The Daily Moth 10-12-2018

October 12, 2018

Turkish Officials Say They Have Evidence Journalist Khashoggi Was Killed; Man Jailed For Stealing Power from Chinese Train Network to Mine Bitcoin; Shredded Banksy Artwork Renamed; Winner Will Buy It; Usain Bolt Scores Two Soccer Goals for Australian Team; Turkish Court Frees American Pastor; Minority Voters Unfairly Affected by Voter ID Laws; Beto O’Rourke Smashes Fundraising Records With $38.1 Million; Recap of Kanye West Meeting in Oval Office​

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Turkish Officials Say They Have Evidence Journalist Khashoggi Was Killed


Here is an update on the Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2nd and disappeared.


Last night, the Turkish government told US officials that they have audio and visual evidence that Jamal was killed inside the consulate.


Confidential sources say Jamal’s voice can be heard, along with other men in the room. There is evidence of Jamal being interrogated and tortured, then being killed and dismembered.


Turkish officials also released video footage of 15 Saudi men, allegedly an elite assassination team, who arrived in Istanbul the same day Jamal disappeared. The men arrived in private jets, checked into a hotel, then left Turkey that same night. A black Mercedes van seen outside the consulate supposedly transported some of these men from the consulate to the Saudi consul’s personal residence nearby.


Jamal, as a journalist, had publicly criticized the current Saudi government and their crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The Washington Post reported that Saudi Arabia had been trying to lure Jamal back to the country.


President Trump is facing pressure on how to respond. The US has plans to sell 110 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Trump said he is not planning to stop the sale, he doesn’t want Saudi Arabia to spend that money in Russia or China.


Other corporations have stopped their ties with the Saudi government. There is an investment conference in Riyadh, capital city of Saudi Arabia, later this month, and several companies have said they will not attend unless facts change.


US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said he is still planning to go to the conference.




Man Jailed For Stealing Power from Chinese Train Network to Mine Bitcoin


A man from China, Xu Xinhua, has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for stealing electricity from a train network so he could mine bitcoin.


Bitcoin mining is the process of making new bitcoins by using computers to solve complicated equations that require a lot of processing power. It has become popular in China lately because of cheap electricity prices.


Xu pleaded guilty to taking power directly from the train network’s power lines. The stolen electricity was used to power 50 Bitcoin mining rigs and 3 cooling fans in a rented property close to the train lines.


He admitted to stealing the value of 104,000 yuan ($15,000 USD) which was used to mine 3.2 bitcoins.


At the current price, that is about $19,000 USD but at Bitcoin’s peak, it would have been worth about $63,000 USD.




Shredded Banksy Artwork Renamed; Winner Will Buy It


The Banksy painting that was shredded last week at Sotheby’s art auction will be bought by the same bidder who won it for $1.4 million.


The painting has been retitled, “Love is in the Bin.”


The collector, an European female whose identity was not revealed,  said when the painting was shredded, she was shocked but later realized that she would own a piece of art history.


Sotheby’s said it is the first artwork in history to be created live during an auction.




Usain Bolt Scores Two Soccer Goals for Australian Team


Famous Olympics sprinter Usain Bolt scored two goals for an Australian professional soccer team today.


The team’s name is Central Coast Mariners. The team won 4-0 in a friendly match. It was Bolt’s first time as a starter.


Bolt did his famous celebration pose. He left in the 74th minute.


He is 32 years old and has retired from sprinting after getting 8 gold medals for his country Jamaica.




Turkish Court Frees American Pastor


A court in Turkey has freed American pastor Andrew Brunson, and he is on his way back to the U.S.


The court found him guilty of terrorism and gave him a three-year jail sentence, but released him because he has already served his time.


He was in jail for almost two years and under house arrest afterwards for terrorism and espionage. Brunson has maintained his innocence.


He lived in Turkey for more than 20 years. He was arrested two years ago with many others after a failed coup against President Erdogan. During the chaos, he was arrested.  


This caused diplomatic strains between the U.S. and Turkey. U.S. President Trump showed excitement, saying he will be home soon.




Minority Voters Unfairly Affected by Voter ID Laws


Midterm elections are in less than a month, but states like Georgia and North Dakota face issues with strict voter registration laws that seem to target minority voters.


Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brian Kemp (R), who is running for state governor, is accused of suppressing votes through his voter registration policies.


Kemp’s democratic opponent, Rep. Stacey Abrams, claims that Kemp’s “exact match policy” affect minority voters disproportionately. Abrams has called for Kemp to resign.


Kemp’s exact match policy requires that all information on voter applications must exactly match information they have on file with the Georgia Department of Driver Services, or the Social Security Administration. If one inconsistency is found, applications could be put on hold, barring people from voting.


There are 53,000 Georgia voter applications on hold by Kemp’s office. He is the Secretary of State, which means he is responsible for voting processes.


Analysis shows racial differences. The Georgia population is 32% black, but the list of voter registrations on hold is almost 70% black.


Kemp’s office blames that on a voter registration group founded by Abrams. Kemp’s office says that the applications were sloppy, the group did not make sure all forms were legible and complete.


Now let’s move on from Georgia and go to North Dakota. The state historically has had very little legal oversight on voter ID, but in 2012 Republicans introduced a new law that requires all voters to have ID with a current residential street address.


This law was passed after Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp narrowly won her campaign, partly because of support from Native Americans.


