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ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is traveling to Russia this week to meet with Russian officials ostensibly about the supermajor’s operations in the country in lieu of the ongoing Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.

Tillerson in Russian – Oilpro- 2015

“We don’t take sides in any geopolitical events,” Tillerson said of the conflict in Ukraine in a meeting with reporters a year ago. “We have navigated these kinds of challenges before.”

The company’s fourth-quarter output tumbled to a 15-year low, and its shares lost 8.7 percent of their value in 2014, the steepest annual decline since 2009.

The U.S. oil explorer’s willingness to expand in Russia when western governments are working to isolate President Putin’s regime may indicate it expects sanctions to be short-lived, said Timothy Ash, chief economist for emerging markets at Standard Bank Plc in London.

Tillerson aligning with Russia over Ukraine – 20-03-2015

It was a moment of triumph for the chief executive officer of ExxonMobil. Almost a decade into the job, Rex Tillerson learned in September 2014 that the costliest well in the company’s history had struck oil a mile beneath the icy seas off the Siberian coast. It was what the industry likes to call an elephant—as much as a billion barrels, then worth about $97 billion. Exxon’s Russian partner, Rosneft, estimated the ocean floor around the $700 million well could hold more crude than the entire Gulf of Mexico. Tillerson had bet big on Russia, and it looked like he’d finally silence concerns that Exxon’s crude output had plummeted for most of his tenure.

Yet no sooner had the company made the energy industry’s most promising find in 45 years than Exxon was packing up the drilling rig and going home. The short-lived victory had been snatched away by economic sanctions imposed in response to Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s support of Ukrainian rebels.

Bloomberg – 04-09-2015

Trump’s popularity soars in his first weeks in office as an energized Republican Congress passes a huge fiscal stimulus.

This is likely, tiny checks for most, big checks for others, no real improvement in the economy

“He wishes me well, too, in my campaign, and he said that, well, we are doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way,” Mr. Duterte said.

What’s to Stop Donald Trump from going on Twitter and saying “Take ‘em out” … literally nothing.

Every morning in the Philippines, a handful of bodies are found littering the streets. Their faces are often covered in black plastic tape. Sometimes there are signs of torture. Usually, they have been shot in the head. Few bother police – they are usually suspected of being responsible.

This is a lead line into a story about a country that embraced “The Good old Days” that never really existed anywhere but in the minds of violent misanthropes. Now though….

Trump will launch a “victory tour” on Thursday in Ohio to thank his supporters. Earlier this month a Trump campaign staffer suggested that the tour will include “the states that we won and the swing states we flipped over,” suggesting that stops in Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are forthcoming.

Warren Ellis, you bastard, you are our oracle. Where is our Spider Jerusalem now?

Trump’s pledge to be “friendlier to businesses by easing regulations and overhauling the corporate tax code” means that the 1,000 jobs Trump reportedly saved—1,000 are still going to Mexico—are now going to be used as a wedge to pass a massive tax cut that will overwhelmingly benefit the Carrier workers’ bosses, while the “easing” of regulations could hurt their ability to make a living wage, stay safe at work, keep their jobs, or all three. So Trump went to Indiana with a deal that benefited the people who wanted to move jobs to Mexico—and are still moving 1,000 jobs there—and declared it a victory for workers when it’s a victory for their bosses.

When you’ve got immigrants that are coming here legally, we’ve never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion.

Nicky Haley, UN Ambassador, not a student of History