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Capital investor and industry flight, basically.  Because being located in the UK will no longer mean guaranteed access to the EU market, banks are looking at shifting to Dublin or Frankfurt, for example.

The Washington Post had a more in depth look at Trump's Russian financial links, I don't have a link to hand but it was published on July 16th I believe.

One problem is that Clinton is (to a much lesser extent) also compromised.  The Clinton Foundation was involved in a...situation involving Russian money and uranium.

My concern is that a President Trump would embolden Russian provocation in the Baltic, given his comments about not necessarily coming to the aid of a NATO ally.  Russia has sizeable minorities in all three states, which have undoubtedly been treated pretty shabbily by their national governments.  Any kind of Crimean re-run could ignite a war between European NATO powers and Russia, with America on the sidelines.  And given NATO was always designed around America being the primary combatant, with other member states providing specialist support units...well, without America, things would be quite bad.

won't incinerate the mountain

Not even trying, IMO.  Worst wildfire ever, ban it, get it out of here.

Pwn All The Things ‏@pwnallthethings  Jun 15
14) Tldr: this "lone hacker" uses many VMs, speaks Russian; username is founder of USSR secret police & likes laundering docs via Wikileaks.

From that twitter link. Wow.

When it's this blatant, it's pretty hard to deny.

Thus why I feel like I'm on crazy pills.  No wonder spies go insane and off the deep end all the time, this is probably how the Foreign Office and MI6 felt in the 1930s in Berlin.

If you want more evidence on the DNC hack being linked to Russia, btw

For those who don't tech speak, basically some of the same Malware control servers used in the DNC hack were also used in a hack on the Bundestag...also allegedly carried out by Russian intelligence.

I've considered writing this up for some kind of big publication, but given the amount of shit people are getting on social media just for putting these pieces together...well, life is too short to mess around with people who play chess one move at at a time.

On a slightly different note, is greenwald/intercept worth it's own thread? This is not the first time at taking a very strange approach with information received.  Any notable related parties possibly steering the ship?

Possibly.  We know Pierre Omidyar really runs the show over there.  But if anything Omidyar's plugged into the American political elite.

If anything, elements of the Snowden story now do make me more suspicious.  I don't think Snowden is a Russian spy, like some crazies claim.  But I think he may have been duped/pushed...and there are suspicious discrepancies in his story.  Dates of movement, number of files taken and given...that sort of thing.  And there is Russian infiltration of the NSA, both direct and further down the feeds (Canada, of all places).  If there's a point of entry by which First Look media is being manipulated, it is probably via that or Assange not only worked for Russia Today and helped arrange for Snowden to get to Russia, but has voiced some rather strong pro-Russian statements in the past.

Cain, you're scaring me.

Anyone else, I'd call them a crank. But from you........

Well here's Josh Marshall's own story

To put this all into perspective, if Vladimir Putin were simply the CEO of a major American corporation and there was this much money flowing in Trump's direction, combined with this much solicitousness of Putin's policy agenda, it would set off alarm bells galore. That is not hyperbole or exaggeration. And yet Putin is not the CEO of an American corporation. He's the autocrat who rules a foreign state, with an increasingly hostile posture towards the United States and a substantial stockpile of nuclear weapons. The stakes involved in finding out 'what's going on' as Trump might put it are quite a bit higher.

There is something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of circumstantial evidence for a financial relationship between Trump and Putin or a non-tacit alliance between the two men. Even if you draw no adverse conclusions, Trump's financial empire is heavily leveraged and has a deep reliance on capital infusions from oligarchs and other sources of wealth aligned with Putin. That's simply not something that can be waved off or ignored.

And here's Vice talking specifically about the hack:

"If this is, as it appears to be, a Russian intelligence operation, that’s how a blown operation was rapidly transitioned into an influence operation and a disinformation and deception campaign, which started to mitigate the blowback," The Grugq said. "Given that the media is currently reporting that the cover hacker was responsible, and not Russian intelligence services after all, it seems the deception operation is working.”

Given all the evidence available, as well as the timeline of the events, it’s “more likely than not” that the whole operation, including the Guccifer 2.0 part, was orchestrated by Russian spies, according to Thomas Rid, a cybersecurity expert.

