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What Would You Do If Putin Cut Your Heat Amid Extreme Temperatures?

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Extreme weather, merciless cold in the Midwest United States, snow squalls bringing near-whiteout conditions to the Northeast, nine dead, schools and postal service in many states canceled, and airports closed  an “act of God” as they say, yet MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow still found a way to make it all about Putin.

She breathlessly reported Wednesday evening that life-threatening cold weather in the US could be weaponized by Russia. Maddow invoked a recent intelligence assessment which speculated over Russia and China’s abilities to launch cyber-attacks on critical US infrastructure, including natural gas pipelines. Running with this “what if” scenario, she launched into her now well-known conspiracy theorizing and fear-mongering, saying “It is life-threatening! And it is like negative 50 degrees in the Dakotas right now.”

Maddow told her MSNBC audience:

We’re relying on their [Russia and China’s] good graces that they’re not [attacking us]. It is life-threatening. And it is like negative 50 degrees in the Dakotas right now. What would happen if Russia killed the power in Fargo?

Posing more questions that perhaps rival Condoleezza Rice’s infamous “mushroom cloud” statement when it was Iraq and not Russia as the media’s latest boogeyman, she continued:

What would happen if all the natural gas lines that service Sioux Falls just poofed on the coldest day in recent memory and it wasn’t in our power whether to turn them back on? What would you do if you lost heat indefinitely as the act of a foreign power?

…On the same day the temperature in your backyard matched the temperature in Antarctica… What would you and your family do? 

This was enough for journalist Glenn Greenwald to request that the network scrub the absurdly embarrassing segment from the internet altogether. “I’m not even joking. I have so much work to do and I can’t stop watching this,” he said. “MSNBC often removes its most embarrassing debacles from the internet. Someone please do that here so I can get to work.”

He followed by posing a serious question for liberal media in 2019: “For anyone who prides themselves on being a rational, fact-based person who shuns fear-mongering and unhinged conspiracies, please answer honestly – I’m genuinely interested in your answer: do you feel any embarrassment at all while you watch this???

What Would You Do If Putin Cut Your Heat Amid Extreme Temperatures?

Flashing extreme temperatures on the screen while Vladimir Putin is the commentary…

What Would You Do If Putin Cut Your Heat Amid Extreme Temperatures?

Sadly we expect the answer to by and large be “no” — but at least this will bring more future hours of news coverage unhinged-conspiracy-fearmongering-as-entertainment TV watching.

However, as independent journalist Aaron Maté points out, this is also serious business given the way Maddow is manipulating a truly dangerous extreme weather situation.

“I generally argue that Russiagate conspiracy and fear-mongering distracts us from serious issues,” Maté said. He concluded, “This is a good example of Russiagate peddlers like Maddow not ignoring, but using serious issues like life-threatening cold weather for conspiracy and fear-mongering.”

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>>Sergey Lavrov just hacked my boiler and unplugged my refrigerator.<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> logic, that’s just the way it is. Pickup artists have a trick when it comes to women trying to test men with emotional arguments, agree and amplify. And this Sergey Lavrov tweet is a prime example of that. Go along with it and turn it up into absurdness. Make a million tweet and facebook posts like that and the anti-Russian propaganda loses its power because it has become what it already is, utterly ridiculous.

Concrete Mike

Well said, you are correct this has all reached and absurd level.


I’ve never bought into all that “freedom” stuff, but the USA did once seem to have a capacity for innovation. How did it become such an incredibly backward-looking place, where all the attention still goes to the legacy media and the two officially allowed parties, decades after either last served a meaningful purpose? Yes, jews lie; can we please acknowledge these and others as a fact of life and, you know, move on?


The question should be asked is “what would you do if we sanction you?” Don’t record modern Russia sanctioning another state unless they drew first blood.


Natural Gas has a nasty habit of shrinking in the pipes in very cold weather due to physical condition of matter. Perhaps Russians told it to do so, who knows?

But if Russians could control the weather, one would think they use it on their own vast country, so they have less winter and more spring, but noooo… They had to finger the Americans with this ability! Naughty.

Tudor Miron

Thing is that we love our winter.There’s something very special about snow falling late evening – winter fairy tale. What I don’t like is temperatures hovering around zero – that’s a bad weather. Once it is below ~ 8C it is nice and refreshing.

Concrete Mike

This must be the fucking dumbest news story ever.

Its fucking winter in the Dakotas…guess what, its cold its normal!!!

It seems media and goldfish do have something in common after all.

Another ridiculous claim….gas and oil litterally poop out of the ground there…so another lie.

Tommy Jensen

Exactly what came into my mind when I saw USA had extreme freezer temperatures. Putin would take this as a weakness, dump an EMP over US and laughing his arse off seeing American´s without heat dying with icetaps under their noses and 5 sweaters on………………LOL.

Bob Starsky

There are solid foundations to not trust Russian Federation like e.g. not paying what they owe in Treaty of Riga.

You can call me Al

The treaty was subsequently overridden after a decision by war’s Allied powers to change Poland’s borders once again and transfer the populations.

Whoops, have you got it wrong ?

Bob Starsky

retard or what? so called “allies” had no power over Poland. Poland has signed nothing. Beside western border we have rest of borders like in 1939

Zeljko-Josef Saric

this is bullshit. like russia has no better things to do then make trouble. get a life!!!

Neo Onh

Pay my bill??

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