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If you hate RT and have few informed opinions on Russia, you are probably a SNOB!

RT isn’t a haven for “Putin puppets” it’s a haven for individual expression.

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Myself and others who like RT’s content, support RT’s right to exist and/or appear on RT and use these appearance to state our personal views and original analysis, frequently defend RT from a geo-political perspective. Of course, these defences are not only valid, but with RT under attack from powerful governmental and multi-million dollar organisations, like those run by George Soros, such defences are increasingly necessary.

But beyond this, there is another trend among both professional RT haters (usually “journalists) trying to kill off competition and amateur RT haters who are merely intoxicated on the MSM narrative and never think to “question more”.

Such people are almost always snobs of one kind or another, but this is rarely mentioned. While RT is often criticised because it receives some state funding, so do most western universities, most reports which are critical of RT and so do some of the world’s biggest broadcasters including the BBC, France 24, Al Jazeera, the CBC and even the deeply anti-RT Australian Broadcasting Company.

But there is a big difference between RT and the others. Put simply, RT has a sense of humour, allows for people who are both guests and employees to be themselves and has a much more casual attitude towards public relations both in respect of its advertising campaigns and in the way guests are invited and welcomed to RT studios.

As someone who has been invited to appear on RT from a variety of people including, Russians, Americans, Brits, Arabs, Italians and I’m sure others, I’ve noticed that all of them are distinctly human. There is no corporate language, which in any case I find indecipherable. Furthermore, when RT contacts me, it is often through a casual social media message rather than a formal letter.

I personally like this, because the modern world simply does not have time for extravagant corporate nomenclature or old fashioned interactions with guests. This modern attitude is pervasive in the style of RT on-air hosts who each speak with a unique voice.

By contrast, turn on CNN or BBC and one can see that each presenter has, in one shape or form, been coached to speak a certain way, say certain things and act in a certain manner. In a world of MSM cookie cutters, I am not only happy but relieved that RT lets people come as they are and act as they please.

RT’s culture is one that lives up to its own ethos of questioning more. RT does not limit its guests to people who live in the same parts of the same cities, drink at the same bars, pray to the same God, dress in the same clothes or think in the same way. When people don psychological uniforms for too long, one becomes little more than a individual known for one’s anonymity. This is one of the great contradictions of the consumer age.

By contrast, RT’s hosts and most of its guests come from a diverse set of backgrounds both in terms of their ideas and also in terms of their personalities. This is an asset that cannot be bought, cannot be coached and cannot be plucked from thin air. It relies on a  relaxed attitude to the human experience which reflects the complex and manifold nature of the world, its past and most likely, its future.

These same features about RT that I consider assets, are scored at by the MSM and those civilians who wear the MSM uniform whether at their local bar, their local church, their local park or even inside their own homes.

Whenever MSM slams RT’s hosts or guests, the attacks are usual personal in nature. ‘Such and such person didn’t attend the right school, doesn’t speak in the right tone, doesn’t use the correct buzzwords and even doesn’t wear the right kind of clothes’. A simple google search or better yet, a conversation with a MSM aficionado in Manhattan, Miami, Paris, London or Berlin, will make this instantly apparent.

Just to be clear, these people are not from a Monty Python sketch or characters on South Park, they are a tiny but vocal mob of elites and wannabe elites who think that  source and its style is ultimately more important than the content. While the truth sets some people free, for such people, regimentation of lifestyle gives one credibility. This is truly the ultimate conclusion to a liberal lifestyle that places no value on humanistic transparency, but worships at the altar of familiar bias.

Beyond laughable assertions that RT guests ranging from professional Russophobe John McCain to Bernie Sanders are “Kremlin puppets”, none of the increasingly frequent hit-pieces on RT from western MSM and their academic cohorts, actually debate or even engage in the content of what is said on RT, whether by employees or by guests.

Why is this? Because that would become an intellectual exercise and they’d rather make a fashion statement. At the end of the day, all snobbery is, is the fetishisation of a fashion statement. It is an attempt to reduce one’s ideas and personal lifestyle into a universal commodity and then shame those who don’t buy into it. It’s good for business…while it lasts and much like a failing business trying new advertising strategies, this is what is going on among the RT haters. If RT was a failure, it wouldn’t be getting this kind of attention, just as the failed Ukraine Today network that was taken off air, was hardly ever discussed, even among those who ostensibly supported its narrative.

