How George Soros Upstaged Donald Trump at Davos


mentalfloss
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This Soros guy makes a lotta sense!


How George Soros Upstaged Donald Trump at Davos

The big news at Davos on Thursday was supposed to be Donald Trump’s arrival. According to reports from the Swiss ski resort, much of the town was locked down for his descent from the skies in a seven-aircraft chopper-cade. Once on the ground, the U.S. President proceeded to bilateral meetings with Theresa May and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Ministers of Britain and Israel, respectively.

Predictably enough, Trump rapidly made some Trumpian news by needlessly insulting the Palestinian leaders and threatening to withhold U.S. financial aid. But on Thursday night Trump ended up getting upstaged by another elderly Manhattan billionaire: George Soros. As the President was hosting a dinner for various business leaders, Soros was across town, talking about the various threats facing Western democracies, a category in which he included the Trump Administration.

For decades now, Soros, who made his fortune as a speculator and hedge-fund manager, has been championing the values of democracy, pluralism, and individual rights around the world. He’s backed up his words by donating many billions of dollars to his Open Society Foundation. (Eighteen billion dollars in the past few years alone, the Wall Street Journal reported in October.) At the age of eighty-seven, Soros has retired from investing and spends most of his time on philanthropy. “I find the current moment in history rather painful,” he said at the outset of his remarks.

“Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of dictatorships and mafia states, exemplified by Putin’s Russia, are on the rise.

In the United States, President Trump would like to establish a mafia state, but he can’t, because the Constitution, other institutions, and a vibrant civil society won’t allow it.”

If the resilience of the U.S. system was encouraging, Soros intimated, there were still grave dangers to be faced, including the rise of authoritarianism in places like Hungary and the fact that under Trump “the United States is set on a course toward nuclear war by refusing to accept that North Korea has become a nuclear power.” This refusal had created an incentive for North Korea “to develop its nuclear capacity with all possible speed,” Soros argued, which in turn “may induce the United States to use its nuclear superiority preëmptively” and start a nuclear war. The only solution, he added, was to “come to terms with North Korea as a nuclear power.”

Harsh as they were, Soros’s criticisms of Trump weren’t exactly surprising. During the 2016 election cycle, Soros Fund Management donated about twenty-five million dollars to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, according to a spokesperson. This time last year, Soros called Trump a “would-be dictator” and predicted that he would fail. On Thursday in Davos, he went on: “I give President Trump credit for motivating his core supporters brilliantly, but for every core supporter he has created a greater number of core opponents who are equally strongly motivated. That is why I expect a Democratic landslide in 2018.”

More unexpected was where Soros went next. After acknowledging the dangers of climate change, he turned his attention to “another global problem: the rise and monopolistic behavior of the giant I.T.-platform companies,” such as Facebook and Google. Here was a threat, Soros suggested, that was likely to be more lasting than the Trump Administration.

As these huge companies have come to dominate the Internet, “they have caused a variety of problems of which we are only now beginning to become aware,” he explained. Echoing something Rupert Murdoch said last week, he identified one of these problems as the tech giants’ failure to pay for the content on their platforms. “They claim they are merely distributing information. But the fact that they are near-monopoly distributors makes them public utilities, and should subject them to more stringent regulations, aimed at preserving competition, innovation, and fair and open universal access.”

In economic terms, Soros suggested, the tech giants were making excessive profits and stifling innovation. And their behavior was also causing larger social and political problems. Social-media companies “deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide,” he noted. “This can be very harmful, particularly for adolescents.” In this sense, tech companies were similar to casinos that “have developed techniques to hook gamblers to the point where they gamble away all their money, even money they don’t have.”

It wasn’t merely a matter of “distraction” or “addiction,” Soros went on. Social-media companies “are inducing people to give up their autonomy. . . . It takes a real effort to assert and defend what John Stuart Mill called ‘the freedom of mind.’ There is a possibility that, once lost, people who grow up in the digital age will have difficulty in regaining it. This may have far-reaching political consequences. People without the freedom of mind can be easily manipulated.”

Soros suggested that this sort of manipulation “already played an important role in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.” And “there is an even more alarming prospect on the horizon,” he added. “There could be an alliance between authoritarian states and these large, data-rich I.T. monopolies that would bring together nascent systems of corporate surveillance with an already developed system of state-sponsored surveillance. This may well result in a web of totalitarian control the likes of which not even Aldous Huxley or George Orwell could have imagined.”

