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Monday, 15 January 2018

Trump, Golstein, and “The Saker”: Three Stooges Plus One

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Truth can’t emerge from bullshit, and the truth is the truth, whether you like it or not. The truth doesn’t care whether you like it or not, and neither do I.

Russell “Texas” Bentley

I read a couple of articles about Trump in the last few days, from so-called “alternative media”. Specifically, Vladimir Golstein’s Trump is Liberating Us from the Empire’s Lies, and “The Saker’s” The Good News about the Trump Presidency: Stupid Can Be Good. Well, if “The Saker” is correct, both of these articles can be very, very good. Unfortunately, the premise of both articles is very, very stupid… so stupid I had to re-read them both and ask myself if they could be satire. Indeed, they are. However, the idiots (and liars) who wrote them and the many fools who read and applauded them don’t realise it. Nevertheless, these are more than stupid satires. They’re fucking lies.

I first want to say that anyone who “still believes in Trump” is as worthy of ridicule as any adult who seriously says they still believe in Santa Claus bringing presents down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Yes, Trump is (perhaps a little) better than Clinton, and yes, the depth of stupidity of anyone who would even for a second consider “President Oprah” is beyond measure and beneath contempt, but for some reason, there are still people who believe in Santa. I mean Trump. That’s stupid and stupid isn’t good…

Why? How can this be? How can people still be so stupid as to overlook the countless crimes and lies of Trump in just his first year? Probably due in large part to the scribblings of dudes like Golstein and “The Saker”, who claim the mantle of alt-progressive “intellectuals” while still towing the party line of the Establishment, and who actually still support Trump with drivel like Trump the Liberator and Stupid Can Be Good. How stupid do you have to be to believe (or write) either of these propositions? I don’t intend to deconstruct these articles line by line, just the ideas and messages behind them. However, suffice to say, every line in both is a joke. Either you get it or you don’t. Remember, not just a joke, a fucking lie. Moreover, lies aren’t funny.

If “Stupid can be good”, exactly how stupid do you have to be to be “good”? Stupid enough to overlook the reality of Trump’s continuation and escalation of the criminal wars in Syria and the Donbass, his insane attempt to reignite war in Korea, and his new nuclear doctrine… first use and smaller “easier to use” bombs. All of these can lead directly to a Third World War, literally the end of Humanity. For starters. However, as Trump the smarmy huckster himself might say, “But wait, there’s more!” His criminal tax break to the oligarchs and corporations, his escalation of arms sales, his appointment of malignant scum like Nicky Haley, Steve Mnuchin, and Jeff Sessions to positions where they can and will do immeasurable harm. His decision to “recognise” Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, contravening history and justice, and outraging world opinion. What’s “good” about a dangerous and loud-mouthed buffoon whose stupidity offends the world and shames every decent American with his every utterance and tweet?

As for “Trump the Liberator” liberating us from lies, I wonder if Golstein is talking about the same Trump I am. Because I’m talking about the Trump whose every single campaign promise was a lie, the same Trump who lied when he recently took credit for defeating ISIS in Syria and defeating the German Nazis in the Second World War, raping history and the truth with his despicable bullshit, trying to rob Russia of the rightful honours they earned with their blood, courage, and sacrifice. Every move Trump has made, his every tweet and utterance, has been a débâcle and a disgrace, and the exact opposite of the truth. You can forgive a person for voting against Hillary Clinton, but anyone who says they “still believe in” Trump is either an idiot or a liar… or both. I say Trump, “The Saker”, and Vladimir Golstein are both. Idiots and liars.

All three are the controlled-opposition professional bullshit artists of the lowest order, fake rebels, phoney populists, who sucker those who are of good hearts but simple minds. They’re the political and moral equivalent of the pimps who haunt the bus stations in New York and LA, waiting to “help and guide” innocent naïfs who are seeking direction in a scary and confusing world. They’re the Orwellian opposite of what they pretend to be. Literally… what’s the difference between “Stupid Can Be Good” and “War is Peace” or “Freedom is Slavery?” Isn’t the meaning of the phrase “Stupid Can Be Good” exactly the same as “Ignorance is Strength?”  Isn’t it?! ISN’T IT?! Nevertheless, the impact isn’t exactly the same. It’s worse, as stupidity is worse than ignorance, and “The Saker” posts his vile motto as a political fact. It’s the opposite of the truth in real life, not in a book. Yet, real idiots believe it. As for Golstein’s “Trump the Liberator”, it reminds me of the portraits the German Nazis brought with them to Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine in the Great Patriotic War…

