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Mitch McConnell's Brother-in-Law One of the Masterminds of Trump-Russia
Jim Breyer, Mitch McConnell's brother-in-law, Facilitates Russia’s Takeover of Facebook through Yuri Milner In 2005 Jim Breyer, a partner at Accel Partners, invested $1 million of his own money into Facebook and gained a seat on the board (1). In Feb 2009 Jim Breyer visited Russia with a number of other Silicone Valley investors. While there, Yuri Milner, a Russian tech entrepreneur who founded DST with close ties to the Kremlin, hosted a dinner to cap the entire event (2). As one Moscow source put it:
DST has the backing of the big boys at the top in the Kremlin, which is why it will go from strength to strength (5)
Milner found out Breyer liked Impressionist art and took him to Russian’s Hermitage Museum to view Matisse paintings otherwise closed off to the public. Three months later Yuri Milner’s DST invested into Facebook at a bloated value. (2)
Mr Milner dismissed suggestions that at a valuation of $10bn he overpaid for his stake in Facebook, especially given that the social networking site has yet to prove it has turned to profit. (3) it’s seen as a desperate and rather vulgar deal on the one hand—Milner buying a small stake in Facebook, valuing the entire company at $10 billion—and, on the other, Facebook debasing itself by taking Russian money. Russian money! In fact, it seems rather like a desperate deal for both parties (in the midst of the banking crisis, Facebook has only two other bidders for this round—and none from the top VC tier) (4)
By the end of 2009, DST would own 10% of Facebook. Later revealed by the Paradise Papers, DST’s investments into Facebook were financed by the Russian government through state-owned Gazprom. That’s right, in 2009 Russia owned 10% of Facebook. (6) Soon after, the two continued to work together on other investments. Breyer introduced Milner to Groupon, and Milner helped Breyer’s Accel invest into Spotify (7). In 2010 an Accel representative joined a gaggle of Silicon Valley investors to Russia and signed a letter promising to invest into the country (8).
Jim Breyer and Rupert Murdoch Then in Nov 2010 Jim Breyer invested into Artsy.net, run by Rupert Murdoch’s then-wife, Wendi Deng, and Russia oligarch Roman Abramovich’s then-wife, Dasha Zhukova. Jared Kushner’s brother, Josh, also invested in the fledgling company (1). At the time Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation had a joint venture with the Russian mob-linked oligarch Boris Berezovsky, called LogoVaz News Corporation, that invested in Russian media (4). It was Berezovsky’s protege close to Putin, Roman Abramovich, who tied Berezovsky to the mob.
According to the Mirror Online, Abramovich paid Berezovsky tens, and even hundreds, of millions every year for "krysha", or mafia protection. (5)
In June 2011, Rupert Murdoch ended his foray into social media by selling Myspace to Justin Timberlake (2) and elected Jim Breyer to the board of News Corp (3).
Jim Breyer invests in Wickr with Erik Prince In 2012 Breyer invested in a encrypted messenger app, Wickr. Other investors include Gilman Louie and Erik Prince. To understand the connection, we need to go back to 1987. Breyer, newly hired to Accel Partners, made his first investment with Louie’s video game company that owned the rights to the Soviet Union’s first video game export, Tetris (1). Louie went off to become the founding CEO of the CIA-backed In-Q-Tel which invested in Palantir. Palantir’s founder, Peter Thiel, sat on the board of Facebook with Breyer (2)(3). On the board of In-Q-Tel is Buzzy Krongard (7), the man who helped Erik Prince’s Blackwater receive their first CIA contract, who also joined the board of Blackwater in 2007 (6). Around that same time, 2012-2013, Prince met Vincent Tchenguiz, founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL (8), and was introduced to Cyrus Behbehani of Glencore, one of the purchasers of Rosneft stock detailed in the Steele Dossier (9). Cyrus Behbehani sat on the board of RusAl with Christophe Charlier, who is also Chairman of the board at Renaissance Capital (10), an early investor of DST (11).
Jim Breyer and Yuri Milner invest in Prismatic That same year, 2012, Jim Breyer invested in Prismatic, a news aggregate app, with Yuri Milner.
