#RussiaGate Explained in 10 Tweets by Seth Abramson

RussiaGate
Journalist Seth Abramson has broken down the #RussiaGate scandal in 10 tweets, each with supporting documents. For the sake of easy reading, I have compiled it all here.

To those who delight in calling me a conspiracy theorist: One day I will rub this in your fat faces.

1) Trump’s pro-Russia-appeasement foreign policy platform dropped on April 27, 2016. It was crafted by Richard Burt, a lobbyist for Russia’s Gazprom Co. Supporting Doc

2) Gazprom is Earth’s largest natural gas company. It & Putin wanted Trump to drop Russian sanctions to facilitate a lucrative new pipeline. Supporting Doc

3) The Steele Dossier says Putin offered Trump “brokerage” of 19% of Rosneft Oil in exchange for dropping sanctions on Russia. Trump sent Carter Page, his top Russia adviser & an advisor to Gazprom, to Moscow soon after the RNC. There Page met with Igor Sechin of Rosneft. Supporting Doc Supporting Doc

5) Five months of contact between Sergey Kislyak, Flynn, Sessions, Kushner (&c) got the deal done in December. Putin sold 19.5% of Rosneft. Supporting Doc

6) The extra 0.5% ($281 mil.) was the “brokerage.” Reuters says the full list of buyers is hidden–one of them is surely a Trump shell corp.  Supporting Doc

7) Manafort & others meddling w/ the GOP’s Russia platform & Flynn, Sessions, & Kushner meeting w/ Kislyak both relate to this quid pro quo. Supporting Doc

8) Trump sold US foreign policy for money & better oil/gas access. He knew the deal depended on him winning so he knew Putin would help him. Supporting Docs (in respect to Sessions discussing Ukraine sanctions with Kislyek in a private meeting)

9) Selling US foreign policy for money is treason. So Trump & others lied about Russian contacts & hacking to cover up the deal they’d made. Judge for yourself if you think he’s lying.

10) All this is the theory behind #Russiagate. It’s not complicated. Nearly all aspects are confirmed by media reports & the Steele Dossier. Supporting Docs

BONUS) Finally, here’s what one of the best journalists in America has to say on CNN’s Page interview & #Russiagate: https://youtu.be/UQ4P0-p7zAI?t=2m20s

America Compromised by Russia and Nobody Fucking Cares

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America has been compromised by Russia and nobody fucking cares.

Go ahead and mock me. Tell me that enough is enough with the crazy conspiracies. Call me a snowflake. Or take that other, more insidious path and mumble “all politicians are corrupt” as I tell you that the world is on fire.

I would like to say this loud and clear to the world here and now. THIS IS NOT ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON, MORONS. America has been compromised by the Russians.

I am ready to stand side by side with Republicans (my fellow Americans) to counter the Russian influence that has occurred in our once sovereign nation. I am ready to celebrate the inevitable presidency of Mike Pence or Paul Ryan, men with whom I disagree but who have not been compromised by a foreign enemy.

So this is not about me wanting to reverse the election results. This is not about being mad that the Republicans won. This is not about “business as usual” politics and now-trivial matters such as the ACA or the TPP. This is not about how the media will cover Trump.

This is about war.

This is about Russia supporting Brexit to destabilize the EU and influencing the U.S. to destabilize NATO and the EU.

This is about Putin grooming his U.S. asset for years, a man who has been corrupted by a hundred million dollars worth of loans from Russian banks and by potentially laundering money for them. A man who probably engaged in salacious activities and was potentially blackmailed because of them.

This is about an audiotape that captures members of a presidential campaign discussing payments from Russia. This is about the NY FBI criminal field office becoming infiltrated by Russian moles.

The goal of Vladimir Putin? Lift sanctions so $500B worth of oil money starts flowing. What happens next? Putin invades the Baltics and we don’t stop him. Trump starts a shooting war with China. Trump and Putin rule the world together.

Next, Europe becomes completely destablized and no longer unified.

Next….?

We can stop this if we work together and luckily, we have heroes like James Comey, Lindsay Graham, and John McCain to lead us (see here for an explanation of why Comey has not presented evidence for Trump/Russia connection yet, why its clear that Snowden/Assange are working on behalf of Russia, and why Comey may end being the American patriot we are so desperately in need of).

