasks. While Belarusians were busy discussing the prospects of the Russian military invasion under the guise of the “West-2017” military exercise, Moscow stroke a blow with a series of information attacks. Early February was marked by several information and psychological attacks from Russia. Russia abruptly introduced border controls at the Russo-Belarusian border, produced false reports about Belarus’ withdrawal from the CSTO and the EEU, and accused the Belarusian authorities of undermining Russia’s security, all of which destabilized Belarus’ information space and prompted discussions among politically engaged and apolitical Belarusians alike. As a result, a world, where Russia was a close and reliable ally has collapsed before the eyes of many Belarusians.

Sir Andrew Wood | A Relationship With Putin Offers Little to Trump | Chatham HouseBut even if the limits of Russia’s reach have been established, at least for now, and Moscow might welcome a tactical improvement in relations with the United States, there is no evidence of a change in the underlying Kremlin perception that Russia is locked into a struggle for power with America. Putin’s inner circle views Ukraine as the object of a geopolitical contest whose fate should be decided between Washington and Moscow, or more grandiloquently though no less falsely, between the West and ‘Eurasia’ (whatever that is). The reality of Ukraine as an independent country under pressure from its citizens to entrench a rules-based political order radically different from the Russian model is one that the Kremlin cannot bring itself to admit. It is however a truth that should be foremost in Western minds. Ukraine is not the West’s to give away. There is, however, a question as to how or even whether the new US administration will establish a coherent policy towards Russia. This could lead to trouble. Putin and his colleagues will continue to build up Russia’s military power. They would welcome dissent in NATO and further difficulties within the EU. Moscow will track tensions between Washington and European capitals with care. The benefits to Putin’s Russia of another forgiving US reset are evident enough, but unless one supposes, against the evidence, that patience and smiles will change Putin’s Russia in the end, it is not at all obvious what the West will get in return.

Robert Kagan | Backing Into World War III | Foreign Policy America must check the assertive, rising powers of Russia and China before it’s too late. Accepting spheres of influence is a recipe for disaster.

Trump Seems to Side With Russia in Comments on Ukraine – The New York TimesThe remarks were the latest indication that the president’s desire for warmer relations with Russia may be coloring his view of the deadly conflict.

Trump Says U.S. ‘Strongly’ Supports NATO But Urges Members To Boost SpendingU.S. President Donald Trump says the United States &quot;strongly&quot; backs NATO but that members of the military alliance must earmark more money for defense spending. Trump said in a February …

U.S. Preps for Infowar on Russia – The Daily BeastWhile Trump is still defending Putin in public, American lawmakers are quietly pumping tens of millions of dollars into a counter-propaganda initiative.

US lethal aid to Ukraine: Arming Ukraine to counter Russian aggression – armament, US Congress, weapons, USA, Donbas, US lethal aid to Ukraine, Mac Thornberry (07.02.17 11:09) « World « News | EN.Censor.net07.02.17 11:09 – US Congressman Thornberry hopes Trump Administration to provide lethal aid to Ukraine Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry is very hopeful that the U.S. President Donald Trump’s Administration will sanction providing Ukraine with lethal defensive assistance. View news.

Fox News’ O’Reilly Refuses To Apologize For Calling Putin ‘A Killer’Fox News television presenter Bill O'Reilly has refused to say he was sorry after the Kremlin demanded an apology for describing Russian President Vladimir Putin as &quot;a killer.&quot; &quo…

The Daily Vertical: Vive Le Agitprop! (Transcript)Well, don't look now, but the Kremlin's agitprop machine and it's international proxies have just found a new playground and a new target. The playground is France's presidentia…

The Morning Vertical, February 7, 2017The Kremlin has found it’s new enemy. It’s not the United States anymore. It’s not the European Union. And it’s not even the mythological Banderavtsi in Ukraine. No, Russia’s new boogeyman, the target of its agitprop machine, the scourge that is threatening the Russian people, is now global liberalism. The Kremlin’s disinformation machine is still hitting specific targets, but when it does so they are portrayed as representing a broader globalist and cosmopolitan ideology. As I note on today’s Daily Vertical, the Kremlin’s chief propagandist, Dmitry Kiselyov, took aim at French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, calling him “an appointee of the globalist elite” and suggesting he was a closet homosexual. Kisleyov and other pundits also railed against the bureaucratic elite of the European Union. Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin has positioned itself as the champion of so-called traditional values that are under siege in a sea of chaotic multiculturalism, tolerance, and permissiveness. It is appealing to those who have lost out economically and feel adrift culturally in today’s globalized world. And it is aiming to use this as a wedge to divide and weaken the West. This is the global battle of ideas of our time. It’s the ideological front in the 21st century’s version of the Cold War.

