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Is Deep State Ruled From Britain? How British Intelligence-Linked Integrity Initiative Drafted US For New Cold War

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Shortly after Donald Trump's election, the UK-funded covert influence group proposed opening a new office in the US to train "younger generation of Russia watchers" and "strengthen" American role in countering Moscow, leaks show.

The latest tranche of documents, anonymously uploaded online last week, include an outline for "developing a US arm of [the] Integrity Initiative Program" and a schedule for a visit to Washington of its director, which details meetings with former senior Trump advisor Sebastian Gorka, and top diplomats and officials.

'West badly needs US leadership'

Despite the elected White House administration tentatively attempting a rapprochement with the Kremlin at the time, the group, effectively a foreign agent on US soil, suggests in the first document, dated to August 2017, that Washington needs to go in a radically different, if familiar, direction, "before it is too late."

"The West is badly in need of a reassertion of US leadership. The EU has been unable to generate any strategic thinking or to exercise convincing leadership. Russia (& China) are successfully driving wedges between EU Member States and between Allies within NATO," reads the plaintive precis.

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The Real 'Russian Trolls': Hamilton68 and The Alliance for Securing Democracy

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Given that most people have already taken a position on the topic, it seems a bit late in the day to be pointing this out, but there is now clear evidence to suggest that the 'Russia hacked our election' claim is not only entirely false, but the people who made the claim in the first place - members of the US intelligence, political and corporate establishment (as well as other ideologues) - were and are themselves the creators of the only "Russian troll" social media accounts that have actually been shown to have done any 'hacking'.

A December 19th 2018 NY Times article revealed that a group of "Democratic tech experts" decided to use "similarly deceptive tactics" (as those imputed to Russian trolls) in the Alabama Senate race contested by Roy Moore in December 2017. An internal report on what is called the 'Alabama effort', obtained by The Times, says explicitly that it "experimented with many of the tactics now understood to have influenced the 2016 elections." The project's operators created a Facebook page on which they posed as conservative Alabamians, using it to try to divide Republicans and even to endorse a write-in candidate to draw votes from Mr. Moore. And how was the division sown?

"We orchestrated an elaborate 'false-flag' operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet," the report says.

One participant in the Alabama project, Jonathon Morgan, is the chief executive of New Knowledge, a small cyber security firm that wrote a scathing account of Russia's social media operations in the 2016 election, and which was released this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Morgan said that the Russian botnet ruse "does not ring a bell," adding that others had worked on the effort and had written the report. He said he saw the project as "a small experiment" designed to explore how certain online tactics worked, not to affect the election. This appears to be a lie on both counts, given that, as the AL Senate race was in process, Morgan tweeted that the "Russian botnet" that he and others had created was "taking an interest" in the campaign.


New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics

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Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the US political process are displayed as Facebook executives appear before the House Intelligence Committee on November 1, 2017.
Far from being a sophisticated propaganda campaign, it was small, amateurish, and mostly unrelated to the 2016 election.

The release of two Senate-commissioned reports has sparked a new round of panic about Russia manipulating a vulnerable American public on social media. Headlines warn that Russian trolls have tried to suppress the African-American vote, promote Green Party candidate Jill Stein, recruit "assets," and "sow discord" or "hack the 2016 election" via sex-toy ads and Pokémon Go. "The studies," writes David Ignatius of The Washington Post, "describe a sophisticated, multilevel Russian effort to use every available tool of our open society to create resentment, mistrust and social disorder," demonstrating that the Russians, "thanks to the Internet...seem to be perfecting these dark arts." According to Michelle Goldberg of The New York Times, "it looks increasingly as though" Russian disinformation "changed the direction of American history" in the narrowly decided 2016 election, when "Russian trolling easily could have made the difference."

The reports, from the University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Research Project and the firm New Knowledge, do provide the most thorough look at Russian social-media activity to date. With an abundance of data, charts, graphs, and tables, coupled with extensive qualitative analysis, the authors scrutinize the output of the Internet Research Agency (IRA) the Russian clickbait firm indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller in February 2018. On every significant metric, it is difficult to square the data with the dramatic conclusions that have been drawn.

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Forget The American Psychological Association - Traditional Masculinity is Part of The Cure For What Ails Modern Men

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With young men in crisis, the American Psychological Association wrongly declares war on 'traditional masculinity'

Yesterday afternoon, immediately after the Dallas Cowboys' hard-fought victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Fox's Erin Andrews interviewed Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. She asked Elliott what he thought when he saw Prescott take off for a key run that set up the winning touchdown.

"It's simple," Elliott responded, "He's a grown-ass man. That's what it is. That's how he played today, and he led us to this win."

That's a phrase you hear a lot in sports. "Grown man." There's grown-man football. There's grown-man basketball. It speaks to a certain style of play. Tough. Physical. Courageous. Overpowering. It's also fundamentally aspirational. It's quite safe to say that millions of young boys desire to become a grown man - a person who is physically and mentally tough, a person who can rise to a physical challenge and show leadership under stress. In fact, that's not just an intellectual goal, it's a deeply felt need. It's a response to their essential nature.

