BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 25 February, 2017


25 February, 2017

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Paul Krugman: Death and Tax Cuts (NY Times Column)
What Republicans mean when they talk about freedom.

Jonathan Jones: No one should demand the closure of galleries - even for far-right artworks (The Guardian)
Shutting art galleries down is never a good idea. I don't care how offensive you or I may find the art they show or the events they organise. Haven't we learned by now that art has the right to offend, and that art galleries are spaces in which to be shocked, provoked, even disgusted?

Kristin Salaky: Woman Who Confronted Cotton Said She Was Dismayed By His Response (TPM)
Kati McFarland, a woman who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a group of disorders that affects the skin, joints and blood vessels, gave an impassioned plea to Cotton on Wednesday night. "Without the coverage for pre-existing conditions, I will die. That is not hyperbole, I will die," she told him.

Jeff Stein: Conservative activists refuse to believe Trump is spending more on travel than Obama (Vox)
Over the course of the Obama administration, outrage over the president's travel expenses became a major talking point in right-wing circles. Though debunked by fact-checkers, one rumor claimed that first pup Bo Obama got his own personal flight to join the family in Hawaii. Another faulted Michelle Obama for her allegedly lavish Spanish getaway - though the Obamas personally paid for the bulk of its expenses.

Greg Sargent: Trump will likely sell out his working-class white base. Here's how. (Washington Post)

The bottom line: The Trump/GOP replacement is likely to end Obamacare's effort to create a universal coverage guarantee. (TPM)

Julie Pace: Priebus Asked FBI Official To Deny Trump/Russia Stories (TPM)
"The White House is simply not permitted to pressure the FBI to make public statements about a pending investigation of the president and his advisers," said Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

Joseph Luzzi: Why Great Critics Make Disastrous Judgments (Chronicle)
In 1733, a French author exiled in London qualified his grudging admiration of Shakespeare by claiming that his so-called tragedies were actually "farces." Later in life, he would retract his praise altogether and call the English bard a "drunken savage." In 1756, this same critic announced that "nobody reads Dante anymore," labeling his Divine Comedy "monstrous" - before deriding the Confessions, by his contemporary Jean-Jacques Rousseau, as a project filled with "little miseries" that could never interest "true philosophy."

David Cox: La La Land's inevitable Oscars win is a disaster for Hollywood - and for us (The Guardian)
This year's other best picture nominees have heart, soul and humanity. Damien Chazelle's tawdry, dispiriting confection has none - it's the tale of two narcissists who sacrifice love for self-interest.

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Trivia Question of the Day

On the album "Pearl", what brand of automobile did Janis Joplin request the Lord buy for her?


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BadToTheBoneBob's Trivia Question from Yesterday

Who is the only US president to have served as a National Park Service Ranger?

       Gerald Ford                                                      Source

A: Gerald R, Ford - at Yellowstone, Summer of '36...

"According to the National Park Service, Ford is the only American president to have served as a park ranger in the federal agency. He did so in the summer of 1936 when he worked as a seasonal park ranger at Yellowstone National Park."        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:

mj said:
   I'm pretty sure on this one
  It didn't help him tame the bear he released when he pardoned Nixon, but I think Gerald Ford did a stint in the park service.

Deborah wrote:
   That would be Gerald Ford. I think that's a question in a Trivia game.
  Second day with all sun and no rain. There are more leftover water and flooded orchards and ditches than I've seen in a long time. I can get used to it again.

Adam answered:
   Gerald Ford- how about that.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Gerald Ford

Dave in Tucson responded:
   I'm going to take a wild guess but the only US President to serve as an NPS Ranger was Gerald Ford?

Randall took the day off.

Mark. took the day off.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Dale of temporarily dry Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  February 25 Birthdays - Celebrities Born February 25 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Michelle in AZ

As library attracts the homeless, locals want to make it less comfortable | US news | The Guardian

Bannon makes stunning threat to media: We're going to make it worse for you every day

George Takei Destroys Anti-Trans Arguments In Just 11 Words | The Huffington Post

White House blocks multiple news outlets from press briefing - AOL News

Reince Priebus may have opened the floodgates.