Russia “testing ground” with Trump administration by escalating hostilities in Donbas – MEP GahlerMember of the European Parliament, a member of Committee on Foreign Affairs Michael Gahler (CDU, Germany) believes that the latest escalation of Russian aggression in Donbas is, in fact, Moscow&rsquo;s test of&nbsp;reaction&nbsp;of Donald Trump&rsquo;s administration. News 06 February from UNIAN.

Ukraine’s Deputy PM in European Parliament calls Avdiyivka shelling “war crime”Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Ivanna&nbsp;Klympush-Tsyntsadze during her address to the European Parliament Subcommittee on Security and Defense on Monday said that attacks by pro-Russian militants on Avdiyivka can be qualified as a war crime,&nbsp;an UNIAN&nbsp;correspondent in Brussels reports. News 06 February from UNIAN.

Lifting Russia sanctions out of question as Minsk agreements not implemented, – Polish foreign minister says07.02.17 16:33 – Lifting Russia sanctions out of question as Minsk agreements not implemented, – Polish foreign minister says Removal of EU sanctions against Russia is out of the question as the Minsk agreements designed to resolve the conflict are not implemented. View news.

German Foreign Office blames Russia for escalation of violence in Donbas06.02.17 18:58 – German Foreign Office blames Russia for escalation of violence in Donbas The aggravation of the situation in the Donbas has been provoked by Russia. View news.

Foreign Ministry summons German ambassador over allegations of possible elections in Donbas with Russian troops in place07.02.17 16:45 – Foreign Ministry summons German ambassador over allegations of possible elections in Donbas with Russian troops in place The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has summoned Ambassador of Germany in Ukraine Ernst Reichel after he stated elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions could be held in the presence of Russian troops. View news.

Even Russia’s “allies” in UN see Crimea as part of Ukraine, – Yelchenko06.02.17 22:32 – Even Russia’s allies in UN see Crimea as part of Ukraine, – Yelchenko The U.N. has a small group of countries that one way or another support Russia’s interests while voting. They have their own interests, but none of them questions Crimea’s belonging to Ukraine. View news.

Hell freezes over: guest blames Russia for war in Ukraine on Russian state TV live [VIDEO] -Euromaidan Press |It might be the first case in nearly three years that Russian state TV practiced freedom of speech and gave airtime to one of the voices of the opposition in a live broadcast, with almost no interruption. For people living in a democracy, this may be hard to comprehend, but just imagine if all that you heard from your mainstream media were the same propaganda messages, every day. In the case of Russia, these messages are “Russia is not involved in the conflict in Donbas,” “there is a civil war in Ukraine,” and “the Ukrainian government is killing its own citizens.” And suddenly, out of the blue, a person saying completely the opposite appears in prime time live on state TV. Saying something that the audience has never heard from state TV. That is exactly what has happened recently on air of a Russian state propaganda channel.

Donbas sees escalation amid 94 militant attacks, 5 WIA’s in last dayThe combined Russian-separatist forces attacked Ukrainian army positions in Donbas 94 times in the past 24 hours with five wounded in action (WIA), according to the press service of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) Headquarters. News 06 February from UNIAN.

Enemy used 152 mm guns near Avdiivka, 122 mm mortars in Mariupol sector. One serviceman wounded, – ATO Staff06.02.17 19:19 – Enemy used 152 mm guns near Avdiivka, 122 mm mortars in Mariupol sector. One serviceman wounded, – ATO Staff Russian hybrid forces continued shelling Ukrainian positions, having committed 40 attacks over the day. One Ukrainian soldier was wounded. View news.

Five Ukrainian soldiers wounded, one traumatized in action over past day, – Staff 06.02.17 15:12 – Five Ukrainian soldiers wounded, one traumatized in action over past day, – Staff Five members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were wounded and one got traumatized in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) on Feb. 5. View news.

Militants mortar Kurdiumivka, kill teenager, – Abroskin 06.02.17 22:52 – Militants mortar Kurdiumivka, kill teenager, – Abroskin Donetsk National Police Chief Viacheslav Abroskin has reported that the village of Kurdiumivka came under mortar fire. The shelling killed a boy. View news.

Ukraine’s MP Korchynska says Russian T-90 tank shelled hospital in Avdiivka, OSCE refuses recording attack. VIDEO 07.02.17 12:57 – Ukraine’s MP Korchynska says Russian T-90 tank shelled hospital in Avdiivka, OSCE refuses recording attack. VIDEO The Russian T-90 main battle tank shelled medical service unit of the Armed Forces of Ukraine deployed in Avdiivka. View video news.

Terrorists refuse to pick up dead fighters near Avdiivka, – ATO Staff 06.02.17 21:58 – Terrorists refuse to pick up dead fighters near Avdiivka, – ATO Staff Following the fierce fighting near Avdiivka, many dead militants were left lying on the battlefield. View news.