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NewsReal #22: France's New Year's Revolution - Trump Battles War Party

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Despite the intervention of the holiday season and cold weather, there has been no let-up from the Gilets Jaunes protesters in France. Incredible scenes from 'Acte VIII' of the protest movement this weekend confirm just how serious the French population is about fundamentally changing the country's political order.

In this episode of NewsReal, Joe & Niall bring you up to speed on the tense stand-off between people and power in France. They also discuss the false choice of believing either that Muslims are 'evil', or that Muslim migrants should be welcomed en masse with open arms.

Finally, they recap US president Trump's battles with the Neverending-War Party over the holidays, specifically his moves to withdraw American troops from Syria and Afghanistan, and the fits of rage this sent 'leftist' Never-Trumpers into...

Running Time: 01:24:39

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The Bombing of The USS Cole - 2 Jihadis on a Quarter Ton of Horseshit

Yesterday, Trump tweeted this:

On 12 October 2000, while sitting in the port of Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole was allegedly attacked by some guy called al-Badawi and his accomplices. A small boat was allegedly loaded with approximately 500lbs of explosives and some ready-made suicide bombers, who then drove it alongside the Cole and... kaboom. Below is a photo of the damage to the ship.

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Niall Bradley on PressTV: 'Suppression of Yellow Vest Protests Will Likely Backfire on French Government'

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Yellow vest protesters had promised to keep rallying into the new year, and that's what they did today. An 8th weekend of protests was held in defiance of the government dismissing protesters as agitators and hardliners, which appears to indicate a tougher stance against the movement.

It's not fuel price hikes that they are protesting against anymore. Macron's concessions have not appeased them either. The protesters are questioning the very state of democracy in the country and demanding fundamental change. While Macron's popularity rating plunges to a record low, for how much longer are the protests likely to go on?

On today's The Debate, we discuss the tense stand-off in France with columnist Catherine Shakdam in London, and Niall Bradley, editor at independent news site SOTT.net

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The Truth Perspective: The Myth of Symptoms: Why Most People Are Actually Mentally Ill

For many people the term mental health is synonymous with the absence of symptoms. With this outlook our mental health rests in positive emotion, our ability to cope, maintain emotional balance, and adjust to the world and society. Viewing mental health in such a way leaves little room for good or evil, high or low, or better or worse ways of adjusting, or of experiencing certain symptoms. So what would a psychology of value look like, and how mentally healthy are we when viewed through that psychology? These questions were the subject of Kazimierz Dabrowski's formidable intellect over the course of his entire career.

So join us today, on the Truth Perspective, as we use Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration to explore and add real depth to the concept of mental health, also utilizing insights gained from our discussions on the hypnotic power of the crowd, Paul and the Stoics, and experiments into the nature of consciousness, today we're taking a new look at what mental health really is for us in this crazy, upside-down world.

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The Sargon Saga: NPCs, Censorship, And How The Intellectual Dark Web Fought Back

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What does the Deep State and the run-of-the-mill NPC have in common? They both worship the Party, Mass Censorship, and the crushing of dissidents.

Today there seem to be two primary narratives driving the push for mass internet censorship. One is created for the political 'intelligentsia' - those who live on the warfare state and who want the public to continue to subsidize their parasitic lifestyles. It is the fairy tale of Russiagate. The other is created for NPCs - those who live for the welfare state and demand a socialist revolution to subsidize their own parasitic inclinations. It is the fairy tale of 'hate speech'. In the war on Donald Trump we've seen a very clumsy, and opportunistic, attempt to join both sides. By claiming that the warfare state's arch-nemesis, Russia, elevated Trump to power in order to destroy the 'welfare state' and its politically correct culture, we have witnessed the birth of a very deformed ideology.

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The Health & Wellness Show: IV Vitamin C: The Miracle Cure You're Not Supposed to Know About

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Vitamin C is an essential nutrient obtained from food and supplements. It is frequently the go-to supplement used for viral infections such as the common cold and flu. One downside with oral vitamin C supplementation is that only a small percentage is absorbed by the body and large doses can cause gastrointestinal upset making its efficacy hit or miss. Enter IV (intravenous) vitamin C. This master antioxidant can be absorbed at 100% when given IV. Vitamin C given by this route is not just effective for viral and bacterial illnesses but can also be used to treat a wide range of ailments not limited to Lyme Disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, burns, wounds and various types of cancer -- yes, Cancer -- thought to have a poor prognosis.

Vitamin C has a long track record of being beneficial to one's health so why isn't it used in every hospital in the world? It's cheap and effective with few side effects but it is still seen as a 'fringe' treatment and its use is actively blocked by mainstream medical professionals.

Join us for this episode of The Health and Wellness Show where we'll discuss this miracle molecule and why it should become one of the main tools in your health arsenal. Also, stay tuned at the end of the show for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be excessive licking or grooming in cats.

Running Time: 01:26:14

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