Russiagate Is More Fiction Than Fact

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Authored by Aaron Mate via,

From accusations of Trump campaign collusion to Russian Facebook ad buys, the media has substituted hype for evidence...

In her new campaign memoir, What Happened, Hillary Clinton reveals that she has followed “every twist and turn of the story,” and “read everything I could get my hands on,” concerning Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election. “I do wonder sometimes about what would have happened if President Obama had made a televised address to the nation in the fall of 2016 warning that our democracy was under attack,” she writes.

Clinton has had a lot to take in. Since Election Day, the controversy over alleged Russian meddling and Trump campaign collusion has consumed Washington and the national media. Yet nearly one year later there is still no concrete evidence of its central allegations. There are claims by US intelligence officials that the Russian government hacked e-mails and used social media to help elect Donald Trump, but there has yet to be any corroboration. Although the oft-cited January intelligence report “uses the strongest language and offers the most detailed assessment yet,” The Atlantic observed that “it does not or cannot provide evidence for its assertions.” Noting the “absence of any proof” and “hard evidence to back up the agencies’ claims that the Russian government engineered the election attack,” The New York Times concluded that the intelligence community’s message “essentially amounts to ‘trust us.’” That remains the case today.

The same holds for the question of collusion. Officials acknowledged to Reuters in May that “they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far.” Well-placed critics of Trump - including former DNI chief James Clapper, former CIA director Michael Morrell, Representative Maxine Waters, and Senator Dianne Feinstein - concur to date.

Recognizing this absence of evidence helps examine what has been substituted in its place.

Shattered, the insider account of the Clinton campaign, reports that “in the days after the election, Hillary declined to take responsibility for her own loss.” Instead, one source recounted, aides were ordered “to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way.” Within 24 hours of Clinton’s concession speech, top officials gathered “to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up.… Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.”

But the focus on Russia has utility far beyond the Clinton camp. It dovetails with elements of state power that oppose Trump’s call for improved relations with Moscow and who are willing to deploy a familiar playbook of Cold War fearmongering to block any developments on that front.

The multiple investigations and anonymous leaks are also a tool to pacify an erratic president whose anti-interventionist rhetoric—by all indications, a ruse—alarmed foreign-policy elites during the campaign. Corporate media outlets driven by clicks and ratings are inexorably drawn to the scandal. The public is presented with a real-life spy thriller, which for some carries the added appeal of possibly undoing a reviled president and his improbable victory.

These imperatives have incentivized a compromised set of journalistic and evidentiary standards. In Russiagate, unverified claims are reported with little to no skepticism. Comporting developments are cherry-picked and overhyped, while countervailing ones are minimized or ignored. Front-page headlines advertise explosive and incriminating developments, only to often be undermined by the article’s content, or retracted entirely. Qualified language—likely, suspected, apparent—appears next to “Russians” to account for the absence of concrete links. As a result, Russiagate has enlarged into a storm of innuendo that engulfs issues far beyond its original scope.

The latest two stories about alleged Trump campaign collusion were initially received as smoking guns. But upon further examination, they may actually undermine that narrative.

One was news that Trump had signed a non-binding letter of intent to license his name for a proposed building in Moscow as he ran for the White House. Russian-born developer Felix Sater predicted to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen that the deal would help Trump win the presidency. “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected,” Sater wrote, believing that voters would be impressed that Trump could make a real-estate deal with the United States’ “most difficult adversary.” The New York Times describes the outcome:

There is no evidence in the emails that Mr. Sater delivered on his promises, and one email suggests that Mr. Sater overstated his Russian ties. In January 2016, Mr. Cohen wrote to Mr. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, asking for help restarting the Trump Tower project, which had stalled. But Mr. Cohen did not appear to have Mr. Peskov’s direct email, and instead wrote to a general inbox for press inquiries.


The project never got government permits or financing, and died weeks later.

Peskov has confirmed he ended up seeing the e-mail from Cohen, but did not bother to respond. The story does raise a potential conflict of interest: Trump pursued a Moscow deal as he praised Putin on the campaign trial. But it is hard to see how a deal that never got off the ground is of more importance than actual deals Trump made in places like Turkey, the Philippines, and the Persian Gulf. If anything, the story should introduce skepticism into whether any collusion took place: The deal failed, and Trump’s lawyer did not even have an e-mail address for his Russian counterparts.

