It is pretty obvious that Charlton Heston was a Kremlin “Culture Warrior”

The late Charlton Heston has frequently been associated with “culture war”. Heston died in April 2008, but in the final years of his life, he was known principally as a staunch right wing gun rights activist, and former long term president of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

In 2013, appearing on Alex Jones’ Infowars in a segment devoted to ‘rebut[ting] the desecration of Charlton Heston’s memory‘, frequent guest Ted Nugent said:

“Charlton Heston knew the culture war was coming before any of us did, Alex”. (@6:40)

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Spy Talk : Newsweek’s Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the Newsweek Spy Talk columnist and the author of one of my least favorite articles. He is an interesting figure to consider from the standpoint of history and narrative. I hadn’t realized that Stein had an anti-CIA history of his own when I lambasted his weird Newsweek story which paradoxically portrayed a suspected Russian troll as the victim of Russian intelligence.

The happiest ending. Newsweek columnist Jeff Stein proudly meets the killer of his US Army comrades and Vietnamese spy network: deputy commander of North Vietnamese military intelligence—Major General Tran Tien Cung. (c) Newsweek

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Here’s how you connect David Jang the Second Coming Christ to Russia

In the spirit of noting the “plagues” visited upon Newsweek, I might have found the Holy Grail of the Newsweek-Russia connection (of course, by way of David Jang). Well maybe it is more like The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

“O Lord, bless this Thy hand grenade that, with it, Thou mayest blow Thine enemies to tiny bits in Thy mercy.”

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Propaganda Games: Mega Man RT

Just having a bit of fun here. When I was a kid, Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3 (Rockman 2 and Rockman 3) were among my favorite NES games. I recently watched a cool documentary called “The New 8-Bit Heroes” about a guy who achieves his childhood dream of creating a NES game:  “Mystic Searches“.

The film opened with an Orson Welles quote :

The Enemy of Art Is the Absence of Limitations“.

That must have really sunk in with yours truly.  I think if I was going to create a NES game, I might go along these lines:

In Mega Man RT you fight a Nostradamus 1999-inspired Tsar-Dracula (Dr. Putin) at the end. In that sense it would be kinda like Castlevania. (If I did this over, Alex Jones would definitely be ‘Tinfoil Man’. 100%.)

FWIW, I think Welles could have partially ripped off either Marcel Duchamp, Friedrich Nietzsche, or Herschel B. Chipp with that “enemy of art” quote.

First ‘MSM’ mention of bitcoin in 2010 connected it to WikiLeaks

Just a quick update of sorts to my original post on “The Bitcoin-Russian Information Warfare Nexus“, as I watch the bitcoin crash and note that Roger Stone paid a visit to the Ecuadorean embassy to drop off a  love letter card  to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

I forgot to put something important in my first post.

The so-called first mention of bitcoin in “main stream media” was in a PC World article in relation to WikiLeaks’ acceptance of the cryptocurrency as a donation in December 2010. At least that is the way bitcoin mastermind Satoshi Nakamoto seems to have seen it too.

“It would have been nice to get this attention in any other context. WikiLeaks has kicked the hornet’s nest, and the swarm is headed towards us.” – Satoshi Nakamoto

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Family work is what you’re good at, Devin Nunes

I used to just think Devin Nunes was just a partisan politician. But now I am honestly concerned the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee is a legitimate national security risk. His latest efforts to tarnish the FBI with a yet-unreleased secret memo alleging illegal intelligence collection practices come as a consistent move in a series of conflicts with the Pentagon and Intelligence Community (IC) which go back until at least 2012.

(c) Sabado (Portugal) – Non-simulated image of Devin Nunes on family dairy farm where he mastered the active measures skills which led to him becoming House Intelligence Committee Chair.

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Today’s Google Doodle: Sergei Eisenstein

Today’s Google Doodle is about the 120th Birthday of Sergei Eisenstein.

(c) Google

Sergei Eisenstein was an early-Soviet propagandist who is perhaps best noted for his trilogy of films: “The Strike“, “The Battleship Potemkin“, and “October” (“Ten Days that Shook the World“) about the 1917 Russian October Revolution. Eisenstein is a notable character for the n01r blog since he was set to direct an anti-fascist version of “The War of the Worlds” in the early 1930’s before he left the US to complete the pro-Communist propaganda film “Que Viva Mexico“. He was a strong career influence on both Francis Ford Coppola and Orson Welles.

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Rebutting Russia Insider’s Take on Anti-Semitism: You Left out Russian Anti-Semitism

I read Lucien Wolf’s enlightening 1921 book: THE MYTH OF THE JEWISH MENACE IN WORLD AFFAIRS or THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FORGED PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION as part of my research into the correlation of eschatology with conspiracy theory and anti-Semitism. This is by far the most authoritative debunking of The Protocols which I have read. You should read it too (it’s free at Google Books and may take you only 30 minutes).

In the controversy which is surrounding the widely condemned recent Russia Insider article (cached version) : “It’s Time to Drop the Jew Taboo”, I feel that calling attention to the very nature of modern anti-Semitism as having been in large part engineered by Russia is important. In this same vein, it is also important to highlight how the article is just another rehashing of the idea that being conscious of anti-Semitism as a real thing is some kind of racism.

Lucien Wolf, Diplomaticus / Vanity Fair

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