We didn't get much coverage which I have now come to expect, but it did make me laugh when Colin Murray said after the Norwich game that "it looked like it was going to be Farke in hell but it turned out to be Farke in heaven". Just as well it was on after 9pm or he may have got in trouble for that.
So far this season - Brizzle, Villa, Stoke, Rotherham & Ipswich - are all below us in the table and we are yet to lose to anyone above us in the table. Shows what a strange division this is without the huge disparity between the top and bottom in the prem due to money.
Read a very interesting article on your hero's shady background and relationship with Russia & Putin. What a guy!
*********************** Trump's businesses went bankrupt so many times in the 1990s that many legitimate banks wouldn’t lend to him anymore. He turned to Russian oligarchs -- Putin’s ruling clique -- to bankroll his projects, and launder their dirty money for them. This was, and continues to be, a huge part of his business. He’s a Russian money launderer.
"We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia." Donald Trump JR, 2014
Trump’s main financial backer for the Trump Tower Toronto was a Russian-Canadian billionaire who got the money by selling a massive steel mill in Ukraine for nearly a billion dollars. $100 million of that money was paid to a Kremlin-backed fixer, likely as a bribe to VERY high Russian officials. The Chairman of the Bank who financed the deal? Vladimir Putin.
Trump bought his home in Palm Beach, Florida for $41 million. A few years later, with no real increase in the value -- he sold it for $95 million -- the most expensive home in America at the time! Why? A major Russian oligarch bought it -- we don’t know yet why he effectively ‘gave’ Trump $54 million. But it’s classic money laundering practice.
Trump's real estate deals were often fuelled by Russian money, typically passed through shady shell companies. 77% of Trump Soho apartments were bought with cash by such mysterious companies. At least 13 people with links to Russian oligarchs or mobsters lived in Trump properties, including one of Russia's top mobsters. One even ran a high-stakes illegal gambling ring in the apartment right below Trump's!
"Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets" Donald Trump JR, 2008
Trump’s financial broker and “Senior Advisor” was a Russian convicted felon named Felix Sater, widely known as a mafia figure who once stabbed someone in the face with a broken margarita glass, requiring over 100 stitches. Sater helped set up shell companies, and arranged funding for Trump’s projects, including plans for Trump Tower Moscow. He’s also part of Putin’s inner circle. Here’s one email he wrote to Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen in November, 2015:
"Michael, I arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putins private chair at his desk and office in the Kremlin. I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected. We both know no one else knows how to pull this off without stupidity or greed getting in the way. I know how to play it and we will get this done. Buddy our boy can become President of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will." New York Times, August 27, 2017
Trump’s other main business is casinos -- which are classic money laundering vehicles. One of his casinos was 100 times found in violation of federal rules protecting against money laundering, and paid the largest fine ever levied against a casino for having “willfully violated” anti-money laundering rules. Trump has a legal obligation to do “due diligence” for all his businesses to prevent laundering. His senior executive’s comment on this was “Donald doesn’t do diligence”.
Putin is a former KGB officer who has used chemical weapons, assassinated people in other countries, invaded the Ukraine, occupied Crimea, shot down the MH17 airliner with almost 300 passengers on board, aided a murderous regime in Syria, condoned the beating and torture of gays, stolen up to $200 billion from his own people, hacked foreign elections and launched what NATO calls the largest hybrid warfare campaign in history to undermine western liberal democracies. He is also widely believed to have ordered the murder of Russian journalists and critics, and bombed hundreds of Russian civilians to fake a terrorist attack and justify a war in Chechnya.
Yet when asked at their press conference if Trump had any criticism of Putin, he had none, and ridiculed US law enforcement for investigating Russian attacks on US democracy! Why? Trump has been working for Putin's corrupt inner circle for almost 20 years. And it's that corrupt circle that promises to make him rich for the next 20 (he's refused, in violation of all ethics, to divest from his businesses as President). Trump *may* be a Russian intelligence asset, he *may* have colluded with Putin to sabotage the US election. But what is clear is that he is a corrupt Russian money launderer, in the pocket of a KGB dictator.
Fair play, our former player gave us a lot of praise for our performance against Huddersfield. There are many who wouldn't have done. He obviously appreciates the fact that sometimes you have to do whatever you have to do to get something.
Deserves his own thread for keeping us in the game last night. Thought he was poor in the Notts County replay, trying to punch crosses I could have caught and regularly causing panic in our defence but fairplay, he was excellent last night and we might not have a quarter final to look forward to if he hadn't made some very good saves in the first half especially that first fingertip save which was world class.