The revelation of Sater’s e-mails to Cohen followed the earlier controversy of Rob Goldstone offering Donald Trump Jr. incriminating information on Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Goldstone’s e-mail was more fruitful than Sater’s in that it yielded a meeting, albeit one that Trump Jr. claims he abandoned after 20 minutes. Those who deem the Sater-Goldstone e-mail chains incriminating or even treasonous should be reminded of their provenance: Sater is known as “a canny operator and a colorful bullshitter” who has “launched a host of crudely named websites—including and… to attack a former business partner.” Meanwhile, Goldstone is a British tabloid journalist turned music publicist. One does not have to be an intelligence expert to doubt that they are Kremlin cut-outs.

Then there is Facebook’s disclosure that fake accounts “likely operated out of Russia” paid $100,000 for 3,000 ads starting in June 2015. The New York Times editorial board described it as “further evidence of what amounted to unprecedented foreign invasion of American democracy.” A $100,000 Facebook ad buy seems unlikely to have had much impact in a $6.8 billion election. According to Facebook, “the vast majority of ads…didn’t specifically reference the US presidential election, voting or a particular candidate” but rather focused “on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum—touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.” Facebook also says the majority of ads, 56 percent, were seen “after the election.” The ads have not been released publicly. But by all indications, if they were used to try to elect Trump, their sponsors took a very curious route.

The ads are commonly described as “Russian disinformation,” but in the most extensive reporting on the story to date, The Washington Post adds multiple qualifiers in noting that the ads “appear to have come from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency,” itself a Kremlin-linked firm (emphasis added).

The Post also reveals that an initial Facebook review of the suspected Russian accounts found that they “had clear financial motives, which suggested that they weren’t working for a foreign government.” Furthermore, “the security team did not find clear evidence of Russian disinformation or ad purchases by Russian-linked accounts.” But Russiagate logic requires a unique response to absent evidence: “The sophistication of the Russian tactics caught Facebook off-guard.”

The Post adds how Russian “sophistication” was overcome:

As Facebook struggled to find clear evidence of Russian manipulation, the idea was gaining credence in other influential quarters.


In the electrified aftermath of the election, aides to Hillary Clinton and Obama pored over polling numbers and turnout data, looking for clues to explain what they saw as an unnatural turn of events.


One of the theories to emerge from their post-mortem was that Russian operatives who were directed by the Kremlin to support Trump may have taken advantage of Facebook and other social media platforms to direct their messages to American voters in key demographic areas in order to increase enthusiasm for Trump and suppress support for Clinton.


These former advisers didn’t have hard evidence that Russian trolls were using Facebook to micro-target voters in swing districts—at least not yet—but they shared their theories with the House and Senate intelligence committees, which launched parallel investigations into Russia’s role in the presidential campaign in January.

The theories paid off. A personal visit in May by Democratic Senator Mark Warner, vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, “spurred the company to make some changes in how it conducted its internal investigation.” Facebook’s announcement in August of finding 3,000 “likely” Russian ads is now an ongoing “scandal” that has dragged the company before Congressional committees.

Other election threats loom. A recent front-page New York Times article linking Russian cyber operations to voting irregularities across the United States is headlined, “Russian Election Hacking Efforts, Wider Than Previously Known, Draw Little Scrutiny.” But read on and you’ll discover that there is no evidence of “Russian election hacking,” only evidence-free accusations of it. Voting problems in Durham, North Carolina, “felt like tampering, or some kind of cyberattack,” election monitor Susan Greenhalgh says, and “months later…questions still linger about what happened that day in Durham as well as other counties in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Arizona.” There is one caveat: “There are plenty of other reasons for such breakdowns—local officials blamed human error and software malfunctions—and no clear-cut evidence of digital sabotage has emerged, much less a Russian role in it.”

The evidence-free concern over Russian hacking expanded in late September when the Department of Homeland Security informed 21 states that they had been targeted by Russian cyber-operations during the 2016 election. But three states have already dismissed the DHS claims, including California, which announced that after seeking “further information, it became clear that DHS’s conclusions were wrong.”