Soros predicted that Russia and China were the two countries where “such unholy marriages are likely to occur first.” Chinese tech companies are “fully equal to the American ones,” and they “enjoy the full support and protection of the Xi Jinping regime.” Another disturbing possibility was that U.S. tech companies would “compromise themselves in order to gain entrance to these vast and fast-growing markets. The dictatorial leaders in these countries may be only too happy to collaborate with them, since they want to improve their methods of control over their own populations and expand their power and influence in the United States and the rest of the world.”

How are we to take all this? As the prescient warning of a defender of freedom who sees his life’s work under threat? As the ill-considered thoughts of an old man who doesn’t quite get the new age, or as something in between? In this time of Russian bot farms, rapidly advancing artificial-intelligence algorithms, and warnings about the potentially harmful effects of digital technology from former executives of Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies, Soros was surely on to something, even if his argument that “regulation and taxation” could undo online monopolies sounded somewhat optimistic.

In any case, for one night, at least, Soros had achieved the virtually impossible, and eclipsed Donald Trump from the headlines.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-c...trump-at-davos
 
Hoid
+1
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Soros is worth way more money than Trump, making him superior.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
+1
#3
Yes Trump insulted the Palestinian leaders by threading to cut off their free lunch . whaaaa .
 
Danbones
Free Thinker
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#4
Soros destroys countries (remember what he did to the british lb, and he also collapsed Argentina's economy, and paid to help install NAZIS in ukraine, and he also has Canada lined up to be screwed as well.)

The old sauron jew burner lost a BILLION when his fixed election failed and trump won.

Its been nothing but salty CRACKERS ever since.

George Soros lost about $1 billion after Trump's election
Hedge fund legend George Soros lost a lot of money after the election of Donald Trump, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/billiona...ion-1484227167
http://www.businessinsider.com/georg...lection-2017-1

Well MF, ain't that a hillary upstage moment eh doood?

guess it pays YOUR bills though MF, selling everyone out for that old genocidal freak
 
Walter
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#5  Top Rated Post
Trump is POTUS and therefore has more sway than any other billionaire. If Trump was upstaged why wasn't Soros on all the front pages. Another Analfloss wet dream blown up.
 
Danbones
Free Thinker
#6
George Soros, man of failed prophecies, predicts Trump ‘danger’ to soon ‘disappear

George Soros, the billionaire who likes to paint himself as a philanthropist to poor people but who really has a much more selfish and self-interested history of manipulating currencies to his benefit, slammed President Donald Trump and his administration during a speech in Davos as dangerous — and then added this snark: But at least this White House won’t be around that long, he said.

Read it and laugh. Soros isn’t exactly known for his prophetic powers.

“I consider the Trump administration a danger to the world,” Soros said, Bloomberg reported. “But I regard it as a purely temporary phenomenon that will disappear in 2020, or even sooner.”

Democrats, he predicted, will win in 2018 by a “landslide.”

No doubt, he’s trying his best to ensure Trump’s White House career will be short. The billionaire has an aversion to all-things-populist — of which Trump is one — as well as all things conservative. And he doesn’t shy from sticking his money into elections to sway them as he sees fit.

Sadly for him, his money isn’t always well spent. Look at this.

“Leaked documents from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations reveal how Soros works to defeat populist candidates and movements in Europe,” the Daily Caller reported in April of 2017. “Soros, a U.S. citizen, uses a network of nonprofits and partner organizations across Europe to try and affect the outcomes of elections in foreign countries, documents show.”

A year earlier, it was this, from Politico.

“George Soros is back,” a July 2016 piece titled “George Soros rises again” read. “The billionaire investor, who scaled back his political giving after a then-unprecedented $27 million spending spree to try to defeat President George W. Bush in 2004, has quietly reemerged as a leading funder of Democratic politics — and as a leading boogeyman of conservatives. Soros has donated or committed more than $25 million to boost Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates and causes.”

The takeaway? Soros doesn’t exactly have a recent history of picking political winners.

He lost $27 million trying to defeat Bush.

He lost $25 million trying to help Clinton and her fellow Dems win in 2016.

And now he’s predicting Trump will soon be tossed from office — maybe even sooner than 2020, which is an offhand jab at impeachment?

Bloomberg notes: “Soros’s predictions at last year’s conference in Davos were also gloomy and bearish on Trump, and have yet to pan out. He said that the stock market rally would soon come to an end. Since then, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has rallied almost 30 percent.”

