Trump's Latest Adversaries: The Jews and a Bit or Drizzle
Welcome back one and all, big and small, young and old, black and white to our USA Really daily podcast for November 12. We’ve made it through another weekend in one piece here in Moscow. Hope you all can say the same. I hope no Anitfa activists showed up and tried to break your door down or anything like that. I hope no FBI agents decided to interrogate you for exercising your freedom of speech—oh wait, that happened to one of our guys, but we’ll get to that.
First, I want to remind you about our two chances for you to win wheelbarrows full of cash—our Global Democracy Award where we’re looking for original works on the US government’s interference in other states, and our Zuckerberg Wanted action where we’re looking for solid evidence of the government enforcing illegal censorship. In both cases, you could find yourself the happy owner of several thousands of dollars, so check both of these items out!
First let’s take a look at the opinion piece for today. It’s another from one of our more prolific authors, Winston Smith: “Gentle Rain Withers America’s Daisy of a President.” Smith writes: “It is unfortunate that the United States of America is losing its status as the light and the protector of freedom in the world. The absence of America’s commander in chief at a battlefield at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, about 50 miles east of Paris, is an unmistakable symbol of our decline.” As you may have heard, Trump did not attend a certain WW1 memorial event due to rain. The White House explained that the rain made it problematic to fly, but Smith isn’t buying it. “Social media erupted yesterday at the news Trump would avoid the raindrops in favor of a leisurely afternoon in Paris,” he writes. But, I don’t know, do you really think it’s Trump that decides whether or not Marine One should fly? Either way, of course, in response, a whole host of past presidents and other world leaders standing in the rain to honor fallen heroes emerged on social media. “Donald Trump is making a mockery of our country in ways Barack Obama could not have dreamed of,” Smith says. Them’s fighting words, methinks! Check out his piece for the full story here.
Next up is our slice of history in our “This Weekend in History” piece, with a look at the Stephen Whitney Ship Wreck on November 10, 1847, the Wilmington Insurrection on November 10, 1898, the establishment of Veterans’ Day on November 11, 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson, and the Centralia Massacre on November 11, 1919. Check out the piece to get the full stories!
Alright, on with the news. On Monday we play catch up with some of the articles posted over the weekend, so let’s take a look at some of those first. Our first one has a title that is sure to warm the cockles of your heart: “Yesterday – Typhoid, Today – Rabies, Tomorrow – Ebola.” A Utah man, 55-year-old Gary Giles, recently died from rabies. That’s not so astounding—people die from rabies every year, but he’s the first Utah person to die from rabies since 1944. That was quite a streak they had going on there. And rabies throughout the world is on the rise. And don’t forget about those pesky Typhoid and Ebola! At least 100 discarded needles and more than 300 piles of human feces were found in downtown San Francisco in February by an NBC investigation. Sounds pretty rife for disease…
And hold onto your hat, Florida! Looks like you got some recounts coming your way, and it could be a long, protracted nasty legal battle. We sure do love those here in America, and it seems to always have to do with Florida… Anyway, a recount can be called only after all of the unofficial results are in. They are supposed to be in by noon on the fourth day after the election — this Saturday. Afterward, if a machine recount is called for, it has to be done by 3 p.m. nine days after the election, which in this case is Nov. 15. The recounts will be nationally watched, so these dates and deadlines, though, are subject to change if there are lawsuits and the courts issue injunctions that delay the process. There’re a lot more details there, about all the voting irregularities that went on, so be sure to check this piece out!