Recent elections in France and Germany saw similar fears of Russian hacking and disinformation—and similar results. In France, a hack targeting the campaign of election winner Emmanuel Macron ended up having “no trace,” of Russian involvement, and “was so generic and simple that it could have been practically anyone,” the head of French cyber-security quietly explained after the vote. Germany faced an even more puzzling outcome: Nothing happened. “The apparent absence of a robust Russian campaign to sabotage the German vote has become a mystery among officials and experts who had warned of a likely onslaught,” the Post reported in an article headlined “As Germans prepare to vote, a mystery grows: Where are the Russians?” The mystery was so profound that The New York Times also explored it days later: “German Election Mystery: Why No Russian Meddling?”

Following this evidentiary praxis, Russia can be blamed for matters far beyond Western elections. After the recent white-supremacist violence in Charlottesville, foreign-policy consultant Molly McKew issued a widely circulated appeal on Twitter: “We need to have a conversation about what is happening today in Charlottesville & Russian influence, and operations, in the United States.” (McKew recently testified at a US government hearing on “The Scourge of Russian Disinformation.”)

Writing for CNN, Yale Law School’s Asha Rangappa asserted that Charlottesville “highlighted again the problem of Russia.” Sure, Rangappa concedes, “there is no evidence to date that Russia is directly supporting extreme right groups in the United States.” But Russian government ties to the European far-right “when viewed through the lens of Trump’s response to Charlottesville, suggests an opening for Russian intelligence to use domestic hate groups as a vehicle for escalating their active measures inside the United States.”

Linking Russia to right-wing American racists contrasts with just a few months prior, when it was fashionable to tie Russia to the polar opposites. In March, intelligence-community witnesses soberly testified to Congress that Russia’s “21st-century cyber invasion” has “tried to sow unrest in the U.S. by inflaming protests such as Occupy Wall Street and the Black Lives Matter movement.” The evidence presented for this claim was that both movements were covered by the Russian state-owned television network RT.

Russian-linked tweets about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice show the Russians “trying to push divisiveness in this country,” says Republican Senator James Lankford. A Russian-linked ad about Black Lives Matter aimed at audiences in Ferguson and Baltimore “tells us…that the Russians who bought these ads were sophisticated enough to understand that targeting a Black Lives Matter ad to the communities…would help sow political discord.… the goal here was really about creating chaos,” says CNN reporter Dylan Byers.

But this story might actually tell us a lot more about the attitudes of pundits and lawmakers towards their audiences. On top of the 3,000 ads identified by Facebook, Twitter has now informed Congress of around 200 accounts “linked to Russian interference in the 2016 election.” Twitter has 328 million users. To suggest 200 accounts out of 328 million could have had an impact is as much an insult to common sense as it is to basic math. It also suggests Black Lives Matter protesters in places like Ferguson and Baltimore were unwitting foreign agents who needed Russian social-media prodding to march in the streets. To protest racism is not to sow “chaos” and “political discord,” but to protest racism.

Because the ads may have originated in Russia, it is widely taken for granted that they were part of an alleged Russian government plot. Few have considered a different scenario, pointed out by the journalist Max Blumenthal, that the ads could have been like those from any other troll farm: clickbait to attract page views.

Some who focus on Russiagate may be acting from the real fear and disorientation that follows from the victory of the most unqualified and unpredictable president in history. But those who partake, particularly those in positions of privilege, should consider that Russiagate offers them a safe and anodyne way to “Resist.” For privileged Americans to challenge Trump mainly over Russia is to do so in a way that avoids confronting their own relationship to the economic and political system that many of his voters rebelled against. “If the presidency is effectively a Russian op, if the American presidency right now is the product of collusion between the Russian intelligence services and an American campaign,” to borrow a scenario posed by Rachel Maddow, then there is nothing else to confront.

But economic discontent, along with voter suppression, the Democratic Party’s failures to reach voters, and corporate media that gave endless attention to Trump’s empty promises and racial animus, are among the issues cast aside by the incessant focus on Russigate, as are the very real US-Russia tensions that do not fit the narrative.