Sadly, many so-called journalists are indeed little more than runway models, only instead of the latest dress, its the latest current events narrative which is designed to be consumed and repeated by people with certain lifestyles.

What is great about RT is that RT is not selling a lifestyle, it is selling ideas and offering up various authentic personalities who convey a myriad of these ideas.

To listen to MSM, one would think that everyone at RT is given some sort of masterclass into how to think, act or even dress like Vladimir Putin. This is merely a projection of what goes on in MSM land and I know this as a fact because while I personally have great respect for President Putin and while I commend the job he has done, in Russian politics, my support lies with the opposition LDPR and if it was up to me, there would be many changes to the way Russia is governed, changes that would be as unpopular with the ruling United Russia Party as with western liberals. The MSM brigade truly understand nothing about the personalities and logistical processes involved with RT, at any level.

When it comes to an abundance of foolish pride and damaging prejudice, this lies with the MSM and the culture milieu which makes up its dwindling and ageing demographic.

There are something’s money can’t buy and this is the kind of diversity and authenticity available on RT. For everything else, there’s MSM.

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According to Ukraine, the Crimean Bridge doesn’t exist (VIDEO)

Ukraine tries to deny the reality of the completion and soundness of the Crimean Bridge, though Ukraine was unable to build it, itself.

Seraphim Hanisch

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Russia’s VESTI News is truly an entertaining channel at times. This news service is strongly supported by the Russian government, and one of the criticisms it receives from Russian people is that it is an “extreme” propaganda house, telling all manner of crazy stories to distract its watchers’ attention away from the real problems that Russian people face at home.

No doubt there is truth to this, as this is a technique certainly duplicated in the US, Great Britain and elsewhere. Every nation has the right to its own propaganda. However, Vesti also seems to have a lot of fun making fun of other nations’ propaganda, and here they found a great one. Apparently, Ukraine’s propaganda ministry is trying to make the assertion that the Crimean Bridge collapsed and its debris is floating around in the Kerch Strait, “with the tectonic plates.”

See for yourself.

According to Ukrainian scientists and even “psychics”, this bridge is doomed to fall into the Kerch Strait once a sufficient earthquake hits it. Some claims appear even to say that the bridge already is not there, or at least, is not there in the way the Russian news sources have described it.

Of course, the VESTI team erupts into its famous snark, talking about how the bridge is very much alive and well and that it is the new “pride of Russia,” and so on.

This bridge is indeed quite an engineering feat, being completed only about three years after the rejoining / annexation / invasion / hostile takeover / or was it a voluntary referendum? of Crimea to the Russian Federation. This is a rapid speed for such a major project, but it is not very unusual for such projects to progress rather quickly when they are done with a will.

Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) is presently by far the tallest building in the world, reaching skyward 828 meters, over half a mile into the sky. It took a little over four years to construct this landmark building, and it was done steadily and with a will to completion. Its would-be successor is not having as smooth an experience, for the Jeddah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has hit problems, and even though this tower is projected to go only about 130 meter higher (reaching a significant milestone of one kilometer tall), its construction started in 2013, and as of the latest update, only 63 floors are completed.

The Crimean Bridge was built with a will to make a point, presumably to Ukraine, the rest of Russia and the world:

This is the New Russia. Look what we can do!

And, they did a marvelous feat of engineering in a very short time.

VESTI indeed does try to make some people feel better by pointing out the problems of other countries. Sometimes that is a distraction. But sometimes it is worth a serious bit of consideration.

Ukraine has a leader most of its people apparently cannot stand, who is a warmonger and a crybaby at the same time, begging the West for help while breathing threats against Russia.

While there are no doubt many, many wonderful people there trying to do wonderful things, it does seem to be that the country is suffering because of its willingness to be a pawn of the West. Russia is feeling the Western squeeze and it is not pleasant, but the Russians also seem to know that they can get themselves through this, and so they have reason to be glad when the country makes a good accomplishment such as the Crimean Bridge. The political and geopolitical importance of this project is such that it is very likely that all sorts of great engineering went into the bridge. It is prudent, and Russians seem to understand prudence very, very well.

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White privilege shaming attempt goes hilariously wrong

A well-trained racist ran afoul of her own side when she accused a black man of white privilege – because he has a conservative worldview.

