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Berend Xavier
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Nog steeds aan het linkspammen?

Ik doe regelmatig SEO checks en ik zie dan vaak bij de concurrentie van mijn klanten dat die zaken hebben gedaan met een SEO concurrent. Hardstikke goed, want SEO moet je professioneel aanpakken. Alleen jammer dat deze concurrenten achterhaalde linkbuilding technieken toepassen. Duizenden links hebben van vage forums maakt je niet beter vindbaar. Sterker nog het kan zelfs Google penalties opleveren. Beter kun je content maken waar gezaghebbende sites en professionals naar willen verwijzen. Meer weten over wat ik voor je kan betekenen?

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In the continuing saga of "News stories that I would never have believed if you told me they were going to happen when I was a kid," there are multiple reports at this point that the FBI has gotten (former National Security Adviser) Michael Flynn to flip and turn state's evidence. (Flynn, through a spokesperson, has declined to comment)

If so, this is a very big deal – Flynn was reportedly in the room for quite a few of the more interesting meetings which Abramson was providing details about yesterday.

Even more crazily, there was this story from the WSJ yesterday, in which it appears that while serving as an advisor to Trump's campaign, Flynn was in a meeting with top Turkish government ministers, where the subject was a plot to kidnap Turkish cleric Fetullah Gülen, who now lives in Pennsylvania, and spirit him out of the country to hand him over to Turkish president Erdogan, who views him as his chief political foe. (Erdogan has blamed Gülen for the attempted coup against him last year, although the evidence for this is scanty to say the least; tens of thousands have been arrested there on claims they are linked to him)

This was admitted by the former director of the CIA, who was also at the meeting and says he thought the entire idea was batshit crazy. Flynn has denied this through a spokesman, but he has recently admitted that he was working for the Turkish government at the time (!) and has retroactively filed his status as a foreign agent, indicating a salary of over $500k for his work. He is also under separate investigation by the Army as to whether he received illegal payments from the Russian government in 2015. (

So just to make this news story clear: a retired three-star general, while simultaneously working on a Presidential campaign and as a well-paid agent of the Turkish government, was in meetings with senior Turkish officials about (completely illegally) kidnapping Turkish-Americans seen as enemies of the regime. He was also meeting with the Russian ambassador and (very possibly illegally) negotiating to lift sanctions on Russia if Trump was elected, and is currently under investigation as to whether he was a paid (but illegally undeclared) Russian agent at the time as well. (The payments are not in question; the question is whether, as they were made via RT, which is not officially a government agency, they make him a Russian agent or not.) He definitely lied to investigators about said meetings, which was caught on wiretaps (presumably of the Russian ambassador), and the revelation of that led to his resignation as National Security Advisor after only 24 days.

On top of all this, he may have been present at the "Mayflower Meetings" between Trump and senior Russian figures, with several senior Trump aides (including Sessions, Kushner, and Manafort) present as well, at which deals involving large sums of money (e.g. 0.5% of Rosneft), illegal campaign assistance (e.g. leaking DNC documents hacked by the FSB, SVR, and GRU), and changing US policy around Russian oil interests were all being discussed.

Absolutely confirmed out of this is Flynn's work as a Turkish agent (he's admitted this and filed the forms), his covert meetings with the Russian ambassador (wiretap evidence, his resignation), and his receipt of payments from the Russian government. Highly likely is the Turkish kidnapping meeting (testimony of Woolsey). Arguable in court is that the Russian payments make him an unregistered Russian agent as well as a Turkish one. Reported but not yet confirmed are the contents of the Mayflower Meetings and that Flynn has turned state's evidence. If the latter is true, then the former may soon be explained in great detail to investigators.

Just let this sink in for a moment. We already know for sure that a retired three-star Army general, who served for three weeks as National Security Advisor before being forced to resign, was a paid agent of at least one, and probably two, other governments, engaging in negotiations which range from the "somewhat illegal" (hacking, campaign collusion) to the "holy shit illegal" (kidnapping). And the fact that it's even a possibility that he flip can only mean that the investigators have even bigger fish in their sights.

There aren't many bigger fish than the National Security Advisor.

This is just getting surreal.

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Het net sluit zich rond Trump

Het begint steeds duidelijker te worden dat Trump waarschijnlijk vanaf het begin betrokken was bij het contact met Russen.

"For those of you old enough to remember, this is reminding me a lot of what happened with Iran-Contra around the middle of 1987, when the big chunks of information started to come out. Suddenly it was going from conjectures to concrete timelines, graphs of people and who knew what and when. But unlike Iran-Contra, here the top-level principal – in this case, Donald Trump – was clearly directly in the room from the get-go."

