Важнейшее из искусств

Занимательный документальный сериал Андрея Лошака "Холивар"рассказывает про историю российского Интернета (Рунета). За четверть века много всего произошло - от ранних любительских сайтов, через успешные компании вроде Яндекса, сложные взаимоотношение с властями и т.д. В последней на сегодня серии рассказывается про увлечение YouTube, с его свободой создания видео-контента и новыми звездами. Возникает даже некоторый оптимизм про новое поколение.

Одна из загадочных историй успеха YouTube - зарегистрированная на Кипре компания The Soul Publishing, созданная предпринимателями из Казани Павлом Радаевым и Маратом Мухаметовым.

Канал 5-Minute Crafts появился на YouTube 15 ноября 2016 года, на следующий день на нем был размещен первый видеоролик, специализация канала — необычные советы (как из вилок сделать вешалку, прищепкой зачистить провода, резинкой выкрутить шуруп, ниткой разрезать торт и т. п.). За три года канал набрал 15 млрд просмотров и 60 млн подписчиков и занял 3-е место по числу подписчиков всего YouTube. В 2017–2018 годах у 5-Minute Crafts появилось еще 10 каналов-«родственников»: 5-Minute для детей, 5-Minute для семьи, 5-Minute для девушек и пр.
Таким образом за пару лет два приятеля из Казани Павел Радаев и Марат Мухаметов соорудили в интернете «вечный двигатель», приносящий им десятки миллионов долларов в год. Общее число подписчиков на их контент в Facebook — 230 млн, на YouTube — более 300 млн человек. На этих платформах ежемесячно размещается 1500 роликов более чем на 17 языках. Радаев и Мухаметов живут и работают на Кипре, с прессой не общаются.


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Моральное неравенство

В выступление Эми Клобушар на вчерашних дебатах прозвучало важное слово "патриотизм".

KLOBUCHAR: I think when you see what's going on around the country, yes, it's the economic check that Elizabeth and Bernie have so well pointed out on this stage, but there's something else going on here, and it is a decency check. It is a values check. It is a patriotism check.
When you see people -- and we've all had this happen -- that come to our meetings and say, you know, yeah, I voted for Donald Trump, but I don't want to do it again, because I want my kids to be able to watch the president on TV and not mute the TV.
We have to remember as Democrats, and if I get worked up about this, it's because I believe it so much in my heart, that we have to bring people with us and not shut them out. That is the gift we can give America in this election.


На предыдущих дебатах Клобушар упомянула вопрос моральной эквивалентности.

YANG: We have to let Russia know, look, we get it. We've tampered with other elections, you've tampered with our elections. And now it has to stop. And if it does not stop, we will take this as an act of hostility against the American people. I believe most Americans would support me on this. <...>
KLOBUCHAR: I want to respond to Mr. Yang. I don't see a moral equivalency between our country and Russia. Vladimir Putin is someone who has shot down planes over Ukraine, who has poisoned his opponent, and we have not talked about what we need to do to protect ourselves from Russia invading our election.
This wasn't meddling. That's what I do when I call my daughter on a Saturday night and ask her what she's doing. Sorry.
This was much more serious than that. This was actually invading our election.


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Прохиндеи и мозгоебы

Мир трампизма обладает способностью привлекать разного рода проходимцев. Характерный пример - молодая девушка по имени Christianné Allen, которая внезапно оказалась пресс-секретарем у Руди Джулиани. Про ее похождения - длинное расследование в Politico.

For the past three months, Trumpworld has been both abuzz and baffled by Christianné Allen, a little-known Instagram personality who became Rudy Giuliani’s director of communications in September. She accompanies him wherever he goes, recently appearing by his side in Ukraine, where he’s working on a documentary defending himself against accusations that he ran a malicious campaign to get a U.S. ambassador fired. She’s his media strategist, technology consultant and the employee who helps field reporters’ daily onslaught of inquiries — or, at least, tries to do so. <...>
Allen’s Twitter bio, LinkedIn, and old personal website list an array of suitable credentials: representative of the Trump Victory Finance Committee, the official joint fundraising committee for the re-election campaign; and video columnist for the Daily Caller. Spokeswoman for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Executive director of the Middle Eastern Women’s Coalition.
According to representatives of these entities, these titles are embroidered at best, and completely untrue at the most. She is, however, an “ambassador” for both Turning Point USA and Liberty University’s Falkirk Center, titles she gained this year. And there’s no question she enjoys Giuliani’s confidence.


Интересно упоминание в качестве "крестной матери" Аллен прохиндейки постарше британского происхождения, Элис Батлер-Шорт из организации Virginia Women for Trump.

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Конец молчания

Лиса Пейдж, бывший работник ФБР и специалист по российской организованной преступности, которая стала объектом нескончаемых нападок Трампа и его защитников, решила прервать молчание.

