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Serf Mentality

It’s how Capitalism gets done.

Outstanding analysis, Soph0571! Thank you!

You are most welcome! Craig Unger is TOPS!

He lifted up the lid...

Trump’s Russian Laundromat

How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House.

The New Republic, July , 2017


Trump made his first trip to Russia in 1987, only a few years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Invited by Soviet Ambassador Yuri Dubinin, Trump was flown to Moscow and Leningrad—all expenses paid—to talk business with high-ups in the Soviet command. In The Art of the Deal, Trump recounted the lunch meeting with Dubinin that led to the trip. “One thing led to another,” he wrote, “and now I’m talking about building a large luxury hotel, across the street from the Kremlin, in partnership with the Soviet government.”

Over the years, Trump and his sons would try and fail five times to build a new Trump Tower in Moscow. But for Trump, what mattered most were the lucrative connections he had begun to make with the Kremlin—and with the wealthy Russians who would buy so many of his properties in the years to come. “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross section of a lot of our assets,” Donald Trump Jr. boasted at a real estate conference in 2008. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

The money, illicit and otherwise, began to rain in earnest after the Soviet Union fell in 1991. President Boris Yeltsin’s shift to a market economy was so abrupt that cash-rich gangsters and corrupt government officials were able to privatize and loot state-held assets in oil, coal, minerals, and banking. Yeltsin himself, in fact, would later describe Russia as “the biggest mafia state in the world.” After Vladimir Putin succeeded Yeltsin as president, Russian intelligence effectively joined forces with the country’s mobsters and oligarchs, allowing them to operate freely as long as they strengthen Putin’s power and serve his personal financial interests. According to James Henry, a former chief economist at McKinsey & Company who consulted on the Panama Papers, some $1.3 trillion in illicit capital has poured out of Russia since the 1990s.

At the top of the sprawling criminal enterprise was Semion Mogilevich. Beginning in the early 1980s, according to the FBI, the short, squat Ukrainian was the key money-laundering contact for the Solntsevskaya Bratva, or Brotherhood, one of the richest criminal syndicates in the world. Before long, he was running a multibillion-dollar worldwide racket of his own. Mogilevich wasn’t feared because he was the most violent gangster, but because he was reputedly the smartest. The FBI has credited the “brainy don,” who holds a degree in economics from Lviv University, with a staggering range of crimes. He ran drug trafficking and prostitution rings on an international scale; in one characteristic deal, he bought a bankrupt airline to ship heroin from Southeast Asia into Europe. He used a jewelry business in Moscow and Budapest as a front for art that Russian gangsters stole from museums, churches, and synagogues all over Europe. He has also been accused of selling some $20 million in stolen weapons, including ground-to-air missiles and armored troop carriers, to Iran. “He uses this wealth and power to not only further his criminal enterprises,” the FBI says, “but to influence governments and their economies.”

In Russia, Mogilevich’s influence reportedly reaches all the way to the top. In 2005, Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian intelligence agent who defected to London, recorded an interview with investigators detailing his inside knowledge of the Kremlin’s ties to organized crime. “Mogilevich,” he said in broken English, “have good relationship with Putin since 1994 or 1993.” A year later Litvinenko was dead, apparently poisoned by agents of the Kremlin.



Do you think Drumpf will invite Putin to G7 @ Doral?

Asking for a friend who’s interested in reality and television.

Agolf already offered F-35s

Which is nice, Erdo said, “but other offers are coming in.”


"All roads lead to Putin." -- Speaker of the House Pelosi

This picture sums it up*

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on impeachment inquiry: "All roads seem to lead to Putin with the president"

The House speaker says she is not planning to hold a full House vote to formally authorize an inquiry at this time

OCTOBER 16, 2019 4:50PM (UTC)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., revealed Tuesday that the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has so far led lawmakers to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"All roads seem to lead to Putin with the president," Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference, following a meeting with her caucus.


"We're not here to call bluffs. We're here to find the truth — to uphold the Constitution of the United States," she added. "This is not a game for us. This is deadly serious, and we're on a path that is getting us to a path to truth and timetable that respects our Constitution."



*Tip o’ the hat to Lawrence O’Donnell!

Pompeo: "You sound like you work for DNC" to 2 different reporters.

Secretary of Corrupt State Mike Pompeo wanted to sound like a tough guy.

Instead, he reminds world that echolalia is a psychological problem. (Video at links)

On Oct. 11 with News 4 Nashville:

News4 asked about text messages that show diplomats under his authority told the Ukrainians that a good relationship with President Trump was only possible if they investigated his political opponent.

Amons: Were you aware that this was happening?

Pompeo: Again, you've got your facts wrong--it sounds like you're working at least in part for the Democratic National Committee.

Source: https://www.wsmv.com/news/news-talks-one-on-one-with-secretary-of-state-mike/article_bba02bde-ec8a-11e9-9632-23457ce242a4.html

The day before, he said the same thing to a Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour:

On Thursday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that PBS Host/Reporter Judy Woodruff and other media talking heads have adamantly defended presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden. Pompeo said “It’s like you’re working for the DNC [Democratic National Committee].”

Source (I know, AIM): https://www.aim.org/aim-column/mike-pompeo-wonders-why-pbs-reporter-defends-biden-and-uses-lines-from-the-dnc/

Guess one has to crazy to work for Trump. Hence, the talking points for easy recall.

The Ukraine Conspiracy

It’s not just Benedict Donald’s crooked phone call. Rudy Giuliani handing out “contributions” from Ukrainian cough Russian oligarchs to the GOP has already ensnared many — if not most — in the national GOP spotlight.

Trump is toast. So is DJTJ, Pence, Pompeo, Barr, McCarthy, ex-cong. Pete Sessions, and a bunch more who’ve taken foreign money and looked the other way.

“Tip of the iceberg.” Before it’s over, Moscow Mitch and Lindsey Leningram will wish they never heard of the NRA or a briefcase stuffed with Benjamins.

"Money trumps peace." -- George W Bush, WH press conference, Feb. 14, 2007.

Moscow Mitch.

Lindsey Leningrahm.

They’re Reputins.

Captain Kangaroo Court is the perfect metaphor for Trumputin Fake News

It’s a lie, twisted within seemingly random (“alternate”) facts to create disinformation.

After the State Department ordered Ambassador Gordon Sondland not to appear before lawmakers on Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he’d “love” to send him to talk to members of Congress.

“But unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public to see,” Trump wrote.

Source: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-blasts-impeachment-kangaroo-court-as-ambassador-ordered-not-to-testify-2019-10-08

Repeat via MAGAphones in corporate media. Soon, 60M followers believe it. And thus, Democracy crumbles and the Republic dies.

The Ukraine matter shows Trump is a traitor. Now he wants us to move on to the next outrage.

Which is why DU. The Truth still matters.
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