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Trump, Putin The Mob, and Terrorism

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Trump, Putin The Mob, and Terrorism

Trumpism - Putinism rears its ugly double head. Machismo, authoritarianism, greed, double dealings, criminal connections, and cheap but skillful populism and demagoguery  are their common body. The Russian Mafia State and The Underworld International play their "Samson and Delilah games" with the West, using Trump as their "unwitting agent" and "playing him like a fiddle". These are the games of deception, betrayal, domination and conquest.

The similarities in personalities, both general and political, of Trump and Putin, are striking. Theirs is what Theodor Adorno called the "authoritarian personality" ("a personality type that involved the "potentially fascistic individual") or what the Russian criminals call "avtoritet" ("the authority") or "vor-v-zakone" ("the thief-in-law").

Both Trump and Putin possess the same pungent bouquet of personality traits and styles with criminal tendencies and juvenile delinquency at its core: easy and frequent, habitual, artful lying (which they probably could not separate from truth themselves), lifelong skill of camouflage, "pathological narcissism", grandiosity, risk taking (gambling), superficial psychopathic charm, bullishness and brazenness, etc., etc. The difference between them is that Putin is more adept, skillful and experienced in politico-criminal matters, which would allow him to invisibly outsmart and play his bromance buddy "like a fiddle".

Trump-Samson destroyed the GOP, singlehandedly, alarmingly, tragically, destructively and self-destructively, acting not only as an "unwitting agent" but also as an unwitting and destructive Trojan, who burrowed his way into the country's social and political life and delivered the party which adopted him, blood drained, confused and incapacitated, on a silver platter to its traditional geopolitical foreign opponents. Very much in the style of the "Fancy Bears", his Russian cyber-patrons. 

The Republican party will be reborn from this crisis and this bitter lesson. But Trump will not be able to destroy the country. This is the consolation. And with all this, he still is pretty much "unwitting" and still is unaware of the "inner workings" of not Russia only but, apparently his own. 

Trump: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing!" 

Mother Russia responds: "O.K., sonny, I've heard you; we'll do. We will do anything to get you elected, the whole world knows this. Don't you ever doubt me, my boy, yeah! Didn't I find a good new wife for you? And don't you worry about the costs either, we will put them on your credit account, you can pay it back later, at our convenience... Because you are my kind!" 

Trump (pulling at $11M pinky "pussy bow", pensively): "Finally! I have nothing to lose except my capitalist GOP shackles! This is my last and the most resolute battle! The Oligarchs of the World, unite! Putin, if you hear me, leak, leak, leak! Leak more! Right on their heads! And keep whispering your sweet Melania somethings into my ears at night (just like this mantra: "Oh, wouldn't it be nice to get along with Russia, Trump-ik?"), it is like the two of them have merged into The One. It's so erotic, who needs to grab pussies...
"The iconic intensely aggressive style, for which Trump would become world renown, began in his youth. By the age of 13, he became a bit more than his parents could handle. They determined the best avenue for the young Donald was to send him to military school. So, off he was shipped to the college preparatory, military style boarding school of the New York Military Academy (NYMA)."

Did young Donald perceive his "shipping off" to military school ("shape up or ship out") as an act of betrayal by his parents? Did this start the never ending cycles of rage and the desire for revenge? What role did this circumstance play in the formation of his adult character? Did it contribute into his deeply felt ambivalence about the rules, authority, and power? Are these feelings of ambivalence and rage the sources of his potential capacity for betrayal, which alarmed so many experienced people who declared him the present and the future danger to National Security

“When I look at myself in the first grade and I look at myself now, I’m basically the same,” the 70-year-old presumptive Republican nominee once told a biographer. “The temperament is not that different.”
At the same time, his adaptive capacity for change (the ability to be "reformed", among other factors, by the political-military establishment), has to be assessed also. His hypothetical need for this reform might also be viewed as the maladaptive psychological replay ("repetition compulsion") of the old drama. It probably was one of the key moments in his early and later life history. 