Avdiivka recovers from shelling aftermath: mine clearance, repair underway. PHOTOS 07.02.17 13:22 – Avdiivka recovers from shelling aftermath: mine clearance, repair underway. PHOTOS Residents have started repairing their houses with the aid of the State Emergency Service. View photo news.

ATO Staff denies Russian media allegations about possible Ukrainian army attack on Mariupol 07.02.17 00:00 – ATO Staff denies Russian media allegations about possible Ukrainian army attack on Mariupol The anti-terrorist operation (ATO) Staff denies Russian media statements about the plans of the Ukrainian military to shell Mariupol. View news.

Occupants shell Donetsk residential areas, seek to blame Ukrainian military, – InformNapalm. PHOTOS06.02.17 20:28 – Occupants shell Donetsk residential areas, seek to blame Ukrainian military, – InformNapalm. PHOTOS Russian occupation forces continue provocative shelling of Donetsk residential areas in order to stage a scene that would suit the purposes of Russian propaganda media seeking to blame the bombardments on Ukrainian Army. View photo news.

Russian forces using Hamas-style terrorist tactics in Ukraine, Portnikov says | EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press |Russian forces in Ukraine are now using one of the most beloved tactics of terrorist groups like the Palestinian Hamas organization, using civilians as human shields behind which they fire on their opponents in order to prevent their opponents from responding with attacks, according to Vitaly Portnikov.

Isaac Webb | Kiev Is Fueling the War in Eastern Ukraine, Too | Foreign PolicyA muted White House isn’t just emboldening the Kremlin — it’s inciting the politics of war throughout Ukraine.

Ukraine’s SBU releases audio tapes on IL-76 downed by Donbas terrorists in 2014Ukraine's SBU Security Service has released audio tapes used as evidence in a criminal case against chief of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (&quot;LPR&quot;) Igor Plotnitsky and two commanders of illegal armed formations in occupied Donbas, who are charged with the downing of a Ukrainian Il-76 military transport plane in 2014. News 06 February from UNIAN.

New Project – To Actually Inform In Order To Stop Russian Propaganda – To Inform is to InfluenceI was chatting with a much respected professional colleague outside the US today when I made a comment that we need to educate the press in order to stop them from perpetuating Russian propaganda being used in the news article circulated for the world to read. Here are the actual words: “I am now convinced we…

How Russia’s worst propaganda myths about Ukraine seep into media languageOlder article which deserves the light of day, yet again. Hats off to the author, Paula Chertok. Unfortunately, her article highlights an ongoing problem. Our next step is to name and shame. ht to cd </end editorial> 2016/04/25 By Paula Chertok Over the past two years, much has been written about the “Ukraine crisis.” This…

How Russia’s Disinformation Campaign Could Extend Its Tentacles – To Inform is to InfluenceJanuary 6, 20179:18 AM ET By VERA ZAKEM Russia’s recent cyber adventures have the hallmarks of an old Soviet specialty: disinformation. While many Americans have just awoken to the world of disinformation — sometimes known as “fake news” — in the recent presidential election, Moscow’s efforts date back decades and have become increasingly prominent over…

The Devil Inside: Russians Turn to ExorcistsConvinced they are possessed by demons, thousands of Russians are turning to a rockstar exorcist for help.

IAAF Upholding Russia Ban In Wake Of Doping ScandalWorld athletics' governing body says Russia will remain suspended from international competition and will likely be ruled out of the world championships slated for August in London. Sebastia…

Case study of Russian Influence in the US 2016 election – To Inform is to Influence Case study of Russian Influence in the US 2016 election. A very professional study needs to be done to show how Russia tried to influence the United States, this could provide a good starting point. THIS needs to be the focus of the Intelligence Community, Congress, the White House, for what it is.  This is…

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible – Scientific AmericanComputers are sorting real news from fake on social media &nbsp;By Matthew Hutson on February 3, 2017 Sixty-two percent of Americans get their news from social media, according to a 2016 poll by Pew Research Center. That stat helps explain the ubiquity of fake news: When information travels via social networks, regular editorial filters… 

Nord Stream 2: The elephant in the roomThe European Commission should provide a thorough impact assessment of Nord Stream 2, a project that appears to go against all of its Energy Union objectives.

Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Ukraine on Cooperation in the Peaceful uses of Nuclear Energy (Washington DC, 31 March 2016) – Parliament of Australia Treaty being considered

Hunting hackers: Ethical hacker explains how to track down the bad guys – Fifth Domain | CyberFifth Domain is a news and information resource that brings civilian, defense, industry, private sector and critical infrastructure stakeholders together in one place for a holistic discussion on cybersecurity, both defense and offense. The cyberwar is here. Fifth Domain has it covered.