We have 7 consecutive home games against Newcastle, Watford, Huddersfield, Leicester, Brighton, Bournemouth & West Brom. It's always said that you need to win your home games and all of these must be seen as winnable so a decent points tally from these 7 games plus maybe the odd point away should see us close to 20 points well before the half way stage of the season. We need to make The Liberty a fortress, starting tomorrow.
The stats say we didn't have a shot on target against Southampton but surely that shot from Tammy after he'd left a Saints defender on his arse in the box, was on target until it hit a retreating defender? Why does that not count? Forster certainly thought it was goalbound.
Just bought my son a season ticket only 5 seats from my own and last week my brother and his son managed to relocate to seats almost within arms reach of mine. A bit of sweet talk to those around us and we could all be sitting next to each other next season
Would this have been possible if the odds weren't stacked against us retaining our Prem status? Looks like many are deserting already.
A few weeks ago I watched our team lose at Bournemouth in a game where your team selections were severely hampered by injuries to 3 of our 4 fullbacks. As a result, you experimented by using Leroy Fer as a makeshift right back and while he did a decent if unspectacular job on the day, the absence of his physicality in our midfield meant we never really got to grips with the game from the first whistle to the last due to a lightweight and dysfunctional midfield trio being overrun by their harder working counterparts.
I left the ground that afternoon feeling that the 'experiment' had been an unmitigated disaster but that is had been forced upon you by circumstances, however I was comforted by the certain knowledge that I would never have to witness it again.
So could I ask you one simple question please? On that disappointing afternoon, what exactly did you see (that I clearly missed) that led you to believe that the same 'experiment' was ever likely to work against a Tottenham midfield that is clearly harder working and more technically able than Bournemouth's? I genuinely would love to know.
When we saw Ki preparing to come on last night, my brother mentioned that it looked like Naughton was the one being replaced to which I replied "O God, no, please don't put Fer at right back again, that was a disaster at Bournemouth and I can see us losing this 2 or 3-1".
On this occasion, there are no excuses due to circumstances. You had a decent enough fullback on the bench in Steven Kingsley and although he would have been on the right instead of his preferred left, at least he IS a fullback with a fullback's instincts who is used to playing as part of our back four system. Instead, you again chose to move Leroy Fer out of his vital midfield role to become a stand-in fullback and as a result, we surrendered whatever grip we had in midfield and were overrun for the final period of the game which ended in a heartbreaking defeat.
Yours sincerely, a depressed and troubled Mr Karnataka
Talking to some mates about our defensive shape and organisation against Liverpool, we were wondering how much input Claude had. If he played a major part in the massive improvement, CM might well turn out to be our best signing during this window.
1/ I hope the American owners now realise that there is far more to running a premier league club than they are aware of and that they can't just make assumptions about what sort of manager is appropriate. A manager has to be appointed for football reasons only and there are certain criteria that must be met if another disaster is to be avoided.
2/ I hope the club learned a lesson when they sacked Monk and we don't end up in a similar fiasco during the coming weeks. If they did learn a lesson from that fiasco, they will have already talked to prospective managers behind the scenes before giving BB the bullet and a new appointment should happen quickly so that the changeover comes with minimum fuss.
While non-football topics seem to be in vogue this week, I thought I'd toss another in.
I've just returned from a few days in Italy which included a long overdue visit to Venice, a city of almost unparalleled beauty IMO.
Only one thing spoiled my Venice experience. It seemed to me there were countless thousands who had spent vast sums of money and travelled very long distances to visit some of the world's most impressive and iconic sights. But what do they take photographs of instead? Themselves. WTF?!?!
I wonder if they show their friends their photographic holiday memories by saying things like "Here's one of me obscuring at least half of the magnificent Basilica of St Mark in Venice" or "Here's another one of me and you can just make out a bit of Niagra Falls over my left shoulder or "Here's one of me completely ruining an otherwise excellent photograph of The Taj Mahal at sunset". Give me strength.
And if I'd seen another f*cking selfie stick within 24 hours of leaving Venice, someone may well have ended up with some serious rectal injuries.
At the end of Motd, they showed a newspaper article about Man City being after Alexis Sanchez but to the left of it was a smaller article which said Chelsea are interested in Ben Davies. If it happens, could be a good move for him or could just be a case of swapping one bench in London for another.