Psy-ops and other stuff

Louise Mensch over on Twitter has spent the evening tweeting about Russian psy-ops, and how a Russian spy ring at Cambridge University managed to get their hands on the information of every American using Facebook, (which led to targeted fake news, conspiracy theories, trolling, etc), and somehow Flynn was involved.  This, she claims, is the basis of the whole Trump-Russia story.

I don’t agree.  Yes, psy-ops were and are an issue; they are a major weapon of the Russians in their cyber-crimes and if Trump and co. knew about the psy-ops and malicious cyber-mischief conducted on their behalf, that’s very possibly treason.  But understanding that is only one part of the story we are dealing with here.  To focus on this exclusively is like investigating a murder by only looking at the gun found at the scene when the victim was actually clubbed to death.  Yes, the gun will tell you a bit, but so will the club, the scene of the crime, the victim, the victim’s family and friends, etc.

Which is to say that I don’t understand her current laser focus on this issue.  Maybe in time I will, but right now?  No.

Something else has been bothering me lately.  I couldn’t bear to watch the Trump-Clinton debates, but like everyone else I was force-fed parts of them.  And one thing I remember Trump saying that is never quoted anymore was, “just declare me the winner (of the election) now.”  It was something like that, and it was in the last debate.  If anyone recalls this, let me know.  I can’t find any record of it.  And that’s odd; it was a spectacularly strange thing to say, as Trump was far down in the polls at the time, and it was commented on. But now it’s as if it never happened.

The fact is, Trump didn’t come up with that himself.  Someone told him to say it; either that or he felt very smug and sure of himself because he knew about all the crap going on behind the scenes.

What happened after that was even stranger.  Trump actually went on to lose the popular vote, and would not have ended up in the White House if it had not been for a very corrupt Electoral College.  Something that is no longer being mentioned is that at least 50 Republican Electors should not have been allowed to vote, as they were in the College illegally.  Why is this never mentioned anymore?  Yes, the Republican National Committee has also been linked to the Russians (something else we don’t hear enough about), but again, I doubt this has been going on for as long as the general corruption has.  The corruption has been there since Nixon, at least; the Russian problem has not.  And the corruption allowed the Russians to succeed, not the other way around.

What I’m saying is that while the psy-ops drove apart friendships and even families, and while a lot of U.S. Americans were made physically ill by the psychological stress of the election, in the end the psy-ops did not really work on the scale that they might have.  Total corruption is what pushed the whole scheme over the top.  Total corruption is what led to the Electoral College, and Congress, being the mess they are today.  And now the corruption has reached deeply into the Executive Branch where the new administration brought Russia along in its baggage, and somehow deposited the infection not only in the Executive branch but in Congress (in that case, even before the new administration was elected).  But it’s just double the corruption, not the beginning of it.

Anyway, we are left with this:

Yes, The White House And GOP Conspired To Shut Down The Trump-Russia Investigation–Here’s The Proof

Collusion like that was not built since last March on the strength of psy-ops, folks.  That’s the end result of something that has been going on for decades.

P.S.  For what it’s worth, happy April Fool’s Day: White House Leaker

Gaslighting

Excellent article here for those of us faced with loved ones and friends who appear to be living in an alternate universe (especially if they’re lost in Trumpland): Gaslighting

Nothing much to add to this except that I’m currently wondering if we are all being gaslighted over the huge, really huge outrage regarding Trump’s “hot mike” remarks about sexually assaulting women.

Not that the remarks weren’t awful, but where was the gargantuan outrage when…oh, where do I start?  At the moment Trump went up the down escalator?  He said something about Mexicans being rapists, etc., that day.  Yes, he did.  A lot of his supporters are saying he was misquoted or it was taken out of context, which has become their go-to excuse every time Trump says something that people get upset about (lately there’s a new wrinkle: they just claim he never said any such thing at all even though he did so live on TV — gaslighting at its finest!).  Or else they whine something about “political correctness” oppressing them — and then, when  Trump threatens to sue someone who offended him, and/or his followers threaten violence toward anyone who is offended by Trump, it leaves us in the strange situation that Trump and his minions can say whatever they want, but the rest of us can’t.  It’s the new political correctness, I guess, Trump-style.  Welcome the bold new world, where everything is upside-down.

Back to the subject, darlings, I heard that escalator speech.  That’s what he said:  “Mexicans are rapists…”  In spite of the continued attempts at editing the collective memory of that event, the fact remains that that’s what he said.  No gaslighting allowed.

There was outrage at the remark, but it certainly didn’t stop his campaign.  Since then there has been a new outrage almost every week, sometimes every day.  So what’s different about this one?  Why is this any worse than the other 300 or so outrages?

What I really can’t get through my head is the Republican gasps at his misogynous comments.  They’re upset about something he said about womenReally?

(At this point I really must interject with Mitt Romney’s tone-deaf remark, “these are our wives, our daughters..”  Fine if you’re talking to an audience of all men, or of women like the late Phyllis Shufly or whatever her name was, and all men; stupid if you’re talking on the subject of women to everybody, because everybody includes women, who make up more than half the population.  Dummy, go back and read your binders of women or something.)

The party’s entire platform places women in danger in various ways, and Republican lawmakers across the nation continue to find new and improved ways of raising the danger level.  That’s an established fact.  So if they are going to play the outrage card to the hilt this time, over some misogynous remarks Trump made 10 years ago, (and has attempted to excuse by claiming that he’d heard far worse from Bill Clinton during golf outings), there has to be an underlying reason that has nothing to do with women.

Some have guessed that the Koch brothers are attempting to get Trump out of the way before election day so they can have their boy Pence in the oval office.  Sounds plausible.  Or maybe someone in the GOP finally recognized the very real danger of Trump’s Russian entanglements (the news of which came and went in about a week, without any effect whatsoever) and decided this was a good an excuse as any to try to force him out of the race.

Whatever the cause of the outrage, you can bet it has nothing much to do with Trump’s attitude toward women.  Any claim to the contrary is just gaslighting, and I, for one, am getting damned sick and tired of it.

10/8/16 evening update:
it appears I’m on to something with my Pence guess: writing Pence’s name in

The Republicans are stuck with Trump; there’ll be no forcing him out over a (for the Republicans, fake) woman issue.  All they have left is the futile gesture of writing Pence’s name in.  Of course they would never consider voting for an actual woman as a viable alternative to Trump.  Never.  Which proves my point about Republican outrage over this particular issue.

So now I see the future clearly: he’ll just hang around and in a few days issue some fresh outrage, and all this woman bullshit will be forgotten — not just by him but by the rest of the Republicans.  And if anyone dares bring this up in the future…well, you know, he didn’t say that.