Seraphim Hanisch

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Racism is on the increase in America. In the liberal world, anti-white sentiment is reaching untold heights. It went so high for CNN reporter (and legal analyst!!) Areva Martin that she fearlessly called out radio host David Webb on his own program for executing his white privilege and not listening to her. At this moment, no doubt, many fellow black racists who were watching CNN (and many guilt-ridden white people too!) were cheering her on for “putting it to” this radio host for being so shamelessly white. But then, this happened:

Yep. This is David Webb. He broadcasts on Sirius XM’s Patriot network (Sirius is a satellite radio network broadcasting for US audiences). He is politically conservative, believes in the rule of law and personal responsibility, aaaannndddd… he’s black.

National Review’s Kevin Williamson dug in a bit more to give us some information about who Mr. Webb actually is (in other words, he did research before making allegations or accusations as did Ms. Martin):

And here I thought I was the only black man with white privilege.

Areva Martin, a CNN “analyst” — whatever in hell that means anno Domini 2019 — was in the middle of a spirited exchange with the conservative talk-radio host David Webb about racial preferences in hiring. Webb argued — as conservatives of many different races argue! — that race should not be a factor in such decisions, which should be based strictly on qualifications.

Martin, predictably, leaned on identity. “That’s a whole ’nother long conversation about white privilege,” she sniffed. “The things that you have the privilege of doing that people of color don’t have the privilege of.” Webb, sensing something amiss, asked: “How do I have white privilege?” Her answer: Because he is a “white male.”

Half right.

(Disclosure: I don’t think I’ve ever met Mr. Webb, but I did guest-host his radio show a few times a couple of years ago. They stopped asking me to do that after I made fun of his awful bumper music. People are touchy.)

Somehow, we as a culture have managed to forget that ad hominem is a rhetorical fallacy. Which is to say: Relying on the ad hominem mode of argument means that you are stupid, if not generally and categorically stupid then limited-purpose stupid in the context of the debate at hand.

It would seem that CNN has indeed forgotten this, or has assumed (with some success) that America has been successfully weaned of people able to quickly and easily discern such fallacies, and now ad hominem rhetoric is mainstream, and actually counts among the talking heads of the Left as “reasonable discourse.”

Just consider how effective this sort of bullying has been against many people, and how it is used over and over against Donald Trump, though it fails miserably with him (probably because he does not drink or smoke cannabis and has therefore kept his mind.)

Mr. Williamson went on to underscore his point:

Dennis Prager, relating the story above, mentions that he was denounced — as he must be denounced! — before a college campus speech as a racist, sexist, homophobe, and . . . anti-Semite. Prager is Jewish. He has made opposing anti-Semitism a fundamental part of his public career. The reaction to that news was predictable: “Oops. Well, he’s still a racist, sexist, homophobe . . .”

I’ve heard Charles C. W. Cooke dismissed as a fundamentalist Christian (he’s an atheist) and Guy Benson denounced as a homophobe (he’s gay). I have even heard myself denounced as a sellout self-hating black man (I’m white). We have been the beneficiaries of Voltaire’s prayer: “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.”

But here’s a question: What if they were right? Cooke’s views on abortion or the First Amendment are what they are, and they either have merit or they do not, irrespective of his religious views. David Webb and I have the same views on many things, I imagine. He’s black. I’m white. Presumably, an erroneous opinion bouncing around in my head would be equally erroneous bouncing around in his head, just as a useful observation coming out of my mouth would be an equally useful observation coming out of his.

Not if you are a progressive, apparently. For the Left, public discourse is Lord of the Flies, and victimhood is the conch — that is how they believe we should decide who gets to speak. That’s what the nonsensical business about “intersectionality” is all about. It is at its heart very little more than a reconstitution of old, dumb, primitive, superstitious ideas in the same genus as racism and nationalism, i.e. the belief that certain demographic markers of questionable real-world relevance are supernaturally cementitious determinants of moral meaning.

Mr. Williamson was very polite in his last sentence, and probably not a little bit sarcastic.

What we see here with Areva Martin’s behavior is racism. Pure and simple.

She said, essentially, “I am a black woman, so that makes me better than you.”

So, let’s play with this a bit.

“I am white, so that makes me better than you.”

This would create a network meltdown if someone who was a public figure tried to say it and uphold this as a belief. Let’s make it even better. “I am a white, Christian, wealthy man who is married and has children and lots of success. But I have it because I am white. You are not white, so you cannot have it.”

