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—–BREAKING—–

 

MORE TO THAT TRUMP TOWER MEETING ON JUNE 9, 2016

The Washington Post reports, “A newly disclosed email sent on the morning of a Trump Tower meeting held during last year’s presidential campaign between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer raises new questions about how the key session came together.” According to The Washington Post, “The note was written by the Russian lawyer,” Natalia Veselnitskaya, “and sent to a music promoter,” Rob Goldstone, “who had helped arrange the session.” Be skeptical of this one however as “The newly disclosed email was provided to The Washington Post by Scott Balber, a U.S. lawyer representing Aras Agalarov, the Russian billionaire who hosted the Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013 and who had helped secure the Trump Tower meeting for Veselnitskaya. Balber said he was releasing the new email from Veselnitskaya because he thinks it bolsters his clients’ claim that the Trump Tower meeting was not part of any Russian government effort to assist President Trump’s campaign, despite what music publicist Rob Goldstone had written.” Yawn. Exculpatory evidence of one Kremlin proxy provided by another? Say it ain’t so! It is cute in a churlish way that they are still trying their bullshit out on the American media and public. According to The Washington Post, “The newly disclosed email shows Veselnitskaya wrote Goldstone on the morning of the scheduled meeting to ask if she could bring a ‘lobbyist and trusted associate.” In other words, in their vast web of lies to include exculpatory evidence are further lies and bullshit that suggests yet again they are not telling the full story. Surprise! Russia lies, democracy dies.

From The Washington Post.

 

THE PENTAGON IS REALLY THAT DENSE ON “THE CYBER”

Defense One reports, “The U.S. military will still buy consumer-off-the-shelf products from several tech companies that allowed Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, an intelligence outfit, to intimately probe.” Included among the companies that allowed the FSB to probe its source code for different software products are IBM, Cisco, HP Enterprise and Germany’s SAP. According to Defense One, “the Pentagon says there was no specific policy or rule to prohibit buying consumer-of-the-shelf equipment or products inspected by the FSB,” which is insane. Defense One quotes Pentagon spokesman Army Maj. Jamie Davis who “said the Defense Department would address concerns about FSB-scanned products in accordance with its 2012 policy on software trust issues,” adding, “There is no plan at this time for a review or investigation, and there is also no plan at this time to require that contractors reveal the source code they have shared”. Great. Reassuring! #Blessed

From Defense One.

 

MCMASTER OF HIS DOMAIN: INTEL COORDINATOR NAMED

Axios reports, “National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster has appointed Mike Barry to oversee the intelligence community on the National Security Council”. Axios notes Barry “served in the intelligence community,” and, “replaces Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the intel operative who was appointed by Gen. Mike Flynn and gained notoriety as he fell out with McMaster and was eventually ousted, despite being in the unusual position of having warm relationships with both Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.” Not suspect at all.

From Axios.

 

MORE REMARKABLE UTTERANCES FROM SENATOR BOB CORKER

The New York Times reports Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee said in an interview, “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him”. Furthermore, according to The New York Times, “Mr. Corker said his concerns about Mr. Trump were shared by nearly every Senate Republican.” What a relief! If only they would do something instead of acting like disorganized, brain scrambled sycophants it might actually prove reassuring. There was also a Twitter feud over the weekend where Corker likened the White House to “adult day care center”. Corker may be the first to best Trump at the insults. If things could be half as boring, maybe then they would be half as terrifying too?

From The New York Times.

 

CANCER SPREADS TO GOOGLE: RUSSIAN ADVERTS BEYOND FAKEBOOK

The Washington Post reports, “Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company’s platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election”. The Washington Post adds, “The Silicon Valley giant has found that tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s many products, which include YouTube, as well as advertising associated with Google search, Gmail, and the company’s DoubleClick ad network”. Note: “Google runs the world’s largest online advertising business”. The Washington Post reports, “The discovery by Google is also significant because the ads do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-affiliated troll farm that bought ads on Facebook — a sign that the Russian effort to spread disinformation online may be a much broader problem than Silicon Valley companies have unearthed so far.” You don’t say? Shock!

From The Washington Post.

 

CANCER SPREADS TO MICROSOFT: COMPANY REVIEWING AD SALES

Newsweek reports, “Microsoft is reviewing its sales records as part of an investigation into whether Russian-backed groups bought ads on its Bing search engine and other platforms during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

From Newsweek.