The present and future historians and political scientists will try to analyze and understand the 2016 Presidential Elections in depth. It looks like some of the major contributing factors, among others, of the GOP looming defeat, are the "technical issues": Trump's lack of the personal and political maturity and professionalism, and his campaign managers' lack of the political acumen, in comparison with the much better prepared, experienced and strategically adept Democratic party operatives, in addition to the substantive issues: the nature and character of the political appeals of the candidates and the structures of their respective electorates. 

Now Trump looks more like Laocoon, tied up in painful and torturing knots by the serpents of truth that he himself has unleashed. The defeat looks inevitable and well deserved.

Both Trump's and Putin's connections with organized crime are well documented

"Security Analysts Issue Dire Warning: Trump Is The ‘Manchurian Candidate’ Of The Russian Mafia... The stunning article reveals that Trump’s connections inside Russia go far deeper than what has been discussed in the mainstream media to date, and along a much darker path."
"Putin’s power is founded on his links to organised crime. Putin has a close circle of criminal oligarchs at his disposal and has spent his career cultivating this circle."
"The Republican candidate’s links to Russia are a mix of bling, business and bluster spanning 30 years. The FT has compiled this account from a variety of sources, tracing Trump's fascination for Russia from its beginnings in Soviet times, through the Putin era to the US presidential campaign." 

How should the future President deal with Russia?
"There will be no ‘reset’ with Russia"
"Russia is now a threat. The U.S. should treat it like one". 
"The best answer to Russian aggression is containment". 
On a somewhat deeper level, the question is, how to deal with the powerful and hidden forces that are behind the "mafia state", and I venture a guess. 

Destroy or at least control the Russian - International "Mafia" - organised crime, in which Russia plays now a major role, and with which the Russian Intelligence services are most inextricably linked and intertwined, and use them as the conduit, the operational tools and the means of subversive activity, (hypothetically) from terrorism to mass shootingswar on police, and other "active measures" and "special operations", to covert and overt political interference, that we know and do not know about - and you will solve at least half of the problem. This is the area with which law enforcement is the most familiar with and could be potentially most successful, in comparison with the direct counterintelligence work, which is complex, intricate, often operates outside the official realm of law enforcement, and should be left to the highly specialized and trained security services. 

What are the roots of this phenomenon of "authoritarianism", descending historically to the times immemorial, from ancient Greek tyrants, to more recently, Hitlerism and Stalinism, among many other historical figures and examples, large and small?
Its association with criminality, in many aspects and respects, seems to be evident and logical; it is a crime to deny and suppress the personal liberties of others.

Just by the way, Stalin was a direct product of the criminal world, in which he grew up, matured and acquired his skills which he later used in his political struggles, the main among them, the old familiar "divide and conquer". This circumstance shaped the Soviet Union and the history of the post-WW2 world. 

What are the psychological and social underpinnings of this phenomenon of authoritarianism, and what are their vicissitudes? 
Why does this political mechanism work so well in the countries like Russia, where Trump and Putin are supported by the majority, and why, hopefully, it will never work in America?  
What are the political immunity factors? 
Free speech, free press, pluralism, healthy intellectual honesty and civic duty. 

Michael Novakhov


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Oh, Yeah, Put Some Lipstick On That Pig, Or: The Lessons Of Meddling - by Michael Novakhov

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С Председателем Правительства Дмитрием Медведевым.

V. Putin looks really very unhappy, sad and angry these days: his bromance buddy Trump is in trouble. The game is almost over, and no other trump cards are left, unless he pulls off some extraordinary stunt, like leaking the tons of hydrochloric acid from the sabotaged fire hydrants around Trump Tower and all over Manhattan.

We have learned from some confidential sources about the recent, urgent, and secret meeting in the Kremlin. This information was confirmed by the obtained videotape which showed the two persons who looked amazingly like Putin and Medvedev. But since we cannot be completely sure about it, we will call them simply "Vovchik" and "Dima".

First, there were some sounds of loud music and broken glass, and then, after some arguments, the pair started reviewing their own videotape. The picture wasn't very clear, but one of the voices sounded amazingly similar to Mr. Trump's, and the other was a raspy and stuttering female voice, to which the first one referred to as "Mother Russia".