Another Soros prediction, another Soros error. The phrase grain of salt is what comes to mind. It’s almost to the point of becoming this: If Soros says yes, then the world should bet no. If Soros goes right, then the world should go left. If Soros predicts a rise of Democrats in 2018 — then conservatives in America might as well start congratulating their Republican Party friends for the upcoming wins right now.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news...ngs-trump-dan/

Guess he didn't invest enough dough in hitlary for the wynne, so now he's doomed because of TRUMPS recent EO:

Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption
https://www.whitehouse.gov/president...se-corruption/

...and in this day of the un erasable internet ( see "the fbi's Missing files found)

all the minions will go down with the ship too.

Hey walter they should have another color for nazi thumbs besides the communist red ones we already have here.



What is that Walter?..^
( yeah, the real Mental floss! sure I get the joke...it is a joke right?)

While Yatsenuyk’s Fatherland Party controls the majority of portfolios and Svoboda Neo-Nazi leader Oleh Tyahnybok was not granted a major cabinet post (apparently at the request of assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland), members of Svoboda and the Right Sector occupy key positions in the areas of Defense, Law Enforcement, Education and Economic Affairs.

Neo Nazi Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok

Andriy parubiy.jpgAndriy Parubiy [right] co-founder of the Neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine (subsequently renamed Svoboda) was appointed Secretary of the National Security and National Defense Committee (RNBOU). (Рада національної безпеки і оборони України), a key position which overseas the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, National Security and Intelligence. The RNBOU is central decision-making body. While it is formally headed by the president, it is run by the Secretariat with a staff of 180 people including defense, intelligence and national security experts.

Parubiy was one of the main leaders behind the Orange Revolution in 2004. His organization was funded by the West. He is referred to by the Western media as the “kommandant” of the EuroMaidan movement. Andriy Parubiy together with party leader Oleh Tyahnybok is a follower of Ukrainian Nazi Stepan Bandera, who collaborated in the mass murderer of Jews and Poles during World War II.

Neo-Nazi march honoring Stepan Bandera

In turn, Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Right Sector delegation in the parliament, has been appointed Parubiy’s deputy Secretary of the RNBOU.

Yarosh was the leader of the Brown Shirt Neo-Nazi paramilitary during the EuroMaidan “protest” movement. He has called for disbanding the Party of the regions and the Communist Party.
https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-u-...kraine/5371554
 
Jinentonix
No Party Affiliation
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Man, Trump has been living rent-free in flossie's head for so long he could've built a house in there.
 
mentalfloss
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

George Soros, man of failed prophecies, predicts Trump ‘danger’ to soon ‘disappear

George Soros, the billionaire who likes to paint himself as a philanthropist to poor people but who really has a much more selfish and self-interested history of manipulating currencies to his benefit, slammed President Donald Trump and his administration during a speech in Davos as dangerous — and then added this snark: But at least this White House won’t be around that long, he said.

Read it and laugh. Soros isn’t exactly known for his prophetic powers.

“I consider the Trump administration a danger to the world,” Soros said, Bloomberg reported. “But I regard it as a purely temporary phenomenon that will disappear in 2020, or even sooner.”

Democrats, he predicted, will win in 2018 by a “landslide.”

No doubt, he’s trying his best to ensure Trump’s White House career will be short. The billionaire has an aversion to all-things-populist — of which Trump is one — as well as all things conservative. And he doesn’t shy from sticking his money into elections to sway them as he sees fit.

Sadly for him, his money isn’t always well spent. Look at this.

“Leaked documents from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations reveal how Soros works to defeat populist candidates and movements in Europe,” the Daily Caller reported in April of 2017. “Soros, a U.S. citizen, uses a network of nonprofits and partner organizations across Europe to try and affect the outcomes of elections in foreign countries, documents show.”

A year earlier, it was this, from Politico.

“George Soros is back,” a July 2016 piece titled “George Soros rises again” read. “The billionaire investor, who scaled back his political giving after a then-unprecedented $27 million spending spree to try to defeat President George W. Bush in 2004, has quietly reemerged as a leading funder of Democratic politics — and as a leading boogeyman of conservatives. Soros has donated or committed more than $25 million to boost Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates and causes.”

The takeaway? Soros doesn’t exactly have a recent history of picking political winners.

He lost $27 million trying to defeat Bush.

He lost $25 million trying to help Clinton and her fellow Dems win in 2016.