That new law was blocked by a district court, but the Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed that decision by upholding it.


The “residential street address” part is controversial because it seems to directly target Native Americans. Tribal reservations don’t formally use street addresses, so Native Americans living on tribal land tend to use P.O. boxes for an address.


In the past, mailing addresses were acceptable, with the Supreme Court ruling, residential street addresses are now required.


A district court found that 5,000 eligible Native Americans in North Dakota do not have an ID with a current street address. Almost 70,000 North Dakotans lack a qualifying ID. Many of these voters are registered Democrats.


The law does allow voters to provide supplemental documentation, like a utility bill or bank statement, but again, many Native Americans living on tribal reservations often don’t have these papers either.


This law was not in effect during primaries in June. Thousands of voters who could vote in June may arrive at the polls in November and find that their ID is no longer valid.



[Clarification: A federal judge blocked the new law in April. But the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals overturned it. The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal, which allows the law to stand.]




Beto O’Rourke Smashes Fundraising Records With $38.1 Million


Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke broke a record for fundraising with raising $38.1 million in three months. The donations were from people in Texas and nationwide.


His challenger, incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz, has raised $12 million in comparison.


Beto has raised $61.2 million total to Cruz’s $24.9 million. The $86 million combined amount makes this race the most expensive in 2018 and all-time.


Beto’s records show that over 802,000 people made individual contributions, with most donors from Texas.


But Cruz still has a large lead in at least two polls. Beto now has the money to buy more ads, signs, and make more trips to try and catch up.


Well-known conservative journalist Matt Drudge said Beto looks like he could make a presidential run against Trump saying, “watch out!”


But before we can discuss the White House, we’ll see if Beto can come close or even surprise Cruz for the Texas Senate seat.




Recap of Kanye West Meeting in Oval Office


Yesterday Kanye and President Trump met at the White House in the Oval Office.


CNN did a nice transcript of everything that was said. I'll mention the highlights.


Trump was sitting down across from Kanye and Jim Brown, considered one of the greatest NFL players ever.


Trump said Jim showed his support for him a long time ago. Jim said he was happy about North Korea.


Trump said it's going good with them, with no more missiles going up. He said it was so close to war, but that they stopped the war and saved millions of lives.  


Trump said Kim (Kanye’s wife) was in and that they got Ms. Johnson out of prison.


Kanye then introduced a lawyer for Larry Hoover, who is a gang leader from Chicago who is imprisoned with six life sentences at the ADX Florence Supermax prison in Colorado for murder and for running his gang from behind bars.


Kanye said it was important for him to get Larry out because in an alternate universe, he (Kanye) is Larry and I have to go and get him free.


Then Kanye started to talk for several minutes straight. Here are some highlights.


He said people expect that if you're black, you have to be a Democrat.


He said people tried to scare him to not wear the MAGA hat, but the hat gives him power. He said there was not enough male energy in his home and that his wife's family doesn't have that male energy too.


Kanye said he didn't like Hillary's campaign slogan, "I'm With Her," because it didn't make him feel like a guy.


He said the hat makes him feel like a superman, that it was his cape.


Kanye said Trump gave him the heart to enter in business with Adidas, with his Yeezy brand. He said in a meeting in Chicago, he said manufacturing had to be in the U.S. He emphasized jobs in America.


Kanye, continuing to talk, applauded Apple and their contractor Foxconn for bringing 4,000 jobs to Wisconsin where people make $53,000 a year. He then said Ford should have the highest design, and showed on his iPhone a concept of a hydrogen powered plane. Cameras showed Kanye pressing “00000” to unlock his iPhone.  


Trump joked that they'd have to get rid of Air Force One.


Kanye then said Trump needs to look good because he is our president. He said our core has to be in power, that our best export is entertainment and ideas, but if we make everything in China, we are cheating our country and then forcing people to have to do illegal things to end up in the cheapest factory, which is the prison system. He stopped speaking.


Trump said that was impressive, then asked Jim if he wanted to add anything.


Jim said if Trump doesn't look good, then we don't look good.


The media started asking questions. One asked Kanye about race.


Kanye said black people and African Americans don't have ownership, they don't have land, so they focus on looks or shooting people who disrespected them. He said police shootings is a concern, but that it can be solved if we remove force and power and instead release love throughout the entire country and give opportunities.


He said when people tell him that Trump is racist, it doesn’t control or stop him.


Kanye said Chicago should have factories, Trump factories. He also said education should be more exciting.


Trump said Kanye can speak at any of his rallies anytime he wants, that he is a smart cookie who gets it, and that he could be a future presidential candidate.


Kanye said we need to stop worrying about the future, we just have today. He said Trump is on his hero's journey, right now.


Kanye then offered a new "MAGA" hat that is edited to remove "Again," to have it instead say, “Make America Great.” He said we need to focus on who we are today, and that the word, “again” can be a problem. “Make America Great.”  


He said he would love to see at the Super Bowl, Trump wearing the "Make America Great" hat with Kaepernick wearing it as well, to show we all can bend and change.


Trump asked Kanye how it feels to be in the Oval Office. He replied that it was good energy. Jim agreed.


Trump said the media didn't care about his meetings with Senators, they wanted to cover this meeting.


Trump told Jim that he has been a fan of his for a long time. Jim said he was here to serve.


Kanye said he loved Trump, and walked around his desk to hug him.


After that, they went to lunch.



That is all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend and stay with the light!



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