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The Daily Vertical: Don't Mention The Baltic War!

The Daily Vertical: Don't Mention The Baltic War!i
February 04, 2016
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by: Boomer
February 04, 2016 12:19
What is your take on Russian intervention in Moldvia?

by: Susan from: US
February 04, 2016 13:57
I think it is important for US economy to maintain the business of war. The sad fact that puts business over lives. It annoys me when they call this terror in Syria a "civil war", when the so-called government opposition was created and funded by the US war machine and ISIS are a US/Israeli construct. To chauffeur these paid mercenaries around like celebrities while the Syrian people live in rubble is Palestine revisited. I'm disgusted over the hypocracy and Western disregard for humanity.
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 04, 2016 15:55
I see our info-war writer is back. Three posts within a minute or two of each other. After thinking about the three back-to-back posts on Virtual Stalinism I am leaning toward a single, quite skilled writer who wrote those posts as originals in record time, a professional. Note the use of ellipses in the various posts, fairly rare for the common writer.

The second post of the triplet is an exact repeat of the one here
Dana US 2016-01-25 18:53:00

The third post of the triplet is an updated repeat for about three-quarters of this post
Rob New York, USA 2016-01-15 23:42:00

These repeats and their quick volley makes info-war efficient.

Notice this post here by Benjamin A from: The World January 28, 2016 12:04 wherein he writes

"if I use the same thoughts and quotes again and again - it's my personal right"

And that this post uses also uses ellipses. I think we have our writer.
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by: Big Question from: EU
February 04, 2016 21:10
Neil, are you at the desk? By the way, isn't your real name... editor in chief..? And aren't you somewhere... from the dimension of Newsroom?! Your "handwriting" resembles me somebody...
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by: Susans husband from: US
February 04, 2016 17:16
This is why I try to keep the keyboard locked.......not therapeutic.
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 04, 2016 19:34
It must be tough when you and your wife are using the same keyboard at the same time.
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 04, 2016 21:25
Little Question from: EU, I see you are not denying my assertions. I am here in southern Utah wrapping up a better duplicate post detection program.
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by: Susans husband from: US
February 05, 2016 08:40
@Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
"wrapping up a better duplicate post detection program."

But not doing as well as you would trying to call me out. I think paranoia is a better term.
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 05, 2016 13:13
Susans husband from: Russia, I am not trying to call you out. I am executing a counter-info-war procedure.
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by: Susans husband from: US
February 05, 2016 14:56
You would be better served executing a self-info procedure. I'm on your doorstep Utah. You must be using GLONASS.
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 05, 2016 19:43
I have 112 RFERL posts and growing of mine here I can give you links for if we are interested in discussing that info. But in your case that will be a bit difficult since by my first post above and that you are taking the info-war writer's position and noting the many aliases you are apparently defending, its very doubtful you will care to be so forthcoming. Which of us here is afraid of info? Why do you not take credit for what you write instead of giving a different name on your posts each time? What are you ashamed of? What terrible thing will happen if you stand up and be honest? Who will defend someone who repeatedly lies about their name?

We are all on the doorstep of the World making us all on everyone's doorstep.

by: Dana D from: Denver, USA
February 04, 2016 13:58
Shocking reality is that US power elites operate exactly like the WORST CRIMINAL MAFIA, targeting those who "know too much" with "fatal accidents" like 9/11, etc. Only the scale of crimes & lies is ever- expanding so that US-CIA-NATO psychotics are determinedly provoking, pushing the world to slide into NUCLEAR WW3. Those who "get in the way" are killed.

by: Nick
February 04, 2016 14:01
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has accused the US of trying to universally apply its own laws and control other countries as part of a practice of "lawfare" - seen through Washington's pursuit of people like himself, Edward Snowden and Kim Dotcom. In his recent interview with Radio NZ, Assange explained the academic concept of "lawfare", which describes how one state can technically acquire territory and exert influence over others by applying its own laws in overseas countries.

The concept explains that intricate legal developments are used as a substitute to a military occupation in order for countries like the US to control certain decisions and outcomes in overseas states. Assange said that due to a striking set of similarities between the US investigation into his actions, as well as those of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, there is proof that the US is engaging in 'lawfare' to try and apply its laws to overseas territories...
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by: Ben Thayer from: Donthat
February 04, 2016 17:19
And your suggestion is that we just go to war and avoid all this legal wrangling? Interesting perception.

by: Democracy from: Earth
February 04, 2016 16:22
Meanwhile, oil continues to do its job quite nicely.

by: AdamR from: US
February 04, 2016 20:52
American politics: We the elites run two Mafia called DNC and GOP, and we've bought and paid almost all candidates on both sides, and those whom we can't buy, we'll make sure to censor or even ban them so our powerful mass deception will trick you the people into voting our puppets anyways, and we'll always ruin your lives together as long as we the elites are behind the game of thrones.
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by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
February 04, 2016 23:03
This is a modified repost from
Dana, New Jersey 2016-01-15 23:57:00

by: mark fellows from: Texas
February 04, 2016 21:39
Although it may not even be seriously considered now, the real danger to the Baltics is that the erratic regime in the Kremlin might well one day see intervention there as yet another, necessary "diversant" operation.

It is doubtful that Putin seriously considered intervention in Ukraine or Syria even a few years ago. It was only when panic began to set in that the regime moved--and in a way no one expected.

And when a regime prizes unpredictability above all else, but llacks a clear strategy to achieve its goals, it may wind up in a place none of us want to be.

by: Kevin from: Australia
February 05, 2016 01:38
I agree with Brian's views on Russia. However, in comparison to the way the western powers react to a challenge on their power, I ask myself is there any difference? Pot calling the kettle black so to speak.
Challenge a western government, its policies or its systems and you pay a price.Sit in on wall street for example. It would be nice to enjoy this life without being enslaved to a system of capitalism, religion or other man made means of control. Unfortunately there is always some person(s) that are driven by power and greed. True communism, great idea ,true democracy, great idea. Common denominator seems to be capitalism that is really running and destroying, enslaving life itself.
I give some 51% vote to democracy, at least ,in the power of the people to change it.
Russia, North Korea, China and other states like it = probably no chance. John Lennon-Imagine.

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