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"What am I in the eyes of most people? A nonentity? An eccentric? An unpleasant person? Somebody who has no position in society and never will. In short, the lowest of the low. Right, well, even if it were all absolutely true...then one day...I should like to show by my work what such a nonentity...such a nobody has in his heart. With a handshake, ever yours, Vincent"
"What am I in the eyes of most people? A nonentity? An eccentric? An unpleasant person? Somebody who has no position in society and never will. In short, the lowest of the low. Right, well, even if it were all absolutely true...then one day...I should like to show by my work what such a nonentity...such a nobody has in his heart. With a handshake, ever yours, Vincent"

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rolling eyes

#BenedictDonald. I think this gives a whole new level of ick to his constant Putin fellating. 

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Why did Putin want to help Trump?

Here's one possibility: in his many dealings with Russian business, Trump has become compromised in some way, which gives Putin leverage over him.  That would explain why Trump constantly bends over backward to be nice to Putin.  And it would certainly explain why Putin wanted Trump to be president.

Recently Buzzfeed published what is purported to be the full dossier detailing the explosive — but unverified — claims that Russia had been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for years and held compromising information about him.  You can read that dossier here.  The passage starting here will probably be the most argued about:

...there were other aspects to TRUMP's engagement with the Russian authorities.  One of them which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP's personal obsessions and sexual perversion to in order to obtain "kompromat" (compromising material) on him.

We don't know that these claims are true!   But last week, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the FBI Director James Comey, the CIA Director John Brennan, and the NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers briefed Obama and Trump about these claims:

One reason the nation's intelligence chiefs took the extraordinary step of including the synopsis in the briefing documents was to make the President-elect aware that such allegations involving him are circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress and other government officials in Washington, multiple sources tell CNN.

These senior intelligence officials also included the synopsis to demonstrate that Russia had compiled information potentially harmful to both political parties, but only released information damaging to Hillary Clinton and Democrats.

These last quotes are from CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/10/politics/donald-trump-intelligence-report-russia/index.html

For more on the dossier obtained by Buzzfeed, see:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/these-reports-allege-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russia?utm_term=.bo87xa47e2#.ek3Xq46Xn0

Trump's lawyer has argued against the dossier:

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/trump-lawyer-shoots-down-allegations-of-golden-showers-intel-report/

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I don't like posting about politics.  I prefer math.  Math is the beautiful game of truth.  Politics is the ugly game of lies. 

But I woke up in the middle of the night and realized that if I didn't say the obvious, I might regret it:

We've got to fight Trump with everything we've got.

The US is dangerously close to electing a buffoon and would-be dictator: our very own Berlusconi, our very own Putin.  Elizabeth Warren put it clearly:

Unfortunately, if you’ve been watching the presidential race, you know that we need to stand up now more than ever. Just yesterday, it came out that Donald Trump had said back in 2007 that he was “excited” for the real estate market to crash because, quote, “I’ve always made more money in bad markets than in good markets.” That’s right. The rest of us were horrified by the 2008 financial crisis, by what happened to the millions of families like Mr. Estrada’s that were forced out of their homes. But Donald Trump was drooling over the idea of a housing meltdown – because it meant he could buy up a bunch more property on the cheap.

What kind of a man does that? Root for people to get thrown out on the street? Root for people to lose their jobs? Root for people to lose their pensions? Root for two little girls in Clark County, Nevada, to end up living in a van? What kind of a man does that? I’ll tell you exactly what kind—a man who cares about no one but himself. A small, insecure moneygrubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt, so long as he makes some money off it. What kind of man does that? A man who will NEVER be President of the United States.

Sometimes Trump claims he is tough on Wall Street – tough on the guys who cheated people like Mr. Estrada. I’m sure you’ve heard him say that. But now he’s singing a very different song. Last week, he said that the new Dodd-Frank financial regulations have, and I’m quoting here, “made it impossible for bankers to function” and he will put out a new plan soon that “will be close to dismantling Dodd-Frank.” Donald Trump is worried about helping poor little Wall Street? Let me find the world’s smallest violin to play a sad, sad song.

Can Donald Trump even name three things that Dodd-Frank does? Seriously, someone ask him. But this much he should know: If he’s so tough on Wall Street, he should be cheering on Dodd-Frank’s capital and leverage requirements that have made big banks less likely to fail. If he’s so tough on Wall Street, he should be cheering on Dodd-Frank’s living wills process, which is helping push big banks to become safer. If he’s so tough on Wall Street, he should be cheering on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has already returned over $11 billion to families who were cheated.

He SHOULD be, but he’s not. Now that he’s sewn up the Republican nomination, Donald Trump is dropping the pretense. Now he’s kissing the fannies of poor, misunderstood Wall Street bankers. But the American people are a whole lot smarter than Donald Trump thinks they are. The American people are NOT looking for a bait and switch. They are NOT looking for a man so desperate for power he will say and do anything to get elected. Take the hint, Donald: the time for letting big banks call all the shots in Washington is coming to an end.

And I want to make just one last point about Donald Trump that won’t fit into a Twitter war. One last point that sums up what Donald Trump is all about – his taxes.

We don’t know what Trump pays in taxes because he is the first Presidential nominee in 40 years to refuse to disclose his tax returns. Maybe he’s just a lousy businessman who doesn’t want you to find out that he’s worth a lot less money than he claims.

But we know one thing: the last time his taxes were made public, Donald Trump paid nothing—zero. Zero taxes before, and for all we know he’s paying zero taxes today. And he’s proud of it. Two weeks ago he said he’s more than happy to dodge taxes because he doesn’t want to throw his money “down the drain.”

Trump likes being a billionaire, and doesn’t think the rules that apply to everyone else should apply to him. But let’s be clear: Donald Trump didn’t get rich on his own. His businesses rely on the roads and bridges the rest of us paid for. His businesses rely on workers the rest of us paid to educate and on police-forces and fire fighters who protect all of us and the rest of us pay to support. Donald Trump and his businesses are protected by a world-class military that defends us abroad and keeps us safe at home and that the rest of us pay to support. When anyone builds something terrific, they should get to keep a big hunk of it. But they should also pay a fair share forward so the next kid and the next kid and the next kid who come along gets their chance to build something too. That’s how we build a future that works for everyone.

And that goes double for Donald Trump, because he didn’t even get rich by building something terrific. He inherited a fortune from his father, and kept it going by scamming people, declaring bankruptcy, and skipping out on what he owed.

Nurses, teachers, and dockworkers pay their fair share for all the services that keep Trump’s businesses going. Programmers and engineers and small business owners pay their fair share to support our military who show courage and sacrifice every single day. Donald Trump thinks supporting them is throwing money “down the drain.”

I say we just throw Donald Trump down the drain.

Let’s face it: Donald Trump cares about exactly one thing – Donald Trump. It’s time for some accountability because these statements disqualify Donald Trump from ever becoming President. The free ride is over.

If you have people reading your posts who can vote in the US elections, please reshare this.    I am going to disable comments because I don't see a need for discussion.  +Elizabeth Hahn gets the last word.

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Documentary of the Day!!  Neutrinos!

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Documentary of the Day - Science Britannica

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+Garrett Lisi Thanks for making me think about this more deeply than "Well, it must be so."  Been a lot of unfriending on that other network over this, but I know it's right for me. 
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