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Murder of Seth Rich: Our hope is now in Judicial Watch

Kim Dotcom is a German-Finnish Internet entrepreneur and political party founder who resides in Auckland, New Zealand. He claims that “I knew Seth Rich. I know he was the @Wikileaks source. I was involved,” and promised that he would release a full statement on Rich’s murder.

27-year-old Seth Rich was the disillusioned Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer, believed to have leaked thousands of damaging DNC emails to WikiLeaks, who was murdered in the early morning of last July 10, in a residential Washington, D.C. neighborhood. The Democrats insist that the DNC emails had been hacked by Russia or agents in collusion with Moscow.

After teasing and making us wait for two days, this morning Kim Dotcom released his much anticipated “statement” on Seth Rich — the 27-year-old DNC staffer who was murdered last July 20 — which turned out to be something of an anticlimax. This is his statement:

#SethRich was a hero

I know that Seth Rich was involved in the DNC leak.

I know this because in late 2014 a person contacted me about helping me to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. He called himself Panda. I now know that Panda was Seth Rich.

Panda advised me that he was working on voter analytics tools and other technologies that Internet Party may find helpful.

I communicated with Panda on a number of topics including corruption and the influence of corporate money in politics.

“He wanted to change that from the inside.”

I was referring to what I knew when I did an interview with Bloomberg in New Zealand in May 2015. In that interview I hinted that Julian Assange and Wikileaks would release information about Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.

The Rich family has reached out to me to ask that I be sensitive to their loss in my public comments. That request is entirely reasonable.

I have consulted with my lawyers. I accept that my full statement should be provided to the authorities and I am prepared to do that so that there can be a full investigation. My lawyers will speak with the authorities regarding the proper process.

If my evidence is required to be given in the United States I would be prepared to do so if appropriate arrangements are made. I would need a guarantee from Special Counsel Mueller, on behalf of the United States, of safe passage from New Zealand to the United States and back. In the coming days we will be communicating with the appropriate authorities to make the necessary arrangements. In the meantime, I will make no further comment.

Our hope now is in Judicial Watch, the D.C.-based citizens’ watchdog group.

President of Judicial Watch (JW) Tom Fitton says his organization is now investigating the murder of Seth Rich. Last week, JW filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Mayor’s Office. JW also has a FOI request to the FBI about the alleged DNC hack. Fitton says:

“You can trust Judicial Watch to get to the bottom of this issue…and to get the documents directly so that you and the American people can figure out whether or not there needs to be a controversy about this tragic murder, or whether there’s something more than meets the eye.”

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~Eowyn

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About that sinister pic of Trump touching a glowing orb

A photograph of President Trump in Saudi Arabia with his hands on a glowing orb is making a buzz online.

Here’s the explanation from Australia’s ABC, May 21, 2017:

Mr Trump, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman gathered around a luminescent sphere, in a tableau which drew comparisons to scenes from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter on social media.

But no, this isn’t the Eye of Sauron or some gadget from Dumbledore’s study.

During his first presidential trip to Saudi Arabia, Mr Trump, along with King Salman and Mr el-Sisi, were opening the new Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology.

The simultaneous touching of the ornamental globe signified the official start to the facility’s operations, and appears to have been intended as a gesture of solidarity for peace and shared values.

The centre has employed data analysts from across the world to monitor and analyse extremist propaganda and communications on both traditional and online platforms.

The opening of the centre followed Mr Trump’s major speech in which he called on Middle Eastern leaders to combat a “crisis of Islamic extremism” emanating from the region.

Mr Trump received a warm welcome from Arab leaders who have set aside his past campaign rhetoric, instead focusing on his desire to crack down on Iran.

In 2016 Mr Trump declared that “Islam hates us”.

But on Sunday, standing before dozens of Muslim world leaders, he said Islam was “one of the world’s great faiths”.

So, nothing sinister there — although the pic will be good fodder for a FOTM Caption Contest.  😉

~Eowyn

1/4 of Americans can’t pay their monthly bills

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System just published its 172-page annual Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2016.

First, the good news:

  1. “Overall, the modest improvements in financial well-being that were observed in recent years continued into 2016” with 70% of adults reporting “that they are either living comfortably or doing okay financially,” compared to 69% in 2015 and 62% in 2013.
  2. “Compared to previous years, fewer adults are ill-prepared for a modest financial disruption”.