Here is the transcript:

Trump: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing!" 

Mother Russia responds: "O.K., sonny, I've heard you; we'll do. We will do anything to get you elected, the whole world knows this. Don't you ever doubt me, my boy, yeah! Didn't I find a good new wife for you? And don't you worry about the costs either, we will put them on your credit account, you can pay it back later, at our convenience... Because you are my kind!"

Trump, making some strange movements, like pulling on  something which looked amazingly like some piece of pinky "pussy bow", and murmuring pensively: "Finally! I have nothing to lose except my capitalist GOP shackles! This is my last and the most decisive battle! The Oligarchs of the World, unite! Putin, if you hear me, leak, leak, leak! Leak more! Right on their heads! And keep whispering your sweet Melania somethings into my ears at night, just like this one, my favorite mantra: "Oh, wouldn't it be nice to get along with Russia, Trumpik?" I feel like the two of them, Vladimir and Melania have merged into The One. It's so erotic, I have no need to grab pussies no more..."

And then we hear the heated discussion between those two who looked amazingly like the Kremlin pair. 

"What a moron! Did you here that?", Vovchik raged. "That capitalistic zhlob could not even put in some extra $100M of his own money into his campaign, as he promised. He wants to get it on a cheap, counting on my help and my money, and where would I get them, I'm broke! The banks are almost bust, all those greedy oligarchs fled to London, and I can't even lend him anything, everyone would see it, they screened all my panamas with their fat-cat-scans. I'm as transparent as this shard of glass from a broken vodka bottle! Those amateurs, I will never sit down at the table to play with them again! He is not a trump, he is a shestyorka! He is not an oligarch, he is just an imposter! Why did I call him "bright and talented"? I should've said that he is a stupid, bigoted, crass, half-demented, arrogant jackass, that he really is. That's how I would get him elected!"

 "Well, let us wane a bit philosophical, Dima tried to calm him down. "We have to deal the hand we've got. It's not our fault. That megalomaniac Assange over-leaked, as if he had some wiki-incontinence. We should have given him a different medication. All those Aussies are so over-shirtfronted, just like their cangurus, stuffing themselves up with our extra megabytes. No finesse, no discretion."

"And whose idea was it in a first place?" Vovchik continued to rage. "Couldn't our idiots-snoops find someone more suitable?! What to do now? Hillary will kill me now, she is a very vindictive woman."

"Don't worry", Dima said. "I will talk her out of it. I know how to talk to people. We'll give them something, like the drilling rights in the Red Square. They dug those holes there with their crazy mini-drones all over the place anyway, and claim that it is to open the new channels of communication. We'll open our own new channels too."

"Come on", Vovchik said. "You talked to Obama, and then called him stupid, that's what set him off. He is a very sensitive guy, just doesn't show it. He doesn't forget these things easily, just pretends to. No, we need a big strategic pivot."

Dima: "All right, then we'll try something else, like a joint expedition to Mars, for example. Sounds nice: "Russians and Americans are conquering the planet of war in search for peace!"

"Bullshit!", Vovchik said. "The Europeans just crashed there. If this one crashes too, they will say, it's a bad omen, and now they will go to war. You just love your castles, especially in the air. Stay closer to the subject, think Trump and Hillary, find a solution. Do a brainstorm, just close that window, so it wouldn't leak out."

Dima: "We can always send our double, replace Trump, and manage our guy by microwaves from the embassy. This way we'll have a direct control, and our Trump-double will at least stop fibbing and making his daily "I love Putin" confessions, that what turns people off."

Vovchik: "Dmitriy, you are just jealous, and besides that, it is obvious that you didn't have a proper KGB training like me. They will block those microwaves easily, they already do. And they will flip him over, they always do. And besides, those "love confessions", as you call it, is the best part of his campaign, at least the most sincere one. We always had some strong attraction to each other. Although it wouldn't hurt, if he lost some weight.
Can you imagine this, Hillary accused us of a "horseplay"! What kind of innuendo is this? Just listen to it: "Donald really is as healthy as a horse – you know, the one that Vladimir Putin rides around on." "Horseplay"? It would look more like a "hogplay"!
Oh, yeah, put some lipstick on that pig!
Women always do that.
We should have met some thirty years ago when I was on my spying trip in New York, in some gay club or something, I remember, it was called "Studio 54". I liked it. Maybe, we could even build a stable relationship. But it's too late now."

