The story about foreign servers reminded me of another funny but true analogy.
In 2011-12 there were massive anti-Putin protests in Russia. The biggest ever. The worst part for Putin weren’t the protests. He forbade the media from mentioning them, which made the protests completely irrelevant.
So people started filming the protests and uploading them on YouTube. Putin, who is what we call a person of limited intellectual horizons, was rabid.
“What is this YouTube? How dare they spread the information we specifically said not to? Make them stop!”
Some poor bastard tried to explain that YouTube is a private company and you can’t tell them what to do.
“What do you mean, you can’t?” Putin wailed. “Go there and shut it down!”
“Well, we can’t,” the poor internet-savvy bastard explained. “They aren’t here.”
“Where are they, then?” Putin asked.
“Well, erm, I guess, I don’t know, Silicon Valley, right? So probably in California,” was the explanation.
“California?” Putin blared. “This disinformation is spread by Americans?? It’s the US Department of State that organized these protests! I knew it!”
That was how Putin’s diseased fantasy that the protests had been organized by Hillary Clinton was born. Of course, the protests had nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. The Obama administration was extremely friendly and conciliatory towards Putin. But Putin, as I keep explaining, is not only dumb, he’s completely Soviet. His only response to any mishap in Russia is that Americans must have caused it.
And get this, the poor bugger started officially to demand that YouTube and Facebook… move their servers to Russia or he’ll forbid them to operate in Russia.
One day, I’ll tell you, folks, how Putin tried to use Twitter. These people are the dumbest bastards in existence. For now, though, every time I hear people fret about “foreign servers,” I can’t help thinking about this hilarious but completely true story.