Jahara Matisek | Physical Fitness is Not the Key to Winning America’s Future Wars – Modern War Institute          We must double-down on educational investments that develop Americans with the acumen and cognitive capabilities to sustain economic growth and develop and employ technologically advanced weaponry in war. Such innovation has enabled American victory before, and in the technology age, it will be an even more decisive variable to success in future wars. We need an American military that values intellectual abilities at least as much as run times and push-up counts. While the American military can do little to influence the political willpower of the American government to win limited conflicts, the one thing that the Defense Department can do is foster the development of the most educated military force on the planet, with the mental skills to deal with adversaries seeking to outsmart us on every battlefield. America’s greatest strength is its ability to bring its intellectual resources to bear, and without it, we will be at a disadvantage in every future war, small and large.


Kishida, Tillerson affirm Japan-U.S. alliance, Senkakus position ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and DiscussionU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed his country’s commitment to the defense of the Senkaku Islands, Japanese Foreign Minister…

War Between China And Japan? Chinese Vessels Sail Near Disputed Senkaku Islands In East China SeaChina said its vessels “cruised within China’s Diaoyu Islands territorial sea,” even as Japan’s foreign ministry lodged protests with the Chinese embassy.

CHINA: Mattis’ comments on the South China Sea are a ‘mind-soothing pill’ that have ‘dispersed the clouds of war’ – Business InsiderDefense Secretary Jim Mattis played down any need for US military maneuvers in the disputed waters and instead called for open lines of communication.

Ayatollah Khamenei: Donald Trump shows real face of US | Iran News | Al JazeeraSupreme leader hits back at US president over his travel ban and threats towards Iran.

Former top diplomats, tech giants blast immigration order as court showdown looms – The Washington PostThe appeals court denied a request filed by the Trump administration to immediately restore the restriction on U.S. entry.

Donald Trump Is the Singularity – Bloomberg ViewThe U.S. has the equivalent of a dynamic neural network running its government.

Donald Trump: the name on everyone’s lips – CNNPolitics.comHe’s everywhere.

Bannon flies close to the sun | TheHillCould Stephen Bannon be getting too big for the White House?

Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles – The New York TimesOne thing has become apparent to both the president’s allies as well as his opponents: When it comes to governing, speed does not always guarantee success.

Why We’re Calling for Congress to Impeach Donald Trump | Time.comThe President’s business ties to foreign nations conflicts with the Constitution

Donald Trump’s Dangerous End Game | New RepublicWhy the president is accusing journalists and judges of enabling terrorists.

Donald Trump’s latest attack on the media is very, very dangerous – The Washington PostBaseless allegations by the president are nothing to trifle with.

Donald Trump: Media Not Reporting on Radical Islamic Terrorism – BreitbartPresident Donald Trump accused the media of failing to report incidents of radical Islamic terrorism

Betsy DeVos’s Rocky Path as Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary – The New York TimesMs. DeVos, a wealthy Republican fund-raiser, has faced opposition since her nomination was announced in November. A final confirmation vote is set for this week.

Will somebody please educate me, how what George Soros and the Democrats are doing is NOT sedition? – To Inform is to Influence In the United States we have free speech, guaranteed by the First Amendment.  Protest is covered by the 1st Amendment. But see if this makes sense, from Wikipedia, Sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that tends toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of…


Rosie O’Donnell Offers to Help S.N.L. Drive Donald Trump Over the Edge | Vanity FairWhy Trump’s old sparring partner is offering to give a Steve Bannon impression a whirl.

White House rattled by McCarthy’s spoof of Spicer – POLITICOPresident Donald Trump &quot;doesn’t like his people to look weak,&quot; a top Trump donor said.

Sean Spicer Press Conference, Saturday Night Live avec Kristen Stewart – YouTubeActress Melissa McCarthy guzzles gum on “Saturday Night Live” like the real Sean Spicer. Jeanne Moos compares SNL to reality.

SNL Tonight – Sean Spicer and White House Press Briefing Skit – Host Kristen Stewart – Feb 4, 2017 – YouTubeSNL Tonight – Sean Spicer and White House Press Briefing Skit – Host Kristen Stewart – Feb 4, 2017

Melissa McCarthy targets Spicer on ‘SNL’ – YouTubeActress Melissa McCarthy guzzles gum on “Saturday Night Live” like the real Sean Spicer. Jeanne Moos compares SNL to reality.

WATCH: Sean Spicer On Air Force One – Days After Melissa McCarthy Skit On SNL – YouTubeActress Melissa McCarthy guzzles gum on “Saturday Night Live” like the real Sean Spicer. Jeanne Moos compares SNL to reality.

Kellyanne Conway – SNL – YouTubeActress Melissa McCarthy guzzles gum on “Saturday Night Live” like the real Sean Spicer. Jeanne Moos compares SNL to reality.

Trump & The Press The inauguration of The Donald: Pie’s reaction.Jonathan Pie. 773,323 likes · 125,568 talking about this. UK News reporter Jonathan Pie brutally honest views on the world of politics