By Bob Ferris
The ideas that smoking causes cancer, carbon-dioxide is implicated in climate change, and that Putin influenced the American election are similar in that they are complicated and multi-factored. As a result conceptualizing the totality of Putin’s election influence as much like an atom with its constituent parts is an approach that works on many levels.
So if we think about the “Putin election atom” what are its building blocks? Regular atoms have at their core a nucleus which is made up of composite particles known as protons and neutrons. The protons and neutrons are made up of smaller parts known as quarks that come in six “flavors.” (See here)
|Web traffic from the Ukraine increased on my blog site increased every time I posted at story on either Putin or Trump.|
The pro-Putin Brit who published Patriot News and other similar publications is this type of pro-Putin quark too as are the Putin-leaning journalists (1,2) who are urging many to ignore evidence of Putin’s tampering because we do not have an authorizing document or an e-mail signed by Putin. Some of the above would fall into the class of "useful idiots."
The neutron equivalents are neutral actors and they have quarks. The well-known Macedonia teenagers (1,2) and the strongly left players who posted non-stop anti-Hillary rhetorical while coating themselves liberally with the false sheen of objectivity butter fit here along with some of the Dr. Jill Stein contingent. None are pro-Putin (or Pro-Trump) per se but they gleefully carried his water by the bucketful.
Then we have the electrons which are seemingly independent but are part of the whole regardless of how they see themselves. FBI-Director Comey is clearly an electron (1). Paula Jones and the other Bill Clinton women were a little like these charged particles. The failed congressional candidate from Haiti was sort of a slightly limping electron (1).
So what about Trump? The Donald is probably all three. He and his surrogates pushing Putin propaganda or WikiLeaks derived materials certainly seemed like full-blown protons. The promotion of health myths and Clinton Foundation scandals likewise got him and his allies box seats in the neutron section. And his failure to provide tax-returns, anti-Islamic rhetoric, climate denial, and overt racism made him at times somewhat like an electron. (Perhaps Trump is a little like a proton that acts like a particle and wave simultaneously?)
So am I ignoring the functional equivalents of the rest of sub-atomic particles like the other leptons and the bosons? No, but this is a crowded field that includes the Electoral College system, sloppy media, voter suppression, corporate meddling and failed education systems. With some of these knowing they are part of the Putin atom and others not knowing.
The three ideas presented at the beginning of this piece also share the characteristic that they are the result of mountains of compelling evidence but are doubted by those who need to see the pistol fired. Cancer causes and climate change are intellectual triangulation which we accept because they have been tested and no other explanation stands. Atoms too are not seen but scientists know that they or something very similar to what they have described exists. This—mountains of evidence—is what has been presented also in terms of the Russian interference in our election. It bears consideration.
|Danish scientist Neils Bohr who changed our thinking about atoms.|