Amid widespread talk of Putin pulling the strings, Trump has quietly appointed anti-Russia hawks to key posts and admitted a new NATO member over Russian objections. Trump’s top military commander, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is backing an effort by the Pentagon and Congress to arm Ukraine with new weapons. President Obama had rejected a similar proposal out of fear it would inflame the country’s deadly conflict. Just before Russia’s recent war games with allied Belarus, the United States and NATO allies carried out their “biggest military exercise in eastern Europe since the Cold War” right next door.

These tensions only stand to worsen in a political climate in which diplomacy with Russia is seen as a weakness, and in which challenging it through sanctions and militarism is one of the few areas of bipartisan agreement. Conflict with a nuclear power may threaten the future annihilation of many, but it offers immediate benefits for some. “NATO concerns about Russia are seen as a positive for the defense industry,” the business press notes in reporting that military stocks have reached “all-time highs.” As have the ratings of MSNBC, the cable network that has pushed Russiagate more than any other.

Those unbound by Russiagate’s offerings need not succumb to them. Trump didn’t get to the White House via Russia, but by falsely portraying himself as a populist champion. The only con he will be undone by is his own.

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junction's picture

If the Russia story fades away,  a lot of MSM reporters are going to have to work for a living.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

Know what this story needs?  More Caps, more italics, more bold text, and more fucking cowbell.

loebster's picture

Russia-gate is the zionist neocons' way of keeping the Russian conflict alive as a reminder for Trump to destroy Israhell's enemies.

sincerely_yours's picture

Makes sense, especially as Russia is protecting Syria and Iran, 2 countries Israhell wants destroyed.

TruxtonSpangler's picture

Its the DBCs gambit to get democrats elected in 2018 midterms with the plea "We cant impeach him because of the republics, you have to vote in more democrats!" the problem is they have to pound the narrative for 2 years and by then everyone will be tired of it and it wont work. DNC doesnt have a platform or a positive message which is one of the main reasons why Hillary lost in the first place but now they double down on a losing strategy.

Bad Attitude's picture

The Clinton News Network wouldn't have anything to report about if this "Russiagate" story fell apart. 

As to Russia using Facebook ads and trolls to create division in the US, they are a bit late to the party. Obama did a damn fine job of fomenting divisions. The Democrat Party lives and dies by playing their identity politics games.

Forward (over the cliff)!

Escrava Isaura's picture

More Fiction Than Fact

Russiagate is for the left what conspiracygate is for the right: Indoctrination.


BennyBoy's picture


"...fake accounts “likely operated out of Russia”


Still no evidence.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Orthodoxy believe is immune to evidence.

Fake or no fake, it doesn’t matter.

Just like religion.


nmewn's picture

The FACTS are...

...that former Obama NIA Director James Clapper intentionally lied on national TeeeVeee in that Trump Tower was bugged DURING a national election just as Trump said he was. 

The FACTS are...

...that Mike Flynn was "unmasked" by those with access to government surveillance information as a result of that bugging of Trump Tower (a felony) for the political purpose of damaging not just Mike Flynn's reputation (a true patriot in every sense of the word, imho) but also the newly elected President just as he was assuming office.

The FACTS are... his sworn under oath testimony before Congress former FBI Director Comey ADMITTED that his actual "intent" in stealing government documents (referred to as "memos") WAS to pass them to his friend so his friend could give them to the Presidents political enemies in the media. 

The FACTS are...

...that Comey also ADMITTED (again, under oath) that he felt Lowrenta Lynch was unduly trying to influence his decision to bring criminal charges under the Espionage Act against Hillary Crony for her brazen lack of due care in transmitting classified & top secret data across not only her server but TO a shared laptop of convicted pedophile Anthony Weiner. 

The FACTS are...

...under the direction of this stubby little half wit (Lowrenta Lynch & John "Lurch" Kerry ) "a Russian government lawyer" was granted NUMEROUS VISA WAIVERS to even be in this country in order for her to even BE AT ANY meeting at Trump Tower where exactly ZERO opposition research was delivered by her or anyone else to the Trump campaign.

The FACTS are...

...Lowrenta Lynch met with Bill Clinton, in private, on a runway tarmac WHILE the Director of the FBI (Comey) was being told by Lowrenta to call a criminal investigation of Bill's wife a "matter" and only days before he (Comey) decided to not refer criminal charges to her (Lowrenta) for CRIMINAL FELONY PROSECUTION.

Those are the goddamned facts Escrava. 

