Friday, October 18, 2019

MY RUSSIAN FB FRIENDS HAVE RETURNED ... WELCOME BACK, AND За здоровье!

My Russian friends are back.
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A few years ago - specifically, during the 2016 election season - the number of hits that I received on my blog started to surge. I went from an average of 10,000 hits a month to a solid 15,000, then 20,000 and even managed to surpass 40,000 hits one month.

A quick check showed that the new audience was driven by clicks from Russia. Whether the clicks were driven by bots (most likely; I'm not that vain) or by the fact that I was writing a good deal about Russia - specifically, I was writing about Russian intrigue in Crimea, the Trump-Putin connection, or the developments surrounding the Russian Oligarchs - was unimportant. I'm not even interested in total clicks for financial reasons because I don't advertise anything (and ignore all requests to post ads).

As a political scientist my interest in the click surge was watching what was happening in real time as we were also learning how sophisticated the Russian social media and cyberwar game had become.
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In very simple terms, I was impressed with what the Russians had put in place, and how effective their cyber intrusions had become (I was/am also a little disappointed in how clueless our electorate has become, and how spineless the GOP has become when it comes to Trump and Russia, but those are stories for another day).

Then the Russians virtually disappeared about a year and half ago. To be sure, I stopped posting as much as I normally did, but the disappearance was noticeable in my overall number of hits.

Today, I'm not so much writing about Russia's foreign policies (Putin's getting what he wants), the Russian oligarchs (they're happy-ish) or the Trump-Putin connection (Putin's abusing him like a government mule) as I am writing about Trump's political free fall. And, it would appear, my Russian FB friends are back to monitor the collapse.

At least that's my take on their return.

In any event, I say welcome back. And while I'm not happy watching our great nation being torn apart by our compromised bumbling buffoon of a president, and his Republican sycophants, speaking as a political scientist, За здоровье!


- Mark

ON OUR TWISTED "FREE MARKET" PRINCIPLES

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- Mark

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

SPEAKER PELOSI CHASTISES TRUMP WHILE HIS SYCOPHANTS COWER NEXT TO HIM

This is good to see. The fact that lawmakers and social media praised Speaker Nancy Pelosi for standing up to yet another one of Trump's tantrums is a good sign too.


- Mark

TRUMP'S LETTER TO TURKEY'S ERDOGAN IS LITERARY VOMIT

I'm not sure what grade level this represents, but Trump's letter to Turkish President Recp Tayyip Erdogan reflects a one-dimensional mind that is both shallow and superficial. This is embarrassing.

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- Mark

TRUMP: KURDS ARE 'NO ANGELS' AND THERE'S LOTS OF SAND OVER THERE

This is turning into a very bad Monty Python skit. From The Hill:
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When told that dozens of Kurds had been slaughtered Trump responded with a line that could have been lifted straight out of a Monty Python skit: "They've got a lot of sand over there ... There's a lot of sand that they can play with ..."  



Sigh ...


- Mark

AFTER TRUMP "CUTS AND RUNS" FROM SYRIA THE FALLOUT IS IMMEDIATE ... AND EMBARRASSING

Get ready to do a couple of these ... 

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The headlines below say it all. The United States has become a laughingstock under Trump ... 
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Read about ISIS gloating by clicking here.

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Read about Russia openly "taunting" the U.S. by clicking here

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Read about Russians "moving in" by clicking here.

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Read about Turkish-backed forces freeing ISIS prisoners by clicking here

- Mark