 

FACEBOOK EMPLOYEES ADVISED TRUMP CAMP ON ADVERTISING

Bloomberg reports Trump campaign Digital Director Brad Parscale told CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” Sunday that “Facebook’s employees showed up for work at his office multiple days a week to provide guidance on how to best use the company’s services,” according to an interview excerpt. Bloomberg quotes Parscale in the interview, “I wanted people who supported Donald Trump,” adding, “– and he questioned the workers about their political views.” In its defense, “A Facebook spokesman said the company provided the Trump campaign with the same guidance and services it offers any major advertiser.” Bloomberg notes, “Although federal election law generally bars corporations from aiding political campaigns, there’s nothing wrong with a company providing training and services to a campaign if it offers the same services to every client spending similar amounts, said Larry Noble, former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission.” Could throw the company’s whole carefully crafted crisis management PR strategy to rot. Especially since, as The Washington Post notes, “By Election Day, Trump’s campaign had spent roughly $70 million on Facebook alone — nearly all in the last four months of the election, according to people familiar with the spending.”

From Bloomberg and The Washington Post.

 

RUSSIA TARGETED U.S. MILITARY, ACTIVE DUTY + VETS, ONLINE

The Washington Post reports, “Russian trolls and others aligned with the Kremlin are injecting disinformation into streams of online content flowing to American military personnel and veterans on Twitter and Facebook, according to an Oxford University study released Monday.” According to The Washington Post, “The researchers found fake or slanted news from Russian-controlled accounts are mixing with a wide range of legitimate content consumed by veterans and active-duty personnel in their Facebook and Twitter news feeds. These groups were found to be reading and sharing articles on conservative political thought, articles on right-wing politics in Europe and writing touting various conspiracy theories.” Naturally this means it also reached their friends and family too for that continuous feedback loop news producers are so eager to generate!

From The Washington Post.

 

RUSSIA-LINKED FACEBOOK GROUP SOLD MERCHANDISE ONLINE
CNN
reports, “Young, gifted and black,” and “Our sons matter,” were among the slogans on clothing sold by a Facebook group called Blacktivist that was in fact created by the Russian government to look like Black Lives Matter. CNN notes, “The page appears to have sold fewer than 100 items of Blacktivist-branded merchandise, but the actual amount of clothing sold is less significant than what the effort represented: A move by the people behind Blacktivist to go beyond social media and spread their influence into the physical world.” A company selling the merchandise, Represent, pulled it after being contacted by CNN for comment.

From CNN.

 

RUSSIA-LINKED FAKEBOOK ADS ALSO APPEARED ON INSTAGRAM

USA Today reports, “Facebook says 5% of the 3,000 ads that appeared on Facebook also appeared Instagram. About $6,700 was spent on the Instagram ads” by the notorious Internet Research Agency, a known St. Petersburg troll farm.

From USA Today.

 

RUSSIA FAKE YOUTUBERS RAP ABOUT RACIST HILLARY RAPING AMERICA

The Daily Beast reports, “Wannabe YouTube stars and diehard Donald Trump supporters ‘Williams & Kalvin’ totally swear they’re from Atlanta. In reality they were working for the Kremlin.” Their YouTube page says “the Clintons are ‘serial killers who are going to rape the whole nation,’” and “Trump can’t be racist because he is a ‘businessman.’” Also Williams & Kalvin claim “Hillary Clinton’s campaign was ‘fund[ed] by the Muslim.” The Daily Beast reports, “These are a sample of the videos put together by two black video bloggers calling themselves Williams and Kalvin Johnson, whose social media pages investigators say are part of the broad Russian campaign to influence American politics.” Across multiple social media platforms, notably YouTube, “they purported to offer ‘a word of truth’ to African-American audiences.” The Daily Beast adds, “Williams and Kalvin’s content was pulled from Facebook in August after it was identified as a Russian government-backed propaganda account, The Daily Beast has confirmed with multiple sources familiar with the account and the reasons for its removal. Williams and Kalvin’s account was also suspended from Twitter in August. But the YouTube page for Williams and Kalvin remains live at press time.”

From The Daily Beast.

