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See reply #6. You're correct, the approach was really crude. It didn't work on educated people...

...and probably wasn't designed to. What was sophisticated was the micro-profiling, especially when Cambridge Analytica was able to get access to the Facebook APIs (which until recently were wide open). It worked on the rubes; CA really knew how to push their buttons. You should see all the garbage produced by these people: the Reddit groups and their spinoffs (the ".win" sites) alone are just mind-blowing in terms of the wasted time and talent and wild goosechases by the rubes.

Yeah, it was no "Thorn Birds" or "Winds of War", either. And of course, today we're dealing with...

...a capitalist (or rather, crony-capitalist) Russia, not the Soviet Union, the Cold War is over, and things should be much better now.

Truth be told, the sophistication of the Russian psyops was mostly the way it was micro-targeted through the unsecured software of Facebook, etc. Their software APIs were basically "hacked"--if you can call it that, because they were pretty much wide open--by bad actors like Cambridge Analytica and other Russian-affiliated groups. The propaganda itself was really crude, which is why it appealed to the rather...lumpenproletariat...Drumpf voters. Hence the rube from Appalachia who shot up the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in DC: he had just got a dial-up internet connection and started visiting conspiracy sites on Facebook. But Cambridge Analytica really knew how to push their buttons thanks to the kind of micro-profiling that Facebook does (and to which CA had access).

"Amerika" was also the name of a miniseries in the late '80s about a Soviet...

...conquest (largely bloodless) of the United States. The miniseries was pretty cheesy, and it seemed far-fetched then, but little did we know how sophisticated Russian propaganda and psyops would become--and how gullible many Americans are. Pizzagate, QAnon, 4Chan/8Chan/whatever the hell they call it now, etc., who would have believed what we've seen over the last few years?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerika_(miniseries)

P.S. You will need to copy/paste the link manually in your browser; I can't figure out how to format it in the DU software to make it "clickable".

Yep. The hypocrisy of Schlafly is how she slaved...

...like a stevedore making speeches, writing articles, and running political campaigns attempting to convince women to give up the hard-fought rights they had just gained...and go back to being housewives and baby machines. Meanwhile, Schlafly is working 80-hour weeks, jet-setting across the country (and world)...a traitor to feminism.

You are correct in your diagnosis. It's basically the same thing, but it's about white supremacy and race this time.

And MTG thinks her life is in danger because of some stickers...

...on her office sign.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100216833042

That's pretty funny about the lack of Biblical literacy among Evangelical followers...

...because I'm used to hearing their abuse directed at Catholics for the exact same thing (and there is historical precedent for that before the days of the printing press). The Evangelicals are always going after the Catholics for that. But I can't say I'm surprised about their own illiteracy and the personality cult nature of their followers; we've sure seen plenty of it.

There is a whole cottage industry (actually, it's more like big business these days) in "apologetics", where the deluded followers of various denominations argue incessantly with each other over whose version of the truth actually is the TRVTH, forever and ever amen. They have books, CDs, TV shows, etc. devoted to this. And not just Protestants; the execrable EWTN network must devote at least 50% of their time attempting to convert Evangelicals to their brand of reactionary Catholicism.

Ironically, some of the most reactionary "radtrad" Catholics absolutely hate EWTN because so many of the "stars" on that network are converts from Protestantism, and are therefore apostates.

It's likely some of our allies might get involved. That certainly happened during Civil War 1.0.

However, the problem that has been stated here many times is that most states are purple, with some very bright red and blue areas but a lot of the in-between as well. Any kind of split or balkanization would be a mess.

I think our best hope is to shame the MAGA fans back under the rocks from whence they came. Some of them, maybe a lot of them, never voted until Drumpf came along and gave them permission to be in-your-face uncouth, misogynist, racist, homophobic, etc. If things get uncomfortable enough (e.g. they face real consequences like getting fired, preferably by one of their "purple-haired lesbian SJW from HR" stereotypes), they might decide that their MAGA LARPing isn't worth it and finally wise up. They might also come to realize that Drumpf doesn't GAF about them or their lot in life.

It's not just mRNA technology that uses cell lines like HEK ("aborted" cells)...

...it's just about any kind of biotechnology or pharmaceutical you might use (including shingles vaccine, Tylenol, Zoloft, and Lipitor). "Aborted" cells are used in the production of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine (one that doesn't use mRNA technology) as well as the Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment for Covid.

https://katv.com/news/local/conway-regional-ceo-says-covid-19-religious-exemption-isnt-an-attempt-to-shame-employees

He forgot to paint the guy holding the Bible upside down and backwards, like...

...his hero Drumpf.

Apparently McNaughton sells really expensive prints of his paintings. I wonder if you can get them on black velvet? I need one to hang next to a velvet Elvis I've got!

Yep. He knows what he's doing. All the conspiracy theorists seem to be obsessed with the mRNA...

...technology in the new vaccines. The execrable Emerald Robinson got fired from NewsMax for being too extreme (!) in her antivax "reporting"; much of it was preoccupied with mRNA technology. NewsMax began requiring a Covid vaccination shortly after Fox News did. Robinson made so many shrill, ridiculous antivax tweets that NewsMax had no choice but to fire her after those tweets became international news. Another NewsMax "reporter", Steve Cortes, was fired for the same reason.
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