A Russian folk tale

In order to understand Vladimir Putin it is necessary to understand Russia. Russia is a unique culture, history and state of the mind. Vladimir Putin is Russia, in heart, soul and mind. Western strategy is to punish him and Russia and send a message that an ascendant, independent Russia is unacceptable to the West, and that he personally will be punished with Western propaganda, until he gives in. The Western narrative is purposeful and fraudulent.

Putin, the man that singlehandedly destroyed America's democracy

For six months now, the top news story in the country has been how one man, Putin, managed to infiltrate the internets, take almost complete control of the US electoral system and put a puppet of a foreign nation into the country's highest position of power. What kind of superpowers does this man have to create such turmoil in all three branches of the federal government, the Executive, the Legislative and even the Judicial without so much as firing a single bullet or dropping one bomb?

/s (edited out remark that might be misunderstood - snark on snark - if you will)

I offer some videos for your edification on this Sunday afternoon.

Any thoughts on Comey's testimony about Russia?

I didn't listen to or watch the hearing today, but I read as much as I could afterward, and these parts were interesting.

What do you think?

… BURR: Do you have any doubt that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 elections?

COMEY: None.

Daniel Lazare on Russiagate, Atlantic Council, Saudi interests

In the great recent essay by Alligator Ed, James Comey fired! Watch out Hillary!, there was a discussion that included the perspective of a person who appears to believe Russia hacked the DNC. I think the following article by Daniel Lazare at lays out some of the reasons I don't believe Russia hacked the DNC and includes reasons why this hollow Russiagate scenario is loaded with the potential to destroy life on earth.

laissez le bon temps rouler ...

aah, juicy crime thriller, isn't it?

Macron team blasts 'massive hacking attack' on eve of vote

The campaign team of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Friday confirmed it had suffered a "massive and coordinated hacking attack" after internal documents were released online, slamming an attempt at "democratic destabilisation".

Time for a really good root cellar?

Or maybe a well-supplied tornado shelter, given the weather that climate change has given us lately? Or ...?

The Russian leaders, who, unlike the Western liars, speak the truth, have said clearly that Russia will never again fight a war on her own territory. The Russians couldn’t put it more clearly. Provoke a war, and we will destroy you on your own territory.

We're dead, many of us. And probably very soon.

Was Trump's strike all about North Korea?

Trump's missile strike hasn't made a lot of sense as something directed at Russia or Syria, minimally damaging as it was. Or as a message worth the blowback, to placate the neocons - they'll never be satisfied until we've annihilated ourselves.

So here's another interpretation, from Ilargi:

Do-it-yourself Diplomacy. Are you the "One"?

The Center for Citizen Initiatives trains people like us to be Citizen Ambassadors for the American People. They then arrange our trips to nations where we can act as authentic Ambassadors — modifying the message of the corporate tools and Neocon bullies that the US State Department sends to spread chaos, weapons, fear, and aggression abroad. We will have an opportunity to represent a broader spectrum of the hearts and minds of the American People.

There are open positions for Ambassadors to Russia beginning later this spring. You've been invited to apply and to help prevent a war that neither the people of Russia nor the people of the United States want.

Today in Russia-related news

CDC Health Alert

Due to a nationwide outbreak of Russian Agents hiding under America's beds the CDC has issued these guidelines.

1) Resist the urge to reach under your bed and grab him. Remember he's just as scared of you as you are of him. He'll likely try to bite you.

2) Talk in a calm voice. Preferably a Russian lullaby. Then draw him out with food.

3) Let him smell your hand before trying to pet him. Be gentle.

'Russia hacked the DNC' story just got much weaker

The key to the charge that the Russian government hacked the DNC server "to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency" has always been based on the findings of the private firm Crowdstrike.


About that infamous "Montenegrin Coup"

The first I had heard about this Montenegrin Coup was when Senator McCain accused Senator Paul of "working for Vladimir Putin.” Naturally the questions from Democrats and the news media was a) when did Paul become a traitor, and b) how high should we hang him?
No on asked the more obvious question: what Montenegrin Coup?

What will the Democrats do when they have to abandon the Trump/Putin konspiracy theories?

For the past year, instead of attacking Trump for real, concrete reasons of his horribleness, Democrats have gone off the deep end of crazy, irrational, konspiracy theories about Russia. Just visit any Democratic blog like DKos and witness the demands of faith in the unproven that is so absolute that voicing doubts can get you denounced for heresy and banned.