If my fellow citizens are ready to unify with me as Americans, then please open your mind to the possibility that we have been compromised by Russians for some time now. Set aside your partisan idealogies so we can work together as we did post 9/11. Admit that we all have been played.

“Where is this evidence?” you ask. Well, read this article sourced by a former member of the NSA; we are in the middle of an active counter-terrorism investigation – Comey can neither confirm nor deny the existence of anything right now. But it will be presented during the upcoming Independent Commission hearings. And it will lead to the impeachment of Donald Trump.

Will you deny its existence then?

Will you call John McCain a snowflake? Will you tell him to “get over it” because “Trump won” as you listen to audio tape of the Trump campaign taking Russian money? Or will you call it fake news?

Go ahead, laugh at me for being crazy. Cover your ears and close your eyes. That’s exactly what Putin wants.​

This LinkedIn IPO Is Bubble-icious!

This LinkedIn IPO reminds me that I’ve been getting emails from LinkedIn for many years, and I’ve ignored 90% of them because they seemed pretty spam-like to me.  They came out of nowhere, periodically reminding me that my profile was incomplete or that I needed to connect with the very people I usually try to avoid in my life outside of the cubicle-strewn worlds of my jobs.

Well, congratulations, LinkedIn.  Those emails must have worked, because LinkedIn’s IPO, which may signal the start of a second tech bubble and a return to rapid economic growth, is quite a robust one.  In the month prior to the IPO, the estimated price of the shares went up by nearly 30% and then shot up another 140% after the public offering today, and it reminds me of the late 90’s when the economy was booming.  I had a hopeful future at a tech startup, everybody was excited, and the nerds slowly began taking over the world.  People who had spent their weekends staring at computer screens in darkened rooms year after year became instant millionaires, and everybody was happy.  The salespeople had something to sell, the populace had something to buy, and the traders had something to trade.

But then the bubble burst and everybody freaked out.  The Wall Street traders slithered into their holes to count their money and the jocks, rednecks, cowboys, and religious nuts took over for a while (see Joe the Plumber), augmented by the fear of Islamic terrorism gripping our country after 9/11.  But quietly, the nerds were working behind the scenes, creating and cultivating business ventures that at first seemed petty and useless; things like Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn, and all of that nerd work eventually may have paid off.  It may have brought about Tech Bubble 2.0.  Whooohooo!

So what does this mean?  It probably means that I have to figure out my password for LinkedIn.  The LinkedIn IPO has been compared to Google’s IPO in 2004, which turned out to be a pretty good deal.  But it also may signal a return to the old ways on Wall Street – the overvaluation of companies, a mad rush of free spending that bubbles usually entail, and the eventual collapse of that bubble.  So is LinkedIn overvalued?  Some argue that at LinkedIn’s valuation, Apple’s shares would be worth $2.7 trillion and that the fervor generated by the LinkedIn IPO is just the same wishful thinking that got us into trouble in the first place.

Well, even though I’m not looking forward to another bursting bubble, I’m certainly looking forward to the era of growth and free spending that comes before it.  I don’t care if the LinkedIn stock is overvalued.  Bring it on!  Even though we’ll all be spending money we don’t have, we will be having fun while we’re doing it.  I would like to buy my own lawn goose like the one my mom had in the 90’s, made of real concrete that I can put on my porch and dress up in real outfits.

I can’t wait!

My Monkey Fascination is Over

For the last 10 years, I made my fascination with monkeys quite public.  I encouraged people to find figurines of what I termed “scary monkeys” so I could collect them and display them proudly.  I dressed up as a monkey in a diaper for Halloween one year.  I even traveled to a country known for its monkeys so I could watch one sit on my knee during breakfast.

Well, I declare my Monkey Phase to be officially over.  Partly because of the recent incidents involving the faces and genitals of people being ripped off, and partly because I’m an adult man, I think I need to remove all monkey items from my life.

You see, there was a trifecta of horrifying monkey murder stories that came to my attention in the span of just one month.  First was the horrifying incident with Travis the Chimpanzee that we’re all familiar with.  Then I read this riveting Esquire story from an incident two years ago, the one where the chimp birthday party went wrong, complete with a horrific picture of what the guy looks like today – the guy with no more genitals.

The final straw was reading this story, which describes a monkey deliberately murdering his master with a coconut.

Farewell, you evil monkeys.  You are out of my life.