Does it feel like a trauma? “It is. I wouldn’t even call it PTSD because it’s not over. It’s ongoing. It’s not a historical event that is being relived. It just keeps happening.”
And it’s still going on? “I mean, he tweeted about me four days ago,” she told me on Nov. 18. “When Roger Stone got convicted, he asked, why isn’t Page in jail too? Not to mention, you know, his truly reprehensible, degrading stunt at his rally, in which he used my name to simulate an orgasm. And I don’t ever know when the president’s going to attack next. And when it happens, it can still sort of upend my day. You don’t really get used to it.”


Песня "Quiet" спонтанно превратилась в гимн Марша женщин в январе 2017.

But no one knows me no one ever will
if I don't say something, if I just lie still
Would I be that monster, scare them all away
If I let them hear what I have to say
I can't keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can't keep quiet, no oh oh oh oh oh oh
A one woman riot, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
I can't keep quiet
For anyone

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Два мира

26 июля 1990 президент Буш подписал ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Закон запрещает дискриминацию на основе инвалидности. Согласно этому закону общественный транспорт и все общественные здания оборудуются въездами для инвалидных колясок.

Законопроект был внесён демократами, которым тогда принадлежала большинство в Конгрессе, но активно поддерживался ведущими республиканцами и был принят подавляющим большинством голосов. При подписании закона Буш произнёс проникновенную речь, сравнив слом дискриминации инвалидов со сломом Берлинской стены.

“Our problems are large, but our unified heart is larger. Our challenges are great, but our will is greater. And in our America, the most generous, optimistic nation on the face of the Earth, we must not and will not rest until every man and woman with a dream has the means to achieve it.
And today, America welcomes into the mainstream of life all of our fellow citizens with disabilities. We embrace you for your abilities and for your disabilities, for our similarities and indeed for our differences, for your past courage and your future dreams. Last year, we celebrated a victory of international freedom. Even the strongest person couldn't scale the Berlin Wall to gain the elusive promise of independence that lay just beyond. And so, together we rejoiced when that barrier fell.
And now I sign legislation which takes a sledgehammer to another wall, one which has for too many generations separated Americans with disabilities from the freedom they could glimpse, but not grasp. Once again, we rejoice as this barrier falls for claiming together we will not accept, we will not excuse, we will not tolerate discrimination in America.
With, again, great thanks to the Members of the United States Senate, leaders of whom are here today, and those who worked so tirelessly for this legislation on both sides of the aisles. And to those Members of the House of Representatives with us here today, Democrats and Republicans as well, I salute you. And on your behalf, as well as the behalf of this entire country, I now lift my pen to sign this Americans with Disabilities Act and say: Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down. God bless you all.”

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Все ж таки файтер

После слушаний в Конгресса Фиона Хилл с ее каменным лицом и стальным взлядом стала своего рода символом сопротивления трампутинизму.

"Right now, Russia’s security services and their proxies have geared up to repeat their interference in the 2020 election. We are running out of time to stop them. In the course of this investigation, I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests."

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Преследование справедливости

После того, как в 1994 Энн Ричардс, популярный демократический губернатор Техаса, проиграла на выборах Джорджу Бушу-младшему, ни одному демократу не удавалось победить на выборах в Техасе на любую должность, которая требовала голосование всего штата. Техас стал неизлечимо "красным" штатом.

Избирательная кампания Буша, под руководством Карла Роува, велась грязно, по всем правилам республиканской политтехнологии. В частности исподтишка использовалась апелляция к гомофобии.

Richards: It was huge. I had no idea it was going on. They started a below-the-radar whisper campaign that there were people who worked for me in the governor’s office who weren’t married, and because they weren’t married, they were probably gay, and then the next step was, well, maybe if they were gay, maybe I was too. I saw the piece of material they were putting on windshields of automobiles in parking lots of right-wing churches that showed a black man and a white man kissing each other, with the message “This is what Ann Richards wants to teach your children in the public schools.” It was a key part of their campaign, and I was just flabbergasted by it. My God, I’d been married thirty years! I had four children!

Ричардс прославилась на национальной арене зажигательным выступлением на съезде демократов в июле 1988.

"I'm a grandmother now. And I have one nearly perfect granddaughter named Lily. And when I hold that grandbaby, I feel the continuity of life that unites us, that binds generation to generation, that ties us with each other. <...>
And as I sit there, I wonder if she'll every grasp the changes I've seen in my life — if she'll ever believe that there was a time when blacks could not drink from public water fountains, when Hispanic children were punished for speaking Spanish in the public schools and women couldn't vote.
I think of all the political fights I've fought and all the compromises I've had to accept as part payment. And I think of all the small victories that have added up to national triumphs. And all the things that never would have happened and all the people who would have been left behind if we had not reasoned and fought and won those battles together."

В том же месяце Роберта Каплан, молодая студентка из Гарварда, изучающая русский язык и культуру, приезжает на стажировку в Москву и по наводке еврейских организаций знакомится с «отказниками» и диссидентами.

По СССР в эро время шли трещины. В июле 1988 Политбюро ЦК КПСС приняло постановление “О сооружении памятника жертвам беззаконий и репрессий”, а в Москве прошёл первый советский конкурс красоты «Московская красавица».