Now we probably have riots in the streets and death threats to the hapless soul who ventured to say this. But then, flip it:

“I am a black man. Whitey owes me.”

How is this not racism?

Liberals interpret this as being “true” because “black people were oppressed by white people.” And, so? They are not now, and few indeed are the numbers of white men or women in America that would even dare to think of themselves as superior because of the color of their skin.

Racists don’t know that, and they will not accept it.

To be racist and / or feminist (which behaves the same way but with regard to the “man” part) is to claim the title of victim. Racists are victims. Feminists are victims. They are wedded to a victimhood viewpoint from the moment that they take on these roles. Frederica Matthewes-Green, a former feminist and now the wife of an Antiochian Orthodox Christian priest (she got better!) commented once about feminism, saying approximately this:

Feminism is a very difficult trap. Once a woman engages the idea that she is a victim because she is female, she sees everywhere how this is actually true by the way people treat her. She sees it because she is emotionally attached to the idea of being superior to men, but for the fact that men are just jealous of her.

The same thing happens for racists. Let’s be honest here: this is not “inverse racism” – for that would appear to make it somehow relevant because “whitey deserves it.” Racism is racism. It is the idea as stated above that one’s appearance or place of origin makes one superior to others. Whites are better than blacks. Why? because they are white. Blacks are better than whites. Why. Because they are black.

Essentially the conversation is, “Why?” and, “Because!” is the one word answer, or more accurately, “because I said so.” There is no truth to this. As David Webb himself said, “our skin is an organ. It doesn’t think. It doesn’t formulate ideas.”

So what does this mean? By standards of racism and culture, it appears to mean the following:

  • White men talk about following the law because they are white and they can do this.
  • They therefore do not understand black men and women, because black men and women are special cases (for Areva)
  • Their special nature means that the arguments of following the law do not – and must not – apply to them
  • Apparently this means that black people are incapable of following laws
  • It means that they are incapable of taking personal responsibility for themselves
  • If this is so, then it also follows that someone must run their lives, which leads us to upholding…

Slavery! Hell, seen in this light, slavery is the only humane, reasonable and kind way to treat such people!

CNN has stocked its newsroom top anchor positions, therefore, with victims. Anderson Cooper (gay), Don Lemon (gay and black), Jim Acosta (his last name is Hispanic, so he is a victim too). The list probably can be easily extended. And in fact, Areva Martin (black and a woman) holding the post of legal analyst in this news organization displayed the victim card prominently. CNN spends a lot of time and money defending the idea that white privilege exists, even though it doesn’t. Just ask any white person.

Pride of identity is always false. There is nothing anyone did to earn their race, their sex, their skin color, their ancestry, and so on. So being proud of such attributes is utter foolishness. At most, these are interesting conversation topics, but they all accomplish precisely nothing in any field of life.

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Second group of Su-57 stealth fighters to be requested in 2020

The second Su-57 contract will feature fighters with the advanced engine design that was under development while the prototypes were made.

Seraphim Hanisch

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The contract for a second order of Russian Su-57 stealth fighters is expected to be signed in 2020, according to an unnamed source in Russia’s aircraft-making industry. TASS, the Russian News Agency, reported on this on Wednesday, 16 January:

The second contract to manufacture 13 Su-57 fighter jets for the Russian Aerospace Forces is to be signed next year, a source in Russia’s aircraft-making industry told TASS on Wednesday.

“In 2020, we plan to sign the second contract to manufacture and deliver 13 Su-57 fighter jets, some of them equipped with the second-stage engines,” he said. “The preliminary timeframe for the new contract is five years.”

The first contract envisages the delivery of two fifth-generation aircraft in 2019-2020.

“In line with the contract signed in 2018, one serial Su-57 jet with first-stage engines will be delivered to the Aerospace Forces this year, the other aircraft featuring the same type of engine – in 2020.”

The aircraft’s manufacturer, the United Aircraft Corporation, refrained from commenting on the report.

The Su-57 is a fifth-generation multirole fighter designed to destroy all types of air targets at long and short ranges and hit enemy ground and naval targets, overcoming its air defense capabilities.

The Su-57 took to the skies for the first time on January 29, 2010. Compared to its predecessors, the Su-57 combines the functions of an attack plane and a fighter jet while the use of composite materials and innovation technologies and the fighter’s aerodynamic configuration ensure the low level of radar and infrared signature.

The aircraft has been successfully tested in Syria.

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