The only "collusion" committed was by Democrats who, while in office, with their hands on the levers of control, abused their citizen granted authority for their own political purposes.

Escrava Isaura's picture


 Governments lies and spins are an institutional fact. It’s expected. Every human lie.

Your list is what I call the low hang fruit, easy to expose and disprove double standards as they should.

The problem is that some people gets the low hang fruit and turns it into a tree.

Russiagate is a great example of the left turning a low hang fruit, something with little relevance, and turning it into tree.

The conspiracy, in this case, is not the fruit, but the action of the people that are spinning it.

The spinning is the key factor of the indoctrination, and not the fruit.


Urban Roman's picture

Except, in the case of "Russiagate", the "low hang fruit" was nothing. With no evidence the whole story was fabricated from thin cosmic ether.

Escrava Isaura's picture

That’s not true. Some Trump advisers did meet with some Russians counterparts as they admitted, and as they should.

Meeting with the Russians is a must. It’s the most correct thing that Trump is ‘was’ doing, in my opinion.

These diplomats need to constantly talk to each other, period.

The problem is the fabrication. You’re correct.


nmewn's picture

"The problem is that some people gets the low hang fruit and turns it into a tree.

Russiagate is a great example of the left turning a low hang fruit, something with little relevance, and turning it into tree.

The conspiracy, in this case, is not the fruit, but the action of the people that are spinning it."

I've always given you the benefit of the doubt due to the language difference between Portuguese & English but the only thing of relevance is that last sentence. 

The only conspiracy & collusion is on the part of "progressives" and its socialist allies in the Alinsky press as the tree you describe is an illusion, grown from a seed of a fruit that was never real. 

In other words, it was all concocted BS (and provably so) dreamed up to cover for the real crimes that were committed. 

Actual, real, criminal felonies. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

Progressives….. socialist allies……Alinsky….. press….grown from a seed of a fruit that was never real…..

Sorry nmewn, you’re all over the place. I don’t even know where to start…..or how to answer. 


Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Another distribution of the idiotic, inane, and incorrect.

One would think you'd be in a group home somewhere.

Ferrari's picture

I love you Mr. nmewn. Always have, always will. Your post is what the above article should have been. What you state is so self evident it’s not funny. Washington is a Den of Thieves who are trying desperately to tar Trump, duly chosen by the American people, with false claims of crimes which they commit, among many others, on a 24/7/365 basis. The whole scene is preposterous.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Ferrari: desperately to tar Trump….with false claims of crimes which they commit… 


Now can you name one of these crimes that they are blaming Trump?


Ferrari's picture

Sure. Doing business with Russia. Pretty much all of them do it, not the least of which is Hillary’s uranium deal or curious Podesta banking deals.

Thomas Paine's picture

Completely Awesome Facts!

Raffie's picture

MSM is a total joke. 

Hope they all go bankrupt in the very near future. 

ptolemy_newit's picture



America is the fucking joke and the world is laughing ............. Corporate racketeers and murderers.


your LA shooter is an exact example of your environment,  that is America have you not seen your TVVVVVVVVV lately.


Guns, murder, rape, drugs, MASACURES every night on prime time movies.







FatTony7915726's picture

I see a jewish conspiracy to take Russia for all the wealth that is in this country.  Can't happen?  Jews always get rich with other people's money.  Abraham did it to the Pharaoh of Egypt:


As Abram and his company approached Egypt, he said to Sarai, “I realize that you’re a beautiful woman. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife,’ and they will kill me but keep you alive. So please, say that you are my sister, so everything will be well with us and they will spare my life.” (Gen. 12:11-13)

Had not God told Abram that He would bless those that blessed him, and curse those that cursed him, and make of him a great nation? How could this promise be fulfilled if Abram were killed and his wife stolen? What do you think of Abram’s faith . . . Was it strong, or was it weak? Was he a brave soldier of God, or a coward?

Before you answer, remember that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are called the “Abrahamic religions”. This is the man they’re named after!

When Abram arrived in Egypt, the Egyptians did find Sarai beautiful. The princes mentioned her to Pharaoh, and Pharaoh himself took her into his house. Pharaoh then gave Abram sheep, and oxen, and donkeys, and slaves, and camels, and much wealth in exchange for his “sister”. (Gen. 12:14-16)

That sounds an awful lot like prostitution to me. What do you think? Was Abram whoring her out for personal gain? Or was this part of God’s Plan?