And here’s disappointing news: President Trump's attempts to win over American Jews, who traditionally support the Democratic Party, has apparently failed. According to a recent survey, 72% of American Jews believe that Trump's statements and policies are one of the main causes of the tragedy in Pittsburgh. 78% of respondents believe that anti-Semitism in the US is on the rise. After Trump came to power, 79% of American Jews are concerned about the growth of right-wing extremism, 81% are concerned about anti-Semitism, and 79% are concerned about the growth of racist sentiment. Apparently they’re even against his foreign policy with regards to Israel, which, there I would have thought they’d be on his side, with moving the embassy to Jerusalem and all. Anyways, I guess people are always looking for someone to blame. Very sad…
The next article is a pretty interesting piece of investigative journalism, concerning those rascally Russians, and, of course, USA Really. “Does The Internet Research Agency Work for the FBI?” In September, researchers from the advocacy group the Campaign for Accountability published their report “How to Sow Discord Using Google and $100.” They posed as “Kremlin-linked trolls” and successfully purchased divisive online ads using Google’s ad platform and targeted them toward Americans. In an attempt to trigger Google’s safeguards against such efforts, the researchers purchased the advertisements using the name and address of the mysterious Internet Research Agency which has been the subject of numerous congressional hearings regarding accusations of “election meddling”. What is even more (un)surprising in the story, is that the CfA created two more campaigns that linked “Kremlin troll sites” with similar success. The first AdWords buy directed users to … USA Really.com. The campaign brought nearly 4,000 impressions, appearing on sites including AnnCoulter.com, the Young Turks, Thom Hartmann, and Dailykos. It also appeared on media sites including The Daily Beast and Britain’s Daily Mail. This piece presents pretty credible evidence that the whole thing is a farce, and an obvious one, made out to make Russia look bad, but miserably failing. Check out this piece for the entire fascinating tale!
And in another bit of news on the ongoing attack on USA Really, as we told you before, Alexander Malkevich headed off to America not long ago. Well, it seems he had the fun of being detained in the airport in DC by no less than 19 FBI agents and being interrogated about his work on this site! Of course he was asked about the ridiculous Russian collusion story and all that—“why are you undermining our democracy,” and blah blah blah. They even asked him if he was trained by Russian special forces. The stupidity of it is hilarious but check out the article to get the full story there, and I imagine we’ll have more about that for you later.
And then there’s our “This Day in History” piece for today. Today we’ve got the SS Vestris Shipwreck from 1928, when a passenger ship went down as no one noticed for hours it was taking on water, and the crew reported horribly wrong coordinates. More than 100 people died. There’s also the beginning of the naval battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in WW2, which was one of the key battles in the Pacific Theater, and the American Airlines Flight 587 catastrophe that took place this day in 2001. Given its proximity in time to September 11, it was suspected of being another terrorist attack at first, but it was later realized that the crash that killed all 251 people onboard over NYC was due to pilot error.
And those crazy fires in California are continuing, unfortunately, and the town of Paradise is almost entirely consumed. I have a Facebook friend who posted pictures of what used to be his house. More than 200 people are still missing after the wildfire decimated the town of Paradise of about 27,000 people. But that number is expected to increase because there are at least 228 people that are unaccounted for right now. Most of the dead are from Paradise and it will be some time before we know the full number of casualties. During this sad time, the blame game is on—who’s responsible for such out-of-control fires? Well check out the piece and see what you think, and remember to say a prayer for those who have died, those who are still missing, and those who have lost everything.
Next up is a cautionary tale, the kind that many conservatives have been talking about for a long time now: “Illegal alien released in NJ charged with triple murder in Missouri.” An illegal alien, arrested in New Jersey in December 2017 on domestic battery charges, was released by local authorities even after ICE requested a detainer on him. Luis Rodrigo Perez then made his way to Missouri, where earlier this month he went on a murder spree, killing three people in two days. And again, here the blame game is on. But whoever is responsible for this particular occurrence, we can surely blame the liberal agenda that encourages illegals to come and stay here, that encourages sanctuary cities. I don’t believe that we can afford to have a few American citizens murdered so that we uphold the idea that all are welcome here even if they're violent criminals who end up turning children into orphans or wives into widows. To liberals, it's worth the price. As for us, it’s a crime. What about you?
Aaaand a Florida airport shut down briefly over some mysteeeerious boxes left in a rental car that was returned. Turns out—it was boxes of provisional ballots! Seems silly to shut down the airport on that account, but what’s it say about what’s going on in Florida? How can this state, and especially Broward County, where these votes were from, be so bogged down in problems? Shake mah head.
And what’s the biggest threat to businesses across the world? Cyberattacks. That’s what the business people themselves say they worry about. What are their other worries? What’s the true nature of this threat? Well, you know—check out the piece for the full scoop!
And with that, we bow out for the night. Thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and keep it right here for all the news you need to know.