“One of the most convincing details to me is how quickly this hacker apparently came out with this pretty sophisticated false flag operation, including leaking files and talking to various media outlets. It’s too smooth for one hacker,” Rid, who is a professor in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, told me in a phone call on Thursday.

And this is how Wikileaks reacted to being fingered as a suspect:

Meanwhile, here is how a Russia Today "journalist" responded to the allegation:

The hack of DNC material was...suspiciously well timed as a leak.

It's almost like some sort of group of Russian hackers grabbed the information, then sat on their hands before leaking it to Wikileaks and The Intercept at a time for maximum impact.  And then - because Greenwald displays an almost childlike lack of curiousity in why he is getting the information he gets and, well, who the fuck knows what Assange is thinking anymore - no-one questions why it all just happens to fall this way.

It's because Russia is trying to game the election to put in power a President who is financially in debt to Russian oligarchs tied to Putin and who on a political and personal level admires Putin, to the point he is willing to consider throwing NATO allies under a bus.

And I feel like I'm taking fucking crazy pills, because apart from Josh Marshall and some political science professor at NYU no-one is even talking about this.  Trump infamously doesn't care about policy.  He led the RNC write his entire presidential policy platform.  Except one bit.  One tiny bit.  He strenuously objected to, and got dropped, proposals about arming Ukraine against Russian aggression.  Out of all the things in the world to care about, and Trump cares about that?  Trump's blacklisted by most American banks, which should be newsworthy in and of itself.  So in the early 2000s he went to Russian billionaires, hand in cap.  Only these weren't just any Russian billionaires, they were known cronies and political allies of Putin.  All his advisors, from Paul Manafort to Carter Page, have significant Russian oligarch-linked histories and interests (Carter Page worked with Gazprom.  Gazprom, it's Putin's personal treasure chest of goodies).

The whole point is to get the Dems fighting amongst each other when they should be focusing on their actual political enemy and geopolitical rival and they are falling for it.  Every fucking time.

I just got a costume award at San Diego Comic Con.



I feel like it's safe to say that there's nothing more strange/sadly pathetic than a gay Trump supporter.

Like, how? Black people I can sort of understand because black people are largely conservative in many ways, and misogyny runs deeeeeoh nevermind....

I figured it out.

Milo Yannanananananananailoupoplos of Breitbart infamy calls Trump "daddy".

Yes, it's every bit as awkward as it sounds.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: ATTN: Roger
« on: July 22, 2016, 09:25:51 pm »
What exactly was the argument? Stinks of politics, little else raises this level of irrational frothing.

I say irrational because there's multiple posts and not a single lizard reference. I doubt this person knows you as they claim.

That doesn't sound like any sort of politics I know of.

"Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man." - Nietzsche.

Which is my way of saying my copy of The Great Ordeal is now running late.  Just wrote a pissy email via Amazon, asking why my shit hadn't arrived and why I hadn't been notified and where is my shit now.  To add to the good news, my department head wants to meet up for an informal chat, outside of the office.  Debating whether to fake insomnia induced psychosis during the meeting or just explain how the company business model is fucked.

Also found out an interesting secret about the crazy co-worker, the one trying to gaslight me.  Turns out she's not just the department head's pet (which was how she was pushing her agenda before now, by going above my manager's head), her mother heads up the same department at one of the other schools, outside of London.  As such, the mother also has a cordial relationship with my boss. 

This is how the old school tie networks work things.  Because crazy co-worker is a private school student, even though she went to a terrible uni and has less than a year of experience in boarding.  She put in a word with mummy, and mummy leaned on a friend and got a job for her.  Says something about her CV though, if she requires a family leg-up to get ahead in this place.  I mean, the previous Senior Houseparents were the ones who misspelled "potato" and "spatula".

NATO's been on Trump's shit list for a while.  Along with many other US military allies.

Yes, certain European countries don't keep to the spending limit that NATO should.  But some (ahem Greece, France, Poland, Turkey) also overspend.  Does that balance out in the long run?  Eh, couldn't say. 

The point is, everything Trump has been saying suggests he wants to return to an Imperial Athens style of tributary alliances, wherein other nations pay America what is essentially protection money in order to benefit from American military power.  There's a reason the world has, by and large, rejected that form of alliance system in the current period.

Apparently it's 32C/90F outside.

Which means inside it's about 42C.

Surprisingly, this is making it easier for me to stay awake.

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