God, angered by Pharaoh taking Sarai into his house to make her his wife, put a plague on Pharaoh and his family. Pharaoh, somehow finding out about Abram’s deception (the Bible doesn’t say how), called Abram to come see him and asked why Abram did this horrible thing to him. Abram offers no explanation, and Pharaoh sends him away with his wife and all the wealth Pharaoh had given him in exchange for his “sister”. (Gen. 12:17-20)

Abram lied to Pharaoh, claiming his wife was his sister because he feared that he’d be killed for his wife. He then accepted wealth in the form of livestock, slaves, and who knows what else in exchange for her. When exposed as a liar who had brought a curse upon Pharaoh and his family, he made no effort to return any of his fraudulently-obtained wealth.


MedTechEntrepreneur's picture

Cant you dumbfucks ever give it a rest?  Fuck off Jew haters....

Blue Steel 309's picture

Gentiles: We hate Jews for reason x through y

Jew: Fuck of jew hater.

It is the standard form of the Jewish argument.

Sometimes the following is added to the basic format for spice:

People hate jews for no reasons AT ALL. People who don't like Jews are mentally ill. There are zero reasons to criticize jews. I am calling the cops because your hate-speech is illegal.

TheLastTrump's picture

You scrotes don't know how EASY you are....


“This reminds me of anti-Semitism,” Putin said. “The Jews are to blame for everything. An idiot cannot do anything himself, so the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good.”

King of Ruperts Land's picture

I don't even know if hater is the right word. Jew obsessed numskulls?

land_of_the_few's picture

Well you know how it is, the latest strategy using taxpayers money. Pity it is highly illegal, violates country constitution, EU Law and US law. Perhaps they didn't tell their generous hosts exactly what they are posting ... they probably think it is "just" anti-Russia racist boilerplate stuff, like the material WaPo and CNN are provided to print every day, and so everything "will be fine". Oh my.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

harvey wienstein?? no, no your anthony weiner, right??? got your start up cash from  mr Milken?? how many in the tribe are reptiles we could reasonably ask..

when the saxon began's picture

If you are genuinely confused or interested, this will explain it all very nicely.  If you are a hasbara troll, you probably aren't interested in learning anything. -

ptolemy_newit's picture


Can an Amerikan travel safely anywhere in the world ??  what cause that????????????????


i just dont see the haters of canadians, or even haters of any other group?






Your investmnet banks are racketeers

AurorusBorealus's picture

What is the difference between your Joooish conspiracy theories and Hillary Clinton's Russian conpspiracy theories?  I cannot wait to hear this explanation.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

evidence. {eg see below}

you know people across vast distances in time and space, going back to Manetho 3 centuries before Christ, have had similar negative things to say about 'Jews.'

At some point an honest person looks at the supremacism, violence, xenophobia, and greed blessed by yahweh in the Torah, looks at the complaints, and asks 'Gee, do the Jews act in such a way as to proboke hostility?'

Note that I did say an honest person.

Escrava Isaura's picture


Religion ‘mysticism’ is a culture thing, like sports. Some people within that culture identify with soccer, some like basketball. Religion can’t make one person better but, it can make a weak person worse.

The reason religion succeeds is because its function like an insurance against other species and the unknown. It feels great to be protected. Government ‘nationalism’ too functions very similar to mysticism, but, the ones that are being protected are the opulent ‘smart class’ minority.

Anyway, both protections lead to distrust and hate, because mysticisms and nationalism are culture entities, meaning, it only fit, both are customize to that locality/region, like dialect.

Torture and genocide are the milestone of mysticism and nationalism, such as the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holocaust, Pol Pot’s Killing Fields, and millions of others.

Now you wonder: Why do these happen?

Because it’s part of our evolutionary process. Some genes within us sense that there’s something bad coming so it protect us by such forces as in gods, angels, astrology, tea leaves, or whatever that culture comes up with. It doesn’t matter to the gene which mysticism or nationalism you pick, what matter to the gene is that you believe, because that is what will dictate the survival of that gene.