Pseudo-alternative pseudo-intellectuals like Golstein and “The Saker” and phoney populists like Trump perform a very important function for the fascist oligarchy that owns and controls them. They perpetuate the lie that there’s any difference in who is elected in the USA, that elections in the USA make any difference at all, that the USA still has anything to do with “democracy”. Only an idiot could believe these lies, but too many idiots do as it’s easier, safer and more comfortable (for the moment) to do so. Only an idiot can fail to see the decline the USA has been in for the past fifty years and can believe they’d ever change it by voting for a Trump or Oprah to “liberate” us. Only an idiot can fail to see where this road to perdition will finally lead.

As Emma Goldman said, “If voting changed anything, they wouldn’t let us do it”. Einstein defined insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. Only idiots and self-deluded cowards vote in the USA anymore. It doesn’t change shit. The primaries are rigged, the machines are rigged, and the count is rigged. If by chance the vote was so overwhelmingly against Clinton in the last election that the people who rule the USA weren’t able to appoint their chosen minion as President, you can be sure they’d not let it happen again. They’ve shown that they have complete control over the eunuch buffoon in the White House, so what’s the difference anyway? Voting in the USA is political masturbation, an exercise in self-deception and futility. As for the stooges who tell you that Trump is a liberator or that stupid is good, they’re liars, and only perpetuate the deception and futility, and confuse and misdirect those who sincerely seek the truth. If you believe Trump, Golstein, or “The Saker”, you might as well believe what you see on FOX News or CNN… or believe in Santa Claus.

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As long as I’m winning friends and influencing people with my tact, diplomacy, and charm, I might as well mention one more “Comrade”, an alleged “Donbass war journalist and humanitarian”, George “G.H.” Eliason. I first became aware of Eliason back in the Summer of 2015. He was doing a fundraiser on Indie Go Go for $4,500, to buy a camera and open a bakery in Lugansk. It was clear he’d actually been in the LNR in 2014, but I found no evidence or sign other than his fund-raiser that he was still here. I contacted him via social media and asked to meet. Either he could come to Donetsk or I could go to Lugansk. He replied that he couldn’t come to Donetsk because it was “too difficult to cross the checkpoints” (between LNR and DNR, not the Republics and Ukraine.) This seemed odd, but I offered to come to Lugansk and meet, and he told me he was too busy. When I asked for proof he was still in Donbass, he sent me photos of him here in 2014. When I pointed out that the photos showed people in winter clothing and it was July, that offended him and he cut off communication.

I checked all his social media – his VKhis FBhis Twitter and his Quora.  He’s still active on all, but I could find no evidence that he’s still in the Donbass or was even here when he ran his fundraiser more than 2 years ago, or has been here since. However, according to his recent article Tale of 2 Ukraines posted a couple of weeks ago, he’s still here. I’m not saying he’s a liar, but I’m saying I’d like to see some proof.

He got over $2,500 from his fund-raiser for the camera and bakery, but I know he never opened or sponsored a bakery in Lugansk or anywhere else in Donbass. He wrote in his final update on Indie Go Go that “The camera is in hand, set up properly, and ready to go”. However, I’ve been unable to find a single video or even photo he’s posted from the Donbass that I can verify as his. I have friends (more than one) in Lugansk, and specifically in Prizrak, and they and everyone they’ve asked there has never heard of George Eliason or an American “war journalist and humanitarian” living there. I can tell you from my own personal experience that Americans are quite rare in the Donbass, and tend to be noticed wherever they go here. Does this seem strange to anyone besides me?

I don’t care if Eliason kept the money for the camera and bakery two years ago, that’s between him and his donors, and I didn’t give. However, if he says he’s a war correspondent and humanitarian living in the Donbass and he’s actually not here, then he’s not a war correspondent or a humanitarian, either. He’s a fucking liar. I AM a war correspondent and humanitarian living in Donbass, and I can damn well prove it. Therefore, I’m asking Eliason to do the same. Prove it… because if he can’t, then, he’s not here, and he IS a fucking liar, and he discredits me, all real correspondents and humanitarians in the Donbass Republics and all the supposedly progressive and credulous sites (including “The Saker”) that post his writings. Because if he’s not here, what he writes is bullshit, and a LOT of sites have posted it.

