EU says Russia deploying coronavirus disinformation campaign


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Russian media have deployed a “significant disinformation campaign” against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a European Union document seen by Reuters…

“A significant disinformation campaign by Russian state media and pro-Kremlin outlets regarding COVID-19 is ongoing,” said the nine-page internal document, dated March 16…”

An EU database has recorded almost 80 cases of disinformation about coronavirus since Jan. 22, it said, noting Russian efforts to amplify Iranian accusations online, cited without evidence, that coronavirus was a U.S. biological weapon.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov pointed to what he said was the lack in the EU document of a specific example or link to a specific media outlet.

“We’re talking again about some unfounded allegations which in the current situation are probably the result of an anti-Russian obsession,” said Peskov.

The EU document cited examples from Lithuania to Ukraine, including false claims that a U.S. soldier deployed to Lithuania was infected and hospitalized. It said that on social media, Russian state-funded, Spanish-language RT Spanish was the 12th most popular news source on coronavirus between January and mid-March, based on the amount of news shared on social media.

The quantity of government-sponsored lies streaming in both directions since early days of the Cold War has never ceased. Nor have “responsible” news organizations like Reuters cared a whole boatload about sorting the questions raised by fake news. At this point in time, I give little or no credence to what might be Russia-based fake news…and hope to find sufficient independent sources in the West to keep clear of comparable crap from self-assigned Western Heroes of Democracy and Freedom.

Do you realize we’ve never stopped bombing Afghanistan?

Since 2016, we’ve increased airstrikes as much as 780% though combat operations in Afghanistan officially ended in December 2014…


US Air Force

US and coalition combat operations in Afghanistan officially ended in December 2014, and the numbers of CFACC-controlled airstrikes dropped from 2,365 for that year to just 947 in 2015 (the lowest figure recorded since 2009). The strike rate began to rapidly rise again in 2016 with 1,337 recorded, and rose again in 2017 with 4,361. It rose markedly again in 2018 with 7,362, before peaking at 7,423 in 2019.

Gee, what might have happened in 2016 to spark increased bombing of one of those little nations on our kill-list? Hmm?

BTW, there aren’t any more “coalition” forces operating over Afghanistan. It’s all our military, folks.

Storm Ciara helps break NYC to London speed record

As hurricane force winds of 90mph batter the UK, bringing travel misery and power cuts for millions, the weather has helped one plane set a new record.

While many faced flight cancellations because of Storm Ciara, BA flight 112 too just four hours and 56 minutes to complete a flight from New York to London late on Saturday evening, reaching speeds of up to 800mph…

It means the flight is likely to have broken the fastest-ever subsonic New York to London crossing time, smashing the previous record set by Norwegian Airways which took five hours and 13 minutes in January 2018…

Woo-Hoo!

Breathe!

❝ Hyundai bills the Nexo as a zero-emission vehicle, but technically that’s not true. It emits water, along with 99.9-percent-filtered oxygen, as byproducts of the hydrogen-to-energy conversion process. Some people who are stuck on the idea of a traditional internal-combustion car might have a hard time believing nothing harmful comes out of the Nexo, so Hyundai wanted to demonstrate that fact as clearly as possible. As such, it put Olympic athlete (and brand ambassador) Mireia Belmonte and a treadmill in a sealed air bubble connected to the Nexo’s exhaust. Do not try this at home with any vehicle.

Way cool…