Date: August 04, 2018
Date: August 04, 2018
“Trump caught misleading the public about the economy. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Nando Vila, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.
“After a U.N. agency issued a report in May on the state of poverty in the United States, concluding that 40 million Americans are poor and more than 5 million live in “Third World conditions,” the Trump administration ridiculed the findings.
In an unusually harsh statement the following month, the administration labeled the report “inaccurate, inflammatory and irresponsible,” and included its own data in a rebuttal.
But according to internal State Department emails and a document obtained by Foreign Policy and Coda Story, a nonprofit crisis reporting website, the economic officials consulted on a draft of the rebuttal questioned the accuracy of the data the administration was citing.
Date: August 04, 2018
Since more of the media is starting to pick up on this, let’s start taking inventory on this QAnon cult.
Date: August 04, 2018
“Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones wants a Texas judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by families of some of the children killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A hearing Wednesday in Austin is the first of two this week involving the Infowars host.
Jones was sued after repeatedly claiming on his Austin-based show that the Connecticut shooting was a hoax.
The shooting killed 20 children and six adults, and it left a lasting mark on the way America thinks about school safety. It helped usher in an era of “active shooter drills” and difficult conversations about safety for even the youngest kids.
Jones now admits the shooting occurred, but says his claims were free speech.
A similar lawsuit was filed in Connecticut. He’s also being sued by a man falsely identified on the Infowars website as the gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida high school in February.
Jones’ profile has spread from the far-right fringe in recent years. While running for president in 2015, Donald Trump told Jones his reputation was “amazing.”
Recently, Jones made a baseless claim that Democrats would launch a civil war on July 4. That inspired a viral #SecondCivilWarLetters social media movement of users mocking the idea.”
Date: August 04, 2018
“The right has officially lost it. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
Those watching President Trump’s rally in Tampa on Tuesday couldn’t help but be exposed to a fringe movement that discusses several loosely connected and vaguely defined — and baseless — conspiracy theories.
In one shot on Fox News, the president was partially obscured by a sign in the crowd reading “We Are Q.” In another shot during the president’s speech, a sign promoting the debunked Seth Rich conspiracy theory, with the hashtag #Qanon, came into focus in the center of the screen. Some attendees wore T-shirts with a blocky Q. Others held up signs with the letter.
They were all self-described “followers of Q,” an anonymous person or group of people who claim to be privy to government secrets. That supposedly classified information has been revealed on the 4chan and 8chan message boards and spread around mainstream internet platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Q has attracted people — the exact number is hard to know — eager to consume his “bread crumbs,” or new details in a sprawling web of conspiracy theories.
Date: August 03, 2018
“From celebrities to the grassroots, the right is obsessed with the idea there is a secret conspiracy where Hillary is headed for Gitmo. Here’s everything you need to know.
Plotters in the deep state tried to shoot down Air Force One and foil President Trump’s North Korea summit. A cabal of global elites, including top figures in Hollywood, the Democratic Party, and the intelligence agencies, are responsible for nearly all the evil in the world. And now Trump is going to fix it all with thousands of sealed indictments, sending the likes of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama straight to Guantanamo Bay.
Or at least that’s how the world is going for the believers of QAnon, the complex pro-Trump conspiracy theory that’s starting to [have] unpredictable effects in real life. The real news can be bad for Trump, but in QAnon-world, the president and his supporters really are getting sick of winning.”
Date: August 03, 2018
“…“Tampa rally, live coverage,” wrote “Dan,” posting a link to President Trump’s Tampa speech in a thread on 8chan, an anonymous image board also known as Infinitechan or Infinitychan, which might be best described as the unglued twin of better-known 4chan, a message board already untethered from reality.
The thread invited “requests to Q,” an anonymous user claiming to be a government agent with top security clearance, waging war against the so-called deep state in service to the 45th president. “Q” feeds disciples, or “bakers,” scraps of intelligence, or “bread crumbs,” that they scramble to bake into an understanding of the “storm” — the community’s term, drawn from Trump’s cryptic reference last year to “the calm before the storm” — for the president’s final conquest over elites, globalists and deep-state saboteurs.
What Tuesday’s rally in Tampa made apparent is that devotees of these falsehoods — some of which are specific to faith in the president, others garden-variety nonsense with racist and anti-Semitic undertones — don’t just exist in the far reaches of the Web.
Believers in “QAnon,” as the conspiracy theory is known, were front and center at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, where Trump came to stump for Republican candidates. As the president spoke, a sign rose from the audience. “We are Q,” it read. Another poster displayed text arranged in a “Q” pattern: “Where we go one we go all.”
…A man and a woman wore matching white T-shirts with the YouTube logo encircled in a blue “Q.” The video-sharing website came under criticism this week for unwittingly becoming a platform for baseless claims, first promoted on Twitter and Reddit by QAnon believers, that certain Hollywood celebrities are pedophiles…
…The prominence of the “Q” symbol turned parts of the audience into a tableau of delusion and paranoia — and offered evidence that QAnon, an outgrowth of the #Pizzagate conspiracy theory that led a gunman to open fire in a D.C. restaurant last year, has leaped from Internet message boards to the president’s “Make America Great Again” tour through America.”
