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  •  For what it's worth, (7+ / 0-)

    since he's in the habit of saying his words are constantly taken 'out of context', I posted a direct link (and pulled an exchange) from one of Shamir's more odious interviews.  Antisemitic is almost too kind for some of the stuff he's published in Russia.

    Oddly I didn't know anything about his connections to Assange (I haven't been following that issue closely, lately).  I knew Shamir because of his writings about the Russian elections, where he's constantly smeared the pro-democracy movement in favor of direct support of the Putin regime.  He's a hardcore, unapologetic Stalinist whose problems go far, far deeper than just surface hatred of Jewish people.  (Even too Stalinist for Putin, but he supports Putin as a sort of perverse avatar for anti-imperialist Russian power.)

    Funny story: he has a chapter titled "Killing your inner Jew."  He was offended that people read this as a call for violence against Jewish people, saying that he only meant eradicating your inner Jew, which he "thought it was a poetic way to describe overcoming our inner fears and anti-social behaviours", because that's so much better.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:17:18 PM PST

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    •  the picture is emerging of.... (2+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens, Brit

      .... someone who is clearly psychologically disturbed, and whose anti-semitism, stalinism, and suchlike, are signs & symptoms of his head being screwed up.

      I have a hard time figuring out how Assange or anyone else would be cozy with this guy.  Finding him useful in one way or another, as someone who can perform a task or whatever, yeah sure whatever, but not cozy.  

      Question is, between him and Assange, who was manipulating who?, or were they engaged in reciprocal manipulation, kind of like the sexual position that used to be known as "69"...?

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:57:02 PM PST

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