The situation is tensest in the Baltic countries, whose large Russian populations are serviced by Russian-language TV channels like the Latvia-based PBK, which receives Kremlin programs at very low rates. ‘‘Huge parts of our population live in a separate reality created by Russian media,” says Raul Rebane, an expert on propaganda in Estonia, where a quarter of the population is ethnic Russian. “This makes consensual politics impossible.” In his research on how Bulgarian media covered the conflict in Ukraine, Christo Grozev, of the Bulgaria-based Risk Management Lab, found that the majority of the country’s newspapers followed Russian rather than Ukrainian narratives about events such as the downing of Flight MH17. “It’s not merely a case of sympathy or language,” Grozev says. “The Russian media just tell more and better stories, and that’s what gets reprinted.” Organizations like the Ukraine-based StopFake.org have been working hard to expose disinformation in Russian and foreign media. But for every ‘fake’ they catch, Kremlin-allied news outlets produce a thousand more. These news organizations don’t care if they’re caught in a lie. They care only about clicks and being compelling.
‘Sly, Slick And The Wicked’ by Lost Generation
Sly, Slick, and The Wicked. @thegunsel, thanks again.
Palestinian sketch comedy about ISIS
In evolutionary terms, it is like two high rolling gamblers about to shove all their chips on a single turn of a hand. Fortunately Scytodes has weak eyes. It is content to lurk in its silken lair, deep in the tangles of the forest floor of the Philippine island of Luzon, until some passer-by is fool enough to stumble across its web. Portia, on the other hand, has the most efficient eyes ever discovered in an animal.
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
for statistical purposes
I am an outlier
should not have been counted