Prismatic’s technology works by crawling Facebook, Twitter and the web (“anything with a URL”) to find news stories. It then uses machine learning to categorize them by Topic and Publication. Prismatic users follow these Topics and Publications, as well as Individuals and the algorithm then uses these preferences and user-activity signals to present a relevant Newsfeed. (1)
Sounds like the beginning of what could be a propaganda dissemination tool. That goes in-line with Yuri Milner’s vision of Social Media. Milner’s theory:
“Zuckerberg’s Law”: Every 12 to 18 months the amount of information being shared between people on the web doubles... Over time people will bypass more general websites such as Google in favor of sites built atop social networks where they can rely on friends’ opinions to figure out where to get the best fall handbag, how to change a smoke detector, or whether to vacation in Istanbul or Rome. “You will pick your network, and the network will filter everything for you,” Milner explained. (2)
So how does Milner intend to utilize the data gathered through social media? Let’s see what Milner did to Russia’s top social media site, VK:
In January 2014, Durov sold his 12 percent stake to Ivan Tavrin, the CEO of major Russian mobile operator Megafon, whose second-largest shareholder is Alisher Usmanov, one of Russia’s most powerful oligarchs, a man who has long been lobbying to take over VK. Then, in April 2014, Durov stated he had sold his stake in the company and became a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis back in February after "coming under increasing pressure" from the Russian Federal Security Service to hand over personal details of users who were members of a VK group dedicated to the Euromaidan protest movement in Ukraine. (3)
The Euromaidan protest ousted the Russian-backed president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, whom Paul Manafort had worked to install. (4)
Facebook talks US Elections with Russia In Oct 2012 Zuckerberg traveled to Moscow and met Dmitry Medvedev where they had a very interesting conversation:
Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Medvedev talked about Facebook’s role in politics, though only jokingly in reference to its importance in the American presidential campaign, according to Mr. Medvedev’s press office. (1)
While there he also visited Victor Vekselberg's Skolkovo, who’s currently under investigation by Mueller for donations to Trump (2).
As Obama’s effort to reboot diplomatic relations [with Russia] sputtered, federal officials began raising alarms about the Skolkovo Foundation’s ties to Putin. “The foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research, development facilities and dual-use technologies” (3)
And took time to teach Russian's how to hack Facebook friend data, the same hack used by Cambridge Analytica, Donald Trump’s campaign data firm.
In a 2012 video, Facebook's Simon Cross shows the Moscow crowd how they can "get a ton of other information" on Facebook users and their friends. "We now have an access token, so now let's make the same request again and see what happens," Cross explains (YouTube). "We've got a little bit more data, but now we can start doing really interesting stuff. We can get my friends. We can get some more information about one of my friends. Here's Connor, who you'll meet later. Say 'hello,' Connor. He's waving. And we can also get a ton of other information as well." (4)
Facebook later hired the individual who hacked Facebook and sold the data to Cambridge Analytica (5). A month after that visit, Putin propaganda mouth-piece Konstantin Rykov, claims he began helping with Trump’s presidential aspirations (6). Days later, Trump registered “Make America Great Again” (7). The following year, Russia's Troll Factory, the Internet Research Agency, was created as was Cambridge Analytica.
Andrei Shleifer and Len Blavatnik Len Blavatnik, a US-Russian oligarch currently under investigation by Mueller, graduated from Harvard in 1989 and quickly formed Renova-Invest with Viktor Vekselberg, another oligarch under Mueller’s investigation (7)(8). Since then Blavatnik has maintained close ties to the university. In 1992, after the fall of the Soviet Union, Andrei Shleifer led a consortium of Harvard professors to assist Russia’s vice-president, Antaoly Chubais, with the privatization of Russia’s state-run assets. Scandal broke when it was revealed Shleifer, through Blavatnik’s company and with Blavatnik’s guidance, invested in the very companies he worked to privatize. (6) Years later, Shleifer continued to fund loans to Blavatnik for Russian ventures through his hedge fund, managed by his wife, Nancy Zimmerman (9), and created the Russian Recovery Fund which bought $230 million of Russian debt from Julian Robertson’s Tiger Management (10), who’s seed fun, Tiger Global, later invested in Milner’s DST. Len Blavatnik and Viktor Vekselberg are major investors in Rusal (11). Schleifer is still a professor at Harvard.
