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Well a thing we had plenty of opportunity to observe was that a few, lets say very pro Russian, forum members here were ready and willing to believe any story, and even if it was blatantly obvious that it is bullshit, just because it was in the Russian media, without doing any critical thinking or fact checking.

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On 10/3/2017 at 6:08 PM, ProfTournesol said:

 

That's probably not very popular in Iran or Assad's Syria.

 

mmh good question

 

 

 

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Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?

Last Friday, most major media outlets touted a major story about Russian attempts to hack into U.S. voting systems, based exclusively on claims made by the Department of Homeland Security.

“Russians attempted to hack elections systems in 21 states in the run-up to last year’s presidential election, officials said Friday,” began the USA Today story, similar to how most other outlets presented this extraordinary claim.

 

This official story was explosive for obvious reasons, and predictably triggered instant decrees – that of course went viral – declaring that the legitimacy of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now in doubt.

 

So what was wrong with this story? Just one small thing: it was false. The story began to fall apart yesterday when Associated Press reported that Wisconsin – one of the states included in the original report that, for obvious reasons, caused the most excitement – did not, in fact, have its election systems targeted by Russian hackers

 

And now we have the Russia-hacked-the-voting-systems-of-21-states to add to this trash heap. Each time the stories go viral; each time they further shape the narrative; each time those who spread them say little to nothing when it is debunked.

 

more to read:

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/28/yet-another-major-russia-story-falls-apart-is-skepticism-permissible-yet/

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To me it's screamingly obvious that, whoever holds the most power over there, did not get the puppet they wanted in the election of the people. So they resort to making politics by different means to achieve whatever they wanted.

 

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