Brilliant troll hands out tiny Trump Russian flags right before Trump's CPAC speech

Montana Democrats accuse Republicans of voter suppression ahead of special election | US news | The Guardian

Ezra Edelman on making his epic Oscar-nominated documentary OJ: Made in America | Television & radio | The Guardian

WaPo: Trump team got help from top intel officials, members of Congress to counter Russia stories

Tough Guy Wants a War - Why? WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! Where are We Heading?

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Per the excerpt below from the newsleter from "The Warmth of Friendship, the Chill of Betrayal" by Marta Zaraska. Repuglicans ought to be plying us with hot toddies all day every day!

     During the past decade scientists have discovered that our physical temperature can affect how 'warm' or 'cold' we feel toward other people. For instance, studies have found that when we are hurt, isolated or betrayed, a short dose of heat -- in the form of a hot beverage, warm bath or even the sun -- may help restore feelings of trust and bonhomie.

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The Travel Press is Reporting the 'Trump Slump,' a Devastating Drop in Tourism to the United States | Frommer's

White House blocks CNN, other news organizations from press briefing - Feb. 24, 2017 -

Donald Trump: The First Amendment Gives Me The Right To Criticize 'Fake News' | The Huffington Post

Crowd Waves Russian Flags for Trump - TPM

CPAC scrambles to control damage after attendees wave Russian flags during Trump speech -

Just 2 Months Ago Sean Spicer Said White House Would Never Ban News Outlets Because That's What a 'Dictatorship' Does - The New Civil Rights

George Takei Destroys Anti-Trans Arguments In Just 11 Words | The Huffington Post

U.S. Agency Seeks Ideas For Trump's Border Wall | The Huffington Post

Sebastian Gorka Has Links to Anti-Semitic Groups -

George W. Bush's Daughter Barbara To Headline Planned Parenthood Fundraiser | The Huffington Post

Climate skeptics ask Trump to withdraw from UN agency | TheHill

Bannon makes stunning threat to media: We're going to make it worse for you every day -

Reince Freaks Out After Steve Bannon Grabs His Thigh On Stage At CPAC And People Are Dying (VIDEO) | If You Only News

Ivanka Trump's child care plan would mostly benefit people like Ivanka Trump. | New Republic

Trump Plan: Deport to Mexico Immigrants Crossing Border Illegally, Regardless of Nationality - ProPublica

How Trump Is Trying to Govern America Like an Internet Troll - Rolling Stone



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Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

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Last Night

Should have done something about the Oscars, but this year, I just don't give a shit.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Ransom', followed by '48 Hours'.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'NHL Hockey', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
'SNL' is a RERUN, with Emma Stone hosting, music by Sean Mendes.

ABC fills the night with LIVE 'NBA Basketball', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old '20/20'.

The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'Premier Boxing Champions', then pads the left coast with local crap.

MY recycles an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.

A&E has all old 'Storage Wars' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'The Departed', followed by the movie 'Titanic'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Parallax
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Time and Again
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-The Cloud
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Eye of the Needle
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Ex Post Facto
 [9:00PM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [10:10PM]    PLANET EARTH: AFRICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Kalahari
 [11:00PM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 20 - Episode 18
 [12:00AM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Mountains

Bravo has the movie 'Miss Congeniality', followed by the movie 'Fast & Furious'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Scary Movie 4', then the movie 'Scary Movie 5'.

FX has the movie 'Lone Survivor', followed by the movie 'Captain Phillips'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then a FRESH 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Detroit Steel'.