These marginal improvements aside, the report contains some disturbing information although the U.S. supposedly is nearly eight years into an economic recovery:

  • As many as 30%, or approximately 73 million adults, are either finding it difficult to get by or are just getting by financially.
  • 13% of adults struggle to pay their bills in some months due to “income volatility” or month-to-month variability, while just under one-fourth of adults are not able to pay all of their current month’s bills in full.
  • 44% of adults say they either could not cover an emergency expense costing $400, or would cover it by selling something or borrowing money. (In 2013, the percentage was an even more alarming 50%.)
  • 47% of adults of adults report that their income exceeded their spending in the prior year.
  • 46% of adults with a credit card report that they are carrying credit card debt.

Some other findings:

  • Education, specifically a college education, makes a big difference:
    • 40% of adults with a high school degree or less report that they are struggling financially, compared to 17% of those with at least a bachelor’s degree.
    • 82% of adults with a bachelor’s degree or more in education said last year they were “living comfortably” or “doing okay,” up from 80% the year before, as well as 69% of those with some college or an associate degree, up from 66%.
    • 79% of those with at least a bachelor’s degree vs. 52% of those with only a high school diploma said they would still be able to pay all of their other bills in full if hit with a $400 charge.
  • Whites are slipping behind other races: “Non-Hispanic white adults with a high school degree or less are somewhat less likely than those of other races and ethnicities or those with more education to report that their financial well-being improved in 2016.”
  • 28% of adults who haven’t yet retired reported to being grossly unprepared, which suggests they have no retirement savings or pension.
  • Healthcare costs continue to be a burden:
    • 23% of adults had to pay a major unexpected out-of-pocket medical expense in the prior year.
    • 1/4 of adults report forgoing one or more type of health care in the prior year due to affordability.
    • Approximately 24 million people, representing 10% of adults, are carrying debt from medical expenses that they had to pay out of pocket in the previous year.

ZeroHedge reports that commenting on the report’s findings, Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said:

“the survey findings remind us that many American households are struggling financially, including fully 40 percent of those with a high school diploma or less. More broadly, 44 percent of all respondents could not cover an unexpected $400 emergency expense or would rely on borrowing or selling something to do so. The survey also shows that many adults have no savings for retirement.”

~Eowyn

Melania slaps Trump’s hand

This GIF has gone viral.

This morning, Air Force One landed in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

As President Trump and Melania are escorted by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who’s holding hands with wife Sara, Trump reaches his left hand to Melania, who’s walking slightly behind him.

Melania swats his hand away, without breaking her stride.

Here’s the video from which the GIF was made:

This video says that later, Melania held hands with Trump when they visited the Old City in Jerusalem.

UPDATE (May 24, 2017):

Two readers pointed out that what Trump and Melania did was giving each other a low-five (vs. a high-five). So I looked for a video of someone making a low-five, and had a GIF made of this baby giving his mother a low-five.

Compare the baby’s low-five to what Melania did:

I’m now convinced that’s what the Trumps were doing: Melania was walking slightly behind Trump, so he reached back to give her a low-five, and she reciprocated. There’s no discord in their marriage. Phew!

See also “First Couple Donald and Melania hold hands in Jerusalem and Rome“.

~Eowyn

Jon Stewart: ‘pizza doesn’t need cleavage to be sexy’

In October 2013, Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show had a supposedly-funny (not) segment by decidedly unfunny “Senior Women’s Issue Correspondent” Kristen Schaal on “sexy” Halloween costumes.

Schaal said “If you are going to sexually objectify yourself, what better way than to become a sexy inanimate object” like a pizza costume? An image of a blonde in a pizza dress was flashed on the screen (2:23 mark in the video below).

To which Stewart said something really strange (2:37 mark):

“I don’t know that pizza needs cleavage to make it sexy, you know what I mean.”

Schaal said, “I don’t think they go far enough. Ladies, why are we being so coy about this? Why don’t we just show everyone what we mean when we put on those sexy kitty/carrot/nurse costumes and take things to the obvious next level?”

Schaal brings out a woman encased in a giant vagina costume, and says: “I call this one ‘the sexy vagina’. And what better way to get everyone thinking of sex than to dress up as the place where sex happens?”