Of course, I could be wrong about Eliason. It’s not likely, but it’s possible. I encourage him or anyone else to publish proof he’s in the Donbass, and I’ll eat my words and publicly apologise to him and anyone else I’ve offended by questioning his veracity. However, if I were a gambling man, I wouldn’t bet on me being wrong. In fact, I AM a gambling man. I’m taking quite a risk, of looking like a real asshole and fool if I’m wrong. Yet, I’m willing to take that risk, because speaking truth to phoney “comrades” is just as important (and almost as risky) as speaking truth to power. Speaking truth is what I do; it’s my job. So prove me wrong, or face the truth, even if you don’t like it, or me, because the truth is the truth, whether you like it or not.

13 January 2018

Russell “Texas” Bentley

http://www.russelltexasbentley.com/2018/01/trump-golstein-and-saker-three-stooges.html

Editor:

Texas Bentley is a stand-up guy who’s put his ass on the line and he’s had the Ukrops shooting at him. He’s the real deal. There are many phonies out there… I don’t trust much of what I see on the web about the Donbass unless it comes from the Peoples Republics. As Mr Bentley puts it so well, bullshit is afoot and pro-oligarch bullshit artists sling it… don’t forget… “The Saker” boasts of being one of the Affluent Effluent… that’s why I don’t trust him at all.

You can have a Texas Bentley who’s been out on the firing line or you can have bullshit artists purveying pseudo-alternative pabulum. The choice is yours… choose wisely…

BMD

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Monday, 8 January 2018

Remember the Children Killed in the Donbass

Donetsk in the DNR… “Alley of Angels. Remember the Murdered Children of the Donbass”… the USA supports the Uniate junta that kills our Orthodox kids in the Donbass… they call it “supporting freedom and democracy”… they lie.

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S Vatnik

On the eve of the Nativity, we want to remember the children killed in the Donbass. It’s important that we remember them. Remember their pure souls. If you go to the church on Christmas or tomorrow, light a candle for all the children who were the victims of the unjust wars of adults…

6 January 2018

Sergei Chizhov

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Year Greetings from Aleksei Zhuravko… A Real Hero and a True Mensch and Stand-up Guy

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Dear Friends!

2017 is passing… we’re supposed to be cheerful, as the New Year is coming soon. I’m trying to be in the mood, but my soul hurts for my motherland. As a man who’s had a tough road, I want:

  • The ending of this terrible and tragic war shaking the entire Ukraine
  • For all Ukrainian troops to withdraw
  • That the present Kiev régime and all the troubles and tribulations of the Ukrainian people should become a thing of the past
  • Peace to return to the Donbass in 2018

This year, I want to ask my friends and my relatives for the trouble I bring them from my position. Moreover, I ask forgiveness from those people who, despite everything, continue to believe in me and work with me. I know it’s very difficult and not easy for them. I’m sure there’ll be a time when all this horror is in the past. We’ll remember this always.

I want the next year to take all that’s best from this year, with all the troubles left behind. That’s what I want. I want the Ukraine in the New Year to be without war and to see the end of the Kiev junta. I hope that in the coming year, our real patriots and professionals would return to the country… people who’d actually change something in the state and lift our motherland from the abyss that it’s now in, instead of issuing empty talk and screaming.

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For these three years, I’ve had to live in another country in political exile; I really miss all of you.

I hope the New Year will bring you all that you want!

Our Cause is right!

God is with us!

Victory will be ours!

In respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

30 December 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

LNR Resolved Internal Crisis Calmly

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This week was fraught with both real and fake news stories about an internal political crisis in the LNR in the Donbass. The genesis of the conflict appeared to be a dispute between Interior Minister I A Kornet and former LNR Head of State I V Plotnitsky. Kornet stated that saboteurs surrounded Plotnitsky and that such people had to go for the good of the LNR. At no time did Kornet publicly accuse Plotnitsky of any personal wrongdoing. However, many believe that Plotnitsky isn’t an inspirational leader and that he isn’t up to the task of running a republic besieged by aggressive warfare from the fascist Kiev régime. For some time, social media had rumours of Plotnitsky’s responsibility for the deaths of LNR commanders in the past, although these rumours have likely spread because people came to see Plotnitsky as in ineffective commander rather than a traitor. There’s never been any substantial evidence showing that Plotnitsky ever conspired against his own officers.