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 [3:15PM]    JONAH HEX
 [7:30PM]    SPEED
 [12:30AM]    SPEED
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Lil Jon    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Winchester Tapes
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Light That Failed
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H-In Love and War
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Change Day
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Images
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The M*A*S*H Olympics
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Grim Reaper
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Comrades in Arms
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Comrades in Arms
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Merchant of Korea
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Smell of Music
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Patent 4077
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Tea and Empathy
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Your Hit Parade
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-What's Up Doc?
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Mail Call Three
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Temporary Duty
 [2:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Potter's Retirement
 [3:00PM]    Donnie Brasco
 [6:00PM]    Hannibal
 [9:00PM]    Foxcatcher
 [12:00AM]    Taxi Driver
 [2:30AM]    The Warriors
 [4:30AM]    Taxi Driver    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Volcano', followed by the movie 'The Da Vinci Code'.

 [6:00 AM]      Splendor in the Grass (1961)
 [8:15 AM]      Stage Door (1937)
 [10:00 AM]      Stagecoach (1939)
 [12:00 PM]      A Star Is Born (1937)
 [2:00 PM]      The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
 [4:00 PM]      Strangers on a Train (1951)
 [5:45 PM]      A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      Summer Of '42 (1971)
 [10:00 PM]      The Sundowners (1960)
 [12:30 AM]      Swing Time (1936)
 [2:30 AM]      A Tale Of Two Cities (1935)
 [5:00 AM]      The Tender Trap (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sunday   -  02/26/17

 [7:15 AM]      Test Pilot (1938)
 [9:30 AM]      That Girl From Paris (1936)
 [11:15 AM]      That Hamilton Woman (1941)
 [1:30 PM]      That Man from Rio (1964)
 [3:45 PM]      Them! (1954)
 [5:30 PM]      They Were Expendable (1945)
 [8:00 PM]      The Thin Man (1934)
 [9:45 PM]      The Third Man (1949)
 [11:45 PM]      Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
 [2:15 AM]      A Thousand Clowns (1965)
 [4:15 AM]      Thousands Cheer (1943)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Acrobats perform in transparent balls hung from the rafters during the opening night show of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in New York.
Photo by Julie Jacobson


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Point Nemo: The Spacecraft Cemetery | Amusing Planet


Environmental & Fishing Groups Sue To Save


Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's choice to lead the agency.

The lawsuit was filed by Columbia Riverkeeper, Snake River Waterkeeper, Idaho Rivers United, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources.

It seeks to compel the EPA to create temperature limits for the river system that would keep rivers cool enough to support salmon and steelhead runs in the face of global warming, the groups said.

The groups contend that in 2015, warm water killed roughly 250,000 adult sockeye salmon migrating up the rivers toward spawning grounds.



Children dressed as clowns take a break from the children's carnival parade in Torres Vedras, Portugal, Feb. 24, 2017. The Carnival of Torres Vedras features several parades with the children's parade featuring elementary and middle school students wearing masks or costumes they have made themselves.
Photo by Mibuel A. Lopes


Zombie Insects: Bizarre and Terrifying Parasites ~ Kuriositas


Ancient Blob Of Glowing Gas Baffles


Nearly 10 billion light-years from Earth lies a structure that has left astronomers baffled. The blob of gas, named MAMMOTH-1, is glowing brightly, even though there is no discernable source illuminating it.

MAMMOTH-1 is a nebula that lies in an overdense protocluster of ancient galaxies. It belongs to a class of objects known as enormous Lyman-alpha nebulae (ELAN), which shine brightly in the Lyman-alpha line associated with hydrogen gas that has been heated up by the ultraviolet emissions of newly-formed stars.

The first ELAN, discovered in 2014, was named the Slug Nebula, and scientists believe that it - as well as most other ELANs detected since then - is emitting Lyman-alpha radiation as a result of being illuminated by intense radiation from quasars.

Quasar - a quasi-stellar radio source - is a compact region surrounding a galaxy's supermassive black hole, heated to such an extent that it emits massive amounts of energy and can even outshine the galaxy in which it resides.

MAMMOTH-1 (named after the survey that detected it - Mapping the Most Massive Overdensities Through Hydrogen), however, is the first ELAN not associated with a visible quasar.