“In times of stress the genes assume control and reason disappear.” Reg Morrison


Grandad Grumps's picture

True enough. Religion is made by man as a means of control. However that does not mean that there is not a creator, the Christ and Satan.

Escrava Isaura's picture

The mysticism ‘religion believe system’ is not to control. It’s to avoid us of foreseen danger and keep reproducing.

Yes, the demagogues and fanatics use mysticism, politics, education, and whatever kind of ritual that society created to feed and inflate the ‘unseen’ fears within that society.

Our vulnerability doesn’t arise from being under the demagogues and fanatic control. Those are a byproducts.

Our vulnerability is to believe implicitly on the mystical.    

Now creation doesn’t need a god. It needs atoms.

Jesus was a philosopher, and he cared about the poor.

Satan, on the other hand, it's a creation, just like Santa Klaus.



Grandad Grumps's picture

Yes, Abraham was a dirtbag and his god was Satan (the demiurge). We have a new covenant with the creator, not Satan, through Christ.

detached.amusement's picture

Its amazing the cognitive dissonance on display.  Christianity is based off of judaism and christians and muslims pray to the jewish servitor yhvh - but you just want to ignore the bad parts and only focus on what you perceive to be good parts?  If you're a christian, you are linked into the jewish servitor thoughtform creation, that is not the creator of worlds. 

At least you got one thing right, about the demiurge....but you dont quite get that you're praying to one of its faces.  *shakes head*

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

For those conversant with the Bible, the twin themes of Jewish resource acquisition and deceit will be familiar. For example, in A People That Shall Dwell Alone: Judaism as a Group Evolutionary Strategy, Kevin MacDonald describes this:

The biblical stories of sojourning by the patriarchs among foreigners are very prominently featured in Genesis. Typically there is an emphasis on deception and exploitation of the host population, after which the Jews leave a despoiled host population, having increased their own wealth and reproductive success. Indeed, immediately after the creation story and the genealogy of Abraham, Genesis presents an account of Abraham’s sojourn in Egypt. Abraham goes to Egypt to escape a famine with his barren wife Sarah, and they agree to deceive the pharaoh into thinking that Sarah is his sister, so that the pharaoh takes her as a concubine. As a result of this transaction, Abraham receives great wealth . . . .

Far from being a unique story, it portrays a pattern. MacDonald concludes, “Like the others, the Egyptian sojourn begins with deception and ends with the Israelites obtaining great treasure and increasing their numbers.”

The most famous Biblical story of deceit is the story of Exodus. Joseph helps his relatives enter by telling them to deny being shepherds because the Egyptians dislike shepherds. The Israelites reside in Egypt and are successful: “And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt . . . and they got them possessions therein, and were fruitful, and multiplied exceedingly” (Gen. 47:27).

The Book of Esther is another fascinating tale of deceit in which Esther, a beautiful Jewish woman, insinuates herself into the inner court of a powerful king but keeps secret her Jewish identity. Eventually, she is able to both save her fellow Jews and have the king kill her enemy, Haman, and his ten sons. The Jews then kill 75,000 others with the approval of the king: “The Jews struck down all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying them, and they did what they pleased to those who hated them” (Est. 9:5). Meanwhile, her cousin Mordecai assumes a prominent position in the royal court.

To this day, Jews celebrate these acts of deception and political murder as the holiday of Purim. This is an important indication that fraud and deception are part of the official ideology of Judaism.

What is the archetype of the Jew in the Jews’ own founding myth? It is that of the liar or trickster. Recall what happened in Genesis 27:5-45. Nearing death, the elderly Isaac sent Esau out to trap game in order to prepare a meal appropriate to the blessing Isaac was to bestow upon his first son. With Rebecca’s participation, Jacob deceived his father into believing that he was in fact Esau. Numerous times Isaac suspected a ruse, finally asking, "Are you really my son Esau?" "I am," Jacob lied. Jacob was ultimately successful in deceiving his father and received his blessing.

This passage is a stark instance in which we see one origin for the still-common Jewish belief that others (goyim) are to serve them. “Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers.”

Also of note is Isaac’s ambivalent blessing to his deceived son Esau: "Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be, and away from the dew of heaven on high. By your sword you shall live, but your brother you shall serve.”

About the only hopeful note comes when Isaac concludes: “But when you break loose you shall break his [Jacob’s] yoke from your neck.”