LNR Security Minister Leonid Pasechnik is the interim Head of State until new elections. Pasechnik thanked his predecessor for his service and announced the appointment of Plotnitsky to a new role as LNR envoy for future discussions on the Minsk Accords (which aim to bring a long-term ceasefire to the Donbass conflict). This move clearly has the intent of demonstrating the LNR’s internal stability, insofar as a man seen as not fit to be the leader, would still have a respectable position within the government, albeit as an envoy whose role is largely honorific due to the stalemate in implementing the Minsk Agreements. The move also helps put to rest rumours from pro-junta social media that Plotnitsky was dead or under torture. Clearly, neither of these assertions is factual. Pasechnik stated:

Plotnitsky made a great contribution to the peaceful settlement process. He’s one of the Minsk accords signers. We appointed him LNR plenipotentiary for execution of the Minsk accords.

Whilst details concerning what convinced Plotnitsky to finally relinquish power are yet to be fully known, it’d appear that, as was the case of the far more experienced Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Plotnitsky realised that his former comrades wanted a changing of the guard and like all leaders who’d rather leave with dignity than with a fight, he eventually acquiesced. Overall, the comparatively smooth transition from a leader whose popularity had waned to an interim leader apparently supported by those agitating for Plotnitsky’s ouster demonstrated that the LNR is now politically mature, in spite of only being founded in 2014 and being the victim of an aggressive war since the moment of its founding.

Furthermore, as pro-Ukrainian regime media and social media somersaulted with various conspiracy theories and with the Kiev regime eager to exploit the de facto resolved political crisis in the LNR, the fact of the matter is that Kiev wasn’t able to upset the LNR’s security during was a week-long crisis. The LNR and DNR function as states, but the Kiev regime can barely function at all, in spite of continued support (lethargic) from the West. Throughout the crisis, the LNR bureaucracy was generally functional, police and security services maintained the peace, and life for ordinary citizens went on normally, with no one harmed. By contrast, political assassinations in Kiev are all too common, political ultra-violence has long been the norm, and junta chieftain Poroshenko is under a sustained political attack from the former Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili, who seeks to replace Poroshenko at the soonest possible moment.

The political health of the LNR isn’t perfect, but considering that it’s the victim of a brutal war, it functions rather better than the aggressor in the war, especially considering that Kiev has the support of all the major Western powers, whereas the LNR isn’t even supported by Russia, beyond the provision of humanitarian aid and minor civilian material aid. The LNR’s neighbour, the DNR, is even more stable. DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko has proved to be an effective leader who’s withstood the most aggressive phases of the war (thus far) and has been able to broadly maintain the DNR’s security in spite of losing his most skilled and beloved commanders, M S “Givi” Tolstykh and A P “Motorola” Pavlov.

Earlier this year, Zakharchenko proposed creating a union-state of Malorossiya between the LNR, DNR, and other areas within the 1991 Ukrainian SSR borders that want to unite peacefully as a single state. At the time, Plotnitsky claimed to be unaware of this idea, which is a clear sign that he was either not up to the task of leadership or that he wasn’t considered important enough to get an advance notice of a major announcement that many local and foreign journalists received. With Plotnitsky out of the picture, it’s possible that such a union-state is now increasingly possible. The beginning of such a wider union would, of course, be a formal union between the LNR and DNR, which would replace the current less-formal confederation, which amounts to little more than an alliance.

Ultimately, the future of what remains of the Ukraine will likely be the creation of voluntary unions that more or less correspond to the borders of historic Malorossiya and Novorossiya, in addition to separate entities accounting for the parts of the 1991 Ukrainian SSR, which include former parts of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania. With the probable exception of historical Galicia returning to Poland, there also remains the possibility of each aforementioned entity returning to its mother country.

24 November 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran      

http://theduran.com/lugansk-peoples-republic-resolves-internal-crisis-dignity-professionalism/

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