Date: August 02, 2018
“Almost a year ago, a woman accused Tom Hanks of sexually abusing her as a child and began posting reconstructed memories on Twitter. The accounts are disturbing and specific, but incomplete and unproven—something Hanks’ accuser attributes to the trauma-based mind control she believes herself a victim of. Even though (or perhaps, because) her claims remain unverified, the pedophilia allegations were quickly embraced by a group known for up-leveling whisperings of child abuse into full-blown scandal: devotees of the QAnon conspiracy.
Believers in the QAnon conspiracy hold that President Trump is a “brilliant four-dimensional chess player” using the Mueller investigation as a smokescreen to root out the murderous, Satanic, pedophilic deep state. (It’s a Trump-era catchall conspiracy: Pizzagate + Seth Rich + the Illuminati.) Hanks is the QAnon conspiracists’ perfect target: A Hollywood A-lister who donates to Democrats and has been shielded from moral censure by monogamy and his preternaturally wholesome dad routine—until now. And QAnon has done what they do best: Trumpet the unconfirmed revelation until suddenly, in the eyes of internet search algorithms at least, Tom Hanks, America’s uncomplicated, unproblematic favorite, is a pedophile.
…somewhere a conspiracy theorist is very pleased that you’re suddenly, automatically feeling a little suspicious. All the debunkings in the world won’t extinguish that initial spark of suspicion, and that’s exactly the point.
Hanks is only the most recent protagonist in a spate of high-profile pedophilia accusations levied by far-right commentators…
Alleging that your enemy preys upon children is an ancient propaganda tool that’s been used by everyone from medieval Catholics to the Soviet Union. It’s a powerful indictment because it trades on fundamental human fears. It’s designed to otherize the opposition and sabotage any sympathy you might have for them. It’s a ubiquitous tactic because it works.
…“Children represent the most sacred ideals any society can have,” says Margaret Peacock, a historian at the University of Alabama who has written about the role children play in propaganda. “They represent the future.” Because humans are biologically wired to protect their offspring, painting your enemy as a defiler of innocence and a threat to the next generation instantly dehumanizes them. And because many societies see pedophiles as not just monstrous but irredeemably so, this charge provides endless opportunities to justify mistreating the group accused of it.
Establishing your opposition as a subhuman beast has been justification for the harshest forms of retaliation.
Where false pedophilia charges go, genocide and repression follow.
And if we post enough, tweet enough, make enough YouTube videos making the same claim, search algorithms will link your name to pedophilia—forever. That’s what happened to Tom Hanks.”
We have seen this exact tactic play out enough times in the past, to clearly recognize it in “pizzagate”, “pedogate”, or whatever the hell you want to call this thing…
It is why so many of us have vigorously rejected this malignant smear campaign, almost [or literally] from the very beginning.
There is this tactic called “psychological operations”…It is generally used on the public…It’s a form of mental manipulation…aggressively floating false, or faulty, information, in an attempt to pressure the majority to turn on, attack or otherwise alienate a specific individual or group of people.
As in the case of “pizzagate” [or “pedogate”]…it was clear from almost the very beginning, to anybody who paid enough close attention, that people were actively trying to unreasonably inflate the relevance of diverse bits of information, connected by the most vague of “connections”, and by their own initiative weave them into some sort of clearly unjustified narrative…which they further go on to obsessively talk about and spread…in this day and age, go onto each other’s podcasts, on their own “cottage media” circuit…making lots of noise, until the more mainstream media starts noticing what they are doing…and the malicious accusations they are spreading.
The focus is too rarely on the poor integrity and character, of the people behind these campaigns…It’s usually on the accusations they are spreading…
…And the victims of these smear campaigns, are left to sustain and deal with the damage…
The primary villain here…is this person [or the people] behind “QAnon”…
If there is any justice in this world…the identity of this coward [or these cowards] will be discovered, and they will be brought to justice for this treachery.
However…indispensable in this travesty are all the gullible people…as well as the people who know better, but who are playing along to “support the greater good”, according to their worldview.
There are a lot of villains in “pizzagate” [aka “pedogate”]…but in order to identify them, we must look under the surface of the campaign itself.
“Pizzagate/Pedogate” is a psychological operations campaign.
Date: August 01, 2018
“They wore red T-shirts that read “Garrett Strong” and stickers that read “Free Garrett Anderson.” And they filled a Cobb County courtroom Tuesday afternoon to show their support for a man convicted of killing two teenagers in a 2014 crash.
The case has been unusual from the start. By all accounts, Anderson didn’t strike the teens. Instead, they were hit by a locksmith Anderson had hired to access his car.”
This is really complicated…
…I don’t have a lot of sympathy, for a guy who’s going to call/hire a locksmith to assist him [after getting locked out of his car]…just to turn around and try to stiff this professional out of a $175 fee…
…not even if I do think $175 is highway robbery, for unlocking a car…
Anderson didn’t strike and kill those girls [15 year old’s, the article refers to as “little girls”, oddly]…but he did start a sequence of events into motion…
He holds some culpability, in these deaths.
What’s crazy…is that the guy who actually struck and killed the two girls, was sentenced to far less time in prison.
As much as the situation sucked…he should not have engaged in a high speed chase…
He should have taken down the license plate number and vehicle description [preferably, as soon as he arrived on the scene to provide a service], and then called the cops when this guy fled without paying.
The locksmith was also culpable…He should have been smart enough, to know that the potential risks were not worth $175.