Breyer and Harvard On April 2013, two months after Breyer was elected to the board of Harvard (1), Len Blavatnik, donated $50 million to the school (2) and joined the Board of Dean’s Advisors (3)(4) and Harvard’s Global Advisory Council (6) alongside Breyer. The next month Breyer announced plans to step down from the board of Facebook with an intention of focusing on his latest Harvard appointment (5). In 2016 Len Blavatnik donated over $7 million to GOP candidates, including $2.5 million to Mitch McConnell himself (7).
Breyer invests in Russian Companies In 2014 Breyer’s Accel Partners invested in Russian hotel booking site, Ostrovok, along with Yuri Milner, Esther Dyson (1), Mark Pincus, and Peter Thiel (2). Accel Partners also invested in Avito.ru in 2012 (3) and KupiVIP.ru in 2011 (4).
Jim Breyer, Blackstone Group, and Saudi Arabia In 2011 Schwarzman was named to the board of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (2), headed by Kirill Dimitriev. In June 2016, during Trump’s presidential campaign, Jim Breyer met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman, or MBS (8). The next month Breyer joined the board of Blackstone Group (1) alongside Stephen Schwarzman and Jacob Rothschild (3). In the past Blackstone Group had loaned Kushner Companies a combined $400 million over multiple projects (7). In the 2018 election cycle, Schwzarman donated $5 million to the pro-McConnell superPAC, Senate Majority PAC (13). Jacob’s brother, Nat, is business partners with both Oleg Deripaska (4), Rupert Murdoch, and Dick Cheney (5). Nat is also a major investor in Glencore, one of the purchasers of Rosneft stock detailed in the Steele Dossier (6), and RusAl. In January 2017, Breyer’s business partner at Wickr, Erik Prince, was introduced to Dimitriev by MBS’s emissary, George Nader, and the Crown Prince of the UAE (10). On October 22, 2018, three weeks after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, when most American investors were spooked away from Saudi Arabia, Jim Breyer showed up at an MBS-hosted Saudi business summit alongside Kirill Dimitriev of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (9). That same day, MBS pledged $20 billion for Blackstone Group's new infrastructure fund (11) to fund Elaine Chao's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan (12). Elaine Chao, Mitch McConnells wife and Jim Breyer's sister-in-law, is Trump's Secretary of Transportation.
Of Wolves And Weasels - Day 54 - Weekend Wrapup #1
Hey all, GoodShibe here! It's been quite a week, lots of hard work being done by the Dogecoin community, lots of great ideas coming online. So, let's take a moment to look back at what we, as a community, have accomplished in the last 7 days! (With a great note of thanks to hail_pentabarf for helping me put this list together!) Top Memes/Laughs
Our new mail icon is live - very cute! Created by voolp and shared the Original concept in this thread.
Welcome back TheBoffin - who had received a 'Reddit-wide Ban' for 'too much tipping'! But was returned to active duty after a very active Shibe-email campaign to Reddit Admins [you can stop emailing them now ;D)]. Great work all!! Shared by TheBoffin in this thread
ALTCY has put up a weekly review also, a well-thought-out technical analysis of the state of the Satoshi/Dogecoin :D)
Hilarity for Charity - Started by Seth Rogen, the Dogecoin community is hoping to raise 10 Million for Alzheimer's research
DogeBot - A Highschool Robotics team out of Cincinnatti, Ohio is looking to raise Dogecoin to sponsor them to go to the Indiana State tournament on March 15th. Dogecoin logo will be painted on the bot - and if they make it to 1 Million DOGE, they'll name it DogeBot!
Love Your Melon - Shared by gendale, this is a charity raising money to give hats to cancer patients - looking to accept Dogecoin! Get involved, this looks good!
Did I forget anything? I'm sure I did. If so, please let me know in the comments! It's 9:59AM EST and we're at 55.77% of DOGEs found. Our Global Hashrate is on the rise from ~68 to ~72 Gigahashes per second and our Difficulty is dropping from ~1205 to ~1097. Sorry for the lateness of today's post, I got up at 6am and started this, and I could still be going! As always, I appreciate your support! GoodShibe TL;DR: We've had a busy week! EDIT: Also! Now's a really good time to subshibe to /GoodShibe - some good things going to be coming out of there starting this Monday!
To raise the price of doge we need to use it! (List of stores/exchanges that will accept doge!)