 

RUSSIAN STATE-RUN PROPAGANDIST SAYS US STAFF LEAVING IN DROVES

Newsweek reports, “The editor-in-chief of Russia Today, the propaganda arm of the Russian government, said on Thursday that American members of its staff are quitting in their ‘masses’ because of security concerns, appearing to suggest they were at threat of U.S. law enforcement action.” According to Newsweek, “Margarita Simonyan, the head of the news site, told a parliamentary hearing on Thursday that its staff on American soil ‘fear for their security.’” Simonyan said, “it’s hard for us now even to find a stringer in the USA”. Pity.

From Newsweek.

 

RUSSIA CONSIDERS BANNING AMERICAN MEDIA OUTLETS
Is this so they aren’t there when the Russian mafia state decides to start putting its citizens in cattle cars? Meduza reports, “The Russian government is reportedly entertaining the idea of banning several American media outlets,” citing Russian state-run Interfax. According to Meduza, “It’s still unknown exactly which outlets the Attorney General’s Office might declare to be ‘undesirable organizations.’”

From Meduza.

 

RUSSIA THREATENS RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “The Russian Justice Ministry has warned Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that it may impose restrictions on some of the broadcaster’s operations in Russia and Ukraine’s annexed Crimea region in response to what Moscow claims is pressure on Russian state-funded outlets in the United States.” So you know and appreciate how this works, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “The ministry said in a letter dated October 9 that the operations of Current Time television, the Russian-language network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with Voice of America, fall under Article 2 of Russian law on NGOs and foreign agents, and that Russia therefore retains the right to impose restrictions on Current Time.” Additionally, “RFE/RL’s Russian Service, known as Radio Svoboda; Idel Realii, a Russian-language site run by the broadcaster’s Tatar-Bashkir Service; and the Crimean Desk of RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service received similar letters.” So that is how that works. What is important to note is how the pretense of law and order gives away little as to the pretext.

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

 

TRUMP MET WITH NEW US AMBASSADOR TO MOSCOW JON HUNTSMAN

The Hill reports, “President Trump met with his newly minted ambassador to Russia,” Jon Huntsman, “on Friday before the diplomat returns to Moscow, the White House said in a statement.”

From The Hill.

 

NATO LAUNCHES BLACK SEA FORCE

Reuters reports, “NATO launches a new multinational force in Romania on Monday in its latest step to counter Russia along its eastern flank and to check a growing Russian presence in the Black Sea following the Kremlin’s 2014 seizure of Crimea.” According to Reuters, “Initially a small force relying on troops from 10 NATO countries including Italy and Canada, as well as host Romania, the land, air and sea deployments are expected to compliment some 900 U.S. troops already and separately in place throughout the country.”

From Reuters.

 

SAUDI FOLLOWS TURKEY IN SIGNING MOU FOR RUSSIAN S400 MISSILES
Reuters
reports, “Saudi Arabia said it had signed a memorandum of understanding on the purchase from Russia of S-400 air defense systems. That marked a shift for the kingdom, which buys most of its military kit from the United States and Britain.” Reuters notes, “On Thursday, Putin received the monarch in the gold-decorated St. Andrew Hall, one of the grandest spaces in the Kremlin, attended by soldiers in ceremonial dress and with an orchestra playing their countries’ national anthems.”

From Reuters.

 

FOREIGNERS IN RUSSIAN ARMY CAN SERVE IN RUSSIAN OPS ABROAD
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that allows foreign citizens serving in the Russian Army on a contractual basis to take part in Russian military operations abroad.”

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

 

ONE MILLION EVACUATED DURING BOMB SCARES ACROSS RUSSIA

Russian state-run TASS reports, “More than 950,000 people have been evacuated across Russia since September 11 after a wave of anonymous hoax bomb threats”. Russian state-run TASS adds, “Between September 11 and October 9, in 144 cities the attacks of ‘phone terrorists’ targeted more than 2,300 facilities, including shopping centers, schools, stations, airports, cinemas, night clubs and state buildings. Over 950,000 people were evacuated”. Russian state-run TASS reports, “Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov said earlier four Russians who used IP telephony for putting through false bomb threat calls in 50 regions of Russia had been identified. All of them are outside the country, but they have accomplices inside Russia”.

From Russian state-run TASS.

 

PUTIN’S BIRTHDAY: JUST ANOTHER WORKING DAY FOR THE GOOD TSAR!

