If I could give you all the answers, you’d be appalled, so I will just give you the barest essentials of the possible plotline of the ongoing media novel grounded in the last presidential election.

Writ large today, we have the family investigator in the Seth Rich murder – he was the democrat national committee data analyst speculated to have been a WikiLeaks source – asking “Where’s his computer?”  Apparently, he’s been told that BOTH the FBI AND the DC police have it.

Wait….Did I say F.B.I.?  As in you-know-who, just recently fired?

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Yes, that’s right and Fox-5 out of DC is breaking the Seth Rich re-story.

In a way, this wraps into the Shawn Lucas case, too.  Remember him?  You’re not supposed to because he, too, could be cast as a problem for the democrat storyline.  In fact, the only Lucas we could find in Wikipedia was the Sean Lucas who played in the CFL.

But if you read archived pages around the web, you quickly find that Shawn Lucas was a process server who died right after serving a class action lawsuit on the DNC over the screwing of Bernie Sanders out of a fair chance to clinch the democrat nomination. (See video: https://youtu.be/D3FMgZruOXE )

What remains on the web alleges Lucas died of a mix of pharmacologicals although he wasn’t known to take drugs in the accounts we studied.

Hmmm…a potential WikiLeaks source and a Bernie class action lawsuit server – both dead ahead of the election – plenty of grist for the conspiracy theorists, no question.

In fact, if you go to this page (The Clinton Body Count), you will find 12 references to what?  The FBI.

The 10th reference on that page is the one that (if true) might lend some legitimacy to the claims of the Rich family investigator, a former homicide cop:

“Shortly after the killing, Redditors and social media users were pursuing a “lead” saying that Rich was en route to the FBI the morning of his murder, apparently intending to speak to special agents about an “ongoing court case” possibly involving the Clinton family. 

Was it a real lead?  Who would have known…outside the FBI, that is.

Might this relate to present-day events, and if so how?

Begin by asking yourself “What would the FBI Director know about such high-level cases?”  If anything?  Peripheral murders to a presidential contest would, one assumes,  be attention-getting…

Then look at the box James Comey would have been in if he had even informed suspicions of untoward or violent acts.  How would a reasonable FBI chief (and father of 5) navigate through such a dangerous swamp?

Perhaps this context can help us to understand the seemingly contradictory actions of Comey on Clinton in the run-up to the election.

To me, it casts the whole democrat “Comey feeding frenzy” in a different light.

If democrats get their wish – and Comey does get up in a public “tell all” session and lays out ALL he knows and what he suspects –  there may be a lot more to tell than just vague Russian insinuations as  “why he got fired.”.

There could be a LOT more.

The Russia Frenzy, II

Meantime, the WaPo was claiming today that “highly classified” secrets were discussed by the president in recent meetings with the Russians.

And then, shortly later, when Trump said he discussed “facts” with the Russians, the Post ran a fine self-congratulatory piece.

For our Peoplenomics.com readers (and those who read the links in our Monday explanation of Schwerpunkt) this is a mighty fine example of how a media Swarm War is prosecuted.

More realistically: Trump info sharing might justify the ends with Russia concerning ISIS, says ex-CIA official.

And if you like the tactical view, how about “Did Wash Post Publish Dubious Russia Story to Distract From Seth Rich Bombshell?

By noon, SMS-forwarding should ensure the whole country is misguided.

Speaking of the WaPo

We explained six months back, or so, how Amazon and the real estate developer-in-chief are headed for the mat over time.

The reason is simple:  Jeff Bezos is out to e-tail the world.  Trump, as a developer, has a vested interest in a continuation of the shopping mall and mixed retail/residential models, which Amazon (and by extension, the Washington Post) are “mouse murdering.”

Recode got this right, too last year when they wrote   “Donald Trump said Amazon and Jeff Bezos have a ‘huge antitrust problem.’ Now they may.”

So when  the Post goes Trumpling, we flip to the [other]  funny pages.

Housing Starts

Meanwhile, back in numerically-quantifiable land, the press release please?

Building Permits Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,229,000.  This is 2.5 percent (±1.1 percent) below the revised March rate of 1,260,000, but is 5.7 percent (±1.4 percent) above the April 2016 rate of 1,163,000.  Single-family authorizations in April were at a rate of 789,000; this is 4.5 percent (±0.8 percent) below the revised March figure of 826,000.  Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 403,000 in April.

Housing Starts Privately-owned housing starts in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,172,000.  This is 2.6 percent (±8.8 percent)* below the revised March estimate of 1,203,000, but is 0.7 percent (±7.0 percent)* above the April 2016 rate of 1,164,000.  Single-family housing starts in April were at a rate of 835,000; this is 0.4 percent (±8.6 percent)* above the revised March figure of 832,000. The April rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 328,000. 

Housing Completions Privately-owned housing completions in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,106,000.  This is 8.6 percent (±10.8 percent)* below the revised March estimate of 1,210,000, but is 15.1 percent (±12.2 percent) above the April 2016 rate of 961,000.  Single-family housing completions in April were at a rate of 784,000; this is 4.5 percent (±10.6 percent)* below the revised March rate of 821,000. The April rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 299,000.”

Photo op?
 
 

An hour before the opening the Dow was up 35.

Adventures of Kid Korea

Interesting story in the NY Times about how the NK’s may have crossed a US tripwire with their recent intermedia range missile test.

More interesting is the notion that they might have been behind the ransomware outbreak this past week, too.

Do remember where the ransomware source came from, right?

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