While I love donating and tipping, doge needs to be spent on goods and services to gain value. Now I'm not saying we should stop tipping and donating, but we should also spend some more on goods and services! Let the doge flow! And in the light of doge4water being funded I think we should give ourselves a little present too!! So it's time to buy with doge! Note: I am not responsible for any experiences or transactions in any of these exchanges or stores. Nor am I affiliated with any of them. Exchanges:
Again this list is not comprehensive. If you have any more suggestions please PM me (Some of the stores aren't listed but are on the directories and some sites are listed and on the directories, by the way) And finally a video for you guys :). To the moon fellow shibes!
Of Wolves and Weasels - Day 768 - Beware BitVenus (and their Ilk)
Hey all, GoodShibe here! So I recently had some red-flags raised my way in regards to the new exchange BitVenus.com (don't go there). I'd first heard of them a couple of weeks back when this post went up, but didn't think much of it. However, after reading the most recent posts by ezone2kil
It's now become pretty clear that this site -- that proclaims to "Offer Instant Payouts!" -- is one to stay far, far away from, especially after ezone2kil received the following message from those behind the site: Dear Customer, Thank you for contacting us. Due to the big volume we are currently able to process only transactions which are over 5M Dogecoins. I've noticed that your transaction is for 1573980 Dogecoins, if you want you can reach the level of 5M with sending 3426020 more Dogecoins to the same address D9dtdHCyBthRXgM6oJg8YaPAkVrEB1GbT8 and your payment will be processed instantly. Or if you prefer we can start a refund procedure for you (please be aware that a refund procedure will take some time). Regards, BitVenus Of course there's no mention at all on the site that it's a 5 Million DOGE minimum to qualify for their "instant payout". Instead you get: 'Send us more money and we'll release the money we already have. Pinky swear!' Unfortunately sites like this tend to pop up from time to time, offering the classic "too good to be true" sweet spot of "Instant" transfers, often of Dogecoin to some sort of 'real' money payout. The now-defunct DogeSolutions.com did something very similar last year, though their trick was much more openly stupid (charging people $5 USD per trade). They were also promising the holy trinity of Fast, Anonymous, Doge-To-Paypal (or Skrill) payments. Simply put: Any time you see some website telling you that they can give you Instant, Anonymous, Coin-To-"Cash" transactions... run away. Don't walk, don't bother reading their ToS. Run. Especially if they're telling you that they can do Anonymous DOGE to USD transactions. So, why did I find myself bringing up DogeSolutions.com in regards to BitVenus? Well, they have some very, very interesting hallmarks that would lead me to believe the same scammers are involved. Not only do they hit that same 'holy trinity. But, no, lo-and-behold, BitVenus is also advertising: Low fees per transaction We have a fixed fee of 6 USD / 5 EUR / 4 GBP per transaction. This is the only fee, there are no extra and no hidden fees. They're also paying out to Paypal and Skrill (with the added bonus of "bank account" now!). That's a pretty specific call-back, if you ask me. Unfortunately, DogeSolutions.com is dead, but I've now archived BitVenus.com for future reference for the next time they decide to bring some similar site forward. Incidentally, you can catch a glimpse of the old DogeSolutions.com site in this "Review" (totally not made by a shill account!) and in this promo video that was made by Zenturio98 as a contest entry... that DogeSolutions never actually paid out for. DogeSolutions also blatantly stole their logo - which also seems to be a hallmark of these pop-up scam sites. Please be careful when choosing to use new exchanges, there is no shortage of sock puppet accounts that can and will pop out of the woodwork to tell you how amazing this new service is and how 'they just used it themselves' (Also a classic scam technique). If it seems too good to be true - or is openly bragging about breaking US law (instant DOGE to USD conversion with zero ID involved is putting them head-first against FINCEN anti-money-laundering regulations) - it's not worth taking a chance on. Stay safe out there my friends! If you believe that you have been scammed, gather as much evidence as you can and try these links to help find relief In The US
This is a brief reminder that there is a 500,000 DOGE Bounty still in play. Of Wolves and Weasels is looking for Writers and Artists! Do you have some cool ideas for stories or some skills to share so that new-Shibes can learn how to read the markets? Do you love to draw and paint or sing about Dogecoin? Get in touch! We'd love to have you with us! Do you have an idea for a Dogecoin business? Would you like some help in getting set up? Let's talk! It's 12:01AM EST (wanted to get this out ASAP!) and our Global Hashrate is holding strong at ~1400 while our Difficulty is holding at ~13522. As always, I appreciate your support! GoodShibe
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