And now he’s predicting Trump will soon be tossed from office — maybe even sooner than 2020, which is an offhand jab at impeachment?

Bloomberg notes: “Soros’s predictions at last year’s conference in Davos were also gloomy and bearish on Trump, and have yet to pan out. He said that the stock market rally would soon come to an end. Since then, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has rallied almost 30 percent.”

Another Soros prediction, another Soros error. The phrase grain of salt is what comes to mind. It’s almost to the point of becoming this: If Soros says yes, then the world should bet no. If Soros goes right, then the world should go left. If Soros predicts a rise of Democrats in 2018 — then conservatives in America might as well start congratulating their Republican Party friends for the upcoming wins right now.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news...ngs-trump-dan/

Guess he didn't invest enough dough in hitlary for the wynne, so now he's doomed because of TRUMPS recent EO:

Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption
https://www.whitehouse.gov/president...se-corruption/

...and in this day of the un erasable internet ( see "the fbi's Missing files found)

all the minions will go down with the ship too.

Hey walter they should have another color for nazi thumbs besides the communist red ones we already have here.



What is that Walter?..^
( yeah, the real Mental floss! sure I get the joke...it is a joke right?)

While Yatsenuyk’s Fatherland Party controls the majority of portfolios and Svoboda Neo-Nazi leader Oleh Tyahnybok was not granted a major cabinet post (apparently at the request of assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland), members of Svoboda and the Right Sector occupy key positions in the areas of Defense, Law Enforcement, Education and Economic Affairs.

Neo Nazi Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok

Andriy parubiy.jpgAndriy Parubiy [right] co-founder of the Neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine (subsequently renamed Svoboda) was appointed Secretary of the National Security and National Defense Committee (RNBOU). (Рада національної безпеки і оборони України), a key position which overseas the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, National Security and Intelligence. The RNBOU is central decision-making body. While it is formally headed by the president, it is run by the Secretariat with a staff of 180 people including defense, intelligence and national security experts.

Parubiy was one of the main leaders behind the Orange Revolution in 2004. His organization was funded by the West. He is referred to by the Western media as the “kommandant” of the EuroMaidan movement. Andriy Parubiy together with party leader Oleh Tyahnybok is a follower of Ukrainian Nazi Stepan Bandera, who collaborated in the mass murderer of Jews and Poles during World War II.

Neo-Nazi march honoring Stepan Bandera

In turn, Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Right Sector delegation in the parliament, has been appointed Parubiy’s deputy Secretary of the RNBOU.

Yarosh was the leader of the Brown Shirt Neo-Nazi paramilitary during the EuroMaidan “protest” movement. He has called for disbanding the Party of the regions and the Communist Party.
https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-u-...kraine/5371554


Did you know that Soros is a palindrome?
 
Danbones
Free Thinker
+1
#9
lol poor MF,

Trey Gowdy just said the fisa memo means you all are done.
 
mentalfloss
#10
I'm serious - it's a fukking palindrome.
 
captain morgan
No Party Affiliation
#11
You're dead right DB.

At first I thought you were providing some geeky dungeons and dragons reference but after looking it up, I saw otherwise
 
mentalfloss
#12
Soros

soroS
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
#13
Danny Boy's crack dealer sold him some high grade this time.
 
Curious Cdn
No Party Affiliation
#14
George Soros!


[Danbones head starts spinning 'round and 'round spewing bile]


PAAZOOZOOOOO!!
 
Danbones
Free Thinker
#15
BREAKING: House Intel Committee Votes to Release Classified FISA Memo - 1/29/18

[youtube]PFdepS_CDTU[/youtube]

your done you two bit puke
5:01
Watch Adam Schiff's face in response to what is said. He is shitting bricks.

Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

George Soros!


[Danbones head starts spinning 'round and 'round spewing bile]


PAAZOOZOOOOO!!

Ah the poor little nazi is having a poo fit

Don't drown down there FOOL...JAIL iS a COMIN for you!!!!
 
mentalfloss
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Danbones
Free Thinker
#17
It cost him billions...like a male version of HITLARY, the ULTIMATE LOSER!!!

no wonder you nestle his glowballs so carefully

But just to show everyone who pulls your nazicommie el cheapo strings:

List Of 206 Organizations Funded By George Soros That Are Operating In The US

These organizations are directly funded by George Soros and his Open Society Foundations.
https://needtoknow.news/2017/04/list...-operating-us/