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January 25, 2016
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by: Alex from: Annapolis
January 25, 2016 12:30
The generic name of Stockholm syndrome is "identification with the aggressor." This is a psychological dynamic where a victim seeks to reduce their anxiety and vulnerability by identifying with the person who is persecuting them. This allows them to switch from being passive and vulnerable into being an active (perhaps mostly in fantasy) collaborator with the aggressor.

"Identifying with the aggressor" is a nearly constant sub-text or subliminal message in Russia's state media and the pro-government media, "support me and you can feel big and strong and successful like me."

For more details, see:

by: Nick from: US
January 25, 2016 17:42
It can be compared with the situation in the USA. A study published in January 2015 by a top US literary organization found that an increasing number of writers and political activists in the US are censoring themselves due to fears about government surveillance.
People living in US were found to be nearly as concerned as those living in non-democratic states with long histories of mass surveillance.
There was also a sharp decline in how writers viewed the US as a haven for free expression, with 36 percent of writers surveyed in so-called ‘Free’ countries believing that their own country offers better protection for freedom of expression than the US.
The Pen document ends with recommendations that the US government stops dragnet monitoring and the collection of US citizen’s communications.

by: Dana D from: US
January 25, 2016 18:38
Among our bundle of exaggerations pleasant to believe, none is more alluring or deceptive than "Americans have Free Speech."
It's based on the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution that says "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ..." The 14th Amendment makes that applicable to the states also. We focus on that and look no further, missing the other 90%.
The truth? If you hold a protest sign on the steps of the US Supreme Court building, you will be arrested, fined, and jailed. Why? Because the chief justice totally abridged freedom of speech on his steps. He can do that because he's the Judiciary, not Congress.The Free Speech Amendment applies only to legislative bodies, and they have many ways around it.
Censorship has a new name, political correctness. Even kids who talk in a chat group or in email using certain colloquial synonyms and slang can be arrested, tried, convicted, and jailed, as happened recently to teens in Virginia and other states. They did nothing but talk. There were no acts committed or even planned, merely thoughts expressed. Expressing wrong thoughts is now a crime in the US.
The First Amendment does not confer ANY right of speech. What it does is place a limit on the power of one branch of government, the Legislative, to control speech. And even that limit is as much myth as reality now.

by: Alan from: Denver, US
January 25, 2016 18:51
In the West the grip that corporate media has on the minds of the masses is very strong, and it does a great job at keeping the world ignorant and oblivious to events and concerns being raised by many experts, in various fields, from all over the world.

The New World Order is the supposed goal of a handful of global elitists who are pushing for a one world government and a heightened national security state. In order to accomplish this goal, this group uses false flag terrorism and the fear of global threats to impose increased security measures on domestic populations (like Bill C-51) to justify the invasion of other countries (like Iraq and 9/11, for example).

False flag terrorism is run by covert operations designed to deceive and manipulate in such a way as to appear as though they had been carried out by groups, nations, or entities other than those who actually planned and executed them.

by: Dana from: US
January 25, 2016 18:53
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 and 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: James from: United States
January 25, 2016 19:03
Do we have freedom and a fear-free life? The people in the United States are at fault cause they will believe everything mainstream media will say. People or so called sheeps will never questions authorities. Look at us, we are allowing this to happen. We are letting these new world order scums destroy our economies. People have a choice and that is to listen to mainstream lies or alternative media. All people care about now in this society is soccer, going out to the pub watching their favorite team winning while the banking cartel screw us over. It is out fault. Look at what Obama has done. Promise change hahaha. Change for the Banks on Wall Street while eradicating the middle class.

by: Sharik from: Helsinki
January 25, 2016 23:58
I understand this line of argument and I like where you're going with it, but wouldn't most of those suffering from Stockholm Syndrome in the Russian Federation consider their captors be "The West"? To me at least, the proposition made in this video has more holes than gouda. This recent polling seems to be another two-minded declaration from the so-called "independent, non-governmental" Levada Centre.

It seems very dubious to me because I think it falls right in lockstep with the Kremlin's mantra-message that promotes "The Violability of Democracy," available everywhere the so-called "western-alternative press" is to be found. Here, it's only slightly disguised enough so that RFE/RL broadcasts it instead of Press TV alone. If "independent" Levada Centre is questioning their own polling numbers, then aren't they then also questioning "independent" elections? Is not also then the implication that Ukrainian Rada, the Deutscher Bundestag and the Eesti Riigikogu do not represent the will of the people? And then by extension are not covert military actions / "humanitarian missions" naturally required in those locations to protect the "oppressed" ethnic Russians? They've got Nazis on the brain again, do you see that? все совпадаются. Be careful.

I mean no offense, Brian, but your default to assume that Putin's 80% approval rating might actually be closer to 54% denies the possibility that, if 26% those polled in the Russian Federation are being dishonest, that Putin's approval rating might actually be closer to 106%. The Kremlin's 5th columnists in Europe, Kazakhstan and Turkey (see: Tallinn, 2007; Georgia, 2008; Ukraine, 2014) are more famous for throwing rocks than they are for their arithmetic skills.

106% Approval?? Absurd! ~Exactly absurd, yes, that's the whole idea.

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