Als Trump vanaf het begin betrokken blijkt te zijn dan kan hij niet zoals Reagan bij Iran Contra doen alsof het gedaan is zonder zijn medeweten. En dan volgt onherroepelijk impeachment. Trump is na 2 maanden presidentschap eigenlijk al volledig vleugellam. 
A quick post because I don't have time to write a full piece right now: Seth Abramson has done a very serious job of connecting the dots, and a picture of direct Russian influence and/or control over key aspects of the Trump campaign and its policies is starting to emerge. In particular, we're starting to get names, dates, places, and subjects of meetings.

For those of you old enough to remember, this is reminding me a lot of what happened with Iran-Contra around the middle of 1987, when the big chunks of information started to come out. Suddenly it was going from conjectures to concrete timelines, graphs of people and who knew what and when. But unlike Iran-Contra, here the top-level principal – in this case, Donald Trump – was clearly directly in the room from the get-go.

I'd expect this to start to develop very seriously in news articles in the next few days. Questions of Congressional investigation, FBI investigation, and so on will obviously be highly politicized, and the Congressional situation in the near future will depend heavily on the aftermath of the AHCA vote later today. However, this may soon reach the scales where even reluctant members of Congress feel forced to act. I've never seen anything like this – not Iran-Contra, and not Watergate. We're heading into uncharted territory.

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Over voor Trump: Obamacare blijft

Een nederlaag voor Trump en de Republikeinen. Bijzonder, want het betekent dat de angst voor electoraal verlies groter was dan de angst voor Trump en de verzekeraars lobby. Deze president is overigens nu al een lame duck. Hij moet nog scherp in de gaten gehouden worden. Maar verder is het duidelijk dat hij geen enkele macht heeft. 

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De grootste in Amsterdam Noord?

Volgens dit artikel nu weer GroenLinks. Echter er stond ook een zeer populair stembureau bovenop de A'DAM toren. Daar mocht je gratis in om te stemmen. De opkomst in dat district was dus zeer hoog doordat veel mensen uit andere delen van de stad en het land daar gingen stemmen. Dus niet alle stemmers zijn Noordelringen. Maar het is wel nek aan nek. Beide partijen hebben ieder ongeveer 15% van de stemmen.

Vooral Tuindorp Oostzaan is groot voor de PVV. Het is de wijk met de meeste PVV stemmers van Amsterdam. Noord levert echter ook een aanzienlijk deel stemmen voor DENK en Artikel1.

Overigens zitten veel van de PVV stemmers in Amsterdam net als die van DENK en Artikel1 in de stadsdelen rond de ring.

De laatste tijd is er meer te doen over 'gentrification' in Amsterdam. Oftewel dat steeds meer mensen in Amsterdam willen wonen met hogere inkomens. Eerst was dat een fenomeen wat zich vooral binnen de ring afspeelde. Mar nu gaat dat ook steeds meer spelen voor de wijken buiten de ring. Het onderwerp segregatie speelt hier een rol bij. Armoede en uitsluiting zijn groot in deze wijken. Zowel voor migranten als niet migranten.

Onderzoek toont aan dat de armsten weer verder trekken naar wijken ten noorden van Zaandam en ten oosten van Almere.

Wat ik ook interessant vind is dat er in Amsterdam nu een discussie hierover op gang komt. Want als je kijkt naar Rotterdam en Den Haag dan is volgens mij de segregatie in wijken veel groter. Zo stemt in Den Haag in de Schilderswijk 40% DENK. Maar Duindorp is 30% PVV en Loosduinen 40% VVD. Dat is nog veel extremer dan in Amsterdam.

In een later bericht zal ik proberen wat meer te vergelijken tussen Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam en Den Haag. 

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Terechte woede Turkse Nederlanders

"Maar je kunt ook naar de klachten van Turkse Nederlanders luisteren en ze serieus nemen, en werken aan een Nederland waar ze zich beter thuisvoelen dan het Turkije van Erdogan, al was het alleen maar omdat ze er mogen zijn. Nu worden ze verplicht zich Nederlander te voelen en waarom eigenlijk? De Nederlandse grondwettelijke rechten gelden niet voor hen, als ze zich politiek organiseren, gaat het hele land apestront en zelfs hun gedachten zijn hier niet vrij."

Vrijheid van meningsuiting en burgerrechten voor iedereen toch? Iedereen is gelijk?

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Hoe vangt een koe een haas?

Hoe vinden ze jou of jouw bedrijf op internet tussen al die andere mensen en organisaties? Mensen zijn op zoek naar jou en jouw product of dienst, maar dan moeten ze je wel vinden. Daar help ik bij op simpele en efficiënte wijze. Meer weten over de onverwachte eenvoud van digital marketing? Klik op de link: 

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Your Friday Death Star coffee...

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Good morning, where did I wake up today?

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