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Coup D'etat

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 09/27/17 19:13

by Dave Mindeman

We are only touching the surface of the Russian attack on our democracy. The social media assault was way more effective than we care to believe, but its scope and reach are now coming into view.

Because of our electoral college system, you can win an election with a minority vote. You simply have to target key states that can make that path to 270. If you have a social media strategy which "looks" like it is coming from a grass roots level, you can forge a false coalition that can win key voting areas. With social media you can micro target - something that has never been done on such a large scale.

You won't see the Facebook ads appear in any campaign finance report, because the Russians disguised them as coming from local individuals (it was a feeble attempt to disguise).

The key is that without the knowledge of the quantity of these ads and where they were being targeted, it became a one sided propaganda campaign. And worse, the massive number of fake sites sucked people in with unrefuted lies and false stories.

We, as a people, are as susceptible to propaganda as any Russian electorate. Madison Avenue will show you the proof. But when the narrative has two sides and can be challenged, we can usually discern what is true. In areas of the Midwest, that narrative was only coming one way.

Facebook may have realized their error here because they eliminated hundreds of fake sites during the German political campaign. This type of strategy is just as much of an attack on our system as any computer hack or voting machine anomaly.

We have an illegitimate President. Bought and paid for by Russian interference and very possibly, all of it could be a conspiracy in which Trump or at least part of his campaign colluded for a false result.

If you look at an election in which one candidate can garner 3 million more votes then the opponent - and still not be President - you have an attack of such magnitude that it could be compared to a coup d'etat.

Trump wants to shut the Russian investigation down. That cannot be allowed. We have to find out the truth - no matter where it leads.
comments (2) permalink
09/29/17 00:37
The techniques used were similar to the fog created by Russia in crimea. They created a huge and deadly debate that resulted in essentially civil war. They want to promote the very same here, in EU, in AFRICA, and Asia. Don't underestimate the power of suggestion to motivate the masses to pick up arms and fight.

I'm just sayin'...

09/27/17 20:31
Careful Dave... While I agree with much of the thesis you present, be careful with the tone:

Wiki: "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 discontention (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition."

With that said, outside interests messing with elections is a serious concern. Ample examples exist whether you are talking about Russian, Bloombergian, Kochian, Sorosian, Hollywoodian, Islamaphobian, Unionian, EdMNian, AntiSemitian, Atheistian, or otherwise.

All politics is supposed to be local right? So why were MN unions lavishing WI voters with propaganda? Why is Bloomberg openly able to support rural ND House races from NYCity? Why is Hollywood allowed to interfere in local politics? 1st Amendment notwithstanding, because we allow it.

This issue goes WAY beyond Facebook, which is increasingly irrelevant. Last October, my set-top cable box was changing channels for me to force me to view political media at critical times. How does that happen? My new Samsung OLeTV has been known to reboot itself and come up on a channel with a trump headline hitting "breaking news." There is stuff happening in the techno-world that should shake us to the core.

Most of these tools were developed by our own military to do psy-ops against our enemies. But now these private companies are using the same tools to promote their own agenda. Seen any articles about anti-trust breakup of Amazon or Google lately? Do you know why you don't? Gatekeepers Dave. It's not about who voted but who counts the votes. Go read Seth Stephen-Davidowitz book "Everybody Lies, Big Data, New Data, and then delete your facebook and yahoo accounts.

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