Lesbos is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It has an area of 630 square miles. Back around 600 B.C. a female poet named Sappho lived on Lesbos. Sappho “wrote with powerful emotional content directed toward other women.”  From this, people have the idea that Lesbos was once full of lesbians.
There is trouble in Lesbos lately because refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan keep arriving in droves. In the video clip hopefully viewable at top, Britain’s Sky News reports on the situation. “If there was any hope among European governments that this refugee crisis would ease, they were wrong,” says the reporter. “If anything, it’s getting worse.”
Continues the Sky News reporter, “This is the Greek island of Lesbos, where the first tentative steps of the refugees entering Europe are watery and unsteady.”
The Sky News reporter slips in, as a matter of course, “The Russian bombing campaign in Syria, and the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, are conspiring to make this crisis a disaster.” Thus there is an insertion of the “blame the Russians” theme. This theme has been satirized by one Jonathan Pie. In the video clip hopefully viewable below, Mr. Pie, a spoof reporter whose real name I don’t know, loses his temper about the news and declaims, “In other news, Muslims are bad, China’s bad but not as bad as it used to be, and Russia is always bad.”
This is not to say that Russia is an angel. But Russia is not a devil either. Yet the “Blame Russia/Blame Putin” theme is routinely found inserted into Western “news”, such as subtly into the Sky News report.
It was only a month ago that the Elan “Togetherness Moment” erupted like a popcorn kernel into our lives. Elan was the Syrian child refugee who drowned, and we all got to demonstrate what a wonderful caring people we are. Then the “popcorn news” went on to something else. But now, one month after the Elan “Togetherness Moment”, Reuters reports that on Wednesday, October 15th, a migrant woman and two children drowned when a boat carrying about two dozen people capsized off Lesbos.  Will there be another “Togetherness Moment”, or will that popcorn kernel remain unpopped?
Once I saw a demonstration of what happens when you don’t place the lid on the popcorn popper: the popcorn flies all over the place, just like the “news” we get here in the West. If you seek to find some underlying connection, perhaps theorizing that popcorn oil and electricity might have something to do with it all, then you will be ridiculed.
Back in 2006, there was hatched a plan for a “New Middle East”. The plan called for “constructive chaos” to be unleashed in the Middle East. Redrawing national boundaries would promote lasting peace, was the reasoning. Then, in 2011, the “constructive chaos” arrived via the “Arab Spring.” The map of Libya began to be redrawn. The map of Syria was also to be redrawn, but Russia had a naval port there and did not want to lose it. Russia defied the Syrian part of the “New Middle East” plan and for this she is now consistently demonized by the popcorn news. (Background: Halloween Horror For European Refugees, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 12, 2015.)
Anissa Naouai had disappeared. She had a show on the Russia Today network, In The Now. It was feared she had been sent to the Gulag Archipeligo. “Russia Watchers” are always doing this, looking for clues about what the Land of Putin is up to. The disappearance of Anissa Naouai was one such clue. Then, on October 12, 2015, the Kremlin seemed to have absolved Naouai and Season 3 Episode 1 appeared. (Background: Return of Anissa Naouai, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 14, 2015.)
Yet where is Naouai now? Her “In The Now” show seems to have again been banished, as of this writing. The one episode reappeared on October 12th, and nothing has been seen of Anissa Naouai since then. The Russia Watchers theorize that Naouai may have offended the Kremlin when she gave significant airtime to Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, who did not paint a pretty picture of Russian involvement in Syria. 
A shadowy “Report From Iron Mountain” first appeared in 1967. Among its findings was that war had a side-effect of increased communication. Interchange of ideas between belligerent peoples increased when there was war. The people of Russia and the United States are certainly studying each others’ perspectives now, subsequent to increased hostilities. A “cultural exchange” is underway prompted by people on both sides who desire not war but peace. This happened also during the height of Gulf War II, when many Americans took a crash course on the Koran.
Bottom line: Popcorn News might not be popping lately about the reality of the European refugee crisis, but that doesn’t mean it has gone away. Some of the “Togetherness Moment” people now shy away, telling themselves that “those people” are a lot of young men, hence terrorists. “If you are a young healthy male fleeing from your homeland then this has to mean you are a terrorist,” is their “reasoning.”
——- Sources ——-
 “Lesbos”, Wikipedia, October 16, 2015.
 “Seven migrants drown off Greece’s island of Lesbos”, Reuters, Oct 15, 2015 12:43pm EDT. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/15/us-eurozone-migrants-greece-idUSKCN0S91UF20151015
 “Return of Anissa Naouai”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 14, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/return-of-anissa-naouai/