"Vladimir Vladimirovich!" Dima blushed in anger. "I thought that the two of us have a stable relationship!"

"Don't get all worked up over it, Dima", said Vovchik. "With you, it's purely Platonic, like a father and son almost, with him it would be romantic, but most importantly, a part of my job. It is always a double mint gum when you do it for business. But it's all over now, I am so disgusted with that fat blob, I can't even look at him. He self-destructed the whole operation and compromised us all. I cannot deal with that loser. Now he is toxic and untouchable. The best thing we can do with him is to get him to form his own party. We will call it "The United People Front - USA", just like our Russian United Front, it will be our sister party. But even this will not save the situation. We have to find a strategic solution."

"What solution?" Dima scratched his head and looked lost and confused.

Vovchik: "I know what solution. I have to resign, and you will have to take over."

"Vladimir Vladimirovich!" Dima froze in horror and started to feel panicky.

"Yes, Dima, I will have to resign, and you will have to take over", Vovchik repeated resolutely. "I have to throw myself to the vultures. I have to sacrifice myself for our Mother Russia, nothing less is expected of me. I have to do it. This will be my last good-bye present for her. I will retire, go to America and help that orange-ass moron to start our new communist, or, s**t, strike it out, commonparty. Or he will botch this job without me too."

Dima: "You cannot do this, Vladimir Vladimirovich. They will arrest you there as a war criminal. And then they will get us all. We cannot afford to pay the American lawyers, they are very expensive."

Vovchik: "We have to this, Dima. We have to take these risks. If you don't take risks, you don't drink Champaign. And I still have some nice vintage bottles left in my Crimean cellars. I want to uncork them with Donald after our victory, just like we did with Silvio. No pain, no gain. And gain we will, by the hook or by the crook, or both. I'll show them the "color revolutions"! They will have their black-and-white devolution! Trust me, Dima. They said I was meddling. They haven't seen any of my meddlings yet. I'll show them the Kuzka's mother!

There will be the lessons to learn from this affair for all of us."

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Donald, give all your money to Catholic Charities and lock yourself up in a monastery for the rest of your life, this is the best you can do. 

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Some occasional thoughts: Donald, give all your money to Catholic Charities and lock yourself up in a monastery for the rest of your life, this is the best you can do. 

Big bubbles, no troubles! - by Michael Novakhov

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What a nice job to be a columnist! You can pontificate, analyze in depth or pretend to, play with thoughts and words, and make your valuable pronouncements on any subject. And people will read and listen!

Fame, money, respect. You become important and accumulate the self-esteem. Finally, in a while, the amazing thing happens: you start believing your own opinions since you become so important. It is not even necessary to have any opinions at all. Just say something, and if you said it well enough, it might pass for an opinion. Ain't it nice?

The main thing is to keep them
short, sweet and on a point. In this bidniz the bigger ain't better. Some opinions are like the cheap hot dogs: when you keep them long enough at a certain boiling point, they absorb water and become big, swollen, ugly, monstrous, and tasteless, and no one wants to eat them. You have to keep them slightly undercooked and juicy.

Another good thing here: there are no wrong or bad opinions, and you don't have to carry the opinion malpractice insurance. Imagine, what would happen, if the opinion makers were sued for their opinions: how someone would be able to prove
anything? What is the harm done? So, you can say anything you want, and get away with it. No responsibility and no culpability. People are either interested in your opinions or not. Such thing as truth is elusive and does not really matter that much.

