All posts tagged: 2016

Quartz: Russia’s meddling to get Donald Trump elected president is straight out of the old KGB playbook

Russia’s meddling to get Donald Trump elected president is straight out of the old KGB playbook Quartz December 19, 2016 Mysterious arrests. Disappearances. A far away death in an unknown gulag concealed from family for a generation. These are realities for those of us whose families came to the US from Eastern Europe in the aftermath of the last world war and subsequent Soviet occupation. These are also the reasons why every act against Donald Trump now is an act of patriotism on behalf of the American people. During the 1970s and 1980s, KGB defectors warned Americans to beware Russian interference. Those warnings were mostly buried. Today, however, Trump’s rise should be examined in the context of these methods of Kremlin ideological subversion and psychological warfare. The confluence of evidence suggests Donald Trump was supported, and his campaign efforts bolstered, by Russia this election season (as the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency have concluded). Plucked from the KGB’s (now FSB’s) playbook for installing world leaders sympathetic to Moscow, we are now witnessing …

12 Steps to American Presidential Electoral Process Acceptance or How I Learned to Stop Being Afraid and Laugh at the 2016 Nightmare Election

1. EXCITEMENT The moment before and during the first Republican Presidential Debate when you know it is going to be a terrible shitshow, so you make a mess of food, invite people over, call the cable provider because you never turn on the television but really need Fox News to work just for one night. Your friend texts, “This is going to be the ‘Dancing Queen’ party of the season,” because you know people who are more likely to watch Eurovision than the Superbowl. 2. GRIEF You wake up the morning after the first debate, repulsed by everything and everyone, like a vile coat of shit has been sprayed across the nation and it’s the morning after Bush v. Gore was decided all over again – only that was the end of the election and this time around it is the start. You recall your favorite ridiculous moderator question was Megyn Kelly’s, “How would you eliminate ISIS in 90 days?” But it’s totally irrelevant who she asked, how it was answered or what the “meaning” …