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Kim Dot Com Statement on Seth Rich Posted

The latest Kim Dotcom tweet posted around 1:00 PM EDT. It directs you to the kim.com website, where if you scroll down you can read his statement regarding Seth Rich:

I know that Setch 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.

Why aren't I fifty points ahead?

In 1994, Mitt Romney, then looking for his main chance to build Presidential cred, challenged Senator Ted Kennedy for his U.S. Senate seat. During an interview, Senator Kennedy held forth about the superiority of Democrats to Republicans--the standard "we Democratic politicians versus Republican politicians nonsense. When he stopped talking, the interviewer asked, "If that is so, why aren't you doing better?" Visibly gobsmacked, Ted Kennedy said nothing (a first?).

Along came a spider: the web of corruption revealed by Comey-Mueller friendship and so-called investigations

Once upon a time, I believed the American dream pertained to everyone. Sadly, I have been progressively deterred from that opinion. What woke me up? Bernie! My worldview will never be the same. Regretfully, when having my eyes opened widely, I began detecting more and more corruption. Many of you caught on to this miasma of politico-social events long before I have. Congratulations to all.

Open Thread - Rants, Muses, Books & Music (and Some Cooking Too).

It's good to see you. Come on in, leave your shoes in the hallway, we've got fire on the stove preparing lunch for later. In the meantime, browse the bookshelves and plunk down on the sofa with one, or pick out some tunes from the music library or come in to the kitchen to help with the cooking. Our special blend of tea is steeping and will be right up.

A Friend Crosses the Rainbow Bridge

One of my cats has been having problems with his teeth and his left eye for the last few weeks. Today we brought him in for surgery this morning thinking a few teeth had to be removed and maybe he needed a shot of antibiotics for what we thought was pink eye that we tried to treat a couple weeks before with some ointment.

The Svalbard seed bank started flooding

We built a seed bank to preserve food crop seeds against all disasters and catastrophes and buried it in the the world's biggest deep freeze, the Arctic permafrost. It is buried inside a mountain on Spitsbergen, and global warming has produced such unimaginable temperatures there that meltwater flooded into the entrance tunnel.


Federal Judge rules ADA available for use by transgender woman

When the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, Jesse Helms insisted on tacking on an amendment which excluded application of the ADA to transgender people.

Kate Lynn Blatt of Pottsville, PA sued Cabella, Inc. in 2014 for sex discrimination in her dismissal after she suffered much harassment, including being forced to wear a name tag with the name she was assigned at birth.

RoseAnn DeMorro to Dems: "This is my unification speech: IT'S A WARNING"

Finally, a major union leader and political activist, RoseAnn DeMorro, head of National Nurses United and a former Bernie supporter, lets Democrats know that the days of assuming activists will just fall in line behind whatever corrupt corporate Dem is on the Ticket are over. See her tweet with embedded video below:

Seth Rich and Kim dotcom

This comes from news.com.au, a news and media website that I've never heard of, but this story is full of details on the Seth Rich story that haven't appeared anyplace else that I know of. It has new tweets of interest, a video of Seth Rich's parents thanking the internet for pursing the investigation, and information on Reddit deleting Seth Rich's Reddit posts.