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Episode Info: elcome to CONNECT THE DOTS. I’m your host Lila Garrett and after a week of watching the parade of Donald Trumps’ choices for his cabinet and agency leaders, I was ready to give up. Fortunately, there are people and organizations out there who aren’t even considering it. Three of those noble people are interviewed on CONNECT THE DOTS today. They are Robert Weissman, of Public Citizen , Harvey Wasserman author of Solartopia, and Daniel Barnhart, Secretary of United Teachers of Los Angeles. These are organizations and leaders who handle the walk down the long dark road planned by Donald Trump as a challenge rather than a defeat. And before we even begin today’s show, I want to thank them. But the question remains, what normal human being can watch the parade of sneering Neanderthals offered by the “evil infant”—aka the President-elect—and not be affected by it? More than affected. Terrified. What writer of fiction can come up with three natural enemies who, out of greed, are now locked at the hip in a relationship as close as Romeo and Juliet, Eloise and Abelard, Tom and Jerry. I’m referring, of course, to Rex Tillerson, head of Exxon Mobile, the biggest privately owned oil company in the world. He made a deal with Vladamir Putin, the dictator of Russia, to drill 63.7 million acres of pristine land in northern Russia. This untouched land has under it three times more oil land than Exxon Mobil gets from the entire world put together, including the 14 million acres it leases from the US. What a coup for the new devoted duo! That lease agreement between Tillerson and Putin was made in 2011. But shortly after it was made, the Obama administration slapped Russia with sanctions for attacking the Crimea.   That meant Exxon wasn't permitted to drill in their yummy new 63.7 million acres. What a bummer for Tillerson and poor little Exxon. And what an insult to Putin. Something big had to be done. And something big was done. The story goes, Tillerson and Putin put their heads together and decided they needed
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