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Urges Fukushima Residents To Return


Japan has urged residents of Fukushima to return to the nuclear disaster site despite "unacceptable radiation risk," according to the Japanese arm of the non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace. The Japanese government will lift the evacuation order for the 6,000 residents of Iitate village on March 31 - six years after a tsunami triggered the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

According to Greenpeace, the radiation levels in nearby forests are similar to those in the nearly 19 mile exclusion zone around Chernobyl - the site of the worst nuclear accident in the history of humankind. The radiation levels in Iitate are still above government targets and are likely to pose long-term health risk to those who decide to live in the area.

The relatively high radiation values, both inside and outside houses, show an unacceptable radiation risk for citizens if they were to return to Iitate. For citizens returning to their irradiated homes they are at risk of receiving radiation equivalent to one chest X-ray every week. This is not normal or acceptable," Greenpeace Japan's energy campaigner Ai Kashiwagi said in a statement Tuesday.

Greenpeace Japan calculated the average annual radiation exposure rate by taking measurements of houses around the area, collecting soil samples and recovering personal dose badges that were installed in two houses last February. The team found average radiation exposure in Iitate to be between 39 millisieverts (mSv) and 183mSv over the course of 70 years, starting March 2017. The numbers exceed yearly guidelines set by the International Commission on Radiological Protection, which says a maximum recommended annual radiation exposure for public is 1mSv. Despite the high levels, the Japanese government declared that the decontamination program had been completed, and that it would stop monetary compensation to Iitate residents next year.



A man dressed as Hindu Lord Shiva performs during a religious procession ahead of the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri, in Jammu, India, Feb. 23, 2017.
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Republican Snowflake Gets The Vapors


A Texas Republican said Thursday he was deeply disturbed by explicit signs at the Women's March on Washington last month while acknowledging that President Donald Trump's vulgar and sexually predatory comments about women triggered the display.

Of the march the day after the inauguration, Rep. Mike Conaway said, "On balance, it was terrific." But the six-term congressman, an ordained deacon in the Baptist church, said he was bothered by some women's actions and believes the country needs to reclaim a moral high ground.

"There was a taint to that march that just cut me to the core," Conaway said at an Agriculture Department event. "Women carrying signs and wearing costumes in the foulest, nastiest, crudest, crassest manner possible, talking about female body parts."

Conaway acknowledged that many of the signs were a reaction to the October release of a recording from 2005, in which Trump made a series of comments about groping women. In the tape, Trump bragged to a TV personality that his fame allowed him to force himself on women.

Conaway, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, made his comments after speaking to the audience of department employees and farm groups about upcoming farm legislation in Congress. He closed the speech by asking the group to "hang with me for a second" while he diverged from the subject of agriculture.



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Adviser Asked FBI To Dispute Russia Reports

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White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said late Thursday.

The official said Priebus' request came after the FBI told the White House it believed a New York Times report last week describing those contacts was not accurate. As of Thursday, the FBI had not stated that position publicly and there was no indication it planned to.

The New York Times reported that U.S. agencies had intercepted phone calls last year between Russian intelligence officials and members of Trump's 2016 campaign team.

Priebus' discussion with FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe sparked outrage among some Democrats, who said he was violating policies intended to limit communications between the law enforcement agency and the White House on pending investigations.

"The White House is simply not permitted to pressure the FBI to make public statements about a pending investigation of the president and his advisers," said Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

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A Christie's employee adjusts a sofa called "Mae West Lips Sofa," made by Salvador Dali and Edward James, in front of Salvador Dali's paintings "L'oiel fleuri, decor pour le ballet Trist" at Christie's in London, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The paintings and the sofa belong to the evening sale entitled "The Art of the Surreal." The sofa is estimated to fetch $510,000-$750,000, while the paintings are estimated at $440,000-$690,000.
Photo by Frank Augstein


Remembering Nüshu, the 19th-Century Chinese Script Only Women Could Write | Atlas Obscura


Sex Assault Trial


A judge ruled on Friday that a second woman who said comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her would be allowed to testify at his upcoming trial in Pennsylvania on charges he sexually assaulted a former employee of Temple University.