Then Schaal hangs a mockup of a big slice of cheese-and-pepperoni pizza on the vagina costume and says, “But we all know the one thing that makes giant vaginas sexier? Pepperoni.” At which point, Stewart is squirming with discomfort.

Reportedly, the Jon Stewart pizza video is repeatedly taken down by YouTube. Thanks to enterprising posters on Voat.co, I learned how to save the video to my computer. Here it is:

The entire unfunny segment on The Daily Show makes no sense to us innocents, until we plug in the woeful knowledge some of us have acquired some three years after that Daily Show was aired — Pizzagate’s world of pedophile code-words where, according to The Daily Sheeple and others on the Alternate Media:

  • pizza = girl
  • cheese = little girl
  • hotdog = boy
  • pasta = little boy

Urban Dictionary confirms the meanings of some of the code-words, including:

Did you know that Jon Stewart and Anthony Weiner once were roommates? After college, they shared an apartment in Soho and have been friends for many years.

Weiner is the disgraced former New York Congressman, husband of Hillary’s right-hand aide Huma Abedin, and convicted felon. On May 19, 2017, Weiner pleaded guilty in federal court to transferring obscene material to a minor — a 15-year-old girl (“pizza”) in North Carolina. Under a plea agreement, Weiner faces a sentence of 21 to 27 months, and will be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for September 8, 2017.

~Eowyn

Monday Funnies: Dog-tired

I made the mistake of watching PBS’ Dark Angel last night — a distasteful dramatization of a psychopath named Mary Ann Cotton, who historians believe to be Britain’s first female serial killer.

So I can really use this mind-cleanser — a reminder that there is still innocence in the world . . . .

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

~Eowyn

Newt Gingrich calls murder of Seth Rich an assassination

Assassination (noun): killing or murder for political reasons.

This morning, appearing on Fox & Friends, referring to the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said (0:41 mark):

“We have this very strange story now of this young man who worked for the Democratic National Committee, who apparently was assassinated at four in the morning, having given WikiLeaks something like 23,000, I’m sorry, 53,000 emails and 17,000 attachments. Nobody’s investigating that. And what does that tell you about what was going on, because it turns out it wasn’t the Russians. It was this young guy who I suspect was disgusted by the corruption of the Democratic National Committee. He’s been killed and apparently nothing serious has been done to investigate his murder.”

Meanwhile, Kim Dotcom — a German-Finnish Internet entrepreneur, businessman, musician, and political party founder who resides in Auckland, New Zealand — has come forth claiming that “I knew Seth Rich. I know he was the @Wikileaks source. I was involved.”

Kim Dotcom has been invited by Sean Hannity to appear on the latter’s TV show this coming Tuesday, May 23. Kim Dotcom tweets he will meet his legal team tomorrow (Monday) and issue a statement on Sean Hannity radio and TV on Tuesday.

DC Demonrats reportedly are in a panic.

An anonymous poster on 4chan who says he works in Washington, DC, writes:

Anons, I work in D.C.

I know for certain that the Seth Rich case has scared the shit out of certain high ranking current and former Democratic Party officials.

This is the reason why they have backed away from impeachment talk. They know the smoking gun is out there, and they’re terrified you will find it, because when you do it will bring down the entire DNC, along with a couple of very big name politicians.

It appears that certain DNC thugs were not thorough enough when it came time to cover their tracks. Podesta saying he wanted to “make an example of the leaker” is a huge smoking gun.

The behavior is near open panic. To even mention this name in D.C. circles will bring you under automatic scrutiny. To even admit that you have knowledge of this story puts you in immediate danger.

If there was no smoke there would be no fire. I have never, in my 20 years of working in D.C. seen such a panicked reaction from anyone.

I have strong reason to believe that the smoking gun in this case is out of the hands of the conspirators, and will be discovered by anons. I know for certain that Podesta is deeply concerned. He’s been receiving anonymous calls and emails from people saying they know the truth. Same with Hillary.

Lastly, reward posters for information on Seth Rich’s murder are popping up in D.C.

Four days ago, this poster offering a $130,000 reward was spotted at a bus stop on Rhode Island Ave. in the Columbia Heights section of Washington, DC, where Rich was gunned down early Sunday morning, July 10, 2016.  (Source: imgur)

H/t FOTM‘s MCA

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~Eowyn