Moon of Alabama — Dec 14, 2017
A big bear broke into a house, allegedly. The bear trashes the interior – it is said. Enraged authors write extensive pieces about the bear and how much damage it causes. The authors and their big bear scare are amplified throughout the media. They get rewards.
There are doubters though. They point out that no one has actually seen the bear. No one listens to them.
Politicians insinuate that the bear is even bigger than is said. Experts talk of huge damage and terrible dangers. There might even be multiple bears. Finally, someone is asked to open the door of the house and to look inside.
There is no bear. There is no damage. The only living thing that is found is a tiny cute mouse.
Brexit, the ministers, the professor and the spy: how Russia pulls strings in UK – by Carole Cadwalladr – Observer/Guardian – Nov 4, 2017
But on Brexit, Facebook has said nothing. Not a word. No ads have been scrutinised. Nothing – even though Ben Nimmo of the Atlantic Council thinktank, asked to testify before the Senate intelligence committee last week, says evidence of Russian interference online is now “incontrovertible”. He says: “It is frankly implausible to think that we weren’t targeted too.”
Intelligence watchdog urged to look at Russian influence on Brexit vote – Guardian – Nov 15, 2017
Britain’s intelligence watchdog is facing demands to examine whether Russian “troll factories” interfered in UK politics, amid mounting evidence that thousands of fake accounts may have been used to influence the Brexit vote.
UK academics have already established that at least 419 Twitter accounts operating from the Kremlin-linked Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) tweeted about Brexit ..
Guardian and Observer scoop three prizes in British Journalism Awards – Guardian – Dec 11, 2017
The Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr won the technology journalism award for her investigation into Russia’s influence on the Brexit referendum…
Facebook says Russian-linked accounts spent just 97 cents on ads over Brexit – Reuters – Dec 14, 2017
Some British lawmakers have called for an inquiry into whether Russia meddled in Britain’s vote to leave the EU after social media platforms said Russian operatives sought to interfere in the U.S. election of Donald Trump.
Facebook sent its findings to the Electoral Commission which is examining how digital campaigning is affecting politics in Britain, including activity funded from outside the country.
Facebook said it had examined whether any account profiles or pages linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA) had funded ads during the Brexit vote. The IRA is a Russian organization that according to researchers employs hundreds of people to push pro-Kremlin content on social media.
“We have determined that these accounts associated with the IRA spent a small amount of money ($0.97) on advertisements that delivered to UK audiences during that time,” Facebook said.
“This amount resulted in three advertisements (each of which were also targeted to U.S. audiences and concerned immigration, not the EU referendum) delivering approximately 200 impressions to UK viewers over four days in May 2016.”
The above is a typical example of the nonsense that is fed to the people by the media. Neither is there evidence for a “Russian influence” campaign of any significance nor is there evidence of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and anything Russia. The “collusion” campaign was run by the Clinton campaign and the borg to politically disable Trump. The “Russian influence” scare campaign is run by the military-industrial complex to institute a profit raising Cold War 2.0.