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Trump's Russian Ties. Can someone verify this information?

1) Trump owes Blackstone/ Bayrock group $560 million dollars (one of his largest debtors and the primary reason he won't reveal his tax returns)

2) Blackstone is owned wholly by Russian billionaires, who owe their position to Putin and have made billions from their work with the Russian government.

3) Other companies that have borrowed from Blackstone have claimed that owing money to them is like owing to the Russian mob and while you owe them, they own you for many favors.

4) The Russian economy is badly faltering under the weight of its over-dependence on raw materials which as you know have plummeted in the last 2 years leaving the Russian economy scrambling to pay its debts.

5) Russia has an impetus to influence our election to ensure the per barrel oil prices are above $65 ( they are currently hovering around $50)

6) Russia can't affordably get at 80% of its oil reserves and reduce its per barrel cost to compete with America at $45 or Saudi Arabia at $39. With Iranian sanctions being lifted Russia will find another inexpensive competitor increasing production and pushing Russia further down the list of suppliers.

As for Iranian sanctions, the 6 countries lifting them allowing Iran to collect on the billions it is owed for pumping oil but not being paid for it. These billions Iran can only get if the Iranian nuclear deal is signed. Trump spoke of ending the deals which would cause oil sales sanctions to be reimposed, which would make Russian oil more competitive.

7) Rex Tillerson (Trump's pick for Secretary of State) is the head of ExxonMobil, which is in possession of patented technology that could help Putin extract 45% more oil at a significant cost savings to Russia, helping Putin put money in the Russian coffers to help reconstitute its military and finally afford to mass produce the new and improved systems that it had invented before the Russian economy had slowed so much.

8) Putin cannot get access to these new cost saving technologies OR outside oil field development money, due to US sanctions on Russia, because of its involvement in Ukrainian civil war.

9) Look for Trump to end sanctions on Russia and to back out of the Iranian nuclear deal, to help Russia rebuild its economy, strengthen Putin and make Tillerson and Trump even richer, thus allowing Trump to satisfy his creditors at Blackstone.

10) With Trump's fabricated hatred of NATO and the U.N., the Russian military reconstituted, the threat to the Baltic states is real. Russia retaking their access to the Baltic Sea from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and threatening the shipping of millions of cubic feet of natural gas to lower Europe from Scandinavia, allowing Russia to make a good case for its oil and gas being piped into eastern Europe.

Sources: Time Magazine, NY Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian UK.

My mother was born in Germany 6 weeks before Hitler invaded Poland. After the war ended, she found there were basically 3 types of Germans:

1) A small minority who consistently opposed Naziism, like my grandfather, (even though he was ethnically non-Jewish German), who lost his life over this opposition.

2) A large majority who were unengaged politically and/or didn't think too much about the consequences or the morals of Hitler but wanted something to change and saw an opportunity to "take back" their country.

3) A small minority who where vehement Nazi supporters, who felt that whites were a "persecuted minority", who wanted Jews, Gypsies, Catholics, Trade-unionists, Communists and Socialists to be kicked out, their property taken or killed.

After the war everyone knew who was in group 1 and 3. Group 3 ended up leaving the country in large part. There was no place for them; the Germans wouldn't have them. Many of them went to America. My mother was amazed when she found that the vast majority of German clubs in the US was populated with these people. Group 2, however, either overtly hid and pretended to be in camp 1 or openly denied their culpability and knowledge of what had happened. Many of them found themselves unable to fit in because they couldn't hide their culpability.

It takes Group 2 to make it possible for Group 3 to do a lot of damage. This is that moment in history where you decide what group you belong to. If you're not sure what group you are in, you should assume you are in Group 2. If you are in Group 2, you are helping Group 3 and are to blame for what is to come, make no mistake.

I can't believe Trump is now significantly ahead according to Nate Silver. It's the republic's worst nightmare. Will it survive a Trump presidency?

Google what did you do to Google Fit? It used to work now it doesn't #dontgoallmicrosoft

My Nexus 5 is now 32 months old, has been washed in the washing machine and is still going strong!

I, for one, hate the fact that I have a LinkedIn profile. I have one because I feel like I have to. But the user experience is TERRIBLE, viewing the UI is like reading a ransom note, the social aspect of the site feels completely disingenuous and forced. It's the closest thing to a dystopian social model that the Internet could vomit out: everyone is a little cog in a giant wheel of shill. Top it all off: every gig I've ever gotten since 2000 has been through word of mouth anyway! It's complete garbage!

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Intersection of Economics and Thermodynamics: Money doesn't exist when it's not moving.
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