One might ask what relevance such ancient history has to the present. By way of answer I refer to the remarks made at the outset of this essay. Exodus remains a pivotal text in the Jewish mental landscape, shaping ideas about identity, victimhood, and validation. Its early reception has also come to represent, in the Jewish mind, the origins of “anti-Semitism” and the plagiarism of a putative Jewish genius. Because of the influence of Christianity in retaining and reinforcing the Pentateuch, and even extending it somewhat into the Western psyche, the story of the Exodus has been undeservedly preserved under a kind of cultural permafrost. We have for the most part lost touch with the fact that it was at one point in time merely one tribal repudiation of an overwhelming consensus. Historian Gohei Hata has argued that by the time of Josephus at least seven major Greek or Greek-Egyptian writers and intellectuals had published accounts asserting that Jews had some distant connection to Egypt, that they had been banished, that they had suffered from an affliction of the skin, and that Moses himself was an unstable Egyptian apostate.[29]
While our people may recall none of these chroniclers, they are extremely familiar with the tales of oppressed Jews fed to them by their churches, and by a Hollywood that continues to produce both adult and children’s movies concerning a “heroic” Moses stripped of the murderous, psychopathic qualities that drench the pages of the Pentateuch. Imagine if they were instead confronted with the fact that the tale of Moses familiar to them is even more distant to reality than they could imagine, concealing a much more sinister history in Egypt, and revealing instead the psychotic and fevered imaginings of a cabal of Alexandrian rabbis.

Even if Moses never existed other than as a kind of Golem squatting in the psychological recesses of the intellectuals who conceived him, he still retains a kind of “reality.” And in this regard we might consider the comments of Christian Bale, the Welsh actor chosen to play Moses in the 2014 film Exodus: Gods and Kings. Asked about the character he had been asked to play, and his own research into the figure, Bale replied that Moses “was ‘likely schizophrenic’ and was one of the most ‘barbaric’ individuals he’d ever read about in his life.” He cited biblical passages that were not included as events in the film: The chapter in Numbers where Moses orders the slaughter of all Midianite prisoners of war, save the virgin girls; and the section of Exodus in which Moses punishes the Israelites for worshiping the golden calf by forcing them to drink a scalding liquid made of the ground-up idol before ordering the slaughter of 3,000 Hebrews for the transgression. Bale closed his remarks by adding that “if Moses were alive today, he would likely be tried for war crimes.”

The mashiach [Jewish messiah] will bring about the political and spiritual redemption of the Jewish people by bringing us back to Israel and restoring Jerusalem (Isaiah 11:11-12; Jeremiah 23:8; 30:3; Hosea 3:4-5). He will establish a government in Israel that will be the center of all world government, both for Jews and gentiles (Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:10; 42:1). He will rebuild the Temple and re-establish its worship (Jeremiah 33:18). He will restore the religious court system of Israel and establish Jewish law as the law of the land (Jeremiah 33:15)...The world after the messiah comes is often referred to in Jewish literature as Olam Ha-Ba (oh-LAHM hah-BAH), the World to Come...In the Olam Ha-Ba, the whole world will recognize the Jewish G-d as the only true G-d, and the Jewish religion as the only true religion (Isaiah 2:3; 11:10; Micah 4:2-3; Zechariah 14:9)." -- From "Mashiach: The Messiah", Judaism 101

clickety-clack's picture

I hope Madcow's smug mug is forever associated with this ridiculous bullshit in history books. That is, if anybody reads books in the future.

Vageling's picture

I don't see Madcow being really successful as a prostitute. Don't see her making coffee without fucking it up and come with all these accusations how the Russians hacked the coffee machine either. I do see her drugged up in some park screaming: "Zee Russians, zee Russians are coming!" Last time I checked we don't consider that work. 

I doubt they'll go anywhere. Lena Chubbyham didn't leave either while she said she would. 

Crazy Or Not's picture

" just put your zombie brain serious face on and spout your horseshit... it's what we pay you for!"

thefinn's picture

Zerohedge could be onto something here.


VWAndy's picture

 Thats been my take on the msm for years now.

Vardaman's picture

"Journalists" are the most credulous individuals on the planet.  The only things they don't believe in are Occam's Razor and common sense...