But why do people buy the opinions of others? Is it because they don't have their own, don't care, or don't know how to express them? Why do they find solace in these products? It remains a mystery.

does the commercialization of opinion making affect its content and directions? "Hey, babe, take a walk on a wild side... American Express would do nicely, thank you, listeners." If the opinions are for sale... But the world second oldest profession is still a profession.

 do the editors decide
what opinions are fit to print, and
what are not? Is there any editorial bias in this opinion making bidniz? Why do the opinions of "The New York Times" columnists carry a greater weight, gravitas, and value than other opinions, for example? Not necessarily because they are smarter: how would you measure, quantify and compare their quality? And not necessarily because they are better written: some of them feel like a dense forest or some existential abyss, in which you are thrown in, lost, abandoned, and left all by yourself to search for the meanings, points, and the way out.

Opinions are more like fruits, than hot dogs.
They should be healthy. Consume them. Savor them. Classify them into the common and gourmet varieties. They are selected by the opinion mongers and opinion peddlers who need to fill up their pushcarts. Some of these fruits are exotic, with unusual aroma or taste, others are quite conventional, but still delicious. They puzzle and tickle our mental processes and senses with thoughts, ideas, questions, emotions, doubts, and insights.

We want these Tutty Frutty, they are the essential part of our mental diet, while the cheap hot dogs, big, inflated, artificial; all that phony baloney, covered up with smelly and colorful mustard and ketchup, we can do without. Sometimes we fall for them too. But we know the real stuff when we see it.

And this is my opinion. Enjoy it. Get opinionated, bubble up like a glass of Champaign. Big bubbles, no troubles!

Michael Novakhov


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On reaching hearts and other places - by Michael Novakhov

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V. Putin: "America is not a banana republic! America is the great power! If I am wrong, let them ["the older comrades" - M.N.] correct me."
I am not your "older comrade", and I have no desire to correct or not to correct you. Because you are a certified liar, from A to Z, and from the top to the bottom. You just have started a cyberwar and were trying to subvert and "putinize" America for years by flooding her with your "witting" and "unwitting" agents of various types and persuasions.
What you are doing is called to make a nice face while playing a bad game ("Делать хорошую мину при плохой игре").
Putin offered praise for Republican candidate Donald Trump’s strategy. “Trump has chosen his own way of reaching the hearts of the voters,” Putin said. “He is acting extravagantly, but not so pointlessly.” “He represents the interests of the part of the society tired of the elites that have held power for decades,” he added. “He is representing the common people, and he is acting like a common guy himself.” 
I am not sure, what anatomical parts exactly Mr. Trump "chose to reach in his own way", but speaking about "the elites that have held power for decades", I think, Mr. Putin is in the need of the good mirror: «Чем кумушек считать трудитьсяНе лучше ль на себя, кума, оборотиться?» 

If Mr. Trump, as questionably claimed, "is acting like a common guy himself", sharing Putin's and many other politicians' style, as if it were taken from the same cookbook of political populism, it does not mean at all that he represents or plans to represent "the common people", who do not fly their own airplanes very often, do not use their fame and notoriety to engage in pompous grand openings of the grand new hotels during the tense campaigns, do not shamelessly promote their shady business interests with mob connections, and do not try to exchange their TV star status for sexual favors. Apparently, "the point" is, that Putin and Trump share not only these, but many other instances and examples of "acting extravagantly". 

My advice, whatever it is worth:
  • Ease the tensions, stop the military shows of force, they just perpetuate the never ending cycles of escalation.
  • Cooperate fully in Syria.
  • Stop all the interference in the US politics, including the comments on Presidential candidates; in this situation they are inappropriate.
  • Stop the cyberwar and the information war.
  • Allow the other voices from the Russian leadership and the opposition to be heard, share the center stage with those who have different opinions than you, and who sincerely interested in restoring the US - Russian relations.
  • Stop your artful, perverse lying, only the fools believe you. 

Так "Мишка отвечалНо Мишенькин совет лишь попусту пропал."

Michael Novakhov

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WW3 Alert: NATO Accuses Putin Of Taking Black Sea, America Has A Russian Evil Ploy - Morning News USA

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WW3 Alert: NATO Accuses Putin Of Taking Black Sea, America Has A Russian Evil Ploy
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