Monday, December 05, 2016

Pizzagate Shooting

On Sunday, December 5, 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch, 28 of Salisbury, North Carolina, walked into the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a firearm in the direction of a restaurant employee. 
Maddison is an unusual name. Maddison is an elaborate respelling of Madison. As a given name, Madison originated as the transferred use of a surname. The surname is derived from maternal ancestors and comes from the medieval female given name Madde, which was a short form of Maud.  From English, the meaning of the name Madison is derived from Matthew, "gift of God'," or from Matilda "strong fighter." (James Madison Jr. was the fourth President of the United States, from 1809 to 1817.)

Comet Ping Pong has been associated with the Pizzagate story.

In early November 2016, several fake news websites and online forums falsely implicated the restaurant and various Democratic Party figures as part of a fake child trafficking ring, which was dubbed "pizzagate" in some circles. This fake story was debunked by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, fact-checking website Snopes and The New York Times, among others. The restaurant's owners and staff were harassed, threatened on social media websites, and given negative Yelp reviews. After continued harassment, Comet Ping Pong increased the security for concerts held inside its premises. Source.
Sunday's event was a realtime drama allegedly caused by a fake news story. Various pro-Pizzagate sites are saying this incident, however, is a "false flag" incident so everyone will think that the conspiracy story is "nuts."

Welch said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place fired an assault rifle inside the Washington, D.C., restaurant on Sunday injuring no one.

The employee was able to flee and notify police. Welch then fired the gun into the floor. Police responded and arrested Welch without incident. They recovered an "assault rifle," Brown said. Welch was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.
Welch has appeared on social media with an assault weapon.

Two firearms were recovered inside the restaurant and an additional weapon was recovered from the suspect's vehicle, police said in a statement on Sunday evening.

Welch told police he'd come to the restaurant to "self-investigate" the fictitious online conspiracy theory that spread online during Clinton's run for the White House, the police statement said.

The Comet Ping Pong is in a neighborhood of well-tended private homes and apartment buildings on leafy streets that lead to a mix of shops, restaurants and the Politics and Prose book store. The restaurant gained notoriety during the presidential campaign after fake news stories stated that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief ran a child sex ring out of the restaurant, The New York Times and other news organizations have reported.

The Comet, its owner, staff and nearby businesses were caught up in an onslaught of conspiracy theories and fake news during the often contentious presidential campaign and were the victims social media attacks and death threats, the Post reported.

James Alefantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong, released a statement late Sunday night that denied what he called the “malicious and utterly false accusations” and said the company hoped to resume normal operations within a few days.

“I hope that those involved in fanning these flames will take a moment to contemplate what happened here today, and stop promoting these falsehoods right away,” Alefantis said in the statement widely distributed by the media.

Social media's visuals tagged to "Pizzagate" have been ongoing since November 2016. That "fake news" would inspire "real news" in such a matter may be a first.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Synchromystic Howard Hughes

by Loren Coleman, 11.28.2016.

Howard Hughes has been portrayed by several actors.

Howard Hughes testifying before Senate Hearings, August 6, 1947.

Here's a synchocinematic overview.

Jimmy Dean as Willard Whyte, as inspired by Howard Hughes, in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). For a deeper look by Kenn Thomas & David Hatcher Childress at these coded "gemstones" behind the "diamonds" in the movie's title, see here.

Tommy Lee Jones as The Amazing Howard Hughes (TV Movie 1977).

Jason Robards as Howard Hughes in Melvin and Howard (1980).

Dean Stockwell as Howard Hughes in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988).

Terry O'Quinn as Howard Hughes in The Rocketeer (1991).

Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004).

Various individuals state Iron Man's Tony Stark character's father Howard may be inspired by Howard Hughes. Others feel the role might be inspired by Jack Parsons. Tony Stark is also tied to Hughes. Stan Lee has noted that Tony, who shared several of Hughes' traits himself, was based on Hughes. It can get confusing.

Robert Downey, Jr. was cast as the title character, Tony Stark, in the Iron Man (beginning in 2008) franchise. Some saw Tony Stark as being inspired by Howard Hughes. But is Hughes more correctly tied to the Howard Stark character?

Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), here compared to Jack Parsons.

John Slattery as Howard Stark in Iron Man 2 (2010).

John Slattery as Howard Stark in Ant-Man (2015). John Slattery also appeared as Howard Stark in Captain America: Civil War (2016).

Warren Beatty as Howard Hughes in Rules Don't Apply (2016).


Something else to think about as 2016 comes to a rapid close: "Trump a Lot Like Howard Hughes."


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Watts Hall: OSU Attacker

Early on November 28, 2016, Ohio State University, Columbus, sent out a campus-wide warning of an "active shooter" via their official Emergency Management Twitter account. OSU named Watts Hall as the location, near College Avenue and 19th.

In my 1983 Mysterious America, I observed:
Cryptologic or coincidence? Jim Brandon should be credited with calling attention to the name Watts/Watkins/Watson, and its entanglement with inexplicable things. 
According to one OSU student, the shooting started in the neighboring Macquigg* Laboratory (photo below). But this appears to be a mistake, as there was no "shooting" but the pulling of fire alarms, apparently in multiple locations. Macquigg Lab is behind Watts Hall near where most of the street attacks occurred.

Firefighters say at least seven people have been transported after the active shooter was reported on campus. Final reports said the number was 9 to 11. Two were in stable condition, according to the Columbus Fire Department.

An Ohio State student crashed his vehicle into pedestrians on the Columbus campus Monday, then slashed students with a butcher knife before being fatally shot by a university police officer.

Monica Moll, the university's public safety director, identified the assailant as Abdul Razak Ali Artan (above), a student at the school. Multiple media reports described him as an 18-year-old native of Somalia living in the United States as a legal permanent resident.

The officer who shot Artan was Officer Alan Horujko (above), 28, who has been on the university force for almost two years, Ms. Moll said.

*Macquigg is a variant of Quigley, which is a surname of Irish origin derived from the Gaelic Ó Coigligh meaning "descendent of Coigleach (male)" or Ní Choigligh meaning "descendent of Coigleach (female)." Variations include: O'Quigley, Cogley, Quigly, Quigg, MacQuigg, McQuigge, O'Quigg, Twigg and Fivey. The name originates from County Mayo, Ireland.