Russian state-run TASS reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin on his birthday, Saturday, October 7, will hold a routine meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council and have a number of telephone conversations, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media on Friday.” Russian state-run TASS quotes Peskov, “The list of telephone conversations for tomorrow is long. The president will be getting greetings,” who added “that he would brief the media on Putin’s contacts with foreign leaders.” But Peskov was coy and “refused to disclose if a phone call request from US President Donald Trump was on the Kremlin’s list.” (There is yet more on PUTIN’S BIRTHDAY in “DISINFO WARS,” file under: what a nothingburger!)

From Russian state-run TASS.

 

PUTIN’S BIRTHDAY: NALAVLNY SUPPORTERS DEMONSTRATE IN THE STREETS

BBC reports, “More than 250 people have been arrested as supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny held protests in some 80 cities across Russia”. According to the BBC, “Clashes and dozens of arrests were reported in St Petersburg, where the main protest was taking place.”

From BBC.

 

HEAD OF NAVALNY’S ANTICORRUPTION FOUNDATION DETAINED

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “The director of Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s Anticorruption Foundation (FBK), Roman Rubanov, was briefly detained and told to return to a law enforcement agency for questioning on October 13. Rubanov wrote on Twitter that he was detained by court officers on October 10 near his apartment building in Moscow.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “He said the officers told him he was detained in connection with investigations into FBK’s refusal to remove Internet posts it has been ordered to take down following a defamation suit filed by Kremlin-connected tycoon Alisher Usmanov.” According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, “Rubanov told the news site Meduza that his detention was an attempt to frighten him and Navalny.” Indeed.

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

—–INVESTIGATIONS, INVESTIGATIONS—–

 

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE NOT REALLY INVESTIGATING RUSSIAN ROLE

The Daily Beast reports, “the Judiciary Committee is not, in fact, running a Trump-Russia investigation—at least, not a full-fledged one. A staffer for Grassley, speaking on the condition of anonymity to give his candid assessment, told The Daily Beast that the committee is instead engaged in routine oversight of the Justice Department—though under extraordinary circumstances.” Do not forget there are also the separate House and Senate intelligence committee investigations and of course Robert Mueller’s special counsel appointment and team which has partnered in a sense with New York Attorney General Eric Schneidermann. The Daily Beast notes, “Grassley has primarily used his bully pulpit to rip an opposition-research firm and the FBI.”

From The Daily Beast.

 

GRASSLEY PUTS HISSY FIT OVER STEELE DOSSIER IN LETTER FORM

Bloomberg reports, “The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a stern letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking whether a salacious dossier on President Donald Trump was the basis of the bureau’s Russia investigation.” Bloomberg quotes the Oct. 4 letter: “Because foreign intelligence agencies carefully guard their sources and methods, it may not have been clear to the FBI if any foreign reporting shared with the FBI was actually the result of efforts by Mr. Steele and Fusion GPS”. Behold, Bloomberg notes, “Grassley’s letter follows a similar request in Sept. 1 letters from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Wray.” DARKNESS AT NUNES!

From Bloomberg.

 

—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–

 

SURE, RUTHLESS KGB MOTHERFUCKERS STOPPED SHORT OF ALTERING VOTE

POLITICO reports, “American voting machines are full of foreign-made hardware and software, including from China, and a top group of hackers and national security officials says that means they could have been infiltrated last year and into the future.” What a mess. Our house is nowhere near in order and you should assume everything has been infiltrated, penetrated or leaked until further notice. POLITICO reports, “DEFCON, the world’s largest hacker conference, will release its findings on Tuesday, months after hosting a July demonstration in which hackers quickly broke into 25 different types of voting machines.” Also very reassuring! The presentation of the report will be today at the Atlantic Council, POLITICO notes. Expect more headlines and perhaps.

From POLITICO.