Cosby has denied any wrongdoing, but the accusations have shattered his image as an icon of family-friendly entertainment.

Constand worked with the women's basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby, a university alumnus, befriended her. She says Cosby drugged her and sexually assaulted her when she visited him at his home in Pennsylvania. Cosby says the encounter was consensual.

Montgomery County prosecutors had asked in December to have up to 13 other women who have accused Cosby speak at the trial as "evidence of prior bad acts," arguing it showed a pattern of behavior. Cosby's defense lawyers fought the request, calling it a "bandwagon" of uncorroborated accounts.

Judge Steven O'Neill of the county's Court of Common Pleas ruled that only the woman identified as Prior Alleged Victim Six should testify.



Lost to the Iron Curtain: The Avant Garde Artist the World Forgot


T-rump Wants Challenger Repeat


The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency's heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday.

Under former President Barack Obama, the U.S. space agency was working on the heavy-lift Space Launch System rocket and Orion deep-space capsule with the aim of sending astronauts to rendezvous with an asteroid in the mid-2020s, followed by a human expedition to Mars in the 2030s.

The request for the study from the new Republican president's administration tweaks that plan by exploring whether to add a crew to an earlier test flight and perhaps setting the stage for a human return to the moon.

NASA officials said they do not feel compelled to fly the test mission with crew aboard, Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's head of human space flight, told reporters on a conference call.

A NASA safety oversight panel on Thursday cautioned that the agency should have compelling reasons for adding crew to justify the extra cost, risk to human life and schedule delays.



A worker prepares a cast for carnival masks at the PVO company in Zakupy, Czech Republic, Feb. 24, 2017. According to owner Zdenek Rydygr, PVO is the last company in Europe that produces paper carnival masks by traditional procedure. The others stopped their production due to the import of cheap Chinese goods made from plastic.
Photo by Martin Divisek


Goat Rituals and Tree-Trunk Gravestones: The Peculiar History of Life Insurance | Collectors Weekly


Israel Bans Worker

Human Rights Watch

Israel has denied a work permit to a Human Rights Watch researcher, accusing the group of serving as Palestinian propagandists in a move the U.S.-based organisation called an "ominous turn".

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the decision had been taken because of HRW's "extreme, hostile anti-Israel agenda which was working at the service of Palestinian a totally biased manner."

The news emerged as Israel faced criticism from the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva over the 18-month jail sentence handed to an Israeli soldier who shot an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in the head. The council called it an "apparent extrajudicial execution of an unarmed man".

HRW said it was "disappointing that the Israeli government seems unable or unwilling to distinguish between justified criticisms of its actions and hostile political propaganda".

The organisation had been granted unimpeded access to Israel and the West Bank for three decades. Israel had now joined Cuba, Egypt, North Korea, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela as countries that have impeded its access, HRW said.

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"T-rump Is Kremlin's Puppet"

Russian Editor

Many Russians believe that President Donald Trump (R-Crooked) is a "puppet" in Russian President Vladimir Putin's hands and is being used to fulfill his agenda of discrediting democracies across the world, the editor-in-chief of the Moscow Times, a prominent Russian newspaper critical of Putin's politics, said Wednesday.

Mikhail Fishman said popular opinion in Russia is that Trump is a "stupid, unstrategic politician" who can be manipulated for the Kremlin's benefit. He also said Russia is looking to take advantage of the Trump administration's many slip-ups during its first month in office. "They see the clumsiness, the inexperience. Naturally, they're working to exploit that," Fishman said.

Fishman said Putin's ultimate aim - stemming from his identity as an ex-Soviet intelligence officer - was to undermine the concept of democracy. The Moscow Times editor-in-chief explained: "He wants to point to the chaos in these countries and say to his domestic audience, 'You see, democracy is a sham, and it doesn't work anywhere.'"

"That serves as a justification for his own anti-democratic policies," Fishman added. "In the end, it's about reinforcing his own power."

Russian Editor


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Two women ride their horses on a small road between acres and fields as the sun sets in Oberursel, Germany, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.
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