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Игра без правил

В статье "Why Republicans Play Dirty" авторы книжки "How Democracies Die" пишут, что республиканцы используют грязные методы борьбы на выборах не от хорошей жизни, а от страха неминуемой утраты власти.

Parties representing fearful, declining majorities turn, in desperation, to minority rule.
The only way out of this situation is for the Republican Party to become more diverse. A stunning 90 percent of House Republicans are white men, even though white men are a third of the electorate. Only when Republicans can compete seriously for younger, urban and nonwhite voters will their fear of losing — and of a multiracial America — subside.
Such a transformation is less far-fetched than it may appear right now; indeed, the Republican National Committee recommended it in 2013. But parties only change when their strategies bring costly defeat. So Republicans must fail — badly — at the polls.
American democracy faces a Catch-22: Republicans won’t abandon their white identity bunker strategy until they lose, but at the same time that strategy has made them so averse to losing they are willing to bend the rules to avoid this fate. There is no easy exit. Republican leaders must either stand up to their base and broaden their appeal or they must suffer an electoral thrashing so severe that they are compelled to do so.


Но подобная отчаянная борьба в состоянии страха отражает также вторую этическую систему по Лефевру и метельный менталитет крысы, загнанной в угол.

В облике Трампа отразился нужный архетип, но не менее важна и роль тех, кто систематически работает над воплощением подобных методов. Важную роль в этом выпало сыграть генеральному прокурору Биллу Барру.

Для Барра упрочение власти президента является делом всей жизни. Он начал заниматься этим в администрации Буша-старшего.

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Два посла и два раввина

Украинские похождения Руди Джулиани напоминают истории других персонажей, с которыми его сталкивала судьба. Бизнесмен Гордон Сондланд, обративший на себя внимание и купивший пост посла США в ЕС миллионным пожертвованием на инаугурацию Трампа, напомнил о другом после.

Рональд Лаудер, который ныне поддерживает Трампа на посту президента Всемирного еврейского конгресса, был послом США в Австрии в 1986-1987. Как и Сондланд, Лаудер не обладал дипломатическим опытом или квалификацией, но в качестве наследника состояния своей матери (парфюмерного магната Эсте Лаудер) был богатым донором республиканцев, чем обратил на себя внимание Рейгана.

Его несостоятельность в качестве посла всплыла после скандала с сотрудником посольства, Феликсом Блохом. Блох был разоблачен, как завербованный агент КГБ, но сумел замести следы и избежать наказания благодаря Роберу Ханссену.

Koppel: I've spoken to some of the people who were in charge of the European division of the State Department at the time that Felix Bloch was serving under you. They say, to put it rather bluntly, that you were inexperienced and excitable. I've heard other people, in fact, who said that you were a laughingstock as Ambassador over there.
Lauder: Thank you.
Koppel: Well, I'm not saying it, I'm just passing on to you what some of your former colleagues said. And that in point of fact they regarded Felix Bloch as a highly experienced and competent Foreign Service officer who was very much necessary precisely because there was a political appointee there without much experience.
Lauder: Well, this political appointee, myself, was able to see something that none of these other State Department officials were able to see. I was able to see what this person was like. I knew there was something the matter . . . I know 'cause I was there. I spoke to - I spoke to the various people, I spoke to the people in the State Department. They understood. At this point they're all - perhaps having a case of amnesia. But I know what Felix Bloch was like and I must tell you, I was not surprised.


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Кругом заговор

Трамп ссылается на конспиролога Пола Сперри. Сперри одно время возглавлял вашингтонское бюро WorldNetDaily - помоечного конспирологического сайта, материалы которого помогали распространять тролли с улицы Савушкина.

Citing an online news article titled "The 8 Dirtiest Scandals ofRobert Mueller No One Is Talking About," from on or about August 7, 2017, a member of the Conspiracy directed that the article be messaged in the following way:
Special prosecutor Mueller is a puppet of the establishment. List scandals that took place when Mueller headed the FBI. Direct attention to the listed examples. State the following: It is a fact that the Special Prosecutor who leads the investigation against Trump represents the establishment: a politician with proven connections to the U.S. Democratic Party who says things that should either remove him from his position or disband the entire investigation commission. Summarize with a statement that Mueller is a very dependent and highly politicized figure; therefore, there will be no honest and open results from the investigation. Emphasize that the work of this commission is damaging to the country and is aimed to declare impeachment of Trump. Emphasize that it cannot be allowed, no matter what. (Preliminary translation of Russian text.)


Последние старания Сперри направлены на то, чтобы доказать, что никакого российского вмешательства в выборы 2016 не было, а российское расследование было заговором ЦРУ, ФБР и тайного теневого правительства Обамы.

"Though the FBI and CIA want the nation to believe Moscow hacked the 2016 election to help Trump win, they may be hiding evidence they themselves meddled in the election to help Clinton win — while ensuring they had checks in place against a renegade Trump presidency — by using FISA warrants to hack into the e-mails of Trump campaign aides and by running a network of spies against them both at home and abroad."

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