 

MELANIA + TRUMP AGREE: WH IS LIKE A VENEZUELAN PRISON

From the department of shit you truly cannot make up, First Lady Melania compared White House life to a Venezuelan prison. The Washington Post reports, “President Trump’s decision to suddenly announce a major change in U.S. policy toward Venezuela in February began with an unexpected Oval Office meeting with Lilian Tintori, wife of the country’s most prominent political prisoner,” Leopoldo López. Get this: “Tintori was whisked in to see Trump, who seemed unfamiliar with her story, but praised her past as a reality television star in Venezuela’s version of ‘Survivor.’” Ah, the reality star connection! Now wait for it. The Washington Post reports during a 40 minute meeting, “first lady Melania Trump, who was also in the room, said she sympathized with the conditions Tintori’s husband, Leopoldo ­López, faced in jail back in Caracas because the White House often felt as confining as a prison, according to two people familiar with the meeting, a point on which the president agreed.” Holy fucking shit who are these people and what have they done and what are they doing to our beautiful United States of America? On the other hand, this can be interpreted as a good thing because it suggests mentally they are acclimating to their future conditions in jail. Lock them up!

From The Washington Post.

 

REVISITING THE APPRENTICE: THE CULT OF A BLEMISH-FREE TRUMP

NPR has a remarkable couple of interviews with the men who helped make “The Apprentice,” the reality show that made Trump marketable to mainstream America and eventually a viable presidential candidate. They shit talk the condition of his Taj Mahal casino and comment generally on the horrible nature of the sexist, racist and anti-Semitic things Trump said when deciding who to fire. Bound by nondisclosures and mindful of their hierarchical standing within the entertainment world, they are deferential beyond measure. Yet nonetheless they tell you everything you should know about American society at present and why things are the way they are. Worth your time to have a read or a listen.

From NPR.

 

IN TERMS OF TRASH, ALL FIRST LADIES AMONG EQUALS

The Chicago Sun-Times had a breaking news alert and ultimately had the sassiest headline on, “Melania Schools Trump Ex- On Difference Between First Wife, First Lady”. This means what you think it does: something that should have been done on “The Jerry Springer Show” years ago is debasing the highest office in the land, the only thing Trump does with any consistency. Recall, “Ivana Trump is the president’s first wife, but Melania Trump is the first lady.” According to the Chicago Sun-Times, “At least that’s the message first lady Melania Trump sent out loud and clear Monday, after Ivana Trump told a TV interviewer ‘I’m basically first Trump wife. OK? I’m first lady.’” Melania had her spokeswoman shoot back. On Jerry, this would be about when the klan comes out or someone hops on the stripper pole after flashing the audience. In terms of trash, all the president’s wives are first ladies among equals.

From The Chicago Sun-Times.

 

—–DISINFO WARS—–

 

NEW US AMBASSADOR TO MOSCOW HUNTSMAN INTERVIEWED BY DAUGHTER

Abby Huntsman, daughter of the incoming U.S. Ambassador to Moscow Jon Huntsman, is a host of our fake Russian puppet president’s favorite morning show, “Fox and Friends”. And she interviewed Daddy! Seriously, what the hell is this? The Hill reports, “In his first interview since being appointed ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman sat down with a journalist with a familiar face — his daughter.” Oh my god is this embarrassing. During the interview, Ambassador Huntsman said, “This is about the height of awesomeness, to be interviewed by my daughter,” which is just so fucking wrong and off point as to be unnecessary to ridicule as it stands alone for its ridiculousness. This was supposed to give you the feels like a really white Oprah as The Hill notes, “The ambassador choked up talking about Americans’ ‘commitment to service’ and ‘volunteer spirit,’” and Abby replied, “You’re going make me cry, don’t do that”. Oh, barf. “The family ended the interview with an embrace, and a kiss on the forehead from the ambassador to his daughter,” because god knows all this was missing was a little PDA. Seriously what kind of shit is this? If you are thinking big shit, think bigger yet. As Mediaite notes, “the story of Russia and U.S. diplomatic relations NEVER CAME UP in this interview!!” Shock and awe, so cute .

From The Hill and Mediaite.

 

PUTIN’S BIRTHDAY: WHAT A NOTHING BURGER!

The Guardian reports, “the apparent creation of a special birthday burger for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has dragged a New York restaurant into an argument over what critics say is fake news from the Kremlin.” According to The Guardian, “Russian state media reported over the weekend that Lucy’s Cantina Royale had produced a special spicy burger in honour of Putin’s 65th birthday on Saturday. It was a shining example of how Putin is adored across the world, said Channel One, the Kremlin’s flagship television channel. ‘It’s not only foreign leaders that are wishing Russia’s president a happy birthday, but ordinary citizens too, and, what is more, in extremely original ways,’ a presenter gushed.” The Guardian adds, “A waitress at Lucy’s, a Mexican restaurant near Penn Station in New York, told Russian state media that the five-patty burger, served with chips, sauce and salad, weighed exactly 1,952 grams, a reference to the year Putin was born in Leningrad.” Who in America measures things in grams? The Guardian notes, “The video was produced by Ruptly, a company owned by RT, the Kremlin-backed television channel.” However, “there was a problem: the story was fake. When Alexey Kovalev, a Russian journalist whose website exposes Kremlin propaganda, called the restaurant, a Lucy’s barman told him: ‘This has nothing to do with us’.” Then, the Kremlin doubled down through its disinformation channels. “A pro-Kremlin Twitter user then posted a recording of a telephone call to Lucy’s, in which a barmaid confirmed the Putin burger promotion. When Kovalev called back, the same woman said the burger had been on sale in the morning and the man who had told him the Russian state media story was untrue was a ‘trainee’. She then hung up,” The Guardian reports. So what the hell happened? The Guardian concludes, “As for the barmaid featured in the state media report – apparently the same woman to whom Kovalev spoke,” a supervisor, “said: ‘She in fact does work for us and she lied about filming a project for school.’” NO ONE CARES ABOUT PUTIN’S BIRTHDAY IN AMERICA MORE THAN TRUMPISTAN WATCH, SORRY SAD LITTLE VOVA!

From The Guardian.

 

—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–

 

DUMA DEPUTY SAYS TWO RUSSIAN ISIS CAPTIVES MURDERED IN SYRIA
Meduza
reports, “ISIS militants have executed both of the Russian citizens they recently captured in Syria, according to State Duma deputy Viktor Vodolatssky, who says Roman Zabolotnyi and Grigory Tsurkanu were killed,” allegedly for adhering to their Orthodox faith despite pressure to convert to Islam. They died for god not for nothing in some stupid bloodbath the Russians are engaged in for five years now. According to Meduza, Vodolatssky said, “There were faithful to Orthodoxy and the Motherland to the very end”. Meduza notes, “Open-source investigators believe Zabolotnyi traveled to Syria to fight in the ‘Wagner group,’ a private military contractor staffed by mercenaries from Russia and Ukraine. The organization has possible financial ties to the Kremlin-connected entrepreneur Evgeny Prigozhin, and its commanders have received awards from the Russian government.” Additionally, “After photos emerged showing Zabolotnyi in captivity, Internet sleuths identified him as a member of a Cossack movement, discovering photos on his Vkontakte page showing him wearing a Cossack uniform.” He regrets he had but one life to give for his motherland, no doubt.

From Meduza.

 

SOVIET BOUY SURFACES IN SOUTH FLORIDA

The Orlando Sentinel reports, “Some international intrigue, Soviet-style with a Cuban twist, has kicked up along the shores of South Florida. A 1,200-pound Soviet buoy that surfaced off Dania Beach looks like it belongs in a James Bond movie. ‘Гидрометслужба СССР’ — which the Library of Congress says is Russian for Hydrometrical Service of the USSR — is painted in black on its side. Exactly where the rusty, Cold War-era relic came from, and what it was used for, remain a mystery.” According to The Orlando Sentinel, “Workers at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Enla Johnson State Park pulled it off the beach just days after Hurricane Irma swept through town. They think it floated 350 miles from Cuba”. The Orlando Sentinel asks, “But what if this wasn’t really for the weather at all, or if it had a dual purpose?”

From The Orlando Sentinel.

 

AMERICA IS THROWING EVERYTHING IT CAN THINK OF AT THE PROBLEM

The Forward reports, “A group of rabbis is planning on staging a Sukkot-themed protest against the administration’s immigration policies outside Trump Tower on Monday. T’ruah, the rabbinic human rights organization, will erect a sukkah in front of President Trump’s residence on Monday morning in attempt to demonstrate how the administration’s decision to ban refugees and immigrants from certain countries clashes with Jewish values.” This is our people, our beautiful American people, throwing everything they can think of at the problem. Why this, you might ask? Why not? Theater however can distract and we must not let it! Focus: the president is a Russian puppet and he sympathizes with and supports Nazis and white supremacists. Achtung!

From The Forward.

 

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